The Living Boat Trust - 'Where the wooden boat festival never ends'

The latest, at the shed and on the water

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  • First Aid Course in January We are looking to put on a First Aid course in January, particularly with Tawe Nunnugah in mind.  There may be some subsidy of this, but chances are it will ...
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  • Navigation Hazard, Helms Bay MAST writes (9/12/16):  'Mariners are advised a 7.5m yacht has sunk on its mooring at Helms Bay.  Mariners should navigate with caution in the area.'  
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  • The St Ayles Skiff connection Skiffy Topher Dawson from Ullapool in Scotland writes:  'By coincidence a friend posted these photos on Facebook today. They are of a boat [Sgorr na Craig] I built at Lunawanna ...
    Posted Dec 8, 2016, 3:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Post/Christmas cards from Bob Frost Bob has very kindly donated a large number of cards featuring his photographs of the Huon Valley - see below for some samples (there are more).  Ideal for sending messages to ...
    Posted Dec 8, 2016, 12:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Hazard – Port Huon MAST writes:  'Mariners are advised that the sunken vessel Dooen in Hospital Bay in position 43⁰ 09.530’ S / 146⁰ 58.357’ E is now marked with an orange buoy ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2016, 8:07 PM by Richard Forster
  • Crowd funding for the Montagu Whaler goes live We REALLY want the Montagu Whaler to be ready for the Raid, and Johnno and volunteers from the LBT and Wooden Boat Centre have been working hard to get it ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2016, 2:46 PM by Richard Forster
  • A song from Bernie Bruen The best pleasures are often the unexpected ones. Local musician Sandy Pollard has recorded a fantastic version of 'The Lament of the Montagu Whaler' for us (more of which anon ...
    Posted Dec 8, 2016, 12:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Capsize Monday Pinkies dipped in the river are no longer giving pain, the BOM forecast has been consulted, and Monday is looking like a good afternoon to discover what happens when our ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2016, 1:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Undercoat goes on the 'Monty' After weeks of patching and filling and sanding by the team lead by Johnno, an exciting day yesterday: first outside undercoat went on.  There is still debate about what colour ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2016, 12:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dreaming Tawe Nunnugah As we approach Tawe Nunnugah season we need something to get us in the right mood:  Martin Kell's video is a good way to do it - see https://www ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2016, 3:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • Imagine Sailing Putting sailing rigs in the St Ayles Skiffs has been the topic of much 'lively discussion' recently.  Iain Oughtred has designed an 'official' one, but the Kiwis, who have the ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 4:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Amnesty Film at Cygnet: Spear Zainab Clark writes: To celebrate International Human Rights Day Amnesty's Southern Action Group has partnered with Cygnet Arts council to bring you a special screening of Stephen Page's ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 2:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dutchies on the water The visiting Dutch boat building team were invited to join Monday evening sailing, and leapt at the opportunity.  Fortunately 'give way to starboard' seems to be international: we didn't ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 11:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • A load of wood (and Saint Nicholas) Dave Golding delivered a load of Celery Pine from his mill to the Wooden Boat Centre  for the Dutch boat.  Saint Nick ('Sinterklaas') was a surprise passenger for 'Dutch Christmas
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 12:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • International season begins There will be many overseas visitors to the LBT over summer, particularly for the Skiff Regatta in February.  On Monday we officially welcomed the Dutch team who have come to ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2016, 1:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dinghy sailing: Monday afternoon John Walduck writes:  "MetEye is predicting about 12 knots westerly this afternoon, which will be OK, but quite turbulent on the river. Mike is away today, but I'm up ...
    Posted Dec 4, 2016, 1:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Working Waterfront December Newsletter See attached: http://bit.ly/2gmolNn .  Items include Christmas party, Wooden Boat Centre course guide (http://bit.ly/2gmnooz) etc, etc.
    Posted Dec 3, 2016, 2:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowers Wanted Lorrie Harrison writes:  ROWERS WANTED  for longer rows in preparation for Tn17. Tuesday and Thursday morning.  Contact Penny - currybowran@bigpond.com  Lorrie - w.lharrison@bigpond.com 
    Posted Dec 4, 2016, 1:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Calling all LBT paddlers! Alec Young, Vice President, Royal Hobart Regatta Association writes:  'Dear Paddler,  You will recall how you were part of the 2013 Guinness World Record Breaking event, organised by the Royal ...
    Posted Dec 3, 2016, 2:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Regatta, Huon River, December 3rd Message from MAST:  A Rowing Regatta will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 3 December 2016. Mariners are advised the river will be closed for other ...
    Posted Dec 1, 2016, 1:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • D (for Drain) day at the Shed In an incautious moment Michael McGrath offered the LBT use of his backhoe/digger (and himself), and we leapt at the opportunity to get some decent drainage put in around ...
    Posted Dec 4, 2016, 1:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Painting season Warm spring weather is an opportunity to get done those jobs put off during the winter months, and yesterday Martin Kell was up the mast to apply a coat of ...
    Posted Dec 1, 2016, 1:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Will's Shed In recent times one of the many pleasures of a row on the river has been watching the progress being made on Will Hallinan's new shed over on the ...
    Posted Dec 1, 2016, 1:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bay Pilot project: free to a good home Anne Holst writes:  'The popular Arch Davis designed Bay Pilot frame has been constructed and is ready to be planked and finished by a handyman/boatbuilder. We have a full ...
    Posted Nov 29, 2016, 4:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classic movies night, December 4th Deb and the classic movies team write:To kick start the Christmas festivities we are screening the 2013 Mexican box office smash hit, The Noble Family Warning: The Noble Family ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2016, 1:28 PM by Posts Editor
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Save our Monty

Make a contribution at  pozible.com/project/rescue-our-monty

Once every battleship in the navies of the British Commonwealth carried a Montagu Whaler, but now they are a rarity.  LBT volunteers and the Wooden Boat Centre are completing the restoration of  what may be the only working Whaler in Australia. The intention is to sail it to the Wooden Boat Festival in February as part of the Tawe Nunnugah Raid.  Help us carry this project through in time for 'Monty' to join the Parade of Sail.
 
Progress on the restoration can be followed on the website our-monty.org.


Tide, wind and weather (Castle Forbes Bay)

Concept plans for Evaporator Sheds (Cumulus Studios)




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

YouTube Video



Highlights from the St Ayles Skiff Regatta 2015


Highlights from Tawe Nunnugah 2015



How to row a dinghy



Nancy arrives at the Living Boat Trust





Building 'Tuesday'



Some history: trailer for the Tawe Nunnugah 2007 movie