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.
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.
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
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 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
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.
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