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 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.
December 11, 2017
Packed into just 16 feet and seven inches, this 1964 Boston Whaler center console is quite the classic. Despite her 53 years, she still provides great boating adventures just like a new boat.
December 8, 2017
The boat shows have come and gone, daylight savings time is over, the nights are frosty, and rockfish season ends shortly.
November 7, 2017
There can be no doubt; fall is here.
October 24, 2017
Lover’s Lane is a sleepy little lane in Deltaville, VA, where it appears as if nothing more exciting than the grass growin
September 29, 2017
This story originally appeared in the December, 2007 issue of PropTalk.
September 29, 2017
Fall has arrived in Chesapeake Country. With the cooler weather, area boatshops are finishing up summer work and planning winter storage and repair projects.
September 11, 2017
On the last weekend in August, a new boat was launched into the waters of the Miles River at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum; the draketail Pintail.
September 5, 2017
Summer is nearly over. The days are getting shorter, the nights a little cooler, and the first hints of autumn are in the air. It has been a busy summer for Chesapeake country boatshops.
August 31, 2017
Nick Arnone has created quite the custom, luxury ride in his 21-foot 1959 classic Century Coronado speedboat.
August 8, 2017
As we enjoy the “lazy, hazy days of summer” and the recession vanishes into the realm of good riddance memory, some effects still linger.
August 2, 2017
This write-up gets personal; it is about a father-son relationship with a Boston Whaler outboard-powered boat, a boat brand that was integral in my relationship with my own son.