Boatshop Reports

Captain Rick Franke's monthly Boatshop Reports feature news on new boat builds, maintenance, and boat restorations from area boatbuilders and shops across Maryland and Virginia. 

March 27, 2019
She’s sweet, 17 (feet) and 77 years old, yet truly young at heart: a World War II era Chris-Craft runabout
March 15, 2019
Despite the fact that the Depression was still stifling demand for Chesapeake Bay fishing charters, a waterman known as Capt.
March 11, 2019
The late winter scheduling of the Miami International Boat Show makes it the ideal event for manufacturers to introduce new products and services to the recreational boating public.
February 14, 2019
As we work our way through the winter it appears that the off season for boatshops continues to be as busy as antici
February 6, 2019
Kidd is a bespoke, hand-built 22-foot custom wood gentleman's racer. The boat is powered by a forceful V-8 inboard and shows thousands of hours in craftmanship.
February 4, 2019
Most of us think of winter as a time to slow down, stay indoors, and try to hibernate in front of the fire. For area boatshops winter is anything but a slow time. Captain Rick Franke brings us the…
January 9, 2019
Captain Rick Franke brings us our January 2019 Boatshop Reports on the Chesapeake Bay, with news from Judge Yachts, CBMM, Watermark Cruises, Mast and Mallet, Herrington Harbour, Composite Yacht,…
January 4, 2019
This month's classic boat is a classic Rybovich—one of three famous open cockpit day boats. Built to order in 1964 as hull number 58, she is a 36-foot boat.
December 10, 2018
Many of today’s adult boaters started out messing around in small boats while at summer camp. If you are one of them, you’ll appreciate the recent refurbishment of a 1960 vintage camp canoe that was…
December 4, 2018
The boat shows and Daylight Savings Time have come and gone. Winter is arriving in Chesapeake country, regardless of what the calendar says. Haul outs, storage, winterizations, and winter projects…
December 3, 2018
Sixty four year old Bruce Blackway started his model workboat building business a little over two years ago with a line of boats that epitomized the Chesapeake Bay.
November 13, 2018
After this summer of record rains, heat waves, and a debris-filled Bay, all topped off by a hurricane scare, we could certainly use some of the quiet, peaceful weather we often have this time of year…
October 15, 2018
Captain Rick Franke has our October 2018 Boatshop Reports from marinas and boat yards around the Chesapeake region.
September 5, 2018
After the soggy spring and a series of heat waves interrupted by monsoons, we are all looking forward to a quiet late summer and fall.
August 31, 2018
Bertram never made a 1970 center console. But it did build a few 24-foot Moppie Camper cuddy cabin boats that offered a unique feature.
August 14, 2018
Summer is now in full swing, and we hope that our readers are getting out on the water and enjoying these warm sunny days. For a while it seemed like they would never get here, so enjoy.
July 6, 2018
Once the sun finally came out and the temperature started to go up, everyone wanted their boats ready, so it’s a busy early season for all. 
June 7, 2018
First of all, my apologies to Bill Judge of Judge Yachts for my incorrect identification of his Chesapeake 36 in last month’s column (see below).