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. 

September 13, 2021
It seems hard to believe but summer is slowly slipping away.
August 30, 2021
Over the last few years, it seemed as if we had been receiving Boatshop Reports of work being done on a 55-foot 1950
August 19, 2021
In the first few years after World War II, boat sales increased rapidly. Returning GIs wanted everything and had the savings to make big purchases.
August 9, 2021
As the “new normal” rapidly transitions to the real normal, two themes stand out: the good one is that the boom in interest, and participation in, recreational boating seems to be continuing.
July 29, 2021
With her open-back to the cockpit deckhouse design, this 37-foot Egg Harbor yacht was properly called a “sport fisherman” when she was built in 1962.
July 12, 2021
A young teenage boy eager to explore the world (and/or start dating) can see the years until he can get a driver’s license as an absolute eternity.
July 12, 2021
It is beginning to look and feel a lot like a normal summer on the Chesapeake.
June 14, 2021
Area boatshops report that demand for their services continues to be strong. 
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.