Is There A Tollycraft Rumpus Dr In The House?


Rumpus BW inkclot image. LOVE the style lines of motion. Thats a MUST KEEP

Fellow Woody Boater Mark Kantor is in the process of restoring a 1957 Tollycraft 14′ Rumpus and needs some help. Okay we all need a little help, his fortunately seems to be limited to just color related questions. Okay maybe some history on the brand, okay maybe there is more. Maybe Mark needs some “Varnish Therapy”. Mark, Spoiler Alert – it’s all your parents fault. Anyway here is Marks note and some snaps. OH SNAP!

I wonder if these came painted? Yikes, stripping plywood is scary

Looks like varnish under the blue.

I have removed the 1970’s paint and most of the varnish down to bare wood and discovered some original gold/bronze paint near the stern… I was interested in finding more info about these boats and if you could point me in the direction of more info about my boat.

Stripped ish

See the line

The Plywood seam. I think.

Thats a job for sure. Mark you are doing great.

So there you have it. The good news is Texx did a story on a wonderful Tahoe winning Rumpus, and maybe one of you has some thoughts on the topic. mmmmm Yes, Mark is asking the internet for opinions. What could possibly go wrong?

This is Mark and Marions Rumpus. I think a different year. Slightly different  paint styling

Here is the link to Texx’s story on Norm & Marions Rumpas.

And yes There is a debate on Rumpas, or Rumpus. The Tollycraft Brochure has it as RumpUs….

Early Rumpus catalog image. PAINTED!

This makes sense. Its possible that the blue is correct, with a Copper trim? White?

Here is an ad for Tollycraft, this has fins, but the hull is painted for sure

1958 ad, the same as Marks 57 with a fin. 

10 replies
  1. Troy headed home
    Troy headed home says:


    Check with Dick Dow, he may have some good info.

    That would make a great dinghy for Melody. A 1995 Tollycraft 45 CPMY

  2. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    Cool little boat. I think my cousin had one of these in the early 70s. It looks very familiar. Keep us posted on your progress Mark. I’d love to see some pictures of her when she is done.

  3. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    Not much I can add – unfortunately – except that it appears Mark is finding the original finishes under the paint, so that is a good start. Most of the Tolly runabouts were stained and varnished with painted features. I would do the boat exactly like the first photo. It will be a challenge to save the plywood without going through the first veneer layer, but it can be done. sand carefully, (hand/longboard) use bronze wool to clean some of the grain as needed, use a good stain, seal it well and varnish away! I look forward to seeing the finished boat!

  4. B Franchini
    B Franchini says:

    Ours was completely painted with blue house paint (including interior). We took our best guesses based on the faint lines that we discovered under all the paint.

  5. B Franchini
    B Franchini says:

    This one is the bigger, older brother. Tail end of the wooden runabout era for Tollycraft. 1966 Sport-a-bout with 289 Ford V8. From 1967 on, Tolly focused on the larger boats that most people think of when you mention Tolly.

  6. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    Blue, My cousins Tolly ( I think ) was blue. It had a 25 Fast Twin on it. I caught a few Pike out of it. That center deck made a hell of a bar! I wish I had a picture of her.

    • mark k
      mark k says:

      Thanks for all the replies.. I think I will go with navy blue on the sides and replicate the gold and white decorations as in the b/w photo… The veneer is already sanded through near the midseam joint when I stripped the paint off ( no sanding on my part). I plan to replace all of the top decking with new plywood and some vintage mahogany I have been saving.

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