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  • Public meeting 24th July: Dover woodchip facility A big maritime policy decision which is pending is whether or not to proceed with the proposal to establish a woodchip export facility at Port Esperance (Dover).  There will be a public meeting at Huonville Town Hall to discuss this on the 24th July.  More details at https://www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/notice-public-meeting/  
    Posted Jul 22, 2018, 5:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Grebe with a mizzen sail?  Yes it's true - 'Absent Friends' has a rig with a loose footed main sail and a mizzen.  We had it out for the first time in years whilst checking the rigging on Saturday morning.
    Posted Jul 21, 2018, 1:51 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sister clips Sister clips are one of those beautifully simple ideas that are almost too good to be true.  Jenny Tubman has sewn them onto those of our important flags that were missing them.  Thanks Jen! 
    Posted Jul 21, 2018, 4:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Valley Festival November 10-11 Joanna Jablonka from the Kermandie Hotel writes:  'Oli and I would like to thank you and the Living Boat Trust for being supportive of our new initiative. This brand-new family friendly festival will be held on the Franklin oval and waterfront between November 10 -11, 2018. It promises a unique offering of music, arts, comedy, food, river experiences and more for all to enjoy.  Tickets for the Great Huon Valley Festival will go on sale August the 1st and we hope you and the other members can join us at the official launch and celebrate over some drinks, canapés and entertainment. This will take place at The Kermandie Waterfront Hotel at 6:30 PM. Key festival details will ...
    Posted Jul 19, 2018, 4:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dutch visitors Nell Tyson writes:'After last year’s successful Dutch boat building exchange for the AWBF, Bert van Baar suggested some of his current students should see the places the others enjoyed. The three students have just finished an internship in NSW.   In a very full day, they did a Yukon trip in the morning and I met them in the afternoon and we visited: Jeremy’s Cygnet Wooden Boats, Pieter Lundstedt’s wonderful collection, Lindsay Woods couta boat, Alex Jerrim’s wonderful green wood workshop and Ned Trewartha’s huge new shed in Woodbridge. Then it was a race to get back to LBT in time for dinner.' Pic from Deb Van Velsen
    Posted Jul 16, 2018, 7:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Looking to borrow a generator Bec Enders writes:  'Does anyone have a generator? We need two generators for powering electric drills on the foreshore in Franklin for the Franklin Historical Walking Trail project. The drills will make small holes for putting in plant tubes.  The dates we need them for is the 27th of July and 2nd of August 2018. You would also need to be available on these dates to deliver and start the generators.'  Contact number: 0498 213 515
    Posted Jul 16, 2018, 6:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Imagine at Seven Inch Beach Nice way to spend your Sunday.    Pic from Endra O'May More pics from Annette Cauchi
    Posted Jul 16, 2018, 6:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Annual General Meeting We are planning to have the AGM at the Bowls Club on the evening of Saturday 22nd September - put it in your diary with an asterisk.  As always we will be electing a new committee.  A number of current committee members, having served several years, are planning not to stand again, so there will be vacant positions.  Please consider.  The LBT is in healthy position both financially and organisationally, so this is no punishment posting - more an opportunity to promote and implement those ideas that you have known for years would improve the place.  Have a chatter to anybody on the current committee to find out more about it - their names are listed on the website (https://tinyurl.com/yd9e82t8
    Posted Jul 15, 2018, 10:37 PM by Richard Forster
  • Reminder: membership dues Thanks to all those who have already paid their dues - looks like we will survive another year!  If you haven't, now is a good time: the LBT runs to a standard financial year beginning 1st July. 
    Posted Jul 15, 2018, 4:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • Future Tawe Nunnugah destinations Mike Dredge has been doing some exploring for us, proudly flying the burgee. 
    Posted Jul 9, 2018, 3:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT committee meeting Wednesday 11th July Agenda is being compiled at https://tinyurl.com/y7cmfwrw
    Posted Jul 7, 2018, 4:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Saturday morning Well, when the rigging is fixed and the weather allows.  In the meantime the LBT verandah catches the sun, and is a nice warm corner in which to evade housework.  Come down and help replace busted cleats and frayed lacing around 10 am.
    Posted Jul 8, 2018, 6:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • Yukon at mid-winter fest YUKON-TOURS SPECIAL: Calm River Cruise on the 13/14/15 of July.  Depart 10.30 am return 12.00 pm. Weekend of the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest. All tickets concession rate ($45) and children 1/2 price ($14). We will crank up the wood stove and make you a hot toddy, coffee or tea, to keep you warm on the inside! See you on the water, might be snow on the mountain top, so bring your beanie  : ) Book online: yukon-tours.com.au or call: 04898 578 535 
    Posted Jul 4, 2018, 8:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Laurence's flags at our birthday The Burgin family have passed on to us from Laurence some very useful things, in particular an amplifier and, most visibly, his collection of flags.  The pic below shows them set up to form a backdrop to our Monday night birthday celebrations, with the second pic (from Kate Hoorweg) showing those celebrations in action.  Thanks Burgins (and Kate)! 
    Posted Jul 4, 2018, 8:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Winter rowing Poor us.  Pics from Dennis Muscovich. 
    Posted Jul 3, 2018, 4:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • The last of the LBT Birthday cake Kate serves it up.  Thank you cake cook Ely Bell.  Happy birthday to us!!    Pics Kate Hoorweg
    Posted Jul 2, 2018, 3:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fill in the log book each time you go out please Rowers and sailors need to fill in the log book whenever they take a boat out and include the names of those aboard, which boat, departure and docking times and any safety and maintenance issues encountered. This helps to keep the usage statistics as well as more importantly acting as a safety measure to ensure that crews log their activities in case there is a problem.
    Posted Jul 1, 2018, 4:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: ballast for Gretchen Peter Laidlaw found these weights which will be good, but which are only a start.  If you know where we can lay our hands on some similar heavy bricks, preferably lead, let us know (sec@lbt.org.au).
    Posted Jun 30, 2018, 9:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft minutes for June LBT Committee meeting Read them at https://tinyurl.com/yd84j7gg
    Posted Jun 28, 2018, 11:32 PM by Richard Forster
  • Reminder: LBT 20th Birthday dinner Monday 2nd July We'll light the bonfire to acknowledge that it is the depths of winter, but it may be superfluous because Kate promises to warm us up with lots of curry.  An auspicious occasion.
    Posted Jun 27, 2018, 7:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wood turning demonstration 9th July See details in the attached flyer (https://tinyurl.com/y7jut2k8)
    Posted Jun 25, 2018, 5:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Afternoon tea to remember Laurence Burgin June 30th Mark Burgin is organising this informal, catered event at the Shed from 3-5pm next Saturday.  More details will be provided through this column when they come to hand.  Mark has written the following.  'Laurence Burgin - sailor, boatbuilder, ship chandler, teacher and friend to many in the Huon Valley and wider boating community.  Laurence grew up in Sydney and his love of sailing took him around the world before setting up Marine Stainless, a successful fabrication business that operated in Mooloolaba and later Sydney. After a number of Sydney to Hobart yacht races introduced him to the delights of Tasmania, he relocated to Franklin in 2009 and established Franklin Marine which brought much needed fishing and boating supples to the ...
    Posted Jun 24, 2018, 3:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Expressions of Interest for tn19 Raid The Expression of Interest (EOI) form for the 2019 tawe nunnugah small boat expedition, tn19 and Return Raid, is now open at:  https://goo.gl/forms/Q3PkP70xYTtsAzwC3   Everyone who is thinking about doing the Raids should complete the EOI – whether you plan to bring your own boat, crew on someone else’s boat or row or sail on one of the LBT’s fleet of small boats. If you want to display your boat at the festival you also need to register with AWBF. If your boat has participated in tn19 and you are registered with AWBF you can display your boat on the water in the special section at the festival reserved for the tn19 fleet. To register for ...
    Posted Jun 24, 2018, 1:14 AM by Richard Forster
  • Dinner Dance at the Palais 14th July See attached flyer for details: https://tinyurl.com/y7a59rxp
    Posted Jun 23, 2018, 6:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT membership renewals LBT memberships lapse at the end of June and renewal notices will be sent out shortly.  Payment details will be included in these notices: they remain the same as for previous years.  Membership fees for the Living Boat Trust are:  $40 p.a. for an individual; $70 p.a. for a family.  Use one of the following three methods for payment to the LBT. * Cheque sent to 3337 Huon Hwy, Franklin, Tasmania, 7113.   * By Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using your online bank account: BENDIGO BANK. HUONVILLE BRANCH, BSB 633-000, AC 149496275, LIVING BOAT TRUST.  * Drop it into the office mailbox at the shed.  However you pay MAKE SURE THERE IS SUFFICIENT INFORMATION INCLUDED TO IDENTIFY YOU.  You can also ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2018, 6:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • News from the Wooden Boat Centre New roof and more: see https://tinyurl.com/y8muuxoy .
    Posted Jun 22, 2018, 3:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • NBN and other local Franklin matters: meeting 26th June Fiona Peate writes:  'attached is a pdf of the Progress Association flyer (https://tinyurl.com/yb5tub9k)...The meeting is scheduled for 7 pm on 26 June at the Palais Theatre. All are welcome.  Russell Kelly will be a guest speaker about the NBN so community members can find out more, plus there is an opportunity for questions.  There will also be an update on progress re consultation about RV camping at Franklin and the Franklin Foreshore Heritage Walk.'
    Posted Jun 22, 2018, 6:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Last Monday of the month BBQ A reminder that it is the cook's night off this coming Monday (25th), so come along to the LBT in the evening with something for you and something to share.  Might be a good night to light a bonfire to celebrate the passing of the solstice.    Pic from Wikimedia
    Posted Jun 23, 2018, 6:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Laurence Burgin Laurence passed away peacefully yesterday 20th June. 
    Posted Jun 21, 2018, 9:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • More than one way to rig a boat As has been advertised in this column, a 'How to rig a Grebe' guide is being developed for the LBT (https://tinyurl.com/ybvj6flc).  Gary Macdonald has pointed us to a nice video describing rigging a faering, a traditional Scandinavian fishing boat - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SgZSs1ogQk    There is a stick and rope method for tensioning the stays which we haven't seen used outside latching farm gates.
    Posted Jun 20, 2018, 7:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gangway donation Mike Wilson has given us the gangway pictured below, which is a good match for our pontoons and will be very useful. Thanks Mike!
    Posted Jun 20, 2018, 6:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • See tomorrow's local cinematic superstars in action! How do you like them apples?Come along and view our local up-and-coming cinematic talent.On Saturday 30 June, 6 - 9pm, at the Palais Theatre in Franklin.  The Huon Valley Council is showing 15 short films made by youth in the Huon Valley.  FREE burgers, fries and a drink!  And FREE buses departing from Dover and Cygnet at 5pm, and returning from Franklin at 9.30pm. Bookings essential for bus, and to make sure you get your free food and drink on the night.For more information about event and bus timetable, see link http://www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/events/free-movie-night-short-films-huon-valley/RSVP Huon Valley Council 6264 0300
    Posted Jun 19, 2018, 5:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Happy birthday to us! The 24th of June is the 20th anniversary of the incorporation of the Living Boat Trust, and we are planning a special 'MID WINTER CURRY AND BONFIRE NIGHT' for Monday 2nd of July.  Come along and get a slice of the special anniversary cake.  Kate will be in charge in the kitchen, so we know it will all be good. Pic from wikimedia commons
    Posted Jun 16, 2018, 8:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sunday afternoon matinee at the Palais July 1st: 'Victim' 'Synopsis: Dirk Bogarde, in a career-defining role, plays a highly respected, but closeted, attorney who risks his marriage and reputation to bring to justice an elusive blackmail ring terrorizing gay men. (Courtesy Jim’s Reviews)' Doors open 2.30pm, film starts at 3pm. Admission: $5 , Please bring a plate (with something on it) to share during intermission. Packet of biscuits is fine.  Doesn't appear to be too much that is nautical about this one, but we are sure it has redeeming features. 
    Posted Jun 16, 2018, 8:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Thinking carbon neutral trading schooners The Adrian Dean trading schooner plans aren't the only ones ready for lofting.  John Young and Wunjo have drawn our attention to the 'SailCargo' project in Costa Rica.  See http://www.sailcargo.org and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcdLx8Xd2Zc&t=17s for details.       ref http://www.sailcargo.org/vessel/
    Posted Jun 16, 2018, 8:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Capricornia to come to Franklin? 'Capricornia' has a long association with the Living Boat Trust, so much so that she has her own page on our website: see (https://tinyurl.com/ybrochj5).  She had a major restoration in the shed about ten years ago, and since then she has been used at numerous events such as Swiftsure Regatta, On the Water (with schools) and Tawe Nunnugah.  We have been asked if we would like to buy her.  One factor which will influence this decision is how many members are interested in maintaining and sailing her.  If you think you would be an ACTIVE member of a 'friends of Capricornia' group enter your name through the form below (https://goo.gl/forms/rJzsiIBfhBA4ZodE2).
    Posted Jun 16, 2018, 9:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Operations Manager of 'One and All' coming to dinner We are expecting Annie Roberts from the 'One and All' (http://oneandallship.com.au/) for dinner on Monday night.  She has agreed to tell us a bit about what is going on with this tall ship, which is based in Adelaide.
    Posted Jun 15, 2018, 10:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tasskiffie 2019? This is a repost from back in January at which time 2019 was a long way off.  We are hoping that the advancing months are concentrating minds, and that some of those minds remember how great past Tasskiffie events have been, and want to help us do it,  or something similar, again.  The good news for these people is that:  we are old hands at this now, and the organising is well documented (see https://goo.gl/UnW1Bk);   there will be lots of support from the rowers, the LBT and its members;  There is 'money in the bank' so the requirements for fund raising should be small; it is a whole of community festival, and much of the work can ...
    Posted Jun 16, 2018, 5:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rigging a Grebe for Beginners Let's face it, at the beginning of the season most of us end up putting the mast in around the wrong way at least once, and scratching our heads whilst puzzling over how to attach the gaff to the peak halyard.  Succor is at hand!  This handy illustrated guide (still being developed) should help save our blushes in future.  See https://tinyurl.com/ybvj6flc   
    Posted Jun 10, 2018, 5:16 AM by Posts Editor
  • Committee Meeting this Wednesday There is a draft agenda (still being worked on) at https://tinyurl.com/y9t8u45u , and the minutes for the last meeting can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/y97kqsur ,or in the minutes folder on the website (lbt.org.au => Resources => Minutes 2017-18). 
    Posted Jun 10, 2018, 5:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • At the Palais - Tasdance Maker’s Company: Franklin we are coming for you! After the warm response and welcome you gave us last year when we visited, Tasdance is returning to Franklin! We will be working in residence at the Palais Theatre from: Tuesday 12th – Thursday 14th June.  On Monday 11th June we will arrive to join you for the long table community dinner at the Living Boat Trust. On Tuesday 12th June 6:00 – 7:30pm - sign up at carol@tasdance.com.au to join an Open Contemporary dance workshop (no age restriction or dance experience necessary)! On Wednesday 13th June, 5:30 – 7:00pm we invite you to attend an open-door session. This is free of charge informal evening to share some food, witness some ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2018, 2:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rigging the Grebes: session one First job at the beginning of the season is to find the bits that are broken and missing, fix 'em and test 'em.  For those who are new to Grebes it is a good way to get acquainted: for those with hazy memories a good way to get reacquainted.  Session two (planned for next Saturday morning, 10am) will be more of the same.
    Posted Jun 2, 2018, 6:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Palais Theatre - Annual Giant Garage Sale Monday 11 June The Palais Theatre is holding its Annual Giant Garage Sale on Queens Birthday Monday - 11 June, from 10am to 2pm.Pop in and have a look around for a bargain.There is still a space or two available for hire, should you wish to have your own stall.  Please contact Noel Woodrow 6266 3480 or email him at noelwoodrow@bigpond.com 
    Posted Jun 1, 2018, 4:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • More on celebration for Laurence Burgin Mark Burgin writes:  'For his many friends in the Huon Valley (& beyond) who are very important to him, we are organising a celebration on Saturday afternoon 2nd of June from 3-6pm at the Living Boat Trust in Franklin so that Laurence can share some memories and stories with you.  Catering is provided and a nautical dress code will add some colour.  Laurence has a fragile immune system, so please refrain from coming if you have a cold or flu. We trust you will understand.  We would love to see you if you can make it and please let Laurence's other friends know. '
    Posted May 31, 2018, 3:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • How to rig a Grebe: Saturday June 2nd Jump Aboard for the Jack Frost Saturday Sailing Season < As part of the Franklin Wooden Boat Adventures workshops > we extend an invitation to all LBT folk who would like to learn the simple art of rigging & sailing a grebe < weather permitting > < may later extend to whaleboat sailing > Planning to hold gatherings fortnightly Saturdays 1000 -1300 Beginning Saturday June 2nd NB : be warmly clad  > Contact Wunjo 0458405530 for further info <
    Posted May 30, 2018, 3:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Help wanted next Tuesday morning, 10.30 am John Young writes:'Kon Tiki is the only Flying Fifteen yacht to be built in Tasmania, (between 1951 and 1952 ),and the only one in the world to be built of Huon pine below the waterline, and King Billy pine for the topsides.  ... As custodians of the Maritime history of Tasmania, we could do a good deed by coming to the LBT at about morning tea time, next Tuesday, 5th of June at 10.30am.  We have removed the keel, temporarily, to mend a hole, and we have caulked the seams with a special, technologically advanced material, recommended by Peter Laidlaw, which sticks well in the seams, and will also compress as the water sucks into the wood and expands ...
    Posted May 30, 2018, 3:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT launches on-line Incident, Hazard and Improvements form The LBT Committee is continually working to improve the safety of all our activities. We have recently launched an on-line form for reporting incidents, hazards and for suggesting improvements. There is now a large button on the front page of the LBT’s web-site which takes you directly to the form. Use the form to report any incident whether or not it resulted in injury to people or damage to equipment or the environment. Use it to report near-misses, hazards you notice or improvements that will benefit the LBT and its members. When you submit the completed form it will be sent to all members of the LBT Committee for their attention. If you see something’s ...
    Posted May 29, 2018, 3:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'On the Water' program for 2018 Basil Van Reit from Huonville Primary School visited the Shed recently and expressed enthusiasm for a dose of ‘On the Water’ for his current batch of 5th Grade students.  This is a rowing program that the LBT has run for many years now to introduce children to boating.  The combination of our Grebes and the river make the LBT the perfect place for this sort of activity, and the growth in confidence and skill achieved by the kids is astonishing to see. Many of us who have been involved in the past would say that this is the most worthwhile thing we do.  And it is fun!  We would love to give a positive response to Basil (and invite other ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2018, 8:36 PM by Richard Forster
  • Classic Movie at the Palais June 3rd: 'Cosi' Team Movies writes: 'This month’s classic movie is the wonderful 1996 Australian comedy / drama Cosi.  ... Synopsis: Ben Mendelsohn plays Lewis Riley, an unemployed young man who applies for a job as a director/drama teacher at a mental hospital. He lands the job and finds himself directing a production of the Mozart opera Così fan tutte, an elaborate, demanding piece of theatre, an opera in Italian. And it is going to be performed by a cast that he must select from among the patients, who only speak English. (Courtesy Wikipedia)'. Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 7.15pm, gold coin donation, bring a plate.
    Posted May 27, 2018, 4:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • A celebration for Laurence Burgin, Saturday 2nd of June Mark Burgin writes  'Laurence has been living and working in the Huon Valley for 10 years and in that time built Franklin Marine and Marina, educated many mariners and helped instigate the upgrade of the leads up the Huon River to bring easy boating access to Franklin.  Life has thrown a tough twist to Laurence, meaning he will be swallowing the anchor sooner rather than later.  There will be a gathering with Laurence on Saturday 2nd of June from 3-6pm at the Living Boat Trust to celebrate his life and achievements and all his friends are welcome to join us.' 
    Posted May 27, 2018, 6:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday Group Report From Graham Wright:  Geoff has spent a lot of time preparing all the bronze fittings and handrails for Gretchen, ready to be replaced once the final coats of paint have been applied.  The new compressor has been tested and installed in the extension and Geoff has donated the hoses and some tools.  To comply with various regulations a loft ladder has been installed to gain access to the storage area above the toilets and kitchen. 
    Posted May 25, 2018, 5:43 AM by Posts Editor
  • MMT Monthly talk: HMS Cracker - A master’s log This talk will be presented at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania on Tuesday 5th June by Bill Jeffrey.'A prized possession in the Voyager collection is the log of Master Nicholson of HMS Cracker (12 gun-brig Archer Class) in 1810 enforcing the blockade in the English Channel. ... This presentation will bring to life the Master’s log, which will also be on display.'For details see the attached flyer: https://tinyurl.com/ycybxxay
    Posted May 25, 2018, 5:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Arts and Music festival planned for November For details see the flyer attached: https://tinyurl.com/y7oeso2w.  Contact is olivier@thegreathuonvalley.com.au
    Posted May 25, 2018, 4:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT shed under construction: 2003 Ruth Young found a nice collection of photos of the first stage of the shed being built.  View them at https://tinyurl.com/yc3vpzuc
    Posted May 25, 2018, 4:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Change of Plans - BYO Dinner this Monday 21st Our cook for the night has unfortunately had to pull out, so its BYO this Monday - please pass the word
    Posted May 20, 2018, 12:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder - Grebe Hire Trial - come along on Tuesday and express your views Franklin Wooden Boat Adventures Meeting on TuesdayFWBAs  Important Brainstorming Meeting this Tues 22nd  1100-1230     Greg Guy Wharf Everyone is most welcome to attend & to contribute enthusiasm & brilliant ideas for the adventure pot.  Report from John Young attached. Adrian Dean – our Merchant Schooner designer – will pop in for questions & have sketches of his craft – to inspire & encourage our energies forward-ho
    Posted May 19, 2018, 3:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • RV site in Franklin - Community Consultation ends 28 May A reminder that the Huon Valley Council is currently seeking community views to determine the level of support for an approved RV site on the Franklin foreshore, and if so what type of RV site the community would like to see on the site.  On Sunday 27 May at the Franklin Market (Palais Theatre), Council will have an officer and information available from 10am to 12 noon.  Please drop in for a chat, and complete a survey form. For more detailed information, Council has a discussion papers available on their website, plus surveys for community members to complete. For Franklin:http://www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/consultations/proposal-approved-rv-site-crown-land-leased-council-franklin-foreshore/For Shipwrights Point ...
    Posted May 18, 2018, 8:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Antarctic Festival - Hobart - volunteers sought Liz Lord is the Volunteers Manager  of the Australian Antarctic Festival, and asks..... I am seeking expressions of interest from volunteers who could help in August 2-5 for the Antarctic Festival to be held around the docks in Hobart  Registrations are now open, and I will be in contact to discuss the program, the roles available and what hours can be offered during the Festival Access for registration is through the portal & fill in your details   http://www.antarcticfestival.com.au/volunteer/Thanks!
    Posted May 18, 2018, 8:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Launch for Sale Paul McArthy asks:Anyone looking to buy a boat like my "Argo"? I have bought larger and will need to let her go. You may know her, she is 2 or 3 boats down the dock outside the shed; the Huon Pine launch with the cover over. Hope to hear from you if you are able to help. Thanks & regards, Paul.If interested, please email Paul  pmca88@gmail.com
    Posted May 16, 2018, 2:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Save the Date - Tues May 22 - planning for Wooden Boat Adventures SAVE THE DATETUES MAY 22, 2018 To share in the planning of Franklin Wooden Boat Adventures FOR RIVER GUIDES and ANYONE INTERESTED in getting their feet wet around our Channel Shores GREG GUY WHARF 1100-1230 (OR LBT SHED IF INCLEMENT) 
    Posted May 14, 2018, 11:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Much Better Odds than the Pokies - beautiful canoe for only $10 The Wooden Boat Centre is raffling a classic 4.5 metre strip planked western red cedar open canoe, plus paddle.  Yukon River, here we come....Buy your tickets (only $10 each) from the Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin.Drawn Monday 3 September at Wooden Boat Centre.   - 
    Posted May 13, 2018, 10:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteers Wanted for Marine Debris Clean-up in the Huon Valley Coincidentally, after the flood last weekend, Nautical Resource Management has arranged a coastal clean up this coming Saturday.  Volunteers wanted.Where: Charlottes Cove boat rampWhen: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM Saturday 19th May 2018 What to bring:-              Sturdy shoes (some of the shoreline is unstable and slippery)-              Gloves-              Bright clothes or vest-              Mobile phone (at least 1 per team)-              Appropriate clothing for the day/layers (warm clothes, hat, jacket, beanie, spare socks...)-              Sunscreen-              Water, thermos-              Animal feed bags for collecting litter (if possible) Catering: Coffee, tea and snacks will be offered at registration. BBQ lunch will be provided with salmon, meat, vegan and vegetarian options available. We are unable to cater for any special dietary requirements (gluten intolerant ...
    Posted May 13, 2018, 10:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Flotsam and jetsam - I never know which is which...... Unusually high tides plus a flood have brought down all kinds of debris - logs galore, and huge numbers of apples.  Cider anyone?Apparently snakes have been washed out of their hiding places also.A note for trivia buffs.....'Jetsam' describes debris that was deliberately thrown overboard by a crew of a ship in distress, most often to lighten the ship's load. The word 'flotsam' derives from the French word floter, to float. Jetsam is a shortened word for jettison. Under maritime law the distinction is important.
    Posted May 10, 2018, 10:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Wooden Boat Adventures - April Trial You may have seen the flurry of excitement from many tourists & locals over the past month, when they realised their good fortune at being able to take themselves afloat in a little Grebe from our fascinating fleet. A few hearty LBT volunteers set up a couple of Grebes each day to entice passers-by to enjoy a unique experience upon our wonderful waterways, which naturally they raved about - as do we Our collective thanks go to the Tues & Thurs men for keeping our little craft maintained so well & equipment at the ready It was indeed an impressive effort from all who assisted in initiating & deliberating to get business plans & operations approvals through the bureaucracy of MAST & AMSA .... plus figure out ...
    Posted May 9, 2018, 1:30 AM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteers and equipment needed for tn19 Raid The biennial tawe nunnugah small expedition is the Living Boat Trust’s main fund raiser and keeps the LBT financially afloat for the next two years.  But it works both ways. We couldn’t run the Raids if we didn’t have an active and engaged membership maintaining and improving the LBT’s fleet and other assets throughout the year.We also need volunteers to help run the Raid smoothly. Without them the Raids just can’t happen. The purpose of this message is to ask for volunteers or offers of equipment to help with tn 19 (30 January to 8 February 2019) and the Return Raid (11 to 14 February 2019). If you can help by offering either your ...
    Posted May 4, 2018, 8:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Billie's Birthday Bounce Back! Its almost 3 years since Billie's mid-winter launch and this skiff has seen a lot of water under its keel in that time. Currently its in dry dock in the shed for much needed TLC, in anticipation of a rejuvenated re-launch. Liz and Karen, the unsung heroes of skiff maintenance, always appreciate help on Wednesday mornings.
    Posted May 4, 2018, 7:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Community Consultation about Camping Grounds at Franklin and Shipwrights Point Long history (see link below to Council documents)….but the Huon Valley Council has this week opened a 4 week consultation period with the Franklin community and camping ground stakeholders to determine the level of support for an approved Recreational Vehicle site to be developed on Crown Land leased by Council land on the foreshore at Franklin. At the same time, Council is also consulting about the future of RV camping at Shipwrights Point. The Council is seeking community views as to whether or not the sites should be used for RVs and if so what type of RV site the community would like to see on the site. If the outcome of this consultation is in support of an ...
    Posted May 2, 2018, 1:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Touring A fast-growing element in the diverse world of rowing, is 'rowing touring'.  Interestingly, a European based organisation is planning a trip to Australia and is asking local rowers for help with suggested itineraries.  See link  https://rowingtheworld.com
    Posted Apr 28, 2018, 11:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hazara Community visit to LBT and Apple Picking Day A gloriously sunny and calm Saturday greeted a group of former refugees who are now living in Hobart as they arrived at the LBT. This is the third year the LBT has hosted this group - a convoy of 15 cars thanks to the contacts and lots of coordination by Yabbo Thompson.The family groups were welcomed with refreshments - a big thanks to Tess for her cake, Jilly for turning Deb's dodgy dough into cookies, and Jane A. for the mercy dash to replenish the tea and coffee supplies.The group tried out rowing and boating on the river - a huge thanks to Nell, Tess and Esi for skippering about 5 trips each on the Grebes, Martin and Deb for ...
    Posted Apr 23, 2018, 4:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteers Needed for Community Visit to LBT This Saturday Sorry for the short notice but the weather is going to be a wonderful 22 degrees and calm this Saturday!  So the LBT is being visited by  a group of former refugees and you are invited to come along at 10am to join in the fun and picnic lunch.The group of Hazara women, children and men came from Afghanistan. They enjoy visiting the Huon at this time of year to practice their driving, speaking English, and picking apples. But trying out the LBT boats (a skiff, grebe or a short Nancy trip has become the real highlight!)  This is the third year they have asked to do this visit. The group pay to go on the boats, and this ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2018, 2:30 AM by Posts Editor
  • 2018 Volunteer Service Awards Again, from the Franklin Progress Association.....It can be a tuff gig for Council staff to spread the news far and wide that it is time again to recognise those unsung volunteer heroes that work tirelessly in our community. Please forward this good news announcement to your contacts in the Huon Valley and consider nominating someone in your town.From Huon Valley CouncilDo you know people out in our community who are VOLUNTEERS? Why not nominate them for the 2108 Volunteer Service Awards.  The guidelines and nomination form (fillable PDF) are attached, please complete and email to hvc@huonvalley.tas.gov.au or click here Nominations close Friday 4 May 2018 at 5pm.  Kind regardsLisa PlohlCommunity Liaison ...
    Posted Apr 17, 2018, 12:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Anzac Day Dawn Service - Volunteers Wanted Please From the Franklin Progress Association, a request for volunteers for the Anzac Day Dawn Service WANTED – five (5) VOLUNTEERS for kitchen, cooking, serving and cleaning duties (Franklin Bowls Club) WANTED – three (3) VOLUNTEERS for road safety and signage dutiesPlease contact Bec Enders if you are able to help out, or if you need more information.becjon@iinet.net.auMob: 0498 213 515
    Posted Apr 17, 2018, 12:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • Up the Creek with a Greenland Paddle In spite of the cold, blustery conditions, a good crowd turned out to see the launch of the latest fleet of skin on frame kayaks constructed, in just one week, at the Wooden Boat Centre. Expert instruction was on hand for the tyro paddlers as they powered away up the Huon in their smart new kayaks. 
    Posted Apr 14, 2018, 12:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT 20th anniversary stories A memory from Richard Foster.......Day 4 was blown out.  Some of the fleet gave it best and went home, but the weather report for day 5 (Tuesday) was auspicious, and so the remainder gathered before 7 am to hoist sail.  The promised northerly breeze turned out to be a northerly zephyr - so those sails didn't have much to do for a while, and oars were more effective.  Martin and Deb caused some mirth by maintaining a reef  - their Lazy E must be VERY twitchy - but the rest of us did little better with all our canvas set.  Somewhere between Middleton and Gordon we gave up and took a tow past the Gordon Corner, where a beautiful southeasterly sea ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2018, 12:22 AM by Posts Editor
  • Committee meeting Wednesday 11th April See draft agenda (https://goo.gl/osC1hJ) and minutes of last meeting (https://goo.gl/oA6uiC).  If there is an issue you want raised email sec@lbt.org.au .
    Posted Apr 8, 2018, 2:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Every little bit helps Di Sullivan from 'Pied Piper' weeds the bed of native plants has been planted and maintained by Lorrie Harrison and the Landcare Group to define our front boundary and to provide a bit of screening.  It's coming along nicely, as well as providing a crop of feral tomatoes.
    Posted Apr 8, 2018, 8:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • New sole for Nancy Steve McCusker and the Tuesday group have replaced the disintegrating sole (floor) in the cockpit of Nancy with one that is much more robust.  It even has an inspection hatch for  the motor!  Pic from Steve McCusker
    Posted Apr 8, 2018, 4:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monty returns from Dover Endra O'May sent us these nice snaps of Monty running before the wind up the river.
    Posted Apr 8, 2018, 3:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Port Esperance Easter Regatta: Rowing Results Lorrie Harrison writes:  'As expected this was a fantastic, fun, festival! Congratulations to the organisers and Port Esperance Sailing Club. Perfect rowing conditions were provided in the bay for our Saturday races,which we all very much enjoyed and the food at the festival, YUM!!'  Women’s 1km Position Team Time 1 LBT – Billie (C.F.B.) 6.29 2 Cygnet 6.46 3 LBT 6.57 4 Dover 8.44 Men’s 1km Position Team Time 1 Dover 6.26 2 LBT 6.37 3 Cygnet 6.38 4 Mixed 7.00 Mixed 1km Position Team Time 1 LBT 7.01 1 Dover 7.01 3 Cygnet 7.06 4 LBT 7.26 Mixed 5km Position Team Time 1 ...
    Posted Apr 6, 2018, 4:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dragons are Coming! This Saturday 7th will see an unusual sight on the Huon River with up to 7 dragon boats taking part in the 32km Huon Challenge.  With up to 20 paddlers per boat, that’s a lot of paddle action! The day starts 8am at Port Huon, then up to Huonville, with a Franklin finish. For more details see https://www.derwentstorms.com.au/huon-challenge-2018/
    Posted Apr 5, 2018, 12:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • tawe nunnugah 2019 (tn19) mailing list is now open - the countdown has begun If you are interested in the 2019 tawe nunnugah Raid or any of the related activities, either as a participant or as a helper, sign on to the tn19 mailing list (http://eepurl.com/dncOgn). Signing on to the mailing list doesn’t confirm you a spot but it does mean you will receive up-dates as soon as we send them out. Even if you have already told us you are interested in tn19 (we may have forgotten) the only way to be certain that you will get the up-dates is to join the mailing list. This year we have done away with the old Expression of Interest form and are replacing it with a booking ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2018, 11:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • tn19 web-site and Calendar of Events released Preparations for tawe nunnugah 2019 are gearing up - follow the progress on our web-site at http://tawe-nunnugah.org.  Activities begin with a Welcome Dinner in Franklin on 29 January, followed by the 10-day fully catered small boat expedition from Recherche Bay arriving in Hobart in time for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, then the 4-day Return Raid (raid lite) from Hobart back to Franklin and finally a weekend regatta of sailing and rowing competitions. Put the dates in your diary now. The full Calendar of Events around tawe nunnugah 2019 is available at http://tawe-nunnugah.org   Pic from Endra O'May
    Posted Apr 3, 2018, 3:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Be careful of moored yachts on gusty days We watched 'Pied Piper' drift slowly to the end of her mooring line on an outgoing tide, then charge up river and swing around on her length when caught by a gust . Any dinghies being rowed nearby would have been in a spot of bother - in other words become fodder for the 'Submerged' exhibition currently on at Dover.
    Posted Apr 3, 2018, 3:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Submerged' exhibition at the Dover Museum and Gallery  This may be a distasteful topic for we sailors, but Mike Dredge tells us that these 'stories of Australia’s shipwrecks' put together by the Australian National Maritime Museum and being exhibited at Dover through April are well worth seeing.  The gallery website is https://www.farsouthtasmania.com/attractions/dover-museum-and-gallery
    Posted Apr 1, 2018, 5:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Easter Monday dinner at the LBT Kate is backing up after her stellar efforts last Thursday, and the normal Monday evening dinner is on.
    Posted Apr 1, 2018, 5:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pics from Port Esperance Regatta See below. Saturday morning was perfect for rowing, and the events were hotly contested.  Perhaps the most significant result for the LBT was the victory of the women's team in the open five kilometre race.  Congratulations to them.  The bonus for all or us was that the Dover Seafest was on in the adjacent park, with lots of good food, drink and entertainment.  How lucky are we to have a bit of water like Port Esperance right on our doorstep?
    Posted Mar 31, 2018, 2:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Thank you John and Ruth, on the occasion of our 20th On Thursday night the Wooden Boat Centre and the Living Boat Trust combined forces for an event to thank John and Ruth Young for their contribution to the establishment and continued success of both our organisations. It was the hottest ticket in town: the secretary was sorely tempted to do some fund raising with a bit of surreptitious scalping.  And we weren't disappointed.  The Thursday group had the shed shining like a new pin, Kate cooked up a storm, there was speechifying to put Cicero to shame and everybody had a jolly good time. Pics from Martin Riddle
    Posted Mar 31, 2018, 2:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • 'The Lady in the Van' at the Palais, April 1st Team movies advises us that when they dusted off and opened the box labeled 'Victim', the intended movie for the week, what it had in it were the reels for 'The Lady in Van', so that is what we are going to see:  Sunday night at 7.15 pm; $5; Bring a plate.
    Posted Mar 31, 2018, 2:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dover Seafest, Easter Saturday Looking for an extra reason to come down to the Port Esperance Regatta?  This could be it.  They promise:free kids activities; food stalls; Makers & Growers Market; Regatta activities; Local busking talent; & a special offerings.  See the website for more details: http://www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/events/dover-seafest/
    Posted Mar 30, 2018, 1:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Palais Classic Movie Sunday: Victim Synopsis:  Dirk Bogarde, in a career-defining role, plays a highly respected, but closeted, attorney who risks his marriage and reputation to bring to justice an elusive blackmail ring terrorizing gay men. (Courtesy Jim’s Reviews).  Details attached: https://tinyurl.com/ya5mwvpq
    Posted Mar 28, 2018, 4:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing drones Marine and Safety Tasmania:  Notice No.:  M61-18;   Title:  Navigation Warning  Sailing Drones;   Valid From:  28/3/2018;   Valid Until:  30/9/2018.   Notice Content:   CSIRO are continuing their trials with sailing drones.  Drones will be launched in Storm Bay on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 and will be operating along the East Coast for approximately six months.   The vessels are 7m in length and approximately 4m in height with a bright orange sail and will have a tri-colour light on top.  Drones will be picked up on radar.   Mariners should keep a lookout for these drones and navigate with caution.    Pic from Australian Broadcasting Commission
    Posted Mar 28, 2018, 4:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Walking Trail Fiona Peate, secretary of the Franklin Progress Association, has sent us the final plans for the walking trail, which runs downstream from the boat ramp near the camp ground.  Larger version attached: https://tinyurl.com/ycsg2ppb
    Posted Mar 28, 2018, 4:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • For sale: 'Last One' Newly constructed Derwent Skiff.  Contact Ian and Di.  Details in attached flyer: https://tinyurl.com/ybrxtahp
    Posted Mar 28, 2018, 3:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Program at Dover (Easter Saturday) Port Esperance Easter Regatta 2018 Dover Pharmacy St. Ayles Skiff Rowing Event Date: Saturday 31st March Registrations: 08 30 Port Esperance Sailing Club. $5 per rowing crew member Start Procedure Boats will be called up to the start line by the starter on start boat ‘La Chalope’. Once all the boats are in position the starter will raise the start flag to alert crews they should be ready to row. The race will start on the fall of the flag. Course 1 Km The start line will be a line from start boat ‘La Chalope’ to a pink mooring buoy to the south. Boats will start in an easterly direction along the beach to a turning mark at 500m ...
    Posted Mar 28, 2018, 5:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monty is on her way - under oars The plan was to sail Monty down to Port Huon for an early start for Dover in the morning, but the predicted north east breeze turned out to be a south-west zephyr.  No matter: out with the oars and despite an incoming tide she was down to the yacht club at Shipwright's Point and tying up in good time.
    Posted Mar 27, 2018, 1:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Saloon class to Dover Regatta on Yukon If you want to voyage to Dover for the Port Esperance Regatta we believe that there are still berths on Yukon.  For details see the web page: http://yukon-tours.com.au/local-regattas-2018/We think we recognise the suspects in the pic below.
    Posted Mar 27, 2018, 5:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Be careful securing that stern line Nuf said.
    Posted Mar 26, 2018, 3:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • It's tough at the LBT When Brian Marriott complained about lumps in the newly laid path to the front door he was told to fix it himself.
    Posted Mar 25, 2018, 1:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • WoW 20th Anniversary Good Friday Row Lorrie Harrison writes:'This year - on its 20th anniversary - we are celebrating all things LBT! Great boats, great sailing, great rowing, really great friendships and brilliant events. This is an opportunity for all women of the LBT to get out on the water together. So, come on down to the LBT on Easter Friday at 9am, organise yourselves into boats, take your morning tea of coffee/tea, hot crossed buns, Easter eggs and row into the canal. We stop for our usual conversations then row around the island back to the LBT. We have had some great moments in past years. Join us for this special event.Easter Friday 30th March 9am'
    Posted Mar 24, 2018, 6:45 PM by Richard Forster
  • 'Bring your own' Monday Tomorrow being the last Monday of the month the cooks are taking a break and we fend for ourselves at dinner time.  Bring something to put on the barby, something to share, and $5 to throw in the kitty.   Pic from Majam
    Posted Mar 24, 2018, 5:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • For sale: a wooden boat with provenance Stuart Lennox writes: 'The Leederry was an 80 foot trading ketch built of huon pine, which plied the Bass Strait trade mid 20 century.The Leederry sank off Bad  ger island I believe date unknown, though i did see the information at the maritime museum on Flinders island.  Only remaining artefact is its original life boat : 16ft 5in L 6ft 2in B 2ft 4in D; huon pine clinker , has had a centerboard added and a gunter rig;  Structural work undertaken by shipwright, bulkhead, foredeck beams and samson post. $2000.00 ono.  please phone 62535361' 
    Posted Mar 24, 2018, 4:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy to be part of Thursday celebrations: come early Activities for the evening get underway at the Wooden Boat Centre at 6.30pm next Thursday (see flyer below), but those who want to come a little earlier can take advantage of Nancy being available for FREE short excursions trips from 5.30pm on.  Looks like the tide will be high enough to get through the Egg Island Canal, so that is maybe where she will be going.   Pic from Andy Wilson
    Posted Mar 23, 2018, 4:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Next Maritime Museum Monthly talk - Tuesday 3 April John Wadsley writes: 'Please find attached  (https://bit.ly/2udsPBB) our latest flyer for the next Monthly Talk.  Firstly, apologies, that the previously advertised topic on the Port of Hobart Strategic Plan has had to be postponed until July. But what we have as a replacement is great. Our April presentation is going to take us into the exciting and dangerous world of maritime search and rescue operations, as witnessed by one of the film crew that created the acclaimed documentary series, “The Real Water Rats”.  Varcha Sidwell is an award-winning filmmaker who was on-board filming real operations. She will not only show some excerpts from the series, but also bring real eye-witness commentary on just what ...
    Posted Mar 23, 2018, 3:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hiring out our boats: meeting 28th March Hans Sipsma writes:  'The LBT owns a lot of incredibly beautiful and precious small wooden boats which are sadly underused and the Boat Hire idea has the potential to address that and create some employment, stimulate the local economy and enhance the attraction of Franklin at the same time.  John Young and David Hume have done many months of painstaking work to get this idea off the ground and we are close to realising the project, but there are still one or two structural issues to resolve before it can be launched as a commercially viable community enterprise.  It has been decided therefore, by a newly formed FWBA steering committee, that we can at this point commence with a trial ...
    Posted Mar 23, 2018, 2:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday group report Pics and words from Graham Wright.  After a lot of work 'Flathead' turned over to sort out all the bits for the inside which arrived separately. Gretchen, starting to install the bunks and cupboards, all the brass  an dbronze polished as new, a couple of coats of paint and ready to go. We even found the outboard bracket, only been missing for 6 years or so.Flying 15 ready to silicon the cracks and a lot of paint and then this rare version back on the mooring. FCR has been laid to the front door to facilitate wheelchair access.
    Posted Mar 22, 2018, 2:50 PM by Richard Forster
  • Skiffs at Port Esperance Easter Regatta Lorrie Harrison writes:  'We have two St Ayles Skiffs going down for the races on Easter Saturday. 1km races in the morning and 5km race in the afternoon. We are still in need of some extra rowers so let me know if you can join us: lorrieharrison@tpg.com.au'  Pic from Nell Tyson
    Posted Mar 17, 2018, 7:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Twilight Rowing 7 This coming Friday will be our last Twilight Racing for some time, so now is your chance to practice competitive rowing in a fun atmosphere with a relaxed cider at the end! A good opportunity for those rowing at Dover to get in some training.   Register before 5pm on Friday 23 March. Pic from Lorrie Harrison
    Posted Mar 18, 2018, 2:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Lake Macquarie Classic Boat Association More from our roving reporter, who has been in the Hunter Valley.  Lake Macquarie is just south of Newcastle, and is an ideal place for small boats - big enough for lengthy excursions, but still sheltered compared to the Pacific Ocean right next door.  The immediate point of interest was the St Ayles Skiff 'Catalina', which has just been built and launched by the Association.  The mystery of the boat's name was revealed: the shed in which it resides is on the old RAAF base, from which they used to launch and fly Catalinas.  'Catalina' is being very actively rowed, and took part in their recent BoatFest 2018.  She is only one of many boats being built, restored or used ...
    Posted Mar 16, 2018, 8:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Our first twenty years: celebrate on Thursday March 29th Some time ago Ruth Young wrote a typically lucid and concise ‘Beginnings of the LBT’, which can be read at https://goo.gl/Bsb96P . A key date which Ruth identified in this history is ‘Incorporation’ which occurred in 2008 – and now we’ve made it to ripe old age of 20! The first of what we hope are multiple celebrations to honor this momentous event will kick off on the evening of Thursday March 29th, and is being organised in conjunction with the Wooden Boat Centre. There will be an exhibition and some ceremonials at the Centre starting at 6.30pm, followed by a dinner at the 7.30pm at the LBT. See the flyer below for more details. RSVP ...
    Posted Mar 16, 2018, 5:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Living Boat Trust 20th Anniversary Jilly Archer writes:  'The LBT became an incorporated body on 24th June 1998, and we want to celebrate this year’s anniversary and use it to reflect on where we have come from and where we are going.  You dear Members can play your part by telling us what and who you’d like to know about, or maybe you like to write a piece yourself.  As an example of the latter, some of the anecdotes associated with the LBT journey will be part of this correspondent’s contribution to the anniversary, to be shared with those who weren’t members at the time who want to know more about the people, the boats, machinery and events which have been ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2018, 3:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • 1912 outboard motor: the Archimedes Spotted by our roving reporter in Newcastle, here is one for the petrol heads.  According to Wikipedia the first production outboard motors came onto the market in 1906, so this example is very early days.  Wayne Barrett, who is restoring it, writes:'It was made by the Archimedes company in Sweden which was in the 1930s bought out by Volvo Penta.  It is a two stroke of 2.25HP and weighs in at about 60kgs. The majority of the motor and shaft are brass and the cylinders are cast iron.  It is water cooled and the rudder steers independent of the propeller, somewhat like a ship.'More details and pics from Wayne are attached: https://goo.gl/HDvm5Z
    Posted Mar 16, 2018, 3:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Looking for a crew Ian Johnston writes:  'I have a beautifully  converted crayfishing boat with a ketch rig and Gardner motor. I have had a crew drop out yesterday. I am looking for one or two people to crew on the boat from Port Davey up to Strahan - about a week to explore the most beautiful part of Tasmania. No experience necessary but you need to be reasonably fit and agile with an adventurous spirit. Leaving on the 26th March. Contact Ian on 0418202957 or ianjohnstonmarine@gmail.com. Soon.'Update:  Ian tells us that he now has a west coast crew, but is still needs one for the east coast at a later date.
    Posted Mar 15, 2018, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hire an LBT boat: meeting Monday March 12 The LBT constitution admonishes us to 'promote Tasmania’s maritime heritage by the provision of related educational and recreational opportunities to people of all ages, interests and abilities'.  To this end we have for many years held a 'right to hire' license for our rowing and sailing fleet.  Trouble is that, except on rare occasions, it has all been too hard to put into action.  Marketing, ticketing, etc, etc, you get the picture.  Now John Young and David Hume have worked through a lot of the complications and are set to go with another try at it.  David writes:  'As you are aware, John and I have been working hard, mostly ploughing through red tape, to bring into reality the ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2018, 6:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • Maria in March Jane Johnson writes:  'Twenty explorers crossed the Mercury Passage on Saturday, March 3, consisting of three St Ayles Skiff crews, a sailing boat duo, two manning the safety boat and a one-woman Mirage sea kayaker. The adventurers aimed to navigate and explore the scenic coastline of the southern, less well-known section of Maria Island, a landmark with an interesting history.'  For her full report read on: https://goo.gl/4PNUHb   Pics from Jane Johnson
    Posted Mar 6, 2018, 11:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Grant Seeker Workshop, Wednesday 4th March 'A free grant writing workshop to learn tips and get support on how to navigate the grant seeking process.'  For details see the attached invitation: https://goo.gl/UWpw5M
    Posted Mar 6, 2018, 1:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monty to Port Esperance Easter Regatta Monty went to this regatta last year and had a great time.  A large part of the fun was getting there and back: Franklin to Dover is a nice day voyage.  If we can raise a crew we'd like to do it all again: express your enthusiasm for participating by entering your name in the form below (https://goo.gl/1i49XN).   Monty on her way to Port Esperance last year - pic from Endra O'May
    Posted Mar 6, 2018, 11:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Council Community Information Session The third of four Huon Valley Council Community Information Sessions is being held at the Huonville Town Hall, Wednesday 7th March from 6-8pm.  This is your chance to have your say and let Council know what is important to you in your area.  Huon Valley Council Commissioner Adriana Taylor and the Council’s management team will be on hand to discuss future plans for your area, and give you an opportunity to meet with staff face-to-face.  For more details see the attached invitation:  https://goo.gl/SpEiC9
    Posted Mar 6, 2018, 12:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Punto goes to Port Davey Jilly Archer sent us the picture below with the following description:  'Punto starting out on her big adventure under the guidance of First Hand for Yukon, Ewan Laidlaw'.  Punto has already proved herself to be an excellent yacht tender, and she will fit very neatly on the foredeck of Yukon.  Looks like she could do with a paint job at the end of the season.
    Posted Mar 6, 2018, 12:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • First Skiff in NSW? Looks like the Lake Macquarie (near Newcastle) crew have launched:  see the article in the 'Lake News': https://goo.gl/EfsnF3  Pic from 'Lakes News'
    Posted Mar 4, 2018, 4:14 AM by Posts Editor
  • Concert at the LBT Shed, Sunday March 11th Kate Hoorweg writes:"Bruce Young from Woof Gallery in Franklin released his first album, 'Supernova', last year. 'Bruce Young and the Pearl Handled Pistols' will be performing a free concert at the Living Boat Trust next Sunday 11th of March from 2pm. This concert will be a sneak preview of songs for the new soon-to-be-released album 'Riversong' which is a a little bit country rock with a decidedly Tasmanian twist and a lot of love! Come on down, check out some local talent, enjoy great music for a Sunday Session at the LBT!"
    Posted Mar 4, 2018, 4:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs at Port Esperance Easter Regatta Lorrie Harrison writes: 'Matt from Dover has invited us again to be part of their Easter Regatta and join in the St.Ayles Skiff rowing activities on Saturday March 31st. Similar to last year we will have 1 km races for men’s, women’s and mixed teams. There will also be the 5km Hope Island race in the afternoon.'For more details see the invitation attached: https://goo.gl/tzwJvN
    Posted Mar 4, 2018, 3:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin from above Ian Johnston has been taking pictures to illustrate mooring locations, and sent us these beautiful images.
    Posted Mar 1, 2018, 4:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Walking Trail update Bec Enders from the progress association writes:'Please find attached an updated information sheet about the Franklin Historical Walking Trail (https://goo.gl/vdej8E). Should you have any questions or want to know how you can get involved, please phone me on 0498 213 515.   On Saturday, copies of the updated information sheet will be available at the Franklin Post Office.  Please feel free to share this information with anyone you think may be interested in the project.'
    Posted Mar 1, 2018, 3:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Port Esperance Regatta Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st April Rebecca Hancock writes:Entries are now open for the 2018 Port Esperance Huon Salmon Easter Regatta'This year's Regatta will be part of a great Easter weekend comprising the Kingborough Boating Club Barnes Bay Regatta and the Port Esperance Sailing Club’s Regatta. So that keen yachties can attend both events, the Kingborough Boat Club Regatta will be held on Friday 30th March, with presentations and a BBQ on the Friday evening at Barnes Bay. Then, the Port Esperance Sailing Club’s Regatta will kick off on Saturday morning with a race from Barnes Bay to Dover.  In addition to the sailing, participants will enjoy a welcome spit roast on Saturday evening at the Port Esperance Sailing Club, with ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2018, 7:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Ali's Wedding' at the Palais, Sunday March 4 Team Movies writes:   'We are in a state of excitement because on Sunday March 4, we will be screening the 2017 Australian romantic comedy film, Ali’s Wedding(Oh what a tangle web we weave when we practise to deceive!!!!!!!! ).  Starring the multi-talented actor, writer, director, and stand-up comedian, Osamah Sami.  Rated M (Mature themes and coarse language).  Synopsis: After a reckless lie sets off a catastrophic chain of events, Ali, the son of a Muslim cleric, finds himself caught between his sense of duty to his family and following his heart. Based on real events, Ali's Wedding is an irreverent, warm-hearted comedy, and an affectionate and vivid portrait of Islamic life in Australia. (Courtesy Rotten ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2018, 2:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Before and after The LBT sent a team and a half to the Skiff and Whaleboat Regatta at Warrnambool this weekend, which meant that the women ended up competing in both their own and the mixed events.  That meant at least 12 one kilometre sprints each over Saturday and Sunday, several of them end to end, and much of it into winds gusting to 30 knots.  Pic one below shows them looking a little apprehensively at the whaleboat oars (the length, the size of those blades), pic two shows that by the afternoon their fears had been realised. But they did it.  The males in the half team were in awe.Another great regatta organised by our friends at Warrnambool.  We plan to ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2018, 1:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Great Barrier Raid (NZ) Many LBTers have very fond memories of the last New Zealand Raid, and it looks like the Enzeders are having fun on this one: see https://raidnz.org/2018/02/20/gt-barrier-raid-2018/ .  That has to be Endra O'May in the background of the pic below, so we can ask her when she gets back.
    Posted Feb 25, 2018, 2:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Funnies at Frank's March 8th David Moore writes:The next FunnieS at Frank's is an International Women's Day Celebration.  BUT OF COURSE MEN CAN COME TO THE SHOW TOO!  In fact, everyone can come along.  It just happens, well we made it happen for a reason, that the show is all women for women, but men's money is gratefully accepted.  Flyers have gone out, the Facebook event and related posts are sharing like mad and tickets are selling well.  So if you fancy coming along you should probably buy tickets before strangers get them all ;-)  Buy tickets now at: https://www.trybooking.com/TUSR   See attached for more information: https://goo.gl/aT6o9E
    Posted Feb 21, 2018, 6:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • MARIA ISLAND VISIT - INVITATION to BBQ Feb 26 (BYO food/drink) at LBT Mon Feb 26 @ 6pmHi All…there are 25 people interested in attending the Maria expedition Mar 3 & 4. Details of the trip, crews etc to be confirmed at the BBQ..hope to see you there. If you are unable to attend, emails will be sent with details by Wednesday Feb 28. All decisions about the routes will be based on the forecast and in the event of bad weather, Plan B details will be confirmed. Looking forward to joining everyone in a proposed 7-boat and 1 kayak adventure!Jane 0400717140 Pic from Parks Tasmania
    Posted Feb 21, 2018, 4:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Festival newsletter Get it at https://goo.gl/F4RLQu.  All sorts of stories, including one about the Haven 12.5 (pictured) to be built in Franklin by a team visiting from the US. Pic from AWBF
    Posted Feb 20, 2018, 1:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre February newsletter See attached: https://goo.gl/zHEv89.  Pic below (from John and Ruth Young) is from the newsletter and shows the original shed under construction (or rather reconstruction).  To find out more read all about it.
    Posted Feb 18, 2018, 12:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • February LBT Committee meeting, draft minutes See https://goo.gl/5S1bBn , or navigate from the LBT home page: Resources => Minutes 2017-18
    Posted Feb 18, 2018, 12:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: trailer maintenance workshop 25th February This will include some pointers on what to think about and do when loading and driving, and some basic maintenance.  It will be very hands on: our trailers need maintenance before they can be taken out again!  Details are attached below (see https://goo.gl/FMWW8R). Submit your name using the following form if you would like to participate. 
    Posted Feb 18, 2018, 11:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF coming to Monday 19th Dinner It doesn't seem long ago that we were looking at the highlights for the 2017 Australian Wooden Boat Festival, and already planning is underway for 2019.  Paul Cullen and Darryl Peebles are coming to discuss it with us next Monday.  Should be an interesting night, and an opportunity to communicate some of our own priorities.
    Posted Feb 14, 2018, 7:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • More on Maria Island expedition Jane Johnson writes:  MARIA ISLAND MEETING LBT Feb 12.  Route – At present, the preferable route is to leave from Spring Beach and head towards Darlington, point to point is 8km. From Darlington it is a further 12 km to Encampment Cove. The weather/general consensus may mean that we veer towards Encampment Cove, past Lachlan Island, (not able to land here) rather than go all the way into Darlington to reduce the journey for one day.  Camping at Encampment Cove – there is a water tank, although the ranger advised taking own water supply for three days, and there are toilets. Camping is free here, and we have enough parks passes to cover 20 people. Please advise Jane if you have ...
    Posted Feb 13, 2018, 4:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Trailer maintenance workshop 25th Feb Mike Dredge has very kindly offered to run a boat trailer management course on Sunday February 25th.  This will include some pointers on what to think about and do when loading and driving, and some basic maintenance. Details are attached below (see https://goo.gl/FMWW8R). Submit your name using the following form if you would like to participate.
    Posted Feb 13, 2018, 4:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Friday twilight rowing update Barb Dawson writes:'Numbers are continuing to grow for Friday’s mixed Twilight rowing. Grebes are proving ideal for this sort of racing.  Plenty more room in the boats, or bring your own.  Come along - get some exercise, have fun, and a drink together afterwards.  Come down to the LBT this Friday - register for your choice of boat on the day - by 5pm please.' 
    Posted Feb 11, 2018, 2:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting, Wednesday 14th Feb The agenda is being compiled at https://goo.gl/FMmeQ1.  Email any extra items you want discussed to sec@lbt.org.au .  Draft minutes for last month's meeting (which will be reviewed) are at https://goo.gl/8psuPZ
    Posted Feb 11, 2018, 2:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Working Boats This publication from AMSA has some interesting reading: download it from https://goo.gl/W1Phou.   We met some of the 'Mayflower' mob when they were setting up an exhibition at the Adelaide Show.  She is a real success story.
    Posted Feb 8, 2018, 4:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ouch! That mud has teeth Brian Marriott writes:'Bugger.  Slipped into the mud on the riverside at Franklin and the left foot caught something on the way down.  A loud crack and the crazy angle of the foot showed me that I won’t be walking for a while :-( .   But the folks at RHH are great and are looking after me wonderfully!  Thanks also to all who helped me at Franklin while I was lying in the mud!'
    Posted Feb 7, 2018, 5:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sod turning day for the Franklin Historical Walk: Feb 14 Bec Enders (from the Progress Association) writes:'Council will be ready soon to construct the aggregated concrete path on the foreshore in Franklin. The Franklin Progress Association has been working closely with the Franklin History Group over the last six months to identify properties of significant historical interest. The plaques for these properties will be made in late February.   We are also really excited that the Franklin Primary School will be working with us on not only the planting of the foreshore but also the children will produce a child’s map for the walking trail.  The Franklin Progress Association would appreciate your support and attendance to see the soil turned at a ‘sod turning ceremony’ down on the foreshore ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2018, 4:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Staff development day at the LBT On Tuesday the staff from Huonville Primary came 'on the water' with us to the Cradoc landing,  most rowing in the Grebes and some doing it more luxuriously in Nancy, which also brought along the victuals.  As can be seen from the pictures it was a beautiful, still, warm day and by morning tea time the rowers had worked up a healthy sweat and were ready for some shade.  If they had been students they would undoubtedly have been in the water.   Photo from Brian Marriott
    Posted Feb 9, 2018, 2:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Twilight Racing Barb Dawson writes:  'Our newest LBT event got off to a brilliant start on Friday evening. Five boat loads of eager rowers lined up at the start line for the long (skiffs -5km) and short (smaller boats- 4km) courses. Billie headed into an early lead, with our single rower, Richard Forster, reaching the canal first. The extremely low tide made for some interesting maneuvering through the always calm Egg Island Canal, the smaller boats attempted to overtake Richard in Punto but she maintained her lead till the end. Racing over, we settled down for a convivial chat over a few ciders, wine and delicacies. What better way to celebrate the end of a working week? Let’s get more Grebes ...
    Posted Feb 4, 2018, 4:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy in 1960 Ian Giles took this snap of Nancy when he was visiting has uncle, 'Skipper' Giles, who owned the boat at the time.  Ian came aboard and showed us where he slept: a different time and a different life for Nancy.  Thanks Ian!
    Posted Feb 4, 2018, 3:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Wake of the May Queen 'A story of hard yakka, hauling timber, apples and just about anything, through some of Tasmania's most remote waters. The May Queen is a true survivor, at 150 she's the oldest Australian trading vessel still afloat.'  See it all on iView: https://goo.gl/7hc73M
    Posted Feb 1, 2018, 9:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Regatta Franklin, 3-4 Feb Marine and Safety Tasmania have posted the following notice.  'A Rowing Regatta will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 3 and  Sunday, 4 February 2018. Mariners are advised the River will be closed for  other boating pursuits from 0730 to 1700 hours.  Boat owners are restricted from using the boat ramp at Franklin and from  entering the rowing restricted area during these times. The restricted area is  the course and 500 metres either side of the course. The course is 1500m  upstream from the Huon Rowing Club and 500m downstream. Boat owners must follow  directions of rowing officials. A public boat ramp is available at Shipwrights Point south of Franklin.'
    Posted Feb 1, 2018, 8:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Proposed Maria Island excursion Jane Johnson recently organised a meeting of those interested, and here are the notes.Maria Island Mar 2-5 Update Jan 29 1. There have been 15 people who have put their name on the list for Maria adventures. There is likely to be 1 skiff crew from Cygnet, no word from Taroona, a possible involvement from Spring Bay.2. Election Sat Mar 3 means postal voting will have to be organised, or vote near Orford3. The Aboriginal name for Maria is Toarra-marra-monah thanks to Dennis. ? add to Tawe Nunnegah which loosely means journey by boat4. Parks passes are needed for entry to Maria Island as a National Park...we have enough passes to cover these ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2018, 1:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy's older (uglier) sister The National Maritime Museum in Sydney may want to take issue with the second adjective above, but we reckon we have the Cinderella of the siblings (http://mv-nancy-tours.org).  Checkout 'Protex' at the Museum if you are up there, and tell us if we are wrong - see https://goo.gl/wdGbDW for more details.  Pic from National Maritime Museum
    Posted Jan 30, 2018, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • BOOK NOW - AMMC Workshop - 22-23 February - Sydney From John Wadsley.  Sydney Heritage Fleet and the Australian National Maritime Museum Workshop Features:  • Sessions aboard Tall Ship JAMES CRAIG alongside at Wharf 7, ANMM.  • and at SHF’s Rozelle Bay restoration & maintenance workshops.   • SHF historic vessel harbour transfer from Darling Harbour to Rozelle Bay.  The workshop is an opportunity to discover and discuss the challenges and achievements involved with the restoration process of historic vessels of all types and sizes.REGISTER NOW ONLINE - https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=342758  • Delegate fee: $60pp – includes morning/afternoon teas and lunches. • Workshop Dinner with guest speaker - Thursday 22 February - held at ANMM’s Waterside venue: Canapés, two-course dinner, glass of wine and coffee - $75pp (optional event) OUTLINE PROGRAM.  Thursday ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2018, 1:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • The mystery of the tides For years the LBT homepage has had a link (top right) to Willy Weather, which presents tide predictions in an easy to read graphical format - see the following pic. It was recently drawn to our attention that the Willy Weather predictions for Port Huon (https://goo.gl/fRtwzV) differ significantly from those of the Met Bureau (https://goo.gl/WjWew6) which seemed worrying.  Table of tides for Port Huon from Willy Weather.   Table tides for Port Huon from the Met Bureau.The plot thickened when Brian Marriott pointed out that the river height at Huonville is tidal (see https://goo.gl/GvcDvV and https://goo.gl/C87UBt), and that it provided a way of backchecking these predictions. The first thing ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2018, 12:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • MAY QUEEN and the SIXAREEN The full title of the first of the monthly talks organised by the Maritime Museum for 2018 is “MAY QUEEN and the SIXAREEN - ARCHAEOLOGY of JOURNEYING”.  It will be given by Jack Chesterman.Time: 12.00-1.00pm, Tuesday 6 February 2018  Place: Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Customs House, 19 Davey St entrance.  'Jack Chesterman’s new exhibition “MAY QUEEN and the SIXAREEN - ARCHAEOLOGY of JOURNEYING” opens on Saturday, 3 February in the Carnegie Gallery at the Maritime Museum and will run until 22 April 2018.... This exhibition explores one of our favourite local vessels, the May Queen in honour of her 150th birthday last year. It also looks at the sixareen, a traditional clinker-built ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2018, 6:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Leshelen Three years ago Leshelen arrived at the Wooden Boat Centre in very poor condition (see https://goo.gl/h9bcKC).  After an extensive rebuild and restoration she was ready to go on the water, which happened today (Tuesday).  There was a certain amount of heart in mouth, but those who know how to balance a boat on slings did a great job, and she soared over the dinghy shed perfectly level and with no drama at all to land on her lines in the river.  And they did remember to put the bung in.  Congratulations to David Nash and others who have done the work, and to the owners for seeing the project through.
    Posted Jan 30, 2018, 1:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Twilight Rowing – starting Friday 2 February From Barb Dawson: Several regular rowers have agreed that it would be a great idea to start weekly twilight rowing races - from Friday 2 February (until daylight saving ends).  The idea is to provide the opportunity for anyone (male or female) who wants to improve their rowing fitness to take part in rowing races, to have some fun on the river and to socialise (drinks, nibbles, BBQ?) afterwards.  Racing will be conducted on a handicap basis, so everyone will be finishing around the same time.    Any type of rowing/paddling boat can take part – skiffs, Grebes, whaleboats, private dinghies, kayaks  - and approximate rowing time for the race would be 45 – 60 mins.   Programme  Rowers register on Friday afternoon to form ...
    Posted Jan 28, 2018, 4:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT at Australia Day The Australia Day organisers were hoping for some  on the water action from the LBT and Yukon for the happy throng at the Franklin Oval on January 26th, and we provided. Skipper Brian Pain scarcely had time for a cup of coffee between joy ride trips on Nancy - he was inundated with passengers.  Graham Rankin supervised the kids making paddles, who then took them down to the water and tested them out in the Grebes.  It was the first time in a boat for many of them.  The grown ups had the same opportunity in the Skiffs, supervised by Lorrie and the rowers.Thanks to all who helped make this such a successful day - too many to name.  Yet another ...
    Posted Jan 28, 2018, 11:26 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie Bagdad Cafe, Palais, Feb 4th Team Movies writes:'This month’s February classic movie is the 1987 quirky, magical film ‘Bagdad Cafe’.... Synopsis: After breaking down in the middle of the California desert, a German couple begin to argue, and the wife walks. She ends up at a flea-bitten truck stop that is the second home to a group of odd characters, and she begins to transform their lives. (Courtesy Rotten Tomatoes). Doors open 6.30pm, film starts when someone flicks the lights. After 7.15pm but before 7.30pm.  Admission: Gold coin donation (to cover cleaning/heating).  Bar will be running with reasonably priced quality refreshments to assist with the laughter & joy this magical film will bring, serving the usual red/white/beer ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2018, 6:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • State Elections: public meeting 13th February Pat Singe (Huon Valley Residents and Ratepayers Association) writes:   'As you probably know the state election has now been announced for the 3rd March and HVRRA is holding a special 'Election Q&A' at 7pm on the 13th Feb in the Huonville Town Hall.   It should be an interesting opportunity to put questions to the candidates/party reps and/or Adriana Taylor who will also be on the panel. So please note the time/date, mention it to friends and give some thought to a question or two for the evening... Please "like and share" this notice on our Facebook Page  to help get the word out: https://www.facebook.com/HuonValleyResidentsandRatepayersAssociation/ ' 
    Posted Jan 27, 2018, 6:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday Group Report (January 23rd) Pictures and story from Graham Wright.  Gretchen: The interior painting  finished and most of the outside has two coats of undercoat.  The hatches and some of the cabin items are ready for painting and the hand rails and slides for varnishing.  It's been a long time coming but it's getting closer to going back in the water.  Flathead: After months of scraping and filling cracks with new timber, replacing some rotting timber and making a new knee for the bow, work has progressed.  New timber is being prepared to support the keel and some of the original timber has been restored while marine silicon is being applied between the planks.  The Flying Fifteen: With all hands on deck ...
    Posted Jan 25, 2018, 5:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Final Reminder: Australia Day this coming Friday 26th The LBT is running activities on the water and in the marquee down at the Franklin Oval through the morning and into the early afternoon.   Join the happy crew by submitting your name throught the form below (https://goo.gl/Px5hsi). 
    Posted Jan 21, 2018, 12:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cruise in company to Maria Island? Sound like a good idea?  It does to Jane Johnson and friends.  See the proposal attached (https://goo.gl/ChDsN3), and contact Jane if you are interested: 0400 717140 or email jenjane2012@gmail.com
    Posted Jan 20, 2018, 12:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF info session, Friday 2nd Feb, 5.30pm Paul Cullen writes:The attached flyer (https://goo.gl/cKwssC) announces a free, public information session about the 2019 Australian Wooden Boat Festival at the Waterside Pavilion, Mawson Place on Friday 2 February at 5:30 pm.  This will be of interest to boat owners, potential volunteers, business owners and others who would like to know what’s being planned, and how they can have an influence on those plans, 12 months before the event. Please feel free to pass this message on to anyone who might like to attend.
    Posted Jan 19, 2018, 1:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • New caps available From the WOW newsletter (but available to everybody):caps for sale Friday Social row and WoW meeting $12; Australia Day $12 members $15 non members; or at the shed; also available without LBT logo $5. 
    Posted Jan 18, 2018, 6:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft minutes from LBT January Committee meeting See https://goo.gl/XdVYxR
    Posted Jan 18, 2018, 12:53 PM by Richard Forster
  • 'Last One' in Franklin Di Sullivan writes:  '[LBT member] Ian Moncrieff's 'Last One' an Alan Witt designed Derwent Skiff, was launched in Adelaide a couple of weeks ago.  This week she was rowed for the first time on the Huon, performing beautifully as expected.  The Captain of the Adelaide Rowing Club gave her the thumbs up, "Ian she rows like a dream." Faint praise indeed.'  She's now tucked up like a bug in a rug on the LBT lawn, waiting for a Monday night for more of us to try her out.  See pics (from Di) below. 
    Posted Jan 18, 2018, 6:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Accommodation in Franklin wanted, starting in December Anne Holst (Wooden Boat Centre) and Paul Cullen (Australian Wooden Boat Festival) write:  'There will be a crew of US boatbuilders and students in Franklin to build a ‘Haven 12 1/2’ beginning second week of December for 8 weeks prior to the next Wooden Boat Festival.  They are looking for help with accommodation in Franklin for this crew... this is an opportunity for local people to make a few dollars without the agency fees if they have a house or apartment they would like to make available.  We are a public, free event supporting the wooden boat community and hope that a similar spirit might spur a few offers.  These are delightful, talented and enthusiastic people who made us ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2018, 10:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Hazard - North West Bay, Electrona Marine and Safety Tasmania , Notice No.: M08-18,   Valid From: 18/1/2018 , until: 31/1/2018.  Mariners are advised a yacht has sunk on a mooring at Electrona in position:  43o 03.633 S / 147o 15.97E. The tip of the mast is just below the surface at high tide.   Mariners should exercise caution in the area.
    Posted Jan 17, 2018, 9:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • More on the Kettering Wooden Boat Rally Lorrie Harrison writes: 'Graeme, from Kettering Yacht Club, has invited us to join a small craft event from Kettering to the Woodbridge Pub (Peppermint Bay) for lunch & return on Saturday 10th February Leaving Kettering at 10:30am, some 3km each way.  If you want a seat in a skiff let Lorrie know (lorrieharrison@tpg.com.au) if you would like to take your own small craft, including kayaks, fill out the Kettering Yacht Club form: https://goo.gl/WDTS6S'  
    Posted Jan 17, 2018, 2:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Use of LBT assets policy Martin Riddle writes: 'The LBT Committee recently launched a policy on the use of LBT assets. The Committee was very pleased that the policy stimulated discussion and response from members.  Some responses identified details of managing individual assets that were more appropriate to specific guidelines developed by the user groups and sub-committees responsible for day-to-day management of assets. We have edited the policy to further emphasise the distinction between this top-level policy covering all LBT assets and guidelines for day-to-day management of individual assets. The over-arching purpose of this policy is to ensure all LBT assets are managed for the benefit of members in a consistent way.  Use of assets by non-members ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2018, 6:21 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Athol Walters classic for sale 10 metre carvel huon pine cruiser and club racer: see the ad for details: https://goo.gl/bs3y4x
    Posted Jan 16, 2018, 12:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • For those interested in salmon farming Lorrie Harrison points out that Tassal are conducting tours of their deep sea operations.  Register at http://discovertassal.com.au/
    Posted Jan 14, 2018, 2:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fancy a row in Scotland? Marguerite Porte has passed on the following invitation from Topher Dawson of Scottish Coastal rowing:  'I hope you are all well and getting some rowing in. I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that a venue and a time has been set for the 2019 [St Ayles Skiff] World Championships which will be at Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway in SW Scotland. It’s a great venue and there is a friendly and expert group of people who are working on extending a welcome to maybe 60 skiffs and 2000 rowers. Skiffs will be available to borrow so all we need is your rowers. Without you guys it would not be a Worlds so I hope to ...
    Posted Jan 14, 2018, 12:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mid Summer Sing at the Palais - Saturday 20th Jan Barb Dawson writes:  'From 10am to 3pm, the Mid-Summer Sing is primarily an opportunity for members of the Sing For Your Life! Choir to get together during the summer … and THE EVENT IS ALSO OPEN TO ANYONE ELSE who loves to sing, and would like to join in a big day of great harmonies.  Singers of all levels of experience (including beginners) are welcome – it’s a great chance to sing in a supportive, friendly environment, and if you enjoy the workshop you’re welcome to join the SFYL! Choir when the 2018 ‘choir year’ starts in March.  Cost $40/$35.  For more details, see Palais website  http://franklinpalais.com/event/mid-summer-sing-workshop/ '
    Posted Jan 14, 2018, 12:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Palais Collective re-opens Barb Dawson writes:  'The Franklin Palais Collective is once again open as an outlet for local producers and artisans, and a place for locals and visitors to visit.  The Collective sells a range of items - including Huon Valley produce, arts and crafts, books, local honeys, plants, wooden items and natural cosmetics. We are always on the lookout for new, good quality locally produced or sourced stock.  Volunteers operate the Collective, and it is open from Friday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm.  Everyone is welcome to call in and say hello.'
    Posted Jan 14, 2018, 12:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Council elections Bec Enders writes:'I spoke with Pat Synge of the Huon Valley Residents and Rate-Payers Association today who advised that they will be holding an event at the Huon Valley Town Hall on Tuesday 13th February 2018 at 7pm.  The purpose of this event is to invite State Government politicians and persons interested in the upcoming Huon Valley Council election and give the Huon Valley community an opportunity to ask questions. '
    Posted Jan 14, 2018, 12:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tasskiffie 2019 Yes, we know it is a long way off, but we do need to start thinking about the next St Ayles Skiff Regatta, and that requires coordinators, and we are looking for them.  The good news for these people is that:  we are old hands at this now, and the organising is well documented (see https://goo.gl/UnW1Bk);   there will be lots of support from the rowers, the LBT and its members;  There is 'money in the bank' so the requirements for fund raising should be small; it is a whole of community festival, and much of the work can be delegated to groups such as the local primary school.     The LBT functions because we share the workload: here ...
    Posted Jan 11, 2018, 12:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Kettering Wooden Boat Rally: 10th-11th Feb The organisers write:'The next Kettering Wooden Boat Rally is not far away. It will be held on the weekend of 10th and 11th February 2018, with a preliminary twilight race on Friday 9th. We hope you will consider joining us for the fifth Kettering Wooden Boat Rally, and have attached an information sheet and entry form. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to contact Roscoe Barnett or Jim Tayton. Their contact details are on the information sheet.'Information sheet (https://goo.gl/VyZmNm) and entry form (https://goo.gl/4EjoWP) attached.
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 4:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Warrnambool Regatta, 24-25 Feb One team has already registered for this event, and we reckon there should be more: it's a great, traditional event, based around whaleboats but now including Skiffs.  See the details at https://www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/south-west-regatta ,  get organised, and get there.
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 1:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Caring for Imagine When Liz and Karen pulled up the mats to paint the inside of Imagine they discovered a small amount of rot in the frames (see pics below).  It can be fixed, but it was a reminder that we should be lifting the mats and sponging out any moisture each time the boat is used.  Having the Skiffs moored and ready to go is a great boon, but it does mean that we have to care for them a bit more.
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 1:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mooring Lease Riseley's Bay Karen Corbin writes:'First bay north of Huon Yacht Club, Shipwright's Point.  Strong mooring, good depth.  $25 per week.  Phone 0455 555344 or 0458 406894'
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 12:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Spotted on the Huon Over the years Bob Frost has provided many beautiful photographs to the LBT and to the local community.  His latest collection, entitled 'A quick trip around Tasmania' can be found at https://goo.gl/zzr8Hk - well worth a look.  The pic below caught Mike Dredge's eye - that's him teaching the grandsons to row in one of the Grebes, with Missy in the back contemplating mischief. Pic from Bob Frost
    Posted Jan 9, 2018, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tree2Sea Project in Franklin Zainab Clark writes:   'Zainab Clark’s husband Jafar (Youth Development Coach with Colony 47) wishes to establish a project for disengaged young people to help build skills and confidence that may lead to future employment. Following a short-lived but successful boat building project (Tree2Sea) in New Norfolk he feels that a similar one in Franklin would be particularly appropriate with all the boat building skills and knowledge available here.   There are many possibilities, from taking a log and milling it locally to buying a kit and building from there. The finished product could be anything from a canoe, kayak up to a St. Ayles Skiff or a Grebe, with the boat being  auctioned, or sold to a club or ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2018, 1:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Roadworks around Franklin Suzannah Kerr from State Growth writes:'Shoulder sealing will be undertaken along a 5.5 kilometre section of the highway south of Franklin from the Fleurtys Road junction to Shipwrights Point in Port Huon. Road works will commence in January 2018 and be completed by the end of April 2018, subject to weather conditions. The work will also include sealing the gravel informal pull-over area opposite Huon Eldercare in Franklin. This will be sealed and signed to provide a viewing / photo opportunity area for tourists to safely stop off the highway.'For more details see the attached flyer: https://goo.gl/HAL8Md
    Posted Jan 8, 2018, 12:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pulsating at the Palais - Upcoming Concerts Barb Dawson writes:  'As LBT members know, nothing better after hard day’s boating than a good concert - two great musical events coming to the Palais soon.  Thursday 18 January – Himmerland Ensemble.    Scandinavian based ensemble, fresh from 2018 Cygnet Folk Festival – a unique blend of old Danish ballads, whirling fiddle tunes, breathtaking improvisations.  Doors open 6.30pm, show starts at 7pm. Bar open. Tickets $20 – available online at https://trybooking.com/339895 or at door (unless sold out).  Friday 19 January – The Heart Collectors - with special guest, Famous Will.  Australian Folk group ‘The Heart Collectors’, transcend conventionality and genre with their old-school alternative folk sound, bringing back the sentimentality of 70’s inspired harmonies, combined with a progressive lyrical ...
    Posted Jan 6, 2018, 2:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Getting the word out (and in) A few years ago the LBT committee formalised an internal process for delegating decision making - you can see it on the committee web page (https://goo.gl/qtS4kp).  A couple of members have gently pointed out that this process is all very well as far as it goes, but lacks a step for ventillating wider issues outside the committee before decisions are made.  To remedy the situation it is proposed that this step be added:  'If there is a larger issue at stake the committee may choose to canvas it with the membership through the newsletter, Monday night dinners etc, soliciting input. This input will be considered when the LBT Committee makes its final decisions.'  If you have comments or ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 3:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • Be part of LBT Australia Day A couple of years ago the local Australia Day celebrations were moved from Huonville to Franklin oval, which importantly meant that activities could not only be by the river but also ON the river.  Our long suit.  Lorrie and the team have the novice rowers queued up to have a go on the Skiffs,  the LBT marquee is full of happy paddle makers who issue forth to try out their handiwork in the Grebes, and Nancy is busy plying up and down with passengers who want a more leisurely nautical experience.  It's a great day - all we need is enough people come along on FRIDAY 26TH JANUARY to run it.  If you can help out add your name to ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2018, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting Agenda The next committee meeting is on Wednesday 10th of January.  The agenda is being compiled at https://goo.gl/B2BqDu .  Correspondence for the committee to consider should be sent to sec@lbt.org.au.  Draft minutes from the December meeting can be viewed at https://goo.gl/CQMWVi
    Posted Jan 3, 2018, 2:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Movie at the Palais, Sunday Jan 7th Team Movies writes:  '2018 Classic Movies will be off to a flying start by screening the sensational 2016 Mongolian film, ‘The Eagle Huntress’.  Synopsis: This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her nomadic Kazakh family. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity. (Courtesy IMDb)'  Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 7.15pm.  Admission $5 (children under 16 free).  Bar will be running with reasonably priced quality refreshments to assist with digesting this high quality offering, the ...
    Posted Dec 31, 2017, 2:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for LBT Committee December meeting Minutes are available at https://goo.gl/Xe9htS
    Posted Dec 29, 2017, 1:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas present for the LBT Tony Dow sent a message this morning informing us that his weather station at south Franklin is back up and running.  This is great news: Tony's site has been sorely missed over the last year. The LBT homepage has been updated to show the live weather information and live webcam image that Tony supplies.  Click on either of these and you get all the weather details you could possibly want.  See the screen shot below.  Thanks Tony!
    Posted Dec 28, 2017, 7:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Billie Rob Turner writes:  'My partner and I are grey nomads, travelling in a motorhome & Suzuki, from Fremantle, WA and currently 6 weeks into our 4 months stay in Tasmania.  Last Tuesday 19th Dec. we were driving from Geeveston to Huonville and stopped mid-morning to enjoy the foreshore in Franklin and take a few photos – one of ‘Billie’ attached.  It turned out to be quite a significant day and event for me. Firstly, I was quite happy with the images I took. I photograph a lot in our travels and every now and again rewarded with a stand out image – such the attached image of Billie.  Soon after taking the photo I had a phone call from my son in ...
    Posted Dec 26, 2017, 9:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Happy Christmas from the LBT Kate tells us that the first Monday night dinner will be on the 8th of January.  The Tuesday group are starting back on the 2nd January: In the meantime we will be having a break.  Happy Christmas everybody.
    Posted Dec 25, 2017, 3:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Warning – Channel Area MAST Notice: 'Mariners are advised that a number of long lengths of rope may be floating free in the southern Channel area.  MAST has been made aware that one clump in excess of 100m long was found earlier this week near Partridge Island and that another three or four may still be missing.  Mariners should transit with care and report any rope or marine farm debris to 1300 706 973.'  Valid from  22/12/2017 until 22/1/2018. 
    Posted Dec 22, 2017, 3:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Flatty A very intriguing little fishing dinghy nicknamed 'Flatty' has been under restoration in the shed for some time now.  Steve  McCusker has sent these pictures showing progress.
    Posted Dec 22, 2017, 1:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Last One' heading for Franklin We have received the following report from South Australia.  'LBT member Ian Moncrieff, who hangs about the LBT during summer whilst living with wife Di on yacht Pied Piper 11, has built his 'Last One', boat that is. Last one to be built and Last One by name.  An Alan Witt designed ply Derwent Skiff, it will travel on the top of the car from the home garage in Adelaide, to Franklin where it will be relaunched and rowed.  Ian and Di can't wait to arrive mid January to connect with friends again, skim along The Huon in Last One, and cruise the south east in Pied Piper 11 till the end of April. You may catch them tied ...
    Posted Dec 22, 2017, 12:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Kiwi Raid 2018 New Zealand Coastal Rowing writes: 'The Kiwi Raid 2018 is to be a St Ayles skiff event based at Gt Barrier island 18-25th February 2018.  The Raid will be based out of Orama Oasis in Karaka Bay and will be a week of exciting day trips including The broken islands, Katherine bay, Smokehouse bay, Mt Hobson walk and the Kauri dams, Glenfern sanctuary, plus fishing and swimming and maybe a pure white beach or two to lay on. Accommodation will be camping although Orama do have other options available and meals provided.  Spaces are limited to 20 people and filling up fast so if you are interested contact steve@nztbs.org for more info or to register your place
    Posted Dec 21, 2017, 4:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Foreshore consultation report Bec Enders from the Progress Association writes:  'On 16 November 2017, the Franklin Progress Association facilitated a community consultation event at the Palais Theatre to gauge whether there was broad community agreement and support for a master plan for the north Franklin Foreshore and to provide an opportunity to address any concerns raised.   We now provide you with a document that summarises the community discussion, presentations, questions and outcome.'  See attached: https://goo.gl/1yK2gS
    Posted Dec 14, 2017, 4:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rat Racers Resort to Rodent Rascality Martin Riddle reports:   'Once again the Rat Island Race brought out the highest of competitive spirit and the lowest of rat-cunning in LBT’s sailing members at the recent Swiftsure Regatta. A good fleet of 7 vessels started the race which can be won or lost in the fickle conditions around Rat Island. With four LBT Grebes entered, the race promised the best of class racing and the punters weren’t disappointed. Finishing only seconds apart, Grebes came in 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Two privateers, a Modified Miracle and a Whitehall Skiff gamely nominated their own handicaps but were unable to make ground on the Grebes. Recognising they were thoroughly outclassed, the devious Mouseketeers of the ...
    Posted Dec 14, 2017, 3:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta Results There are bookies all over South East Asia hanging out for these.  Thanks to Lorrie Harrison for supplying them.  Swiftsure Time Trials:  1. The Could've Beens - 25 min 3 seconds  2.  Ninka's Mountain Rippers - 25 min 10 sec  3. Swiftsure 2 - 26 min 30 sec.   Roger Harwood Single Rower Race:   1. Dave Nash 42 min 17 sec  2. Peter Heading 43 min 10 sec  3. John Young 44 min 40 sec  4. Will Hallinan 46 min 58 sec  5. Dave Budd 51 min 33 sec.    Skiff races - Womens:  1.  Castle Forbes Bay 8 min 32 sec 2. Huon 5-O 9 min 5 sec.   Skiff Mixed Races:    1.  L.B.T. 6 min 30 sec  2.  Huon 5 ...
    Posted Dec 14, 2017, 12:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Christmas Party coming up Monday 18th This evening Christmas Party, starting around 6pm, is a bring your own, something for yourself and something to share, so that the cooks can join the happy throng on the LBT lawn and in the shed.  BBQ's and usual Monday night paraphernalia will be available.  If you want to do some decorating come early and have a go.
    Posted Dec 13, 2017, 1:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday Group news Graham Wright writes: I was told that Betsy was built in a couple of weeks, but has taken a lot longer to restore.  Under John Young's guidance using traditional boat building methods she is now ready to go back in the river.  The river end of the veranda is now clear and tidy for social events.  On the southern side of the shed a lot of the timber has been cut and sorted leaving a tidier area.  Work is continuing on 'Flatty' and 'Gretchen' which both will see completion in early 2018.  Once Betsy is back in the river the next project to start will be the Flying 15 which is a very rare version, being carvel built.  As ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2017, 11:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wot to do in the holidays Anne Holst writes:  This is a 29' Huon Pine project that is looking for a new owner.  Lovely shape.  It is on the hard stand at Nubeena.  For more info contact Russell on 0417 591 921. Pics from Anne
    Posted Dec 14, 2017, 3:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • WBC (FWWA) December newsletter The latest newsletter from our friends across the wall includes an invitation to their Christmas Party: https://goo.gl/y9yNzT
    Posted Dec 10, 2017, 3:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT committee meeting 13th December The agenda for this meeting is currently being compiled at https://goo.gl/Ynu3wk .  If you want something to go in this agenda, or comment on any of the items already listed for discussion send correspondence to the secretary: sec@lbt.org.au
    Posted Dec 10, 2017, 2:12 PM by Richard Forster
  • An orange Swiftsure Regatta The new LBT shirts were on very much on display at the Regatta - they're gonna see us coming.  Congratulations to Lorrie Harrison and the team for organising a great event (not to mention the shirts).  See selected pics from Zainab Clarke at https://goo.gl/oDKNKh.  Thanks Zainab!
    Posted Dec 10, 2017, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon progress Whilst our application to deploy pontoons wends its way tortuously through the bureaucracy your LBT Waterfront Subcommittee (the LWS) is beavering away behind the scenes.  David Pittaway sketched up some plans for the installing the walkway, which have been converted to CAD by Ben Forster for ease of use.  They were discussed with an engineer on site and we should be ready to roll once we get the all clear.   Pics from Ben Forster
    Posted Dec 9, 2017, 12:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • On the Water Program: a big thank you The crews have rowed off into the sunset and the program has ended for another year.  On behalf of the LBT committee and membership this column wishes to say thanks to all who helped to make it such a success.  From getting oars made through to final cleanup there was a lot of time and effort expended, but it has certainly been worth it with very positive reports coming back from the schools.  Students who were almost too scared to step aboard at the start of the program were confidently getting the boats organised, out of the shed,  and moored up ready for expeditions by the end of it.  Our record warm November didn't do any harm.  The farmers ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2017, 1:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Spring Bay Community Boat Shed newsletter For all the goings on at Spring Bay (Triabunna) see the attached: https://goo.gl/hBvUp2
    Posted Dec 2, 2017, 11:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Special Monday nights coming up It's a case of not only but also for next three Monday night dinners.  December 4th:  Adrian Dean will be telling us all about his schooner design.  December 11th: Launch of the Little Book Library, and Welcome to Fleet for 'Lady Dot.  December 18th: Bring a plate Christmas Party.
    Posted Dec 2, 2017, 11:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Special Event Film Night at the Palais Friday 8th Dec Team Movies writes:'A Concerned Valley Resident (Hans) contacted Palais management and requested if he could screen the 5 star 2015 French documentary film Tomorrow’.  We all put our hands up to assist Hans as this is an important film that has emerged from a huge ground swell for change across Europe and the world.  Synopsis:  ‘Tomorrow’ (Demain)  TODAY, we sometimes feel powerless in front of the various crises of our times. TODAY, we know that answers lie in a wide mobilization of the human race. Over the course of a century, our dream of progress commonly called "the American Dream", fundamentally changed the way we live and continues to inspire many developing countries. We are now aware of the ...
    Posted Dec 3, 2017, 8:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • More about Swiftsure Regatta (10th December) Lorrie Harrison has sent the attached detailed description (https://goo.gl/4FFcCT) of rowing events for the day, including the Swiftsure Race, The Roger Harwood Classic Clinker Dinghy Race, The Laura Golding Challenge, and the Skiff Race with the Le Mans Start.
    Posted Dec 2, 2017, 11:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Calling all sailors – join the Rat Race Martin Riddle writes:  "The hotly contested Rat Island Race for the coveted perpetual trophy is on again as part of the Swiftsure Regatta on Sunday 10 December - bring your own boat or sail one of the LBT’s fleet. The course will start off the LBT shed, then down to south Franklin to round Rat Island, leaving the island to starboard, and then back to cross the finishing line near the LBT shed. The published timetable is what the regatta coordinators hope will happen but it is a relaxed event, that is until the racing starts! The start will be sometime in the afternoon – if we need to use Grebes that are also doing the Roger Harwood rowing race we ...
    Posted Nov 30, 2017, 7:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • 2018 Geelong Wooden Boat Festival Paul Gunter writes "As most of you will all be aware the 2018 Geelong Wooden Boat Festival is conducting a larger OTB regatta after a successful trial run in 2016,  We would love to see as many timber boats on the water or on display as possible, this includes Trailer sailors , Dinghy's & Catamarans ... Entries are now open so please visit our web site www.woodenboatfestivalgeelong.com.au " The LBT sent a Skiff team to this festival last year and we can recommend it: see report at http://bit.ly/2580dCU 
    Posted Nov 30, 2017, 4:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Little Boat Library launch Monday December 11 Jane Johnson has organised a book exchange/library for us, to be housed in our old 'rowing shell' bookshelves.  It will be launched at Monday dinner.  For more details see attached from Jane: https://goo.gl/cnXf2w
    Posted Nov 30, 2017, 2:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Proposed Woodchip loading facility in Port Esperance Bay Matt Wardell writes: 'You may have heard about the proposed woodchip loading facility in Port Esperance Bay. This massive development will have a significant impact on our Bay and tourism in the Far South.  This proposal is very well progressed and has had no public consultation. Additionally this will go through Council at a time when we do not have any elected representatives.  The community has organised a public meeting with the developer to ask further questions. We encourage all concerned Huon valley residents to come along and find out more. Please see link below https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1600516439987448&id=119938664711907.  Meeting is at 6pm Wednesday 6th at Port Esperance sailing club. For more information ...
    Posted Nov 30, 2017, 2:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • History Group Christmas newsletter See attached: https://goo.gl/66LH9r.  Lots of interesting reading and pictures.  Pic is from a talk about postage given by Harry Rettino, and is part of his collection.
    Posted Nov 30, 2017, 2:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Renovator's Delight Graham Rankin writes:  'Free to A Good Home, Project Boat/ Renovator's Delight  20 foot "Elver" Canoe Yawl, designed by Steve Redmond  Hull consists of hoop pine strip planking with plywood bottom and deck. Ply will need replacing as well as a small area of strip planking. That said, she is still well worth saving as the new owner will have a lovely looking pocket cruiser.  Centreboard and rudder and all spars are made, the douglas fir spars would be around $1000 in material alone.  I am keen to see this boat find a home with some one who is serious about finishing her. Ideally you should space to keep her undercover, she is dry and needs to stay that ...
    Posted Nov 28, 2017, 12:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Two Lady Nelsons: Leg Irons, Maori Chiefs, Rum and Maggots Sounds like an interesting talk coming up on TUESDAY  5 December 2017 at the Royal Society Room at TMAG, Davey Street, Hobart.John Wadsley writes:  'we are celebrating 30 years of the Lady Nelson replica, one of our favourite vessels.  Mal Riley (co-skipper of Lady Nelson) will regale us with stories of the original Lady Nelson as well as the replica’s 30 year story. 'See the attached flyer for details: https://goo.gl/5yPY6K
    Posted Nov 26, 2017, 6:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Movie at Palais Dec 3: The Country Doctor Team Movies writes;  'This Sunday we are screening the sensational 2016 French film, The Country Doctor (MÉDECIN DE CAMPAGNE).  Written and directed by doctor-turned-film maker Thomas Lilti, The Country Doctor was a huge hit in France when released.  The Country Doctor is rated M  Synopsis: Dr Jean-Pierre Werner (François Cluzet) is a kind, no-nonsense, firmly established country doctor, who works gruelling hours and whose role in the community often extends beyond simply overseeing the physical wellbeing of his patients. When he is diagnosed with an illness which demands he stop work, he is forced to take on a replacement.'    $5.00 Admission, Doors open 6.30pm, film starts at 7.15pm. Bar will be running with ...
    Posted Nov 26, 2017, 11:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Only two weeks to Swiftsure Regatta (gulp!) Jilly Archer writes:  'The Swiftsure Regatta has been a highlight of the summer season for the Living Boat Trust for 19 years and the provisional timetable for the day is available here: https://goo.gl/MJi9nLWe need some helpers for the day: the more people we have the easier it is to juggle.  Please sign up using this form: https://goo.gl/YCcJ2K
    Posted Nov 26, 2017, 5:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Another project boat This one is a bit different: an Iain Oughtred Wee Seal.  See pics below.  Contact is maryjeanwilson@bigpond.com  More details from the owner at https://goo.gl/au5RWC
    Posted Nov 25, 2017, 11:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah: the view from the drone Participants on Tawe Nunnugah will recall that part of the fun was being buzzed by the drone, generally controlled by the safety RIB operator Saul Davidson.  He has very generously given us a copy of his footage: view at https://goo.gl/dg6o4Y .  Depending on your musical taste you will either want to have your speakers dialed up to 11, or toned down a bit.  Pic from Saul
    Posted Nov 24, 2017, 12:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Murdo Macleod's Tawe Nunnugah Robbie Wightman reports that Murdo was one of the joint winners of the 2017 Scottish Rowing Association Cruising Log competition with 'a description  of a voyage in Tasmania. Great reading, and as you would expect fantastic photography'.  See if you agree: read it at https://goo.gl/s2GsWs   Pic from Murdo Macleod
    Posted Nov 23, 2017, 4:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Foreshore Plan At last Thursday's community meeting to consider the foreshore plan for the North Franklin Waterfront Richard Forster presented on behalf of the LBT.  The overheads that supported that presentation can be viewed at https://goo.gl/TvYRBi
    Posted Nov 23, 2017, 3:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • White caps on the Huon The Thursday On the Water Program students made their way upstream into a steady north wind for lunch near the top of North Egg Island.  There was the anticipation of a tail wind and a dip in the river to encourage everybody back into the boats after food had been consumed, but not a bit of it.  A very fresh sea breeze came in 'on the nose' and had them battling for every metre gained, and when there were really lively squalls there was nothing for it but to head for the shore and hang on.  Eventually most crews had to concede and accept a tow back, just in time for the bus.
    Posted Nov 23, 2017, 2:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • Minutes for November Committee Meeting Draft minutes can be viewed in the folder at https://goo.gl/Uqsd7w.
    Posted Nov 23, 2017, 12:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Adrian Dean: special dinner guest December 4th For those who are unaware, Adrian is a very well known wooden boat builder and designer who still works over in the Wooden Boat Centre.  He has agreed to come along and talk at Monday dinner about one of his designs, the 'Franklin Schooner', for which he has built a 1:10 scale model.   Pic from Adrian Dean
    Posted Nov 22, 2017, 1:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Last Monday DIY dinner coming up Summer has arrived, well at least for the time being, and the LBT long table has moved outside.  This coming Monday bring something to chuck on the barby, 'cos the cooks are taking their monthly break.  Also bring something to keep the midges off your ankles unless you enjoy scratching.
    Posted Nov 22, 2017, 12:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Project Boat Nick Saltmarsh writes:  This restoration project is for sale with the owner looking for $2000 ONO – he needs it gone.  A 28’ Huon Pine 116 year old Mersey River ferry.  The boat currently in Longford on a cradle.  Contact is nicksaltmarsh1@gmail.com or 0467 580 282.
    Posted Nov 25, 2017, 11:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Laura Golding Memorial On Friday 17th November, a small flotilla of boats and a large shore party made their way to Copper Alley Bay.  Songs were sung, flowers were thrown and tears were shed, and Laura was remembered.Thanks to Bob Hawkins for the pics, more of which can be viewed at https://goo.gl/UStuSu 
    Posted Nov 19, 2017, 4:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT 'use of assets' The committee asked Martin Riddle to develop an overall policy to help us manage our assets. Here are the first couple of paragraphs from the document he has written, which has been endorsed by the committee.'The Living Boat Trust is a membership-based organisation, the assets of which (such as workshops machinery and tools, kitchen, boats, trailers etc.) have been acquired through the efforts of members and belong to the members collectively. Many of the assets of the LBT will deteriorate more quickly if not used regularly.  The overall guiding principle for managing the use of LBT assets by the members is that use should be encouraged. If any decision, rule or fee-for-use has the effect of ...
    Posted Nov 19, 2017, 2:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Testing Lady Dot's rig Peter Laidlaw thought he ought to take advantage of the afternoon sea breeze on Sunday, and just for argument's sake put Lady Dot's lug rig in one of our Grebes - Absent Friends.  Wasn't quite perfect but went all right.
    Posted Nov 18, 2017, 11:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Electric boats on the Huon We are used to having our own electric boat Nancy cruising quietly around Franklin, but the Zelecta  which joined her for the steamboat rally on Sunday is an entirely different electric beast, a chris-craft replica powered by a great bank of batteries instead of a V8.  We think this is the first time she has been down here since she was built in the Wooden Boat Centre.  We are already plotting to lure her back.  For more about Zelectra see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rypwCDOCdZ0
    Posted Nov 18, 2017, 11:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Steam boat rally 2017 Boats of all shapes and sizes joined the steamboats on the excursion from Franklin to Huonville on Sunday, and a great time was had by all.  Thanks and congratulations to the Wooden Boat Guild (woodenboatguildtas.org.au )who organised the event.  This is the third year in a row they have done it, and we are looking forward to 2018. A few selected pics below.
    Posted Nov 19, 2017, 12:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Franklin Schooner At last night's community meeting John Young revived the idea of building a schooner in Franklin.  For those who are unaware, John has a lot of experience with this sort of project, having been a prime mover behind the construction of the 'One and All' in Adelaide (see http://oneandallship.com.au/).  Adrian Dean has drawn up plans, and a highlight last night was seeing the model he has built: see pics below.  Pics from Adrian Dean
    Posted Nov 16, 2017, 1:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin foreshore development plan endorsed Last night (Thursday) a community meeting organised by the Franklin Progress Association gave support to the latest version of the plan for the Franklin foreshore - see http://bit.ly/2mh0q4a.  This meeting was attended by the commissioner (Adriana Taylor),  the General Manager of Huon Valley Council (Emilio Reale) and politicians as well as a large number of Franklin residents, so hopefully it will spur some action. 
    Posted Nov 16, 2017, 12:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Newsletter from the FWWA and Wooden Boat Centre Read the November newsletter at http://bit.ly/2iTgMjY.  There is a nice article about the Cartela.  Pic shows her arriving in Franklin, a day many of us remember.
    Posted Nov 13, 2017, 11:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History Group Newsletter, Nov 2017 See attached: http://bit.ly/2zHFR9B .  To go with the stories there are some great boaty pictures, of which the one below is only an example.
    Posted Nov 13, 2017, 11:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • On the Water Program off to a flying start Mike Dredge had the full attention of students as he explained how to keep ropes tidy at the start of the On the Water Program second session.  But getting on the water was the thing, and the Grebes were soon headed for Cradoc through the channel between the Egg Islands.  For more information about this program see http://bit.ly/2ztILhR . To participate (go on, you want to) put your name down for some days on the form at http://bit.ly/2iuG4rO .
    Posted Nov 13, 2017, 1:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lady Dot The LBT is very grateful to Peter Jarman for donating this beautiful little Channel workboat.  We look forward to getting her on the water and using her.  For more pics and details see her information page: http://bit.ly/2iQ75mn Pics from Peter Jarman
    Posted Nov 12, 2017, 6:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Book a free trip on Nancy Nov 19 Nancy will be participating in the Steamboat Rally on the Huon next Sunday, Franklin to Huonville return, starting 10am.  All members can book a free ride on Nancy  using the form at http://bit.ly/2yg5MG4 .  Limited places: book early.   For pictures and a description of a previous running of this event see http://bit.ly/2iU8ubm. Pic from Zainab Clark Pic from Endra O'May
    Posted Nov 13, 2017, 9:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monty has a twin sister! John Young has been investigating getting our Montagu Whaler, affectionately numbered 536, onto the Historic Boats Register, and it turns out that good old 537 still survives and can be viewed aboard HMAS Castlemaine in Williamstown (Melbourne).  See first pic below.  The second pic shows the sternpost from our boat, and tells us that she was built in Brisbane, 7-8-53.  According  to the Castlemaine website 537 was built in Brisbane in August '53. Pic from Peter Shimeld
    Posted Nov 11, 2017, 1:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Using Nancy Martin Riddle writes:  'It has been decided to make Nancy more readily available for use by LBT members at the cost of only $5 per person. This is consistent with the new policy on use of LBT assets and is designed to get Nancy out on the water more often.  To take Nancy out there must be a person on board responsible for the vessel (the skipper) who has a current recreational motorboat license and has had the induction on Nancy’s operating procedures. Martin Riddle will be running inductions on Monday evenings from 5pm. To sign up for an induction please follow this link: http://bit.ly/2zuLtUv. To book Nancy go to http://bit.ly/2zxNdMM'
    Posted Nov 9, 2017, 1:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Communities getting together to remember LAURA GOLDING Jilly Archer writes:  Laura connected with many people in the Huon Valley during the 8 years she lived among us.  This is an open invitation to anyone who would like to come along and remember her with others from our communities.  Friday 17th November at CYGNET-LYMINGTON-CYGNET;  Bring some flowers from the garden to fling into the water at LYMINGTON;  10am Rowing skiffs will leave CYGNET Sailing Club for Copper Alley Bay (to book a place in a skiff, contact Carolyn Booker – 0427 430 476);  10.30am Landlubbers to meet at Copper Alley Bay, Nichols Rd off Queens St, LYMINGTON (contact Jilly Archer, 0423265789));  11am All and sundry at CYGNET Sailing Club for chatting, singing, tea, coffee;  BRING A ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2017, 12:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Photographing the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race John Wadsley writes: 'The Maritime Museum of Tasmania is proud to be hosting this exhibition of the work of Richard Bennett, which will be opened by Matt Allen, President of Australian Sailing and a past Commodore of CYCA, on Monday 20th November 2017 at 5.30pm.  We very much hope that a representative of your fine organisation will be able to join us. Refreshments will be served during the evening.  Please RSVP by return email or by telephoning the museum on 6234 1427 if you are able to attend.  See the flyer for details: http://bit.ly/2zxkRlQ This is an invitation to the LBT rather than individuals.  If you would like to represent us please contact the secretary ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2017, 2:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing and paddling at Dover, November 25th, 26th Lorrie Harrison writes: 'If you like rowing then this is the weekend for you.  Bring your boat or kayak and join us for a weekend of rowing around Port Esperance Bay.   Saturday night is at the Port Esperance Yacht Club, dinner $20 and join in a jam session so bring your musical instruments.  Please RSVP you intention to come by 19 November.  See the flyer (http://bit.ly/2h7TCpu) email for more information: lorrieharrison@tpg.com.au '
    Posted Nov 5, 2017, 5:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting Wed 8th November The LBT committee will be meeting this Wednesday 8th November: if members have matters that they want raised they should email the secretary: sec@lbt.org.au.  The draft minutes from the first committee meeting of the 2017-18 LBT year can be found at http://bit.ly/2izzXPp, or accessed by going to the LBT website and choosing Resources => 2017-18 Minutes.
    Posted Nov 5, 2017, 1:13 PM by Richard Forster
  • Shed Warming Peter Laidlaw gave the speech, the pink ribbon was cut, and it was done: the new workshop was officially warmed.  Of course that was only the culmination of a great LBT day, both on the water and off it.  Pics from Zainab Clark below show some of the highlights. 
    Posted Nov 4, 2017, 12:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Greg Guy's knots  Some time ago there was discussion about how to decorate the 'cheek pieces' on the Montagu Whaler, those discs at the front of the boat where a ship's crest would normally be displayed.  Friend of the LBT (and old Whaler man) Bernie Bruen suggested knots to be replaced each year:  that way we end up with a nice little display collection.  We thought that it would be great if Greg Guy could tie the initial set, and he did.  On Tuesday we had a ceremony to install them with John Young doing the honors.And then Monty was off and sailing again. Pics from Zainab Clark
    Posted Nov 2, 2017, 4:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • New awning for Nancy All sorts of solutions have been tried to cure Nancy's leaking front window:  this clip on awning from Caroline the sailmaker should at last do the job.
    Posted Nov 1, 2017, 4:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classic trawler on the Huon Well, the model of one made by Paul Frost anyway.  We particularly enjoyed the detail, the ship's horn and the smoke (see second pic), and it goes well too.
    Posted Nov 1, 2017, 4:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie 'Quo Vado', Palais, Sunday 5th Nov Team Movies writes:  'This month’s classic movie is the 2016 Italian box office smash hit comedy, ’Quo Vado?’ translated ‘Where Am I going?’. A film about Italians’ obsession with securing a cushy job with maximum perks and minimal work has become the country’s most successful film ever, outclassing even Star Wars.  ‘Where Am I Going?’ is rated M'  Trailer : http://www.palacefilms.com.au/whereamigoing  Admission: $5, come by 7pm with a plate.  
    Posted Oct 31, 2017, 4:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT at Bellerive seafarers festival Endra, Hans and the team were so busy taking people out on the water in Billy and helping people learn seaperson skills on land that they only managed to take the couple of pics shown below.   Pics from Endra O'May
    Posted Oct 31, 2017, 3:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • HMAS Huon Lisa Plohl (from Huon Council) writes:  'the crew from HMAS Huon will be in the Huon Valley on Saturday 4 November. We will be hosting three events on Saturday.  “Freedom of Entry “ Leaves the Cenotaph at 10.30am, proceed down Main Street, the challenge will take place outside the Huon RSL then proceed down the street. We would like to encourage ALL the community to come and view this event. Following the march, ALL the community are invited to the Huonville Town Hall to meet the crew. Light refreshments will be available. At 12.30pm there will be a Civic Reception for the HMAS Huon. Would you like to attend? We have a limited number spots available to the community ...
    Posted Oct 30, 2017, 3:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • Working Waterfront third birthday The Working Waterfront celebrated the third birthday of the purchase of the Wooden Boat Centre last weekend, which reminded John Young of an article he wrote in 2011 when things were very much up in the air.  He writes:  'The article touches on what might have happened to Franklin if the Krynens had not enabled Franklin Waterfront Association to purchase the Wooden Boat Centre. The Krynens are now facilitating a wonderful mix of community and commercial activity at the Evaporators, which will consolidate  and support the sustainability of Franklin and its community.'  For those interested in a bit of perspective in how the Waterfront has come to be it's a great read: see http://bit.ly/2z0XbYH 
    Posted Oct 30, 2017, 3:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • TSO Brass comes to Franklin, Thurs 9th Nov Barb Dawson writes:'Lots of brass but no polishingFor most classic boaties, brass means lots of work rubbing and polishing, but brass with a difference is coming to Franklin.  The TSO Brass on Tour at the Palais Theatre on Thursday 9 November.  The TSO announces that its celebrated brass section will be hitting the road in November for a tour of regional Tasmania with concerts in Franklin, Devonport and Stanley. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the impact, dynamics and sheer musicality of this stunning ensemble perform a diverse program including works by Bach, Wagner, Grainger and Terrancini.  TSO Managing Director Nicholas Heyward said, “The TSO loves to tour regional Tasmania. We have a long history of performing ...
    Posted Oct 28, 2017, 1:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Oars ready for leathering Wunjo has painted the new oars, which will be leathered on Sunday morning.  If you want to find out how come down and join us.
    Posted Oct 27, 2017, 5:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Billie is off to Bellerive The Bellerive Seafarers Festival is on Sunday, and Billie is off to be part of the fun, taking new sailors out to try their rowing skills.  If you want to join Hans, Endra and the team head down there: see http://bit.ly/2yVcguW
    Posted Oct 27, 2017, 5:34 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday dinner: not only but also This coming Monday you get the opportunity to do it yourself (the normal end of month highlight for many) OR you can have your dinner cooked for you at the normal price IF you come by 5.30pm and help clean up the Shed for the Tuesday Shed Warming.  How is that for an offer!?
    Posted Oct 26, 2017, 4:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Shed Warming this coming Tuesday 31st Oct All members are encouraged to come along for a for a lunchtime BBQ to celebrate the completion of the workshop extension and renovations at the Shed.  This has been a huge effort by those responsible, and this is our opportunity to thank them.  The weather forecast is looking ok and it should be a great day.  See flyer below for details: http://bit.ly/2yUVagP 
    Posted Oct 26, 2017, 4:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Regattas on the Huon MAST Notice No.: M131-17; Title: Rowing Regattas – Huon River, Franklin;  Valid From: 28/10/2017;  Valid Until: 9/12/2017.  Notice Content: Rowing Regattas will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 28 October and Sunday, 29 October, Saturday, 11 November and Sunday, 12 November and Saturday, 9 December.   Mariners are advised the River will be restricted for other boating pursuits on Saturdays from 0800 to 1830 and on Sundays from 0800 to 1630.  Boat owners are restricted from using the boat ramp at Franklin and entering the rowing restricted area during these times. The restricted area is the course and 500 metres either side of the course. Boat owners must follow directions of rowing officials ...
    Posted Oct 26, 2017, 4:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Oar making The chips have been flying as David Pittaway has introduced us to the oar making trade down at the Shed.  The stocks of good Grebe oars are low and there is still plenty of work to do, so come down and be part of it.  Give the secretary a call on 04977 86572 to check on times.
    Posted Oct 25, 2017, 2:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Replica Viking boat sets sail' See the short video on the ABC: http://ab.co/2iA7DjN.  This is presumably intended for embedding in a larger story.
    Posted Oct 25, 2017, 1:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monty After a frustratingly calm early spring the winds for which Monty was made have finally arrived.  If you can join John Young and the crew at noon at the pontoon give John a call on 0455 458008. Pic from Endra O'May
    Posted Oct 19, 2017, 11:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Oar making session next Monday No, those are not oversize cricket bats lying across the saw horses, they are oar blanks waiting for us to shape them on Monday, starting 9am.  Come down and be part of the fun.
    Posted Oct 18, 2017, 4:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Laura Golding LBT member Laura Golding has been reported missing. The small boat in which she left Lymington on Friday 13 October was found in the channel empty later that night and she has not been seen since. A large search has been under way to locate her, with many of her friends joining in. Laura has been part of the LBT community for many years.  She joined in the building of “Imagine,” represented WoW at the first Skiffie Worlds in Ullapool, went to New Zealand for their Raid, was part of the ground crew team and also a rower on our Tawe Nunnugah and rowed regularly with Outside Chance on a Monday evening and the social row on a Friday morning ...
    Posted Oct 18, 2017, 4:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boat houses, shelters, noosts etc Friend of the LBT Bert Van Baar has sent in his photographic contribution to the ongoing conversation in this column - see below.  Comes all the way from Holland.      
    Posted Oct 18, 2017, 4:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Join the On the Water Program The On the Water program for local schools is scheduled to start at the beginning of November, and the LBT members who are going to help run it are having their first meeting at the Shed on Monday (16th) at 4pm.  It's good fun, and the more who pitch in the better it is.  Either come along or register your interest on the form below.  See http://bit.ly/2yoBsZR for the program web page.
    Posted Oct 15, 2017, 1:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Newsletter from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival See the October edition at http://bit.ly/2yoCOUs .  Includes a story by Kathy Hawkins about a boat delivery via the North West Passage.  Some shortcut.
    Posted Oct 14, 2017, 9:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • October Newsletter for WBC/FWWA All the latest from the Wooden Boat Centre and the Waterfront Association - see attached http://bit.ly/2yoab9W .  Includes a great item on the history of the Shipwrights Point Wooden Boat School from Ruth Young.  Pic from Ruth Young
    Posted Oct 14, 2017, 1:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Before and after: 1995 - 2017 The pic on the left below shows the north Franklin foreshore in 1995, the one on the right in 2017.  Quite a contrast.  Thanks to Bill Wright (via Ruth Young) for the earlier shot, and 'Max' for the 2017 one.  The newspaper picture that follows, also taken in 1995, confirms the dreadful paucity of boats at that time.  See http://bit.ly/2yoHmua for the newspaper article from which this picture was taken.  The final picture shows a similar view taken today.
    Posted Oct 15, 2017, 12:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monty Saturday That old sea dog John Young has been sniffing the air, and tells us that the winds will be fair tomorrow (Saturday).  Join him and the rest of the crew of the Monty at the pontoon at high noon.  Pic from Phil Meaney
    Posted Oct 13, 2017, 12:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dutch noosts We recently published David Pittaway's take on how we could house our boats in small noosts along the foreshore (http://bit.ly/2xCkUdb).  Celia Leverton has come back from a cruise of Dutch inland waters with some alternative ideas.  We like them!  See the pictures from Celia below.
    Posted Oct 14, 2017, 12:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • The great Skiffy oar controversy - hung jury! The Scottish Coastal Rowing Association 'have decided NOT to move further towards a standard system at this stage'.  Learned counsel are currently moving the barrow loads of evidence presented from the court to a pyre on a remote loch to be burnt in a mighty conflagration at the winter solstice.  For all the legal bickering and reasoning see http://bit.ly/2xC8d2c Thanks to our correspondent Jane Johnson for her up to the minute reporting.
    Posted Oct 12, 2017, 2:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Invitation to Shed warming Tuesday 31st October Come along to thank Brett Doubleday and the Tuesday group for building the workshop extension and renovating the shed.  This is a major milestone for the LBT  which has already transformed our operations.  See the details in the attached invitation (http://bit.ly/2xCf7EG).
    Posted Oct 12, 2017, 2:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Join the steam boat rally, November 19th The annual steam boat rally from Franklin to Huonville and return has become a highlight of the calendar.  There is a special opportunity for LBT members to participate: book now for a free berth on Nancy at http://bit.ly/2yg5MG4 
    Posted Oct 11, 2017, 1:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History Group Newsletter See the October edition attached: http://bit.ly/2yfKNTS It includes pictures, taken by Alan Cato, of the relaunch of the Admiral at Huonville after her restoration in 2009.
    Posted Oct 11, 2017, 4:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • Kayak Platform at Mosquito Point (Ranelagh) This should make quite a good destination for trips upstream of Huonville, although apparently one has to be wary of snags.  Full report from Andrea Partridge attached - see http://bit.ly/2ydy5F9
    Posted Oct 10, 2017, 5:16 AM by Posts Editor
  • 'New' cover for Nancy Nancy came with a beautiful 'raincoat' which covered her from bow to stern.  Unfortunately this wasn't particularly suitable for our long damp winters, and couldn't be stretched over the various aerials and masts fitted to the rooftop.  Caroline the sailmaker from Geeveston came on Tuesday to see if she could cut the cover down to something more appropriate and modest, and the answer was in the affirmative.  We are looking forward to seeing what she comes up with.
    Posted Oct 9, 2017, 9:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • The plover chicks are hatched Every year the plovers raise at least one youngster on the LBT 'lawn', despite dogs and pedestrians and cars and chicks which go wandering and whose only defense is to plonk themselves down and hope nobody notices.  Pic from Bob Frost
    Posted Oct 23, 2017, 1:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Course in Huonville Heather Elso writes: 'We’ve had a few requests to run a First Aid course here again! So, we are taking our lead from you and holding a Provide First Aid course at Huon LINC prior to the end of the year.  We are taking names now - currently we have around 7 names and only need a few more to hold the class, so if you’re thinking about it, let us know and we’ll be in contact to confirm the exact dates and times.  If you would like any further info please contact Heather Elson direct:  Ph 6121 7011 heather.elson@education.tas.gov.au ' Flyer attached: http://bit.ly/2xvHZ1i
    Posted Oct 9, 2017, 9:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting this Wednesday See the draft agenda at http://bit.ly/2y8SUBw .  Comments and suggestions should be sent to sec@lbt.org.au
    Posted Oct 8, 2017, 3:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Nancy Fanciers meeting Monday night There is a meeting to discuss all things 'Nancy' at the shed on Monday 9th October at 6pm.  For a draft agenda see http://bit.ly/2xqR4IM. Minutes from the last meeting (April) can be found at http://bit.ly/2xqcyp5 Pic from Brian Marriott. Nancy beribboned for Huon Yacht Club Open Day - Brian Pain gives the salute
    Posted Oct 7, 2017, 7:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club Open Day The head wind finally got too much for Monty whilst returning from Port Huon and she needed a helping hand from Nancy, but not before participating in a very successful Open Day.  Some pics below.  Pic from Brian Marriott
    Posted Oct 8, 2017, 12:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • Aquaculture Stewardship community meeting Sarah Lowe writes:'SCS Global Services invites you to attend a community meeting to discuss the assessment audit for Huon Aquacultures Zuidpool Channel farm (base at Hideaway Bay) under Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Salmon Standard V1.1.   The Dover meeting will be held from 5:30 – 7.00 pm on the 18th October at the Port Esperance Sailing Club, 71 Station Road, Dover 7117.   Please confirm your intent to attend this meeting by 5:00 pm AEDT on the 13th October, 2017 by registering through Eventbrite https://hacasczuidpool.eventbrite.com .  If you can’t make the meeting, but would like to provide comment then please send written submissions to slowe141@gmail.com .  FLyer attached: http://bit.ly/2xlTGaZ' 
    Posted Oct 5, 2017, 10:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Funnies at Frank's David Moore writes:Funnies at Frank's - Simon Palomares  Support by Mick Davies & special guest - Thur, Oct 26th. Book now or miss out.  https://www.trybooking.com/RZZN  It will sell out!More details in the flyer: http://bit.ly/2xfNqBs
    Posted Oct 3, 2017, 11:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Come to Bellerive Seafarer's Festival 29th October For several years the Living Boat Trust has had a happy involvement with this terrific family festival (http://bit.ly/2xeFEYy), and we want to do it all again.  It's hard for us nautical folk on the Huon to imagine that others don't get an opportunity to mess around in boats, but amazingly enough it is the case, and we can provide that opportunity, in 'Imagine'.  We take them out for a row, and they love it.  If you could be part of the merry crew of helpers that would be greatly appreciated: enter your details through the form below.  For more details on what's involved see http://bit.ly/2xetbUC
    Posted Oct 3, 2017, 10:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy's anodes are working For those not in the know, sacrificial anodes are highly conductive bits of metal attached to boats to attract any stray electric currents away from other important metal components where they may do mischief.  The sign that they have been doing their job is that they corrode. As the before and after shots below show, Nancy's anodes, one on the rudder, one on the propeller shaft, have been hard at it.  The newly installed anodes are the big shiny ones.
    Posted Oct 3, 2017, 2:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Notice to Mariners: Lippies Point If you are headed down to Recherche Bay in the next month or so this is one to watch out for.  Valid From:   9/10/2017 until 15/12/2017.   Mariners are advised that mooring work will commence at Tassal’s Lippies Lease in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, east of Lippies Point, south of Lomas Point on 9 October. The lease markers will be moved to the following co-ordinates until 15 December. Yellow lit special marks Fl 4 (0.5 on; 3.5 off) will be located at:  ID      Latitude        Longitude  1       43˚ 23.281      147 ˚ 3.332;  2       43˚ 21.451      147 ˚ 4.436,  3       43˚ 21.692      147 ˚ 5.19,  4       43˚ 23.523      147 ˚ 4.086 ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2017, 12:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy comes up on the slip The LBT is blessed with great support from sister organisations, one of which is the Huon Yacht Club.  On Monday Brian Pain and crew took 'Nancy' down to Port Huon, where John and Pam Mann guided her onto the yacht club slip where she will have her annual cut and polish.  She will stay at Port Huon for the open day on Saturday to which all LBT members and supporters are invited - see the flyer for details: http://bit.ly/2xbePnR
    Posted Oct 3, 2017, 3:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta Jilly Archer writes:  'Once again it’s time to contemplate, train and organise for the Swiftsure Regatta.  Named after our beautiful whaleboat and flagship ’Swiftsure’, this regatta has been running every year since?, who can tell us?  Perhaps John and Ruth know.  Scheduled for Saturday December 9th 2017 we are looking for expressions off interest to assist on the day. Helping out in no way restricts us from rowing in the events of the day which will be many and varied so come along to the LBT shed on Wednesday Oct 18th at 4pm and find out what is going on with regatta things.' Pic from Lynn Goodwin
    Posted Oct 1, 2017, 4:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Whale boat rowing Jilly Archer writes:  'Now that daylight saving is with us we want to start rowing Swiftsure and possibly Monty too if we have the numbers, so this coming Friday Oct 6th at 4pm is the date and time.  This will be a mixed crew endeavour and we ask that any interested rowers contact Jilly Archer by 5.30pm on Thursday evening to express their interest. Jilly’s number: 0423265789.'
    Posted Oct 1, 2017, 4:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT reports and draft meeting minutes Draft minutes from September meeting of LBT Committee: http://bit.ly/2x61uNK.  2016-17 Treasurer's Report (from Rod Macfarlan): http://bit.ly/2x5Qm3m.  Draft minutes from Special General Meeting to set the number of people elected annually to the committee: http://bit.ly/2x5Lnjn.   Draft minutes from 2016-17 Annual General Meeting: http://bit.ly/2x5A7Ub.   A reminder that minutes of all important meetings can be found on the website: go to lbt.org.au, and then choose the pull down menu under Resources.  Input to agendas for these meetings  should be sent to the secretary (sec@lbt.org.au), put in the orange letter box at the Shed door, or should be presented directly to the committee members ...
    Posted Sep 30, 2017, 4:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mooring Works in the Channel MAST advises:mooring works will be conducted at Marine Farming Lease MF221 East of Redcliffs in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. These works will commence on Monday, 14 August. The markers will be moved to the following co-ordinates until 30 November 2017.  1 (NW): 43° 18.215 147° 05.051; 2 (NE): 43° 18.358 147° 05.453; 3 (SE): 43° 19.558 147° 04.630; 4 (SW): 43° 19.423 147° 04.224. Note that this is the lease between Surveyors Bay and Port Esperance (Dover).
    Posted Sep 28, 2017, 1:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Hazard, Bruny Island Marine and Safety Tasmania.  Notice No.: M117-17.   Title: Navigation Hazard, Bruny Island.   Valid From: 27/9/2017.   Valid Until: 4/10/2017.   Notice Content: Mariners are advised that a fishing boat has been abandoned and the vessel is in danger of sinking in the vicinity of West Cloudy Head, Bruny Island.  Vessels should transit with care.
    Posted Sep 26, 2017, 8:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Come for a voyage on Nancy Next Monday afternoon (2nd October) at 3pm Nancy will be going down to the slip at Port Huon for her annual cut and polish, weather permitting.  There are a limited number of berths available to LBT members:  email sec@lbt.org.au to book yours.    Pic from Nell Tyson
    Posted Sep 26, 2017, 2:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club Open Day, 7th October See the poster below for details.
    Posted Sep 26, 2017, 1:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • 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 the Wilderpeople.  Starring Sam Neill (he still makes my pulse race) and talented young actor, Julian Dennison, who plays Ricky, in an amazing performance.  Synopsis: A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.  Rated PG (Mild themes and coarse language)     Admission $5  Plus the Franklin Volunteer Fire Brigade will be presenting a short 10 minute DVD and handing out 60 complimentary DVD’s & booklets, on Fire Danger Ratings and the updated 2017 Bushfire Survival Plan. Our ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 3:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • 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: Richard Forster;  Members: Lorrie Harrison, Jilly Archer, David Pittaway, Brett Doubleday, Graham Rankin, Brian Marriott, Martin Riddle. 
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 3:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • 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 once over before the season kicks off with the Huon Yacht Club Open Day (Saturday 7th October) and Seniors' week (Monday October 16th).  As always the Nancy Fanciers welcome members who want to be involved, and there will be a meeting to discuss all things Nancy at the Shed, 6pm, October 9th.
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 1:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • 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. He says it would be a good opportunity to promote the St Ayles Skiff and explore the area for suitability for boating excursions.'  Submissions are now open for a three day festival celebrating wooden, classic and model boats that will be held on November 10-12 at the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum, Huskisson. This event will be an opportunity for the community to admire the beauty of timber vessels and the skills involved to craft them.  The show will feature a display of handsome wooden and classic boats, including some ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 3:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • 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 of the wrecks Sir John Franklin's ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror.  11th Oct 2017 6:00pm at the Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus'  For more details see http://bit.ly/2xxJIGt  The Erebus and Terror in happier days in New Zealand (pic from Wikipedia)
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 3:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • 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 the consequences of global warming and all manner of other red salmon, and in the end somebody won the Great Noost Building Competition at the AGM and quiz night.  You scan the pics and decide for yourself.  Pics from Graham Rankin
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 6:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • 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
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 3:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • 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 subject of discussion at the AGM last night.  Have your say by entering a suggestion in the form below (http://bit.ly/2xxg8kp): it will appear in the following table  (http://bit.ly/2xxmY9M).
    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 the run of warm weather is forecast to end, so we can also enjoy huddling around the traditional bonfire.  Pic from wikipedia
    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 1 October - Palais Theatre, Franklin  Renewable energy information sessions, hosted by the Tasmanian Greens, will feature talks by energy experts about how you can reduce your power bill and make a positive contribution to the environment. The experts will also be available to answer questions.  This free event will feature the following talks:Rooftop Solar   Jack Gilding, Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance  How can rooftop solar work for you? Jack will take you through the best solar system size, tariff options and making the most of the feed-in tariff.  Battery ...
    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 thing!  She was swapped with the 'Betsy Walton', much to John Young's relief.  The Betsy is  long overdue for an overhaul' Pics from Graham
    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 to him directly or contact him at  sisterdoolittle@gmail.comFind all documents (agendas etc) for the AGM at http://bit.ly/2whGJ19
    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 have been designed with energy efficiency in mind with passive solar, solar panels on an axis and straw bale construction. Meet the owners and have a discussion. Free Event but own transport required.  RSVP's are essential.   RSVP email; zayedhuonenergyfuturesteam@education.tas.edu.au or message them on Facebook HERE '  Pic from https://sustainablehouseday.com 
    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 included Montagu whalers, Cornish pilot gigs and Thames skiffs - as well as St Ayles skiffs.  Accurate handicapping means that diverse boats made it to the top 3.  This years overall winner was……..drum roll…..a St Ayles skiff (named Felton Flyer) in a time of 2 hours 32 minutes.  Second place a Hawaiian outrigger.  Third place, an Essex skiff.'     Pic from allevents.in
    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 in a mate.  Do it now 'cos time is running out.  Paper nomination forms are at the shed. 
    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 may not be available on the 23rd of September.  We have booked the supper room at the Palais Theatre across the road as an alternative.  Please come to the Palais, 3388 Huon Highway Franklin before 5.45pm on 23rd of September for this event, and for the subsequent Quiz Night.  Find all documents for the AGM at http://bit.ly/2whGJ19
    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 as our Monty.  Now that she has 'one of several small ropes attached to the leech of a sail for drawing the sail in or up' we can 'gather in the sail with brails'.  Thanks to Roger Sly for sorting us out.  And thanks also to Roger for setting up extra blocks for the jib sheets, and for a new system for sheeting the mainsail.  It should all be tested out by the Saturday rowing group that John Young has organised, and then by the cadets who will be ...
    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 built, had the same oar system as the LBT skiff  ‘Freyja’ - the thole pin and oar plate.  First there was the organised fun in boats on Harris – here are some of the local boats (below from left (Arnol, Yackidoola and Blue Moon).  .Then there was a community come and try rowing day on Lewis on a loch walking distance from our accommodation..This well-loved Stornoway skiff (below) was at their harbour and boat ramp.  Then we went island hopping by ferry from Lewis and Harris, down to North Uist ...
    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 for us, 'cos it is a lot of fun.  The schools are expressing enthusiasm for doing it all again, and looking at the checklist of what is needed is a requirement for  a pool of LBT members who are able to help out from late October to the end of November.   If you think you could be involved for a couple of half days (or more) during this period please submit your name through the form below (http://bit.ly/2x6kmAF), or email the secretary, sec@lbt.org.au.A ...
    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 to approve capping the number of committee members - as the rules currently stand the number is unlimited.    For more details see the SGM and AGM agendas and other supporting documents at http://bit.ly/2x2037m.  During the AGM we will appoint a new committee: PLEASE CONSIDER NOMINATING, using the form at http://bit.ly/2x2037m,  The LBT is in good health, and no poisoned chalices await new committee members: rather, goblets of ambrosia.  Quiz Master David Pittaway is seeking HELPERS for the evening, and PRIZES: speak to him directly or ...
    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 Wooden Boat Centre for organising this.
    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 mallet to help extract them!) with kits.  We hope this isn't the end to the controversy: we'll have nothing to talk about if it is.
    Posted Sep 2, 2017, 6:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • North Franklin boat harbour? Over the years there has been a lot of talk about making that nice sheltered corner by the evaporator sheds more boat friendly.  The pics of moored dinghies below show how it can be done, despite the broken concrete currently littering the shore. 
    Posted Sep 1, 2017, 3:49 PM by Richard Forster
  • What's in that shed? A visit to LBT member Ian Moncrieff in Adelaide revealed that he has almost completed a Derwent Skiff in his garage.  He and Di plan to launch it on the Huon when they come down in summer. 
    Posted Sep 1, 2017, 3:31 PM by Richard Forster
  • AGM Season! It's that time of year again.  The Living Boat Trust Annual General Meeting will be at 6:00pm on 23 September, at the Franklin Bowls Club.It will be preceded by a short Special General Meeting at 5:45pm. The purpose of the SGM is to correct a long-standing issue in the constitution.  Agendas for both meetings are available at http://bit.ly/2wmejqShttp://bit.ly/2wmBBNnTo make it all worthwhile, the meetings will be followed by a Quiz Night. Stay and enjoy the evening! $5 entry.   Please bring a plate to share.
    Posted Aug 23, 2017, 2:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • Funnies at Frank's - Double Headliner Thurs 21st of September - Damian Callinan & Rusty Berther Don't dally, half the tickets sold already! Damian Callinan has visited Franklin several times and we love him. Damian is a multi award-winning stand-up comic, actor and writer. He is best known to TV audiences for his roles on Skithouse and Before The Game as well as regular guest appearances on shows such as Spicks and Specks and the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala. Rusty Berther is best known for being half of The Scared Weird Little Guys or "Scaredies" for short (hey, no heightist jokes here please). They had an incredible career with over 4500 shows all over the world. Now he's packing in shows all over the ...
    Posted Aug 23, 2017, 2:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Warrnambool Regatta Patrick Groot from the Warrnambool St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Club based at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village writes...Dear all,Such was the success of the inaugural SW Regatta earlier this year, the Warrnambool City Council is getting the ball rolling for the Feb 24-25 2018 event which we hope will be bigger and better with hopefully even more teams in the St Ayles Skiff and the Whaleboat events. You may even wish to register for both events.Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries.Regards, PatrickPatrick Groot (Pres')  Mob: 0400 359 681   Murray Kingsley (VP) Mob: 0408 724 640Tris Forster (Secretary) Mob: 0408 325 367Larry Abrahams (Treasurer) Mob ...
    Posted Aug 22, 2017, 1:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Working Waterfront Newsletter Our neighbours across the way have sent us their latest newsletter hot off the press...Click here to download it  http://bit.ly/2uWmlqy
    Posted Aug 20, 2017, 9:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie Night at the Palais Deb Combes sends the following invitation...Sunday Sept 3 we are screening the 2016 award winning, audience favourite, French film, Rosalie Blum.Doors open at 6.30pm, admission $5 and a bar will be running. Bring along a ‘French Inspired’ plate for supper to win a prize. For example, packet of ‘Monte Carlo Crème biscuits’.  Synopsis: A lonely premature balding hairdresser meets a mysterious and lonely woman and becomes obsessed with learning all about her past. Quirky, intriguing, tantalising and full of surprises, it will leave you guessing and smiling right to the end.Rated M (Course language) Film is sub titles, so pack your glasses.
    Posted Aug 20, 2017, 5:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Members Standing Out in the Crowd It is time to be noticed!  All the old blue LBT t-shirts have been sold.  It’s time for a new brighter, sharper image.    Here is our new LBT/WoW outfit, useful for all boating occasions, especially regattas, boat launches, shows and exhibitions, visits to other boating groups and general messing about in boats.    The material is an easy care, no iron 60% cotton, 40% cool dry  with ‘go faster’ strips on the sleeves, night time reflectors on the body and a breathable section under the armpit.  It comes in short sleeves and long sleeves.  Shirts will have the LBT logo on top right and WoW members can sew on the WoW logo on the left sleeve.    The cost ...
    Posted Aug 20, 2017, 3:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • News from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival Paul Cullen from the AWBF has sent us a link to all the latest news... Greetings, All We hope you are keeping warm as our Tasmanian winter puts a crisp chill in the air, but there are still plenty of sails out there on the Derwent on the weekends.  Tassie sailors are a hardy lot.  Here's the July AWBF newsletter with links to some great video and photography, some interesting results from our Visitor Survey and news of our friends on the other side of the Pacific, in Port Townsend, Washington.  As ever, if you would like your story to reach our 4,000 subscribers, just drop us a line with a few good photos and we'll do ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2017, 5:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Turning Gretchen Graham Wright keeps us updated about the ongoing work of the legendary Tuesday Group.Here is the latest... An interesting day in the shed today as Brett and the Thursday group, after 2 years and 2 weeks turned Gretchen over ready for prep and painting. Lots of ropes and straps with a few block and tackles and of course sheer genius from the crew. A few more weeks and Gretchen will be back in the water.
    Posted Aug 17, 2017, 3:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Greg Guy Members will be saddened to learn of the passing of Master Mariner Greg Guy.  Greg will be remembered as a great supporter of all the good things we do here at the LBT, a man who always had a smile and a friendly "how are you going?" even when he wasn't feeling the best himself. Many of us had the benefit of his boating wisdom and he was always willing to share his vast nautical knowledge with others.   We are the better for having known him.Perhaps Greg will be best remembered for the incredible effort and enthusiasm he put in to help make the community ownership of the Wooden Boat Centre a reality through his involvement as a ...
    Posted Aug 15, 2017, 9:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • BYO MONDAY NIGHT DINNER The last Monday of every month is BYO dinner at the Living Boat Trust so bring a plate of food to share.    Try that new recipe you’ve been thinking about and bring it along or something to fling on the barbie, a nice loaf of bread and a bit of cheese always goes down well.    The cost is a gold coin donation to cover the electricity & heating costs.
    Posted Aug 11, 2017, 5:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • SEEKING BOAT TENDERS AND DINGHIES WOULD YOU LIKE TO DONATE A SMALL BOAT TO A GREAT CAUSE?Paul Cullen of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival writes...Many of you would know Rosemary Miller, former CEO of the Salamanca Arts Centre, where we have our office.  Rosemary has always been a fantastic supporter of the AWBF, and gave us help with a generous lease and favourable references.  Rosemary is still in the arts business, now working on freelance projects, including this one with the Burnie Art Gallery.  Rosemary is looking for eight small boats (well, hulls, really) for an art project that will travel around the country.  They do not have to be seaworthy.  They will be transformed into works of art by Tasmanian artists.The ...
    Posted Aug 8, 2017, 11:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • New Navigation Markers (with pictures) Further to last weeks announcement about the new navigation markers in the Huon, here are some pics to help you find your way...  (See here for location details)  http://bit.ly/2vyxltG
    Posted Aug 7, 2017, 6:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Exhibition at the Maritime Museum John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum of Tasmania writes...The MMT has some exciting news!!  Over the last few weeks, we have been very, very busy.   And now the efforts of our fine volunteers and staff have paid off with the opening last Friday of our next major exhibition – “THE TURNING TIDE, Australia’s War at Sea in 1942” in the Carnegie Gallery.  This exhibition looks at Australia's naval war in the Pacific and south-east Asia during the dark days of 1942 - a pivotal year during the Second World War.  Not only does the exhibition deal with the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942 and other key naval engagements, it also deals with the war effort ...
    Posted Aug 7, 2017, 6:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Music for a Cause Living Boat Trust member Zainab Clark sends an invitation to all those who might be interested...Hosted by Rural Australians for Refugees and Amnesty Southern Group, a community musical event for a very worthy cause. Great music, food and fun.   Sunday 13th. August from 1pm unto 7 pm.  Cygnet Town Hall.  Please see poster attached.   http://bit.ly/2va7rdg©2017 ClipartPanda.com
    Posted Aug 5, 2017, 10:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Progress Association AGM Bec Enders, President of the Franklin Progress Association, has sent the following notice...Dear valued members,Please find attached the 2017 AGM Agenda for the Franklin Progress Association (FPA) to be held on 29 August.  You will note that the FPA is proposing some changes to their Constitution.  The marked up version of the Constitution is attached.  http://bit.ly/2uuWaSA  If possible it would be great if you could arrive a little earlier as we will be starting at the advertised time of 7pm. Position vacant - Secretary - If you think you may like to be on the FPA management committee in the 2017/18 year, and would like to know more about what is involved, then we would love ...
    Posted Aug 5, 2017, 4:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • New Navigation Aids in the Huon Notice No.:             M101-17 Title:                      Aids to Navigation -  Huon River Valid From:           4/8/2017 Valid Until:            Perpetual Mariners are advised that there are five new aids to navigation established in position on the Huon River as follows:   ·         Number 1 -  lit port pile in position 43 degrees 05.927S, 147 00.493E.  Light characteristic - Fl R 5s ·         Number 2 – lit starboard pile in position 43 degrees 06.344S, 147 00.197E.  Light Characteristic - Fl G 5s ·         Number 3 – port pile in position 43 07.156S, 146 59.873E ·         Number 4 – starboard pile in position 43 07.366S, 146 59.912E ·         Number 5 – starboard pile in position 43 degrees 07.914S, 146 59.563E  
    Posted Aug 4, 2017, 5:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie Night at The Palais This month’s Sunday 6 August classic film is the 1964 cold war drama ‘Fail Safe’.  Never heard of it?  Neither had I until I did some digging and unearthed a lost treasure. This film is a 1964 cold war thriller based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler.  Directed by Sidney Lumet who gave us ‘Dog day Afternoon’ and ‘Serpico’, Fail Safe is one of Lumet’s early works and is noted for vigorous storytelling and social realism. It portrays a fictional account of a nuclear crisis.  The film features performances by actors Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau and a very fresh faced Larry Hagman (aka JR Ewing from Dallas TV series) in ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2017, 5:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Sioux' For Sale Robert Ayliffe from StrayDog BoatWorks in South Australia sends the following... I have become the custodian of  the legendary Port Huon based Athol Walter designed and built boat, ‘Sioux’.  She is on the register of significant Tasmanian boats.‘Sioux’, launched in 1963 is currently located in South Australia, still in VERY good physical condition and ready to reward  a new owner.  Her hull and cabin sides really are Huon pine.  The hull is carvel with what some call bruised seam construction, ie no caulking.  Master craftsmanship.As a consequence of illness, the owners left the boat unattended on her mooring at Wirrina Cove Marina about 7 years ago, soon after having fitted a new mast, new roller furler and headsail ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2017, 4:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • A Thank You to Greg's Friends The Wooden Boat Centre has forwarded us the following letter from Greg Guy's sister Meg.I would like to thank all those kind people from the wooden boat builders who have so readily helped my brother Greg to move his belongings from his home to Lyn's home and also some trips to the tip and helped him generally get his home ready for the new owner, at such short notice.  My brother has been building wooden boats since he was old enough to hold one of Dad's hammers and nails. So you see you as a group have been a very important and loved part of his life.  I'm sure he would have loved to be ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2017, 4:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Marine Electrics for Beginners Laurence at Franklin Marine is offering a "fun, hands on workshop" to learn about marine electrics including some "tricks of the trade!"Click on this link to learn more...http://bit.ly/2wbsImR
    Posted Aug 3, 2017, 4:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin design makes a splash Boat builder Bert van Baar sends this from The Netherlands...I have just finished a boatbuilding course at the Batavia Shipyard.  We have been building the little lapstrake dinghy from Adrian Deane from the Wooden Boat Centre!  I just love this little dinghy: this is the first time I really finish a dinghy in a course even with the floorboards screwed in.  Thanks to Mike and Jonno who told me about the fine benefits of this boat.Joyce! Congratulations with your little boat! And Roland thanks for your support for Joyce getting the boat! Crew: Thanks for your wilfull coöperation!Launching of the boat next to the VOC ship Batavia!The 'Wiskey Screw' (last screw of the project)
    Posted Jul 31, 2017, 7:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wire Splicing Workshop Huon Yacht Club is hosting a second opportunity to learn the craft of wire splicing.See the flyer below for more information.
    Posted Jul 28, 2017, 3:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • More Members on the Move Valeri Pain is travelling through the USA and sends us the following...Took some photos at the Maritime Museum in South Haven, Lake Michigan.  The museum runs a boat bit like the Nancy, also fitted with an electric motor to give passengers a quieter ride.  They still run a working boat shed on the museum site.
    Posted Jul 23, 2017, 4:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lunchtime Talk at the Maritime Museum John Wadsley, Maritime Heritage Coordinator of the Maritime Museum of Tasmania writes...Hi to all my MHOoTie Mateys, Hope you are all well and surviving the winter chills.  But I think we would all agree we need more rain! Anyway, attached is the flyer for the next Monthly talk on Tuesday, August 1st .  Please circulate widely through your membership and networks – and make the time to come along. Peter Higgs will be talking on his 6 month Australian Register of Historic Vessels (ARHV) project funded by the Australian National Maritime Museum.  Not only are his findings very impressive, but he brings great knowledge to the matter of historic boat identification and restoration.And the Royal Society room is warm and ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2017, 5:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Outer Hebrides Skiff Trail and beyond Martin and Deb have been skiffing in Scotland's Outer Hebrides.Deb writes... A few LBT members are in Scotland, home of the skiff, and have seen a few.  We were on the coast east of Edinburgh when we first started seeing skiffs.  There were two skiffs in Dunbar which were on display for the towns' Royal Life Boats' Day - a fun and fundraising day with huge numbers of people.  Eyemouth had two skiffs in a shed right in the heart of the harbour which is the centre of the regions' fishing industry.  One was built by their high school.  The St. Abs skiff featured in the pictures and local stories at their museum.Then we went to the north ...
    Posted Jul 21, 2017, 6:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gretchen looking beaudiful Graham Wright has sent the following notes and pictures.  Progress with Gretchen: antifoul is done, the brass strip is on the keel and the stainless steel rudder bracket is fitted.  She is now ready to be turned over.... Any volunteers?  Huon Rat finally back in the water with a rope bump strip attached under the gunwale.  We will fit these to other boats as they come through the workshop. 
    Posted Jul 18, 2017, 9:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Subscriptions Reminders for members to pay their subscriptions went out at the end of last month and many have responded. Thank you!  If you have not received a reminder please contact sec@lbt.org.au : we may not have a correct email address for you. 
    Posted Jul 18, 2017, 8:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Planning and the Huon Valley Bec Enders writes:  The Huon Valley Council is having a community-drop in session to shape a community engagement strategy. Attend the drop-in session on Tuesday 25 July 2017, 4pm to 7pm at the Huon Valley Council.  Please see poster below (http://bit.ly/2vvWoKv) regarding a public meeting at the Huonville Town Hall about planning matters in your area. There will be a Q&A session. 
    Posted Jul 18, 2017, 9:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF July Newsletter See the latest from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival at http://bit.ly/2vw3n65 .  Lot's of good boaty stuff, including a link to the recently released highlights video from the 2017 festival.  See that at http://bit.ly/2vvTnd2
    Posted Jul 17, 2017, 5:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Invitation to lunch with Premier: Tuesday July 25th The LBT has received the following invitation which we have confirmed is issued to all members.  Note the RSVP details at bottom. On behalf of the Tasmanian Liberal Members for Franklin   Will Hodgman, Jacquie Petrusma and Nic Street you are invited to a    Light Luncheon   with the   Tasmanian State Cabinet    Hosted by: Nic Street MP Liberal Member for Franklin From 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm on Tuesday, 25 July   at Huon Valley Council Chambers 40 Main Street Huonville, Tasmania   PLEASE RSVP by 12 Noon, Friday 21 July to Diane Byrne – Electorate Officer for Nic Street MP Email: diane.byrne@dpac.tas.gov.au or Ph: (03) 6121 702
    Posted Jul 17, 2017, 5:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Project Boat Ben has an old (yellow) motorboat moored at Cairns Bay which he wants to get rid of soon.  Good for a project or for parts.  If you are interested contact him on 0427 535049.
    Posted Jul 17, 2017, 5:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Opportunity knocks The editorial staff for this column is on leave for six weeks.  We've nailed 'em down to doing some work when they can, but there will be inevitable hiatuses.  Here is a chance, a coveted chance,  for an LBT member to fill in the breech, show us how it should be done, right past wrongs and generally make a name for themselves.  Could applicants please send contact details to sec@lbt.org.au along with any other supporting documentation.  Resumes of more than 10 pages will not be considered.  Seriously, this work is not hugely onerous, and the technology, such as it is, can be mastered in a couple of hours. Pic from Polylerus
    Posted Jul 16, 2017, 3:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Yachting auditors course Richard McMinn writes:Australian Sailing is conducting an Equipment Auditor training seminar on August 19 at the Derwent Sailing Squadron. This course is highly valuable for any clubs that have yacht competing in offshore races such as the Launceston to Hobart Yacht Racer as it allows the yachts to have their equipment checked and approved at their home club, rather than having to visit another club, or wait for someone from another club to be available.   The course is free of charge and will run for approximately three hours from 9:00AM on Saturday August 19.   If you have anyone in your club that may be interested, please pass on this information. Registrations are open here: http://www.yachtingaustralia.com ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2017, 3:50 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre: July Newsletter See attached: http://bit.ly/2ul25gT  Pic from Wooden Boat Centre
    Posted Jul 13, 2017, 9:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Landscaping  A standard topic of conversation at the LBT used to involve a comparison of the scars members had acquired by tripping over the logs that marked the edge of the parking area in the dark.  No longer:  Mick McGrath  solved the problem for us by replacing the logs with a much more forgiving bank of dirt, which has been awaiting 'beautification'.  And that too has come to pass:  the bank has been mulched and Franklin Landcare has planted it out with a selection of local low growing natives.  Thank you Landcare!                 
    Posted Jul 13, 2017, 3:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Courses at Franklin Marine There are two courses coming up at Franklin Marine: Marine Diesel Engines for Beginners (July 30th) and Shipwright Skills and Boat Preparation Workshop (August 20th).  Many LBT members have attended these courses in the past and reports have been universally good.  For more details and booking go to franklinmarine.com.au/training/
    Posted Jul 10, 2017, 5:26 PM by Richard Forster
  • Geelong Skiff build in the news Nice report on the ABC.  See attached: http://bit.ly/2v58Nol .  Looks like they have at least 2 boats under construction already.  Ambitious!  The carpentry translations on the whiteboard (into Syriac?) reminded us of the Persian rowing orders we posted for our friends from Adelaide for the 2015 Skiff Regatta: http://bit.ly/2v51ehe   Pic from the ABC
    Posted Jul 10, 2017, 3:10 PM by Richard Forster
  • July Franklin History Group Newsletter See attached: http://bit.ly/2u2UR0Y .  Includes an item about the Price's Creek hydro electricity generator, and a reminder to members to pay their dues.  (Picture of power plant courtesy of Rob Linnell)
    Posted Jul 9, 2017, 9:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • What boat is that? For those who are wondering about the vintage yacht on the Franklin Marine mooring upstream of the Wooden Boat Centre wharf, she is Aotea.  And she certainly is vintage: a William Fife design built around 1907.  For many years she was Noel Doepel's boat, but she was recently purchased by LBT member Annie Venables, who has done quite a lot of work on her.  Still goes ok: Annie recently skippered her to victory in the classic boat race at Port Esperance Regatta.  Pic from Franklinmarineau (Franklin Marine)
    Posted Jul 9, 2017, 9:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday Group report Graham Wright sent the following comments to go with his pictures below.  'It was busy at the shed on Tuesday, now the extension and toilets are finished it's back to boats again.  Huon Rat is finished in it's new colours, the Atlantic Blue was left overs from the Monty and will be seen on other boats in the future.   John Young is busy on his dinghy with some TLC. Rhonda K is next for some maintenance as we noticed an increasing amount of river water building up inside. The bung casing was loose and the silicon seal had hardened also some small cracks in the hull and some ribs need attention. John Young has been very helpful with ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2017, 2:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wharf dedication Last Sunday the Wooden Boat Centre hosted an afternoon tea to thank Greg Guy for all the work he has done for the waterfront.  Ceremonies culimated with the unveiling of a plaque on 'Greg's' wharf.
    Posted Jul 5, 2017, 2:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Viking Boat Peter Laidlaw is obviously having problems motivating the workforce over at the Wooden Boat Centre.
    Posted Jul 5, 2017, 2:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Emergency working bee for Greg Guy Thurs 6th July Greg has to clear out his house earlier than anticipated.  If you could come along to 149 Lloyds Rd Franklin tomorrow (Thursday) morning around 10am with a ute/trailer and the expectation of taking things away to the tip or Lynn Goodwin's place that would be great.  Lloyds Rd runs off Jackson's Rd, which meets the highway about 2 km south of Franklin  (see map below: http://bit.ly/2uIiHMe))
    Posted Jul 5, 2017, 1:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wire splicing workshop July 15th For those who want to have a crack at fixing their standing rigging Stuart Mears is conducting a workshop at Port Huon Yacht Club.  Limited places.  See attached flyer for details: http://bit.ly/2uHWEW7 .  The RSVP phone numbers are 0417 027 643 and 0447 642 674.
    Posted Jul 4, 2017, 7:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Want to get out on the Egg Islands? Here is your chance: the Tas Land Conservancy is having a three day working bee (weeding) out on the Islands starting Wednesday 12th July.  Contact Denna Kingdom if you want to be involved:  dkingdom@tasland.org.au .  Pic by Matthew Newton
    Posted Jul 3, 2017, 7:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Marine Instagram Gallery The drone shot shown below  was taken in mid June by 'Max'.  It shows the recently floated new pontoon, but the decking frame which has since been constructed is missing.  How busy things have become:  boats triple banked off the end of the Marina.   This pic reminded us that Laurence from the chandlery keeps a great (and up-to-date) collection of photographs of the waterfront at https://www.instagram.com/franklinmarineau/ .
    Posted Jul 9, 2017, 5:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gretchen in her glory days Those who are only familiar with 'Gretchen' as an upturned hull in the shed (second pic below) may be reassured by the first pic that when she is actually a boat that floats, and a pretty one at that.  Graham Wright found this snap of her (and the Huon Rat and Swiftsure) taken at least a dozen years ago.  Progress is being made and we hope to begin painting Gretchen preparatory to relaunching her soon. 
    Posted Jul 2, 2017, 5:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • New website for Franklin Bec Enders from the Progress Association has created a website to highlight the attractions of the town:  visit it at https://www.franklintasmania.com.au/
    Posted Jul 2, 2017, 5:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Friends of the LBT at large column Bert van Baar was here for summer supervising the building of the BM16M2 Dutch sailing dinghy for the Festival, and made many friends in the process.  He is back home now in the Netherlands, and writes:   'Here we have summer, the kind you showed us in Franklin. Nice weather combined with a shower now and then.  At the College we are setting up for the expo, the exposition of all the new exam projects from this year, also the beautiful boat of Rens and Jeroen.Next week I will send you some pictures of the boats.  We already prepare for the new class of boat builders for 2017-2019: 21 students next year for newcomers and 18 graduates that year ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2017, 5:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin, where the night life never stops Looks like a good night on July 7th at Frank's coming up. See attached flyer: http://bit.ly/2trNr6U
    Posted Jun 29, 2017, 5:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'A boat in the family' The Off Center Harbour Crew. who make fabulous videos. have featured a boat from 'our' Channel in one of their latest productions.  Catch it at http://bit.ly/2uhJSh3 .  There are also previews for a whole collection from the Wooden Boat Festival at http://www.offcenterharbor.com/category/on-the-water/tasmania/ .  There are some very familiar faces: Dave Golding's dogs draw the photographers like flies, and Bert Van Baar puts in an appearance.
    Posted Jun 28, 2017, 4:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • Latest from the Wooden Boat Festival We opened up an item in the Wooden Boat Festival newletter, and there was our 'Rowan', looking a bit bashful, in the midst of a photo shoot. For this follow up story on the Dutchies and much more see http://bit.ly/2ucRVeU
    Posted Jun 28, 2017, 4:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Found adrift - sit-on-top kayak A small sit on top kayak was found on Monday, drifting down the river by Egg Island.  May have blown off a boat or been washed away by high tides.  Ring David Budd to reclaim 62663571
    Posted Jun 26, 2017, 4:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Oceans and climate change lectures Hans Sipsma alerts us to this opportunity:  'Winter Series: The Future of the World’s Oceans – free entry, all welcome – beginning @ 7.30 pm Wednesday July 5, Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTAS Sandy Bay' .  Organised by the Royal Society of Tasmania, and with an impressive list of speakers.  See https://rst.org.au/winter-series-2017/ for details.    Pic from Jon Sullivan
    Posted Jun 26, 2017, 2:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • June Newsletter from the Wooden Boat Centre See attached (http://bit.ly/2t5hMIt).  There is a nice article about building skin covered kayaks, and a reminder that those of us who are members of the Working Waterfront Association should pay our dues by July 1st.
    Posted Jun 25, 2017, 2:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Grate work Dennis When there is a job to be done around the LBT we are blessed with all sorts of talented people to help out.  The wooden gratings on the Montagu whaler were falling to bits when she arrived, but Dennis Muscovich has solved the problem beautifully.
    Posted Jun 24, 2017, 8:04 PM by Richard Forster
  • Skiff armada planned for Geelong MEDIA RELEASE   -   22 June 2017  GEELONG REFUGEES RELAUNCHING LIVES BY BUILDING BOATS  'Corio Bay Communities – Skiff Rowers & Raiders today announced their teaming  with Diversitat, the Royal Geelong Yacht Club and Deakin University to support Geelong’s refugee and migrant communities and social support groups in building ten St Ayles Skiff coastal rowing boats.  The first two boats are under way, being built by Diversitat’s Iraqi, Iranian and Slovenian communities teamed with the ‘Lifeboat Group’ which supports men and women who’ve suffered church-related sexual abuse as children.'  For the full story see attached: http://bit.ly/2tVbMyY
    Posted Jun 22, 2017, 10:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Midwinter at the LBT: Monday 26th This year's celebration is on Monday evening (yes we know it's different in other places), and we have chosen to highlight the culinary imagination of our members.  Meaning: bring your own for the barbie,  something to share with others, and $5 for the LBT pot.    A match will be applied to the pyre around 5.45pm.  Pic from Wikimedia Commons
    Posted Jun 22, 2017, 4:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • MMT Monthly Talk - Tuesday 4 July For those who like to get down and dirty with their maritime history John Wadsley writes:  'This time we have a local historian presenting on the Shag Bay fertilizer factory and its operations, including the devastating explosion  which shattered the bonemill in 1915, resulting in the deaths of two of the site workers - a father and a son. In this presentation, Maria Grist will explore some of the history of the two companies who operated in Shag Bay, as well as the events leading up to and surrounding the explosion. There will also be included some references to the vessels which were used to service the plant.  Please find attached our flyer (http://bit.ly/2tUrCtR) for the next MMT ...
    Posted Jun 22, 2017, 6:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Pontoon Gang are at it again David Pittaway and his merry people have made a big start on pontoon 2 (P2), with P1 as a very handy utility platform.  Come down and join in the fun next Thursday morning.
    Posted Jun 22, 2017, 12:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday Monty quiz Monday diners will be expected to label an unannotated version of the accompanying diagram before they get their desserts. Pic from Admiralty Manual of Seamanship supplied by Roger Sly
    Posted Jun 21, 2017, 2:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'The Big Heat' at the Palais, Sunday 2nd July Deb Combes writes:  'I have searched the vault, and found this famous 1953 gangster film ‘The Big Heat’. Directed by Fritz Lang and stars Glen Ford as Dave Bannion in a stellar performance.  Synopsis: Unrelentingly brutal crime drama centers on a street-toughened detective Dave Bannion (Glen Ford) who takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate after his wife is accidentally killed by the gangsters who have been assigned to murder him. The Big Heat is rated PG.'    Sunday 2 July upstairs at the Franklin Palais.  Doors open 6.30pm, film starts when someone flicks the lights. After 7.15pm but before 7.30pm. Yes, simple but it still works a treat.  Admission: $5 (I promise you will not be ...
    Posted Jun 18, 2017, 4:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cadets in the Monty Our Montagu Whaler spent most of her life as a training vessel for cadets learning seamanship, and it was great to see her again being used for this purpose on Saturday morning when Roger Sly took out a group of current day cadets.
    Posted Jun 19, 2017, 3:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • A Viking ship needs a dragon (or two) Over at the Wooden Boat Centre the strakes are steadily being added to the frame of the (petite) Viking boat currently under construction, and under the chisel of Francis the ornamentation is emerging from raw blocks of wood.
    Posted Jun 15, 2017, 8:24 PM by Richard Forster
  • Funding Skiff Events Word from St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Association of Australia (sascraa.org):  '"Getting enough skiffs together for a national event is always going to be a challenge in Australia", says Patrick Groot, President of the St Ayles Skiff Coastal Rowing Association of Australia, "because it's a big place and the St Ayles skiff community are widely dispersed". To help overcome this SASCRAA has established a fund to help with the cost of transporting skiffs to national events. The fund was kicked off by the tawe nunnugah expedition tn17 organised by the Living Boat Trust in Tasmania in February 2017. If you are part of the growing skiff community in Australia please consider this fund if you are organising an ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2017, 8:00 PM by Richard Forster
  • Flare demonstration night When: Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 6.00pm – 7.30pm.  Where: Port Cygnet Sailing Club, Lymington Road, Cygnet.  See the attached flier for details: http://bit.ly/2rjUoTR.  MAST are organising this evening, and if it's anything like previous ones it will be good.    Pic from Glynn Shevels
    Posted Jun 15, 2017, 4:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sunday July 2nd 3pm: an afternoon tea for Greg Guy Anne Holst writes: 'We at the Franklin Wooden Boat Centre would like to invite you to an afternoon tea in recognition of Greg Guy’s contribution to Franklin’s water front community. To be held on the wharf or in the shed depending on the weather.   Bring a cake and or a good yarn to share.   No RSVP required just come along and share our community’s friendship.'
    Posted Jun 15, 2017, 4:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Summer dreamin' Those of us who aren't Facebook people (and are thus hopelessly out of date)  aren't necessarily aware of Alex Blackburn's video of tawe nunnugah 2017 (and the odd pub singalong). Which is a good thing, because now that we are aware it is doubly enjoyable In the depths of winter.  See it at  https://youtu.be/_ZcPRSnZ-Q8 .
    Posted Jun 14, 2017, 3:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bosun needs a new home Greg Guy writes:   'I was wondering if you might spread the word for me that I am seeking a good and loving environment for a good and loving dog. I.E. Bosun. He is 10 yrs old now, in good health, loves kids or anybody who will throw a stick or ball for him to retrieve and does not have a mean bone in his body. He comes registered and desexed and accompanied with his favorite ball and throwing stick. Thanking you in anticipation.'  Greg's email contact is deepbayboats@bigpond.com
    Posted Jun 14, 2017, 5:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • tawe nunnugah: the long story, from Murdo McLeod Murdo is a photographer and journalist from the UK who came with us on the Raid, rowing in a Skiff crew.  He has written a beautifully illustrated article which can be found at https://terrarowing.tumblr.com/post/161421734858/tawe-nunnugah-a-rowing-voyage
    Posted Jun 13, 2017, 3:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: wooden dinghy Annie McComb writes:  ' I have recently bought a little 26' Huon Pine motorsailer and would like to buy a small clinker built rowing boat to use as a tender.  I wonder if you could put it out to the members if anyone would have one they would like to sell? I have in mind something like Di and Ian built for "Pied Piper".'   Annie's email address is annie.epsilon@icloud.com
    Posted Jun 11, 2017, 3:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • 20 years worth of paperwork Southerly Dolling has been combing through the LBT 'records', discarding the junk mail and the receipts from 1999 and retaining the original planning for the shed and tawe nunnugah.  There are a bunch of photos in a box on the Shed table:  see if you can help identify any of them.
    Posted Jun 11, 2017, 3:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hawsers Martin Riddle writes:  'The LBT recently acquired several heavy duty ship’s hawsers which the Krynens are kindly storing for us in the Evaporators. The mooring ropes have many potential uses – as well as their obvious use for towing or securing vessels and pontoons they could be used as rubbing strips around pontoons or for turning into fenders. They are available for use by the LBT or any organisation with objectives consistent with those of the LBT. If you have a need for some very heavy rope, contact the LBT Committee through the Secretary at sec@lbt.org.au' 
    Posted Jun 10, 2017, 3:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT membership renewals LBT annual memberships lapse at the end of June and renewal notices will be sent out shortly.  Payment details will be included in these notices: they remain the same as for previous years:$40 individual$70 family$125 corporateBank BSB 633-000 AC 149496275You can also pay for all your boating activities up front: the $100  'gold card'. Of course if you AREN'T a member now is a good time to join.  See http://bit.ly/1KXtSmp for the application form and payment instructions.2016-2017 has been a special year for the LBT: a great Tawe Nunnugah, an equally successful Skiff Regatta, the completion of the workshop extension and other achievements too numerous to mention.  We ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2017, 3:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Night at the flicks You can have one on Friday 23rd June at 6.30 pm, Huonville Town Hall, when there  will be a free screening of 'Constance on the Edge', an acclaimed film about a refugee family who settled in the rural NSW town of Wagga Wagga.  Light refreshments provided.  Thanks to Zainab Clark for the details.
    Posted Jun 8, 2017, 3:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Floatmo Celia Leverton point out that for those opposed to the mooted expansion of the salmon industry on the east coast there is a 'flotilla' day planned for June 18th.  Read all about it at http://www.et.org.au/floatmo_ev
    Posted Jun 8, 2017, 5:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lake Macquarie Skiff LBT member Ronda Longuet has moved north to balmier climes at Lake Macquarie near Newcastle, and has sent the accompanying photos just  to rub it in as we shiver through the frosty mornings.  Once the the St Ayles Skiff pictured is finished we should expect invitations to the launch so we can join her and thaw out.
    Posted Jun 7, 2017, 6:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • Mosquito Point We are excited by developments at Franklin, but as Barb Dawson points out: 'There are other new jetties being built on the Huon - for this one, construction has just started at Mosquito Point, Ranelagh.  The impetus for this came from local kayakers but there is plenty of water for skiffs and whaleboats to use it. One of the few places above Huonville where there is road access to the river.' Pic from Andrea Partridge
    Posted Jun 7, 2017, 6:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Course June 17th Anne Benjamin from Huon Yacht Club writes:  The Huon Yacht Club is providing a  First Aid Course run by St John Ambulance on Saturday 17 June. All members and friends are invited to enrol in this cousre which will be held at the Clubhouse from 9am to 5pm. It is a one day course with pre-work required either online or it can be posted to you. The cost of this course is $155 and you will receive a nationally recognised statement of attainment.  Please contact the me if you are interested in attending this course so that I can send you out the all the course materials: email secretary@huonyachtclub.org   We have spoken to Anne and this invitation ...
    Posted Jun 5, 2017, 11:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Controversial installation sculpture IS on the water On Monday evening pontoon two splashed her way through the reeds and onto the river under the impetus of the Krynens' forklift and sundry levers, the scene being lit by the headlights of helpful cars.  This had been preceded by an afternoon spent attaching the newly acquired floats to the steel frame, amidst much huffing and puffing and bad language directed at misaligned bolt holes.  David Pittaway will be organising the construction of the new wooden deck for this pontoon over the next couple of months.  Come and join in the fun! Pics from Nell Tyson
    Posted Jun 7, 2017, 6:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Controversial installation sculpture to be moved onto water The extra floats are available, so come along and help on Monday afternoon, 3pm.
    Posted Jun 1, 2017, 7:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: mail tubes and storage folios There has been a major 'autumn cleanup' in the office with new shelves installed (thanks Tuesday Group!) and David Pittaway and Southerly Dolling combing through old paperwork to extract the gems from the dross.  Southerly writes:'Can you tell the members that we need about 15-20 mailing tubes. (I picked up 3 yesterday from the tip shop, & they will hold more when they come in).  The larger the better, for plans, posters etc.  We also need A3 x2 storage folio's, for plans/charts/posters that can't be rolled.  Also you need to put silver fish deterrents in the office- paper work has been chewed a bit.  Another thought for the committee is to consider is sending many ...
    Posted Jun 1, 2017, 7:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Visit from Cruising Yacht Club Sunday June 11th The Cruising Yacht Club have been visiting annually for a number of years now.  It's always a good occasion with the highlight being a dinner at the LBT.   This time around a special request was for a musical evening, so Steve and Marjorie Gadd and Tiffany and Dave will be providing the entertainment. See the details attached  (http://bit.ly/2rSR0CH) and contact Kate if you'd like to attend.
    Posted May 30, 2017, 6:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Playground boat wanted Mt Stuart Primary School write that they are looking for a dinghy suitable for a playground.   Contact Bec Owens on 0439 623 194 if you think you can help.
    Posted May 30, 2017, 5:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boatyard clearance sale at Goodwood Rod Macfarlan writes:  'This mob are going out of business via a garage sale. Most of the good stuff has gone, but there is still a lot left if you can find it. Easy to see why they are going out of business. Maybe the LBT or some LBT members have an interest'.See Gumtree for all the details: http://bit.ly/2qt4ykr
    Posted May 28, 2017, 4:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lots of lovely white paint It mightn't look like much, but the reason that the equal access toilet can be painted is because it is nearly finished, with construction completed and plumbing installed.  Congratulations to Brett and the Tuesday group who have steadily seen the entire extension project through to a successful conclusion.
    Posted May 28, 2017, 8:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: DIY Monday dinner This Monday night (29th May) the cooks are taking a break.  If you are coming to dinner bring along something for you (to throw on the barbie), and something to share, plus $5 to help keep the shed running.     Pic from vxla
    Posted May 28, 2017, 7:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • The 'Twin Peaks' trophy Peter and Dennis have been getting the trophy for the Hope Island rowing race 'just right'.  It features a half model of a St Ayles Skiff mounted on a Huon Pine 'landscape', with Adamson's (twin) Peak looming in the background.  The race will be held each year as part of the Port Esperance Regatta: this year a team from Dover won it.
    Posted May 28, 2017, 7:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Movie at the Palais Sunday June 4th: Rams Team Movies writes:  We are screening the sensational, multi award winning and audience favourite, the 2015 Icelandic film ‘Rams’.  Alert: Team Classic Movies will be raising the bar to its highest level by screening a quality film that will impress all movie goers.  Synopsis: Two sheep farming brothers who haven't spoken to each other for forty years and suffer petty jealousies and rivalries are affected by the infection of one of their flocks by a dreaded disease. Rams is rated M: Coarse language and nudity Pack your glasses, film is sub-titled. Doors open 6.30pm, film starts when someone flicks the lights. After 7.15pm but before 7.30pm. Admission is $5.  Bring a plate. 
    Posted May 28, 2017, 2:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Linking the Huon and Derwent valleys A shortcut to New Norfolk is a bit of an old chestnut, but you never know, the latest proposal which envisages using Jeffrey's Track may have legs.  It would make towing boats to the north and west of the state easier.  Hear the Huon Valley Commissioner Adriana Taylor discuss it on the ABC: http://ab.co/2rCfjol 
    Posted May 24, 2017, 10:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Looking for Lucy Rob Linnell writes:  'I'm trying to find out what happened to a particular boat. It was owned by my great grandfather, who built the Franklin Evaporator. It was built inside one of the timber sheds on the pier opposite the Bank building. It was built by William Ball, of huon pine, and was a 37 foot motor launch, with a narrow beam and shallow draft.  It was used to carry passengers up and down the river, and was used for holidays. My 96 year old father remembers the 'Lucy' and used to go on it when he was there during his school holidays as a young lad. He keeps wondering what happened to it. It was elongated by 10 ...
    Posted May 23, 2017, 5:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Bass Strait Maritime Centre News The autumn/winter edition (attached: http://bit.ly/2q7v2rN) brings us the latest wooden boaty stories from the top end of the island, and is a reminder that a visit to this centre in Devonport is very worthwhile.  If you are traveling by ferry it is only minutes away from the terminal.
    Posted May 21, 2017, 4:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • A History of Antarctica in Twenty Novels John Wadsley writes to inform us of this talk to be held on Tuesday 6 June 2017, 12 noon to 1pm, Royal Society Room in TMAG, Davey Street entrance.  'This is going to be a great presentation with Assoc. Prof Elizabeth Leane from UTAS coming along to talk on how Antarctica has influenced literature and the arts.Elizabeth is a published author on Antarctic themes and this should be an interesting, and perhaps quirky, look at how authors have seen the Antarctic.'  As I recall Biggles encountered polar bears in Antarctica in one of his later adventures:  maybe we will find out about that.  Details in attached flyer (http://bit.ly/2q2ppLp).
    Posted May 19, 2017, 6:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • News from Newfoundland Barb Dawson and David Budd write:  'They have the world's steepest boat ramps, and a few navigational hazards not found in Tasmania, but local fishing boats have more to guide them than a GPS!  A great place for maritime meanderings, beautiful little harbours and colourful fishing boats......but bring a thick coat!!'  See the accompanying pictures: they tell the story.  Next time one of those Big Islanders complains about chilly Tassie waters we'll point 'em here and tell 'em to quit their whinging.
    Posted May 19, 2017, 6:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Launch of a foreshore development initiative Bec Enders, from the Franklin Progress Association, tells us that there are plans afoot to develop the foreshore between the boat ramp and the camp ground (next to the Village Green). Come down there this Friday (the 19th) at 10:30am to meet the horticulture students who will be doing the planning, and discuss with them how you use the foreshore. There will be a special announcement made later in the morning by a VIP.
    Posted May 16, 2017, 5:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday Group report Graham Wright writes:  A diverse range of activities in the shed today. The ongoing restore on Monty continues, with Peter finishing the painting on the brand new rudder.  Dennis is still working on the replacement 'grating'.  Paul and Allan finished off the storm drain outlet as per the plans, this is now complete. The new toilets only need a quick sand and then painting can commence.  Black Swan is finally back in the water and Huon Rat is in the shed for an overdue paint and TLC.  Pictures from Graham.
    Posted May 16, 2017, 5:50 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday 29th DIY Dinner The cooks are having a well deserved rest. The BBQ's were tuned up for Tawe Nunnugah so let's put 'em to use. Bring  grilling food and/or something to share:  let's see if we can break the record for the number of potato salads.  Could be a good night for a bonfire.  Cost is $5 to keep the doors open. Pic from Wikimedia
    Posted May 14, 2017, 3:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • What's happened to the bluegum Those blue gum slabs which were in the water next to the dinghy shed didn't just float there: they are being kept wet for future use.  Just to prove the point, last week David Nash (and friends) cut a couple of planks from them to repair Yukon - see the video on the Wooden Boat Centre Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/woodenboatcentre/videos/pcb.461845190823246/461838894157209/?type=3&theater 
    Posted May 13, 2017, 4:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History Group newsletter Allan Cato has sent us the latest edition of the newsletter (attached: http://bit.ly/2qfqDDJ).  It includes the great aerial shot of the north Franklin foreshore taken in 1995 shown below, from Ruth and John Young.  There is no LBT, no marina and only a smattering of boats, but there is a wharf in front of the evaporator sheds.
    Posted May 12, 2017, 11:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs in the news Jocelyn Fogagnolo has written a nice piece for the Boating page of the Saturday Mercury.
    Posted May 12, 2017, 8:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • FWWA May Newsletter Sonia Shimeld has sent us the latest Franklin Working Waterfront newsletter (attached: http://bit.ly/2prBfm4), which features amongst other things the photo of the Wooden Boat Centre shown below.  It was taken by Ruth Young in 1995.
    Posted May 12, 2017, 2:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Register of Historic Vessels Peter Higgs (from the Australian National Maritime Museum) writes: Please find attached (http://bit.ly/2pALdg0 and http://bit.ly/2pACvhZ) an invitation to attend an Information Session about the Australian Register of Historic Vessels to be held at the Port of Cygnet Sailing Club, Lymington Road, Cygnet, Wednesday 31st May, 7.30pm.Peter will talk about 'Why would I register my boat on the ARHV'.  See the attached documents for more details.
    Posted May 11, 2017, 4:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • New rudder for the Monty When you are in the middle of a Raid and things go to pot, a rudder jury rigged from pieces of old plywood is a thing of beauty.  When you get back to a safe harbour maybe less so.  At least that's what Cody Horgan thought, and being a man of action he set to with some bits of nice Jarra discovered in John Young's stash.  When we caught up with him he was just applying the finishing touches to the new rudder,  peening the ends of copper nails over roves.  Thanks Cody!Thanks also to Dennis Muscovich who is busy restoring the wooden grating on the Monty - see pics below.
    Posted May 11, 2017, 4:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Visit from Japanese community group The Living Boat Trust is a veritable melting pot these days.  No sooner had the Hazara left than the Japanese arrived.  They were from community groups which had formed to respond to the Tsunami. They were interested in how our Ozzie community group works, but listening to their stories and realising the scale of what they had to deal with - coastline damage stretching 500 km - was a humbling experience.  They have more to teach us than we them!  You never know though: we sowed the seeds of a 'Skiff led community revival', so maybe some time in the future we will need to win an Asian division before having the honor of competing in a Skiff World Cup.  Thanks to ...
    Posted May 10, 2017, 6:07 AM by Posts Editor
  • Visit from the Hazara community Deb Van Velsen writes:  On a grey Sunday in late April, more than a dozen cars drove over 50 people from Hobart to the LBT. These Tasmanians have experienced life as refugees, and their main language is Hazaragi.  This is the second time the LBT has welcomed their visit, starting with a shared morning tea.  Everyone then thoroughly enjoyed time on the boats, with Jane Johnson and Tess going out with countless crews in Imagine, Peter Laidlaw and Richard Forster doing the same in grebes, and Martin Riddle and Brian Marriott doing mini cruises on The Nancy.  Many people tried out all of the boats, and some managed to get themselves on all of the boats multiple times!! There were ...
    Posted May 10, 2017, 5:52 AM by Richard Forster
  • Welcome to fleet for the Monty For this celebration we were blessed with a perfect moonlit night.  Under a glare of flares, and to the tolling of the LBT bell, Monty was rowed in by a team led by John Young to accept the cheers of a large crowd.  See pics from Richard Edwards and Nell Tyson below.
    Posted May 10, 2017, 4:48 AM by Richard Forster
  • St Ayles Skiff conquest of the world proceeds Peter Doyle from Geelong writes:  Just a quick blast to let you know that we are finally underway in Geelong and will be kick-starting our boat building on Saturday 13 May!!   As planned, we will be building two skiffs, side-by-side at a site provided by Deakin University at their Gheringhap, Street Waterside campus. It is a big, twin loading dock and perfect for us. Peter is a good friend of the LBT and we wish him and his team every success.  In the meantime the Skiff seed has been planted with a visiting group from Japan.  We await developments.
    Posted May 4, 2017, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Windeward Bound opportunity Lisa Kluver writes: 'We are delighted to advise that the Windeward Bound Trust has been fortunate enough to receive significant funding from the Tasmanian Department of State Growth, and as a result, during 2017, we are conducting a series of voyages as we circumnavigate Tasmania. We would like to offer your members aged between 15-25 years the opportunity to join us on one of these youth development voyages, as sail trainees. No previous sailing experience is necessary.'If you aren't in the demographic you could send the kids or grandkids off to be whipped into shape - maybe literally.  Contact and other details on image attached below. 
    Posted May 6, 2017, 2:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: special Monday night coming up Plans for the 'Welcome to Fleet' for the Montagu Whaler are well advanced. Congregate about 6pm for the start of festivities, which will be followed by the usual Monday night dinner. Pic from Phil Meaney
    Posted May 2, 2017, 1:49 PM by Richard Forster
  • Black Swan ready to go back in the water With the Tuesday group it's a case of 'not only but also'.  The enhancements to the shed steadily progress, Nancy's maintenance schedule is addressed, various waterfront issues are attended to, AND our dinghies get their much needed 'cut and polish'.
    Posted May 2, 2017, 5:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Gypsy Bay We all know that the best rowing waters are down here on the Huon, but just to test the point Jane Johnson organised a 'reconnaissance' up around Dunally.  After assessing the weather, tides etc, the boats were put in at Gypsy Bay boat ramp, and we set off for Sloping Island via a peek into Carlton River, with a return route which took in Lagoon Beach.  Without being disloyal we think we can say 'it's pretty nice'.  See map and some pics below.  See also Deb Van Velsen's pics on Facebook (may require login): http://bit.ly/2oNvLl9 . 
    Posted Apr 30, 2017, 3:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cartela Ross James will be at dinner on Monday night to answer questions about what might be happening with Cartela.
    Posted Apr 27, 2017, 10:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • AHOB Newsletter The Association of Heritage Boat Organisation, based at the Maritime Museum, is an umbrella for groups such as ours. See their very interesting newsletter attached: http://bit.ly/2qdG8yK
    Posted May 13, 2017, 12:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Movie at the Palais: Sunday 7th May Team movies writes:  'This not to be missed classic film is the 1965 testosterone charged, Cold War drama, ‘The Bedford Incident’.  The Bedford Incident is rated G.  Just $5 will ensure an evening of brow-knitting tension.  Synopsis: An American destroyer captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined. (Courtesy IMDb)....  Please drag along anyone/anything with a heartbeat, Sunday 7 May, upstairs at the Franklin Palais. Doors open 6.30pm.' 
    Posted Apr 27, 2017, 6:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Noosts David Pittaway and Laurence Burgin have been discussing 'noosts' (presumably Scottish for 'nests') for sheltering our Skiffs and whaleboats.  David has come up with the concept drawings shown below.  See what you think. 
    Posted Apr 25, 2017, 9:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Special Monday night at the LBT Next Monday (May 1st) Ros Barnett is celebrating a 'significant' birthday (we are guessing 30) by cooking at the LBT, and hopes as many of her friends as possible can make it. 
    Posted Apr 25, 2017, 9:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Maritime Museum Monthly Talk 2 May - Whaling in VDL and the Art of Scrimshaw John Wadsley writes:'Please find attached (http://bit.ly/2q4tbad) our flyer for the next MMT Monthly Talk to be held on Tuesday 2 May 2017, 12 noon to 1pm. Usual place, Royal Society Room in TMAG, Davey Street entrance. This is going to be a great talk with Colin Thomas, scrimshaw collector extraordinaire coming along to talk on Whaling in VDL and the art of scrimshaw. Colin has a world-renowned collection and he is a passionate speaker on early Tasmanian history.  Hope to see you all there.' 
    Posted Apr 25, 2017, 4:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Visions of the foreshore A reorganisation of the office always turns up something interesting.  This time it was an 'artist's impression' of what an improved North Franklin waterfront might look like.  This was done about ten years ago by Charles Zuber, who also designed the LBT logo.   
    Posted Apr 30, 2017, 4:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gracie on Wyvernhoe Dam Great to see that John Walduck has 'Gracie' out of the shed, and looks like he has a reef in already.  For those few who don't know John, he and Jane recently moved from Franklin to Brisbane.  We are hoping that they see sense and come back, but we can't say that.
    Posted Apr 21, 2017, 3:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Former Refugee community visit for boating & apple picking Deb Van Velsen writes to remind us that this group will be at the Shed for a visit on Sunday, arriving about 11.30am.  Anybody who wants to come down and particate and help out from 10.30 am on is welcome.  See details attached >> http://bit.ly/2pRmyrG .   The group during a past event taking a Skiff out.
    Posted Apr 22, 2017, 2:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Work around the shed The push to completion of the renovations is on so that we can get sign-off from the council. The plumbing in the new toilets has been installed, lots of electrical work done, the disabled car park has been marked out, and the drainage from the roof is being tidied up.  Big thanks to the Tuesday Group who have taken responsibility for all of this.  The rest of us can just enjoy the fruits of their labours. 
    Posted Apr 20, 2017, 2:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • The LBT archive There are some very indignant spiders in the office protesting the disruption to their homes in the depths of the LBT cupboards.  New shelves are going in, and the Tuesday group have unearthed all sorts of forgotten documents in the process of cleaning up and sorting out.
    Posted Apr 20, 2017, 2:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Autumn: a great time to be on the river The early morning fog (the ‘Judberry Jerry') rolls down the river at pace, driven by a land breeze to whisk our boats along.  John Young and crew took advantage of this to get the Monty well along on her way  to Dover for the Port Esperance Regatta.  Once the fog lifts the days are warm and still, wonderful for people but not so for sailing. It’s good to be able to take an (ahem) tow from somebody like Peter Laidlaw in ‘Theona’, until the sea breeze kicks in in the afternoon.   Pics from Endra O'May
    Posted Apr 19, 2017, 11:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pics from Port Esperance Regatta See the Port Esperance Sailing Club gallery: http://bit.ly/2pMMYHm .  There should be more of these to come.   Pete Laidlaw's 'Theona', pic from Port Esperance Sailing Club
    Posted Apr 28, 2017, 12:25 AM by Posts Editor
  • Working Waterfront Newsletter See attached (http://bit.ly/2ppXyHM).  Lots of news, both current and past.  You can build a Viking boat, and there is an especially interesting item from Ruth Young about the development of the foreshore.
    Posted Apr 17, 2017, 2:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Port Esperance Regatta Old friend of the Living Boat Trust 'La Chaloupe' was the starting boat for off the shore races - see the report attached from the Dover Men's Shed, who built and maintain her - http://bit.ly/2plHGWU.  More reports of the regatta to follow (hopefully).  It was a huge success.
    Posted Apr 18, 2017, 1:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Welcome to fleet for Monty May 8th The Monty only came to the Living Boat Trust a couple of months ago but has already been in the thick of things.  Currently she is at Dover ready to participate in the Port Esperance Regatta.  She's been so busy we haven't had time to officially acknowledge her arrival, a lack we plan to remedy on Monday evening, May 8th.  Put it in your diary.  We will be inviting everybody involved in the Monty restoration to join us for the normal dinner when there will be 'extra activities'.  Those who want to make speeches can apply to sec@lbt.org.au:  keep 'em under half an hour. More details to follow.   Pic from Ben Forster
    Posted Apr 17, 2017, 6:29 AM by Posts Editor
  • Afloat in the Return Raid The Return Raid from Hobart to Franklin features in an article in the April edition of 'Afloat' magazine (http://bit.ly/2odiUn6), free from many outlets including Franklin Marine, or viewable online  at http://bit.ly/2odqJJI.
    Posted Apr 13, 2017, 5:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Final Reminder: Port Esperance Easter Regatta For all the details see http://bit.ly/2nZ1JWm
    Posted Apr 11, 2017, 4:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Montys in strange places Friend of the Living Boat Trust Bernie Bruen writes:'Here is a photograph of the 'Montagu Swan', berthed on the floating pontoon outside the Swan Hotel, Cornwall Beach, Plymouth in 1984. At the time, many people asked: how had she got in there and how was she going to get out again? Were there particularly low spring tides at the time?  We, of course, know the answer but you may like to offer up the puzzle to your readers.'
    Posted Apr 7, 2017, 12:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monty Sunday Not long to the Easter Regatta at Dover, where we hope Monty will be participating - with a crew who is familiar with her.  Come along Sunday at 3pm to gain that familiarity and join that crew. Pic from Phil Meaney
    Posted Apr 7, 2017, 12:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Farewell Brooke St pier roof A sensible use for the roof hasn't been found, so it is being dismantled with the intention of using the timbers for the 'Cartela' restoration.  A bit sad, but there you go.
    Posted Apr 6, 2017, 11:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday The 'Monty' went for a drift in the non-existent breeze yesterday, but we are hoping for better this afternoon.  Come down to the shed around 3.30pm to rig up.
    Posted Apr 2, 2017, 2:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gretchen and Kontiki need friends It's time to get back to some long standing maintenance jobs, now that the flurry around Tawe Nunnugah and the Skiff Regatta are behind us.  A lot of time has been spent on getting 'Gretchen' watertight, and Peter Laidlaw is keen to reinstitute the Tuesday evening group which has got the job done thus far.  Those interested should come along next Tuesday at 5pm.  Similarly the 'Kontiki' (Flying Fifteen) needs to some love, and Peter will be there to meet fellow enthusiasts on Thursday evening at 5pm.  These are important boats for our fleet, and we are keen to get them back on the water.  Pics below are the before, and what we hope will be the after.
    Posted Mar 31, 2017, 4:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Learn to Sail the Monty Join the Monty sailers on Sunday afternoons at 3.00pm at the shed. We hope to take 'the Monty' down to the sail in the Port Esperance Regatta at Easter, and need a crew that is familiar with her.   Pic from Endra O'May
    Posted Mar 28, 2017, 2:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australia’s new Antarctic Icebreaker John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes: 'Owing to the cancellation of the previously booked speaker for April due to illness, this ad for the monthly talk has come out a bit later than I wanted. However, the topic should be of great interest to many.  Nick Browne from the AAD will be discussing the new Antarctic Icebreaker project. The flyer is attached (http://bit.ly/2ngbbFr).  Hope to see you there next week.' Time: 12.00-1.00pm, Tuesday 4 April 2017  Place: Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Customs House, 19 Davey St entrance. 
    Posted Mar 28, 2017, 1:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Sunday The Living Boat Trust was on the water taking advantage of the Indian summer.  Two of our Skiffs joined 'Chiton' from Taroona and went out for a row from Kingston to Fossil Beach on the Tinderbox Peninsula.  Meanwhile back at Franklin another crew took the Monty out to enjoy the sea breeze coming up the river.  Pics from Endra O'May and Celia Leverton.
    Posted Mar 27, 2017, 2:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie Night at the Palais: Sunday 2 April The movie this week: Last Ride.  Team Movies writes:  'I had not heard of this film until I recently watched an interview with the  Aussie actor, Hugo Weaving. Weaving said this was his most challenging role to date and the one he was most proud of (words to that effect). So I did my research and found this gem of a film.  Synopsis: The film follows a young boy (Tom Russell) accompanying his father (Hugo Weaving), who is wanted by the police, across Australia. (Courtesy Wikipedia)'    ‘Last Ride’ is rated M.  Admission $5', upstairs at the Franklin Palais.  Doors open 6.30pm, film starts when someone flicks the lights, after 7.15pm but before 7.30pm.  
    Posted Mar 26, 2017, 7:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sail to Three Hummock Island on the Julie Burgess For those with $1500 burning a hole in their pockets, this might be a good way to spend it.  The 'Julie Burgess' is a beautifully restored ketch run by the Bass Strait Maritime Centre in Devonport, similar to Yukon.  See flyer below for details.
    Posted Mar 26, 2017, 4:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing called off: Monday 27th There is a high chance of rain and strong winds, so let's wait for that fair weather.
    Posted Mar 26, 2017, 3:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Foreshore plan discussion On Monday at 6pm Martin Krynen will be at the shed to discuss the new foreshore plan prepared to go with the Evaporator Shed development.  This plan is available at http://bit.ly/2mh0q4a. 
    Posted Mar 24, 2017, 6:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dutch Skiff Regatta Bert Van Baar writes:'Did you know that the next international St Ayles Skiff Regatta will be held in the Netherlands? The end of May is the time to be here.  Just look at http://www.wsv-st-ayles-skiff-regatta.nl/about-woudrichem.html '
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 11:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Easter Row Liz Marshall writes:'Ladies: we need you to attend our Easter Friday row to try and beat last year's numbers. Let me know if you are coming, and bring your Easter hat.'
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 11:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • New Tasmanians visiting LBT Deb Van Velsen writes:  'New Tasmanians who were previously refugees or asylum seekers will visit the LBT on Sunday 23rd April from 10:30am.  We would love extra people so there can be more boats out with people, as well as just joining in the fun.  In 2015, more than 40 people had a really enjoyable time at the LBT. There was great fun on the water as Tess and Jane J. took 5 crews of keen new rowers in Imagine, and the Nancy did 4 short trips with Martin and Deb. The group paid to go on the boats and brought their own picnic lunch which Zainab helped to set out. The group finished the afternoon with picking and ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 3:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cygnet's Le Weekend Tess Hallinan writes:  'The Lady Nelson is coming to Cygnet's "Le Weekend" 7-10th April, when Cygnet celebrates its French connections. The original Lady Nelson met with Baudin's French exploration party in 1802 and later became one of the two ships to carry the first settlers to Risdon Cove. "In the Wake of Baudin" is the theme of the visit and it is sponsored by the volunteer Lady Nelson organisation, the Cygnet Living History Musueum and the Huon Valley Community Bank  branches of the Bendigo Bank. Read the posters to see the variety of different sailing trips offered. The longer trips are fully catered.'Flyer attached: http://bit.ly/2mKBXoN
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 2:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday sailing (with a difference) Looks as though the weather will be benign on Monday afternoon, so time to rig up and get out on the water.  The thought is that we may do it with 'the Monty'.  Pic from Endra O'May
    Posted Mar 19, 2017, 4:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dover Regatta (including St Ayles Skiff races) Karen Corbin writes:  'The 2017 Dover Regatta will be held over the Easter weekend commencing Friday 14th April.  Lots of fun for all, including great food and a dance on the Saturday night. For further information on the program see www.pesc.com.au .  There will be skiff races on Saturday the 15th commencing at 10am. Races will be 1km open men, womens and mixed. There will also be a longer race (approx. 5.5 km) around Hope Island in the afternoon.  There is a small registration fee for all rowers. Please contact Karen Corbin at kcorbin4216@yahoo.com  to register your team or individual interest.'    Pic from Phil Meany
    Posted Mar 16, 2017, 11:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Anitra V Phil from Sydney brought his boat down to participate in the Cygnet regatta, but forgot to pack his crew.  An invitation issued to the LBT Monday night diners quickly remedied the situation, turning up a crack team of foredeck hands, grinders and helmsmen, and Phil has sent the accompanying pics of the action.  The boat, Anitra V, used to be owned by Sir Garfield Barwick, a name to conjure with for those interested in recent Australian history.  Phil's report on the event is attached - see http://bit.ly/2mxqFn4   
    Posted Mar 16, 2017, 1:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dutchies in Franklin: short documentary Bert van Baar sent us a link to this. The translated introduction says:  'BOAT BUILDING IN WAKE OF ABEL TASMAN. In early December six students left from the Wood and Furniture College in Amsterdam and Rotterdam with their teacher Bert van Baar for Australia to build a 16m2 sailing dingy. The project was dedicated to  Abel Tasman who arrived in Tasmania 375 years ago. This mini-documentary  (https://youtu.be/vrEGzK0hZr0) follows the students during the construction of the boat and talks about what moved them to participate in this project.'  Helps if you can speak Dutch.
    Posted Mar 15, 2017, 5:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Fun on the water: we aren't the only ones Last weekend Snug oval and beach were awash with scouts who had congregated for their annual regatta.  We were particularly taken with the custom office trailer and the number and variety of boats: see pics below.  For those who were happy to travel further afield, it looks like the Inverloch Classic wooden Dinghy Regatta was a good place to be at the end of January. See attached:  http://bit.ly/2mpfJIe.
    Posted Mar 15, 2017, 5:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tassie's Whale Boys: Whaling in Antarctic Waters John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes:  'Hi to all my MHOoT buddies, Now I’m sure you all like to sit down and have a good read, after a long day ‘afore the mast, or hauling the cray pots in, or just messin’ about in your dinghy Well, do we have any exciting announcement for you!  “TASSIE’S WHALE BOYS: WHALING IN ANTARCTIC WATERS” has just been released by Maritime Museum member and researcher MICHAEL STODDART. It  is published by 40 South Publishing. And we are holding a book launch at 5.30pm, on Wednesday, 22nd March 2017 at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania, cnr Argyle and Davey Sts, Hobart. It will be launched by the former Governor of ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2017, 12:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteer awards Lisa Plohl from Huon Council writes:  'Council is very excited to announce and open the Volunteer Awards for 2017.  This is the first year that these very important awards will coincide with National Volunteer Week 8 – 14 May 2017.  Do you know volunteers within our community? Why not nominate them today… Attached is a nomination form (http://bit.ly/2mp9CDI) and poster.  Please feel free to pass this onto friends, family and community groups.  Stay tuned for more exciting news on Volunteer Week.' 
    Posted Mar 14, 2017, 12:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin: slow town (and we like it) You've got your slow food, your slow boats, and now it seems Franklin is to have a slow road.  Bec Enders writes:  'The Franklin Progress Association (FPA) has had success in changing the speed limit in Franklin through their collaborative approach in working with the Huon Valley Council, Huon Regional Care and Sgt Fogarty of the Huonville Police Station.  We have been advised that the 870 metre extension should take the 50km zone to north of Eldercare.  This would mean that the 60km and 80km zones would also need to be extended further north.  The FPA would like to take the opportunity to thank those that made numerous attempts in the past to achieve this outcome.  No doubt you ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2017, 12:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • New plan for the waterfront Martin and Judy Krynen are going apace with the development of the old evaporator sheds, and have had some plans for further development around their site drawn up.  Of note are the extra docks.  See the plans at http://bit.ly/2mh0q4a.
    Posted Mar 12, 2017, 7:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Working Waterfront March newsletter See attached (http://bit.ly/2ndX0nP): all the news from the Wooden Boat Centre, a nice historical piece from Allan Cato on the wreck of the Natal Queen, plus much more.  Pic from Stage Library of South Australia
    Posted Mar 12, 2017, 7:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday Grebe sailing is BACK We have recovered from raids and regattas, the Oracle (that would be Peter Laidlaw) has been consulted, the entrails of a brim caught on the marina have been examined, and we have even checked the BOM forecast.  Monday afternoon at 3.30pm at the LBT looks like the time and place.  Come down ready to rig up. 
    Posted Mar 12, 2017, 4:16 AM by Posts Editor
  • New Raid pics from Endra Pictures from the Raid have been coming in (see  bit.ly/2nbmty5 ) including some beauties from Endra O'May at bit.ly/2nb9oEX.  There were big pods of dolphins encountered all the way up from Recherche, but we haven't seen a better pic than this one. 
    Posted Mar 11, 2017, 3:37 PM by Richard Forster
  • Using Council Land: new by-laws The Huon Council writes:'Council intends to make a new Council Land & Recreational Facilities By-law, By-law No. 1 of 2017 to replace the current By-law.  The purpose of the proposed By-law is for the control and management of Council land and recreational facilities.  A copy of the proposed By-law and the Regulatory Impact Statement is attached for your information (http://bit.ly/2n3VJfH).  Stakeholder consultation on the By-law is being undertaken and a letter is also attached which provides information on how to make a submission.  Submissions should be received no later than Wednesday 29 March 2017  Phone 03 6264 0300 | Fax 03 6264 0399.  Email hvc@huonvalley.tas.gov.au | Web www.huonvalley ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2017, 7:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs on Parade Zainab Clarke has sent in a large collection of photos from the Skiff Regatta.  There is some good 'uns of the Skiffs in the boat parade at http://bit.ly/2mvzFNh . Pic from Zainab Clarke
    Posted Mar 7, 2017, 3:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lady Nelson at Port Huon Marcia Waller writes:  'You may be interested in the sailing tours on the Lady Nelson this weekend from Port Huon. The Rotary Club of Huon Valley have partnered with the Lady Nelson crew to raise funds for the youth of the valley.'  See flyer below for details: http://bit.ly/2mv3NrY
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 5:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Barefoot Bowls at Franklin Bec Enders writes:  Date:  Friday 10 March 2017; Time: 5:00pm for approximately a 5:30pm start; RSVP:  Return email please to me (becjon@iinet.com.au).  5 reasons why you should come and support the Franklin Bowls Club:  1.       To support the oldest surviving club in Franklin;   2.       To learn some new moves that won’t break your back or leave you breathless;  3.       To meet members of our community who have been here a lot longer than any of us (with the exception of a very few friends receiving this email);   4.       To help the Franklin Bowlers celebrate a good season over some nibbles and drinks;   5.       Because they serve good quality wine, beer and cider…………and Taylor ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 5:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Waarnambool Regatta 4th-5th March A team from the LBT competed successfully in the Skiff section of this regatta, and, more importantly, had a great time.  Thanks to Pat Groot and all our friends at Waarnambool for the hospitality they showed us.  A couple of things caught the eye.  First was the whaleboat racing trophy (pictured).  Hard to top that.  Second was the whaleboats themselves - not as good as Swiftsure and the Monty (of course) but nevertheless three real whaleboats having a real race.   Next year we should aim to have multiple teams and lift that trophy.  See pics included below to get some more flavour of the event.
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 5:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Scout Guide Regatta - North West Bay MAST Notice to Mariners. Valid From:  11/3/2017 Until:  13/3/2017 'The Scout Guide Regatta will be taking place in the waters of North West Bay off Snug Beach on the weekend of 11, 12 and 13 March 2017, during daylight hours. Mariners are advised that in accordance with Regulation 71 of the Marine and Safety (Pilotage and Navigation) Regulations 2007 they should not navigate in a manner that will affect proceedings.'
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 4:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Cygnet Regatta starting 10th March See flyer below (http://bit.ly/2lS9q0k) for details.  Get your entry in SOON.  Note that the Cygnet Public Jetty will be closed for this event.
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 5:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie Night at the Palais: Carol, Sunday 5th March Liz from the Palais writes:  'This months movie is running in conjunction with the Huon Valley LGBTI Film Festival (see http://bit.ly/2mwWnSM), and is the 2015 academy award winning (nominated for 6) Carol, starring Cate Blanchett, Directed by Todd Haynes.  Takes place in 1950's New York, where a young aspiring photographer falls into an intimate relationship with an older woman whose marriage has been in trouble for some time. Described as a beautiful character driven slow burn.......in a gorgeous but gritty portrayal of the 1950's. You know the drill by heart now. Bring along anything that is warm blooded and pack a handkerchief to wipe the tears from your eyes through this dramatic masterpiece. Sunday ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 3:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • Oz Day thank you For those who participated in our Australia Day activities Lisa Plohl writes:  'Thank you for all your help.  Please join us on Thursday 2 March 5.30pm – 7.30pm Cricket Club – Franklin Oval.  We would like to say “Thanks” to all our volunteers and sponsors.  Please RSVP to Lisa Plohl by 24 February (for catering purposes).  Partners welcome;  6264 0343;  lplohl@huonvalley.tas.gov.au.'  Flyer attached: http://bit.ly/2lVtgdI Pic from Lorrie Harrison
    Posted Feb 26, 2017, 5:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monty's cheek-pieces Friend of the Living Boat Trust Bernie Bruen writes:'I have been thinking about the cheek-pieces. A carving is OK but you could take the opportunity to go somewhat better. Here it is.  In order to encourage people to get interested in decorative ropework (see The Ashley Book of Knots) and to be physically involved with the boat, offer to put this year's winner and runner up onto the Cheek-pieces; changing the exhibit for each season. The ropework would have to be of suitable dimensions to fit and would be best done in man-made fibre or thoroughly soaked in epoxy to preserve it if done in natural fibre. Traditionally it should be painted white. At the ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2017, 9:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Raid Pics Links to pictures from the Raid are being added to repository at http://bit.ly/2lxymw9 as we become aware of them. Pic from Ben Forster
    Posted Feb 25, 2017, 2:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monty v Ducks The Monty needs a home.  The ducks in the pic below reckon the new pontoon is a key part of their guano production operation, and aren't very happy about her going there.  Pic from Graham Wright
    Posted Feb 25, 2017, 1:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • End of Regatta Curry Yet another highlight of the Skiff Regatta was the celebration curry dinner served up by Jilly Archer.  Hans Sipsma sent in this pic with a different angle on proceedings.
    Posted Feb 26, 2017, 2:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT seeks treasurer 'Ask not what the Living Boat Trust can do for you, ask what etc, etc'.  Here is a great chance for somebody to make a contribution. Our previous treasurers have done a great job of getting things organised, so it's just a question of keeping the ball rolling.  We can look at various options for dividing the job if need be.  Send your notice of interest to sec@lbt.org.au Pic from Robert Doucette
    Posted Feb 23, 2017, 1:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • On (and off) the Water with Huon Valley Schools Sam Mifsud, whose daughter attends Franklin Primary,  asks us what has happened to our On the Water Program.  Good question.  If you would like to help revive our schools program please  add your details to the list below, or email sec@lbt.org.au
    Posted Feb 23, 2017, 5:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • Please return the Yamy Could the borrower of our Yamaha outboard motor please return it.
    Posted Feb 23, 2017, 4:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pics from Skiff Regatta Nell Tyson has submitted the first batch of photos from the Regatta, and a link to them has been added to the 'Tasskiffie2017 Pics' page at http://bit.ly/2lqzXUy.  As more come in that is where they will go.
    Posted Feb 22, 2017, 1:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • 2017 Port Esperance Regatta Rebecca Hancock writes:'This year's Regatta will be a three day event to be held during the Easter long weekend (Friday 14th April to Sunday 16th April), comprising three series of sailing races on Port Esperance and the d'Entrecasteaux Channel.  Enjoy a welcome BBQ on Friday evening at the Port Esperance Sailing Club, Dover, spit roast on Saturday evening with fine rock 'n' blues music from Full Tilt Boogie, and lots more.  Please find attached (http://bit.ly/2m77xxb)the Notice of Race for the Regatta. Online entry form and NoR are also available on the PESC website at www.pesc.com.au.  For further information please contact Matt Wardell on 0428 279 002 or email commodore@pesc ...
    Posted Feb 21, 2017, 12:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dutch boat DID float By the time it had been varnished it looked like an ornament, but just to prove that it was a real boat the Dutch boys took the 16M2 (built at the Wooden Boat Centre) for a spin out on the harbour.
    Posted Feb 21, 2017, 12:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Treasurer standing down Ill health has forced Jackie Garnsey to stand down as Treasurer.  The prospects for her long term recovery are good, but this may take some time.  She writes: 'I would appreciate  a note on the LBT website thanking the members for the assistance and friendship they have given me over the past two years as it has made my time in Tasmania so much the better. '  Jackie has been a great 'behind the scenes' contributer to the LBT, and we all wish her the best.  In the short term Lorrie Harrison, Richard Forster will be assuming her role (it will take two of us).
    Posted Feb 20, 2017, 10:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • End of Raiding for another year Tawe Nunnugah is over, and the return raid is finished.  All we can do is cultivate the whiskers we have grown, savor the memories, and plan for next time.  Thanks to all who organised and worked to make this such a success.  The pics below from Phil Meany show the camp at South Arm, yet another spectacular location. 
    Posted Feb 19, 2017, 3:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Regatta Parade The boat parade from Huonville to Franklin to open the Regatta was a spectacular success.  The only downside was that the organiser, David Budd, was not here to see it.  Below are some pics, supplied largely be Rob Ayliffe, to illustrate.
    Posted Feb 19, 2017, 2:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • Finalised Regatta Programme All digits crossed, this is it.  See http://bit.ly/2lFhYqI Pic from Rob Ayliffe
    Posted Feb 12, 2017, 9:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • When too much Skiff is not enough Rob Ayliffe writes:  'Skiffie shout out!  We need Skiffie Help!  Skiff awareness raising in South Australia!  Some of you will know that there is this idea of rowing three skiffs the 18KM from Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island, to Cape Jervis at the foot of the Fleurieu Penisula, as a curtain raiser to and in the week prior to the South Australian Wooden Boat Festival on the weekend of 22 and 23 April.  It should attract quote a bit of media and really cause a buzz in Soputh Australia.  Would be great to hear of any one, especially those of you who were in the recent magnificent Raid who might be interested.  Following the crossing we have a high priority has ...
    Posted Feb 12, 2017, 9:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon helpers wanted David Pittaway writes:  'Pontoon 1 got her skirt completed last Wednesday, with the fender now extending around both ends. Prior to deployment for the skiff regatta, tie rails need to be bolted to each end, and as many screws replaced with bolts as able. If time and hands permit, a step rail/mid fender could be included.  Last week I discussed P1's possible location during the skiff regatta, off to the upstream end of the rowing ways, with Tim Brown. With suitable lines, we are satisfied P1 can be tied up safely, with one of the smaller square pontoons between, to the rowing ways. A length or two of angle iron might be needed in the bank to tie ...
    Posted Feb 12, 2017, 4:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • MAST notice for the Return Raid Valid From: 10/2/2017 until: 16/2/2017 Notice Content: A fleet of small craft will be travelling under sail and oar from Hobart to Franklin via the D’Entrecasteaux Channel between 13-16 February 2017. Some vessels in the fleet have a low freeboard and may be difficult to see.  Mariners in the area are requested to keep a lookout for the boats and navigate with caution in their vicinity.
    Posted Feb 12, 2017, 2:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Raid - Unvarnished, Uncensored, Unadorned..... Click on TN17 (tab at top of LBT page) or go to tawe-nunnugah.org, to read stories from our local heroes.
    Posted Feb 11, 2017, 5:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteers Wanted For LBT Stand at Wooden Boat Festival Volunteers wanted to help Graham Rankin man the LBT stand at the Festival - even 2 hours of your time would be a great help. Friday, Saturday or Sunday 10am - 6pm Monday 10am - 3pmPlease add your name to roster at LBT, or contact Graham0400334216 or email  woodenboatfreak@gmail.com
    Posted Feb 7, 2017, 12:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Clock is Ticking....Karl Gallienne - Harcourts Community and Corporate Challenge 2017 You see them in the health centre, you chat to them in the bank, but inside many of Huon's model citizens is an elite athlete busting to get out.  Come and see this amazing transformation at the St Ayles Skiff Regatta Community and Corporate Challenge  - Saturday 18 February, 4.30 - 6.30pm. View a unique skill: the competitors rowing like crazy whilst outwardly appearing not to be taking it too seriously - and in some cases looking as though they are actually having fun!!!Photos by Nell Tyson
    Posted Feb 6, 2017, 4:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • News from the Grand Fleet Faint messages in Morse Code are being received from our adventurers on the Raid.  Despite headwinds and testing conditions, morale is holding up.  Flogging has been kept to the absolute minimum necessary to maintain discipline and the grog rations are being maintained.  The picture from Kingborough VMR shows Swiftsure beautifully silhouetted against the murk.Conditions when the fleet finally beached at Dover were perfect.
    Posted Feb 5, 2017, 2:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • When the Grandchildren ask "Were you actually there?" Woodstock.... Live Aid Wembley.... Franklin 2017....the truly great music events of the modern era.  Put down that oar and pick up that air guitar...Weekend of St Ayles skiff regatta, be there or be square!
    Posted Feb 2, 2017, 7:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boat Owners - Essential Date for your Diary! Showcase the Huon River in this unique event by bringing your boat (any craft with flags) or join one of the Living Boat Trust's fleet.  We have it all from kayaks, steamboats, rowing boats, launches, yachts.......Opening ceremony at Franklin followed immediately huge concert, food and entertainment at Palais Theatre, Franklin.For more information contact franklinskiffie33@gmail.com
    Posted Feb 1, 2017, 6:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Just How Much Fun Can a Small Town Take ? Having just waved off the Raiders on their epic journey, still more events are fast approaching. Over the next few days, information on these events will be released:1)  Huon River Parade of Boats and Regatta opening ceremony, followed by massive concert and food at the Palais Theatre (Friday 17 February)2)  Regatta and Entertainment Festival - skiff rowing, music and food (Saturday and Sunday 18 and 19 February)3)  Corporate Challenge - skiff races for local businesses and community groups (Saturday evening 18 February) 
    Posted Jan 31, 2017, 9:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Stacked Skiffs Rob Ayliffe shows how it is done: he is on his way down to the Raid and Regatta, with boats from Adelaide, Warrnambool and Melbourne being towed along behind.
    Posted Jan 29, 2017, 11:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Music at the St Ayles Skiff Regatta Sandy Pollard has set up a Facebook page to help him organise and publicise the concerts: see it at https://www.facebook.com/FranklinRegattaAndMusicFestival/
    Posted Jan 30, 2017, 1:01 PM by Richard Forster
  • Restoring Monty's rudder The dark area of wood in the accompanying photo shows what Monty's rudder had been reduced to: presumably through years of wear.  The light area is the extension being added by Brett Doubleday, which brings it back to it's original size.
    Posted Jan 29, 2017, 10:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wack 'em all Dennis Muscovich has invented a new game.  You set up your wooden grate with nails and then you ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2017, 10:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dinners at the LBT: not only but also The LBT has been an absolute hive of activity this week as preparations are made for Tawe Nunnugah, and to top things off there will be TWO dinners this coming week.  Monday will be the usual, but as well as that on Tuesday evening there will be a send off for the Raid participants.  This will be held at the Evaporators (just downstream from the LBT), freeing up the LBT shed for organising all the baggage that will have to be transported down to Recherche Bay.  Cost (for Tuesday night) is $20.
    Posted Jan 26, 2017, 1:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Oz Day on the water Franklin was the place to get on the water on Thursday 26th.  'Yukon' was taking out those who wanted the big boat experience, 'Nancy' was busying around for those happy with shorter excursions, Kevin Robson and the team were helping the kids who had made paddles try them out in the Grebes, and teams of tourists were being whipped into shape as crews for the Skiffs by David Budd and his cohorts.  Thanks to all LBT members who helped to make this day so successful. Pics from Lorrie Harrison
    Posted Jan 26, 2017, 1:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • The lost halyard Jeroen, one of the Dutch students building the 16M2 over at the Wooden Boat Centre, is a very handy man to have about when your halyard had parted from your mainsail and is stuck at the top of the mast.
    Posted Jan 24, 2017, 2:41 AM by Posts Editor
  • Guides at the LBT The Grebes are great little boats for a first taste of being 'on the water', as the group of Guides shown in the picture below discovered.  They splashed about happily for an hour or so, and at the end of that time were making good progress under oars, and threatened to mutiny when told it was time to come ashore.  Pic from Marguerite Porte
    Posted Jan 22, 2017, 12:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Montagu Whaler funding campaign ended successfully  Enough money to complete the restoration of the Montagu Whaler was raised by the 'Pozible' campaign: thanks to all who contributed and particularly David Hume who organised it.  Whilst 'Monty' is now in the water work still goes on preparing the various fittings.  Dennis is making a wooden grate.
    Posted Jan 22, 2017, 11:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • Montagu Whaler 'taking up' The Montagu Whaler went in the water on the high tide on Saturday morning, which happened to be at 4.30 am.  Not a popular hour for some, but she slid in most gracefully, and was left, in the time honored tradition of wooden boats, for the wood to 'take up' moisture in the shallow waters of the creek.  The water that was pouring in has slowed to a trickle, so we are hopeful that the leaks are slowly closing up.  In the meantime Peter Laidlaw and Johnno are periodically pumping her out. Pic from Graham Wright
    Posted Jan 22, 2017, 3:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: Rowers @ the Australian Wooden Boat Festival Fiona Peate writes:'Volunteers are invited to crew Tasmania's oldest boat, Admiral, at the Wooden Boat Festival, taking passengers for a half hour row around the harbour. It's a great way to get on the water & part of the event. If you can help out for a day, half day, or a few hours please call Michael Bird on 0412 975 675. Experience is not necessary & transport from Huonville is available if required.'
    Posted Jan 22, 2017, 2:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Cygnet Skiff launched Lorrie Harrison writes:  'Sunny skies and smiles all around as the second skiff in the Port Cygnet Sailing Club was launched by local Federal member, Julie Collins. This elegant skiff was built in super fast time under the guidance of Cygnet boat builder Jeremy, enabling it to be ready for the St Ayles Skiff International Regatta on 17-19 February.  The LBT welcomes,  "The Cygnet" as the sixth St Ayles Skiff in Southern Tasmania and the thirteenth in Australia.  Congratulations to the Cygnet rowers and Jeremy'   To find out more about Skiffs in Australia, check out the association website sascraa.org .  There will be a meeting of this association at the regatta.
    Posted Jan 20, 2017, 1:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Montagu whaler ready for launch Graham Wright writes:  'Peter Hill has been on a roll the last couple of weeks as it was he who suggested navy blue on the gunwale and bump strip and a white stripe between for the Montagu Whaler The result is brilliant and a good compromise with the traditional Atlantic Gray, just look at the photos.  In my time this is first joint project with the LBT and WBC and many friendships have been made and Monty is the result.'  Pics from Graham Wright
    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 12:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy ready for Boat Festival Graham Wright writes:  'It's all about paint, Peter Hill to the rescue: he restored Nancy to her former glory re-painting all the cabin sides and around the windows. A bit of decking oil and she will be ready for the Wooden Boat Festival.'  Pics from Graham Wright
    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 12:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • World Record LBT Dinner Talk about loaves and fishes:  Kate can perform miracles of almost biblical proportions.  We couldn't fit in the shed, so the long table was set up out on the lawn.  The pic below only captures some of the action: to see the rest you have to view the video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ3_X8qh2Og).
    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 12:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • The oar leather production line Whilst Martin sews Liz punches.  Henry Ford would have been most impressed.  They are doing are wonderful job: check out Billie's oars next time you go for a row in her.
    Posted Jan 18, 2017, 2:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • Working Waterfront News The latest from the Working Waterfront and the Wooden Boat Centre attached: http://bit.ly/2jFcH2i
    Posted Jan 18, 2017, 2:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • New Cygnet Skiff Jürgen from Cygnet writes:  'Thursday, 19 Jan, 1400h (2pm) at PCSC, Lymington Rd will be the one and only official launch of the new skiff THE CYGNET, sister ship to The Swan. Julie Collins will do the honours of launching her.  All Franklin rowers, wooden boat lovers and especially the WOW are invited. Speeches will be short and and light refreshments will be available.  Hope to see you there.'   
    Posted Jan 17, 2017, 2:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • The wind is fresh, the temperature warm Who would be anywhere else but sailing on the Huon River?  The Grebes will be being rigged at 3.30pm this (Monday) afternoon.  Come down and join the team.
    Posted Jan 15, 2017, 1:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australia Day 2017 26th January See flyer (bit.ly/2jkNbl5) and bus timetables (bit.ly/2jku9vm,bit.ly/2jkyoqQ) attached.  Be part of it: join the Living Boat Trust crew at this event.  See bit.ly/2jks56v .
    Posted Jan 14, 2017, 12:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rigging the Skiffs The Kiwis reckon their Skiff 'Wee Tawera'  'sails like a wutch' and we do too.  On the last Return Raid from Hobart to Franklin they hardly had to put an oar in the water.  At present the only Skiff on the Raid capable of carrying a sail is 'Imagine'.   If you are interested in getting any of the other Skiffs rigged contact Martin Riddle:  info@tawe-nunnugah.org
    Posted Jan 14, 2017, 3:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Need to find your land legs?  Zainab Clark writes:  'Di Harris and Zainab Clark would like to organise a monthly(?) bush walk for anyone who is interested. Inviting suggestions for places to go, things to see… can be focus-specific, such as fagus and fungus spotting in the autumn, waterfalls, short or mid-range walks to begin with. Please let us know where your interests lie and we’ll build on from there.  Open to everyone and anyone… perhaps you can come once, or occasionally, or every time. This could add a fitness and social interaction layer to the already rich tapestry that is our local community.  The sooner we can start the better, so if you want to give your sea legs a break and ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2017, 12:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Battleship grey for 'Monty' The team are hard at work (well, you can tell from the picture) getting the last coats of paint on, and 'Monty' will have an unofficial launch in the next fortnight to give time for the timbers to take up and be ready for the Raid.  As far as the colour scheme is concerned, plan is to go with traditional grey, but with white and blue highlights around the rubbing strip and gunnel.  To help all this happen make a contribution at http://pozible.com/project/rescue-our-monty .  This campaign is going well, but we aren't there yet.For more pics and information see the project website: our-monty.org. Pics from Graham Wright
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 3:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • A Most Excellent Raffle ... is being held to support the Regatta celebrations. $3,053 in prizes. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin Post Office, Woof Gallery and Frank’s Cider.  For details see the flyer at bit.ly/2joFRme 
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 1:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Blue paddleboard going, going ... After lengthy debate and a split decision the committee concluded that the obvious heritage value of this paddleboard did not warrant it occupying space at the LBT any longer.  If you are the owner thank you for lending it to us but please collect it. 
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 2:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon Floats We are still seeking big black plastic floats of the style shown in the pic below so that we can complete our second pontoon.  If you know where we can obtain some please contact the secretary: sec@lbt.org.au .
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 3:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT boats are working boats Mick Griggs demonstrates in the picture below: he is fixing a fender on the new pontoon.
    Posted Jan 10, 2017, 7:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Farewell for the Walduck's, Monday Jan 23rd See flyer below: http://bit.ly/2jgNBqg .  This event will replace the normal Monday dinner.  RSVP to Wendy Brown: wfbfranklin@gmail.com.
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 3:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Gracie' for sale Iain Oughtred designed “Tammie Norrie” (Grebe).  4.0M (13'6") X 1.2M (4').  7mm Hoop Pine marine plywood and Celery Top pine, epoxy bonded. Oregon mast, gaff and boom.  Built in Tasmania by John Walduck, 2002/3.  Rigged for easy single handed sailing.  Red sails.  Oars.  5 buoyancy bags.  Dunbier trailer with spare wheel – registered to Nov 2017.  MAKE AN OFFER.  Must be sold by end of January 2017.  CONTACT JOHN WALDUCK 0428 555 811 OR 03 6266 3806
    Posted Jan 10, 2017, 6:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Australia Day 26th Jan: be part of it The LBT had a great Australia Day last year, helping kids (of all ages) make paddles, and then taking them out on the water in Grebes (and Skiffs) - see the pics below.  We want to do it all again, but we some members to participate.  If you can help out  please leave your details on the form below so that we can contact you.
    Posted Jan 10, 2017, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing with Taroona, Sunday 22nd January Invitation to all LBT rowers.  Taroona has invited us to join them for a row along the beautiful Alum Cliffs on Sunday 22 January, leaving Taroona beach at 10am.  The direction and length of the row will depend on weather conditions on the day. On our return to the beach Taroona are inviting us to stay for a BBQ lunch.  If you think this sounds like a great day out please contact Lorrie: w. lharrison@bigpond.com  or 0410 335 809  We are also looking for two people willing to tow our boats up and back.  This is our first joint row with Taroona, so we hope to fill our two skiffs with happy rowers and have a great day ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2017, 12:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • First Dinghy sailing session for 2017 Mike Dredge tells us it is ON: come down to the LBT pontoon this Monday afternoon (the 9th) at around 3.30pm.
    Posted Jan 8, 2017, 1:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • A forecast is just a forecast The blue line in the graphic below shows predicted wind speed at Dover for Sunday: up to 15 knots fresh. The black line shows actual: in the evening hovering around 30 to 35 knots. Cop that on the nose and you know you are alive, and things become very interesting indeed very quickly if mistakes are made or equipment fails.
    Posted Jan 8, 2017, 1:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: BBQ mechanic After year's of uncomplaining service the LBT barbecues are in need of a bit of tender loving care and attention.  Anybody with a some expertise and a bit of time to devote to this task please give us a call: sec@lbt.org.au
    Posted Jan 5, 2017, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Barefoot Bowls at Franklin Bowling Club Season opener from 5pm Friday 13th January (propitious!).  See flyer below for details: http://bit.ly/2iE0Ymu
    Posted Jan 5, 2017, 1:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • The fender gang The pontoon was on the move again on Wednesday, down to the rowing ways for fenders to be fitted.  We need some sort of 'Huon Blues' as a work song for such activities.
    Posted Jan 4, 2017, 4:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Oars for the Whaler The oars had gone to Taroona so they had something to row their Skiff with, but aren't required now that they have purchased something more suitable.  Thanks for bringing them over Damien!
    Posted Jan 4, 2017, 3:50 AM by Posts Editor
  • 16M2 has been turned Those who have been following the progress of the 'Dutch' boat over at the Wooden Boat Centre will be interested to know that a significant milestone has been reached: she has been turned.  Which of course means yet more sanding.  The building technique used has the structure for the boat's decks already in place. 
    Posted Jan 3, 2017, 12:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Back to the LBT Many of us are still in holiday mode, but Dave Pittaway has been rounding up the troops to fit fenders on with the pontoon this Wednesday morning, and the Tuesday group have beaten him to it:  they have already started back.  Just as well:  Nancy needs some care and attention before she goes to the Wooden Boat Festival, and Peter (the Painter) is just the man to apply it.  First Monday night dinner is next week: 9th January.
    Posted Jan 3, 2017, 12:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Yet more entertainment in Franklin How can they squeeze it in?  It's a mystery, but David Moore writes to tell us that he is a host for a comedy show at Frank's Cider Bar & Cafe, 7pm Thurs 19th Jan 2017.  See the attached flyer for details: http://bit.ly/2iwlfKU
    Posted Jan 3, 2017, 12:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Another Ozzie Whaler? We have been conjecturing that when our Montagu Whaler is complete it might be the only one on the water in Australia, but then Peter McGee sent us this picture from the 2016 Sydney Wooden Boat Festival.  Seems 'our Monty' might have a sister.  We shall have to investigate further.
    Posted Jan 1, 2017, 4:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • New hull at the Wooden Boat Centre As can be seen from the pictures below  Bert and his team of young Dutch boat builders have been making good progress on their 16M2 sailing dinghy.  The hull planking has been completed and faired and the transom has been installed.  Several  of coats of a epoxy  has been applied.  There has even been time to take a break, with a camping trip to Bruny Island.  For more details see Bert's blog:  https://tasmanian16m2.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/the-continuing-story-the-build    Pics from Ea
    Posted Jan 1, 2017, 2:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas Pics Zainab Clarke sent us these - looks like a lot of fun.
    Posted Dec 30, 2016, 1:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Whaler gets turned A major milestone for the Montagu Whaler has been reached.  With work on the 'bottomsides' largely complete she was turned so that details inside the hull could be attended to.  For more pics see the Monty Work Blog:  https://goo.gl/GhDx1X   The crowd funding campaign for the 'Monty' is going well, but we need to keep it going.  Please consider contributing at http://pozible.com/project/rescue-our-monty   
    Posted Dec 29, 2016, 2:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Help for Di Harris Di Harris writes:'I'm looking for help to remain able to go sculling at the Huon Rowing  Club but my spacial and navigational  skills are deteriorating. This, plus the fact that I am not fast enough to keep up with Tim Brown's coaching mob of young racers makes it difficult for him to keep an eye on where I am as well  as do his primary role of coaching the youngsters who will be competing  for their schools.  So I am looking for anyone who will accompany me with a tinny (Club boat)  and help me  get around without getting  in the way of other rowers or getting stuck in the rushes.  I hope that there  might be ...
    Posted Dec 30, 2016, 12:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Whaler Race (1925) The LBT has yet to experience the five oar configuration of the Montagu Whaler, but the sailors in this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BUSO1Q5dvY) seem to be getting along with it ok. Thanks to Caroline from Quokka Marine (sailmakers) for this. For those who haven't seen them, Caroline also point out the later classic Navy Training videos featuring Montagu Whalers:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYF5hmWI8CA;  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVnPL0Aa2os;  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHi_OPt9zzM.   Our crowdfunding campaign to fund the completion of the restoration of our whaler is going well, but we aren't there yet.  Please contribute at pozible.com/project/rescue-our-monty
    Posted Dec 26, 2016, 12:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Horse and Wood at the Palais, January 10 Martin and Deb VanRiddle write:  'Our friends Bukhu and John, who together are the Mongolian-Middle Eastern fusion ‘Horse and Wood’, are playing at the Palais again on 10 January 2017. ... Take a night off from cooking and buy something delicious from Kate Hoorweg, with food available before the concert (7-8pm). Drinks will also be available with any profit from the bar going to the Friends of St John appeal to buy the St Johns Church in Franklin as a community asset.'  Ticket's are $20.  See flyer below  (https://goo.gl/h6y9sP)
    Posted Dec 26, 2016, 2:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie at the Palais, January 1st From Deb and the Classic Movie Team.  "Women on the 6th Floor”.  Synopsis: Paris, 1960. Jean-Louis lives a bourgeois existence absorbed in his work, cohabitating peacefully with his neurotic and impossibly thin socialite wife Suzanne, while their ghastly children are away at boarding school. The couple's world is turned upside-down when they hire a gorgeous Spanish maid Maria.Through Maria, Jean-Louis is introduced to an alternative reality just a few floors up on the building's sixth floor, the servants' quarters... (Courtesy Rotten Tomatoes).  Price: $5  Doors open 6.30pm, film starts when someone flicks the lights. After7.15pm but before 7.30pm. Yes, it is that simple.  Bar will be running with reasonably priced quality ...
    Posted Dec 26, 2016, 2:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Art Exhibition: 'Messing about in Boats' Pam Mann from Huon Yacht Club writes:Please find attached your invitation (https://goo.gl/LLVzQ7) to the opening of "MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS Images that linger in the mind" an art exhibition by FIONA DOWLER and PAM MANN. Please also feel free to bring guests.https://goo.gl/LLVzQ7Venue: DERWENT SAILING SQUADRON Artwall,  23 Marieville Esplanade, Sandy Bay, TasmaniaOpening: Thursday, 12 January 2017 at 5:30 PM by former Premier, Lara GiddingsExhibition Dates: 9th January to 15th February                               Mon - Wed 9 am - 5 pm                               Thurs - Fri 9 am to late (lunch and dinner available)Looking forward to seeing you there, FIONA and PAM
    Posted Dec 26, 2016, 2:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival preview program The dates and times aren't necessarily accurate but there is a LOT about what we can expect: view the program at https://goo.gl/EgQezF Big and glossy enough to print out and give away for Christmas.
    Posted Dec 22, 2016, 12:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • MMT opens new exhibition: WAR AT SEA - THE NAVY IN WW1 John Wadsley writes:  'Just in time for Christmas!! After some very busy days over the past two weeks, we are very pleased to announce our latest exhibition, "War at Sea - the Navy in WW1" is open for business. This major travelling exhibition from the Australian National Maritime Museum has been installed in the newly repainted and refurbished Carnegie Gallery at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania in Argyle Street. This is a great venue and it looks even more fabulous now. We have been flat out the past few days bumping in the displays. It took some herculean efforts from our trusty volunteers to manoeuvre the cases and boxes from the trucks inside and up to the Carnegie gallery. Staff from ...
    Posted Dec 22, 2016, 12:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • News from Maritime Centre (Devonport) If you are traveling through Devonport the Bass Strait Maritime Centre at the river mouth across from the ferry terminal is well worth a visit.  See their newsletter attached: goo.gl/w6VD2J
    Posted Dec 20, 2016, 11:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon fun morning: Wednesday (21st) David Pittaway and a small team have selfishly been hogging all the enjoyment of pontoon building over at the evaporator sheds, but have grudgingly conceded that they need a larger workforce to first get the pontoon to the rowing ways and then get the fenders on.  Here is your chance:  show up with your union ticket in hand at 9.30am and hope to get selected. 
    Posted Dec 19, 2016, 11:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • Warrnambool Regatta, 5th March 2017 One to put in the diary.  Those of us who attended the regatta on the Hopkins River at Warrnambool a year or so ago can vouch for what a great event we can expect to have with our friends in Victoria.  Warrnambool is a wooden boat 'hot spot'.
    Posted Dec 18, 2016, 11:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Cutters on the Baltic Friends of the LBT Georg and Johanna, who stayed at the shed a few years ago as woofers, send Christmas greetings from their hometown Wismar in northern Germany, and some pictures of Georg competing in a cutter rowing regatta.  Their boat is now out of the water for winter because of the risk of damage if the harbor freezes over (it has been -10 degrees).  Puts our winter grizzles into perspective.
    Posted Dec 18, 2016, 1:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Gloriana Can't Make it to the Huon River Parade of Boats Sadly, we have just heard from Buckingham Palace that they can't send Gloriana, the Queen's rowboat, to be part of the opening event of the St Ayles Skiff Regatta in February next year.  Apparently, the trailer's rego has just run out.However, the good news is that all types of classic and character boats, from coracles and canoes to steamboats and skiffs, are fighting to take part in our Skiff Regatta Parade of Boats, from Huonville to Franklin.  If you want to be piped down the river by the Derwent Scottish Pipe Band, now is the time to put bums on thwarts, as you might say.  Send an email to ozskiff@gmail.comregistering your boat to ...
    Posted Dec 16, 2016, 10:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • 1200 km tawe nunnugah Those who get to the end of tawe nunnagah and feel it is just a warm up could consider this:  1200 km up the west coast of Canada through the inside passage to Alaska, rowing and sailing.  To find out more view the video at Off Center Harbor:  http://bit.ly/2gKavUB or go to the event website http://r2ak.com/   You have to be joking.
    Posted Dec 16, 2016, 2:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Montagu Whaler on schedule The antifoul went on on Friday morning, and we will turn the boat early next week so that more work on the interior can be done.  Follow progress on the 'monty blog':  http://bit.ly/2hMvXNs 
    Posted Dec 15, 2016, 8:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • 16M2 Half Model under construction The Dutch boat builders are covering all the bases.
    Posted Dec 15, 2016, 7:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Murray Shand Murray,  a member of the Tuesday group, passed away on Thursday.  We will miss him and our thoughts are with his family.
    Posted Dec 15, 2016, 3:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Follow the build of the 16M2 Back in 1920's Holland a new tax was put in place for boats with a sail area greater than 16 square metres, so naturally a class which just fitted under this limitation was designed. It became what is still the most popular Dutch sailing dinghy (more than 20,000 built).  It is one of these which is being constructed by our Dutch visitors over in the Wooden Boat Centre: follow the build at http://bit.ly/2hGa8zp .
    Posted Dec 14, 2016, 12:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Syrah back on the water Hans Sipsma has put a lot of work into getting Syrah ready for the season, and Jesse and Matt were very happy with the result.
    Posted Dec 13, 2016, 5:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • Grebe takes a dive It was all part of our capsize drill on Monday.
    Posted Dec 13, 2016, 5:07 AM by Posts Editor
  • New gadget in the fuel locker It's a bilge pump donated by Mike Dredge: gets water out of a flooded Grebe or Skiff double quick.Thanks Mike!
    Posted Dec 13, 2016, 4:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Severe Weather Warning for Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning From BOM:'A trough currently lies over Tasmania, with a cold front expected just west of the state tonight as a deep low moves to the southwest. These features, combined with a slow moving high over the Tasman Sea, are bringing very strong northwesterly winds aloft over Tasmania, which are mixing to the surface in waves. The low will continue deepening as it passes just south of Tasmania early Wednesday, easing the winds about the north while further increasing them about the south.   DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 100 km/h are possible about Bass Strait, the far northeast, the central north coast and the south.   Winds are expected to ease ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2016, 10:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas in Franklin If your girth needs thickening Franklin is the place to be at this time of year.  Three events of particular note for LBTers are:  the Franklin parade and party, on the village green (foreshore), event starting 5pm Saturday 17th December, details at the Post Office;  the Living Boat Trust party, Monday evening, 6pm, 19th December, bring your own everything - a plate to share, meat to BBQ, drink;  the Orphans Christmas Day at the shed.The first of these events was great fun last year and LBT boats will again be participating,  the second speaks for itself, and for more about the third see the flyer below (http://bit.ly/2hmCfjO).  (Pic from Annette Cauchi)
    Posted Dec 11, 2016, 1:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night dinners over the holiday season Kate Hoorweg writes: Monday 12th Dec = dinner as usual; Monday 19th LBT BYO Christmas Party - bring a plate to celebrate!!  Monday 26th = NO DINNER! Monday 2nd Jan = NO DINNER! Monday 7th = dinner as usual for the new year! Kate also reports that four new cooks have offered their services, which is great news.
    Posted Dec 11, 2016, 3:28 AM by Richard Forster
  • Heritage Bricks (approx 500) - Palais Theatre seeking offers The Palais Theatre is seeking offers from any party interested in purchasing one lot of approximately 500 used heritage bricks. For more information, or viewing, contact Barb 0408 212495 Bids must be received by 5pm Friday 16 December 2016, either -       - in a sealed envelope, and posted to Palais Theatre, PO Box 227, Franklin  OR -       - by email to franklin.palais@gmail.com The winning bidder will be notified on Monday 19 December, and must agree to remove the bricks by Friday 30 December 2016.  The Palais Management Committee does not undertake to accept the highest or any bid if a reasonable sum is not offered.
    Posted Dec 10, 2016, 4:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Course in January We are looking to put on a First Aid course in January, particularly with Tawe Nunnugah in mind.  There may be some subsidy of this, but chances are it will be user pays - probably in the order of $195.  If you are interested in participating submit your name and contact details through the form below or at  http://bit.ly/2gkUeoS.  Once we have an idea of numbers an announcement will be made.
    Posted Dec 17, 2016, 6:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Hazard, Helms Bay MAST writes (9/12/16):  'Mariners are advised a 7.5m yacht has sunk on its mooring at Helms Bay.  Mariners should navigate with caution in the area.'  
    Posted Dec 9, 2016, 9:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • The St Ayles Skiff connection Skiffy Topher Dawson from Ullapool in Scotland writes:  'By coincidence a friend posted these photos on Facebook today. They are of a boat [Sgorr na Craig] I built at Lunawanna on Bruny Island for a friend Alan Bush, out of Huon pine, to an old Scottish design, in 1983. My son saw it in a garden on the SE coast of Tassie about 2 years ago so it’s probably still around.  It was 20ft long and 8ft 3 inches wide, but a lovely shape! It could carry a good load too. In the first picture I’m at the helm and in the second, Alan’s son Ewan is. Alan is the guy with the beard.'  He would be ...
    Posted Dec 8, 2016, 3:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Post/Christmas cards from Bob Frost Bob has very kindly donated a large number of cards featuring his photographs of the Huon Valley - see below for some samples (there are more).  Ideal for sending messages to people you want to make jealous of where you live - particularly at Christmas time.  $2 each or $6 for a pack of 4.  Thanks Bob. 
    Posted Dec 8, 2016, 12:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Hazard – Port Huon MAST writes:  'Mariners are advised that the sunken vessel Dooen in Hospital Bay in position 43⁰ 09.530’ S / 146⁰ 58.357’ E is now marked with an orange buoy.  Mariners should navigate with caution in the area.'
    Posted Dec 7, 2016, 8:07 PM by Richard Forster
  • Crowd funding for the Montagu Whaler goes live We REALLY want the Montagu Whaler to be ready for the Raid, and Johnno and volunteers from the LBT and Wooden Boat Centre have been working hard to get it over the line.  All of this costs money, and David Hume has organised a crowd funding campaign for us.  Find it at pozible.com/project/rescue-our-monty .  Please participate and spread the word.  If we succeed in this project we will have what is almost certainly the last working Whaler in Australia - a very significant part of Australia's maritime heritage, and we can sail and row it!To read more about the boat see it's webpage:  http://bit.ly/2gcoG4l
    Posted Dec 7, 2016, 2:46 PM by Richard Forster
  • A song from Bernie Bruen The best pleasures are often the unexpected ones. Local musician Sandy Pollard has recorded a fantastic version of 'The Lament of the Montagu Whaler' for us (more of which anon) and in hunting down the copyright for the song we made the acquaintance of the author, Commander Bernie Bruen, RN. Bernie is an old sea dog of the first water, and a published author, poet and musician to boot. He sent us some of his boat photos, see below, and a collection of his songs is in the mail. If your computer is working correctly and your speakers are on, by clicking on the sound gadget immediately below you should be able to listen to his version of the 'Lament ...
    Posted Dec 8, 2016, 12:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Capsize Monday Pinkies dipped in the river are no longer giving pain, the BOM forecast has been consulted, and Monday is looking like a good afternoon to discover what happens when our Grebes and Skiffs suddenly become water receptacles.  Time for the dreaded capsize drill.  It's important: there is no shame in flipping a dinghy or ending up in the drink, it is being able to recover that counts.  John Walduck writes:'Monday is the appointed day for our CAPSIZE DRILL. Some of the St Ayle's skiffers who are going on Tawe Nunnagah will also be testing their skills.  According to MetEye, we can expect about 24C air temp, and a light southerly breeze, increasing slightly towards 5.00pm (sea ...
    Posted Dec 11, 2016, 3:34 AM by Richard Forster
  • Undercoat goes on the 'Monty' After weeks of patching and filling and sanding by the team lead by Johnno, an exciting day yesterday: first outside undercoat went on.  There is still debate about what colour it should end up:  one school says stick to some variation of traditional battleship grey.
    Posted Dec 6, 2016, 12:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dreaming Tawe Nunnugah As we approach Tawe Nunnugah season we need something to get us in the right mood:  Martin Kell's video is a good way to do it - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2-aMMFC82A&t=354s or click below.
    Posted Dec 6, 2016, 3:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • Imagine Sailing Putting sailing rigs in the St Ayles Skiffs has been the topic of much 'lively discussion' recently.  Iain Oughtred has designed an 'official' one, but the Kiwis, who have the best experience, are suggesting twin Optimist rigs because they will stow more easily in what is still essentially a rowing boat.  Oblivious to all this a crew were happily sailing 'Imagine' with its own (loose footed, balanced lug?) sail yesterday evening.  They say it goes quite well. 
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 4:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Amnesty Film at Cygnet: Spear Zainab Clark writes: To celebrate International Human Rights Day Amnesty's Southern Action Group has partnered with Cygnet Arts council to bring you a special screening of Stephen Page's outstanding film SPEAR.  A visually arresting film, SPEAR tells a contemporary Aboriginal story through movement and dance. It follow a young Aboriginal man, Djali, as he journeys form the outback to the streets of Sydney to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world.  The event is being held in support of Amnesty International Australia’s Community is Everything campaign.  This campaign aims to end the inequality faced by young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the justice system.   Event details:  When: 7 ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 2:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dutchies on the water The visiting Dutch boat building team were invited to join Monday evening sailing, and leapt at the opportunity.  Fortunately 'give way to starboard' seems to be international: we didn't have to swap sides of the river.
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 11:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • A load of wood (and Saint Nicholas) Dave Golding delivered a load of Celery Pine from his mill to the Wooden Boat Centre  for the Dutch boat.  Saint Nick ('Sinterklaas') was a surprise passenger for 'Dutch Christmas'.
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 12:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • International season begins There will be many overseas visitors to the LBT over summer, particularly for the Skiff Regatta in February.  On Monday we officially welcomed the Dutch team who have come to build a boat at the Wooden Boat Centre under the auspices of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival.  See the media release attached: http://bit.ly/2g7PUci
    Posted Dec 7, 2016, 1:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dinghy sailing: Monday afternoon John Walduck writes:  "MetEye is predicting about 12 knots westerly this afternoon, which will be OK, but quite turbulent on the river. Mike is away today, but I'm up for it.  I would like to have a short classroom session before going out, just to confirm things learned already, and to discuss "gybes" which we haven't done yet.   Start time will be 3.30 as usual."  Mike Dredge tenders his apologies:  'Bit of a challenge for me I'm afraid.  I'm currently sitting on my bottom in a Noumea hotel, writing up a summary of a scallop survey I've been looking after for the past week and a half.  Photographic proof attached.  I'm supposed to ...
    Posted Dec 4, 2016, 1:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Working Waterfront December Newsletter See attached: http://bit.ly/2gmolNn .  Items include Christmas party, Wooden Boat Centre course guide (http://bit.ly/2gmnooz) etc, etc.
    Posted Dec 3, 2016, 2:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowers Wanted Lorrie Harrison writes:  ROWERS WANTED  for longer rows in preparation for Tn17. Tuesday and Thursday morning.  Contact Penny - currybowran@bigpond.com  Lorrie - w.lharrison@bigpond.com 
    Posted Dec 4, 2016, 1:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Calling all LBT paddlers! Alec Young, Vice President, Royal Hobart Regatta Association writes:  'Dear Paddler,  You will recall how you were part of the 2013 Guinness World Record Breaking event, organised by the Royal Hobart Regatta Association; the simultaneously launching of the greatest number of canoes and kayaks. Well, the Americans have subsequently broken our record and I am inviting you and your friends and acquaintances to help us take back the record on Saturday 11 February.  If you have a craft that takes more than one person please be aware that the craft will only be counted by the adjudicators if has just one occupant. The rules are clear, only one occupant per craft.  To register please go to http://www.royalhobartregatta.com ...
    Posted Dec 3, 2016, 2:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Regatta, Huon River, December 3rd Message from MAST:  A Rowing Regatta will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 3 December 2016. Mariners are advised the river will be closed for other boating pursuits from 0800 to 1630.  Boat owners are restricted from using the boat ramp at Franklin and from entering the rowing restricted area during these times. The restricted area is the course and 500 metres either side of the course. The course is 1000m upstream from the Huon Rowing Club and 500m downstream. Boat owners must follow directions of rowing officials.  A public boat ramp is available at Shipwrights Point south of Franklin. 
    Posted Dec 1, 2016, 1:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • D (for Drain) day at the Shed In an incautious moment Michael McGrath offered the LBT use of his backhoe/digger (and himself), and we leapt at the opportunity to get some decent drainage put in around the shed.  Every winter water from the slope to the highway seeps under the front wall. On Thursday morning the ground was broken, and by that afternoon a sock drain had been laid, backfilled with gravel and cleaned up from the main doors and along the verandah to the river path.  Job half done.  Huge thanks to Michael and also to the Thursday crew.
    Posted Dec 4, 2016, 1:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Painting season Warm spring weather is an opportunity to get done those jobs put off during the winter months, and yesterday Martin Kell was up the mast to apply a coat of paint. That's Kevin Robson's newly acquired 'Thistle' in the foreground of the pic below, in case anyone is wondering.
    Posted Dec 1, 2016, 1:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Will's Shed In recent times one of the many pleasures of a row on the river has been watching the progress being made on Will Hallinan's new shed over on the Woodstock bank.  On Thursday some of us had the opportunity to get up close and personal with said shed, helping the builder (fellow LBTer Piet Lundstedt) and Andrew Gill's team of concreters lay the floor slab.
    Posted Dec 1, 2016, 1:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bay Pilot project: free to a good home Anne Holst writes:  'The popular Arch Davis designed Bay Pilot frame has been constructed and is ready to be planked and finished by a handyman/boatbuilder. We have a full set of instructions that includes materials lists and construction specifications. The boat is of plywood construction but could also be planked. Itis able to be built as a cabin cruiser or centre console design. There are approximately $7000 worth of materials required (for plywood construction) to complete the build ready for motor install, steerage etc.'  For the gumtree ad see http://bit.ly/2geApDs . And for what you will hopefully end up with see http://bit.ly/2geyaja 
    Posted Nov 29, 2016, 4:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classic movies night, December 4th Deb and the classic movies team write:To kick start the Christmas festivities we are screening the 2013 Mexican box office smash hit, The Noble Family Warning: The Noble Family is sub-titled, so pack your glasses.    Synopsis:   Three spoiled children who are cut off from their family fortune and forced to do the unthinkable - get a job. (Courtesy IMDb).    The Noble Family is rated M (for some sexual content and coarse language).    5 reasons why you should head on down to the Franklin Palais Sunday 4 December 2016.    1: Rotten Tomatoes rates this film 4+ Stars. Unbelievable but it is true!!!!!!    2: The Noble Family is Mexico’s biggest ever box-office comedy success!    3: Don’t believe me ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2016, 1:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pictures from the launch of 'Freyja' Amidst general rejoicing the latest St Ayles Skiff was launched at Franklin on Sunday.  Congratulations to the Bittern team and all who have contributed.  For more pictures see http://bit.ly/2g7xagO and http://bit.ly/2g7Jttt (Thanks to Bob Frost for pics)
    Posted Nov 27, 2016, 12:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Some pictures and report from the Swiftsure Regatta Lorrie Harrison writes:'In typical LBT style members arrived on mass willing to help and willing to create an inclusive fabulous day.  Huge thank you to everyone who coordinated - Adrian, Penny, Jane, Peter, food from Jilly and team, safety boat lead by Richard. Results of races: Roger Harwood- John Young and David Nash both in 46min 10 seconds; The Swiftsure - Cygnet team, second crew out 22 min 44 sec;  The Rat Race- David Budd and Barbara Dawson;  Skiff racesWomen's event - Castle Forbes Bay in Chiton in 6m 33 secMen's- Huon Five O in Imagine in 6m.20 secMixed - Huon Five O in Billie in 6m 49 sec. Naturally, the highlight was the launch of a ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2016, 6:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • The big cleanup Graham Wright sent these pictures of the shed after a major housekeeping day.
    Posted Nov 27, 2016, 3:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • White Ribbon Day The LBT verandah, with its cafe blinds down, was an ideal place to hold a morning teas to recognise the campaign to prevent violence against women.
    Posted Nov 25, 2016, 4:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Final Reminder: Swiftsure Regatta tomorrow, Sunday 27th Starting at 9.30am, be there or be square.  See the program: http://bit.ly/2eIjWHT .  Be part of the launch of the new St Ayles Skiff at 12 noon.
    Posted Nov 25, 2016, 3:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Talking tall ships, 6th December John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes: 'For the December talk we have Mickey Benefiel talking on “Searching for the Tall Ships of 1988”. This will be an intriguing presentation. The flyer is attached for your information. Mickey is  a well-known local maritime buff and presenter of previous MMT talks.  He is always eloquent and entertaining (even if he has a funny accent!).  So put the date in your calendar and come along.'   Time: 12.00-1.00pm, Tuesday 6 December 2016.  Place: Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Customs House, 19 Davey St entrance.For more details see the attached flyer: http://bit.ly/2f4cdnW
    Posted Nov 22, 2016, 2:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Steamboats Ahoy!! It was wall-to-wall wood on the water last Sunday, as a flotilla of steamboats, skiffs, piners punts, kayaks and an Adirondack Guideboat cruised up to Huonville. What a spectacle!!!  Let's do it again......  More pics from Nell Tyson. 
    Posted Nov 22, 2016, 3:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Calling all LBT hipsters.... It's well known that LBT members are the coolest dudes in the Valley.  So don't miss out on the Blues coming to Franklin this Friday.  Mike Erlington is playing at the Palais Theatre, Friday 25 Nov, doors open 6.30pm, entry only $15"an eclectic passionate mix of acoustic blues, rock & folk. This man plays and sings like a wildfire" Las Vegas Weekly, USA
    Posted Nov 20, 2016, 8:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bring your own food this Monday night All the cooks are elsewhere this Monday night,  so it's a 'social night'.  Barbecues are available and bring some salad to share. 
    Posted Nov 19, 2016, 9:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Invitation to Skiff Launch, 27th November Where: The Living Boat Trust, 3337 Huon Hwy, Franklin; Date: Sunday 27th November 2016; Time: 12.00pm.  This boat, commissioned and built by ‘The Bitterns’, will the third in the Living Boat Trust fleet of Skiffs. Come and join us at the Swiftsure Regatta as we race these and other boats, and help celebrate this latest beauty. Refreshments will be available.    (Launch of ‘Billie’, 2015 - Pic Bob Hawkins)
    Posted Nov 18, 2016, 1:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Can you help save the LBT money by lending equipment for the tn17 Raid? To save the Living Boat Trust the cost of hiring or buying some of the equipment necessary to support the tn17 expeditions we are putting the call out to all LBT members to see if we can borrow the following items:  1. Generators – preferably quiet ones that will not spoil the tranquillity of the lovely camp sites we are visiting.  2. Large eskies or even portable refrigerators – we have the food trailer but we need to separate drinks from the food so we don’t risk food poisoning through repeated opening of the food storage fridge to get another drink.  3. Large 1000 litre/1m3 water container (see below) – to save the sore backs that we’ve risked in the ...
    Posted Nov 17, 2016, 7:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dinghy sailing off for two weeks Mike Dredge writes:  'Both John and I will be unavailable to oversee the Monday evening sailing program for a couple of weeks, for widely varying reasons. John is allowing a couple of surgeons to play with some scrap metal in his leg while I am playing with some scallops in New Caledonia. John is available from about Monday 5, I'm back for Monday 12. Up to John and Richard if they want to go ahead on the 5th, but we still have to do the 'must-do' capsize drill, when I think it would be best to have two support boats available. Provided the water warms up a bit, let's plan this for the 12th.' 
    Posted Nov 17, 2016, 12:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Latest plan for Swiftsure Regatta and new Skiff Launch, November 27th From Lorrie Harrison:  see the attached draft plan: http://bit.ly/2eIjWHT .  We are still looking for helpers for the day.
    Posted Nov 17, 2016, 2:43 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Steam boat rally this coming Sunday The weather is looking fair for this Sunday, and if it anything like last year it should be a lot of fun.  Departure from the LBT (for Huonville) is at 10.30am, so assemble well before then to organise boats and teams.  For more details see the previous post by the organiser, Andrew Perkins:  http://bit.ly/2eIeC7y
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 8:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Working Waterfront Association Newsletter See attached: http://bit.ly/2fiGICr . LOTS of news about plans, events, the Wooden Boat Centre etc.
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 6:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • No violence at the LBT Karen Corbin writes:'Friday the 25th November is the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  In Australia we generally know this day as 'White Ribbon Day'.  It is a day when we can all say No to Violence Against Women and show our support by wearing a white ribbon badge. White Ribbon badges will be available at no cost at the LBT and a light morning tea offered after the usual social row at 9.30am. All welcome.'
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 5:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club Race Officers Course Bev Pickering writes:'There is to be an Australia Sailing Race Officers Course (Club Level) at HYC clubhouse on December 10th 2016, 9.00am-3.30pm. This will be the first such course at this level to be held in Tasmania. There is no charge  for this course. That's right. It is Free!!  The Management Committee encourages all interested people to attend. It will be in the interest of Skippers and Crew Members to participate, or to sit in on this session. You will learn more about starting races as well as race control and the Racing Rules of Sailing. And, also Race Officials' responsibilities.  For a course description see http://bit.ly/2eFchKu and the entry form at ...
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 4:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • MAST Flare Demonstration at the Huon Yacht Club 23 November Stan Pickering writes: 'MAST will be holding a Flare Demonstration Night at the Huon Yacht Club on 23 November at 5.30pm.  Geeveston Fire Brigade, Volunteer Coast Rescue Kingston and Franklin Marine will also attend and make presentations.  We will follow this colourfull and informative evening with a sausage sizzle.  I would like to invivte all interested members and friends to attend and bring along any expired flares.  Looking forward to seeing you all there and don't forget your sunglasses!' Pic from Sea Rescue
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 4:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Super moon low tide Laurence Burgin took this picture of 'Billie'  high and dry when somebody pulled the plug out.
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 3:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • World's first marine men's shed Given that we are a 'community' shed we decided to let this bold claim go through to the keeper when the person making it for his Western Australian shed came to visit.  He is Terry from Fremantle, and a nice bloke too.  They are just getting going: their website is www.firstmarine.org . As we understand it their initial activities will be centered around the very nice looking pilot boat pictured below.  It will be interesting to follow their progress. 
    Posted Nov 15, 2016, 7:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dinghy sailing is on, Monday 14th Nov Looks like the clouds are rolling back and the wind is a benign breeze.  Start rigging the Grebes from 3pm.
    Posted Nov 13, 2016, 1:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Familiar faces in unfamilar places Sandra and Kevin Robson showing off in their boat on a sunny Fremantle harbor. Just as well Kevin had his undies on or he might have shown off more than he intended.    Pic from Shane Johnson
    Posted Nov 13, 2016, 12:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sails for the Montagu Whaler No sooner had Martin Riddle organised quotes from the sailmaker than Graeme Hunt from the Wooden Boat Guild dropped in a mizzen sail and spars, plus a sprit yard and a boom tent.  Thanks Graham!  They look great.  If anybody has a spare main tucked away in a locker don't be shy: let us know.
    Posted Nov 13, 2016, 11:40 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: meeting Monday night There will be an informal members meeting preceding dinner on Monday 14th of November at 6pm to discuss issues currently before the committee. The draft agenda can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2f5gl2L.  Minutes of the last committee meeting are available at  http://bit.ly/2edzDqk . Minutes are always available on the website under the 'Resources' tab.
    Posted Nov 13, 2016, 4:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • A new roof and new ideas for 'Nancy' Peter Heading applied the final cream top coat this week and the job was done.  Big thanks to Martin and Judy Krynen who sponsored the project, and Peters Heading and Laidlaw who did the work.  The new 'lid' is exceptionally water-tight and strong, and it looks pretty good too.    Seeing all that clear roof space has stimulated consideration of options for using it - for instance it is an ideal spot for solar panels.  During the summer 'Nancy' sits in the sun for at least 25 hours for every one that the motor is being used, so trickle charging would seem a strong possibility.  This has the big advantage of freeing Nancy from the electrical cord to which she currently ...
    Posted Nov 12, 2016, 3:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta Sunday 27 November Lorrie Harrison writes:"Starting at 9:30 with the Roger Harwood Classic Clinker Dinghy Race, can anyone beat John Young in this 3km single rower race? Anyone can enter, bring your own dinghy or use one of the LBT's super fast grebes.  The rowing continues with the traditional Swiftsure Race, a timed trial around Egg Island. Form a team on the day or gain an advantage by training in advance.  We would not have a regatta without the skiffs, Cygnet and Taroona are joining us. Jane Johnson has organised races for new, experienced and competitive rowers. ( rowers in the skiff must be 15 years and over, coxswains 16 years and over).  Sailors are not forgotten, the Rat Island Race ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2016, 12:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cooks wanted If the LBT is first of all about boats, it is second of all about community, of which Monday night dinner is a cornerstone.  In recent years there have been several stalwarts in the kitchen: Kate, Jilly, Hans and Ros.  Jilly announced last Monday that it is time to pass her wooden spoon on to somebody new.  There were cries of woe and despair from below the salt, but it seems her mind is made up.  On behalf of all the LBT this column says thank you Jilly, and our tummies say thanks for the memories too. We need somebody (or several somebodies) to receive that spoon: what an honor.  To join the kitchen crew speak to Kate, Jilly or ...
    Posted Nov 11, 2016, 2:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • In a good cause: Anglican church trivia night It's all happening at 7pm on Friday December 2nd.  For more details see the attached flyer (http://bit.ly/2eX04g8) or call 0427 640156
    Posted Nov 10, 2016, 4:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Kermandie' for sale Sorry, it's not the pub, but it IS a huon pine cruising boat with a lot of local connections: that name, built in Port Huon by Athol Walter.  Even better if you are moving to Bowen (Qld) 'cos that is where it is.  If you are interested see the flyer: http://bit.ly/2emIy8W
    Posted Nov 10, 2016, 12:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • "Sail before steam" doesn't always work A reminder to rowers and sailors to stay clear of larger boats on the river.  Large boats have limited maneuverability, particularly at low speed and particularly in and around the marina where space is limited and currents can make steering difficult.  Guess who comes off worse if there is a collision.
    Posted Nov 8, 2016, 8:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Advice to the LBT committee There will be an informal members meeting preceding dinner on Monday 14th of November at 6pm to discuss issues currently before the committee.  Minutes of the last committee meeting are available at  http://bit.ly/2edzDqk . Minutes are always available on the website under the 'Resources' tab.
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 12:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Deploying the Pontoons Last Wednesday Jennifer Mudge and Chris Price from Parks did a foreshore walk with Hans Sipsma, David Pittaway, Richard Forster and others to look at the options for pontoon deployment proposed by the LBT.  The following key points emerged.  They were generally supportive, seeing the foreshore, particularly between the downstream marina jetty and the evaporator sheds, as a ‘natural’ harbour.  There is no immediate issue with driving poles to secure pontoons.  The access to the proposed site next to the evaporators is adequate.  The LBT should proceed with the proposal to take over the license for the land just downstream from the their shed in order to gain better access to the water there.  That would enhance the prospects of ...
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 12:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Innovations on Bittern 'Bittern' maintains the tradition that every new Skiff has a different oar (rowlock) and foot rest system.
    Posted Nov 5, 2016, 11:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Painting Season It's been going on for weeks, but seems to have reached a frenzy.  Hans Sipsma is taping up 'Syrah'.   Sue Jenkins and Lynn are applying a post box red topcoat to 'Bittern'.  'Nancy' has a brilliant white undercoat on her new roof. 
    Posted Nov 5, 2016, 10:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ouch!! When a fast moving racing shell meets a very stationary putt putt (John Walduck's 'Gemma') something is bound to give, unfortunately below the waterline.  Some quick thinking (and moving) got Gemma up on the bank before she sank.  We think the rower is ok.  John says: 'HUGE thank you to David Nash and Martin Kell (and any others) for their rescue efforts in securing Gemma.'
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 4:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT rowing crews Lorrie Harrison has sent us the following notice on behalf of the Regatta organising committee.  It is time to start forming up LBT crews for the upcoming skiff regatta in February, particularly with Swiftsure Regatta now only three weeks away.  Here are some things to consider:  races will be 2km and 1km; men's, women's, mixed; age groups, over 55, under 55 and open; average age of all 4 rowers is taken to determine age group; we are entering one crew for each division; min age for rowers is 15, for the coxswain is 16;  Scottish and Irish teams as well as New Zealanders and the very slick mob from WA have been training for some time - time for ...
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 4:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Skiff: a latter day Cutty Sark? Rob Ayliffe reports: 'While there [in Geelong] I also had a good look under the superb model they have there of the Cutty Sark.  A famous working voyaging sailing ship, if ever there was one.  Interestingly for me the under body was not that different from our [St Ayles] Skiffs, especially the dead straight run;  the deadwood/length wise keel in almost the exact same in proportion, and even more interesting the rudder depth was similar too, to our boats. ie the lower tip pretty much in line with and definitely not below the run of the deadwood.'  We will take Rob's word for all of that, but the Cutty Sark does seem to have the wood on us ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2016, 5:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • A sailing rig for the Skiff We know (and love) our St Ayles Skiffs as rowing boats, but on longer expeditions it is nice to be able to hoist a sail and take a break.  Iain Oughtred, the designer of the Skiff, has come up with the sprit sail rig shown below.  Rob Ayliffe points out the following virtues:no head banging boom; reefable;  easily rolled up, and stowable, within the boat. The thinking is that it's for raids and voyaging, and general around the club ‘mucking about' in boats: not for regattas.
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 12:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Keeping up with tawe nunnugah If you aren't already getting the online tn17 newsletter and want it, then complete the form at http://bit.ly/2eIQ5v5 .  Martin Riddle has been exploring over on Bruny Island, and has just announced the route: see map below. 
    Posted Nov 4, 2016, 10:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Launching 'Bittern': 27th November The 'Bittern' St Ayles Skiff is getting her last undercoat in the LBT workshop annex. The intention is that she will be complete and ready to launch,  amidst much pomp and ceremony, at the Swiftsure Regatta.  Cellars are being combed for a suitably aged malt whisky with which to bless her, moths are being expelled from chaps dinner jackets, and fascinators fetched from the tops of wardrobes.  At the launch of 'Billy' the choir set a bar which will be difficult to clear a second time, but we are hoping they will attempt it. Maybe some of that whisky can be set aside to help 'em clear the pipes.   Pic from Lorrie Harrison
    Posted Nov 5, 2016, 11:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Hazard – Port Huon Mariners are advised (by Maritime and Safety Tasmania) that the buoy marking the sunken vessel Dooen in Hospital  Bay in position 43⁰ 09.530’ S / 146⁰ 58.357’ E is missing.  Mariners should navigate with caution in the area.  Valid From: 4/11/2016 Until: Perpetual
    Posted Nov 4, 2016, 1:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Amsterdam Launch For Dutch Boat Project Looks like it was a good party.  Read all about it on the Australian Wooden Boat Festival news blog: http://bit.ly/2eHThHi .  For those who need reminding, a major theme of this year's Festival is the Holland-Australia maritime connection. As part of the celebration of that connection a team from Holland will be constructing a boat at the Wooden Boat Centre for display at the Festival. We understand that Dave Golding has already sawn up the Celery Pine strip planking they will need.  We are expecting to see the first members of this team in Franklin by the end of the month, with the Australian launch to follow soon after. 
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 12:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie Night at the Palais Sunday November 6th Deb Combes writes: Hi Team Movies, WARNING: QUALITY FILM RETURNING TO THE PALAIS. Quality comes at a cost. $5 admission to pay screening fee.    This month’s film is the 2014 French box office smash hit, The Belier Family. If you enjoyed our previous screenings of French films “The Intouchables”, “Welcome to the Sticks” and “The Grocer’s Son”, then this is a film for you. Check out the trailer.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9p0qnj4OC4trailer.     Doors open 6.30pm, film starts when someone flicks the lights. After 7.15pm but before 7.30pm. Yes, simple but it still works a treat.    $5 admission, bar will be running with reasonably priced quality refreshments to assist with diffusing the ...
    Posted Oct 30, 2016, 1:21 PM by Richard Forster
  • 'Niko' Recreational Rowing Boat project Steve Cameron writes:  'I have obtained a sample of a new engineered boat-building timber product from Finland called 'Vendia Marine Plank' for a build of a Finnish 'Niko' design recreational rowing boat.  The Niko is one or two person design, with fixed or sliding seats, based on wooden boat styles commonly raced in Finland. It was designed specifically for the Vendia product and to be easily completed by amateur builders in a course situation using batten-seam construction.  The Wooden Boat Centre are currently considering its suitability for a course.  Basic specs of the boat are: Length 5.85m, Breadth 1.44m, Empty Weight ~58kg.  I intend to display the boat the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Feb 2017 ...
    Posted Oct 28, 2016, 3:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • To give away: 12' plywood sailing dinghy Phil Robinson is looking to give away a 12’ Tamar Class plywood sail boat.  It is in a shed in Geeveston that needs to be cleared.  It has intact mast, newish sails, and is on a push trailer.  Contact:  0424 000 917  The picture below shows a boat of the same class at the Georgetown Museum.
    Posted Oct 27, 2016, 11:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Winning poster for the St Ayles Skiff Regatta, from Anne Kovach What a stunner!
    Posted Oct 27, 2016, 12:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Model boats for the AWBF Michael Stoddart writes:'The Registration site on the Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2017 website is now open for the receipt of model boat registrations.   Please go to http://www.australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au/get-involved/boat-registration  and complete your registration.  Click on 'Model Boat' and follow the screens.  If you have exhibited with the AWBF in previous years you will notice a change in procedure.  It is now necessary for all model boats to be registered in the same way as Boats Afloat and Boats Ashore.  There is no charge for exhibiting one or more model boats but if you should wish to have the commemorative plaque and flag you must tick the appropriate box on the registration form and ...
    Posted Oct 27, 2016, 1:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Deck for new pontoon almost finished David Pittaway and the team have been making great progress.
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 10:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Montague Whaler Sails We are hoping the Montague whaler might be coming on tawe nunnugah, and one issue is her sails.  They are lovely old canvas things, unfortunately not with enough strength left in them for sailing.  They will make good patterns for new ones.
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 9:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pete and Pete and Nancy Peters Heading and Laidlaw have removed the deteriorating veneer from the roof of 'Nancy', and are racing against the weather to get down plywood and fibreglass to seal her up.
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 9:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Old Sea Dogs Book 2' and other Cuppa Conversations Those of us who missed the launch of Andrew Wilson's excellent book (a large section of which is dedicated to Franklin) can catch up with him at the 'Cuppa Conversation' organised be Huon Council on Thursday December 8th (flyer: http://bit.ly/2dGLnMT), but we should only do that having first attended the exercise class on Thursday 10th November (flyer http://bit.ly/2f5nDrL).
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 3:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bellerive Seafarers Festival Annette, Endra, Hans, Nell, Tess, Steve and Dennis took 'Billy', the marquee and the makings for some good nautical activities (model raft making, knot tying etc), to this very popular family event, and a good time was had by all.  Don't think Billy has ever been asked to tow a balloon boat before. Thanks to Dennis and Endra for the pics shown below. 
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 2:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta Nov 27 2016, at the Living Boat Trust Jane Johnson has sent us a plan for the St Ayles Skiff part of the Regatta. Other (non Skiff) events will include the Swiftsure Race, Roger Harwood and the Rat Island sailing race.Possible skiffs available - Imagine, Billie, “New” (Franklin)                                             The Swan (Cygnet), Chiton (Taroona)The proposed plan is to offer something for new and seasoned rowers, over a two hour period,Approx. 10 am to 12 noon, race course 1km from Jetty post, upstream 500m, 1 turn & return 10.30 - 10.50         1. Gentle exploring row – Launch of new skiff, head towards Nth Egg Island for “ rowpast” for new and seasoned rowers to warm up, all skiffs. Welcome to rowers from Williamstown who are planning a skiff-build. 10 ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 2:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pontooners wanted (Wednesdays) David Pittaway writes: 'I'll be back down at the pontoon construction site next Wednesday 26th, then all future Wednesdays until years end - we should be able to finish P1 & P2 by then. I trust the Wednesday blokes will be around again, and I invite anybody else interested in helping getting P1 & P2 functional to come down and be involved. P1 needs the decking laid and screwed, fenders scarfed and cleats and cleat blocks sorted. P2 will soon have a full complement of floats, which need to be bolted on, then P2 will need launching - lets get some bubbly happening this time!'
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 1:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • Hooray! A day of spring (sailing) weather Mike Dredge writes (On Monday 24th October):'The blue stuff out there is called "sky". The flat water means "calm". Which means we can have a sailing session today.   John and I will go down at about 2:30 to find some sails and stuff.' 
    Posted Oct 23, 2016, 2:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy the bike taxi A dozen or so of our visitors from CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) rode their bikes from Hobart to Franklin by way of Fern Tree (mad people).  When we last saw them boarding Nancy  to take a shortcut to Cradoc they were intending to make a return trip via Pelverata and Kaoota (lunatics).
    Posted Oct 23, 2016, 3:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • We like those cafe blinds Sunday afternoon was a bit breezy and chilly for the CCAMLR BBQ, but the lowered blinds at the end of the verandah created a lovely warm corner in which to enjoy Kate's tucker.  If you are wondering why you can't see the blind at the end it is because it is so clear you barely know it is there.
    Posted Oct 22, 2016, 10:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Garage sale for the LBT This weekend saw a 'Garage Sale Trail' around the Huon Valley, taking in the Glen Huon Hall where Dennis Muscovich ran a stall for us.   It raised a significant amount of money: thanks Dennis.  Pic from Nick Forster
    Posted Oct 21, 2016, 10:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Steamboat Rally Sunday 20th November From Andrew Perkins:  steam,paddle,row or sail from Franklin to Huonville for a lunchtime get together with other wooden boat groups at the Huon Jet Boat Cafe; enjoy a BBQ for $15 per head including salads, sausages, hamburgers, bread rolls with self serve tea, coffee and orange juice or choose from the Cafe menu or BYO; meet at Franklin for 10.30 am departure for Huonville returning at 2.30 pm in time for afternoon tea at the Living Boat Trust or a discounted tour of the Wooden Boat Centre; please advise numbers for the bbq and tour of the Centre prior to 10.30 am departure from Franklin to Andrew Perkins on 0419 375500.   Those of us who ...
    Posted Oct 21, 2016, 2:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Grebe school The weather was 'ok' on Monday evening, so John Walduck and Mike Dredge conducted their second class for novice Grebe sailors.  This one was all about the intricacies of gaff rigs, and the special quirks and traps to watch out for.
    Posted Oct 17, 2016, 1:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Paints from Sorell Men's Shed: thank you As noted previously in this column, Sorell Mens Shed has been given a batch of mixed paints and is offering them to other sheds.  Mike Dredge knows how wooden boats chew through paint, and quickly took up this offer on our behalf: the result is pictured.  Thanks Sorell and thanks Mike.  We may well be able to get some more after other sheds have had their dibs.
    Posted Oct 17, 2016, 1:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Big thanks to Nancy crew Seniors Week for this year has just ended, marked by the extremes of weather that the Bureau of Meteorology traditionally turn on for it.  We acknowledge their efforts but ask them to tone it down next year, please.  Nancy was out every day with boatloads of happy senior cits.  Thanks to everybody who helped out, particularly Brian Pain, Martin Riddle, Deb Van Velsen, Hans Sipsma and Nell Tyson who did most of the heavy lifting.  Pic from Nell Tyson
    Posted Oct 21, 2016, 2:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Work in the shed From Graham Wright (text and pics):  Two pictures of Gretchen with her new Dynal sheathing on one side, this will keep her dry.  Black Swan showing the strengthened transomWork on the new toilet, not visible is the ceiling which has had plaster board attached We decided that the ideal height of the new shelf unit is bar height and pic shows Allan testing it!
    Posted Oct 23, 2016, 5:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • A new Port Davey book: get involved John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes:  Tony Fenton is crowdfunding the publication of his book, A History of Port Davey, volume one: Fleeting Hopes. This is a varied and detailed look at the early history of that magnificent waterway. Tony is following in his grandfather Deny King's shoes with his passion for the place. He has been researching for this book for many years and, with your help, he will be able to share the amazing history of Port Davey with us all. This book complements two biographies associated with the area: King of the Wilderness: the life of Deny King by Christobel Mattingley and Win & Clyde: side by side in Tasmania’s far south-west by Janet ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 3:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Skiff Regatta Newsletter See the attached newsletter (http://bit.ly/2ehHtQg) for the latest on Skiffie2017, which you scarcely need reminding is on the weekend after the Wooden Boat Festival, 18th-19th February.  Find out more and register for this regatta on the website:  tasskiffie2017.org.
    Posted Oct 13, 2016, 1:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Is it that season already? Bec Enders is looking forward to Christmas Day, and planning a party at the LBT shed for those whose loved ones are far away, or who are too grumpy to join them. See attached flyer for details: http://bit.ly/2dSAAlN .
    Posted Oct 12, 2016, 1:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Seniors Week Seniors are nothing if not intrepid, and Laurence Burgin snapped them heading out into the lowering storm in Nancy yesterday.  Fortunately Nancy has a snug cabin, and the sun soon broke through: this is after all Tasmania. 
    Posted Oct 12, 2016, 1:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Garage Sale, Glen Huon 22nd October Dennis Muscovich writes:'There will be an LBT stall at the combined garage sale at Glen Huon Hall.  Items and helpers needed.  Contact Dennis: 0428 364 178'
    Posted Oct 11, 2016, 5:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • MAST Notice: Rowing Regattas Valid:  11/10/2016 - 6/11/2016 Notice Content:  Rowing Regattas will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 22  October and Sunday, 23 October, Saturday, 5 November and Sunday, 6 November 2016.   Mariners are advised the River will be restricted for other boating pursuits on Saturdays from 0800 to 1830 and on Sundays from 0800 to 1630.   Boat owners are restricted from using the boat ramp at Franklin and entering the rowing restricted area during these times.  The restricted area is the course and 500 metres either side of the course.  Boat owners must follow directions of rowing officials.   A public boat ramp is available at Shipwrights Point, south of Franklin. 
    Posted Oct 11, 2016, 4:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pains, Varnishes & Stains - Available from Sorell Mens Shed Well that's what he said, but we think he meant paints.  Keith Ellis from the Tassie Men's Shed Association writes:'I have been advised by Chris Coyle from the Sorel Men's Shed that: - "we have been given 2 pallets of paints, varnishes & stains. Cabots & feastWatsons.  There are various sizes From 500ml-5ltrs. We would like to offer them free to any other sheds on a first come first serve basis. Some of the larger paints need tinting.'  If you are interested, please contact Chris at the Sorel Men's Shed.'Anybody going through Sorell?
    Posted Oct 10, 2016, 4:12 AM by Posts Editor
  • Woodbridge pier damaged MAST Notice  Mariners are advised that the Woodbridge Jetty has sustained damaged in the recent weather conditions. It has been reported that the southern outer pylon of the Woodbridge Jetty is damaged and will not hold a vessel. MAST requests that vessel operators do not tie up to this pylon and berth on the northern side of the jetty until the pylon has been assessed and appropriate repairs undertaken.  Valid  10/10/2016 - 11/11/2016 Pic from http://www.aussietowns.com.au
    Posted Oct 10, 2016, 3:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Spring gale dismasting The best place to be on Sunday was tied up to the wharf, below decks, whittling and whipping and doing a bit of scrimshaw work and the like.  Even ashore there could be trouble if too much sail was set.  The blue gum pictured, 30 metres tall and half a metre through the trunk, clearly didn't get it's royals and topgallants down in time. 
    Posted Oct 13, 2016, 3:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Warning - Floating Debris (contd) Mike Dredge tells us that the MAST warning of a week ago (http://bit.ly/2dWSeY5) should remain very much alive (on the 7th October): there is a nasty snag at South Franklin which is slowly moving and is not particularly visible at high tide.
    Posted Oct 7, 2016, 10:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cut and polish for Nancy Brian Pain took advantage of a window of still weather to get 'Nancy' down to the slip at Port Huon, where her undersides were attended to, she had her annual inspection, and was surveyed.  All went well, and we are not expecting any nasty surprises in the surveyors report.     Pics from Graham Wright
    Posted Oct 6, 2016, 2:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • One for the bargain hunters Auction to be conducted on Sunday October 16, 2016, at the Palais Theatre, Franklin, starting at 10.30am.See flyer attached for more details: http://bit.ly/2dMDjzs
    Posted Oct 5, 2016, 4:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • Special Event at Museum: Tuesday October 4th John Wadsley writes: 'REMINDER: Maritime Museum of Tasmania - Special Event on 4 October 2016 for the 400th Anniversary of the Dutch landing in Western Australia. note the change of venue to the Hobart Town Hall. free entry.' See the flyer for details.
    Posted Oct 2, 2016, 7:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Warrnambool Regatta (March 2017) Patrick Groot has sent us the flyer for this event: see below.  Those of us who went to the launch of 'Fast Messenger' at Warrnambool last year can vouch for what a great place it is both for visiting and rowing - see previous posts http://bit.ly/2dknrBL and http://bit.ly/2dkoqSu
    Posted Oct 2, 2016, 4:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Exploding Calendar The calendar is bristling with events this week:On Monday: at 3.30pm the first sailing class for the season (hope you have booked);at 5.30pm a meeting of the Nancy Fanciers to get organised before the rush of maintenance and bookings (see agenda: http://bit.ly/2dItu5z); Monday dinner, which will be an opportunity for input to the first committee meeting.On Tuesday: working on completion of the shed extension and boat maintenance.  On Wednesday:  getting more decking onto the pontoon.  On Thursday:Slipping Nancy (moved from Tuesday due to weather);  LBT Committee meeting (see draft agenda: http://bit.ly/2dk8krX). On Friday:  Working on the skiffs (which is ongoing).  
    Posted Oct 2, 2016, 2:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Kayak launch The neat little kayaks which have been built by students at the Wooden Boat Centre over the last week (instructors Peter Ingram-Jones and Greg Simson) were tested on the river for the first time on Saturday.  All held water and none capsized whilst your correspondent was present: must count as a success!  See http://www.woodenboatcentre.com/coursecalendar/ for more courses at the Centre.  Pics from Anne Holst
    Posted Oct 3, 2016, 8:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Read all about the Evaporators Those who missed the Sunday Mercury article about the plans  Martin and Judy Krynen (our neighbours) have for this building can read all about it online: http://bit.ly/2dB21D1.  There is more in this weeks Huon News.  The latest intelligence is that the plans have been given development approval by the council.
    Posted Oct 1, 2016, 3:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Warning - Floating Debris MAST Notice: Valid From: 29/9/2016  Until: 7/10/2016.  Mariners are advised that recent heavy rains have caused debris including logs to be washed into rivers and estuaries around the State. Mariners are also advised barways and river mouths may change, particularly on the East Coast and North Coast due to flooding.  Mariners are urged to take extreme caution whilst navigating whilst these conditions exist.  Mariners should at all times acquaint themselves with forecast weather by going to the Bureau of Meteorology –  Meteye http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/
    Posted Sep 29, 2016, 5:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • News from Huon Yacht Club Stan Pickering writes: Dear Members and Friends,  A reminder that it is the HYC Social night tomorrow evening. 6.30pm start at the clubhouse. We hope the weather will be better by tomorrow night...  Also a reminder for the HYC General Meeting on Tuesday 4th. October at the clubhouse at 7.30pm. All welcome, so come along and hear what your club has planned for Opening Day and the forthcoming season.  And last but not least, the HYC Opening Day celebration and sail-past at the clubhouse. Sail-past to commence at 1.15pm. on Sunday 9th. October 2016. See attached poster.  I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at all three occasions,  Poster attached: http ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2016, 6:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Voluntary workers insurance Our insurance broker Grant Butters came to the shed on Tuesday, principally to discuss Tawe Nunnugah with us, but also to help clear up any other issues.  LBT members commonly ask about the cover provided for them by the LBT in the case of accidents. Here is the summary we came up with. The insurance we have is primarily intended for people doing work for the LBT, in the workshop or supervising events.  If you are in paid employment (outside the LBT) the insurance provides some cover for loss of income in the case of injury: up to $400 per week to a maximum of 104 weeks.  If you are not in paid employment and are injured whilst working for ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2016, 6:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Light – Port Esperance Dover MAST Notice:  Mariners are advised that a fixed yellow navigation light has been established  on a pile in Port Esperance, Dover in position 43o 20.135S, 147o 00.933E.
    Posted Sep 29, 2016, 6:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Progress in the shed Graham Wright writes:  'Brett is back from his European adventures and put us right as the images show. The northern wall on the new equal access toilet is the privacy screen as required by the regulations. We haven't been totally happy with this as you can see through it.'  Pics from Graham Wright
    Posted Sep 28, 2016, 3:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bungee Rowing Nell Tyson, our industrial spy on the waterways of Europe, sent this suggestion for a regatta activity. https://youtu.be/-5EcFoguFBE
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 7:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon progress report David Pittaway writes: 'pontoons are coming along slowly but consistently. The physical size of components demands a team approach, which has been well attended on Wednesday mornings. We have P1 fully framed up and ready for decking to go on. Any observers will have noticed a few extra scungy timbers incorporated into the framing. These have been added in anticipation of having to take the rolling load of the brow (engineer talk for walkway) which has been purpose bought for one pontoon. ' Pics in reverse order below show the progress:  the current state of framing, getting the framed up floats into the water, and David removing the old decking.
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 6:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Movie at the Palais: Sunday Oct 2nd "This month’s movie is the 2003 Australian deadly serious comedy/thriller “Bad Eggs”.  We here at Team Movie Command headquarters take our role seriously. After receiving an anonymous letter of “Movie Suggestions” signed “Arm Chair Action Man”, this month’s movie will cover all the requested B’s.  B standing for: Bullets, blokey buddies, baddies, blood and battles."Doors open 6.30pm for 7.15pm startBring a plate and a gold coin. 
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 4:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: First sailing class next Monday (3rd Oct) Mike Dredge has sent us the program:  see http://bit.ly/2cUAKZx and http://bit.ly/2dijCiX.  Start time is 3.30pm.  First class on shore, so it won't be dependent on the  weather.  There are still one or two places available for this course: sign up at the shed.
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 3:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy Fanciers Meeting A glimpse at the Nancy calender (mv-nancy-tours.org) shows that there is a VERY busy October coming up.  We need to get organised, and the first meeting for the Nancy Fanciers for the season is proposed for 5.30pm, Monday October 3rd at the Shed.  This time should suit those who need to get away to fire brigade and other evening events, and also those who want to hand around for dinner.  Items on the agenda will include organising crews, checking procedures, and slipping and surveying: if you think there is something else that needs to be attended to email it to sec@lbt.org.au
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 1:34 AM by Posts Editor
  • The King is dead Long live the King.  At the AGM on Saturday Peter Laidlaw dismissed himself and the committee for 2015-16, and was promptly elected as president of the 2016-17 committee.   His minions are:  Treasurer: Jackie Garnsey, Secretary: Richard Forster, General committee members:  Brett Doubleday, Brian Marriott, Graham Rankin, Jilly Archer, Karen Corbin, Lorrie Harrison, Martin Riddle, Ros Barnett  Documents from the AGM can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2dinPTO (more to come).
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 3:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Upcoming Fun Events for Children to Adults Kids first of all....from the Maritime Museum of Tasmania..... Please find attached our flyer for the next School Holidays program that will be held in the September/October holidays. We think this program is pretty exciting, so please circulate throughout your organisations, far and wide.  Feel free to copy and include in your regular mail-outs and newsletters.   If you have any queries, please call the Museum on 6234 1427 or email admin@maritimetas.org and for the adults..... a  Wheels, Wings and Rudders sale on October 2nd in Cygnet. May be of interest to the model collectors among us, includes books and all sorts of stuff. Rather a lot of it and all reasonably priced. 
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 12:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dee Oirish Rowers Ireland's first ever Olympic rowing medallists have inspired a hilarious poem.Listen and laughhttps://youtu.be/Cg_h3nD4Nhk
    Posted Sep 22, 2016, 2:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • FINAL REMINDER ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND QUIZ NIGHT A final reminder to all our members that the AGM is being held this Saturday the 24th of September, starting at 6pm at the Franklin Bowling Club.At the last Committee meeting a motion was adopted to maintain the number of ordinary members at eight, as has been the the convention in previous years. A healthy sign of member interest is that for the first time in a long time, if ever, we have more nominations than positions, so we need a proper election! We aren't sure about  the stance the nominees are taking, although there have been vague mutterings about a Jacquie Lambie faction and Eddie Obeid may also be taking an interest. So come along on Saturday ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2016, 6:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon River Boat Parade - Friday 17 February 2017 To open the St Ayles Skiff Regatta,  our classic launch Nancy will lead a fleet of skiffs and assorted craft from Huonville downriver to Franklin.The Derwent Scottish Pipe Band will provide musical encouragement aboard an iconic local motorboat, as we cruise towards the opening ceremony at Franklin Rowing Ways. Build, beg, buy or borrow a boat for this amazing event. Flags, banners and joie de vivre essential. Opening ceremony will be followed by an evening of food, fun and fiesta at the Franklin Palais.Put this in your diary - more details to follow.
    Posted Sep 17, 2016, 9:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT needs Magic Carpet We are looking for a large piece of carpet in reasonable condition, to replace the current carpet that is in the area outside the kitchen.  If you can help, please contact ozskiff@gmail.com.  
    Posted Sep 17, 2016, 12:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday boys test the new seat - and it passes with flying colours Graham Wright reports.....Busy day today, Huon Harmony is back in the water and under the shed, and Black Swan has had a pressure wash and is in the extension ready for repairs.The seat slats have been varnished and fitted on the veranda seat oar storage, and of course it had to be tested.Now the seat is complete, work will begin on the equal access toilet on Thursday
    Posted Jun 9, 2017, 3:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Just Bowl Along to this One From our Mens Shed friends......CarbaTec are holding a Arbotech Demo at their Hobart store - learn how to carve a free form bowl. See attached posterDetails as follows:-Carbatec Hobart Saturday 17th September 9am to 11am17 Farley Street Glenorchy P: 6272 8881Attached is their flyer.
    Posted Sep 13, 2016, 3:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Thanks The LBT committee would like to sincerely thank the large number of members who turned out on Monday night to help us resolve a difficult membership issue.This process has been testing and stressful for all committee members for several months.  Running an organisation like the LBT, that encompasses such diverse interests, is not easy but knowing we have such good support from the majority of our members is very reassuring for all of us.
    Posted Sep 12, 2016, 10:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Haven't a Clew about Sailing? Always wanted to know a jib from a gybe?  Mike and John can soon have you tacking and tracking. Basic sailing course starting in October.  See attached for more details.
    Posted Sep 10, 2016, 11:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Last Reminder - extremely important (but very short) Special General Meeting A final reminder that a Special General Meeting of Members will be held at the Palais Theatre, 3388 Huon Hwy, Franklin Tas 7113 in the Supper Room, on Monday 12 September 2016 at 5.30 pm pursuant to rule 32 of the Living Boat Trust Constitution. No other business may be transacted at the meeting. It is important that all currently paid up LBT members attend if possible.  Meeting will be very brief.
    Posted Sep 10, 2016, 11:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Welcome Home lunch for our Skiffie Worlds superstars Today was all about a welcome home to our rowers who have been away, and at last a clear area where we can set up a few tables.Thanks to everyone who worked on cleaning up the area.  Now that the workshop extension can accommodate the boats, what a great space this will prove to be.Weather too good to use the blinds.
    Posted Sep 9, 2016, 4:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nominations for LBT committee The form is available on the LBT site.However, here it is attached to this post.There are also copies available in the shed.The positions available are 8 ordinary committee members plus President,  Treasurer and Secretary.Nominations must be received by 14 September - preferably in the postbox at the LBT office, or email the acting Secretary Graham Rankin
    Posted Sep 8, 2016, 3:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • AGM Special ! Buy one, get one free! Floating voter and itching to vote? We have 2 AGM's this month.LBT - Sat 24 September -  6pm at Franklin Bowling ClubWBC / Franklin Working Waterfront Association Sun 25 September - 2pm at Franklin School (not the Palais). See you there!  Don't miss the excitement!
    Posted Sep 7, 2016, 2:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • And you thought we had mooring problems! Great River Race 2016 Three hundred and thirty boats, over two thousand competitors, and the fastest boats completing the 21 mile course through central London in a little over 2 hours (that's 15km per hour, helped by a very strong tide).  Imagine a race like this on the Huon.Seven St Ayles skiffs took part - read Alex Jordan's report with pictures on the Scottish Coastal Rowing sitehttp://scottishcoastalrowing.orgExcellent video from a competitors perspective on YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smf6iwtFvFE
    Posted Sep 6, 2016, 3:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Oarsome Storage and Sparkling Harmony Those Tuesday boys have been creative again - fabulous new lockable storage for the skiff oars (which doubles as a bench seat), and Huon Harmony all ready to launch.   Well done all round!
    Posted Sep 6, 2016, 3:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Very Important LBT Special General Meeting Monday 12 September, 5.30pm The Living Boat Trust IncNotice of Special General Meeting of MembersMembers are advised that a Special General Meeting of Members will be held at the Palais Theatre Franklin, 3388 Huon Hwy, Franklin Tas 7113 in the Supper Room, 12 September 2016 at 5.30 pm pursuant to rule 32 of the Living Boat Trust Constitution. No other business may be transacted at the meeting. It is important that all currently paid up LBT members attend if possible.  Meeting will be very brief.
    Posted Sep 5, 2016, 12:25 AM by Posts Editor
  • Important Message from Endra O'May I am organizing Landsowne School to come down to the LBT on the new date of the 9th Of November, a Wednesday.Could you put a call out on the LBT site for members wishing to help on that day, and also into the future, to acquire their  workingwithchildren@justice.tas.gov.au  This takes 6 weeks to process , so they need to do this within next few days.       Thank you Endra 
    Posted Aug 31, 2016, 8:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Team LBT gets Bolder in the Polder (plus an offer you can't refuse!) It's so nice sailing with wonderful scenery slipping by; polders, cows, willows and thatched farms, windmills, even right through the middle of villages.  We often crash out after long days of sailing on canals, rivers and lakes (and Markermeer and Ijsselmeer).We are getting bolder in the polder, as we wait and pass through Klapbruggen (cantilever bridges), the bridge keeper swings the clog and we drop in a euro. Nothing is more fun than this, and everybody smiles at our grinning faces.Lots of bike rides too, it really is exhilarating to zoom though the flat countryside and end up in those gezellige terrasjes by a canal or in a little historic town square to down a delicious bruine ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2016, 4:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Marine Art on Display at Wooden Boat Centre from 9 - 18 September Members of the Huon Art Exhibitions Group and the Australian Society of Marine Artists (Tasmanian branch) are contributing to a maritime themed exhibition to be held in the Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin. This exhibition will open on Friday evening the 9th September at 6.30 pm for 7 pm.  Ex Senator and leader of the Greens, Bob Brown, has kindly agreed to open the exhibition for us.  Entry to the exhibition is $5.00 p.p.  All are most welcome and if you can't make it for the opening, be sure to pop in throughout the following nine days.  All works are for sale. For further information please contact Greg Guy: 0407 462 917
    Posted Aug 28, 2016, 12:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Latest News from Wooden Boat Centre Bay Pilot boat frame for sale, has been constructed and is ready to be finished by a handyman/boatbuilder.  See Gumtree for details. http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/franklin/motorboats-powerboats/bay-pilot-project-boat-designed-by-arch-davis/1122021472
    Posted Aug 26, 2016, 8:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • 50 Shades of Grey: the awesome power of Franklin's seniors This is the action shot you have been waiting for from last weekend's pontoon games.
    Posted Aug 26, 2016, 3:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rosalie recognises LBT Thanks very much to Rosalie Woodruff, Greens MP, for her generous donation to the LBT.  We look forward to seeing her in the shed in the near future, and taking her out on Nancy.
    Posted Aug 25, 2016, 12:51 AM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Harmony - Looking Like a Real Boat Should From Graham Wright.....We finished Huon Harmony's interior today.The plan is to turn it over on Tuesday to prepare and varnish the hull with a second coat and antifoul the week after.A pity it has to go back in the water (just joking!)
    Posted Aug 25, 2016, 12:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • First Cut for our Dutch Boat Builders The Dutch Boat Project is off to a racing start with the first cut of the rare Tasmanian timber that will be used for the construction of a 6-metre BM (Bergumer Meer class) sailboat at the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin, Tasmania.For more pics and details, see the Festival blog: http://awbf.com.au/index.php/2016/08/14/old-skills-new-resources-dutch-project/
    Posted Aug 21, 2016, 1:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Big Launch - No Champagne It must have looked like building the pyramids - rollers, wedges, chains, levers and a cast of thousands. But it worked!The new plastic floats were bolted alongside, the newly welded deck made ready for the planking, obscure big boys toys (winches and jacks) recovered from backyard sheds and to the surprise of most of the participants, the whole 2 tonne structure slid gracefully back into the water. More action shots to follow in 'The Pontoon, Part 2'
    Posted Aug 21, 2016, 1:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Old Sea Dogs Unleashed - Again ! You may recall that Andrew Wilson, who wrote Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania, did a book launch at the shed for his first book.  He will be launching his second book on Monday August 29.   He will do a 20 -30 minute presentation around 6.30 prior to dinner.  He'll have books for sale on the night for $50.00 each and $5.00 from each sale will be donated to the LBT.
    Posted Aug 15, 2016, 12:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • They must have thought the Vikings were coming back ! Richard Foster's sister Kate visited Iona a couple of months ago, and guess what she saw on the beach - these St Ayles skiffs visiting at the same time.
    Posted Aug 13, 2016, 3:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Special General Meeting - Cancelled The Special General Meeting, scheduled for Monday 15th at 5.30 pm, is now cancelled. 
    Posted Aug 11, 2016, 11:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Victorian St Ayles Skiff Championships 4-5 March 2017 From Patrick Groot.....Following on from Franklin's St Ayles Skiff Regatta in February 2017, is the Victorian 'triple whammy' on 4-5 March 2017 at Warrnambool......-  Victorian St Ayles Skiff Championships -  Australian Whaleboat Championships -  South West Wooden Boat Exhibition. The Expressions of Interest flyer is attached, and will be followed up with the official flyer to be put together by Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum, but the weekend is definitely on. It promises to be a brilliant 2 days with what we have planned boating wise and what the owner of Proudfoots Boathouse has in store regarding catering and entertainment. The status of skiffs in Victoria is that 2 are launched: 'Cariad' by Rev' Jim Barr and the Melbourne Welsh ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2016, 4:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Marlborough Sounds trip - sail, row, paddle...... If you enjoyed the Hauraki Gulf in February this year, then how about a Marlborough Sounds trip in the South Island?The latest post on the New Zealand Coastal Rowing site outlines an opportunity for some sailing/rowing in the Marlborough Sounds in February 2017.:https://nzcoastalrowing.org/2016/08/11/great-opportunity-for-some-cruising-in-the-sounds/
    Posted Aug 11, 2016, 4:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australia goes for gold, LBT will settle for bronze   Our On the Water Co-ordinator, Endra O'May is looking for someone who has their current Bronze Medallion and who may be willing to help out during the On the Water Schools Programme  in the coming months.If you have a Bronze Medallion and would like to help out please give Endra a ring on 0412168552 or email her at: endra2012@hotmail.com
    Posted Aug 11, 2016, 4:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tin Recycling Empty clean tins wanted for paint containers by the Imagine painting team.  All tin sizes welcome, bring them down (cleaned first please!)
    Posted Aug 10, 2016, 12:16 AM by Posts Editor
  • An Enormous Transparent Erection by the Blind Man Roller blinds went up today in the verandah area - this will help us keep out the Tasmanian weather, while at the same time enhancing that much sought-after 'indoor-outdoor flow'.  
    Posted Aug 10, 2016, 12:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Important Special General Meeting next Monday The committee strongly encourages all current LBT members to attend a short Special General Meeting to vote on an important membership issue. Details are as follows...... Date: Monday 15 August, 2016 Time: 5:30pm Place: Palais Theatre, Franklin, Supper room  Address: 3388 Huon Hwy, Franklin TAS 7113   The Committee The Living Boat Trust 
    Posted Aug 8, 2016, 1:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Two Musical Events There are many music aficionados among the LBT membership - here are two special events coming up soon.On Sunday 14 August, Yukon's second mate and star clarinetist, Kristopher, will be performing with the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra. The concert - Viva Verdi! - takes place at 2pm in the Hobart Town Hall.  For details see link ;http://www.tyo.org.au/projects-1/viva-verdi;And on Friday 12 August, Jeff Lang, Australian songwriter, singer and slide guitarist plays at the Palais Theatre.  Doors open at 7.30.  A rare chance to catch this superstar locally.  For more information go to ; https://www.facebook.com/events/899273076867737/
    Posted Aug 4, 2016, 5:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah Poster It’s the people that make each tawe nunnugah Raid a unique and memorable experience. Now’s the time to get the word out and see who we can attract to join us for tn17 (1-10 February, 2017). If you have a colour printer and go to places frequented by boaty people, please download the PDF of the tn17 poster (available here),  Print out a few copies and pin them up in prominent places on all their noticeboards.
    Posted Aug 2, 2016, 2:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Well done to our team at Skiffie Worlds in Ireland! According to the BBC, there were over 50 clubs and 1000 competitors taking part in the World Skiffies at Strangford Lough last week.  After the excitement of coming 2nd in their heat on Thursday, the final for their main event (50+ womens) took place on Friday.   According to reports, it was a beautiful clear day, but with an evil wind and sloppy big waves - very unlike our flat calm Huon.   Team LBT/Huon/Tasmania did a great job flying the flag for Tassie - in the final they came 7th in a pack of 15.  
    Posted Jul 30, 2016, 9:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiff Worlds Latest Update The LBT girls at Strangford Lough World Skiffies in Ireland decided to enter the women's under 40's races on Tuesday.  They successfully made it through the heats, and came in the middle of the pack for the finals (consisting of 15 skiffs.)  Well done!  And note that this is not their main event, which is the women's 50+ races on Thursday and Friday.Happy Huon LBT girls and Coach
    Posted Jul 27, 2016, 3:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • February 2017 - a busy month in and around Franklin February 2017 is shaping up to be a very big month for small boats in the south of Tasmania, with much of the action happening in and around Franklin.The Living Boat Trust in Franklin is once again organising a 10-day small boat expedition starting at Recherche Bay at the very edge of Tasmania’s southwest wilderness and finishing in Hobart in time to join the sail past at the start of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival (AWBF). Row or sail in company through stunning coastal scenery, camping at exclusive locations and being fed by our expedition chef - what better way to arrive at the festival? The tawe nunnugah Raid (tn17) runs from 1-10 February 2017, is fully ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2016, 2:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • World Skiffies, Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland - skiffs as far as the eye can see First report from LBT/Huon team at the World St Ayles Skiffies.... Sunday July 24 Opening day row from Strangford to Delamont, in the beautiful new skiff - named 'The Feathers' - kindly loaned by The Black Neb rowing club.  This boat has round oars and they are lighter than ours, interesting foot rests.It was a 2 hour row from Strangford around to Delamont. The girls rowed well and were able to relax a bit once they became more used to the oars, and the current. The narrows at Strangford has to be seen to believed!  A wonderful gathering at Delamont for the opening ceremony, cocktail party with finger food, plus a burger and sausage tent.The Tasmanians have beèn welcomed ...
    Posted Jul 25, 2016, 12:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Any one for a game of pontoon? Graham Rankin writes:  'Some members may be aware that the Trust obtained a grant to build a couple of pontoons in order to improve access to our boats and accommodate our growing fleet.Well we have the pontoons, which are being modified by Drysdale Engineering.We have the the timber and now we just need to build it!  LBT stalwart, David Pittaway has bravely volunteered to co ordinate the build, and he would like to hear from any members who would like to help with this mammoth task. It's not quite the Ark, but there is a lot of timber to wrangled. Ten longitudinal timber beams  have to scarphed before being bolted to the pontoons and then the decking ...
    Posted Jul 25, 2016, 5:57 AM by Richard Forster
  • Poster Competition for St Ayles Skiff Regatta 2017 The St Ayles Skiff Regatta will be held in Franklin in February 2017 - for the event, the organising committee is holding a poster competition - with a cash prize of $250.  Entries close at the end of August, so get out those brushes, crayons, or whatever....... If you, or someone you know, might be interested in entering one (or more) posters for this event, please carefully read the details below.  Information about the competition plus plus terms and conditions are attached.  The St Ayles Skiff logo (which needs to be included in the poster) can be found on the LBT website http://lbt.rforster.org/tasskiffie2017
    Posted Jul 23, 2016, 1:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • Anybody Know Who Owns these Fenders? Fenders are one of those pieces of equipment that often get lost or relocated. Thanks to Liz Marshall's efforts, our fenders are not likely to go walkabout.
    Posted Jul 21, 2016, 2:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rowan Resplendent Graham Wright writes.......A final touch up here and there on Thursday and then Rowan will be ready to launch next Tuesday.It's taken a while to restore her, but given the condition she was in when we started we now have a boat to be proud of.But the paint was barely dry when we have prepared the next project 'Huon Harmony'Allan rowed her ashore, Paul used the pressure washer to clean out all the dirt, leaves and some flaking paint.We all carried her in the front door and the floors have been removed ready to start preparing the paint and varnish work.Ah well only 5 more Grebes after this one!
    Posted Jul 21, 2016, 12:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Hazard Huon River MAST Notice No.: M126-16;  Title: Navigation Hazard - Huon River; Valid From: 15/7/2016;Valid Until: 29/7/2016.  Notice Content: Mariners are advised that with flood conditions in the Huon River it has been reported that there are various hazards in the river downstream from Huonville and at Franklin around the moorings and boat ramp area.   
    Posted Jul 15, 2016, 4:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Special LBT members discount for Nancy trip!! CANCELLED DUE TO FLOODS To celebrate mid-winter, the Living Boat Trust is offering three opportunities to cruise from Franklin to Huonville and return at a very special members' price. Living Boat Trust members can take advantage of this once-only offer to enjoy a two-hour cruise for a low $25.Please consider supporting these cruises and showing your appreciation of the volunteers who have put hundreds of hours into preparing Nancy for longer trips.Nancy will depart Franklin at 10.30am on the July 16,17,18 for Huonville and return.The weather forecast is looking good for the weekend.Bookings at nancywintercruise.gmail.comPhone Annette on 62664441All proceeds go to the upkeep of MV Nancy
    Posted Jul 15, 2016, 4:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hey Dude, Where's my Skiff? A Scottish group did a test capsize on a St Ayles skiff without buoyancy. Interesting result!
    Posted Jul 11, 2016, 6:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Full House at the Shed Last Night It was a farewell occasion for our LBT team who are representing us at the St Ayles Skiff World Championships in northern Ireland later this month. Tim Brown, their coach, described their dedication over the previous months and the great progress they had made as rowers.  Jilly laid on a very appropriate Irish Stew.   The Tasmania clock (Huon Pine of course) will grace the bar of the Irish rowing club  (Black Neb) that is providing them with a brand new skiff to race in.
    Posted Jul 11, 2016, 6:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder - LBT subscriptions due Subscriptions, plus personal details, required from EVERYONE, please.Subs:$40 for a single$70 for a couple or familyPlus $100 annual fee per person for rowers (you can still pay the $5 per week if you prefer)$120 group or corporate membersAny new members who paid in the last 3 months (April, May, June) this amount also covers you for the 2016/2017 membership. Payment directly to the bank is preferred, remembering to give your full name. so we know you have paid us.Bendigo Bank Huonville BranchBSB 633-000Account # 149496275Living Boat TrustIf you have not received your confirmation of payment by August then assume we didn't receive your payment, so please contact ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2016, 4:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Log Blog We received a tip from the Wooden Boat Festival that two Hydrowood celery pine logs, harvested from the bottom of a lake out west, were about to arrive at Roger Linnells  sawmill on the Channel Highway.  We hotfooted around there in time to see Roger pushing said logs off the truck.  It is intended that this wood be used for the construction of a traditional Dutch boat by a team of traditional Dutchmen at the Wooden Boat Centre,  and that the boat will then be displayed at the Festival.It was great to see old friend of the LBT and life member Roger up and about, having largely recovered from the stroke he suffered last year.   What is also good ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2016, 12:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Away with the Decks..... David Pittaway and the team have been hard at work stripping the wooden decking off the old pontoons so that framing can be welded on to receive extra buoyancy floats.
    Posted Jul 7, 2016, 12:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Yellow Boat at the Marina From Glynn Shevels.....The Volunteer Marine Rescue vessel is at Franklin for the next three weeks having its motors serviced, plus a new remote spotlight fitted and a 6 person lIferaft fitted - all by Franklin Marine.Drop by and say hello and have a look at what we do. See the specialised equipment we have on board to assist in our role of  being a Marine Rescue boat.
    Posted Jul 6, 2016, 11:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Want to improve your navigation skills? Coastal Navigation with Greg Guy;Greg will run a coastal navigation course at the Wooden Boat Centre, two weeknights per week, 26th July - 8th September.  The course is designed to give students practical knowledge and basic navigation skills for safe boating.  Two practical boating sessions on weekend days will be included as part of the course.   This will give students the opportunity to get on the water and practice applied knowledge.  Suitable dates for the on water practical components of the course will be negotiated with the group on course commencement.  No prior boating or navigation knowledge is necessary.Course duration: 6.30 – 9pm Tuesday and Thursday nights for 6 weeks.Tuition fees: $360 (or $240 for Living Boat Trust ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2017, 3:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bargain Mid Winter Rates on Nancy to Huonville To celebrate mid-winter, the Living Boat Trust is offering three opportunities to cruise from Franklin to Huonville and return, at once-only VERY special prices.  Now that the new long-range lithium batteries have been installed and tested thanks to Brian Marriot and his team, Nancy can reliably take passengers on longer journeys. Thank you once again to our generous benefactor Martin Krynen for his support in purchasing the new batteries.Nancy will depart Franklin at 10.30am on the July 16,17,18 for Huonville and return.Adults $40Conc $30Child $20Bookings at nancywintercruise.gmail.comPhone 62664441mv-nancy-tours.org
    Posted Jul 6, 2016, 12:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wanna Be Engaged? Received from Huon Valley Council.......Good afternoon,  Council is conducting a Community Engagement in regards to a Huon D’Entrecasteaux boundary adjustment.  Could you please share the link below;http://www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/consultations/huon-dentrecasteaux/ 
    Posted Jul 5, 2016, 4:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Belgian Canal Capers From Hans and Nell, from an inner city mooring in Ghent, Belgium......We ate our moules in Dunkirk, sailing along the coast from Calais. Into the canals and Belgium the back way, heading for Ypres and the memorials of the great war, just because they were there and our interest in world wars had been awakened at Dover Castle and operation Dynamo, the evacuation at Dunkirk. Different wars but hey...Ypres and the surrounding region was completely devastated, a huge, muddy wasteland, but when the locals were asked whether they wanted a modern city they unanimously opted for a complete restoration of their familiar home. Truly a wonder to behold today.On to Bruges, a medieval jewel and city of ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2016, 4:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Walking on Water The Tuesday workshop team regularly perform miracles - here is their latest, walking on water during an unusually high tide
    Posted Jul 1, 2016, 12:50 AM by Posts Editor
  • From Franklin to the World Championships On Monday 11 July, the regular LBT dinner will be an official farewell to our LBT team who are off to Northern Ireland to compete in the world St Ayles Skiff championships.  Jilly will be the head chef - book early to make sure of a space.
    Posted Jul 1, 2016, 12:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Stunning Models Visit LBT Unfortunately, not Kate Moss or Naomi Campbell...... but a beautiful model of a 1940's British trawler (complete with bow-thruster) plus a model schooner.Graham Wright writes.....Paul Frost one of our newer members to the Tuesday/Thursday group surprised us today with a couple of model boats he has built.These are not only beautifully built with amazing detail but they are radio controlled and can be put through their paces in the water.Watch this space for more images when they are launched in the river.
    Posted Jun 28, 2016, 4:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Diesel Course at Franklin Marine One of the great advantages enjoyed by the Living Boat Trust is the strength of maritime community around it.  This was demonstrated on Sunday at the diesel course delivered by Laurence Burgin at our neighbours Franklin Marine.  Laurence has decades of experience in building and maintaining boats, and all this was used to expand on the excellent notes provided, and inform and illustrate the course with telling anecdotes and very specific information.    We students ranged from those of us who were trying to come to grips with our newly purchased but geriatric donks,  to others who have cruised the world and just needed a top up on their mechanical expertise.  Laurence was able to assist all. 
    Posted Jun 28, 2016, 3:34 AM by Posts Editor
  • MAST - Notice to Mariners - Navigation Hazard - Huon River Marine and Safety Tasmania: -Notice No.:             M109-16:Title:                      Navigation Hazard - Huon River:Valid From:           27/6/2016 -Valid Until:            27/7/2016 -Notice Content:Mariners are advised that a car has been cut into pieces and disposed of in the water off Franklin rowing ways in the Huon River.Mariners should navigate with caution in the area.
    Posted Jun 27, 2016, 7:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • An Important Message from the LBT Committee One of the things members love about our organization are the varied activities we offer our members.Whether it's a convivial chat over a great meal at a Monday night dinner, a row or a sail on our wonderful river or honing our skills in the workshop with like minded people.We are lots of things to a lot of people.At the heart of it all, we are a grass roots community group, a not for profit organization, whose aims, among other things are to maintain and celebrate our maritime heritage, pass on skills, and to provide a supportive environment for our members,where they feel welcomed.In recent times concerns have been expressed to the committee regarding ...
    Posted Jun 24, 2016, 1:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Grebes Join Star Studded Cast From Marcia Waller, Huon Valley Theatre: Remember back when the sun was shining, and our Grebes and the Yukon were being filmed for an upcoming performance at the Huon Valley Theatre.....  Now the waiting is over, and you have your chance to 'spot the Grebe' in the July production of "Two Tales of a River".Location - Huonville Town HallEvening and matinee performances, starting 22 July - see posters for more information and details of how to book.
    Posted Jun 21, 2016, 11:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Busy Days in the New Extension From Graham Wright The new extension is working well, when the wheels are fitted to the heavy bench and table saw, the space will be even more flexible.With Rowan and Imagine both in the workshop there is still plenty of room to work. Rowan was in pretty poor condition especially the paint work. Peter Hill has been supervising the preparation and choice of paint so it lasts until the next overhaul.Because we are using oil based paint in the cold weather, drying time has become an issue so it will take a little longer to finish than we first thought, but it will be worth it. The finished colours for Rowan will be, Inside hull as in the ...
    Posted Jun 22, 2016, 4:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • The World Awaits the Girls from LBT In preparation for the upcoming St Ayles Skiff World Championships in Northern Ireland in July, team Castle Forbes Bay have been putting in long hours training in rain, wind and fog - additionally mastering the essential Irish skill of downing a pint of Guinness in one go.  Equal hours, of course, have been spent deciding what to wear.  Here is the final team uniform revealed, together with some other styles that were eliminated in the early rounds.They are representing not just the LBT and Tasmania, but the entire southern hemisphere - no pressure!The Tyrollean team......This was the preferred option for the Ancient Mariners over 60's rowers uniform.....The unbeatable uniform from Team Columbia.....
    Posted Jun 21, 2016, 12:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Useful Courses at Franklin Marine Although the marine diesel course this coming Sunday is full up, there are still places later in the year (August and September), and also in the Cruising course.  See below for links to details. Marine Diesel Engines for Beginners - Covers Engine & Drivetrain | franklinmarine.com.au/dieselclassPreparing your Boat for Cruising - Covers the Other Mechanical & Electrical Systems | franklinmarine.com.au/cruisingworkshopDates, cost and information are all on the respective pages - and people can sign up online directly from there.
    Posted Jun 20, 2016, 11:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Award Winning Documentary comes to Cygnet Amnesty International and Rural Australians for Refugees ( RAR ) local groups invite you to a screening of Steve Thomas’ award winning documentary, “Freedom Stories”, Sunday 26th June, at 2.00 pm, in the Cygnet Supper Room, (upstairs from the Town Hall).   More details attached.
    Posted Jun 19, 2016, 4:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ever-expanding St Ayles Skiff Empire It's all happening in Williamstown - they are seeking women who might be interested in a 'come and try' rowing session, then building a skiff, rowing a skiff and eventually competing.  Marguerite Porte plans to be there as our representative.  Their flyer is attached
    Posted Jun 19, 2016, 4:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hans Across the Sea (crewed by Nell of course) Continuing their study tour of the Great Pontoons of Western Europe, Hans and Nell write......... writeFrom HansWe had a great sail across the Channel. Dodged lots of ships and sneaked into Calais to tie up on a mooring. Couldn't raise  them on the radio or phone so either they're on strike or they're watching the European cup (football).We will probably just spend the night here since the lock does not open until 22.30, when we will be soundly asleep.Tomorrow to Dunkerque by sea and then we will step ashore on French soil and go and eat some moules et frites.From Nell Hi family and friends. We have arrived in France ...
    Posted Jun 18, 2016, 4:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Membership Subscriptions Due 1 July Subs plus personal details required from EVERYONE, please. The LBT has an exciting time ahead. Shed extension is completed, new equipment installed, regular maintenance continues, new pontoon to be added, Monday night dinners delight, the thrill and excitement of the TN17 and St Ayles Skiff Regatta 2017 and there is even more messing about in boats, so join us again for the 2016/2017 year.   Subs: $40 for a single $70 for a couple or family Plus $100 per person for rowers (you can still pay the $5 per week if you prefer) $120 group or corporate members Any new members who paid in the last 3 months (April, May, June) this amount also covers you for the 2016/2017 ...
    Posted Jun 17, 2016, 1:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • Stairway to Heaven: Whereabouts Unknown Our very useful ladder that gave access to the treasures of the 'balcony' in the LBT has just gone walkabout.  If you have borrowed it, we need it back please.
    Posted Jun 15, 2016, 11:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Flying Fifteen Comes in to Land LBT's most controversial boat was loaded onto its trailer by Mike Dredge and his assistants.  Martin Krynen has very kindly allowed us to store it temporarily in the evaporator sheds until its long-term fate is decided. 
    Posted Jun 13, 2016, 2:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • Jetty Mystery Solved Laurence Burgin writes.....The jetty is the new public jetty paid for jointly by Council and MAST from Recreational Boating Fund.Kelvin Aldridge has shepherded the project through years of hoops - well done Kelvin!So jetty is available for all to use and is in the protected side of the town reach.  An application is in for a floating pontoon to be attached.  Not sure when it is open, no doubt Kelvin will know.
    Posted Jun 13, 2016, 1:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • Gourmet Dining at LBT Kate and her kitchen crew climbed to new heights providing a delicious meal for the 45 visiting members of the Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania. Surrounded by our usual oars, masts, sails and woodworking gear the members felt right at home. Lawrence kicked off the night with a local wine, Highland Estate, and cider, Simply Cider, tasting.Tess, Lorrie and Bruce supported Kate on the other side of the kitchen, another successful LBT dinner.
    Posted Jun 12, 2016, 6:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mystery Pop-up Jetty at Huonville Regular river users will have noticed a substantial jetty which has been very rapidly built opposite the Huonville boat ramp.  No signage or contractors details - nothing about it found on Huonville Council or MAST websites.  What is it for I wonder?  
    Posted Jun 10, 2016, 9:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Music to Raid By Alistair McRae writes Long time Raid musician Eleanor Tucker is  playing at the Hobart Brewing Company on Monday June 13 from 5-7pm. She will be playing some songs from her soon to be released second album, which I have been lucky enough to get a sneak preview of, it is wonderful.  I have been involved in the last four Raids, and if my memory serves me well, which it doesn’t always, I think Eleanor has played on each of these Raids quite often more than one night. It would be great to see a few folks there to support her. If you could sneak this into the newsletter I would be most appreciative
    Posted Jun 10, 2016, 12:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tasmanian Nightingale No, this isn't the latest bird sighting, but an upcoming tribute to Amy Sherman in Huonville Friends of the Theatre Royal AMY SHERWIN TRIBUTE - THE TASMANIAN NIGHTINGALE A Celebration of Her Life As a child, the musically gifted Amy Sherwin, the ‘Tasmanian Nightingale’, starred in many productions including the pantomime Puss in Boots, presented in the barn at Inlet Farm which served as the Huon District Hall in the 1800s. She went on to a very successful career as an opera singer, firstly starring in her home State and then travelling to sing in New Zealand, Europe and the United States of America to high acclaim. She made visits back to sing in Australia and she always included Tasmania ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2016, 12:29 AM by Posts Editor
  • Congratulations to St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Association of Australia Incorporated - who would have Imagined? This is where it all started in Australia .......Patrick Groot advises that on the 7th of June "the St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Association of Australia Incorporated has been been created. Please find the attached certificate of incorporation."
    Posted Jun 7, 2016, 2:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday/Thursday group hard at work on Rowan Photos from Glynn Shevels.  Great to see the LBT extension being used.
    Posted Jun 7, 2016, 2:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Skiff goals nutted out For many months, Margie Porte has been working with other skiff groups in Australia to formulate the aims of the national association. These kinds of statements will become more and more important as St Ayles skiff rowing continues to expand around Australia.   For the draft statement of the Association's purposes, please see attached document.
    Posted Jun 5, 2016, 7:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Editor takes short sabbatical - stand-ins step up Like any good football team, we have players on the bench warmed up, ready to leap into action.  Readers of this column might remember a hiatus a couple of weeks ago.   That well oiled machine that is the Living Boat Trust, quickly clicked back into gear and normal service was resumed.  Subpoenas for libel or defamation, general complaints, plus items for inclusion and miscellaneous brown envelope cash donations should be sent to Barbara and David at ozskiff@gmail.com  Pic by Bestbudbrian
    Posted Jun 5, 2016, 2:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Antarctica to Queensland all in one day Fascinating weather info revealed on the LBT site......Your LBT homepage sometimes has interesting information.  The attached screen shot shows that at 10.39pm on 4th June (Saturday) the temperature was 2.9 degrees - quite balmy by the standards of the recent cold snap.  But the interesting bit is that by 7.50am the following morning it was a sweltering 15.4 degrees.  A screen refresh brought the summary box up to date.  Thanks to Tony Dow for providing all this meteorological information.  
    Posted Jun 4, 2016, 7:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • No Roamin' for Rowan - at least not for a while Graham Rankin reports......Rowan is in for some overdue TLC.  We are planning on converting what you see into a thing of beauty.  Allan used a sponge to get the rest of the water out and then a heat gun to start the drying process. A lot of the dark blue will have to be taken back to the wood to prepare a surface ready for painting.  Due to the poor condition of the paintwork we are estimating 3 to 4 weeks at least.When complete we will start on the Grebes, they are in better condition so a slightly shorter time.  Our plan is to do this each year between June and August so the fleet is ready for ...
    Posted Jun 3, 2016, 2:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nothin' Dooen - and other famous sinkings NOTICE TO MARINERSNotice No.:             M75-16;Title:                      Navigation Hazard – Port Huon;Valid From:           1/6/2016;Valid Until:            10/6/2016;Notice Content:;Mariners are advised that the vessel ‘Dooen’, a 13.72 metre (45 foot) ex tug, has sunk on mooring 9765 at Port Huon in position at 43⁰ 09.53’ S / 146⁰ 58.358’ E .;The vessel is not visible at high tide.;Attempts are being made to remove the vessel.  ;Mariners should navigate with caution in this area.;
    Posted Jun 1, 2016, 11:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Montague Whaler: Jutland Centenary Special Tucked away alongside the Franklin Wooden Boat School is a significant piece of naval history which students from Huonville High School and others are helping to restore. Badly damaged when a flood swept it onto a bridge pier, this 27 foot naval whaler is one of the few remaining examples of a once ubiquitous boat type.  All major warships from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and of course the British Navy would have used them as ships boats from the 1890's right up to the 1960's. Whalers would have been on the scene at Gallipoli, Jutland, Dunkirk, D-Day and Korea. The Franklin boat now appears to have most of its structural repairs completed and when finished will be ...
    Posted Jun 1, 2016, 11:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Beat the rush and register for the next Tawe Nunnugah Raid (tn17) now. We would love to see old friends and longstanding members of the Living Boat Trust in the 2017 Raid, but to be fair to everyone, if we are oversubscribed we will offer priority to those people who apply early - so get your EOI in now and beat the rush (go to: http://lbt.rforster.org/tn17 for more information. The 2017 tawe nunnugah Raid begins in Recherche Bay on Wednesday 1 February and finishes at the start of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart in Friday 10 February. The journey will take the fleet of small rowing and sailing boats from Recherche Bay at the edge of Tasmania’s southwest wilderness up the D'Entrecasteaux Channel along the beautiful ...
    Posted May 30, 2016, 10:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Dutch really love their leeboards Writing about Dutch boat builders last week reminded me of a visit to the Dutch traditional boat show at Enkhuizen a few years ago.  Leeboards are unusual in Australia as a means of reducing leeway (going sideways under sail) but very popular in Holland in all sizes of boat. The grey shapes outside the LBT shed are not 1950's modernistic coffee table tops, but leeboards for our own Gretchen, eagerly waiting to be used.
    Posted May 29, 2016, 9:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • MAST conduct root and branch investigation Marine and Safety Tasmania-------------------------------------------Notice No.:             M70-16Title:                      Navigation Hazard – Huon RiverValid From:           26/05/2016Valid Until:            28/05/2016Notice Content: A large floating tree has been sighted in the Huon River in position: 43 degrees 12.9 / 147 degrees 01.3 Mariners should navigate with caution in the area.
    Posted May 26, 2016, 4:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Flying Dutchmen Coming Here.... Avid followers of the wooden boat scene will know that 6 young Dutch boat builders from Amsterdam will be in Franklin constructing a 16 square metre sailboat at the Wooden Boat School from early November.  This boat will go on display at the 2017 Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart.They are looking for home-stay hosts in or near Franklin who can offer one or more berths. Want to help? Call the AWBF office on (03) 6223 3375 or drop an email to manager@australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au.The classic Dutch boat in the picture is nothing like the boat they will be building, which is a 16 square metre which is not unlike our own beloved Flying Fifteen
    Posted May 26, 2016, 12:43 AM by Posts Editor
  • Short Recreational and Trade Courses at the Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin Come and join us in the Boat Shed. A wider range of short courses are now on offer for 2016 and 2017.View this email in your browserBoatbuilding courses for recreation and for those wishing to gain skills to enter the wooden boat building industry. We are now offering a wider range of short courses that will give people a choice of options in different types of wooden boat building and restoration.  Alternatively you may like to stay with us for a longer period of time and learn multiple aspects of wooden boat building, design and restoration.  You can finish a course on a Friday and start another on a Monday. We hope there is a course for you ...
    Posted May 26, 2016, 12:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion at Franklin Marine - one day course Have you been hoping to take your boat cruising?We think you'll find this  one-day course will give you the knowledge and  confidence you need to get away from the dock!Laurence has just finished revising his previously popularPreparing your Boat for Cruising course guide. We are now calling for an expression of interest to see who would be interested and which dates would suit you best.Did you enjoy Marine Diesel Engines for Beginners?This course is considered the  next level of our popular Marine Diesel Engines for Beginners course, and will teach you how to maintain the rest of your boat  in the same  fun and informative environment.If you would like to come along ...
    Posted May 26, 2016, 12:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon Playtime In scenes reminiscent of valiant tugmen towing the Mulberry Harbours to the D-Day landings, Mike Dredge and Hans pulled donated pontoons upriver to Franklin. These will be used in our new jetty facility.  Cruise ships will soon be docking at the LBT.
    Posted May 20, 2016, 11:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Well done WOW! Friday night saw another fantastic event, organised by the amazing ladies from Women on Water. Great food, entertaining film and over $2500 raised for the LBT coffers.  Wonderful result.
    Posted May 20, 2016, 8:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • St Ayles Skiff Regatta 2017 - newsletter #1 First newsletter for the 2017 regatta attached below.  A not-to-be-missed date for your diaries - Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 February 2017.  Opening ceremony on afternoon of Friday 17 February.  More details to follow.....
    Posted May 19, 2016, 6:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • History Channel Two interesting snippets from our Tasmanian Maritime Museums1.  A talk on accessing Australia's maritime archives - to be held in the Royal Society Rooms at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Tuesday 7 June at 12 noon.2. Regular newsletter from Devonport's Bass Strait Maritime Museum - see PDF file belowPlease find attached a copy of the latest issue of th Bass Strait MHaritime Centre News.
    Posted May 18, 2016, 11:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • R and R for Imagine Yesterday afternoon, the Huon River's hardest working boat was paddled into dry dock for Refurbishment and Restoration.  Helpers of all skill levels are needed to bring this boat back to her former glory. Come down to the shed Wednesdays and find out how you can help.
    Posted May 16, 2016, 10:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Festival Update For the latest newsletter, see the following link
    Posted May 16, 2016, 5:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Curry and Movie night Don't forget revised date - this Friday 20 May, doors open 6pm.  Only $20 for curry, dessert and movie. Best value in the Valley!!
    Posted May 16, 2016, 5:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Margaret Forster memorial service Palais Theatre, Franklin; Friday, 13th May; Doors open 1pm; Ceremonies begin 2pm; If you want to contribute a photo, picture, or something written please come before 2pm and put it on the board provided;If you wish contribute something to the ceremony please contact richardfrankforster@gmail.com ; If you are staying for the wake please bring a plate.  
    Posted May 7, 2016, 7:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT News Column This column is having a short vacation whilst we get reorganised. Patience please.
    Posted May 5, 2016, 7:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • RIP Margaret Forster Margaret died peacefully this (Thursday) morning at Royal Hobart Hospital.  There will be a memorial service and wake.  Stay tuned.  Pic of Margaret sewing the LBT flag
    Posted May 7, 2016, 7:30 AM by Posts Editor
  • Curry and Movie night It was so good last time it was worth a reprise.  Come along to the Palais on Friday 13th May at 6pm.  Details in the flyer below.
    Posted Apr 30, 2016, 5:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Farewell LBT post box The postal service has jacked up the annual cost of our box to the point where it's not worth keeping it, especially when we can have mail delivered directly to the shed.  From now on all correspondence should be sent to 3337 Huon Hwy Franklin, 7113  The eagle eyed will have noticed that the LBT logo in the website header now sports our internet address rather than the old postal one.  We are busy combing through the electronic stationary making the requisite changes,  but it may take some time.  Sarah at the Post Office knows who we are and can put anything that is misdirected back on the right path.
    Posted Apr 28, 2016, 7:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Members Meeting, Monday 9th May Any members interested in having an influence on the  issues the committee is considering should come along to the shed before dinner at  5.30pm on this date.  We'll have a look at the minutes of the last committee meeting (see http://bit.ly/1TfzB9Q)  to get us going and take it from there.  The LBT lives and dies by the involvement of us all,  and we hope that regular meetings of this type will help spread the word, generate good ideas, and get us all pulling together.
    Posted Apr 28, 2016, 2:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • The SV Rhona H and the saga of the Bell John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes:  'Please find attached the flyer (http://bit.ly/1VW1Hh2) for the next MMT lunchtime talk, to be held next Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 12 noon at the Royal Society Room, TMAG.  This time we have the owners and crew of the SV Rhona H recounting some of the tales of this beautiful Tasmanian ketch and the restoration work currently going on.'  Those of us who were in Franklin on Australia Day have happy memories of watching the Rhona H sailing up the Huon.  Pic from Aspen Cauchi
    Posted Apr 28, 2016, 7:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • At the movies: Dead Calm Coming up at the Palais Theatre in Franklin this Sunday night (1st May) is this classic 'on the water' film, starring our Nic (Kidman).  Doors open at 6.30 for a start around 7pm:  bring a plate and a gold  coin.
    Posted Apr 27, 2016, 3:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Shed Warming Party, Tuesday 10th May We need to launch the new extension, and Tuesday 10th, 3.30-8.00pm has been chosen as a good time for a party.  Starting in daylight hours means we can include some on the water activities, for  instance Nancy excursions in the festivities.  There will a short session for formalities at 6.30pm, but apart from that it will be fairly free and easy.  We'll fire up the BBQ and some food and drink will be provided, but if you aren't a special guest and haven't been closely involved in the build please make a contribution.  More details to follow: put it in your diary. avi  
    Posted Apr 28, 2016, 6:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT members at large column Deb Van Velsen is at the 'start of 10 days camping on Big Green Island off Flinders Is. as a Parks volunteer on a rat baiting program'.  Follow her on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/debvanv
    Posted Apr 26, 2016, 5:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Working Bee at Matt's, May 1st  Matt and Gill write:  'Following the great success of the last working bee earth rendering our straw bale house we are coming close to finishing sealing up the straw before winter! We are planning another Session on Sunday 1st May in a final push.  A very BIG thank you to all those who joined us for the last session which was great fun. For the poor people who missed all the mudding action and those who wish to return for more, we would love to see you all on Sunday from 9 am onward. Lunch provided. If you can please let us know if you can make it for catering. Anyone who wants to join in without getting too muddy ...
    Posted Apr 26, 2016, 5:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Winter season dinners to begin at 7 o'clock Cooks have decided to serve Monday dinners a little earlier now that daylight is fading.  Pic from http://www.freeimages.com
    Posted Apr 26, 2016, 4:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Inspiration for the next LBT build? Friend of the LBT Brian Tyler pointed to this collection of interesting vehicles/vessels:  bit.ly/1SCf2a3 .  We aren't sure that the anchor in the example shown below would hold on shifting ground, but otherwise ... Pic from http://www.joe-ks.com/archives_may2012/SOV.htm
    Posted Apr 23, 2016, 9:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Grebes in the frame The next Huon Valley Theatre production involves some multimedia, and today (Sunday) they were  filming segments of a dinghy rowing race in colonial times.  Yukon was out taking advantage of the northerly breeze, and provided some nice context.  We look forward to opening night - see the flyer for 'Two tales of a river' below and book at http://www.huonvalleytheatre.com/ 
    Posted Apr 23, 2016, 10:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Deploying the pontoons Hans Sipsma has supplied this latest plan for mooring the pontoon near Cartela.  The advantages of it is that it: provides a new home for Nancy; maximises the amount of wharf space for mooring other boats; makes use of relatively sheltered, easily accessed water, near the landing beach; places the pontoon well clear of the marina.
    Posted Apr 21, 2016, 4:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Garage Sale at the Palais: Sunday June 12th Barbara Dawson writes: 'Time to look through your cupboards and sheds for buried treasure that will make your fortune if you sell it at the Palais Garage Sale.  $15 for a site, plus $5 for a trestle table. All proceeds go to preservation of Franklin Palais Theatre.  Bookings through Noel on 6266 3480 or noelwoodrow@bigpond.com - hurry, sites are selling fast!'
    Posted Apr 21, 2016, 4:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Yay! Lockup! Graham Rankin and the team hung the front doors on the extension today (Wednesday).  Congratulations to all concerned, it looks great. 
    Posted Apr 20, 2016, 3:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fleet becalmed Looks like the autumn airs will be too light to propel the Grebes this afternoon (Monday April 18th): lets postpone sailing to another day.
    Posted Apr 17, 2016, 2:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Extra navigation marks for the river Laurence Burgin writes: I have submitted an application to the MAST Recreational Boat Fund for the third year running, and think we are in with a good chance this year to get extra navigation marks between Castle Forbes Bay and Franklin.  Check the following link and scroll to Page 63:  http://www.mast.tas.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Web-Site-2016-RBF-Applications.pdf.  We have a lot of boats go aground each year which is unfortunate and bad for reputation of  the port of Franklin.  We need some folks to come to the forum to support the proposal at Hobart:Wednesday, 11 May at 7.00pm; Bellerive Yacht Club; Cambridge Road, Bellerive.  We could go as ...
    Posted Apr 17, 2016, 4:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon Design We have been in discussion with the marine engineer Murray Isles about how best to refurbish our pontoons, and following a suggestion from Hans Sipsma to move the flotation to the outside, Murray has come up with the design attached: bit.ly/23M3Bl5 .  This design uses each of the steel pontoons (currently sitting down near Cartela) as a core, with 3 large rectangular floats down either side.  It gives the stability and carrying capacity required, and minimises that amount of construction work required.  We already have 4 of the floats in the sitting in the new extension, but will need eight more to complete the project.  ANYBODY KNOW WHERE WE CAN OBTAIN SOME EXTRA FLOTATION??  The current plan is to ...
    Posted Apr 17, 2016, 4:34 AM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF newsletter The latest from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival.  Paul Cullen writes:  'Here's your copy of the latest news from the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival.  The date that many of you have been waiting for has arrived (well, almost!) Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for Boats Afloat in the 2017 festival will open on Monday morning, April 18.  It's not a race - all EOIs go to our selection panel for careful review and the selection is made from the pool of all entries received by the closing date, Monday 17 October.  But it doesn't hurt to get your EOI in early:  the judges can only work with what we've received.  Take your time and make your EOI ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2016, 3:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs to Kangaroo Island? Steve Coombs is currently sailing the family boat from Perth to Franklin. At Monday night dinner we heard from Corinne about his visit to American River on Kangaroo Island, and how he had been impressed with the community's plans to build the replica schooner 'Independence' (see pic below, and story at (http://bit.ly/1Vneuc5)).    On Tuesday we received a call from Rob Ayliffe inviting us down to visit this community, and were able to say (portentously) 'we know all about that'.  Thanks Corinne!   As to the invitation:  it will take a while to get the schooner project up and running, and there is enthusiasm to build a St Ayles Skiff in the interim.  The plan is to have ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2016, 8:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ruth Young news Unfortunately there were complications after the amputation below the knee that Ruth had three weeks ago.  She has had to have a further operation - this time above the knee.  John tells us that she is doing well and is comfortable.  If you wish to visit her then that should be ok later this week - after Thursday. 
    Posted Apr 12, 2016, 4:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mud, mud glorious mud Matt Wardell writes; 'Do you think you could put a little note on the LBT web about our earth rendering working bee on Sunday for those that didn’t make it last night? We are trying to make a big push to get the straw bales sealed up before winter: lot 96 Cemetery Road, Dover; Sunday 17th 9 am start; bring some old cloths and prepare to get muddy; lunch provided; please call or email if you can come; Matt 0428 279 002; email: svwooshee@gmail.com. ' 
    Posted Apr 11, 2016, 9:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • River to Rainforest Our friends at the Wooden Boat Centre, 'Yukon'  and Franks Cider want to remind people about their 'River to Rainforest' tour.  Might suit interstate visitors especially.  Book at bit.ly/1YqEbWx.  Nice that the Huon Pine is now 'famous' and not 'infamous' on their poster (see below).  Ah, typos.  On a related note, David Nash tells us that there have been more than 1,000 passengers on Yukon this season, which is fantastic.
    Posted Apr 11, 2016, 5:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 11th April Both Meteye and Willy Weather have the winds dying away on Monday to breezes much more manageable than the gales which caused the Southport expedition to be called off on Sunday.   If these predictions are correct lets assemble to rig up the Grebes around 3pm.
    Posted Apr 10, 2016, 1:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Invitation to 'Viking' supporters No, this isn't the 'Viking' that is sitting on the LBT front verandah, but rather the yacht that is being restored by Stephan Vogel (see pic below).  Stefan writes:'The Viking has made it safely to her next destination at Barrys shipyard in Goodwood.  While I am pondering on what to do with the Boat and whether to restore her to a plain historic boat or more like a cruising yacht as she was used after retiring from the active racing duty I'd like to invite everyone who has help me and the Viking along the way. Please find attached a flier  (http://bit.ly/25SiRPw) for the Thank You BBQ held on Friday April 15 at the ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2016, 10:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Stunt double rowers wanted for film segment Mike from Huon Valley Theatre Company writes:'HVT is staging 'Two Tales of A River' in July and August. This involves two locally written one-act musicals, both set on the Huon River, and both featuring conventional acting on stage mixed with some videoed sequences.  In each play there is a boat race to be filmed.  We are looking at two grebes and at this stage it seems we need six rowers as stunt doubles. The rowers are important because, seeing as they are racing, we need the rowers to look half-way competent!'More from Mike attached - http://bit.ly/1Mj9oKy.  We think this should be a lot of fun.  Date and time is dependent on weather.  If you ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2016, 4:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Southport excursion cancelled Hans Sipsma and Barb Dawson write:'Winds forecast for Southport on Sunday to get to 50-60 km/hr - plus 85% chance of rain.  Not ideal conditions for skiffing, so weekend postponed for another time.'
    Posted Apr 6, 2016, 4:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Recognise any of these chaps? Alis Wood has sent the following notice:  Celebrating the May Queen.  Do you remember the May Queen in her hey-day, or late-day, as a trading ketch?  Have stories of her racing feats passed down through your family?  Or tales of life on board?  The grand old lady is turning 150 next year and a film is being made to celebrate.  Documentary crew, the Old Ships Company, would love to hear from you if you have a fond memory or a story to tell.  Please get in touch with Alis Wood by phone, mail or email: Email: alis@oldshipscompany.com.au;  Phone: 0418 659 493; Mailing address:  The Old Ships Company, PO Box 205, North Hobart, 7002.   Photo from ...
    Posted Apr 6, 2016, 4:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Twas homeward bound one night on the deep Laurence Burgin took the photo below whilst passing Cape Howe on his way south to Tasmania.  More pics at https://www.instagram.com/franklinmarineau/
    Posted Apr 4, 2016, 7:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Great News! HRVista weather is back Tony Dow has sorted out his problems and the top right hand corner of the LBT home page again features a weather summary from the HRVista weather site.  Click on it and you get all the details (hrvistaweather.com), customised and curated by Tony for we lucky people on the Huon River. 
    Posted Apr 3, 2016, 3:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Mondays Tomorrow (April 3rd) is looking good: warmish and gentle breezes.  We need to take advantage before the cold weather sets in. Convene from 3pm on to rig up, with a view to getting out on the water by 4pm or sooner.
    Posted Apr 3, 2016, 5:12 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoons The engineer's report provided by Murray Isles was discussed by a meeting at the shed two weeks ago.  We are expecting a reply to some queries to Murray by tomorrow, and should have the opportunity to discuss them:  5.30pm at the shed.  Peter Heading and Richard Forster drew up a draft plan to follow once we have decided on an option: see bit.ly/1UAGyYM.  All other documents relating to pontoons are available at bit.ly/1RG9GrL
    Posted Apr 3, 2016, 5:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Community tall ship The plans for building a tall ship in Franklin have been drawn up, but it looks like Sausolito in California have stolen a march on us.  Marguerite Porte spotted the release of a film about this build: good collection of pictures etc at webuiltaship.com .     Pic from webuiltaship.com
    Posted Apr 3, 2016, 5:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Yet another St Ayles? Di and Ian Moncrieff write:  'Thank you Franklin and the LBT for your warm inclusion of us (again) during this most blissful of summers.  Our annual summer pilgrimages continue.  Spending time on our vessel 'Pied Piper II' in your river, we witness the intense usage of  'Imagine' and 'Billy'. We see the ruddy and happy faces that return after early morning or twilight rows. And how exciting to see the new one nearing completion in the WBCT workshop.  So when we read in The Classifieds free weekly, of a mooted second St Ayles for Cygnet, we put up our hands, well the promise of a few dollars actually, to help.  May we encourage others to contribute if they can, to ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2016, 9:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • MHOOT Seminar, 5th May John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes to tell us about a seminar organised by the Marine History Organisations of Tasmania (MHOOT):'Just in time for Easter I can distribute the program and registration details for the upcoming MHOoT Seminar to be held on Thursday 5 May at TMAG in Hobart.  This year's seminar is titled "Old Things, New Ways and Snake Oil - Collections, Displays and Marketing" and we have a great selection of speakers and topics to be presented. We hope this will be as successful as last year's seminar.  It will be held in the Centre for Learning and Discovery, at TMAG in Hobart. Many thanks to TMAG for their support of this event.  All the ...
    Posted Mar 30, 2016, 2:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club Social Night, April 1st Any fools care to join 'em?  See the flyer attached: http://bit.ly/21UcQgr
    Posted Mar 30, 2016, 2:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • More Ruth Young news We poked our heads in to see Ruth today (Wednesday 30th), and whilst not exactly chuffed about the situation she is in reasonable spirits.  The operation was a success.  She is at Hobart Private (next to the Royal), and is receiving visitors, outside the hours of 2pm-4pm.  It might be best to check with the hospital before going in, as she is having ongoing treatment. 
    Posted Mar 30, 2016, 3:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • Ruth Young news As a result of longstanding problems Ruth has had to have a leg amputated below the knee.  John tells us that she is recovering well, but is still in some pain.  She will let us know when she is ready to receive visitors.   It was a shock to hear this news, and we all wish her the best for a speedy recovery.  John meantime is staying with family in Hobart. As most people know, Ruth has been a stalwart of the LBT, and was one of the key people who helped establish it. Pic Susan Moore
    Posted Mar 22, 2016, 11:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Shed roof going on Graham Rankin writes:'An 8 o'clock start saw just over a third of the new roof go on today, with the next third (or better) next Wednesday. The apprentices, Pete and Graham had a hard time keeping up with Willis as the master showed us just how it's done.'
    Posted Mar 22, 2016, 10:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fund raiser for Fiji: Alpine Melodies Marcia Waller writes that Rotary has organised this concert to raise funds to assist Fiji after the recent cyclone:Thursday 14 th April 2016, beginning at 7.30pm; at the Huonville Town Hall, Huonville.  This concert will feature close to 50 performers with another visit to the Huon Valley by the MELI – MELO CHOIR.  The evening will offer a program of music ranging from Sacred, Folk, Yodelling, Interlude with Alphorn and Bells, Accordion, Violin & Clarinet.  Special performers will be the CANBERRA AUSTRIAN CHOIR.  Bookings would be appreciated with Trudy on 62641311.  $15pp with light supper at the Town Hall after the concert. 
    Posted Mar 22, 2016, 6:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Restoring boats on Norfolk Island Maritime Museum of Tasmania Lunch Time Talk – 5 April 2016; Time: 12.00-1.00pm, Tuesday 5 April 2016; Place: Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Customs House, 19 Davey St entrance; Phone Maritime Museum on 6234 1427 for more details.  'Norfolk Island has always fascinated Bill Foster, with the island's convict and maritime history and particularly the final settlement by the descendants of the Bounty mutiny. Virtually all heavy cargo to Norfolk Island comes in by ship, mostly from NSW and New Zealand. There are no harbours on the island and only two landing spots, one on the south-east and the other on the north-western coast. All cargo is lifted into waiting lighters from ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2016, 6:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Southport Lune River mini Raid Proposed Mini Raid or Long Row; Southport/Lune River. Weekend of 9/10 April.  Some of us have Raid Withdrawal Symptoms, others have Long Row Envy, so without further ado, let’s get on the water again soon. There are two options open to those who are interested.  A two day trip; camping overnight at Southport Hotel Campsite. [Evening meal at pub, breakfast BYO, Camp kitchen, electric BBQ.]  We meet at the boat ramp at 9 am, launch our boats and row/sail around Southport Bay, perhaps as far as Southport Island depending on sea state. [length of row/sail could be 10 km].  A late lunch could be on a sheltered beach back towards the narrows. There is a ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2016, 3:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • St Ayles Skiff Association At a breakfast meeting at the Geelong St Ayles Skiff Regatta it was decided that the time has come for to form a national St Ayles Skiff Association. Pat Groot from Warrnambool and Peter Doyle from Geelong were tasked with getting this underway, with representatives from each of the groups being identified. Marguerite Porte will look after Tasmanian interests.  Pat Groot has sent out an initial document: see https://goo.gl/1hCmWw Pic from Bob Hawkins
    Posted Mar 30, 2016, 3:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • River to Rainforest Ea Lassen writes:  'After months of preparation, this brand new experience is ready to tell you the story of the famous Huon Pine, from river to rainforest.  Over the Easter break (27th and 28th March) River to Rainforest would like to open its doors to you,  for the first time, with a special 10% discount (voucher code "R2REaster").  For bookings, visit http://rivertorainforest.com.au/'  Flyer for launch attached:  http://bit.ly/1UgzroC
    Posted Mar 22, 2016, 2:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Geelong Wooden Boat Festival and Regatta Report A report for our sponsors, the Huon Valley Community Bank who funded transport to this festival for 'Billy', can be viewed at bit.ly/2580dCU.  The overall summary of this event was that it was a big success and our participation well worth it.  Thanks to the Community Bank. 
    Posted Mar 20, 2016, 2:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoons Our engineer's report has arrived, and there will be a meeting at the shed this evening (Monday 21st March) at 5pm to discuss the various options.  For documents concerning this topic see bit.ly/1Uee875
    Posted Mar 20, 2016, 2:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT committee meeting this week The agenda (so far) includes:reports on activities during the last month, including the extension build and the Geelong Festival and Regatta; Tawe Nunnugah 2017; getting the subcommittee system work better; ‘On the Water Day’ for refugee youth; getting organised for the 2107 Wooden Boat Festival time;possible expeditions: Lake Pedder, Maria Island, Southport; pontoons.  If you want your say contact one of your local LBT committee members (they are listed on the website: bit.ly/1puhRQp), or email the secretary: sec@lbt.org.au, or simply show up Friday night 25th March, 6pm at the shed.  As always, minutes of previous meetings can be found on the website: bit.ly/1UedtCv
    Posted Mar 20, 2016, 2:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Pedalling Back' at the Palais Theatre Carolyn Booker writes:'The Palais Theatre in Franklin with host the new Tasperforms’ performance ‘PEDALLING BACK’ which will commence its regional tour in Franklin on 30 March. The show was written and is performed by acclaimed actor Jeff Michel who has appeared in many Tasmanian productions such as The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and is showing now at the Theatre Royal in Hobart.   Jeff relives his fantasy childhood in the production by employing comedy, storytelling, puppetry and music as only he can.   A short promo video can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9eaM0Q58Vo. It is always special to be able to view ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2016, 11:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bittern raffle draw Chris Butler writes: 'Four hundred tickets and months later, the Bitterns Raffle is about to be drawn. And what better place than the LBT weekly dinner. This Monday, the 21st of March, the fortunate winners will be picked out of the hat, or the pot, or the bag, and given almost all of Franklin has a ticket in their pocket everyone is welcome to participate. The winners will be contacted individually to collect their many and varied prizes. Sincere thanks from the Bitterns rowing group to all those who parted with their five bucks or multiples thereof.'
    Posted Mar 17, 2016, 2:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • Quick 'n dirty boat building This style of event is usually for kids, but at Geelong the grown ups had a go.  It was great to see so much dignity put on the line.  Maybe a possible inclusion in future events at Franklin?  Pics from Martin Riddle
    Posted Mar 14, 2016, 1:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF Newsletter For the latest news from Paul Cullen and his merry people see http://bit.ly/1YPEBH4 .  Of particular interest is the story of the Fazackerley dinghy pictured below, restored by the Channel Men's Shed.
    Posted Mar 13, 2016, 10:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • All that lovely wood A Wooden Boat Festival should, if nothing else, feature wood, and Geelong has not disappointed.  See pics below.
    Posted Mar 14, 2016, 3:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Billy at Geelong 'Billie' has joined quite a fleet of her kin at the yacht club marina: 'Dotsie' from WA, 'John Liddie' from SA, 'Fast Messenger' from Warrnambool and 'Cariad' from Melbourne. She has already been busy taking out various community groups who want to test themselves on the water.  The Huon Valley Community Bank marquee has been placed strategically so that anybody wandering out onto the pier has to first get past the Living Boat Trust press gang.
    Posted Mar 12, 2016, 4:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Drinkies at Geelong Many of us remember 'Notorious', the spectacularly evil looking Portuguese caravel replica, from her visit to Franklin. Her home port is Geelong, and her owners very generously made her available for a welcoming 'cocktail' (read beer) party for all we ozzie Skiffies participating in the Geelong Wooden Boat Festival. Not so long ago 'we ozzie Skiffies' were exclusively Tasmanians, but now there are Western Australians, South Australians, and a variety of Victorian groups who have joined us, so unfortunately the beer has to stretch that much further.  
    Posted Mar 12, 2016, 3:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs at Cygnet Regatta: this coming Sunday 13th March Lorrie Harrison writes:  'Carolyn Booker will be taking 'Imagine' over for the event. Even if you are not in a crew, go over, you could be needed in a boat. If you are in a crew then take everyone over. It will be good fun!'  The rowing regatta is a casual, friendly affair, part of the Cygnet Yachting Regatta for 2016, from 08.45 to 11.30.    Presentation of prizes for individual events and the Inaugural Perpetual Trophy will be at 11.45 after an official row pass and salute to the commodore of the club.   Women's;  Men's;  Mixed Team;  A point for each entrant and 3 points to the winner;   1 km course with one turn;  Under ...
    Posted Mar 10, 2016, 3:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • All hands on deck Latest pics of cladding the new shed walls and putting in the windows from Graham Wright below.
    Posted Mar 9, 2016, 4:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Where's Billie? She's on the hard at Geelong, overshadowed by the looming yachts of the Geelong squadron brought up onto the multiple slips and hard stands all around her.  Apparently there are dozens of crews anticipated for the weekend regatta and only five rowing skiffs, so she will be busy then.
    Posted Mar 8, 2016, 10:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday Sailing Mike Dredge is back from New Caledonia, and will be waiting for sailors from about 3.30pm on this afternoon (March 7th).  Come down and join us.
    Posted Mar 6, 2016, 1:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Bittern's Dinner Chris Butler writes: Sixty two people happily crammed into the LBT last week for a three course dinner to raise funds for the completion of the 'Bittern', the St. Ayles skiff being built at the Wooden Boat Centre. It was an incredible sight to see elegantly settled tables slotted in between the butch machinery, sick boats under repair and the paraphernalia of a working boat shed, resounding with the merry chatter of guests from throughout the Huon Valley and beyond.  Bittern team rower Jo Duffy co-opted Christie Sweeting and Alice Holder, two willing friends from Hobart, to create an exotic Mediterranean-style meal that asserts the LBT as the greatest restaurant in town and judging from the congratulatory emails ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2016, 1:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Great aluminium monstrosity We have high hopes that this ugly duckling can be converted to a beautiful swan of a walkway to our new (yet to be constructed) pontoons.  One step at a time.  Thanks to Graham Rankin for organising it.
    Posted Mar 4, 2016, 3:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • TAFE students at the LBT Charlie brought a bunch of certificate 2 students to get a taste of sanding and painting.  We don't know what they thought, but we hope to have them back.
    Posted Mar 4, 2016, 1:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tidy shed What do people think about having fan folded red serviettes for Monday night dinners?  Possibly impractical, but they did look splendid at the fund raiser organised by the Bitterns on Thursday night.  Equally as impressive was the state of the shed on Friday morning - everything back in place ready for work.  It was a reminder to those of us who are less than pedantic in our own sheds (ahem), that we need to be a bit more careful  to clean up after ourselves at the LBT: tomorrow is another day and somebody else will be doing something entirely different at that bit of bench, floor, grass or boat space we are calling our own.  Fantastic event by the way, Bitterns
    Posted Mar 6, 2016, 1:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Geelong Wooden Boat Festival Bulletin The latest bulletin from Geelong features: the Huon.  Actually there is lots more.  Get a programme (http://bit.ly/1WXGcZM) and convince yourself you want to go (if you aren't already booked).
    Posted Mar 3, 2016, 12:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Whose rowing the Skiffs? Barbara Dawson points out this interesting survey conducted by the Scottish Rowing Association: http://bit.ly/21IhnnL .  Sample:  'We were very interested to find out that St Ayles Skiffs really are bringing rowing to people who would probably never have rowed otherwise.  A massive 90% of our skiff rowers had no experience of rowing in any form before rowing in a St Ayles.'    Pic from Scottish Coastal Rowing
    Posted Mar 2, 2016, 3:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rod Macfarlan in Patagonia LBT member Rod Macfarlan is voyaging by sail(!) to Antarctica, aboard the 'Europa'.  He writes: 'Watched the Europa arriving today motoring up the Straits of Magellan. Added attractions were the pod of dolphins and the Chilean dogs increasing their number. The voyagers are gradually accumulating - so far a South African/Scot and 2 Brits. It seems we have a blogger on board -> http://www.sailingtoantarctica.com. Another way to follow the trip, other than the ships log and gps at http://barkeuropa.com.' Pic from www.barkeuropa.com
    Posted Mar 2, 2016, 1:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • First windows into the shed extension All Greg's hard work refurbishing the windows is now on public display:  they are going into the wall, and the cladding is going in around them.
    Posted Mar 2, 2016, 2:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Concept drawings for evaporator sheds Cumulus Studios have drawn up the attached concept plans for the redevelopment of the sheds for Martin and Judy Krynen.  See http://bit.ly/1VNweKa . Martin and Judy are interested in suggestions and comments, which can be forwarded through the secretary: sec@lbt.org.au
    Posted Feb 29, 2016, 1:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Grebes on 'leap year' Monday Only light breezes forecast for this afternoon, but we should celebrate the day.  Assemble at the shed to get the boats rigged from 3pm on - you know what to do.
    Posted Feb 28, 2016, 1:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Harmony week celebration Jane Atkinson writes to tell us that on Saturday March 19th 3PM - 7PM at the Palais there will be 'a celebration of cultural diversity and harmony in the Huon Valley presented by Rural Australians for Refugees and the Huon Residents Promoting Diversity...there will be workshops and kids’ activities, stalls, music, story, dance, drink, food' .  See the flyer and invitation to stall holders below.
    Posted Feb 28, 2016, 1:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Final Farewell to Louise Crossley Allegra Biggs Dale writes to tell us that Louise Crossley's ashes were scattered in Great Taylor Bay from 'Syrah'.  More from Allegra attached: http://bit.ly/213v1Qn  John Young takes Louise for an inaugural row in Syrah at her launch, November 2014
    Posted Feb 28, 2016, 1:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT members at large column Mike Dredge, who is working in New Caledonia, writes: 'Just into Noumea after 2 weeks' worth of (night time) scallop surveys.  Bloody near killed me, I'm not used to heavy nocturnal activities these days.  Working in the Grande Lagon, northern end of New Caledonia - Google Earth will show the place.  Survey went well (we only destroyed one net) and found good commercial concentrations of scallops and very little bycatch to worry about.  Talk about sublime to ridiculous.  The boat we used (which was steamed to Fremantle to here last month for the survey and follow-up fishing operations) is a bit bigger than the Grebes - about $24 m worth.  Bloody huge, which suited me just fine.  Got a 10 ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2016, 3:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classic movie night at the Palais 6th March Deb Combes writes: 'The news you have all been waiting to hear. The Franklin Palais projector has been installed and trialled and you guessed right, it works. So to celebrate and officially christen the technology a very special film has been chosen by our “Team Movies Behind Closed Doors Mystery Film Critic” for Sunday 6 March (doors open 6.30pm). It is the funny, uplifting, thought provoking and truly inspiring 2014 film PRIDE. If you enjoyed Billy Elliot and The Full Monty, you will love Pride.'   Bring $5 and a plate.  See the trailer, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZfFvsKDuUU, and for more details  http://bit.ly/1R9xJyx .
    Posted Feb 27, 2016, 2:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • NZ Raid Video Shane Johnson pointed out this clip on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1XPlvQE .  Are there lessons for us to learn from the Kiwis?  Does the LBT need its own haka?
    Posted Feb 26, 2016, 10:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Familiar Franklin faces become international superstars David Budd writes:'Looking through the Guardian UK (on our last day in NZ), and guess what I found......'http://www.theguardian.com/sport/ng-interactive/2016/feb/25/coastal-rowing-new-zealand-kiwi-st-ayles-skiff-raid The pic below from the Guardian is only the start of it.  Good to see the product placement (those Tasskiffie caps).
    Posted Feb 26, 2016, 10:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Bittern' has been turned: come and celebrate Event details:Date and time: March 3rd, 6.30pm;Guest presenter: David Wise from Hydrowood (see below); 3 course meal;  cost of the evening $30 a head: all inclusive, payable in advance, direct deposit to the Franklin Working Waterfront Association (BSB: 633000, A/c No.: 146051727. Ref: “Skiff”),  cash payments please contact Chris Butler on 0488.996480; Places are limited to 50 people.  Chris Butler writes:  'Hydrowood director David Wise will be a guest presenter at the Wooden Boat Centre at 6.30pm on Thursday, March 3. He's been invited to explain this innovative and fascinating project and answer questions from lovers of Tasmanian specialty timbers as part of a fund-raising event for the Bitterns St. Ayles skiff ...
    Posted Feb 24, 2016, 1:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy picnic expedition The Tuesday group took Nancy up to Huonville and round and about to check the new batteries on a longer run with a full load.  Seems all went well - even with the fenders out. Pics from Glynn Shevels
    Posted Feb 23, 2016, 4:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Port Esperance Regatta Rachael Trueman writes:  'Please let everyone know about the Port Esperance Regatta coming up soon! All enquiries to Dave Wood 0428 972578.    The Regatta will once again be held over 2 days on the Easter weekend , beginning with the Kettering to Dover race on Saturday 26th March 2016. A great weekend of sailing and entertainment, on and off the water! Spit roast and live music on Saturday night....Curry night and presentations on Sunday evening. Bar open Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.  Please find Notice of Race and Entry form attached- online entry form and NOR are also available on the PESC website at http://pesc.com.au/news/news.html .  We look forward to seeing you all in Dover ...
    Posted Feb 23, 2016, 4:26 AM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club social night Stan Pickering writes:'Hi Members and Friends, There is to be a Social Night at the clubhouse this coming Friday 26th February. 6.30pm. The usual BYO food. The bar will be open. Bring along your favourite casserole, salad, sandwiches or something to cook on the BBQ. Have A Cook’s Night Off, and pick up some takeaway tucker. Join in the fun and friendship. and have a go at the new game, "Find The Joker” Hope to see you there, Cheers, Stan.'Flyer attached: http://bit.ly/1VBqm6F 
    Posted Feb 23, 2016, 4:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Grebes on Monday Fair winds forecast for this afternoon, so let's start rigging up from 3pm on.
    Posted Feb 21, 2016, 12:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dover Community Workshop open day We know the Dover shed primarily because of their restoration of 'La Chaloupe', but there is a lot more going on down south.  See the invitation below to come and find out about it on the 9th March at 11am
    Posted Feb 19, 2016, 3:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • Talk at TMAG - Hobart and Antarctic Whaling John Wadsley writes:  'In November 1923, thirty years after the last Hobart whaler returned empty, a long black Norwegian whale ship, the Sir James Clark Ross, slid into port together with five small whale catchers to mark the start of an 8‐year relationship between Hobart and Antarctic whaling...  Michael Stoddart, one of the MMT Committee members and a volunteer, has had a long interest in Antarctic whaling. His talk will focus on whaling out of Hobart in the 1920s, a little known aspect of whaling in the Southern Ocean and around Antarctica.'  It's at the Royal Society Room, from 12 noon to 1pm,  Tuesday 1st March. See the attached flyer for more information: http://bit.ly/1Qmu1ae
    Posted Feb 18, 2016, 3:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Beauty is in the eye... To others the pic below may merely be of a tap, but to we LBT kitchen hands, who had to put up with a gurgling fountain on Monday night, it is thing of beauty.  Thanks to Willis for the excellent plumbing work.
    Posted Feb 18, 2016, 2:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Escapee tinny apprehended Tony Cooper spotted and hauled ashore the 11' 6" Savage Kestrel pictured below before it could ride the outgoing tide to Port Huon and points beyond.  The owner should apply to the Wooden Boat Centre for it's return.  A donation to the Living Boat Trust would be appreciated. 
    Posted Feb 16, 2016, 2:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Shed ideas Dover Men's Shed have recently spent a fair bit of time, effort and money on fitting dust evacuation tubing to their workshop.  See pics below and the report from Ron Wells attached: http://bit.ly/1QfHiBq Pics from Ron Wells
    Posted Feb 14, 2016, 3:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Geelong Regatta Those thinking of joining the group going to Geelong for the Wooden Boat Festival (http://bit.ly/1VdtENm) and St Ayles Skiff regatta on the weekend of March 12th should look at the email describing the program attached: http://bit.ly/1VdtvcJ .  Peter Doyle is obviously putting a lot of time and effort into this.  We already have a crew going to Geelong, but the more the merrier. Speak to Marguerite Porte, Lorrie Harrison or Richard Forster if you are interested, or call 04977 86572 or email sec@lbt.org.au
    Posted Feb 14, 2016, 3:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival newsletter See the latest from the AWBF at http://bit.ly/1VczkHf .  Australia Day celebrations at Franklin get a run. Pic from Annette and Aspen Cauchi
    Posted Feb 13, 2016, 3:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • In the drink time Wading around scraping down pontoons last week was made much more palatable than would normally be the case by the temperature of the water - the river is like a warm bath at the moment.  That makes it an opportune time to check and then test the flotation in our boats.  The forecast for tomorrow (Monday) afternoon is cool and very windy so we may only get to do the first of these tasks.  When Hans turned turtle in one of the Grebes a couple of weeks ago the buoyancy bags shot straight out from under the seats, hindering, rather than helping, the situation, so it is something that needs to be done.   Pic from 'On the Water' schools program
    Posted Feb 13, 2016, 2:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Test run for Nancy's new batteries Brians Pain and Marriott took Nancy out cruising at a steady four and a half knots for more than an hour this morning, at which point she had only used 15% of the charge in her new lithium phosphate batteries.  A resounding success!
    Posted Feb 11, 2016, 4:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Former LBT treasurer moves on to better things We were always a bit tame for Liz Emery - looks like she has found her true métier (along with Doug).
    Posted Feb 10, 2016, 1:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon report The pontoons were brought around on the high tide to the sand boat ramp this (Wednesday) morning, and put on logs.  By low tide in the late afternoon they were high and dry, ready to be inspected by Murray Isles.  He pronounced them to be in good condition, and will be supplying alternative plans for making them more stable whilst not compromising their flotation.
    Posted Feb 9, 2016, 10:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cut and polish for Billie Billie's gunnels and top strakes have been peeling alarmingly in the sun, certainly not the look we wanted for showing her off in Geelong next month.  Fortunately the Wednesday group has reconstituted itself, and rolled up its sleeves and got stuck in to solve the problem today.  Graham Rankin writes:  'After something of an extended break the UCOS team have re united (that's Uncouth Codgers and Old Sods) The top priority is to ensure Billie looks her best before she heads of to Geelong. That darned Tasmanian UV had left her brightwork looking a little shabby, so it was out with the scrapers and sand paper in preparation for new top coats to be applied. At the same ...
    Posted Feb 10, 2016, 12:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy's new batteries The electrical engineer has been consulted, there have been extensive communications with the supplier, an electrician who specialises in boats has cast his eye over the situation, and now Brian Marriott is finally happy that all is in order to replace the old lead acid batteries in Nancy with the new Lithium phosphate ones sponsored by Martin Krynen.  The two Brians (Marriot and Pain) have been up to their elbows in it all week.
    Posted Feb 9, 2016, 10:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • SMS list for Monday afternoon sailing Conditions for our sailing afternoons continue to fluctuate between 'good' and 'sensational', as can be judged by the pic below of Matt Wardell and crew (Jesse and friend) last Monday.  We are experimenting with getting the word out using SMS - some of you will already have received a message confirming that last Monday was 'on'.  If you wish to join this list (and participate in sailing)  send a text message to 04977 86572 with your name and the text 'want sailing sms'. 
    Posted Feb 9, 2016, 3:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Thank you to Australia Day volunteers Lisa Plohl invites everybody who helped out on Australia Day at Franklin (a big success) to Please 'join us on Wednesday 17 February, 6.00pm, Rotunda - Huonville Esplanade'.  Flyer attached (bit.ly/1Q4yRT7) and please RSVP.
    Posted Feb 14, 2016, 3:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Instagram view from Franklin Marine Laurence from the chandlery is a big fan of Instagram for sharing pictures: see his post at franklinmarine.com.au/featured/instagram-your-day. Judging by the terrific collection of pictures of the waterfront he has at www.instagram.com/franklinmarineau he is on to something. 
    Posted Feb 8, 2016, 1:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hurry on down to the LBT You know that Monday night dinner time must be approaching, and the kitchen aromas wafting across the river enticing, when you see Di and Ian from Pied Piper making for the pontoon at speed.
    Posted Feb 8, 2016, 12:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Grebe sailing Monday (8th) afternoon Moderate winds are forecast, so it looks like we are on: assemble from 3pm to start rigging up.  We may have to balance inexperienced crew with skippers, as some of the latter are gallivanting around overseas and won't be with us.
    Posted Feb 7, 2016, 2:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • 18' Marblehead Gunning Dory boat plans If you want to build this boat contact Jon for a free copy of the plans: (03) 6289 5380.  Jon tells us that he built the Wharram catamaran that is being restored on the block the next to the LBT, so he knows a thing or two about boats.
    Posted Feb 7, 2016, 12:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pickup on South Street Deb Combes tells us that this will be our 'classic movie' at the Palais Theatre this coming Sunday Night (8th Feb), 6.45pm.  Bring a plate and a gold coin.  More from Deb attached: http://bit.ly/1PYz0Od
    Posted Feb 5, 2016, 3:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Building a resilient local economy Liz Smith writes to tell us that there is a seminar to discuss this topic, 'using the principles of a circular economy' at Cygnet Town Hall supper room, Tuesday 9th of February, 7pm. Admission is $10, $8 concession.'The circular economy is about 'closing the loop' within your own community; building resilience by connecting businesses, circulating money locally and minimising the export of local wealth by reducing imports.'  Flyer attached: http://bit.ly/1PYwY0p
    Posted Feb 5, 2016, 3:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Mahurangi traditional boat regatta Barb and David are participating in the NZ Raid and regatta, and sent this link to some ripper pictures of activities: waitematawoodys.com/tag/mahurangi-regatta-2016/
    Posted Feb 5, 2016, 3:25 AM by Posts Editor
  • Journey to Te Haruhi Bay via Army Bay According to the itinerary for the New Zealand raid (see http://nzcoastalrowing.org/page/2/), the plan for today (Thursday) was 'Pack up Motuora Island, and journey to Te Haruhi Bay via Army Bay. Accommodation at YMCA lodge Te Haruhi bay.'  Nell Tyson reports 'Having an amazing time with fab camping spots and good weather till now. It's almost Regatta time and we have arrived at the Churchill Park YMCA....hardly camping...... Short day getting here. The planned long row was made impossible by wind. Took a bus instead after crossing back to the mainland. There have been so many beautiful beaches...... Cheers. Nell.'More pictures on the LBT Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1TG2rnG,  from Dennis Muscovich ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2016, 3:26 AM by Posts Editor
  • Milestone just another step on the way On Monday the building inspector approved the framing for the verandah extension, a cause for celebration on Tuesday, but not for laying down tools (as the pictures below show).  The restored windows need glazing, the leak in the shower has to be repaired, the equal access toilet must be framed up, and there is yet another 'renovator's delight' boat to be dealt with. Pics from Graham Wright
    Posted Feb 4, 2016, 1:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • What to do with our pontoons? The brains trust of David Pittaway, Graham Rankin and Peter Heading are on the case.  If you have some expertise we would love to hear from you: contact the secretary at sec@lbt.org.au
    Posted Feb 2, 2016, 3:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • We are losing our Franklin weather station Tony Dow rang last night to say that in the circumstances in which he now finds himself he can no longer afford the time and effort required to maintain HRVista weather, and that he will be closing it down.  We are sure we speak for the many who have referred to this site daily when we say 'thank you Tony, and we hope these circumstances change soon'.   We will be leaving this message on Tony's feedback page at http://hrvistaweather.com/weather/wxcontact.php whilst this page is still there, and suggest others who feel as we do should use it for the for the same purpose.
    Posted Feb 4, 2016, 3:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT in New Zealand Apparently the Tassie contingent (26) to the Raid and Regatta is a substantial part of the event.  No reports as yet, but there are pictures at NZ Coastal Rowing (nzcoastalrowing.org) and on Dennis Muscovich's  Facebook page: on.fb.me/20A24Nz . There is a map and an itinerary at raidnz.org
    Posted Jan 31, 2016, 1:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday Last Monday was an 'off' week, with preparations for Australia Day taking precedence over getting on the water.  Tomorrow looks propitious for sailing: winds South Easterlies at 5-15 knots, so lets do it.  We will be missing a couple of experienced skippers, so 'doing it' may involve being a bit less adventurous than we normally are. 
    Posted Jan 30, 2016, 8:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Billie' off to Geelong Yesterday we received the following news from John Synnott.  'Sponsorship; Living Boat Trust - Geelong Wooden Boat Festival 12th - 14th March 2016  The Board of Huon Valley Financial Services Ltd (HVFSL) and its franchisees the Huon Valley Community Bank branches have considered your recent sponsorship application. The Directors of HVFSL are pleased to advise that we have approved sponsorship funding to the value of $1200.00 (twelve hundred dollars) to assist the Living Boat Trust with its participation and transportation of the St Ayles Skiff to the Geelong Wooden Boat Festival on the 12th - 14th March 2016.'  This is fantastic news.  As most readers of this column would be aware, when our 'Women on the Water' built and started using 'Imagine ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2016, 3:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • WA St Ayles Skiffs launched John Longley writes:'Finally we have settled on the names.  In Ken Tregonning’s history of the Club he records that in 1924 Jack Norris, one of the great pre-war champions of WA Yachting, bought four 16 foot skiffs from Sydney to sail at FBYC. They were named Atalanta, Shadow, Ripple and Dotsie. We felt the first two were maybe a bit grand for a couple of rowing skiffs and so have settled on Ripple and Dotsie.'
    Posted Jan 29, 2016, 2:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • Posie Graeme-Evans on 'Nancy' As noted in a previous post, Posie Graeme-Evans, the well known author and film producer (McLeod's Daughters, The Dressmaker), was ambassador at Australia Day, and arrived on 'Nancy'.  She sent us the following post and pictures.“On Australia Day 2016 Andrew Blaxland (my husband) and I had the great good fortune to travel all the way from Cradoc Ferry Wharf to Franklin via the Egg Island Canal. Not exactly a dangerous journey, since it lasted for about 15 minutes and took place on the very well-behaved Huon River.The MV Nancy, lent for the occasion by the Living Boat Trust of Franklin, was our mode of travel that day and we happily sat in the stern watching ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2016, 5:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • St Ayles Skiffs in the UK Peter Doyle from Geelong pointed out this impressive Google map locating all the clubs that have Skiffs.  Just circumnavigating the country to visit these clubs would be quite a journey.  To view the interactive map go to http://bit.ly/1QtAtJ9 or click on the image below. 
    Posted Jan 27, 2016, 4:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Visiting the Living Boat Trust You need to be very careful to look busy around the LBT or anything could happen.  Jeff from the good old US of A failed to observe this adage when he came to dinner on Monday night, and the next minute he was serving it.  At 6.45 Tuesday morning he was on the road to collect a backup generator for 'Nancy' and by 8.30am he was at our Australia Day marquee assisting the children of Franklin assemble their paddles from the blades and shafts he had previously helped cut.  David Pittaway knew a good thing when he saw it, and promptly shanghaied Jeff to help rove 'Olga' on Wednesday.  We think he is going to attempt to escape ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2016, 3:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy on duty Nancy brought the Australia Day Ambassador Posie Graeme-Evans across from Cradoc for the event.
    Posted Jan 28, 2016, 3:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • When this Grebe grows up... It wants to be Rhona H.
    Posted Jan 26, 2016, 1:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Paddle making day Australia Day was paddle making day in the LBT marquee under the supervision of Graham Rankin, Jeff, Zainab and the team.  It was a bit like homework - involved the whole family.  And of course once you had made your paddle you needed to get out on the water and test it, with expert guidance from Kevin, Hans and various other ancient mariners.  Thanks to all who helped out with this event - having enough hands made the work enjoyable for all (we hope).   Pic from Annette and Aspen
    Posted Jan 27, 2016, 3:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Australia Day When Lisa Plohl from the council organised for Australia Day to be held at Franklin she was hoping that the river might provide a backdrop.  What she couldn't have counted on was having Yukon and Rhona H coming up under sail in tandem, to be met by the small craft fleet that had assembled.  What a sight.  Lots more pictures from Annette and Aspen Cauchi at http://bit.ly/1TmjxXE.  For a fuller report see http://bit.ly/1OVY7xw.
    Posted Jan 31, 2016, 1:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cruise to Kettering on the S.V Rhona John Wadsley (from TMAG) writes:'Our good friends on the SV Rhona H have some exciting sailing options this summer. They will be joining the festivities on the weekend of the Royal Hobart Regatta and the Kettering Wooden Boat Rally by sailing between the two events. There is also a special fireworks sailing event.  So get on board with SV Rhona H, a 1942 Gaff Rigged Ketch, for cruising between Hobart and Kettering on Sunday 7 February or Monday 8 February, with bus transport to or from Kettering.  The all-inclusive fare covers return bus fare, breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon tea, hot and cold drinks.  And on the night of Monday 8 February, they are running a special Fireworks ...
    Posted Jan 25, 2016, 3:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Progress report on the 'Bittern' Chris Butler writes:'The 'Bittern' is growing wings, wooden though they are. The crew members building Franklin's third St. Ayles skiff at the Wooden Boat Centre are presently scratching their heads over the infamous, problematical fifth plank. Head builder Grant Drummond has been seen in earnest consultation with 'Billie' builder Pete Heading planning the setting of the errant plank to overcome errors in its shape. But once on, it's a short road to the final two, followed by the keel and outer stems.  Apart from the crew, volunteers so far have included the young son of a Chilean family from Hobart, as well as experienced hands from previous skiffs.  Hopefully the Bittern will be in the water before ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2016, 1:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Crew needed for steam boat 'Leprana' If you would like to crew for Andrew Perkins on Australia Day send the secretary a message: sec@lbt.org.au .  First come first served:  not sure if you will be asked to polish the brass.
    Posted Jan 23, 2016, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT activities on Australia Day Lot's of information about Australia Day activities in the Huon News, especially from Annette Cauchi who has a great article describing what the LBT will be up to.  Have a look at the lists below, and if you have any comments email sec@lbt.org.au
    Posted Jan 21, 2016, 4:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • The history and mystery of Deal Island John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes: 'to kick the year off in fine form, you are invited to the first Monthly Lunchtime Talk on Tuesday 2 February. We have Dallas Baker OAM giving a talk on the 'History and Mystery of Deal Island'.  See flyer attached: http://bit.ly/1Qm8hJS
    Posted Jan 19, 2016, 1:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cruise to Cygnet on 'Lady Nelson' Liz Smith tells us that Cygnet is having a special day to celebrate the 'French connection' in their history, and that the 'Lady Nelson'  is participating.  See attached poster for details of an opportunity to cruise the Channel and Huon. 
    Posted Jan 19, 2016, 11:07 AM by Posts Editor
  • News from the Bass Strait Maritime Centre See attached: http://bit.ly/1lsvJbs.  We were particularly attracted to the 1935 breakfast menu for TSS Loongana.  They knew how to set up a good day back then - no problems with floppy arteries.   Those of us who have visited this centre in Devonport at the mouth of the Mersey know what an interesting place it is, and the 'Julie Burgess'  which they look after and which is moored nearby is a beautiful boat. 
    Posted Jan 24, 2016, 2:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rob Sweeney's last project Old friend of the LBT Rob is terminally ill.  His friends have initiated a crowd sourcing fund to help him finish his last project: see www.gofundme.com/2nj5fg3b. Please visit this site and make a contribution if you want to assist Rob.
    Posted Jan 18, 2016, 1:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Long Table Dinner was 'al fresco' on Monday night. The more than seventy people who had gathered to farewell the crews taking the boxing kangaroo to New Zealand wouldn't have fitted in the shed, and the weather was kind.  Kate and Jilly cooked up a storm, and the only places left at that long table after serving were for them: all went away replete and satisfied.  As we have said to each other frequently at the LBT, who would have wanted to be anywhere else?
    Posted Jan 18, 2016, 1:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Kiwi Raid and Regatta Keep up with all the planning and news by subscribing to the newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bM8LUn, or just keep an eye on the web page:  http://bit.ly/2378plO
    Posted Jan 17, 2016, 11:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • Boat Licensing Course Glynn Shevels has sent the attached pictures from the motor boat license course which was conducted at the LBT shed on Saturday (16th January). Thanks Glynn for organising this:  education and training is something we value a lot at the LBT. 
    Posted Jan 16, 2016, 2:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT at Australia Day The Living Boat Trust has been asked to provide some activities for Australia Day, 10am Tuesday January 26th at the Franklin Oval.  We'll have 'Nancy', the Skiffs and the Grebes out on river, and paddle making and a stall on shore.  Should be good fun but we need few more helpers.  If you can be one of those people please send a note to the secretary (sec@lbt.org.au) or add your name to the list that will be put up in the shed.
    Posted Jan 16, 2016, 2:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Spanner in the works The Men's Shed Association have set up on online health check aimed at the male segment of the population.  Might be worth some of us having a look at it (if we dare): http://malehealth.org.au/
    Posted Jan 13, 2016, 10:31 PM by Richard Forster
  • Cleaning out the shed Everything is on an heroic scale over at the old apple drying factory (the 'evaporators'), including the cleanup. When Martin and Judy decided to empty the old storage shed they fired up the forklift, and they needed it!  There was a monumental collection of broken machinery and furniture, scrap iron and birds nests, augers and sprockets, engines and pipes, gearboxes and timber and unidentifiable bits and pieces of all sorts.  It hadn't been amassed in a day:  the price label on what looked like a pump diaphragm had been issue in September 1951.  It was for 24 shillings.
    Posted Jan 13, 2016, 10:01 PM by Richard Forster
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival Newsletter 14/1/16 Paul Cullen writes:  'Greetings, friends of the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival:   Welcome to the first AWBF News Blog of 2016 and best wishes for a successful and prosperous New Year from all of us here at the Hobart office.  The pace is already quickening, as we look forward to a very busy year.  As we mentioned before, we'll be helping to deliver the Australian Antarctic Festival in September (8-13) while simultaneously preparing for the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival in February 2017.  The past year was very kind to us, with a successful AWBF delivered in February 2015, scoring a win in the Tasmanian Tourism Awards for Best Major Event or Festival, and going on as a ...
    Posted Jan 15, 2016, 3:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • 'Death or Liberty' Thursday Night, ABC About a year ago those budding stars Julie Donehue, Martin Kell and Ewen Laidlaw set off with  a Grebe to participate in the filming of 'Death and Liberty'.  This Thursday night (14th) at 9.30pm (or on iView - http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/death-or-liberty/DO1408T001S00) we find out if they hit the cutting room floor, or made it on to celluloid.  See a trailer at https://vimeo.com/138727813 and the ABC preview at http://ab.co/1Oh5yPm  . It is the Melbourne Age 'show of the week' which is a good recommendation: see http://bit.ly/1ZrNtXm
    Posted Jan 15, 2016, 3:12 AM by Posts Editor
  • NZ2016 Martin Riddle has started up a news page for those planning their trip to the New Zealand Raid and Regatta: see http://bit.ly/1ZYVU9r and bookmark it if you are interested. The first significant post is 'Taking a mobile phone on the Kiwi Raid?'.  Hopefully the rest of us will be able to use this page to keep up with Tassie related news from Kiwiland once the events are underway - there is a link to it from the LBT website main menu.  The homepage for the Raid and Regatta is http://raidnz.org, which features a picture which looks suspiciously like the Channel.
    Posted Jan 12, 2016, 2:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Techniques Shane Johnson spotted the advice from the 'British Admiralty' shown in the pic below.  Click on it to see it full size.  It was issued in 1937, but was recently incorporated in an item on 'Scottish Coastal Rowing': see http://bit.ly/1N3ASgw.  It would seem that the first thing to do is get your kit off. 
    Posted Jan 11, 2016, 2:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Looking for a shed David Star writes: 'I am contacting you, and other similarly experienced wooden boat enthusiasts, as I am looking for a lockable undercover space to rebuild my 1940 Tasmanian built motor cruiser “Thalia” (RYCT A28). She is 28’ long with about a 7’ beam.  I would consider anywhere within 1 hour travel of Hobart, and I expect to need a space for 12 months as she needs a complete re-build.  If you have any thoughts or suggestions I would appreciative your help.' If you are able to assist David contact him on 0478 419 949 or email him at  info@david-star.net .
    Posted Jan 8, 2016, 9:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sending off the NZ expedition in style We like a celebration at the LBT, and the imminent departure of many teams for the Kiwi Raid and Regatta is a very good excuse.  Come along on Monday 18th of January to help us send them off in style.  
    Posted Jan 7, 2016, 8:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australia Day, January 26th, Franklin Oval Lisa Plohl (from Huon Valley Council) writes: 'We are looking for volunteers to help us make this a great celebration'. See attached: http://bit.ly/1OQ4iWV and http://bit.ly/1OQ4nd4
    Posted Jan 10, 2016, 4:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs at Geelong Wooden Boat Festival 2016 An email from Peter Doyle is a reminder that this event in mid March (12th-14th) is really the first St Ayles Skiff Regatta to be held on the Big Island, and should be a goodie: he's 'thrilled to report that, so far, we have seven Skiffs coming - including John Longley's two from Perth! I've managed to "book" the pontoon right in front of the RGYC club house where we'll raft the skiffs side-by-side.  It'll look fabulous!' See www.woodenboatfestival.yachting.org.au for festival details.  We are attempting to get 'Billie'  across Bass Strait to participate. There is already a core crew going to represent the Small Island and it would be ...
    Posted Jan 7, 2016, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Taking Inflatable PFD's on planes One usually relies on the airlines to provide life jackets when one is flying, but those traveling to regattas (in New Zealand for instance) might need to take their own. In this case if your jacket is the inflatable type you need to declare its compressed air cylinder to the airline ahead of time.  Karen Corbin has provided the following example of such a declaration (made to Qantas).To: dgenquiries@qantas.com.au  My travelling companion and I will be travelling from Hobart to Melbourne and return, each carrying a pfd with co 2 cartridge. This will be in checked luggage.  Our reference is ABC123. Flight JQ123 28th Jan and JQ456 9th Feb 2016.  ... She received the following reply.Hi ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2016, 12:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Happy LBT new year! Let's get the Grebes out Some may have thought it all happened on January 1st, but WE know that the first Monday Dinner at the LBT is the important inauguration day of the year: and it's tonight (Monday 4th January).  We are told Ros Barnett is putting in a guest appearance in the kitchen.  The predicted easterly breeze looks to be on the light side, but should still be ok for a sail, so lets do it.  Convene around 3.30pm to help get the boats rigged up.
    Posted Jan 3, 2016, 5:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Please keep off the pontoon Laurence Burgin (who runs the marina) has asked us to avoid using the pontoon moored to the upstream pier until further notice, as he is concerned about its safety.  We are organising to do work on it.  As a separate point, those using LBT boats should put them away and not leave them tied to either pontoon for long periods of time. Pontoon space is at a premium, and is required for crews boarding or alighting from boats.
    Posted Jan 2, 2016, 9:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cartela in the news Ross James has a double page spread in Saturday's Mercury entitled 'The safest harbour is a ship's home'.  'Tasmania is blessed with a large number of significant wooden vessels and people prepared to fight for them'  writes Ross.  Get your Mercury, or read all about it at http://bit.ly/1OC2wbL if you are prepared to miss out on the funnies.    Picture from Kim Eiszele
    Posted Jan 1, 2016, 8:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Big plans for the waterfront (in 1995) Martin Krynen was cleaning out the evaporator sheds when he came across the attached article from the Sunday Tasmanian, September 24, 1995.  The accompanying picture balances 'Huon Harmony' on the water with a very empty north Franklin foreshore, and the evaporator sheds in the background (hiding behind piles of apple crates and trees).  The Franklin Progress Association had designs on that empty foreshore, planning a '90 metre wharf and protected berths, small boat sheds, paths and parklands at the entrance to the town' (see second pic below).  It's heartening to see how much of this has actually come to fruition, albeit in a somewhat altered configuration.  See http://bit.ly/1PAhLB7 , http://bit.ly/1PAhRZn and http://bit.ly ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2016, 1:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Shed Planning Thanks to Brett and the team the new workshop is rapidly approaching that point where decisions need to be made about how it will be fitted out and how this will effect the use of the main shed. Shown below is a first set of ideas.  Doubtless you can see the flaws.  To correct them sketch up a plan and post it in the orange box or send it to sec@lbt.org.au .  There is a 'blank' plan at http://bit.ly/1MdErjU which can be downloaded.
    Posted Dec 31, 2015, 1:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boat Licence Course Time: 16/1/2016, 8.30 am;  place:  Living Boat Trust;  bbq supplied; instructor : Colin Stokes; assisted by  Glynn Shevels; cost :$ 160.00 including boat licence. If you are interested, contact: Glynn Shevels. 0419 341493 limited places available.  Many LBT members have completed this course in the past and have said very good things about it. 
    Posted Dec 31, 2015, 1:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Film Sunday Deb Combes writes: 'My excitement is palpable for this month’s film, the one to kick start 2016, is the sensation “Leave you brain at the door” male bonding farce, Gallic cousin to "Dumb and Dumber", yes it is the 2003 French comedy, Ruby & Quentin also known as “Tais Toi”.' Show up at the the Palais at 7pm, 3rd January, with a plate and $5.  For the complete message from Deb see http://bit.ly/1TqBNwV
    Posted Dec 30, 2015, 4:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Devonport Regatta From Jock Littler: 'I am writing to you on behalf of the Devonport Apex Regatta Association Inc. who coordinates the Annual Devonport Apex Regatta to be held Sunday 6th March 2016. For the past 57 years the shores of the Mersey River have played host to the best one day Regatta in the State.  As I’m sure you would be aware the 2016 Devonport Apex Regatta is approaching quickly and we are now keen to confirm all attractions for our event, with this in mind we have been informed that you now have 4 rowing skiffs and the Devonport Apex Regatta Association would like to invite your organisation to display racing of these skiffs and perhaps also race along ...
    Posted Dec 30, 2015, 3:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • New Years Day Row and Picnic to Shipwrights Point Barbara Dawson writes:'Anyone interested in a New Years Day row to Shipwrights Point? Skiffs and kayaks and private boats welcome. Leaving LBT at 10.30 (i.e. be at LBT at 10am), and departing Shipwrights Point at around 1.30 to catch the high tide back to Franklin.  Bring picnic lunch and drinks.  Let me know if you are interested, and I will be in touch closer to the date.'  barbara.dawson@bigpond.com 
    Posted Dec 30, 2015, 3:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tiffany Eckhardt and Dave Steel in the Old Church Charly Clare writes:'On Sunday 3rd January, 3pm enjoy an intimate afternoon of honest, humorous and uplifting music  that will feed your soul under the vaulted ceiling of a church by a river...at River Flow Yoga & Accommodation, 3408 Main St, Franklin; $22.50. Tea, coffee & cake available. BYO alcohol; contact Charly: p. 6266 3995 | m. 0417 002 381'.  Numbers are limited, so pre-buy a ticket.  'The old church' is the white one just downstream from the Franklin Post Office.  Flyer attached: see http://bit.ly/1OpuOWR
    Posted Dec 24, 2015, 12:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas present pics for the LBT Bob Frost has sent these lovely pics of the river.
    Posted Dec 23, 2015, 2:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Break up party The Tuesday group took time off for some well earned relaxation on their last working day for the year.  It's been a big one:  along with their regular maintenance jobs (keeping the fleet in trim, servicing Nancy etc) there have been boat restorations and the the new extension to keep them very busy.  The rest of us owe 'em.
    Posted Dec 23, 2015, 2:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • The International Yacht Restoration School Friend of the LBT Ken Thomson recently toured the east coast of the US, and at Newport Rhode Island took the pictures shown below.  In the 'classroom' shown (first two pics) 'each small vessel has two students taking the project to the water'. To say that the scale of operations is awesome is no overstatement.  The large yacht 'Coronet'  under restoration shown is 130' on deck and (they say) 190' overall.  There is a nice video about the school at https://vimeo.com/36724978 
    Posted Dec 22, 2015, 8:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Festival: the view from the US Off Centre Harbour are known for their beautifully made traditional boat videos, and Paul Cullen from the AWBF points us to this one of the festival which is outstanding:  see http://bit.ly/1OGQmsi .  Watch out for the Skiffs.
    Posted Dec 23, 2015, 4:26 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Nancy Carollers On Friday night the Little Boat Choir boarded Nancy and sang their way down the river to the Franklin Christmas Party.  For more views of the event (from the water) taken by Annette and Aspen Cauchi see http://bit.ly/1T7tBBz .
    Posted Dec 18, 2015, 8:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Delivering Santa A team of carol singing WOW angels (and an elf) delivered a very relaxed Santa to the Franklin Christmas party on Friday night.  For more splendid pictures of the event, snapped from the water by Annette and Aspen Cauchi, see http://bit.ly/1T7tBBz
    Posted Dec 18, 2015, 8:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas gift for the LBT Friend of the LBT Graeme Norris had an unused car tent in his garage which should be just the thing for future Tawe Nunnagahs.  He sent it down from Devonport with his nephew Peter and it arrived today (Saturday).  Thanks fellas!
    Posted Dec 18, 2015, 4:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • The yellow box has retired We've had the time and motion people in, and they have determined that our treasurer (Jackie) has been spending far too much time transporting the loot from the shed to the office.  Brett and Graham have installed a letterbox slot in the office, so from now on anything for Jackie (rowing fees, receipts etc) should go into this letterbox, and not into the venerable yellow box which will be retired.
    Posted Dec 18, 2015, 4:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: LBT Christmas Parties This year's Christmas Party is on Monday night 21st December starting around 5.30pm.  The cooks have the night off, so it's a BRING YOUR OWN.  If the conditions are suitable we will have the Grebes out on the water (under sail) from around 3.30pm, so there will be the opportunity to work up an appetite.  The Tuesday group will also be having a celebratory BBQ on - you guessed it - Tuesday and invite others to come along.  Thanks to Tony Cooper for organising this.
    Posted Dec 19, 2015, 9:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australia Day celebrations come to Franklin Last year Huon Valley Council decided to open up the ceremonies and hold them on the foreshore.  They catered for 500 people and 1200 turned up!  Long and the short of it is that all these people didn't really fit, so the council have decided to move the event to the Franklin where there is more space.  They want LOTS of activity on the water, and have spoken with us about providing it.   There will be more information coming: this is an early heads up to put the morning of Tuesday January 26th in your diary. 
    Posted Dec 17, 2015, 12:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • WOW Newsletter Lots of activity for the Women on the Water with the NZ trip coming up, and expeditions to Nubeena and Geelong mooted.  Read all about it:  http://bit.ly/1Yo6Avz
    Posted Dec 17, 2015, 12:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • St Ayles Skiffs at Geelong Peter Doyle from the Geelong Yacht Club writes:  'On behalf of the committees of the ‘2016 Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong’ and the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, I invite you to come compete in the inaugural St Ayles Skiff Regatta of Geelong on March 12,13 and 14 next year.   The ‘Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong’ (WBF) alternates with the Hobart WBF and is hosted the Royal Geelong Yacht Club. The Festival gathers two hundred beautiful wooden boats (including three tall ships) and highlights many on-water events over three days. The web site address of the ‘Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong’ is http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=9992&pID=1 where you will notice that ...
    Posted Dec 17, 2015, 12:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Shed ideas With the shed extension rapidly taking shape it's time to start thinking how we should be using our space.  It's intended that this extension will house and isolate our noisy, dusty, smelly (but very useful) machinery, solving one problem, but do we want to continue to pass oars over the dinner table, and to have the tele teetering on the fridge?  Have your say by submitting an annotated plan to sec@lbt.org.au or by posting it to the orange post box at the door.  Download a printable plan from http://bit.ly/1MdErjU Pic from Amal Mongia
    Posted Dec 14, 2015, 1:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Next Skiff is out of the pack The flatpack for the 'Bitterns' team Skiff has arrived, and they have begun work on it over at the Wooden Boat Centre.
    Posted Dec 13, 2015, 6:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Messing about with Grebes The forecast for Monday afternoon is for fair winds so the Grebes will be on the water.  Come and join us, from 3.30pm on.
    Posted Dec 11, 2015, 12:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Couple of milestones reached on Thursday Graham Wright writes: The last rafters are fitted on the extension; Gretchen's keel re-construction is nearly finished. We were confident that Brett Doubleday and the Tuesday crew (which has become the 'all week' crew) would make good progress on the extension, but not that they would also keep the Gretchen restoration going and do  other maintenance jobs around the place.   Thanks people.
    Posted Dec 10, 2015, 7:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Christmas Parade It's the silly hat season again,  and we at the LBT intend plunging right in: after all we have our very own silly hat. There are two events to put in the calendar immediately (or just sync with the LBT calendar which already has both). On Friday December 18th: Participants in the parade to gather at the LBT 5-5.15pm; Parade along the foreshore to Village Green; Free BBQ at the Green;Boat parade to get prepared at LBT, starting 6.15 pm;  Leave at 6.45pm for landing at Village Green, bringing music, elves etc.  Party, choir, brass band, children's activities etc.We are hoping for a real fleet to send downriver, so come along and ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2015, 5:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas message from the AWBF Paul Cullen from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival writes: 'Greetings, friends of the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival: ...To all our friends, supporters, sponsors and volunteers, thank you for the amazing backing you have given this great event all year long and we wish you a safe and joyous Christmas holiday.'  For the rest of the newsletter see attached: bit.ly/1NYjMaX .  For the latest from the festival go to awbf.com.au and choose News Blog - lots of good stories. 
    Posted Dec 10, 2015, 7:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Chip Ahoy! Barbara Dawson writes: 'In conditions reminiscent of Shackleton’s Antarctic voyages, Billie and Imagine - plus 2 double kayaks - bravely set off late on Saturday afternoon with the tide and wind, in the direction of the grey skies and drizzle of Huonville.   On reaching our goal in record time, we discovered the fish and chip cafe was holding its staff Christmas party and thus closed to the public. Undaunted, we ordered our meals from the newly opened Ranelagh General Store - their squid and chips in particular, eaten to general acclaim.  Luckily while awaiting for our repast to be delivered, we were able to make good use of the shelter which Huon Valley Council has thoughtfully constructed for stranded mariners, and a ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2015, 1:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Living Boat Trust Flag is unfurled There was a good easterly blowing on Monday night, and when our new flag was unfurled it snapped  and stood out from the pole most satisfactorily, displaying the midnight blue knot sewn onto the orange ground by Margaret Forster.  It had for company a Tasmanian flag, presented by local member Lara Giddens, and an Ozzie, presented by Martin and Judy Krynen.  The new plaque attached to the post by Dick Geeves was unveiled  by Scout commissioner Mike Patten after some appropriate words. The 'veil' was an old gang show scarf of Dick's.  Thanks to one and all.  See pics below. 
    Posted Dec 8, 2015, 4:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • The cryptic history of Port Davey John Wadsley (from TMAG) writes:'...The final 2015 meeting of the Tasmanian Historical Research Association will be held in the Royal Society Room tomorrow evening at 8pm, 8th December. Entry at TMAG, 19 Davey Street entrance.  Tony and Janet Fenton will be talking about Tony’s research and upcoming book on the history of Port Davey in a paper entitled The cryptic history of Port Davey.  All are welcome to attend.' (image courtesy Jeff Jennings)
    Posted Dec 7, 2015, 3:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Little Boat Choir concert Franklin Palais writes: 'Hi Music Lovers, Wanting a quality yet affordable night out of fun, food and entertainment?  Have family & friends visiting and at a loss of how to entertain & impress your guests?  Then look no further to Little Boat Choir this Saturday. Come and support Tiffany and her band of singers for their first big gig. Will they be nervous, you bet. Word on the ground is they have been rehearsing for just under a year now and are ready to venture out and hit the stage.Find out for yourself if the rumour is true, your neigbour can actually sing!'  Flyer attached: http://bit.ly/1m6AIja
    Posted Dec 7, 2015, 3:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Burnt to the waterline LBT member Brian Marriott described to we skeptics how his fire crew had been called out to North Franklin to douse a motor boat that had inexplicably caught fire and 'burnt to the waterline'.  When we saw this photo from Martin Kell we were skeptics no longer.
    Posted Dec 7, 2015, 2:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Cruise to Maria Island Ea Lassen draws our attention to the following opportunity.  Maria Island new year cruise: Duration: 7 days, 6 nights; From AU$ 2,400.00;  Sail aboard Yukon and enjoy Tasmania’s amazing South East coast, white sweeping beaches, rusty granite boulders of massive dimension secluded wooded anchorages this is voyage of surprising contrasts; The rounding of Tasman island is an awesome experience its sheer cliffs always impress; This is an excellent opportunity to take a comfortable low-impact holiday and feel the amazing sensation of a wooden ship under sail at sea;   Embark 28th of December 2015 in Franklin 10:00; Disembark 3rd of January 2016 in Franklin 16:00. For more information see the Yukon Tours web page:  yukon ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2015, 2:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Big Monday night at the LBT coming up Come this Monday (6th December) and:  sail the Grebes (from 3pm) weather permitting, or  work on them if it's lousy; find out what the new LBT flag looks like when it is unfurled by the scout commissioner; help christen our new Tasmanian flag (presented to us by our local member Lara Giddens); help install the flagpole plaque; see Dick Geeves in his scout uniform; Hans is cooking.
    Posted Dec 5, 2015, 9:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Excursion to Whale Point Mandi Wheatley from Huon Valley Council writes:'I just wanted to let you and your members know that the Huon Valley Council has begun senior’s excursions and our next one will be to the old site of the Kermandie Experimental Pulp and Paper Mill on Whale Point Road, Port Huon and then on to Rivendale Gardens, Geeveston on Thursday 10 December.  A free bus leaves Huonville in the carpark behind the Town Hall at 10am.'  Flyer attached: http://bit.ly/1m2OdAu    Pic from Mercury Jan 3rd 1928
    Posted Dec 4, 2015, 11:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Shed extension: wall frames go up Graham Wright writes: 'Good progress today with the extension: All hands on deck to raise the frames; Towards the end of the day, last frame assembled and now ready to make the frame for the roller door; Peter and Greg have made a lot of progress on the windows with most of them painted with undercoat.'
    Posted Dec 1, 2015, 2:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sail doctors at work On Monday night John and Martin fixed some of the 'band aids' that have been applied to the rigs for the Grebes, and began the task of standardising these rigs so that moving from boat to boat won't confuse we beginners.
    Posted Nov 30, 2015, 2:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • A gleaming Swiftsure 'Swiftsure' has had a major refurbishment, completed just in time to compete in 'her' regatta.  There are new bits everywhere - thole pins, thole pads, cleats, a mast step - and a paint job to match.  Thanks to all who contributed - Hans, Peter Laidlaw, Ron, Endra and there were more (you know who you are).
    Posted Nov 30, 2015, 2:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta photos For some wonderful photos from Saturday see http://bit.ly/1l14LIT
    Posted Nov 30, 2015, 6:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Slabbing the blue gum Looks like Steve White's Lucas Mill did a very good job of cutting up the large bluegum log that has been lying on the foreshore for some time.  Should be some good keels come out of that lot.   Sequence of operations from Greg Guy. 
    Posted Nov 30, 2015, 3:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Plague flag: should we worry? We are assuming that the black and yellow plague flag was hung with the rest of the bunting on the Yukon out of enthusiasm for the Swiftsure Regatta, not because David Nash knows something that the rest of us don't.  Regatta report to follow shortly.  If you have pics of the event please forward them to sec@lbt.org.au
    Posted Nov 29, 2015, 2:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Xmas Movie Night at the Palais Deb Coombes writes:'Hi Team Movies,  Yes it is that time of the year to wear silly hats and eat and drink to excess for it is the Franklin Palais Classic Xmas Film night. Our Christmas film is one that will impress and may even change your life. Sunday 6th December, we will be screening the sensational, multi award winning, 1990 Canadian film “Strangers in Good Company’” also known as “The Company of Strangers”. I have yet to read a dodgy review of this film...Sunday 6th December, upstairs at the Franklin Palais. Doors open 6.30pm, movie starts when someone flicks the lights…. After 7.15pm but before 7.30pm.'More about the fillum from Deb attached: http ...
    Posted Nov 29, 2015, 12:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT flag on the sewing table We hope to have a ceremonial unfurling on Monday week.  No pressure on the seamstress though!
    Posted Nov 26, 2015, 7:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wet Thursday at the shed Steve very sensibly based himself inside, but others weren't so lucky.  Graham Wright sent the following pictures: Steve trimming the new keel timber; The Marine Rescue Vessel in Franklin for a bit of TLC; Endra braving the weather doing some last minute adjustments to Swiftsure;   Frames a plenty, One more to assemble and one more to build then the frames can go up.
    Posted Nov 26, 2015, 2:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • How windy was it? Spring gales seem to have arrived late this year, prompting furrows on the brows of nervous sailors and excursion organisers.  What we all need when judging whether or not to leave the shore is guidance on what those forecasts of '25-40 km/hr' actually mean.  Enter the indefatigable Tony Dow of HR Vista Weather (hrvistaweather.com) who provides us not only with forecasts but also with RECORDS.  If you were out and about and it seemed like a gale you can check Tony's graphs and calibrate your wet finger against the numbers that the forecasts deal in.  One way to do it: go to the LBT website, click on the weather summary at top right to take you ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2015, 11:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ministering to the Grebes The rigging and sails for the Grebes are looking a bit tired.  We need to inspect them and identify and make the necessary repairs. The next opportunity to do this is this coming Monday afternoon (30 December) after 3pm (an 'off' day in the sailing calendar).   John Walduck is very familiar with the intricacies of the Grebe rig, and has offered to be 'leading hand'.  For those of us less familar, this will be a good opportunity to see how to distinguish between a gaff and a boom and how all the bits fit together.  Come along and help out.
    Posted Nov 25, 2015, 12:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Good news from the pollies We aren't sure whether it was Hans Sipsma's cooking or Tony Cooper's barbecue which tipped the scales, but Brian Green, leader of the opposition, enjoyed last week's visit and meal with us so much that he came back to Franklin to  announce that  'a Labor State Government would contribute $450,000 to establish a Maritime Heritage Centre to expand on the town’s renowned Wooden Boat Centre'.  The Brooke St Pier roof will rise again.  Read all about it in the 'Mercury online' at http://bit.ly/1IfuQsn (if you missed it in Tuesday's paper edition). Pic from the Mercury Newspaper online
    Posted Nov 25, 2015, 11:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival newsletter A reminder that the AWBF newsletter includes lots of items of interest to we Tassie boaties: to view it go to http://awbf.com.au/ and choose News Blog from the menu.  Whilst there you can subscribe, and have the newsletter arrive in your email inbox.  Our own Laurence Burgin (franklinmarine.com.au/) had a great article on 'Cruising to Tasmania' published in the most recent edition - see http://bit.ly/1R1IRRu.  Also of interest, in this season of Swiftsure Regatta, is the item about the Dunalley Boat School where the local school kids are helping build wooden dinghies.  See http://bit.ly/1NLYU0x    Pic from AWBF Newsletter
    Posted Nov 29, 2015, 2:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Scottish-Australian Flag We aren't sure where Dick Geeves procured this flag, but we think it might be very appropriate to fly on regatta days featuring the St Ayles Skiffs.  Maybe the crew going to the the next Skiffieworlds (http://scottishcoastalrowing.org/skiffieworlds-2016/) should ask Dick if they can borrow it.  There is some information about provenance at http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/au_ances.html#scot
    Posted Nov 24, 2015, 3:22 AM by Posts Editor
  • Twilight Fish and Chip Row on Saturday 5 December Row both skiffs (plus any other boats or kayaks) up to Huonville for a fish and chip dinner. Boats departing LBT at 4.30pm. $5 per person fee to LBT.  Those interested will be sent more details closer to the date.  If you want to join us, email Barb Dawson barbara.dawson@bigpond.com
    Posted Nov 22, 2015, 12:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Get your 'Pristine South' The new edition of 'Pristine South' is just out, and there is a pile of copies in the shed.  Judging from the annotated map included there are more attractions in Franklin that at Disneyland.  It's difficult to understand how visitors will find time to see the bright lights of Cygnet, Huonville and the rest.  See the snippet included below (words from Annette, pic from Nell) which illustrates.  For a taste of similar delights see last year's edition online at www.huonnews.com/images/Magazines/PS_2015_NEW.pdf.  No doubt the 2016 version will be up soon.
    Posted Nov 21, 2015, 3:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • More information about Swiftsure Regatta From Karen Corbin: Saturday 28* November 2015:  M.C. — Dave Pittaway; Safety Boat - Rowan (ready to go from pontoon); Starter boat — Nancy (Barb Dawson); BBC and drinks available for purchase from LBT.  Program of events on the water:9-12.30pm- Kids rowing events, games, rowing machine and introduction to kayaks;  Registration for afternoon events open until 12.45 at the Regatta;  Depending on enrolment, teams will be female, male and mixed. Races will be timed and if no finals then fastest time in each category will be deemed winners!  *** Teams and individual rowers are encouraged to register prior to the day by email to Karen Corbin at kcorbin4216@yahoo.com ***; 1pm-3pm : St Ayles skiff races begin and continue ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2015, 12:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Organising an LBT excursion? In the past LBT 'on the water' activity has tended to be either long, multi-day expeditions, or sailing and rowing directly from the shed.  Our new trailers make possible intermediate excursions, as the very successful trip from Tinderbox to Bruny Island (http://bit.ly/1YliqbF) demonstrated.  Lorrie Harrison and David Budd have put together checklists to assist with managing excursions and trailers:  see http://bit.ly/1QyWOqT and http://bit.ly/1Xf8LRv .  These documents can be found on the LBT website at any time under the Resources => Excursions menu.
    Posted Nov 20, 2015, 3:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lucas Mill Demonstration John Young writes:'...a group of local landowners who are interested in the sustainable management of their timber-covered blocks in the future, have arranged for Steve White, the proud owner of a portable Lucas mill, to come down to the riverside just south of the Living Boat Trust at 10 am on Sunday Morning, 29th November, and demonstrate the use of his machine, which is an example of  the new forest technology that will contribute to the sustainable management of our local forests in the future. This is an opportunity to learn how these remarkable machines work, and how they can be used for small scale private forest management. It will also help to have enough people there, at ...
    Posted Nov 19, 2015, 6:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Busy day at the shed Graham Wright writes:'Busy day today - 4 projects worked on: Angela and Greg preparing the window frames; Tony cutting studs for the frames; Steve fine tuning the last piece for Gretchen's keel; Hans continues repairs on Swiftsure; Gretchen no longer has a see through keel; Frame number two almost completed.'
    Posted Nov 19, 2015, 12:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Primary Schools Fundraising Quiz Night Palais Theatre, Franklin, Saturday 28th November 7pm.  Georgie Fitzgerald writes:  'On behalf of the fantastic children  at Franklin Primary School, we, the School Association, ask you to please consider supporting our School in its efforts to raise funds which will support beneficial school programs as well as our proposed new nature-based play area.  This year Franklin Primary School have decided to hold a game show styled Quiz Night as an opportunity to raise funds to develop a wonderful play area that will be used by the Prep to Grade 6 students at Franklin Primary School. '  Bookings at the Post Office, the school, or trybooking.com/JJDK .  See flyer below for more details. 
    Posted Nov 18, 2015, 2:40 AM by Posts Editor
  • Latest from the shed build The team have framed up the front wall.
    Posted Nov 17, 2015, 10:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Up the creek (with a paddle) David Budd had the 'On Water Program' crews exploring the swampy lagoons along the river and Egg Island.  This one petered out to nothing: the only way out  was to turn around and go back.
    Posted Nov 18, 2015, 12:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Skyping New York Spotted in the back of Nancy:  this couple speaking with their children who are overseas.  Is this a service we should consider adding to Nancy's business model?
    Posted Nov 18, 2015, 2:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Some love and attention for 'Swiftsure' 'Swiftsure' needs attention both to her wood and paint work to be shipshape for the regatta at the end of November, and there were plenty of willing hands to assist on Monday night.
    Posted Nov 18, 2015, 2:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • Up she goes Dick Geeves cleared away the last of the rubble left from digging the hole for the pole, then folded and hoisted the flag.  Jesse Wardell helped him give the halyard a tug, and success: the flag unfurled, and wasn't even upside down!
    Posted Nov 17, 2015, 3:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Come and be part of Swiftsure Regatta 2015 David Budd writes:"Helpers wanted for Schools section of Swiftsure Regatta, Saturday 28 Nov, 9 - 12.30 approx.  Boat steerers, marshals, race starters and timers plus on-land competition supervisors required.  Contact David Budd/Barbara Dawson 0408 212 495"
    Posted Nov 17, 2015, 1:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • Steamers on the Huon How long is it since there have been four steamers in Franklin (five counting Cartela) at the same time?  We don't know, but they made a fine site on Sunday morning, cruising up to Huonville with an accompanying fleet of rowers and paddlers.  Thanks to the Wooden Boat Guild for organising this event. Pic from Endra O'May
    Posted Nov 15, 2015, 12:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fund raiser for Franklin tennis courts From David Moore:LOL Comedy 2015 at The Palais in Franklin: When: Saturday, 21 November 2015. Bar & Food from 6pm, show from 7.30pm;  Where: The Palais, 3388 Huon Highway, Franklin, 7113;  Cost: $30;There will be a choice of lovely curries and rice like last year, plus some other options;Recommended for people aged 15 years up;  Buy tickets online: www.trybooking.com/JDPR (limited doors sales on the night if not sold out).  16 Tasmanian Comedians Head to the Huon.  This year's Big Comedy Night at The Palais theatre in Franklin is on Saturday 21 November, starring Tasmania’s own Josh Earl, award winning comedian, cake enthusiast and former host of TV show Spicks and Specks ...
    Posted Nov 15, 2015, 11:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night test flag flying When we have a chance to get organised we plan to have a bit of ceremony for the flagpole involving the Scouts (who donated it), but on Monday there will be a 'secret' test run (don't tell), when we also have some SPECIAL GUESTS.  Come along and make it a big night. Pic from wikimedia
    Posted Nov 15, 2015, 2:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT at the Huon Show In amongst the chooks, the bulls, the sideshow alleys, the wood choppers, the ute musters, the vintage engines, that old time country music and lots more, we were there.  Thanks to all who helped out, particularly Aspen and Annette who were did the whole day shift, from setup to pull down. 
    Posted Nov 14, 2015, 7:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • The neighbours are on the move Only a couple of days ago the rowing club site was a bare concrete slab, but all of a sudden their new premises are taking shape.
    Posted Nov 14, 2015, 7:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Evinrude fixed Ron Haggart gave no guarantees when he asked for reconditioning kits for our misfiring (and venerable) Evinrude outboard motor, but their installation did the trick. The Evninrude may not be a thing of beauty, but we now have a backup for the Yamaha on the safety boat.  Thanks Ron.
    Posted Nov 14, 2015, 7:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • La Chaloupe coming to 'Steam Rally' Ron Wells (from Dover) writes:'Our Wooden Toy sign is starting to attract customers. Most callers are travelling and don’t have room for large items. One tourist called in Thursday and wanted to buy a piece of myrtle. It was marked as $3 but he gave $5. I asked him where he was from and he said he was from Geelong / Queenscliff area in Victoria. On the off chance I asked if he knew Jack Beazley. Jack is a great mate and they are in several clubs together. Jack Beazley is the Master Shipwright who built La Chaloupe. I told the gentleman that we are taking La Chaloupe to Franklin on Sunday to race against steam powered boats and ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2015, 1:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • WOW newsletter, 11th November Includes crews for the 'Steam Rally' regatta. See attached: http://bit.ly/1kNmG4R
    Posted Nov 11, 2015, 12:01 PM by Richard Forster
  • The shed build begins On Wednesday Brett, Allan and Tony made a big start on the framing.  First job was to get a ledger board in place along the top of the existing wall.
    Posted Nov 10, 2015, 9:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • The caring carrier Hayden Abbot didn't just bring our (green hardwood) cladding down from Buxton, he stacked it carefully in a quiet, shaded corner and covered it so that it won't dry out too quickly.  Thanks Hayden.
    Posted Nov 10, 2015, 9:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Raising the flagpole On Monday evening Dick Geeves marshaled the troops and up she went. Pics from Ninka and Endra
    Posted Nov 11, 2015, 3:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT sailing nights contact list A couple of weeks ago Mike Dredge organised sailing on a Monday evening, an event which we can safely say was very much enjoyed by all who participated.  Since then conditions have been against us, which has highlighted the need for a contact list so that those involved can be rapidly informed if there is a change to plans.  If you wish to be added to this list please complete the first form below (http://bit.ly/1QfCmuZ).  If you wish to make comments or suggestions regarding our sailing days enter them into the second form (http://bit.ly/1QfB6bt), and they will appear in the table that follows after a screen refresh.   
    Posted Nov 10, 2015, 3:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Occupational Health and Safety Ron Haggart has spent a lot of time compiling a list of the OHS documents which are the reference for our own policy.  He has put a hard copy in the shed for review, and there is a copy online at http://bit.ly/1le0L7r  .  Thanks Ron.
    Posted Nov 8, 2015, 4:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Flagpole raising As noted previously in this column, the hole is dug and the painting done.  Dick Geeves is coming along this (Monday) afternoon to get organised to erect the flagpole.  Be prepared to role up your sleeves and help out if you come to the working bee/dinner tonight.  Let's hope the weather is kind.
    Posted Nov 9, 2015, 7:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Show next Saturday As everybody knows, the Huon Show is the BEST, and the LBT has a proud tradition of being involved.  The more the merrier, and if you can help out please contact the secretary on 04977 86572 or sec@lbt.org.au.  See the attached todo list: http://bit.ly/1HnXwV2  The LBT truck (skipper Roger Linnell, Admiral Graham Rankin) leads the Big Parade in a previous show.
    Posted Nov 8, 2015, 12:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Steamers v Shielas Barbara Dawson writes:'Still looking for a few more ‘Sheilas’ to make up 2 skiff crews to race 1km against 2 steamboats next Sunday morning.  Race start approximately 9am.  After this short race, steamboats and accompanying flotilla will cruise up to Huonville and back.  It would be great if a couple of skiffs rowed up there with them.  These crews can be mixed.  For those of independent disposition, cruise up to Huonville in your own boat and enjoy the spectacle.Contact Barb if you want to take part in the Sheilas race barbara.dawson@bigpond.com'  This notice also serves as a reminder of this event (being organised by the Wooden Boat Guild).  Come down on Sunday morning to be ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2015, 12:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pineapple Raid The Queensland boat 'Boxer'  and crew were an enthusiastic and spectacular part of Tawe Nunnugah 2015, and they had such a good time that they (like the Kiwis) have decided to have a Raid of their own, calling it the 'Pineapple Raid'.  Route & Itinerary.  Thursday 11th & Friday 12th (AM) February:  Boats assemble at Southport Yacht Club. Friday 12th February 10am:  Start of 1st leg North of Runaway Bay, sail up Canaipa Passage finishing at RQYS Canaipa. Saturday 13th February 2nd leg start from RQYS Canaipa and sail round bay Islands: Karragarra, Macleay, finishing off Little Ship Club North Stradbroke Island. Sunday 14th February:  3rd leg sail South West with a finish at Weinam Creek.  See http://pineappleraid.com/ for more ...
    Posted Nov 7, 2015, 2:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Underwater Logging Operations – Lake Pieman/Reece Dam Of interest to we consumers of Huon Pine:  From Marine and Safety Tasmania; Notice No.: M146-15; Valid From: 4/11/2015; Valid Until: 4/11/2017.  Notice Content: Mariners are advised underwater logging operations in Lake Pieman/Reece Dam will be undertaken from November 2015 for approximately two years.  An exclusion zone will be clearly defined around the operation with signage and yellow buoys deployed at the edge of the active harvesting area.  Recreational boat users can pass through the area after making contact with the barge operator through marine radio or by hand signals. Instructions stating the marine channel to use and other restrictions will be posted on signs.  The harvest barge will display Restricted in Ability to ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2015, 4:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tholl pins v kabes v rowlocks The next shot is the battle to find the best way to mount oars on a St Ayles Skiff was fired at Warnambool last Saturday.  See pics below for their solution, and for other ideas for tillers and stretchers/foot rests.  See also the really simple oar solution employed on the captains gig Annie Baxter - a stick and some rope.  You row against the rope, and apparently it works very well - see them going at it using this 'technology' in Spanish rowing races: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kaWJN1JgE8  Wooden rowlock  Tiller  Footrest  Rope 'rowlock'
    Posted Nov 5, 2015, 2:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • 'Fast Messenger' is launched Last weekend Lorrie, Margueritte and Richard travelled to Warrnambool to join the celebrations for the launch of the latest Australian St Ayles Skiff:  'Fast Messenger'.  The deed was done amidst the skirling of bagpipes, the singing of sea shanties, speeches and a blessing.  And she floated.  Other skiffs had been brought over from Adelaide and Melbourne, and Fast Messenger joined them for an impromptu regatta on the Sunday on the local Edwards River.  Warrnambool (and district) is a bit of a mecca for wooden boat enthusiasts.  See the pics below for some examples of locally built boats which were exhibited as part of the festivities.  Add these to a great venue (the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village) and the terrific hospitality ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2015, 2:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • New Zealand Raid and Regatta The Enzedders enjoyed our Tawe Nunnugah Raid and Regatta so much they are planning one of their own. Tanya Ankersmit writes:'Dear Adventurers,Great to have you all on board for this inaugural Kiwi Raid and Regatta.   I have a few key pieces of information included in this email that will assist you with your plans. Firstly though, are two forms; the annual membership form and the entry form. You are required to have a current membership to enter into the Kiwi Raid & Regatta. The entry form provides options for you during the two week event. If you could complete and return these to me. Included is the following: Map of our planned event through the Hauraki Gulf (http://bit ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2015, 1:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Restoring 'Olga' David Pittaway writes:'A few years ago I was goaded into buying OLGA, a 30 foot long double ended Huon and Celery-Top Pine workboat, built by Harry Grinning in Strahan, launched in 1923.  OLGA performed as a Huon Pine raft tow-boat; (towing Huon Pine logs rafted together, from the Gordon River, across Macquarie Harbour, to the Grining's mill at Strahan) spent time as the Macquarie Heads pilot boat; was the Hobart Ports work boat when the Barnes Bay jetty was built, and she then spent time on the east coast out of Triabunna, adapted as a private pleasure boat, before spending her retiring days moored at Austen's Ferry.  She has been out of the water for ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2015, 1:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • WOW Newsletter See the latest: http://bit.ly/1M2U7uS
    Posted Nov 3, 2015, 12:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Spanning the generations  Dick Geeves, who tells stories about being a cadet during the Second World War, has sourced and restored a flagpole for us.  On Monday night the Nash boys, who tell stories about crossing the Pacific in 2011, dug the flagpole hole.. 
    Posted Oct 28, 2015, 11:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta 2015 – Saturday 28 November Hans Sipsma writes:     'Yes, it’s that time of year again. One of the opportunities to engage in a bit of not too serious rowing racing and fun on the water. Once again the format has changed; it seems to happen every year. The school races will be held in the morning with a whole series of races and activities, then a lunch break and the big kids get to play. David Budd is organising the morning and Karen Corbin and a team of WOW ladies are organising the afternoon with a little help from me.  At this point we are advising you to think about forming skiff teams to participate. Because we have only a few hours to cram ...
    Posted Oct 27, 2015, 3:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Oamaru Harbour Glynn Shevels is travelling in New Zealand.  He writes:   'I have found an organisation in New Zealand that operates in a very similar way to the LBT.  They repair and restore old boats and have a big regatta in November. Some great looking old wooden boats.  Attached are some photos.'  We think Glynn is talking about the Friendly Bay Boat Society: https://friendlybayboatsociety.wordpress.com/
    Posted Oct 26, 2015, 5:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Celestial Skiff Richard Edwards writes:'When I saw Sue's boat picture from Norway I thought I should send you this boat picture. It is an image from an early celtic standing stone in Bantry Bay, South West Ireland. I think the research on it gives it the title 'Voyagers in the Vault of Heaven. It is vertical so the four monks and their helmsman are heading upwards.  As I looked at the image again it reminded me very much of our two lovely St Ayles Skiffs at the LBT Shed. (except the monks have two oars each and we onlty use one each). I bought the little metal relief in Southern Ireland.' 
    Posted Oct 26, 2015, 1:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Woodworking tools: Maintenance and Sharpening On November 8th our own Dennis Muscovich is running a course on this topic over at the Wooden Boat Centre.  See flyer attached: http://bit.ly/1MPmUzi  Pic from Malene Thyssen
    Posted Oct 26, 2015, 1:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Provenance of Flagpole Dick Geeves has organised a flagpole for us, and he writes:  'I have been able to do some research with the help of Scouting Tasmania's Heritage Museum about the flagpole.  We unearthed a picture of the Huon Chief with a caption underneath: "The Parade Ground Flagstaff: A Mast of the Huon Chief".  The mast was originally longer, but when they erected it at 'the Lea' they buried it in the ground and about six foot disintegrated and thus it became a lot shorter'.  Watch this column for news about a flagpole launch.   Pic from the Linc Tasmania Catalog
    Posted Oct 26, 2015, 12:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Steam Rally, 15th November Andrew Perkins writes:'The proposed Wooden Boat Guild of Tasmania four steam boats on the Huon day is now less than 3 weeks away, the members of the Wooden Boat Guild and The Living Boat Trust are looking forward to the event ,the idea is for the four steam boats ,Nancy and any other interested boats ,dinghy’s, kayaks etc. to depart Franklin 9.30 -10 am and travel to Huonville for a lunch break and return in time to transit the canal or visit The Living Boat Trust or Franklin waterfront generally. Some non-powered boats may appreciate a tow particularly up stream as the flow and tide can be quite strong. Some non-boat owners may appreciate a ...
    Posted Oct 26, 2015, 12:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: an open dinghy for crossing the Bass Strait Adrian Dale writes: 'The plan is to use a period wooden open boat of clinker or carvel construction. The boat should be between 16 to 20 feet overall with at least 15 feet on the water. The boat will be propelled by Seagull engines for the crossing and use no other method of propulsion and thus there is no requirement for either sail of inboard engine. The boat needs to be structurally sound requiring minimal repair work and be capable of a long ocean crossing with good seakeeping qualities. Due to the limited power of the engines minimum windage is important and deck structures would be a considerable impediment. Seahorse with her low freeboard and shelter deck was an ideal ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2015, 3:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Start of season/end of season for Skiffs Whilst it was t-shirt weather at the Seafarers Festival at Bellerive on Sunday, the Guardian was taking these beautiful, autumnal,  'end of season regatta'  pictures on chilly Loch Katrine in Scotland, with everybody well rugged up: http://bit.ly/1jJ10Ha.  Thanks to Barb and David for spotting this one. Pic from 'the Guardian'
    Posted Oct 25, 2015, 2:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Billie at the Seafarers Festival Billie was in the thick of almost frenetic on the water action at the Bellerive Seafarers Festival on Sunday.  Annette, Endra and Steve barely had time to disembark each crew of happy rowers before the next was tumbling aboard.  For many it was a first opportunity to get on the water, and they loved it. 
    Posted Oct 29, 2015, 2:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • On the water with local schools Huonville Primary School students came down for a day of rowing and paddle making on Wednesday.  David Budd had an eye on the weather, and had organised plenty of indoor activities in case it turned foul.  In the event the steady wind made being on the water difficult but not impossible, and after Mike Dredge had towed the boats upwind we were able to have a good row back to the shed.  Once there the grown ups had a hard time keeping up a supply of paddle blanks to the students who enthusiastically sanded them into shape.  A good time had by all and we look forward to more sessions with Huonville and the other local schools.  If you want ...
    Posted Oct 23, 2015, 1:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Origins of the St Ayles Skiff (part 4) There have been several candidates for the title of 'ur-skiff' submitted to this column over the years:  we like this one from Sue Jenkins, spotted on a pub wall in Norway.  It's just possible that they are advertising the bottle of beer being flourished by the coxswain, who appears to have forgotten his rudder.  Interesting too that they are carrying a rig.
    Posted Oct 22, 2015, 1:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Film launch invitation "The Shellfishers" Sheltered Passage (shelteredpassage.org.au) writes:  'You are invited to celebrate the community launch and viewing of the short documentary film The Shellfishers;  at the West Winds Community Centre, Woodbridge; on Saturday 14th November from 4pm to 5.30pm.  Join story tellers from the film along with the filmmakers and the community supporters who have made possible the collection and sharing of these local stories exploring the health and history of shellfish harvesting from the unique Dentrecasteaux Channel. Feel free to bring your family and friends, and please inform us how many seats you require so we can plan for the event. Please RSVP via email to shelteredpassage@gmail.com  We look forward to sharing this community story with you ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2015, 12:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Damian Callinan - The Lost WW1 Diary AT... The Franklin Palais  ,3388 Huon Highway Franklin, Tasmania 7113  ON.. Saturday October 24th, 2015;  Doors & bar open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start;  Show finishes around 9.00pm;  Hang around after the show and mingle with Damian, ask him questions about the show and take in the historical display provided by the Franklin History Group; Recommend minimum age of attendees is 15 years; Food and drink will be available - the bar will be open! Online ticket sales close at midday on Saturday the 24th of October. Limited door sales will be available on the night. It is best to buy your tickets online now to avoid disappointment.. Seating is general admission - first in best dressed. Click here ...
    Posted Oct 20, 2015, 2:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • First sailing day of the season A  couple of weeks ago Mike Dredge waded into the gear corner and emerged from the chaotic jumble, dust and spiders with the rigs, rudders and centre boards needed to get the Grebes under sail.  On Monday afternoon the four boats were rigged (after the third frustrated attempt in most cases), and by early evening were out on the water being powered along by a steady sea breeze coming up the river.  An arbitrary course was set (Cartela to the two yachts anchored downstream), the starting hooter would have been sounded if we had had one, and  Martin Riddle showed the rest of us a clean pair of heels as we raced around the marks.Thanks Mike, you've got ...
    Posted Oct 21, 2015, 4:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tagging the electrical equipment At many organisations this would called a 'thankless task', but not at the LBT because we know how much work is involved, and we say a big THANK YOU to Ron Haggart who has been doing the job.  For a place that is supposed to be all about 'traditional' skills we seem to have an inordinate amount of electrical equipment:  see the list that Ron has compiled at http://bit.ly/1LfU5hB
    Posted Oct 17, 2015, 2:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • From the Arctic to Tasmania – the sea kayak’s journey Next talk at the Maritime Museum:time: 12.00 – 1.00pm, Tuesday 3 November 2015; place: Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Customs House, 19 Davey St entrance;  all the details in the attached flyer, http://bit.ly/1OJBxbK , or phone the Maritime Museum on 6234 1427 for more details.
    Posted Oct 17, 2015, 2:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pine log seeks good home John Barnard writes:'Pine log, species uncertain, length 8m, 130mm tapering to 50mm, strait and even taper.  Possibly suit mast, flag pole, or some such. Free to anyone with a use. Contact: 0409 671 675' 
    Posted Oct 16, 2015, 2:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Regattas on the Huon Notice to Mariners  Valid From:  15/10/2015, until 9/11/2015.  Rowing Regattas will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 24 October and Sunday, 25 October, Saturday, 7 November and Sunday, 8 November 2015.  Mariners are advised the river will be restricted for other boating pursuits on Saturdays from 0800 to 1830 and on Sundays from 0800 to 1630. Boat owners are restricted from using the boat ramp at Franklin and entering the rowing restricted area during these times.  The restricted area is the course and 500 metres either side of the course.  Boat owners must follow directions of rowing officials.  A public boat ramp is available at Shipwrights Point, south of Franklin.   
    Posted Oct 16, 2015, 1:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Seafarers Festival, Bellerive Coming up Sunday week:Bellerive Boardwalk; 10.30am to 4pm, 25 October 2015.  'The Seafarers’ Festival is an action packed family day with a focus on nauticulture including music, activities, competitions, maritime information, a craft market and a selection of fine food.  With over forty stalls around the site you’ll find maritime and historic information intermingling with hands on activities and a great stage program of music, dance and theatre.  Dress up for the Costume Competition and be in the running to win excellent prizes. There’s the popular treasure hunt, have-a-go activities, visiting vessels and plenty to witness unfolding on the water.'  For the flyer see https://goo.gl/79rSeG , for a site map see https ...
    Posted Oct 15, 2015, 1:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Committee meeting this Thursday The LBT committee meets once a month, usually on the third Thursday.  To find out what they are thinking about look at the minutes of previous meetings:  choose Resources from the LBT website homepage and then 2015-16 Minutes from either the pulldown menu or the Resources web page (see illustration below).  Committee members and their responsibilities are listed on the Committee web page, accessible from About Us menu.  If you want to raise an issue approach any of the members listed here, or email sec@lbt.org.au .
    Posted Oct 14, 2015, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Facebook weather alerts Tony Dow, who runs the wonderful Franklin weather site hrvistaweather, writes:'In addition to the current Warnings/Alerts page: http://hrvistaweather.com/weather/wxadvisory.php , added new page to menu “Facebook Pages” which contains multiple Facebook Alert Pages : http://hrvistaweather.com/weather/wxsocialNetworks.php eg. TAZ Alert, TFS, BoM, EWN, Aurora etc.' Worth checking out: click on the links above.
    Posted Oct 13, 2015, 5:49 PM by Richard Forster
  • Final touch up for 'Huon Explorer' Pic below shows 'Peter the Painter' applying the finishing touches to the 'Huon Explorer' before she goes out of the shed and into the water, ready for the On the Water Program next week.  Peter, Greg and the Tuesday group have the Grebe fleet looking very smart for the start of the season. 
    Posted Oct 13, 2015, 5:35 PM by Richard Forster
  • Tinderbox to Bruny Island Annette Cauchi writes:  'At 7am on Sunday an intrepid group of adventurers gathered at the LBT. The Valley was blanketed in fog but the forecast was fine as we hitched up Billie, Imagine and Swiftsure for the short journey by road to Tinderbox.  After some impressive displays of trailer reversing we were all in the water by 9.30. The water was smooth as we began the short crossing to Dennes Point. From there we headed down the eastern side of Bruny heading for Bulls Bay, our picnic destination.  After lunch we went for a walk to the point to admire the views and inspect some ruins from whaling days and ancient Aboriginal middens.  Then, with a mild sea breeze ...
    Posted Oct 13, 2015, 1:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Billie' in Australian Amateur Boat Builder Who are those handsome people in white?  To find out you will have to get the latest edition of  Australian Amateur Boatbuilder.  Thanks to Jonathan Wallis for writing this excellent article.
    Posted Oct 11, 2015, 12:40 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT boats on the move The blue skies have beckoned Swiftsure and the skiffs onto the trailers, ready for a trip to the seaside over on the Tinderbox Peninsula.  Piet Lunstedt and Dennis Muscovich were last seen renovating the special Swiftsure trailer chocks that have been stored around the back for years.
    Posted Oct 9, 2015, 5:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Waterfront pull up banner Ea Nash has organised Andy Wilson to create a large pull up poster for display at tourist centres and events.  We saw the fruits of his labours for the first time today, and is available to be taken out on appropriate locations:  we are thinking that the first opportunity might be Seafarers Festival at Bellerive. See the full artwork attached:  http://bit.ly/1WQMjQpWe may have to install traffic lights to manage the masses:  who could resist coming to this place?
    Posted Oct 9, 2015, 2:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pete's school boats For the fourth year Peter Laidlaw, has absconded to Queensland to supervise the building of, you guessed it, the fourth dinghy for their little fleet.  Pictures attached.
    Posted Oct 9, 2015, 1:29 AM by Posts Editor
  • WOW Newsletter For the latest on the LONG ROW and all the other WOW news see http://bit.ly/1No2X8q
    Posted Oct 8, 2015, 2:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • Fun at the slip Those of you who missed out can participate vicariously with these pictures supplied by Graham Wright.
    Posted Oct 8, 2015, 2:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • The big cleanup Karen Corbin writes:'WOW' would like to donate some of the funds raised for the 2015 St Ayles Skiff Regatta towards improvements at the LBT.   Firstly, we would like to clean up and beautify the verandah and 'green' area.  This includes emptying the verandah of timber and other items lying around and relocating the thicknesser 'For more ideas see https://goo.gl/7YQan7.  Contact Karen and WOW to be involved.
    Posted Oct 4, 2015, 1:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • First cygnets of the season The 'Nancy' cruisers were greeted by ma and pa swan and their brood on Sunday morning.  The crop of sea grass around the dinghy shed is apparently haute cuisine for swans.
    Posted Oct 10, 2015, 9:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Visiting Wooden Boat Central Brett Doubleday is currently travelling in the USA.  He writes:'We have just arrived at Brooklin Inn in Maine - wooden boat capital of US, and where Wooden Boat magazine comes from, as well as the Wooden Boat school. Think of Franklin on steroids. Within a few miles of here there are 12 boat yards building/maintaining/repairing wooden boats.  The boat school had 850 students over summer doing 1 or 2 week courses on various subjects. Have taken photos of how our workshop could be (on a slightly smaller scale). Pretty fantastic to see.' 850 students at the boat school!!  Struth.  We notice that on the Google map of the area (see below) Off Centre Harbour is listed as a ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2015, 11:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy trip to Port Huon Martin Riddle is taking Nancy to Port Huon on Monday for an inspection on the slip, and says he is happy to take LBT members as passengers.  Sounds like a great opportunity to get on the water on what promises to be a warm, sunny day.  For Martin's contact number and plans for the day see https://goo.gl/CQ2DO0NOTE: NANCY LEAVING FOR PORT HUON AT 8AM MONDAY MORNING TO AVOID HIGH WINDS. Pic from Andrew Wilson
    Posted Oct 3, 2015, 11:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • The big pour 3337 Huon Highway was cement mixer central at 7.30am this Thursday morning.  By the afternoon Andrew Gill and his team had laid all the concrete flooring for our extension.
    Posted Oct 1, 2015, 5:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nano Library Jane Johnson's new plan for the premises of a 'nano library'/book exchange is an upended dinghy, situated next to the stone wall which separates the Living Boat Trust from the Wooden Boat Centre.  As the picture shows, she is already at work on it.
    Posted Oct 1, 2015, 5:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • Spring at the Boat Trust is ... New plover chicks hiding in the grass, and of course the parents going nuts every time somebody goes near.
    Posted Oct 1, 2015, 2:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dick's Flagpole The flagpole subcommittee (Southern Division, Franklin Chapter, chaired by David Nash) convened on Monday night, and recommended that a position in line with and close to the end of the verandah would be a suitable site for flying flags: the verandah post can be used for extra bracing; it will draw attention to the shed from the road, whilst being visible from the river; the nearby shelter may be useful when raising the colours in the rain. Any reactions to this recommendation should be mailed to sec@lbt.org.au  Correspondence from Ray Watson: 'Peter was interested in some ideas for a flagpole support. A few pics attached. Cost estimates ~$20 for rustproofing paint, ~$15 for coach screws, ~$20 for ...
    Posted Oct 2, 2015, 5:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie Night at the Palais  The monthly 'Classic Movie Night' is one of the great institutions of Franklin, and the Palais is in the process of installing digital equipment to make it even more betterer.  Deb Combe writes to tell us that the next one is on the evening of October 4th:  read her letter attached for details: http://bit.ly/1Lj2cx1  Pic from the Palais website:  http://www.franklinpalais.com/
    Posted Sep 29, 2015, 3:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • New website for 'Yukon' A recent welcome bit of news is that 'Yukon' is no longer on the market, and will be calling Franklin home for the foreseeable future.  Ea Lassen and the technical boffins have been working away behind the scenes on a new 'Yukon Tours' website, and the results of their labours are now available for all to see: yukon-tours.com.au/ 
    Posted Sep 29, 2015, 4:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Franklin Quilt Unveiling September 30, 2015@7pm for 7.30, Palais Theatre, Franklin, RSVP 0400717140 'When Franklin became the host of the International St Ayles Skiff Regatta held in the town in February, a seed was sewn (literally) to commemorate the event by producing a public artwork.  From little things, big things have grown…or been sewn. Small stitches have become flowers, doors, windows, houses, a river and hills – the hand-made artwork that is the Franklin Quilt.' Flyer (from Jane Johnson) attached: http://bit.ly/1FEPaav  Pic from www.franklinpalais.com
    Posted Sep 29, 2015, 2:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Readvertising the 'long row' We have already posted a notice about this event, organised by WOW for Sunday October 11th from Dennes Point to Bruny Island - see http://bit.ly/1QHEvwv .  Here is a map from Endra for those who aren't familiar with the locale and want to know what they might be letting themselves in for should they wish to participate (' Individual thwart bookings for the skiffs to: tesseh88@gmail.com ')
    Posted Sep 27, 2015, 5:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club Opening Day From the commodore, Stan Pickering:'Opening Day marks the start of the Huon Yacht Club's season. Come along and have a fun day with your friends getting ready for race mode. Dress up your boats! Dress up your crew! Dress up yourself! Please bring a plate. It's an opportunity for members of either sex to show off their creative cooking skills. It will be a great day, lots of friendship, good food and a lot of laughs. So don't miss Opening Day (because if you do you will have to wait until next year!) Members, friends and visitors are all welcome. See the attached poster for details. The Working Bee to clean and decorate the clubhouse is ...
    Posted Sep 27, 2015, 5:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • New committee for the FWWA The annual general meeting of the Franklin Working Waterfront Association (http://www.fwwatas.org/) elected the following office holders and general members.President: John Enders; Vice President: Michele Durbin; Vice President: Madeline Ogilvie; Secretary: Michael Dredge; Treasurer:  Sonia Shimeld; Public Officer: Alan Cato;General Members:  David Nash, Helen Gasparinos, Tim Brown, Laurence Burgin.  The Living Boat Trust looks forward to working with them. 
    Posted Sep 27, 2015, 3:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • Shed extension ready for concrete  The mesh is down, the fence is up, and we await the mixer truck.
    Posted Sep 27, 2015, 3:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Franklin Working Waterfront AGM   This Sunday, 27th September, 2pm at Franklin Primary School From Sonia Shimeld: 'I have attached a copy of the agenda for the upcoming AGM (http://bit.ly/1R6KCv2) for FWWA. Please come along and help us sort out the wording for the changes to the constitution - Steve and John have already made suggestions for the wording for the second point. We would appreciate your help with choosing a logo too. I am looking forward to meeting you on Sunday - putting a name to an email address! If you haven't yet paid your membership, you will be able to do so on the day.' 
    Posted Sep 25, 2015, 3:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: consult the LBT calendar(s) We are getting to the busy part of the year, when demand for LBT resources increases, and the chances of those resources being unavailable or causing some clash with another activity increase.  We try to get everything that's important into the LBT calendar, accessible from the LBT homepage: see below (or http://bit.ly/1NPVNrR), so this is a good resource to consult.  Note the link to the WOW calendar for the Skiffs, and that the passenger and crew calendars for 'Nancy' are on her web page at mv-nancy-tours.org.  By default the calendar is displayed as an 'agenda', but you can choose a week or a monthly table view.  Clicking on the items shows more details ...
    Posted Sep 25, 2015, 6:44 AM by Richard Forster
  • Tips for event planning in Franklin Tony Dow has drawn our attention to the 'weather risk pull down' at the bottom of the home page of his HRVista (Franklin) weather site (http://hrvistaweather.com/).  See below - it looks like a great feature. It shows things like High Rain/Wind/Heat/Cold/Snow etc.  HRVista is the site that supplies the weather information displayed in the little box at the top right of the LBT home page:  click on this box and you will be taken directly to HRVista Weather.  In the past we have thanked Tony for his terrific work: this is a chance to do so again.  A couple more tips from Tony included in the graphics below.     From the Main Forecast Page the 'WxSim ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2015, 3:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy Flyer Annette Cauchi has been refining her original proposal:  see below for the double sides of what she has come up with.  Suggestions to sec@lbt.org.au  
    Posted Sep 22, 2015, 3:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Project for sale Jim Milner writes:  '18' Ply and Glass Trailer Boat Kit, has centre console, half completed. Must sell as moving interstate.   $7,000, very negotiable. Phone Jim and Sue on 0418 743 168 for more information. (Cradoc, Tasmania)' 
    Posted Sep 24, 2015, 6:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • October Long Row - Tinderbox to Dennes Point to ... From the WOW (Women on Water) Newsletter:  DATE: Sunday October 11th.  The Outside Chance crew: Andrea, Annette, Endra, Laura and Tess, are organising a long row, with a picnic and fire as the focus of the excursion.  There are two options, depending on the day's weather: Tinderbox, via Dennes Point, to Nebraska Beach, (inside Channel) Bruny Island;  Tinderbox, via Dennes Point to Bull Bay, (North Eastern side) Bruny Island.  The boat trailers (people with towing skills appreciated) will leave Franklin at 7a.m. with Imagine and Billie.  Individual thwart bookings for the skiffs to: tesseh88@gmail.com This will be on a "first in, best dressed" basis. We are also inviting Cygnet's The Swan, Taroona's Chiton and ...
    Posted Sep 20, 2015, 2:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday evening sailing Mike Dredge is proposing that we use the lengthening dusk to get the Grebes out for a sail on Monday evenings.  See the details in the attached thought/checklist: http://bit.ly/1YqidFc.   
    Posted Sep 20, 2015, 12:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • 5 people in a car, 3 men in a boat? Is this mosaic car, sitting outside the new Moonah art gallery, the sort of inspiration we need for foreshore artwork?
    Posted Sep 18, 2015, 5:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nautical flower bed Spotted at Barbara and David's place.
    Posted Sep 18, 2015, 5:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • New motor for 'Leshelen' Over at the Wooden Boat Centre David Nash and the crew have been making good progress on restoring the big Tamar cruiser 'Leshelen', and during the week Hayden Abbot craned a new donk into her.  Looks tiny by comparison to the size of the boat:  a tribute to the efficiency of modern diesel motors.
    Posted Sep 18, 2015, 5:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • First there was Billie, now there is Douglas Laurence Burgin from the chandlery has purchased a utility boat for the marina, also useful for emergencies, and he has named it after the late lamented 'Duggie'. Duggie was a very familiar canine character along the waterfront.
    Posted Sep 18, 2015, 4:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Progress on the workshop extension With the very generous assistance of Duggans the initial preparation for the workshop concrete flooring slab has been completed:  the site levelled with gravel and trenches dug.  Concrete comes early next week (fingers crossed!).
    Posted Sep 19, 2015, 11:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Waterfront photo shoot Andy Wilson had us all organised earlier in the week for a photography session - both Yukon and Nancy were out on the water with suitable landscape backdrops behind them.  It will be interesting to see what he comes up with.  As the attached happy snap shows, 'Yukon' under the Sleeping Beauty Range is an inviting prospect.
    Posted Sep 24, 2015, 4:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mission to Seafairers: Talk  'Over its one hundred years the Mission has opened its doors to an average of 4,000 seamen per year, while the Chaplain and his volunteers have visited many thousands of ships calling at the port of Hobart. While the nature of shipping in Hobart has been subject to almost constant change over that time, the needs of the seafarer have remained remarkably constant. Today, as in 1915, the Mission provides a place of relaxation away from the noise and activity of the ship, entertainment through games, sports and social activities, a space for quiet reflection and contemplation, opportunities to contact family or friends far away, companionship and support when things go wrong. For most seafarers the Chaplain and the ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2015, 11:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • First trip of the season for 'Nancy' Thumbs up all round from the passengers who took the trip with Brian Pain around Egg Island last Sunday on a beautiful day.  Graeme from Devonport grew up in Glaziers Bay, and it was the first time he had been through the canal in more than sixty years.  He had stories of his father rowing the same route to school in Franklin.  'Nancy' wasn't the only attraction:  sitting around in the shed afterwards sharing cake and a cuppa and a chat also rated highly.  For those with a real interest in Nancy, don't forget she has her own website:  mv-nancy-tours.org, Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mvnancycruise and newsletter: http://goo.gl/bS96ev  Pics from ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2015, 5:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • A paddle on the Thames David Budd sent  'a link for the Great River Race (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135694152@N05/sets/72157658678163895/) which took place on the Thames last weekend - from Greenwich to Richmond - 21km and 300 row/paddle traditional boats.  It includes some St Ayles skiff pictures (among the 600+ photos!).  Imagine a race like this from Taroona to Lindisfarne!'  Something to aspire to (hmmm)   Photo Ray Little (from http://flic.kr/p/xJf81Q)
    Posted Sep 18, 2015, 1:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • Steamboats on the Huon Brian Marriot points us to this notice he has placed in the Marine Directory (http://marinedirectory.net/events/steam-boats-on-the-huon/): 'The Wooden Boat Guild of Tasmania is planning a special boating day: Four (!!!) steamboats on the Huon River.  This rare event is unlikely to be repeated until “Cartela” is steaming again.  Steam boats that have indicated their involvement are “Lady Lavinia” and “Luxor” (both of which are based in Franklin, “Leprena” (soon to be based in Franklin) and “Lady Lyn” (from Hobart). Other steam boats are, of course especially welcome. But you have to ask permission if the name doesn’t start with “L”.  The boats will steam from Franklin to Huonville and return, in company with ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2015, 4:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy participating in Seniors Week The Seniors Week program for 2015 is out (http://goo.gl/TFXF5y), and it includes 'our' event.  Note the special one off price:  maybe you (and your older kith and kin) want to take advantage.HUON RIVER HERITAGE CRUISE Living Boat Trust Explore the Egg Island Conservation Zone in the heritage motor launch ‘Nancy’. Enjoy the scenery, the reflections and the birdlife. Refreshments are included. For more information go to mv-nancy-tours.org:Tuesday 13 October 1:30pm–4:00pm; Thursday 15 October 1:30pm–4:00pm; Saturday 17 October 1:30pm–4:00pm; Sunday 18 October 1:30pm–4:00pm; 3337 Huon Highway, Franklin; Bookings: mv-nancy-tours.org or 6266 3586 (close: 9/10); Cost: $25.
    Posted Sep 12, 2015, 3:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lifejackets not optional The word has been passed down that MAST will be policing their compulsory life jacket policy, and the accompanying sign will be put up in the dinghy shed, or some other appropriate place shortly.  Please conform with it.
    Posted Sep 11, 2015, 11:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dick's Flagpole Not only has Dick Geeves sourced a flagpole for us, he's sorting out the problems (ie the rotten bits), and painting it too.   Allegedly it started life as a mast on the 'Huon Chief', but it comes to us by way of the scout camp at 'the Lee' where it was replaced by something bigger.  Dick tells us we have to dig the hole to put it in.
    Posted Sep 11, 2015, 9:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tending to the electricals The disemboweled sander in front of them might have Greg and Ron scratching their heads for the moment, but we are confident that they will come up with a solution.  Ron has brought a new level of expertise to the shed and has been systematically working through our equipment, condemning where necessary, fixing where possible.
    Posted Sep 11, 2015, 9:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Anybody know Tauronga? Graham Norris writes: 'Do you know anything of a 42ft fishing boat Tauronga built at Bullock Point by Bert Morris and my brother Noel in 1949/50? It was sold to Ken Sward unfinished.   She went through several owners over the years and met a sorry end in Feb 2002 near Wedge Island when she was run aground on 2 successive nights.'Graham can be contacted at merikim@bigpond.com.au if you can add a chapter to the story. 
    Posted Sep 10, 2015, 9:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Nancy Season' is here The first bookings for the season are this coming Sunday: see the calendar on the mv-nancy-tours.org web page. There are only two people so far, and we need a couple more before we can go out.  Anybody interested?  Annette Cauchi and Ea Lassen have been working hard developing a marketing plan and material, and we should see the fruits of their labours shortly.   The sandwich/chalkboard is ready to be displayed at shows and markets (alongside an LBT stall): we need to spread the word to the locals and that should be a good way to do it.  Other ideas welcome: send them to sec@lbt.org.au
    Posted Sep 8, 2015, 10:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival - Big Log Story 2015 The latest AWBF newsletter points to this interesting film on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F1FhvxMixw.    'Tasmania is the home of rare and unusual ship-building timbers including the celebrated Huon Pine. This short film describes the history of the Tasmanian 'bullocky' and the qualities of the timber in the shipwright's hands. Film by Joe Shemesh, Storm Front Film' 
    Posted Sep 7, 2015, 12:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • 'Mary meets Mohammed' at Cygnet The many people who befriended the Iranian refugees who participated in the St Ayles Skiff Regatta might be interested in the showing of this film on 6th September at 3pm at Cygnet.  This will be the launch for a group called 'Rural Australians for Refugees'.  See the poster attached: http://bit.ly/1IPdgdp
    Posted Sep 4, 2015, 2:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Under the waves' at Devonport Maritime Centre If you haven't visited this centre - just across the river from the ferry terminal - here is another good reason.  We say 'another' because there is more than enough at the centre to keep you entertained and interested for hours.  Under the Waves:  Sinking Ships.. Artificial Reefs.. and Underwater Pretties  Bass Strait Maritime Centre; 6 Gloucester Avenue, Devonport; Tuesday September 22 7.30pm; Admission - gold coin donation; RSVP Monday September 21 to 6424 7100 or info@bassstraitmc.com.au.  See the attached flyer: https://goo.gl/prw7hh
    Posted Sep 3, 2015, 9:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Power for the dinghy shed The small steps are often the significant ones.  This will mean that Nancy can easily be recharged whilst moored at her normal pontoon.  Big thanks to the Wooden Boat Centre and Martin Krynen for organising this. 
    Posted Sep 3, 2015, 9:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Vera', a sister to our 'Nancy' Graham Norris writes:  'The dimensions of the Vera were identical to Nancy. A Frisco Standard 8 h.p. single cylinder was the original engine. The stern has been altered and I think she has been converted to a motor sailer. Believed to be at Murdunna.'   It would be interesting to see how she sails - could be VERY interesting! Thanks for the pics Graham.
    Posted Sep 3, 2015, 6:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • Hot gossip: Leprena (steam launch) coming to Franklin Andrew Perkins has brought her down before for us to admire the brightwork,  but the whisper (shhh) is that 'Leprena' may be finding a more permanent home down here.  That will make three steam boats in town.  Peter Michelides has had his in a shed up on New Road for some time, but Martin Krynen's 'Lady Lavinia' has only recently arrived.  There should be an event to celebrate.  Leprena Lady Lavinia
    Posted Sep 3, 2015, 6:41 AM by Posts Editor
  • Seafarers’ Festival  One for the diary:  Bellerive Boardwalk; 10.30am to 4pm, 25 October 2015.  'The Seafarers’ Festival is an action packed family day with a focus on nauticulture including music, activities, competitions, maritime information, a craft market and a selection of fine food.  With over forty stalls around the site you’ll find maritime and historic information intermingling with hands on activities and a great stage program of music, dance and theatre.  Dress up for the Costume Competition and be in the running to win excellent prizes. There’s the popular treasure hunt, have-a-go activities, visiting vessels and plenty to witness unfolding on the water.'  For more information see http://goo.gl/ExA5iH   Pic from Seafairer's website
    Posted Sep 3, 2015, 3:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • Working Waterfront Annual General Meeting Sonia Shimeld writes:  'The AGM will be held at 2pm on Sunday 27th September 2015 at the Franklin Primary School​. We will also be holding a special meeting at that time to change a couple of items in the constitution (as per the attached document).   If you have not yet updated your membership you can do so through an online form with a direct debit to the bank: http://www.fwwatas.org/contact-and-support.html​ or just drop into the Wooden Boat Centre and complete a form there.'  Committee Nomination form (https://goo.gl/miVxMW) and Notice of AGM (https://goo.gl/9LY3qN) attached.  For details of the special business see http://bit.ly/1Q9oL5K
    Posted Sep 2, 2015, 2:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • President's Report Peter Laidlaw has done a great job of summarising the LBT year (as well as delivering the odd spray) in his President's Report:  read it now at http://bit.ly/1JItPZs
    Posted Aug 31, 2015, 9:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Warrnambool Festival and Wooden Boat Expo Our friends at Warrnambool (south west Victoria) plan to launch their new St Ayles Skiff on November 2nd (see attached https://goo.gl/RXcaYt), and it looks like there will be a good wing ding preceeding this event to celebrate: see the poster below (full sized version attached: https://goo.gl/sTaSzs).  There are a number of people from the LBT who will be taking advantage of this opportunity:  if you want to join us contact the secretary: sec@lbt.org.au (or, or course, just take yourself along).
    Posted Aug 31, 2015, 5:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tree2Sea project From the ABC website:  'There are hopes a new project to teach young people boat building skills will turn around low high school retention rates and high unemployment in Tasmania's Derwent Valley.  About 20 young people have taken part in the Tree2Sea project, funded by Primary Health Tasmania and run through the Derwent Valley Community House, New Norfolk High School, the local council and a range of other organisations.'  Read all about it at http://goo.gl/jrLGrw.  Looks like the structure has some similarities to the Derwent Raider shown to us by Allan Witt last year (second pic below)   Pic from the ABC
    Posted Sep 3, 2015, 6:43 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin (south) weathercam One of the nice features of Tony Dow's HRVista weather site (hrvistaweather.com/weather/) is an 'almost' live view across the river, just downstream from the Living Boat Trust.  From anywhere on the www you can watch the fog roll in.  We've added a link to this, just under the weather summary on the right hand side of the LBT homepage.  
    Posted Aug 30, 2015, 5:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tension at the LBT quiz night We were on the edge of our seats as David and Margaret added up the scores, and as Endra added one more straw to the flagpole her table had designed.  It was not a night for the fainthearted. 
    Posted Aug 30, 2015, 3:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • New committee for the LBT At the AGM on Saturday night the old committee was dismissed and a new one, listed below, was elected.  President:  Peter Laidlaw; Secretary: Richard Forster; Treasurer: Jackie Garnsey; Ordinary members:  Ros Barnett,  Endra O'May,  Graham Rankin, David Budd, Hans Sipsma (currently 'on leave'), Karen Corbin, Brett Doubleday. Tony Cooper, who originally nominated, withdrew due to an accident he recently suffered.  We all wish him a speedy recovery.  For all documents (including minutes) from the AGM see https://goo.gl/HoOZpP  
    Posted Aug 30, 2015, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival Newsletter See attached from Paul Cullen: https://goo.gl/NJ9Thw
    Posted Aug 30, 2015, 12:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT theme song? Those attending the social gathering that followed the AGM were supplied the following chorus, and asked to provide appropriate verses.We’re the mighty LBT,  Just pay your dues and come and see, We’ve Grebes and Skiffs and Nancy too,          To one and all we are true blue.   We aren't claiming it was worthy of Lennon and McCartney (help Tiffany!), but they gave it a red hot crack, and here are the responses we managed to collect.   Formatted version (with music!) attached: https://goo.gl/EQB8FzWe’re the mighty LBT, Come join the committee, it’s anarchy, We’ve planes and nails and epoxy glue, And once a year we clean up too. We’re as happy ...
    Posted Aug 30, 2015, 5:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boaty pics from Ireland LBT members Ali McRae and Caro Bony are visiting the Emerald Isle and have taken their cameras with them.  The 'Kezia Gwilt', shown below, was involved in trying to rescue survivors from the Lusitania, torpedoed in the First World War.  More than 1200 drowned.  Kezia Gwilt Young sailors heading out in fresh breeze into the Atlantic from Dingle Peninsula , County Cork Ireland. Light house at the end if Sheep's Head peninsula West Cork, not far from the Fastnet Rock. Walking the ridge on Sheep's Head.
    Posted Aug 29, 2015, 9:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Wagonga Princess Graham Rankin writes:'While visiting our grand daughter (and her parents) in Canberra we had a lovely break at Narooma on the far south coast of NSW. Whilst enjoying our fish and chips at the aptly named Forsters Bay we spied what could be Nancy's long lost cousin.  The Wagonga Princess was built in Sydney in 1905 of Huon Pine. She was designed as a ferry for Kalimna Guest House at Lakes Entrance in Victoria and was originally called Kalimna.  Interestingly, she is also has electric propulsion, having 16 batteries driving a 48 volt motor.  I couldn't close enough to check, but she appears slightly longer and beamier than Nancy.  She now makes regular three hour cruises on ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2015, 3:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • Ministering to the Grebes 'Huon Explorer' comes in, and 'Rhonda K' goes out (all shiny and new).  Sun and weather aren't kind to paintwork.    Pics from Graham Wright
    Posted Aug 28, 2015, 3:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Weather Tony Dow has written to tell us that the new version of his forecasting and meteorological information site is now 'live':  to see it go to http://hrvistaweather.com/weather/, or click on the brief weather summary at the top of the LBT home page.  If you want to send him some feedback (like, maybe, thanks!) use the feedback page:  http://hrvistaweather.com/weather/wxcontact.phpA reminder that if you want this data on your mobile device then Tony has you covered:  go to http://hrvistaweather.com/WWL-mobile.php
    Posted Aug 26, 2015, 5:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • New premises for the Huon Rowing Club We've watched the safety fences go up, and now de walls come tumblin' down.  Paul Newbon, foreman on the project, tells us that there have been various delays, but they hope the new building will be completed in the autumn.  In the meantime the club is very fortunate to have the evaporator shed next door for storage, so the rowing program has not been disrupted too much.  You can follow the build, and get other rowing club news from their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/HuonRowingClubTas?fref=ts
    Posted Aug 25, 2015, 8:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • 150th Birthday for 'Admiral' Fiona Peate writes: 'Admiral is celebrating her 150th birthday today (26 August). This Saturday Members of the Restoration Group, friends and crew are planning to re-enact the original launch at the Hobart Domain then row around to Waterman’s Dock arriving 12 midday. It is hoped there will be media coverage at Waterman’s Dock.  Our Facebook page has info and photos https://www.facebook.com/admiralrestorationgroup. Perhaps your members could ‘like’ our Facebook page.'   Admiral has been a welcome participant in LBT activities, perhaps most memorably to transport the Governor to the centenary celebrations for the Palais Theatre in 2012 (see pics below).  We hope that tradition will continue.  
    Posted Aug 26, 2015, 2:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club AGM Our friends at Port Huon have elected a new committee and appointed new officers.  Read all about it in a letter from the new commodore Stan Pickering: https://goo.gl/ba8eJY
    Posted Aug 24, 2015, 3:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Ice in the Rigging': book launch John Wadsley (TMAG) writes: 'If anyone is interested in attending the book launch of 'Ice in the Rigging: Ships of the Antarctic, 1699 - 1937', you’d better get your skates on and let us know!!   Just to remind you, the book will be launched by Janet Carding, Director of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, 20 Castray Esplanade, Hobart on Thursday 27 August 2015, 5.30pm for 6.00pm. Copies of the book will be available for sale after the launch.   Your invitation to this event is attached (https://goo.gl/NbFSzF), so if you are planning to attend, please RSVP by email ASAP direct to Mark Hosking at the Maritime Museum ...
    Posted Aug 23, 2015, 9:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Final Reminder: AGM and Quiz night THIS COMING SATURDAY, 29TH AUGUST The LBT Annual General Meeting (starts 6pm) will be followed by a social and quiz night at the Franklin Bowls Club.  Bar opens 6.45pm and all welcome, $5 members, $10 non members. Soup and bread will be available for $5 a serve.   Members are asked to bring a plate that can be shared.Book a table for your group using the form below, or sign on to the sheet in the shed. Pic from wikimedia
    Posted Aug 23, 2015, 4:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteers wanted for LBT schools On the Water Programme Help train our future boaties!!!!  Starts mid October, runs for approx 5 weeks.  Helpers wanted - choose your day(s) - Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 10.00am - 2.30pm.  For more details, contact David Budd  ozskiff@gmail.com or 62663571 
    Posted Aug 22, 2015, 8:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • New look for the AWBF online From Paul Cullen (manager, AWBF):'... We are writing to you because we’re about to introduce a brand-new format for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival Newsletter.  It’s faster and more responsive, there’s more interesting content and it easier to get at.   In the past, when you signed up to receive the AWBF Newsletter, we would send you a PDF document by email, once every couple of months in the off year, then monthly as the festival got closer.  In the new format, you will get a summary of new stories and features, delivered automatically to your Inbox once a month.  You don’t have to download or print anything – one click will take you straight to the ...
    Posted Aug 22, 2015, 5:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Notice to Mariners Title: Navigation Aid – Huon River; Valid From: 21/8/2015;  Valid Until: 30/9/2015.    Notice Content:  Mariners are advised that the port lateral navigation aid located on the edge of the reef at Shipwrights Point is currently unreliable. A further notice to mariners will be issued when the aid is restored to normal.
    Posted Aug 21, 2015, 3:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Epoxy city Over at the Wooden Boat Centre Peter Laidlaw is gluing the second layer of strip planks onto the new 'steamboat' he is building.  Lots of  staples, cable ties and epoxy being put to use (see bottom pic below for detail). 
    Posted Aug 20, 2015, 9:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Thursday at the shed Rhonda K is the first of the Grebes to be painted and varnished for the new season: she is now ready to go back on the water.  Whilst she was being attended to Allan and Angela were busy digging the drainage at the back of the shed.  Unfortunately this is the shady side on these, chilly, muddy and wet days, so it was a good job to get out of the way.  We are just about ready for the plumber. Pics for Graham Wright, Angela and Allan
    Posted Aug 20, 2015, 7:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tasmanian Craft Fair The Tasmanian Craft Fair in Deloraine (Friday October 30th - Monday November 2nd - see http://www.tascraftfair.com.au/) is a major event, and this year the focus is on boats and boat building.  The Wooden Boat Centre will be attending, and are offering the opportunity to be involved to Living Boat Trust and Working Waterfront members.  See the attached letter  (https://goo.gl/K9Q3WK), and if you wish to participate contact Ea Lassen:  Phone: 6266 3586,  Email: info@woodenboatcentre.com  Pic from Craft Fair website
    Posted Aug 19, 2015, 10:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Digging the shed sewage connection The pics (from Glynn Shevels) tell it all.  That's the last we hear about the Tuesday 'blokes'.
    Posted Aug 17, 2015, 8:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Tip of the Iceberg' at Maritime Museum Lunchtime talk presented by Ian Morrison, Senior Librarian Heritage Collections, Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office:  Antarctic Resources in the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office. Time: 12.00 – 1.00pm Tuesday, 1 September 2015;  Place: Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Customs House, 19 Davey St entrance;                      Phone the Maritime Museum on 6234 1427 for more details.  See attached flyer for details (https://goo.gl/nSOVdF)
    Posted Aug 17, 2015, 8:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • HRVista Weather Franklin is blessed with its own weather station, run by Tony Dow (see http://hrvistaweather.com)  That's where the summary weather report on the LBT home page comes from.  If you click on this summary you get taken to the huge amount of very well organised information that Tony provides.  He is currently updating this site to streamline it.  See the new version at http://hrvistaweather.com/weather/ and get back to Tony at http://hrvistaweather.com/wxcontact.php if you have any comments.  Tony writes:'Also like to know if any pages are not used or rather which pages on the current site people would like migrated across to the new site. Also the mobile site will not ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2015, 2:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Social Night, Saturday August 29th The LBT Annual General Meeting (starts 6pm) will be followed by a social and quiz night at the Franklin Bowls Club.  Bar opens 6.45pm and all welcome, $5 members, $10 non members. Soup and bread will be available for $5 a serve.   Members are asked to bring a plate that can be shared.Book a table for your group using the form below, or use the sign on sheet in the shed.  Pic Ishmael Orendian
    Posted Aug 16, 2015, 5:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tool Donation Graham Rankin writes: 'Liz Marshall and her husband Gordon have very kindly donated two boxes of hand tools to the Trust. The tools belonged to Gordon's father, a carpenter, and judging by the quality and the way they have been maintained, he took a lot of pride in his work and his tools.  Thank you Gordon and Liz, we really appreciate your generosity and promise to look after them (DON'T WE boys and girls!)'
    Posted Aug 14, 2015, 10:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Now is the time ... ... for all good people to come to the aid of the LBT, by nominating for the committee!  Get your nomination form at https://goo.gl/HoOZpP.  The election will be held at the AGM, August 29th.
    Posted Aug 13, 2015, 5:14 AM by Posts Editor
  • Facebook page for 'Nancy' Annette Cauchi has been busy organising the marketing for 'Nancy' and one of the things she has done is set up a Facebook page.  If you haven't found it yet see https://www.facebook.com/mvnancycruise .  We 'applaud' and 'admire' it, but are told by Facebook people that the thing to do is to 'like' it.  What an anodyne compliment.
    Posted Aug 13, 2015, 12:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • 'Tuna' for sale Boat specifications: 22' 6" Huon Pine, Australian Cedar, sedan cruiser, built in 1915 by Percival Geo Coventry at Battery Point, 14 h.p. Nanni/Kubota diesel motor, includes mooring (at Copper Alley bay), dinghy etc,   Price is $11,000,  phone 0417 324 476 (ask for Andrew).  Pics from Andrew McRae  Pic from Libor Sikora
    Posted Aug 12, 2015, 11:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dinghy Building Courses Ross James (from the Wooden Boat Centre) writes:'If learning how to build a traditional clinker timber dinghy using the finest boat-building timbers is your dream, then time is running out to learn these skill in 2015.Courses start on 24th of August, and 19th of October, limited vacancies still available. You will work alongside a boat-builder with no more than 4 other students and produce a dinghy just like the one shown. ... You will learn all the skills necessary to build a traditional boat using these methods from lofting to launch. The course lasts seven weeks.  We can provide referrals to a range of affordable accommodation options within easy reach of our facility. Please call Ross on ...
    Posted Aug 12, 2015, 3:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Billie's oars get a nip and tuck Graham Rankin writes: 'On the day of Billie's launch we discovered we had made the oars a little too fat for some of our rowers with more "delicate" hands, well, more precisely we copped a hammering from some of the ladies that the oars were too heavy! Rectification work began today with paring down the hand grips, thanks to the efforts of Mick and Liz.  A couple of clear coats were applied , with a couple more tomorrow, so the oars will be ready in time for Friday's row to Petchey's Bay. The back of the blades will be pared down in