New Construction

New Construction

New construction boat building at Reuben Smith’s Tumblehome Boatshop is focused on building fully custom boats of the highest quality to suit the needs of specific clients.

Custom Wooden Boatbuilding

At Tumblehome Boatshop, we work with you to understand how and where your new boat will be used, and then adapt construction and propulsion methods that suit those needs and your aesthetics.

We have experience in the range of traditional boatbuilding methods, from the sawn-framed smooth-skin lapstrake method of the Adirondack guideboat, to the double-carvel, bent frame yacht construction. We’ve worked with a range of wood-epoxy techniques from cold-molding to glue-lap. We have done traditional runabout bottoms and 5200 runabout bottoms.

Each method has its own requirements, and its own place—despite what many may say.

We’re happy to work with our clients to come up with what’s right for you and the boat, rather than dictate the method.

Propulsion options:

  • Quiet but powerful modern Elco electric motors
  • Modern and reliable gas or diesel engines
  • Restored antique marine engines
  • Oar/paddle/sail


True iSc™  |  Replica of a Classic

No true original builder plans exist for the historic Sound Inter Club class sailboat. But now the Sound Inter Club boat known to be the most original has been documented with laser technology, accurate to a tenth of a millimeter, to create the True Sound Inter Club.

LOA:   28ft 9in
LWL:   19ft 0in
Beam:  7ft 10in
Draft:   4ft 6in

The True iSc™ can be configured with a quiet but powerful Elco electric motor and other custom options.

Built exclusively through Reuben Smith’s Tumblehome Boatshop, the True iSc™ is an exact replica of “Caprice,” an original Sound Inter Club sloop – one of the five remaining today and the one known to be the most original.

Call Reuben Smith at 518-623-5050 to discuss your next new boat.