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

The latest, at the shed and on the water

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  • Raid Pics Links to pictures from the Raid are being added to repository at as we become aware of them. Pic from Ben Forster
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  • Monty v Ducks The Monty needs a home.  The ducks in the pic below reckon the new pontoon is a key part of their guano production operation, and aren't very happy about ...
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  • End of Regatta Curry Yet another highlight of the Skiff Regatta was the celebration curry dinner served up Jilly Archer to end it.  Hans Sipsma sent in this pic with a different angle on ...
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  • LBT seeks treasurer 'Ask not what the Living Boat Trust can do for you, ask what etc, etc'.  Here is a great chance for somebody to make a contribution. Our previous treasurers have ...
    Posted Feb 23, 2017, 1:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • On (and off) the Water with Huon Valley Schools Sam Mifsud, whose daughter attends Franklin Primary,  asks us what has happened to our On the Water Program.  Good question.  If you would like to help revive our schools program ...
    Posted Feb 23, 2017, 5:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • Please return the Yamy Could the borrower of our Yamaha outboard motor please return it.
    Posted Feb 23, 2017, 4:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pics from Skiff Regatta Nell Tyson has submitted the first batch of photos from the Regatta, and a link to them has been added to the 'Tasskiffie2017 Pics' page at ...
    Posted Feb 22, 2017, 1:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • 2017 Port Esperance Regatta Rebecca Hancock writes:'This year's Regatta will be a three day event to be held during the Easter long weekend (Friday 14th April to Sunday 16th April), comprising three ...
    Posted Feb 21, 2017, 12:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dutch boat DID float By the time it had been varnished it looked like an ornament, but just to prove that it was a real boat the Dutch boys took the 16M2 (built at ...
    Posted Feb 21, 2017, 12:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Treasurer standing down Ill health has forced Jackie Garnsey to stand down as Treasurer.  The prospects for her long term recovery are good, but this may take some time.  She writes: 'I would ...
    Posted Feb 20, 2017, 10:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • End of Raiding for another year Tawe Nunnugah is over, and the return raid is finished.  All we can do is cultivate the whiskers we have grown, savor the memories, and plan for next time.  Thanks ...
    Posted Feb 19, 2017, 3:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Regatta Parade The boat parade from Huonville to Franklin to open the Regatta was a spectacular success.  The only downside was that the organiser, David Budd, was not here to see it ...
    Posted Feb 19, 2017, 2:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • Finalised Regatta Programme All digits crossed, this is it.  See Pic from Rob Ayliffe
    Posted Feb 12, 2017, 9:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • When too much Skiff is not enough Rob Ayliffe writes:  'Skiffie shout out!  We need Skiffie Help!  Skiff awareness raising in South Australia!  Some of you will know that there is this idea of rowing three skiffs ...
    Posted Feb 12, 2017, 9:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon helpers wanted David Pittaway writes:  'Pontoon 1 got her skirt completed last Wednesday, with the fender now extending around both ends. Prior to deployment for the skiff regatta, tie rails need to ...
    Posted Feb 12, 2017, 4:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • MAST notice for the Return Raid Valid From: 10/2/2017 until: 16/2/2017 Notice Content: A fleet of small craft will be travelling under sail and oar from Hobart to Franklin via the D ...
    Posted Feb 12, 2017, 2:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Raid - Unvarnished, Uncensored, Unadorned..... Click on TN17 (tab at top of LBT page) or go to, to read stories from our local heroes.
    Posted Feb 11, 2017, 5:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteers Wanted For LBT Stand at Wooden Boat Festival Volunteers wanted to help Graham Rankin man the LBT stand at the Festival - even 2 hours of your time would be a great help. Friday, Saturday or Sunday 10am - 6pm ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2017, 12:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Clock is Ticking....Karl Gallienne - Harcourts Community and Corporate Challenge 2017 You see them in the health centre, you chat to them in the bank, but inside many of Huon's model citizens is an elite athlete busting to get out ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2017, 4:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • News from the Grand Fleet Faint messages in Morse Code are being received from our adventurers on the Raid.  Despite headwinds and testing conditions, morale is holding up.  Flogging has been kept to the absolute ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2017, 2:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • When the Grandchildren ask "Were you actually there?" Woodstock.... Live Aid Wembley.... Franklin 2017....the truly great music events of the modern era.  Put down that oar and pick up that air guitar...Weekend of St Ayles skiff ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2017, 7:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boat Owners - Essential Date for your Diary! Showcase the Huon River in this unique event by bringing your boat (any craft with flags) or join one of the Living Boat Trust's fleet.  We have it all ...
    Posted Feb 1, 2017, 6:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Just How Much Fun Can a Small Town Take ? Having just waved off the Raiders on their epic journey, still more events are fast approaching. Over the next few days, information on these events will be released:1)  Huon ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2017, 9:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Stacked Skiffs Rob Ayliffe shows how it is done: he is on his way down to the Raid and Regatta, with boats from Adelaide, Warrnambool and Melbourne being towed along behind.
    Posted Jan 29, 2017, 11:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Music at the St Ayles Skiff Regatta Sandy Pollard has set up a Facebook page to help him organise and publicise the concerts: see it at
    Posted Jan 30, 2017, 1:01 PM by Richard Forster
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Meteye Franklin Forecast
Willy Weather 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