New Construction

Rather than offering a stock line, new construction boat building at Reuben Smith’s Tumblehome Boatshop is focused on building fully custom boats of the highest quality to suit your specific needs.

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 work with a range of wood-epoxy techniques from cold-molding to glue-lap.
  • We do traditional runabout bottoms and 5200 runabout bottoms.

We make decisions on construction based on our clients’ needs and wishes. 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.

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

Propulsion options for your custom boat from Tumblehome:

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

The Tumblehome 24 | 24-Foot Custom Speedboat

We launched this fully custom 24-foot speedboat in the summer of 2015. Tumblehome Boatshop selected the talented designers at Stephens Waring Yacht Design to help actualize the client and builder’s vision for a boat with the signature long deck of a 1920s Gold Cup racer, but with modern features that make it just as enjoyable cruising with the family as racing about the lake.

Everything about her is custom, from the seat angle and depth, to the dinosaur bone shift lever, to the cupholders.

Clean lines and simple elegance, combined with highly innovative design & construction make this boat a standout.

See more photos in the Gallery.

LOA:   23ft 10in
LWL:   23ft 5in
Beam:  7ft 2in
Draft:   24in

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

True iSc™  |  Replica of a Classic

The True iSc™ is a replica of the original 1926 Sound Inter Club (iSc) racing sloop, and is offered only by Tumblehome Boatshop. 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 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.

“The boat you have built me has exceeded every expectation I could possibly have. It is the crown jewel of my lake.” - owner, Stella Blue, the Tumblehome 24 custom speedboat