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Rowing Touring

A fast-growing element in the diverse world of rowing is 'rowing touring'. Interestingly, a European based organisation (Row the World) is planning a trip to Australia and asking for help with suggested itineraries.  See link


Change of Plans - BYO Dinner this Monday 21st

posted May 20, 2018, 12:09 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 20, 2018, 12:09 AM ]

Our cook for the night has unfortunately had to pull out, so its BYO this Monday - please pass the word

Reminder - Grebe Hire Trial - come along on Tuesday and express your views

posted May 19, 2018, 3:38 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 19, 2018, 3:39 PM ]

Franklin Wooden Boat Adventures Meeting on Tuesday

FWBAs  Important Brainstorming Meeting this Tues 22nd  1100-1230     Greg Guy Wharf


Everyone is most welcome to attend & to contribute enthusiasm & brilliant ideas for the adventure pot.  Report from John Young attached.


Adrian Dean – our Merchant Schooner designer – will pop in for questions & have sketches of his craft – to inspire & encourage our energies forward-ho

RV site in Franklin - Community Consultation ends 28 May

posted May 18, 2018, 8:39 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 18, 2018, 8:39 PM ]

A reminder that the Huon Valley Council is currently seeking community views to determine the level of support for an approved RV site on the Franklin foreshore, and if so what type of RV site the community would like to see on the site.  

On Sunday 27 May at the Franklin Market (Palais Theatre), Council will have an officer and information available from 10am to 12 noon.  Please drop in for a chat, and complete a survey form. 

For more detailed information, Council has a discussion papers available on their website, plus surveys for community members to complete. 

For Franklin:


For Shipwrights Point:


Please make your voice heard – this initial community consultation period ends on 28 May.

Antarctic Festival - Hobart - volunteers sought

posted May 18, 2018, 8:29 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 18, 2018, 8:29 PM ]

Liz Lord is the Volunteers Manager  of the Australian Antarctic Festival, and asks.....


I am seeking expressions of interest from volunteers who could help in August 2-5 for the Antarctic Festival to be held around the docks in Hobart 


Registrations are now open, and I will be in contact to discuss the program, the roles available and what hours can be offered during the Festival


Access for registration is through the portal & fill in your details   http://www.antarcticfestival.com.au/volunteer/


Classic Launch for Sale

posted May 16, 2018, 2:47 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 16, 2018, 2:47 AM ]

Paul McArthy asks:

Anyone looking to buy a boat like my "Argo"? I have bought larger and will need to let her go. You may know her, she is 2 or 3 boats down the dock outside the shed; the Huon Pine launch with the cover over. Hope to hear from you if you are able to help. Thanks & regards, Paul.

If interested, please email Paul  pmca88@gmail.com

Save the Date - Tues May 22 - planning for Wooden Boat Adventures

posted May 14, 2018, 11:40 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 14, 2018, 11:43 PM ]


TUES MAY 22, 2018

To share in the planning

of Franklin Wooden Boat Adventures




in getting their feet wet around our Channel Shores


Much Better Odds than the Pokies - beautiful canoe for only $10

posted May 13, 2018, 10:29 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 13, 2018, 10:29 PM ]

The Wooden Boat Centre is raffling a classic 4.5 metre strip planked western red cedar open canoe, plus paddle.  Yukon River, here we come....

Buy your tickets (only $10 each) from the Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin.

Drawn Monday 3 September at Wooden Boat Centre.  

Volunteers Wanted for Marine Debris Clean-up in the Huon Valley

posted May 13, 2018, 10:22 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 13, 2018, 10:22 PM ]

Coincidentally, after the flood last weekend, Nautical Resource Management has arranged a coastal clean up this coming Saturday.  Volunteers wanted.

Where: Charlottes Cove boat ramp

When: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM Saturday 19th May 2018


What to bring:

-              Sturdy shoes (some of the shoreline is unstable and slippery)

-              Gloves

-              Bright clothes or vest

-              Mobile phone (at least 1 per team)

-              Appropriate clothing for the day/layers (warm clothes, hat, jacket, beanie, spare socks...)

-              Sunscreen

-              Water, thermos

-              Animal feed bags for collecting litter (if possible)


Catering: Coffee, tea and snacks will be offered at registration. BBQ lunch will be provided with salmon, meat, vegan and vegetarian options available. We are unable to cater for any special dietary requirements (gluten intolerant, etc.) so please feel free to bring your own.


Please feel free to contact Amelia Fowles if you have any questions



Flotsam and jetsam - I never know which is which......

posted May 10, 2018, 10:27 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 10, 2018, 10:28 PM ]

Unusually high tides plus a flood have brought down all kinds of debris - logs galore, and huge numbers of apples.  Cider anyone?

Apparently snakes have been washed out of their hiding places also.

A note for trivia buffs.....

'Jetsam' describes debris that was deliberately thrown overboard by a crew of a ship in distress, most often to lighten the ship's load. The word 'flotsam' derives from the French word floter, to float. Jetsam is a shortened word for jettison. Under maritime law the distinction is important.

Franklin Wooden Boat Adventures - April Trial

posted May 9, 2018, 1:30 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 9, 2018, 1:30 AM ]

You may have seen the flurry of excitement from many tourists & locals over the past month, when they realised their good fortune at being able to take themselves afloat in a little Grebe from our fascinating fleet.

A few hearty LBT volunteers set up a couple of Grebes each day to entice passers-by to enjoy a unique experience upon our wonderful waterways, which naturally they raved about - as do we

Our collective thanks go to the Tues & Thurs men for keeping our little craft maintained so well & equipment at the ready

It was indeed an impressive effort from all who assisted in initiating & deliberating to get business plans & operations approvals through the bureaucracy of MAST & AMSA .... plus figure out how to arrange insurance .... & then quickly amass a working party to begin a month’s business trial

We collected revenue of $442 in $10 instalments - to be equally divided between the LBT – the WBC – & the FWBA, which is a trickle fund for the building of Adrian Dean’s Schooner   

A worthwhile exercise to see how to proceed in creating the business of coastal expeditions & courses ,,, & whatever anyone can dream up, to both gather momentum for the Schooner Project and enhance visibility of Franklin’s Working Waterfront.                           

Anyone is very welcome to become involved during the Winter’s planning – anticipating being set for relaunch when daylight saving begins.                                                                               

For info contact John Young, Peter Venning or Wunjo Stardust 0458405530

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