Is There A Tollycraft Rumpus Dr In The House?
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 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.
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?
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….
Here is an ad for Tollycraft, this has fins, but the hull is painted for sure
Check with Dick Dow, he may have some good info.
That would make a great dinghy for Melody. A 1995 Tollycraft 45 CPMY
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.
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!
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.
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.
http://www.tollyclub.com is a great resource on the web, although mainly geared toward the larger boats. Matt will get a kick out of the Tolly Song jingle that is posted on the site for all to enjoy!
We are members of the Tollyclub, but I guess I never got to that page.
Thanks for sharing B Franchini!
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.
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.