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The latest, at the shed and on the water

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  • Project Boat Nick Saltmarsh writes:This restoration project is for sale with the owner looking for $2000 ONO – he needs it gone.  A 28’ Huon Pine 116 year old Mersey River ferry ...
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  • Laura Golding Memorial On Friday 17th November, a small flotilla of boats and a large shore party made their way to Copper Alley Bay.  Songs were sung, flowers were thrown and tears were ...
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  • LBT 'use of assets' The committee asked Martin Riddle to develop an overall policy to help us manage our assets. Here are the first couple of paragraphs from the document he has written, which ...
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  • Testing Lady Dot's rig Peter Laidlaw thought he ought to take advantage of the afternoon sea breeze on Sunday, and just for argument's sake put Lady Dot's lug rig in one of ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2017, 11:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Electric boats on the Huon We are used to having our own electric boat Nancy cruising quietly around Franklin, but the Zelecta  which joined her for the steamboat rally on Sunday is an entirely different ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2017, 11:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Steam boat rally 2017 Boats of all shapes and sizes joined the steamboats on the excursion from Franklin to Huonville on Sunday, and a great time was had by all.  Thanks and congratulations to ...
    Posted Nov 19, 2017, 12:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Franklin Schooner At last night's community meeting John Young revived the idea of building a schooner in Franklin.  For those who are unaware, John has a lot of experience with this ...
    Posted Nov 16, 2017, 1:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin foreshore development plan endorsed Last night (Thursday) a community meeting organised by the Franklin Progress Association gave support to the latest version of the plan for the Franklin foreshore - see http://bit.ly/2mh0q4a ...
    Posted Nov 16, 2017, 12:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Newsletter from the FWWA and Wooden Boat Centre Read the November newsletter at http://bit.ly/2iTgMjY.  There is a nice article about the Cartela.  Pic shows her arriving in Franklin, a day many of us remember.
    Posted Nov 13, 2017, 11:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History Group Newsletter, Nov 2017 See attached: http://bit.ly/2zHFR9B .  To go with the stories there are some great boaty pictures, of which the one below is only an example.
    Posted Nov 13, 2017, 11:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • On the Water Program off to a flying start Mike Dredge had the full attention of students as he explained how to keep ropes tidy at the start of the On the Water Program second session.  But getting on ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2017, 1:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lady Dot The LBT is very grateful to Peter Jarman for donating this beautiful little Channel workboat.  We look forward to getting her on the water and using her.  For more pics ...
    Posted Nov 12, 2017, 6:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Book a free trip on Nancy Nov 19 Nancy will be participating in the Steamboat Rally on the Huon next Sunday, Franklin to Huonville return, starting 10am.  All members can book a free ride on Nancy  using the ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2017, 9:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Inala On Wednesday night the LBT committee voted to accept Joe Wolfe's very generous offer to gift us the Inala.  It is very early days,  but we should soon be ...
    Posted Nov 12, 2017, 4:43 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monty has a twin sister! John Young has been investigating getting our Montagu Whaler, affectionately numbered 536, onto the Historic Boats Register, and it turns out that good old 537 still survives and can be ...
    Posted Nov 11, 2017, 1:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Using Nancy Martin Riddle writes:  'It has been decided to make Nancy more readily available for use by LBT members at the cost of only $5 per person. This is consistent with ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2017, 1:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Communities getting together to remember LAURA GOLDING Jilly Archer writes:  Laura connected with many people in the Huon Valley during the 8 years she lived among us.  This is an open invitation to anyone who would like ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2017, 12:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Photographing the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race John Wadsley writes: 'The Maritime Museum of Tasmania is proud to be hosting this exhibition of the work of Richard Bennett, which will be opened by Matt Allen, President of ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2017, 2:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing and paddling at Dover, November 25th, 26th Lorrie Harrison writes: 'If you like rowing then this is the weekend for you.  Bring your boat or kayak and join us for a weekend of rowing around Port Esperance ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2017, 5:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting Wed 8th November The LBT committee will be meeting this Wednesday 8th November: if members have matters that they want raised they should email the secretary: sec@lbt.org.au.  The draft minutes ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2017, 1:13 PM by Richard Forster
  • Shed Warming Peter Laidlaw gave the speech, the pink ribbon was cut, and it was done: the new workshop was officially warmed.  Of course that was only the culmination of a great ...
    Posted Nov 4, 2017, 12:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Greg Guy's knots  Some time ago there was discussion about how to decorate the 'cheek pieces' on the Montagu Whaler, those discs at the front of the boat where a ship's crest ...
    Posted Nov 2, 2017, 4:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • New awning for Nancy All sorts of solutions have been tried to cure Nancy's leaking front window:  this clip on awning from Caroline the sailmaker should at last do the job.
    Posted Nov 1, 2017, 4:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classic trawler on the Huon Well, the model of one made by Paul Frost anyway.  We particularly enjoyed the detail, the ship's horn and the smoke (see second pic), and it goes well too
    Posted Nov 1, 2017, 4:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie 'Quo Vado', Palais, Sunday 5th Nov Team Movies writes:  'This month’s classic movie is the 2016 Italian box office smash hit comedy, ’Quo Vado?’ translated ‘Where Am I going?’. A film about Italians’ obsession with ...
    Posted Oct 31, 2017, 4:38 PM by Posts Editor
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New foreshore plan




Highlights from the launch of 'Billie', June 2015 (photos from Annette Cauchi)

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Highlights from the St Ayles Skiff Regatta 2015


Highlights from Tawe Nunnugah 2015



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Nancy arrives at the Living Boat Trust





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Some history: trailer for the Tawe Nunnugah 2007 movie