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Castle Forbes Forest

posted Apr 21, 2021, 4:12 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated Apr 21, 2021, 4:12 AM ]

Yanti writes:

'I had a lovely night meeting many people of the LBT on Monday, thank you for the opportunity to make a little announcement.  Visit a beautiful patch of old wet forest just 7ks from Franklin. The forest is magnificent and of high conservation value, and many in the Franklin community are working to protect it. There will be a free guided walk through Castle Forbes Forest at 10am on Sunday the 2nd of May. Immerse yourself and learn about the ecology of the forest. The walk is 1.5 kms and takes about 2 hours. Book here: https://castle_forbes_forest_walk.eventbrite.com.au.
You can also visit the forest on your own (see map below). There is a clearly tagged track from a pull out off New Road. However the top of New Road is currently closed for plantation harvesting, so we have to wait until this is finished. When you are able to visit, please stick to the tagged track.If you haven't signed the petition to protect the forest yet, you can do so by typing this url: http://bit.ly/protect-castle-forbes-forest.  Please email castleforbesforest@gmail.com for more detailed instructions on how to find the walk, or with any other questions or ideas :)'

We notice that there is a very active Facebook page with lots more information: https://www.facebook.com/Castleforbesforest/  

May 8th fund raising event postponed until September

posted Apr 19, 2021, 6:34 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Apr 19, 2021, 6:34 PM ]

The event advertised for May 8th has now been put forward until Saturday September 4th - something to celebrate the beginning of spring.  More details to follow.

Vale Pip's Knots, long live Mike's Nets - 5pm next week

posted Apr 18, 2021, 3:43 PM by Richard Forster   [ updated Apr 18, 2021, 4:20 PM ]

A reminder that Mike Dredge will be starting his net making course next week at 5pm, Monday evening.  Mike tells us that he is happy to be flexible, guided by what people want and need.  Bring a couple of net needles – about 12- 15 cm and a cob of mending twine, about 9-12 ply, purchased either at Franklin Marine or online (for instance at  https://www.hookedonline.com.au/accessories/tools/net-needles/  and  at  https://www.hookedonline.com.au/50gm-spool-of-seahorse-kuralon-net-twine-white-net).

This is also an opportunity to thank Pip Stevenson for his knots course.  Kevin Robson sent in the following illustration of the sort of problem that those who DIDN'T attend the course can run into (from the Far Side).

Rhonda K and Bob

posted Apr 18, 2021, 2:02 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Apr 18, 2021, 2:02 PM ]

The newly varnished and painted Rhonda K recently caught the eye of photographer Craig Bryant (well she would wouldn't she?), and then he spotted Bob admiring his handiwork.  Pics below - thanks Craig.

Little blue box

posted Apr 17, 2021, 10:41 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Apr 17, 2021, 10:41 PM ]

The small monitor pictured below is the main visible sign that Brian Marriott has installed a new controller in Nancy: the old one broke.  This job, which required real expertise, was done at speed to have the boat ready for last week's Maritime Trail.  Thanks Brian: we owes ya.

Tasmanian Gothic (aboard Nancy)

posted Apr 17, 2021, 10:28 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Apr 18, 2021, 3:55 PM ]

A few weeks ago Nancy participated in the production of a sort of foodies promotional film called 'Last Drinks Tasmania'.  It has been released online and the bit featuring Nancy can be viewed at https://youtu.be/ajVFE0j6-mY - you will need to speed ahead to around the 25 minute mark if you really want to cut to the chase.  The presenter, who took the wheel, had as her crew a couple of rubes who look as though they had just come down to the boat after a hard day at the still.  Appropriate for the subject matter we suppose.

Maritime Trail Wrap Up

posted Apr 16, 2021, 5:52 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Apr 16, 2021, 5:53 PM ]

Paul Stephanus from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival sent a big thank you to the LBT for their support of this event, and a link to a very entertaining video summary of what went on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-5R5D-zqBw


Lake Pedder Raid

posted Apr 16, 2021, 5:41 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Apr 17, 2021, 10:44 PM ]

Andy Bullock writes: 

A contingent from the LBT recently undertook a raid on Lake Pedder, enjoying a halcyon three days between a wind-swept Dover regatta and the cold, rainy weather that subsequently prevailed. Lake Pedder is a truly magnificent and beautiful cruising area; the lake is ringed by rugged, jagged mountains while the extensive waterway has an abundance of bays, inlets, and islands to explore. The participating boats were “Freyja” the St Ayles skiff, with a borrowed sailing rig, “Hop the Wag”, a Bay Raider 20, a lovely, newly-launched Herreschoff Cochina clinker dinghy from Launceston, named “Shep” in honour of a beloved dog, and my sea kayak. Most people camped at Ted’s Beach, near the northern end of the lake, but a couple of softies, including yours truly, stayed at nearby Pedder Lodge.

The boats were launched on the morning after arrival, and set off across the Lake in sunshine and light airs, Freyja being rowed by a hearty crew with occasional assistance from the lugsail. We passed close to the north of Wilmot Island and entered Wilmot Bay, eventually landing on a quartz beach on the far side, where we were joined by the other two boats. Carnivorous plants were observed on the foreshore, as well as the footprints of what was conjectured to be a rather larger carnivore generally presumed extinct. After an extended lunch the vessels set forth again entering the next bay north through a fairly narrow entrance. The amateur naturalists aboard Freyja made all sorts of interesting discoveries around the shoreline. Hop the Wag led the way into a gorge surrounded by steep, densely timbered land. A Huon pine tree and a waterfall were highlights. Finally, in the late afternoon, a light but steady breeze came up and we were able to recross the lake under sail, with the wind astern.

The following day there was a morning fog that burnt off as the day warmed. Freyja, Hop the Wag, and Shep headed south towards Hermit’s Basin, while I launched my kayak at the far eastern end of this Basin, which is filled with islands, and paddled westwards through Stillwater Passage. I found it a bit eery, as well as lovely, to glide alone through the deep, silent, cold, tannin-stained water of the channels, among islands formed from the tips of drowned mountains. To be honest I got a bit lost, until I rounded a point and came across Shep, being navigated with the aid of Navionics, whose crew gave me a fix. That night a celebratory final meal was enjoyed by the raiders at the lodge; in the morning we departed this wilderness paradise ahead of the inclement weather approaching.

Draft Minutes for April LBT Committee Meeting

posted Apr 11, 2021, 4:48 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Apr 11, 2021, 4:48 PM ]

Maritime Trail at the LBT

posted Apr 11, 2021, 3:57 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Apr 11, 2021, 4:57 PM ]

The LBT was asked to 'get people on the water' for the Maritime Trail organised by the the Wooden Boat Festival for the weekend just gone (April 10-11).  The weather could have been worse, but only just, so lurking around the sausage sizzle on the verandah for shelter and warmth was a favoured activity.  We did however manage to do some sailing in the whaleboat and rowing in the Skiffs and Grebes between showers, and of course Nancy's covered cabin was a good place to be for joy rides.  Thanks to all who contributed: the cooks, and the crews. 

LBT people were also involved in the symposium at the Palais, particularly the 'Women and Water' seminar organised by Endra O'May.   We hear that went very well: congratulations to them.


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