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

The latest, at the shed and on the water

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  • Abel Day at the LBT On Thursday the LBT was privileged to host Chris Abel and his Barbershop Choir from the Sunshine Coast.  They are in Tasmania for a singers gathering.  Chris is the great ...
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  • Where's Wally? We tracked him down (Peter Laidlaw that is) in the bowels of Mistral II, a project boat being restored for the Windeward Bound Trust.  Pete and David Nash are the ...
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  • The Great River Race Barb Dawson draws attention to this race on the Thames - see .  Maybe we need to enter a crew sometime in the future if we can ...
    Posted Sep 15, 2019, 4:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday sailing, 2pm Sept 16th Rain is forecast to clear and moderate breezes forecast to arrive.  Let's get down to the pontoon and get sailing this afternoon.
    Posted Sep 15, 2019, 4:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting Wed 18th Sept There is a draft agenda (still being worked on) at .  Send any extra business to
    Posted Sep 15, 2019, 5:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • World Skiffies short video Karl Gallienne alerted to this one, which captures the spirit of the event pretty well:
    Posted Sep 14, 2019, 7:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Barbershop choir on the Nancy on Thursday morning Chris Tucker, the great grandson of Tucker Abel who built the 'Nancy', will be bringing his choir down to perform on Nancy on Thursday morning (19th Sept) early: around 8 ...
    Posted Sep 14, 2019, 6:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Posting the news at the shed Our 'in the shed' correspondent reports. 'The LBT has a new notice board. Design and construction courtesy of the Tuesday group. No more notices being stuck to the windows!'
    Posted Sep 14, 2019, 6:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Capricornia sailing this afternoon at 2pm Monday 9 Sept The forecast looks good. Everyone welcome. Meet at the shed at 2pm. 
    Posted Sep 12, 2019, 5:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • Minutes, minutes, minutes Lots of organising at this time of year:  draft minutes from August LBT committee meeting;  minutes for the Nancy Fanciers meeting -;  minutes ...
    Posted Sep 2, 2019, 3:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes of Annual General Meeting Read them at
    Posted Sep 1, 2019, 6:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday 2nd Sept sailing, 2pm Looks like a very calm day on the river, but we are hoping the breeze might get up in the afternoon.  Convene at the pontoon at 2pm.  All welcome.  Pic ...
    Posted Sep 1, 2019, 6:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: On the Water planning meeting 5.30pm Monday 2nd Sept Basil van Reit has sent us the draft timetable attached: .  He suggests that the first day should be October 16th which presents us with our first ...
    Posted Sep 1, 2019, 6:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: LBT AGM Saturday 31st August 6.00pm at the Franklin Bowls Club opposite the Palais, 3395 Huon Hwy Franklin. See the agenda, treasurer's report etc at We will be moving ...
    Posted Aug 29, 2019, 6:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Signal flag test Spotted at the Wooden Boat Centre.  What do the flags in the pic below say?
    Posted Aug 29, 2019, 6:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Council votes to sell or give away historic Julie Burgess Our man on the north coast Graham Norris rang to point out this story.  All the details can be read in 'The Advocate': ...
    Posted Aug 29, 2019, 3:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Hexahut Project LBT member Steve Cameron brought a model of his 'Hexahut' to dinner last night - see pic below.  From the project website:  'HexaHuts are a comfortable and affordable yet very simple ...
    Posted Aug 26, 2019, 4:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Distant LBT members column Many LBT members and Franklin residents will remember John and Jane Walduck very fondly - they were great contributors to our organisation and the town over many years.  They moved back ...
    Posted Sep 1, 2019, 4:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fuel at the LBT We recently sauntered down to the ever reliable 'Rowan' to take a Tas Land Conservancy crew out for a familiarisation run and ... she wouldn't go.  After a lot of ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2019, 4:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Heads down on Monday evening The keel on the 'Viking' was the centre of attention for the work crew.  Come down and join them on any Monday evening at 5pm to help get our fleet ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2019, 3:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • End of month Monday 26th BBQ Cook's day off.  Bring something to share and something to put on the hot plate.  See you after 6.30pm.  Pic by Sander van der Wel from Wikimedia Commons
    Posted Aug 25, 2019, 3:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 26th August Pip Stevenson writes:  'Ahoy me hearties.  Rug up warm for Monday and we will have a great arvo on the water.  NW 15-20 knots.  See you at the pontoon ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2019, 4:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • On the Water Programme 2019 For those who don't know, the LBT has for many years run a very successful spring rowing programme for local schools.  Introducing children to the 'on the water' paradise ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2019, 6:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Community Grants There are many grant opportunities for community organisations such as the LBT. As an example, our local Federal MP has recently made us aware of the 'Stronger Communities Programme' under ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2019, 6:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy planning meeting Monday 26th 5.30pm A new season is coming up and, thanks to the Tuesday group, Nancy is in good shape to participate in it.  First major event is Seniors Week in mid October ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2019, 4:52 PM by Posts Editor
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New foreshore plan

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