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 5, 2024
The holidays have come and gone and the days are slowly getting longer, so spring can’t be too far away.
January 8, 2024
Things have slowed down in area boatshops, but that’s a good and normal thing.
December 4, 2023
The big news to come out of the Annapolis Powerboat Show was that it was big.
November 6, 2023
The fall boat shows have come and gone. The boating season is coming to a close, and it’s been a good one by all reports.
September 25, 2023
Summer has, as usual, flown by. Labor Day is behind us, and the fall boat show season is almost upon us.
September 1, 2023
It’s hard to believe, since at the time of this writing we are in the grip of a record-setting heatwave, but summer is drawing to a close.
August 7, 2023
Most of us know at least one amateur boatbuilder who has taken over a basement or a garage to build
August 2, 2023
The Antique and Classic Boat Festival and Fourth of July are history, and the summer boating season is in full swing.
July 7, 2023
Captain Rick Franke brings us the July 2023 Chesapeake Bay Boatshop Reports from marinas and boatshops around the Chesapeake region.
May 20, 2023
Captain Rick Franke brings us the June 2023 Chesapeake Bay Boatshop Reports from marinas and boatshops around the Chesapeake region.
May 1, 2023
Captain Rick Franke brings us the May Boatshop Reports from marinas and shops around the Chesapeake region.
April 10, 2023
The experts and the statistics will tell us that it has been a mild winter, but it was still a winter. And it is finally almost over!
March 6, 2023
The winter is slipping by and spring will be here before we know it.
January 30, 2023
Captain Rick Franke brings us the February 2023 Chesapeake Bay Boatshop Reports from marinas and boatshops around the Chesapeake region.
January 2, 2023
Captain Rick Franke brings us the January 2023 Chesapeake Bay Boatshop Reports from marinas and boatshops around the Chesapeake region.
December 5, 2022
Captain Rick Franke brings us the December 2022 Chesapeake Bay Boatshop Reports from marinas and boatshops around the Chesapeake region.
November 4, 2022
Captain Rick Franke brings us the November 2022 Chesapeake Bay Boatshop Reports from marinas and boatshops around the Chesapeake region.
October 1, 2022
Where has the summer gone? A lot of us have asked ourselves that question lately, as our first fairly “normal” summer has flown by.