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. 

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 27, 2020
This month's Classic Boat columni features "No Way," the second 20-foot Holiday that Chris-Craft built out of 10 boats made for the 1964 model year.
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."
July 6, 2020
The Chris-Craft Rocket is a contemporary classic, custom-built in 2009 to Chris-Craft
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.