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.
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.
October 14, 2019
Legendary sportfish builder Jim Weaver breaks down his custom building process at Weaver Boatworks in Deale, MD.
October 14, 2019
It always seems as if summer flies by way too fast.
September 12, 2019
As summer winds down and the fall approaches, we can look back on another good boating season. The fall boat show season is fast approaching and haul outs and de-commissioning can’t be far behind.
September 3, 2019
Whenever I spot a lifeguard boat, it instantly takes me back to summertime in my youth at the Jersey Shore.
August 12, 2019
As we approach mid-summer, the tempo of activity has increased again and shows no signs of a slowdown. Captain Rick Franke brings us the August 2019 Boatshop Reports.
August 5, 2019
As we dropped lines from Pocahontas Marina (for more on Pochahontas Marina, check out our Boatshop Reports) in Edgew
July 12, 2019
Summer has finally arrived and the boating season is in full swing.
June 24, 2019
Goddess is just one of a fleet of classic wooden yachts restored, or owned and managed, by McMillen Yachts, which is headquartered in Newport, RI.
June 18, 2019
This year’s boating season is in full swing. All indications seem to point toward another good summer, hopefully without last year’s rain and debris to cause problems.
May 30, 2019
In 1978, Paul Spadaro bought a 1929, 30-foot Richardson Cruisabout. New, the boat sold for around $2500. Spadaro paid $450 for it.
May 11, 2019
Most would agree that as winters go, the just-completed one was relatively mild, except for a few cold snaps. It did seem like a dreary one though, with lots of cloudy, drizzly days.
March 27, 2019
She’s sweet, 17 (feet) and 77 years old, yet truly young at heart: a World War II era Chris-Craft runabout
March 15, 2019
Despite the fact that the Depression was still stifling demand for Chesapeake Bay fishing charters, a waterman known as Capt.
March 11, 2019
The late winter scheduling of the Miami International Boat Show makes it the ideal event for manufacturers to introduce new products and services to the recreational boating public.