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 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.
May 14, 2020
This past June, a nine-year itch was successfully scratched when this 24-foot Chris-Craft Sea Skiff found a home on Middle River on the Chesapeake Bay.
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
April 2, 2020
Although I’ve owned, ridden in, and/or tested hundreds of boats in my life, there’s occasionally been an intriguing one
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. 
March 9, 2020
Century Coronado is a mighty name among classic boaters.
February 4, 2020
A wooden Lyman is known for its ride. They feature a “clinker-built” hull planking that cuts through the chop, delivering a sublimely smooth ride.
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.
January 2, 2020
Only produced in 1955, the Chris-Craft Cobra was rare. Chris-Craft made just 55 of the 21-foot Cobras and 51 of the 18-footers. Few have survived. 
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 25, 2019
Uncle Charlie and I really wanted to use that 1928 speedster. Our idea was to mount the 40-hp Evinrude on her and race out onto Barnegat Bay.
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.