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

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  • No organised sailing Monday 20th May Our skippers are busy, and rain is imminent.
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  • Lost a camera? This one has been hanging around the LBT shed for weeks.  It is film (not digital).  Contact the secretary of you recognise it.
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  • Invitation to Row at Lake Meadowbank 26 May Andrew Perkins has invited us to join all manner of craft to row to a lunchtime spot down Lake Meadowbank. The rowing will take about an hour in calm water ...
    Posted May 17, 2019, 11:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Palais Concert June 4: Van Diemen's Band Tasmania’s own Baroque super-group, Van Diemen’s Band, is joined by internationally acclaimed singer, Lotte Betts-Dean, for a concert of Baroque favourites by Vivaldi, Handel and Scarlatti ...
    Posted May 17, 2019, 7:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • When in doubt, try the trysail LBT member John Snowdon sent us this very interesting account ( of crossing Bass Strait in heavy weather in Beatrix, which visited Franklin back in autumn.  We ...
    Posted May 15, 2019, 5:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History Walk Opening 10th June Harry Rettino sent us the invitation attached below.  If you need more information contact him:  0473 066254 or 
    Posted May 15, 2019, 5:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing in windy weather Pip Stevenson sent in the following report. Sailing Monday Recap; Gusty Monday 13th May.  It was definitely a full on forecast for last Mondays sailing afternoon; 25 kts and more ...
    Posted May 15, 2019, 5:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Franklin Fruit Loop Deb Van Velsen invites everybody to  the opening of the  Franklin Fruit Loop.  This is a scenic short-cut path between Old and New Roads across van Riddle and Johnson ...
    Posted May 14, 2019, 3:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Farewell dinner for Stranraer crews 20th May The Stranraer St Ayles Skiff Regatta ('World Skiffies') in southern Scotland isn't until July, but some of our participating crews are leaving early to make it the 'big OS ...
    Posted May 12, 2019, 4:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Please fill out the book It is useful, when we want to  apply for a grant for instance, to have a record of boat useage.  The best way to do this is to write it ...
    Posted May 11, 2019, 10:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday (13th May) Strong winds forecast for tomorrow.  Come down and we will assess the situation 2pm and get out if possible - of recent times wind forecasts have been wrong as often as ...
    Posted May 11, 2019, 10:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Adrian Dean presentation next Monday (20th May) Did you know that Adrian was the supervising shipwright on the restoration of the 'May Queen'?  Or that he designed the 'Greenlander' sea kayak that was for many years a ...
    Posted May 11, 2019, 4:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • A roving we will go (on Tuesday) Clinching up planks with copper nails and roves (washers) is one of the fundamental techniques of wooden boat building, and YOU have an opportunity to learn how to do it ...
    Posted May 12, 2019, 5:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Course Friday 17th May at Huonville Miranda Wageman, Health and Wellbeing Officer at Huon Valley Council writes:'PAT (Pensioner Association Tasmania) still has 3 places available in a First Aid course for Friday 17 May at ...
    Posted May 8, 2019, 3:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting May 8th There is an agenda being compiled at .  If there are comments or further items you wish to have included in the business send them to sec ...
    Posted May 4, 2019, 6:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Adrian Dean on the ‘Elements of Dinghy Design’ May 20th A year or so ago Adrian came over to an LBT dinner to describe the trading schooner he designed. Adrian does both large and small: sitting in the Wooden Boat ...
    Posted May 4, 2019, 4:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday Monday is looking cool and mild - a good day to practice sailing in light airs.  Hans Sipsma will be taking Capricornia out around 3pm.  All welcome. Pic from Robyn Berrington
    Posted May 4, 2019, 5:28 AM by Posts Editor
  • Change of season The sun is coming up later and later, just in time to meet to Jerry coming down the river, and first LBT crews coming up it. Thanks to Jill Edwards ...
    Posted May 1, 2019, 11:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic film at the Palais May 5th Team movies writes:  'This month Sunday 5 May, Classic Movies is screening the wonderful 2016 Swedish comedy-drama ‘A Man Called Ove’....  Synopsis: Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who ...
    Posted May 1, 2019, 11:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Maritime Museum Talk 7th May John Wadsley writes:  'This time our guest has come all the way from London (that’s in Britain, or Place of Brexit).  Rachael Utting is a PhD student at Royal ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2019, 4:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • End of Month LBT Dinner Yes, the cook takes  a break on Monday 29th April and the rest of us get a chance to demonstrate our culinary skills.  Bring something to share and something for ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2019, 4:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Good Friday Social Row Lorrie Harrison writes: 'Where were you? The sun shone, the bunnies hopped and we had a lovely row.  Thanks to Zainab Clark for the photos.'
    Posted Apr 21, 2019, 2:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lot's of pictures from rowing at Dover 2019 Zainab Clark has done her usual excellent job of photographing events we are involved in.  See lots of great pics at
    Posted Apr 24, 2019, 12:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tight racing at Dover There were some photo finishes to the St Ayles Skiff races at Port Esperance on Easter Saturday.  We wuz robbed.  Thanks to Matt Wardell and the Dover crew for organising ...
    Posted Apr 30, 2019, 3:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dutch Wooden Boat Festival July 5th-7th For those wishing to escape a southern hemisphere winter for a spell this could be an enticing destination.  It is being organised by old friend of the LBT Bert van ...
    Posted Apr 17, 2019, 2:44 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