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  • 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 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, we believe, designed the LBT logo. 
    Posted Apr 25, 2017, 3:56 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 18, 2017, 1:37 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 Sep 13, 2016, 4:08 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 Jul 6, 2016, 1:06 AM 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 the next few weeks, as rowing permits.'
    Posted Aug 12, 2015, 5:07 AM by Posts Editor
  • Notice of Annual General Meeting The Living Boat Trust AGM will be held at 6pm, Saturday August 29th,   at the Franklin Bowls Club, 3395 Huon Hwy, opposite the Palais Theatre.  It will be followed by a social night starting at 7pm (more details to follow).  Relevant documents can be found on the website (Resources => 2015 AGM Documents, shortcut https://goo.gl/W38bbk),  including a committee nomination form, agenda and minutes from last year's meeting.  A financial statement will be put there shortly.
    Posted Aug 9, 2015, 3:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Moving the office They say beauty is in eye of the beholder, and certainly those of us who helped move the office on Saturday morning would concur that for that period at least we appreciated the  grace in the lines of Richard Page's crane truck more than we would have those of a Ferrari.   Richard did a great job: the south side of the shed is now basically clear, and we can get on with the plumbing, footings and slab for the new extension.
    Posted Aug 9, 2015, 5:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Billie' gets her name Graham Rankin writes:  'No more need for visitors to ask!  John Maley, a sign writer from Westbury and good friend of Willis Smith (one of our skiff builders) had offered to paint the name on our new skiff  'Billie'. True to his word, he and Willis turned up on Friday afternoon and an hour or so later the job was finished and it looks great. Thank you so much, John.' 
    Posted Aug 7, 2015, 4:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pete's shed Andrew Wilson ('Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania') has been doing a photo shoot in Franklin.  We particularly liked this pic of Peter Laidlaw in his kingdom.
    Posted Aug 2, 2015, 7:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night dinner cancelled (3rd August) Conditions on the road aren't the greatest, so the cooks have pulled the pin.  If you were planning on coming along, get out and take snow pics instead, and we can have a photo competition next week.  A couple of samples are attached below.  Up at Cauchi's  and down at Braeside.
    Posted Aug 4, 2015, 7:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Lorrie and Graham at the Maritime Museum If the snow drifts have been cleared away in time, Lorrie Harrison and Graham Rankin will be giving a lunchtime talk at Maritime Museum on St Ayles Skiffs.  See the flyer for more details:  https://goo.gl/4KQzrtTime: 12.00 – 1.00pm Tuesday 4 August 2015 Place: Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Customs House, 19 Davey St entrance 
    Posted Aug 2, 2015, 5:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Louise Crossley Louise, member and good friend of the Living Boat Trust, has died.  She was on the ball until the end, only a couple of days ago checking that we were looking after 'Syrah', the boat she gave us.  We have 'Syrah' to remember her by.  See the press release from Christine Milne and Bob Brown at http://bit.ly/1OYtDdj
    Posted Aug 2, 2015, 6:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gretchen gets the flip Brett Doubleday, Steve McCusker and others have been working away getting Gretchen's hull stabilised and prepared in readiness for making it watertight. Graham Wright reports:  'the more observant visitor will notice that Gretchen is back in the shed. A simple job really, just lifting a ton of boat onto a trailer half the size needed for the purpose and getting it through the narrow doorway into the back of the workshop. But just to make things interesting Brett asked if we could turn it upside down and again many hands make light work and with some rope, a ladder, a block and tackle and advice from Martin over she went in the right place with no damage. Another example ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2015, 5:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • Preparations for the new workshop build When you see a chap leaning on a shovel you know that things are definitely on the move.  Graham Wright reports:'Tuesday started early for some with the plumber arriving at 8:30 to check on the site. Allan offered to excavate inside and outside to locate the existing plumbing.  We had to clear an area 2400 mm from the existing toilet to make room for the equal access toilet which unfortunately is a very cluttered area. To make room we had to empty the large grey shelf unit and move it to behind the blue lockers. Then we moved the lathe and the workbench after clearing away all the gear on and under it and finally cut a bit ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2015, 5:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Waterfront website Sonia Shimeld has shaken the slumbering Franklin Working Waterfront website and woken it up - see http://www.fwwatas.org/news.html.  The LBT no longer has a monopoly on riverbank news - let the gossip wars commence!
    Posted Jul 28, 2015, 11:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lifejacket awareness For those who missed the safety equipment evening last Monday, or those who want to follow up, you can read what Peter Hopkins of MAST has to say in an article for the August edition of  'Afloat' magazine at http://goo.gl/9JkqPz 
    Posted Jul 28, 2015, 3:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • 'Billie' in Afloat magazine Jonathan Wallis has written a nice article about the launch of  'Billie' for this month's edition of  'Afloat'.  See page 67, or view it online at http://goo.gl/uvYKRx
    Posted Jul 28, 2015, 3:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Support from the LBT network Readers of this column may remember that Paul Oakley recently wrote asking for advice about restoring a dinghy.  He has had several responses.  He writes:  'Bernard, thank you so much for your kind offer of assistance ...  Next week I have Adrian Dean meeting Dad and I at the boat shed for an initial look at the dinghy and then to discuss a way forward. We are hoping that the work is within our capabilities and will listen to what Adrian has to tell us. Here’s hoping all goes well.  Should for some reason the plans with Adrian fall through, I will be certain to come and chase you guys up!  Thanks again, the response I have had from contacting ...
    Posted Jul 26, 2015, 3:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • St Ayles Skiffs go west From Jane Johnson:  'Western Australia is embracing the St Ayles Skiff movement with the commencement of two skiff builds at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. During my visit last week I found  –  A picture-perfect Swan River setting that will be wonderful for rowing adventures  A male group of “around 15” Yacht Club members enthusiastically getting stuck into the building three times per week. Each kit had been cut out and prepared for assembly, with the first skiff well on its way. The building frame was in position, as well as the internal frame with hog, stems and ribs prepared, the latter made out of mahogany.'   Jane's complete report is attached:  https://goo.gl/wZp7nb .  Judging from the ...
    Posted Jul 25, 2015, 11:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Activities in the Workshop From Graham Wright:  'It's getting busy in the workshop especially as the extension work is beginning. The Tuesday and Skiff groups are going to work together on maintenance but on their respective days. This has a bonus as the workshop will continue to be open to the public a least four days a week. Between us we have 1 Grebe to finish and 3 more to do an annual maintenance, Rowan to be done in the middle of August and of course the weekly checks and maintenance on Nancy. That is no challenge at all to the workshop crews so lets build an enclosed extension with two extra toilets!  The plumber is due any day now to measure up ...
    Posted Jul 25, 2015, 11:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Flare and safety equipment night: report Glynn Shevels (commander: Volunteer Marine Rescue Kingborough) writes:  'The visit by MAST and Franklin fire service to LBT on the evening of 20/7/2015 was a great success.  About 30 people attended.  A talk about safety on the water, life jackets , flares and the role  of MAST  was very informative with lots of questions about life jackets, how they perform, servicing them and correct fitting.  A very informative display of safety gear from Franklin Marine was well received by all who attended.  A question was asked about life jackets and small row boats/sail boats and the answer was they are now compulsory and must be worn at all times on the water.  After the talk in the ...
    Posted Jul 26, 2015, 12:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Maritime Museum Monthly Talk - 4 August 2015 John Wadsley (from TMAG) writes: 'Please find attached the flyer ( https://goo.gl/4KQzrt) for the next presentation in the Maritime Museum of Tasmania’s series of monthly talks, to be held at 12 noon on , Tuesday 4th August 2015.  This time we have Lorrie Harrison and Graham Rankin talking on their work at Franklin with constructing and racing the St Ayles Skiff. Sounds fascinating.  As always, the presentation is at the Royal Society Room, TMAG Customs House Building, Davey Street entrance.'
    Posted Jul 21, 2015, 4:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • St Ayles Skiff Regatta at Warrnambool Patrick Groot writes:'With our soon to be launched skiff at Warrnambool and the presence of 'Cariad' and 'John Liddy' we are excited to announce that the Warrnambool St Ayles Skiff Community Ropwing Club will be hosting our first regatta at Warrnambool on the Hopkins River. Please see the attached flyer for this regatta (http://bit.ly/1fV0rbA). I will forward a program/flyer of the day in the lead up. I will also forward a flyer for the Portland Upwelling whaleboat comp (Saturday 31/10) as soon as one comes to hand. I should also have a flyer  soon that promotes the 2nd Small Wooden Boat Expo (Sunday 1/11) which will have the official launch of skiff 1 ...
    Posted Jul 19, 2015, 3:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Membership renewals Thanks to the many members who have already responded to the request to renew their membership of the LBT.  You should have received an emailed acknowledgement.  If you did not please send a note to the secretary at sec@lbt.org.au so that we can sort you out.  Reminder notices will be sent out shortly to those of us who have yet  to pony up.
    Posted Jul 19, 2015, 12:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Flares and safety equipment demonstration Monday 20th July This coming Monday there will be NO DINNER at the LBT. Instead there will be a BBQ, AND hands on flares and safety equipment demonstration with MAST, the Franklin Fire Brigade and Franklin Marine.  Starting at 5.30pm, at the LBT shed, 3337 Huon Hwy, Franklin;  5.30pm: Talk on safety on water (new life jacket designs, etc); 6.00pm: Safety on water the water display; Flare demo; Fire blanket demo; Fire extinguisher demo; 7.00pm: BBQ and/or other food will be available from the Living Boat Trust (gold coin donation); bonfire; 8.00pm: Finish.
    Posted Jul 16, 2015, 4:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'New' pontoons for the LBT The LBT has acquired the eleven metre pontoons that were formerly used by the Huon Yacht Club.  We have been assured that they are in good condition and that they will be suitable for our location on the river.  Just where we put them is the next question.  There is an old plan to have a pontoon between the marina and the evaporator sheds, and now might be the time to revive it.  See pics below.
    Posted Jul 15, 2015, 6:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boat transport alternatives Remind us:  why did we need to buy those trailers?  Pic from http://turtleislands.net/tmc/  , spotted by David Budd.
    Posted Jul 16, 2015, 4:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Plans for verandah extension approved Thanks to the indefatigable Guy Greener we finally have approved plans for the verandah extension (the 'Guy Greener Wing') on the south side of the existing shed.  These plans can be viewed at  https://goo.gl/OhD4XB .  Now all we have to do is build.
    Posted Jul 15, 2015, 5:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Matt and Gill's sailing adventures See and hear about Matt and Gill's sailing adventures (with Jesse) from Australia to Alaska.  $10 for a curry dinner if you are a member, $15 if you are not a member. Where:  at the Port Esperance Sailing Club, Station Road, Dover.  When: 24th July, 6pm.  (For those who don't know them, Matt, Gill, Jesse and now Dete are active members of the LBT)
    Posted Jul 14, 2015, 4:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Invitation to Dover Community workshop Ron Wells (of 'La Chaloupe' fame) writes:  'The Dover Community Workshop would like to invite you to our Official Opening of the Hot Works Extension. The Premier Will Hodgman will be open the new extension at 10am on the 28th of August.  Please R.S.V.P. with numbers and who will be attending to assist us with catering on the day. Email dovercomworkshop@bigpond.com or phone 0488227346'  Official invitation is attached:  https://goo.gl/833YTv 
    Posted Jul 14, 2015, 4:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Can somebody help Paul? Paul Oakley writes:  'I have a pine clinker dinghy that I am keen to restore along with my dad.  I am a tradie, so ok with tools but more so metal. The boat is currently located within my Cornelian Bay boat shed where I wish to carry out the work. Ros mentioned that you might be able to put me in touch with the workshop people?  I was hoping to come to some arrangement where someone can drop by and put me on the right track periodically. Of course  I would be happy to pay for their time!  Can you help me out with this?'  Up to the challenge?  contact the secretary at sec@lbt.org.au to be put ...
    Posted Jul 12, 2015, 2:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Strategy Meeting A big thank you to all those who posted in ideas for this session, which was held last Sunday.  These ideas formed a large part of the input to this meeting, which was an opportunity to take a big picture view of the Trust's activities, and they will be kept for future reference.  The minutes of this meeting can be viewed at  https://goo.gl/wOUXzp
    Posted Jul 11, 2015, 6:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ideas for post AGM social night The LBT is planning a social night to follow the Annual General Meeting (29th August).  Traditionally this has revolved around a quiz session.  It could be the same this year but maybe some of you have better ideas.  If so please post them in, using the form below (https://goo.gl/1wZv78).
    Posted Jul 11, 2015, 6:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Yearly accounts The LBT has (and loves) its showboats, people like Peter Laidlaw, out there leading the fleet, giving speeches, playing his pipes etc, etc.  Then there are those paddling away in the background, like Jackie Garnsey who has just produced the yearly accounts: see https://goo.gl/T60y2A.  Good onya Jackie, and thank you.
    Posted Jul 11, 2015, 9:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas in August at Spring Bay Our friends at Spring Bay have issued an invitation to a 'Christmas Luncheon' on August 3rd at the Village Barn, Triabunna -  see attached at: https://goo.gl/UdTWTv . See also their latest newsletter: https://goo.gl/Dd15Yl
    Posted Jul 10, 2015, 8:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mystic Seaport Michael O'Neill from Mystic Seaport writes:  'I help operate a blog for Mystic Seaport, http://mysticseaport.org/stories and after seeing your site, (http://lbt.rforster.org), I thought you might be interested in our newest video, “A Simple Route to a Stunning Retreat: Docking at Mystic Seaport”.  Docking at Mystic Seaport opens up a whole new experience for visitors, from journeying up the gorgeous Mystic River to arriving at the stunning Seaport.  Here is a link to the video: http://stories.mysticseaport.org/docking-at-mystic-seaport/  Each week we have new content available, from videos, to social pieces, to blog posts.  If you would like to receive an email update when a new video is posted, please ...
    Posted Jul 12, 2015, 3:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Time to put 'Swiftsure' to work? NOTICE TO MARINERS  Title: Navigation Hazard - Spring Bay Triabunna;  Valid From: 8/7/2015;   Valid Until: 15/7/2015.    Mariners are advised a large whale has been sighted in the navigation channel at Spring Bay, Triabunna just off the Deepwater Jetty. Mariners should navigate with caution.    Image from wikimedia commons    The LBT whaleboat, Swiftsure
    Posted Jul 7, 2015, 11:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Township theme project Simone Watson, General Manager for Huon Council writes:  'Council is seeking participation by a member of your community group/business in a workshop which aims to establish a theme for your town.  These themes will be used to frame planning, urban design and landscaping in unique ways to create great places and spaces for the community.'  See the flyer below for information about a workshop to discuss this on Thursday 30 July.  Looking at this flyer, maybe they are hoping we can come up with a theme that is better than a strip of bitumen and some power poles.  For more information see http://bit.ly/1HMJSJ8
    Posted Jul 7, 2015, 9:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Call for nominations for the LBT Committee One of the major tasks for the AGM to be held on August the 29th is to elect a committee for 2015-16.  Nomination forms have been printed and can be collected from the LBT shed.  Alternatively download and print one from http://tinyurl.com/m6fuwhmBoth nominators and nominatees need to be financial members, so get that sorted out first (or at the same time) if it is an issue. For details about membership payments see http://tinyurl.com/mr52v7zWe (on the current committee) strongly encourage every member to consider nominating.  All committees needs a periodic infusion of new ideas, new expertise and new enthusiasm.  The Trust is in a stable financial position, the membership is actively and ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2015, 9:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Flares and Safety Equipment Night 20th July This event will now run on Monday night July 20th starting at 5.30pm, at the LBT shed, 3337 Huon Hwy, Franklin:  5.30pm Talk on safety on water including life jackets. 6.00pmFranklin Marine display about safety on water; Flare demo; Fire blanket demo; Fire extinguisher demo. 7.00pm BBQ and/or other food will be available from the Living Boat Trust (gold coin donation)Bonfire.8.00pmFinishThe Fire Brigade will also be attending and demonstrating.
    Posted Jul 7, 2015, 12:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • July newsletter from the Wooden Boat Centre Sonia Shimeld has sent us this latest edition (attached at http://bit.ly/1G2Ew6X), with items about dinghy classes, Leshelen, a new steam launch (which will actually be fitted with a Nancy style Frisco motor), another Viking in need of rescue, the completion of Z-Lectra, the 230hp electric speedboat and more. 
    Posted Jul 6, 2015, 4:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • 2016 Kiwi Raid and Regatta update New Zealand Coastal Rowing report:  'There’s been a lot of rowing into the wind to get to this update. Our crew have been very busy getting our ducks in a row and mostly haggling with bureaucrats and red tape, however its actually coming together…yay!'  For all the details head over to their blog: http://nzcoastalrowing.org/   To our mind the scenery in the picture which accompanies the item (see below) looks less like that of the land of the long white cloud, than that of the land of the long flat vowel.
    Posted Jul 6, 2015, 4:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Help rescue a whaleboat John Young writes:  'The Whale boat restoration is about to begin on Monday 6th July. Thanks to all of you who worked to get a house sit for Cody Horgan, the ex Franklin boatbuilder who is taking unpaid leave for a month from his job at the National Maritime Museum to teach the girls from Colony 47 how to restore her. Cody’s wife and family are flying down on Wednesday.  It is a big job and we want to get as much done as possible so volunteer support would be very valuable, as would the feeling of community support for the girls. If you can make it at 9.00am on Monday morning,  even if for only a short ...
    Posted Jul 2, 2015, 3:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Boat nip, tuck and facelift time The short and cold days have left the dinghies idling in the shed, so time to get them out and freshen 'em up a bit.  The Tuesday group have selected Rhonda K and Rowan as the first candidates. 
    Posted Jul 1, 2015, 8:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Film screening - 'Utopia' Zainab Clark writes:  'Amnesty Southern Group will screen John Pilger's "UTOPIA" on Friday 10th. July at 6.30 pm in the Cygnet Town Hall Supper Room; see poster attached (https://goo.gl/zutJ8f).  This powerful documentary will be shown as an introduction to Amnesty's new campaign "COMMUNITY IS EVERYTHING" which aims at preventing indigenous children from becoming caught in the judicial system, by providing support and reinforcing their families and communities.  Rodney Dillon will be our guest speaker. He will answer questions and discuss positive indigenous led initiatives that have shown themselves to be effective.  We hope you can join us for the evening.'
    Posted Jul 4, 2015, 5:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • How to build a boat - by Mickey Mouse Ros Barnett pointed out this instructional video (http://bit.ly/1LUqSaU)
    Posted Jul 1, 2015, 3:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • Lunchtime talk - the Duyfken John Wadsley, of the Maritime Museum, writes:  'Now that Dark Mofo is over you all need some more stimulation, so come along to the  next monthly talk.  This free talk is on the story of the Duyfken, presented by Master Mariner Gary Wilson.  The flyer is attached with all the details (see https://goo.gl/SIV8sV).'  Time: 12.00 – 1.00pm Tuesday 7 July 2015; Place: Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Customs House, 19 Davey St entrance;  Phone the Maritime Museum on 62341427 for more details.      Picture Australian Broadcasting Commission
    Posted Jul 1, 2015, 3:28 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT in the news (again) We seem to be in the mainstream media so frequently that this column may become redundant.  Nell Tyson has a nice piece in the latest 40 Degrees South  -  Tasmania's premier quality coffee table magazine.  Nell's beautiful pictures are shown off to advantage.  The well known yachting journalist Bruce Stannard has a long story on St Ayles Skiffs in 'Afloat' magazine with some nice coverage of the Skiff  Regatta  and WOW.  This is a big deal:  'Afloat' has a circulation of tens of thousands throughout Australia.  Get your copy at your local chandlers or other boating business, or view the article online at http://goo.gl/vsN3vy .  From the sublime to the parochial:  the Huon News has articles about ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2015, 3:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • South Bruny Island - Vessel Debris NOTICE TO MARINERS Valid From: 29 June 2015.  Valid Until: 17 July 2015. Notice Content: Mariners are advised that an 8.5 metre vessel has broken up in the South Bruny Island vicinity after going ashore. Mariners should keep a look out for debris.
    Posted Jun 29, 2015, 3:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Warrnambool Skiff Launch, 1st November Patrick Groot writes: 'Our first official skiff launch will be on Sunday 1st of November as part of Flagstaff Hill's wooden boat expo which itself will be part of a broader Warrnambool wide music festival that Flagstaff Hill will be participating in.  Like our 2014 Small Wooden Boat Expo the St Ayles Skiff will be front and centre and accompanied by many other wooden boats from the South West.   Saturday the 31st of October (day before our event) will see Portland's Upwelling Festival and their whaleboat comp which the Stroke Team have participated in for the last 2 years.  It may even be possible to stage a St Ayles Skiff regatta on the Monday (2nd Nov) on the ...
    Posted Jun 28, 2015, 7:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Timber Donation When David Whelan of Glen Huon decided to clean out his late grandfather's tool shed he had an inspiration:  why not donate the wood to the Living Boat Trust?  That is the sort of inspiration we like, and Peter Laidlaw's ute was duly loaded up with lots of lovely myrtle, jarrah, and odds and sods of Huon and King Billy.  Thanks David: much appreciated! 
    Posted Jun 28, 2015, 5:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Billie' in the news The Sunday Mercury (28th June) gave her quite a splash.
    Posted Jun 28, 2015, 5:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • More on the Skiffieworlds, Northern Ireland 2016 Lorrie Harrison has passed on more information about these championships, which are to be held July 25-30 2016 on Strangford Lough, County Down (website: http://bit.ly/1JGcsxr) .  Attached is a letter from one of the organisers (http://bit.ly/1LtO95I), a pamphlet (http://bit.ly/1LtNeSR) describing the Skiff scene on this coast, where they have built 9 boats, and a course diagram (http://bit.ly/1LtOvt4).
    Posted Jun 25, 2015, 10:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Members at large report: Hans and Nell in England Hans writes:'Our little Jemima on Regents Canal about to go through the Islington Canal this morning. It's nearly 1 km long. Bit scary. Glad the big day last Saturday went well.' For those who don't know, Hans and Nell are cruising the waterways in a small trailer/sailer they have bought for the purpose.  You can keep up with their adventures through their Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/hans.sipsma and  https://www.facebook.com/nell.tyson.3 
    Posted Jun 26, 2015, 6:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Flaw in Skiff design revealed It lacks a webmaster's seat.   Pic of improved design from Hans and Nell in London. 
    Posted Jun 26, 2015, 4:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gold Star to Lorrie Harrison! She was the first person to renew her membership for 2015-2016, AND she also took advantage of  being able to pay for her rowing annually, which is quite a saving.  It was a close run thing: there were at least a dozen people who renewed on the first day they received their notices.  When you are making a payment remember to include some identification which will be meaningful to us.  There is a mysterious BCU  who has renewed (thank you), but we aren't sure who you are. (pic from wikimedia)
    Posted Jun 24, 2015, 6:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • Concert for Nepal Marcia Waller writes:'Please have a look at the attached poster (http://bit.ly/1Ji3W7X ) for a Concert for Nepal to be held at the Huonville Town Hall on 12th July. Tickets are only $20 each, and all funds will go directly to rebuilding projects in the Rasuwa District in Nepal. I hope you or your friends and family can come.'
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 11:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Great Taylors Bay – Mooring Works and Fill Station  Notice to Mariners  Valid From:  24 June 2015  Until:  1 December 2015  Mariners are advised Tassal will be undertaking mooring work on their leases in Great Taylors Bay. The lease is being re-configured and mooring works will necessitate the zone being marked by lit yellow marks at the co-ordinates shown below.  In addition to these corner marks, lit special marks will also be placed on the boundaries between the corner marks. These works will be completed in December when another notice will be issued to advise the lease markings.  147°08.608’E  43°22.533’S; 147°09.476’E  43°23.129’S; 147°07.992’E  43°24.184’S; 147°07.159’E 43 ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 10:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Planning for the future at the LBT The committee will be holding a strategy meeting in early July to consider how well the Trust is meeting its aims and objectives and the needs of members.  A key reference document is the constitution (http://bit.ly/1N4bpFw)  which has the following section.  4. OBJECTS AND PURPOSES OF THE ASSOCIATION: 4.1 The basic Objects of the Association are: 4.1.1 To preserve Tasmania’s maritime heritage through the documentation, interpretation and restoration of historic vessels, the building of replica and and reproduction vessels and the functional use of historic craft. 4.1.2 To promote Tasmania’s maritime heritage by the provision of related educational and recreational opportunities to people of all ages, interests and abilities, and ...
    Posted Jun 28, 2015, 6:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • Get your 'Amateur Boatbuilder' The St Ayles Skiff Regatta has the front cover and much of the content in the upcoming edition.  There are major articles from Rob Ayliffe (maker of St Ayles Skiff kits in Australia) on his experiences bringing the Iranian asylum seekers to Tasmania and the Regatta, and from Jonathan Wallis about the Regatta itself.
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 5:41 AM by Posts Editor
  • New Boat Trailers A recent acquisition for the Trust is a pair of boat trailers, which went on public display for the first time on Saturday. They will be particularly suitable for transporting the Skiffs. A grant of $4000 from the Huon Valley Financial Services Ltd and its franchisees the Bendigo Community Bank branches was a huge boost for this purchase, and we send them a big thank you. 
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 5:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dave's crew Dave Golding's 'secret weapon' for the Roger Harwood trophy race was his special crew.  By the look of 'em they didn't share Dave's enthusiasm, and he finished back in the pack.
    Posted Jun 21, 2015, 5:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Secret Passage Jane Johnson writes: 'At the Living Boat Trust in Franklin there is a great map that details the depth of water in the Huon River, particularly around North and South Egg Island. Rowing groups in the St Ayles Skiff “Imagine” frequently enjoy completing the 45-minute circuit that traverses tidal Egg Island Canal through to Cradoc and then homeward-bound via the Eldercare Channel. Last Sunday a new adventure unfolded with an aim to find the secret passage through South Egg Island in “Imagine”. This circuit takes about 90mins, goes via the Egg Island Canal, south to Wattle Grove and then through the curly, shallow passage that winds its way into the heart of the island, exiting just north of ...
    Posted Jun 21, 2015, 4:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Launching Billie ('Dark BOFO') Saturday the 20th June began with a congregation of well wishers gathered to see the new St Ayles Skiff named and launched, and ended late that evening with jiving at the Wooden Boat Centre to tunes from a Rolling Stones Greatest Hits record ('High Tide and Green Grass') that had miraculously survived the depredations of the decades.  In between were highlights almost too numerous to mention: * a Gaelic hymn to bless the boat from the choir led by Tiffany Eckhardt, which brought a tear to many an eye;  * John Young's canine history of Franklin, leading to the new boat being named 'Billie' in memory of the late lamented doggie mascot of the LBT; * Peter Laidlaw piping 'Billie' into the ...
    Posted Jun 22, 2015, 12:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • Crews wanted for Saturday Nancy and Rowan will be out on the water for Dark BOFO, for excursion and safety boat duties respectively.  For those of us who have been doing various crewing courses, here is an opportunity to practice our skills - and get on the water for a different view of events.  Many hands make light work (see attached pic), and give everybody the opportunity to swap around and be involved in the other activities of the day.  Sign up using the forms below, for Rowan (http://bit.ly/1FllOam ) and Nancy  (http://bit.ly/1FlkUud).
    Posted Jun 16, 2015, 5:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • From Recherche Bay to Pumicestone Passage LBT member David Hoffman writes:  "Warm greetings from Queensland.  Three times Tawe Nunnugah raid boat G.I. Go goes again, this time in Pumicestone Passage north of Brisbane, in the recent Bribie Island Yacht Club Classic Regatta.  The resting for’ard hand is Derry Hoffman.  The Glasshouse Mountains are in the background.  The sailing weather and waters are delightful." 
    Posted Jun 16, 2015, 4:28 AM by Posts Editor
  • Flares and Safety Equipment Night This rescheduled event will now run on Monday night July 20th starting at 5.30pm, at the LBT shed, 3337 Huon Hwy, Franklin:  Safety talk 5.30pm till 6.00pm;  Fire blanket and flare demo 6.00pm till 7.00pm;  BBQ and/or other food will be available from the Living Boat Trust.  The Fire Brigade will also be attending and demonstrating.
    Posted Jun 15, 2015, 10:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Special BOFO event: whaleboat lifting A weekend working bee saw the container outside the Wooden Boat Centre painted, fitted out with racks, and loaded with all the planking previously stored in the side shed.  This was all in preparation for beginning work on the Montagu whaler, which needs to be moved into that side shed.  Saturday the 20th could be a good day for making the move, with lots of hands on hand.  Of course this sort of task needs to be done to the accompaniment of a merry tune:  Maybe 'The lament of the Montagu Whaler' will do it:   http://bit.ly/1aGcxlB
    Posted Jun 13, 2015, 9:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dark BOFO: the rowing challenge Barb Dawson writes: 'Cygnet have just let me know that they are likely to attend with the following teams: 2 x mens; 2 x mixed; 2 x females. Great news but puts pressure on us!!!'  Come on Franklin (and Dover and Castle Forbes):  we need some Skiff teams.  We are sure that some will emerge from WOW, but the fellas need to get organised too.  First opportunity to do this will be Monday evening:  sign up sheets will by put up in the shed.  There will be plenty of boats to go around as we are expecting 'Chiton'  from Taroona to show up.All of this will be a very good warm up for the Roger Harwood Trophy being run ...
    Posted Jun 13, 2015, 8:20 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 except for one extra item.  It has been decided by the committee (at the request of WOW) that members may pay for rowing annually, and that the amount which will be charged will be $100.  This is as an alternative to the current $5 per week (or per row) charge: some may still prefer to do it this way.  An extra reminder about rowing fees will be sent out this year whilst this transition is occurring.Of course if you AREN'T a member now is a good ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2015, 9:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bendigo Skiff rowlocks in place The Bendigo Skiff was flipped on Monday night, allowing finishing touches to be applied to the topsides.  That included installing the 'mystery' rowlocks.  The 'mystery' question is, will they work?  Rule 3 for the St Ayles Skiff design states 'Oarlock fittings are to be made of timber suitable for its purpose', leaving a very wide scope for experimentation.  'Imagine' has cabes, 'Swan' has pegs, and now we have this new design.  See http://bit.ly/1B7wz4D for the last report on progress on this boat.  
    Posted Jun 10, 2015, 5:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • The World St Ayles Skiff Regatta, 25-30th July 2016 Lorrie Harrison writes:  'For all those people who are sorry they didn't make it to Ullapool in 2013, you now have the opportunity of going to Stangford-Lough, which is East of Belfast. If you are interested in going and being part of a crew could you email me (Lorrie   w.lharrison@bigpond.com) to let me know. I think a meeting of interested people to form crews could be held in the near future.'  See http://bit.ly/1JGcsxr for all the details
    Posted Jun 10, 2015, 9:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Billie Billie Laidlaw departed for the great kennel in the sky last Friday.  She has been a part of the Living Boat Trust almost since it's inception, fulfilling a particular role as figurehead on Swiftsure - Swiftsure will seem naked without her.  She was also an important part of On the Water programs - just which group of school kids got Billie aboard their boat was a matter of very active contention.  She will be missed. Photo from Johanna Enders Photo from Greg Guy
    Posted Jun 17, 2015, 4:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Men's Health events There are events at a series of locations over the next couple of  weeks, sponsored by the Men's Shed Association:  Geeveston Men's Shed Friday 12th June; Cygnet Men's Shed Friday 19th June; Robert's Rural Supplies Friday 26th June.  'All the events are free with free food at the men’s sheds and health care providers available on the day to talk to. Please distribute to others at your convenience.   If you have any questions please contact the Rural Health Unit on 6264 0300.'See flyer attached: http://bit.ly/1TaU2b1
    Posted Jun 10, 2015, 5:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Members at large column Long term LBT member Julie Dohehue writes: 'Hi LBT, I am in Norway studying at the University of Tromso.  Have followed LBT news of this years Tawe Nunnugah and felt like I was also waiting with Kvardo to make the crossing. Looking forward to New Zealand!   Attached are photos of the Traditional Wooden Boat Centre in Tromso, which I have just discovered.'  Nice pics from Julie below.  'Stakken Dagen' apparently means 'stack day', and we aren't sure what those drying skins are.  Postscript:  Julie tells us the 'drying skins' are fish!
    Posted Jun 10, 2015, 5:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Visit from the cruising yacht club The boats arrived around the middle of Sunday, and after a tour of the Wooden Boat Centre and drinkies at Franklin Marine more than sixty hungry people descended on a feast prepared by Kate Hoorweg and team in the shed.  For normal mortals just managing the logistics of handling such a crowd would have been enough, but Kate topped it off with Gordon Blue cooking which was greeted with acclamation. Fortunately the Cruisers brought with them Max, aged about 12, who won the kitchen hand of the night prize and whose efforts helped us get everything away and the decks cleared before pumpkin time.  Thanks to all who assisted in keeping up the tradition of what has become an annually ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2015, 7:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bendigo Skiff ready to turn On Friday the brass keel band was screwed into place and the last of the paint was applied to the outside of the boat.  The plan is to turn her over so that the inside can be finished off on Monday.  Extra good reason for coming along that night we reckon.  See http://bit.ly/1cBGYdn for more pics and story.
    Posted Jun 5, 2015, 4:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • And then there was one Last year John Walduck visited Warrnambool Maritime Village and sent a report back about the 'Rowitta', a sister ship of 'Cartela' that was then an exhibit at this village.  He presciently said that 'She is in a terrible state of repair - I suspect she is sitting on the bottom of the pond as I doubt that she could remain afloat.'  We learnt recently that 'Rowitta' was broken up back in April, leaving Cartela as the only Tasmanian vessel of her type and period remaining, and we doubt she has many contemporaries left in the rest of Australia.  Pics below are before and after.   The story is on the ABC:  http://ab.co/1Goe3aL
    Posted Jun 5, 2015, 12:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT members at large (item 2) By the look of this picture Dennis Muscovich is enjoying has time in Germany A LOT.  Keep up with his travels on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/dennis.muscovich
    Posted Jun 5, 2015, 12:30 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT members at large (item 1) Hans Sipsma writes from England:  'Hi guys.  WARNING!!!!  This is what happens when you neglect your boat!   Love Hans and Nell.'  Oh dear.  It is a sad picture.
    Posted Jun 5, 2015, 12:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre Working Bee Sonia Shimeld (secretary of the Waterfont Association) writes:'You may have seen that we now have a container, so we can move the wood out of the machine shed to make room for the Montagu Whaler. As many of us won't be around on the long weekend, we are running seriously out of time. A working bee at the Wooden Boat Centre is being organised for the whole weekend next weekend (Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June). The tasks will be: Fit up the inside of the container with shelving. Shift all the timber out of the machine shop and into the container, then Erect a stock to put the whaleboat on and move the whaleboat into the machine ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2015, 4:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dark BOFO coming June 20th Barb Dawson has provided a poster and an acronym (Boats On Franklin Oarfest) for our midwinter celebration.  Full sized poster attached: http://bit.ly/1G7UMbn
    Posted Jun 3, 2015, 11:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Member of the Working Waterfront? Greg Guy writes: 'There are three places available on the next dinghy course. This course is to produce an 8'6" Clinker Pram Dinghy and will commence on Mon 15 June and run until Fri 17 July.  The normal fee for this course is $2,900.00. We are offering this course at a substantial discount as an exclusive offer to members as we are always looking for ways to give something back to our membership. Please email any expressions of interest in doing this course by next Friday 5th June - the greater the level of interest the greater the discount.  If you would like to learn how to build one of these beautiful boats or you know of someone ...
    Posted May 30, 2015, 9:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Garage Sale next Sunday Barb Dawson and David Budd will be running a table for the LBT at the Palais on June 7th.  If you have anything to contribute please leave it outside the front door of the shed EARLY this coming week to allow time for sorting and organising.
    Posted May 30, 2015, 3:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vardo makes it to the sunshine Pete Heading writes: 'Part of the welcoming committee as Vardo entered Broken Bay north of Sydney is pictured.  Lots of inlets to explore , another wooden boat haven and almost warm enough to jump in the water, so this will be my back yard for a while.'
    Posted May 30, 2015, 6:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Visit from Cruising Yacht Club Kate Hoorweg writes:  'The Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania is coming on their annual pilgrimage to the Huon Valley over the June long weekend. They will moor in Cygnet on the Friday night, Port Huon on the Saturday, and then make their way to Franklin for the Sunday afternoon and evening. They are scheduled to take in many of the local sights, including a tour of the Wooden Boat Centre (2-4pm), wine tasting at Franklin Marine (4:45pm), and culminating in a 3-course dinner at the LBT from 6 for 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome to join the CYCT members for dining, to share stories and to enhance the local experience!! The cost for the event is $25 ...
    Posted May 30, 2015, 4:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fireworks at Gordon Notice from MAST:  'Mariners are advised a fireworks display will be held on Saturday, 30 May 2015 between 1830 and 1900 hours in the vicinity of Esplanade Road, Gordon.These should not be taken as signals of distress.'
    Posted May 28, 2015, 5:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Afghani Community visit Deb Van Velzen writes:  "The Afghani Community in Hobart visited the LBT on 17th May 2015.   More than 40 people arrived in a convoy of 11 cars on a frosty Sunday morning.These Tasmanians have a refugee or asylum seeker background. Many have been living in Hobart since 2009, and some are more recently arrived."The full report is attached:  see http://bit.ly/1HO4sXW
    Posted May 28, 2015, 4:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • MHOOT in Launceston The Maritime Museum is attempting to revive MHOOT ('Maritime Heritage Organisations of Tasmania') and to this end organised a seminar at the Launceston Museum on Wednesday 27th. It was well attended and a reminder of how well endowed with boaty history we are in Tasmania.  Several years ago a pamphlet was prepared for those wishing to tour this history, but it wasn't a success and is now well out of date.  The meeting decided that on the basis of the lessons learnt from that experience  that we should have another go.  If you have some ideas for this publication post 'em in to the secretary: sec@lbt.org.au.  Ros Barnett and Richard Forster presented on behalf of the ...
    Posted May 29, 2015, 5:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Marine Diesel Engines for Beginners Laurence Burgin from Franklin Marine tells us that this one day course, which has proved very popular with LBT members, is on again:  June 17th and July 26th.  See franklinmarine.com.au/marine-diesel-engines-for-beginners for details and enrolment.  From this page: You will learn…  How a marine diesel engine really works; Bleeding your fuel system and changing fuel and oil filters; How to change the impeller in your salt-water pump and cooling system checks; Prop-shafts, stern glands, propellers and engine mounts; Easy ways to identify potential engine problems (and avoid them); Monthly engine maintenance to avoid problems; Basic engine electrics – power and battery systems and how they work; Understanding exhaust systems; How to select the ...
    Posted May 24, 2015, 12:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Roger Harwood Trophy Race: It's On The Roger Harwood Trophy  will be contested on Saturday June 20th as part of the midwinter festivities.  If you wish to participate you will need to nominate the traditional wooden dinghy you are going to use (first come best dressed for LBT boats) and sign up using the form below, or one that will be posted in the Shed.  For those who don't know, this race is around the north end of South Egg Island, then home again through the canal.  It is for single oarpeople (you can take a passenger if you like).  Maxine Oates is the current holder of this trophy, and going on the experience of last year she will take some beating.
    Posted May 23, 2015, 6:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Building 'Tuesday' Some time ago Steve McCusker gave us a collection of photos documenting the building of Glynn Shevels Sea Knight cabin cruiser 'Tuesday' (see http://bit.ly/1c96BC4).  We finally got around to making a slideshow from these pictures, which can be viewed below, or from the LBT home page.
    Posted May 22, 2015, 6:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Course This accident victim was too far gone for Ea to revive him, but apart from that everything went very well in this course completed by about a dozen LBTers.   Thanks to our teacher, Martin from St John's, to Graham Rankin for organisation, and the State Government who provided funding through the Men's Shed Association.
    Posted May 22, 2015, 4:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Portable power tools Glynn Shevels writes: "Thanks to Brett Doubleday for the power tools he has donated".  
    Posted May 19, 2015, 2:26 AM by Posts Editor
  • Flare night (25th May) postponed Glynn Shevels writes: " unfortunately we have to postpone the flare night to another date due to problems beyond our control."
    Posted May 23, 2015, 6:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • More news from Pete Heading Pete writes: "A welcome sight - Gabo Island in the morning light after a quiet trip across Bass Strait. As beautiful as Wineglass and Sleepy Bays are , after ten days of sheltering from gale force winds we were keen to move on . Patience was rewarded with a slow moving High pressure system which gave us an easy three day trip from Binalong Bay to Eden. We've joined a trickle of boats headed north which I'm told gradually turns to a stream as we move further up the coast."   
    Posted May 18, 2015, 4:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting next Thursday 21st The agenda for this meeting is currently being set (see http://bit.ly/1FoqG55).  If there are any serious issues which you feel ought to be addressed please forward them to the secretary:  sec@lbt.org.au  .  As always minutes for previous meetings can be accessed from the LBT homepage:  choose 'Resources' from the main menu, then 'Minutes 2014-15'.
    Posted May 15, 2015, 4:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • New Skiffs in the west ... and the east America's Cup legend John Longley writes: 'Hi Skiffie enthusiasts,   I thought you would all like to know that we are off and running with the first two St Ayles Skiff to be built in Western Australia - hopefully the first of many.  We have ordered two kits and Robert is beavering away putting them together.  The boats have been funded by individual members of the Royal Freshwater Bay yacht Club and will be built by interested members of all ages and both genders.  We have been allocated a small shed on the premises to build the boats. It will be cosy but should be fine. The build will be overseen by Steve Ward, who built Australia II, so we are ...
    Posted May 16, 2015, 3:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: Sandpit Dinghy Tony Nichols, principal of Huonville Primary School, writes:  'Could you do me a favour and ask around to see if there are any old clinker built dinghies for sale or donation that could become permanent installations in our new Kinder playground. We are soon starting construction of a new 3 classroom kindergarten/ early learning centre with new playground.  We are aiming for a Feb 2016 opening of this new centre.  Obviously seaworthy characteristics are not required but reasonable overall structural integrity is important.  I appreciate any assistance in our search for a boat.'   The school phone number is 62641064  We are also looking for a 'bonfire dinghy' to sacrifice at the midwinter festival.  If anybody has one of those they ...
    Posted May 15, 2015, 12:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • Garage Sale We have been cleaning out the loft in preparation for the garage sale at the Palais Theatre on June 7th.  If you have material to donate please leave it outside the shed door next to the big thicknesser.  And if you want to make a prior offer for the old yachting magazines (or anything) contact the secretary: sec@lbt.org.au
    Posted May 12, 2015, 9:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Midwinter celebration Plans are afoot to launch (and name properly) the 'Bendigo' Skiff with all due pomp and circumstance at a midwinter celebration on Saturday June 20th, starting from 12 noon at the LBT Shed.  We will run the Roger Harwood trophy race around South Egg Island, there will be food and drink and wassailing.  Put it in your diary.  Pic from Petritap
    Posted May 28, 2015, 4:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Oar making Monday nights Those who want to learn about wooden oar making should join Endra O'May and John Walduck on Monday evenings.  Last Monday was spent shaping glued 'roughs', trimming the shafts to remove the warps, and measuring and fairing the blades to the dimensions shown in the pic.
    Posted May 12, 2015, 8:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Invisible Man at the LBT The (very) high tide flushed out the the Invisible Man to stroll about our flooded jetty on Tuesday afternoon.  Fortunately he was wearing his waterproofs so we didn't crash into him.   Pic from Barb Dawson
    Posted May 13, 2015, 12:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • Trailer grant John Sinnott  writes:  'The Directors of Huon Valley Financial Services Ltd (HVFSL) and its franchisees the Huon Valley Community Bank branches are pleased to advise they have approved sponsorship funding of $4000.00 (four thousand dollars) in support of the trailer construction for the Bendigo St Ayles Skiff in accordance with your recent application. I also wish to thank you for the recent supply of the quotation for the trailer construction.'  This is fantastic news:  there are all sorts of opportunities for using the skiff around the state (and even interstate), and having a trailer available will make this much more feasible.  A big thank you to the Bendigo Community Bank.  A thank you as well to Graham Rankin who ...
    Posted May 12, 2015, 4:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dennis Muscovich LBT stalwart Dennis has been missing from the shed for the last couple of weeks, enjoying the trip he won(!) to Europe. He will be gone for a couple of months. For those who want to keep up with his adventures he tells us the best way is through Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/dennis.muscovich.  Last report was from Aix en Provence, birthplace of Bruni d'Entrecasteaux.
    Posted May 11, 2015, 4:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Maritime history seminar, Launceston May 27th The Living Boat Trust is a member of MHOoT, the Marine Heritage Organisations of Tasmania, run from the Maritime Museum.  They are holding a seminar in Launceston on May 27th at which we are presenting.  John Walmsley of MHOoT writes:'The theme of the Seminar is: “All at Sea? Improving communications for maritime heritage organisations and volunteers”. This seminar is all about getting together and sharing our good (and bad) experiences with internal and external communications, with our staff, volunteers, visitors and clients. There will be much to learn and discuss, including where we see the future of MHOoT heading, so come armed with good ideas!!'If you are interested in attending see the attached flyer: http://bit.ly/1ARbF4q
    Posted May 11, 2015, 5:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Demonstration of safety equipment 25th May On the 25th May starting at 5pm MAST and the fire brigade will provide a hands on demonstration of using flares, fire extinguishers, life jackets and other safety equipment.  We can vouch to all our fellow pyromaniacs that setting off old flairs is the best fun, but we will probably do it from the pontoon rather than from the water, as in the illustration. 
    Posted May 10, 2015, 6:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bendigo Skiff ready for turning The final coat of paint has gone onto the inside of the hull, and she is ready to be turned so that the outside can be attended to.  The combination of gleaming wood on a cream background is something to see. More pics and Graham Rankin's report can be found on the skiff build website: http://bit.ly/1P7fnmo
    Posted May 12, 2015, 9:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Roger Linnell Roger Linnell, LBT life member and great supporter of the Trust, is currently recovering from a stroke.  He is at the Royal in the rehabilitation unit.  Dave Golding tells us that he is progressing reasonably well and is receiving visitors.  On behalf of all his friends we wish him a speedy and complete recovery.   Roger leads the big parade at the 2012 Huon Show in the mighty Albion
    Posted May 8, 2015, 4:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Grebe building kit for sale Matt Romalis writes: 'I have for sale the following as a potential builder's kit for a solid timber Grebe 13' 6''.  1. full set of boat's plans.  2. full scale lofted drawings on MDF board. 3. fabricated keel, keelson, transom and laminated stem. (Only needs rabbit cut to complete). 4. Building moulds of 25mm MDF. 5. Huon Pine slabs, 16 @ 4.200m x 300mm x 15mm. 6. Celery Top Pine ribs, gunnel's (in and outer), rudder blade piece and floor boards. 7. King William Pine thwarts and bench seats, 200mm x 30mm - 1/3.0, 1/2.9, 1/2.7, 1/1.8m. 8. Assortment of copper nails and roves to plank the boat. 9. Assortment ...
    Posted May 15, 2015, 1:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Vardo in Sleepy Bay Pete Heading writes: 'Anchored in Sleepy Bay just north of Wineglass Bay- the  weather looks lousy for another few days at least  so we're here  for a while yet - a slow trip north . At this rate the sun will be returning to Tassie before we've even left !!'  (Pete left Franklin headed for northern NSW on around 20th April, and has been waiting for a break in the weather to get across Bass Straight ever since) Pics from Pete below.
    Posted May 7, 2015, 10:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • House sitter wants house Sonia Shimeld (secretary FWWA) writes: 'Following on from the FWWA newsletter, the shipwright who is going to help out with the homeless girls and young women project (the one from Sydney who is looking after the Heritage Fleet and a past student at the WBC) is able to come to Franklin from July 6 - 31 with his wife and 2 primary school children. Please spread the word and contact us if you can find any house-sitting available for this family over this period.'  Contact email:  info@woodenboatcentre.com 
    Posted May 6, 2015, 4:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Magazine and couta boats LBT member Rick Gower writes: 'Greetings to all my friends at the LBT, I thought you may be interested to know the latest edition of Wooden Boat magazine (www.woodenboat.com) has completely devoted all of its “Currents” section (pp 12-22) to an article entitled “In far Tasmania, a festive walkabout”. The LBT, Wooden Boat Centre and the Franklin Working Waterfront Association all crack a mention. It’s a good read. Been busy the last couple of weeks doing overdue maintenance with the co-owner of our couta boat. When we started it seemed like a never ending job, but I must say it was all very satisfying when we received some nice compliments about the job we had ...
    Posted May 6, 2015, 4:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Whale Season 2015 Notice to Mariners:    Valid from: 6 May 2015  until 31 December 2015.   'Migrating and calving whales are expected to be seen in Tasmanian waters between May and December 2015 inclusive.   During the migration period, it is expected that whale sightings may be common, and sightings are increasing in areas of high vessel use such as the Derwent and Tamar Rivers and the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Last year, a number of juvenile humpbacks remained in the Derwent River/Storm Bay area for several months. Mariners are advised to navigate with due care and appropriate caution around any whale activity, including adhering to an appropriate speed suitable to maintain safe navigation. Vessels should not approach whales closer than 100 m. Guidelines for ...
    Posted May 6, 2015, 4:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Jigsaw Challenge, Friday 8th May Form or join a table of 6 or more people. Race other teams to finish a 1000-piece puzzle. Starts 7:30pm at the Palais, Franklin.  Bar & hot drinks available from 7pm.  BYO supper plate. Limited tables.  $5 per person. Booking is essential.  See Sarah at the Franklin Post.  Office (6266 3151) or call Deb (0427 554 264) or Jane (6266 3224).  This is a joint Women on Water and Palais Management Committee fundraiser for community projects. See the attached flyer (http://bit.ly/1F0DA99)
    Posted May 3, 2015, 10:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Course 21-22 May A First Aid Course will be taught at the shed on this date.  Funding is available for some positions on this course:  to apply contact Graham Rankin woodenboatfreak@gmail.com  Register your interest in completing the course by calling Graham, by completing the form below (http://bit.ly/1GRSoXR), or by putting your name on the whiteboard at the shed. 
    Posted May 3, 2015, 2:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • East cardinal day mark Little Oyster Cove, Kettering Notice to Mariners: Mariners are advised that a new east cardinal day mark has been established in Little Oyster Cove, Kettering in position 43 degrees 07. 2992S, 147 degrees 15.2376E.    Of course nobody needs to be reminded that you stay to the east of an 'east cardinal day mark'.
    Posted May 1, 2015, 5:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • New 'steamboat' project Peter Laidlaw has the plans for a new 22' steamboat to be built at the Wooden Boat Centre, although it would seem that the powerplant will actually be a vintage 'Frisco single cylinder petrol motor, the same as in Nancy (see http://bit.ly/1DYaKzi).    Nancy's Frisco motor
    Posted Apr 30, 2015, 4:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Booking Nancy online We are now accepting bookings online using the form at http://bit.ly/1b4FE1M, and a couple of people have taken advantage of this already.  Information from this form flows to a spreadsheet for administrators, and to a calendar on the new 'MV Nancy Tours' website: mv-nancy-tours.org (see sample pics below).  All potential customers should be directed to this website. We all know how good it is out on the river, and who are we to deny our friends?  Spread the word so that they can book now and beat the rush.
    Posted Apr 30, 2015, 5:14 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy crew orientation Martin Riddle has been familiarising Nancy deckhands with the features of the boat and the procedures needed to run a excursion (thanks Martin).  In the pic below he shows the deckies that whilst Nancy does have a toilet,  it really is a good idea to get passengers to go before they embark.
    Posted Apr 30, 2015, 4:28 AM by Posts Editor
  • News from the Franklin Working Waterfront Association Sonia Shimeld writes:  'Please read the attached newsletter  (http://bit.ly/1DYaKzi) for the Franklin Working Waterfront (http://www.fwwatas.org) from our President, Greg Guy. Of special note is his call for assistance this Sunday 3rd May at 10am to clear out a spot in the WBC for the Leshelen (with a BBQ lunch afterwards).'  Pics below show how good the planking still is on the more than sixty year old Leshelen, and before and after shots illustrate David Nash's wrecking skills.   Leshelen then,    and now.
    Posted May 1, 2015, 7:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • First paint goes on the Bendigo skiff It always seems a shame when that carefully crafted woodwork on a new boat gets covered over with paint:  it's happening with the new St Ayles Skiff right now.  Read all about it at http://bit.ly/1GGLeTD 
    Posted Apr 29, 2015, 4:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Any lighthouse keepers out there? It is the centenary of the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service, and there are various celebrations and events being planned.  Jack Duvoisin writes:  'With annual reunions of past and present lighthouse staff held in Brisbane for some 25 years, planning is proceeding for the main Centenary Year celebration function to be held at the Queensland Maritime Museum on Saturday 4 July from 10 am onwards.  The Australian Society of Marine Artists will be holding their annual exhibition, with the theme “Lighting the Darkness” at the Queensland Maritime Museum to be opened on 4 July as part of the Celebration day and to run until 27 September.  We are trying to reach as many former lighthouse service staff and their families as possible ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2015, 4:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT in the news We were scratching around to find somebody photogenic to put in the lineup of suspects at the recent gathering of Men's (Community) Sheds , and fortunately Graham Rankin was on hand (right of pic below). 
    Posted Apr 30, 2015, 3:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy crew orientation This coming Thursday (30th) Martin Riddle is conducting on orientation for those who would like to crew on Nancy tours.  Put your name on the whiteboard in the shed if you wish to participate.
    Posted Apr 27, 2015, 5:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Closure of Geeveston Forestry and Heritage Centre 'Forestry Tasmanian has provided advice to Council they do not intend to continue to operate the Forest and Heritage Centre or to occupy the building. Forestry Tasmania, the community and the Council are working together on this project to establish a pathway forward.'  This could have a serious impact on Geeveston, and a public meeting  will be held to discuss options:   Friday 1st May, 6pm; Geeveston Community Hall, Brady Street. See the attached flyer for details:  http://bit.ly/1POjRLF
    Posted Apr 27, 2015, 3:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy's ministering angels Nancy disgraced herself last week, losing forward power during an excursion.  To make it even better there was a large audience from the  Men's Shed Association making condescending remarks from the bank.  It turned out that the pulley wheel had mysteriously come loose from the propeller shaft.  This Sunday morning Brian Marriot and Martin Krynen solved the mystery and fixed the problem before the afternoon party arrived for their trip on the river in Nancy.  Looking at the pic below, it would seem that if Brian's small hammer hadn't been up to the job a larger one was on hand.
    Posted Apr 26, 2015, 5:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Renewing the oar stock The oars for our grebes have been looking decidedly shabby, but Endra and Tess have taken this issue in hand.  They are fixing and releathering the old oars and making new ones from the stock of poplar that has been seasoning for the last year.  We weren't sure about the poplar when we slabbed it up, but it looks like it will be more than adequate for the job, and very light into the bargain.  Thanks to Marshall Roberts who provided the trees. Slabbing the fallen poplars a year ago.
    Posted Apr 26, 2015, 5:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Anzac Day Service Richard Edwards will conduct the dawn service at the cenotaph (opposite the Palais Theatre) on Saturday morning at 6.15am.
    Posted Apr 22, 2015, 11:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Headed for warmer waters Vardo slipped away from the Wooden Boat Centre dock at high tide today, skippered by Peter Heading and crewed by Peter's friend Celia.  They will be making their way slowly up the east coast in the hopes of catching an approaching high pressure weather system across Bass Strait next week.  Final destination is Northern NSW or southern Queensland - whichever proves friendlier.  We hope to see Peter again next October:  apparently his stored furniture gets pitched out on the street if he hasn't collected it by then.  We'll be contacting him for the launch of the Bendigo Skiff - Peter has been the supervising boat builder and has done a fantastic job. Pics from Graham Rankin 
    Posted Apr 23, 2015, 11:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting The draft agenda for the next meeting, to be held on this coming Thursday 23rd, can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1DqDpwG .  If there are extra items which should be addressed members should send them to sec@lbt.org.au
    Posted Apr 20, 2015, 3:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Time Trial Just after 11am on Sunday Barbara Dawson blew the horn to welcome Tinderbox as the first boat across the line for the rowing time trial. There was a  very mixed fleet - see a few snaps from the event below - and we expect there will be a protest against the underweight cox in Black Swan.  Barb Dawson writes: 'Those who decided to stay snuggled up under the doona this morning, didn’t know what they were missing. Stats - 26 people, 15 boats  including La Chaloupe from Dover (who successfully managed to pressgang a crew and perform amazingly well), Imagine, Tinderbox, 5 kayaks, 4 sculls from the rowing club plus miscellaneous other rowboats.  Big thanks to Tony Cooper and Wendy Brown who ...
    Posted Apr 19, 2015, 3:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Fine Dining at the LBT On Saturday night the Huon Valley Supper Club gathered at the shed long table to sample Jilly Archer's posh nosh.  Jilly cooked up a storm (aided and abetted by Ea and the Nash boys) and all went away very satisfied indeed.  Your treasurer was doubly gratified - by the food, and by a nice little addition to LBT revenues contributed by the event.  Thanks to Deb Combes for organising it.
    Posted Apr 18, 2015, 10:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Southern Sheds get together If you have to be off the water then you might as well me alongside it, and there are few better places to be than the LBT lawn on a sunny, tranquil, Tasmanian autumn morning.  A group of seventy or so Tasmanian Men's Shed Association members put this proposition to the test last Friday, and we believe that there was unanimous agreement with it.  At 10.30 am sharp Mayor Peter Coad welcomed all the visitors, and after some minor speechifying they were sent off to sample some of what we have to offer.  Peter Heading took groups out in Nancy, the Wooden Boat Centre conducted tours, Graeme Rankin gave talks on building a community boat, there were demonstrations ...
    Posted Apr 19, 2015, 2:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Kiwi Raid and St Ayles Regatta 2016 From the New Zealand Coastal Rowing Association:'Totally inspired by our friends across the Tasman and now totally hooked on the small boat adventure thing we have put together what we think is going to be a pretty darn good couple of weeks here in Kiwi Land. Its early days yet and as you can imagine there is a million or so things to do and organise but we've made a start and drawn a line in the sand, have a plan.  Here's some dates for you to put in your calendars:Kawau Raid: Friday 29th January - Friday 5th February;  St Ayles Regatta: 6th - 8th February;  Tamaki Raid: 9th - 13th February.'  For all the details see http://bit ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2015, 9:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boat (needing love) Graeme Oddie writes:'The vessel is the Jandarra; a Creese Brothers’ small fishing boat built around 1957. ... Although it was designed as a fishing boat, a well was never installed. It was used mainly as a recreational vessel. ... It needs considerable attention. I have removed lining to access, inspect and replace ribs. A sinking at Margate meant that the original Arona motor, which I have been told was inadequate for the vessel, had been removed from the vessel.  The vessel is in need of re-caulkeding, particularly above the waterline. The cabin top will also need to be replaced. I have put a temporary marine ply cover on the cabin and this at least offers protection at present. ... The vessel ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2015, 5:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Newest member of the LBT On Monday night Gill and Matt brought along Jesse's new brother Dete.  We think he chose the vegetarian option. 
    Posted Apr 14, 2015, 3:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • Last Minute Special Offer From Allan Witt:  'Do you like rowing performance with safety and want to enjoy rivers, lakes and coastal waters?  Witt Design has a special offer.  Allan Witt has finished the design work for two light-weight car-toppable (around 20kg) variations of the well-proven Derwent Skiff.  Production of the first 5 finished boats is discounted to $4,950 (Over $1,000 off the expected price).  But, the offer expires this Wed 15th!  If this might suit you, please contact Allan immediately on 0408 331 510 or allan@wittdesign.com.au for full details.  FYI, kits will be available too with the first two going to NSW.  Witt Design’s website is www.rowandsail.com.au'
    Posted Apr 12, 2015, 3:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: visit from southern region sheds this Friday This is an opportunity to meet people from other community (Men's) sheds which are in many ways very similar to our own.  The aims are to foster relationships, share ideas, tell our story and hear theirs.  The shed association has already proved to be a useful peak group, organising some much needed funding for training. We'd encourage any members with a few spare hours to drop down to the LBT and be part of this day.  We could also use a couple of helpers to run the day.  The program is as follows: 10 am start;  10-10.30 am: tea, coffee, chance to look around and mingle;  10.30 am – 10.50 am: Talk and Q and ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2015, 2:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Elements of Shipboard Safety Training Annette Cauchi writes:  'On Thursday and Friday last week a contingent from the LBT took advantage of the skills and training grant from the Tasmanian Mens Shed Association. Peter L, Graham R, Celia, Endra and Annette travelled to Hobart to attend the Elements of Shipboard Safety course run by Seafood Training Tasmania.   The course was in two parts. On the first day we learned about emergencies that can and frequently do happen on boats, and what to do in different situations such as collisions, grounding, foundering, capsize, person overboard and loss of control. (Question 1: What is the international general emergency signal at sea and what should you do if you hear it?)  In the afternoon we spent nearly three ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2015, 3:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • A call to oars Swiftsure needs rowers for the time trials next Sunday (the 19th).  Dennis has been busy turning up a new set of thole pins, so we are all set to go.  Sign up at the shed or contact David Budd at ozskiff@gmail.com .  This is also a general reminder to rowing crews to register for this event. 
    Posted Apr 12, 2015, 3:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Leshelen More action at the Wooden Boat Centre.  For those who are regulars at the Shed it has been hard to miss Leshellen, a very large river cruiser parked beside the Wooden Boat Centre awaiting a 'sponsor'.  That sponsor has been found - a family who want her restored so that (eventually) they can take her to Queensland.  In preparation David Nash has been cleaning out the trash and finding a little bit of treasure in the mix - a very nice huon pine draining board turned up under a layer of laminex.  On Saturday David was able to take advantage of Hayden Abbot's crane to remove the defunct motor.
    Posted Apr 12, 2015, 6:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Montagu Whaler arrives Up until the 1960's Montagu whalers were standard issue on navy capital ships.  See for instance this training film taken off Malta in the mid 1950's:  http://bit.ly/1FyILr3.  There are now very few of these boats kicking around, but one has come to the Wooden Boat Centre.  It's going to take a bit of restoration: got loose on the Mersey in a flood a few years ago, and has been sitting in a yard ever since.  It could have been this very boat that  'The lament of the Montagu Whaler' was written for: listen to http://bit.ly/1aGcxlB (thanks to Barb Dawson for that one).
    Posted Apr 12, 2015, 6:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dover are coming! Ron Wells has written to tell us he is organising a crew for La Chaloupe for the time trials on April 19th, which is reminder to the rest of us to get organised too.  Get your crew on the list at the shed, or contact David Budd:  ozskiff@gmail.com
    Posted Apr 7, 2015, 3:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Final reports on the Skiff Regatta The organising committee recently had a windup meeting:  notes can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1E1Ey2U .  Jane and Shane Johnson have also submitted their reflections: see http://bit.ly/1E1EpMZ and http://bit.ly/1E1EhNs .  This is an opportunity to say thank you to the committee, who did a fantastic job.  The Regatta turned out to be a celebration of life on the river here in Franklin, and the sort of festival one always hopes for but seldom pulls off.  Congratulations.
    Posted Apr 7, 2015, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • The view from across the Tasman There are reports on Tawe Nunnugah, the Australian Wooden Boat Festival and the Return Raid to Franklin on the New Zealand Coastal Rowing Association website:  see http://bit.ly/1E1yoQp ,  http://bit.ly/1HNBGpt and http://bit.ly/1HNBZ3q .  Lots of great pics:  see below for a couple of them.
    Posted Apr 7, 2015, 2:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing time trials 19th April DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO BE OARSOME!!!   Handicap time trial for paddle and rowboats;  Sunday 19 April, starts from 10am;   A fun run on water;  Race will take 1-2 hours, depending on boat (slower boats start first);   Open to any rowing or paddling boats, except sliding seat rowboats;   Free entry;  Entry sheet now on LBT noticeboard;   Bring your own boat or use one of ours;   Sausage sizzle and soup afterwards;   Any queries, email David Budd; ozskiff@gmail.com 
    Posted Apr 3, 2015, 10:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • If you happen to be in Queensland... Chris Tyquin writes:  'You lot have inspired us !  We are going to hold a long table dinner in the shed that houses ''Boxer' ( and a whole lot of other crap) here in Brisbane and would like to extend the invite to our fellow Queenslanders that were on the Raid and any of you who care to escape the Tasmanian winter are most welcome as well.  Details are as follows:  Date – Saturday 18th July ( I know it clashes with a Rugby Test so we will have the big screen set up somehow);  Time – from 6.30pm; Venue – International Recreation , 18 Immarna St , Albion ( not far from the Breakfast Creek Hotel ); Cost - $25 a head ( Boxer fare – smoked trout on jatz to ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2015, 2:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Launch of 'Bendigo' skiff getting closer Graham Rankin reports that the last of the stretchers has  gone in, the rollock pins are being fitted and that the seats are ready for gluing.  Read all about it on the 'build blog' http://bit.ly/1CNdykc.  
    Posted Apr 7, 2015, 1:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Visit from local community sheds Friday 17th April The Living Boat Trust has joined the Tasmanian Men's Shed Association.  One of the motivations for doing this was to establish useful relationships with organisations with aspirations and activities similar to our own - we can all benefit by sharing knowledge and resources.  On Friday April the 17th members of local sheds will be visiting the LBT, which should be a great opportunity to begin to form these relationships.  We would like as many members as possible to participate.  The proposed program is described below.Friday April 17th● 10 am start● 10-10.30 am: tea, coffee, chance to look around and mingle.● 10.30 am – 10.50 am: Talk and Q and A about what the Living Boat Trust ...
    Posted Mar 29, 2015, 5:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Motor Boat License Course There were so many doing the motor boat license course on Saturday that the first shift had to start at the crack of dawn - literally.  Thanks to Colin Stokes for running the course, and to Glynn Shevels for organising it - a terrific initiative.  If you need this license yourself keep an eye out - there should be further opportunities in the future.
    Posted Mar 29, 2015, 5:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy Towing Trial After all the good work put in by Brian Marriot, and after the Hobart and back sea trial conducted by the two Brians, We have every confidence in Nancy being able to get about under her own power.  But it's always a good idea to have a backup plan, and ours is that if Nancy gets stuck we will tow her out of bother with Rowan.  An even better idea was to test the plan - which happened last Tuesday.  See the results in the pics below.  Pics from Brian Marriot
    Posted Mar 26, 2015, 3:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Notice to Mariners Title: Exclusion Zone - vessels engaged in berthing operations.  'Significant and dangerous wash can be produced by large commercial vessels and the attendant tugs while the vessel is being berthed. This wash can have serious adverse effects upon the safety of other vessels in the vicinity.  Therefore Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) declares that a 90 metre exclusion zone exists around any vessel that is under pilotage and engaged in berthing operations. Only vessels engaged in assisting with the berthing operation are permitted to operate within the exclusion zone. Mariners are still advised to navigate with caution when operating within the vicinity of commercial berthing operations as wash from tugs when engaged at full power can extend well beyond the exclusion ...
    Posted Mar 25, 2015, 3:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Blue Angel From Andrew Wilson: 'I've been asked to spread this around the maritime community.  It's a 2 for 1 offer to see Blue Angel on Wednesday or Thursday this week coming. Blue Angel's about recognising the merchant seamen who bring all of the things we use in life to our shores on cargo container ships, it's part of Ten Days on the island.'  See the attached flyer for more details:  http://bit.ly/1LBYNcw
    Posted Mar 20, 2015, 5:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Preparing to build the new verandah extension The Building permit for the new extension on the south side of the shed should be signed off very shortly - at which point we can get stuck into it.  We need to get as much organised as possible ahead of time.  A 'biggy' is moving the office from its current location to somewhere out of the way.  This should be a temporary arrangement: once we have the space provided by the extension we can discard the office. The current proposal is to put it next to the verandah at the river end - identified by the red rectangle in the diagram below.   The office is on skids which appear to be damaged: it will likely need to be loaded onto a ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2015, 1:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Courses As many members may know the LBT was successful in obtaining a grant from the Tasmanian Men's Shed Association specifically to provide  training to members which is relevant to their volunteer activities with the Trust.  Part of that grant money was designated for First Aid training for up to ten members of the LBT, who are actively involved in Trust activities ie: people involved in the workshop,WOW, on the water activities, Nancy volunteers etc.  If you do not hold a current First Aid certificate and you consider it would be of benefit  to your involvement with LBT activities, please contact Graham Rankin to register your interest and to indicate which days might suit you best. Once we have ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2015, 5:17 PM by Unknown user
  • Port Esperance Regatta The Port Esperance Sailing Club (Dover) will be hosting its Easter Regatta on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of April 2015.  See http://pesc.com.au/news/news.html for a link to the entry form and more information.
    Posted Mar 15, 2015, 2:53 PM by Unknown user
  • Tawe Nunnugah 2015 video Our house cinematographer Martin Kell has done it again: produced a lovely video of the event.  View it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2-aMMFC82A.  Judging from Martin's record 'rained out' wasn't a problem: the expeditioners enjoyed their time ashore as much as on the water.
    Posted Mar 15, 2015, 2:29 PM by Unknown user
  • Earliest St Ayles Skiff? From Murray Kingsley:   'At the Warrnambool (Victoria Australia) Maritime Museum we are building a St Ayles Skiff. May we claim [the Nydam] boat as a direct ancestor (given that the early Shetland Islanders had their boats shipped out from Norway in pieces to assemble on St Ayles and other Shetland Islands)? I am interested to find out how the Nydam builders finished the rolling bevels at the plank ends at bow and stern. English Ramped Rabbet? ShipLap? Dory Lap? (To use our modern terms) Or??? ( I believe there was also an early type of gain at lap ends that started with a notch or hook leading into a rolling bevel to a feather edge?) Or??? Just How did these earliest ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2015, 8:57 PM by Unknown user
  • Franklin Working Waterfront Film Night From Sonia Shimeld:  'We are inviting all our members (a good reason to become a member if you have let it lapse) and their families to a film night at the Wooden Boat Centre (Franklin) on Friday 20th March at 7pm for 7.30pm. Come and join us for a fun night to catch up with everyone and find out what has been happening at the FWWA. I don’t have everyone’s email, so please send this around to others if you think they are a member of the FWWA – the more the merrier.' 
    Posted Mar 12, 2015, 8:21 PM by Unknown user
  • News from across the Tasman During the recent Regatta many of us had the opportunity to enjoy the company of the Kiwi contingent: Mike Mahoney, Baden and Steve.  There is discussion about forming an Australasian St Ayles Skiff Association in which they are keen participants.  Of course there are all sorts of good boaty things happening in the land of the long white cloud, and Mike has sent the latest edition of the 'New Zealand Classic Yacht' journal:  see http://bit.ly/1AUnghG .
    Posted Mar 8, 2015, 9:35 PM by Unknown user
  • Oar making, Monday night The 'working bee' part of Monday evening will include oar making using some of the poplar that have been seasoning over by the stone wall for the last year.  We'll also be refurbishing some of our existing oars. (Pic from wooden boat forum)
    Posted Mar 8, 2015, 6:05 AM by Unknown user
  • Opportunity to visit Nyrstar Zinc Works, 30th of April Noel Condon (of the Men's Shed Association) writes: 'Arrangements have been made for a visit and tour of the Nyrstar Zinc Works from 10am on Thursday 30th of April. This tour is limited to 40 people, and WH&S conditions are very tight. (For Mens Shed Members only) It will be about a 2 hour tour, starting with an induction and issue of PPE. Every person MUST wear long trousers, and long sleeve shirts. Steel cap boots are to be worn , if you do not have any, shoe sizes are required so Nyrstar can arrange “loan boots” for you.  They will supply hard hats, safety glasses, and hi-viz vests during induction.  This tour is a walking tour, with ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2015, 5:33 AM by Unknown user
  • LBT Expeditions From Ros Barnett:  There are many ways you can get onto the water with the Living Boat Trust. As a member or volunteer, and by reading the email newsletter, you will find out about the frequent informal expeditions that happen almost spontaneously from time to time. For example, next Saturday evening (14th March 2015) a group are setting off from Franklin for a twilight raid on Huonville where they will have fish and chips on the river bank before returning home. Depending on the number of people who turn out the fleet might include Swiftsure II, Imagine, a couple of the Grebes, and a few kayaks and canoes. Overnight expeditions to places a little further afield such as Brookes Bay ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2015, 5:34 AM by Unknown user
  • Another 'Swift Shure' Most of us around the LBT are aware of the genesis of our whaleboat 'Swiftsure 2', that she is based on the lines of an original 19th century Tasmanian 'Swiftsure' that ended up in New Zealand's Canterbury Museum (see http://bit.ly/1m3gmks).  Ros Barnett has turned up the story of another 'Swiftsure' replica completed relatively recently in kiwi land - see http://gablerose.com/jackson-swiftsure.html .  Apparently Picton museum is the place to go if you want to see her.  We like the alternative spelling, and agree with Mark Twain when he said 'I don't give a damn for a man who can only spell a word one way'.
    Posted Mar 6, 2015, 5:04 PM by Unknown user
  • Bendigo Skiff gets wings We've all heard of the winged keel, but a winged rudder?  See Graham Rankin's latest update on the Bendigo Skiff build for an explanation:  http://bit.ly/1ExepZ8
    Posted Mar 6, 2015, 2:23 PM by Unknown user
  • Lake Pedder - Remarkable Weekend Excursion Ros Barnett writes:  'I am seeking expressions of interest in a weekend of rowing and exploring on Lake Pedder, possibly in April 2015, or if it cannot be organised that soon then in November or December.'   If you think that sounds like fun read on:  http://bit.ly/1F7x4cq
    Posted Mar 3, 2015, 8:59 PM by Unknown user
  • Fran's Coracle Fran demonstrated his coracle and the sculling technique required to move it along at the regatta: for anybody who wants a challenge this looks like one!  Here are some more recent pictures from Angela and Allan and Richard Edwards. 
    Posted Mar 1, 2015, 6:34 PM by Unknown user
  • Taking care of posteriors One of the more vulnerable parts of the rower's anatomy is that at the base of the spine.   Forewarned is forearmed, and many people bring along their own sheepskins and padding to deal with the problem.  The Bendigo Skiff builders have also been thinking about the comfort of the cox:  see what you think of their solution below, and on 'Day 48' of the build site:  http://bit.ly/1zM6aTU 
    Posted Mar 3, 2015, 9:00 PM by Unknown user
  • Twilight row: Saturday March 14th 'LAST OF THE SUMMER CHIPS’: ROW/PADDLE FROM FRANKLIN TO BOAT HOUSE CAFE  Our ex-Bulgarian rowing coach, Boris, has reviewed our training dietary regime prior to the St Ayles Skiff Regatta, and advises that we need to increase carbohydrates, fats and cholesterol in order to maximise our performance levels.  Take advantage of the last days of daylight saving, plus ideal tide on Sat March 14.  We hope to take Imagine, Swiftsure and the usual miscellaneous kayaks.  Times  3.30pm - depart LBT (be on the water);  6.00pm - depart Huonville for return trip (sunset 7.30pm); Saturday March 14thUsual $5 rowing fee applies for use of LBT boats.  For more info contact Barb Dawson:  barbara.dawson@bigpond.com, 0408 ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2015, 2:13 PM by Unknown user
  • LBT committee meeting this coming Thursday A reminder that LBT committee meetings are held once a month.  If you have an item you want added to the agenda send it to sec@lbt.org.au.  Minutes are always available online from the website:  choose Resources from the main menu then  Committee Minutes.   Items to be addressed at this month's meeting include: Cooperation with the Working WaterfrontReports on the AWBF, Tawe Nunnugah, Homecoming Raid and Regatta Maintaining rowing momentumGetting a good trailer for 2 skiffsTraining: deckhands, first aid, radio, motor boatMen’s Shed visit On the Water ProgramModel BoatsPlan for NancyShed extensionBoatshedOar making/maintenanceWebsite Useage Report
    Posted Feb 23, 2015, 8:50 PM by Unknown user
  • Australian Whale Boat Racing Championships Franklin wasn't the only venue for 'traditional' boat rowing races last weekend:  you could also have gone to Warrnambool (Western Victoria) to be involved.  See https://www.facebook.com/whaleboatracing to read all about it.
    Posted Feb 20, 2015, 4:42 PM by Unknown user
  • Thursday morning rowing group Maintain those muscles!  Keep up your new rowing skills with the LBT mens rowing group - Thursday mornings at 9am.  Email David Budd ozskiff@gmail.com     The old boys fight out the final of the 1km over 60's (won by Cygnet)
    Posted Feb 20, 2015, 4:43 PM by Unknown user
  • Rowlocks After the St Ayles Skiff Regatta there is no hotter topic:  we have been led to believe that it was an off-agenda item at Friday's meeting of Premier and Cabinet.  Based on Lorrie Harrison's 'deep penetration' espionage in Scotland the Bendigo Skiff is being fitted with the latest:  see pic below and http://bit.ly/1AtgouO  . Ali Grant (from the Scottish Rowing Association)  sends the following advice, and more pics.  'PINS/ ROWLOCKSWe are the champions of modification - and that’s not necessarily a good thing! Just when you think all possibilities have been exhausted, someone will come up with a new design and it all starts again. In the SCRA clubs, experimentation within the rules is ...
    Posted Feb 20, 2015, 4:15 PM by Unknown user
  • Scottish Coastal Rowing Alec Jordan has been reporting on our local events on the 'Scottish Coastal Rowing' site,  the home for the St Ayles Skiff in cyberspace.  See http://bit.ly/1EjdkSH and http://bit.ly/1Ejdg5g .  There are some excellent resources on this site:  see for instance the instructions for building a skiff at http://bit.ly/1DtNy0U .
    Posted Feb 18, 2015, 10:02 PM by Unknown user
  • News from our new Kiwi friends 'Day one back in the office and productivity extremely low as I daydream of the fun, wonderful people and events  that I'm sure exceeded eveyone's expectations. The Raid, Hobart Festival, return Raid, Franklin Regatta , film evening, musicals .......... how can we try and emulate that.  You are a very special, colourful, creative and talented group held with a glue seldom found today.  Steve Cranch and I will hatch a cunning plan in the near future.  Based on your format, it will include a Raid around the Hauraki Gulf Islands, the Mahurangi Classic  Regatta (over 100 year history) , Auckland Anniversary regatta (175 year history)  and of course the Interdominion Skiff Regatta in Auckland.  At this juncture please forward this to ...
    Posted Feb 19, 2015, 2:10 PM by Unknown user
  • The Tuesday Landscaping Group We've all stubbed our toes from time to time when hauling boats through the reeds, but who would have thunk there were this many boulders (and other nasties)  lying in wait for our pinkies? 
    Posted Feb 16, 2015, 6:00 PM by Unknown user
  • Rowing Regatta – Huon River Franklin, 28th Feb, 1st March Notice to Mariners:  A Rowing Regatta will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 28 February and Sunday, 01 March 2015.  Mariners are advised the River will beclosed for other boating pursuits from 0800 to 1700. 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 16, 2015, 5:06 PM by Unknown user
  • Skiff Regatta at Port Huon Extracted from the Huon Yacht Club newsletter:  "our club had a fabulous day today [Thursday 13th Feb] hosting the visitors attending the World Championship St Ayles Regatta at Franklin. A willing band of helpers arrived at 0930 hrs to help set up the clubhouse, Anne had washed the floors, Roger had assembled an interesting history display inside, Susie and Anne had sliced the onions and made the hamburgers, several ladies had made scrumptious cakes and slices to feed the hungry hordes, Lynette and Ray not only supplied home made vegie burgers and other goodies, they also hammered nails into walls to take the string of flags supplied by Lorri. Rod Coombe, Sue Batt and her family helped carry trestles up ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2015, 5:08 PM by Unknown user
  • St Ayles Skiff Regatta Report Read Jane Johnson's take on proceedings in the attached document: http://bit.ly/1vxnk5S Pic from Rob Ayliffe
    Posted Feb 15, 2015, 6:46 PM by Unknown user
  • LBT Monday nights to resume 23rd February After producing a huge curry last night for the wind up of the St Ayles Skiff Regatta (big thanks to Ali McRae), the cooks want to rest on their laurels this week (sounds more than fair enough), but we'll be back to the normal working bee/dinner next Monday.
    Posted Feb 16, 2015, 3:16 AM by Unknown user
  • Ian's 90th Ian Moncrieff writes:'Dear Peter and all, I write to thank you very much for the use of the LBT premises for (the first of) my 90th birthday celebrations.  My wife Di made the selection of venue as it is one of our favourite places in Tasmania.  We speak to our friends in awe and admiration of your interesting and rewarding activities  and it was lovely to be able to show some of them the LBT Workshop in reality.  The birthday party was acclaimed a huge success. For this I particularly thank Jilly, Ninka and many of our close sailing friends and especially, Di. Di and I also thank Richard for his excellent newsletter that keeps us in touch with ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2015, 7:15 PM by Unknown user
  • Various Skiff Regatta photos There has been a lot going on: find some pics of some of it at http://bit.ly/1ACuc7Q.  Thanks to Rob Ayliffe and others for these.
    Posted Feb 15, 2015, 3:26 PM by Unknown user
  • Homecoming Passage report We really should have sung the Internationale at the start of the Homecoming Passage expedition in deference to our diversity.  We were Scots, New Zealanders, Iranians and Tasmanians, not to mention those from a range of locations on the big island - South Australians, New South Welsh people and Victorians.  We locals know that we have the BEST cruising waters in Australia, but what we couldn't predict was the weather which would have such a bearing on our visitors being able to enjoy them.  In the event it was perfect:  calm mornings good for rowing, breezy afternoons for the sailors and lots of sun.  Off the water was as good as on.  We had a trip down memory lane at ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2015, 7:07 PM by Unknown user
  • Festival Report from Graham Rankin The weather was perfect, the crowds enormous and our Festival site was humming.  A big thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time to help out, whether it was a few hours or the whole four days.  Thanks to the Women on Water for keeping us company (and sharing the site costs!) and the Franklin History Group as well. With the Wooden Boat School right next door, the fair village of Franklin was well represented.  We had a lot of interest in what we do and our mail box was bursting with expressions of interest by Monday, we must be doing something good down here.  As far as fund raising went , we made over $4,800.00 (gross ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2015, 3:37 PM by Unknown user
  • LBT Grebes at the Wooden Boat Festival From Graham Rankin:  'Festival goers may have noticed dinghies around Con dock with lots of happy people rowing or being rowed, and thinking those boats look familiar, they were!. Three of our grebes and the Huon Rat were on hand, courtesy of LBT supporter Ian Johnson.  Ian came up with the idea, organised transport, volunteers and we provided the lighthouse collection box, and hey presto we made over $800.00 in donations during the Festival. This was an unexpected bonus, and a big thank you to Ian for his great support, especially given how busy he was with all his other Festival duties. Thanks also to Dennis and Hans for helping me bring the boats back on Tuesday.'   Pics from ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2015, 3:38 PM by Unknown user
  • Pictured with the Governor The St Ayles Skiffs raced on the Derwent watched by her Excellency.  The 'photo opportunity' was not passed up. The winning team;  the asylum seeker team.  Pictures from Marcia Waller
    Posted Feb 9, 2015, 12:11 AM by Unknown user
  • Latest Skiff Regatta program The organisers of the Regatta have been working diligently on sorting out all the activities so there is a minimum of confusion and a maximum of enjoyment:  see the fruits of their labours at http://bit.ly/1CFNzP7
    Posted Feb 7, 2015, 2:52 PM by Unknown user
  • Skiff Regatta Newsletter See attached:  http://bit.ly/16w0WmH
    Posted Feb 7, 2015, 11:38 AM by Unknown user
  • tawe nunnugah arrives in Hobart An empty Waterman's Dock was suddenly crowded with boats.  Look at all those St Ayles Skiffs!  See more of Nell Tyson's pictures at http://bit.ly/1vxk3cg 
    Posted Feb 7, 2015, 4:29 AM by Unknown user
  • Rowing orders in Persian (Persian words spelt phonetically) Forward and Ready - Aamardeh (get ready);  Row - borroah (role the r);  Backwater - borroah agab;  Easy Oars - Esterahart (rest);  Hold Water - torrmoz (brake, stop);  Turn - betcharkh (gutteral, throat clearing end to the word) Right - rarst;  Left - chap.  You never stop learning at the Living Boat Trust
    Posted Feb 6, 2015, 11:50 AM by Richard Forster
  • Nancy makes it to the Wooden Boat Festival The two Brians spruced Nancy up this morning, hosing and brushing her down until it was pointed out that Kettering is on tank water (whoops!).  They left shortly there after, and arrived on schedule this afternoon at Sullivan's Cove.  Brian Marriot used MotionX GPS to plot their course (he knows, I don't): see the map pictured below or http://bit.ly/1Av3bnK .     Nancy leaving Kettering - get those fenders in chaps.
    Posted Feb 6, 2015, 11:18 AM by Unknown user
  • LBT at the Wooden Boat Festival Graham Rankin has organised our marquee at the Festival (next to Waterman's Dock), and bump in was today.  All went (approximately) to plan, and we were open for business this afternoon.  Looks like the Bendigo Skiff and Angela's model boats are taking pride of place.  Pics from Graham Rankin
    Posted Feb 5, 2015, 1:21 AM by Unknown user
  • Welcome to Hobart for tawe nunnugah Be at the Hope and Anchor (65 Macquarie Street Hobart) to welcome the tawe nunnugah expeditioners  3-5pm on Friday.  The Wooden Boat Festival will be open, so make that part of the excursion to.
    Posted Feb 4, 2015, 5:26 PM by Unknown user
  • Bendigo Skiff out of the shed Don't stand still at the LBT or you will be put to work.  Our visitors helped us carry the Bendigo Skiff out onto the waiting trailer so that we take it up to the Festival for everybody to admire it.
    Posted Feb 4, 2015, 1:31 AM by Unknown user
  • Special Visitors The Living Boat Trust is always a welcome sight when one arrives in Franklin:  its shed a hive of activity, its lawn artistically dotted with boats.  On Tuesday it was suddenly enhanced by a mushrooming of tents, the pulse of middle eastern music,  a crackling campfire, and good smells eminating from the kitchen.  Robert Ayliffe has brought a group of asylum seekers across from South Australia for the St Ayles Skiff Championships, and they have settled in with amazing rapidity.  The plan is that  they will be with us  for a couple of days of practise, decamp to Hobart for the Festival,  then return with the Homecoming Passage boats for the championships.  Pics from Hans Sipsma
    Posted Feb 5, 2015, 3:35 AM by Unknown user
  • South Australian Skiffs arrive Robert Ayliffe has brought over 2 Skiffs to compete in the Regatta.  They look beautiful, and they were in the river today being used for practise.  A close look revealed two different ways of securing the oars:  a topic for much discussion no doubt.
    Posted Feb 4, 2015, 12:07 AM by Unknown user
  • Donation of Seagull motor We already had 'Viking' to help us remember our old friend Simon Pargeter (Parj), and now we have a restored Seagull motor.  It won't be strong enough to drive 'Viking', but we have plenty of smaller boats.  Many thanks to the Pargeter family, who donated this motor.
    Posted Feb 3, 2015, 11:30 PM by Unknown user
  • Nancy is in Kettering The two Brians, Pain and Marriot, steered Nancy into dock at Kettering on Wednesday afternoon, having had a relatively uneventful trip from Port Huon.  Uneventful was good:  this was the first stress test for Nancy's new electric controller and motor.  In 1.5 metre swell and 20 knot cross winds before the Gordon corner she was uncomfortable but manageable: strong headwinds at sea might be more problematic.  With a generator backup there was no problem with overstressing the batteries, but she will still need an overnight charge up.  And Brian Marriot's coffee machine functioned perfectly the whole way:  the tipping factor in declaring the trip a success.  Next stop Hobart.
    Posted Feb 3, 2015, 11:21 PM by Unknown user
  • Notice to Mariners: Wooden Boat Festival Mariners are advised that there will be two Parades of Sail during the Wooden Boat Festival which will take place as follows: 1. On Friday, 6 February vessels will assemble off John Garrow Light (Lat 42 degrees 54.9’ South, Long 147 degrees 21.99’ East) at 12.00 pm and sail to Sullivan’s Cove, completing the sail past around 1.30 pm. 2. On Monday, 9 February vessels will assemble off Sullivan’s Cove at 3.00 pm, sail to a point south of the Tasman Bridge and return to Sullivan’s Cove around 4.30 pm. Mariners and others are advised that, under the provision of Regulation 74 of the Marine and Safety (Pilotage and Navigation) Regulations ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2015, 7:44 PM by Unknown user
  • The Skiffs are coming Robert Ayliffe has brought a triple load over from South Australia.  They should be arriving in Franklin on Tuesday.   For more Regatta news see the website: tasskiffie2015.org  Pic from Robert Ayliffe
    Posted Feb 1, 2015, 2:35 AM by Unknown user
  • Nancy News Brian Marriot, with help from Graham Wright, has patiently been plugging away at the problems we have been having with 'Nancy'.  It turns out that 'plugging' is the correct verb to use, as the source these problems has been revealed to be  the 35 pin plug, specially and deviously designed by Bastards Inc, via which the electronics are connected to the controller.   Brian is now confident that he has this bit of feral, plastic trash under control and that we can start to think about how we should actually run Nancy.  To this end he has produced the graph below, showing that in her current configuration Nancy is good for about 4 knots, after which each gain is speed is ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2015, 2:22 PM by Unknown user
  • tawe nunnugah rescheduled Due to the inclement weather, actual and forecast, tawe nunnugah will resume at Dover on Sunday evening, and will be back on the original plan at Alonnah on Monday evening.  Larger boats are to make their way to Dover by sea, smaller boats by trailer.  Accommodation is being organised with Far South Wilderness Lodge (farsouthwilderness.com.au/).  Luxury.
    Posted Jan 29, 2015, 6:36 PM by Unknown user
  • tawe nunnugah photo gallery Photos will be added to the gallery as they come in:  see http://bit.ly/1EszRzD  Pic from Nell Tyson:  Syrah in Recherche Bay
    Posted Jan 29, 2015, 12:32 PM by Unknown user
  • tawe nunnugah day 1 See daily reports on the tawe nunnugah expedition on the tn15 homepage:  tn15.org, with lots of gorgeous pictures (from Nell Tyson and others).  Day 1 is already up see http://bit.ly/1COvnSb  
    Posted Jan 29, 2015, 12:38 AM by Unknown user
  • Host of opportunities to sample Skiff racing Marcia Waller writes:'The excitement of the St Ayles Skiff Regatta to be held in Franklin from 12th to 15th February begins the weekend before in Hobart at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival and Hobart Regatta. A St Ayles Skiff component will be based at “Franklin Village” at Waterman’s Dock, throughout the Festival, where you can buy souvenir T-shirts, caps, badges and car-stickers.  Skiffs will also be on display near Mawsons Hut.'For more about Skiffs at the festival see http://bit.ly/15Wf6hL on the tasskiffie2015.org page.  Pic from Annette Cauchi
    Posted Jan 28, 2015, 8:30 PM by Unknown user
  • Music at the St Ayles Skiff Regatta The Regatta is intended to look after our spiritual as well as our physical wellbeing, and to that end TOP ACTS have been booked to perform for us.  These acts (in turn) were concerned for our economic wellbeing, and so all the events are FREE, although the hat may be put out to solicit donations  to sponsor the Regatta.  Kicking off at the Palais on Thursday night (12th Feb) 6.30pm will be the Licorice Allsorts choir, and then Tiffany Eckhardt and Dave Steel.  Tiff and Dave are a very well known duo in their previous home state of Victoria, and after this concert we are sure their fame will travel through the valley and thence to the rest of ...
    Posted Jan 28, 2015, 5:19 PM by Unknown user
  • Final preparations for Tawe Nunnugah The many hands that were attracted to Monday night dinner were called into action to haul Swiftsure from the river for a scrub down before she was loaded onto the trailer (thanks Piet Lundstedt) for the trip to Cockle Creek.  She is a heavy beast.  Ros Barnett's traditional Australia Day fare (party pies, bangers and mash, pavlova) were especially welcome after all the activity.
    Posted Jan 26, 2015, 1:56 PM by Unknown user
  • Mapping the lower Huon River Roy Cordiner brought some beautiful maps into the shed the other day which should be of great interest to anybody who has run up on a Huon mudbank (who hasn't).  He installed a depth sounder and a GPS on his pulling boat and crisscrossed the river to take a tight mesh of soundings from the northern tip of South Egg Island to Port Huon.  The secrets of the maze of channels and shallows is revealed.  Thank you Roy:  he hopes to sell these maps as booklets for less than $30, and we will be queueing up.  Don't forget that Doug Emery has produced an aid to navigating from Port Huon to Franklin: see http://www.setech-it.com ...
    Posted Jan 26, 2015, 4:32 AM by Unknown user
  • LBT presence at the Wooden Boat Festival Graham Rankin writes:  'Yep, it's that time again. The LBT is looking for a few good men AND women to help person our marquee at the Festival. For those not going on the Raid, or even Raiders who want to enthuse others to join next time, we need you! This is a wonderful opportunity to tell the world about the Trust and Franklin, and what makes us the wooden boat centre of the universe.  If you would like to volunteer a couple of hours, a day or whatever, that would be great.  There will be roster on the shed notice board where you can add your name and contact details, and which times you'd like to be available ...
    Posted Jan 28, 2015, 8:41 PM by Unknown user
  • Australia Day - just another shed night Ros Barnett writes:  'My expectation is that I am doing the shed night meal this coming Monday and I have decided on an extraordinary menu of meat pies and pavlova. It has to be simple so that I can get on with TN15 prep: be aware that dinner doesn't get served until the work gets done.  I expect to spend all day Tuesday at the shed cleaning, organising, packing all the catering gear. Any assistance would be much appreciated.'  Looks like we could also do with some assistance getting vehicles back from Cockle Creek on Wednesday.  If you want an excursion to Cockle with a purpose  register your availability at the Tawe Nunnugah Exchange Mart: http://bit.ly ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2015, 10:43 PM by Unknown user
  • The Franklin Quilt From Jane Johnson:  'When Franklin became the host of the International St Ayles Skiff Regatta to be 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.  Project Designer and supervisor Jane Walduck commented  “As a group we tried to capture the historic ambience of the town by sewing 24 of the buildings along the Main Road." 'For more info about the quilt and the Regatta see the news item on the tasskiffie2015.org page:  http://bit.ly/1yGsn8L
    Posted Jan 24, 2015, 1:35 PM by Richard Forster
  • Tasmanian Local ABC interview, 11am Sunday 24th Jan Chris Wisbey is interviewing Nell Tyson about tawe nunnugah.
    Posted Jan 24, 2015, 3:33 AM by Unknown user
  • 'Syrah' ready to sail A group of us old gaffers gasbagging on the dock yesterday were struck dumb by the site of Syrah (skippered by Peter Cook) accelerating smoothly away down the river.  Hans and Nell took her on an overnight shakedown trip during the week and report all went very well: 'goes like the clappers'.  Looks like she will be a real asset for expeditions and general sailing around Franklin: for more about her see http://bit.ly/1uxPW0e .    Pic from Nell Tyson
    Posted Jan 24, 2015, 10:44 PM by Unknown user
  • Southport Regatta, 31st January You don't have to be part of tawe nunnugah to join in the fun and games at Southport, about 45 minutes south of Franklin. Here is a snippet describing the 2013 event:  Back at Jetty House the kids were beginning their boat construction of the cardboard quick and dirty. Six fine craft were constructed with rather a lot of cello tape over a couple of hours. Boats were then proudly carried to the beach where a course had been set. After a frenetic start four of the six boats completed the course a record I believe (Crabwacker first, Pocket Rocket second), a great time was had by all.  Then it was on to the main event the Regatta a ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2015, 3:27 PM by Unknown user
  • Notice to Mariners: Living Boat Trust Expedition Valid From: 22/1/2015;  Valid Until: 6/2/2015.   Notice Content: Mariners are advised there will be a small boat expedition departing Recherche Bay on Wednesday, 28 January and progressing up the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and arriving in Hobart around Friday, 6 February, weather permitting. The voyage will consist of a flotilla of small boats and other accompanying vessels that will carry VHF radios. Mariners in the area are requested to keep a lookout for the boats and navigate with caution in their vicinity.
    Posted Jan 24, 2015, 11:39 AM by Richard Forster
  • Join the Swiftsure crew 'Swiftsure' needs to be got back from the Wooden Boat Festival to Franklin.  The boring way is by road, the much better way is as part of the Homecoming Passage fleet.  If you missed out on tawe nunnugah, or if you want more, here is your chance to get aboard.  Swiftsure a great boat for this sort of thing:  the combination of oars and sail means there is always something happening, and the crew of six plus makes it a social event.  To find out more see http://bit.ly/1zyKa0n. Sign up at http://bit.ly/1wXCbud (pic: John Walduck steers Swiftsure past Huon Island on the way home from the 2014 expedition to Kettering)
    Posted Jan 21, 2015, 2:28 PM by Unknown user
  • Attn: Boat owners ashore, AWBF From Bronwyn Long:  'Attention Boats in Zones 5, 6 and 7: We have had a change of entry for any boat that is in Zone 5, 6 & 7. You will now enter from Elizabeth Street onto Franklin Wharf, you will also exit the same way.. Attention All Boat Ashore Owners: I have included all Boats Ashore Owners on this email as the map that is attached (http://bit.ly/15bf6c9) has been updated with some new information that may be of help to all especially our Interstate Visitors.. hope it does help.. Attention all Boat Owners who are inside PW1: I have included a message from Neil Broomfield our Boats Ashore Manager below: No boat will be permitted to be ...
    Posted Jan 21, 2015, 1:17 PM by Unknown user
  • 'Tuesday' gets wet for the first time Glynn Shevels writes:  'At high tide early this morning 'Tuesday' was put in the water. Her sea trial went very well with only a couple of items needing attention.  She will be a Franklin moored at the  marina on Monday.'  If there is no other reason for coming to the dinner/working bee that night you now have one. Pic from Glynn
    Posted Jan 21, 2015, 2:29 PM by Unknown user
  • Brooke St Pier roof on the move again It has only travelled 10 metres, but it is now in the Wooden Boat Centre car park freeing up the Living Boat Trust lawn for the use during the St Ayles Skiff Regatta.  Thank you to the Franklin Working Waterfront who organised this.   Pic from Barb Dawson
    Posted Jan 20, 2015, 11:36 AM by Unknown user
  • Australia Day on the Huonville Foreshore on Monday 26 January Lisa Pohl (Communications Officer, Huon Council) writes:  'Please see the attached poster (http://bit.ly/1Gn7fK5). Could you please share with all your friends and family. All are welcome and there is a free breakfast from 8am – 10.30am.  We have hired a bus service to pickup from Cygnet, Dover, Geeveston and Franklin. You can register online or phone 6264 0343.  Many thanks and I hope to see many of you there.'
    Posted Jan 19, 2015, 9:57 PM by Unknown user
  • Living Boat Trust membership card Elise Retino has suggested that LBT members should get a card, and has provided the following designs. which is your favourite card?  Vote now using the form below.  Watch the vote count on the table underneath.
    Posted Jan 19, 2015, 4:00 PM by Richard Forster
  • Saving our Heritage Boats - Invitation - 08.02.2015 Fellow Wooden Boat enthusiasts,   Please find attached (http://bit.ly/1sNliT8) an invitation to join like-minded people interested in saving Heritage Boats in Australia.  A short conference to discuss this topic will be held during the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Sunday 8 February, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania, 16 Argyle Street, Hobart which is diagonally across the road from the Mawson Waterside Pavilion and just up Argyle Street from Mawson's Hut. If you or any of your members would like to attend and give support for the preservation of our heritage boats, please reply to above address along with your contact details to Cheryl Barnett, Hon. Secretary Association of Heritage Boat ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2015, 4:31 PM by Unknown user
  • Support for Regatta from Events Tasmania That ace application writer Annette Cauchi has done it again:  rounded up an extra $1250 for the Regatta.  Congratulations to her and thanks to Events Tasmania for the marketing grant.
    Posted Jan 14, 2015, 2:20 PM by Unknown user
  • Notice to Mariners Title: Navigation Hazard – Floating Debris; Valid From: 14/1/2015; Valid Until: 21/1/2015. Notice Content: Mariners are advised that recent heavy rains have caused debris to be washed into rivers and estuaries around the State.  This debris, often partly submerged logs, presents a navigation hazard to vessels.  Mariners are also advised that the heavy rainfall and run off from rivers into coastal waters may cause barways and river mouth entries to change substantially due to moving sand around the Tasmanian coast, particularly the East and South East Coast. Mariners are urged to take extreme caution whilst navigating seaward from rivers across barways and in estuarine waters whilst these conditions exist.   
    Posted Jan 13, 2015, 2:39 PM by Unknown user
  • Homecoming and tawe nunnugah exchange mart  There are plenty of opportunities for helping each other out on tawe nunnugah and the Homecoming with transport, equipment, ideas etc.  We know a lot of this happens informally and that is great, but there is now a simple online system to assist:  find the web page for this at http://bit.ly/1ybEoD1  .  There is a link to it from the tn15.org site.  The first request has already been posted:  'A vehicle is required to tow the two tonne refrigerated van for the Homecoming Passage, 9th-12th Feb. Should be easy going, not off road. Happy to borrow or hire. Trying to keep expedition costs down.  Contact sec@lbt.org.au'
    Posted Jan 13, 2015, 1:18 PM by Unknown user
  • Boat and ship builders of Battery Point Nicole Mays writes:  'I wanted to update you on the status of my book. Spirited, Skilled and Determined: The Boat and Ship Builders of Battery Point (1835-1935) has finally been published!  Details include:  Chapters on prominent colonial builders, including William Williamson, John Watson, Peter Degraves, James Mackey, John Lucas, John Ross, Robert Inches, Joseph Risby, and Jacob Chandler, etc; Chapters on prominent 20th century builders, including Charlie Lucas, Percy Coverdale, Purdon and Featherstone, etc; A chapter on Alfred Blore, prominent local boat designer; Lots of photos (black and white); Appendix summarising the 700+ vessels built at Battery Point between 1835 and 1935; Bibliography and Index; Foreward by Graeme Broxam; Hardcover, 320 pages; ISBN: 9780646931340.'Congratulations to Nicole.  Book will ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2015, 2:43 PM by Unknown user
  • Bendigo Skiff Build: photo collage For those who like to get their information in pictures there is a collage of the entire build (so far) at http://bit.ly/1srniQH
    Posted Jan 12, 2015, 1:19 PM by Unknown user
  • Counting down to the festivals and tawe nunnugah Ros Barnett attempted to serve dinner at 7.30 on Monday night, and was told to put it back on the stove until work was finished.  Dinghies were sanded and oiled, equipment checked and repaired, catering procedures practiced and the LBT  block and shed cleaned up.  It's all systems go.   Pictures from Ben Forster
    Posted Jan 13, 2015, 1:24 PM by Unknown user
  • Sheltered Passage: maritime documentaries 'Sheltered Passage is a series of high-quality, short documentary films that celebrate the people and landscapes shaped by the D’Entrecasteaux Channel in Tasmania’s far south. Each of these short films offers a privileged glimpse into the lives of just some of the individuals who contribute to the making of the unique and beautiful environment that is the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. '  To find out more about what is going on and being involved visit the website:  http://shelteredpassage.org.au/
    Posted Jan 10, 2015, 10:21 PM by Unknown user
  • Bring out your flags From Jane Johnson:'The St Ayles Skiff Regatta in Franklin is on from Thursday Feb 12 – 15. We are expecting international and interstate crews. It would add to the welcoming atmosphere if houses and businesses decorate their venues with flags/bunting etc.ENJOY the activity and camaraderie of community rowing in the St Ayles Skiffs/Huon-River-Fest! For further information visit www.tasskiffie2015.org ph 62663224'
    Posted Jan 9, 2015, 2:14 PM by Unknown user
  • Notice to Mariners Marine and Safety Tasmania:  Notice No.: M07-15;  Title: Marine Farming Lease - Police Point;  Valid From: 8/1/2015;  Valid Until: 10/2/2015.   Notice Content: Mariners are advised Huon Aquaculture will be installing a new grid and corner markers on marine farm lease No 176, at Police Point near the mouth of the Huon River.  The area will be marked outside the actual lease boundaries at the following co-ordinates from Monday, 12 January for a period of four weeks with yellow special marks on all four corners: (A) 43 degrees 14.786’S / 147 degrees 03.796’E ; (B) 43 degrees 14.648’S / 147 degrees 04.097’E ; (C) 43 degrees 15.097’S / 147 degrees 04 ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2015, 1:53 AM by Unknown user
  • Successful Application for Men's Shed Grant The application for a training funds grant written by Graham Rankin back in November was successful: we now have $4,720 to put to assist members getting certification for things like First Aid, Deck Hand etc.  This is fantastic news.  Thanks, first to the Tasmanian Government for sponsoring the Men's Shed Association for this grant, and second to Graham for writing an excellent application.
    Posted Jan 9, 2015, 1:47 AM by Unknown user
  • Monday night dinner (12th January) From Ros Barnett:'The regular Monday night meal on 12th January will be a bit special because the Tawe Nunnugah catering crew are rehearsing their opening menu.  It will be an Italian themed evening, with a choice of beef lasagne or roast vegetable vegetarian lasagne, an abundance of summer salad and garlic bread, followed by tiramisu. The new coffee service will get a run after dinner.   The crew are also having a run though of their mobile kitchen and dining tent, so they are asking you to come along early and help with the erection of the marquee, the overhaul of the equipment, and the shake out of all the gear. There is a serious amount of work to get ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2015, 1:07 AM by Unknown user
  • Cocktail party fund raiser on Yukon We hear that this event was a great success and that a good time was had by all.  A quiet reminder to those who put their drinks on the tab to pay Jane Johnson at Village Antiques.
    Posted Jan 7, 2015, 3:45 AM by Unknown user
  • Bendigo Skiff in (long) final straight Pete Heading reports that:  'The job list is still pretty long - breast hooks, gunwhales, thwarts , rudder and tiller , floorboards and  stretchers, rowlocks and rowlock holders and a long list of painting and varnishing jobs so all are welcome - Wednesdays and Fridays 10 tiill 2 although I'm usually there at 8.30 for the keen early starters.'  The skiff team had their first day back after the break: full report at http://bit.ly/1woFNkZ
    Posted Jan 7, 2015, 12:49 AM by Unknown user
  • Look sharp if you want to book 'Imagine' The 'Imagine' calendar is getting very full indeed.  If your team needs to practice before the Regatta remember to make an online booking at http://bit.ly/14taZJi .  This page is also accessible from the LBT calendar page.
    Posted Jan 6, 2015, 4:56 PM by Unknown user
  • AWBF Draft Program The latest version of the program for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1xPvAkJ
    Posted Jan 6, 2015, 2:52 PM by Unknown user
  • Call for Volunteers From Barbara Dawson:'37 days to go, and counting down! We need volunteers to help run the St Ayles Skiff regatta which is taking place over 3 days from Friday 13 February - Sunday 15 February.  Each day is divided into time slots:     7.30am - 10.00am;      10.00am - 12.30pm;     12.30pm - 3.00pm.  If you could help with any of these time slots, it would be much appreciated.  Jobs include setting up or putting away equipment each day; official timing of races; registering competitors, marshalling the teams before they compete, selling promotional items etc.  Jobs will be allocated when we have a clearer idea of who is available and when. You may be willing to help; OR you may ...
    Posted Jan 6, 2015, 6:38 PM by Unknown user
  • tawe nunnugah burgee This year's version is now at the printer's.
    Posted Jan 4, 2015, 4:33 PM by Unknown user
  • Wooden Boat Symposium 6th-9th February Lorrie Harrison points to this highlight of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival: topics covered include everything from "Wood: a Competitive Engineering Material" to "Imagine: WOW, We Built a Skiff!" and everything in between.  See the attached flyer for details: http://bit.ly/1xIDvQB
    Posted Jan 4, 2015, 2:55 PM by Unknown user
  • Participating in the St Ayles Skiff Regatta The start of the Regatta looms, and it is time to get crews and teams organised.  Lorrie Harrison and Jane Johnson send the following guidelines.  'A CREW consists of four rowers and a coxswain.  The gender and average age of a crew  will determine which Regatta races they can enter (except for those which are 'open').  For example three male rowers aged 65 and one male rower aged 58 will be eligible to enter the 60+ men's competition. 60+ men's competition. The age or gender of the coxswain is not taken into account.  There are youth, 40+, 50+ and 60+ events.  For the Regatta competition a crew must belong to a TEAM, which is defined as a group ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2015, 2:33 PM by Unknown user
  • New Year's Day paddle/row From Barbara Dawson:  "Poetry in motion” gasped many a camper as the LBT mixed fleet surged downriver en route to their picnic at Shipwrights Point.  An early casualty was Endra and Annette’s Grebe, whose high tech state-of-the-art carbon fibre mast malfunctioned, and was forced to turn back to harbour, shepherded by Warren, director of Safety Services for the day.  The remaining rowing Grebe with Jo and Chris flew at a speed Grebes were not designed to go - unfortunately, exhausted by this early sprint, they were forced to make their own picnic stop some distance short of the line. However, the crews of Imagine, Will’s rowboat and 2 kayaks lunched on the grass at Shipwrights, with ...
    Posted Jan 2, 2015, 7:29 PM by Unknown user
  • Tassal Environmental Impact Statement Fiona Ewing writes:  'the Public Exhibition of Draft Amendment No.6 to the D’Entrecasteaux Channel Marine Farming Development Plan is currently open for public exhibition (13th December 2014 to 23rd January 2015). “Draft Amendment No.6” refers to the “Lippies and Browns” proposal about which Tassal has been consulting with stakeholders for the past 12 months. As promised I am advising you that the Environmental Impact Statement relating to this proposed amendment is now publically available.'   See http://bit.ly/1rGmya6  If you are short of holiday reading this lot will keep you going for a while. 
    Posted Jan 1, 2015, 12:41 PM by Unknown user
  • Blue Tuesday Glynn Shevels boat 'Tuesday', which was the major construction job in the shed for 2013-14, is rapidly being prepared for Tawe Nunnugah and the AWBF.  Glynn sent the accompanying pic of her new paint job.  Interesting looking crewman peering through the top windshield:  eccentric even by LBT standards.
    Posted Dec 31, 2014, 9:52 PM by Unknown user
  • News from Spring Bay From David Gatenby:  'And so we have had Christmas and what have we done? – in a word – Lots!  The Shed has continued to develop and strengthen inside and outside activities.  Our achievements are a credit to our members, both old and new, and we look forward to a very promising New Year and much further progress.  ‘All at The Shed’ trust that you had a very enjoyable Christmas Time, and that you will have a really good rest afterwards as well!  BEST WISHES FOR A VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR'   See the full newsletter attached:  http://bit.ly/1tn1oco
    Posted Dec 31, 2014, 12:53 PM by Unknown user
  • Need a (very) late present? The Franklin History Group reckon that they have identified a target market (us), and they are ruthlessly exploiting it with their latest calendar.  It features a collection of irresistible historical maritime pictures from along the Huon around Franklin.  This sucker has already bought his - get yours from the museum at Franks Cidery, the Wooden Boat Centre or directly from Allan Cato (acato@netspace.net.au) 
    Posted Dec 31, 2014, 9:44 PM by Unknown user
  • Children's Book Festival, Bruny Island Festival 15-18th January 2015 For those with young children or grandchildren this might be of interest.  Ann Morgan wrote to invite us to bring a boat to the Community Viking games at Adventure Bay on Sunday 18th.  I suspect the LBT will be too busy preparing for Tawe Nunnugah to participate, but others may like to enquire.  For more information see the website:  http://bit.ly/1rsL3Y3 
    Posted Dec 28, 2014, 3:12 AM by Unknown user
  • New Year's Day row to Shipwright's Point From Barbara Dawson:'Great way to cure the effects of all that New Year’s Eve partying……. and after last Huonville row, lots of people asked for a repeat. I am organising (should there be sufficient interest) a row/kayak to Shipwrights Point on Thursday 1 Jan, for a New Year picnic. Depart Franklin 11am on Imagine, Swiftsure (subject to availability of experienced cox), Grebes……. Safety boat will accompany.  Slower kayaks not wanting to paddle the whole distance can launch at Shipwrights Point and paddle upriver to meet and greet us.  First respondents get choice of boat.  BYO picnic lunch, drinks plus $5 LBT rowing fee.'  Phone or email Barb Dawson, 62663571,  barbara.dawson@bigpond.com  Pic from Nell Tyson
    Posted Dec 28, 2014, 2:50 AM by Unknown user
  • NO LBT dinner Monday 29th December If you are headed for dinner at the LBT on the last Monday in December  you should stop and turn around:  the cooks are on holiday.  We aren't sure what Jilly Archer has on the menu for us on January 5th, but we are sure it is worth waiting for.
    Posted Dec 28, 2014, 2:39 AM by Unknown user
  • Christmas party at the LBT: reminder  Short details: 6pm at the shed, Monday night; bring drink, a plate to share, and (if you are so inclined) meat to put on the barbecue; looks like it will be a mild dry evening; be prepared to contribute to the evening's music.
    Posted Dec 21, 2014, 5:59 PM by Unknown user
  • The Homecoming Passage The 'mini raid', returning from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival to join the St Ayles Skiff Regatta at Franklin, is now open for bookings:  complete the form at http://bit.ly/1v6Zts6  'This is a 'Tawe Nunnugah Lite', with no fees, but with little of the infrastructure and support of a real Tawe Nunnugah Raid: participants are expected to be largely self sufficient. They still get to do all the important stuff - cruising the beautiful inshore waters of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and the Huon in good company (both on and off the water), but they have to throw their own snag on the barby in the evening. 'See http://bit.ly/1zyKa0n for further details.
    Posted Dec 20, 2014, 6:26 PM by Unknown user
  • Can't beat them skiffies Whether it's fund raising or getting the word out, the team are doing a great job on organising and promoting the St Ayles Skiff Regatta.  The article below is from the Mercury, December 20th.  To keep up with the latest see tasskiffie2015.org.
    Posted Dec 20, 2014, 3:04 PM by Unknown user
  • A Christmas row to Huonville From Barbara Dawson:  'The Huon River was at its magical best on Saturday night when Swiftsure, Imagine, Rowan, Willy’s rowboat plus 3 kayaks surged up on a flooding tide to the Boat Shed Cafe.  Drive in McDonalds are so passé - but how many cafes offer a float-in facility. The colours and reflections on the return voyage were really special.  There is even talk of making this a regular trip. Many thanks to Warren and Aspen for providing safety boat cover.'
    Posted Dec 21, 2014, 2:32 AM by Unknown user
  • 'Huon, huon, huon for Franklin!' Would Norman May have been able to adapt to the special medals for the St Ayles Skiff regatta?  First past the finish line gets a huon pine medal, second a myrtle and third a celery pine. In the pic below Dennis Muscovitch is holds a myrtle plank donated by Roger Linnell as raw material.  Dennis and Phil Dunning have been working on a brand that will be used to stamp out the design on the wood.
    Posted Dec 18, 2014, 9:53 PM by Unknown user
  • Get your 40 Degrees South Magazine There is an article by John Young, 'Franklin Reborn',  illustrated with some of Nell Tyson's wonderful photographs.  Thanks to Willis for spotting this one.
    Posted Dec 20, 2014, 3:05 PM by Unknown user
  • Latest AWBF Newsletter Read all about it from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival: see http://bit.ly/1sNaWmt  Includes a nice little article about our very own WOW, but lots more too.
    Posted Dec 18, 2014, 8:38 PM by Unknown user
  • St Ayles Skiff Regatta Program (8th-15th Feb 2015) Jane Johnson has sent the latest draft version.  Should be of particular interest to those who participated in the Swiftsure Regatta, and are no doubt waiting for another opportunity to demonstrate their rowing prowess.  See  http://bit.ly/1rGqF60
    Posted Jan 1, 2015, 12:56 PM by Unknown user
  • The orange box For years the 'yellow box' has been an institution at the LBT shed:  a place to leave small amounts of cash and other communications for the treasurer.  Naturally the secretary was jealous, so there is now a complementary 'orange box' hanging outside the front door for communications with him.  It sits directly beside the pocket holding the 'expression of interest' forms (which are on the back of the information sheets), so its first job will be to collect those.  But it is also there for any other bits and bobs that should be directed to the secretary - feel free to use it for that purpose.  And thanks to Peter the Painter for that glowing colour. 
    Posted Dec 17, 2014, 1:19 AM by Unknown user
  • The ukes have landed Ros Barnett plans for these to be a major part of entertainment on tawe nunnugah: expertise should be at a level sufficient to play a Beethoven Symphony by the time the fleet reaches Hobart.   Before that, get set for some plunking at the Christmas Party (next Monday 22nd, 6pm on (or whenever you arrive). 
    Posted Dec 16, 2014, 12:59 PM by Unknown user
  • The 'Rubena' Peter Heading pointed to this ABC news story:  'In a clearly well-practised routine, Wayne Brydges explains the history behind The Rubeena, a 36-foot Pittwater style ferry that was built in 1911 and is now used to take people on heritage tours from the Port of Sale in Gippsland.'   Looks similar to the 'Nancy', and what we might do with her.  They even have a canal, curse them.  Read all about it at http://ab.co/1zYCyW1
    Posted Dec 15, 2014, 2:05 PM by Unknown user
  • Crew wanted for Grebe, Thursday 18th The original request was for Swiftsure, but this has been downgraded to a Grebe as part of a film shoot at Taroona.  Transport has been organised, but a rower is needed, perhaps of convict appearance.  You know who you are - a couple of suspects are pictured below.More from Annie Venables who is organising this. "I can offer undying fame (if not fortune). The shot will most likely be the poster shot for the documentary series being shown on the ABC, Ireland and Wales...we will be ... offering up breakfast and probably lunch...whatever is authentic to man the boat, but around 2 men (or women dressed as men, we won't really see - we could perhaps recruit from St ...
    Posted Dec 15, 2014, 1:41 PM by Unknown user
  • Bring the Romance back to Rowing - Sat 20th Dec From David Budd and Barbara Dawson:  'Mid-summer twilight row/paddle from Franklin to Huonville (Boatshed Cafe) and back (mostly with tide assistance). Invite going out to all LBT members, WOW women + any non-powered boating friends.  The idea is to get Imagine, Swiftsure, Grebes and any private row or paddle boats to Huonville and back. Float-in for take away fish and chips from Boatshed Cafe before it closes at 8pm (will let them know numbers ahead of time).  Leave Franklin at 5.30pm sharp - the sunset is 8.46pm, the high tide around 8.30pm.   Rowan to accompany the fleet and if necessary tow any stragglers, wimps and those who have overindulged in chips back home. Need qualified ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2014, 1:44 PM by Unknown user
  • Circumnavigation of Tassie Feb 11 - March 18 2015 Bryan Walpole, with "Merlyn", an 11m couta boat, has some crewing vacancies for the trip anticlockwise around Tassie, mostly from the Tamar round the west coast to Hobart.  A wonderful opportunity to see the western coastline, Hunter group of islands, and some magic anchorages, including the Gordon River, and Port Davey.  You will need to have basic seamanship and some navigation skills, preferably experienced too. Contact Bryan on 03 6224 8815 or bwalpole@iinet.net.au or go to www.ryct.org.au/cruising  to see the details.
    Posted Dec 12, 2014, 11:58 PM by Unknown user
  • WOOBers wanted That would be Workers On Organic Boats.  We need to get a wriggle on if the Bendigo St Ayles Skiff is to be completed in time for the Championships in February.  To this end Graham Rankin will be running the first of what we hope will be a series of extra work days this coming Thursday (18th).  The project (see http://bit.ly/1kou8wx for details) is going really well, and it should be a pleasure to be a part of it, so turn up on Thursday morning after 10am and speak to Graham.If we don't get there in time it will make a really flash snack bar:  see http://bit.ly/1wtO5dP
    Posted Dec 16, 2014, 1:30 AM by Unknown user
  • On the water program winds up The Franklin students took the fleet out for a final sail on Wednesday at the conclusion of a very busy six weeks of activities. There have been school crews out on the water being supervised by LBT volunteers for at least two days a week for the last six weeks. Given the vagaries caused by weather, sickness, forgetfulness and the general happy mayhem you can expect around children it's taken a lot of organising.  That task fell on the broad shoulders of David Budd. Thank you David.
    Posted Dec 11, 2014, 5:57 PM by Unknown user
  • Warrnambool Skiff underway Patrick Groot writes to tell us that, after the usual amount of time spent head scratching and standing around with hands in pockets arguing the toss, their team has made a start on the construction of a new St Ayles Skiff:      'A good couple of hours work today saw the strongback up and moulds tagged and cut out ready to be set up next Saturday. Feels good to be actually making something finally.'  See the attached flyer or their Facebook page to find out what they are up to:  https://www.facebook.com/st.aylesskiffwarrnambool.  Hopefully they will be down for Tasskiffie2017. 
    Posted Dec 12, 2014, 7:24 PM by Unknown user
  • Our new rowing uniform? We were down at the pontoon yesterday and were very taken with the fashion sense shown by Southerly Dolling's dad Ken.  The combination of Hawaiian shorts, stripes, orange and yellow life vest, blue espadrilles, white canvas hat and sunglasses should be an inspiration to us all, although maybe we couldn't carry it off the way Ken does.
    Posted Dec 10, 2014, 3:26 AM by Unknown user
  • More Swiftsure Regatta pics coming in There are some beauties - see http://bit.ly/1wVjfxq .  We reckon the crew in the photo below are lay down misère for parts in the next 'Pirates of the Caribbean'.
    Posted Dec 9, 2014, 12:52 AM by Unknown user
  • Cocktails and Canapés on Yukon 19th December 6.30pm to 9.30 pm.   Live Music, with Roman Astra and Co.   $25 a ticket , the numbers are limited so please contact Endra for a Ticket. Tickets are going fast: contact Endra:  endra2012@hotmail.com
    Posted Dec 13, 2014, 4:45 PM by Unknown user
  • Half finished projects Next time we run out of puff on a boat build maybe we can take up the suggestion indicated by Shane Johnson in the picture below (spotted in Fremantle).
    Posted Dec 7, 2014, 7:44 PM by Unknown user
  • Christmas at the LBT, Monday 22nd December A bring your own food, fun, music and bottle party.   Normal working bee cancelled.  From 6pm, or whenever you arrive.  Same as last year:  it was good then it will be good again.
    Posted Dec 7, 2014, 1:52 PM by Unknown user
  • Swiftsure Regatta Day The Franklin waterfront was alive with people participating in the rowing and sailing events on Sunday.  Thanks to all who helped, but especially Hans Sipsma who organised us, and Ros Barnett who fed us.  Congratulations to the Dover team, who won the Grebes competition, and LBT Old Boys, who won the St Ayles Skiff competition. For more, see the pics below from Aspen and Annette Cauchi, Jane Johnson and Laurence Burgin.  See also the attached from Jane: http://bit.ly/1w3oOIt  
    Posted Dec 13, 2014, 2:30 AM by Unknown user
  • Anchor boulders Phil Dunning suggested these, when the (outrageous) proposition that his monster grinding wheel be used as a mooring was put to him.  Finding a boulder around Franklin is not an issue, but attaching something to it so that it can be useful is.  Laurence Burgin from Franklin Marine came up with the solution:  a length of chain, some marina bolts, a pot of epoxy and a VERY big drill.  Thanks Laurence.
    Posted Dec 5, 2014, 4:45 PM by Unknown user
  • Tawe Nunnugah saloon class David Nash writes to remind us that there are still berths available on Yukon:  THREE NIGHT Legs Available  You can either book to join the entire event (10 days) or to one of the legs:  • Wed Jan 28th (Franklin) - Sat Jan 31st (Southport), 3 nights, 4 days;  • Sat Jan 31st (Southport) - Tue Feb 4th, (Allonah, Bruny Island), 3 nights, 4 days;  • Tue Feb 4th, (Allonah, Bruny Island) - Fri Feb 6th (Constitution Dock, Hobart), 3 nights, 4 days.  For details see the attached flyer: http://bit.ly/1IaHEm4 .  For those who like to sail more comfortably, or whose days hanging off an oar (or sheet) are behind them, this is an excellent way to participate in Tawe Nunnugah. 
    Posted Dec 5, 2014, 9:56 PM by Unknown user
  • An invitation Here is a chance to spend some time with the local teachers and children who have been coming down for the On the Water program.  Wednesday 10th December, 10.45am, at the Franklin Primary School. See below for more details.
    Posted Dec 5, 2014, 12:35 PM by Unknown user
  • Swiftsure Regatta: schedules of events From Hans Sipsma:See the schedule of St Ayles Skiff events at http://bit.ly/1pXaro9 , Grebe events at http://bit.ly/1rUvklh , and big boats http://bit.ly/1rVghaR  .  See the the Swiftsure Regatta web page for everything about the event.'Ahoy, me Hearties!  Please tell me if I have missed somebody or included teams that do not exist, it is confusing when you have information coming from different directions.  There is enough time to have the heats at half hourly intervals instead of 20 minute ones. It will be easier to run the school Grebe races in between. Please send this information to all your team members and any other participants I do not have contact details for ...
    Posted Dec 4, 2014, 12:27 PM by Unknown user
  • The mysterious 'Peter the Painter' Whenever anybody compliments some painting around the LBT, be it a sign, a boat, the shed itself or anything else that can be daubed on, the standard response is 'Peter the Painter did that'.  It's become an expression, like 'Foo was here'.  Glynn Shevels was commissioned to get a photograph, just to confirm that Peter does exist.  He managed a back view.
    Posted Dec 2, 2014, 6:33 PM by Unknown user
  • Raising the bar Street signs advertising LBT events consist, as often as not, of a message hastily scrawled in Texta on chipboard by the secretary.  Hans Sipsma shows what can be done.
    Posted Dec 2, 2014, 1:47 PM by Unknown user
  • Tawe Nunnugah Trailer David Perez made a video of the 2007 Raid which captured the spirit of the expedition as well as anything since produced.  A 'trailer' has recently been cut and put on YouTube:  see below (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLTbHd8A1Sw).  If you are wondering what 'tawe nunnugah' really means this is as good a way as any to find out.  Thanks to Ben Forster for the editing work.  For more about tawe nunnugah 2015 see the webpage:  tn15.org
    Posted Nov 29, 2014, 2:45 PM by Unknown user
  • Wanted: a length of heavy chain DONE!!  Thanks to those who offered and who brought chain along on Monday night.  We made a selection, and the job is now done.  It would be advantageous to be able to swing our pontoon around to provide more points for tying up boats during regattas etc.  To do this we need an extra anchor point with a heavy attachment chain.  Three metres would do the job.  Anybody have said tripping people up outside the back door?  if you do contact the secretary: sec@lbt.org.au
    Posted Dec 4, 2014, 3:18 AM by Unknown user
  • Swiftsure Regatta: Final Programme Hans Sipsma has us organised (for next Sunday, 7th December):  see http://bit.ly/1vz5xwX .  'We’re mixing it up at this year's Swiftsure Regatta. It is bigger than ever, with an enthusiastic mob of St Ayles Skiff rowers from various local communities. This will be an opportunity to test the boats for possible improvements before the big St Ayles Skiff Regatta next February.  Also new will be the addition of two large, historic rowing craft , the Admiral and La Chaloupe to compare with and challenge our whaleboat, the Swiftsure.  This regatta is the culmination of the “On the Water” local schools programme and there will be races to compete for the newly inaugurated “Mrs Dyson Trophy”.'  Please get ...
    Posted Nov 29, 2014, 1:34 PM by Unknown user
  • Caterers wanted at Swiftsure Regatta From Ros Barnett:'Friday 5th December 10am – 1pm  Food preparation. Two people required to help slice, dice and spice. Sunday 7th December (Regatta Day) People as Cashiers, all day – handle cash desk for catering (a tickets system for the breakfast sausage sizzle and the curry lunch) as well as taking event registrations. Lots of people giving an hour at a time on a roster would be great. Could easily be managed around taking part in events. Two people to help on the breakfast grill, 9am - Noon Two people to serve the curry, Noon – 2:30pm Please email to ros@lbt.org.au if you would like to contribute in the kitchen, or complete the form below (http://bit.ly/1yFuN4W ...
    Posted Nov 26, 2014, 2:45 AM by Unknown user
  • Rowing Orders With the Swiftsure Regatta coming up it's important that we belay that landlubber chatter, batten down the binnacle, brail the brass monkey, and so forth.  Here is a list of the standard LBT rowing instructions for Swiftsure but appropriate for (or adaptable to) most rowing boats.   Step your oars: Place the oar handles in the oar steps on the inside of the bilge of the boat, with the looms in the thole pins or oarlocks. Forward and ready: Rowers lean forwards holding the oar handles and looms, legs straight and braced against stretchers or thwarts aft of them. The blades are held just above the surface of the water.Give way together: Rowers lower their blades into the water ...
    Posted Nov 26, 2014, 3:02 AM by Unknown user
  • Christmas present idea From Geoff Heriot: 'I would be pleased to offer members and friends of the LBT a substantial discount on my nonfiction book In the South: Tales of Sail and Yearning, which has been reviewed favorably by media critics (see the attached flyer: http://bit.ly/1yTdbTe). For example, Cruising Helmsman described it as a 'classic of Australian sailing literature'.  The RRP is $29.95 but I could offer it to your members and friends at $20.00 (a one-third discount). The conditions would be as follows:  For those ordering books in time, I could deliver them to the LBT in Franklin on an agreed date, avoiding postage charges; Otherwise I would need to add postage ($12.00 for an ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2014, 12:26 PM by Unknown user
  • Canadian Canoe Project From Simon Cash:'I spoke to you a week or so ago now about a strongback and western red cedar strips that i have to make a Canadian Canoe (approx 15' long).  I am never going to complete this project past the stage that it is at now and as such would like to sell it.  Would you have any suggestions about how i might best go about this?  I am thinking that i would look for somewhere in the vicinity of $1200 ONO.'  Contact Simon simon.cash66@icloud.com
    Posted Nov 25, 2014, 11:50 AM by Unknown user
  • Excursion to Incat Museum From Graeme Hunt of the Wooden Boat Guild of Tasmania: 'Any members of the LBT who are not at the Swiftsure Regatta on Sunday 7th December would be most welcome to join the WBGT at their visit to the Incat Museum at Prince of Wales Bay. The volunteers who look after the Museum will open it at 10am and interested parties will be admitted for the cost of a Gold Coin. The Museum contains memorabilia from the success of this iconic Tasmanian business including a Hales Trophy replica and the wonderful Huon Pine Couta Boat Darce. Visitors are welcome to join the Guild at their annual BYO Christmas lunch at the Prince of Wales Bay Marina after the visit
    Posted Nov 25, 2014, 11:18 AM by Unknown user
  • Swiftsure Regatta, Sunday December 7th The Regatta is now only two weeks away.  Are you in a rowing team? You should be.  To sign up for a team and to find out more about the day check out the regatta page: http://bit.ly/110bMPq.  If you are able to help out use the sheet below to sign up (http://bit.ly/1yFuN4W).
    Posted Nov 22, 2014, 7:10 PM by Unknown user
  • Back to the future at Warrnambool The group there have just broken out the first of their two St Ayles Skiff flatpacks, and are contemplating how best to set up a workspace.  Here is part of an email from Patrick Groot:  'Our fund raising and subsequent Expo to launch our endeavour has resulted in massive interest. Having the 2 completed 'main land' skiffs on our Civic Green really got people excited. A Portland group are near certainties to undertake a build and a Port Fairy group look like following suit. And we are close to having enough funds left over to even consider a third build for later in 2015. That might see 5 boats by late 2015 into 2016 in the SW of Victoria. This ...
    Posted Nov 22, 2014, 2:16 PM by Unknown user
  • Reminder: safety boat course Saturday 29th November From Glynn Shevels:'Course starts at 10.00am till approximately 3-30pm.. cost $25.00 . What to bring.. pen notepad. . Lunch and life jacket . The course will consist of theory and practical exercise on the water. It will cover all aspects of being a safety boat operater for Living Boat Trust onwater activities.  Please phone or email to book a spot.  There are 3 spots left. Glynn Shevels  0419341493 or gshevels@gmail.com'This is a week before Swiftsure Regatta, which will be a good opportunity to get out on the water and practice the skills learned at the course.   Pic from last year's course.
    Posted Nov 21, 2014, 7:07 PM by Unknown user
  • LBT'ers at large David Pittaway is further afield than most.  He is currently in West Africa working in an Ebola clinic.  See the ABC report: http://ab.co/1tnvVFS
    Posted Nov 21, 2014, 11:44 PM by Unknown user
  • News from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival Get your latest newsletter from http://bit.ly/1xHm9pn  .  The AWBF is coming up fast, and there is a plug for our St Ayles Skiff Regatta in the editorial. In this issue, we’ll scan some of the exciting work that’s going on in boat sheds around Tasmania, we’ll look at a veryspecial co-production with the Port Arthur Historic Site and bring you news of a brilliant community projectunderway to build a new pontoon for the AWBF. There’s a review of the adventure sailing passages available aboardour feature vessels, including James Craig, Enterprize, Windeward Bound and Bark Endeavour, and there are localcruises, too, with Rhona H, Lady Nelson and Yukon. Registrations are ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2014, 2:08 PM by Unknown user
  • Tawe Nunnugah and ukes Yep, ukes not nukes.  Ros Barnett is organising the musical entertainment for Tawe Nunnugah - see http://bit.ly/1xHkhwZ   
    Posted Nov 20, 2014, 1:02 PM by Unknown user
  • Girl Guides on the water From Ros Barnett:  'Girl Guides came to the Living Boat Trust this week for an after school adventure. With the four tallest girls in the St Ayles skiff Imagine, three groups in Grebe dinghies, and a few tiny tots in Rowan with the safety crew, we set off to explore the Huon River and the Egg Islands Canal. There was such a lot to learn. In our boat we talked about all the forces that were moving the boat; the river flowing out to the sea, the tide coming in, the light breeze, and the oars dipping in the water and pushing against it.   “What is a canal?” I’ve never been asked that before, but it is an obvious ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2014, 12:43 PM by Unknown user
  • Franklin's Future- Planning and Development The Franklin Progress Association is organising a public meeting about "Franklin's Future- Planning and Development", in the Palais Theatre;  at 7pm on Wednesday 26 November'The aim of the meeting is to establish a group to be a voice for the community on matters to do with planning, development and streetscape enhancements for Franklin. We hope to include representatives from Franklin Working Water Front Inc., the Living Boat Trust, the Friends of St Johns Inc., Franklin Traders, other community organisations and sporting groups in Franklin and, of course, the general community.'For details see the attached: http://bit.ly/1Ageuzz
    Posted Nov 19, 2014, 1:10 PM by Unknown user
  • Oh what a (Monday) night Ian Johnson summed it up for the rest of us at announcement time: we get blasé about our blessing down here in Tasmania, but who could be blasé sitting in the shed amongst friends, new and old, with a repaste before us, the viking form of the Bendigo Skiff as a backdrop and having launched two beautiful wooden boats? Bob Hawkins photographs below illustrate some of the highlights of a very busy evening: the turning of the Skiff;  the launching of the newly donated dinghy Punto;  the launching of recently completed Syrah;  a serenade from the kitchen crew trio.  What made the evening especially memorable was that the presence of so many people, not necessarily LBT members, who have contributed ...
    Posted Nov 19, 2014, 1:15 PM by Unknown user
  • Showing off 'Imagine' at the Huon Show She did look great and got a lot of attention, particularly from extra terrestrials.  Pics from Annette Cauchi, Liz Larshall and Ken Chiu
    Posted Nov 21, 2014, 2:57 AM by Unknown user
  • Motor Boat License Course From Glynn Shevels:  'A great day with 13 people attending. Everybody passed.'   And the LBT received a very nice donation from the instructors - Glynn and Colin Stokes.  Thank you!
    Posted Nov 18, 2014, 1:01 PM by Unknown user
  • To those lucky few ... Did you make the cut for the Celebration Dinner at the Shed on Monday night?  You can check below. Here is  the programme:  proceedings to get underway at 6.30pm with the turning of the Bendigo Skiff;  thence to the launch of 'Syrah';  followed by the a 'welcome to fleet' for 'Punto';  and dinner at around 7.30.  Or something like that.  Items to be added or subtracted at the whim of the cook and the committee.
    Posted Nov 14, 2014, 11:58 PM by Unknown user
  • Bendigo Skiff nearly ready for turnover The Bendigo Skiff team spent Wednesday first with sandpaper then with paintbrush in hand getting an initial coat of epoxy on the boat.  It's made a big difference - the ply positively glows.  For more pics see http://bit.ly/1tNS3ZM , for all the Skiff news go the the Boats menu, then choose 'Bendigo Skiff' (http://bit.ly/1kou8wx)
    Posted Nov 13, 2014, 4:11 PM by Unknown user
  • King Neptune in Neoprene Jane Johnson writes:  'King Neptune emerged from the wild windswept waters in front of Taroona High School promoting the virtues of a Neoprene covering – and endorsing the latest St Ayles Skiff to be built in Tasmania. '  To read more about the launch of the Taroona St Ayles Skiff see http://bit.ly/1sqNrZf
    Posted Nov 10, 2014, 2:50 AM by Unknown user
  • CARTELA’s Fashion through the Decades From Jane Johnson:  'The 1912 Cartela was in the limelight on Sunday with a fashion parade that covered most of the  ten decades that the steamship has provided a passenger service around Tasmania. The show was organised by Shop@Franklin and included a high tea as a fundraising gesture for the Franklin St Ayles Skiff Regatta.'  For more pics and news about the event see the Tasskiffie2015 news: http://bit.ly/1pGKAB3
    Posted Nov 9, 2014, 8:48 PM by Unknown user
  • Former 'Tawe Nunnugah' boat for sale Graeme Denne writes:  'My traditional sailing dinghy ‘Ambitious’ is for sale. She is 14’6” long,  strongly built and in excellent condition, complete with new sail, trailer and o/b motor (optional) - further details contact Graeme Denne 0431845786.'  Price is $3,200, negotiable. 
    Posted Nov 9, 2014, 1:54 PM by Unknown user
  • Model Boat Fleet The surprise big sellers at the last Australian Wooden Boat Festival were simple, wooden, model boats made from local timbers.  The Tuesday group have made a good start on stocking up for next February - all assistance gratefully accepted.
    Posted Nov 8, 2014, 11:19 PM by Unknown user
  • New Brooke Street Pier has arrived It's a 'floater' and it was towed down the Derwent from the construction site at Prince of Wales Bay to it's location next to Waterman's Dock today (Sunday 9th).  Maybe we will get back our usual Wooden Boat Festival site next to it if all goes according to Hoyle.  Get the full story on the ABC:  http://ab.co/1xhyazj
    Posted Nov 8, 2014, 10:19 PM by Unknown user
  • Huon Show November 15th It's one of the highlights of the Valley calendar and the LBT will be there - see http://huonshow.com.au.  If you can help out submit your name on the form below (http://bit.ly/1zb9hFV), or speak to Graeme Rankin. 
    Posted Nov 8, 2014, 9:22 PM by Unknown user
  • Viking turns orange Angela turned a pressure jet on the bottom sides of Viking to strip off the flaking blue paint and reveal the orange (red lead?) undercoat underneath.  Thanks to Franklin Marine for lending us the equipment.  Picture Glynn Shevels
    Posted Nov 8, 2014, 6:35 PM by Unknown user
  • Very late news flash: launch of Taroona St Ayles Skiff It's all happening tomorrow (Saturday 8th) morning at the Taroona foreshore.  For details see http://bit.ly/1ycmlJT
    Posted Nov 6, 2014, 11:52 PM by Unknown user
  • Public Meetings: Surges Point "transport depot" proposal Bob Hawkins writes:  'I think everyone at LBT should be reading about the Surges Point "transport depot" proposal. It could have a huge effect on sailors, rowers and power-boaters. I'm also wondering if all the sailing clubs in the region know about it. I'm sure LBT members will get the message out. My impression is that council will be dealing with the re-zoning required at its next meeting.  See notices below (http://bit.ly/1vERAuu).'   Bob obviously has a view on this: to have yours heard head along to the meeting.
    Posted Nov 4, 2014, 1:49 PM by Unknown user
  • Scottish Fun Day at Port Cygnet Sailing Club Saturday, 8th November 3-9pm Port Cygnet Sailing Club Scottish dinner at 6pm Main course - $10 (family $25), Dessert $5 (includes haggis, black pudding, skirlie, sausage and vegetarian option) Bar open 5-10pm Bring friends, family …….Rowing, Games, Food and Drink! Celebrate Cygnet’s St Ayles skiff and all things Scottish Have a go at rowing the skiffs, with games for young and old, bagpipes, locally-made haggis and other Scottish delights . . . Fundraiser for the International St Ayles Skiff Regatta to be held at Franklin next February    
    Posted Nov 4, 2014, 1:34 PM by Unknown user
  • Quadruple Celebration Dinner BOOKED OUT   The Living Boat Trust will generally use any excuse for a feast, but we've got some REALLY good 'uns for making Monday night the 17th of November a red letter dinner:  * the Bendigo Skiff will be turned over;   * Syrah will be launched;   * the Bern Cuthbertson dinghy 'Punto' will be welcomed to the LBT fleet;   * the gremlins in Nancy's electricals will be farewelled.    We will be inviting along sponsors and supporters who have made all this possible, that Princess of Posh Nosh Jilly Archer will be cooking, and entertainment is being organised.  We hope to see a big crowd, but there is a cap of 50 people. Sign up below (http://bit.ly/1wSQtNs) or at the ...
    Posted Nov 12, 2014, 7:32 PM by Unknown user
  • Tassie Men's Shed Association We are members of the Association, and this week received the attached letter (http://bit.ly/1rIxEEP) from them which describes their inaugural committee meeting.  A group from WOW recently visited the Dover shed for the launch of La Chaloupe, and we hope to be cooperating with other neighbouring sheds in the near future.  The Association is also distributing grant money, and we have our fingers crossed that Graham Rankin's application for some of this will succeed.
    Posted Nov 1, 2014, 2:22 AM by Unknown user
  • Spring Bay Community Boat Shed Newsletter For the latest from our friends at Spring Bay (Triabunna) see http://bit.ly/1wmakmM
    Posted Oct 31, 2014, 7:31 PM by Unknown user
  • Notice to Mariners (MAST) Notice No.: M111-14  Title: Marine Farming Lease – Flathead Bay  Valid From: 31/10/2014 Valid Until: 1/3/2015 Mariners are advised that Huon Aquaculture will commence work on Monday, 3 November at Flathead Bay at the mouth of the Huon River. The work involves re-marking the amended lease area and the bathing lease in-shore which will be in place until the end of February 2015. Four corner marks will deployed on the amended lease area as follows:  1. 43 degrees 17.1047’ 147 degrees 7.07274’  2. 43 degrees 17.6076’ 147 degrees 7.07364’  3. 43 degrees 17.6082’ 147 degrees 6.48138’  4. 43 degrees 17.1053’ 147 degrees 6.48048’  These marks will ...
    Posted Oct 31, 2014, 6:27 PM by Unknown user
  • The Shipping News At 2:21pm this Friday afternoon 'Yukon' docked in Franklin having returned from a successful trip to Sydney.  It's great to have her back - the marina has seemed empty without her. 
    Posted Oct 31, 2014, 6:07 AM by Unknown user
  • Empty Nest They tell us it is a problem in some families, but not at the LBT.  No sooner had Glynn Shevels' 'Tuesday' vacated the premises, than Imagine was in for a spot of attention. 
    Posted Oct 31, 2014, 5:32 AM by Unknown user
  • 'Tuesday' comes out No, don't expect to see the Tuesday chaps in pink frilly lingerie. Glynn announced today that the name of the Sea Knight is 'Tuesday', and she is now out of the shed. Congratulations to Glynn and all those who have contributed to the boat:  she is going to be great.   For more pics go to the 'Workshop' page, or directly to http://bit.ly/1wHkRaY Pic from Graham Wright
    Posted Oct 30, 2014, 1:31 PM by Unknown user
  • Red letter day at the shed tomorrow (Thursday) Graham Wright tells us, in the 'Workshop' news column (see http://bit.ly/1FGhUMX), that the Sea Knight is coming out of the shed!  Final fit out will be at Glynn's place and at Channel Marine.  There will be a formal launch when all that has been complete.
    Posted Oct 29, 2014, 4:00 AM by Unknown user
  • Ode to the Huon From Jane Johnson:  'Last weekend the small town of Franklin was a vibrant hub of activity. Centred around the  Wooden Boat Centre’s handing-over ceremony to the Franklin Working Waterfront, the Huon  River was again the focus of the town’s future.  Nearby at the Living Boat Trust, a garage sale complete with food and music added to the activity that is gathering momentum for the International St Ayles Skiff Regatta to be held in Franklin in February 2015. To provide opportunities for more people to be involved with these community-building activities, free “Come ‘N Try” rowing sessions will be held for parents of primary-school children throughout November.  Franklin Primary School-parents are first off with a ...
    Posted Oct 28, 2014, 4:08 AM by Unknown user
  • A new guest at dinner 'He' (gender is not certain) was skulking around the back trying not to be noticed, but that ace snapper Graham Rankin caught him on film.  As Graham writes 'some said the food was dalektable'.
    Posted Oct 28, 2014, 4:08 AM by Unknown user
  • Whaleboat watch Spotted in the Hopkins River at Warrnambool: the five oar New Bedford whaleboat pictured below.  Of course it's not as beautiful as our Swiftsure but one has to admit that Proudfoot's Boathouse  where it ties up is special.  Patrick Groot and Larry Abrahams from the  Warrnambool St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Club tell us that they have a small fleet of these boats which come together for the Australian Whaleboat Championships in February.  See  the Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/1DVGyY9
    Posted Oct 28, 2014, 3:01 AM by Unknown user
  • Reminder: Celebration at the Wooden Boat Centre this Saturday (25th October) It is the handover to the Franklin Working Waterfront.  Program  10:00 Welcome– Daryl Peebles MC; 10:10 Handover ceremony of the Australian Wooden Boat Centre to Franklin Working Waterfront Association; 10:35 Presentation : Dr Graham Green – Founder Timber Workers for Forests; 11:00 Myrtle timber to auctioned minutes; 11:30 Auction of Myrtle Timber; 12:15 Presentation by Vaughn Bones (architect); 1:40 Lunch; 2:00 Open House.  Detailed program: http://bit.ly/1yfws44 .   Photo by Ralph Cruickshank
    Posted Oct 23, 2014, 12:39 PM by Unknown user
  • Reminder: Garage Sale this Saturday (25th October) This event in aid of the St Ayles Skiff Regatta:  'Set up will be from 8am. As well as the garage sale we will have a cake stall and again, all donations will be gratefully received. If you cannot drop off goodies on Saturday morning, then Friday at rowing will be OK as long as the sugar hit will keep well. Cakes need to have a list of ingredients on the packaging somewhere – would also add a date. Anything unsold can be donated to the quiz night.' 
    Posted Oct 23, 2014, 7:50 PM by Unknown user
  • New LBT flyer We need to explain the LBT to visitors, sponsors, applicants for membership etc, and new flyer has been created to assist with this: see http://bit.ly/1FGjCOu .  To see it in its full glory hit the little 'print' icon and it will download as a pdf.  Any suggestions gratefully received by the secretary:  sec@lbt.org.au
    Posted Oct 22, 2014, 10:41 PM by Unknown user
  • The workshop gets its own news column With the Sea Knight about to leave the workshop it occurred to us that we didn't have a very good record of the build.  This lack has been highlighted by the wonderful record for the Bendigo Skiff build being created by posts from Peter Heading and Graham Rankin with pics from various contributors (http://bit.ly/1kou8wx).  You only have to scroll down to see the planks going on week by week.  So now the workshop has a news column where we will hopefully be able to keep a much more detailed history of activities there than we have in the past: just click on the 'Workshop' icon on the LBT homepage to see it, and if you are ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2014, 10:30 PM by Unknown user
  • Quiz Night Palais Theatre Supper Room Saturday 25th October 2014 6.30 pm for 7.00 start $10 per head includes nibbles Max 6 people per table – orphans accommodated Drinks available for purchase Contact Kerryn on 0419 163 443   for bookings
    Posted Oct 23, 2014, 12:31 PM by Unknown user
  • Committee Minutes Draft committee minutes for October have been written and are available at http://bit.ly/1vyGPhh
    Posted Oct 19, 2014, 2:59 PM by Unknown user
  • Readvertising Motor and Safety Boat Courses Note the change of date for the motor boat course, due to clashes with other activities.  Motor Boat Licence Course: Date:  Sunday 16th November; Duration: One day; Cost: $100.00 plus $50.00 for MAST licence; Instructor:  Colin Stokes assisted by Glynn Shevels; If more than 6 people there will be a donation made to the LBT. LBT Safety Boat Course:  Date:  29th November; TIme: 10am - 3pm;  Cost: $25-00. Expressions of interest to Glynn Shevels,  gshevels@gmail.com or 0419 341493.  Alternatively complete the form at http://bit.ly/1ondIH6HEAR ALL ABOUT IT AT http://bit.ly/1pw1e0o      
    Posted Oct 20, 2014, 10:55 PM by Unknown user
  • Visit the Franklin Navy Museum (while you can) Brian Morrison's museum (in the old bank building next to the Post Office) has been closed for so long that many people have forgotten it is there.  It is open again, but for a limited time as Brian tells us he is selling up and moving on.  This is much to Franklin's cost, as it is an extraordinary collection.  Don't miss out!  There are more details on the flyer below.
    Posted Oct 16, 2014, 3:22 PM by Unknown user
  • Huon Yacht Club We bumped into LBT member Doug Emery, who told us he is looking after the website for the Huon Yacht Club - http://huonyachtclub.org/.  It is another good source of boaty information for the valley and worth bookmarking.
    Posted Oct 15, 2014, 7:30 PM by Unknown user
  • The never ending project It doesn't seem so long ago that all that paint was going on, and now Brett and Allan are taking it off!  It's all in a good cause:  'Gretchen' needs to be re-ribbed and fibre-glassed if she is ever going to be watertight, and this is the first step.
    Posted Oct 15, 2014, 7:33 PM by Unknown user
  • AWBF latest newsletter Straight from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival to you:  see http://bit.ly/ZoZLSB .  The months to February are rapidly counting down.
    Posted Oct 13, 2014, 5:49 PM by Unknown user
  • Cartela glows in birthday glory - but wait, there is more From Jane Johnson:  'The Cartela was the focus of fundraising for the St Ayles Skiff Regatta in Franklin. Decorations, shining lights, a deck full of people overlooking the  scenic Huon River and “Huonvibe” Jazz aboard the 1912 Battery Point-built steamship, made the evening a memorable one for all.  To celebrate the one hundred and second birthday – the same age as the Palais in Franklin – people joined in to sing and toast a fine wooden boat. Next month a retro/vintage fashion show and high tea on board will give people the chance to experience past decades – so mark Sunday, November 9 from 2-4pm a “must-do” on board the Cartela in Franklin, another fundraiser for the International St ...
    Posted Oct 17, 2014, 1:07 AM by Unknown user
  • Warrnambool Flagstaff Hill John Walduck has sent this reprise to a previous story posted by Barbara Dawson:  'Some time ago you circulated a photo of a "Cartela" look-alike at the Maritime Village at Flagstaff Hill in Warnambool, Victoria. I have been there today and enclose 2 photos of the vessel. She is the "Rowitta", and was registered in Launceston at some stage of her career (see photo 2). She does bear a resemblance to "Cartela", especially her paint scheme, but is a smaller vessel and goes not have the canoe stern. She is in a terrible state of repair - I suspect she is sitting on the bottom of the pond in the photos as I doubt that she could remain afloat. I ...
    Posted Oct 13, 2014, 3:20 PM by Unknown user
  • Yukon news David Nash's story is that he is marooned in Sydney whilst a propeller shaft bearing is repaired, and he is sticking to it.  There are various videos of what he has been up to at http://eastcoastodyssey.wildiaries.com/ .  An oldie (but a goodie) on the same site is of the trip Yukon did last summer to Port Davey:  see http://bit.ly/1CbjsKq
    Posted Oct 12, 2014, 9:37 PM by Richard Forster
  • Nancy: Some bad news, some good Having spent 4 solid days trying to upgrade Nancy's electronics Brian Marriot, Peter Heading and Martin Krynen finally had to give it best on Sunday evening and adjoin for a wake. They look suitably chastened. On several occasions success seemed to be within touching distance, and maybe still is, but for the moment Nancy is going nowhere.  We will be postponing our Seniors Week events.  On a much brighter note we received the following message from Gwyn Alway at MAST:  'Thank you everyone for your work with the safety management plan, the result certainly addresses the areas I had concerns with and picks up on the conditions listed in the AMSA exemption and the NSCV Part E. I will ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2014, 2:53 PM by Unknown user
  • On the Water program From David Budd:  OWP is starting this Wednesday - below are the people who said they were available for the initial October sessions. Will sort out tasks on the day, on and off the water.  Most schools will be bringing helpers of their own.Wed 15 October 9.30 - 14.30 Huonville primary school:   Safety boat - Endra + ??; Helpers - Barbara Dawson, Ros Barnett, Brian Walpole, Richard Foster, David Budd. Wed 22 October 9.30 - 14.30 Huonville primary school:  Safety boat - Endra + John Walduck; Helpers - Barbara Dawson, Ros Barnett, Brian Walpole, Richard Foster, David Budd. Monday 27 October 9.30 - 14.30 Huonville primary school: Safety boat - Endra + Tess; Helpers - Barbara Dawson, Ros Barnett, Brian Walpole, David Budd. Wed 29 October 10 ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2014, 2:14 PM by Unknown user
  • Swiftsure Regatta From Ros Barnett:'Getting kids involved has been a huge part of our purpose ever since the Living Boat Trust started back in 1998.  The Franklin Primary School children that built the Rhonda K are adults now, and many of them will have children of their own. The Geeveston teenagers who created Lightwood Bottom are young adults, and the graduates of the first formal On Water Program (OWP) are at college. The hundreds of people who came to the launch of Swiftsure II are ten years older and wiser.  I like to imagine that when all the youngsters who have passed through the shed are older they will remember their days with the Trust as real stand outs, and will ...
    Posted Oct 11, 2014, 7:01 PM by Unknown user
  • Big day for the Working Waterfront 25th October From Kerryn Jackson (secretary):'Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the ongoing support of members and friends, the Wooden Boat Centre will be officially handed over to the Association on Saturday 25th October.  We are planning a day of celebrations and invite you and all members of LBT to join us for one or all of the planned events. Please feel free to circulate the invitation as widely as you see fit – a good crowd would be great.'Program10:00 Welcome– Daryl Peebles MC; 10:10 Handover ceremony of the Australian Wooden Boat Centre to Franklin Working Waterfront Association; 10:35 Presentation : Dr Graham Green – Founder Timber Workers for Forests; 11:00 Myrtle timber to auctioned minutes ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2014, 2:36 AM by Unknown user
  • La Chaloupe From Barb Dawson and David Budd: 'No, this [picture] isn't a remake of Mutiny on the Bounty.  A group of WOW women travelled south to Dover today for the launch of La Chaloupe, the boat lovingly restored by the Dover Community Workshop.  Note French tricolour colours of the hull - tres jolie!!  Many of you LBTers will undoubtedly realise that the signal flags at the bow spell out 'La Chaloupe'. After speeches from Ron and the sponsors (Huon Aquaculture), the WOW women expertly put the boat through its sea trials.   At one stage, they towed a waterskiier organised for the event, but sadly missed capturing this on camera. After consulting my very thick French dictionary, I can confirm that La ...
    Posted Oct 9, 2014, 9:33 PM by Unknown user
  • Nancy gets tick of approval Pat Synge, the boat surveyor from Cygnet, inspected Nancy whilst she was on the slip.  She passed with flying colours - see his report at http://bit.ly/1o11YPZ .  Thanks for helping us with this Pat.
    Posted Oct 9, 2014, 4:12 AM by Unknown user
  • Forget the Sunday night movie Who would want to put up with old repeats and the ads when instead they could be watching the latest sensation 'Learning to Row a Dinghy'  starring the Cookies, the Nashies and Southerly.  Director, cinematographer, and everything else (including Best Boy) is Martin Kell.  Congratulations to all concerned.  Hollywood awaits.
    Posted Oct 12, 2014, 8:59 PM by Unknown user
  • A job for Monday night? A test we have not yet performed on 'Nancy' is one for stability.  The fact that she has spent nearly one hundred years on the water without turning turtle under much more extreme conditions and with much greater loads than we are likely to subject her to says that she is more than safe for our planned operations, but nevertheless the question is being asked.   There will be a good crowd on Monday night, so the suggestion is that 20 or so of us go down to the pontoon and 'rock the boat' - Nancy that is - before din dins on Cartela.  Of course an even better test would be to do it AFTER din dins, but are we game?
    Posted Oct 8, 2014, 5:29 PM by Unknown user
  • On The Water Elsewhere column Nell and Hans have sent these pics of their trip kayaking down the upper Murray and across Lake Hume.
    Posted Oct 6, 2014, 4:40 AM by Unknown user
  • Official Opening of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival Thursday 16 October at 1:00 pm Parliament House Lawns RSVP to Bronwyn Hansson: 03 6223 3375 office@australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au by 14 October, please
    Posted Oct 5, 2014, 1:58 AM by Unknown user
  • Professor Phil to the rescue Peter Heading writes:  'The Nancy has been on the Port Huon Yacht Club slip for replacement of the stern bearing.  Many thanks to Phill Dunning for his time and expertise in getting out the prop shaft , fitting the new bearing and generally tidying up the motor to shaft pulleys and belts. The run up the river back to Franklin confirmed a significant reduction in noise levels  in the propulsion system.' 
    Posted Oct 3, 2014, 3:09 AM by Unknown user
  • Comedy Night at the Palais On Saturday evening the 1st of November 2014 there'll be a stand-up comedy gig of epic proportions held at... The Palais theatre in Franklin.  Tickets NOW on SALE!  http://www.trybooking.com/FYYD  This is a benefit to assist with restoring the tennis courts.  For more details see http://bit.ly/1x4Ibz3 
    Posted Oct 2, 2014, 6:11 PM by Unknown user
  • Flair Display Marine and Safety Tasmania:Notice No.: M105-14; Title: Flare Displays; Valid From: 2/10/2014; Valid Until: 9/10/2014.  Notice Content:  Mariners are advised flare displays will be conducted as follows:Thursday, 2 October (today) at Kingston between 1700 and 2100 hours; Friday, 3 October at Kettering between 1200 and 1700; Tuesday, 7 October and Wednesday, 8 October at Mountain River between 1200 and 2000.  Red hand flares and parachute rockets will be used.  These should not be taken as signals of distress.One for all us pyromaniacs.
    Posted Oct 2, 2014, 2:23 AM by Unknown user
  • Franklin Working Waterfront News Special General Meeting: 3:00pm Sunday 12th  October;  Franklin Primary School.   BUSINESS: To consider constitutional changes which are critical in the context of our proposed purchase and operation of the Wooden Boat Centre. ENQUIRIES A. Cato (Public Officer) 6266 3340. See newsletter attached, with more about the purchase of the Wooden Boat Centre (http://bit.ly/1vv9wud). 
    Posted Sep 30, 2014, 5:23 PM by Unknown user
  • Cheap boat transport across Bass Strait From Paul Cullen:Space available!'Boat trailer returning empty from Tasmania to Melbourne in October via Toll Shipping. Purpose-built registered trailer for boats to 32’ and 3.5 tonnes. Bass Strait cost is $2000. Pickup in Tasmania and mainland delivery quoted by transporter. Interested?   Contact bosun@marinedirectory.net'
    Posted Sep 30, 2014, 2:57 PM by Unknown user
  • Yukon News From David Nash.  'We are all well up in Sydney Town, although it's very loud at night and our location in Darling Harbour is a bit like being in a mosh pit at a pop festival.  We are doing 2 daytrips a day and bookings are reasonable to good.  Our passage across Bass Strait was a corker with Yukon clocking a near record 9.5 knots with a double reefed main single reefed square and jib.  The old girl behaved and impressed us all with her ability to cope with 40 knots plus westerlies we logged 166 in 24 ...must be her North Sea Roots kicking in. we had on the nose northerlies after that which drank up a ...
    Posted Sep 30, 2014, 2:47 PM by Unknown user
  • Cartela Birthday Celebration Monday October 13th  6.30pm; Aboard 'Cartela' (moored in Franklin); $20 a head; Ticket Booking: 0412 168 552; RSVP 6th October; Fixed menu: nibbles, salads, variety of pies and quiches, fruit salad; Jazz band; Talk from Ross James; In aid of St Ayles Skiff Regatta (tasskiffie2015.org). 
    Posted Sep 27, 2014, 5:19 PM by Unknown user
  • Motor Boat License and Safety Boat Courses Boat Licence Course: Date:  Saturday 8th November; Duration: One day; Cost: $100.00 plus $50.00 for MAST licence; Instructor:  Colin Stokes assisted by Glynn Shevels; If more than 6 people there will be a donation made to the LBT. LBT Safety Boat Course:  Date:  29th November; TIme: 10am - 3pm;  Cost: $25-00.Expressions of interest to Glynn Shevels,  gshevels@gmail.com or 0419 341493.  Alternatively complete the form at http://bit.ly/1ondIH6, and your details will appear in the list below (http://bit.ly/1ondVtO).  Unless there is some complete aberration we shouldn't have the same problem launching the safety boat at Franklin as they did on  Bruny Island during the 2013 Tawe Nunnugah.  Pic from Jill ...
    Posted Sep 27, 2014, 4:39 PM by Unknown user
  • WOW wow us (again) There is no doubt about it:  if you want a good shindig get the Women on the Water (WOW) to organise it.  Last night's dinner and film night at the Palais was, literally, a roaring success:  we wouldn't have blamed the Lady Franklin Hotel next door if they had called the cops to get us to tone it down.  After consuming an excellent array of soups and curries we were treated to a vintage Eartha Kitt concert, then a tutorial on gender roles, which we males thought would be hard to top.  However 'Welcome to the Sticks' did the job, and we all went home happy and satisfied, and lots of money was raised for the St Ayles ...
    Posted Sep 27, 2014, 5:57 PM by Unknown user
  • VIP visitor to the shed Jacquie Petrusma, Member for Franklin, Minister for Human Service & Minister for Women, came down to inspect the kitchen upgrade, which has been paid for by a government grant.  We were able to feed her a hot lunch, so we suppose that was a demonstration that at least it (the kitchen) works.  She also went out for a trip on Nancy.  It looks like she had to keep running the State, but we hope she was still able to  enjoy the scenery in the canal.
    Posted Sep 26, 2014, 4:12 PM by Unknown user
  • Thumbs up for Nancy It was apparent that for Nancy to pass a MAST inspection there was a need to roll up the sleeves and get to work. The result is that new electric and manual bilge pumps have been put in place, a safety railing around motor constructed, a boarding step added, the horn has been relocated, the fuel tank removed, a CO2 fire  extinguisher installed, the life jackets have been washed and cleaned, extra hand rails fitted to the roof, a navigation post (with light) erected, a new radio fitted, there is extra wiring and switch box to support the new electrics, and there are  extra cleats and ropes for better mooring.  All this good work meant that Nancy passed her inspection ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2014, 3:04 PM by Unknown user
  • Monday becomes Tuesday Monday is usually a nice peaceful day at the shed, at least until the cooks arrive to begin preparing for the evening meal.  Not yesterday:  the Tuesday crew were in to finish off all those improvements needed for Nancy so she can pass her inspection by MAST at the Cygnet slip on Wednesday. Big thanks to Glyn, Graham Wright, Allan and Angela for their efforts.
    Posted Sep 22, 2014, 4:17 PM by Unknown user
  • Bushfire Awareness Day Huon Valley Council invites you to attend a Community Bushfire Awareness & Preparedness Workshop: Sunday 19 October 2014; 10am- 1:30pm; Huonville Community Town Hall (40 Main Road, Huonville).  See attached flyer for details: http://bit.ly/1wZSFCt
    Posted Sep 22, 2014, 4:15 AM by Unknown user
  • Shed envy column It's not fair (never is).  Take a look at the facilities at Ulverstone Men's Shed pictured below.  They have taken over a corner of the show grounds, and hosted the Tasmanian Men's Shed Association AGM last week. 
    Posted Sep 21, 2014, 3:21 PM by Unknown user
  • Visit from Spring Bay Our friends from the Spring Bay Shed (Triabunna) came down on Saturday, to investigate St Ayles Skiffs.  They got their money's worth:  a show and tell about the build from Pete Heading, a row in Imagine coxed by Marguerite, and a brief excursion in Nancy.    Pics from Barbara Dawson and Nell Tyson
    Posted Sep 21, 2014, 9:02 PM by Unknown user
  • Rowing Club Information Night From John Walduck: 'Tim Brown is holding an information night re the Rowing Club shed redevelopment  on Thursday night [September 18] at 7.30pm at the shed.'  This will be a major project, involving hundreds of thousands of dollars.  'The shed' mentioned would be the rowing shed, by the rowing ways.
    Posted Sep 17, 2014, 4:58 AM by Unknown user
  • Noisy Nancy Anybody who has been out on Nancy will have noticed an irritating whine emanating from the electric motor, which can become a howl if she is really turned up.  During his recent visit Martin Krynen got on the case and we think we now know what is going on and have a solution.  It would seem that whilst the AC output from the controller is a trapezoidal (basically square) wave, the engine is expecting  sinusoidal (sine wave) input and consequently has been whinging - loudly.  A new controller has been ordered. 
    Posted Sep 17, 2014, 4:45 AM by Unknown user
  • Bendigo Skiff taking shape Recent visitors to the shed will have noticed the great progress being made on the Skiff by Pete Heading and his merry crew.  She is starting to look like a boat, with a keel and all!  For news and information about the build have a look at http://bit.ly/1kou8wx
    Posted Sep 19, 2014, 12:42 AM by Unknown user
  • Levelling up The Tuesday crew took a load to the tip, and returned with gravel to level up the floors, inside and out. Pics from Nell Tyson
    Posted Sep 16, 2014, 1:04 AM by Unknown user
  • Beware this woman No cheeking the kitchen staff from now on.   Pic from Nell Tyson
    Posted Sep 21, 2014, 2:48 PM by Unknown user
  • Nancy finally belongs to the LBT She has been sitting on our pontoon for some time now, but there was the small (ahem) matter of the dollar we owed Martin and Judy Krynen for Nancy (see the bill of sale below).  The issue was redressed on Monday night, when, amidst much ceremony, Martin and Judy accepted that dollar.   Pics from Nell Tyson
    Posted Sep 21, 2014, 10:56 PM by Unknown user
  • Fair winds Yukon On Sunday afternoon Yukon departed Franklin for another 'East Coast Odyssey' up along the New South Wales Coast.  Read all about it at   http://eastcoastodyssey.wildiaries.com/
    Posted Sep 14, 2014, 3:29 AM by Unknown user
  • Off Center Harbour Greg Guy pointed out this website:  'A couple of years ago we discovered the precision and clarity by which digital videos illuminate the world of traditional boats. This revelation ultimately led to the creation of the OffCenterHarbor.com. Videos remain the heart of the OffCenterHarbor experience and along with expert advice from our guides will always be at the core of our site.'Lots of good boatie stuff: http://www.offcenterharbor.com/all-videos/
    Posted Sep 14, 2014, 3:06 AM by Unknown user
  • On the Water Program: help wanted From David Budd (who is coordinating the program):  Volunteers needed for Schools Programme - land and water activities   The LBT is running a schools programme in the lead up to the Swiftsure Regatta from mid October until early of December, and needs assistance with activities both on and off the water.  Volunteers are not required to commit to all dates, however the more you can help us, the better of course! A brief training session will be held after WOW rowing on Friday 3 October.  If you are able to help on any of the following dates, please contact asap David Budd or Barbara Dawson (62663571 or 0408212495).  Dates when help is needed (and number of volunteers required each day) are ...
    Posted Sep 13, 2014, 5:33 PM by Unknown user
  • Under the Water Program The depth sounder on Nancy has not worked since it's transponder had an unfortunate scrape with a sunken log in the canal.  One possibility was that their was mud or weeds gumming up the works, and in a final attempt to solve the problem a wet suit was rounded up and the briny braved.  Unfortunately it was all to no avail:  even after a good scrub of her bottom Nancy still doesn't know whether she is in clear water or headed for the shoals.  Pics from Peter Heading
    Posted Sep 13, 2014, 1:10 AM by Unknown user
  • Franklin Working Waterfront Association AGM From Alan Cato: 'Hello member and supporters.  In case time has passed quickly for you, this is just a reminder of Franklin Working Waterfront's AGM to be held at 3:00pm this coming Sunday [14th September] at the Franklin Primary School. Committee members will be present about half an hour before the meeting to accept subscriptions.  We look forward to seeing as many attend as possible, because there's news to share.' 
    Posted Sep 13, 2014, 5:57 PM by Unknown user
  • Good News for Nancy Peter Keyes from MAST came down to do a preliminary inspection of Nancy today (Thursday 11th), and gave a big thumbs up to progress so far.  We were sent away with a shopping list of equipment to purchase and things to do, but we are very close to having her prepared for certification as an historic domestic commercial vessel.  With any luck we will be all set to go for Seniors Week in October.  Thanks to all who have lent a hand, either with the tools or the documentation.  For those who are are not aware, Nancy has her own news column and even her own mailing list:  hop over to http://bit.ly/1jvN8Mn and have a look.  
    Posted Sep 10, 2014, 10:31 PM by Unknown user
  • Committee Meeting this coming Thursday Committee meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month, and the new committee will have its inaugural meeting this week  (11th Sept).  The agenda hasn't been completed yet, but the one being worked can be viewed at http://bit.ly/WFp69Q.  Items to be addressed include: Organising the committee;  Seniors Week;  On the water program;  Good character checks;  Franklin Village at Wooden Boat Festival;  History Group (see correspondence from Ruth Young) ; Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association;  Membership payment ($70); AGM (see correspondence from Keith Ellis);  Security; Ref: correspondence from Doug Barber;  There is an outstanding action to change the locks and move the keys;  Return Raid; See poster attached;  Boot and boat sale (October);  New bookkeeper (Jacqui ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2014, 5:16 AM by Unknown user
  • The 'Reverse' Raid Can't go on Tawe Nunnugah, but want to get out on the water at Wooden Boat Festival time? Can go on Tawe Nunnugah but know you'll want more?  We are planning an organised and supported three day 'cruise in company'  Feb 10-12 2015 from Hobart back to Franklin to join the St Ayles Skiff Regatta and associated riverfest at Franklin (tasskiffie2015.org).  More details to follow, but spread the word.  And if you are of an artistic inclination send suggestions and/or photos for a poster to advertise the event to sec@lbt.org.au .  See a couple of examples below (thanks to Aspen Cauchi for the background images).
    Posted Sep 8, 2014, 4:31 AM by Unknown user
  • Visit from the Wooden Boat Guild The Franklin waterfront was abuzz on Sunday, with the visiting Wooden Boat Guild bringing LOTS of boats, as well as taking advantage of Nancy to make excursions up and down the river. One of the most interesting of the visitors was the steam launch Leprena - all that lovely shiny brass and things going up and down and round and round.
    Posted Sep 7, 2014, 3:22 PM by Unknown user
  • Winners are grinners The 'Lost Souls' team who won the quiz competition at the 2013 AGM had to wait for their prize, but it was worth it:  an excursion around the Egg Islands aboard Nancy with 'Skipper' Heading at the helm and with Devonshire Tea laid on by Margaret Forster,  on one of those Tassie mornings when there is no better place to be.  Well, Rusty was a bit unsure, but the rest of us certainly were not.  Pics from Margaret Forstezr and Dennis Muscovich
    Posted Sep 8, 2014, 6:40 AM by Unknown user
  • AWBF Newsletter September newsletter from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival can be found at http://bit.ly/Z8brts.  Of local interest are items about St Ayles Skiffs and Tawe Nunnugah, but lots of other good boaty stuff. 
    Posted Sep 4, 2014, 6:18 PM by Unknown user
  • Extension Plans The LBT has a number of champions, and one of the less visible is Guy Greener who has been beavering away at plans for our verandah extension.  As is always the case with these things, what seemed simple has not been, but Guy has been steadily levelling mountains into mole hills that we can realistically tackle, and is now happy to share the drawings that he has prepared. Have a look at them at http://bit.ly/1uo3tqM .  Below is part of the accompanying email.  '...just add the rider that it hasn’t been to Council yet. I gave a copy to the Building surveyor last week for comment and he couldn’t see anything in particular omitted or wrong ...
    Posted Sep 5, 2014, 7:27 PM by Unknown user
  • Young Endeavour Youth Scheme John Young pointed out the following invitation.  The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) today launched a national ballot for a world voyage in 2015 by the Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour.  “Today, I encourage Australians aged 18-30 to apply for this exciting adventure.  This is a tremendous opportunity to invest your time into an unforgettable journey; a journey not only around the world, but also of self-discovery."  There are one or two of us who do not fall into the demographic, but we probably have young friends who could be pointed in the right direction.  The relevant website is http://www.youngendeavour.gov.au/ . See the attached document for more ...
    Posted Sep 2, 2014, 12:33 AM by Unknown user
  • LBT joins the Tasmanian Men's Shed Association There are a number of local sheds which belong to this organisation (at Margate, Geeveston and Dover) and we are hoping we can benefit from it.  
    Posted Sep 2, 2014, 12:29 AM by Unknown user
  • Bird in the hand (almost) Burrowing through the just released Tasmanian Budget Papers for 2014 we came across 'Living Boat Trust - Pontoon and upgrade of kitchen facilities - 30' (thousand dollars).  See http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/budget_2014?a=235389 . It's not in the bank yet, but nearly.  Our thanks to the State Government, and to Liz Emery who chased this one down.  We've been acting on the assumption that this money was coming, and the kitchen is looking fantastic due to the great work done by Brett, Peter (the painter), and the rest of the Tuesday group.   
    Posted Sep 2, 2014, 12:30 AM by Unknown user
  • Reminder: Visit from the Wooden Boat Guild Members of the Guild (www.woodenboatguildtas.org.au) are coming down next Sunday 7th September, and a sausage sizzle is planned at the Wooden Boat Centre around lunch times (other activities are yet to be organised).  Our two organisations have a lot in common and we are looking forward to getting together with them.   The 'Terra Linna', restored by the Guild. Image from the ABC: (http://ab.co/1lCOdGb)
    Posted Aug 31, 2014, 8:04 AM by Unknown user
  • AGM and Quiz Night Speeches were given, reports accepted and the assembled masses appointed the following to the committee for the coming year: Peter Laidlaw (President); Richard Forster (Treasurer/Secretary);  Ros Barnett; Endra O'May; Rob Brocksopp; David Budd; Graham Rankin; Tony Cooper; Hans Sipsma.  2013-14 was by most measures a very successful year for the LBT and Peter thanked the outgoing committee for their efforts.  The President's report will be available in the 2014 folder shortly (see http://bit.ly/XtLOCU).  Read it whilst it is still freely available.  it will go behind a paywall as soon as 'The wit and wisdom of Peter Laidlaw' is published.  Having got all that meeting stuff out of the way David Pittaway called us ...
    Posted Sep 1, 2014, 3:39 PM by Unknown user
  • Monday night rowing crew Lorrie Harrison is trialing a new booking system for 'Imagine'  but there may not be any spare slots to book.  Everybody is getting excited by the prospect of the St Ayles Skiff Regatta (tasskiffie2015.org), and getting out on the water.    Pics from Endra O'May
    Posted Aug 31, 2014, 7:49 AM by Unknown user
  • Night at the flicks coming up Jane Johnson writes 'Franklin is rural, small and a welcome sight for all descending into the Huon Valley. A movie that combines the above and is filmed in a small town in France is about to be screened at the Palais in Franklin. It is another fundraiser for the rowing group “Women on Water” and provides all the ingredients for a great night out.' Movie:   “Welcome to the Sticks” (Supper provided)When: Friday 26th September, 6pmWhere: Palais TheatreTickets: From the Post Office, Village Antiques or ring 62663224 Cost: $20 a headFor more details see the document  (http://bit.ly/1lzmYfz) and poster (http://bit.ly/1lzn6Mf) attached.
    Posted Aug 28, 2014, 11:57 PM by Unknown user
  • Cartela has a Doppelganger Talk of the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Precinct (www.flagstaffhill.com) at Warrnambool prompted Barbara Dawson to send the accompanying photos, one of which shows a boat with a profile very similar to the one moored next to the evaporator sheds.  Barbara confirms that the Maritime Precinct is definitely worth a visit for anybody travelling through south western Victoria.
    Posted Aug 28, 2014, 4:48 PM by Unknown user
  • Franklin Village at the AWBF We at the Living Boat Trust should be as aware as anybody that change is afoot around the old Brooke St Pier where we had our 'village' at the last Australian Wooden Boat Festival.  We only have to look at the salvaged shed roof on our front lawn with 'Brooke Street Pier' written across it.  The Festival organising committee have kept us in mind and allocated us a new space on the other side of Waterman's Dock.  The map below is indicative of what they have in mind.  Should be good.
    Posted Aug 28, 2014, 12:43 AM by Unknown user
  • Tawe Nunnugah 2015 Preparations are beginning in earnest.  The organising committee is a meeting at the Shed  tonight (Monday 25th).  To keep up visit the TN15 website tn15.org  and add yourself to the mailing list.
    Posted Aug 24, 2014, 5:34 PM by Unknown user
  • Cartela in the news Graham Wright spotted this story on the ABC site, largely constructed from an interview with Ross James: 'Historic boat restorers want to bolster Tasmania's shipwright skills' . (http://ab.co/1pP28bQ).  Nice photo of Cartela when she was brand spanking new.
    Posted Aug 24, 2014, 4:40 AM by Unknown user
  • La Chaloupe Ron Wells from the Dover Men's shed came visiting on Tuesday.  They have recently finished restoring 'La Chaloupe'.  She had been in a terrible state, so this was an admirable effort.  They hope to use her in events on the river - we can expect to see her at the Swiftsure Regatta if not before.  Lori Harrison tells us that WOW are going for a row in 'La Chaloupe' soon: we await a report.
    Posted Aug 22, 2014, 3:21 PM by Unknown user
  • Progress on the Bendigo Skiff A milestone has been achieved - the stems hog and four frames were glued together to form the backbone of the skiff.  To follow progress on this build hop over to the Bendigo Skiff web page (http://bit.ly/1kou8wx), which can be found under Boats in the main menu.  If you are really interested add yourself to the mailing list whilst you are there.
    Posted Aug 20, 2014, 4:08 PM by Unknown user
  • Another way to enjoy the river Nell Tyson, Hans Sipsma, David Budd and Barbara Dawson took their kayaks out to greet the Cartela.  If you like being as close to the drink as possible without actually being in it (well, most of the time), kayaks could be for you. (pics from Nell Tyson)
    Posted Aug 20, 2014, 5:21 AM by Unknown user
  • Warrnambool St Ayles Skiff Project The Flagstaff Hill Maritime Precinct (www.flagstaffhill.com) at Warrnambool organises the Australian Racing Championships for whaleboats.  Now a group from the same town has formed the Warrnambool St Ayles Skiff Club and intend coming down for our regatta in February.   They write :  'Warrnambool are hoping to attend as a crew or part thereof and at best with a boat in tow. Very aspirational at this point given we have just launched our crowdfunding campaign on the Pozible website. We have several grant applications in the pipeline and this Pozible ( http://www.pozible.com/project/185000 ) project concludes on Oct 3 which is effectively when we hope to order our first kit. With a 2 week delivery time that would ...
    Posted Aug 20, 2014, 1:53 AM by Unknown user
  • Book Launch If you want a Tassie boating adventure book for children it is hard to beat 'Those Snake Island Kids' by Jon Tucker, and now there is a sequel about to be launched:  'Those Eco-pirate Kids'.  If you are interested hop along to Fuller's Bookshop, 5.30pm Thursday 21st August.  Details attached: see http://bit.ly/1BszqSR and http://bit.ly/1AqIYfJ
    Posted Aug 18, 2014, 12:36 AM by Unknown user
  • LBT Financials and auditors report for 2013-14 Liz Emery (our treasurer) has provided these reports which can be found at http://bit.ly/XtMpEt .  Note that official material of this sort can always can always be accessed from the LBT web site. In this case choose 'Resources' from the main menu, then '2014 AGM'' then '2014financials'. In general, choose 'Resources', then 'Official Documents' and navigate your way from there.
    Posted Aug 17, 2014, 9:23 PM by Richard Forster
  • LBT news mailed daily LBT stalwart Richard Edwards writes (in relation to the weekly emailed news digest): 'What I have noticed, and found a bit frustrating, is that some important events at or associated with the LBT are not announced until after they happened! We knew about the arrival of Cartela through the media but had no idea about yesterday's gig at the shed following her arrival.'  Fair point.  For his sins Richard has been added to a list which will get their news daily at 9am.  You too can avail yourself of this option by completing the form at http://eepurl.com/1cl7H .  This form can also be found on the LBT website:  choose 'About Us' from the main menu then 'Subscribe ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2014, 8:39 PM by Unknown user
  • Quiz night We traditionalists are very pleased that  David Pittaway will be orchestrating the quiz night which will follow the AGM on the 30th of August.  The AGM is scheduled to finish at 6.45pm, there will be a break for food and drink, and then David will order us all to our seats at 7.30 and get proceedings under way.  There will be door and table prizes and lots of fun.  Bring plenty of pieces of eight (gold coins that is)  for some 'heads and tails' and bribery and corruption during the quiz.   Cost:  $5.00 per head (members), $10.00 a head non members Where: Bowls Club (opposite the Palais Theatre),  Franklin When: Bar opens 6.45pm, 30th August ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2014, 3:23 AM by Unknown user
  • Stone Carving During the first couple of weekends of August David Barclay ran a very successful stone carving course at the shed.  Annette Cauchi did much of the organising.  Thanks from the LBT to both of them: this was a terrific initiative.  Here is Annette's report. The recent stone carving workshops with David Barclay proved to be very popular. Two planned days became three as interest from the public was very high, and even then there was a waiting list. But it was not without a few hurdles. A last minute discovery that the power was going to be turned off in Franklin sent the organisers into an inspired panic and two 7kva generators were miraculously procured at the last minute ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2014, 2:30 AM by Unknown user
  • Cartela arrives in Franklin Cartela was quite a sight as she came up past Jackson's Point trailed by a small fleet.  There was a good crowd to greet her at her new wharf, many of whom had a tour of the boat, and then repaired  to the LBT for hot soup and rolls prepared by Ros Barnett and team. 
    Posted Aug 17, 2014, 12:20 AM by Unknown user
  • Speaking event in Huonville Richard Bennett, famous for his photographs of the ill-fated 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race, will be talking  at an ‘Outstanding Achievers Speaker Series Talk’ sponsored by Rotary at the Huon Manor, Huonville starting 6.30pm on 30th September.  See the attached flyer for prices and details http://bit.ly/1t0y8IW
    Posted Aug 16, 2014, 12:48 AM by Unknown user
  • The electricity is on, the tide is right, so ... Ros Barnett writes: I’m told that we can expect Cartela to make the last leg of her journey, from Port Huon to Franklin, on Sunday, 17th August 2014.   The LIVING BOAT TRUST is organising a reception for her at the  Franklin Wharf at 13:00pm for 13:30pm.  Please feel free to help us celebrate by joining a flotilla to accompany her up river by mustering off  Shipwrights Point, Port Huon, at noon.  There will be refreshments in the LBT shed from 13:00 until 4 pm. It is pretty muddy along the river bank so wear your wellies. For up to date information check the Steamship Cartela Facebook page.  Ross James and David Nash had the new ...
    Posted Aug 15, 2014, 4:00 AM by Unknown user
  • On The Water Program Ros Barnett writes: HELP NEEDED:   DINGHY INSTRUCTORS: you will be helming a dinghy with four grade 5/6 students on the oars.  Your task will be to instruct the students in good rowing technique and dinghy safety.  All instructors will attend a training day on Tuesday 7th October 0900 to 1200 to learn the LBT commands and training methods.  You should have a current First Aid Certificate and you will need a Tasmanian Police Good Character Check (GCC).  These can be arranged through the Trust.   SAFETY BOAT OPERATORS: you will be operating the LBT safety boat in support of the dinghy instructors.  The hours are the same, and you will require a GCC, First Aid and a Power Boat ...
    Posted Aug 14, 2014, 5:06 AM by Unknown user
  • Latest pics of kitchen reno (Tuesday afternoon) From Graham Wright: Here is where it is at as of 4:00pm today.  Angela washed the walls down, Peter Hill painted the ceiling and around the window, Bret took the dishwasher for repair and was in today.
    Posted Aug 12, 2014, 10:59 PM by Unknown user
  • Correspondents' Report Your travelling correspondents have just visited friends (and members) of the LBT Martin and Judy Krynen in Noosa.  We could tell that they are sad about forgoing the 'pleasures' of a bracing Huon winter, but, being good hosts, hid their disappointment by donning their cottons and showing us around.  They have been downsizing the Krynen fleet (just sold a boat), but in a shed across the river they still have their steam launch 'Lady Lavinia'.  Martin told us that he cultivated an interest in steam, thinking that if his business ever went belly up at least fuel would be cheap (or free) and that he could potter around servicing diesels, electricals and the like. Fortunately it hasn't come to ...
    Posted Aug 13, 2014, 12:43 AM by Unknown user
  • AGM moved to Franklin Bowls Club Due to the uncertainty with the availability of the Cartela The AGM will  now be held at the Franklin Bowls Club 3395 Huon Highway, Franklin (opposite the Palais) at 6pm, Saturday 30th of August 2014. The Agenda for the meeting can be found on the LBT website: http://bit.ly/1klBAhy  This is a good time to remind those members who have yet to pay their dues ($40 single, $70 family) that they need to be financial if they wish to have voting rights at this meeting.  Instructions for payments to the LBT can be found at http://bit.ly/1sHucOVThe AGM will be followed by the now traditional dinner and quiz night.  Details to come.
    Posted Aug 9, 2014, 3:56 AM by Unknown user
  • Friday at the LBT Graham Rankin writes:  'Another busy (and crowded) day in the workshop on Friday, with both the skiff build and the fantastic kitchen renovation being done by Brett Doubleday and helpers. New benches and sinks have been fitted, the electrical circuits upgraded with extra power points and new task lighting fitted. A new instantaneous gas hot water system has also been fitted. We are very lucky to have someone with the skills, enthusiasm and time to have got this whole thing happening. THANK YOU BRETT!.'  For more pictures and information on the Skiff build head on over to the build web page: http://bit.ly/1kou8wx
    Posted Aug 9, 2014, 1:54 AM by Unknown user
  • Renovators delight SOLD! (to the man at Cradoc) David Morton writes: 'Recently I gave a small yacht called an Elver    to someone who thought they could finish/restore it, but that has proven to be beyond them. The history I know is that she was started in Brisbane about 25 years ago, moved to Cairns where the hull & deck were done.  It was bought by Franklin local Graeme Dudgeon who brought it to the Huon  Valley and went into stasis.  I got it from Graeme when he moved  from Geeveston to Franklin, and it sat outdoors for about 5 years until it moved on after Easter. Now, it needs a new home with a keen owner as she has some rot in ...
    Posted Aug 12, 2014, 7:36 PM by Unknown user
  • Brrrm, brrrm Brett Doubleday writes:'Hugh Esler, ambulance officer from Werribee, Melbourne, was on vacation to the southern isle when he came upon the LBT and became enamoured with the Huon Valley. He is a yachtie, had been given the motors pictured below, had no use for them and wanted them to go to a good home. His wife was also keen to see them depart as Hugh is a car nut (sorry, restorer) and has plenty of other pieces of machinery around to keep him company.'  Thanks Hugh.   Photos from Graham Wright
    Posted Aug 8, 2014, 1:22 AM by Unknown user
  • Kitchen Upgrade Brett Doubleday has been collecting material and threatening to get into it for a little while, and he and Tuesday crew are now well and truly underway. Photos from Graham Wright
    Posted Aug 8, 2014, 1:24 AM by Unknown user
  • Classic wooden dinghy for sale (and sail) Graham Hunt points out the  'Cadet dinghy tralier plus sails, Beautiful old King Billy pine, clinker built sail boat. Includes three sails and all rigging. Price negotiable.'  See Gumtree for details:  http://bit.ly/1klCv1E
    Posted Aug 5, 2014, 5:43 PM by Unknown user
  • Wooden Boat Guild Visit Graham Broxham (Secretary WBGT) writes: 'The Wooden Boat Guild is planning a visit to Franklin for Sunday 7 September to see what is going on in your part of the world. If the LBT “works” were open on that day we would love to see your current projects. We are considering having a BYO BBQ at the Wooden Boat Centre to which you and your members would also be cordially invited: need to confirm details with Andy Gamlin who is still overseas.'  One to put in the diary. 
    Posted Aug 4, 2014, 10:05 PM by Unknown user
  • Latest from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival The new newsletter has articles about 'Notorious', Tawe Nunnagah entrant 'Boxer', the 'Franklin Working River Port' and more.  See http://bit.ly/UXUsXT 
    Posted Aug 4, 2014, 9:57 PM by Unknown user
  • Notice to Mariners  Marine and Safety Tasmania  Title: Navigation Hazard - Floating Debris Valid From: 31/7/2014 Valid Until: 16/8/2014 Notice Content:  Mariners are advised that recent heavy rains have caused debris to be washed into rivers and estuaries around the State. This debris, often partly submerged logs, presents a navigation hazard to vessels. Mariners are also advised that the heavy rainfall and run off from rivers into coastal waters may cause barways and river mouth entries to change substantially due to moving sand around the Tasmanian coast, particularly the East Coast and North Coast.  Mariners are urged to take extreme caution whilst navigating seaward from rivers across barways and in estuarine waters whilst these conditions exist. 
    Posted Jul 30, 2014, 10:30 PM by Unknown user
  • Ikea Boat? David Budd and Aspen Cauchi extract the components for the 'Bendigo' St Ayles Skiff from the templates.  To follow this build head on over to Bendigo Skiff Picture from Graham Rankin
    Posted Jul 30, 2014, 5:15 PM by Unknown user
  • A couple of changes to the LBT website The Calendar has been separated into two parts, to make it easier to find out what is going on.  We run an intense regular program, which can make it difficult to find 'one off' events.  Hopefully the change will improve this, and the secretary keeps the calendars up to date.  The 'Boats' section has been moved from under 'About Us' into the top menu.  This is to make it easier to navigate to the Bendigo Skiff and Nancy projects, which should be very active in the immediate future.  To create the required space in the menu, the 'WOW' section has been moved under 'About Us'. 
    Posted Jul 26, 2014, 10:37 PM by Unknown user
  • What the paint hides Greg Guy thought he had a perfectly good mizzen mast, until some paint flaked away to reveal ugly rot holes.  Greg has since been up to his ears in sawdust and shavings over on the Wooden Boat Centre wharf as he cuts and shapes his new mast.  It is an impressive lump of wood.
    Posted Jul 26, 2014, 1:12 AM by Unknown user
  • Cutting the ribbon On Friday morning Janet Storan and Colleen Shield from the Bendigo Bank cut the ribbon on the St Ayles Skiff pack to begin the new build.  We are off and running.  Graham Rankin inducted us into some of the mysteries of the trade, a building frame was erected,  boat moulds set out, and a jig set up for bending the stem into shape. 
    Posted Jul 25, 2014, 2:58 AM by Unknown user
  • Progress on the Sea Knight The Sea Knight is getting close to completion, with many of the fittings already installed, and Glynn Shevels and Graham Wright working on the electricals.  We can start to look forward to a launch.
    Posted Jul 24, 2014, 3:56 PM by Unknown user
  • Boxer Amongst the prospective Tawe Nunnugah skippers is Chris Tyquin who is bringing Boxer down from Queensland.  Looks like a really interesting boat.  Chris writes:  'Boxer is the replica of what is believed to be the first client commissioned design and build of Norman “Boxer” Wright circa 1905/6.  Designed originally for netting the banks of Moreton Bay  with a crew of 2 or 3  using 16 foot oars when there wasn’t enough breeze and used for the odd weekend race with a crew of 10 to 12.   Boxer was  built of red cedar, mahogany and teak over 8 years under the watchful eye of Bill Wright ( Normans grandson and head of the Head of Norman R Wright and Sons ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2014, 3:10 PM by Unknown user
  • The big stick Yesterday's news story showed the shed full of happy diners, today's shows it full of Martin Kell's mizzen mast.  Good thing it's multipurpose.
    Posted Jul 23, 2014, 3:08 PM by Unknown user
  • WoW putting the Fun back into Fundraising Annette Cauchi writes:'Last night the Wow women put on a magnificent Winter Feast at the LBT to raise money for the 2015 Tassie Skiffies. The three-course meal was superb and the entertainment unsurpassed. A moving rendition of U2's Van Diemen's Land in full harmony was a highlight and very appropriate. And any Scottish Skiffies prepared to undertake the epic journey won't be greeted with chains and hard labour, but a genuine piped welcome from the inimitable Peter Laidlaw.
    Posted Jul 23, 2014, 4:12 AM by Unknown user
  • A tight squeeze Having been successfully craned  onto the Franklin waterfront, it looked for a time as though the roof of the old Brook Street Pier shed might have to remain jammed between the Evaporator office and an electricity pole as a sort of installation sculpture.  Fortunately a lot of wiggling a bit of 'persuading' saw it pop out, and it now resides temporarily on the LBT lawn whilst a new home it found for it.    Thanks to Gordon Forster for pics
    Posted Jul 17, 2014, 6:32 AM by Unknown user
  • Opportunity to get out on North Egg Island Denna Kingdom writes:'The Tasmanian Land Conservancy is looking for volunteers to help with pulling out weeds at North Egg Island (part of our beautiful Egg Islands Reserve) from Friday 1 – Sunday 3 August. For more information or to register please visit: http://www.tasland.org.au/about/volunteering'
    Posted Jul 17, 2014, 6:29 AM by Unknown user
  • Brooke Street comes to Franklin One minute we were taking pictures of the dismantled shed at the Brooke Street pier in Hobart, the next Graham Rankin was sending text messages to say that the roof of said shed had been sighted off Herriot's Point aboard a barge.  He was right, and as the following sequence of photos shows the barge (with roof) was rapidly moored in Franklin.  The plan is to unload tomorrow (Thursday) starting about 10 am.    Thanks to Gordon Forster for pics   And the shed as it was in the days of FX Holdens.  That's Nancy moored in Waterman's dock.
    Posted Jul 20, 2014, 5:25 PM by Unknown user
  • Annual General Meeting As recently announced, the AGM/Quiz night will be held on August 30th.  At this stage we anticipate that it will be at the Franklin Bowls Club, but there is an exciting alternative venue (currently moored at Port Huon) which we may use if it becomes available.  As documents become available they will be placed at  AGM 2014 Documents , which is available under the Resources option in the LBT website menu.The one document available at the moment is a Committee Member Nomination Form (http://bit.ly/1mQiHlU).  Here is your chance:  dob in a fellow member!
    Posted Aug 9, 2015, 3:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Membership Renewals Thanks to the many members who have already responded to the request to renew their membership of the LBT.  You should have received an emailed acknowledgement.  If you did not please send a note to the secretary at sec@lbt.org.au so that we can sort you out.  Reminder notices will be sent out shortly to those of us who have yet  to pony up.
    Posted Jul 14, 2014, 9:27 PM by Unknown user
  • Before and after David Budd writes:  'As the pictures show, after only 3 weeks training, the men's rowing group has become much fitter and sexier.  You too can be a part of this miracle.  No supplements, no drug tests!  Turn up at LBT at 10am Thursdays.'    
    Posted Jul 14, 2014, 9:12 PM by Unknown user
  • Wooden Toys for the Wooden Boat Festival Graham Rankin writes:  'Many members might remember how successful our little wooden boats were at the last Festival, they were very much an unexpected hit and raised over $900.00 for us. Now is the time to think about whet we do for next years Festival.  The toy boats are an obvious choice, but do any members have suggestions for other easy to make items that would appeal to boat minded festival goers? Email suggestions to ; woodenboatfreak@gmail.com .   Would a few members like to get hands on, on Monday nights to get the blood moving and keep warm by making some items? Many hand etc. We will have a few samples at next Monday's WOW dinner, so bring ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2014, 8:55 PM by Unknown user
  • Stone Carving Course Annette Cauchi writes:  'Have you ever wanted to learn the art of stone carving? If so, here is the opportunity you have been waiting for. Stone artist and tutor, David Barclay will be conducting two workshops in August, at the Living Boat Trust in Franklin. These days will be suitable for beginners or those with some experience. David is visiting the Huon Valley during August and will be holding two Sunday stone carving workshops. The first, on August 3rd, will be an opportunity to make a birdbath or large bowl using an angle grinder. This technique is easy to learn and even beginners will be quickly designing and creating their own piece of stone sculpture to take home and place ...
    Posted Jul 20, 2014, 3:30 PM by Unknown user
  • New Sponsors for St Ayles Skiff Regatta Jane Johnson writes:  'Thank you to Franklin Marine (franklinmarine.com.au) and Petty Sessions Cafe (https://www.facebook.com/pettysessions), who have become race sponsors. The events are:  the Franklin Marine Men's Open 1km  and the Petty Sessions Cafe Youth Mixed 1km.'   Local businesses have always been good supporters of the LBT and it is great to see them getting behind this event.  For more details about it see tasskiffie2015.org 
    Posted Jul 11, 2014, 4:48 PM by Unknown user
  • Get well Tony We love our 'colourful characters' at the LBT, and Tony Cooper has been one of them ever since he arrived in his big old cray boat at the beginning of last summer.  We hear that a spot of bother has landed him in Hobart General Hospital, and are sure all members will join with us in wishing him a speedy recovery that will see him back aboard as soon as possible.
    Posted Jul 10, 2014, 9:53 PM by Unknown user
  • Another mystery boat Bill Peterson writes:  'I am trying to identify the boat and location from the attached photo. The date would be pre Second World War and may be connected to Reserve Navy training. Any assistance regarding this would be greatly appreciated. ' Have a look at the picture below and get back to Bill at bpeterson@iinet.net.au if you have information
    Posted Jul 9, 2014, 5:10 PM by Unknown user
  • Last call: clear out your boat shed Absolute last chance to declutter the shed, and earn some brownie points at home!   Franklin’s Women on Water group is looking for donations of unwanted boating or fishing items to sell at our stall at the Kettering Maritime Market on 19 July 2014.  For example old dinghies or canoes, unused fenders, redundant anchors, oars, fishing gear, flags, nautical pictures etc - anything vaguely maritime that you don’t use any more.  Leave in the box outside LBT or phone Barb 0408 212495 to arrange collection. All profits go towards hosting and running the international St Ayles Skiff regatta at Franklin in February 2015. David Budd/Barbara Dawson  3412B Huon Highway Franklin  Tasmania 7113 Phone   03 62663571 Mob     0408 212495
    Posted Jul 9, 2014, 8:09 AM by Unknown user
  • Special Monday night at the LBT Endra O'May writes:  'Monday night the 21st of July 5.30 to 9.30 , come along for our ''Winter Feast" cooked by the WOW girls to raise money for the "St. Ayles Skiff" Regatta.  You need to book though, $15 a head plus wine.  There is a notice on the board at the LBT shed and only 14 places left, or send an email to Endra: endra2012@hotmail.com'
    Posted Jul 9, 2014, 8:13 AM by Unknown user
  • Spring Bay Shed Warming Our friends at Spring Bay (Triabunna) send the following notice:  EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST We would like to organize an opening celebration for our new site on the weekend of  SATURDAY 02 and  SUNDAY 03 AUGUST The most important question is can you come on either or both days? Saturday An On-Water-Day with arrival times flexible during the day. Provisionally located at One Tree Point on Spring Bay, your boats would be very welcome. THIS ACTIVITY IS VERY MUCH WEATHER DEPENDENT.