The Living Boat Trust - 'Where the wooden boat festival never ends'

The latest, at the shed and on the water

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  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Oct 1st at the Palais Team Movies writes:  'This month’s film, Sunday, 1 October, we are ‘Crossing the Ditch’ to New Zealand and screening the 2016 poignant, funny and deeply affecting film, Hunt for ...
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  • LBT Committee 2017-18 At the AGM on Saturday night the 2016-17 committee was dissolved, and the following members were elected to form a new committee:  President: Peter Laidlaw;  Treasurer: Rod MacFarlan ;  Secretary ...
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  • Nancy Fanciers Meeting, 9th October Steve McCusker and the Tuesday group have kept Nancy in prime nick through the winter, and next week she will go on the slip (Tuesday 2nd October) for a final ...
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  • Jervis Bay Wooden and Classic Boat Festival Marguerite Porte writes:  'Stan Brown, Organiser of the Jervis Bay Classic & Wooden Boat Festival has requested that the following information be circulated to members of the St Ayles Skiff Community ...
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  • Ghost Ships of the Arctic: the Erebus and Terror Rod MacFarlan points to this presentation, of particular interest to we Franklinites:  'This presentation will showcase the search efforts lead by Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team following the discovery ...
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  • Noost inspirations There were tantrums, and there was muttering of money changing hands and the involvement of Seth Blatter.  The judges considered the grayling conservation zones, the crocodile nets to deal with ...
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  • Wooden Boat Centre News Pete's tried the viking boat in the water and it floated - phew!  For this and other news read the attached September newsletter: http://bit.ly/2xxh5ct
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  • Ideas wanted for anniversary celebration Those who enjoy a good knees up are already thinking about how to celebrate the LBT's 20 birthday, which comes up next year, and this vexed issue was the ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 12:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • BBQ Monday It's the Monday dinner we all wait for each month, when the cooks take a break and we get a chance to show off our own culinary dexterity.  Fortunately ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2017, 6:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Renewable Energy and you at the Palais Barbara Dawson writes:  'I thought that quite a few people from this area might be interested in coming along to the following session'  Renewable Energy and You  2-4pm Sunday ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2017, 4:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Deploying pontoons See the sketch plans below and the attached application to Parks (http://bit.ly/2wESC1n) for the latest iteration in the plans to get the pontoons deployed. 
    Posted Sep 19, 2017, 11:46 PM by Richard Forster
  • Dinghy Tuesday Graham Wright writes: 'Rhonda K back in the water with lots of very positive comments over the last few weeks.  Maybe we are getting the hang of this boat restoration ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2017, 2:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT AGM and Quiz night 23rd Sept: get involved The date for this event is fast approaching - next Saturday evening.  See the flyer below for details.   Quiz Master David Pittaway is seeking HELPERS for the evening, and PRIZES: speak ...
    Posted Sep 17, 2017, 4:34 AM by Posts Editor
  • Huon sustainable house tours Lisa Plohl from Huon Council writes: 'Are you interested in Sustainable Housing? Visit 5 sustainable houses around the Huon Valley in Cygnet, Lucaston and Ranelagh.  Inspect first hand, houses that ...
    Posted Sep 13, 2017, 2:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy idea: roof deck rails? We suspect we would have difficulties getting this past MAST.  For the full story see http://ab.co/2wZhaFI  Pic from abc.net.au
    Posted Sep 12, 2017, 2:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • St Ayles Skiff wins Great River Race Barb Dawson and David Budd report:  'Taking place on the Thames last weekend - through London, from Millwall to Richmond, this 21 mile race had over 300 boats taking part.  Boats ...
    Posted Sep 11, 2017, 5:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • There be dragons Peter Laidlaw is close to a test launch of the new Viking boat over in the Wooden Boat Centre, and Francis is putting the finishing touches to the figurehead.
    Posted Sep 10, 2017, 7:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nominations for the Living Boat Trust committee Find a nomination form attached (http://bit.ly/2whHebx), print it out and dob yourself in.  Alternatively, if due to modesty you can't bring yourself to do this, dob ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2017, 4:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Change of venue for AGM: now at the Palais We had planned to have the AGM at the Bowls Club, but they have suffered a broken hot water tank, which has soaked their carpets and which means the premises ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2017, 5:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mysteries of the Monty (rigging) An order to 'brail the mainsail' is not something you would hear too often (or ever) on a modern yacht, but was common enough and perfectly sensible on boats such ...
    Posted Sep 8, 2017, 3:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Touring the auld Skiff country Here is a second report from Deb and Martin Van Riddle on their 'Skiff tour' of Scotland.'What was interesting was that many boats, both well used and currently being ...
    Posted Sep 5, 2017, 2:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • Schools on the Water Program One of the many good things LBT has done over the years is to get the local kids out on the water learning about boats.  Good for them and good ...
    Posted Sep 4, 2017, 9:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT AGM and Quiz Night, 23rd September See attached flyer for details.  It was good last year, and the year before and ... - so we aren't changing anything much.  The Special General Meeting at 5.45 is ...
    Posted Sep 3, 2017, 6:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • New raincoat for the Monty Huon Council provided funding for a cover for the Montigu Whaler, and John from Franklin Canvas has done the deed.  Looks very smart.  Thanks to the Council, and to the ...
    Posted Sep 2, 2017, 5:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Of cabes, humbly bands, rowlocks and thole pins  Rob Ayliffe at Stray Dog has decided that the tholl pin, oar plate combination is the best solution for securing oars in the Skiffs, and can supply pins (and a ...
    Posted Sep 2, 2017, 6:18 PM by Posts Editor
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Willy Weather tide, wind and weather (Castle Forbes Bay)

New foreshore plan




Highlights from the launch of 'Billie', June 2015 (photos from Annette Cauchi)

YouTube Video



Highlights from the St Ayles Skiff Regatta 2015


Highlights from Tawe Nunnugah 2015



How to row a dinghy



Nancy arrives at the Living Boat Trust





Building 'Tuesday'



Some history: trailer for the Tawe Nunnugah 2007 movie