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

The latest, at the shed and on the water

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  • Sailing Monday 21st October Pip Stevenson writes: "I'm back and we will take Capricornia out at the earlier time of 12 noon.  Bring you raincoat as the weatherman says anything could happen, and ...
    Posted by Posts Editor
  • Helpers wanted for the Bellerive Seafarers Festival October 27 This is a really nice family oriented festival (, and for the last several years the mums, dads and kids have enjoyed having a row in one ...
    Posted by Posts Editor
  • 1920's Ball at the Palais, 20th November See the poster attached for details -
    Posted Oct 16, 2019, 3:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • History of 'Gretchen' A visit to Franklin by Colin Harding during which he spotted 'Gretchen' tied up to the pontoon prompted him to query us to find out if she had been built ...
    Posted Oct 16, 2019, 2:50 AM by Richard Forster
  • Friday night rowing Last Friday saw the first of what we hope will be many evening rows for the season.  See the poster below for details  (
    Posted Oct 14, 2019, 4:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Half Model Course Boat designers used to carve the plans for their boats rather than drawing them.  It is a real skill, and Peter Laidlaw is offering to teach LBT members how to ...
    Posted Oct 11, 2019, 8:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reserve your boat's berth in a new book Old friend of the LBT Andrew Wilson writes:'Classic Wooden Boats of Tasmania is a new work being created by local photographer and author Andrew Wilson (Old Sea Dogs of ...
    Posted Oct 11, 2019, 4:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Celebrating 10 years of rowing Lorrie Harrison writes:'On 12 October, 2009 women’s rowing started! That deserves a cup of tea and a piece of cake! Even if you haven’t been for a ...
    Posted Oct 8, 2019, 3:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Opportunity to crew on Nancy Seniors Week begins next Monday 14th of October and runs thru until the following Sunday 20th.  We will be taking Nancy out from 1.30 - 3.00pm each day.  If ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2019, 5:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Helpers needed for On the Water Program This program starts next week, and as can be seen by checking the spreadsheet which follows we do not have enough people to run it.  If you can help out ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2019, 5:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Committee meeting this coming Thursday See the minutes for the last meeting at  An agenda for the meeting on Thursday 10th October is being prepared at
    Posted Oct 6, 2019, 4:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 2 pm 7 Oct The MetEye wind forecast for Monday 7 October is favourable at 10-15kn NW but there is a 25-50% chance of rain between 1300 and 1600. If it’s ...
    Posted Oct 5, 2019, 4:55 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Nancy to Port Huon – all welcome Nancy has been invited to the season opening of the Huon Yacht Club on Saturday 5 October. We can take 12 people plus the crew of two. If you wish ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2019, 4:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Press ganged back packers Last week the sailing crew was a little low on numbers so we kidnapped a few unfortunates who were wandering along the shore.  You can see from the pic how ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2019, 4:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Brew your own Monday night dinner Just a reminder that this is the last Monday of the month, so the cook gets a break.  Bring something to throw on the barby and something to share.  And ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2019, 4:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday Sailing - 2pm everyone welcome 30/9 The forecast looks good. If you fancy a sail meet at the shed at 2pm, Monday 30 September.
    Posted Sep 29, 2019, 4:40 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Mini NZ Raid October 17th-20th From the NZ Coastal Rowing Website: 'NZ Coastal rowing is intending to take part in the 250th celebrations in Whitianga Coromandel, marking the arrival of Captain Cook and the Bark ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2019, 2:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Join the 'On the Water' (OWP19) Program Planning for this rowing program for school children has been progressing, with our first day scheduled for 16th October.  The Tuesday group and Mike Dredge have been sorting out boats ...
    Posted Sep 22, 2019, 3:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday Sailing, Sept 23 Forecast is that the rain should have cleared and there will be a nice WSW breeze.  Let's get down to the pontoon at 2pm.
    Posted Sep 21, 2019, 1:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Getting ready for spring Swiftsure and Monty might look a bit blotchy at the moment, but they've both had their garboards fixed and a new coat of antifoul applied, and with Kurt and ...
    Posted Sep 20, 2019, 3:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Abel Day at the LBT On Thursday the LBT was privileged to host Chris Abel and his Barbershop Choir from the Sunshine Coast.  They are in Tasmania for a singers gathering.  Chris is the great ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2019, 4:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Where's Wally? We tracked him down (Peter Laidlaw that is) in the bowels of Mistral II, a project boat being restored for the Windeward Bound Trust.  Pete and David Nash are the ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2019, 4:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Great River Race Barb Dawson draws attention to this race on the Thames - see .  Maybe we need to enter a crew sometime in the future if we can ...
    Posted Sep 15, 2019, 4:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday sailing, 2pm Sept 16th Rain is forecast to clear and moderate breezes forecast to arrive.  Let's get down to the pontoon and get sailing this afternoon.
    Posted Sep 15, 2019, 4:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting Wed 18th Sept There is a draft agenda (still being worked on) at .  Send any extra business to
    Posted Sep 15, 2019, 5:20 AM by Posts Editor
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Meteye Franklin Forecast
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