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

The latest, at the shed and on the water

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  • 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 18, 2020, 5:58 AM 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
  • Changes at the Wooden Boat Centre From the WBC:'After consulting with WorkSafe Tasmania, Dept of Health and our Insurer we have now put measures in place coming up to the opening of borders, effective today ...
    Posted Oct 8, 2020, 6:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Working Bee/Garage Sale Saturday October 10th Some time ago a 'spring clean working bee/garage sale' at the Shed was advertised in this column.  Well it is still on - this coming weekend 10am to 4pm.   We ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2020, 9:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Mordialloc Banditos Whilst the absence of Covid means that we in Tasmania are able to indulge ourselves on the river we tend to forget that circumstances are more difficult elsewhere.  A couple ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2020, 9:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sundowner Row (and sail) this Friday 9th October The rowers have been organising for this first Friday of summer time, and we hope to also have Monty out on the water under sail for those who like to ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2020, 3:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ouch! Kate Hoorweg, our champion Monday night cook, has broken a bone in her foot:  see impressive photo below.  Celia Leverton is stepping in to take over from Kate and rattle ...
    Posted Oct 2, 2020, 6:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Congratulations Celia Leverton (again) Celia is one of our stars.  This time she has won a Churchill fellowship:  'The Yulgilbar Foundation Churchill Fellowship to identify regenerative farming practices to increase landscape, business and farmer ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2020, 5:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cruise with the Wooden Boat Guild to Huonville 22nd November The calendar is filling up fast:  add this date to yours.  This is an annual event, usually featuring some steamboats, but also anything else that floats.  We head up to ...
    Posted Oct 2, 2020, 2:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF Parade of Sail Feb 7th 2021 Roscoe Barnett and Bella Laughton-Clark write:  'We have been throwing some exciting ideas around the AWBF office and have decided to kick off 2021 with a Parade of Sail ...
    Posted Oct 2, 2020, 2:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Thank you Liz and Karen For years we rowers have been able to simply collect our oars and equipment from the Shed then head off to the pontoon in the expectation that there will be ...
    Posted Oct 2, 2020, 1:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rhythm of Life - Palais Theatre, Sunday 11 October 2.30pm Barbara Dawson writes:'Tasmanian Song Company invites you to their "Rhythm of Life" choral concert, showcasing a variety of songs that embrace all aspects of life, reflecting the ups and ...
    Posted Oct 2, 2020, 1:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Garage Sale Saturday 10th October There will be a garage sale at the Palais 9am - 2pm and we plan to hold one on the same day at the LBT. 
    Posted Sep 30, 2020, 10:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Seniors Week (12-17 October) This is a big opportunity for the LBT.  Nancy is ideal for getting seniors out on the water, and they (we?) love it.  The advertisement in the COTA Newsletter reads ...
    Posted Sep 23, 2020, 9:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • President's 2020 Report Very much worth a read: https://tinyurl.com/y32sxg7g
    Posted Sep 23, 2020, 2:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Congratulations to Castle to Crane Crews In a previous post we reported admiringly (and somewhat enviously) that the Women's Open and 50+ teams had posted times of around 53 minutes in the 8km Castle to ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2020, 3:03 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