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Project Boat

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Nick Saltmarsh writes:

This restoration project is for sale with the owner looking for $2000 ONO – he needs it gone.  A 28’ Huon Pine 116 year old Mersey River ferry.  The boat currently in Longford on a cradle.  Contact is nicksaltmarsh1@gmail.com or 0467 580 282.

Laura Golding Memorial

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On Friday 17th November, a small flotilla of boats and a large shore party made their way to Copper Alley Bay.  Songs were sung, flowers were thrown and tears were shed, and Laura was remembered.

Thanks to Bob Hawkins for the pics, more of which can be viewed at https://goo.gl/UStuSu


LBT 'use of assets'

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The committee asked Martin Riddle to develop an overall policy to help us manage our assets. Here are the first couple of paragraphs from the document he has written, which has been endorsed by the committee.

'The Living Boat Trust is a membership-based organisation, the assets of which (such as workshops machinery and tools, kitchen, boats, trailers etc.) have been acquired through the efforts of members and belong to the members collectively. Many of the assets of the LBT will deteriorate more quickly if not used regularly. 

The overall guiding principle for managing the use of LBT assets by the members is that use should be encouraged. If any decision, rule or fee-for-use has the effect of reducing usage then it should be reviewed with the view to removing any disincentive to use. This Policy together with the statement of organisational ‘Objects and Purposes’ in the LBT’s constitution should be used for direction if uncertainty about use of LBT assets arises.' 

See https://goo.gl/4u1b3A for the full policy.  To find it on the website go to lbt.org.au => Resources => Policy Documents

Testing Lady Dot's rig

posted Nov 18, 2017, 11:37 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Nov 18, 2017, 11:37 PM ]

Peter Laidlaw thought he ought to take advantage of the afternoon sea breeze on Sunday, and just for argument's sake put Lady Dot's lug rig in one of our Grebes - Absent Friends.  Wasn't quite perfect but went all right.

Electric boats on the Huon

posted Nov 18, 2017, 10:53 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Nov 18, 2017, 11:00 PM ]

We are used to having our own electric boat Nancy cruising quietly around Franklin, but the Zelecta  which joined her for the steamboat rally on Sunday is an entirely different electric beast, a chris-craft replica powered by a great bank of batteries instead of a V8.  We think this is the first time she has been down here since she was built in the Wooden Boat Centre.  We are already plotting to lure her back.  For more about Zelectra see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rypwCDOCdZ0

Steam boat rally 2017

posted Nov 18, 2017, 10:36 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Nov 19, 2017, 12:11 AM ]

Boats of all shapes and sizes joined the steamboats on the excursion from Franklin to Huonville on Sunday, and a great time was had by all.  Thanks and congratulations to the Wooden Boat Guild (woodenboatguildtas.org.au )who organised the event.  This is the third year in a row they have done it, and we are looking forward to 2018. A few selected pics below.

The Franklin Schooner

posted Nov 16, 2017, 1:03 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Nov 16, 2017, 1:03 PM ]

At last night's community meeting John Young revived the idea of building a schooner in Franklin.  For those who are unaware, John has a lot of experience with this sort of project, having been a prime mover behind the construction of the 'One and All' in Adelaide (see http://oneandallship.com.au/).  Adrian Dean has drawn up plans, and a highlight last night was seeing the model he has built: see pics below.

  Pics from Adrian Dean

Franklin foreshore development plan endorsed

posted Nov 16, 2017, 12:12 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Nov 16, 2017, 12:40 PM ]

Last night (Thursday) a community meeting organised by the Franklin Progress Association gave support to the latest version of the plan for the Franklin foreshore - see http://bit.ly/2mh0q4a.  This meeting was attended by the commissioner (Adriana Taylor),  the General Manager of Huon Valley Council (Emilio Reale) and politicians as well as a large number of Franklin residents, so hopefully it will spur some action.


Newsletter from the FWWA and Wooden Boat Centre

posted Nov 13, 2017, 11:53 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Nov 13, 2017, 11:54 PM ]

Read the November newsletter at http://bit.ly/2iTgMjY.  There is a nice article about the Cartela.  Pic shows her arriving in Franklin, a day many of us remember.

Franklin History Group Newsletter, Nov 2017

posted Nov 13, 2017, 1:07 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Nov 13, 2017, 11:39 PM ]

See attached: http://bit.ly/2zHFR9B .  To go with the stories there are some great boaty pictures, of which the one below is only an example.

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