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

The latest, at the shed and on the water

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  • Social isolation, south Tasmania style Some people have chosen Tinpot Bay: see below.
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  • A day at sea aboard Yukon Attached is a story from David Nash  to entertain all of us stuck at home: Those Nash boys have grown - see pics below. .
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  • Skiffs self isolate On a stunning autumn day, with teams of lifters keeping 1.5m apart, the 3 skiffs were taken out of the water.  One was transported into the LBT extension on ...
    Posted Mar 26, 2020, 3:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Marine is open (as of March 27th) Ian from the chandlery tells us that whilst observing all necessary precautions he is still open for business in order to support those whose isolation activities are boaty.
    Posted Mar 26, 2020, 3:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Stories from the sea In a previous post we asked what we should be doing whilst we are all holed up.  One answer is to tell stories, and John Snowdon has set the ball ...
    Posted Mar 24, 2020, 3:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mark's Wall The grounds of the LBT have been transformed since Mark McBride's arrival - commented on by everybody up to and including the mayor.  His latest creation (with a little help ...
    Posted Mar 24, 2020, 4:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • What to do whilst the Shed is shut down We have received the following (edited) email from the Tasmanian Men's Shed Association.  'Good morning Shed Members,  As many members would be aware,  due to the Covid-19 virus ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2020, 2:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boat trolley: thanks Dave! When Dave Conway heard we needed a trolley for getting boats in and out of the water he got out the welder, rolled up his sleeves and did it.  Thanks ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2020, 2:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Shutdown of organised events at the LBT In the LBT Coronavirus policy previously announced we said that ‘advice and circumstances are rapidly changing, … all decisions may only apply for a short period of time’ and ‘that we ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2020, 4:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT and the coronavirus At the LBT Committee meeting on Thursday night the following response to the threat posed by the Coronavirus was formulated.  The committee will keep abreast of information and government policy ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2020, 10:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tasmanian Land Conservancy Newsletter As the 'custodians' of a large slice of the Egg Islands LBT member the Tasmanian Land Conservancy is a very important local organisation.  We recently received their latest newsletter which ...
    Posted Mar 19, 2020, 2:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Palais closed From the Palais Management Committee: 'Due to the current Coronavirus situation, Huon Valley Council has temporarily closed all public halls until further notice.  Regrettably, the Palais has had to cancel ...
    Posted Mar 18, 2020, 5:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History Group Newsletter Latest from the the History Group, who have found a home at the Masonic Lodge.  See attached:
    Posted Mar 17, 2020, 4:40 AM by Posts Editor
  • Spanish Fiesta with “Karavana Flamenca’ Thursday 26 March Barb Dawson from the Palais writes: 'Experience the spirit of Spain in a night of authentic Spanish music and food at the Palais Theatre Franklin.  Flamenco band "Karavana Flamenca" from ...
    Posted Mar 13, 2020, 6:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pandora The LBT has received the following email from Adam  Fraser.  'I am the current owner / custodian of Pandora , one class design built 1910 in HOBART.  I have salvaged her from ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2020, 4:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT committee meeting March 19th The agenda for this meeting is being drawn up at . Draft minutes for the February meeting can be viewed at
    Posted Mar 13, 2020, 5:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Latest plan for foreshore upgrade The LBT has received the attached draft plan ( from council, which was drawn up after consultation with stakeholders (Wooden Boat Centre, us, etc).  A response has ...
    Posted Mar 13, 2020, 5:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 9th March The conditions look good, so lets do it.  Meet at the pontoon at noon ready to take Capricornia out.
    Posted Mar 7, 2020, 1:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT small boat expeditions – Dover and the Lakes We are planning at least two more small boat expeditions for the next few months. Over the Easter weekend we will take a fleet from Franklin to Dover to join ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2020, 1:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday cancelled March 2nd Hans has been in contact to say that his eBike expedition is still happily trundling through northern Tasmania, and we await his return to skipper Capricornia. Pic from Gary Macdonald
    Posted Mar 1, 2020, 2:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • 'Nancy' Explorers on the Huon at Franklin A Monday expedition aboard the Living Boat Trust’s wooden ferry “MV Nancy” (circa 1917), gave seven Huon Regional Care residents and two staff members the chance to see Franklin ...
    Posted Feb 29, 2020, 11:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Steamers Run The Paynesville crew sent the following report of their row across the Gippsland Lakes.  LBT rowers follow the Steamers Run to Paynesville and join in the Paynesville Classic Boat Rally ...
    Posted Mar 1, 2020, 1:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Unlabelled containers can be expensive for the LBT Please contact the LBT Secretary if you know anything about this 5 litre container and the 2 litres of liquid in it. Someone has put it in the fuel locker ...
    Posted Feb 27, 2020, 9:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing lay day Monday 24th Skippers are busy.  May be an opportunity to get Capricornia out in the evening.
    Posted Feb 27, 2020, 8:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday BBQ coming up A quick glance at the kitchen roster posted by Kate below ( tells us that last Monday of the month is indeed coming up.  Bring something for ...
    Posted Feb 22, 2020, 12:15 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