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

The latest, at the shed and on the water

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  • The boat merry-go-round Boats go back in the water, boats come out.  Graham Wright sent the following pics.  The Monty, Swiftsure and Absent Friends are 'taking up' after recent repaint jobs, and poor ...
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  • Franklin History Group newsletter See attached:
    Posted Jan 19, 2020, 1:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 20th Jan There were very good reports of sailing last Monday, Hans plans to have Capricornia out again today.  See you at the pontoon at noon.
    Posted Jan 19, 2020, 1:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • North Franklin Foreshore Development At the last State election the Huon Valley Council received $750k for a project with the following outcomes.  Marina area providing areas for commercial vessels and tourist cruises to dock ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2020, 1:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Julie Burgess news Graham Norris, our man on the north coast, has sent us this news clipping from the Advocate about the Julie Burgess.  Apparently council are about to consider tenders.
    Posted Jan 19, 2020, 1:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Small boat expeditions - planning up-date Planning is well underway for the small boat expedition to Charlotte Cove and on to the Kettering Wooden Boat Rally (6-10 February, 2020). If you are interested in joining ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2020, 1:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Libor Sikora Libor passed away last week.  Libor was a stalwart and good friend of the Living Boat Trust.  In recent years he was busy on other projects and we saw less ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2020, 12:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Blue Peril 'Property Services' has responded to Lorrie Harrison's enquiry about the fate of the fish and chip shop punt stranded on the Franklin foreshore.  'Thank you for your enquiry to ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2020, 3:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong March 6th-9th The Living Boat Trust attended this Festival a few years ago (see and had a jolly good time.  Geelong is a great boat town - a recommendation ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2020, 3:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Icecream containers Endra O'May is collection ice cream containers for bushfire wildlife relief.  Please leave in the bag at the shed.
    Posted Jan 12, 2020, 12:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday Jan 13th The sea breeze kicked in so hard that Capricornia couldn't quite make it to Kermandie last week: let's see if we can get there this week.  See you ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2020, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Rowers Newsletter Interested in rowing at the LBT? You might like to receive the "Rowers Newsletter".  Email Natalie or Lorrie  See the latest ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2020, 12:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fire awareness meeting Wed 15th Jan A fire awareness Q & A evening will be held at the Palais Theatre in Franklin on Wednesday, 15 January starting at 6.30pm.  The evening is a joint initiative of ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2020, 11:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Funnies at Frank's 30th January Featuring Ivan Aristeguieta, doors open 6pm, show starts 8pm.  See flyer below for details:
    Posted Jan 8, 2020, 10:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • Happy New LBT Year! There have been some activities over the Christmas break, but 2020 starts on January 6th for the LBT.  Capricornia will be going out for a sail at noon and the ...
    Posted Jan 5, 2020, 3:51 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting this coming week The draft minutes for the December committtee meeting can be viewed at  There is a draft agenda for the January meeting being compiled at https://tinyurl ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2020, 3:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • 'Citizen Kane' at the Palais, Sunday Jan 5th Buffoon writes:  'On Sunday 5th January we’re screening Citizen Kane, voted by a panel of esteemed critics for five decades to be The Greatest Movie Ever Made. And ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2020, 3:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • New Boxing Day Tradition? Deb van Velsen writes: "'Imagine' was rowed though the canal (very low tide!) and down to Seven Inch Beach for a picnic lunch and swim. 'Imagine' was then sailed back ...
    Posted Jan 2, 2020, 4:50 AM by Posts Editor
  • 'Tequila Mockingbird' at the Palais Monday 13th Barb Dawson writes:  'Fresh from the Cygnet Folk festival, this band is coming to Franklin for a concert at the beautiful Palais Theatre. Bring your dancing shoes, this is going ...
    Posted Jan 2, 2020, 4:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • Huon River shared pathway From the Huon Valley Council website: 'Huon Valley Council is currently assessing the feasibility of developing a shared pathway along the Huon River, running from Huonville to Franklin. Once completed ...
    Posted Dec 27, 2019, 4:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Raiding in 'Afloat' Gary McDonald has pointed us to the latest 'Afloat' magazine which has an extensive article about small boat expeditions in Australia, including our own Tawe Nunnugah.  See page 14 'Cockleshell ...
    Posted Dec 27, 2019, 3:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Opening of the swimming season Deb van Velsen writes:  'Jane Johnson, Sally Ward (boat builder and Skiffie from Scotland) and Deb van Velzen officially declared the swimming season open for Franklin on the 18th of ...
    Posted Dec 22, 2019, 2:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Small boat expedition - early February We are planning a small boat expedition around the Kettering Wooden Boat Rally in early February. We have booked the Charlotte Cove Scout House for a few days so we ...
    Posted Dec 22, 2019, 2:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowers end of year lunch 20th December Starting 11am, bring a plate to share and something to drink.
    Posted Dec 15, 2019, 1:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta Jane Johnson sent the following report.  'The Sunday forecast was grim but Living Boat Trust members were stalwarts. The prestigious Swiftsure Regatta had events and awards including the Roger Harwood ...
    Posted Dec 15, 2019, 3:02 PM by Posts Editor
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tn19 Raid - tawe nunnugah 2019 - small boat expedition in Southern Tasmania
And for more more information visit the Tawe Nunnugah Facebook page

tn19 Expressions of Interest are open

What better way to warm up for the 2019 Australian Wooden Boat Festival than sailing or rowing a small craft over 10 days from the edge of Tasmania’s southwest wilderness to Hobart arriving in time to join the Parade of Sails at the start of the festival?

Expressions of Interest for the tawe nunnugah 2019 Raid are now open. Follow the links at:

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