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

The latest, at the shed and on the water

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  • Monty sails on Friday Whilst two of our whaleboats are in the shed being fussed over, the third, Monty, is on the pontoon ready to go, and the Friday sailing group have been taking ...
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  • Heritage Boats If you have an interest old boats Tasmania, and Hobart in particular, is blessed with a range of organisations to cater to your particular enthusiasm.  One of those is the ...
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  • Cruising Dinghy Conversions Andy Bullock writes:'Sailing dinghy designs developed for cruising rather than racing are a relatively new part of the sailing scene, partly fostered by the advent of ‘Raids’ using centreboard ...
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  • Verandah Posts When the loft was cleaned out we found 4 turned verandah posts which would seem to be Australian Red Cedar (pics below).  We assume that these were a donation, perhaps ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2020, 3:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • ROWING News November Jane Johnson writes:  'There has been a suggestion that a rowing steering group would help communication between groups. If you are keen to have input for your group, meet down ...
    Posted Oct 28, 2020, 12:12 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday afternoon at the shed At the beginning of spring a new group formed to help get our fleet ready for the coming season.  Here are a few pics of some of the activities last ...
    Posted Oct 27, 2020, 3:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • On the Water Program It's all about the weather, and particularly the wind.  Last year we ended up being in the Shed more than out of it, poking out into the river between ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2020, 7:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Main road Franklin, mid 1970's Dennis Muscovich found this photo taken before the road widening and the demolitions in front of where the Living Boat Trust now stands.  The Huon News building (in the centre ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2020, 2:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • tn21 Raid - one door closes, another opens Since the start of the pandemic we have known that the tn21 Raid, if it is to go ahead, could be very different from previous Raids. The 2021 Australian Wooden ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2020, 3:52 AM by Martin Riddle
  • Huon at Home concert November 7th 'Oh, where oh where has live music gone?  The COVID took it away from me…  The Franklin Palais is bringing it back with a Day Festival Fundraiser to support the ...
    Posted Oct 23, 2020, 5:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Palais Movie Night Sunday 1 November Barb Dawson writes: 'Great News!  ‘Bring a plate to share’ was a much-enjoyed tradition of Palais Movie nights before COVID. After seeking advice, we are now re-introducing this ...
    Posted Oct 23, 2020, 5:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • It's the little things After more than twenty years the brass rowlock sockets on the Grebes were getting very worn and starting to be a real problem.  Bob Tubman has been steadily replacing them ...
    Posted Oct 23, 2020, 5:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tide predictions At the top of the LBT webpage is a link to 'WillyWeather tide, wind and weather (Castle Forbes Bay)'. A question which is of perennial interest is 'how good are ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2020, 1:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wood carving Dennis Muscovich has been making new name signs for the cabins at Melaleuca (Port Davy).  He's thinking of putting on a course later in the year.  A good idea
    Posted Oct 23, 2020, 4:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • All right for some Whilst most of us wait patiently for warmer sailing weather others have taken matters into their own hands and headed north.  Hans Sipsma has just left Bowen in northern Queensland ...
    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 2:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Botanical Skiff Tours Jane Johnson writes:'Sunday October 18 saw the start of LBT “Botanical Skiff Tours” that in a leisurely fashion, discovered interesting flora and fauna along the banks of Egg Island ...
    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 7:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Friday Night rowing and sailing Last Friday there were three crews out - two rowing and one sailing Monty.  A good time was had by all, and the drinks and nibbles afterwards were enjoyed after our ...
    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 2:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Poshing it up for Seniors afternoon tea Barbara Sharp put out the clean table cloth, the best crockery, a vase of rhododendrons, and slices and cakes from Kate Hoorweg for the Seniors Week visitors who had signed ...
    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 6:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Seniors Week done and dusted On Sunday afternoon Martin Riddle and Nell Tyson took out the last Seniors Week excursion group (pic below).  We could only take a limited number of passengers due to Covid ...
    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 6:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • Black Swan all shiny and new John Snowdon (and friends) have Black Swan looking a treat.  They have even refurbished the plate on the transom celebrating the builders, so that we can actually read it.
    Posted Oct 23, 2020, 5:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • New thole pins for Swiftsure We need our thole pins to be sacrificial, so they break before the oar (or the rower) in the case of a serious crab, but that means keeping up the ...
    Posted Oct 14, 2020, 3:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Rowers Newsletter is no more For years the rowers have been spoilt with a newsletter specially for them, but Lorrie and Natalie have decided to call it a day.  The question is: what to do ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2020, 10:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dave Conway has done it again His long wheelbase trolley has been such a hit for moving Skiffs that he offered to make a short wheelbase version for the Grebes.  We of course said 'yes please ...
    Posted Oct 13, 2020, 2:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • A life on the ocean waves If you had come to the garage sale on Saturday you could have purchased some of those waves and dispensed with ever having to go on the ocean.  They were ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2020, 10:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Murphy Rules The monsoon on Friday coincided exactly with the working bee to erect the marquee for the garage sale.  We were certainly encouraged to raise shelter in the storm in a ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2020, 10:28 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