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. 

June 11, 2021
This is the story of one man's desire to build or restore a wooden boat, and the resulting restoration of
June 7, 2021
The Chris-Craft Constellation, the yacht of my dreams as a youth...
May 6, 2021
Spring has definitely arrived. Boatyards and marinas are buzzing with the beginning of the spring relaunch rush. 
April 29, 2021
I was running across the water in a 14-foot Donzi with a big grin on my face. The Chevy engine’s tach was nudging 5000 RPMs.
April 18, 2021
The design of a modern boat is often a combination of tradition and the demands of a specific trade or lo
April 7, 2021
Spring is an optimistic season. At the time of this writing, winter’s grip has finally loosened.
March 18, 2021
Finished from bow to stern in pennant red, this classic fiberglass Dorsett Catalina outboard cuddy-cabin cruise
March 4, 2021
As we make our way through the dark days of winter, there are a few hopeful signs on the horizon.
February 15, 2021
“If you were anybody in the ‘60s, you had a Glasspar G-3.” After all, the Glasspar G-3s outboard-powered ski boat design was a milestone in the industry.
February 9, 2021
As the tumultuous year 2020 recedes in the rearview mirror, the mood in area boatshops remains optimistic.
January 26, 2021
Fog! We were cruising in Ray Maule’s 22-foot fiberglass Lyman when the fog came out of nowhere.
December 22, 2020
There I was in a pre-World War II Century ski boat. She was a 16-foot Century, a favorite brand for waterskiers. 
December 10, 2020
As winter approaches after this hectic and unprecedented boating season and we look back on 2020, we can all agre
December 7, 2020
Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (MAPC) recently sent us this news regarding their new Diesel Work Sport 6.0 (DWS 6.0), a high-speed alumin
November 24, 2020
A family with two teenagers enjoys three seasons’ worth of get-away Chesapeake Bay fun on this aluminum-built Marinette
November 17, 2020
It is hard to believe that the fall is here without the Annapolis Boat Shows to mark the end of the boating
October 27, 2020
With all of the lifestyle changes and different effects of the “New Normal” imposed on us by the Covid-19 pandemic, what have been the effects on
October 12, 2020
As summer slips away into fall, it takes some time to get used to the “New Normal.” While the busiest season in recent memory continues and area shops can look forward to a busy winter lay-up seaso