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

The latest, at the shed and on the water

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  • Midwinter at the LBT: Monday 26th This year's celebration is on Monday evening (yes we know it's different in other places), and we have chosen to highlight the culinary imagination of our members.  Meaning ...
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  • MMT Monthly Talk - Tuesday 4 July For those who like to get down and dirty with their maritime history John Wadsley writes:  'This time we have a local historian presenting on the Shag Bay fertilizer factory ...
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  • The Pontoon Gang are at it again David Pittaway and his merry people have made a big start on pontoon 2 (P2), with P1 as a very handy utility platform.  Come down and join in the fun ...
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  • Monday Monty quiz Monday diners will be expected to label an unannotated version of the accompanying diagram before they get their desserts. Pic from Admiralty Manual of Seamanship supplied by Roger Sly
    Posted Jun 21, 2017, 2:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'The Big Heat' at the Palais, Sunday 2nd July Deb Combes writes:  'I have searched the vault, and found this famous 1953 gangster film ‘The Big Heat’. Directed by Fritz Lang and stars Glen Ford as Dave Bannion in ...
    Posted Jun 18, 2017, 4:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cadets in the Monty Our Montagu Whaler spent most of her life as a training vessel for cadets learning seamanship, and it was great to see her again being used for this purpose on ...
    Posted Jun 19, 2017, 3:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • A Viking ship needs a dragon (or two) Over at the Wooden Boat Centre the strakes are steadily being added to the frame of the (petite) Viking boat currently under construction, and under the chisel of Francis the ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2017, 8:24 PM by Richard Forster
  • Funding Skiff Events Word from St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Association of Australia (sascraa.org):  '"Getting enough skiffs together for a national event is always going to be a challenge in Australia", says ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2017, 8:00 PM by Richard Forster
  • Flare demonstration night When: Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 6.00pm – 7.30pm.  Where: Port Cygnet Sailing Club, Lymington Road, Cygnet.  See the attached flier for details: http://bit.ly/2rjUoTR.  MAST are organising ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2017, 4:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sunday July 2nd 3pm: an afternoon tea for Greg Guy Anne Holst writes: 'We at the Franklin Wooden Boat Centre would like to invite you to an afternoon tea in recognition of Greg Guy’s contribution to Franklin’s water ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2017, 4:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Summer dreamin' Those of us who aren't Facebook people (and are thus hopelessly out of date)  aren't necessarily aware of Alex Blackburn's video of tawe nunnugah 2017 (and the ...
    Posted Jun 14, 2017, 3:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bosun needs a new home Greg Guy writes:   'I was wondering if you might spread the word for me that I am seeking a good and loving environment for a good and loving dog. I ...
    Posted Jun 14, 2017, 5:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • tawe nunnugah: the long story, from Murdo McLeod Murdo is a photographer and journalist from the UK who came with us on the Raid, rowing in a Skiff crew.  He has written a beautifully illustrated article which can ...
    Posted Jun 13, 2017, 3:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: wooden dinghy Annie McComb writes:  ' I have recently bought a little 26' Huon Pine motorsailer and would like to buy a small clinker built rowing boat to use as a tender.  I ...
    Posted Jun 11, 2017, 3:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • 20 years worth of paperwork Southerly Dolling has been combing through the LBT 'records', discarding the junk mail and the receipts from 1999 and retaining the original planning for the shed and tawe nunnugah.  There ...
    Posted Jun 11, 2017, 3:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hawsers Martin Riddle writes:  'The LBT recently acquired several heavy duty ship’s hawsers which the Krynens are kindly storing for us in the Evaporators. The mooring ropes have many potential ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2017, 3:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT membership renewals LBT annual memberships lapse at the end of June and renewal notices will be sent out shortly.  Payment details will be included in these notices: they remain the same as ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2017, 3:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Night at the flicks You can have one on Friday 23rd June at 6.30 pm, Huonville Town Hall, when there  will be a free screening of 'Constance on the Edge', an acclaimed film ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2017, 3:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Floatmo Celia Leverton point out that for those opposed to the mooted expansion of the salmon industry on the east coast there is a 'flotilla' day planned for June 18th.  Read ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2017, 5:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lake Macquarie Skiff LBT member Ronda Longuet has moved north to balmier climes at Lake Macquarie near Newcastle, and has sent the accompanying photos just  to rub it in as we shiver through ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2017, 6:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • Mosquito Point We are excited by developments at Franklin, but as Barb Dawson points out: 'There are other new jetties being built on the Huon - for this one, construction has just started ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2017, 6:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Course June 17th Anne Benjamin from Huon Yacht Club writes:  The Huon Yacht Club is providing a  First Aid Course run by St John Ambulance on Saturday 17 June. All members and friends ...
    Posted Jun 5, 2017, 11:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Controversial installation sculpture IS on the water On Monday evening pontoon two splashed her way through the reeds and onto the river under the impetus of the Krynens' forklift and sundry levers, the scene being lit by ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2017, 6:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Controversial installation sculpture to be moved onto water The extra floats are available, so come along and help on Monday afternoon, 3pm.
    Posted Jun 1, 2017, 7:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: mail tubes and storage folios There has been a major 'autumn cleanup' in the office with new shelves installed (thanks Tuesday Group!) and David Pittaway and Southerly Dolling combing through old paperwork to extract the ...
    Posted Jun 1, 2017, 7:57 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