Nancy: vote of thanks to Judy Krynen

posted Sep 18, 2021, 5:24 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 19, 2021, 2:58 PM ]
Nancy is in many ways our flagship, our 'whole of community boat', taking numerous excursion groups around the Egg Islands, transporting dignitaries to events and school children on expeditions, participating in festivals and regattas, used for scattering ashes in the river and the list goes on.  If there was once 'A little engine that could', Nancy is 'the little boat that can'. To see the joy on an eight year old's face as they take the wheel on Nancy and realise that yes, they really are steering the boat, is the sort of reason many of us belong to the Living Boat Trust. 

Plans for Nancy were discussed at the AGM, and minutes from a recent meeting of the 'Nancy Fanciers' reviewed.  As with every wooden boat Nancy needs her share of maintenance, which has been provided by the Tuesday Group since she came to Franklin.  Every so often a major overhaul is required, and the time for that has come. The Evaporator Shed is available (more on that later), and we can haul Nancy out using our recently acquired large trailer and work on her undercover.  

How to get the work done is the next question, and we are in the very fortunate position of having recently received $10,000 from Judy Krynen for that purpose.  This will enable us to purchase the required materials and contract out the work that cannot be done by our volunteers. Judy's contribution is a great opportunity for the Living Boat Trust, and a vote of thanks was proposed at the meeting and passed unanimously.

For those who are unaware of the history, Nancy was given to us by the Krynens. She was originally commissioned by the Rowes of Brookes Bay further down the Huon and built in 1917.  After a varied career she fell into disrepair and could well have been scrapped.  Her hulk was purchased by the Krynens, and taken to Noosa where they spent years restoring her. After having used her for a while they decided she needed a more suitable home.  They chose the LBT, then paid for her to be transported down to Tasmania.  The electric propulsion system was not up to scratch, so they then paid for an upgrade including a bank of Lithium batteries.  

 The Krynens' gift and contributions are well and truly appreciated, not just by the LBT but by the Huon Valley community, and by that eight year old.

 Pic from Nell Tyson