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. 

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
March 27, 2020
The BoatU.S. Foundation is the proud new owner of a 1953 17-foot classic Chris-Craft Sportsman that was acquired through the foundation’s boat donation program.
March 11, 2020
As we all look forward to the start of another great boating season, with a strong economy and stable fuel prices, area boatshops are busy and optimistic. 
February 3, 2020
Along about the end of the month it seems as if winter will never end. The holidays are behind us, and regardless of what the groundhog says, it is still cold and often dreary outside.
January 13, 2020
In the last installment our readers will recall the opening chapter in the saga of a long-neglected boat, a Legacy 32, a
January 10, 2020
Once again as winter closes in, we retreat indoors and concentrate on projects that have been put off for a while. Family and holiday events add a special note to this early wintertime.
December 9, 2019
The record-setting Annapolis Boat Shows have come and gone, daylight savings time is over, and acres of white shrink wrap are blossoming in boat yards and back yards.
December 1, 2019
This article is the first in a series. Watch for subsequent installments in the pages of PropTalk for the full story on the rebirth of this soon-to-be-lovely Legacy 32.
November 11, 2019
The boat shows have come and gone, and the boating season is drawing to a close.
October 14, 2019
Legendary sportfish builder Jim Weaver breaks down his custom building process at Weaver Boatworks in Deale, MD.
October 14, 2019
It always seems as if summer flies by way too fast.
September 12, 2019
As summer winds down and the fall approaches, we can look back on another good boating season. The fall boat show season is fast approaching and haul outs and de-commissioning can’t be far behind.
August 12, 2019
As we approach mid-summer, the tempo of activity has increased again and shows no signs of a slowdown. Captain Rick Franke brings us the August 2019 Boatshop Reports.
July 12, 2019
Summer has finally arrived and the boating season is in full swing.
June 24, 2019
Goddess is just one of a fleet of classic wooden yachts restored, or owned and managed, by McMillen Yachts, which is headquartered in Newport, RI.
June 18, 2019
This year’s boating season is in full swing. All indications seem to point toward another good summer, hopefully without last year’s rain and debris to cause problems.
May 30, 2019
In 1978, Paul Spadaro bought a 1929, 30-foot Richardson Cruisabout. New, the boat sold for around $2500. Spadaro paid $450 for it.