Tumblehome Blog

May 14, 2015
by Reuben Smith

El Lagarto at Tumblehome

© Mystic Seaport, Rosenfeld Collection

This September 17-20, a fleet of historic and reproduction raceboats will meet on Lake George, NY, for the 80th anniversary of the Gold Cup victory by El Lagarto. El Lagarto, the Leaping Lizard of Lake George, driven by George Reis and his riding mechanic Anderson Bowers, porpoised her way around the course to win her third straight Cup in 1935. At the tender age of thirteen, and running an older, normally aspirated Packard, she was able to hold off the latest in supercharged engines and hull design.

Now part of the Adirondack Museum’s collection, El Lagarto remains an icon of American boating history. She was from an era when raceboats were required to be ‘sensible’, and have niceties such as a forward cockpit and a reverse gear. Building up to the September event, El Lagarto will leave her prominent display at the museum for the first time in 50 years. She is coming to Tumblehome Boatshop, for a sensitive, non-destructive refinishing, and minor repairs and corrections.

After that work, she will go on display in the Tumblehome’s new showcase space, the Boathouse, where she can be visited by the public from early July through to Columbus Day 2015.

Events around this historic boat are being planned, so stay tuned for details and visit www.lakegeorgegoldcup.com to learn more about the Lake George Gold Cup Festival.

December 30, 2014

Tumblehome Blog Archives

Travel back in time to the early boatshop days and check out the old Tumblehome Blog postings below. 

July 7, 2013
by Cynde Smith

Boatshop Update

Back now from the annual WoodenBoat Show in Mystic Seaport, where GHOST took Honorable Mention for Professional Restoration, Sail. Her sister ship, CAPRICE, took first place in that category last year. We also had the opportunity to sail these fast boats this past week on Lake George, thanks to their kind owner (who needed crew)!

The boatshop looks a bit different now, too, without these two 29-foot boats inside. We're nearing completion of four other boats, as well, including GADFLY, the Antique Boat Museum's 33-foot Hutchinson commuter. That means space on the boatshop floor will be opening up for us to begin construction of two new speedboats this Fall. More on those soon!

April 21, 2013
by Tumblehome Boatshop

Boatshop Update

Today at the Hubbard Hall Curosity Forum in Cambridge NY, Reuben Smith presented a slideshow on the historic restoration of a match pair of 1926 Sound Interclub racing class sail boats. As well as the woodwork and finishing done in the boatshop, the restoration required the participation of dozens of artisans from the local community as well as throughout New England. These boats and their restoration have become a touchstone for an extended community of sailors and boat historians from lake George to coastal New England and Long Island Sound. 

April 13, 2013
by Cynde Smith

Boatshop Update

Quite a turnout at this month's Saturday Shop Talk. More than 60 people enjoyed coffee and muffins while Reuben Smith talked about the boats on the shop floor. Antique Boat Museum curator Emmett Smith was on hand to discuss the history of Hutchinson Boat Works as well as "Gadfly," the 1931 Hutchinson Sedan commuter under restoration at Tumblehome Boatshop. See you next month! You can see photos from the event on our Facebook page.


January 7, 2013
by Cynde Smith

Boatshop Update

"Gadfly," the Antique Boat Museum's 1930 Hutchinson Sedan is at Tumblehome Boatshop for restoration. This stately 33-foot sedan is one of the Antique Boat Museum's tour boats.  All winter long, we'll be hosting events at the boatshop so you can learn about "Gadfly" and watch the restoration progress on this important boat. We'll host a Saturday kick-off event on February 9 at the Boatshop.

November 13, 2012
by Tumblehome Boatshop

Boatshop Update

We just finished building a 48-foot long workbench alongside the east wall of the boatshop. It's got 6 pre-fab Boos block maple tops end-to-end and removable lower shelves. At its structural center is the strongback used to build the Sound Inter Club mast. The whole thing can be easily disassembled so that we can use the strongback next time. It's rugged as heck!

We had lots of comments on this beauty on our Facebook page so check it out. Also, if you look on the Gallery page, you’ll find it under Tumblehome Boatshop Shots.

October 23, 2012
by Cynde Smith

Boatshop Update

The seasons change pretty fast up here in the Adirondacks. After a busy first season, we're shuffling some things around in the boatshop to get ready for the next projects at hand -- boat-related and shop-related. Shop improvements are still underway and soon we'll even have an office in which to catch up on paperwork!

Good news for us! Boatbuilder Alex Fee officially joined Reuben and Sean in the boatshop earlier this Fall. Alex comes to us from Rockport Marine, the internationally-renowned boat yard in Rockport, Maine, where he honed his skills, working on some of the world's most beautiful yachts.

And lastly, we recently launched the two 1926 Sound Inter Club racing sail boats, restored as a matched pair. Only 28 of these boats were built and only five of the original remain today. Here are two of them, fully restored, quietly racing on a brisk October afternoon. The Sound Inter Clubs (iSc) were raced and sailed on Long Island Sound throughout the late 20s and 30s. As many as 10 of them were brought to Lake George in the 1940s.

August 24, 2012
by Tumblehome Boatshop

Boatshop Update: Open House this Sunday 10am-12pm

We'll have coffee and muffins, and Reuben will talk about the boats that are on the shop floor, which include a 1880s Matthews Launch, a small Lyman, and a marconi-rigged cat boat under restoration, plus a row-sail-motor dinghy under construction. Oh, there are a few more, as well. Come see!

We're at 684 State Route 28, Warrensburg. Coming from Lake George, take the Warrensburgh exit, go all the way through town to Route 28. We're just about 2 miles up the road on Route 28 toward North Creek. You'll see us on the right hand side. Call with any questions: 518-623-5050 

Plus, don’t miss the Lake George Rendezvous boat show this Saturday. See the two historic Sound Inter Club racing class sailboats recently restored, plus a fantastic collection of classic boats at the 39th Annual Lake George Rendezvous, sponsored by the Adirondack Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society. You'll see dozens of beautiful boats, including "Echo," the Adirondack Museum's 1927 Fay & Bowen launch. 

June 9, 2012
by Cynde Smith

Boatshop Update: Grand Opening

Please Join Us This Saturday June 9, As We Officially Open the Boatshop

When: Saturday June 9, from 9am to 5pm  *  Ribbon-cutting at 9:30am

What: Open House at the new boatshop! 

•  Food and refreshments all day

•  Historic & classic wooden boats on the shop floor 

Work continues on the office/lobby area but the boatshop is up and running. Come take a look and say hello. Reuben and I would love to see you on this special day.


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