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.
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.
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…
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.
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 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 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.