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

The latest, at the shed and on the water

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  • Guides at the LBT The Grebes are great little boats for a first taste of being 'on the water', as the group of Guides shown in the picture below discovered.  They splashed about happily ...
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  • Montagu Whaler funding campaign ended successfully  Enough money to complete the restoration of the Montagu Whaler was raised by the 'Pozible' campaign: thanks to all who contributed and particularly David Hume who organised it.  Whilst 'Monty ...
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  • Montagu Whaler 'taking up' The Montagu Whaler went in the water on the high tide on Saturday morning, which happened to be at 4.30 am.  Not a popular hour for some, but she ...
    Posted Jan 22, 2017, 3:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: Rowers @ the Australian Wooden Boat Festival Fiona Peate writes:'Volunteers are invited to crew Tasmania's oldest boat, Admiral, at the Wooden Boat Festival, taking passengers for a half hour row around the harbour. It's ...
    Posted Jan 22, 2017, 2:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Cygnet Skiff launched Lorrie Harrison writes:  'Sunny skies and smiles all around as the second skiff in the Port Cygnet Sailing Club was launched by local Federal member, Julie Collins. This elegant skiff ...
    Posted Jan 20, 2017, 1:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Montagu whaler ready for launch Graham Wright writes:  'Peter Hill has been on a roll the last couple of weeks as it was he who suggested navy blue on the gunwale and bump strip and ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 12:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy ready for Boat Festival Graham Wright writes:  'It's all about paint, Peter Hill to the rescue: he restored Nancy to her former glory re-painting all the cabin sides and around the windows ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 12:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • World Record LBT Dinner Talk about loaves and fishes:  Kate can perform miracles of almost biblical proportions.  We couldn't fit in the shed, so the long table was set up out on the ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 12:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • The oar leather production line Whilst Martin sews Liz punches.  Henry Ford would have been most impressed.  They are doing are wonderful job: check out Billie's oars next time you go for a row ...
    Posted Jan 18, 2017, 2:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • Working Waterfront News The latest from the Working Waterfront and the Wooden Boat Centre attached: http://bit.ly/2jFcH2i
    Posted Jan 18, 2017, 2:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • New Cygnet Skiff Jürgen from Cygnet writes:  'Thursday, 19 Jan, 1400h (2pm) at PCSC, Lymington Rd will be the one and only official launch of the new skiff THE CYGNET, sister ship to ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2017, 2:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • The wind is fresh, the temperature warm Who would be anywhere else but sailing on the Huon River?  The Grebes will be being rigged at 3.30pm this (Monday) afternoon.  Come down and join the team.
    Posted Jan 15, 2017, 1:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australia Day 2017 26th January See flyer (bit.ly/2jkNbl5) and bus timetables (bit.ly/2jku9vm,bit.ly/2jkyoqQ) attached.  Be part of it: join the Living Boat Trust crew at this event.  See bit ...
    Posted Jan 14, 2017, 12:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rigging the Skiffs The Kiwis reckon their Skiff 'Wee Tawera'  'sails like a wutch' and we do too.  On the last Return Raid from Hobart to Franklin they hardly had to put an ...
    Posted Jan 14, 2017, 3:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Need to find your land legs?  Zainab Clark writes:  'Di Harris and Zainab Clark would like to organise a monthly(?) bush walk for anyone who is interested. Inviting suggestions for places to go, things to see ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2017, 12:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Battleship grey for 'Monty' The team are hard at work (well, you can tell from the picture) getting the last coats of paint on, and 'Monty' will have an unofficial launch in the next ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 3:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • A Most Excellent Raffle ... is being held to support the Regatta celebrations. $3,053 in prizes. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin Post Office, Woof Gallery and Frank ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 1:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Blue paddleboard going, going ... After lengthy debate and a split decision the committee concluded that the obvious heritage value of this paddleboard did not warrant it occupying space at the LBT any longer.  If ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 2:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon Floats We are still seeking big black plastic floats of the style shown in the pic below so that we can complete our second pontoon.  If you know where we can ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 3:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT boats are working boats Mick Griggs demonstrates in the picture below: he is fixing a fender on the new pontoon.
    Posted Jan 10, 2017, 7:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Farewell for the Walduck's, Monday Jan 23rd See flyer below: http://bit.ly/2jgNBqg .  This event will replace the normal Monday dinner.  RSVP to Wendy Brown: wfbfranklin@gmail.com.
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 3:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Gracie' for sale Iain Oughtred designed “Tammie Norrie” (Grebe).  4.0M (13'6") X 1.2M (4').  7mm Hoop Pine marine plywood and Celery Top pine, epoxy bonded. Oregon mast, gaff and boom ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2017, 6:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Australia Day 26th Jan: be part of it The LBT had a great Australia Day last year, helping kids (of all ages) make paddles, and then taking them out on the water in Grebes (and Skiffs) - see the ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2017, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing with Taroona, Sunday 22nd January Invitation to all LBT rowers.  Taroona has invited us to join them for a row along the beautiful Alum Cliffs on Sunday 22 January, leaving Taroona beach at 10am.  The ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2017, 12:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • First Dinghy sailing session for 2017 Mike Dredge tells us it is ON: come down to the LBT pontoon this Monday afternoon (the 9th) at around 3.30pm.
    Posted Jan 8, 2017, 1:44 PM by Posts Editor
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Save our Monty campaign ended

We have raised enough money to complete the restoration of the Montagu Whaler: thanks to all who contributed. 'Monty' is out of the shed and in the water.

 Pic from Graham Wright


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