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.
April 7, 2021
Spring is an optimistic season. At the time of this writing, winter’s grip has finally loosened.
March 4, 2021
As we make our way through the dark days of winter, there are a few hopeful signs on the horizon.
February 9, 2021
As the tumultuous year 2020 recedes in the rearview mirror, the mood in area boatshops remains optimistic.
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 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
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
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 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."
June 15, 2020
It has been quite a spring.
May 29, 2020
This is usually the busiest time for spring commissioning and launching.
May 28, 2020
In the third installment in the restoration of a much-neglected Legacy 32, the focus is now on outward beauty while previous work focused on function.
April 10, 2020
The days are longer, daylight saving time is here, and shrink wrap is rapidly disappearing in area marinas, and with that, Captain Rick Franke brings us the April 2020