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. 

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
October 6, 2020
We were running at 3000 rpm on the engine’s tach, and all five of us had a cushioned seat on this Lyman 23. 
September 14, 2020
As we gradually grow accustomed to the “new normal” one of the more surprising aspects of that “normalcy” is the apparent rediscovery of
September 2, 2020
In 1940 another Chris-Craft was born to Harvey’s Lake, PA.
August 19, 2020
As we gradually become accustomed to the “new normal” of masks and distancing, it is reassuring to see that boating see
August 10, 2020
Over the winter and spring, the pages of PropTalk have included three installments about the refit of a long-neglected Legac
July 28, 2020
The lifting of the recreational boating ban seemed like the first glimmer of hope that there was a world out there which would return after our long Covid-19 nightmare.
July 27, 2020
This month's Classic Boat columni features "No Way," the second 20-foot Holiday that Chris-Craft built out of 10 boats made for the 1964 model year.
July 14, 2020
This is the final article in Ralph Cattaneo's Return to the Classics series, detailing the restoration of his 1948 Chris-Craft Sportsman, "Copasetic."
July 6, 2020
The Chris-Craft Rocket is a contemporary classic, custom-built in 2009 to Chris-Craft