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

The latest, at the shed and on the water

  • Beat the rush and register for the next Tawe Nunnugah Raid (tn17) now. We would love to see old friends and longstanding members of the Living Boat Trust in the 2017 Raid, but to be fair to everyone, if we are oversubscribed we ...
    Posted by Posts Editor
  • The Dutch really love their leeboards Writing about Dutch boat builders last week reminded me of a visit to the Dutch traditional boat show at Enkhuizen a few years ago.  Leeboards are unusual in Australia as ...
    Posted May 29, 2016, 9:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • MAST conduct root and branch investigation Marine and Safety Tasmania-------------------------------------------Notice No.:             M70-16Title:                      Navigation Hazard – Huon RiverValid From:           26/05/2016Valid Until:            28/05/2016Notice Content: A large floating tree has ...
    Posted May 26, 2016, 4:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Flying Dutchmen Coming Here.... Avid followers of the wooden boat scene will know that 6 young Dutch boat builders from Amsterdam will be in Franklin constructing a 16 square metre sailboat at the Wooden ...
    Posted May 26, 2016, 12:43 AM by Posts Editor
  • Short Recreational and Trade Courses at the Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin Come and join us in the Boat Shed. A wider range of short courses are now on offer for 2016 and 2017.View this email in your browserBoatbuilding courses ...
    Posted May 26, 2016, 12:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion at Franklin Marine - one day course Have you been hoping to take your boat cruising?We think you'll find this  one-day course will give you the knowledge and  confidence you need to get away ...
    Posted May 26, 2016, 12:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon Playtime In scenes reminiscent of valiant tugmen towing the Mulberry Harbours to the D-Day landings, Mike Dredge and Hans pulled donated pontoons upriver to Franklin. These will be used in ...
    Posted May 20, 2016, 11:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Well done WOW! Friday night saw another fantastic event, organised by the amazing ladies from Women on Water. Great food, entertaining film and over $2500 raised for the LBT coffers.  Wonderful result.
    Posted May 20, 2016, 8:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • St Ayles Skiff Regatta 2017 - newsletter #1 First newsletter for the 2017 regatta attached below.  A not-to-be-missed date for your diaries - Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 February 2017.  Opening ceremony on afternoon of Friday ...
    Posted May 19, 2016, 6:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • History Channel Two interesting snippets from our Tasmanian Maritime Museums1.  A talk on accessing Australia's maritime archives - to be held in the Royal Society Rooms at the Tasmanian Museum and ...
    Posted May 18, 2016, 11:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • R and R for Imagine Yesterday afternoon, the Huon River's hardest working boat was paddled into dry dock for Refurbishment and Restoration.  Helpers of all skill levels are needed to bring this boat back ...
    Posted May 16, 2016, 10:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Festival Update For the latest newsletter, see the following link
    Posted May 16, 2016, 5:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Curry and Movie night Don't forget revised date - this Friday 20 May, doors open 6pm.  Only $20 for curry, dessert and movie. Best value in the Valley!!
    Posted May 16, 2016, 5:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Margaret Forster memorial service Palais Theatre, Franklin; Friday, 13th May; Doors open 1pm; Ceremonies begin 2pm; If you want to contribute a photo, picture, or something written please come before 2pm and put it ...
    Posted May 7, 2016, 7:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT News Column This column is having a short vacation whilst we get reorganised. Patience please.
    Posted May 5, 2016, 7:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • RIP Margaret Forster Margaret died peacefully this (Thursday) morning at Royal Hobart Hospital.  There will be a memorial service and wake.  Stay tuned.  Pic of Margaret sewing the LBT flag
    Posted May 7, 2016, 7:30 AM by Posts Editor
  • Curry and Movie night It was so good last time it was worth a reprise.  Come along to the Palais on Friday 13th May at 6pm.  Details in the flyer below.
    Posted Apr 30, 2016, 5:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Farewell LBT post box The postal service has jacked up the annual cost of our box to the point where it's not worth keeping it, especially when we can have mail delivered directly ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2016, 7:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Members Meeting, Monday 9th May Any members interested in having an influence on the  issues the committee is considering should come along to the shed before dinner at  5.30pm on this date.  We'll ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2016, 2:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • The SV Rhona H and the saga of the Bell John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes:  'Please find attached the flyer ( for the next MMT lunchtime talk, to be held next Tuesday 3 May 2016 ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2016, 7:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • At the movies: Dead Calm Coming up at the Palais Theatre in Franklin this Sunday night (1st May) is this classic 'on the water' film, starring our Nic (Kidman).  Doors open at 6.30 for ...
    Posted Apr 27, 2016, 3:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Shed Warming Party, Tuesday 10th May We need to launch the new extension, and Tuesday 10th, 3.30-8.00pm has been chosen as a good time for a party.  Starting in daylight hours means we ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2016, 6:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT members at large column Deb Van Velsen is at the 'start of 10 days camping on Big Green Island off Flinders Is. as a Parks volunteer on a rat baiting program'.  Follow her on ...
    Posted Apr 26, 2016, 5:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Working Bee at Matt's, May 1st  Matt and Gill write:  'Following the great success of the last working bee earth rendering our straw bale house we are coming close to finishing sealing up the straw before ...
    Posted Apr 26, 2016, 5:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Winter season dinners to begin at 7 o'clock Cooks have decided to serve Monday dinners a little earlier now that daylight is fading.  Pic from
    Posted Apr 26, 2016, 4:48 PM by Posts Editor
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Current Weather Conditions in South Franklin, Huon Valley, Southern Tasmania
South Franklin HRVista weathercam
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