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. 

December 10, 2018
Many of today’s adult boaters started out messing around in small boats while at summer camp. If you are one of them, you’ll appreciate the recent refurbishment of a 1960 vintage camp canoe that was…
December 4, 2018
The boat shows and Daylight Savings Time have come and gone. Winter is arriving in Chesapeake country, regardless of what the calendar says. Haul outs, storage, winterizations, and winter projects…
December 3, 2018
Sixty four year old Bruce Blackway started his model workboat building business a little over two years ago with a line of boats that epitomized the Chesapeake Bay.
November 13, 2018
After this summer of record rains, heat waves, and a debris-filled Bay, all topped off by a hurricane scare, we could certainly use some of the quiet, peaceful weather we often have this time of year…
October 15, 2018
Captain Rick Franke has our October 2018 Boatshop Reports from marinas and boat yards around the Chesapeake region.
September 5, 2018
After the soggy spring and a series of heat waves interrupted by monsoons, we are all looking forward to a quiet late summer and fall.
August 31, 2018
Bertram never made a 1970 center console. But it did build a few 24-foot Moppie Camper cuddy cabin boats that offered a unique feature.
August 14, 2018
Summer is now in full swing, and we hope that our readers are getting out on the water and enjoying these warm sunny days. For a while it seemed like they would never get here, so enjoy.
July 6, 2018
Once the sun finally came out and the temperature started to go up, everyone wanted their boats ready, so it’s a busy early season for all. 
June 7, 2018
First of all, my apologies to Bill Judge of Judge Yachts for my incorrect identification of his Chesapeake 36 in last month’s column (see below).
May 24, 2018
Perched on the banks of the Choptank River, Composite Yacht (CY) has a reputation for building strong, light, and fast boats.
May 10, 2018
Winter has finally retreated, the shrink wrap is coming off, and the boating season is beginning. Think spring!
April 6, 2018
Late winter in Chesapeake country can be a weather roller coaster: 70 degrees one day and thirty degrees the next.
March 14, 2018
Lifelong classic boater Paul Warner has a Jim Wynne-designed Chris-Craft fiberglass hull and deck with inboard/outboard power for his current weekend runabout.
March 8, 2018
Winter has not yet completely loosened its grip on Chesapeake country, but there are encouraging signs.
January 31, 2018
Winter definitely has Chesapeake country in its clutches. However, there are hopeful signs around us already. The winter solstice is well behind us, and the days are getting measurably longer.
January 29, 2018
Before you dismiss wooden boats as too classic and/or high-maintenance, take a look at how Erik and Stacy Anderson found a 1963 custom wood Brownell fishing boat that satisfied the needs and…
January 5, 2018
Now that the holidays are behind us and winter has set in for real, the work in local boatshops has slowed somewhat to a less frantic pace.