By TOM MARQUARDT
It isn’t hard to see what rocks Dick Franyo’s boat.
The evidence is plastered on the walls of his Boatyard Bar & Grill on Eastport’s lively Restaurant Row: memorabilia from regattas, pennants, shirts from his many fundraisers, ship models, a surfboard autographed by singer Jack Johnson, an original wooden sign from Key West’s legendary Hog’s Breath Saloon. There’s even a 16-foot fishing skiff he had shipped back from St. Barth’s, one of his favorite Caribbean haunts.
Enveloped by the din of a boat lover’s bar and the smell of conch fritters, Franyo can relax with old salts and Parrotheads in Eastport’s best version of Key West. Yard workers in sandals and torn tees mingle happily with racing captains bedecked in expensive Patagonia fleece.
Franyo’s blond hair, deep voice and a resonant laugh make the tanned 69-year-old bon vivant stand out. He is an ageless, guy’s guy whose joie de vivre could cheer up a mortician.
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