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. 

November 11, 2019
The boat shows have come and gone, and the boating season is drawing to a close.
November 7, 2019
She planes in an instant and turns on a dime. The responsiveness you experience via the steering wheel or the throttle inputs is a joy to any skipper, young or old.
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.
September 3, 2019
Whenever I spot a lifeguard boat, it instantly takes me back to summertime in my youth at the Jersey Shore.
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.
August 5, 2019
As we dropped lines from Pocahontas Marina (for more on Pochahontas Marina, check out our Boatshop Reports) in Edgew
July 12, 2019
Summer has finally arrived and the boating season is in full swing.
July 3, 2019
This 1983 Correct Craft Ski Nautique is categorized as a “Late Classic” in the boat qualifications established by the
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.
June 10, 2019
Basking in the sun with a shine that probably exceeds the finish that Chris-Craft gave her
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.
May 11, 2019
Most would agree that as winters go, the just-completed one was relatively mild, except for a few cold snaps. It did seem like a dreary one though, with lots of cloudy, drizzly days.
April 22, 2019
The Red Baron is a 1968 model year Stevens Hydroplane Dragster—one of three Stevens Hydros left in existence.
March 27, 2019
She’s sweet, 17 (feet) and 77 years old, yet truly young at heart: a World War II era Chris-Craft runabout
March 15, 2019
Despite the fact that the Depression was still stifling demand for Chesapeake Bay fishing charters, a waterman known as Capt.