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.
June 14, 2021
Area boatshops report that demand for their services continues to be strong.
June 11, 2021
This is the story of one man's desire to build or restore a wooden boat, and the resulting restoration of
May 6, 2021
Spring has definitely arrived. Boatyards and marinas are buzzing with the beginning of the spring relaunch rush.
April 29, 2021
I was running across the water in a 14-foot Donzi with a big grin on my face. The Chevy engine’s tach was nudging 5000 RPMs.
April 7, 2021
Spring is an optimistic season. At the time of this writing, winter’s grip has finally loosened.
March 18, 2021
Finished from bow to stern in pennant red, this classic fiberglass Dorsett Catalina outboard cuddy-cabin cruise
February 15, 2021
“If you were anybody in the ‘60s, you had a Glasspar G-3.” After all, the Glasspar G-3s outboard-powered ski boat design was a milestone in the industry.
February 9, 2021
As the tumultuous year 2020 recedes in the rearview mirror, the mood in area boatshops remains optimistic.
December 22, 2020
There I was in a pre-World War II Century ski boat. She was a 16-foot Century, a favorite brand for waterskiers.
December 10, 2020
As winter approaches after this hectic and unprecedented boating season and we look back on 2020, we can all agre
December 7, 2020
Maritime Applied Physics Corporation (MAPC) recently sent us this news regarding their new Diesel Work Sport 6.0 (DWS 6.0), a high-speed alumin
November 24, 2020
A family with two teenagers enjoys three seasons’ worth of get-away Chesapeake Bay fun on this aluminum-built Marinette
November 17, 2020
It is hard to believe that the fall is here without the Annapolis Boat Shows to mark the end of the boating