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Figurehead for Freyja

posted Oct 24, 2021, 2:57 PM by Posts Editor

Jane Johnson writes:

The LBT Open Day on October 31, 2021 aims to provide opportunities for “messing about with boats”, which this Sunday from 11am includes model boats, “Come and Try” and launching the first figurehead [for our boats]. 

The figurehead is for “Freyja” the third St Ayles Skiff built in Franklin in 2016 to celebrate community rowing. “Imagine” was the first skiff launched in Australia in 2012 and “Billie” followed suit in 2015. There are now 30 skiffs proposed for communities throughout Australia, and over 250 in the world, demonstrating that from little things, big things have grown. One important outcome is that more people are out ‘messing about in boats’. 

From medieval times a figurehead was one of the necessary, fascinating aspects of boatbuilding, a highlight that reinforced ancient shipbuilding and architectural techniques. A figurehead sometimes provided magical significance and frequently provided a recognisable feature, an identity for the vessel. Many people believed it gave protection to the vessel and crew and the choice of a figurehead was important. A swan represents grace and mobility and Cygnet skiffies have created an elegant and easily recognized St Ayles Skiff feature for their community. 

The Living Boat Trust now has its own representation of the spirit of a boat. Historically, the Bittern rowing group achieved a community grant through Westpac and chose the name as the bird resides in the Egg Island area. The Bittern figurehead is carved from Huon Pine by Mary-Lou Conway, a skilled woodworker with a veterinary, hence ornithological background. There was enthusiasm and patience with the first clay mould created, and many hours spent reinstating an ancient and creative feature of wooden boat-building. 

Dennis Muscovich instigated, supported and coordinated the project that will also see an eagle carved for “Imagine” and a profile of Billie the sheepdog attached to the skiff named in her honour. 

With this launch the LBT joins the Augusta community in WA with Pelican and Dolphin creations. Through carving a figurehead, each St Ayles Skiff will have a unique community spirit. 


posted Oct 24, 2021, 5:53 AM by Richard Forster   [ updated Oct 24, 2021, 5:55 AM ]

We are in the process of paying our insurances, which is a good time to remind ourselves of what we are covered for and what we are not. This has not changed in recent years, so what follows is simply a rehash of the same notice we have issued in the past – if you think you have seen it before you probably have. 

  • If you are a member participating in (not working for) an LBT activity such as rowing or sailing there is NO cover provided for you by the LBT. The way to think of it is that as a member using ‘your’ facilities (the shed, the boats) it is up to you to provide your own cover. The principal reason that the LBT does not provide personal accident cover for participants is financial: we would have have to put up membership rates to cover it, and this would be unfair to the many members who are good supporters but are infrequent users of our resources.
  • We DO provide voluntary workers insurance.  
  • This insurance is primarily intended for people doing work for the LBT, in the workshop or supervising events.
  • If you are in paid employment (outside the LBT) the insurance provides some cover for loss of income in the case of injury: up to $400 per week to a maximum of 104 weeks. 
  • If you are not in paid employment and are injured whilst working for the LBT you are entitled to some ‘home help’. 
  • In either of the above cases the LBT is NOT covered for any medical costs: all medical treatment must be claimed from Medicare or a private health provider. 
  • There is also a ‘capital’ benefit in the case of a permanent disablement or death to a maximum of $50,000. 
  • To see the details for this last, and for other information see the extended explanation provided by our insurance broker Grant Butters: http://bit.ly/2dv3Y3J  .

The LBT has various other insurances, not described here, including public liability, boat third party, the shed and management liability.  See http://bit.ly/2dafKOb for our insurance documentation.

Grant has provided a long explanation and tables with further details: see http://bit.ly/2dv3Y3J.

And for details of the 2021-22 insurances see https://tinyurl.com/yxwfwpev .

Only one week to Family Fun Day

posted Oct 23, 2021, 2:33 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Oct 24, 2021, 2:52 PM ]

Yep, 31st of October is next Sunday. Here is a reminder of the planned activities. 

When:  11.00am – 3.00pm.  
Where:  the LBT shed and foreshore. 

Come along and enjoy:  

  • Paul Frost’s model boats;
  • sausage Sizzle and salad; 
  • scones jam and cream;
  • music with Terry Mead and David Pittaway;
  • mounting of new figure head for Freya carved by Mary Lou Conway (see attached: https://tinyurl.com/jjv6668y);
  • come and try rowing.

Please bring a salad or scones to share.  LBT will supply the meat for the BBQ. 
Drink available to buy. 
For more information phone Endra: 0412 168 552.

Race 1 McLaren series 31st October

posted Oct 23, 2021, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Oct 23, 2021, 1:40 PM ]

Port Huon and Cygnet Yacht clubs invite interested people to participate. See poster below.

Palais Garage Sale 31st Oct

posted Oct 23, 2021, 1:19 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Oct 23, 2021, 1:23 PM ]

See flyer below for details.

BBQ Monday Coming up

posted Oct 22, 2021, 1:33 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Oct 22, 2021, 1:33 PM ]

A quick eyeball of the calendar tells that the 25th is indeed the last Monday in October, and that hence we sing for our own suppers. If you are a VERY good singer somebody might feed you – otherwise bring something for the hot plate and something to share and sing anyway. Also the forecast suggests bringing a sweater.

 Pic from WIkimedia

The Shed is open

posted Oct 17, 2021, 11:36 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Oct 23, 2021, 1:43 PM ]

The oracles have spoken, and this is what they said.

'The lockdown in Southern Tasmania will end at 6pm today (Monday 18 October) but some restrictions will remain until 6pm Friday 22 October.

People will no longer have to stay home but face masks must still be worn outside the home by everyone aged 12 years and older in the declared local government areas – see the list and map.

Masks must also be worn if visiting someone else’s home unless you are in a signification relationship with the person you are visiting.

Some exemptions to face mask wearing will continue to apply including primary school students (12 year old primary schools students do not have to wear a face mask in school but must wear one elsewhere).

Teachers in primary and secondary schools and secondary students will be required to wear face masks during this time. See face masks exemptions for more details.

Aged care and hospitals restrictions will remain in place until 6pm Friday 22 October – see aged care and hospitals for more details.

Travel restrictions within Tasmanian no longer apply but anyone who enters or exits Southern Tasmania up to 6pm Friday 22 October will need to continue to follow the mask wearing requirements – this includes when you leave the Southern Tasmania area. Read more about Travel within Tasmania.

Approved travellers from high-risk areas will again be able to arrive in Southern Tasmania after 6pm today but will need to follow all restrictions.

From 6pm tonight, the household gathering limit will return to pre-lockdown restrictions of up to 100 people. See gatherings restrictions for more details.

If you have any cold or flu symptoms – no matter how mild – call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to book a COVID-19 test. You can also register online at testing.

If you don’t have any symptoms, you should get vaccinated. Most community clinics are now accepting walk-ins and you don’t need an appointment. To find out where you can get vaccinated, go to www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/vaccine.'

And the need for masks has now been dispensed with. 

31st October Open day, family fun day

posted Oct 17, 2021, 12:53 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated Oct 17, 2021, 12:54 AM ]

When:             11.00am - 3.00pm;
Where:             the LBT shed and foreshore. 

Come along and enjoy:  

  • Paul Frost's model boats (see pics below);
  • sausage Sizzle and salad; 
  • scones jam and cream;
  • music with Terry Mead and David Pittaway;
  • mounting of new figure head for Freya carved by Mary Lou Conway;
  • come and try rowing.
Please bring a salad or scones to share.  LBT will supply the meat for the BBQ. 
Drink available to buy. 
For more information phone Endra: 0412 168 552.

Final reminder: LBT dues for 2021-22

posted Oct 15, 2021, 7:03 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Oct 15, 2021, 7:04 PM ]

For those of leaky memory, if you put off paying your yearly subscription to the LBT back in July and then lost that reminder note, it is not too late to remedy the situation by making a payment now.  Membership fees for the Living Boat Trust are:
  • $40 p.a. for an individual;
  • $70 p.a. for a family;
  • $125 p.a. for an organisation.
If you are using the boats much this is also a good time to pay $100 up front, rather than $5 every time you go out.

Use one of the following methods (make sure their is sufficient information included to identify you).

* Cheque sent to 3337 Huon Hwy Franklin Tasmania 7113;

* By Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using your online bank account:

BSB 633-000
AC 149496275

* In an envelope deposited through the mailbox slot by the LBT front door.

Rowing News October 2021

posted Oct 15, 2021, 3:36 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Oct 15, 2021, 11:31 PM ]

From the committee rowing team:

1. Maintenance. Imagine work is extensive. Dennis is coordinating and supervising sanding, repainting and new gunnel blocks for oars. Helpers welcome

2. Signing in. File is on first aid shelf. All groups please sign in and out with mobile contact

3. Damages. Any damage please note at front of sign-in file with contact number should further information be needed

4. Safety plan. Should an emergency occur while rowing, a plan for action is being worked on, similar to a recently-produced Cygnet format. More information to follow

5. Ideas. Any ideas for future events/initiatives are most welcome. Should anyone wish to provide updates on rowing activities, or want to join the Rowing Sub-Committee for more input, please contact Mike.


October 25 9am Monday morning rowing group has started for anyone interested ph Jane 0400717140. Sunday at 10 am, new rowing group starting with Dennis 0428364178

October 29 Twilight Rowing Mike 0417376884

October 31 Family fun Open Day from 11. Model Boats, Come and Try and launch of the Bittern/Freyja figurehead, Music and BBQ. Swap produce/items table for those interested

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