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  • Farewell old LBT website You have been faithful to us and we to you, but we must move on to livingboattrust.org.au.  Hopefully the next newsletter will be generated from there. 
    Posted Oct 31, 2021, 1:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cruise with the Wooden Boat Guild Date: Sunday November 21; Time: 10.30 am (depart Franklin); Destination: Huonville . For more details see the flyer below (https://tinyurl.com/se95x23e). Note the need for an RSVP if you want to participate in the BBQ lunch.
    Posted Oct 31, 2021, 12:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Family fun day at the LBT Sunday was a reminder of how blessed we are in the Huon Valley – both with place and people. There we were beside the river on a mild spring day but with snow on the mountains to admire, and with a veritable feast of activities (and food) provided by those people to choose from. Paul Frost’s gorgeous model boats were launched to great acclaim, and Freyja was launched with Mary Lou Conway’s Bittern as the figurehead. Dennis Muscovich was so overcome with the Bittern’s aggressive potential that he was on the point of ramming it into the side of Yukon before being called off by more sober heads in his crew. Meanwhile back in the shed a youthful ...
    Posted Oct 31, 2021, 4:30 AM by Posts Editor
  • Five mile crew This Franklin St Ayles Skiff crew formed to compete in the Castle to Crane race last year, and, as reported in this column, did very, very well. There has been a beautiful video made about them: see https://youtu.be/qm95fB7Wd0Q .
    Posted Oct 31, 2021, 3:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • First day of On the Water Program The vagaries of Tasmanian weather mean that sometimes this becomes the ‘In the Shed’ program, but this year got off to the perfect start with blue skies and no wind. Those lovely new life jackets from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival were put to excellent use by students from Huonville primary learning the basics of rowing and managing small boats.  Pic from Michelle Crawford
    Posted Oct 31, 2021, 3:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • Friday evening rowing (Oct 29) called off Weather is against us.  We will reconvene next week.
    Posted Oct 28, 2021, 5:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Figurehead for Freyja Jane Johnson writes: The LBT Open Day on October 31, 2021 aims to provide opportunities for “messing about with boats”, which this Sunday from 11am includes model boats, “Come and Try” and launching the first figurehead [for our boats].  The figurehead is for “Freyja” the third St Ayles Skiff built in Franklin in 2016 to celebrate community rowing. “Imagine” was the first skiff launched in Australia in 2012 and “Billie” followed suit in 2015. There are now 30 skiffs proposed for communities throughout Australia, and over 250 in the world, demonstrating that from little things, big things have grown. One important outcome is that more people are out ‘messing about in boats’.  From medieval times a figurehead was one of ...
    Posted Oct 28, 2021, 5:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Insurance We are in the process of paying our insurances, which is a good time to remind ourselves of what we are covered for and what we are not. This has not changed in recent years, so what follows is simply a rehash of the same notice we have issued in the past – if you think you have seen it before you probably have.  If you are a member participating in (not working for) an LBT activity such as rowing or sailing there is NO cover provided for you by the LBT. The way to think of it is that as a member using ‘your’ facilities (the shed, the boats) it is up to you to provide your own cover. The ...
    Posted Oct 24, 2021, 5:55 AM by Richard Forster
  • Only one week to Family Fun Day Yep, 31st of October is next Sunday. Here is a reminder of the planned activities.  When:  11.00am – 3.00pm.   Where:  the LBT shed and foreshore.  Come along and enjoy:   Paul Frost’s model boats; sausage Sizzle and salad; scones jam and cream;music with Terry Mead and David Pittaway;mounting of new figure head for Freya carved by Mary Lou Conway (see attached: https://tinyurl.com/jjv6668y);come and try rowing. Please bring a salad or scones to share.  LBT will supply the meat for the BBQ. Drink available to buy. For more information phone Endra: 0412 168 552.
    Posted Oct 24, 2021, 2:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Race 1 McLaren series 31st October Port Huon and Cygnet Yacht clubs invite interested people to participate. See poster below.
    Posted Oct 23, 2021, 1:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Palais Garage Sale 31st Oct See flyer below for details.
    Posted Oct 23, 2021, 1:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • BBQ Monday Coming up A quick eyeball of the calendar tells that the 25th is indeed the last Monday in October, and that hence we sing for our own suppers. If you are a VERY good singer somebody might feed you – otherwise bring something for the hot plate and something to share and sing anyway. Also the forecast suggests bringing a sweater. Pic from WIkimedia
    Posted Oct 22, 2021, 1:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Shed is open The oracles have spoken, and this is what they said.'The lockdown in Southern Tasmania will end at 6pm today (Monday 18 October) but some restrictions will remain until 6pm Friday 22 October. People will no longer have to stay home but face masks must still be worn outside the home by everyone aged 12 years and older in the declared local government areas – see the list and map. Masks must also be worn if visiting someone else’s home unless you are in a signification relationship with the person you are visiting. Some exemptions to face mask wearing will continue to apply including primary school students (12 year old primary schools students do not have to wear a face ...
    Posted Oct 23, 2021, 1:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • 31st October Open day, family fun day When:             11.00am - 3.00pm; Where:             the LBT shed and foreshore.  Come along and enjoy:   Paul Frost's model boats (see pics below); sausage Sizzle and salad;  scones jam and cream; music with Terry Mead and David Pittaway; mounting of new figure head for Freya carved by Mary Lou Conway; come and try rowing.Please bring a salad or scones to share.  LBT will supply the meat for the BBQ.  Drink available to buy.  For more information phone Endra: 0412 168 552.
    Posted Oct 17, 2021, 12:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Final reminder: LBT dues for 2021-22 For those of leaky memory, if you put off paying your yearly subscription to the LBT back in July and then lost that reminder note, it is not too late to remedy the situation by making a payment now.  Membership fees for the Living Boat Trust are:$40 p.a. for an individual; $70 p.a. for a family; $125 p.a. for an organisation.If you are using the boats much this is also a good time to pay $100 up front, rather than $5 every time you go out. Use one of the following methods (make sure their is sufficient information included to identify you). * Cheque sent to 3337 Huon Hwy Franklin Tasmania 7113; * By Electronic Funds Transfer ...
    Posted Oct 15, 2021, 7:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing News October 2021 From the committee rowing team:1. Maintenance. Imagine work is extensive. Dennis is coordinating and supervising sanding, repainting and new gunnel blocks for oars. Helpers welcome2. Signing in. File is on first aid shelf. All groups please sign in and out with mobile contact3. Damages. Any damage please note at front of sign-in file with contact number should further information be needed4. Safety plan. Should an emergency occur while rowing, a plan for action is being worked on, similar to a recently-produced Cygnet format. More information to follow5. Ideas. Any ideas for future events/initiatives are most welcome. Should anyone wish to provide updates on rowing activities, or want to join the Rowing Sub ...
    Posted Oct 15, 2021, 11:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Shed Closed until further notice Hopefully when that further notice comes it will be saying that we will be opening up 6pm on Monday, but we await confirmation from the State Government.  There will be no organised meal on Monday night. For more details of the lockdown in the south see https://tinyurl.com/eencmybv.
    Posted Oct 17, 2021, 4:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT subcommittees In order to oversee the many activities of the LBT responsibilities are divided across various subcommittees.  These are:Executive: Peter Laidlaw, Richard Forster, Rod Macfarlan; Finance: Rod Macfarlan, Andy Ritchie; Grants, Fund Raising: Andy Ritchie, Michelle Crawford; Events: Endra O'May, Jane Johnson, Peter Laidlaw, Michelle Crawford; Nancy: Richard Forster, Andy Ritchie, Martin Riddle, Michelle Crawford; OHS: Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck, David Pittaway; Shed Futures: Rod Macfarlan, Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck, Martin Riddle, Andy Ritchie; Tuesday and other shed work groups: Peter Laidlaw, Endra O'May; Rowing: Mike Hewitt, Barb Dawson (seconded), Dennis Muscovich  (seconded)Communications: Richard Forster, Rod Macfarlan, Michelle Crawford; Sailing: Peter Laidlaw, Endra O'May; Fleet Management: Peter Laidlaw, David Pittaway; Foreshore Management: Richard Forster, David Pittaway; Tawe Nunnugah ...
    Posted Oct 16, 2021, 12:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • No sailing Capricornia Now that the days are stretching out the water, particularly being on it, is starting to look tempting.  There are plenty of boats at the LBT for doing this, but unfortunately Capricornia is not one of them for the time being.  The flotation chambers need sealing, and their are various other issues that require attention.
    Posted Oct 13, 2021, 8:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Seniors Week We hope the second half of Seniors Week will go as well as the first half despite the ominous looking weather.  People have really been enjoying getting out on the water.
    Posted Oct 13, 2021, 5:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Castle Forbes tide times If you thinking about getting on the water then tides - which direction, how high - can be an important consideration.  Ryan Blundell has just alerted us to the tideschart.com site which does a nice job of presenting the relevant information.  We have added a link to this site to the homepage - see pic below, and https://www.tideschart.com/Australia/Tasmania/Castle-Forbes-Bay/
    Posted Oct 11, 2021, 1:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Looking forward to return of 'Maritime Times' folder Dennis Muscovich has done a great job of collating our copies of this excellent publication in a large folder.  We hope that the person who has borrowed it is enjoying it as much as we all will when it is returned.
    Posted Oct 11, 2021, 1:05 AM by Richard Forster
  • LBT Committee Meeting this week (14th) There is a draft agenda being worked on at https://tinyurl.com/t6mnyprx . Draft minutes for the last meeting are at https://tinyurl.com/ykr2mvks Extra business to be attended to should be communicated to your friendly committee members, or emails to sec@lbt.org.au.
    Posted Oct 9, 2021, 10:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Seniors Week If you see a whole lot of strangers hanging around the Shed in the middle of the day this week don't be alarmed:  they have come along for a trip on Nancy as a Seniors Week activity.  If they look lost please give them sensible directions, and be prepared to share the afternoon tea table with them.
    Posted Oct 9, 2021, 7:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Friday night social rowing starts 29th Oct Meeting at 5 o’clock, get together after row for a chat, bring your own nibbles and drink.  Contact Mike Hewitt 0417376884 if there are any queries. 
    Posted Oct 7, 2021, 9:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pfizer vaccination clinic Huonville, Oct 11-13 9am-5pm at the Town Hall, book now. See the flyer attached for details: https://tinyurl.com/9j52vcvb.
    Posted Oct 7, 2021, 2:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Island Project - dementia prevention We recently attended a Men's Shed gathering where the main presentation concerned this topic.  It was the right demographic.  From the Project home page: 'Most of the risk for dementia is associated with ageing. However, international research has indicated that approximately a third of dementia cases may be effectively prevented if modifiable risk factors are addressed. It is never too late to tackle these risk factors, but it is particularly important from middle age onwards.  The Wicking Dementia Centre is establishing a bold new initiative that has never been attempted before. We are seeking to reduce the incidence of dementia in a whole population – the population of Tasmania – and we need your help. If we can show that we ...
    Posted Oct 7, 2021, 12:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sea-Gals James Arkle from Huon Yacht Club writes:  'One of the fun initiatives that we are starting this year is Sea-Gals. They are holding their first get together on Monday 18th October. I would like to say a very big "thank you" to Pam for organising this, I am sure that it will be both fun and informative. Here are all the details:   Sea-Gals of the HYC group would like to invite women who enjoy boating and would like to socialise and meet other like-minded women, while learning new skills. You don’t need to be a member or own a boat! Getting to know other women connected to sailors in the club is a benefit for all ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2021, 11:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Going down another lane' book review From the review of John Young's autobiography in 'Afloat' magazine:  'Over the past 85+ years Dr John Young (BA, MA Auckland, MA Oxford, PhD ANU), English-born actor, author, boat-builder, boxer, Pacific historian and voyager, conservationist, environmentalist, community developer, technical educator, and all-round social entrepreneur, has gone down a great many lanes, by-ways and highways. What makes this lengthy but lively life-story of particular interest to readers of Afloat is its connecting theme:  building, sailing, and messing about in boats, especially wooden ones.'What they missed was 'and genuine good bloke'.  For more read https://www.afloat.com.au/2021/09/10/book-review-going-down-another-lane/If you don't already have a ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2021, 11:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Migrating our website The LBT website is hosted by Google Classic Sites, which is scheduled to disappear in December.  A recent failed attempt to edit the Nancy homepage indicates that Google have already started to shut things down - see screen grab below.  We have been working towards migrating our web pages to Wordpress (don't worry, it is just another internet thingy), as shown by the second screen grab.  The fact that you are reading this post indicates that Google Classic Sites is still operating - mostly.   If it stops early there may be a mad scramble.                                        
    Posted Oct 3, 2021, 5:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy Fanciers meeting Monday 4th Oct 5pm There are a number of issues to be considered:  Nancy's role in Seniors Week (starting Monday 11th); getting Nancy out of the water for major maintenance at the beginning of November; how to get that work done (volunteers, subcontracting); how to operate Nancy in the coming summer season (volunteers, leasing).  Get along, hear about the different proposals, and have your say.
    Posted Oct 3, 2021, 5:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing News Jane Johnson writes:Maintenance – Freyja is back on the river and in new-found glory was taken down to Dover for an adventurous row/exploration, timed well with some picture-book spring weather. Imagine is undergoing major maintenance work with repairs to the gunnels and top strake, sanding, repainting and more. The more hands helping will result in a faster return to the river. Wednesdays is workshop day from 10 am, but other times can be arranged. Many hands make light work – and a team result is always more rewarding …contact Dennis on 0428 364 178.   Billie is also about to show off a carved figurehead – clay model as shown. Carvers are enjoying the challenges of working with a detachable ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2021, 4:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • Family fun day Sunday October 31st Come along and enjoy:   Paul Frost's model boats (see pics below); sausage Sizzle and salad;  scones jam and cream; music with Terry Mead and David Pittaway; mounting of new figure head for Freya carved by Mary Lou Conway; come and try rowing.Time: 11am to 2.30pm.
    Posted Oct 3, 2021, 5:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night BBQ Last Monday of the month has come around again (can you believe it?), so it is time to oil the hotplate and check the gas bottle.  Weather looks kind, and there should be plenty of twilight.  See you at the Shed after 6pm.    Pic from Wikimedia
    Posted Oct 2, 2021, 3:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club Open Day Saturday October 2nd James Arkle (the commodore) has sent the program.11.30 preparations start in the clubhouse. If you could bring along a plate of finger food that would be great. Small cakes, muffins, sandwiches and things like that would be ideal.  Huon Aquaculture are very kindly donating some smoked salmon and Suzannah and her helpers are converting that into posh sarnies! 12.00 the fleet gathers at the Mid River Buoy  12.30 the sail past 12.45 live music from Rocketscience with Keys McHarg 1.30 the official season opening and prize draw at the clubhouse. (We are holding a raffle to raise funds to buy a new club BBQ for our Thursday night sausage sizzles.) 1.45 Commodore's ...
    Posted Sep 26, 2021, 5:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • Late invitation: Men's Shed gathering 30th Sept We are looking for one more delegate to send to this meeting at Margate.  Details attached: https://tinyurl.com/mhpbskue .  Despite the name it is not gender specific: there are plenty of 'Community Sheds' like ours who are part of the association.  If you are interested please send a message to sec@lbt.org.au.
    Posted Sep 19, 2021, 3:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft minutes for the LBT 2021 AGM Get them at https://tinyurl.com/ue85acsc.
    Posted Sep 18, 2021, 5:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy: vote of thanks to Judy Krynen Nancy is in many ways our flagship, our 'whole of community boat', taking numerous excursion groups around the Egg Islands, transporting dignitaries to events and school children on expeditions, participating in festivals and regattas, used for scattering ashes in the river and the list goes on.  If there was once 'A little engine that could', Nancy is 'the little boat that can'. To see the joy on an eight year old's face as they take the wheel on Nancy and realise that yes, they really are steering the boat, is the sort of reason many of us belong to the Living Boat Trust.  Plans for Nancy were discussed at the AGM, and minutes from a recent meeting of the ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2021, 2:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • New committee for the LBT As advertised the AGM was held at the Bowls Club on Saturday afternoon.  The old committee was dismissed and a new one elected.  It consists of: President: Peter Laidlaw; Treasurer: Rod Macfarlan; Secretary: Richard Forster; General Members:  Jane Johnson;  Endra O'May; Michelle Crawford; Mike Hewitt; Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck;  Martin Riddle;  Andrew Ritchie, David Pittaway.  Tom Stevens did not stand this time around, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his contribution to the LBT.  Amongst other things Tom has organised a very comprehensive 'Induction and Introduction' for new members to the LBT (https://tinyurl.com/zdryfwpf), did our testing and tagging of electrical equipment and provided the mothership for Tawe Nunnugah.  We would  remind ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2021, 2:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Knots One of the great things about the LBT is the opportunity to learn new stuff, a very good example being the decorative knots class being conducted by Barbara Frankel.  Come along and join it on 4.30pm on Monday afternoons.  As a tribute to Barbara's teaching skills, see the mat tied by somebody who failed scissors at kindergarten:  https://tinyurl.com/zj4f2h72.  It's the Monkey Fist this week: see https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/dd/Knot_Monkey_Fist.jpg.
    Posted Sep 19, 2021, 3:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Richard Flanagan at Cygnet Town Hall Sept 18 11am Richard has been garnering a fair bit of attention with his book  about the salmon industry 'Toxic' .  As users of the sea around south east Tasmania we at the Living Boat Trust also have an interest in this industry - some of us work for them.  A public meeting  at Cygnet called 'Stop the salmon sea grab' will be addressed by Richard, Bob Brown and others: see the flyer below for details: https://tinyurl.com/3nekdeed 
    Posted Sep 12, 2021, 2:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club Working Bee 25th September If you want to help out our neighbours and friends down at Shipwrights Point show up down at the club rooms at 11am.
    Posted Sep 12, 2021, 2:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • AGM this coming Saturday (18th) 3pm In the past we have held these meetings in the evening and kept them fairly brief with a social afterwards.  The afternoon start will give us more time to discuss the issues that will be in front of the new committee in the coming year.  In particular these will include changes to the subscription rate;a sailing safety policy; future planning for the shed, with a particular emphasis on energy usage;what's happening with Nancy;  and there may be more.  Come along, hear all about it, and have your say.  All the documents for the meeting, including committee nominations, discussion papers etc, can be found at https://tinyurl.com/36753fnv.
    Posted Sep 12, 2021, 2:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • New Franklin township map Supplied by David Moore: thanks David.  Get the full size version at https://tinyurl.com/84wv9vrw.
    Posted Sep 9, 2021, 5:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Thank you to our sponsors Our raffle at the Saturday night event could not have gone ahead without the great prizes that were donated.  Thank you to:shop@Franklin - $50 voucherWalton House Bed and Breakfast - accommodationWooden Boat Centre - x3 mystery bagsFranklin Accommodation - 2 nights accommodationthe LBT Nancy Fanciers and caterers - catered cruise on NancyFranklin Marine - bucket of fishing gearFrank's Cider - $50 voucher and drinks.
    Posted Sep 12, 2021, 2:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Save the bittern! It has its head stuck in a block of wood (see pic below).  Fortunately it has Mary-Lou Conway on hand to help it emerge, after which it will be available to be mounted on Freyja.  As required.  Silly people think that the next apocalypse will be caused by a plague or climate change or zombies.  We at the LBT know that it will be when a decision has to be made about what colour to paint a gunwhale - or whether or not boats should have figureheads.  The wood carvers saw this coming and have deftly dodged by making this bird demountable.
    Posted Sep 5, 2021, 3:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Playback': yet another great LBT event On Sunday morning, after an epic cleanup, the only evidence of what had been a special night was this soon to be erased blackboard (pic below).  It was a reminder of all the other great events and activities that have come and gone over the past year: who remembers the Maritime Trail, the Open Day, the Lake Pedder Raid, Tawe Nunnugah, Swiftsure Regatta, the excursion with the Wooden Boat Guild, long tables on the lawn on summer Monday evenings, and the list goes on and on.  What a busy little organisation!All of which is not to diminish this particular evening.  For nearly everybody watching 'Playback Theatre' was something very new, and we were not disappointed.  The ability of the ...
    Posted Sep 5, 2021, 3:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy Fanciers Meeting tonight (Sept 6) 5pm The recent inspection of Nancy down at the slip revealed a number of problems: paint getting shabby, sheathing coming away below the waterline, some rot in the woodwork etc.  Come along to this meeting at the Shed to plan  some maintenance.
    Posted Sep 5, 2021, 5:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Committee meeting coming up Sept 9th Note date: not as previously reported on the 16th. An agenda is being compiled at  https://tinyurl.com/8w2zr6nc.  See the minutes for the August meeting at https://tinyurl.com/bt7u55dh.  This is the last meeting for this committee.  Get your nomination in for the new one, to be elected at the AGM Saturday September 18 soon!
    Posted Sep 5, 2021, 7:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club season opening day Oct 2nd Here is a chance to get on the water in warmer weather: they are keen for us to be involved. Good social event too - see flyer below: https://tinyurl.com/3dns5xs2.
    Posted Sep 1, 2021, 6:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wilson's Boat Yard The Wooden Boat Festival have just released a video about this yard (at Cygnet) which is well worth viewing - see https://youtu.be/slRdaS3Zj4c. 
    Posted Aug 30, 2021, 4:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Please get your committee nominations in The LBT constitution tells us that nominations  'shall be delivered to the public officer of the Association at least 10 days before the date fixed for the holding of the annual general meeting'.Put yours in the orange letter box outside the Shed this week and the public officer will get it on time.  There are blank nomination forms in the Shed, or download one from https://tinyurl.com/t6bj25ey.
    Posted Aug 30, 2021, 4:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Barbeque night Yes, it is the last Monday of the month and so we get the opportunity to show off our culinary skills down at the Shed.  Come with something for the griddle and something to share by around 6.30pm.  We are reminded that Long John Silver's nickname was Barbeque and wonder what he would have brought along from the galley: presumably lamb cutlets would have been a rarity aboard ship.   Pic by Wyeth from Wikimedia
    Posted Aug 29, 2021, 2:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Knotting course recommencing 13th Sept Barbara Frankel writes:  The Decorative Knotting Course will recommence in September as follows:   Monday 13 Sept 4:30 – 6 pm – Recap and coaster/place mat; Monday 20 Sept 4:30 – 6 pm – Monkey Fist key ring; Monday 27 Sept 4:30 – 6 pm – Project of choice.   Further sessions can be negotiated around availability.   Materials and tools supplied but feel free to bring along anything you want to work with. If you have a fid or Swedish fid bring it along!  Small fee for new cord/rope or accessories if used (recycled rope - no charge).   Any questions? Email Barbara.Frankel@internode.on.net 
    Posted Aug 29, 2021, 1:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • Two proposed changes to the Constitution See attached document: https://tinyurl.com/dzh7775u.  The first of these changes recognises the reality that we don't do much business with cheques anymore.  The second is intended to simplify boat usage:  the previously separate fee is incorporated in the membership subscription of local members.  If you have views on these changes which you wish to share email them to the secretary (sec@lbt.org.au) or come to the AGM.
    Posted Aug 28, 2021, 8:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • One week to Playback Theatre Event, Sat 4th, Palais Theatre Doors, along with the bar, will open at 5.30pm.  There will be some  entertainment starting at the same time.  We all need to be in our seats before 6.30 (SHARP) for the Playback Theatre group.  Organisation for this event is going ahead at a great rate: menus mulled over, food and drink stockpiled, apples coming in from the orchardists (Peter Ford), musical instruments tuned, equipment checked, audio visuals compiled, volunteers briefed, actors rehearsed etc, etc.  And tickets are selling fast from https://tinyurl.com/38jatwrp or Endra O'May: 0412 168552. Get yours.   
    Posted Aug 29, 2021, 2:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Do you know 'Royal'? Colin Grazules writes:'The story that has been passed down with the boat is that ROYAL was built by Peter Locke sometime in the late 20's. Named in honour of a Royal visit for a South Australian cray fisherman by the name of Prengal.  Built of 3/4 inch NZ Kauri ROYAL is 28 LOD 10 Foot Beam. 3 foot draft. 6 feet with plate down. ROYAL was said to launched without a motor. About 10 years ago ROYAL was discovered under a tarp on the Tasmanian fishing village of Dover and taken to Cygnet where a group including the boat builder Lindsay Wood carried out complete rebuild of the boat over 7 year's....  A number of Couta ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2021, 6:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Only 2 weeks to Playback Theatre event: September 4 Come along to this fundraising event at the Palais and help support your LBT.  It is a case of not only but also: with Playback Theatre, Steve and Marjorie Gadd, and Terry Mead and Rocket Science on the bill, AND a curry dinner provided it is the sort of bargain you just cannot pass up.  We've also been combing through the archives to put together a slide/video show of LBT history for the night. See the pictures of the Shed going up as a taster: https://youtu.be/7p0NmM4hojI .  Buy your ticket(s) at https://tinyurl.com/38jatwrp .For more about Playback Theatre (what is it??) see https://youtu.be/ONSTuBO1494  
    Posted Aug 28, 2021, 6:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • More from Jim Stockton: solar boat design Jim has not only been writing whilst in lockdown in Melbourne: he has been doing his sums.  See the results in the document attached https://tinyurl.com/awmrmvha.  There is an example of an electric boat with batteries charged from the sun at South Franklin: Peter Shimeld's converted couta boat - see pic below.  Pete is very pleased with the way it goes.  Pic from Brian Marriot
    Posted Aug 22, 2021, 2:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Farewell to Graham Wright Graham's friends and former colleagues gathered at the Shed on Friday for a wake and to scatter his ashes from Nancy.  Thanks to David Coldrick for organising this event. Steve Dunn, Graham's best friend, was kind enough to share his eulogy (https://tinyurl.com/etps9hjv), and some photos from the past.  See below.
    Posted Aug 22, 2021, 3:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Come and be part of the 'On the Water Program' One of the best things the LBT does is get out on the water with local schoolchildren  rowing the Grebes. For many of these children it is their first time in a boat, and a big adventure, and for all of them it is a lot of fun.  To make our program work we need about a dozen volunteers.  Please consider, and then enter your name through the form below (https://tinyurl.com/4m6cye2s).    Pic from Mark Adams
    Posted Aug 22, 2021, 2:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • That special button From David Moore: see below.
    Posted Aug 16, 2021, 6:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nominate for the LBT Committee A new committee for the LBT will be elected at the AGM on September 18th.  Please consider nominating using the form attached: https://tinyurl.com/t6bj25ey.  There will be paper copies at the Shed shortly.  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 enthusiastically involved, and there are several experienced committee members who will be renominating. This should not be a 'hardship posting'.  New committee members should be able to quickly get down to the task of making the LBT a better place.
    Posted Aug 15, 2021, 3:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Kate is back! Great news for the Monday night diners.  After a successful trip to Sydney and having weathered a fortnight isolating at home Kate Hoorweg is ready to rattle the pots and pans in the LBT kitchen.  We are all looking forward to that.
    Posted Aug 15, 2021, 4:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Decorative knotting classes will recommence soon! We’d like to get some feedback on what works best for the majority. If you are interested, please email Barbara.Frankel@internode.on.net with your responses to the following questions:When would you like to recommence classes (August or later in the year)?Is Monday the best time or is there another time that works better?What projects would you like to work on? (refer to flyer attached*)Would a 4.30pm start be ok? *please note there may be a small fee to cover materials for some projects.Answers will help to plan the classes and organise materials. If you have questions please add them to your responses to the above.  PS Have a look behind the ...
    Posted Aug 14, 2021, 10:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Why I like lockdowns The latest tale from Jim Stockton in Melbourne is included below: https://tinyurl.com/u9ucz6sr
    Posted Aug 14, 2021, 7:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Notice of Annual General Meeting The Living Boat Trust AGM will be held at 3pm, Saturday September 18th,   at the Franklin Bowls Club, 3395 Huon Hwy, opposite the Palais Theatre.  Relevant documents can be found on the website (Resources => 2021 AGM Documents, shortcut https://tinyurl.com/yvf3b42m),  including a committee nomination form and agenda.  Other documents will be put there shortly.  An important part of this meeting will be to decide on membership fees for the future.  More details to follow.  For those who want to kick on afterwards the Folk Club will be in full voice in the Palais across the road that night.
    Posted Aug 14, 2021, 5:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Seeking coordinator for On the Water program One of the many good things LBT has done over the years is to get the local kids out on the water learning about boats with the 'On the Water' program.  Good for them and good for us and a lot of fun.  A number of us have taken the lead role in organising this program over the years, and we need somebody to step up for 2021.  There is a description of the current program at http://bit.ly/2yfwE9i and there are lots of resources (see https://tinyurl.com/y757mebx), but these should not be seen as prescriptive: it may be time to explore an entirely different direction.  If you are interested please contact the secretary: sec@lbt ...
    Posted Aug 13, 2021, 3:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Have EVEN MORE FUN at the LBT fundraiser night Join the team who are running the show on Saturday evening, September 4th at the Palais Theatre.  Enter your name and contact through the form below (https://tinyurl.com/2yekx4ud), or contact Endra O'May directly on 0412 168552.   Pic from https://hobartplayback.org.au
    Posted Aug 11, 2021, 5:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wake for Graham Wright Friday 20th August For those who haven't heard, LBT stalwart Graham Wright has passed away.  Graham friends tell us they are organising an event on 'Friday the 20th from around noon at the LBT. Food and grog BYO. The Nancy - which Graham did a lot of work on - with a driver will be available. It can take 8 passengers, and if it’s not windy, we can scatter Graham’s ashes on the water. No plan B atm, but we’ll think of something.'  More details will be provided as they arrive.  If you have pictures, videos or other memorabilia concerning Graham that you want to share please send it in or bring it along.  Pic of Graham doing electrical work on ...
    Posted Aug 15, 2021, 3:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • What is Playback Theatre? A number of people have asked what the main event (Playback Theatre) for our fundraising event on Saturday night September 4th at the Palais actually is.  What happens at a Playback performance?  Here is a description from the Hobart group.   'Playback is story telling. In a playback performance, a skilled facilitator gathers ideas, perspectives and stories from different voices in the room giving life to the unique experiences of the group in a safe space. Moments and stories are shared as actors bring the stories to life with music, artistic shape and insight. Each audience member’s recollection of a moment or experience from their own lives serves as a catalyst for a compelling dramatic performance. These spontaneous true stories ...
    Posted Aug 15, 2021, 3:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Covid Tales Last year when we in Tasmania were all confined to quarters many of our members got busy and sent us stories of their doings, all of them true we are sure, to be published in this column for our general entertainment and education.  Those who are interstate on the eastern seaboard are going through the same thing, and Jim Stockton from Melbourne has revived the story telling tradition.  Attached are a couple of his latest:  'Easily Underestimated' (https://tinyurl.com/yd7utvfy) and 'LBT Candidate' (https://tinyurl.com/bwk7ea4c).  Pic below is from the second.
    Posted Aug 8, 2021, 5:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Country Style Get the August edition of Country Style for an article about the LBT by Michelle Crawford illustrated with some really nice pictures (see below). Thanks Michelle!
    Posted Aug 8, 2021, 5:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting Thursday 12th August There is an agenda being compiled at https://tinyurl.com/h7s3tr8j . See the draft minutes for the July meeting at https://tinyurl.com/rjnekjwn.
    Posted Aug 8, 2021, 4:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night pot luck dinner (8th August) Kate's in quarantine (well, maybe only isolation, but we like the alliteration), so we decided to spread the load - to everybody.  You know the drill: bring something for the barby and something to share.  Get there around 6.30.  Weather should be better than that experienced by LBT member Zac Forster at a BBQ christening on Bird Island (off South Georgia Island).
    Posted Aug 8, 2021, 4:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • When (not "if") the Cartela sinks If you enjoy a provocation (and some fruity language), or need to get the pulse going with a dose of indignation head on over to https://thehuontruth.blogspot.com/2021/08/when-not-if-cartela-sinks.html?zx=a852e3896e237e65 .
    Posted Aug 6, 2021, 3:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Jim's Lockdown book review - The Dinghy Cruising Companion Trapped by Covid Lockdowns, LBT member Jim  engaged his mind in creative activities such as mastering splicing , reading and a book review!Book review: The dinghy cruising companion by Roger BarnesPublished in 2004 by Allard Coles Nautical, BloomsburyBarnes’s opening sentence is, “My aim in this book is to encourage you to use a small open boat to explore local and more distant waters.” He succeeds.The eleven sections range from discussions on finding a boat to “intimate underwear” (page 225). Scattered through the book are short stories on trips he has made, the merits of some of the dinghies that are better suited to cruising and mistakes he has made, such as ending up in a Special ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2021, 2:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Playback Theatre 4th September! A fun evening of improv theatre and music to raise funds for the Living Boat Trust.  WHEN: Saturday 4th September; WHERE: Palais Theatre;  COST: $25 per person.     About this event.  The LBT is pleased to present an evening of music, story telling and feasting featuring Playback Theatre , an improv theatre group from Hobart. Audience members tell stories from their lives and then watch them re-enacted on stage. It is raw, riveting and lots of fun.  Later in the night you can kick up your heels with music from Steve and Marjorie Gadd and Terry Mead and Rocket Science.  Tickets include supper and drinks will be available from the bar.  Fun prizes and raffles throughout the night. Funds raised on ...
    Posted Aug 8, 2021, 3:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy Given the Slip! Under the care of the Two Brians, Andy and Mark, the Nancy is now slipped and the freshen up, survey and photogramatic recording are all scheduled for this week. Volunteers to assist are always welcome.Two Brians, an Andy and the Nancy!
    Posted Aug 1, 2021, 2:51 AM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival - new newsletter Just out from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival crew is a new newsletter with an update to Festival plans and  and a link to the second episode in their BOAT FOLK video series; Episode 2 - SAONA Australian Wooden Boat Festival Newsletter BOAT FOLK video series; Episode 2 - SAONA 
    Posted Jul 28, 2021, 4:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Slipping Nancy - Update Just in from Brian Marriott; after discussion with Brian Pain and Stuart Mears (Slipmaster), the aim is to be ready to slip Nancy at 09:00. on the 1st August.This means Nancy will be leaving Franklin at 07:00.if you intend to volunteer please be available at the slip from 10:00 so we can give her the initial scrub-down before any of the growths dry off.The HYC slip is beside the Huon Aquaculture east most buildings and is accessed from the unsealed road beside those buildings.
    Posted Jul 28, 2021, 3:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • News Items! Nancy, BBQ, Cabaret and the LBT AGM 2021 Nancy Nancy is to be slipped on the 1st August - a crew has been assembled to deliver her to the Huon Yacht Club slip , but helping hands to scrub, paint and provide tlc will be welcome.BBQ 2nd August, bring something for yourself and something to share - also the news is that Kate will have to isolate until the 13th Aug. Something to discuss!Cabaret @ Palais , Endra and Michelle are planning a fundraiser for the LBT at the Palais coming up on the 4th of September , it’s a Saturday night - keep that date free!!  Lots of fun , music! A cabaret ya !!!The LBT AGM 2021The AGM is scheduled or the 18th Sept - a time and location TBA, but ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2021, 2:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Lost was Found, Returned and Secured! Sunday afternoon, a cold wind was blowing yet the phones were running hot. Reports of a runaway vessel on the Huon, LBT members were rallied remotely and a crew assembled by the roadside. Out on the river a yacht shot past under power, dinghy in tow. A pair of River dwellers whos habit of  constant surveillance of river traffic had spotted the runaway from the hills and had leapt into motion. In minutes the missing vessel was found held safely by a snag and shortly brought upriver to Franklin. Now safely secured to the pontoons the vessel awaits the return of its Captain, and his offering no doubt of a salvage fee (beers I suspect). ( Thanks to Matt, JP and ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2021, 4:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Splice the Mainbrace (a covid shutdown article from Jim) Jim Stockton is caught up in the joys of the Melbourne lockdown and has been using his down time productively - here is a tale redolent of hemp and stockholm tar... (or maybe not).For 25 years I used galvanised wire for the rigging that holds up my mast, replacing it periodically when it began to corrode. I’ve avoided stainless steel because there is often no warning that it is about to fail. Meanwhile, I’ve learnt that the Enterprize uses rope extensively in its standing rigging and that small boats were using hemp not that long ago, so is it feasible to use rope on a small boat? Hemp rope is still available, but expensive, are there other possibilities ...
    Posted Jul 25, 2021, 5:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Graham Wright Sad news arrived this week regarding the passing of LBT regular, Graham Wright. Graham was a prolific contributor to the LBT  Newsletter on Tuesday Group matters both as scribe and photographer. He is mentioned in some 90 contributions, much to his credit! As is the way of the photographer, there are many photos by him, not so many of him.The following eulogy was provided by Peter Hill:Sadly Graham , a stalwart of the LBT maintenance crew ,passed away at his home on Wednesday afternoon. A member of the LBT for many years Graham had a natural way with conversation around the workshop table touching on the various topics that old boys talk about .  He was never lost for words ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2021, 11:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Public’s views sought on Huon Highway corridor study The following call and opportunity to comment has been appearing in the local papers and Facebook - worth considering!"The Huon Highway Corridor Study, Kingston to Southport, is part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s delivery of safe and efficient transport links to the Huon Valley.Tasmanians are now invited to provide input into a corridor study which will inform an overarching 10-Year Strategic Action Plan for the Highway.The Huon Highway is a vital link to and from the Huon Valley, connecting major industry sectors such as tourism, forestry, aquaculture and agriculture with Hobart and beyond, and is the main route for people travelling to and from the region.This strategic review will investigate the likely future transport ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2021, 9:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • MAST correspondence re Capricornia MAST has advised the LBT that they have considered Pip's report on the capsize of Capricornia on the 7th June and that no further investigation is required. They do make a number of suggestions which we should follow, with a particular focus on cold water immersion awareness.A copy of that correspondence is below and is worth our consideration.
    Posted Jul 17, 2021, 2:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing News Progress of the figureheadsProgress is continuing on the removable figureheads on the skiffs. Plus, the maintenance crew have been busy with new footstraps on trial in the bow seat of Freyja. Feedback is welcome - it should assist with rowing technique allowing rowers to lean back. Congratulations to Five Mile Crew who rowed in the Welsh five mile event over the weekend and recorded the fastest Open Women time.New footstraps
    Posted Jul 16, 2021, 10:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) to the Egg Island Reserve (Sat 24th July and 28th Aug) The Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) are proposing to make a visit to work on the Egg Islands Reserve and will be seeking the assitance of the LBT volunteers and vessels to make there way there and back on Sat 24th July and 28th Aug.   For those not aware of the TLC the following information might be useful: "The TLC is a not-for-profit, apolitical, science and community-based organisation that raises funds from the public to protect irreplaceable sites and rare ecosystems by buying and managing private land in Tasmania. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. "About the Tasmanian Land ConservancyThe Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) was established in 2001 with $50 in the bank and ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2021, 10:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing News The Freyja figurehead takes shape in the covered verandah area. The cafe blinds were an initiative of the women on water rowing group that raised the funds to ensure a warm work and social area for all to enjoy. Imagine is next on the work list and will come out of the water after a skiff race this weekend.
    Posted Jul 16, 2021, 9:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Building a replica of the 1803 Schooner 'Independence' As Endra and Richard continue their mainland adventures, they have taken time to send us titbits of their boaty discoveries. It seems that down at The Wharf, Tangara Drive, American River, on Kangaroo Island, SA, a volunteer team is building a full-size, seagoing replica of the first sailing vessel ever constructed in South Australia. The original 1803 Schooner 'Independence' was constructed by American sealers as their ship the the 100-ton Union had poor maneuverability in the smaller bays. The smaller Independance allowed the sealers to continue their work. Records show that after performing a number of voyages including delivering sealskins to Sydney the Independance  was lost in waters off the Antipodes Island Group, southeast of New Zealand in ...
    Posted Jul 3, 2021, 2:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing News: Progress on Freya and more! Progress on Freyja as a bittern figurehead evolves. There is also a request that people who take Swiftsure out remove the Thole pins after use. On February 20 2022 the Woodbridge Water Festival organisers have requested a come and try St Ayles Skiff component with a view to a future community build. Updates will follow.
    Posted Jun 30, 2021, 4:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • We all love a project! Indeed we do! What would our sheds and back yards be without such things! So here's a splendid opportunity passed through to us by Paul Fisher " regretfully up for sale is unfinished project professionally built be ship wright over 10 yrs Strip plank epoxy . Extremely well built to sail the world. Will come with 4 axle trailer. Lengths of Oregon for spars lead ballast Saab diesel Lots of bits call Paul on 0409015017 for more details "A picture of a sister ship is below and the state of the current work can be viewed >> here <<
    Posted Jun 29, 2021, 3:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Elandra A couple of notable launchings of new boats from the Wooden Boat School at the weekend: JP's Elandra and a Percy.  Pics from Endra O'May below.
    Posted Jun 27, 2021, 5:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for June LBT Committee meeting Find them at https://tinyurl.com/yzg6sz42
    Posted Jun 27, 2021, 5:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • Decorative knots Barbara Frankel writes:'A big thank you to all those who came along to the Decorative Knotting sessions this month. As there was sufficient interest she proposes to run some more sessions in August for new starters and continuing students. Watch out for further announcements closer to the time.  In the meantime if anyone wants her to email some instructions or a list of online resources, please contact on Barbara.Frankel@internode.on.net'And thanks to Barbara from the LBT for running this course.Pic from https://www.animatedknots.com/monkeys-fist-knot
    Posted Jun 27, 2021, 5:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Film night 'Scattered People' Friday June 25 at 6pm at the Palais This is a Huon Refugee Support Group fundraiserEntry by donation, bar and food for sale on the night. For more details see the flyer below, and the trailer at https://youtu.be/uXeQuiDcYaA. 
    Posted Jun 22, 2021, 3:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • New paint job for Yukon Yukon came home to Franklin at the weekend, dressed in her new livery.  What do we think? See below.
    Posted Jun 20, 2021, 7:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Progress on Freyja's maintenance Jane Johnson writes: 'There is plenty of incentive to join in with skiff maintenance – Freyja Tim-tams. Paint stripping is 90% complete, to be followed by sanding and Cetol. There are many local woods emerging such as King Billy Pine on the thwarts and Celery-Top Pine on the gunnels. Antifoul, straps for footings as a trial and a Bittern figurehead are all challenges available for maintenance workers, and of course “Tea and Tim-Tams” is a much-needed activity. If you want to be a part of the crew, see Dennis at the shed on Wednesdays.'
    Posted Jun 20, 2021, 6:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • An evening of Playback Theatre, September 4th Save the date of this LBT fund raising event in your diaries. Playback Theatre is 'story telling through improvisation'.  Music from Steve and Marjorie Gadd and friends, and from Terry Mead and Rocket Science.  More details to come.
    Posted Jun 20, 2021, 6:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Responses to Capricornia capsize A debrief session was held with the crew of Capricornia after the recent capsize to get their reactions and suggestions for improvement.  Minutes are attached - see https://tinyurl.com/4bve6erh.Pip Stevenson wrote a report (as skipper) for MAST, also attached: https://tinyurl.com/2uu65htm
    Posted Jun 20, 2021, 6:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Satisfaction Survey We ran this survey a couple of months ago.  Thanks to all who contributed their thoughts and views, which have already been used by the committee in considering such issues as fee structure.  Two summaries of these surveys, one detailed and one much briefer are attached: see   https://tinyurl.com/ys5fst3n and https://tinyurl.com/4e54jwfh. We will release all the responses, without identifying information, if there are no objections.
    Posted Jun 20, 2021, 6:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • Stay Chatty at Huon Rowing Club, 7th July Lisa Cooper writes:  'The Huon Rowing Club will be hosting a Stay Chatty presentation at our Clubrooms from 5:30pm on wednesday 7th July. The presentation will be by the program's Project Officer and goes for about 45 minutes.  The session will be on mental health with a focus on resilience and helping out crewmates. If any of the rowers from the Living Boat Trust are interested they would be most welcome to join us.'
    Posted Jun 20, 2021, 5:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pay your membership for 2021-22 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.  Note that if you have recently joined (since February) your payment for 2020-21 will cover you for the coming year.Membership fees for the Living Boat Trust are:  $40 p.a. for an individual; $70 p.a. for a family.  Use one of the following three methods for payment to the LBT: preferably by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using your online bank account:BENDIGO BANK, HUONVILLE BRANCH, BSB 633-000, Account 149496275, LIVING BOAT TRUST;   drop it into the office mailbox at the shed;  cheque sent to ...
    Posted Jun 17, 2021, 8:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • A life on the ocean waves, 13-14 July For those looking for entertainment for younger folk during the mid-year holidays John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum has inspiration. See the flyer below for details.
    Posted Jun 17, 2021, 5:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Treasurer's Report 20th April - 19th May Here is the report presented to the last committee meeting.  Opening balance:                            $25,001; Closing balance:                            $24,920; Term deposit opening balance:       $42,098; Term deposit closing balance:        $42,098; Event account opening balance      $200; Event account closing balance        $144; Net position:                    -$137; All Accounts:                     $67,162. Our major expenses for the month were mooring services ($767), the last of the TN21 payments ($1,316), Taswater ($534), general materials (Franklin Marine $324) and our rent to the WBC ($261). Income came from Monday dinners ($905),  the Maritime Trail payment ($500) and memberships ($180).Our current bank balance as of June 9, 2021 is $34,718  (plus $42,098 term deposit and $308 event account). That is, a total of $77 ...
    Posted Jun 17, 2021, 6:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • Technicolor Tangle New halyards were required for Capricornia after last Monday's mishap, and we have taken the opportunity to colour code them.  In future the spagetti junction at the base of the mast should be much more interesting (but also easier to untangle). Thanks to Matt Wardell for getting up in the bosun's chair for us. Pip Stevenson has repurposed an existing rudder to fit the boat (the old one is likely on its way to the Channel), so she is ready to sail.  Be a good idea not to bottle it before the fore and aft compartments are made properly watertight.  Pics from Paul Frost
    Posted Jun 15, 2021, 2:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Summer Days If you need a break from Tasmania's misty, atmospheric winter skies and long grey evenings you could do worse than join the Port Hacking Raid, at least in a virtual sense, by heading over to https://youtu.be/oTkwfL-55Dk.  Gary McDonald spotted this one.
    Posted Jun 14, 2021, 5:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Decorative Knots class cancelled June 14 Barbara Frankel sent a message to say that she has reacted to her Covid jab and is not well enough to take the class.
    Posted Jun 13, 2021, 4:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Shed full of tables On Saturday we started getting set up for the 60+ visitors from the Cruising Yacht Club having dinner on Sunday night.  Every skerrick of space will be needed to fit them in.  It was a reminder that the shed is a shared space: leave work out at your peril.  See pic below. 
    Posted Jun 12, 2021, 4:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Castle to Crane results Lorrie Harrison writes:'Just in, LBT’s Five Mile Crew has won the Median Trophy for the Irish leg of the Castle to Crane.   As we all Row under very different conditions the organisers only award a median trophy to the crew in the middle of the field, this crew is the best representation of all the crews.  300 crews had entered the event coming from nations around the world, we have won the Median Trophy as a combination of all crews. A big win for the LBT.' See pic from Lorrie below.
    Posted Jun 12, 2021, 5:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • Work on Freyja Jane Johnson writes:'There is progress on Freyja with many hands making light work. The Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday work groups aim to have the skiff back on the water in July. A bittern figurehead is also evolving to give Freyja a unique character. Extra hands are always welcome.'
    Posted Jun 12, 2021, 1:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Drogues Jim Stockton writes:'While Melbourne has been enjoying its lockdown, I've been experimenting with a type of sea anchor called the Jordan series drogue. It isn't new, but I've only recently heard about it.  I've written a story about it, and thought it might be of interest to your members.'Jim's judgment is right: this is just the sort of thing we LBT'ers are interested in.  See his story attached: https://tinyurl.com/3a5bzrzb.  
    Posted Jun 9, 2021, 4:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • If it bleeds it leads Last Monday evening the local press made great play of a swamped Capricornia which, admittedly, did take some water aboard when the crew encountered a squall off Castle Forbes Bay.  The press were less interested in the pic below, taken on the following morning after a spot of baling at Rocco Beach. Locals may have noticed that Capricornia was back in her berth by early Tuesday, towed up be Endra O'May's very capable abalone boat (pics of that from John Snowdon).  We will be making some improvements to Capricornia after this episode: stay tumed.  PS. If you spy a rudder or a couple of paddles in the lower Huon estuary please let us know.  Pic from Gary McDonald
    Posted Jun 13, 2021, 5:28 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday June 7th Looks like we will have some wind this afternoon:  see you at the Shed at 1pm.
    Posted Jun 6, 2021, 3:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Monday evening decorative knots course Be at the Shed for a 5pm start with Barbara Frankel.  Bring some rope.  Pic from Animated Knots.
    Posted Jun 6, 2021, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Castle to Crane Living Boat Trust crews have been rowing in this international 'Covid' event, organised 'cos we can't make it to the British (and Irish) isles for the real thing.  Lorrie Harrison writes:  'Both crews have completed the Irish section of the Castle to Crane, rowing 5 miles (8.04km). Only the Welsh section in July is yet to be rowed.  It’s a hard slog rowing against increased water flow caused by recent rains, but a delight to turn and row with the current.  Castle Forbes Bay suffered a setback when an elastic broke, Karen rowed for both crews as Beata has injured her foot and is unable to row for a few weeks. Sadly neither crew were able to ...
    Posted Jun 6, 2021, 1:28 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting June 10th That's this coming Thursday.  There is an agenda being prepared at https://tinyurl.com/y35epxlo .  Speak to your friendly committee member or send an email to sec@lbt.org.au if there is an issue you want raised.  Draft minutes for the last meeting can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yxzlueub. 
    Posted Jun 5, 2021, 10:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Funnies at Frank's July 8th: Peter Berner Here is a likely looking event if you need to lock in your social calendar a month ahead.  See flyer below for details. 
    Posted Jun 5, 2021, 6:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Where's Yukon? She's on the hard at Prince of Wales Bay, getting prepared for her trip home to Denmark.  Progress is being documented on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yukontours/photos/.  All that lovely green paint is coming off - see pic below. Pic from Endra O'May  Pic from David Nash
    Posted Jun 6, 2021, 2:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing news The Secret Passage St Ayles Skiff journey on June 4 was postponed due to the weather and a new date will be announced soon. It is essential to book on 0400 717 140, so 10 rowing seats can be filled for the 3-hour round-trip. Freyja is undergoing maintenance with members welcome to join in Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. A proposed figurehead for Freyja is a project for the Wednesday 10am woodcarvers...see photo, input is welcome.  
    Posted Jun 5, 2021, 6:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Castle to Crane “Five Miles From Home” 2021 Readers of this column will recall that 2 of our crews (the 5 Mile Crew and Castle Forbes) won their divisions of the first leg of this international event, and there is a nice pic of the former team in the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association report on the event - see https://scottishcoastalrowing.org/castle-to-crane-five-miles-from-home-2021/  They are at it again this coming weekend.  Can they back up - average 5 knots or better over 8km?  Phew!  Pic from Scottish Coastal Rowing
    Posted May 30, 2021, 6:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Palais Movie 6th June: Alpha From the Palais:  'It's 20,000 years ago in Western Europe. Cro Magnons, the first "modern humans" have arrived and the tribe head off for their annual bison hunt. This is to be the coming of age of the chief's son, but he is thrown off a cliff by a bison and abandoned by the tribe. Injured and alone, the boy has to find his way home.'For more see the Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_(2018_film)  Sunday 6 June at the Franklin Palais.    Doors open 6.30pm.  Admission $5.  Film starts after 7.15pm but before 7.30pm.    The bar will be operating, offering libations including stimulants, depressants and comfort drinks.  Food may ...
    Posted May 30, 2021, 3:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cruising Yacht Club visiting Sunday June 13 We are expecting the cruisers for their annual Queens Birthday weekend visit.  Come down and meet them at the Shed. 
    Posted May 29, 2021, 5:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday afternoon 31st May Join the happy crew at the Shed at 1pm to take Capricornia out.  Looks like light conditions, so a good chance to learn or practice skills.  A relatively recent addition to the boat are the running back stays, to protect the mast, something you don't need on an ordinary Bermuda rigged boat.  We need to get familiar with how to manage them. 
    Posted May 30, 2021, 4:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for LBT Committee May meeting See them at https://tinyurl.com/w2ujenv4 .
    Posted May 29, 2021, 4:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Role your own' Monday night dinner coming up End of the month can't get any laster than the 31st, so tomorrow night's dinner (31st May) is a 'bring your own'  BBQ fair and something to share.  Cracker night on Saturday reminded us that it is also bonfire season, so let's set a match to some of the old wood about the place and toast our bums.   From 6.30pm on.  Pic from Wikimedia
    Posted May 29, 2021, 3:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ropework (decorative knots) course: details Barbara Frankel writes:  I will bring some instruction sheets and spare rope and accessories as well as whipping thread, a lighter, and a hot knife. Each session will be totally flexible and adapted to the interests of those present.Attendees can bring their own rope for weeks 2 and 3 (we will go over lengths required in week 1).Week 1  - 7 June: Introduction to rope and cord types; Resources for self-learning decorative ropework; Seizing ends of the different types for any project (whipping and melting); Lengths of rope needed for different projects; 4 bite mat/coaster.   Week 2 – 14 June: Choice of:Ocean Plait Mat;  5 or 6 or 7 bite mats.  Week 3 – 21 June: Monkey’s ...
    Posted May 23, 2021, 4:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Decorative knots course is coming Starting 7th June, Monday evenings.  More details to follow.  Watch the newsletter. Pic from Animated Knots
    Posted May 23, 2021, 4:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing News Jane Johnson writes:  Maintenance of St Ayles Skiffs Freyja has been nominated for the first winter-timed maintenance. Brown paint is being stripped, antifoul applied, cleaning and checking of components are top of the list of "jobs to do". All members, especially rowers, are encouraged to join in with a new maintenance time on Wednesday afternoons. Dennis Muscovitch or Endra O'May are the people to contact if you are keen to join in, to help Freyja re-kindle her name "Nordic Goddess". There is also talk of a figurehead along the lines of her origins from the rowing group "The Bitterns".  Friday row/sail explorations. These casual winter trips for rowers and sailors are planned on Fridays from 2pm ...
    Posted May 23, 2021, 3:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Yukon News David and Ea write:  'In June Yukon is on the slip for all over maintenance and a colour change.  When you are traveling in the tropics it’s all about keeping the timber cooler, also the ambient temperature under deck. The dark heritage green colour with the gold stripe creates a higher temperature 2 to 3 degrees warmer than the traditional Danish fishing cutter light blue with the red stripe. We got a team of keen helpers together but can always use a strong extra hand. If you are interested get in touch.'  More items in their newsletter:  JOIN YUKON’S WORLD VOYAGE 2021/2022; LAST CHANCE FOR CALM RIVER CRUISES ON THE YUKON; FUTURE CRUISES ON THE HUON RIVER ...
    Posted May 23, 2021, 5:30 AM by Posts Editor
  • Time running out for Cartela Not news for those of us in Franklin, but now the ABC is broadcasting it to the world - see their lengthy news item at https://tinyurl.com/2dbj6ydd
    Posted May 22, 2021, 11:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Winter sailing Pip Stevenson writes:'Winter sailing is re-commencing this Monday (24th May) at 1 p.m.. we will be taking either Capricornia or Monty. This was a very popular event during 2019 and we had a regular crew of about 10. So if you're an old hand or would like to learn to sail come and join us on Monday at 1 pm.  Please text Pip so we know what our numbers are.'This event is intended to train up novices and to help experienced sailors to attain skills and confidence to become skippers.
    Posted May 21, 2021, 5:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Weekend rowing Pip Stevenson writes:  'Open weekend rowing will commence this Saturday (22nd May) at 11 oclock.  This session is expected to go for about an hour and a half and is intended particularly for people who can't get to the LBT during the week.  It is hoped that this will include some budding young rowers and attract new members. This event is being supported by Richard Dennis and Pip. We hope to see you there at 11am  for 11:15 departure.'   Pic from Zainab Clarke
    Posted May 21, 2021, 5:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Treasurer’s Report 20 Mar 2021 to 19 April 2021 This report is included in the minutes for the monthly committee meetings (https://tinyurl.com/49jfk2pa), but we thought that at this midway point of the year it was worth separating it out as a news item.  Opening balance:                        $28,083; Closing balance:                          $25,001Term deposit opening balance:   $42,098; Event account opening balance   $96; Event account closing balance    $200;Net position:                              -$2,978;All Accounts:                               $67,299.   Our major expenses for the month were electrical gear for Nancy ($580), the thickneser repairs ($756), Capricornia’s mast ($337), Taswater ($534) and general materials (Mitre 10 $198, Franklin Marine $595). Income came from Monday dinners ($462), boat rental by Tas Land Conservancy ($200) and Maritime Trail sales ($207).Our bank ...
    Posted May 16, 2021, 3:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Music on Monday Night Kate's back and Monday nights are great (as always).  We had an extra boost this week with the visit of Velvet Phoenix to sing for us, mostly a capella.  There were lots of Tasmanian west coast and Irish rebel songs with rousing choruses for the diners to join in with.  Pics below from Nell Tyson.
    Posted May 12, 2021, 4:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • The way we were: Franklin in the 1940's and 50's. David Moore recently posted to Youtube 'various clips of Franklin put together by Mike Peters from the family archives of Phillip Gordon-Smith'.  There is a LOT here (the apple evaporators in action, sports carnivals, racing boats on the river etc), but of general interest are the streetscapes, which emphasis how the town was transformed by the road widening.  See  https://youtu.be/D9SZ8ZrstOA,  If you want a recent overflight of the town for comparison see https://youtu.be/O7WkppOoyfEDennis Muscovich has pointed out that if you hop onto Youtube and do a seach for 'Tasmanian Archive Films' or 'TAHO Tasmania' you will turn up many films from this period. 
    Posted May 10, 2021, 4:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Induction to the LBT New members to the LBT are welcomed with a fairly brief email outlining resources, opportunities and obligations.  Tom Stevens has put together a much more thorough-going online induction which can be found at https://tinyurl.com/zdryfwpf .  Have a go and send feedback.  This is a much needed improvement to our procedures and we are grateful to Tom for tackling it.
    Posted May 9, 2021, 3:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Proposed change to membership and boat use fees Members will recall that we ran a 'satisfaction survey' back in February.  A suggestion that came out of that was that we change the current membership/boat use fee arrangement.  The committee agreed that there could be some positive outcomes if this was done, encouraging the use of boats and simplifying life in general.  Your treasurer, Rod Macfarlan, has put together the attached proposal: https://tinyurl.com/y6ewaj9c.  See what you think.  This will need to be endorsed at the Annual General Meeting later in the year so we have time to think about it.
    Posted May 9, 2021, 3:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fwd: Brekend, Brekend: de verloting gaat door! Henk Brolsma forwarded us an email advertising the next Dutch Wooden Boat Festival at Den Helder being organised by old friend and member of the Living Boat Trust Bert van Baar.  You can find out more on the website, translated into English thank goodness: https://dutchwoodenboatfestival.nl/about/  .  Looks like it will be a lot of fun, but the date (September this year) seems optimistic for those who want to attend from Australia.  We may just have to be online voyeurs.  If and when a visit does become possible we can highly recommend the Den Helder Navy Museum, situated in the early 19th century naval dockyards, which has the most amazing collection of boats and buildings.
    Posted May 9, 2021, 3:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Register of Historic Vessels (ARHV) The LBT already has 2 boats on this register (Nancy and the Monty), which can be viewed online at http://arhv.anmm.gov.au/collections . The Maritime Museum has sent us an email seeking further nominations.  If you have a strong view about any of our other boats contact the committee.  If you want to put forward another boat see the form at http://arhv.anmm.gov.au/nomination/form
    Posted May 9, 2021, 3:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting coming up this Thursday 13th An agenda is being prepared at https://tinyurl.com/cvx4dzb6.
    Posted May 9, 2021, 3:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Solar panels for the LBT roof One of the aspirations of the LBT is to ' strive for a sustainable way of life' and in line with this goal we have sort funding over the years for solar panels.  It looks like this may finally become a reality, with both the major parties in the Tasmanian election promising that if they achieve government they will make the appropriate grants.  Thanks to Bec Enders and Toby Thorpe for their support.
    Posted May 2, 2021, 3:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian 5 virtual Skiff regatta Lorrie Harrison writes: 'From the West to the East coast across Australian crews in St Ayles skiffs have been rowing the 'Australian 5' this past weekend. Named because 5 crew members cover 5km.  It has been the first dispersed event to be held in Australia for skiff rowing, one where we can all participate but we don't need to be together.  Three crews from the LBT have joined in the fun: Castle Forbes Bay, Making Waves and the Five Mile Crew. All three crews could be seen out training during these past few months and all three crews pulled those oars as hard as they could for 5km, totally exhausted at the finish line.  Thanks to the supporters who ...
    Posted May 2, 2021, 3:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • New key locker Paul Frost and the Tuesday group have replaced the plastic key buckets which used to sit on top of the fridge with the very flash number pictured below, which is hung at the end of the laundry bench, beside the entrance to the disabled toilet.
    Posted May 2, 2021, 12:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Mike's Nets Mike Dredge gave his first class on net repair last week.  We are looking forward to the next instalment Monday at 5pm.
    Posted May 2, 2021, 12:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Use 'Check in Tas' at the LBT from May 1st It's the invasion of the QR codes:  there is now one in the middle of the front door (pics below).  In order assist with potential Covid tracing and help keep everybody safe you should zap this with the 'Check in Tas' app on your mobile phone when you visit the shed.  Download the app from the appropriate store: https://tinyurl.com/4rywarct (Google) or https://tinyurl.com/mav2h4f8 (Apple).  The [edited] instructions from the State Government are as follows.  'The Tasmanian Government now requires use of the free Check in TAS app to collect contact information about everyone who spends time at an applicable organisation’s premises. This is done by requiring people to scan a unique QR code ...
    Posted Apr 29, 2021, 5:29 AM by Posts Editor
  • Movie 'The Host' at the Palais, Sunday May 2nd A Korean monster movie by the director of the Oscar winning 'Parasite'. Sounds like a lot of fun.  Doors open 6.30pm, admission $5, film starts after 7.15pm but before 7.30pm.  The bar will be operating, Food may be shared but feel free to bring your own.  The Palais Collective Shop will be open prior to the movie. Locally made crafts, cards and other gifts are available. 
    Posted Apr 27, 2021, 5:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Mooring That rather exotic looking green boat that was lurking around upstream last week was servicing moorings, including the one owned by the LBT which now has some decent ground tackle fitted to it.  It is number 9169, with an orange buoy and it is just upsteam of the Wooden Boat Centre.  Pics and map below.
    Posted May 2, 2021, 10:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Heading home from Dawn Anzac Day Service Pip Stevenson took this snap of Will Hallinan rowing home.  Must have been interesting rowing to the service before dawn.
    Posted Apr 24, 2021, 9:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian 5 Skiff Event The First National Dispersed Skiff Event is on this coming weekend.  THE LBT have entered 3 crews in the female division, each rowing 5km. You might like to come on down and cheer them on. Castle Forbes Bay starting 4pm on Friday, Five Mile Crew starting 8am Saturday, Making Waves starting 9am on Sunday.Times are weather dependent. Start and finish will be in the same spot near the LBT with the finish a bit over 1/2 an hour after the start.  See poster below for more details: https://tinyurl.com/nvx2kwr5
    Posted Apr 24, 2021, 9:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night BBQ coming up We can't have Matt and John cooking us fabulous repasts every night: sometimes we have to do for ourselves.  Bring something to throw on the hot plate, something to share, and $5 to pay for gas and sundries.  See you there.  Pic from Wikimedia
    Posted Apr 24, 2021, 12:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Richard Stubbs at Frank's 3rd June Funnies at Frank's will feature Richard Stubbs on this date.  See flyer below for details: https://tinyurl.com/53khac4d
    Posted Apr 23, 2021, 4:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rowan on duty with Tas Land Conservancy Rowan was in service ferrying the workers out to Egg Island to tackle the New Zealand Flax and to manage their camera traps - pics below.  Of particular interest was what has been captured on the cameras - the usual suspects but also Pygmy Possums, Potoroos, Spotless Crakes and a Bittern.  One of the secrets of the success of the small mammals is no cats.
    Posted Apr 23, 2021, 2:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tassie Men's Shed News Read the latest attached: https://tinyurl.com/jxjpwh6
    Posted Apr 23, 2021, 3:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Castle Forbes Forest Yanti writes:'I had a lovely night meeting many people of the LBT on Monday, thank you for the opportunity to make a little announcement.  Visit a beautiful patch of old wet forest just 7ks from Franklin. The forest is magnificent and of high conservation value, and many in the Franklin community are working to protect it. There will be a free guided walk through Castle Forbes Forest at 10am on Sunday the 2nd of May. Immerse yourself and learn about the ecology of the forest. The walk is 1.5 kms and takes about 2 hours. Book here: https://castle_forbes_forest_walk.eventbrite.com.au. You can also visit the forest on your own (see map below). There ...
    Posted Apr 21, 2021, 4:12 AM by Posts Editor
  • May 8th fund raising event postponed until September The event advertised for May 8th has now been put forward until Saturday September 4th - something to celebrate the beginning of spring.  More details to follow.
    Posted Apr 19, 2021, 6:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Pip's Knots, long live Mike's Nets - 5pm next week A reminder that Mike Dredge will be starting his net making course next week at 5pm, Monday evening.  Mike tells us that he is happy to be flexible, guided by what people want and need.  Bring a couple of net needles – about 12- 15 cm and a cob of mending twine, about 9-12 ply, purchased either at Franklin Marine or online (for instance at  https://www.hookedonline.com.au/accessories/tools/net-needles/  and  at  https://www.hookedonline.com.au/50gm-spool-of-seahorse-kuralon-net-twine-white-net).This is also an opportunity to thank Pip Stevenson for his knots course.  Kevin Robson sent in the following illustration of the sort of problem that those who DIDN'T ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2021, 4:20 PM by Richard Forster
  • Rhonda K and Bob The newly varnished and painted Rhonda K recently caught the eye of photographer Craig Bryant (well she would wouldn't she?), and then he spotted Bob admiring his handiwork.  Pics below - thanks Craig.
    Posted Apr 18, 2021, 2:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Little blue box The small monitor pictured below is the main visible sign that Brian Marriott has installed a new controller in Nancy: the old one broke.  This job, which required real expertise, was done at speed to have the boat ready for last week's Maritime Trail.  Thanks Brian: we owes ya.
    Posted Apr 17, 2021, 10:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tasmanian Gothic (aboard Nancy) A few weeks ago Nancy participated in the production of a sort of foodies promotional film called 'Last Drinks Tasmania'.  It has been released online and the bit featuring Nancy can be viewed at https://youtu.be/ajVFE0j6-mY - you will need to speed ahead to around the 25 minute mark if you really want to cut to the chase.  The presenter, who took the wheel, had as her crew a couple of rubes who look as though they had just come down to the boat after a hard day at the still.  Appropriate for the subject matter we suppose.
    Posted Apr 18, 2021, 3:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Maritime Trail Wrap Up Paul Stephanus from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival sent a big thank you to the LBT for their support of this event, and a link to a very entertaining video summary of what went on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-5R5D-zqBw . 
    Posted Apr 16, 2021, 5:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lake Pedder Raid Andy Bullock writes:  A contingent from the LBT recently undertook a raid on Lake Pedder, enjoying a halcyon three days between a wind-swept Dover regatta and the cold, rainy weather that subsequently prevailed. Lake Pedder is a truly magnificent and beautiful cruising area; the lake is ringed by rugged, jagged mountains while the extensive waterway has an abundance of bays, inlets, and islands to explore. The participating boats were “Freyja” the St Ayles skiff, with a borrowed sailing rig, “Hop the Wag”, a Bay Raider 20, a lovely, newly-launched Herreschoff Cochina clinker dinghy from Launceston, named “Shep” in honour of a beloved dog, and my sea kayak. Most people camped at Ted’s Beach, near the northern end ...
    Posted Apr 17, 2021, 10:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for April LBT Committee Meeting See them at https://tinyurl.com/knwjw7dm
    Posted Apr 11, 2021, 4:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Maritime Trail at the LBT The LBT was asked to 'get people on the water' for the Maritime Trail organised by the the Wooden Boat Festival for the weekend just gone (April 10-11).  The weather could have been worse, but only just, so lurking around the sausage sizzle on the verandah for shelter and warmth was a favoured activity.  We did however manage to do some sailing in the whaleboat and rowing in the Skiffs and Grebes between showers, and of course Nancy's covered cabin was a good place to be for joy rides.  Thanks to all who contributed: the cooks, and the crews.  LBT people were also involved in the symposium at the Palais, particularly the 'Women and Water' seminar organised by ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2021, 4:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Good Friday row This event has become a tradition, and at the LBT we like traditions.  Lorrie Harrison sent in the pics below.
    Posted Apr 11, 2021, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Perfect varnishing day Jane Johnson took advantage of the weather to get the bright work gleaming on Imagine for the Maritime Trail event.  See pic from Jane below. 
    Posted Apr 11, 2021, 3:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian 5: 30th April - 2nd May If you are you interested in forming a crew and being part of this Australia wide dispersed St Ayles Skiff event contact Lorrie:  lorrie7113@gmail.com or Natalie: natalie.wiliams@entura.com.au .  More details on the flyer below.
    Posted Apr 11, 2021, 3:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Winter rowing Lorrie Harrison writes: 'The Friday morning social row has moved to our Winter start time of 10am on the water.  We would love some more women to come and join us.'
    Posted Apr 11, 2021, 3:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Come along to net making course beginning 26th April Mike Dredge has kindly offered to run this course.  Mike writes: 'participants will need a couple of net needles – about 12- 15 cm and a cob of mending twine, about 9-12 ply.  Net needles are available from a range of sites on the Web at about $6 for a set of half a dozen (I have no idea of quality) and there are also a wide range of net repair twines on offer on the Web.  One site has 50 gm cobs of Kuralon for about $6, but they seem to have only 18 ply at the moment, which might be a bit heavy for what we’ll be doing.  Participants also will need to bring a good twine ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2021, 2:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • More rowing photos from Port Esperance Regatta Thanks to Lorrie Harrison for these - we notice John Young in the bow seat in the first of them.  Great to have a life member involved.
    Posted Apr 5, 2021, 2:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dick Geeves Thanksgiving Service 10am April 16th Because of Covid there was no proper gathering when Dick Geeves died.  His family write:  'It was always our intention to hold an event in Tasmania to celebrate our father's life when restrictions on travel and assembly eased.  Accordingly, a thanksgiving service will now be conducted at 10am on Friday April 16 at the Geeveston Community Church, Geeveston.  We hope to see many of Dick's family and friends at the service and at the RSL to follow. Thanks to Celia Leverton for pointing out this one to us.'Thanks to Celia Leverton for spotting this one. Pic from Zainab Clarke
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 7:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Report: Port Esperance Regatta 2021 Jane Johnson writes:The long 8km row around Hope Island was brought forward to kick off the racing events as winds were worsening and there was the likelihood of cancellation. The Women’s Castle Forbes crew in Imagine took the lead and maintained the pressure until the end, followed by Five-Mile Crew in Billie and Dover in Freyja.Despite the hot and blustery conditions, the St Ayles Skiff racing segment of the Dover Regatta drew enthusiastic cheers from the onlookers as four skiffs battled it out throughout a tough 1km course. New rowers and keen crew joined the 1km races which bodes well for Dover, who are building their own community skiff this year. It was great to see ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 3:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Book for the Maritime Trail this coming weekend (10-11 May) Yep: it is upon us.  There are all sorts of events scattered around the State. Some of them are booked out already, some are not.  You can find out, and make your own bookings, at https://www.australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au/maritime-trail-program .  Of particular interest in Franklin is the series of seminars and workshops and films at the Palais. On Saturday: Cody Horgan, 3pm-4pm; Sea Shanty Workshop, 4.30pm - 6.30pm; Palais Theatre – Fisherman’s Friend Film; 7pm - 9pm. On Sunday: Surfboats and Rangers 10-11.20am; WOMEN AND WATER PANEL 11.40-1.10pm; Forestry & Wooden Boats 1.40-3pm; Founding the Festival 3.30-4.30pm; Writing about Boats 5-6pm; Best of AWBF 6.30 ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 3:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • BBQ Night 5th May It was such a success last week we have decided to do it all again.  If you aren't away for Easter, going to Lake Pedder, and don't have a broken foot (ouch on your behalf Kate) show up with something to chuck on the plate and something to share.  See you around 6.30pm.  Pic by Sander van der Wel from Wikimedia Commons
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 2:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT fund raising event bumped to May 8th SATURDAY MAY 8TH is the new date for our LBT fundraiser, a Cabaret evening at the Palais. Some of the attractions include: Playback Theatre; Steve and Marjorie Gadd and friends; Teahouse – mixing eastern and western styles and sounds; Terry Mead and Rocket Science.    More announcements to come. For anybody who is interested this event was bumped by some election: the nerve of those politicians.
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 3:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Capricornia to Dover (and back) Capricornia went to Dover for the Regatta. Shown here are some of the crew Rob, Hans, Will and Pip. Richard Martin and Henk (not pictured) also came down for the race. After a huge amount of work by many people over the last few weeks Capricornia's mast was repaired and rigged for the event. Unfortunately the wind was so blustery and violent that the whole sailing part of the Regatta was cancelled. As a crew we were disappointed not to race but relieved not to have to go out and capsize! NOW THE NEXT HAPPY EVENT WILL BE THE RETURE DELIVERY BACK TO FRANKLIN. Please let Hans or Pip know if you are interested. Our commiserations and thanks go ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 5:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Freyja the tender? When Capricornia arrived in Dover for the Port Esperance Regatta there was the small matter of getting the crew ashore once they had her anchored. Fortunately Freyja was to hand and was put to work to do the ferrying work.  Thanks Freyja crew!Pics from Endra O'May
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 4:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Lady Levinia gets up steam Recently Judy and Martin Krynen passed on Lady Levinia to Brian Pain, and last week he was spotted taking her for an inaugural excursion around the Egg Islands with chief engineer Brian Marriott and advisor Andrew Perkins - pic below.
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 4:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • New role for Betsy Walton She has become a duck roost (see pic below).  We may have a manure problem.
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 1:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Australian National Bushfire Health and Wellbeing Survey The Tassie Men's Shed Association writes:'A team of researchers at The Australian National University are conducting a nationwide survey to understand the past and present impact of bushfires and smoke on health, wellbeing, and lifestyle. We need to hear from more people, both with and without bushfire experience. Your participation will help identify how to support and protect the well-being of Australians when faced with future bushfires. You could also win a $50 Prezzee card! To take the survey, please head to our website bit.ly/3a71pAt'  
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 12:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • Fundraiser planned for May 1st Endra O'May writes that plans are underway for 'a big night of entertainment at the Palais on May 1st - put it in your diary today!'.  More details to come shortly.
    Posted Mar 28, 2021, 4:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tickets selling fast for Maritime Trail More details from the AWBF attached: https://tinyurl.com/24p6jjyt  .  You can travel across the State to attend an event in Queenstown or Devonport, or stay right at home to enjoy a seminar at our own Palais Theatre.  Tickets and program at https://www.australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au/maritime-trail-program.
    Posted Mar 28, 2021, 4:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • End of Month Monday BBQ This Monday night (29th March) the cook is taking a break.  Well actually she is getting a break (in her foot) fixed.  We all hope it goes well Kate.  Those who are coming to dinner should bring along something for themselves (to throw on the barbie), and something to share, plus $5 to help keep the shed running.     Pic from vxla
    Posted Mar 28, 2021, 2:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Athol Walter boat needs a new home If you have ever admired Grant Maddock's red 'Apache' which is often anchored in the river (pic below), you may be interested in her sister boat 'Sioux', currently in South Australia and looking for a home.  Rob Ayliffe writes:'I have had in my care for the past five years a beautifully built Athol Walter built Sioux open ocean racing boat. She is well known to Tasmanians, especially, and in very good structural condition all Huon planked, Nanni 2 cylinder barely used 13hp diesel, built in Geeveston and launched Circa 1963. She on the register of historic Tasmanian Ships.  I have tried many times and at some expense to find her a good home. I can no longer afford ...
    Posted Mar 27, 2021, 4:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Autumn news from Tassie Men's Shed Association See attached: https://tinyurl.com/55ha59yr
    Posted Mar 19, 2021, 1:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Playing pontoon(s) There is progress being made in getting the requisite permits for permanently moored pontoons, but in the meantime there is a new experiment for deploying them. See pics below.   From this:to this: 
    Posted Mar 17, 2021, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mamma Rosa's Froiday Tombola at Frank's 9th April David Moore writes:'Mamma Rosa calls a few rounds of Bingo (in Italian AND English of course!)...complete with home-made prizes, and guaranteed laughs-a-plenty. LET'S DO IT!!! Froiday April 9th 2021. Doors open from 6pm. NOTE: Dinner ISN'T included in the ticket price. Details of the menu choice and pricing TBA. Frank's will be set up cafe-style with tables and chairs for you to eat your dinner at and play Tombola. Tombola starts from 7pm.'  See flyer below for booking details. 
    Posted Mar 27, 2021, 4:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday evening at the Shed It was a hive of activity: Kevin and Peter were putting a carbon fibre sleeve on the newly repaired mainmast for Capricornia, Pip Stevenson was conducting a knot tying course, and Martin Riddle was chairing a meeting to discuss options for the Pedder 'Raid'.  Pics below (minus the meeting - too boring).
    Posted Mar 17, 2021, 5:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Satisfaction Survey There has been quite a good response to the survey distributed a couple of weeks ago, but it would be helpful to have opinions from an even broader range of members, so we are publicising this initiative again.  Please complete and submit the form  at https://tinyurl.com/y4qssmm2 .  Feel free to be frank: particular responses will not be made public, but will of course be shared by committee members.  Names are requested  so we can identify multiple responses (which are fine) and to try to eliminate the notorious internet 'trolls', but if you are feeling shy use a pseudonym. 
    Posted Mar 14, 2021, 1:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pip's knots 5pm Mondays Pip Stevenson's knots class has been progressing nicely with a healthy attendance and lots being learnt.  Drop ins are welcome: just be at the Shed before 5pm. Pic from www.animatedknots.com
    Posted Mar 14, 2021, 1:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lake Pedder mini-Raid - 5-8 April We are organising a mini Raid to Lake Pedder for the week following Easter (5-8 April). There will be a meeting to flesh out plans at the LBT Shed this Monday (15 March) at 5.30 pm. Don’t worry if you can’t make – if you complete the Expression of Interest we will pass on anything useful that comes out of it (the EOI form is here: https://tinyurl.com/11matulr). Our intention is to keep the logistics as simple as possible, which means self-catering and no support crew. We will base ourselves at one site near Strathgordon with the option for participants to camp at Ted’s Beach or stay in the Lake Pedder Wilderness Lodge ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2021, 1:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wilson's Boatshed to be demolished Jay Lawry writes:'Dear Members,When I first sailed in to Port Cygnet at the very beginning of 2017 after a 14-day solo non stop passage from Albany in Western Australia via Matsuyker Island, I was tired and not a little damp; I was craving the sanctuary of a secure anchorage for a night or two before continuing on to Hobart and the Australian Wooden Boat Festival of that year. I found it just a few hundred metres from the Port Cygnet Sailing Club Clubhouse.Since that time, I have worked at Wilson’s on the construction of a new launch and at Franklin and Wilson’s on the restoration of a 1935 launch.Every time I walk into ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2021, 3:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tassie Men's Shed News Not just for men, this issue largely devoted to some of the common health 'challenges' many of us face.  Read all about it at https://tinyurl.com/yauh8x3g.
    Posted Mar 3, 2021, 3:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffie Worlds 2022 Lorrie Harrison has sent us the following announcement:  Skiffie Worlds 2022 27 June – 2 July Kortgene, Netherlands Yes, it's on again. This is the event for rowers and coxes that are serious about racing, prepared to commit to training and fitness, as well as the expense of travelling to Europe. But what an experience! Competing against teams from all over the world, meeting and having fun with fellow Skiffers, gaining more experience and knowledge of rowing and coxing as well as joining in the Saturday night dance!! If you would like to know more or think you might like to go please email Lorrie. ( lorrie7113@gmail.com) https://www.skiffieworlds2022.com/
    Posted Mar 3, 2021, 2:11 PM by Richard Forster
  • Water Women and Wood This 'Panel Discussion looking at the attraction, joys and challenges of Wooden Boats from the female perspective' is one of the seminars being offered at the Palais as part of the Maritime Trail on April 11th.  It will be hosted by Ginny Gerlach, founder of Water Women.  Endra O'May has sent us the attached description and summary of the participants - see https://tinyurl.com/ybjgoebl .
    Posted Mar 3, 2021, 10:39 AM by Richard Forster
  • Maritime Trail April 10-11 official program A reminder that the Australian Wooden Boat Festival (AWBF) has organised this event as a kind of tour of the wooden boat attractions of the State.  They write: 'Join us at midday March 9, 2021 to get pre-access to the Maritime Trail 2021 tickets before the general public on March 10. Discover boatyards, take a sail on a Tall Ship or listen to a Forestry Forum at the beautiful Palais Theatre. From the wild West Coast to Franklin, to Low Head to Woodbridge.  From midday on March 9 2021 - tickets will be available for purchase via our website to thank you for your loyal support. The website will be live from midday March 9, so get in quick, these ...
    Posted Mar 2, 2021, 9:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Get your LBT news daily The weekly LBT news digest sometimes has announcements for events that have already passed - that is the nature of digests.  If this troubles you the solutions are to either watch the LBT website or have your news emailed to you daily by completing the form at http://eepurl.com/1cl7H.  This latter option may also be selected from the 'About Us' menu on the LBT website: see screenshot below.
    Posted Mar 1, 2021, 3:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pip's knots After a false start last week (Pip was crook) knot making will be on this evening, Monday night, at 5pm, before dinner.  There will be an emphasis on practical applications: tying up boats etc, but we'll go where the class leads us.  Pip is an old sea dog with much wisdom to share.  Pic from www.animatedknots.com
    Posted Feb 28, 2021, 12:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Movie night at the Palais Sunday 7th of March It is 'Birds of Passage':  'an epic portrayal of the rise and fall of a Colombian indigenous family as it is drawn into the drug trade with America. Based on extensive interviews with original participants, the film purports to be firmly based on true events.'Doors open 6.30pm; Admission $5;  Film starts after 7.15pm but before 7.30pm;   The bar will be operating, offering libations including stimulants, depressants and comfort drinks.  Food may be shared but feel free to bring your own.
    Posted Feb 28, 2021, 12:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Remembering Martin Krynen this Sunday Feb 28th Judy Krynen has organised an  'open shed' at the old apple evaporators (just downstream of the LBT) for Martin's friends to gather and help celebrate his life, this Sunday 4-6 pm.  Some food and drink provided.
    Posted Feb 26, 2021, 4:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Paul Frost's model Cartela Paul's model Cartela has had her maiden voyage.  Sensational!  See the pics from Paul below, and you should be able to download the movie from https://tinyurl.com/yda5ouao
    Posted Feb 24, 2021, 1:06 PM by Richard Forster
  • Funnies at Frank's Friday March 5th Rachel Berger is the headline act for this International Women's Day special.  For more details see the flyer below.
    Posted Feb 23, 2021, 6:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF Parade of Sail Those of us who were too distracted, by Tawe Nunnugah and other activities, to participate in the Parade of Sail can enjoy it vicariously by viewing the video: https://youtu.be/kRXGEVwmNao.
    Posted Feb 23, 2021, 6:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • The draw knife comes out In the pic below Pete Laidlaw shaves the bad wood off one stub of Capricornia's broken mast in preparation for a repair.
    Posted Feb 25, 2021, 3:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Caro McRae Caro, friend to many in Franklin and wife of long time LBT stalwart Ali, died on Monday afternoon, peacefully and with family and friends around her.  Ali writes: 'A Celebration of Caro’s life, will be held at Kingston Beach Oval ( Outdoors) on Friday 26th starting at 1.30 PM. Wake to follow in Kingston Beach. Please bring your bathers for a swim with Caro. Please forward this to people you think should know.'
    Posted Feb 25, 2021, 3:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dinghy for Sale Refurbished Batten-seam carvel dinghy.   7’2” (2.1m) x 3’8” (1.1m).  Huon Pine over Blackwood frames.   Built c1940’s by O’May family.  Oars and rowlocks.  On unregistered trailer (if required).  $2,450.00.  0438 300 229
    Posted Feb 23, 2021, 4:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • Swimming in the Huon River Jane Johnson writes: 'Friday morning at 7.45 a new swim-group has started at the town jetty in Franklin for anyone interested. For Huon River dippers or Egg Island swimmers, the main thing is to enjoy a cold refreshing water start to the day with others. To join, just be there Fridays at 7.45. Contact Jane 0400717140 for details'.
    Posted Feb 21, 2021, 1:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lake Pedder mini-Raid Expressions of Interest are open for the Lake Pedder mini-Raid. If there is enough interest LBT will run a 3 or 4 day mini-Raid to Lake Pedder in the first week of April. We will base ourselves at the camping ground at Teds Beach 4 kms from Strathgordon. If you don’t fancy camping, rooms are available at the Pedder Wilderness Lodge starting at $120 for a double/twin. The intent is to keep the whole organisation low key and take the opportunity to explore the area for possible future trips. Meals will be self-catering with the option to eat at the Lodge restaurant (example menu here - https://www.pedderwildernesslodge.com.au/images/PEDDER_menu_2020.pdf ...
    Posted Feb 21, 2021, 1:57 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Vale Martin Krynen Benefactor and friend of the LBT Martin Krynen died on Saturday.  Our thoughts are with Judy and the family.  Pic Peter Heading, Brian Marriott and Martin solving  a Nancy problem
    Posted Feb 20, 2021, 11:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for February LBT Committee meeting Find them at https://tinyurl.com/ycsak3gr.
    Posted Feb 20, 2021, 2:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Assist with research 'Spanner in the Works' is the newsletter for the Tasmanian Men's Shed Association, of which the LBT is a member. They write:  'On a regular basis the Spanner team receives requests to help recruit participants for surveys and research through our newsletter network.  We decided to share these with you every quarter (separate to the newsletter). We hope you will find them interesting and participate as often as you can. We get the message 'we need to hear from more males in our research' all the time.'   Topics include risks to pedestrians, dementia and Covid 19.  See attached for details: https://tinyurl.com/y8tw3fm7 
    Posted Feb 19, 2021, 12:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Florence - project boat Craig Dixon from the Bass and Flinders Centre at Georgetown contacted us to say that the Centre does not have space to restore and display the historic fishing boat 'Florence' (C 1895), and is looking for somebody suitable to take her on.  Graeme Broxam kindly supplied a description of the boat from his upcoming publication 'Those that survive: Vintage and Veteran boats of Tasmania'.  See attached (https://tinyurl.com/y88qmagq).  Contact the Centre if you have a serious proposition to put to them: phone 6382 3792, email admin@bassandflinders.org.au.  Pics from Craig Dixon
    Posted Feb 21, 2021, 5:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Busy Waterfront Jane Johnson writes:'It was all happening at the LBT on Tuesday with a large 1940s wooden fishing boat from the marina being prepared for a trailer voyage to South Australia for repairs and restoration. On the Yukon jetty Richmond artist Rick Crossland was capturing the attractive wooden boat scenery that featured Billie the St Ayles Skiff. Rick exhibits at the Jane Franklin Art Gallery in Lenah Valley and LBT members will be notified of future exhibitions. The artwork captured the reflections of the sunny autumn skies and the ambience of the jetty, boathouse and a selection of wooden boats.'
    Posted Feb 17, 2021, 4:26 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sail from Port Huon to Hobart If you are interested in crewing on a yacht being transported from Port Huon to Hobart contact Pip Stevenson: 0401 295728. 
    Posted Feb 17, 2021, 3:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • Lost and Found - from tn21 and inside the LBT shed. Deb Van Velsen writes: 'Lost during tn21:  - a red and black inflatable collar lifejacket with 'John Pollard' written on it;  - a black and white fender lost from safety boat B2 on the last day (see pic below).  Found during tn21:  - digital multimeter; - blue neoprene bottle holder; - blue Thermarest pillow.  Please contact Deb on 0427554264 to to arrange reunions.  Found at LBT shed: - various water bottles; - jumpers, hats, jackets, bathers, safety shirt, shorty wetsuit, etc.  Items not claimed will be re-homed at the start of April.'
    Posted Feb 20, 2021, 1:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Maritime Skills Sessions - Knots One of the things some of our the more experienced LBT members have been very good at is sharing their skills.  Pip Stevenson is one of those members, and he will be running an 'Applied Knots' course at 5pm on Mondays (before dinner) for anybody who is interested.  Pip writes: 'We will start by looking at different sorts of ropes, the difference between knots bends and hitches, the parts of a rope and applying the various knots to sail, mooring & anchoring techniques. I will also look at conventional and beam towing techniques. Of special interest will be some of the lesser known hitches such as the tugboat hitch and the stopper knot, these have many common applications and are not ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2021, 5:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Satisfaction Survey The LBT committee has put together the survey form at https://tinyurl.com/y4qssmm2  to assist with future decision making.  If you wish to have some input complete and submit it.  Feel free to be frank: the results will not be made public, but will of course be shared by committee members.
    Posted Feb 15, 2021, 2:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Open Day at the LBT Sunday afternoon proved to be the perfect time to spend time beside and on the water with other families and friends from the Huon Valley.   Sausages sizzled, Nancy puttered, sails were hoisted and oars deployed, whilst Terry Mead and his fellow musicians provided a melodious background to the activities. And the weather gods were kind - the sun shone and the sea breeze came up to fill those sails.  Many thanks to Jane Johnson, Endra O'May and the team for making this happen.  There were difficult circumstances to overcome and they did it.  See pics below from Tom Stevens.If the Maritime Trail event we are participating in (April 10-11) can be as good as this we will all ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2021, 1:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mast building master class As has been noted in a previous post, the mast of Capricornia was snapped in a blow coming up the river.  Join Peter Laidlaw and the team on Monday afternoons from 3pm to help remedy the situation.
    Posted Feb 12, 2021, 3:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Was this the guilty party? Whilst an inspection of the broken mast on Capricornia was being conducted, a specimen of the Common (or possibly Tessellated) Mast Deathwatch Beetle was observed scuttling away from the scene of the crime.  Did anybody hear ticking aboard Capricornia?
    Posted Feb 12, 2021, 7:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Participating in the Maritime Trail (April 10-11) When it became apparent that it wasn't possible to run the Boat Festival, Paul Stephanus and his merry people decided that this was the perfect opportunity to do something that they had been contemplating anyway:  run a series of smaller, coordinated events in towns with a maritime history.  Franklin has been chosen as one of those towns, and the LBT has been asked to provide some 'on the water' activities.  What we are contemplating is taking the public out rowing in Grebes and Skiffs, much as we have at previous Australia Days and the Bellerive Seafest, as well as joy rides in Nancy, and sailing in one of the whaleboats.  If you would like to participate, either on a ...
    Posted Feb 12, 2021, 3:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pics from the Raid A repository of photos for is being created at https://tinyurl.com/yy49pqy2 .  Pic from Phill - lunch at the Quarries
    Posted Feb 11, 2021, 8:33 PM by Richard Forster
  • Open Day 14th February still on, Regatta cancelled Come to the Open Day, starting at 1pm for a barbeque, boats on the water, Nancy joy rides and music. Unfortunately the regatta part of the program, planned for the morning, has had to be cancelled.
    Posted Feb 11, 2021, 3:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting 11th Feb The next LBT committee meeting is coming up.  An agenda is being prepared at https://tinyurl.com/y4l2xpfy.  The draft minutes for the January meeting are at https://tinyurl.com/yxo9kfjd.
    Posted Feb 7, 2021, 1:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Freyja on the Raid There was not sufficient interest for a rowing boat to participate in the main legs of Tawe Nunnugah, but Freyja has been on the trailer between camp sites and has been ideal for short excursions on the lay days.  She has been up the Lune River,  around Garden Island to Randall's Bay and back to Charlotte's cove, and to Sheepwash Bay on Bruny.
    Posted Feb 4, 2021, 8:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • The LBT Franklin St Ayles Skiff Regatta and Open Day Sun 14 Feb Jane Johnson writes:  'On Sunday February 14 we are opening are doors for all to sample and enjoy. There is something for everyone in the Open Day – a St Ayles Skiff Regatta begins at 9am for Women’s, Men’s and Mixed crews.  From 11.30 there is an international-themed event with “join or form a team from your birthplace or background” (there is already a British team) followed by a similar “State of Origin” one kilometre race. Will Tasmania take the lead, given that community rowing of St Ayles Skiffs began in Franklin in 2012? The 250m final sprint should be a real spectator highlight.  From 1pm there are opportunities to “Come and Try” rowing or sailing for ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2021, 1:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Friday night TN21 breakup celebration There will be a celebration breakup dinner  at the Scout Camp at Charlotte Cove before the Tawe Nunnugah fleet sails back to Franklin the next day (Saturday 6th).  All who have helped witth Tawe Nunnugah in any way are invited as our guests, everybody else can come - $20 for dinner.  We will be entertained by banjo player and singer Montz Matsumoto - everybody is expected to throw at least $5 on the hat.   Look him up online: he is great! There is a cap on numbers: text Kate Hoorweg on 0419 693415 if you are coming.We
    Posted Feb 4, 2021, 2:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah on land Whilst Tawe Nunnugah is essentially sea going, evenings ashore are a large part of the experience, and that relies on a land crew.  Here they are queued up at the ferry terminal, ready to take the marquees and all the other equipment across to Bruny Island and the next campsite.
    Posted Feb 2, 2021, 6:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnagah: the other boats There are lots of pretty sailing boats in the fleet, but they are accompanied by Tom Stevens' Seair, the mothership, and the fast rescue ribs.  Some of us have very good reason to be thankful to them, what with dragging anchors and other mishaps.
    Posted Feb 2, 2021, 6:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Piccolo The smallest vessel in the Tawe Nunnugah fleet is Brian Walpole's dory 'Piccolo'.  Small does not mean unseaworthy:  Martin Riddle remembers clinging on to his Lazy E with white knuckles at the same time as Brian was enjoying a cuppa aboard Piccolo nearby.  She rows very smartly too: leads out when others are in becalmed.  Pics below.
    Posted Feb 2, 2021, 6:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah: Dover to Alonnah Fresh westerly breezes were what the doctor ordered for a quick trip across to Bruny Island, and there was time for loitering for lunch at The Quarries along the way.  Pics below.
    Posted Feb 2, 2021, 2:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah: Southport to Dover The forecast lack of wind until the afternoon was taken as an opportunity for a late start, and the weather gods cooperated, providing a lively following south westerly to blow the fleet to Dover.  Couple of pics below.
    Posted Feb 2, 2021, 1:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah: excursion to Partridge Island One of the advantages of the relaxed TN21 schedule (no need to get to the Wooden Boat Festival) is the opportunity for side excursions, giving the land crew  a chance to get on the water along with the regular sailors.  Full use of this was taken with great conditions for a sail to Partridge Island, just off Bruny, with a following breeze to blow the fleet home.  Pics below. 
    Posted Feb 2, 2021, 7:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah at Southport Southport is starting to get a reputation: calms that lull, then squalls that thrash.  Everybody made it in in one piece and of course Jetty House is the best place to stay.  Winds were much kinder on the second day and an expedition to Partridge island very successful.  Some pics below.
    Posted Jan 30, 2021, 10:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cooking up a storm at Recherche The camp has moved to Moss Glen community hall to escape the weather.  Good shelter for cooking, everything from carrots to abalone. Pics below.
    Posted Jan 29, 2021, 2:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Friday lay day at Recherche Bay The weather forecast was looking particularly fierce on Friday. Various activities, ranging from hiking in to Lions Rock through to reading and eating were enjoyed, depending on the the enthusiasm of participants. Pics below.
    Posted Jan 29, 2021, 2:34 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah opening ceremony Thanks to Jason and Danny from the local indigenous community, who came down with  their boys  to perform a smoking ceremony and get Tawe Nunnugah underway.  It was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the relationship of cultures, land and sea in a place (Recherche Bay) that is of particular significance to all these things.  If you want to find out more about indigenous fire practice contact Jason: jsmithpalawacaretaker@gmail.com
    Posted Feb 2, 2021, 2:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wednesday: Tawe Nunnugah has made it to Recherche! After days of sorting, searching, fixing and packing at the shed, Tawe Nunnugah got underway and is now set up at Moss Glen on Recherche Bay.
    Posted Jan 27, 2021, 1:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Forecast versus actual On Monday a participant in Tawe Nunnugah was proceeding to Recherche Bay on the basis of wind forecasts such as that shown in the blue line below - reasonably mild southerly winds.  What actually happened is shown by the red line - peaking in a westerly gale at 2.40pm.  You have to be ready for anything.
    Posted Jan 26, 2021, 3:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday dinner Jan 25: BYO As usual at the end of the month - an opportunity for culinary creativity.  Big dinner for Tawe Nunnugah participants (and others who want to come) on Tuesday night.
    Posted Jan 24, 2021, 1:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dover Discovery in January Jane Johnson writes:Living Boat Trust members traveled down to Dover to explore Port Esperance on board the St Ayles Skiff Freyja, which is on loan to the Dover community who are constructing their own Skiff. Freyja is available for use in Dover during their build for “Come and Try” days. Freyja can be rowed or sailed easily which is what the LBT group reinforced this week with explorations around the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Port Esperance. A lunch stop after tying up in the crystal-clear waters of Hope Island, was followed by a quick sail back to shore with strengthening winds. Thanks to members of the Port Esperance Yacht Club who coordinated the collection of oars and fittings ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2021, 1:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT First Aid Kits missing Four First Aid Kits belonging to the LBT have gone missing - one larger kit in a blue carry case, one medium kit in a white carry bag and two marine kits in waterproof plastic cannisters. All are labelled 'LBT' and are numbered. If you have borrowed them please return them to the Shed as soon as possible. If we don't get them back very quickly we will buy replacements tommorow as they are needed for the tn21 Raid. We depart on Wednesday and Tuesday is a Public Holiday, so Monday is the last opportunity for us to buy replacements from St Johns in Hobart. If you have borrowed them and can't get them back to us before noon ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2021, 5:56 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Planned Program for Franklin Regatta, February 14 The Franklin St Ayles Skiff Regatta/ Living Boat Trust Open Day.  Program 2021.                                       Sunday February 14. Start times may change, crews to be ready 15 mins before. 9am      Open Women 1km, 9.15   Open Men 1km, 9.30   Open Mixed 1km.  10.00    Open Women 2km 10.30 Open Men 2km, 11.00 Open Mixed 2km. 11.30    State of Origin 1km (Form a mixed team of birthplace or background).               Tasmania, Victoria, NSW, Queensland, S.A., W.A., other. 12.00    Continent of Origin 1km (Form a mixed team of birthplace or background)              Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Other12.30    250m dash all skiffs. 1pm     Sausage Sizzle   “Come and Try” – sail or row – open to all, Family fun ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2021, 12:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • tn21 Welcome Dinner - Members Invited The tn21 Raid Welcome Dinner will be held at the LBT Shed at 6.30pm for 7.00pm on Tuesday 26 January 2021. All LBT members and friends are invited. The Dinner is included in the fee already paid by those participating in the Raid and is free to all tn21 volunteer helpers. Extra tickets for friends and family, for LBT members not involved in the Raid and for anyone else who would like to come are available at $30 each. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. If you would like to come to the Welcome Dinner follow the link to the booking form.  Even if you are doing the Raid as participant or helper, and think we ...
    Posted Jan 20, 2021, 11:37 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Getting ready to shift Capricornia Capricornia has a wee bit of weight in her, and getting her lifted so that she can go on the trailer requires a mighty lot of people, or something mechanical like chain blocks.  Lacking the people, Pete and Piet got the chain blocks set up on Monday afternoon.
    Posted Jan 19, 2021, 3:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Testing and tagging One of the many jobs that must be done regularly in the shed is to check all the electrical equipment.  Tom Stevens has done it a couple of times now - including this summer.  Thanks Tom.
    Posted Jan 19, 2021, 2:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Across the dutch Maybe for we Tasmanians it is the double dutch.  A recent post from Off Center Harbor reminded us that the Kiwis have a very vibrant wooden boat scene.  It pointed us to 'Waitemata Woodys'  (waitematawoodys.com), which, besides its own content has links to lots more. 
    Posted Jan 17, 2021, 1:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Funnies at Frank's February 12th David Moore writes: 'The headline act is Chris Franklin, a true Aussie legend, supported by Ben Richardson and Brittany Szlezak. Dinner is available at the venue on the night as-well. Bookings advised for dinner reservations: https://www.trybooking.com/BNNQM. The  latest information on who is coming and when, can be found through Facebook,  www.face ok.com/pg/franksciderbar/events/, or the Frank's Events web page:www.frankscider.com.au/funnies-at-franks.' For details of the Feb 12 event see the flyer below.
    Posted Jan 12, 2021, 12:26 AM by Posts Editor
  • Augusta Hospitality Jane Johnson writes:'Shane and Jane Johnson, joined Augusta (W.A.) crew to explore the Hardy's Inlet near the Blackwood River. The Augusta skiffs, after a much-celebrated launch in September, have been well-used by the Augusta community rowing group, which has even explored further afield up to Molloy Island. The next challenge could be the open waters of the ocean at Flinders Bay. The group are really enjoying the freedom created by the building of the St Ayles Skiffs which has opened up opportunities for so many locals. For the Tasmanians, in testing conditions, it was a great start to 2021 with a New Year's Day exploratory row. Zoom and Colour Patch were named through sponsorship ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2021, 1:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boatry It's a new category of literature discovered by Gary McDonald.  Sample from John Simlett below.
    Posted Jan 10, 2021, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hazards of the sea Gary McDonald spotted this one.
    Posted Jan 10, 2021, 1:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Putting Louie through her paces The sea breeze has been up in the afternoon, and John Pollard with crew Piet and Endra took advantage to see how 'Louie' performed in the tight confines of the river.  She looked great with her gaff cutter rig.
    Posted Jan 10, 2021, 1:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT tn21 Raid – can you help? The tawe nunnugah Raid is the LBT’s flagship event. In a normal year it involves people from right across the membership and brings people from interstate and overseas. But of course this is not a normal year. From the start of the pandemic we have known that there would be a lot of uncertainty around the Raid – the easy thing to do would have been to throw in the towel but we thought it worth persevering. We have a small but robust fleet of mostly Tasmanian boats ready to do the Raid and have the backbone of support volunteers in place. However, we still need more people to help and there are still places available for people to participate ...
    Posted Jan 7, 2021, 3:13 AM by Martin Riddle
  • Nordic clinker boats Garry MacDonald pointed us to this really nice video on the topic: https://vimeo.com/387955223/1a4d1d51eb
    Posted Jan 3, 2021, 2:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF lifejackets tested The life jackets on 'permanent' loan from the Wooden Boat Festival were trialed by some volunteer crash test dummies on a recent warm afternoon, and we can report that there were no drownings.  Our junior dummy said that the small size with the built in crotch strap is the only comfortable life jacket he has worn, and there is so much flotation in the larger sizes that a 'medium' was adequate to keep our extra large dummy safe.  Pics from Ben Forster
    Posted Jan 3, 2021, 1:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • January committee meeting January 7th Agenda being prepared at https://tinyurl.com/y9okvpnw, draft minutes from the December meeting are at https://tinyurl.com/yba9e2wm. 
    Posted Jan 3, 2021, 12:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday 4th: start of LBT year Yes, dinner is on, and KATE IS BACK COOKING! Yay!  And if you need to work up an appetite come and join the work crew from 3pm on.  Capricornia is close to getting back on the water: let's speed her on her way.
    Posted Jan 2, 2021, 1:07 PM by Richard Forster
  • Palais movie night Sunday 3rd January Synopsis: 'In a remote Icelandic town, an off duty police chief begins to suspect a local man for having had an affair with his wife, who recently died in a car accident. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. A story of grief, revenge and unconditional love.'  Doors open 6.30pm.    Admission $5.  Film starts after 7.15pm but before 7.30pm.    The bar will be operating, offering libations including stimulants, depressants and comfort drinks.  Food may be shared but feel free to bring your own. 
    Posted Dec 27, 2020, 4:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Were these the guilty party? Monty has had a slow leak for some time.  When she was hauled out and scraped unfilled nail holes, some shown in the pic below, were revealed.  We will see if bog does the trick.
    Posted Dec 22, 2020, 3:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • If you need an anchor ... Look in the anchor locker! The bench at the end of the verandah is multi-purpose.
    Posted Dec 22, 2020, 3:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Looking Fancy on board Nancy Jane Johnson writes:  'The botanical St Ayles Skiff tours wound up with a trip back in time – on board the 1917 cruiser “Nancy”. It was time to celebrate previous exploratory rowing trips around South Egg Island taking photos of spring flowers, with summer adventures further afield. This was an opportunity for a more leisurely tour to take more scientific photos of local plants and wildlife.  And of course, the dress was “special hats”. Celebrations included a picnic, thanks to Michelle, and river music from John and Brendan. Final thanks to Brian the skipper, and of course, Nancy'. 
    Posted Dec 20, 2020, 2:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas Break The LBT Shed will be available to members for rowing, sailing etc over the Christmas period on an informal basis.  The Tuesday Group will be taking some well earned time off.  First Monday night dinner for 2021 is scheduled for January 4th.  As announced in a previous post the Monday afternoon boat bee will continue through the break.
    Posted Dec 20, 2020, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday afternoon workathon For the past couple of months a dedicated team has been working on our boats on Monday afternoon to prepare them for the summer sailing season.  Capricornia in particular has benefited from this care and attention.  We intend to continue with this right through Christmas, making a big push to get everything shipshape for Tawe Nunnugah.  Come and join us and help get the job done: 3pm on.
    Posted Dec 18, 2020, 12:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday morning row in company The Roger Harwood race conducted during Swiftsure Regatta reminded us that the Skiffs aren't the only rowing boats at the LBT.  John Young has set the lead: let's join him on Tuesday mornings at 11am in our single and double rower dinghies.    Pic from Zainab Clarke
    Posted Dec 18, 2020, 12:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF December Newsletter Read the latest from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival:  https://tinyurl.com/y7xwm7xk. Pic from AWBF
    Posted Dec 18, 2020, 11:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Lifejackets: thank you Australian Wooden Boat Festival For some time the following notice has been posted to the MAST website:  'All life jackets in use on Tasmanian boats will need to adhere to the new standard AS4758.1 by 1 January 2021 (https://mast.tas.gov.au/safe-boating/safety-equipment/lifejackets/).'   That meant replacing ALL the jackets in the shed: potentially a very expensive business.  Fortunately for us the AWBF have come to the rescue.  They have a new batch of jackets which they only need for the Festival fortnight once every two years.  In between times we get to store and use them: they have already been brought to us by Lyndon Bounday and are hung up ready for use (see pics below).  Crotch straps ...
    Posted Dec 17, 2020, 2:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rat Island Race John Snowdon sent in the pictures below, including a lineup of the usual suspects. 
    Posted Dec 15, 2020, 4:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Christmas Party Monday December 21st It's a 'bring your own' for yourself and to share so that everybody can enjoy it (no kitchen slaves).  Start around 6.30pm, but come earlier if you want to help decorate the shed and set up.
    Posted Dec 14, 2020, 11:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta Report Jane Johnson writes: 'The Swiftsure Regatta had something for everyone on Sunday. Beginning with the Roger Harwood wooden dinghy rowing circuit race, the event was won by Kevin Robson in just over 45 minutes, despite the strong winds and constant pressure from high-calibre 2019 trophy-holder, Dave Nash. A Swiftsure Whaleboat crew achieved the fastest time-trial despite blustery conditions and Billie the St Ayles Skiff won the 1km pursuit with a determined rowing team. The afternoon program included the sailing “Rat-race” around Rat Island that swung into action with five Grebes, despite the hazards of an extremely low tide. The 1917 wooden ferry Nancy took out a packed spectator group that was able to watch the challenges ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2020, 1:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta this Sunday (13 December) The Swiftsure Regatta was postponed last week due to bad weather but the forecast for this Sunday (13 December) is looking great. The annual event has an emphasis on having a go for all, and fun, for families, newcomers, residents and visitors to the Valley. At 9.30am the Roger Harwood Race is a traditional wooden dinghy rowing event that anyone may join – currently there are record-winners amongst the four entrants, including one in his eighties. The whaleboat Swiftsure will be on the water with new thole pins to test in the form of “Come and Try events” and time trials throughout the day. At 10.30, the St Ayles Skiffs 1km pursuit begins and there are already crews ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2020, 2:50 AM by Martin Riddle
  • tn21 Raid – Please book now if you want to join us If you are thinking of doing the 2021 tawe nunnugah Raid we need to hear from you. Planning is well under way and our priority at the moment is to ensure we have the right scale of logistics and catering in place for the size of the fleet. Many people have already booked but we know others intend joining the Raid. If you want to join us, please book now. Booking is easy but involves several steps designed to ensure we get the information we require to deliver the Raid and you get the information you need to prepare for it. Step 1: Join the tn21 mailing list at http://eepurl.com/gcXkXj – this means you will get information up ...
    Posted Dec 8, 2020, 3:53 PM by Martin Riddle
  • LBT Committee Meeting December 10th An agenda for this meeting is being prepared at https://tinyurl.com/y3t82nym.  If you have something you want on it email to sec@lbt.org.au
    Posted Dec 4, 2020, 11:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta postponed until Sun. 13 Dec The Swiftsure Regatta is intended to be fun, however, the forecast for this coming Sunday suggests it will be anything but. We have seldom seen so much red on the Bureau of Meteorology's Meteye wind chart - 35 to 45 knots with stronger gusts. If that's not enough to put you off, they're also forecasting rain. With discretion being the better part of valour it has been decided to postpone the Regatta until the following weekend - Sunday 13th December.
    Posted Dec 3, 2020, 11:43 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Sailing race at the Swiftsure Regatta The hotly contested Rat Race for sailing dinghies will once again be a feature of the Swiftsure Regatta this Sunday afternoon (6th December). Bring along your own dinghy or enjoy the challenge of ‘class racing’ in one of the LBT Grebes. The only rules are to keep Rat Island to starboard and, if the wind drops, use of oars is by consensus with those in hailing distance on the water.
    Posted Dec 2, 2020, 3:12 PM by Martin Riddle
  • SWIFTSURE REGATTA this Sunday, December 6 The annual Swiftsure Regatta starts at 9.30am this Sunday with the Roger Harwood Trophy for long distance rowing in traditional clinker dinghies. At 10.30, the St Ayles Skiff 1km pursuit is open to all – come with your own crew (Dover is rumoured to have a quality mixed side) or turn-up and join a team on the day. There are races for women, men and mixed crews and new or experienced rowers are welcome. Awards go to the best-dressed side and to the crew with the quickest time. With Swiftsure coming out of the shed after a recent polish and paint and with new thole pins to test, there will be whaleboat time trials throughout the ...
    Posted Dec 2, 2020, 2:51 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Cygnet maritime history presentation Tess Hallinan writes:  'Attached is the flyer (https://tinyurl.com/y3mvoogx) for the Cygnet Living History Museum's display of Cygnet's Maritime History by Jean-Louis Boglio at Burton's Reserve.  The Weighbridge Cottage is small and has limited entry because of Covid requirements, so better time and value could be had by attending of  a Thursday, until Christmas, 10 to 4pm. This actually coincides beautifully with the CWA's Cake stall next door in Burton's Cottage.'
    Posted Nov 30, 2020, 5:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Another Atkin boat Gretchen was joined by a 'big sister', John Pollard's 'Louie' on Monday night.  John, Piet Lundstedt and crew had used the sea breeze to sail all the way up from Cygnet in time for dinner.  Looks like a beautiful boat.  John is seeking experienced crew to help him sail her in Tawe Nunnugah.
    Posted Nov 30, 2020, 4:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pip's news Pip Stevenson recently had a job transporting a super yacht down the NSW coast.  Just as well he had gained some experience with us sailing Capricornia  - we hope he was able to put it to good use.
    Posted Nov 30, 2020, 4:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Visit from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival Paul Stephanus and his merry people have been out and about, scouting locations for the proposed 'Maritime Trail' weekend in April, and we were on their list.  Read all about what they found and thought at https://www.australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au/november-site-visits-awbf-travels-south/   Pic from AWBF
    Posted Nov 29, 2020, 5:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre news Covid isolation has meant that the Wooden Boat Centre has been, well, isolated.  But that doesn't mean that they haven't been getting on with it.  Those of us who use the dinghy shed have been admiring it's latest occupant  Jane de Cray, the restoration of which was recently completed at the Centre,  and every so often the wharfside doors are left open to reveal the bow of the Franklin 29 looming like a liner.  See below for pictures from the Centre, and attached is a newsletter from the Franklin Working Waterfront Association/WBC: https://tinyurl.com/yxt9wy6b
    Posted Nov 29, 2020, 1:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas Row December 18th December See flyer below for details: https://tinyurl.com/y2n5zp2d.
    Posted Nov 27, 2020, 1:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • First LBT long table of the season At last Monday night's BBQ the weather was right, the midgies weren't too ferocious and it was time!  We spread out a bit more than in times past in deference to Covid, but the enjoyment was the same.
    Posted Nov 28, 2020, 1:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • The 'Cadet' sails For years a Cadet dingy left by Nick Fryer has been sitting over by the stone wall waiting for somebody to take up the challenge of restoring her.  Mark Adams was the man for the job, and on Friday those of us on the Monty enjoyed a brief 'sail in company' with him.
    Posted Nov 27, 2020, 2:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Spring Bay Community Boatshed Newsletter Attached is the news from our friends at Spring Bay (Triabunna): https://tinyurl.com/y5pyrk55.  For more about them see their website: http://triabunnavillage.com.au/spring-bay-community-boat-shed/.  Judging by the picture in their 'latest projects' column they don't mind taking on a challenge (see below).
    Posted Nov 27, 2020, 1:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Waratah season If you need a break from the water then you could do worse than head for the mountains where the native vegetation is in full flower.
    Posted Nov 28, 2020, 12:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • On the Water Program completed for 2020 The Grebes are packed away safely in the shed, the life jackets have been returned to their hangers, and another group of children have trooped back to school having enjoyed themselves both on and in the water, and hopefully having learnt a bit along the way.  Thanks to all who helped, especially Mike Dredge, Southerly Dolling, Tess Hallinan, Mark Adams and Richard Forster.  And thanks to Basil van Reit, Dave Golding  and the other teachers from Huonville Primary who were a pleasure to work with.  Pic from Mark Adams
    Posted Nov 28, 2020, 12:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Human Rights Day at the Palais Thurs Dec 10 Zainab Clark sent the flyer below (https://tinyurl.com/y2lnua2x).  Looks like a really good event.  More information from Zainab at https://tinyurl.com/yxo7kasv.
    Posted Nov 26, 2020, 12:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monty sails Kevin Robson took this snap as she zipped past on a recent Friday evening showing a fair bit of antifoul.
    Posted Nov 22, 2020, 11:51 AM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for November LBT Committee Meeting Get 'em at https://tinyurl.com/y4lkktyp. 
    Posted Nov 22, 2020, 11:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Excursion with the Wooden Boat Guild to Huonville The annual rally went off without a hitch on Sunday.  This was helped by the personal line to the weather gods possessed by Andrew Perkins: as usual we were blessed with warm, benign conditions. 'Imagine' led the procession out of Franklin under oars (first pic below), and was followed by a fleet propelled by an array of motive forces (second pic).   There were old fashioned outboards and inboards (third pic) and even older fashioned steamboats (fourth pic is Andrew's Leprena).  Our Nancy was one of the electric boats (fifth pic) of which Peter Shimeld's converted lifeboat (sixth pic) is the latest  on the river.  His solar panels fully recharged his batteries whilst we were having lunch (we were ...
    Posted Nov 22, 2020, 11:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Julie Burgess news For those who haven't been keeping up, the 'Julie Burgess' is the 'Yukon' of Devonport, and she recently sailed into very troubled financial waters.  Graeme Norris has been keeping us up to date on the progress of the consortium who have taken her over, and recently sent the attached report (https://tinyurl.com/yyp5wg27) from the 'Advocate' (theadvocate.com.au).  In summary the consortium has attracted some impressive sponsors, and progress on necessary dockside facilities is being made.  Apologies to Graeme for not getting this into the news sooner: it got 'stuck' at the bottom of the mailbox.  For more about the Julie Burgess see julieburgess.org. Pic from 'The Advocate'
    Posted Nov 20, 2020, 6:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Great News! Return of the Monday LBT BBQ Time to take advantage of warm, summer evenings.  Bring something to go on the hot plate and something to share down to the Shed this coming Monday around 6.30pm, as well as $5 to keep the doors open.  The cooks are taking a break.  Pic by Sander van der Wel from Wikimedia Commons
    Posted Nov 22, 2020, 1:34 AM by Posts Editor
  • Bushfire Awareness Evening 2nd December The fire brigade are running an awareness evening 4pm-7pm at the Palais on this date. See flyer below for more details.
    Posted Nov 18, 2020, 4:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Stocking stuffer Gary Macdonald spotted this t-shirt which struck a chord with us. Pic from https://sentees.com
    Posted Nov 15, 2020, 1:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta 6th December It is coming up!  9.30 am                 Roger Harwood dinghy row; 9-10.30 am            Whaleboat time trials; 10.30 - 12noon      St Ayles Skiffs 1 km pursuit; 12 -1 pm                Lunch/awards; 1.30 - 3.30            Sailing Rat (Island) Race;                               Windup drinks and festivities, best dressed. 
    Posted Nov 14, 2020, 3:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cruise with the Wooden Boat Guild to Huonville this coming Sunday 22nd We advertised this event a while ago, and suddenly it is upon us.  Nancy is going up as well as Skiffs and whatever other boats we can muster.  If you know you are coming and would like to have a meal at the Jetboat cafe let us know: sec@lbt.org.au.
    Posted Nov 14, 2020, 3:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah 21 Itinerary The team have been at work and the map below shows the proposed route and stops - click on it for an enlarged version.  As can be seen there will be fewer camps than normal, leaving more time for day excursions around the south coast and south Bruny.  For all the details head on over to the tn21 site: http://lbt.rforster.org/tawe-nunnugah/tn21 
    Posted Nov 12, 2020, 5:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting Thursday 12th November An agenda is being compiled at https://tinyurl.com/y6djph8w.  If there is business you wish to see addressed send it to sec@lbt.org.au or speak to your friendly committee member.  Draft minutes for the October meeting can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/y3hgmhrz.
    Posted Nov 6, 2020, 4:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Feel the width Peter and Ninka's Kelpie has been rafted up to Kevin and Sandra's Merlin at the pontoon recently.  Both boats are a similar length, but a front on view illustrates that this is  is not the only measurement that matters. 
    Posted Nov 6, 2020, 2:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Not a hole, an opportunity Paul Frost, with the help of friends, has filled the gap at the end of the verandah with a very stylish storage locker.
    Posted Nov 6, 2020, 2:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Festival is back Paul Stephanus writes:  'It's been a busy of couple months finding our bearings after the cancellation of the 2021 Festival, though we're on course now and excited to share our plans with you.  First off, I'm very pleased to announce that the wooden boat community is coming together to present the 2021 Parade of Sail, scheduled for February 7th. It is a great opportunity to put on a spectacular show for Hobart at the height of Summer and get some fine wooden boats out on the water.  But that's not all! It's also time to introduce a brand new event we've been working on - The Maritime Trail, a behind-the-scenes exploration of Tasmania ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2020, 12:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wood carving with Dennis Begins at the LBT on Wednesday November 18, 10-12noon for 6 weeks. There will be a small charge to cover costs and places are limited. People will be provided with tools, a piece of wood for a nameplate and clay to model for special projects. THERE ARE ONLY FIVE PLACES so contact Jane 0400 717140 to book in.
    Posted Nov 12, 2020, 2:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monty sails on Friday Whilst two of our whaleboats are in the shed being fussed over, the third, Monty, is on the pontoon ready to go, and the Friday sailing group have been taking full advantage of the afternoon breezes by getting her out on the water.  Come down and join them after 4pm to help get set up.  It is an opportunity for both novice and experienced sailors - Monty is unique.  And the icing on the cake is joining the rowers for drinks and nibbles afterwards.  An added bonus this coming week is that the Flying 15 should be on the water and available for use.       
    Posted Oct 30, 2020, 3:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Heritage Boats If you have an interest old boats Tasmania, and Hobart in particular, is blessed with a range of organisations to cater to your particular enthusiasm.  One of those is the Association of Heritage Boat Organisations (AHBO) which is based at the Maritime Museum.  If you want to find out more about them (contact details etc) read the minutes from their AGM (attached): https://tinyurl.com/y26g8d2p
    Posted Oct 30, 2020, 2:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cruising Dinghy Conversions Andy Bullock writes:'Sailing dinghy designs developed for cruising rather than racing are a relatively new part of the sailing scene, partly fostered by the advent of ‘Raids’ using centreboard boats (although the competitive aspect of some Raids has seen the emergence of specialist performance-oriented designs). In the UK there is an active Cruising Dinghy Association. Martin’s and Deb’s ‘Hop the Wag’ is an example of a fine purpose-designed cruising dinghy. The designs of Australian expatriate Iain Outhred and New Zealander John Welsford are influenced by traditional dinghy and fishing boat designs but use modern ply/epoxy construction methods.  However just as in the past, racing yachts that were past their competitive glory days were sometimes ...
    Posted Oct 30, 2020, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Verandah Posts When the loft was cleaned out we found 4 turned verandah posts which would seem to be Australian Red Cedar (pics below).  We assume that these were a donation, perhaps on the assumption that we could use the wood.  We don't really have a use for them and are seeking expressions of interest - send a message to sec@lbt.org.au.  If you can solve the mystery of their origin please tell us.
    Posted Oct 29, 2020, 3:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • ROWING News November Jane Johnson writes: 'There has been a suggestion that a rowing steering group would help communication between groups. If you are keen to have input for your group, meet down at the LBT@4pm Monday November 9. New ideas will cover these areas – figureheads for the skiffs (Freyja, a carved Nordic Goddess, Billie the Dog and an eagle for Imagine), events, maintenance, wood carving course etc. The proposed date for the Swiftsure Regatta including Roger Harwood/LBT windup is Sunday December 6. The Rowing Sub-Committee is aiming to have regular updates in the newsletter.  The second Botanical skiff tour departed from the pontoon jetty in perfect Huon Valley conditions. There were numerous plants and wildlife (including 5 types of ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2020, 1:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday afternoon at the shed At the beginning of spring a new group formed to help get our fleet ready for the coming season.  Here are a few pics of some of the activities last Monday.Capricornia was getting all sorts of attention.  Henk painted the floorboards.  Peter and Andy worked on the rudder.  John installed flotation.  Meanwhile on other boats, Mark was restoring the Cadet dinghy that has been languishing in a corner for years.Peter cut out new jaw blanks for a Grebe boom.
    Posted Oct 27, 2020, 3:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • On the Water Program It's all about the weather, and particularly the wind.  Last year we ended up being in the Shed more than out of it, poking out into the river between squalls.  The first day this year was blessedly calm and our bunch of very tentative rowers were able to find their rhythm quickly and after lunch even go for a short expedition through the canal (pic below).  Tomorrow (Tuesday) is looking ok too:  fingers crossed.  To find out more about the program see  https://tinyurl.com/y6soooo6, and if want to be part of it send us an email: sec@lbt.org.au. Pic from Mark Adams
    Posted Oct 25, 2020, 7:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Main road Franklin, mid 1970's Dennis Muscovich found this photo taken before the road widening and the demolitions in front of where the Living Boat Trust now stands.  The Huon News building (in the centre of the pic) is still there, as is the Bowmont.
    Posted Oct 25, 2020, 2:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • tn21 Raid - one door closes, another opens Since the start of the pandemic we have known that the tn21 Raid, if it is to go ahead, could be very different from previous Raids. The 2021 Australian Wooden Boat Festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19. This was always a possibility and, although it is disappointing to loose a highlight of the boating calendar, it provides an opportunity for the Living Boat Trust to try something different. We still plan to hold a major small boat expedition in late January/early February 2021 but we are no longer constrained to arriving in Hobart for the AWBF - we are now free to explore other opportunities. If you would like to be part of our small boat expedition in ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2020, 3:52 AM by Martin Riddle
  • Huon at Home concert November 7th 'Oh, where oh where has live music gone?  The COVID took it away from me…  The Franklin Palais is bringing it back with a Day Festival Fundraiser to support the local musicians.We know that COVID has been devastating for the arts sector and live performances, so this fundraiser is to support our local musicians.  Entertainers went months without gigs during lockdown and now face an uncertain summer, especially without festivals.'For more information, bookings etc, see the flyer https://tinyurl.com/y4qyvbo7 or the website https://franklinpalais.com.au/event/fundraiser/
    Posted Oct 23, 2020, 5:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Palais Movie Night Sunday 1 November Barb Dawson writes: 'Great News!  ‘Bring a plate to share’ was a much-enjoyed tradition of Palais Movie nights before COVID. After seeking advice, we are now re-introducing this custom. We invite you to bring a plate to share this movie night. However, if you don’t yet feel comfortable eating from a shared plate, we suggest you join us with your own BYO nibbles and snacks.  Doors open 6.30pm, bar open.  Admission $5.  Film starts after 7.15pm but before 7.30pm.'  And the film? Departures - a best foreign language Academy Award Winner. 'Daigo is a young cellist in a Japanese city orchestra. His wife Mika works as a web designer. Times are hard for the orchestra ...
    Posted Oct 23, 2020, 5:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • It's the little things After more than twenty years the brass rowlock sockets on the Grebes were getting very worn and starting to be a real problem.  Bob Tubman has been steadily replacing them with ones he has manufactured.
    Posted Oct 23, 2020, 5:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tide predictions At the top of the LBT webpage is a link to 'WillyWeather tide, wind and weather (Castle Forbes Bay)'. A question which is of perennial interest is 'how good are the tide predictions compared to actual observations?'.  A while ago Brian Marriott suggested that the river height at Huonville (the nearest point measured by BOM) would be a good proxy for observation, and we agreed.  The BOM data can be found at http://www.bom.gov.au/fwo/IDT60252/IDT60252.094180.plt.shtml and http://www.bom.gov.au/fwo/IDT60252/IDT60252.094180.tbl.shtml.  Comparative plots, first from WillyWeather, then from BOM are shown below.  As can be seen, the answer to the question is that reality is a ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2020, 1:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wood carving Dennis Muscovich has been making new name signs for the cabins at Melaleuca (Port Davy).  He's thinking of putting on a course later in the year.  A good idea?
    Posted Oct 23, 2020, 4:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • All right for some Whilst most of us wait patiently for warmer sailing weather others have taken matters into their own hands and headed north.  Hans Sipsma has just left Bowen in northern Queensland and is cruising down the coast.  Attached pic is of Gloucester Island in the Whitsundays, taken by Endra O'May who is crewing for him on the first leg of his trip.  Endra reports that they went ashore to see turtle nests with lots of goanna tracks around them.  Not so good for the turtles.  We believe Hans is on the lookout for more crew.  Anybody interested?  Meanwhile Pip Stevenson is out on the water somewhere around Sydney.  If you are subject to wheel envy you don't want to ...
    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 2:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Botanical Skiff Tours Jane Johnson writes:'Sunday October 18 saw the start of LBT “Botanical Skiff Tours” that in a leisurely fashion, discovered interesting flora and fauna along the banks of Egg Island. Crews on board Billie and Imagine took photos and even classified flowering plants. Having enjoyed the experience, plans were made to continue with fortnightly trips on Sundays at 9.30 to explore other parts of the island. The next skiff trip is November 1. There are plans to have a small exhibition of these photos with information on the local treasures to be found, and even a local brochure produced for interested locals and visitors. If you would like to join in, see Dennis or phone Jane 0400717140'.  Pics from ...
    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 7:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Friday Night rowing and sailing Last Friday there were three crews out - two rowing and one sailing Monty.  A good time was had by all, and the drinks and nibbles afterwards were enjoyed after our exertions.  Let's do it all again this week.  We need to get together a sailing email list.  If you are interested send a message to the secretary - sec@lbt.org.au.
    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 2:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Poshing it up for Seniors afternoon tea Barbara Sharp put out the clean table cloth, the best crockery, a vase of rhododendrons, and slices and cakes from Kate Hoorweg for the Seniors Week visitors who had signed up for our special afternoon tea.
    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 6:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Seniors Week done and dusted On Sunday afternoon Martin Riddle and Nell Tyson took out the last Seniors Week excursion group (pic below).  We could only take a limited number of passengers due to Covid restrictions, but apart from that all went extremely well, with many positive comments from happy participants.  Thanks to all who supported this activity. 
    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 6:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • Black Swan all shiny and new John Snowdon (and friends) have Black Swan looking a treat.  They have even refurbished the plate on the transom celebrating the builders, so that we can actually read it.
    Posted Oct 23, 2020, 5:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • New thole pins for Swiftsure We need our thole pins to be sacrificial, so they break before the oar (or the rower) in the case of a serious crab, but that means keeping up the supply.  Dennis Muscovich is on the job.
    Posted Oct 14, 2020, 3:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Rowers Newsletter is no more For years the rowers have been spoilt with a newsletter specially for them, but Lorrie and Natalie have decided to call it a day.  The question is: what to do next? Should we attempt to replicate the newsletter (which would be difficult - Lorrie and Natalie set a very high bar), or should we do something entirely different? If you have suggestions please send them in to the secretary: sec@lbt.org.au. 
    Posted Oct 10, 2020, 10:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dave Conway has done it again His long wheelbase trolley has been such a hit for moving Skiffs that he offered to make a short wheelbase version for the Grebes.  We of course said 'yes please', and being a man of action Dave had one on the shed floor almost before we had time to draw breath.  Should be a great back saver.  Thanks Dave.
    Posted Oct 13, 2020, 2:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • A life on the ocean waves If you had come to the garage sale on Saturday you could have purchased some of those waves and dispensed with ever having to go on the ocean.  They were made by Graham Rankin (and friends) as scenery for a float that participated in Christmas pageants and shows - see second pic below.  If I'm not mistaken that Cap'n Graham aboard.
    Posted Oct 10, 2020, 10:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Murphy Rules The monsoon on Friday coincided exactly with the working bee to erect the marquee for the garage sale.  We were certainly encouraged to raise shelter in the storm in a hurry.
    Posted Oct 10, 2020, 10:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Changes at the Wooden Boat Centre From the WBC:'After consulting with WorkSafe Tasmania, Dept of Health and our Insurer we have now put measures in place coming up to the opening of borders, effective today 09.10.20 we are asking that all visitors to the WBC, regardless of their business MUST now Enter via the FRONT DOOR - SIGN IN, and then if access to the workshop is required, you must be escorted by a staff member.  There maybe occasions when access will be denied - as we have to protect our staff and students and volunteers.  The other issue that has been brought up, our tools and equipment can only be used by those who have been accredited to do so, and signed off by ...
    Posted Oct 8, 2020, 6:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Working Bee/Garage Sale Saturday October 10th Some time ago a 'spring clean working bee/garage sale' at the Shed was advertised in this column.  Well it is still on - this coming weekend 10am to 4pm.   We've already been digging under shelves and in lockers unearthing all sorts of 'treasures', and a spring clean should reveal more.  We can sell them from the front lawn.  Space in the shed is always at a premium, so this is a very necessary activity.  If you have genuine saleable items that you wish to contribute bring them along on the day.  There is also the opportunity to have your own 'car boot' or table for a $10 donation.    There will be a sausage sizzle and a 'mystery guitarist' to ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2020, 9:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Mordialloc Banditos Whilst the absence of Covid means that we in Tasmania are able to indulge ourselves on the river we tend to forget that circumstances are more difficult elsewhere.  A couple of weeks ago when the women's crews were covering themselves with glory in the Castle to Crane event, the only way that the Mordialloc crew in Victoria could participate was on foot, masked up.  Geoff Daniel has sent some pics.   By the look of the final one they could be going a bit stir crazy over there.
    Posted Oct 3, 2020, 9:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sundowner Row (and sail) this Friday 9th October The rowers have been organising for this first Friday of summer time, and we hope to also have Monty out on the water under sail for those who like to take it a bit easier.  Bring nibbles and drinks for the social afterwards.  See poster attached for details: https://tinyurl.com/y5b6yvuk 
    Posted Oct 3, 2020, 3:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ouch! Kate Hoorweg, our champion Monday night cook, has broken a bone in her foot:  see impressive photo below.  Celia Leverton is stepping in to take over from Kate and rattle the pots and pans this coming Monday, and we will be organising a new dinner roster.  Watch this space.  And get well Kate!
    Posted Oct 2, 2020, 6:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Congratulations Celia Leverton (again) Celia is one of our stars.  This time she has won a Churchill fellowship:  'The Yulgilbar Foundation Churchill Fellowship to identify regenerative farming practices to increase landscape, business and farmer health long term – US, Canada, Mexico.' Pic from the Weekly Times
    Posted Oct 3, 2020, 5:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cruise with the Wooden Boat Guild to Huonville 22nd November The calendar is filling up fast:  add this date to yours.  This is an annual event, usually featuring some steamboats, but also anything else that floats.  We head up to Huonville for lunch, then come back to the LBT for afternoon tea.  More details to follow.  Nancy will be going, and if you want to book a FREE seat use the form at https://tinyurl.com/y8ebgxaw.
    Posted Oct 2, 2020, 2:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF Parade of Sail Feb 7th 2021 Roscoe Barnett and Bella Laughton-Clark write:  'We have been throwing some exciting ideas around the AWBF office and have decided to kick off 2021 with a Parade of Sail similar to the one you all know and love. This will be done in conjunction with the Royal Hobart Regatta on Sunday 7th  February.  The Parade of Sail will start around 12pm (midday) from Blinking Billy Light and head around in a Northerly direction up past the Regatta Grounds to the Tasman Bridge, then around to the Eastern shore side for a finish. So join us, our local Tall Ships and all of our usual festival crew out on the water to celebrate our beautiful wooden boats, our maritime heritage ...
    Posted Oct 2, 2020, 2:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Thank you Liz and Karen For years we rowers have been able to simply collect our oars and equipment from the Shed then head off to the pontoon in the expectation that there will be a couple of shipshape Skiffs waiting for us to get out on the water.  That expectation has been met by Liz and Karen who over all this time have been spending their Wednesdays (and more) on maintenance.  They have decided it is time to hand this job on to a new team.  They will be a very hard act to follow.
    Posted Oct 2, 2020, 1:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rhythm of Life - Palais Theatre, Sunday 11 October 2.30pm Barbara Dawson writes:'Tasmanian Song Company invites you to their "Rhythm of Life" choral concert, showcasing a variety of songs that embrace all aspects of life, reflecting the ups and downs that 2020 has brought us all. The program will include favourites such as, As Time Goes By, I Can See Clearly Now, Billy Joel's Lullaby and the upbeat Rhythm of LifeAdults $15, children $10Pre-purchase tickets at www.trybooking.com/BLGNR' 
    Posted Oct 2, 2020, 1:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Garage Sale Saturday 10th October There will be a garage sale at the Palais 9am - 2pm and we plan to hold one on the same day at the LBT. 
    Posted Sep 30, 2020, 10:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Seniors Week (12-17 October) This is a big opportunity for the LBT.  Nancy is ideal for getting seniors out on the water, and they (we?) love it.  The advertisement in the COTA Newsletter reads as follows.'Cruise the Huon river aboard the historic motor launch ‘Nancy’. Explore the Egg Islands and the picturesque rural land around Franklin. The Nancy has good all-weather shelter and a few steps to get on board (but no wheelchair access). Passenger numbers (normally 12) may be limited by Covid restrictions. Tours may be postponed if conditions are extreme.'The dates are:Monday 12th October 1:00pm–2:30; Tuesday 13th October 1:00pm–2:30pm; Wednesday 14th October 1:00pm–2:30pm; Thursday 15th October 1:00pm–2 ...
    Posted Sep 23, 2020, 9:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • President's 2020 Report Very much worth a read: https://tinyurl.com/y32sxg7g
    Posted Sep 23, 2020, 2:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Congratulations to Castle to Crane Crews In a previous post we reported admiringly (and somewhat enviously) that the Women's Open and 50+ teams had posted times of around 53 minutes in the 8km Castle to Crane international open boat rowing time trial.  The results are now in, and the reported times were good enough to WIN THOSE DIVISIONS.  We are now doubly envious.  Congratulations to all involved (see their pictures below).  This is a huge result.Pics supplied by Lorrie HarrisonMeanwhile, for another perspective on the event, LBT member Sally Ward reports from Scotland.'Congratulations to all the crews who took up the Castle To Crane 5 mile/8km challenge on 19th September.  You were in my thoughts - and the LBT shirt was on ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2020, 3:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Castle to Crane Home Water Edition Lorrie Harrison writes:'You may have noticed 3 dedicated St Ayles crews training on the grueling 8km course, starting at the LBT and turning at the red marker just past Braeside. It is one hour of hard rowing, long strong strokes and no stopping for a rest or floating back with the tide. The Castle to Crane race comes to us from Glasgow, where it has been part of the Clydebuilt Festival for the last 4 years.  Covid has forced the organisers to think outside the box. So this year every fixed seat rowing club in the World was invited to participate via an app on their phone that would record distance and time. In communities where covid restrictions ...
    Posted Sep 20, 2020, 1:26 AM by Posts Editor
  • A new committee Peter Laidlaw's presidential address alone was worth the price of admission to the AGM on Saturday night,  but it was only one of the highlights.  Mixed with other excitements was the election of a new committee.  Here it is.President: Peter LaidlawTreasurer: Rod MacfarlanSecretary: Richard ForsterGeneral Members:  Jane Johnson;  Endra O'May; Michelle Crawford; Mike Hewitt; Tom Stevens;  Martin Riddle;  Andrew Ritchie;  Paul Woodcock. 
    Posted Sep 20, 2020, 12:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Castle to Crane Five Miles From Home The race is THIS SATURDAY 19th. We now have 3 crews!!! I know you all want to be standing along the bank cheering loudly, taking photos and joining us for a post race coffee at Franks. You're all invited.   Crews Racing:  8am Castle Forbes Bay;   9am The 5 Mile Crew;   4:00pm Huon 5-O.The race will start and finish about the LBT shed. World wide over 100 crews have entered this 5 mile race. The only other Australian team is Mordiallac, who are still under strict Covid restrictions and not permitted to row. So they are in the alternative event. Walking 5 miles along a beach, each person maintaining the 1.5m distance. Mordy has managed to ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2020, 6:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday afternoons The team are making steady progress working on our fleet - sealing seams, installing a keel, fixing a mast bracket, building a new rudder and more. See pics below.  Come and join in the fun from 3pm before dinner.
    Posted Sep 17, 2020, 2:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • On the Water Program 2020 As all those who have been involved know, one of the best things the Living Boat Trust does is the On the Water Program for primary school students.  For many of the children it is a first opportunity to be in a boat. Many start out very timorous, but by the end of the program are confident and ready to take responsibility and take charge. One of the reasons is that our Grebes are ideal for this introduction.  To find out more see the program overview at https://tinyurl.com/y42etqysIn order to make it happen we need LBT members as skippers and safety boat drivers.  We have delayed organising this program because of the 'you know what', but ...
    Posted Sep 13, 2020, 4:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nominations for LBT 2020-21 Committee The following nominations have been received.Peter Laidlaw (president); .  Rod Macfarlan (treasurer); Richard Forster (secretary).  General Committee:Jane Johnson;  Endra O'May; Michelle Crawford; Mike Hewitt; Tom Stevens; Martin Riddle; Andrew Ritchie; David Pittaway; Paul Woodcock.  As there are 12 nominations and only 11 positions on committee there will be an election at the AGM.
    Posted Sep 13, 2020, 3:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Opening your computer - how not to be afraid David Moore writes:Like everyone I am having to reinvent how I work and make a living.  To this end I am running my first workshop out of my home office in Franklin: 'Opening your computer - how not to be afraid'.  Bookings and info' here:  https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=657942  and here:https://www.ihatemypc.com.au/workshops
    Posted Sep 12, 2020, 2:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sept 19th: AGM and Quiz night A reminder that the LBT AGM starts at 6pm Saturday 19th September in the Palais supper room, 3388 Huon Hwy Franklin.  Lots of parking opposite around the oval.  All the relevant documents can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y5lb6vhl.  And directly after at 7pm we will be moving downstairs to join the Palais quiz night.  A list of tables and those on them is shown below.  Looks like we are one short on one table: contact the secretary sec@lbt.org.au  and he will auction it off.  Barb Dawson sent the following reminders.1) Palais doors will open from 6.30; quiz starts at 7pm - pay $5 on the night.  2) BYO snacks/nibbles but not BYO drinks ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2020, 2:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • An historic rowing destination A few hundred metres downstream from the Egg Island canal entrance on the Cradoc side of the river is the old Rowe family farm Orchardlea.  The Rowes were heavily involved in the shipping trade, and the remains of two of their boats are still there.  'Skipjack' was built as a ketch in Franklin in 1861, and later converted to steam.  All that remains visible of her is the stem, poking up out of the river.  Behind her in the picture below is Taruna, propped on the bank.  In her heyday Taruna was a very sleek ferry, see the pic from Graham Broxham's book 'Those that survive' below.   Pics from Dennis Muscovich and Endra O'May
    Posted Sep 10, 2020, 6:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club opening day October 3rd Tom Stevens writes:'The Huon Yacht Club would like to invite members of the Living Boat Trust along to our Club Open Day and Sail Past Sat 3rd Oct to officially open the new Sailing season.   Additionally if any of the LBT fleet of Sail or Rowing boats would be able to participate in the Sail Past at 12:30pm you would be most welcome. We have enjoyed many visits in the past from the LBT and would like to encourage further participation in this and other boating events between the organisations.  Please see attached Flyer for distribution. For Catering and COVID planning Pease request your members attending to notify our Rear Commodore, Suzannah Arkle on  rear.commodore@huonyachtclub ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2020, 4:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nominations for LBT Committee According to the constitution nominations for positions on the committee need to be received at least 10 days before the AGM.  Get yours in NOW.  There are paper forms at the Shed, or download one from https://tinyurl.com/y5lb6vhl, where you will find all the documents relating to the AGM.
    Posted Sep 6, 2020, 2:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • FWWA/Wooden Boat Centre AGM All financial members are warmly invited to the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of  the Franklin Working Waterfront Association (FWWA) owners and operators of Wooden Boat Centre, Sunday 27th of September at 3pm  at the Wooden Boat Centre(3333 Huon Highway, Franklin Tasmania).  Afternoon tea will be provided after the AGM.   If you are passionate about the Wooden Boat Centre and would like to nominate for a position on the FWWA Committee please fill out the attached form and return to the Wooden Boat Centre or email it back to committee@woodenboatcentre.com .  Please note you must be a financial member to attend, vote & nominate at an AGM.  Membership can be paid on the day.  AGM's are a great opportunity to ...
    Posted Sep 4, 2020, 6:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • Oselvar - a traditional Norwegian boat The Oselvar is a hand-crafted Norwegian boat built in a tradition that has endured for almost 2,000 years. Valued for their rowing and sailing capabilities and now also for leasure, they were not only used on the Norwegian west coast but also traded for some hundreds of years as far afield as Shetland, Orkney and Scotland. If interested there is further reading available in the article "The Oselvar Boatyard" , in an interview with Åsmund Lien, the manager of Norway’s Oselvarverkstaden, or the Oselvar workshop, and in this article "The Oselvar from Norway".Here is a video describing the Oselvar and its construction.  (from the Oselvarverkstaden website; https://www.oselvarverkstaden.no)
    Posted Sep 4, 2020, 12:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • Living on the Water Most of us who hang around the Shed aspire to get on the water as much as possible, but actually living there another matter.  Beth from 'Bella Luna', which is tied up to the Wooden Boat Centre Wharf, writes a terrific blog about what is involved: 'Life aboard a catamaran – while trying to build a very small house with no money'.   Catch it at https://www.bellalunaboat.com/  Pic from Beth
    Posted Sep 3, 2020, 9:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Visit to the Shed by Nick Street Monday September 8th, 10am Nick is one of our Liberal members of parliament, and he is doing the rounds to meet the local communities.  If you would like to participate in this meeting please email the secretary: sec@lbt.org.au.
    Posted Sep 2, 2020, 6:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Start of a project boat? Hans Sipsma was considering it, but he probably needs more than the remnants shown in the pics below to make a start.  They were found washed up on the wild west coast near Marawah.  Once upon a time this place was a 'culinary capital'.  You'd collect your shellfish from the nearby rock gutters, take them up to the dugout on the nearest midden for a bit of shelter, light a fire and sit back and eat, chucking the remains over your shoulder to add to the construction.  Judging from the size of the middens it was a very popular thing to do for a very long time.  It is a place to pause and reflect on the past.  Pics ...
    Posted Aug 30, 2020, 8:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • News from a Scottish member Sally Ward writes:'We have finally got the the go ahead from the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association to get back out on the water - wahay!  But although I may not have been able to row for the last five months, I've made good use of my LBT Shirt which has proved to be great for cycling too - I like to be visible!'
    Posted Aug 30, 2020, 3:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • A Norwegian Raid - Den Store Roen 2020 Imagine you have found a really interesting video of a foreign  raid, but alas you do not speak the language. What to do? And then you watch and realise there is a common tongue.   We all speak "Raid, Row and Adventure!"Report from Den Store Roen 2020 - a family-friendly rowing trip that starts at the Horda Museum and went through narrow straits to Hjellestad and south to the Lysefjord.>>Click here to go there<<
    Posted Aug 29, 2020, 4:16 AM by Posts Editor
  • News from the Spring Bay Community Boat Shed "I believe it is called 'resuming after a spell' in some circles - for us it is time we were getting out there again!This information sheet covers August and September unless another newssheet is required.Happy Days and safe boating ; keep well in these strange times.David and The SBCBS Crew.">>Download the newsletter<<
    Posted Aug 26, 2020, 7:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • In the Boat Shed, Gavin Atkins blog Kevin Robson reminded us of Gavin Atkin's weblog, which to quote Gavin is " for the sort of people who like looking inside boat sheds."It's about old boats, traditional boats, boat building, restoration, the sea and the North Kent Coast UK.It is indeed an eclectic commentary about boats and things boaty and an entertaining read. As well as being  a musician and author, Gavin also offers free boat plans on his website.If this strikes your fancy check it out at https://intheboatshed.net/
    Posted Aug 26, 2020, 3:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Capricornia prepped for paint One of the many LBT activities; here's a few of the team scraping and sanding Capricornia on Monday afternoon.
    Posted Aug 25, 2020, 6:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • COVID Quiz Night - Palais Theatre, Saturday 19 September, 7pm Calling all quiz enthusiasts - a night of fun, friendly competition and creativity.  David Pittaway has agreed to be our quizmaster for this Palais fundraising event, starting at 7pm (doors open 6.45) after the LBT AGM.  There will be a COVID inspired hat competition - be in to win ‘best COVID themed headgear’ on the night.  This event is proving to be very popular so book SOON - first come first served. The Palais have kindly reserved some tables for us, but they cannot hold them for too long.  There will be a booking sheet in the Shed. Alternatively do it online: check who has already booked on the list at https://tinyurl.com/y3blwhaz and add your name using the form ...
    Posted Aug 30, 2020, 3:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hot Potato night Saturday 29th August, at the Yacht Club Hi LBT,We are having a Hot Potato night next Saturday at the Yacht Club and we would like to invite along the members of LBT to join us.Anyone wishing to attend lets me know either by email (rear.commodore@huonyachtclub.org) or phone (0413503483) so we know how many we are catering for!Many thanks,Suzannah (Arkle)Rear Commodore Huon Yacht Club(Contact details are n the flyer)
    Posted Aug 25, 2020, 5:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • MOVIE NIGHT AT THE PALAIS: ‘SPIRITED AWAY’ Sunday 6 SeptemberSpirited Away is a Japanese animated movie, which still holds the record as the most successful film in that country, beating Titanic at the box office when it was released in 2001. In the same year it won the Oscar for the best Animated Film, and in 2002 it won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Since then Spirited Away has received universal acclaim and is frequently ranked among the greatest animated films ever made.Door opens 6.30, bar availableMovie starts after 7.15 but before 7.30.BYO nibbles/snacksMandated COVID safe protocols will be in place.
    Posted Aug 25, 2020, 4:07 AM by Posts Editor
  • Return of the Sundowner Row Just over a month to daylight saving! Friday 9 October will mark the return of our evening row and a great way to start the weekend. It has been suggested we start at 5:30 to make it a bit easier for the workers among us to get down to the LBT and get sorted into crews.We have already had enquiries from new rowers so all 3 skiffs could be on the water each Friday night, maybe Swiftsure will also find a crew.
    Posted Aug 22, 2020, 7:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Castle to Crane Home Waters Edition The LBT have two crews training for this 5 mile race to be held on our home water, The Huon River, on the weekend of the 19 September. In a pre Covid world this race has been held in Glasgow, but this year it is open to any club and any fixed seat rowers.Both crews have been training hard and have easily cracked the under 1 hour time.Any other crew like to join us? Crews are registered individually.  For more info go to : https://scottishcoastalrowing.org/2020/06/28/castle-to-crane-2020-join-us-from-your-home-waters/https://www.clydebuiltfestival.com/castle-to-crane-five-miles-from-home
    Posted Aug 22, 2020, 6:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • 2,500 posts If you scroll to the bottom of the LBT news column you will see that we have just ticked over 2,500 posts.  What an active little place we are.
    Posted Aug 21, 2020, 3:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Seniors Week: 12th-18th COTA are finalising the program for Seniors Week, which includes excursions on Nancy.  'Cruise the Huon river aboard the historic motor launch ‘Nancy’. Explore the Egg Islands and the picturesque rural land around Franklin. The Nancy has good all-weather shelter and a few steps to get on board (but no wheelchair access). Passenger numbers (normally 12) may be limited by Covid restrictions. Tours may be postponed if conditions are extreme.'  Our skippers are standing by but we could do with some more helpers: deckhands and shore support.  If you can help out please respond by contacting the secretary: sec@lbt.org.au. Here is an opportunity to get out on the river and meet some great people.
    Posted Aug 21, 2020, 3:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boats in the Shed Graham Wright sent pics of two of the boats currently being tended to:  Capricornia and Viking.
    Posted Aug 21, 2020, 2:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • WOW in winter They breed 'em tough on the Huon.  Pic from David Nash
    Posted Aug 21, 2020, 2:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for LBT Committee August Meeting These minutes can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/y3ju69ev.  This is the last meeting for the current committee.  See you all at the AGM, September 19th, Palais supper room!
    Posted Aug 21, 2020, 2:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • February 2021 Regatta The world is topsy turvy and the Wooden Boat Festival has been cancelled, but we are still planning for a Skiff regatta on February 13-14 next year.  A suggested program is shown below, but at this stage all options are open.   We need a group to organise this: if you can help contact Jane Johnson jenjane2000@hotmail.com,  0400 717 140.The Franklin St Ayles Skiff Regatta – Program 2021Proposed Course Rowing Ways, South 500m turn to starboard, Rowing WaysFriday February 12, 2021 PracticesSaturday February 13, 2021 best time, no finalsLong row race, Opening Ceremony, Huonville or Port Huon to Franklin 4pm      Parade and Oar Salute       5pm     Welcome BBQ LBTSunday February 14, 2021, Race Day ...
    Posted Aug 15, 2020, 8:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting Thursday 20th August An agenda for this meeting is being prepared at  https://tinyurl.com/y3furk98.  Draft Minutes for the last meeting can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/yxbf3gs7.
    Posted Aug 14, 2020, 3:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Call for nominations for the LBT Committee One of the major tasks for the AGM to be held on September the 19th is to elect a committee for 2020-21.  Nomination forms have been printed and can be collected from the LBT shed.  Alternatively download and print one from https://tinyurl.com/y5lb6vhl Both 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 https://tinyurl.com/ydh6euo3 We on the current committee (see list at http://lbt.rforster.org/about-us/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 ...
    Posted Aug 14, 2020, 8:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Calling all LBT nerds The LBT website is built on a product called Google Sites (classic). Last week we received an announcement from Google which reads (in part): Starting December 2021 - When users try to visit a classic Site, they will no longer see the website content. Any remaining classic Sites will automatically be: downloaded as an archive; and  replaced with a draft in the new Sites experience for site owners to review and publish.  For us that means that lbt.org.au and the weekly newsletter which is based on it go away.  The 'new Sites' mentioned lacks many features which we currently use and feel we need.  There is a strong possibility that we will have to migrate to another platform, assuming ...
    Posted Aug 15, 2020, 5:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy and Rowan on duty on a misty Tuesday morning when the thermometer was trying to nudge above 1 degree,  Brian Pain and Brian Marriott aboard Nancy and Mike Dredge on Rowan ferried the Tasmanian Land Conservancy crew up to North Egg Island for their first weeding day of the season.  We hope they thawed out when they got ashore.
    Posted Aug 10, 2020, 7:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Deckee Gary Macdonald pointed us to this free, community based app for sailors, https://deckee.com/ , which can also be run from your web browser. 'Stay safe and informed on the water, with help from fellow boaters Crowdsourced reports, weather conditions, vessel positions and safety alerts.' And it is endorsed by MAST.
    Posted Aug 9, 2020, 3:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon is back Cap'n O'May scanned to horizon for danger, whilst Cap'n Laidlaw (assisted by first mate Bonny) took charge of the pontoon, and soon enough order was restored. 
    Posted Aug 8, 2020, 7:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Project boat column: Telita needs new home Telita is a sister boat to 'Nancy' and 'Eva Blanche'.  From the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/392859364179458/posts/2004956569636388/):  'TELITA will be given away to the person or organisation provided they are prepared to preserve or restore her for future generations! For more information please contact the owner Dirk Lorenzen.  Phone 0425 277415 or Email. flyingp@bigpond.com'  She is currently tied up at Strahan. Tom Stevens thinks 'this would be a great restoration project for the Franklin Community to take on'.  Have a look and see what you think.     Pic from https://www.facebook.com/392859364179458/posts/2004956569636388/
    Posted Aug 8, 2020, 6:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon gone for a wander Dennis Muscovich turned up for duty at the Wooden Boat Centre on Monday to discover that the pontoon normally secured to their dock had been set loose and was tied up to the dinghy shed.  It was put back in place and re-roped,  but worryingly it was untied again and this time ended up in south Franklin where Hayden Abbott rescued it.  If anybody knows what is going on please let us know (sec@lbt.org.au).
    Posted Aug 2, 2020, 3:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Come and help the TLC The TLC in question is the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, and they need assistance to render some Tender Loving Care to the Egg Islands.  Specifically they need people with  motor boat licenses to transport their volunteers on August 11-12, 28-30.  If you think you can help out please add your name to the list below by entering your details through the form at https://tinyurl.com/yxq2hrv9 .  It should be fun!To find out more about the Conservancy and the Egg Islands see https://tasland.org.au/reserves/egg-islands-reserve/   There is a nice video at https://vimeo.com/291638189
    Posted Jul 29, 2020, 6:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boats Monday The boat working group got underway on Monday afternoon.  A job list for Capricornia was compiled (see below) and a good start made.  Come and join us at 3pm and help us get the fleet shipshape and learn a few skills along the way.  
    Posted Jul 29, 2020, 6:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT AGM September 19th At the July committee meeting it was decided that the 2020 AGM should be held on September 19th at 6pm, subject of course to Covid restrictions allowing this.  All the related documents can be found online in the 2020 AGM folder which is accessible by clicking on the 'Resources' tab at the top of the homepage, or directly at https://tinyurl.com/y3prvbjs  .  These include a draft agenda and a committee member nomination form. 
    Posted Jul 26, 2020, 5:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah - is it on? Events in Victoria and recent announcements by Peter Gutwin (Premier of Tasmania for those who are elsewhere) have had people asking where we stand with Tawe Nunnugah.  This was a topic of discussion at the recent Committee meeting, and the answer is that we are enthusiastic to go ahead, but with the expectation that we will have to be very flexible.  It may end up being a Tasmanian event only, or at the opposite extreme all our international friends may be able to come along.  We have after all been through something similar, with the 2019 Tawe Nunnugah being severely impacted by bushfires.  We were still able to have a lot of fun on that occasion, and to come to ...
    Posted Jul 26, 2020, 3:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Working on Boats group starting Monday July 27th Come along at 3pm to help get our boats ready for the new season.  Piet Lunstedt brought the big trailer over last week and Capricornia was hauled out and under the verandah.  She has been cleaned out and Endra O'May has applied the first coat of oil to the mast, so work has already begun.  There are lots more boats awaiting similar attention.  It should be fun!
    Posted Jul 26, 2020, 3:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • AED news It was recently reported in this column that Deb van Velsen had organised for a defibrillator (AED) to be located at the LBT.  Deb writes:  'The LBT was successful in getting a grant from the Huon Valley Council for a protective carry case for the AED, when the LBT or other groups take it away for trips or events.  The first session on the using AED was with the Tuesday Group who asked great questions.  Online training including 2 short videos is at:   https://rise.articulate.com/share/5hbr-vgXfKPJYy1L2bskjoNaZunfQ30S#/  The  information card below has been added to the AED bag, along with a pencil.  If the AED is used, please follow the instructions on the card, answer the questions ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2020, 6:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Latest news from the AWBF See https://tinyurl.com/yyqk9obl. Catch an interview with Andy Gamlin, and it looks like Mark, Zoe and Daisy aren't the only family team building a stitch and glue (call in at the Shed to see the progress they have made). Pic from australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au
    Posted Jul 19, 2020, 3:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Courses at the Wooden Boat Festival Our Wooden Boat Centre is running courses in oar making, skin on frame kayak building, and skin on frame Whitehall building.  See http://www.woodenboatcentre.com/wbf .  We particularly like the Whitehall - a dinghy almost the size of Grebe that weighs 27kg.  And the even better news is that whilst you need to book now there is time to save up!Pic from http://gentrycustomboats.com/Whitehallpage.html
    Posted Jul 19, 2020, 3:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Easy rowing Last week Freyja was spotted sliding quietly down river - under sail.  That's the way to do it.
    Posted Jul 19, 2020, 3:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Dick Geeves We have received word that old friend of the LBT Dr Dick Geeves has died.  As soon as we know more about memorial services or any other related events we will pass them on.Dick was a larger than life character and there is a fund of Dick stories.  His last big project with us was the flagpole, which he brought from the scout headquarters at the Lea, restored, and organised to have erected outside the front of the shed.  Not bad for a bloke in his nineties.
    Posted Jul 19, 2020, 2:41 AM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes from July LBT Committee meeting Get 'em from https://tinyurl.com/y2cpcny5.
    Posted Jul 16, 2020, 7:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting Thursday 16th July An agenda for this meeting is being prepared at https://tinyurl.com/yb3kd63o .  See the minutes for the June meeting at https://tinyurl.com/ybht7zzc .  If there is something you wish to see addressed contact the secretary: sec@lbt.org.au.
    Posted Jul 12, 2020, 3:30 AM by Posts Editor
  • Skiff Launch in W.A. Those with a really bad case of Covid induced cabin fever may want to consider a trip to Augusta in southern Western Australia to relieve the symptoms - you can't get much further away from Tasmania than that at the moment.  Jane Johnson tells us that they will be launching a pair of Skiffs there on September 27.     'It will be a great occasion given the delay due to Covid restrictions. All will be welcome at the launch and Augusta is beautiful. Contact Jane for further details 0400717140'  They are (spray) painting at the moment - see the Facebook page for this and more details: https://www.facebook.com/AugustaYachtClub/ .
    Posted Jul 12, 2020, 3:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Improving the Grebes Ed Wykeman was sick of the rigging falling down and snagging around the base of the mast when sailing Huon Explorer, so he has added a collar to prevent this happening.  If it is a success we can do this with the other boats.  Thanks Ed. Pic from Ed Wykeman
    Posted Jul 9, 2020, 4:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs on the water As soon as the anti-foul had dried (thanks Karen) 'Imagine' was launched on Tuesday to join Freya for an inaugural row for the winter season up around North Egg Island.  And on Thursday she was out again to take advantage of the sunny afternoon and join a pod of dolphins in the channel between the islands.  Pics from Jenny Blackburn and Endra O'May.
    Posted Jul 9, 2020, 4:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • People of the Sea Gary Macdonald pointed us to this upcoming publication from James Wharram, the designer and sailer of Polynesian inspired catamarans. 'Inspired by the lifetime of creativity and discovery James describes in this book, many modern People of the Sea are sailing the world’s oceans, seas, coasts and rivers in craft they have built for themselves to James Wharram designs.'  See https://lodestarbooks.com/product/people-of-the-sea/
    Posted Jul 5, 2020, 3:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Take on Tassie takes on Yukon Tourism Tasmania have made a series of short promotional films to encourage intrastate tourism, and one of them features 'Yukon'.  Watch it at https://www.facebook.com/takeontassie/videos/565029507716396  .  There is lots more about Yukon on their web page https://yukon-tours.com.au/ and Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/yukontours/
    Posted Jul 2, 2020, 3:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Festival News For the latest from the festival see https://mailchi.mp/australianwoodenboatfestival/festival-on-the-horizon?e=29b9f360bf
    Posted Jul 2, 2020, 5:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Keeping the LBT beautiful Thank you Landcare for tending to the 'native plants belt' which provides an eye pleasing and effective border to the car park.  From their Facebook page:'Today a few intrepid Landcarers braved the freezing foggy conditions to do a bit of maintenance on the LBT mound that we planted up in 2017. It has really matured nicely with the grasses and prostrate natives merging to make an attractive ground cover. The wattle is Acacia genistifolia prostrate form and the correa is C. backhouseana. We thawed by having coffee looking out at the marina and admiring the new rock wall.'For more about Franklin Landcare see https://www.facebook.com/Franklin-Landcare-1658104061146107/?ref=page_internal
    Posted Jul 1, 2020, 3:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs: why row 'em? Sally Ward from Scotland, who spent last summer with us building boats and getting on the water, sent us a link to this nice video with an explanation for the question posed above: https://eden-court.co.uk/inverness-film-festival-online/with-the-rising-tide .
    Posted Jun 28, 2020, 3:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Restrictions on rowing Skiffs lifted Jane Johnson from the Rowing Subcommittee writes (on June 28th):  'Covid restrictions have been lifted so full crews are allowed on Grebes and Skiffs. Have fun out on the water! Please ensure that other preventative measures are followed such as handwashing and coughing/sneezing etiquette.' 
    Posted Jun 28, 2020, 3:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Improving Tasmania’s health and wellbeing The Tasmanian Government recently announced that 'a total of $2 million will be available for community organisations and local governments to help improve the health and well being of their communities'.  See https://tinyurl.com/y97wqhne for details.  In the past the LBT has successfully used similar grants to fund relevant programs, and we could do so again in the future. If members see an opportunity for the LBT here and wish to be involved please contact the secretary: sec@lbt.org.au.
    Posted Jun 28, 2020, 2:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • 2020-21 Membership Dues The bad news is that LBT memberships lapse at the end of the financial year (June 30th) and that members will shortly be receiving reminders to pay for renewal.  The good news is that the cost remains the same as it has been for a number of years now: $70Au family, $40Au individual and $125Au corporate.There are a number of ways of making a payment (make sure there is sufficient information included to identify you). * Cheque sent to 3337 Huon Hwy Franklin Tasmania 7113 * By Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using your online bank account:    BENDIGO BANK    HUONVILLE BRANCH    BSB   633-000    AC    149496275   LIVING BOAT TRUST   * In an envelope deposited into the money box slot by the main door
    Posted Jun 28, 2020, 2:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT shed has a Mobile 'Defib' machine (AED) AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator, and it is a good thing for a demographic which is getting too old, exercising (on and off) too hard and (for some of us at least) losing neurons too fast. It is a 'smart machine' and does most of the brain work involved in getting a failing heart going again as well as supplying the necessary jolt.  Deb van Velsen writes:   'Recently the LBT was successful in receiving an AED and cabinet from the Ambulance Tasmania Community Defibrillator Fund.  The AED and cabinet have been installed by the Tuesday Group in an easy to see place by the toilet door.  We encourage all LBT members (and anyone else) to do a short online ...
    Posted Jun 28, 2020, 2:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mistral II Our president ('The Great Rudder') Peter Laidlaw has been leading a team restoring the historic yacht Mistral II in Constitution Dock.  Of course the teamwork largely ended a couple of months ago, but Pete has been keeping at it and has the transom out for repair - see pics from Endra O'May below.  For more about the boat see  https://www.windewardbound.com.au/mistral .
    Posted Jun 21, 2020, 4:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre opening July 1st In another sign of the improving times, the Wooden Boat Centre have announced that they will be opening up for tours from July 1st.  It has been a hive of activity over there during the shutdown, with the students working on various boats.  The most impressive is a large strip planked 'Franklin 29' motor launch - pics below.     Pics from WBC Facebook page
    Posted Jun 21, 2020, 3:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Julie Burgess to stay in Devonport Graeme Norris keeps us up to date with goings on on the North Coast, and he reports that the 'Julie Burgess' will stay in Devonport. From the Advocate:  'The council voted seven to one at Monday's meeting to hand over the ship's operation to the Julie Burgess Working Committee and negotiate an agreement for the transfer of the vessel on the basis the council provides financial assistance of $50,000 for the first year, and $40,000 pa after that for five years. The council will also build a concrete slab suitable for a shipping container in Reg Hope Park with power to the site to provide a base for the not-for-profit operator and grant a ...
    Posted Jun 21, 2020, 3:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boat building in Indonesia Mike Dredge writes:  'Some years ago I was involved in a short aid project in Madura, an island to the east of Java. The concept was to teach the local fisheries management team how to best manage their local resources. Given that:  a) the area they managed covered about 2000 nautical miles 2 and contained a fleet of well over 2000 boats;  b) the fisheries management team expected me to show them how to catch more fish from this tiny, crowded pond by using up-to-date technology and,   c) my background and training has always been about managing sustainable fisheries and fishing for profit whereas the locals fish for protein and kept everything they caught, down to about 10 ...
    Posted Jun 21, 2020, 3:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting this coming Thursday 18th June Find the agenda at https://tinyurl.com/y9gvekqc .  If you want something addressed send details to the secretary, sec@lbt.org.au.  Find the minutes for the last meeting at https://tinyurl.com/yb2bovhx. 
    Posted Jun 14, 2020, 3:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Policy at the LBT, as at June 13th Jane Johnson and Mike Hewitt write (on behalf of the committee): 'In June 2020, COVID restrictions are being lifted, however some remain in place until further notice:  Rowing of Grebes is permitted as long as a 1.5m distance is kept between all people on board, a cox and a rower in bow seat would meet these requirements. The exception to this is a group of people from one household e.g. a family, may row together.  Rowing of Skiffs is allowed with a cox and a rower in bow and three – i.e. 3 people on board. The Netherlands skiffs have continued rowing with 3 crew members as above.  We would encourage everyone to get out rowing on the ...
    Posted Jun 14, 2020, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing St Ayles Skiffs in WA John Longley sent the attached pics.  He writes: 'A couple of pics showing our rigs. The top one is Dotsie with the full sail. The second is Ripple with one reef and in the background Dotsie with the second reef in.  The sails and spars all pack into a long bag that we lash out of the way down one side of the skiff when we are rowing.  The mast is unstayed and the rig is a simple Sprit rig.' He tells us that they can have everything down and be rowing within a couple of minutes.  A couple of years ago they attempted to sail, in a yawl, the  route up the Swan River taken by James Stirling the ...
    Posted Jun 14, 2020, 3:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday group back on the job The Tuesday group has been back for a couple of weeks now, doing the regular jobs (Nancy maintenance) and the irregular (who knows what will turn up) with Graham Wright's pictures to tell us what has been happening. The new defibrillator has been installed facing the main door and beside the bathroom.Karen has removed the flaking antifoul from Imagine in preparation for a new coat.Mark is getting the grounds back under control.
    Posted Jun 9, 2020, 2:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • All spaced out at Monday night dinner Endra did the cleaning, Kate did the cooking, and the rest of us did the eating.  It was a good night.  May there be many more.  Pic from Endra O'May
    Posted Jun 8, 2020, 6:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Council approves foreshore redevelopment plan On May 27th the council resolved the following.  The Report on the Community Engagement Summary Report on the Draft Franklin Foreshore Rehabilitation and Development Plan be received and noted.  The Draft Revised Franklin Foreshore Rehabilitation and Development Plan Attachment C is adopted for implementation subject to a Deed of Variation from the Grant Funding Body.  Subject to final approval from the funding body Council undertakes further engagement with the key stakeholders on the final designs and implementation of the Public Toilet, landscaping, and interpretive history signage.  The minutes with further details and discussion about this item are attached: https://tinyurl.com/yavy2uac.  These minutes refer to attachments, which are available at https://drive.google.com/file/d/13dDxVQAmfrOVc2KIgOoF9c3MlHhM_GeM/view ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2020, 6:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Quest A while back an advertisement seeking a new home for the vintage model sailing yacht Quest was placed in this column: https://tinyurl.com/y7ln3ytc .  Jos Verbaken took up the restoration challenge and writes:'I have registered to display the quest at WBF 2020. Work is well underway and I hope to be able to arrange a visit to Franklin, in particular I would like some help in identifying the various timbers. The hull and deck planking seems to be Huon pine, not sure about the keel, deck beams and transom. I have made a cradle and fibreglass mold to hold the hull in shape while I work on it.'  Pics from Jos below.   
    Posted Jun 7, 2020, 3:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Covid 19 Policy The LBT recently completed the Government policy template, which can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/yawwdhh7 or in the folder on the shelving with our other documents.
    Posted Jun 7, 2020, 5:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • A new boat build at the LBT It seems only a yesterday that Zoe, Daisy and Mark Adams were marking up the plywood to make a Duo Dinghy, but that can't be right - yesterday Daisy was all set to cut the almost completed boat into it's two nesting parts.  Pics below.  Back in March the Adams family suddenly found that their visit to Franklin aboard their cruising catamaran Bella Luna was to be significantly extended, and that it was a good time for projects such as this one.  Zoe is also making wooden pendants (on sale at the post office), and her mother Beth is making wooden crochet hooks.  Further pics below.  We will be seeing more of the family.  They have bought the block ...
    Posted Jun 8, 2020, 6:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night dinner is back: June 8th The Tasmanian Government has brought forward opening up and so have we.  Paul Frost has put the requisit signage up, Kate Horweg has plans for managing the kitchen with a maximum of 2 helpers, and 20 of us can space ourselves out down the shed with 1.5metres separation.  Bring your own loud hailer for conversation, and send a text to Kate on 0419 6934 15 if you want to come.  Bookings essential.  
    Posted Jun 5, 2020, 5:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Congratulations Glyn Shevels Glyn Shevels has received an 'Outstanding Volunteer Service Award',  the brief citation for which reads as follows.  'Glynn Shevels arrived in Tasmania in 2010 and immediately become involved in the Living Boat Trust at Franklin, volunteering in their workshops repairing and maintaining boats in their fleet as well as running the Safety on the Water program for school students.  This role expanded his networks to include working with Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) and Volunteer Marine Rescue to deliver and promote Safety on the Water education in the community and at the Huon Valley Trade Training Centre where he volunteers as the Coxswain Course Teacher.'  Glyn took on a leadership role and was responsible for numerous initiatives at the LBT ...
    Posted May 31, 2020, 3:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Another binge watch We have been pointed to another well documented boat build:  'There's another Youtube channel that may interest LBT members and that's 'Acorn to Arabella'. Two young blokes building an Atkins 'Ingrid' design from scratch i.e chopping down the tress and milling the logs. Neither have any boat building experience but are capable woodworkers. They come up with some unique solutions to the problems they come across.. New videos every Friday night: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAiDWnTP0WB1xCp6uuUo0VA/videos '
    Posted May 27, 2020, 3:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cat Dink - Gary Macdonald's isolation project Gary has built himself a catamaran rowing dinghy, and posted details of the build at https://mrmacstaswegia.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_21.html.  It will be interesting to hear how well it performs on the water: does sound like a good idea.
    Posted May 26, 2020, 5:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Binge viewing If you want a boat building alternative to Netflix Sally Ward recommends 'Sampson Boat Co, Tally Ho, Rebuilding a 1910 Gaff Cutter' - https://sampsonboat.co.uk. There is somewhere north of 30 hours of detailed video documentation divided into 78 episodes (so far). For a (relatively) quick overview you could try episode 48 https://sampsonboat.co.uk/48pt2-leos-story-rorc-presentation/
    Posted May 23, 2020, 6:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rainbow season John Snowdon sent in this pic.
    Posted May 23, 2020, 5:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • The way we were Endra O'May was sorting through a pile of books from her late father when she came across the 1950 Tasmanian Business Directory ('renowned for accuracy'). Along with many other small towns Frankiin has an entry - see below.  We had a population of 1050 and possessed 'a good reticulated water supply and a septic tank sewage system'.  We were big on sawmilling and orchards: 'the annual output of apples and pears is about 1,250,000 bushels and berry fruits approximately 150 tons' (a bushel is roughly 20 kilos).  The list of orchardists spreads over two pages.  There were lots of clubs and activities, and we had our own (registered) bookmaker.   It was so much worse in the old days ...
    Posted May 23, 2020, 5:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • An LBT story from Mike Dredge Last week's tales took us to the southern ocean, this week we are in the tropics - the remotest waters off north east New Guinea and the island of Nuguria.  See attached: https://tinyurl.com/ydcmfkwe.  What a rich collection of story tellers we have in our midst.  Who knew?  Pics from Mike below.   Village Festival  Mothership Fishing Dory Day's fishing At work - ideal conditions Visitors in fisherman's canoe Village life Swamp taroe harvest  Village from the sea     The village of Bursaria  Barracouta 
    Posted May 18, 2020, 6:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Another way to get on the water We were rowing towards the boat ramp on Sunday when we were startled by a roar and turned around to see a hovercraft gliding across the river.  Later discussion with its builder and pilot Martin revealed that he too was concerned by the roar and has plans to modify the design to reduce it to a whisper.  He and Charlotte have moved to Glen Huon where they plan to manufacture these craft. 
    Posted May 17, 2020, 3:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Flowers on the Huon We are looking forward to 'em, but now is a good time to appreciate some of the photos taken last spring as part of a project by Endra O'May, Jane Johnson and others to document the plants of Egg Island. Pics from Endra O'May
    Posted May 17, 2020, 3:16 AM by Posts Editor
  • An LBT Story from Ian Moncrieff and Di Sullivan Ian writes: 'LBT members may remember seeing Last One a skiff designed by Allan Witt at the LBT during the summer of 2017/18 with a ‘for sale’ sign. I built it and Allan has it in his workshop and it is still for sale. My wife Di and I have sold our 38’ Jeanneau sloop , Pied Piper 2 also due to aged bones and diminishing balance – ours not hers. With no boats to build or repair, I have taken to cabinetry using hoop pine ply. See picture. Readers may also remember PP2 at anchor off the Wooden Boat Centre on and off during summers past, as well as the Seawind cat Sonsy, owned by our mates Barb and Bruce ...
    Posted May 17, 2020, 3:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • Windpower It's not just for boats: Peter Laidlaw was very taken with these wind powered wheelbarrows.  Lots more low tech nostalgia and ideas at www.lowtechmagazine.com  Pic from www.lowtechmagazine.com
    Posted May 17, 2020, 3:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • tn21 - call for Camp Support volunteers If you can help with land-based Camp Support for the LBT's next tawe nunnugah Raid (tn21) please complete the form here: https://tinyurl.com/yawky2vx. Despite the current social restrictions, planning for tn21 is well underway. The catering team is lined up and we have agreement with land owners to use the overnight camping sites. The final thing to confirm before we open for participant registrations is that we have enough Camp Support volunteers prepared to keep the show on the road. The 2019 Raid was disrupted by the bushfires in southern Tasmania. 2020 has not begun as we would have hoped and it is always possible that the situation in early 2021 may force us to cancel ...
    Posted May 16, 2020, 11:44 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Opening up the LBT Last Friday 8th May the Tasmanian Government announced the timetable for the lifting of some of the restrictions intended to stop the spread of the Covid 19 virus. The bits that related to the LBT were as follows.  From May 18:  Indoor and outdoor gatherings can increase to 10 people, including for real estate purposes, small religious groups, and weddings, but household gatherings are still limited to five visitors;  Restaurants and cafes can open and seat up to 10 people at a time with table service and social distancing;  Libraries and local community facilities will open for up to 10 people.  From June 15: Gatherings increase to 20 people at a time for indoor and outdoor, including restaurants/cafes ...
    Posted May 14, 2020, 4:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Stories: The Rime; Southport Lagoon, March 2019 Hans Sipsma has sent in this great contribution: see attached at https://tinyurl.com/y9vvzoey.  See pics below and video https://youtu.be/EylON0RslIo
    Posted May 13, 2020, 5:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Puzzling times ahead Running out of jigsaw puzzles at home? Fear not. The Franklin Jigsaw Exchange has re-opened and is now under the cover of the Living Boat Trust verandah, next to the Little Boat Library. Look for the big plastic box where you can bring and exchange jigsaws for free. If you don't have a jigsaw to exchange, or you are just so grateful for the opportunity to puzzle over something new, drop a gold coin into the LBT mail box next to the Library. When you get it home use whatever quarantine steps you think are needed for your 'new' puzzle.
    Posted May 13, 2020, 9:11 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Jane's lockdown project Jane Johnson is working on a home project that may be of interest to future Living Boat Trust members. While based in a real part of Franklin’s history, an apple-picker’s cabin, she is recording the evolution of St Ayles Skiffs in Australia. Jane said “Quite often long periods of time pass and the facts become hazy or get forgotten. My aim is to provide the Living Boat Trust with a comprehensive record. Having competed in the third World Championships in Stranraer, Scotland, in July 2019, it was great to be part of the camaraderie that has evolved through community rowing.” A film was being produced at the championships to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of St Ayles ...
    Posted May 8, 2020, 4:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • A cure for cabin fever? For those who yearn for a summer sojourn in the northern hemisphere, if only in the mind, Off Center Harbor recommends 'Scoggie', a short film about a  young boat builder on Bras d'Or Lake, Cape Breton, Canada.  It is a good story in a breathtaking location. Two of the minor characters are still caulking seams in their 90's, so blokes like our Adrian Dean and Ian Moncrieff aren't the only ones. Find it at https://www.offcenterharbor.com/flotsam/scoggie/. 
    Posted May 9, 2020, 3:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Jack de Crow Jack de Crow was (is?) a Mirror dinghy sailed and rowed by Sandy Mackinnon from Bristol to the Black Sea.  Sandy wrote about it in a book enjoyed by many LBTers who might also enjoy the conversation he had with Richard Fidler recently on the ABC available as a podcast: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/sandy-mackinnon-rpt/12199356.  For those who have yet to catch up with all of this 'The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow'  is a good read, even if, as a tale of daring do, it has been now be put in the shade by John Young's latest publication. 
    Posted May 7, 2020, 11:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tying up to bollards and posts With our small tides and floating pontoons that go up and down with the tides, it’s easy to tie up our boats without much thought and, in doing so, develop bad habits. In places with large tidal ranges people take care never to use any type of jamming hitch to fasten their boats when coming alongside. The trouble with jamming hitches, such as the clove hitch, is that once they have been loaded they can be impossible to release without cutting the line. The Lighterman’s hitch is a good hitch for securing a boat to a post if tied properly. However, we frequently see it done incorrectly so that it jams. The jammed hitch in Monty's bow ...
    Posted May 7, 2020, 4:28 AM by Martin Riddle
  • Lockdown reading John Young's memoir, ' Going down another Lane' is out, and a cracking yarn it is.  John has been down many surprising lanes in his lifetime, but you will have to read the book to find out which ones. Franklin Post Office were sold out last week, but hopefully they have restocked.  There are various online outlets where it is available: https://www.google.com/search?q=down+another+lane+john+young&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8 is one,  https://www.google.com/search?q=down+another+lane+john+young&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8 is another.
    Posted May 9, 2020, 3:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Locked down in Franklin Peter Heading writes:  ' Vardo in Queensland and I'm locked down in Franklin.  Building a new tender for Vardo - the old one has done 20 years of service and is getting a bit tired.  A sailing version this time.'
    Posted May 13, 2020, 7:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Aid to Navigators Gary Macdonald pointed out this unexpected benefit of the current situation - see below. 
    Posted May 7, 2020, 11:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Master Plan Stage 3 – Sporting Precinct Lisa Plohl from Huon Valley Council has written to alert us to the community consultation regarding plans for improvement around the oval: see https://www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/consultations/franklin-master-plan-stage-3-sporting-precinct/  .Have your say.  The LBT committee has some concerns about converting the track along the foreshore to pedestrian only, which makes the boat ramp less easily accessible.
    Posted May 7, 2020, 12:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Committee response to the Franklin Foreshore Rehabilitation and Development plan The council has provided an online form for community response to this plan at https://www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/consultations/franklin-foreshore-rehabilitation-and-development-plan/All members who have a view are encouraged to use the form before the closing date (May 10th). The committee has written a response on behalf of the LBT and will be submitting it. In summary it says: 'the Living Boat Trust does not support the proposal to build toilets as part of the North Franklin Foreshore Rehabilitation and Development Plan and does not support the proposal for a path towards the road on the Crown Land licensed by the LBT downstream of the rock wall between the LBT and WBC.   The LBT ...
    Posted May 3, 2020, 1:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Attention model boat enthusiasts Tony Wilson has sent us the following message. 'Restore 1930’s Huon Pine Model Yacht – “The Quest”  The Quest is a scale model of a particular class of yachts racing in the 1930’s and this model was built and raced by Carl Wilson as a member of the Port Cygnet Model Yacht Club (PCMYC). The Huon and Derwent Times report of the last race of the 1934 season and a photo of the Quest under full sale is attached. The Quest was recovered from storage in Carl’s apple shed some years ago and has been at rest in my garden shed waiting to be restored. The length of hull is approximately 1300mm and the beam 450mm and the ...
    Posted May 2, 2020, 12:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Fire at Port Esperance Sailing Club The committee has sent the following message to Port Esperance on behalf of the membership.  Dear Port Esperance Sailing Club,  'On behalf of the LBT community we wish to express our sympathy and support. You must still be in the early stages of sorting things out and planning, but don’t forget us: we have a variety of available resources which may be shared and be of assistance whilst you rebuild. These include: ● trailers; ● boats; ● workshop space; ● tools and materials; ● kitchen equipment, the kitchen trailer and/or barbecues; ● access to the wider boating community through our mailing list and LBT News to put out calls for assistance or requests for donations of particular things;● sails/oars/life jackets; ● letters of ...
    Posted May 2, 2020, 4:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Congratulations Celia Leverton Whilst we have all been distracted LBT member Celia Leverton has won an  AgriFutures Rural Women’s Development Award.  Her profile for the award says: 'Celia Leverton​, from Franklin , is committed to encouraging and and enabling a resilient, profitable farming industry to regenerate the land while producing food and fibre. Celia aspires to increase and maintain the uptake of regenerative farming practices now and for future generations'.   Pic from the Weekly Times
    Posted May 1, 2020, 10:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • In need of a little TLC - Cartela for sale Here is an opportunity: see https://www.boatsonline.com.au/boats-for-sale/used/power-boats/purdon-featherstone-cartela-historic-river-steamer/242826  Pic from boatsonline.com.au
    Posted Apr 29, 2020, 4:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Coxcombing an old wheel In the days of sail it was not unusual for a ship to be becalmed for days or held in quarantine for weeks. With plenty of time but limited resources sailors would make do with whatever materials were at hand - sperm whale teeth for carving into scrimshaw and rope for decorative coxcombing, making beckets for their sea chests, covering the handles of knives and dressing ship’s rails. While confined to quarters, Martin Riddle has been re-living those days, coxcombing the steering wheel of an old car. The single-line French coxcomb finished with a turk’s head at each spoke not only dresses things up, but is functional as it provides a slip-resistant grip. 
    Posted Apr 28, 2020, 11:35 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Volunteers needed to help COVID-19 crisis Tasmanian LBT members may wish to respond to the following appeal from Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Disability Services and Community Development. 'Tasmanians are being urged to register to volunteer as part of a coordinated response to COVID-19 to deliver a range of essential services in Tasmanian communities. As part of our Economic and Support Package, the Tasmanian Government provided $130,000 to mobilise volunteers through EVCREW (emergency volunteers crew), as well as engagement with local councils.  So far another 300 volunteers have responded to the call to mobilise Tasmania’s very own volunteer army for the pandemic response, on top of more than 12,000 emergency volunteers who had already registered to respond to natural disasters.  Volunteers can be ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2020, 4:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boat Porn from Off Center Harbor This preview landed in the LBT email box: https://player.vimeo.com/video/288748997  There are a couple of Haven 12 1/2's featured - the same design as the boat's built by our American friends at the Wooden Boat Centre for the last Festival.
    Posted Apr 25, 2020, 7:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Stories: Mini Raid to Kettering Feb 2020 Andy Bullock and Mick Hubbard came along in Mick's heavily customised Light Weight Sharpie.  It was a flyer!  Read Andy's report attached: https://tinyurl.com/yboqy5ja  and/or see the video: https://youtu.be/lkup27fNQfQ
    Posted May 13, 2020, 7:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Visitors The wood ducks are taking over the LBT lawn.Geoff Steer writes:  'Not sure if they are enjoying the lack of people or the long grass.  About half the number flew off before I could take this picture.' 
    Posted Apr 25, 2020, 2:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Building a Flying 15 John Snowdon found this smashing film of how they did it around 1950: https://youtu.be/9e3eYwN-q-Y.  Not a power tool in sight until an electric drill is produced at the very end.  And love the turning barrel when the boats are being raced.  Whisky Galore?
    Posted Apr 24, 2020, 6:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Geoff's lockdown project Geoff Steer writes: 'Started out to paint an interior brick wall and got a bit carried away and pulled out the old (1970s?) kitchen.  Kaboodle flatpack from Bunnings all in boxes sitting in the bathroom (only available space). I hope to pick up the floor tiles Monday. I'll have to move the fridge before I tile which will be a challenge - a bit hard for someone to help move a fridge if they have to stay 2 metres away.  Demolition is very therapeutic.  Images show it as it was and as it currently is.'   
    Posted Apr 24, 2020, 1:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • Foreshore Plan and the LBT Reader's of this column will be aware of the ongoing discussion about how to spend the $750k allocated by the state government to improving the Franklin foreshore (see for instance https://ishr.site/AiVP).  The engineers have been at work, the mayor has inspected, the council has met and as previously reported (https://ishr.site/qv4y) plans are being finalised.  As far as the LBT is concerned the parts of this plan likely to have immediate impact are:  a landing which will be used for tying up our pontoon;  a public toilet to be built on our license land, downstream from the Shed;  a path for walkers proceeding along the wall on our upstream boundary.  These are highlighted in ...
    Posted Apr 27, 2020, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Port Esperance Sailing Club burnt down We spoke with the commodore (and LBT member) Matt Wardell and apparently there is a lot of damage to the building and they have lost their dinghy fleet.  This is a real blow to the local community, of which the Club is a social hub.    It's Easter Regatta has a history going way back - in recent years the LBT has been an enthusiastic participant - and they have been regular hosts for Tawe Nunnagah.  Many of us have enjoyed their hospitality.   Pic from Google Maps
    Posted Apr 24, 2020, 10:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Paul's lock down project A long term project that has gained fresh impetus.   Paul Frost writes:'S.S. Cartela...A model at 1.1 mts... The latest addition to the fleet. (No 6).  After months of gathering information and photos , and drawing up plans, S.S. Cartela started on the building board in May 2018.   After some interesting work on getting the stern section set up, it has been a slow but constant effort, (along with moving house, Volunteering at L.B.T. and normal life’s adventures) it is now 2 years on and she is starting to take  shape, with the superstructure now coming along nicely.A lot done, but still a long way to go.  When finished, she will be electric ...
    Posted Apr 23, 2020, 4:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Foreshore Rehabilitation and Development Lisa Plohl from Huon Valley Council writes:  'We wish to advise you that the community engagement on the Franklin project is now open for consultation. This consultation closes on Sunday 10 May at 5pm.  Please follow the link to our ‘Have Your Say’ page HERE (https://ishr.site/cR3e) please share with all you members and community contacts.  Unfortunately due to the current COVID-19 restrictions we are not able to conduct face to face meetings or have hard copy surveys. Could I ask that if you have anyone having difficulty with accessing this project please put them in touch with me so I can assist with recording their views.  If you have any queries please don’t hesitate in ...
    Posted Apr 24, 2020, 12:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Peter Hill's lockdown projects Peter writes: 'Hello Sailors, In answer to request for things we are doing while around the home patch . Burning off debris from my woods in an early morning bonfire , tearing apart old and rotting apple boxes that contained my feeble attempts at growing vegetables , playing scrabble for the first time in years and losing to the wife (no repeat game as have hidden the board) , Helping her briefly (about an hour) doing a 500 piece star wars jigsaw , had a really good sort out in a section of my shed then put it back in a different position as all will be needed someday . I then decided to paint a large canvas as shown depicting an arid landscape leading to ...
    Posted Apr 22, 2020, 12:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • What it takes to run a Tawe Nunnugah Martin Riddle is starting to organise tn21 online, as evidenced by the news items that have already gone out through this column.  It is interesting to look back at the tn19 webpage (https://ishr.site/d3Kt) and scroll through all the news items sent out to participants to get an insight into what goes into running such an event - even when it didn't get started!  Remember the bushfires?  Hats off to Martin and Deb.
    Posted Apr 20, 2020, 9:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Whaleboats Gary Macdonald was browsing the Gaco Oars site and noticed that John Murray, who runs it, had managed to combine rude comments about whaleboats with pictures of Swiftsure.  The effrontery!  Read all about it and see if you agree:  https://www.gacooarlocks.com/Whaleboat-Heresy.pdf .John, who visited the Shed some years ago, has lots of interesting things to say about rowing - see for instance https://www.gacooarlocks.com/efficient-rowing.pdf - and his site is well worth visiting.  Some of us are trying out his unique rowlocks.  Pic from Gaco Oars: www.gacooarlocks.com
    Posted Apr 20, 2020, 8:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • John Walduck's boat John has supplied more information about the boat he is building which we reported on in a previous item in this column.'An Ian Oughtred design " Penny Fee" which is like a big Grebe. 16 ft by 5ft 4in, so about 2ft 6in longer than the Grebe and about a foot wider, but similar lines. I intend to set it up as a gaff yawl ( something like Martin's "Hop the Wag").It was an impulse buy - a fellow member of Wooden Boat Assoc of Qld (who also lived in Kingaroy, but I didn't know him) had a kit in his shed for 9+ years and did nothing with it. He put it up for sale as he was ...
    Posted Apr 25, 2020, 3:50 AM by Posts Editor
  • Fairy ring At least the mushrooms are enjoying the lack of disturbance at the LBT.
    Posted Apr 19, 2020, 12:51 AM by Posts Editor
  • Skiff news from Western Australia Jane Johnson writes to say that the Skiff launch at Augusta (far south west corner of WA) has been postponed, but it looks like they have made good progress towards completion of the boat: pics below.  For more pics and news see their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AugustaYachtClub
    Posted Apr 19, 2020, 12:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • John lays a keel John Walduck in Queensland is another distant LBT member who just can't stop building boats and likes a challenge. On Friday he wrote to say that he hoped to do the 2021 tawe nunnugah Raid....in the boat he was about to start building. And true to his word, first thing on Sunday he sent this picture of the keel he had just laid. Don't be put off just because Bert and John are building boats and you're not - if you are doing anything you think would be of interest to other LBT members, send a picture and few words to: sec@lbt.org.au and we'll post it in the News section. Although ...
    Posted Apr 19, 2020, 12:34 AM by Martin Riddle
  • Bert builds a boat (another one) First off the mark with a report of their current project is Bert van Baar from Amsterdam. Bert led the group of six students from the Netherlands building the stunning 16m2 sailing boat at the Wooden Boat Centre for the 2017 Australian Wooden Boat Festival. Bert and students are keeping busy building a St Ayles skiff complete with sailing rig.
    Posted Apr 19, 2020, 12:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • Do you have an interesting project to share? The LBT shed is shut, our fleet is in hibernation and our movements are restricted but that leaves plenty of time to work on projects at home. If you are doing something of interest to other members, send us a photograph together with a few words and we'll post it on the LBT News. LBT members are a diverse bunch so don't think you have to be building a boat to be of interest.  Send your picture and a few words describing it to: sec@lbt.org.au - you never know, your picture might inspire others.
    Posted Apr 20, 2020, 5:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT stories: tn14 It wasn't a real Tawe Nunnugah, just an overnighter to Kettering via Randall's Bay and back.  However this was the year of the typhoon, so we got more adventure than we bargained for.  If you want to find out what happened and fill in a few moments of your Covid day read on:  https://ishr.site/2yBt.  And when you have done that you can see Martin Kell's movie of the first couple of days at http://bit.ly/1om47Qd.
    Posted Apr 19, 2020, 3:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • tn21 Raid planning - COVID-19 If you have joined the tawe nunnugah 2021 email list you will already have been sent this message - our apologies to those that receive it twice but we want to make sure we get the word out widely.The thought of enjoying a 10-day small boat expedition with a fleet of like-minded people in early 2021 may feel like a distant hope - but if we don’t start planning, it definitely won’t happen. Read the LBT Committee’s statement on planning for the 2021 tawe nunnugah tn21 Raid at https://tinyurl.com/y7h56g64. None of us knows what the World will be like in 2021 so we are not asking people to make a financial commitment too ...
    Posted Apr 15, 2020, 11:07 PM by Martin Riddle
  • LBT Committee in the time of the Plague It's hard to avoid literary allusions under the current circumstances.  Thank goodness our pandemic isn't the real plague.  There will be no LBT Committee meetings until the social distancing rules are relaxed, and so no more meeting minutes (https://ishr.site/Wtp9) by which to follow which priorities are being addressed. There is very little activity at the shed, however the committee isn't entirely dormant. To see what is on their 'TODO' list visit https://ishr.site/vgfu .  Some of the items on this list are simple and only deserve the line or two of description given to them.  Others require days or weeks of work and planning and there maybe pages of supporting documents.  This list ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2020, 3:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • Capricornia’s modified trailer Martin Riddle writes:  'When the LBT was thinking of buying Capricornia, as part of the agreement Piet offered to do a few improvements to make the trailer even more of an asset for the LBT. Early in March he put the modified trailer to the test during the launch of this hefty yacht at Cygnet. The improvements include a four-wheel dolly at the front to assist with maneuvering the trailer, a long draw bar to allow the towing vehicle to remain well away from the water while launching and adjustable cradle arms to accommodate a variety of hull shapes and sizes. Thanks Piet – the practical ingenuity of our members never fails to amaze.'  We have recently spoken to Piet ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2020, 3:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • Surviving Corona: Free Wooden Boat Magazine LBT member Rob Blackburn has pointed out that the most recent edition of Wooden Boat Magazine has been made FREE, to help all of us at home survive our cabin fever: see https://ishr.site/aBLP  .  It is a bit difficult to read this online: we suggest you print to file. Pic from Wooden Boat Magazine
    Posted Apr 11, 2020, 2:56 PM by Richard Forster
  • Social isolation, south Tasmania style Some people have chosen Tinpot Bay: see below.
    Posted Apr 5, 2020, 3:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • A day at sea aboard Yukon Attached is a story from David Nash  to entertain all of us stuck at home: https://tinyurl.com/yceuhh6w. Those Nash boys have grown - see pics below. .
    Posted May 13, 2020, 7:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs self isolate On a stunning autumn day, with teams of lifters keeping 1.5m apart, the 3 skiffs were taken out of the water.  One was transported into the LBT extension on our excellent new beach trolley, which passed its field trial with flying colours.  The other 2, on our Bendigo trailers, are now in the evaporator sheds (1.5m apart) - with the very kind permission of the Krynens.  Who knows when they will be rowed again, but at least they are safely protected from winter weather.  Many thanks to the rowers who turned up to provide the muscle power.
    Posted Mar 26, 2020, 3:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Marine is open (as of March 27th) Ian from the chandlery tells us that whilst observing all necessary precautions he is still open for business in order to support those whose isolation activities are boaty.
    Posted Mar 26, 2020, 3:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Stories from the sea In a previous post we asked what we should be doing whilst we are all holed up.  One answer is to tell stories, and John Snowdon has set the ball rolling by contributing one.   John writes:'[this] story is rather fanciful. It is a true account of a storm at sea on a passage from New Cal. to Coffs Harbour in 2018. We actually had 5 onboard, although the skipper was incapacitated due to a medical condition. But I took some liberties and wrote from the 2nd person POV, which made it difficult to introduce anyone else… except the flying squid.'See attached: https://ishr.site/EBNN Pics from John Snowdon
    Posted Mar 24, 2020, 3:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mark's Wall The grounds of the LBT have been transformed since Mark McBride's arrival - commented on by everybody up to and including the mayor.  His latest creation (with a little help from his friends) is the rock wall along the foreshore.  John Snowdon writes: 'I gave Mark a hand under the artistic direction of a visitor named Annabelle. She installed a Tasmanian shaped rock in the works and thought that it should make a point of interest for tourists to find. Annabelle came for a row too'.  Pics from John Snowdon
    Posted Mar 24, 2020, 4:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • What to do whilst the Shed is shut down We have received the following (edited) email from the Tasmanian Men's Shed Association.  'Good morning Shed Members,  As many members would be aware,  due to the Covid-19 virus some sheds have chosen to close. So far, this remains only Sheds that are connected to Community Houses. Sheds that remain open have advised their members of their individual plan for keeping members safe. We encourage you all to keep in touch with those members choosing to stay at home by giving them a call. Some sheds are also getting involved with Community work delivery supplies to the elderly and those that can't leave their homes and those with surplus veggies in their gardens are making them available to ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2020, 2:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boat trolley: thanks Dave! When Dave Conway heard we needed a trolley for getting boats in and out of the water he got out the welder, rolled up his sleeves and did it.  Thanks Dave!
    Posted Mar 22, 2020, 2:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Shutdown of organised events at the LBT In the LBT Coronavirus policy previously announced we said that ‘advice and circumstances are rapidly changing, … all decisions may only apply for a short period of time’ and ‘that we have access to very good advice from health professionals’ . In the event circumstances HAVE changed and the committee has accepted the advice of these professionals to close the LBT Shed and facilities to organised, formal activities. That includes Monday dinners, Tuesday and Thursday work groups, rowing and sailing. Individual members should still be able to enter as they see fit while observing health directions. If you unsure as to what these are see https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert#how-to-protect ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2020, 4:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT and the coronavirus At the LBT Committee meeting on Thursday night the following response to the threat posed by the Coronavirus was formulated.  The committee will keep abreast of information and government policy decisions at all levels and react accordingly. We have access to very good advice from health professionals.  The LBT Shed will remain open until further notice.  Recommended health procedures are to be followed at the LBT Shed. Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and thoroughly dry them on paper towel. Maintain social distance. Avoid touching face, mouth, nose. Practice respiratory hygiene. If you have any cold symptoms, stay away. If you are at risk, stay away. In the kitchen, preferably use the dishwasher, otherwise use antibacterial dish washing liquid ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2020, 10:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tasmanian Land Conservancy Newsletter As the 'custodians' of a large slice of the Egg Islands LBT member the Tasmanian Land Conservancy is a very important local organisation.  We recently received their latest newsletter which can be read at https://tasland.org.au/2020/03/newsletter-61/ 
    Posted Mar 19, 2020, 2:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Palais closed From the Palais Management Committee: 'Due to the current Coronavirus situation, Huon Valley Council has temporarily closed all public halls until further notice.  Regrettably, the Palais has had to cancel or postpone all scheduled events until further notice.  This includes the monthly market and the monthly Classic Movie Night.  The Palais Garage sale normally held in June has also been postponed.  We will inform you when the situation changes and we are back to normal.   In an effort to support our Collective fresh food suppliers, some have decided to man their own table outside the Collective from 10am - noon on Fridays only, until otherwise notified.We look forward to seeing you again at the Palais - hopefully in the not too ...
    Posted Mar 18, 2020, 5:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History Group Newsletter Latest from the the History Group, who have found a home at the Masonic Lodge.  See attached: https://ishr.site/cDSi
    Posted Mar 17, 2020, 4:40 AM by Posts Editor
  • Spanish Fiesta with “Karavana Flamenca’ Thursday 26 March Barb Dawson from the Palais writes: 'Experience the spirit of Spain in a night of authentic Spanish music and food at the Palais Theatre Franklin.  Flamenco band "Karavana Flamenca" from Victoria performs a repertoire of authentic and original Spanish rumba, traditional flamenco and gypsy music. Karavana Flamenca has played major festivals and events Australia-wide, and received rave reviews as support band for international giants ‘Gipsy Kings’ on their last Australian tour.  The bar opens at 6.30 pm; concert begins at 7.30pm.   Delicious paella Valenciana is available to purchase for $15 at 7pm.  A night to dance, lounge or dine Spanish style! Tickets $20.00. Book via link at TryBooking (https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=613593 ...
    Posted Mar 13, 2020, 6:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pandora The LBT has received the following email from Adam  Fraser.  'I am the current owner / custodian of Pandora , one class design built 1910 in HOBART.  I have salvaged her from Franklin last year and she currently is moored in Cygnet.  Unfortunately I have not the time or money to upkeep her and I am currently residing in Sydney.  I would be extremely grateful if the Living Boat Trust could take on Pandora and I would very happily donate her to your organization. This would be unconditional! I would like to ask if you can take her that I could be a member of your trust and when I get to spend time in Tasmania I could assist in working, maintaining ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2020, 4:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT committee meeting March 19th The agenda for this meeting is being drawn up at https://ishr.site/PEm7 . Draft minutes for the February meeting can be viewed at https://ishr.site/3Yzy
    Posted Mar 13, 2020, 5:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Latest plan for foreshore upgrade The LBT has received the attached draft plan (https://ishr.site/6uD2) from council, which was drawn up after consultation with stakeholders (Wooden Boat Centre, us, etc).  A response has been written (https://ishr.site/hhvd) and will form the basis for further discussions.
    Posted Mar 13, 2020, 5:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 9th March The conditions look good, so lets do it.  Meet at the pontoon at noon ready to take Capricornia out.
    Posted Mar 7, 2020, 1:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT small boat expeditions – Dover and the Lakes We are planning at least two more small boat expeditions for the next few months. Over the Easter weekend we will take a fleet from Franklin to Dover to join the Port Esperance Sailing Club annual regatta leaving on Good Friday (10 April) and returning on Monday 13 April. We are also planning an Autumn trip to Lake Sorrell at Interlaken west of Oatlands. If you would like to be involved in either of these trips or just want to follow the plans as they develop, join the mail group. No need to re-join the group if you completed the on-line form when we were planning the Charlotte Cove trip.  Join the mail group by following the link ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2020, 1:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday cancelled March 2nd Hans has been in contact to say that his eBike expedition is still happily trundling through northern Tasmania, and we await his return to skipper Capricornia. Pic from Gary Macdonald
    Posted Mar 1, 2020, 2:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • 'Nancy' Explorers on the Huon at Franklin A Monday expedition aboard the Living Boat Trust’s wooden ferry “MV Nancy” (circa 1917), gave seven Huon Regional Care residents and two staff members the chance to see Franklin from the river, as was common in the early nineteenth century when boats were the main form of transport.   See Jane Johnson's report attached: https://ishr.site/J7Wa
    Posted Feb 29, 2020, 11:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Steamers Run The Paynesville crew sent the following report of their row across the Gippsland Lakes.  LBT rowers follow the Steamers Run to Paynesville and join in the Paynesville Classic Boat Rally.   A team of 6 intrepid rowers, one cox and ground support joined the inaugural raid of the ;St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Association of Australia (SASCRAA).  Day One.  Our team of 6 rowers were allocated to the boats; FAST Messenger, Warrnambool, De Mirrie Dancer, Marlo, Cariad, Melbourne, and the Mordialloc Boat, Melbourne.  We rowed down the fast flowing Thompson River from the Port of Sale through the man made canal, under the historic swing bridge, past the swimming snake, under the two wedge tail edges, entertained by the fly past ...
    Posted Mar 1, 2020, 1:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Unlabelled containers can be expensive for the LBT Please contact the LBT Secretary if you know anything about this 5 litre container and the 2 litres of liquid in it. Someone has put it in the fuel locker but there is nothing to indicate what it contains apart from the word ‘Poison’. It is definitely not water but apart from that we have no way of identifying it. It will cost more than $100 to dispose of it responsibly because it has to be treated as a hazardous substance. Please do not leave any liquids in unlabelled containers - there are many better ways for the LBT to spend the member’s money than disposing of unknown liquids.
    Posted Feb 27, 2020, 9:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing lay day Monday 24th Skippers are busy.  May be an opportunity to get Capricornia out in the evening.
    Posted Feb 27, 2020, 8:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday BBQ coming up A quick glance at the kitchen roster posted by Kate below (https://ishr.site/ArxV) tells us that last Monday of the month is indeed coming up.  Bring something for you and something to share.  Kate is still looking for cooks.  Contact her if you can help out.
    Posted Feb 22, 2020, 12:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Latest AWBF newsletter The Australian Wooden Boat Festival never sleeps!  See  https://ishr.site/B35n. News includes an item about Andrew 'Old Sea Dogs' Wilson, and  word of the departure of 'Admiral' for the Bass and Flinders Centre at George Town.
    Posted Feb 21, 2020, 3:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Draft LBT Policy on fund-raising At it's February meeting the LBT Committee provisionally approved a new fund-raising policy - see https://ishr.site/USku .  This document is now available for members to comment on before it is ratified.
    Posted Feb 21, 2020, 2:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Mooring Works – Marine Farm Lease 186 Brabazon Point MAST reports:  Mariners are advised Tassal will be undertaking mooring work at MF186, Brabazon Point commencing 24 February 2020.  The corner markers will be moved to the co-ordinates shown below and returned once mooring works are completed on  23 March 2020.   Corner marker location  Degrees, minutes decimal WGS 84  Latitude  Longitude  1.  -43° 11.405’S 146° 59.226’E  2. -43° 11.567’S 146° 59.701’E  3. -43° 11.712’S 146° 59.604’E 4. -43° 11.553’S 146° 59.133’E
    Posted Feb 21, 2020, 12:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin foreshore development Many LBT members will be aware that in 2018 the Huon Valley Council won a grant of $750k from the State Government to improve the Franklin Waterfront. There was a report in this column on a recent meeting with council to discuss this initiative (https://ishr.site/yDxB) and on Monday 17th of February their was a follow up meeting.  The LBT was represented by David Pittaway and Richard Forster.  We again emphasised that our priority was access to the water, that the LBT had a number of pontoons ready for deployment, and that any way that council could help with this would be appreciated.  See pics which were presented to council below.  As can be seen in the first ...
    Posted Feb 17, 2020, 3:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Of droughts and flooding rains A couple of weeks ago Pip Stevenson went home to northern New South Wales to deal with bushfires and drought.  Pretty much ever since he has been flood bound!  He sent the accompanying pics.  Gotta love Oz.
    Posted Feb 16, 2020, 1:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Academy Award winner at the Palais March 1st We learnt this from Franklin Palais Events.  Yes, it is 'Parasite' which has just won the Oscar for best picture for 2019.  Read all about it on Rotten Tomatoes: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/parasite_2019 .  Sunday 1st March at the Franklin Palais.  Doors open 6.30pm.  Film starts after 7.15pm but before 7.30pm.  $5 for an introduction to the future. (Or now, really).  The Palais Collective Shop will be open in the Foyer before the movie for crafts and gifts.  Libations from the Bar include stimulants, depressants and comfort drinks.  Please bring a plate of food to share for supper during the intermission.  Vote for Parasite.   Is it Better than Citizen Kane  - er - Loving Vincent
    Posted Feb 16, 2020, 12:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History Group February Newsletter See attached: https://ishr.site/koT8 .  Interesting item on the history of lighting in Franklin.  Electricity wasn't a done deal in 1913.
    Posted Feb 16, 2020, 12:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 17th Feb Hans says that the day is looking ideal for learning how to deal with light winds in Capricornia.  See you at noon at the shed. Pic from Garry Macdonald
    Posted Feb 15, 2020, 7:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Careful with that fuel locker Recently enough fuel siphoned out of a tank and into the bottom of the locker to have caused quite a bang if a match had been applied.  Attention smokers!
    Posted Feb 12, 2020, 4:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Excursion to Kettering As everybody knows, we live on the best sheltered waterway in Australia and last weekend a small LBT fleet was able to take full advantage of it.  First night was at Charlotte Cove, ideal in the prevailing south easterly wind and with the Scout Camp for accommodation on the shore.  Next day it was off to Kettering in a stiff breeze that had everybody skipping along and shortening sail.  We joined the Wooden Boat Rally there for one of the best curry dinners we have ever eaten, then the next day headed back to Charlotte's with the same scudding breeze, this time somewhat more behind us.  On Monday things quietened down, so there was time for contemplating the beauties ...
    Posted Feb 11, 2020, 7:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Office on the move again Over the years the LBT office has been shunted around the shed as needs dictated, and Richard Page recently had his big crane in operation to move it back to the downstream side.  He did a bit of log shuffling whilst he was at it - see pics from Paul Frost below, and big thanks to Paul for organising this.
    Posted Feb 10, 2020, 2:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowers and sailors wanted Jane Johnson writes:  'There are many times available to row the St Ayles Skiffs during the week. If you enjoy being up early, ready to “carpe diem” or “seize the day” there are two 8am groups – Tuesday and Saturday, and one row/sail group on a Thursday afternoon from 5. You can put your name down us an emergency fill-in, or regular participant. For anyone interested contact Jane jenjane2012@gmail.com or ph 0400717140 for more information.'
    Posted Feb 3, 2020, 1:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiff launch in Western Australia Jane Johnson passed on the following: 'Thanks for your email & interest in our skiffs.  We are in the early planning stages of the launching celebrations other than to say the skiff builders have committed to completing them ready for launching on the 26th April in a location known as Colour Patch which is at the mouth of the Blackwood River in Augusta (hard to miss) – it’ll probably be mid to late morning & is the Sunday of the Anzac Day long weekend. – We’ll keep you update with proceedings.    It’s amazing how this boat building exercise has developed broad community interest reaching far & wide – we run a visitors book at the shed & other than the 30 odd boat ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2020, 2:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History on the radio Deb van Velsen alerted us to this very nice item on the ABC Joel Rheinberger show: https://tinyurl.com/wlhqeez
    Posted Feb 2, 2020, 1:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • No sailing Monday Feb 3rd That fair weather skipper Hans Sipsma says the forecast is looking too glum to take Capricornia out. 
    Posted Feb 2, 2020, 1:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Charlotte Cove expedition planning Martin Riddle writes:  Final Details Planning Meeting  At the LBT shed on Monday at 5.30pm before the dinner.   LBT boats   Hans will skipper Capricornia, and with 8 people wanting to do the trip on an LBT boat we could manage with just Capricornia from the LBT fleet. Some of the 8 would need to spend time on the support boat Seaire with Tom. Kevin has also offered a spot on Theona if needed.  Alternatively, if some of the maybes (marked ‘?’) decide to come, we could also bring Monty. Andy Bullock has offered to skipper one of the whaleboats if needed. There are still a few things to do to get Monty ready for a trip like this. They are ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2020, 12:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 27th January Hans Sipsma writes:  'Light winds from the north, possible landing party to raid the Kermandie pub on the not so holy day.  Starting at 12 noon.' 
    Posted Jan 26, 2020, 2:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • End of a project boat Bob Tubman decided that his 'yellow boat', which has been sitting outside the backdoor of the Shed, was beyond repair.
    Posted Jan 22, 2020, 2:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • The boat merry-go-round Boats go back in the water, boats come out.  Graham Wright sent the following pics.  The Monty, Swiftsure and Absent Friends are 'taking up' after recent repaint jobs, and poor 'Black Swan' is in the shed blushingly naked of paint.
    Posted Jan 21, 2020, 1:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History Group newsletter See attached: https://tinyurl.com/vd3bcnh
    Posted Jan 19, 2020, 1:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 20th Jan There were very good reports of sailing last Monday, Hans plans to have Capricornia out again today.  See you at the pontoon at noon.
    Posted Jan 19, 2020, 1:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • North Franklin Foreshore Development At the last State election the Huon Valley Council received $750k for a project with the following outcomes.  Marina area providing areas for commercial vessels and tourist cruises to dock.   New public jetty area, following the demolition of the former Wharf area in front of the Evaporators sit.   Pedestrian linkages between the existing walking trails and the Marina are.  Stabilising the Evaporator Shed site was deemed to be the most important goal to achieve, but an engineering report has shown that the funds available are insufficient for this purpose, and the council are now looking for other alternative ways of achieving the listed outcomes.  They met with the LBT (represented by David Pittaway and Richard Forster) and other interested parties ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2020, 1:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Julie Burgess news Graham Norris, our man on the north coast, has sent us this news clipping from the Advocate about the Julie Burgess.  Apparently council are about to consider tenders.
    Posted Jan 19, 2020, 1:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Small boat expeditions - planning up-date Planning is well underway for the small boat expedition to Charlotte Cove and on to the Kettering Wooden Boat Rally (6-10 February, 2020). If you are interested in joining this trip, or other trips over the summer, please join the email group (follow this link to join the email group: https://tinyurl.com/t6ddpam). Opportunities are available to sail, row, travel in comfort on a larger boat or just join us by car. For further details of what’s planned if the weather is favourable and contingencies for less good weather, please follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/uuhjvwf.
    Posted Jan 19, 2020, 1:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Libor Sikora Libor passed away last week.  Libor was a stalwart and good friend of the Living Boat Trust.  In recent years he was busy on other projects and we saw less of him, but many LBT members remember him very fondly. There will be a memorial event on Sunday 19th of January - see notice attached for details: https://tinyurl.com/stmo3fl
    Posted Jan 16, 2020, 12:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Blue Peril 'Property Services' has responded to Lorrie Harrison's enquiry about the fate of the fish and chip shop punt stranded on the Franklin foreshore.  'Thank you for your enquiry to Property Services (formerly “Crown Land Services”) Enquiries. My understanding of the situation is that removal of the punt is expected in the next couple of months, subject to progress of the Tender process which is being managed by our Operations Team.' 
    Posted Jan 13, 2020, 3:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong March 6th-9th The Living Boat Trust attended this Festival a few years ago (see http://bit.ly/2580dCU) and had a jolly good time.  Geelong is a great boat town - a recommendation.  See the website www.wbfgeelong.com.au for more details
    Posted Jan 13, 2020, 3:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Icecream containers Endra O'May is collection ice cream containers for bushfire wildlife relief.  Please leave in the bag at the shed.
    Posted Jan 12, 2020, 12:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday Jan 13th The sea breeze kicked in so hard that Capricornia couldn't quite make it to Kermandie last week: let's see if we can get there this week.  See you at the LBT pontoon at 12 noon.
    Posted Jan 12, 2020, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Rowers Newsletter Interested in rowing at the LBT? You might like to receive the "Rowers Newsletter".  Email Natalie Natalie.williams@entra.com.au or Lorrie lorrieharrison@tpg.com.au  See the latest edition attached: https://tinyurl.com/v7vggfq.
    Posted Jan 12, 2020, 12:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fire awareness meeting Wed 15th Jan A fire awareness Q & A evening will be held at the Palais Theatre in Franklin on Wednesday, 15 January starting at 6.30pm.  The evening is a joint initiative of the Franklin Progress Association, the Franklin Fire Brigade and the Tasmanian Fire Service.  It is being held to hopefully build on the lessons learned from last season’s fires and to ensure that people are as well prepared for this season as they can possibly be.  The session will involve a short video presentation, a question and answer period, followed by time to talk to the local fireys one on one.  All members of the Huon Valley community are welcome to attend. For any further information call the FPA President ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2020, 11:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Funnies at Frank's 30th January Featuring Ivan Aristeguieta, doors open 6pm, show starts 8pm.  See flyer below for details: https://tinyurl.com/yjrbymm7
    Posted Jan 8, 2020, 10:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • Happy New LBT Year! There have been some activities over the Christmas break, but 2020 starts on January 6th for the LBT.  Capricornia will be going out for a sail at noon and the first Monday dinner is in the evening. The first Tuesday work day follows.
    Posted Jan 5, 2020, 3:51 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting this coming week The draft minutes for the December committtee meeting can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/s9qygl9.  There is a draft agenda for the January meeting being compiled at https://tinyurl.com/ts2yjal.  If you think there is something that needs to be considered send correspondence to sec@lbt.org.au.
    Posted Jan 4, 2020, 3:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • 'Citizen Kane' at the Palais, Sunday Jan 5th Buffoon writes:  'On Sunday 5th January we’re screening Citizen Kane, voted by a panel of esteemed critics for five decades to be The Greatest Movie Ever Made. And at the Franklin Palais we are testing this proposition with our own vote. There will be a ballot box by the door as you leave, with pencils and small voting slips nearby. All you have to do is write a number on a voting slip and post it in the ballot box.'  To find out what it is all about come along.  Doors open 6.30pm, film starts after 7.15pm but before 7.30pm. $5 for the Greatest Movie Ever Made, libations from the Bar include stimulants, depressants and ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2020, 3:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • New Boxing Day Tradition? Deb van Velsen writes: "'Imagine' was rowed though the canal (very low tide!) and down to Seven Inch Beach for a picnic lunch and swim. 'Imagine' was then sailed back to Franklin. The crew of Jane Johnson, Sally Ward (from Scotland), Jenni Blackburn, Martin Riddle and cox Deb van Velzen reckon such an enjoyable trip could very well become an annual tradition!"
    Posted Jan 2, 2020, 4:50 AM by Posts Editor
  • 'Tequila Mockingbird' at the Palais Monday 13th Barb Dawson writes:  'Fresh from the Cygnet Folk festival, this band is coming to Franklin for a concert at the beautiful Palais Theatre. Bring your dancing shoes, this is going to be a lot of fun! From ballads and singalongs to high-energy dance parties, The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra have spent years telling their stories with guitars and violins, with accordions and bass, with melodies and music makers gleaned from their wanderings.'For details see the flyer: https://tinyurl.com/tgykcfh
    Posted Jan 2, 2020, 4:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • Huon River shared pathway From the Huon Valley Council website: 'Huon Valley Council is currently assessing the feasibility of developing a shared pathway along the Huon River, running from Huonville to Franklin. Once completed, we envisage that the accessible pathway would bring numerous benefits to the Huon Valley, including tourists, local residents and businesses. ... Council will be hosting a workshop to discuss the shared pathway project further with the community. This workshop will be held on Tuesday the 18th of February 2020, from 6pm - 8pm at the Palais Theatre in Franklin (3388 Huon Highway). To read more about it and have your say go to https://tinyurl.com/yx2ggwro
    Posted Dec 27, 2019, 4:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Raiding in 'Afloat' Gary McDonald has pointed us to the latest 'Afloat' magazine which has an extensive article about small boat expeditions in Australia, including our own Tawe Nunnugah.  See page 14 'Cockleshell Heroes' by Robin Hilliard.  A good read - download from https://tinyurl.com/qkwvklw
    Posted Dec 27, 2019, 3:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Opening of the swimming season Deb van Velsen writes:  'Jane Johnson, Sally Ward (boat builder and Skiffie from Scotland) and Deb van Velzen officially declared the swimming season open for Franklin on the 18th of December.  They also took the opportunity to try out the Nancy's safety ladder, and feedback on a small adjustment will be shared with the Tuesday group. Wine that was won at the recent Swiftsure Regatta helped bring the event to an enjoyable close on the sunny Nancy deck.' 
    Posted Dec 22, 2019, 2:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Small boat expedition - early February We are planning a small boat expedition around the Kettering Wooden Boat Rally in early February. We have booked the Charlotte Cove Scout House for a few days so we can use it on the way to and from Kettering and are exploring options for camping at Kettering. The Rally is the weekend of 8-9 February 2020. The only plan so far is that we leave from Franklin, spend one or more nights at Charlotte Cove, spend a day or two at Kettering (possibly camping) and then return via a night or two at Charlotte Cove. Just how long we spend at Kettering and at Charlotte Cove on the way there and back can be decided later by those ...
    Posted Dec 22, 2019, 2:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowers end of year lunch 20th December Starting 11am, bring a plate to share and something to drink.
    Posted Dec 15, 2019, 1:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta Jane Johnson sent the following report.  'The Sunday forecast was grim but Living Boat Trust members were stalwarts. The prestigious Swiftsure Regatta had events and awards including the Roger Harwood Trophy, which were up for grabs. An increased number of competitors, all with impressive rowing credentials, meant Tasmania’s variable meteorological and nautical conditions could make a difference. A handicap system based on boat length and numerous other factors was in place and had been carefully finetuned over many years. The course was set. The crowd was on edge.  Just over 44 minutes later, David Nash from the Yukon, who must have been secretly practising in between tours, crossed the line first and took out the honour. The crowd roared ...
    Posted Dec 15, 2019, 3:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas Break at the LBT The last Monday night dinner for 2019 will be a BYO party on December 23rd.  Come early to help set up.  The Living Boat Trust will break for Christmas from 24th December until January the 5th.  See you on the 6th.  And Happy Christmas!
    Posted Dec 15, 2019, 1:16 AM by Richard Forster
  • Hurry on down to Swiftsure Regatta this Sunday These folk are.  Rowing, sailing, fun on the water.  Get all the details from the flyer: https://tinyurl.com/vhgcwnj    Pic from John Snowdon
    Posted Dec 11, 2019, 4:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Van Diemen's Band at Palais for Christmas concert 17 December Barb Dawson writes: Back by popular demand Van Diemen’s Band takes a whole new ‘VDB Christmas’ on the road again this year. Artistic Director, Julia Fredersdorff has put together a large 17th Century band featuring weird and wonderful instruments of the renaissance.  The concerts will once again feature the Tasmanian Youth Chorale as well as soloists, Soprano Helen Thomson & Bass-baritone Thomas Flint. Join us at the Palais Theatre for a family-friendly musical Christmas celebration featuring music written for Christmas, as well as some well known carols for all to sing!  The concert starts at 6pm. Tickets for this event can be purchased at the door, or booked online at the following link: https://www.trybooking.com/book ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2019, 1:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting coming up It is due to be held next Thursday 12th December:  a draft agenda is being worked on at https://tinyurl.com/r2o8sm7
    Posted Dec 5, 2019, 2:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Show and tell at the LBT The log that everybody is inspecting solemnly in the pic below is the gaff from Yukon, currently being worked on in the workshop annex by David Nash.  It is the grandpa's axe of spars:  look closely and you can find some original wood but it is a masterpiece of scarfed in repairs and patches.  Pic from Gary Macdonald
    Posted Dec 7, 2019, 12:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • Boat theft Peter Shimeld writes:  'there has been a dinghy stolen from my jetty [south Franklin] (probably last 24 hrs). Hopefully this is a one-off by someone wanting a quick fish or something and the dinghy will then be abandoned, but it might be someone who wants to start a collection of boats and bits from the region.   It was Mike Foley's (Solstice) small white fibreglass "clinker" with rope and green painted  gunnels that was taken.  John Young's boat had the canopy cords cut and the oars stolen too. '    Pic from https://pixabay.com
    Posted Dec 5, 2019, 12:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Snow on the Hartz didn't stop us The forecast was horrible and the winds were gusting, but we decided to give it a go for the last day of the 'On the Water' program, and all went well.  They breed 'em tough on the Huon after all. After rowing to Cradoc for morning tea, we came back to Petty Sessions for lunch and activities in the 'Rowan' and 'Nancy', which was followed by a quick sprint home - pics below. Thanks to all who have contributed to making this program a success (yet again).  It has been a wild spring and conditions were often against us, but that has forced us to find new ways to do things using our wonderful fleet of boats, so in future we ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2019, 4:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Huntsman paper jamb error Most people would be familiar with the term 'bug' to describe a computer error.  It originated from an actual event when a moth landed on a relay circuit back in the earlies of digital technology. The Ozzie equivalent occurred this morning when the secretary attempted to print some notes: see pic below.  He is still fishing bits of arachnid out of the works, so paperwork may be a bit slow showing up this week.
    Posted Dec 4, 2019, 5:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft minutes for November LBT committee meeting These can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/tlvcydb 
    Posted Dec 1, 2019, 2:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Extreme project 'Vera' Graham Norris has written to point out that Vera, a sister boat to Nancy and Eva Blanche, has sunk on her mooring at Prince of Wales Bay.  The following notice was placed in the Herald Sun. 'The vessel "Vera" has sunk and been abandoned at Prince of Wales Bay. Anyone claiming ownership of the vessel should make contact to PO Box 166, Lindisfarne 7015 with evidence of ownership or rights to the vessel before close of business 2/12/19. Should there be no responses by 2/12/19 then the owners of the property on which the vessel has been abandoned will offer the vessel for sale to recover outstanding debts. If no suitable offer is received, the vessel ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2019, 4:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 2nd December Capricornia hit nine and half knots coming back from Kermandie Pub last week. The forecast today is for 'lively' winds, which could suit if the rest of the weather behaves.  See you at the pontoon at noon, and lets attempt to replicate last week's heroics and join the happy throng in the Kermandie marina for another brief visit - pic from Pip Stevenson below.  If you can spot Capricornia in that lot you are a better man than me Ganga Din. 
    Posted Dec 1, 2019, 2:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Excursion with Wooden Boat Guild to Huonville On Sunday morning a jolly good company of people and boats assembled at the Franklin pontoon and boat ramps, and headed off up the Huon.  Rowing into the prevailing north-westerly wind kept those with oars in their hands honest,  and the landing at Huonville was a welcome sight when we finally arrived.  A repaste and we were ready to take to the water again, where of course a sea breeze to row against had kicked in. But it was good.  Thanks to the Wooden Boat Guild and Andrew Perkins in particular for organising what has become an anticipated annual event.  See pictures below from Viv Martin and Zainab Clark.
    Posted Nov 30, 2019, 10:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin in the news The cover of the latest edition of Water Craft features a picture of 'our' Americans building the Haven in the Wooden Boat Centre, plus a matching article.  Next is an article by 'our' Dutchman Bert van Baar describing the Dutch Wooden Boat Festival he organised recently, and that is followed by an item on the World Skiffie Championships at which we were represented.  This last includes a 'view from Tasmania', by 'our' Jane Johnson.  Apart from the parochial interest there is a lot to like about the magazine: https://watercraft-magazine.com/
    Posted Nov 28, 2019, 5:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Surprise Movie at the Palais: December 1st Deb Combs writes:  'Hi Team Movies,  After 7 plus years coordinating Palais Classic Movies I have decided to pass the ‘Clapper Board’ to film buff Andrew.  However I still have one more film to screen and as it is our Christmas film, I have decided to keep it a surprise, because I can. Plus it’s FREE ENTRY.'  Doors open 6.30pm
    Posted Nov 25, 2019, 2:28 AM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta 15th December Hans Sipsma's Swiftsure Regatta graphic has been used on buttons, posters and flyers for years now, and it's time to role it out again:  see flyer attached for more details about the event: https://tinyurl.com/vhgcwnj  Hans recently dug up the original artwork which we will put on the wall at the shed if we can find wall space. 
    Posted Nov 24, 2019, 2:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday Sailing Nov 25th Meet down at the pontoon at noon.  Warm weather, good winds forecast, and given the experience of the last few weeks we may be able to head out with the north westerly and come home on the sea breeze.  Might be tying up at Kermandie at the midpoint for a shandy.
    Posted Nov 24, 2019, 1:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bring your own Monday night dinner coming up It is the usual end of month highlight: you get to choose your very own menu.  BBQ fare along with something to share is favoured.  A special treat for this Monday is that Vivien is going to show us the progress he and his team are making on the 'Percy' dinghy that they are building over at the Wooden Boat School.  First pic below shows preparations for putting on the second strake.  Second pic shows an almost complete Percy being finished off by Gordon, and we will be able to see that too.
    Posted Nov 22, 2019, 2:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Spring Bay Newsletter It's always good to hear what our friends at Spring Bay (Triabunna) are up to.  Their community boat shed is very similar to the LBT.  Read all about it in the newsletter attached: https://tinyurl.com/uhb23j4
    Posted Nov 22, 2019, 2:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Small boat expeditions Summer 2019-20 At the shed dinner last Monday (18 November) it was agreed that we would have our first overnight small boat expedition for the summer on the weekend of 6-8 December. Unfortunately we weren’t quick enough and the Scout house at Charlotte Cove is no longer available for that weekend. We hope to run a number of small boat expeditions during the summer.  You could either bring your own boat, or come on one of the LBT's fleet. There should be opportunities for those who want to row or sail - depending on whether there are enough similar-minded people to make a crew. We could even bring Nancy if the trip is within her range. If we go ...
    Posted Nov 22, 2019, 4:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing 18th November If the forecast is accurate we might be down to the third reef  this afternoon.  Turn up at noon at the pontoon and if it is looking too hairy we will do some maintenance on the boat. 
    Posted Nov 17, 2019, 12:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • More on the 'Camino Voyage' evening Barb Dawson writes:'Just talked with Paccy Stronach from Dunalley - he runs/owns the shipyard there, and is a boat builder and furniture maker.  He and his wife are coming down for the movie.  Paccy has agreed to give a 4-5 minute intro to curraghs before the film starts….AND  off his own batt, he is bringing down his own 23 ft curragh!!  Its a slightly smaller version of the one in the movie.  So we will have TWO curraghs on display on the night.  The film has been released internationally to great acclaim, and has won several awards at film festivals in New York, Luxembourg and Ireland.  Winner – The Documentary Award – Irish Screen America Film Festival, NY  Winner ...
    Posted Nov 17, 2019, 3:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Excursion with WBG to Huonville, Sunday 24th Lorrie Harrison writes:'At last an improvement in the weather, next Sunday is looking perfect for rowing, not windy, low chance of rain and around 15 degrees. We still have plenty of space in the skiffs and the Swiftsure for a Row in Company up to Huonville for lunch and back.  The plan is to leave the LBT at 10am,  just tell Lorrie if you want lunch and if you would like to join us for the row. (Lorrieharrison@tpg.com.au)'  See flyer for details: https://tinyurl.com/yx62j75e.  There will be seats available on 'Nancy' for those who want to do it in style and don't have their own boat.
    Posted Nov 17, 2019, 2:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Curragh moving Barb Dawson writes:  'Removing one very dusty WBC curragh from its place high up in the rafters, ready to be displayed in the Palais Theatre for Camino Voyage movie evening on 23 November.  Note traditional way of carrying a curragh i.e. over the head.  No Guinness consumed during this manoeuvre.'  See series of pics from Barb below.  And thanks to David Budd for organising this. 
    Posted Nov 16, 2019, 1:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Flotation Piet Lunstedt gave us a pallet load of superseded life jackets with the idea that we could extract the flotation from them for use in the boats, but the job was sitting there waiting to be done until Phil rolled his sleeves up and hopped into it.  Thanks Piet and Phil!
    Posted Nov 13, 2019, 2:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Thinking of our interstate members At its November meeting the LBT Committee paused to reflect on the plight of our interstate members and friends currently impacted by bushfire.  We remember the generosity extended to the Living Boat Trust by so many members when the tawe nunnugah Raid was disrupted by the bushfires in southern Tasmania earlier this year. For the majority who escaped serious loss those fires now seem a distant memory – we can only hope that our interstate members will be as fortunate.
    Posted Nov 13, 2019, 2:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Call-Push-Shock Call - Push - Shock' is an easy way to remember how you can help save a life.   Call triple zero.  Push: do CPR (chest compressions). Shock: use an AED ('heart start machine' or Automated External Defibrillator).  A demonstration session on Saturday 23rd November will share information on what to do if someone near you is suffering a cardiac arrest – they will be unconscious and not breathing normally.Seconds count in a cardiac arrest. Starting CPR within 3-4 minutes may increase the chance of survival by up to 50 per cent!  If someone near you has a cardiac arrest and you’re unsure or forget how to do CPR, that’s ok. Call triple zero and a call taker will guide ...
    Posted Nov 12, 2019, 4:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting this week There is an agenda being compiled at https://tinyurl.com/vu2l24s .  Minutes for the last meeting can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/y3yphuqv .
    Posted Nov 10, 2019, 5:51 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Elephant is back Given the vintage of our venerable Elephant bandsaw (40 years old!) we didn't like the chances of returning it to operation after a backing plate shattered.  However we reckoned without Kurt Hofler, who located a replacement part as well as a set of new bearings and had it back and working in time for Thursday night's half model course.  Thanks Kurt! Pic from Paul Frost
    Posted Nov 10, 2019, 4:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: 'Camino Voyage' Saturday Nov 23rd The screening of this film (at the Palais) should be a great night.  Deb Coomb writes:  'This multi award winning documentary is a must see for anyone who believes they have Irish blood, dreamt about an adventure, travelled to France/Spain & fantasized walking the Camino Trail or just wants to be entertained.  Synopsis: 5 Irishmen build a basic traditional Irish rowing boat (Curragh), then row this tiny vessel 2500kms from Ireland to Northern Spain.That’s the equivalent of rowing from Hobart to New Zealand. What makes this film so special?1: Music……. SENSATIONAL. If you love traditional Celtic music, then this film is for you.  2: Bravery……..Glen Hansard, who, without any boating experience, boldly steps in as a ...
    Posted Nov 16, 2019, 1:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing November 11th The benchmark has been set for what constitutes a good destination for the Monday afternoon sail: the front bar at the Kermandie - see pic below.  Let's attempt it tomorrow.  See you at the pontoon at 12 noon.
    Posted Nov 10, 2019, 3:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Kettering Wooden Boat Rally Feb '20 Gordon McGill writes:'The Wooden Boat Guild of Tasmania and the Kettering Yacht Club is looking forward to hosting the Sixth Kettering Wooden Boat Rally. The focus of the event is for Wooden Boat Owners to get out on the water together for a weekend of messing about in wooden boats and meeting fellow enthusiasts in the evening to talk about all things woody.'  More details and booking form at  https://www.trybooking.com/BGHDT
    Posted Nov 9, 2019, 3:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Goose winged jibs on Capricornia Unlike most sailboats Capricornia has two jibs - an inner and an outer - which makes her a cutter.  Part of the fun of sailing her is the extra options this offers.  If you are sailing with the wind behind (downwind) then you can catch more of it by 'goosewinging' - one jib out one side and the other out the other side, as in the pic below.   Pic from Pip Stevenson
    Posted Nov 6, 2019, 3:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Cruising logs During our Tawe Nunnugah raids we post a report at the end of each day to the website: see for instance https://tinyurl.com/yy6mk8ry  These are generally fairly rushed missives, written in the midst of evening celebrations when the red wine is flowing and the distractions are many.  Deb van Velsen has pointed us to a cruising log competition (https://tinyurl.com/y29n9m7d) run by the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association, the entries to which put our efforts in the shade. We were drawn, naturally, to the log of a cruise around the Hebrides in which several LBTers participated: https://tinyurl.com/y32qngpm . See pic below. But the winner was a Dutch team who wrote about their trip from Passau ...
    Posted Nov 6, 2019, 3:14 AM by Posts Editor
  • Downwind rowing The 18 knot winds forecast for Wednesday would have been way too much for the On the Water students to row against, so we towed the boats and ferried the students (in Nancy) up the river and, more importantly upwind, then let them loose.  They came home with a rush and were very happy punters.   Pics from Jill Edwards
    Posted Nov 6, 2019, 12:16 AM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta 15th December The Rowing subcommittee have set a date, and the 15th it is.  Skiff Races, the Roger Harwood round Egg Island, sailing etc. Will also be a good time for the Christmas party animals to let loose.    Pic from Zainab Clark
    Posted Nov 10, 2019, 12:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • MAST – Notice to Mariners - Fish Farm Grid Can Missing (Garden Island) Mariners are advised that a large black grid can at Huon Aquaculture Company’s Garden Island lease has broken its mooring and is no longer in position. The marker is missing from approximate position -43 15.909 / 147 6.409 and the Company is making every effort to locate it as soon as possible.
    Posted Nov 3, 2019, 4:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nothing like a topsail schooner On Sunday Rhona H was spotted sailing past Tinderbox on her way back to Hobart after a charter tour.  What a sight.
    Posted Nov 3, 2019, 3:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • Spring Bay Community Boat Shed Nice to see a photo of our friends at Spring Bay (Triabunna) featured on the cover of the latest Tasmanian Men's Shed Association news (pic below).  To find out more about them and what they are up to there is a web page at http://triabunnavillage.com.au/spring-bay-community-boat-shed/  To find out more about about the Tassie Men's Shedders see the newletters kicking around, or consult their website https://www.tasmanianmensshed.org.au/
    Posted Nov 3, 2019, 3:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Half model course On Thursday night Peter Laidlaw led the class through the intricacies of using boat plan specifications to mark up the layers of wood to be used for creating half models. 
    Posted Nov 3, 2019, 4:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 4th November Looks like nice mild winds tomorrow, a contrast to last week when Capricornia spent a good deal of time with a reef in, her crew hiked out and still well heeled over.  See you at noon.
    Posted Nov 3, 2019, 2:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • It's hell at the LBT Dennis Muscovich demonstrates his preferred position in a Skiff (pic below).  Dennis jetted off to view the antiquities in Egypt on Monday.  We are expecting intelligence from him regarding Nile river craft, feluccas and the like.
    Posted Oct 30, 2019, 8:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Seen at the Bellerive Seafarers Festival  The Wooden Boat Guild were exhibiting the recently restored piners' punt shown in the pic below.  They've tried to keep it as authentic as possible, with the new planks clearly different from the original.  For those interested in these boats Graham Broxham from the Guild wrote the definitive book.
    Posted Oct 30, 2019, 8:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Movie at Palais 3rd November 'Still Life' Team Movies writes: 'Classic Movies is screening the polarising (either love it or loathe it) 2013 British drama ‘Still Life’. No surprises, I loved this film.  Synopsis: Council case worker John May (Played by the fabulous Eddie Marsan) looks for the relatives of those found dead and alone in a London borough. (Courtesy IMDb).  I know…..sounds lame and boring, but this film is anything but. Yes it is a slow burn, thoughtful, but I assure you it does pack a punch.'  Doors open 6.30pm. Film starts at 7.15pm. Admission: $5.  Bar will be running with reasonably priced quality refreshments,offering the usual red/white/fizzy/beer/cider/tea/coffee/milky milo.  Please bring a plate (with something ...
    Posted Oct 30, 2019, 7:53 PM by Richard Forster
  • 19th Hole on Friday Night Drinkies and nibbles after a good row around north Egg Island. Who could ask for more?  See you all at 5pm this coming Friday for when we do it all again.  Pics from Pip Stevenson
    Posted Oct 28, 2019, 3:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • End of Month Monday BBQ Daylight saving season is here, the perfect time to bring some snags and something to share down to the LBT after 6pm and share nautical (and other) gossip with fellow LBTers.    Pic from Sander van der Vel
    Posted Oct 27, 2019, 1:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reefing Practice, Monday 28th October If the forecast is to be believed Capricornia could be down to a second reef when we take her out this afternoon.  Come and learn (or be reminded) about how it is done at 12 noon for rigging up.
    Posted Oct 27, 2019, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Billy at Bellerive Seafarers Festival Pip Stevenson might have had a little while to wait for the punters to get out of bed on Sunday morning, but when they did they came with a rush.  There were crews lined up four deep waiting their turn to go out for a row.  Billy was a hit.  Thanks to Endra O'May for getting us all organised as well as the helpers who made our participation in this community event such a success. Pics from Pip Stevenson
    Posted Oct 27, 2019, 1:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Guild Huonville Excursion November 24 This now traditional excursion will proceed from Franklin to Huonville, leaving in time for a lunchtime picnic and returning for afternoon tea at the LBT.  See attached poster for details: https://tinyurl.com/y4o9wspr Pic from Endra O'May
    Posted Oct 25, 2019, 6:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • ‘Castle in the Sky’, Saturday 26 October 6pm, at the Palais Sorry about the late notice: just spotted this free premier screening of a film about the 'Geeveston Castle' being built by Francis and Christina (who work at the Wooden Boat Centre).
    Posted Oct 25, 2019, 2:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Camino Voyage' at the Palais, 23rd November Barb Dawson writes:  'Important date for your diary.    The only Tasmanian screening of the multi-award winning Camino Voyage.   An epic tale of constructing and rowing a traditional Irish curragh from Ireland to Spain.  A film not to be missed - see trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW4WJbHy86A .   Tickets only $10. Pay at the door or book online at eventbrite.com.au/e/78320922989 .  For more information visit the Palais website https://franklinpalais.com.au/upcoming-events/ '    Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 7.30pm Synopis:  'A crew including a Writer, two Musicians, an Artist and a Stonemason embark on the Camino by sea, in a traditional boat that they built themselves on an inspiring, and dangerous, 2,500 ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2019, 2:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival never sleeps We might only be aware of the Festival every two years around February, but of course this is the culmination lots of planning and work.  There has been a changing of the guard recently, with Paul Cullen stepping down as manager and Paul Stephanus stepping up.   Paul Stephanus will be coming for dinner at the LBT on the 2nd December.  To catch up on other Festival news see www.australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au/news .
    Posted Oct 23, 2019, 6:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival Photos If you want to wallow in wooden boat photos you could do worse than pointing your browser at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmH4vz9e .  Port Townsend is the home of our American friends who were with us last summer.   Thanks to Garry McDonald for pointing this one out to us.     Pic from John Kohnen
    Posted Oct 23, 2019, 2:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Visitors from American River For some time there have been rumors of  a replica sealing boat, the 35 ton Independence, being built at American River on Kangaroo Island.  Last night at dinner we heard all about the project from Kevin and Yvonne who come from that part of the world.  Looks like good progress is being made: see pics below.  To find out more check the website: http://rebuildindependence.org/home.  Also of interest is that they have built a St Ayles Skiff - not currently being used (shame!).    Pics from http://rebuildindependence.org
    Posted Oct 23, 2019, 2:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft October committee meeting minutes These have been posted to the usual folder on the web site: lbt.org.au => Resources => 2018-19 Committee Meeting Minutes.  Or get them directly at https://tinyurl.com/y3yphuqv
    Posted Oct 20, 2019, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 21st October Pip Stevenson writes: "I'm back and we will take Capricornia out at the earlier time of 12 noon.  Bring you raincoat as the weatherman says anything could happen, and probably will."
    Posted Oct 19, 2019, 4:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Helpers wanted for the Bellerive Seafarers Festival October 27 This is a really nice family oriented festival (https://tinyurl.com/y32mmfpc), and for the last several years the mums, dads and kids have enjoyed having a row in one of our Skiffs.  It is amazing how for many this is the first time they have been on the water.  Endra is coordinating this year, and is looking for a couple more assistants to get the job done.  If you can help out please submit your name and contact details through the form below (https://tinyurl.com/y3c8ju2r).  (p.s. It's a lot of fun!)
    Posted Oct 18, 2019, 11:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • 1920's Ball at the Palais, 20th November See the poster attached for details - https://tinyurl.com/yymrxyrn.
    Posted Oct 16, 2019, 3:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • History of 'Gretchen' A visit to Franklin by Colin Harding during which he spotted 'Gretchen' tied up to the pontoon prompted him to query us to find out if she had been built by his stepfather Claude Wright.  A batch of documents in a file that had been forwarded to Martin Riddle confirmed that indeed she had - in Anglesea Army Barracks  in the late '50's, with original name Reangle.  The picture below shows her approaching completion, Claude Wright being the darker of the two men standing beside her.  The Gretchen webpage (https://tinyurl.com/yysehmjw) has been updated using all this new information, and includes a link to all the newly collated documents and pictures (https://tinyurl.com/y4zwgpcq).  Delve here for ...
    Posted Oct 20, 2019, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Friday night rowing Last Friday saw the first of what we hope will be many evening rows for the season.  See the poster below for details  (https://tinyurl.com/y247wo5r).
    Posted Oct 14, 2019, 4:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Half Model Course Boat designers used to carve the plans for their boats rather than drawing them.  It is a real skill, and Peter Laidlaw is offering to teach LBT members how to do it.  If you are interested enter your name and contact details by submitting the form below (https://tinyurl.com/y495pq9n). Half model of Montagu Whaler made by Bert van Baar
    Posted Oct 11, 2019, 8:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reserve your boat's berth in a new book Old friend of the LBT Andrew Wilson writes:'Classic Wooden Boats of Tasmania is a new work being created by local photographer and author Andrew Wilson (Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania), documenting the stunning array of wooden craft that reside in Tasmania and their custodians.  Each vessel will be photographed under passage (powered by sail or motor depending on the craft), along with portraits of each owner – weather-beaten hats and faces welcome! Accompanying these images will be the history of each vessel which Andrew is asking the owners themselves to assist with.'Register here: https://andrewwilsonphotography.com.au/classic-wooden-boats-of-tasmania/ Pic from Andrew Wilson
    Posted Oct 11, 2019, 4:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Celebrating 10 years of rowing Lorrie Harrison writes:'On 12 October, 2009 women’s rowing started! That deserves a cup of tea and a piece of cake! Even if you haven’t been for a long, long time, come on down this Friday at 9am for social rowing and we will follow it with a cup of tea and some cake. Especially like to see some of those rowers from 10 years ago. I think I am the only one still going to social rowing.'
    Posted Oct 8, 2019, 3:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Opportunity to crew on Nancy Seniors Week begins next Monday 14th of October and runs thru until the following Sunday 20th.  We will be taking Nancy out from 1.30 - 3.00pm each day.  If you are able to assist, either as crew or as shore support, please complete the form at https://tinyurl.com/yxfsjkqp
    Posted Oct 6, 2019, 5:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Helpers needed for On the Water Program This program starts next week, and as can be seen by checking the spreadsheet which follows we do not have enough people to run it.  If you can help out that would be great: register yourself using the form below (https://tinyurl.com/y48cy6lh).
    Posted Oct 6, 2019, 5:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Committee meeting this coming Thursday See the minutes for the last meeting at https://tinyurl.com/yxrckmkx.  An agenda for the meeting on Thursday 10th October is being prepared at https://tinyurl.com/yyxbj42x
    Posted Oct 6, 2019, 4:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 2 pm 7 Oct The MetEye wind forecast for Monday 7 October is favourable at 10-15kn NW but there is a 25-50% chance of rain between 1300 and 1600. If it’s not raining and there are no large storms heading our way visible on the rain radar we’ll be sailing – meet at the shed at 2pm. Everyone welcome.
    Posted Oct 5, 2019, 4:55 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Nancy to Port Huon – all welcome Nancy has been invited to the season opening of the Huon Yacht Club on Saturday 5 October. We can take 12 people plus the crew of two. If you wish to join us, register as ‘Deck-hand’ on the Nancy sign-up form at:http://tiny.cc/qgcudzPlaces are limited so preference will be given to those that sign up first. If completing the sign-up form is too difficult, just turn up and we will take you if we still have room. We leave the pontoon at 1030 am.Boats will muster in the vicinity of Hospital bay at around 12 noon with the sail past at 12:30. Nancy will then come alongside at the jetty outside ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2019, 4:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Press ganged back packers Last week the sailing crew was a little low on numbers so we kidnapped a few unfortunates who were wandering along the shore.  You can see from the pic how miserable they were.
    Posted Sep 29, 2019, 4:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Brew your own Monday night dinner Just a reminder that this is the last Monday of the month, so the cook gets a break.  Bring something to throw on the barby and something to share.  And a billy should you choose to make a brew on a fire.
    Posted Sep 29, 2019, 4:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday Sailing - 2pm everyone welcome 30/9 The forecast looks good. If you fancy a sail meet at the shed at 2pm, Monday 30 September.
    Posted Sep 29, 2019, 4:40 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Mini NZ Raid October 17th-20th From the NZ Coastal Rowing Website: 'NZ Coastal rowing is intending to take part in the 250th celebrations in Whitianga Coromandel, marking the arrival of Captain Cook and the Bark Endeavour to New Zealand in 1769.   Thanks to Baden Pascoe preparations are well underway for a mini Raid at Whitianga starting on Thursday 17th October and finishing Sunday 20th.   As most people can only make it for the weekend we have modified the plan to suit. The Updated General plan is as follows,'For more details see https://nzcoastalrowing.org/2019/09/24/cooks-250th-celebrations-update/  .  Many LBT members have been on previous raids with the NZders, and can attest to the fact that they do a great job ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2019, 2:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Join the 'On the Water' (OWP19) Program Planning for this rowing program for school children has been progressing, with our first day scheduled for 16th October.  The Tuesday group and Mike Dredge have been sorting out boats and oars.  A short introduction session for school staff will be run this coming Wednesday (25th Sept) using the Volunteer Induction Notes (https://tinyurl.com/y8bl3q42) as a reference.  Southerly Doling is conducting a full, 2 hour induction on Thursday morning (26th Sept, 10am). This is intended particularly for LBT volunteers.Please sign up using the form below (https://tinyurl.com/y5xoexdd), and tell us which dates you can be available on.  To find out more go to the program webpage (https://tinyurl.com/y63d7b3q).  An OWP19 button has been ...
    Posted Sep 22, 2019, 3:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday Sailing, Sept 23 Forecast is that the rain should have cleared and there will be a nice WSW breeze.  Let's get down to the pontoon at 2pm.
    Posted Sep 21, 2019, 1:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Getting ready for spring Swiftsure and Monty might look a bit blotchy at the moment, but they've both had their garboards fixed and a new coat of antifoul applied, and with Kurt and the team on the job they'll be ready soon.
    Posted Sep 20, 2019, 3:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Abel Day at the LBT On Thursday the LBT was privileged to host Chris Abel and his Barbershop Choir from the Sunshine Coast.  They are in Tasmania for a singers gathering.  Chris is the great-grandson of Tucker Abel who built the Nancy, and this was a long awaited, and emotional, opportunity to see the boat.  We were able to give him two for one, as Dave Conway brought Eva Blanche, another Tucker Abel boat, up to the pontoon.  That's Chris in the orange rainjacket in the pics below.  The choir gave us a couple of tunes, and then we we were off for a cruise in company around the Egg Islands and back through the canal.  We topped off the morning in the ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2019, 4:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Where's Wally? We tracked him down (Peter Laidlaw that is) in the bowels of Mistral II, a project boat being restored for the Windeward Bound Trust.  Pete and David Nash are the supervising boatbuilders - see https://www.windewardbound.com.au/mistral-ii for more details.  As is apparent from the last pic below, Mystral II is berthed just behind the May Queen in Constitution Dock.   Pic from Endra O'May
    Posted Sep 21, 2019, 4:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Great River Race Barb Dawson draws attention to this race on the Thames - see https://youtu.be/WXyHbw-w5uM .  Maybe we need to enter a crew sometime in the future if we can organise borrowing a boat: it looks like fun!  'The Great River Race is an annual competition held on London's River Thames. Any traditional-style coxed boat propelled by oars or paddles can take part. The competition was started in 1988 and covers 21 miles.' 
    Posted Sep 15, 2019, 4:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday sailing, 2pm Sept 16th Rain is forecast to clear and moderate breezes forecast to arrive.  Let's get down to the pontoon and get sailing this afternoon.
    Posted Sep 15, 2019, 4:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting Wed 18th Sept There is a draft agenda (still being worked on) at https://tinyurl.com/y2rnz6be .  Send any extra business to sec@lbt.org.au.
    Posted Sep 15, 2019, 5:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • World Skiffies short video Karl Gallienne alerted to this one, which captures the spirit of the event pretty well: https://youtu.be/9v4ZO-0EC94
    Posted Sep 14, 2019, 7:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Barbershop choir on the Nancy on Thursday morning Chris Tucker, the great grandson of Tucker Abel who built the 'Nancy', will be bringing his choir down to perform on Nancy on Thursday morning (19th Sept) early: around 8.30 to 9am at this stage.  Should be good fun - come down and have a listen!  If you are a 'Barbershop' fan you might also be interested in the Barbershop Harmony Festival which they are participating in: www.barbershopconvention.com.au .  Pic from https://www.sunshinestatesmen.com
    Posted Sep 14, 2019, 6:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Posting the news at the shed Our 'in the shed' correspondent reports. 'The LBT has a new notice board. Design and construction courtesy of the Tuesday group. No more notices being stuck to the windows!'
    Posted Sep 14, 2019, 6:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Capricornia sailing this afternoon at 2pm Monday 9 Sept The forecast looks good. Everyone welcome. Meet at the shed at 2pm. 
    Posted Sep 12, 2019, 5:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • Minutes, minutes, minutes Lots of organising at this time of year:  draft minutes from August LBT committee meeting https://tinyurl.com/yywe9tfy;  minutes for the Nancy Fanciers meeting - https://tinyurl.com/y25y34ac;  minutes for the On the Water program meeting - https://tinyurl.com/y25fq768. 
    Posted Sep 2, 2019, 3:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes of Annual General Meeting Read them at https://tinyurl.com/y5zugh87
    Posted Sep 1, 2019, 6:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday 2nd Sept sailing, 2pm Looks like a very calm day on the river, but we are hoping the breeze might get up in the afternoon.  Convene at the pontoon at 2pm.  All welcome.  Pic from Pip Stevenson
    Posted Sep 1, 2019, 6:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: On the Water planning meeting 5.30pm Monday 2nd Sept Basil van Reit has sent us the draft timetable attached:  https://tinyurl.com/yym5mc8v .  He suggests that the first day should be October 16th which presents us with our first problem as it clashes with Seniors Week.  Come along and be part of the planning for this year's programme:  see you at the Shed at 5.30.   If you haven't already registered to be part of this year's programme you can do so using the form below.
    Posted Sep 1, 2019, 6:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: LBT AGM Saturday 31st August 6.00pm at the Franklin Bowls Club opposite the Palais, 3395 Huon Hwy Franklin. See the agenda, treasurer's report etc at https://tinyurl.com/y36tpdol We will be moving things along so that we can join the Wattle Day Dance social immediately afterwards: https://tinyurl.com/y6ra52yz .  Bring a plate.
    Posted Aug 29, 2019, 6:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Signal flag test Spotted at the Wooden Boat Centre.  What do the flags in the pic below say?
    Posted Aug 29, 2019, 6:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Council votes to sell or give away historic Julie Burgess Our man on the north coast Graham Norris rang to point out this story.  All the details can be read in 'The Advocate':  https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/6349328/iconic-tall-ship-julie-burgess-for-sale/ .  Last time we were aboard she was in excellent condition: might be a real opportunity for somebody with the right plan. Pic from 'the Advocate'
    Posted Aug 29, 2019, 3:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Hexahut Project LBT member Steve Cameron brought a model of his 'Hexahut' to dinner last night - see pic below.  From the project website:  'HexaHuts are a comfortable and affordable yet very simple housing solution. This is a public-good project, as a Hexayurt variant, this project will extend the Hexayurt family of open source shelter designs. The HexaHut takes the key idea of the Hexayurt - very effective use of off-the-shelf building panels - adds unique design and manufacturing to give an appealing prefabricated hut. The HexaHut Project will take this unique housing concept to prototype and then to production stages.'  Steve explained that the key component of the hut is the standard plywood sheet - all the dimensions are based around that ...
    Posted Aug 26, 2019, 4:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Distant LBT members column Many LBT members and Franklin residents will remember John and Jane Walduck very fondly - they were great contributors to our organisation and the town over many years.  They moved back to Kingaroy, Queensland a few years ago for family reasons.  Shane and Jane Johnson recently visited and sent back the attached pics.  Shane says  'this is the Walducks with Gracie.  Kingaroy is the peanut capital and home of BaconFest and has nearby Bjelke Peterson dam where John sails Gracie'.
    Posted Sep 1, 2019, 4:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fuel at the LBT We recently sauntered down to the ever reliable 'Rowan' to take a Tas Land Conservancy crew out for a familiarisation run and ... she wouldn't go.  After a lot of faffing about is turned out to be water (and gunge) in the fuel.  A filter funnel was purchased and when the contents of the tank were run through it look what we found (see pic below).  After the event the wiseacres told us that this is a common problem in the Huon Valley.  If you have any doubts in future use the funnel.  Pip Stevenson has also donated a jiggler hose for transferring fuel - thanks Pip.  See second pic.  Bailey Marine, who helped us out, told us that it's ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2019, 4:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Heads down on Monday evening The keel on the 'Viking' was the centre of attention for the work crew.  Come down and join them on any Monday evening at 5pm to help get our fleet up to scratch. Pic from Gary Macdonald
    Posted Aug 25, 2019, 3:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • End of month Monday 26th BBQ Cook's day off.  Bring something to share and something to put on the hot plate.  See you after 6.30pm.  Pic by Sander van der Wel from Wikimedia Commons
    Posted Aug 25, 2019, 3:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 26th August Pip Stevenson writes:  'Ahoy me hearties.  Rug up warm for Monday and we will have a great arvo on the water.  NW 15-20 knots.  See you at the pontoon at noon'.
    Posted Aug 25, 2019, 4:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • On the Water Programme 2019 For those who don't know, the LBT has for many years run a very successful spring rowing programme for local schools.  Introducing children to the 'on the water' paradise in which we live is one of our best activities, and  Basil van Reit from Huonville Primary School has recently been in contact to say that he is very keen to do it all again.  If you would like to be involved, and we encourage everybody,  please enter your name in the form below: https://tinyurl.com/y2opxe3y  There will be an initial planning meeting at the shed on Monday 2nd September at 5.30pmTo find out more about the programme see the website: https://tinyurl.com/y89nvrn ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2019, 6:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Community Grants There are many grant opportunities for community organisations such as the LBT. As an example, our local Federal MP has recently made us aware of the 'Stronger Communities Programme' under which grants from $2,500 to $20,000 are available - the conditions and details can be found in the attached document: https://tinyurl.com/y427vsja.  Taking advantage of such grants requires time, work and administration, and consequently we do not apply for them lightly.  Where we have been successful in winning them in the past they have been of great benefit,  funding everything from from sending boats to mainland regattas to extending the shed.  LBT members who think we 'shoulda' done something if only we had the readies which 'coulda ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2019, 6:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy planning meeting Monday 26th 5.30pm A new season is coming up and, thanks to the Tuesday group, Nancy is in good shape to participate in it.  First major event is Seniors Week in mid October.  Come down and join the Nancy Fanciers to plot out what else we should do with the old girl.  See draft agenda attached: https://tinyurl.com/y4b7xrtn
    Posted Aug 25, 2019, 4:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Change of plans for LBT social 31st August A number of members have pointed out that our quiz night, scheduled to follow the AGM, clashes with the Wattle Dance at the Palais on the same evening.  This event has been organised by old friend of the LBT Pat Synge.  No point in having dueling socials.  After the AGM we will take the plates for supper we have brought with us and walk the 50 meters across the road to join the hoofers.  See the poster for details: https://tinyurl.com/y6ra52yz
    Posted Aug 23, 2019, 7:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wattle Dance, Palais Theatre 31st February See the poster below for details: https://tinyurl.com/y6ra52yz
    Posted Aug 23, 2019, 5:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing 19th August Pip has popped his head out the window and stuck a wet finger in the breeze this morning, and says that there has been excellent winter sailing on days such as these in the last month.  Sailors to convene at the pontoon at 12 noon.  See you there.
    Posted Aug 18, 2019, 3:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • World Skiffies Report There have been a number of brief reports from the St Ayles Skiff Championships held at Stranraer in July.  Jane Johnson has supplied a much fuller one: read it at https://tinyurl.com/y3yybb5p
    Posted Aug 18, 2019, 3:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Kerrawyn 70th birthday lunch 8th September Dave Golding, who restored this beautiful ketch, is planning a celebration and fund raiser.  See invitation attached: https://tinyurl.com/y3tzawch
    Posted Aug 18, 2019, 11:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Sing for your supper' Monday evening Peter Laidlaw and Dennis Muscovich are starting a Monday evening work group.  Come down and join them around 5pm to do some boat maintenance and help get things organised for the coming season.
    Posted Aug 11, 2019, 3:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Winter sailing is on: 12 noon Rug up and join the intrepid crew of Capricornia today Monday 12th August at the wharf.
    Posted Aug 11, 2019, 3:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting 15th August There is a draft agenda at https://tinyurl.com/y2mbx6wg .  Send extra items for discussion to sec@lbt.org.au
    Posted Aug 11, 2019, 2:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT AGM planned for August 31st We are planning to hold the 2019 AGM at the Franklin Bowls Club at 6pm on the evening of Saturday 31st August - put it in your diary. Documents relating to this meeting are being collected at https://tinyurl.com/y36tpdolThe agenda includes the presentation of the treasurer's and president’s reports, and the election of a new committee. Please consider standing. Take the opportunity to be in a position to promote and implement those ideas that you know would improve the place. Have a chatter to anybody on the current committee to find out more about it - their names are listed on the website (https://tinyurl.com/yd9e82t8) .  The nomination form can be downloaded from https://tinyurl.com ...
    Posted Aug 9, 2019, 5:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • MAST – Notice to Mariners - Navigation Aids – Huon River Mariners are advised of the following aids re-established on the Huon River:   •  No 4 Huon River –  has been altered to an unlit starboard buoy in position 43o 06.344S, 147o 00.197E.  •  No 7 Huon River, Castle Forbes Bay – has been altered to an unlit starboard buoy in position 43o 08.185S, 146o 59.166E.
    Posted Aug 11, 2019, 3:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Strange visitor The floating fish and chip shop from Huonville was damaged in a flood, and DPIPWE have hauled it ashore just downstream from the LBT shed so they can assess what to do with it.  Watch out for the ruts left by the crane.    Pic from Graham Wright
    Posted Aug 7, 2019, 4:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Work at the Shed Graham Wright from the Tuesday group reports:Viking getting prepared for new coats of paint before being turned over for work on the keel.  Absent friends getting pressure washed. 
    Posted Aug 7, 2019, 3:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • MAST notice: navigation aid destroyed – Huon River Mariners are advised that the number 7 starboard lateral pile located in Castle Forbes Bay on the Huon River in position 43 degrees 08.185S, 146 degrees 59.166E has been destroyed.  A further notice to mariners will be issued when a new navigation aid is established in position. 
    Posted Aug 5, 2019, 4:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Tuesday Tales (cont.) As noted earlier this week, the lost tales of the Tuesday group have been found and are now available for all of us to enjoy. Heres a few from 23 July.At last Viking heads into the shed. Being a heavy boat this was not an easy move, only 50mm or so room both sides so some good driving skills were required.Muscle power for the final positioning. Plan is for a group including Peter and Dennis to do some work on Mondays as well as the Tuesday group to speed things up.After a brief rest the same muscle turned Billie over for the work to continue.Punto looking resplendant in the new colours
    Posted Jul 30, 2019, 8:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • A bigger hammer LBT member Lachlan Carlson seems to have taken to heart the old adage that the solution to an intractable problem is a bigger hammer .  You can see his point when you observe the size of the ribs he has to 'tap' into place (second pic below).  The boat is the 'Western Flyer',  the vessel which was central to Steinbeck's 'Log from the Sea of Cortez'.  It is currently in a yard in Port Townsend, Washington State, USA, Lachlan's home port.  LBT members may remember Lachlan as one of the team of boat builders we hosted over summer.
    Posted Jul 30, 2019, 8:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Capricornia Another fabulous sail this Monday (29 July) beating down towards Castle Forbes and reaching back to Franklin in variables up to 15kts, shaking out a reef and demonstrating heaving to with the jib aback on the way. Thanks to Jenni, Nick, Rob, Paul and Tom and apologies to Steve who missed the boat!Pip
    Posted Jul 30, 2019, 4:41 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Tuesday Saga (16 July) - lost but now found! You might have thought that the Tuesday group had been a bit quiet, but not so. It seems the gremlins of the ether had been swallowing the messages and the story was not being told. But Lo... Graham W has persisted and the story can now be shared, with pictures no less!Nancy was booked out today (Tuesday 16 July) which made berthing a bit tricky due to the strong river flow and the northerly breeze. The Tuesday group were on hand to assist and all went well.Punto looking great in her new livery  and close to be relaunched.Huon Explorer needs another coat of green gloss and all will be done.A member of the Tuesday Group has ...
    Posted Jul 30, 2019, 11:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • FunnieS at Frank's - National Science Week Dave Moore, the man behind FunnieS at Franks writes to thank those who have supported the program which brings (Hobart and beyond) comedy acts to the valley, and to  pass on a heads up about the next one on the 15th of August. There's also some background info about the program and a ....discount! Please consider!"Hi,Thanks for printing and displaying FunnieS flyers, I hope you can help out again.I can't physically get everywhere I want and need to in the valley to display flyers.The success of each event determines whether I can do the next one :-)NOTE:-----FunnieS at Frank's is done for the love of it.Frank's makes no money out ...
    Posted Jul 29, 2019, 4:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tasmanian Men's Sheds Association next Southern Get together Of particular interest to the Tuesday group and in general to all LBT members: Keith Ellis, Secretary, Tasmanian Men's Sheds Association has written to advise that the next Southern Get together is being held on Thursday 22 August at the Derwent Valley Men's Shed.An agenda is included below. Keith asks if we could advise if our shed will be attending.Keith's contact details are:Keith EllisSecretaryTasmanian Men's Sheds AssociationM: 0417572668GPO Box 344Hobart, TAS, 7001secretary.tmsa@gmail.comhttps://www.tasmanianmensshed.org.au/AGENDA TMSA Southern Member Sheds Delegates Get Together Thursday 22 August 2019TMSA Southern Member ShedsDelegates Get TogetherLocation:-           Derwent Valley Men’s Shed                          103 Blair ...
    Posted Jul 28, 2019, 4:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • News from the Spring Bay Community Boat Shed Lots of news in our inbox! This one is from the The Spring Bay Community Boat Shed with their Daysheet letting us know whats on the program at the moment through to the New Year. From  David and The SBCBS CrewJIGSAW INVOLVEMENTS               "...fitting in to complete your picture " David Gatenby   P.O. Box 153 Orford Tasmania 7190   Ph. 0428391432
    Posted Jul 28, 2019, 3:12 AM by Posts Editor
  • July update from the Franklin Working Waterfront Association Here's the July update from the Franklin Working Waterfront Association letting us know the latest news and giving us a heads up about membership renewals and Annual General Meetings, membership of subcommittees and volunteers at the Wooden Boat Centre. if you are interested in any of these roles, an email or phone call on the contact details at the bottom of the newsletter should get things going. Or perhaps you could just drop in!AGM and FWWA membershipThe 2019 Franklin Working Waterfront Association AGM will be held at 2:30pm on the 29th of September at the Wooden Boat Centre. This is the time for anyone interested in joining the Committee to put their hand up! The Committee ...
    Posted Jul 28, 2019, 2:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • AMMC Workshop on building Educational or Public programs (@Devonport) An invite has been received from the Australian Maritime Museums Council for anyone interested in a workshop at Devenport on "How to build an Educational or Public Program from Scratch"."Come join us for the next AMMC Regional Workshop hosted by the Bass Strait Maritime Centre on Thursday 31st October and  Friday 1st November 2019.  Travel to Devonport - Northern Tasmania, may be required, so we recommend considering arrival in Devonport on the 30th October 2019. The theme of the Workshop is centered on 'How to build an Educational or Public Program from scratch'.  The Workshop will feature plenty of delegate interaction, participation, and learning with a range of experienced and interesting Workshop leaders.  The Workshop begins on the morning of ...
    Posted Jul 24, 2019, 6:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night at the LBT Always a fun night for the Monday night meal. Kate cooked up a fine feast and it was most excellent to be sharing it with some of our overseas travellers.
    Posted Jul 24, 2019, 5:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Capricornia - Monday sailing Pip reports that it was awesome sailing in Capricornia today (Monday 22 July) with Nick, Henk, Tom, Rob and Pip. (Photo by Wunjo)
    Posted Jul 24, 2019, 5:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • World Skiffies Women's over 50 event First thing to mention is that the organisers brought the final of the women's over 50s event forward a day because Friday's weather was forecast as rubbish meaning that the race, repercharge and final were all within a few hours. Our heat was at 12 and was the heat from hell with 4 of the 5 favourites to win the event in it and only 3 going straight through to the final. Also it was quite squally at the time. Result - we came in 5th - so into the repechage . Any other heat and we would have gone straight through based on our times.2.5 hours later we were backing up for the repecharge in much friendlier conditions ...
    Posted Jul 21, 2019, 4:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Summary Report from the World Skiffies When we arrived in Scotland to attend the World Skiffies at Stranraer Ali Grant warned us that the Scottish rowing community had gone mad, and had been training dawn and dusk for months. From her window over Portobello beach that evening and the next morning we watched crews out on the water who were intimidatingly fit and drilled. And that was part of the story at Stranraer. Competition was fierce, and even making it to a division final required getting past up to 48 crews. And when the spray settled it turned out that the Irish had taken it even more even more seriously than the Scots and that the winning club was Dundrum.By far the best result for ...
    Posted Jul 21, 2019, 4:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • News from the MAWBF For those not on the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival mailing list, here's a heads up to the contents of the latest newsletter. In the 16/7/2019 edition:     New Video from Off Center Harbor ("Storm Bay")    Australia Project Gets Up    The Voyages of a Dockmaster    Riawe: A Tassie Legend    Thanks, Hobart    A Thousand Words and More    Message from the Chairman – July 2019    GM’s Log – July 2019*Pic compilation from images from MAWBF newsletter
    Posted Jul 16, 2019, 8:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night at the LBT (15 July) The wind might blow, it might rain and snow, but a winter meal in good company at the LBT on a Monday night is well worth venturing out for. Here's a quick snapshot taken by Pip. Take a look at the fearless few and note that they have largely taken different seats from last Monday. Either they are playing musical chairs or perhaps they really do go home afterwards. No Hotel California here :-)
    Posted Jul 16, 2019, 8:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Golden Oldies? (WorldSkiffies record set by LBT crew!) Over on the WhatsApp media channel Deb van Velzen reports that a record time for an LBT crew was set by this Over 60 Mens team!
    Posted Jul 11, 2019, 3:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • 2019-20 Membership Dues Whilst the secretary has been away in Europe ignoring his duties (such as sending out reminder notices),  the 2018-19 financial year has ended, meaning that it is now time for LBT members to pay their dues for 2019.  The membership rates are $70Au family, $40Au individual.There are a number of ways of doing this (make sure there is sufficient information included to identify you). * Cheque sent to 3337 Huon Hwy Franklin Tasmania 7113 * By Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using your online bank account:    BENDIGO BANK    HUONVILLE BRANCH    BSB   633-000    AC    149496275   LIVING BOAT TRUST   * In an envelope deposited through the mailbox slot at the LBT office.
    Posted Jul 14, 2019, 5:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • TN19 (The Snug Raid) video Saul has just posted up a video on YouTube of the Tawe Nunnuga 2019 (otherwise known as the Snug Raid) Nice work Saul! https://youtu.be/4AhnOhnYUd4
    Posted Jul 10, 2019, 6:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffies report on the BBC Our man in Scotland has passed on a link to a BBC news article on the World Skiffies - have a look - you might spot some locals :-)https://tinyurl.com/y388856j
    Posted Jul 10, 2019, 6:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffie Championship Results 2019 For those interested, results for the championships are being posted on the Scottish Coastal Rowing website at https://scottishcoastalrowing.org/ . Look in the 'Recent Posts' column on the right hand side.  Day 1 features the accompanying pic of the Tassie flag being  born ashore by the Castle Forbes crew.
    Posted Jul 10, 2019, 3:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night dinners at the LBT No matter the time of year the Monday night dinner is an LBT institution. Its a great way for long standing members to get together and catch up over a very tasty meal. Its also a great way to introduce new members and visitors to our traditions. Tonight the winter chill was fended off by a glass of Gluhwein. It certainly hit the spot; thanks Kate!
    Posted Jul 8, 2019, 4:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • A beachful of Skiffs Word has it that there are 700 crews partipating in the St Ayles Skiff championships in Stranrear (Scotland).  They have set up 16 lanes in order to cope.  Could be chaos at the turning buoys.  No turns required for the opening ceremony row past, and all went according to plan.
    Posted Jul 8, 2019, 4:25 AM by Posts Editor
  • FunnieS at Frank's x 2 (Twice the Fun!) Attached are flyers for the next 2 FunnieS at Frank's.Damian Callinan on the 25th of July and National Science Week Special Event on the 15th of August.NOTE / IMPORTANT: There is a special 2 show for one low price deal available through Trybooking Online buying only. Both shows for $30 per person. ( show is usually $23. So a big saving there.) https://www.trybooking.com/BBTKL   - Damian Callinan on the 25th Julyhttps://www.trybooking.com/BDDHJ  - National Science Week show on the 15th August
    Posted Jul 4, 2019, 8:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Familiar boat, wrong hemisphere. A couple of LBTers at large spotted a familiar looking boat in Reykjavick (Iceland) harbour (pics below), and on investigation it proved to be the Sea Shepherd 's 'Brigitte Bardot' which has in the past tied up  in and operated from Hobart.  She has been in Iceland to disrupt the Minke Whale season, which did not go ahead this year, probably because of economic considerations, but a victory of sorts.  Her next port of call is, apparently, in the Galapagos Islands to confront illegal fishers there.  Just across the harbour is the 'opposition':  a commercial whaling vessel, also pictured.  And to fill out the 'confrontation at sea' story,  the 'Odinn' is berthed in a prominent position.  She was a major ...
    Posted Jul 4, 2019, 7:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Remember these young men? Some people may remember a group of young journeyman Dutch boatbuilders who came to Monday night dinner a year or so back, on the advice of their teacher Bert van Baar. They have just completed their final project boat back in Amsterdam. It was commissioned by the Monet museum. Apparently Monet had an 'Amsterdam period'  during which he often took out a particular small boat sailing and daubing, and then also included it in some of his paintings. What the lads have done is build a replica - see pic below. Also worth looking at some of the other project boats pictured. The students have all done 2 years furniture building and it shows.
    Posted Jul 1, 2019, 7:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT burgee in exotic places column. Our man in the Hebrides has filed this report on a fine northern raid:This is Temple Beach on Little Bernera Island in the outer Hebrides. The villagers from across the loch used to ferry their dead here to be buried.   Charlie Green stands by 'Florence', upon which the burgee flew.  Charlie was her principle builder. Florence was rowed to this beach as part of a Raid organised by Murdo Macleod, (pictured above hauling in yet another mackerel).  Murdo has participated in several Raids in NZ and Tasmania, and thought that it would be a good idea to run one on his own patch.  The half dozen or so LBT members who went along for the ride think it was ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2019, 6:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lost oars! Annie Venables has put out a call for anyone spotting her lost oars:"Dear LBT Members - can you help! ......I lost my oars  in the river (Saturday 29th June) at Franklin, whilst taking Aotea alongside near the Cartela. Putting it out there for anyone that uses the river to keep an eye out. They are much loved wooden oars, well varnished, black rubber oar stoppers for the rollocks, and a copper tip on one of the blades. They have been with the boat for many a year and I am devastated to think I may have lost them. If anyone finds them please let me know– then take them in LBT or hand to Dave Nash. There will be a ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2019, 6:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Scottish winners! Shane Johnson has just (30 June) posted on Face book :"Jane received 3 first place medals from 3 races at the An Eather regatta at Shawbost on Lewis in the Outer Hebrides today.A cracking night of dancing was had at the ceilidh."A few familiar faces with very happy grins!
    Posted Jun 29, 2019, 6:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Free virtual tour of old Hobart Town Just in from John Wadsley, Maritime Heritage Coordinator from the Maritime Museum of Tasmania, that the next fabulous Monthly Talk, will be held on Tuesday, 2 July from 12 noon at the Royal Society Room, TMAG.This will be from John Stephenson from the Digital Heritage Studio who will take us on a virtual tour of old Hobart Town.This is a really exciting project, where they have brought together some great historical research into the digital age and created a virtual world. All welcome!  Click here to download the flyer: https://tinyurl.com/y4e3ehlg
    Posted Jun 30, 2019, 5:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Winter Sailing is on! Pip advises that Winter Sailing in Capricornia is very much still on. New time is Sunday at noon, weather permitting. All welcome; beginners to experienced, members and prospective members, men women and children. Beginners especially catered for and confirmed rowers are sincerely invited to give it a go! Dress up warm, bring a sandwich and enjoy the thrill of sailing a truly wicked witch of a boat with an experienced sailing instructor.Please call Pip for information and we will get together a mailing list. Pip Stevenson 0401295728An out of focus shot (sorry) of Capricornia sailing upstream on the Huon. "Don't she look fine!"
    Posted Jun 26, 2019, 1:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Tuesday Group (26 June) If you drop in to the LBT on Tuesday you can see a hive of boaty activity as is most appropriate! There were busy folk sanding, painting, roving, rigging and bailing! Inspiring stuff! Veronica bailing before the rowing crew head out ; it was noted that some of the team were late - might have been strategic :-)Inside the shed Bob was setting to tie lanyards to rollicks as final work before launch.
    Posted Jun 25, 2019, 3:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Yukon is back. A familiar presence on the jetty, Yukon has been absent recently to recieve the tlc required by all our water bourn vessels. She is back now with a few new timbers and all the other jobs that an opportunity on the slip presents. In a moments downtime from ship maintenance Dave and Ea posted up this fine photo taken one early morning at Woodbridge.
    Posted Jun 23, 2019, 5:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Alls Quiet? Well you might think all is quiet after the flurrry of foreign correspondence last week. That stream seems to have dried up as Our Man in Europe metamophoses into Our Man in Scotland. It may be a Brexit vortex at work nevertheless Ali Grant has reported via Facebook that Shane, Jane, Endra, Richard , Deb and Martin have all been rumoured to be seen lurking amongst the throngs making their way towards that great attractor "The Skiffie Worlds 2019". (https://www.skiffieworlds2019.com/)Thanks Ali Grant for this shot of Huon-5-O in secret training for the Skiffie Worlds 2019
    Posted Jun 23, 2019, 2:51 AM by Posts Editor
  • Latest Update from the Tuesday Group (18 June '19) Graham Wright has sent through some updates from the Tuesday Group - Great work folks!The Grebe 'Lightwood Bottom' is nearly finished and should be ready to go back in the water next Tuesday.        This has been a complete overhaul to restore it's former glory. A lot of work has gone into this especially the varnish work.Punto also is getting close to be finished, a couple of weeks maybe and looking good.Another Grebe 'Huon Explorer' is progressing well. Nice combination of new paint and varnish work.The Whaler 'Monty' has had two planks replaced and now the new butt blocks are being fitted with copper nails and roves.           This a slow procedure but using traditional methods. There are ...
    Posted Jun 18, 2019, 5:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT hosted the Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania (Sunday 9th June) On Sunday 9th June, the LBT hosted 56 members from the Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania, who sailed into Franklin as part of their annual pilgrimage South to the Huon Valley. Each year, the CYCT sail down on the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend, staying in Cygnet on Friday night, Port Huon on Saturday, then spending Sunday moored in Franklin culminating in a Long Table Dinner with the usual LBT hospitality. Although it appears that the word was not as widely spread throughout Franklin or LBT members as it has been in previous years, the event was still a great success, with Kate (having just returned from Thailand) serving up a  three course Thai-themed meal; a great night was ...
    Posted Jun 16, 2019, 2:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Cooks 250th Celebrations October 2019 (A heads up from New Zealand Coastal Rowing) NZ Coastal rowing is intending to take part in the 250th celebrations in Whitianga Coromandel, marking the arrival of Captain Cook and the Bark Endeavour to New Zealand in 1769.Thanks to Baden Pascoe preparations are well underway for a mini Raid at Whitianga starting on Thursday 17th October and finishing Tuesday 22nd.General plan is as follows,Thursday 17th October. Tavel to Whitianga launch and setupFriday 18th, Row out to meet the ships coming in.Saturday 19th, Partake in the celebrations on the water.Sunday 20th, Row up to Coroglen, Te Kawhonga landing.Monday 21st, Row out to Cooks bluff.Tuesday 22nd, Pack up and return home.Baden has pre-booked 12 sites at the Harbourside holiday park ...
    Posted Jun 16, 2019, 2:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Visiting Bert Van Baar From Richard, Our Man in Europe:Many of us have happy memories of the Dutch team who built a sailing dinghy for the 2017 Wooden Boat Festival at the Wooden Boat Centre.  The leader of that team was Bert van Baar, who remains a good friend of the Trust.  Recently we had an opportunity to visit his boat school at the Navy Museum at Den Helder in the Netherlands.  He is currently working on, wait for it, a St Ayles Skiff!  The pack is being broken out this morning.We came away just a little bit jealous.  His shed itself is great, but the thing that really got our envy juices flowing was the location: the old navy yards which ...
    Posted Jun 14, 2019, 3:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT burgee in exotic places From Richard, Our Man in Europe:Long time friends of the LBT Georg Kunert and Johanna Ender live in Wismar, an old Hanseatic League port on the Baltic sea in northern Germany.  We were recently able to present them with a burgee to fly (on suitable occasions) from the transom of the lifeboat that they and their fellow crew members row in the harbour.  See pics below.  The boat behind the burgee is a replica Cog, a medieval merchant ship.
    Posted Jun 14, 2019, 12:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Gary Mac steps into Richard's Big Shoes Gary Mac will be taking on Richard's web duties for several weeks until he returns sun burnt and jaded from the wearing task of touring Europe in the northern summer. (including  the "World Skiffies")
    Posted Jun 12, 2019, 11:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Scottish Coastal Rowing - The First 10 Years (Crowdfunding Appeal) From the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association:'Next year, 2020, marks the first ten years of Scottish Coastal Rowing. Join us to celebrate this milestone by helping to crowdfund a film which will capture how it all started and showcase where we are today. To kick-start our fundraising, we are asking you - our coastal rowing community - to donate whatever you can. Why not have a club fundraiser and donate the proceeds? Or spread the word amongst your friends and ask them to do the same. If everyone chips in what they can, we will commission film-makers Raw Film, who recently made the SCRA training videos, to go ahead. The finished film will be available to everyone online for years ...
    Posted Jun 12, 2019, 10:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for LBT Committee May meeting These minutes can be found in the usual folder. From the website (lbt.org.au) choose Resources => 2018-19 Committee Minutes, or directly at https://tinyurl.com/yxlof88t
    Posted May 26, 2019, 4:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Adrian Dean at the Wooden Boat Centre Last Monday night was a reminder of how lucky we are at the LBT to be part of community so rich in maritime people and resources.  Just by jumping the side fence (well, wall) we were able spend an hour with Adrian Dean and dinghy design.  Adrian ranged far and wide, from where to position rowlocks, to how to get the best lines for hull speed.  We couldn't have asked for more - but we got it.  Adrian handed out beautifully printed plans for his improved Percy Coverdale dinghy - see pic below.  Thanks Adrian!  And of course that was topped off by the usual LBT dinner, cooked by Dimity.  Many thanks to Dimity too. 
    Posted May 26, 2019, 4:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Get well Peter Hill Peter 'the painter' Hill is one of those unobtrusive characters who keep the LBT ticking over with his expertise and his steady work.  However when you try and find a full frontal photo of him in the archive it doesn't seem to exist!  Peter was hit by a car recently, and came off second best with a broken leg and sundry other bruises and more minor injuries.  He is stuck in Burnie hospital for the moment, hoping to be shipped south soon.  We all wish him the best and look forward to seeing him back with the Tuesday blokes when he is feeling better.  Some pics of Pete on the job below.   Pics from Graham Wright
    Posted May 26, 2019, 4:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • End of sailing season We've done very well, but mid-winter is just around the corner, and until further notice organised sailing is OFF on Mondays.
    Posted May 26, 2019, 4:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • End of month do it yourself LBT dinner Dusk is falling rapidly and early these days - just the thing to encourage the building of a bonfire on the LBT lawn, and a enjoy good repaste around it.  Come down to the shed around 6ish with something to put on the BBQ and something to share.
    Posted May 26, 2019, 4:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • MMT Talk: Tourism in Antarctica June 4th John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes:   'We have Dr Hanna Nielsen presenting “Destination Antarctica: Commercialisation and tourism in the far south”.  This talk traces the commercial history of Antarctica, from the first human encounters with the continent to the present day.'  It's on Tuesday 4 June 2019 from 12 noon at the Royal Society Room in TMAG off Davey Street.For more details see the flyer: https://tinyurl.com/y4jzsnuf
    Posted May 26, 2019, 4:43 AM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteers wanted at the WBC Jenny Tubman writes:If you can spare just 4 hours a week the Wooden Boat Centre could use your help.  Please come along and meet some like minded community members.  We can train you in new skills or you can use your old ones.  Call Jen or Paul on 62663586 or just drop down to 3333 Huon Highway  Franklin and say gidday. 
    Posted May 26, 2019, 4:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • No organised sailing Monday 20th May Our skippers are busy, and rain is imminent.
    Posted May 19, 2019, 3:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lost a camera? This one has been hanging around the LBT shed for weeks.  It is film (not digital).  Contact the secretary sec@lbt.org.au of you recognise it.
    Posted May 19, 2019, 3:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Invitation to Row at Lake Meadowbank 26 May Andrew Perkins has invited us to join all manner of craft to row to a lunchtime spot down Lake Meadowbank. The rowing will take about an hour in calm water.  Lake Meadowbank is past New Norfolk. If you are interested in going in a skiff then please let Mike Hewitt or Lorrie know. 
    Posted May 17, 2019, 11:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Palais Concert June 4: Van Diemen's Band Tasmania’s own Baroque super-group, Van Diemen’s Band, is joined by internationally acclaimed singer, Lotte Betts-Dean, for a concert of Baroque favourites by Vivaldi, Handel and Scarlatti. Don’t miss this 5-piece ensemble of ancient instruments and a singer who will dazzle and delight. The Palais will open its doors at 5.15pm; there is a bar with reasonably priced drinks and concert itself starts 6pm, entry $25 Click here to book your tickets online.
    Posted May 17, 2019, 7:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • When in doubt, try the trysail LBT member John Snowdon sent us this very interesting account (https://tinyurl.com/y3rm4fjf) of crossing Bass Strait in heavy weather in Beatrix, which visited Franklin back in autumn.  We are going to get John to show off his somewhat the worse for wear ribs at the next LBT show and tell. 
    Posted May 15, 2019, 5:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History Walk Opening 10th June Harry Rettino sent us the invitation attached below.  If you need more information contact him:  0473 066254 or harryrettino@yahoo.com 
    Posted May 15, 2019, 5:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing in windy weather Pip Stevenson sent in the following report. Sailing Monday Recap; Gusty Monday 13th May.  It was definitely a full on forecast for last Mondays sailing afternoon; 25 kts and more from the NW.  A firm believer in suck it and see, I proposed we check it out rather than cancel. Richard F, Henk Brolsma and Rotem, all regulars, and Sarah who is our current dinghy builder at the WBC were keen to try it on so we had a briefing to discuss the conditions, safety tactics and likely experiences, tucked in two reefs, hoisted the staysail and headed out.  It was exciting challenging sailing to say the least. With the main reefed we sometimes had barely steerage in the lulls ...
    Posted May 15, 2019, 5:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Franklin Fruit Loop Deb Van Velsen invites everybody to  the opening of the  Franklin Fruit Loop.  This is a scenic short-cut path between Old and New Roads across van Riddle and Johnson land, being planted with fruit and nut trees, alongside a wild-life corridor.When: Grand opening at 2:30pm, Sunday 19th May.Where: In the middle of the walk, between Old and New Roads Wear sensible shoes and whatever you need for the weather.Bring a thermos if you like. A few afternoon tea snacks will be provided. Parking: Anywhere along the foreshore at the bottom of Old or New Roads. Along 43 New Rd. is also an option. Accessible parking is at 43 New Rd.
    Posted May 14, 2019, 3:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Farewell dinner for Stranraer crews 20th May The Stranraer St Ayles Skiff Regatta ('World Skiffies') in southern Scotland isn't until July, but some of our participating crews are leaving early to make it the 'big OS trip'.  We will say goodbye to them at Monday dinner 20th May.  Pic from Skiffieworlds2013 at Ullapool (photo Kathy Mansfield)
    Posted May 12, 2019, 4:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Please fill out the book It is useful, when we want to  apply for a grant for instance, to have a record of boat useage.  The best way to do this is to write it down in the folder supplied for this purpose, so please try to remember to do so. l
    Posted May 11, 2019, 10:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday (13th May) Strong winds forecast for tomorrow.  Come down and we will assess the situation 2pm and get out if possible - of recent times wind forecasts have been wrong as often as they have been right.
    Posted May 11, 2019, 10:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Adrian Dean presentation next Monday (20th May) Did you know that Adrian was the supervising shipwright on the restoration of the 'May Queen'?  Or that he designed the 'Greenlander' sea kayak that was for many years a standard?  Or that he built the masts for the 'Lady Nelson'?  Come and see a beautiful example of his 'Percy' dinghy and hear him talk about dinghy design at the Wooden Boat Centre before dinner, 6pm next Monday night.  First come first served: sign up using the form below (https://tinyurl.com/y6qk4n2x ).
    Posted May 11, 2019, 4:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • A roving we will go (on Tuesday) Clinching up planks with copper nails and roves (washers) is one of the fundamental techniques of wooden boat building, and YOU have an opportunity to learn how to do it when we complete the replacement of Monty's split planks. Come along to the shed, Tuesday after 10am.
    Posted May 12, 2019, 5:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Course Friday 17th May at Huonville Miranda Wageman, Health and Wellbeing Officer at Huon Valley Council writes:'PAT (Pensioner Association Tasmania) still has 3 places available in a First Aid course for Friday 17 May at the PCYC in Huonville in case you want to re-qualify. This course includes the online learning section and then a full day.  The cost is $155.  Please contact Shirley directly on 0436 447 028 if you are interested. '
    Posted May 8, 2019, 3:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting May 8th There is an agenda being compiled at https://tinyurl.com/yxz8ejnv .  If there are comments or further items you wish to have included in the business send them to sec@lbt.org.au.
    Posted May 4, 2019, 6:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Adrian Dean on the ‘Elements of Dinghy Design’ May 20th A year or so ago Adrian came over to an LBT dinner to describe the trading schooner he designed. Adrian does both large and small: sitting in the Wooden Boat Centre at the moment is a beautiful example of his ‘Percy’, a gaff rigged sailing dinghy (see pic below). Adrian has offered to talk about what goes into the design of such a boat at 6pm on Monday May 20th, over in the Wooden Boat Centre. Numbers will have to be limited: first come first served. If you wish to attend enter your details in the form below (https://tinyurl.com/y6qk4n2x  ). Of course this will be followed by the usual LBT dinner which you are welcome to attend too
    Posted May 4, 2019, 4:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday Monday is looking cool and mild - a good day to practice sailing in light airs.  Hans Sipsma will be taking Capricornia out around 3pm.  All welcome. Pic from Robyn Berrington
    Posted May 4, 2019, 5:28 AM by Posts Editor
  • Change of season The sun is coming up later and later, just in time to meet to Jerry coming down the river, and first LBT crews coming up it. Thanks to Jill Edwards for the pic. In other rowing news, Lorrie Harrison has sent in the results from the Dover regatta attached: https://tinyurl.com/yxco78wu
    Posted May 1, 2019, 11:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic film at the Palais May 5th Team movies writes:  'This month Sunday 5 May, Classic Movies is screening the wonderful 2016 Swedish comedy-drama ‘A Man Called Ove’....  Synopsis: Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about and visiting his wife's grave. Ove has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new Iranian neighbours. (Courtesy IMDb)'  Doors open 6.30pm. Film starts at 7.15pm. Admission: $5.  Bar will be running with reasonably priced quality refreshments, offering the usual red/white/fizzy/beer/cider/tea/coffee/milky milo.  Please bring a plate (with something on it) to share for supper during the intermission.  
    Posted May 1, 2019, 11:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Maritime Museum Talk 7th May John Wadsley writes:  'This time our guest has come all the way from London (that’s in Britain, or Place of Brexit).  Rachael Utting is a PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London researching curiosity collecting amongst whalers in the British Southern whaling fleet.  She is in Hobart for the Whaling Conference being hosted by the Maritime Museum of Tasmania.'  See all the details in the flyer attached:  https://tinyurl.com/y5rauulm
    Posted Apr 28, 2019, 4:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • End of Month LBT Dinner Yes, the cook takes  a break on Monday 29th April and the rest of us get a chance to demonstrate our culinary skills.  Bring something to share and something for the BBQ.  There has been a good pile of fuel accumulating on the grass and tomorrow evening might be a good time to set a match to it.
    Posted Apr 28, 2019, 4:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Good Friday Social Row Lorrie Harrison writes: 'Where were you? The sun shone, the bunnies hopped and we had a lovely row.  Thanks to Zainab Clark for the photos.'
    Posted Apr 21, 2019, 2:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lot's of pictures from rowing at Dover 2019 Zainab Clark has done her usual excellent job of photographing events we are involved in.  See lots of great pics at  https://tinyurl.com/yyaeqnx7
    Posted Apr 24, 2019, 12:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tight racing at Dover There were some photo finishes to the St Ayles Skiff races at Port Esperance on Easter Saturday.  We wuz robbed.  Thanks to Matt Wardell and the Dover crew for organising such a great event, and to Lorrie Harrison for wrangling the LBT crews.
    Posted Apr 30, 2019, 3:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dutch Wooden Boat Festival July 5th-7th For those wishing to escape a southern hemisphere winter for a spell this could be an enticing destination.  It is being organised by old friend of the LBT Bert van Baar, whom many of us remember leading the team which built the Dutch dinghy for the Wooden Boat Festival in 2017.  See https://dutchwoodenboatfestival.nl/about/ for details. 
    Posted Apr 17, 2019, 2:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT's Refugee Community Day Sunday 27th May Deb Van Velsen writes:  We'd love to please hear from people who'd like to join in on this day, to see if we have enough support to run it this year.  For quite a few years now, the LBT has hosted a visit from the Hazara community in Hobart. It's a really enjoyable day try out rowing a skiff or grebe, and can go on short Nancy cruises too. The community brings a wonderfully delicious picnic to share. Last time there was almost 70 people, lots of laughter, and queues to have a go in every different type of boat!  The visit also is an opportunity to chat, clock up a few kilometres for their driving licences ...
    Posted Apr 17, 2019, 5:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Check that propeller We at Franklin tend to think that the mild, brackish waters of the Huon make us immune from the luxuriant gardens of seaweeds and shellfish that attach themselves to the bottoms of boats in nearby seaports, however that attached photographs of the propeller of a boat tied up to the marina show that the occasional inspection is warranted.  That prop must have been working more like a paddle wheel than a screw. Pics from Brian Marriott
    Posted Apr 17, 2019, 4:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for LBT Committee April Meeting These can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/y2nxnhhv   This is a good time to remind members that communications with the committee in response to items such as this or anything else to do with the governing of the LBT can be made in a number of ways: an email to the secretary: sec@lbt.org.au;   mail, either placed in the orange box beside the door, or posted to 3337 Huon Hwy Franklin Tas 7113;  speak to a committee member:   Peter Laidlaw, Richard Forster, Rod MacFarlan,  Graham Rankin, Martin Riddle, David Pittaway, Paul Frost, Mike Hewitt, Jane Johnson or  Peter Venning;a good time to meet committee members is Monday night dinner, when there are nearly always announcements and ...
    Posted Apr 20, 2019, 2:15 AM by Richard Forster
  • Anzac Day Thursday 25th April A short service is planned for 6am on this day to be held at the memorial opposite the Palais.  If you plan to come bring a torch. For more details see flyer attached: https://tinyurl.com/yyv9633s
    Posted Apr 14, 2019, 4:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • The big log David Nash and Peter Laidlaw contemplate how to extract planks for Yukon from the big blue gum slab which is has been kept wet in the river beside the marina.  The log from which this slab was cut has been like the magic pudding, supplying all the keels and stems for the yachts built by the Wooden Boat School diploma students as well as sundry other big planks etc over the last 20 years or more.
    Posted Apr 14, 2019, 3:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing teams for Dover Easter Regatta Lorrie Harrison writes:'Skiff racing on Easter Saturday is just a small part of the Seafest at Dover, but it will be good.   A list of LBT rowing crew member is attached (https://tinyurl.com/y6h7eyx4), some may be surprised to see their name on the list others disappointed their name is missing. It may not be too late, contact Lorrie (0410 335 809) to avoid disappointment.  8:30 registration $5 per crew member;  9:00 women's heats;  9:20 men's heats;  9:40 Mixed heats;  11-12 finals for 1km races;  12-1pm Lunch, LBT are running a come 'n try for the skiffs;  1:30 Mixed Hope Island 5km race.  The LBT orange tops are available ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2019, 2:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Good Friday Easter Row Lorrie Harrison writes:'Calling all women to dust off those bunny ears add a cotton tail, bring your Easter Morning tea and row the beautiful Huon River with us.  Start time: 9am Easter Friday.'
    Posted Apr 14, 2019, 2:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Early start to Sailing Monday planned Hans Sipsma writes:  'it would be good to start at 1pm in Capricornia, get down to Port Huon, practice for racing. Great weather.'  Lets do it.
    Posted Apr 12, 2019, 8:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday Group report Graham Wright writes: In the main shed 'Lightwood Bottom' is looking good, the varnished finish has come up great thanks to Bob. Now ready to turn over for a lot more varnish.  Punto is also coming along with the antifoul now done and the rest of the hull primed and ready for the top coat.  In the extension, Huon Explorer has had a second top coat and antifoul and is also ready to turn over.  The big job this Tuesday was tidying up the carpets and removing trip hazards and making it safer for wheel chairs and walking frames.  The older carpets at the bottom were taken up ready for disposal and the carpets that were on top were trimmed ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2019, 6:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Proposed purchase of Capricornia: responses from members These are being collected, and can be viewed in the folder at https://tinyurl.com/y6j4hwhz.  If you wish to have your say, send it to sec@lbt.org.au.
    Posted Apr 14, 2019, 2:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monties at large column Steve Evans, whose group has recently restored the Montagu 'Swan' reports:  'Got her sailing last week! We were presented with an original set of RN cotton canvas sails that had never been used! Some deceased Matelot had nicked them from the navy years ago. Beautifully presented and made. We will copy them and only use for special occasions. Just ordered 5 x 16 foot admiralty pattern oars as we have run out of time to make them. Hope your plank mending/replacement is going well.'  Looks like you can attend the celebration if you are in Bristol (England) on May 17th - see pics and flyer from Steve below.
    Posted Apr 10, 2019, 4:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Purchase of Capricornia: have your say The recent news item in this column concerning the possible purchase of Capricornia provoked a number of responses from members pointing out arguments both for and against.   Some of these responses are attached below along with a brief summary of the issues raised, and form a good basis for further discussion.  If you wish to contribute feel free: send to sec@lbt.org.au Summary: https://tinyurl.com/yy9jjff3 From Barbara Dawson: https://tinyurl.com/y2ctltf5 and https://tinyurl.com/y53b2kua From Pip Stevenson: https://tinyurl.com/y64bt8pu From Martin Riddle: https://tinyurl.com/yyh8bpmt and https://tinyurl.com/y2tum8sq   Pic from Endra O'May
    Posted Apr 7, 2019, 5:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 8th April Wind could be a bit fresh this afternoon, but if there is an opportunity Capricornia will be going out.  All welcome.
    Posted Apr 7, 2019, 2:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Distant Shores Having lovingly restored 'Gretchen' the Tuesday group finally got to have a sail on her, and headed off for parts unknown
    Posted Apr 5, 2019, 12:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Bushfire Review The State Government has released the terms of reference for a review concerning the recent bushfires.  See these and other details in the document attached: https://tinyurl.com/y2844d4e .  Note that 'Public submissions will be called for on 6 April 2019 and there will be a four week consultation period closing on 3 May 2019. Members of the public will be able to lodge formal submissions or make anappointment to talk in person or on the phone to the Review team.'
    Posted Apr 4, 2019, 3:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft LBT Committee meeting notes for March Read them at https://tinyurl.com/yynw2ul4
    Posted Mar 31, 2019, 4:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • Free bushfire thank you event Geeveston 30th March Mayor Bec Enders rang to remind us of this event:  'Join ABC Radio Hobart's Ryk Goddard and Lucy Breaden at the Kermandie Oval, Geeveston, this Saturday from 12pm - 3pm for a free community event. The Tasmanian Government is hosting a Bushfire Thank You Event to acknowledge the Huon Valley community spirit and sustained effort of our emergency services during the 2019 Bushfire campaign.'  The marquees were going up on Thursday, so it would seem there is a fair bit of preparation and work being put into this.  For more information see https://www.abc.net.au/radio/hobart/huon-valley-thank-you/10941722 
    Posted Mar 28, 2019, 7:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Maritime Museum - April School Holidays Program - SCRIMSHAW John Wadsley writes:  'Here is our flyer (https://tinyurl.com/y4re7y3p) for the next school holiday program, which is all about the Ancient Art of creating Scrimshaw. This coincides with our current exhibition on Scrimshaw, which is just amazing!!  We would appreciate you circulating the notice to all and sundry in your organisation and networks.  So if you would like to come, you know the drill. Book early before we fill up. And we are very popular these days!!'  
    Posted Mar 28, 2019, 7:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Progress on Monty's garboards Florien has the planks ready to steam and fit on Tuesday morning.  Come along if you are interested.
    Posted Mar 24, 2019, 6:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night BYO dinner Last Monday of the month, so the cook takes a break and the rest of us get a chance to strut our culinary stuff.  BBQ will be fired up, and bring something to share. Pic kennejima
    Posted Mar 24, 2019, 5:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday sailing cancelled 25th March Winds are looking a bit fierce.
    Posted Mar 24, 2019, 2:22 AM by Posts Editor
  • TSO at the Palais Sunday March 31st Barbara Dawson writes:'Ten Days on the Island is organizing several FREE events in the Huon Valley on Sunday 31 March, as part of ‘A Weekend in the Valley’ festivities.  At the Palais Theatre in Franklin, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra has 3 events:  10.30am Peter and the Wolf – bring your children along to experience this classic children’s tale;  2.00pm Piano Recital – Beethoven, Ravel, Mozart, Schumann;  7.00pm A Night at the Opera – 3 of Australia’s finest singers perform popular opera highlights.  See attached programme for more details (https://tinyurl.com/y3w64emw). NOTE – these concerts are free to attend, however due to limited seating we require that you register beforehand at Tendays.org.au/a-weekend ...
    Posted Mar 23, 2019, 3:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dover Easter Regatta, April 19-22 Lorrie Harrison writes:  'The Mighty LBT are taking down all our 3 St Ayles Skiffs for Saturday’s events. This means we are looking for rowers and supporters. If your interested contact Lorrie who is organising the LBT team. Lorrieharrison@tpg.com.au .  Dover organised great weather, great food and great racing last year. Join us this year.'  See www.pesc.org.au for more regatta details.  For those who need sustenance after their rowing, Dover Seafest will be on at the same time: https://farsouthfuture.org/events/seafest/ .
    Posted Mar 21, 2019, 9:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Presentation April 2nd: The Cartela Restoration Project John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes:  'Please find attached the flyer (https://tinyurl.com/yymrugtk) for our next monthly talk – this time on the Cartela Restoration Project, presented by Ross James.  The Cartela is well known to many and there is great interest in the project that will hopefully see it returned to active duty.  As always, we will see you in the Royal Society Room at TMAG, 12 noon on Tuesday 2 April 2019.' 
    Posted Mar 21, 2019, 3:47 AM by Richard Forster
  • New garboards for Monty Before you can make 'em you have to break 'em.  In the pictures below Florien and Nick are hacking out one of the garboards which split under duress during the recent 'unTawe Nunnugah'. 
    Posted Mar 20, 2019, 5:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Farewell 'Old Captivity' She's been a fixture on the river for some time now, a convenient turning mark, or one end of a start line, but she's off, hopefully, first to a good boatyard to fix her up, and then to some breezy sailing waters.  And yes David, they should get those fenders in.
    Posted Mar 20, 2019, 12:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 8 knot winds and 22 degrees forecast for tomorrow (18th March).  Let's get down there a little earlier than usual to hoist sail after 2.00pm.  All welcome.
    Posted Mar 20, 2019, 4:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Purchase of Capricornia The LBT has a long history with the sailing whaleboat Capricornia. She had a major refurbishment in our shed about ten years ago, and has subsequently been involved in many regattas, school events and Tawe Nunnugahs. Her owner Piet Lundstedt is offering her for sale, and the committee is disposed towards making him an offer for a number of reasons. She is a very good sailing boat both for beginners and experienced sailors.She is a valuable part of Tawe Nunnugah. She comes with a large trailer which is also useful for our other whale boats.She can be stored on the trailer.She should pay her way: based on previous raids, she will provide a return on investment within ...
    Posted Mar 16, 2019, 10:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monties around the world Steve Evans writes:  'Montagu 'Swan' is at last afloat  in Bristol City Docks under oar. Sails to come masts already made.  Need to know exact length of oars 4x 16ft and 1X 17ft?  Taking her to Semaine du Golfe in Brittany France in May/June. Some leaks to sort out!!!!!!'  Notice the 6 oars in the pic below - not sure how that works.Bert Van Baar has sent pictures of a Monty in his home town of Den Helder, the Netherlands.   Looks pretty cramped with all those rowers - one of them is in grave danger of crabbing.
    Posted Mar 14, 2019, 7:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday Group Report Graham Wright reports:  Tuesday group is back in business after the Raid and the Fires. Two Grebes, Lightwood Bottom in the main shed and Huon Explorer in the extension. Getting Huon Explorer to the shed using the old 2 wheel trolley went well until a wheel broke in half, time for a replacement, the trolley that is not the wheel!  The plan for Lightwood Bottom is to strip back the hull to the King Billy Pine, a big ask for a boat that has been in use for 24 years, but Bob has matters well in hand.  As we noticed a small amount of floor space in the shed, Punto was quickly put in it before anything else did. Once ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2019, 1:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday Pip Stevenson points out that there is a nice breeze forecast for this afternoon, and otherwise mild weather.  Let's get down to the shed for setup around 2.30pm, with a view to sailing from 3.00pm.  Beginners welcome.
    Posted Mar 10, 2019, 3:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre advertising positions From Seek.com:'The WBC is now looking for an operations manager who can help drive the growth of the business in order to create a sustainable institution within the Huon Valley and an institution that participates within the international wooden boat community.'  and  'The WBC is now looking for a Front of House Team Leader ... responsible for the day-to-day coordination of the retail and volunteer aspects of the WBC'.  See https://tinyurl.com/y5b2ll9c and https://tinyurl.com/y6ethfxx for details.
    Posted Mar 9, 2019, 4:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting Wednesday 13th March There is an agenda being compiled at https://tinyurl.com/y2voyu8h.  Draft minutes for the February meeting can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y28gxd28
    Posted Mar 9, 2019, 4:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • New Woodbridge Jetty Celebration 31st March Ann Dechaineux writes:  'The Woodbridge Jetty has been an important aspect in the life of the Channel and Huon communities since the early 1900s.   This event will give us the opportunity to bid farewell to the old wooden jetty and welcome the new.  It will be a day for everyone.   Funds raised on the day will go toward relocating the end of the old wooden jetty, bollards and all, as a picnic platform on the Woodbridge Village Green.  Not only will it be a picnic platform, but it will also serve as a wonderful community asset e.g for Carols by Candlelight.'  The Woodbridge community are hoping to get as many boats as possible there for the day.  See flyer ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2019, 12:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fire Brigade Benefit Concert March 16th The Franklin Folk Club always put on a good show at their monthly concerts, and this one is in aid of a particularly good cause.  See poster attached for more details: https://tinyurl.com/y4du3ybj
    Posted Mar 4, 2019, 4:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Notices to Mariners: beware floating pipe MAST have posted the following notices: Valid From: 04/03/19 Until: 06/03/19   Mariners are advised a section of PVC pipe 15-20 metres long and 100 mm diameter is floating in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel in position 43 19.009S / 147 06.949E. Mariners should navigate with caution in the area.  Valid From: 10/03/19 Until: 10/03/19 Port Cygnet Sailing Club will be conducting their Regatta from 9-11 March. On Sunday, 10 March there will be a prohibited area 100 metres either side of the start line, which is an imaginary line between the start box on the western shore and the start/finish mark to the east of the start box. Mariners ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2019, 5:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Warrnambool Whaleboat and Skiff Regatta Lorrie Harrison writes:'The LBT was well represented at the South West Regatta held on the first weekend in March.  Heat wave conditions on the Saturday did not deter the skiff rowers from qualifying for the finals in both the women’s and mixed crews, the women’s crew being the fastest qualifiers.   Finals were held in 39.7 degrees and remarkably all completed the course. The women came in a very close second and the mixed team a credible third.  Sunday brought lower temperatures and a day of whale boat racing in the Australian Whale Boat Championship. The Port Fairy Team lent us the remarkable Colin as the sweep oarsman for the mixed crew and our very own Barbara ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2019, 1:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Claire Hooper at Frank's, March 21st David Moore tells us that there are only a few tickets left for this show, which is sure to be a good 'un.  Booking details etc at https://tinyurl.com/y53belah.
    Posted Mar 3, 2019, 12:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing today (Monday 4th March) Looks like there will be a nice gentle breeze, so lets do it.  2.30pm for 3.00pm start.  Beginners welcome.
    Posted Mar 3, 2019, 12:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Checking anchor points The square pontoons given to us by the fish farm are ideal for lifting anchor points, which is what David Pittaway and helpers did on Wednesday when they checked that the big pontoon we use for Nancy and the Skiffs  was secure. All is well.
    Posted Feb 28, 2019, 2:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • tn19 Refunds - LBT Committee decision The LBT Committee met on Thursday 21 February and considered the matter of refunds for the tn19 Raid that was disrupted by the threat of bush-fires caused by extreme weather conditions. The decision of the Committee on refunds is available using the link at the end of this message. A link to the Committee’s decision will also be posted to the Snug 2019 raiders WhatsApp group. Please use the following link to read the details of the Committee’s decision and the process for claiming a refund. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OcAqEMXVN8PIMgevSggnMLhxbqEdIomu
    Posted Feb 25, 2019, 5:49 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Clean up Australia Day Lisa Plohl from Huon Council writes:  'Clean Up Australia Day is fast approaching – Sunday 3 March 2019.  Have you registered yet?  You can register by following this link.  Council have vouchers available for the Waste Transfer Stations. Please register your site and we will be in touch with you.' 
    Posted Feb 25, 2019, 1:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • For lease - two moorings close to the WBC - one suits up to a 35 ft keel boat - $80/month;  - one suits up to a 25ft launch, not a keel boat - $50/month. David Pittaway  0418 221 531
    Posted Feb 25, 2019, 1:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • What rig is that? Arguments about different rigs are always an excellent starting point for conversations at the LBT.  If you need to bone up before you launch in then this article by our favourite boat designer Iain Oughtred could be useful: https://tinyurl.com/y4pnve2u   Illustration copyright Roger Barnes
    Posted Feb 24, 2019, 5:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday sailing resuming Pip Stevenson tells us that he is taking Capricornia out for a sail today (25 Feb), from 1pm to 5pm from the LBT pontoon.  All  LBT members welcome to join him.  Capricornia is a large stable boat and Pip is a qualified instructor, so if you are new to sailing this a great opportunity to get some experience. 
    Posted Feb 24, 2019, 4:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sail Cargo Many of us have been taking an interest in this project in Costa Rica (see http://www.sailcargo.org/). One of our long distance members Bert Van Baar is headed back for a second stint there having done the lofting a few months ago.  John Young has forwarded us the following communication from the project founder Danielle Doggett.    'So nice to hear from you!  I so wish that we could have come to Tasmania for the wooden boat show!  Please send our thanks to Adrian Dean, I apologize for not getting back to you right away.  We truly appreciated the advice.  Things are going well here, actually we hope to have the first two frames up next week.  They are ...
    Posted Feb 24, 2019, 2:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cook it yourself end of month Monday dinner coming up This is the night we all get to demonstrate our culinary skills.  Bring something for the BBQ, a plate to share and (if you want) a bottle, from 6pm. $5 in the plate to keep the doors open and pay for gas etc.
    Posted Feb 23, 2019, 3:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'The Light Between the Oceans' at the Palais, 3rd March Team Movies writes:  'This month’s classic film, the 2016 ‘The Light Between Oceans’ is a special request from a local Franklin identity. It contains boats, crashing big ocean waves, lighthouse and partly filmed in Stanley, Tasmania... .Doors open 6.30pm. Film starts at 7.15pm. Admission: $5.  Bar will be running with reasonably priced quality refreshments, offering the usual red/white/fizzy/beer/cider/tea/coffee/milky milo.  Please bring a plate (with something on it) to share for supper during the intermission.' 
    Posted Feb 19, 2019, 3:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Ship's cook opportunity Kate Hoorweg writes:  'in all the excitement of the TN19 (un-Tawe Nunnugah...) Kate the Cook has over committed and is desperately searching for a short notice fill in for the incredible adventure of cooking on the Windeward Bound for a trip to Port Davey from 1st to 8th March (Friday week!!). The position is voluntary, but does pay in adventure! It is a small group, with only 10 passengers and the crew. The cook will also need to purchase all food provisions for the trip a day in advance of departure with card/funds provided by the Windeward Bound. A huge ask, I know, but truly the voyage of a lifetime!!! Be brave!!'  Contact Kate on 0419 693415    Photo ...
    Posted Feb 19, 2019, 2:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classical Guitar Concert - Palais Theatre, Friday 1 March Barbara Dawson writes:  'Prior to opening the 2019 Melbourne Guitar Festival, the up-and-coming young classical guitar duo, Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi will be playing at the Palais Theatre on Friday 1 March. Their current project, entitled ‘Alchemy’, is something of a ‘world-tour’, featuring some of the finest music written/arranged for guitar duet, with masterpieces from France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, USA, and Australia. Andrew and Ariel have been playing as a guitar duo since 2014, and have been described as “two stunning young guitarists...virtuosic” (Sydney Arts Guide) and have been praised for their “dazzling guitar playing” (ArtsHub).  Please check out the following a YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRUofhdMnfI  Don’t ...
    Posted Feb 17, 2019, 2:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting this week The draft minutes for the last meeting can be read at https://tinyurl.com/y3jdnw7x and the agenda for the next meeting is being drawn up at https://tinyurl.com/y3hotum4.
    Posted Feb 17, 2019, 2:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Monday dinner tonight Back to something like normal.  First Monday dinner post the fire and post the 'unTawe Nunnugah' is this evening.  See you there.  Let's celebrate!
    Posted Feb 17, 2019, 2:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History Group Feb 20th Harry Rettino writes:'Celebrating our tenth anniversary year of service to the Franklin community, gratefully relieved that Bushfires 2019 have for the most part spared our town, and rejoicing that our Franklin History Walk booklets are printed and in our possession, we invite YOU to attend the FRANKLIN HISTORY GROUP MONTHLY MEETING at the Franklin Evaporator Courtyard Building on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 at 7 pm ALL ARE WELCOME and are encouraged to assist in planning our tenth anniversary programme and project(s).' The May Queen
    Posted Feb 16, 2019, 2:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Heading Home What a tumultuous and busy few weeks - first the fire, then the unTawe Nunnugah and the unRegatta.  Both of the last were remarkably successful, especially given the circumstances.  That success was due in no small part to the many people who pitched in and helped - people such as Rob Ayliffe, pictured below, who trailered boats hither and yon for us, and is now taking some of them back to their homes on the mainland.  Thanks to all.
    Posted Feb 16, 2019, 2:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Thursday night Welcome Dinner at Charlotte's Cove The Homecoming Fleet didn't like the look of the weather today (on the nose and blowing hard) so are taking a lay day at Charlotte's.  If you want to come to a big 'welcome back to the Huon' for them be down there around 6pm, all welcome.  See maps below.  $15 a head.  Maps from Google Maps
    Posted Feb 13, 2019, 2:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • The unRegatta - Friday 15th February Franklin There is a fine collection of St Ayles Skiffs at Franklin and a fine collection of rowers assembling keen to use them.  Who knows whether the Homecoming Fleet will be able to join us but who cares?  All who want to be part of  impromptu rowing races and/or an excursion should assemble at the LBT shed on Friday morning 9 am. Pic from Endra O'May
    Posted Feb 16, 2019, 2:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Homecoming Regatta cancelled The bushfires had put a big dent in our organisation, and the final nail in the coffin was that the 'return raid' from Hobart will, in all likelihood, be prevented by weather from coming up to Franklin until after the scheduled date (Friday).  And how can you have a homecoming regatta without a homecoming fleet?  There is an intention to organise some spontaneous activities on Friday:  watch this space.
    Posted Feb 13, 2019, 2:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fun and games at the LBT Snug branch For some pictures of what has been going on see https://tinyurl.com/y8bwr595
    Posted Feb 2, 2019, 5:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Monday night dinner provisionally moved to Snug The fires behind Franklin are not over yet, but the main area of danger now appears to have moved away - see map (Sunday morning, 3rd Feb) below, and the wind prediction is somewhat more favourable.   Life goes on, and Kate proposes that unless something untoward happens the Monday diners join the Tawe Nunnugahns at the Snug Sea Scout Hall to eat some of the mountain of fresh food that was bought for the aborted Raid.  Watch this space.  If something untoward DOES happen and Franklin is still safe there will be a small dinner at the Shed for those still dealing with the fires.   Map overlays from Listmap, TFS, Sentinel  Image from Willy Weather
    Posted Feb 2, 2019, 5:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • tn19 up-date 29/01 - Self-organised Raid at Snug Martin Riddle has just posted the following on the tn19 News site:Franklin is still on an Emergency Alert, the fire to the west of us is defined by Tas Fire as ‘uncontrollable’ and the wind forecast offers no short term relief. Tas Alert indicates the road south from Huonville to Franklin is ‘No Access’. Residents are allowed through to protect property.   And the good news is….we have permission from Kingborough Council to set up camp near the Snug Oval. We have also spoken to a member of the Snug Hall Committee (Isaac Forster) and should be able to access the Hall if needed. Isaac Smith of the Snug Sea Scouts indicated their facilities would be available to us ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2019, 2:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • tn19 called off Martin Riddle writes:  'The tn19 contingency planning group met at 10am this morning and agreed the following:   Yesterday the bushfire warning for Franklin was elevated from ‘Advice’ to ‘Watch and Act’ with residents told to enact their Bushfire Plan, and non-residents told to stay away from Franklin. Communities within a few kilometres of Franklin are at the higher alert level of ‘Emergency’ and were door- knocked by police last night and asked to leave. The good news is that, as of this morning, there has been no direct impact on any township. Weather conditions are unlikely to change significantly for the next few days and the community has been advised not to become complacent. Official advice is, if you ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2019, 3:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fire around Franklin A few days ago the fire that had been simmering away in the forests to the west of Franklin suddenly expanded under the influence of first northwest then southwest winds. Towns downriver, such as Castle Forbes Bay, Port Huon and Geeveston were under serious threat.   The Living Boat Trust became an unofficial drop in centre for some of those who followed the Fire Brigade advice to evacuate their homes.  That threat has, thank goodness, abated for the moment and everybody down here is breathing easier, both physically and metaphorically.  However due to the density of the forest, the fuel load and the terrain we will have to wait for rain before it finally goes away.  Tawe Nunnugah has been rescheduled ...
    Posted Jan 26, 2019, 3:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gretchen is on the water! Pip Stevenson has provided a picture of the moment.  After a ten year, stop start project involving many people Gretchen is ready to sail again.  Congratulations to all, but particularly the Tuesday group who have pushed this through to completion.  There was even smoke on the water for the occasion.  Extra pics from Nell Tyson.
    Posted Jan 22, 2019, 1:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australia Day celebrations postponed Lisa Plohl from Huon Valley Council writes: 'Council staff have held a meeting this morning and due to forecast weather conditions the Australia day event, Breakfast by the River at Franklin Oval, has regretfully POSTPONED.  We will work on new date and advise you as soon as possible.'Nancy will just have to stay tied up in the smoke.
    Posted Jan 22, 2019, 12:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dennis has been at it again If you need a new grate made for your Montagu Whaler Dennis Muscovich is your man.  Pic from Endra O'May
    Posted Jan 21, 2019, 9:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lots still to do at LBT Its been a busy weekend at the LBT shed getting the fleet ready for the Raid but there's still lots to do. If you want to help, drop by any day this week to see what needs doing.  The regular Monday dinner is going to be a bit special this week as chef Kate tests the big camp roaster - come along, roll you sleeves up to work on the boats and then enjoy another fine meal in the shed.
    Posted Jan 20, 2019, 3:37 AM by Martin Riddle
  • Pussy Cat and Owl arrive at LBT The Geneva Christian College in Latrobe has very kindly let the LBT borrow two modified Hartley TS16s for use in the tn19 Raid. Pussy Cat and Owl were previously owned by Mission Afloat in Conningham and are not your ordinary Hartley having been converted to open boats for sail training purposes. They need a little bit of work to get them shipshape for the Raid - if you'd like to help, please contact the tn19 Raid Coordinator: info@tawe-nunnugah.org
    Posted Jan 17, 2019, 3:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Americana dinner It was just as well that Gretchen was out of the shed on Monday, when more than 70 people packed in to see if our American friends could cook a meal as well as they build a boat.   They did not disappoint, and the masses went away happily sated. Many thanks to Ginny and the kitchen team.   Pics from Deb Van Velsen
    Posted Jan 15, 2019, 2:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gretchen relaunch Gretchen is going back in the water at the MAST boat ramp just south of the Franklin Bowls Club at 11am on Tuesday 22 January. Come along and help celebrate the great work done by the Tuesday/Thursday group to get her shipshape once again.
    Posted Jan 14, 2019, 10:15 PM by Martin Riddle
  • 'Where song began' at the Palais, January 26th 'Violinist Simone Slattery and cellist Anthony Albrecht subtly combine a range of classical music from Bach to Vaughan Williams, with recordings of Australian birdsong while simultaneously showing illustrations, photographs and videos of birds and landscapes.'More details on the flyer below (https://tinyurl.com/yb64hy8z) and on the website https://wheresongbegan.com/
    Posted Jan 13, 2019, 2:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Look who is coming to dinner If you are hoping you are one of the precious few who made it onto the list for the Americana dinner tonight (the 14th) check below (https://tinyurl.com/ybr9dcvq)
    Posted Jan 13, 2019, 1:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Kaci Cronkhite at the Palais Monday 14th This event has proved to be so popular that we have had to move the presentation ('Finding Pax') from the Wooden Boat Centre to the Palais so that we can all fit.  Everything else stays the same: 6pm start, no charge (for the presentation), sign up on the form at https://tinyurl.com/yae7rusd .  Dinner, unfortunately for the late comers, is booked out.
    Posted Jan 10, 2019, 9:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Can you lend flares and safety gear? It’s great to see the shed buzzing with activity as new volunteers work along-side the regular maintenance teams to get the LBT fleet up to scratch for the start of the LBT’s major fund-raiser. A huge thanks to every-one who has come along to support the LBT. Every boat in the Raid must have safety equipment required by MAST – including a set of in-date flares. Flares have a three year usable life. The Raid is the only time the whole of the LBT fleet is on the water beyond the Huon at the same time and therefore the only time we need full safety gear for every boat. It’s painful to spend LBT ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2019, 5:40 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Cheek pieces for the Montagu Whaler In November 2017 the following news item was posted.  'Some time ago there was discussion about how to decorate the 'cheek pieces' on the Montagu Whaler, those discs at the front of the boat where a ship's crest would normally be displayed.  Friend of the LBT (and old Whaler man) Bernie Bruen suggested knots to be replaced each year:  that way we end up with a nice little display collection.  We thought that it would be great if Greg Guy could tie the initial set, and he did.  On Tuesday we had a ceremony to install them with John Young doing the honors.'  It is time to replace Greg's knots, and the Homecoming Regatta would be a good ...
    Posted Jan 7, 2019, 4:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Helping out with the Homecoming Regatta The Homecoming Regatta, to be held on Thursday and Friday February 14th-15th, is planned to be much like Swiftsure Regattas of the past, with the addition of a 'welcome to fleet' dinner to get things underway.  As a consequence the need for volunteers to run the event is scaled back considerably from the wonderful Tasskiffie regattas we have held at this time of year in the past.  Nevertheless we do need a few helpers to get things organised and keep them moving along. The jobs we are looking at include, Thursday night welcome home dinner, setting up course (Thursday evening), safety boat, dockmistress/master, starter, finisher/results recorder, life jackets, MC, spare hand, tidy up (Friday afternoon).  If you ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2019, 12:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Participating in the Homecoming Regatta Organisation for the Homecoming Regatta is well underway. There are a series of events that are planned.  On Thursday 14th February:  row/sail/motor to Port Huon to accompany the Return Raid boats as they come back from the Wooden Boat Festival; a welcome to fleet; dinner and music.  On Friday: whaleboat races; Skiff races; the Roger Harwood dinghy race; Rat Island sailing.  If you want to participate (and you do!) it would be a great aid to planning if you could register as soon as possible using the form at https://tinyurl.com/yb28z7yz .  More details about the regatta can be found at http://homecoming-regatta.org/
    Posted Jan 7, 2019, 4:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Progress on the Havens Over at the Wooden Boat Centre the American team have the torture boards out and are bending the coamings.  See pics below.  Photos from Endra O'May
    Posted Jan 7, 2019, 1:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Project Boat This large, Purdon built, motor boat is moored at Snug.  Unlike some it floats, which is a big start! We believe that to the right person it is a freebie.  Contact Harley Cullen 0488 218 943.
    Posted Jan 6, 2019, 4:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Kaci Cronkhite and dinner Monday January 14th This 'Americana evening' (see previous post at https://tinyurl.com/y7jn6uqz) is being advertised through the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, so we are expecting swelled numbers, which will be capped, at dinner. If you want to make sure you have a place enter your name in the form below (https://tinyurl.com/yae7rusd).  Price is $20, which gets you into the dinner and the presentation (remembering that this is a fund raiser for the Homecoming Regatta).  If there are seats over for the presentation these will be free.  Proceedings kick off at 6pm.BREAKING NEWS: DINNER BOOKED OUT!!!
    Posted Jan 9, 2019, 4:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah 2021 Some of us are having trouble getting our heads around the fact that it is 2019 (what? already!).  Other poor souls who missed out on TN19 are looking forward to 2021.  We have created a sign up sheet for TN21 news at http://eepurl.com/gcXkXj .  Pic from Ben Forster
    Posted Jan 2, 2019, 3:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dr Strangelove showing at the Palais: Jan 6 Team Movies writes:  'To welcome in the New Year Team Movies are delving into ‘The Vault’ and screening the 1964 political black comedy, Dr Strangelove. Synopsis: An insane general (Brig. Gen. Jack D Ripper) triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.'  Doors open 6.30pm movie starts 7.15pm Admission $5.  Bar will be running upstairs with reasonably priced quality refreshments, the usual red/white/beer/cider/tea/coffee/milky milo. Bring a plate.  PS: News Flash, Palais Collective will be open on movie nights from 6.30pm until movie starts on a trial basis, just in case you require eggs or zucchinis.
    Posted Jan 2, 2019, 12:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Work to be done before the Raid starts We need your help to get everything ready for the 2019 Raid. The job list includes: Sprucing up some of the LBT fleet including the Monty and SwiftsureMaintenance and checking of the food cool store trailer and barbecuesDesign and construction of the new expedition water trailerRe-rigging GretchenCollecting, rigging and checking two modified Hartley TS16s on loan from the Geneva Christian School in LatrobeCompleting the second St Ayles skiff rigAllocating and checking safety gear for the LBT boats involved in the Raid…and much more besides Whether or not you are participating in the Raid please consider helping the LBT by helping get everything ready. If you can help, please come along to a ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2019, 3:43 AM by Martin Riddle
  • Please help the LBT The LBT is on a sound financial footing because it runs a major fund-raiser every two years – the tawe nunnugah Raids. For the intervening two years the Raids pay for shed expenses, such as insurance, rates, electricity and water; for consumables for maintenance of the fleet; for up-grades to LBT facilities and assets and allows the LBT to put on a range of programs for its members and the community, including the On-the-Water Program which has introduced hundreds of primary students to the pleasures of messing around in boats safely. But it’s a two way thing – the whole of the LBT benefits from the Raid but in turn we could not run the Raid if ...
    Posted Dec 31, 2018, 7:42 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Sydney to Hobart Intrepid LBT reporter Endra O'May was on hand to catch the action as the maxi's crossed the line at the end of this year's race.  What a sight!
    Posted Dec 28, 2018, 2:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • Americana Evening, January 14th The theme country for the Wooden Boat Festival this year is the US of A.  We in Franklin are heavily involved, with a couple of classic American dinghies being built over at the Wooden Boat Centre and various luminaries visiting.  Among the latter is Kaci Cronkhite, well known boating journalist and author of 'Finding Pax: the unexpected journey of a little wooden boat: 1'.  Kaci will be presenting at the WBC on January 14th prior to Monday dinner, which will be cooked by the American boat building team who know how to wield a spatula as well as a chisel.  How is that for a double header?  This is a fund raising evening for the Homecoming Regatta, so we a ...
    Posted Dec 21, 2018, 5:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Christmas break There is sure to be plenty of informal activity around the shed over the Christmas period,  but the Tuesday group are taking a break as are the cooks.  They will be back in the second week in January, first dinner January 7th, first workday January 8th.  Season's greetings to everybody from the Living Boat Trust.
    Posted Dec 21, 2018, 4:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Women's Christmas Row this Friday The usual Friday social row is a celebratory one on this Friday (21st) at 9.00 am.  Come down dressed for the occasion.
    Posted Dec 16, 2018, 2:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Model Boats Sue was the centre of intense scrutiny as she hot glued the model boats constructed by students at the On the Water Regatta.  Hope she got it right! Pics from Steve Stanton
    Posted Dec 16, 2018, 2:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Another boat launch One of the highlights of the On the Water Regatta was the launch of two rowing dories built by Huonville 6th grade students under the supervision of Dave Golding.  Herreshoff they ain't, but practical they are and they rowed really well.  Great to see an old tradition being revived.  Congratulations to all concerned.  Pic from Pip Stevenson
    Posted Dec 16, 2018, 2:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Bring your own Christmas Party Monday night The traditional LBT Christmas Party is a 'bring a plate' and your own BBQ fair tonight (17th December).  If you want to help out some of us will be at the shed from around 2.30pm to start decorating and getting things set up before sailing.
    Posted Dec 16, 2018, 1:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Last sailing Monday for 2018 It might not be as blue this afternoon as in the pic below, but the buckets in the heavens are due to start emptying later today and there is a nice breeze due.  Let's get out there around 3.30pm.
    Posted Dec 16, 2018, 1:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gretchen has left the building! An historic day, and Graham Wright was there to capture it with his camera.  For those who don't know the story, our lee-board small cruising yacht Gretchen underwent a major restoration a few years ago, but wouldn't 'take up' when she went back in the water.  So it was back in the shed with her to be sheathed with Dinyl, and have a major refit and paint job at the same time. 
    Posted Dec 14, 2018, 2:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Stars 'n Stripes at the LBT The Americans have arrived, their containers of tools, material and equipment are coming shortly, the wood is piled up outside the WBC, and by week's end we should see the start of action on the Haven 12 1/2.   On  Sunday we had a BBQ to welcome them before it is all heads down and bums up.
    Posted Dec 13, 2018, 12:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Christmas Party Monday 17th December Struth!  How did that happen so fast?  The cooks want to enjoy it too, so it is a 'bring your own'.  Starting around 6.30pm.
    Posted Dec 9, 2018, 11:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting December 12th The agenda for the upcoming meeting is being compiled at https://tinyurl.com/y9ly7x7e .  If you have any business you want addressed please send it to sec@lbt.org.au, or speak to a friendly committee member.
    Posted Dec 9, 2018, 2:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • That doesn't look right A good illustration of why dinghies in the shed need a short stern line to stop them getting caught under the rail along the dock at low tide, and then filling with water at high tide.    Pics from Nathan Nelson
    Posted Dec 9, 2018, 2:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • MMT Holiday Program John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes:'The Maritime Museum has launched its new School Holiday program for January 2019.  This time we are offering something for younger children based on the theme of “Wooden Boats” to tie in with the Wooden Boat Festival next February.  Plus we are offering a separate program for older students wishing to use our Ship Simulator.  Strictly for 10 Years and older.  Flyers for both are attached  (https://tinyurl.com/yd29vcwo and https://tinyurl.com/ybzayuf6). On behalf of the Museum volunteers and staff, we would like to wish you all a safe and happy Holiday Season.'
    Posted Dec 6, 2018, 12:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • BBQ to welcome Americans, Sunday 9th Sean Koomen and his merry people have arrived, and by the weekend should have shaken off their jet lag. Alix Gibbs from the Wooden Boat Centre writes: 'We invite you to "Chuck a Shrimp on the Barbie" this Sunday to welcome the American Boat Building Team to Franklin.  This is a great opportunity to meet the team before they start in the workshop on Monday the 10th.  The BBQ is this Sunday (9th) at 1pm at the LBT.  Food and drinks will be provided.'  RSVP to Alix at woodenboatcentre@outlook.com See photos below if you want to attach names to faces.  Pic from https://www.nwswb.edu
    Posted Dec 6, 2018, 10:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dust extractor system for new workshop In the past we have used ad hoc methods for disposing of dust, but the new workshop is getting a proper system.  Pic from Graham Wright
    Posted Dec 5, 2018, 3:01 AM by Richard Forster
  • Sculpture in place The sculpture that was recently clad in wood over at the Wooden Boat Centre has now been mounted in Franklin Square.  The seagulls know what to do with it: could be very tastefully striped shortly. Pics from Endra O'May
    Posted Dec 5, 2018, 3:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Boggy Creek Jersey Many members of the LBT went to the Amnesty fund raiser at the Palais on Sunday night, which featured the film 'The Merger', about the Boggy Creek Football Club the Roosters. Zainab Clark, who was the principle organiser for the event tell us that those who missed out on a Roosters footy jumper can order one at https://amnestyinternationalshop.com/products/jersey .  She also wants to thank the Palais team and various others who made the whole thing possible - you know who you are.
    Posted Dec 2, 2018, 2:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • No Sailing this Monday 3rd December We have to have rain sometime to keep our valley green, and it would seem that today is the day.  And the wind forecast looks challenging too.   Pic from South Franklin Weather: https://southfranklinweather.com
    Posted Dec 2, 2018, 10:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday Group report Graham Wright writes:Flying 15 ready to be turned over; Punto repair and new paint job well underway.  See pics from Graham below. 
    Posted Dec 2, 2018, 1:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowers Christmas lunch Not all the action is on the water for the rowers.    Pic from Zainab Clark
    Posted Dec 2, 2018, 12:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Flatty' is out the door! The beautifully restored little Channel fishing dinghy has been collected by its owner.  Congratulations to the Tuesday group who have done the work.  Pics below from Zainab Clark and Graham Wright, including a 'before' shot from Graham. 
    Posted Dec 2, 2018, 12:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Just in case the Palais got flooded ... Our volunteers at the Amnesty fund raiser were prepared for the worst eventualities. Pic from Zainab Clark
    Posted Dec 2, 2018, 12:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monties in strange places One thinks of the Montagu Whaler as being a quintessentially British, or at least British Commonwealth, boat.  However a query for plans from Rob Blackburn reveals that there is enthusiasm for them in other places - see the pic.
    Posted Dec 2, 2018, 12:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowers Christmas lunch December 2nd Lorrie Harrison writes:'A once a year chance for all LBT rowers to get together at a shared lunch this Sunday. BYO food and drink.'
    Posted Nov 25, 2018, 12:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Guild cruise in company to Huonville On Sunday several Trust boats joined the Guilders for this annual event. The weather held  off, was even rather kind in blowing the sailors up river, and a good time was had by all.  A highlight for us was to see our hundred year old Nancy motoring together with her sister boat Eva Blanche: both were built by Tucker Abel at Battery Point in the early 20th century.  Pics below from our roving reporter Endra O'May, who has given us a 'view from Swiftsure'. You can tell she hates dogs.
    Posted Nov 26, 2018, 1:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday on tomorrow On Sunday Swiftsure and the Monty made it up to Huonville in near record time with a kindly south easterly behind them.  Let's see if they go as well on Monday afternoon starting 3.30pm. Looks like a fair breeze coming up and good conditions to get the Grebes out.  All welcome.  Pic from Phil Meaney
    Posted Nov 25, 2018, 12:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT cook our own dinner coming up With the evenings lengthening out it is just the right time of year to saunter down to the LBT around 6pm of a Monday night with something from the butcher, something from the greengrocer, something from the regular grocer and perhaps something from the vintner to share with friends around the BBQ.  See you there. 
    Posted Nov 24, 2018, 9:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • On the Water Regatta December 13th: please help Dover, Geeveston and Huonville primary schools have all been participating in this year's rowing program, which is to culminate in a Regatta on Thursday December 13th, starting at 10am. Should be heaps of fun and what the LBT is all about.  There are lots of jobs for the day:  setting up; scheduling;  managing the dock; skippering the dinghies; starting and finishing; recording results; BBQ; model boat making; pulling down; and there are more.If you are able to assist please submit your name using the form below (https://tinyurl.com/ybhat46e).  We are expecting about 80 students.  For more details see the regatta section of the On the Water web page:  https://tinyurl.com/y89nvrn2 Site Plan
    Posted Nov 25, 2018, 4:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Draft minutes for LBT Committee November meeting Get 'em at https://tinyurl.com/yat4mmoc
    Posted Nov 24, 2018, 12:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • When the wind blows A sea breeze on the nose is no small thing to deal with for teams of 4th grade rowers in Grebes, and on Wednesday it proved impossible.  The solution was to send them off by land to meet the boats which were towed upwind.  With the wind behind them they were much happier.  Pic from Endra O'May
    Posted Nov 22, 2018, 1:26 AM by Posts Editor
  • Out with the old... That dinosaur head poking in through the door of the Wooden Boat Centre in the pic below is on the crane, ready to take away the newly completed sculpture.  It seems only a week or two ago that the project was being started.  Pete Parkinson is looking very cool about the whole thing.  Pic from Endra O'May
    Posted Nov 21, 2018, 9:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre November News Lots of current news, plus a very interesting historical item by Allan Cato about the 'capture' of the Oberhausen at Port Huon at the start of the First World War.  See attached: https://tinyurl.com/ycorjbxu
    Posted Nov 21, 2018, 5:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • BIG project opportunity? Graeme Broxam, President, Association of Heritage Boat Organisations, writes: ' We have been informed of the imminent destruction of a former Tasmanian fishing vessel Theresa, built at Strahan about 1940. Although not on the AHBO list of vessels of high significance, it is nevertheless an attractive example of the traditional Tasmanian coastal fishing vessel of its era and may be of interest to some individual or organisation to save with the potential of restoration.'  For more details see attached (https://tinyurl.com/y8ykt5m6) 
    Posted Nov 21, 2018, 2:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Free excursion on Nancy for members: 25th November Nancy's electrical fault has been magically disappeared (Brian Marriott being the magician) and she is ready to join the happy throng for the 'Cruise in Company' to Huonville with the Wooden Boat Guild, 10.00am, Sunday November 25th.  First come first served for those who want to be passengers - free for members of the Trust or Guild. Complete the form (https://tinyurl.com/y8ebgxaw), contact the secretary at sec@lbt.org.au , or text 04977 86572.  For more details about the event see https://tinyurl.com/y9mjfguc.
    Posted Nov 21, 2018, 2:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie at the Palais: 'The Merger' December 2nd Team Movies writes:  'We are combining with AMNESTY SOUTHERN GROUP Tasmania for a special Christmas Movie treat, the 2018 Australian smash hit movie, The Merger. Synopsis: Huon Valley’s favourite comedian, Damian Callinan, playing injured AFL footy legend Troy Carrington, is lured back to his home town of Bodgy Creek, to rebuild the hapless local footy team. He recruits refugees to make up the numbers with hilarious results, but ultimately takes the community on a journey of change. All door takings will go to Amnesty Southern Group who are working to raise awareness of the plight of asylum seekers and refugees.'  Doors open 6.30pm, seated by 7.15pm, Admission $5,  bring a plate.
    Posted Nov 18, 2018, 4:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday The wind gods are predicted to be kind, so come down and join us at 3.30pm at the pontoon.  Last week we took out Monty for an initial trial run in preparation for the 'cruise in company' to Huonville next weekend: there may be more of the same.
    Posted Nov 18, 2018, 3:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Moorings for lease David Pittaway writes:  For lease - two moorings close to the WBC; - one suits up to a 35 ft keel boat - $80/month- one suits up to a 25ft launch, not a keel boat - $50/month.    Contact:  0418 221 531 
    Posted Nov 18, 2018, 3:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Twilight Rowing Barbara Dawson writes:'Twilight rowing last Friday saw one St Ayles skiff, one Grebe, one Whitehall skiff and one kayak racing against each other.  The skiff team, Huon Five 0 (powered by Jane and Shane, Phil, Zoe, and Karl) slashed their previous week’s time by almost 6 minutes.  First across the line (just) was David Budd in his Whitehall skiff.  Come down this Friday at 5pm, grab a Grebe, make up a skiff crew, or bring your own boat/kayak.  And bring along drinks and nibbles for post race get-together afterwards.'
    Posted Nov 18, 2018, 3:25 AM by Posts Editor
  • Anyone know the boat 'Sgorr na Craig'? Topher Dawson from Ullapool is coming to Tasmania to participate in the 2019 Raid. In 1984 he built a 20ft huon pine double-ender, Sgorr na Creag, on a property at Mickey’s Bay on Bruny Island. She is clinker built, very beamy (8ft 4 inches), with a plumb bow and a raking sternpost and at the time was painted white.The boat was sold to a Japanese guy called Hisau who lives near the Idea Bay railway station. Topher would like to see the boat again during his visit - if you know either the boat or its current owner please email us at: info@tawe-nunnugah.org
    Posted Nov 18, 2018, 3:31 AM by Martin Riddle
  • Floating boat cover Celia Leverton sent us a whole lot of ideas for sheltering boats from Holland a while ago.  We now have a prime example of one of them tethered to wharf upstream of the WBC.
    Posted Nov 17, 2018, 12:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Regatta, Huon at Franklin 17th,18th November Marine and Safety Tasmania Notice to Mariners: 'A Regatta will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 17 November 2018 commencing at 0800 hours.  The Regatta will conclude at 1600 hours on Sunday, 18 November 2018. Boat owners are reminded to transit the area with caution and follow any directions given by rowing officials.'
    Posted Nov 13, 2018, 3:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Project Boat Michael Fitzgerald writes:    'I have a 26’ sail boat I’ve started to restore but am unable to continue with the restoration so I’d like to offer her to someone who is interested in taking over.  She is strip planked Huon pine fixed lead keel built by Barry D Wilson of Smithton. Her original name is Norma De Kermandee (we call her “Valkyrie” now).  She is in a cradle at my home at Deep bay.  I have stripped her back to the hull and have done some re-ribbing, and reset the transom.  I have attached some pictures of what she looked like when we bought her and after repainting the hull about 8 years ago and what she ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2018, 3:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday sailors: prepare for the Huonville cruise The cruise to Huonville planned for November 25th (see elsewhere in this news column) will be a great opportunity to get on the water with our rower/sailers - the Monty and Swiftsure in particular.  Let's use the next couple of Monday evenings to prepare - see how we go getting up the river and back and check that we can smoothly combine oars and sails.  Meet down at the pontoon at 3.30pm.
    Posted Nov 10, 2018, 3:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Who would have thought of these tools? Mike Dredge pointed us to this collection of improvised tools.  Resourceful person who thought of them, 'Mr Jiwakoyak'.  See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQdn_TvryeE  Who hasn't wondered how to get out that dratted stripped Phillips head screw?
    Posted Nov 9, 2018, 8:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • '12 Times he Spoke’ – Coming to Palais Theatre 21st November Barb Dawson writes:  'After a stellar premier season in the Theatre Royal Backspace in July, Tasmania Performs is bringing ‘Twelve Times He Spoke’ to regional Tasmanian towns – including Franklin. This one-man show stars Guy Hooper. It tells the life journey of a man both ordinary and extraordinary - via significant moments of speech in his lifetime. These 12 pivotal moments between the ages of 7 and 55 represent the highs and lows of his life – what he says in those moments but also what he doesn't say, or cant face saying that reveal who he is and where his life is at. From a shy schoolboy being berated by a teacher to a broken man with the alcohol shakes ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2018, 1:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Accommodation wanted The project boat for this year's Wooden Boat Festival is a Haven 12 1/2, and a team is coming over from Port Townsend near Seattle to build it at the Wooden Boat Centre.  We expect to have as much fun with them as we had with Bert's Dutchies in 2017.  One practical consideration is housing: it is mostly covered but an extra roof or two to put over their heads would be handy.  The period we are talking about is from the start of December through to mid February.  If you think you can help out contact Anne Holst at the Wooden Boat Centre - anne@woodenboatcentre.com or 6266 3586. Even if you are only able to ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2018, 5:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cruise with Wooden Boat Guild to Huonville 25th November This event has become one of the highlights of our calendar.  Andrew Perkins from the Guild writes:  'The Wooden Boat Guild of Tasmania would like to invite anyone interested to take part in their annual Huon river cruise in company.  Sunday November 25.  The plan is to depart Franklin at 10.30 am to row, paddle, steam or motor to Huonville in company for lunch at the Huon Jet Boat Café and return to Franklin for a casual tea or coffee at the Living Boat Trust .  Huon Jet will provide a BBQ lunch (including vegetarian option) for $15 per head or choose from their Café menu or BYO. For catering purposes please RSVP for the BBQ before leaving Franklin.  RSVP ...
    Posted Nov 7, 2018, 11:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Sailing Monday Should be a gentle breeze wafting down the river this afternoon to take us out - from around 3.30pm to rig up.
    Posted Nov 4, 2018, 11:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • Subsidised Provide First Aid Accredited Courses Narelle Synnott writes: The Huon Valley Council supported by Bendigo Bank, Tasmanian Health Service and Dover Far South Action Group are offering a community ‘Provide First Aid’ One Day Accredited Course.  This course is heavily subsidised and is open to community members. Further information of locations and how to secure your place is available by following the below links:  Cygnet - https://www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/events/provide-first-aid-cygnet/ ; Dover - https://www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/events/provide-first-aid-dover/ ; Huonville - https://www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/events/provide-first-aid-huonville/ .  Dates: 22nd, 26th, 28th November. Flyers attached: https://tinyurl.com/ycdyqgmy https://tinyurl.com/y94g7o2t https://tinyurl.com/y6unpqqj
    Posted Nov 1, 2018, 2:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Rowlocks for Freyja Some people have washing hanging from the line.  At the LBT we have new rowlocks.  Freyja is being converted to the same system as Billie.
    Posted Oct 30, 2018, 4:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • In with a chance for a Foster 10' All you need to do is head over to the Wooden Boat Centre with $10 in your mitt.  See https://tinyurl.com/yae7e7bs for details.
    Posted Oct 29, 2018, 1:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Memories of the Cartela Ian Florence visited the shed the other day, and told us tales about how his grandfather was the supervising engineer for the Cartela, and built the steel keel  and caste the propeller for her.  He also gave us a nice cache of copper and brass screws and nails from one those projects that never quite got done, plus some samples of wood bending.  Thanks Ian!
    Posted Nov 1, 2018, 1:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mens Shed Association Gathering 30 November 2018 We are invited to West Winds Men's Shed & Channel Men's Shed on Friday 30 November.  We have a good relationship with this association and encourage people to go along.  For details see below: https://tinyurl.com/y9fpopyo
    Posted Oct 28, 2018, 1:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday sailing The met bureau is predicting moderate winds and no rain, so lets get down to the pontoon around 3.30pm to rig up.
    Posted Oct 28, 2018, 3:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Check the LBT calendar We make every effort to register all significant events in the calendar: to view go to the LBT home page lbt.org.au and choose Calendar from the menu at the top.  The schools 'On the Water' program dates were recently added, so check these if you were hoping to use a Grebe in November or early December.  They have prior bookings for these boats from 10am - 2pm.
    Posted Oct 28, 2018, 3:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • End of Month BYO Dinner Monday night The one we have all been waiting for: the end of month BBQ PLUS Daylight Saving PLUS a fair weather report.  Bring your snags and something to share.  Come early (around 3.30pm) for a sail. Photograph by Kgbo
    Posted Oct 28, 2018, 2:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Regatta – Huon River, Franklin, Oct 27-28 MAST Notice to Mariners.  'A Regatta will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 27 October 2018 commencing at 0800 hours and finishing at 1600 hours on Sunday, 28 October 2018.  Boat owners should transit the area with caution and follow any directions given by rowing officials.'   
    Posted Oct 26, 2018, 3:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • The great ball mystery solved Keeping the canine contingent entertained has always been a major part of the LBT's activities.  Mike Dredge reports.'You may have noticed the odd red and yellow soft ball turning up at LBT, much to the joy of various dogs, and wondered who was the generous soul making these donations.  Mystery solved.  Missy found a nest of about half a dozen after last week’s rain, in a drain outlet near LBT.  Looks as if the drain originates somewhere near the Primary School.  Kids must be dropping the balls into the drain – they then magically re-emerge at LBT.  I’m doing some work with the Phys Ed teacher at the school, he confirmed they use these balls, so ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2018, 2:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT members at large column Andy Bullock writes:  'During this southern hemisphere winter I spent seven weeks travelling in the UK and Ireland. I attended classic boat festivals in Wivenhoe, Essex; Falmouth, Cornwall; and Roundstone, County Galway, and hired boats on the Norfolk Broads, the Fal estuary, and Lake Winderemere. Initially I followed in the wake of two of my favourite nautical authors, Maurice Griffiths and Arthur Ransome, exploring the rivers and anchorages in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk on the east coast, then visited my ancestral villages in Cornwall and Scotland.  I found some lovely harbours and sailing grounds, but many of these are very tidal and at low water there is often little water remaining. For example at Wivenhoe, a gorgeous village on the ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2018, 1:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • New LBT committee meets The following subcommittees have been established to deal with LBT business. Executive: Peter Laidlaw,  Rod Macfarlan, Richard Forster; Finance Rod Macfarlan; Fleet Management and Maintenance: Paul Frost, Martin Riddle, Peter Laidlaw; Communications, website: Richard Forster; Tuesday Group, Shed: Paul Frost; Rowing: Mike Hewitt; Sailing: Peter Laidlaw, Martin Riddle; OHS, Training; Martin Riddle, Graham Rankin; Nancy: Paul Frost, Richard Forster, Brian Marriott (off committee); Foreshore Development: David Pittaway, Anne Holst; Tawe Nunnugah Martin Riddle; Rowing Hire: Peter Venning. Off-committee members will come on to these subcommittees as required.  For minutes of the meeting which made this and other decisions see https://tinyurl.com/y9229xhk. 
    Posted Oct 21, 2018, 1:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Recycling opportunity Want to find out what Bob and Dolly Dyer were doing in 1961?  Or why you should replace the Holden 186 motor in your boat with a diesel?  Or how to lag your exhaust pipe with asbestos?  The answer is almost certainly in one of the magazines piled outside the front door.  Take one, take more, take them all.  Actually, there is a lot of good reading in them, but we just can't afford the space to keep them anymore.
    Posted Oct 21, 2018, 2:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Kit It was noted that the First Aid Kit was tending to get buried on the shelves, so it has been moved to its own dedicated box outside the front door.
    Posted Oct 20, 2018, 11:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday sailing: time for the Grebes? The forecast is mostly sunny and a gentle breeze:  a good time for those who haven't tried dinghy sailing to have a go.  See you down at the pontoon around 3.30pm to rig up.
    Posted Oct 20, 2018, 8:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • What a looker Nancy may be laid up, but she still has that counter stern.  Pic from Endra O'May
    Posted Oct 20, 2018, 8:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • 1000 litre water tank wanted by LBT The Living Boat Trust is seeking to acquire a 1000 litre water tank suitable for holding drinking water to support our small boat expeditions such as the tawe nunnugah Raid. We are also looking for a smaller tank (say 500 litre) suitable for storing waste water. If you have one to sell or donate or know where we can get one, please contact us by email: info@tawe-nunnugah.org
    Posted Oct 20, 2018, 8:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Twilight Rowing Races Starting Friday 2 November (every Friday until daylight saving ends) Get fit, have fun, compete - BYO drinks and nibbles afterwards. For anyone – individual, pair or crew. For any type of rowing or paddling boat. LBT boats (skiffs, Grebes, Swiftsure, Monty). Private dinghies, rowboats, kayaks.  Row time is approx. 45 mins. Race start times will be staggered/handicapped so everyone finishes around the same time – makes for exciting finish. On Fridays: By 5.00pm register yourself or a crew in a boat (first in, first served).  5.30 - rowing starts. 6.30 – BYO drinks, nibbles. 
    Posted Oct 18, 2018, 8:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Best in show Graham Wright writes:  'Still a bit more work to do, but checking all the bits and pieces that have been cleaned, painted, varnished or polished. Gretchen is starting to look better than before'.  A master of understatement, our Graham.
    Posted Oct 15, 2018, 1:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday sailing looking good Nice mild winds of around 10 knots are predicted for this afternoon (15th October), so lets get sailing: Monty, the Grebes and whatever else we can hoist a rag on.  Start from around 3.15pm.
    Posted Oct 14, 2018, 2:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • How things used to be John Walduck writes:  'We have just been to the War Memorial in Canberra, and saw this model of the HMAS Sydney (the ship that was lost off Western Australia in WW11).  On deck is a model of "Monty", under the tail of the plane and on the other side as well.  Thought you may be interested.'
    Posted Oct 14, 2018, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Charlotte Cove: the place to be On late Friday morning a small LBT fleet caught the outgoing tide and a gentle north easterly to get down the river to meet the sea breeze at Port Huon.  Many tacks later and with the evening coming on they were at the Cove, which in the prevailing conditions was a mill pond. For those who are nostalgic for the '60s the scout camp which sits on the headland there is worthy of National Trust classification, particularly when Tess Hallinan has a fire going in the grate.  That is where the weary seafarers headed, to replace those calories they had expended during their afternoon exertions.  Thank you cooks. Next day those who were feeling mildly energetic took the Monty on ...
    Posted Oct 14, 2018, 1:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Excursion to Charlotte Cove 12th October This was advertised a while back: and now it is happening!  Weather is looking good (in the 20's!), and a band of enthusiasts are organising.  If you wish to join them complete the form below.
    Posted Oct 8, 2018, 5:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday evening oar making Lorrie Harrison writes:'The Skiffs need a spare set of oars and we are looking for interested members to help.  Peter Laidlaw is guiding the construction every Tuesday  until completion, starting today, Tuesday 9 October at 5pm and each Tuesday until your work is done!  LBT shed.'    Pic from SASCRAA
    Posted Oct 8, 2018, 2:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting this Wednesday 10th October There is an agenda being compiled at https://tinyurl.com/yao5jklo. Draft minutes for the last meeting are at https://tinyurl.com/yasxzxxj
    Posted Oct 7, 2018, 12:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT at Port Huon Lorrie Harrison writes:  'Our Skiff crews were well rewarded for joining in Port Huon Yacht Club Opening Day.   Castle Forbes Bay in Imagine won Best Dressed Crew, while Making Waves in Billie won Best Dress Boat.'  Meanwhile the Monty crew were just happy to sort out the spaghetti junction of mainsheets.
    Posted Oct 8, 2018, 7:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fair breeze for sailing Monday, 8th October Willy Weather is predicting that there should be a nice sea breeze coming in this afternoon (see pic below). Lets get down to the pontoon to rig up from 3pm on.
    Posted Oct 7, 2018, 11:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • AMSA port visits Claire Cunningham from AMSA writes:  'Please find attached (https://tinyurl.com/y8r8v4b2) information regarding upcoming AMSA port visits designed to provide an update on National Law requirements, how to interact with AMSA and the opportunity to ask questions and check the status of your vessel.'  Note that this is aimed primarily at commercial vessels, and that Huon valley date is November 5th in Dover. 
    Posted Oct 7, 2018, 11:43 AM by Posts Editor
  • A Monty on the Murray? Frank Tucker from the Riverboat Society in Mildura writes:  'Your Club was put forward to me as one which may be able to assist in my quest for data re one of our boats.  We always thought it was a lifeboat but have recently learned that it is a “whaler”, commonly used by the Nay(s) since the 1700’s.  I’ve researched whalers on the internet and have found some data, but our particular whaler is different in that it is iron... We understand it may have come from the HMAS Melbourne, but there were 4 HMAS Melbournes.'  See the pics below.  If you have information which can help Frank contact him at ftucker@bigpond.com
    Posted Oct 4, 2018, 2:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT features in 'Afloat' If you missed the September edition of  'Afloat' never fear: you can catch up online, particularly page 38 which featured an article on the LBT (http://magazine.afloat.com.au/?iid=161013#folio=38).  Thanks to Jonathan Wallis for posting this.
    Posted Oct 4, 2018, 1:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: opportunity for sail/row on Monty this Saturday 6th Monty will be going down to the Huon Yacht Club to participate in their season opening, and there is still space aboard.  If you want to come submit your name through the form below (https://tinyurl.com/ydb96p92). Pic from Phil Meaney
    Posted Sep 30, 2018, 2:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Day 6 of the kayak course And they are in the water.
    Posted Sep 29, 2018, 6:50 AM by Posts Editor
  • If you REALLY need a heartstarter There is one over at Franklin Marine  - a defibrillator that is.  In an emergency anybody can use it - it literally talks you through what needs to be done - but do the short training session if you get the opportunity.
    Posted Sep 29, 2018, 6:40 AM by Posts Editor
  • Two broken arms? No worries. After the Friday First Aid course those attending know what to do in this and numerous other circumstances.  Thanks to Arthur from St John's for putting on a practical, lively and instructive course.  There is a nice summary of what was covered in the St John's 'fact sheets': http://www.stjohntas.org.au/index.php/training/first-aid-fact-sheets/ .  The LBT keeps it's First Aid Kit and safety equipment handy on the shelves immediately inside the front door.  That is why we ask people not to store other equipment here, and why, when it inevitably is, it gets moved.  We may in future put a kit outside in it's own dedicated cupboard.   Pic from Peter ...
    Posted Sep 28, 2018, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skin on frame kayaks Day 2 of the course over at the Wooden Boat Centre sees the frames well under way.
    Posted Sep 25, 2018, 3:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT committee September meeting minutes Get 'em at https://tinyurl.com/yasxzxxj. 
    Posted Sep 23, 2018, 11:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Homecoming Regatta, February 2019  An enthusiastic group has been beavering away organising a regatta to follow the Wooden Boat Festival.  It will start on Thursday evening the 14th of February with the return of the fleet from Hobart (the 'homecoming'), and there will be lots of races and fun the next day from morning right through to finish with a lit boat parade.  There is a website, homecoming-regatta.org, being set up from which those who are interested can access the planning documents.  It features a great poster painted for us by Jill Bruce. Watch this space!
    Posted Sep 23, 2018, 4:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Minestrone and do it yourself Monday night As always the cooks are having the last Monday night in the month off, leaving the rest of us to forage for ourselves.  Tuesday new bloke Enrico has contributed a BIG pot of minestrone, and there are rolls to go with that.  Come along with a plate, pot and/or barbecue makings and there will be a feast.   Pic Vegan Feast Catering
    Posted Sep 23, 2018, 1:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • The LBT has a new committee At the AGM on Saturday night the following committee was elected.  President:  Peter Laidlaw  Secretary: Richard Forster  Treasury: Rod MacFarlan  Ordinary members:  Graham Rankin, Martin Riddle, David Pittaway, Paul Frost, Mike Hewitt.  On behalf of the LBT, this column thanks Jilly Archer, Brian Marriott, Brett Doubleday, Lorrie Harrison and Karen Corbin for their invaluable contribution to the outgoing committee, and welcomes Paul Frost and Mike Hewitt as new committee members.  Of the many unique features of the LBT, perhaps the most astonishing is that we look forward to our President's address.  How many other organisations can boast that?  If you missed it it's recommended reading: Peter outdid himself.  See  https://tinyurl.com/y7agt6u9 .The draft AGM minutes are ...
    Posted Sep 23, 2018, 12:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • The gaffers The gaffers of course are the boats, not the sailors. As everybody knows, real boats, of which we have a unique collection, have gaffs and yards. Let’s get the Grebes and the Montagu whaler out on the river on MONDAY AFTERNOONS , starting OCTOBER 8TH 3.15PM. Those who want to can stay on for an LBT dinner after their appetite enhancing sail. We are hoping that members of all experience levels will come along. For those finding their feet the Montagu Whaler is an ideal boat to go out in with a seasoned crew. There is plenty of space, and she is very stable and safe - Monties were used as lifeboats.Not convinced? John Young has more reasons why ...
    Posted Sep 23, 2018, 4:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Flicking the switch At a morning tea celebration on Friday commissioner Adriana Taylor opened the new facilities on the wharf upstream of the Wooden Boat Centre.
    Posted Sep 21, 2018, 12:22 AM by Posts Editor
  • Steaming the gunwhales It was all hands on deck at the Wooden Boat Centre on Wednesday when the new gunwhales were steamed and fitted to the couta boat that is being restored.
    Posted Sep 19, 2018, 3:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Billie back in the water Lizzie and Karen have had Billie in the shed for her pre-season service, and gave her a bit of a makeover whilst they were at it.  She's back on the running line now so that we can all take advantage of their efforts.
    Posted Sep 19, 2018, 3:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Treasurer's Report for the AGM 22nd September This report has been put in the AGM folder at https://tinyurl.com/y8g29adh.  Come along to discuss it with Rod Macfarlan (the treasurer) on the night (after 6pm), and then stay on to enjoy the quiz night ($5 and a plate).
    Posted Sep 18, 2018, 5:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • $750k to be spent on upgrading North Franklin Foreshore $750k has been allocated by the state government to upgrade the foreshore. This project is to be administered by the Huon Valley Council. The council organised an initial planning meeting on Monday 17th September, which was attended by David Pittaway and Richard Forster from the LBT. Here are their short notes, highlighting the implications for the LBT.The proposal is to concentrate on hardening the foreshore outside the evaporator sheds, providing wharves for both large and small boats. These are to be used both by visitors to Franklin and locals needing somewhere to temporarily tie up. See diagram below. This proposal is largely a re-establishment of the wharf that was on this bank of the river up until the ...
    Posted Sep 23, 2018, 9:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Crew Card Lorrie Harrison writes:  'We encourage the use of the LBT boats by our LBT members. We do have a lot of sailing boats, row boats and rowing and sailing boats. Daylight saving is coming with some warmer dryer weather so join in an existing crew or come down with your friends.   This is what you do. Book the use of the boat on line:  go to lbt.org.au => calendar and follow the prompts.   Make a sensible decision about the skill of your crew and the weather conditions before you head out.  Make a financial contribution towards the maintenance of the boats.  This is set at $5 for a week's use or $100 for the year. If paying for ...
    Posted Sep 16, 2018, 2:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club, Season Opener, 6 October The Monty isn't the only boat that should be going down to Port Huon for their opener.  Lorrie Harrison writes:'This is an opportunity to dress up a boat and row down to Shipwright's Point to take part in the opening ceremony. We can trailer a skiff back if you think it is just too far or you don’t want to miss out on the land celebrations that start about 3pm. It would be great to have some of the sailing boats and Nancy join in again. Please let Lorrie know if you are interested, or use the form below (https://tinyurl.com/ybtee2y4).  We have one crew joining in so far with rather an interesting theme ...
    Posted Sep 16, 2018, 2:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Warrnambool 2-3 March 2019 South West Regatta Lorrie Harrison writes:  'The Warnambool rowing community put on a day of skiff racing on the Saturday and  a day of whale boat racing on the Sunday. The LBT have been involved for the last 2 years and we are going again next year and taking Billie with us. The plan is to follow the weekend of racing with a few days touring up the Glenelg River with our base being Nelson. Rowers and boats from the mainland will be joining us.  We are looking to put together crews for the racing and firm up the plans for the Glenelg. If you are interested we are having a meeting to talk about it on Friday 21 September at 10:45am
    Posted Sep 16, 2018, 12:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Servicing your inflatable life jacket Ian Kuhl from Franklin Marine reminds us that we should check our life jackets each year, and get them professionally checked every couple of years.  For details see attached: https://tinyurl.com/y7admwym
    Posted Sep 14, 2018, 2:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Season Opener for Monty October 6th For those of us on common or garden boats the arrival of the Monty at last year's Huon Yacht Club season opener was a highlight.  The club has been consulted and they want a repeat dose, so let's take the Monty down to Port Huon on October 6th.  If you want to be part of the crew (and you do) enter your name in the form below.  If we have enough bodies we can use her oars and avoid the indignity of a tow if the wind drops out.
    Posted Sep 14, 2018, 4:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • What's in that goodies bag? Roger Sly has been ferreting around at the back of the Navy Cadets shed, and has come up with all sorts of treasures.  Chief amongst them is a set of the original mainsheets for the Monty, which are far more elegant and practical than the 'butchers hook' set that we have been using.  Thanks Roger!
    Posted Sep 14, 2018, 3:41 AM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Course at the Shed, 28th of September There are many of us who need to upgrade (or get) our qualifications, and if there are sufficient numbers St Johns will run a course for us on the 28th.  Please indicate your interest by completing the form below (https://tinyurl.com/ycf9v3pc).  Cost will be about $100 depending on numbers (the more the merrier).  See details attached: https://tinyurl.com/y7g2ekgx
    Posted Sep 14, 2018, 10:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Invitation from the Wooden Boat Centre: 21st September Jenny Tubman writes: Please come and join in the celebrations of the wooden boat centre’s upgraded wharf facilities. Morning tea will be served on the Greg Guy wharf at 10.30am on Friday 21st September the Huon Valley Council Commissioner Adriana Taylor and General Manager Emilio Reale will officially launch the upgraded facilities. This upgrade was made possible through a community action grant from the Huon Valley Council.
    Posted Sep 13, 2018, 9:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • AGM and quiz night coming up 6pm 22nd Sept The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will start at 6pm at the Franklin Bowls Club, 3395 Huon Highway, Franklin.  All documents relating to this meeting can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y8g29adh .Agenda 1. Welcome  2. Apologies  3. Minutes of last meeting  4. Auditor’s Report  5. Appointment of Auditor  6. Treasurer’s Report  7. President’s report  8. Declaration that all positions on the committee of the L.B.T. are vacant  9. Election of executive, President, Secretary, Treasurer and ordinary committee members  10 Close  The QUIZ NIGHT, which will follow the AGM, will start after 7pm.  Bring a PLATE and $5 to help defray costs.  Drinks will be available.If you can help out on the night please complete ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2018, 7:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Register your WBC Boat  Paul Cullen writes: 'The MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival (8-11 February 2019) is coming up fast and we are concerned that boat owners don’t miss out on registering because they have overlooked the dates.    Boats Afloat (in the water) expressions of interest close on Monday 14 October.  Boats Ashore (displayed on trailer or cradle) entries close on Monday 16 January.     There’s still space available, but owners should get their applications in without delay. Could we ask as a favour if you would print out the attached PDF (it’s an A3 in colour, but can be printed as an A4) and put it on your noticeboard, insert the whole PDF into your next electronic newsletter or forward ...
    Posted Sep 14, 2018, 11:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wot to do in the hols with the (grand) kids John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes:  In the upcoming school holidays we are going to be maritime archaeologists! Please see the attached flyer (https://tinyurl.com/y9s3zddn) for details.  Program Dates:   Monday, 1 October: 10 am - 12 noon; Thursday,  4 October: 10 am - 12 noon;  Monday, 8 October: 10 am - 12 noon;  Thursday, 11 October: 10 am - 12 noon.    Ages:     6-13 years.   Cost:      $5.00  (for this fee you gain entry to the whole Museum on the day).  Our program will have lots of interesting and fun activities to help you become a maritime archaeologist. We will talk about some important  shipwrecks around Tasmania  and what was found on them. We will also have our own ‘shipwreck’ that ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2018, 10:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Excursion to Charlotte Cove 12th October Martin Riddle writes:'Invitation to join Spring sail/row to Charlotte Cove,  The Sailing sub-committee has booked the Port Cygnet Scouts’ waterside house at Charlotte Cove for two nights – Friday and Saturday 12 & 13 October. All LBT members are welcome to come. The fleet will consist of whaleboats, skiffs, Grebes, Privateers – whatever people want, just indicate your preference when you sign on. To sign on for the trip, go to the form below (https://tinyurl.com/y8hk7atg). The plan is to sail/row from Franklin to Charlotte Cove on Friday. Day sails from Charlotte Cove on Saturday and return on Sunday. If you have to work you are welcome to join us at Charlotte Cove after work on Friday ...
    Posted Sep 11, 2018, 6:23 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Experienced hands on the Monty The Monty was in good hands went it went out on Tuesday morning. On the helm is John Young who first sailed a Montagu whaler in 1951 when he was in the Royal New Zealand Navy and on the jib sheets is Roger Sly who first sailed one in 1956 in the Royal Navy. Roger brought with him some more authentic Monty rigging including main sheets and blocks and mainsail down haul. 
    Posted Sep 10, 2018, 10:04 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Dutch Skiff Placed Third in Great River Race For the second consecutive year, a St Ayles skiff made the top 3 in this 300 boat race on the Thames. The Dutch entry from WSV Woudrichem was placed third on handicap. 
    Posted Sep 10, 2018, 8:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting 12th September See the agenda being compiled at https://tinyurl.com/y9c96dqx , and the draft minutes for the last meeting at https://tinyurl.com/y9xzao3b
    Posted Sep 9, 2018, 3:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Working Waterfront Association AGM 23rd Sept To be held at Franklin Primary School on Sunday 23rd September 2018 at 2pm - more details at https://tinyurl.com/ydfmzubu.  Those who are not yet members of this association but who have an interest in the waterfront may want to go along and join up.
    Posted Sep 8, 2018, 4:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre News Read all about it at https://tinyurl.com/y9b2anf5 .  Big news is that the  prospectus for a 2 year Wooden Boatbuilding, Craft Career Course is now available.
    Posted Sep 8, 2018, 4:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nominate for the committee - beat the rush The LBT constitution tells us that nominations must be received by the secretary 10 days before the AGM: that would be next Wednesday the 12th.  Get yours on the top of the pile - submit it now!  Find a form on the table at the shed or attached: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1MczFA0tExBY31_rhEMCoPOYcJ8qQ3EWU.
    Posted Sep 6, 2018, 4:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Southern Mooring Services coming to Franklin Ian Kuhl from Franklin Marine writes:'Southern Mooring Services will be up this way in the near future.  I have them coming up to service my moorings and put in a new one for me when they are up this way.  Lyn and Russel are local to the area and are based out of Port Huon. They are also listed on the MAST website.  I have chosen to use them as I know that there work is excellent and that they are a MAST recognised mooring contractor.... Their number if you wish to use their services at anytime is 0457 811 070'  Pic from Wikimedia
    Posted Sep 6, 2018, 4:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Free trip on Nancy for members next Tuesday 11th Next Tuesday at 8.30am Nancy will be leaving Franklin to go down to Port Huon for her yearly inspection on the slip.  If you want to be part of the crew, braving the gales at Point Jackson and threading the straits at Castle Forbes Bay, send an email to the secretary:  sec@lbt.org.au.  Of course once you are there you may want to help :-) .  See the work schedule  at https://tinyurl.com/y8hmflj5
    Posted Sep 8, 2018, 4:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • tn19 Raid features at AWBF and filling fast Paul Cullen, General Manager of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, joined us for dinner in the shed on Monday and provided an up-date on preparations for the festival. He emphasised that applications to display on the water are still open but will close in a few weeks. If you plan to display at AWBF, whether as part of the tawe nunnugah fleet or independently, you need to register for the festival now (http://www.australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au/registration/). AWBF are great supporters of the Raid - the tawe nunnugah fleet has the privilege of being allocated a place at the festival where we can be moored together and tn19 currently features on the front page of the AWBF newsletter (http ...
    Posted Sep 4, 2018, 11:16 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Beach Couture: A Haute Mess. Exhibition Friday September 21st John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes: 'Please find attached (https://tinyurl.com/yak72y4v) an invitation to the final viewing of our current exhibition - Beach Couture: A Haute Mess.  This exhibition has attracted much comment, not only on its statement on fashion, but also its clear message on the horrendous amount of waste we generate and the impact on the environment.   We would love you to come along, and any friends who might be interested are also welcome, but please RSVP for catering purposes.'
    Posted Sep 4, 2018, 9:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival News Get the latest from Paul Cullen and his merry people at https://tinyurl.com/y7tbhvue.  Lots of news about the American boatbuilders who will coming to 'raise a hull' here.   We have fixed their graphic for them:  see below.
    Posted Sep 2, 2018, 3:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Foreshore Redevelopment Rebecca Cordwell writes:   'The Huon Valley Council were successful in obtaining funding of $750,000 as part of the 2018 State Election commitments. This funding is to be used as part of a larger project for the Foreshore area.  The Project was included in the Council’s State Election Strategy as a concept and is attached for your information.   Council would like to work with key stakeholders of the Franklin Foreshore area to develop a project brief for the project.  This would include listening to your ideas for the area and developing a project scope.  This project will involve multiple levels of community engagement with this meeting being the first of many community discussions.  We invite a representative from your ...
    Posted Sep 2, 2018, 3:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Time to disrobe Monty Roger Sly rang to remind us that he will shortly be bringing the Sea Cadets down to take out Monty, and that it is time to start getting her ready for the sailing season.  That will be the focus for  next Saturday morning's rigging session: come down around 10am if you want to be initiated into the mysteries of  19th century rigging.
    Posted Sep 1, 2018, 2:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Three men in a boat The unfamiliar yawl in the pic below is 'Absent Friends', one of our Grebes.  The beauty of this sail setup, mainmast well forward, mizzen behind the tiller,  is that it leaves plenty of space for three fair sized blokes to lounge around amidships. Pics from Rob Brocksopp
    Posted Sep 1, 2018, 2:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Planting out the foreshore Friday was the perfect day for getting plants in the ground - cold and threatening rain but never actually precipitating - and the foreshore near the campground was a hive of activity as the group organised by Landcare got their heads down and their bums up and  planted a small, native forest.  There is more to go: if you want to participate turn up around 10am next Thursday.
    Posted Aug 31, 2018, 5:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Is it a Monty? Peter Hill recently bought this picture painted in 1946 by Henry Edgecombe. It shows the old arsenal and cooper's workshop on Goat Island in Sydney Harbour, but we were more interested in the boat in the foreground.  Is that 'winged' rudder a give away?  Is it a Montague Whaler?
    Posted Aug 28, 2018, 1:30 AM by Posts Editor
  • Planting day on the foreshore, 31st August Bec Enders writes:'You are invited to come and plant the foreshore in Franklin this Friday, between the camp ground and the boat ramp. Please read the invitation attached.  Please bring your own garden gloves and a garden trowel if you have one. Nothing bigger than that please as we are maintaining the integrity of the soil on the foreshore.  This part of the Franklin Historical Walking Trail project is coordinated by Franklin Landcare and Globalnet Academy. Students from the Franklin Primary School will be joining us.  There will be future dates if you cannot make this date, including some weekend plantings.'See the attached flyer for more details: https://tinyurl.com/y85cgv9q
    Posted Aug 25, 2018, 3:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Funnies at Franks September 27th David Moore continues to bring the stars to Franklin:  this time it is Richard Stubbs.  For booking and other details see https://tinyurl.com/y8tcaln4
    Posted Aug 23, 2018, 11:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • End of month BBQ coming up This coming Monday night the cooks get to enjoy their nosh without having to provide for the rest of us.  Come along to tea with something to put on the BBQ, something to share and some tales to tell around the fire. 
    Posted Aug 23, 2018, 9:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Maritime Museum Talk 4th Sept: To California John Wadsley writes:'For our next talk, we’re going gold digging! Tony Marshall, former Senior Librarian, Heritage Collections at the State Library has unearthed a fascinating tale of two Tasmanians who ventured to California in 1850. As always, we will be at the Royal Society Room, TMAG, entrance off Davey Street, starting 12 noon, on Tuesday 4th September. See you all there!!'For more details see the attached flyer: https://tinyurl.com/yblptnbj
    Posted Aug 23, 2018, 3:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT financial membership Thanks to all those who have signed up for 2018-19.  You should have received an acknowledgement by email.   If you did not please contact the secretary at sec@lbt.org.au: we may have fluffed the books or may not have accurate contact details for you. If your 'cheque is in the mail' that's great: it will mean you have voting rights at the AGM, and that you have access to our boats and equipment, and you are eligible to go on our expeditions such as Tawe Nunnugah.
    Posted Aug 20, 2018, 4:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Committee nominations for AGM September 22nd The LBT elects a new committee at the AGM on the 22nd of September.  Please consider nominating, or alternatively dob in a mate!  Download the form from https://tinyurl.com/y8ao6buz , complete it, and put it in the orange postbox outside the shed door.  Alternatively post it to 3337 Huon Hwy Franklin 7113.  There are also paper copies of the form in a plastic sleeve on the table at the shed.
    Posted Aug 21, 2018, 4:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Auditor's Report The auditor has approved the books prepared by our treasurer Rod Macfarlan, and his report can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/yckvgac6 . Other documents for the AGM (22nd September) are available in the folder at https://tinyurl.com/y93olunt
    Posted Aug 19, 2018, 1:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Book launch 3pm Saturday 25th Our own Jane Johnson and Jill Bruce invite you to the launch of their new book 'A Seahorse Story' at the Bowmont: flyer attached: https://tinyurl.com/ycynyxdp
    Posted Aug 18, 2018, 4:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Learn to make oars and spars at the Wooden Boat Centre From their newsletter:'We have our Oars and Spars Course running  from October 1 to October 4 .  Come along and learn the technique for oar and/or spar construction.  Course fee is just $480 and the materials fee is $190 for Oregon oars.  You can book online with the enrollment form on our website or call us on 03 62663586.'
    Posted Aug 17, 2018, 6:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Paul Cullen coming to tea September 3rd For those who don't know, Paul is the manager of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival and an old friend of the LBT.   He is coming down 'to bring members up to date on what’s been happening in the background and how we stand for planning the 2019 AWBF'.  We look forward to him being our guest.
    Posted Aug 17, 2018, 6:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Draft minutes for August committee meeting Get 'em at https://tinyurl.com/y9xzao3b
    Posted Aug 17, 2018, 3:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • tn19 – help get the word out Planning is well underway for the next tawe nunnugah Raid (30 January to 8 February 2019). The biennial Raid is the LBT’s main fund raising activity - it keeps the shed and the fleet financially afloat for the intervening two years. You can help the LBT by spreading the word about the Raid. If you frequent places where boatie people gather, please print out and pin-up the tn19 poster (connect to the full size tn19 poster here or https://tinyurl.com/ybtm42v8). If you know of a newsletter read by boatie people, please send them the poster and the Introduction to tn19 (link to Introduction to tn19 here). We’ve had a good response to our call for volunteers ...
    Posted Aug 12, 2018, 12:37 AM by Martin Riddle
  • Vale Andrew Nicholls The LBT has lost a good friend in Andrew.   On many long expeditions, particularly Tawe Nunnugah, Andrew in his beautiful old gentleman's cruiser 'Tuna'  was a very reassuring presence, discretely shepherding the little boats along and offering  assistance when required.   There will be an event to remember him at the Lower Longley Pub  on the 18th August from 3.00pm to 5.30pm to which all his friends are invited.Andrew's family have donated a lovely old rudder to the LBT, just the thing by which to remember such an old seadog.   Pic from Libor Sikora
    Posted Aug 13, 2018, 2:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • On the Water Program Organisation for our schools program has been quietly happening in the background, and we now have a core group of organisers and a schedule from Huonville Primary.  We will take more schools on once we have sorted ourselves out with Huonville.  They have nominated 9 days from October through to early December, which will run from 9am to 3pm including setup and cleanup.  There is LOTS more detail on the website for the event: see https://tinyurl.com/yd79bfqq  .  If you think you can help add your name to the form below (https://tinyurl.com/yb2sxm75) and select some days when you think you should be available.
    Posted Aug 10, 2018, 3:55 PM by Richard Forster
  • From stump to ship For those of us with boat building fantasies (don't we all) Geoff Steer points us to the 'Acorn to Arabella' project:  'We are building a 38’ sailboat from stump to ship, once completed she will take us around the world.'   Website is http://www.acorntoarabella.com/, and lots of good videos on their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAiDWnTP0WB1xCp6uuUo0VA/featured  If the lines of the boat (plan shown below) look a little familiar it could because she has the same designer as our 'Gretchen'.
    Posted Aug 10, 2018, 3:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre News Get the latest at https://tinyurl.com/y7o8qqhv.  Find out about everything from extra power on the wharf to a course on building an Oughtred 'Puffin'. 
    Posted Aug 5, 2018, 3:07 AM by Posts Editor
  • Repairing a gaff throat It may not be a thing of beauty at the moment, but we are sure that this gaff throat will be when Dennis Muscovich has finished with it, just like the new mast cleats shown in the second pic below, that he and John Young have made and installed.  If you fancy participating in this sort of repair work come along on Saturday mornings around 10am.
    Posted Aug 4, 2018, 6:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Practical Seamanship An excellent contribution to our bookshelves from Dennis Muscovich is '1000 Questions and Answers in Practical Seamanship'.  Not sure how many stripes an admiral should have on their sleeve, or how to provision a whaleboat?  Just consult this excellent tome.
    Posted Aug 4, 2018, 6:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Committee meeting agenda The LBT Committee will meet on Wednesday 8th August and the agenda is being compiled at https://tinyurl.com/y94wxegw
    Posted Aug 5, 2018, 3:07 AM by Posts Editor
  • Thank you somebody At a recent Monday dinner we toasted that somebody who puts out the garbage, mops the floors, cleans the dunnies, clears snags, keeps an eye on the boats and does sundry other things about the place without any special acknowledgement.  We like somebody.  They have been at it again, this time donating a reconditioned diesel motor which looks perfect for Viking.  A very big thank you to them. Thanks also to Ian Kuhl from Franklin Marine and the Burgin family who helped organise this.  A late postscript:  Ian Kuhl tells us that this particular somebody is Peter Farley. 
    Posted Aug 3, 2018, 10:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Remembering Greg Guy, Friday 17th August Friends of Greg are invited to an event at the Wooden Boat Centre at 4.30pm on the 17th.  If you are considering going respond to the attached flyer: https://tinyurl.com/yboevmpk
    Posted Aug 3, 2018, 2:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • Cruise with the Wooden Boat Guild November 25th One of the highlights of our calendar in recent years has been the cruise to Huonville for lunch with the Guild.  Andrew Perkins tells us that this year the plan is to do it all again on November 25th, so pencil it in.
    Posted Aug 3, 2018, 1:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for July Committee Meeting Get 'em at https://tinyurl.com/yatbuhg2
    Posted Jul 31, 2018, 2:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tally Ho For those interested in what is involved in restoring a large topsail schooner there is a nice collection of videos at http://sampsonboat.co.uk/. Thanks to Garry McDonald for reminding us about this one. Pic from http://sampsonboat.co.uk/
    Posted Jul 31, 2018, 1:12 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Monday night do it yourself dinner Even if Kate wanted to cook, she will still likely be at sea aboard Windeward Bound, so we are on our own.  Let's pile up a bonfire and make the most of it. 
    Posted Jul 27, 2018, 3:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday group doings Graham Wright has put together the following pictorial report. 'The 'Flying 15' has had a covering of Dynel on the deck with Epoxy resin used to seal. Ran low on hardener so new stock being purchased this weekend to finish off on Tuesday. When painted will look like the original canvas but more robust. Bruce and Nick are still progressing with 'Flathead' except last Tuesday when it was 'All hands on deck' for mixing and spreading the epoxy resin on Flying 15 The rear seat in 'Flathead' has been rebuilt from new Celery Top to match the original which had rotted on one side. A new lid has also been made for the wet well, getting very close to the ...
    Posted Jul 27, 2018, 3:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival newsletter Get the latest at https://tinyurl.com/yc624nqa .  Seems Dave Golding is milling the timber for the 'project boat' again - this festival a Hereshoff Haven 12 1/2. Pic from AWBF
    Posted Jul 24, 2018, 2:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Boat porn Off Center Harbor (we'll go with their American spelling) have put out a 'best of' video, which has some local interest for spice.  See https://tinyurl.com/y8r5juyp
    Posted Jul 24, 2018, 2:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Museum Monthly Talk 7th August: Yukon Our own Dave Nash and Ea Larssen will be presenting.  Time: 12.00-1.00pm, Tuesday 7 August 2018 Place: Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Customs House, 19 Davey St entrance.More details in the flyer attached: https://tinyurl.com/ybsz9737 .  Worth reading if only for Ea's bio:  born in Greenland, who knew that!?
    Posted Jul 24, 2018, 2:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Public meeting 24th July: Dover woodchip facility A big maritime policy decision which is pending is whether or not to proceed with the proposal to establish a woodchip export facility at Port Esperance (Dover).  There will be a public meeting at Huonville Town Hall to discuss this on the 24th July.  More details at https://www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/notice-public-meeting/  
    Posted Jul 22, 2018, 5:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Grebe with a mizzen sail?  Yes it's true - 'Absent Friends' has a rig with a loose footed main sail and a mizzen.  We had it out for the first time in years whilst checking the rigging on Saturday morning.
    Posted Jul 21, 2018, 1:51 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sister clips Sister clips are one of those beautifully simple ideas that are almost too good to be true.  Jenny Tubman has sewn them onto those of our important flags that were missing them.  Thanks Jen! 
    Posted Jul 21, 2018, 4:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Valley Festival November 10-11 Joanna Jablonka from the Kermandie Hotel writes:  'Oli and I would like to thank you and the Living Boat Trust for being supportive of our new initiative. This brand-new family friendly festival will be held on the Franklin oval and waterfront between November 10 -11, 2018. It promises a unique offering of music, arts, comedy, food, river experiences and more for all to enjoy.  Tickets for the Great Huon Valley Festival will go on sale August the 1st and we hope you and the other members can join us at the official launch and celebrate over some drinks, canapés and entertainment. This will take place at The Kermandie Waterfront Hotel at 6:30 PM. Key festival details will ...
    Posted Jul 19, 2018, 4:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dutch visitors Nell Tyson writes:'After last year’s successful Dutch boat building exchange for the AWBF, Bert van Baar suggested some of his current students should see the places the others enjoyed. The three students have just finished an internship in NSW.   In a very full day, they did a Yukon trip in the morning and I met them in the afternoon and we visited: Jeremy’s Cygnet Wooden Boats, Pieter Lundstedt’s wonderful collection, Lindsay Woods couta boat, Alex Jerrim’s wonderful green wood workshop and Ned Trewartha’s huge new shed in Woodbridge. Then it was a race to get back to LBT in time for dinner.' Pic from Deb Van Velsen
    Posted Jul 16, 2018, 7:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Looking to borrow a generator Bec Enders writes:  'Does anyone have a generator? We need two generators for powering electric drills on the foreshore in Franklin for the Franklin Historical Walking Trail project. The drills will make small holes for putting in plant tubes.  The dates we need them for is the 27th of July and 2nd of August 2018. You would also need to be available on these dates to deliver and start the generators.'  Contact number: 0498 213 515
    Posted Jul 16, 2018, 6:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Imagine at Seven Inch Beach Nice way to spend your Sunday.    Pic from Endra O'May More pics from Annette Cauchi
    Posted Jul 16, 2018, 6:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Annual General Meeting We are planning to have the AGM at the Bowls Club on the evening of Saturday 22nd September - put it in your diary with an asterisk.  As always we will be electing a new committee.  A number of current committee members, having served several years, are planning not to stand again, so there will be vacant positions.  Please consider.  The LBT is in healthy position both financially and organisationally, so this is no punishment posting - more an opportunity to promote and implement those ideas that you have known for years would improve the place.  Have a chatter to anybody on the current committee to find out more about it - their names are listed on the website (https://tinyurl.com/yd9e82t8
    Posted Jul 15, 2018, 10:37 PM by Richard Forster
  • Reminder: membership dues Thanks to all those who have already paid their dues - looks like we will survive another year!  If you haven't, now is a good time: the LBT runs to a standard financial year beginning 1st July. 
    Posted Jul 15, 2018, 4:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • Future Tawe Nunnugah destinations Mike Dredge has been doing some exploring for us, proudly flying the burgee. 
    Posted Jul 9, 2018, 3:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT committee meeting Wednesday 11th July Agenda is being compiled at https://tinyurl.com/y7cmfwrw
    Posted Jul 7, 2018, 4:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Saturday morning Well, when the rigging is fixed and the weather allows.  In the meantime the LBT verandah catches the sun, and is a nice warm corner in which to evade housework.  Come down and help replace busted cleats and frayed lacing around 10 am.
    Posted Jul 8, 2018, 6:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • Yukon at mid-winter fest YUKON-TOURS SPECIAL: Calm River Cruise on the 13/14/15 of July.  Depart 10.30 am return 12.00 pm. Weekend of the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest. All tickets concession rate ($45) and children 1/2 price ($14). We will crank up the wood stove and make you a hot toddy, coffee or tea, to keep you warm on the inside! See you on the water, might be snow on the mountain top, so bring your beanie  : ) Book online: yukon-tours.com.au or call: 04898 578 535 
    Posted Jul 4, 2018, 8:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Laurence's flags at our birthday The Burgin family have passed on to us from Laurence some very useful things, in particular an amplifier and, most visibly, his collection of flags.  The pic below shows them set up to form a backdrop to our Monday night birthday celebrations, with the second pic (from Kate Hoorweg) showing those celebrations in action.  Thanks Burgins (and Kate)! 
    Posted Jul 4, 2018, 8:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Winter rowing Poor us.  Pics from Dennis Muscovich. 
    Posted Jul 3, 2018, 4:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • The last of the LBT Birthday cake Kate serves it up.  Thank you cake cook Ely Bell.  Happy birthday to us!!    Pics Kate Hoorweg
    Posted Jul 2, 2018, 3:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fill in the log book each time you go out please Rowers and sailors need to fill in the log book whenever they take a boat out and include the names of those aboard, which boat, departure and docking times and any safety and maintenance issues encountered. This helps to keep the usage statistics as well as more importantly acting as a safety measure to ensure that crews log their activities in case there is a problem.
    Posted Jul 1, 2018, 4:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: ballast for Gretchen Peter Laidlaw found these weights which will be good, but which are only a start.  If you know where we can lay our hands on some similar heavy bricks, preferably lead, let us know (sec@lbt.org.au).
    Posted Jun 30, 2018, 9:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft minutes for June LBT Committee meeting Read them at https://tinyurl.com/yd84j7gg
    Posted Jun 28, 2018, 11:32 PM by Richard Forster
  • Reminder: LBT 20th Birthday dinner Monday 2nd July We'll light the bonfire to acknowledge that it is the depths of winter, but it may be superfluous because Kate promises to warm us up with lots of curry.  An auspicious occasion.
    Posted Jun 27, 2018, 7:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wood turning demonstration 9th July See details in the attached flyer (https://tinyurl.com/y7jut2k8)
    Posted Jun 25, 2018, 5:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Afternoon tea to remember Laurence Burgin June 30th Mark Burgin is organising this informal, catered event at the Shed from 3-5pm next Saturday.  More details will be provided through this column when they come to hand.  Mark has written the following.  'Laurence Burgin - sailor, boatbuilder, ship chandler, teacher and friend to many in the Huon Valley and wider boating community.  Laurence grew up in Sydney and his love of sailing took him around the world before setting up Marine Stainless, a successful fabrication business that operated in Mooloolaba and later Sydney. After a number of Sydney to Hobart yacht races introduced him to the delights of Tasmania, he relocated to Franklin in 2009 and established Franklin Marine which brought much needed fishing and boating supples to the ...
    Posted Jun 24, 2018, 3:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Expressions of Interest for tn19 Raid The Expression of Interest (EOI) form for the 2019 tawe nunnugah small boat expedition, tn19 and Return Raid, is now open at:  https://goo.gl/forms/Q3PkP70xYTtsAzwC3   Everyone who is thinking about doing the Raids should complete the EOI – whether you plan to bring your own boat, crew on someone else’s boat or row or sail on one of the LBT’s fleet of small boats. If you want to display your boat at the festival you also need to register with AWBF. If your boat has participated in tn19 and you are registered with AWBF you can display your boat on the water in the special section at the festival reserved for the tn19 fleet. To register for ...
    Posted Jun 24, 2018, 1:14 AM by Richard Forster
  • Dinner Dance at the Palais 14th July See attached flyer for details: https://tinyurl.com/y7a59rxp
    Posted Jun 23, 2018, 6:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT membership renewals LBT memberships lapse at the end of June and renewal notices will be sent out shortly.  Payment details will be included in these notices: they remain the same as for previous years.  Membership fees for the Living Boat Trust are:  $40 p.a. for an individual; $70 p.a. for a family.  Use one of the following three methods for payment to the LBT. * Cheque sent to 3337 Huon Hwy, Franklin, Tasmania, 7113.   * By Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using your online bank account: BENDIGO BANK. HUONVILLE BRANCH, BSB 633-000, AC 149496275, LIVING BOAT TRUST.  * Drop it into the office mailbox at the shed.  However you pay MAKE SURE THERE IS SUFFICIENT INFORMATION INCLUDED TO IDENTIFY YOU.  You can also ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2018, 6:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • News from the Wooden Boat Centre New roof and more: see https://tinyurl.com/y8muuxoy .
    Posted Jun 22, 2018, 3:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • NBN and other local Franklin matters: meeting 26th June Fiona Peate writes:  'attached is a pdf of the Progress Association flyer (https://tinyurl.com/yb5tub9k)...The meeting is scheduled for 7 pm on 26 June at the Palais Theatre. All are welcome.  Russell Kelly will be a guest speaker about the NBN so community members can find out more, plus there is an opportunity for questions.  There will also be an update on progress re consultation about RV camping at Franklin and the Franklin Foreshore Heritage Walk.'
    Posted Jun 22, 2018, 6:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Last Monday of the month BBQ A reminder that it is the cook's night off this coming Monday (25th), so come along to the LBT in the evening with something for you and something to share.  Might be a good night to light a bonfire to celebrate the passing of the solstice.    Pic from Wikimedia
    Posted Jun 23, 2018, 6:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Laurence Burgin Laurence passed away peacefully yesterday 20th June. 
    Posted Jun 21, 2018, 9:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • More than one way to rig a boat As has been advertised in this column, a 'How to rig a Grebe' guide is being developed for the LBT (https://tinyurl.com/ybvj6flc).  Gary Macdonald has pointed us to a nice video describing rigging a faering, a traditional Scandinavian fishing boat - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SgZSs1ogQk    There is a stick and rope method for tensioning the stays which we haven't seen used outside latching farm gates.
    Posted Jun 20, 2018, 7:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gangway donation Mike Wilson has given us the gangway pictured below, which is a good match for our pontoons and will be very useful. Thanks Mike!
    Posted Jun 20, 2018, 6:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • See tomorrow's local cinematic superstars in action! How do you like them apples?Come along and view our local up-and-coming cinematic talent.On Saturday 30 June, 6 - 9pm, at the Palais Theatre in Franklin.  The Huon Valley Council is showing 15 short films made by youth in the Huon Valley.  FREE burgers, fries and a drink!  And FREE buses departing from Dover and Cygnet at 5pm, and returning from Franklin at 9.30pm. Bookings essential for bus, and to make sure you get your free food and drink on the night.For more information about event and bus timetable, see link http://www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/events/free-movie-night-short-films-huon-valley/RSVP Huon Valley Council 6264 0300
    Posted Jun 19, 2018, 5:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Happy birthday to us! The 24th of June is the 20th anniversary of the incorporation of the Living Boat Trust, and we are planning a special 'MID WINTER CURRY AND BONFIRE NIGHT' for Monday 2nd of July.  Come along and get a slice of the special anniversary cake.  Kate will be in charge in the kitchen, so we know it will all be good. Pic from wikimedia commons
    Posted Jun 16, 2018, 8:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sunday afternoon matinee at the Palais July 1st: 'Victim' 'Synopsis: Dirk Bogarde, in a career-defining role, plays a highly respected, but closeted, attorney who risks his marriage and reputation to bring to justice an elusive blackmail ring terrorizing gay men. (Courtesy Jim’s Reviews)' Doors open 2.30pm, film starts at 3pm. Admission: $5 , Please bring a plate (with something on it) to share during intermission. Packet of biscuits is fine.  Doesn't appear to be too much that is nautical about this one, but we are sure it has redeeming features. 
    Posted Jun 16, 2018, 8:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Thinking carbon neutral trading schooners The Adrian Dean trading schooner plans aren't the only ones ready for lofting.  John Young and Wunjo have drawn our attention to the 'SailCargo' project in Costa Rica.  See http://www.sailcargo.org and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcdLx8Xd2Zc&t=17s for details.       ref http://www.sailcargo.org/vessel/
    Posted Jun 16, 2018, 8:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Capricornia to come to Franklin? 'Capricornia' has a long association with the Living Boat Trust, so much so that she has her own page on our website: see (https://tinyurl.com/ybrochj5).  She had a major restoration in the shed about ten years ago, and since then she has been used at numerous events such as Swiftsure Regatta, On the Water (with schools) and Tawe Nunnugah.  We have been asked if we would like to buy her.  One factor which will influence this decision is how many members are interested in maintaining and sailing her.  If you think you would be an ACTIVE member of a 'friends of Capricornia' group enter your name through the form below (https://goo.gl/forms/rJzsiIBfhBA4ZodE2).
    Posted Jun 16, 2018, 9:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Operations Manager of 'One and All' coming to dinner We are expecting Annie Roberts from the 'One and All' (http://oneandallship.com.au/) for dinner on Monday night.  She has agreed to tell us a bit about what is going on with this tall ship, which is based in Adelaide.
    Posted Jun 15, 2018, 10:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tasskiffie 2019? This is a repost from back in January at which time 2019 was a long way off.  We are hoping that the advancing months are concentrating minds, and that some of those minds remember how great past Tasskiffie events have been, and want to help us do it,  or something similar, again.  The good news for these people is that:  we are old hands at this now, and the organising is well documented (see https://goo.gl/UnW1Bk);   there will be lots of support from the rowers, the LBT and its members;  There is 'money in the bank' so the requirements for fund raising should be small; it is a whole of community festival, and much of the work can ...
    Posted Jun 16, 2018, 5:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rigging a Grebe for Beginners Let's face it, at the beginning of the season most of us end up putting the mast in around the wrong way at least once, and scratching our heads whilst puzzling over how to attach the gaff to the peak halyard.  Succor is at hand!  This handy illustrated guide (still being developed) should help save our blushes in future.  See https://tinyurl.com/ybvj6flc   
    Posted Jun 10, 2018, 5:16 AM by Posts Editor
  • Committee Meeting this Wednesday There is a draft agenda (still being worked on) at https://tinyurl.com/y9t8u45u , and the minutes for the last meeting can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/y97kqsur ,or in the minutes folder on the website (lbt.org.au => Resources => Minutes 2017-18). 
    Posted Jun 10, 2018, 5:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • At the Palais - Tasdance Maker’s Company: Franklin we are coming for you! After the warm response and welcome you gave us last year when we visited, Tasdance is returning to Franklin! We will be working in residence at the Palais Theatre from: Tuesday 12th – Thursday 14th June.  On Monday 11th June we will arrive to join you for the long table community dinner at the Living Boat Trust. On Tuesday 12th June 6:00 – 7:30pm - sign up at carol@tasdance.com.au to join an Open Contemporary dance workshop (no age restriction or dance experience necessary)! On Wednesday 13th June, 5:30 – 7:00pm we invite you to attend an open-door session. This is free of charge informal evening to share some food, witness some ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2018, 2:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rigging the Grebes: session one First job at the beginning of the season is to find the bits that are broken and missing, fix 'em and test 'em.  For those who are new to Grebes it is a good way to get acquainted: for those with hazy memories a good way to get reacquainted.  Session two (planned for next Saturday morning, 10am) will be more of the same.
    Posted Jun 2, 2018, 6:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Palais Theatre - Annual Giant Garage Sale Monday 11 June The Palais Theatre is holding its Annual Giant Garage Sale on Queens Birthday Monday - 11 June, from 10am to 2pm.Pop in and have a look around for a bargain.There is still a space or two available for hire, should you wish to have your own stall.  Please contact Noel Woodrow 6266 3480 or email him at noelwoodrow@bigpond.com 
    Posted Jun 1, 2018, 4:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • More on celebration for Laurence Burgin Mark Burgin writes:  'For his many friends in the Huon Valley (& beyond) who are very important to him, we are organising a celebration on Saturday afternoon 2nd of June from 3-6pm at the Living Boat Trust in Franklin so that Laurence can share some memories and stories with you.  Catering is provided and a nautical dress code will add some colour.  Laurence has a fragile immune system, so please refrain from coming if you have a cold or flu. We trust you will understand.  We would love to see you if you can make it and please let Laurence's other friends know. '
    Posted May 31, 2018, 3:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • How to rig a Grebe: Saturday June 2nd Jump Aboard for the Jack Frost Saturday Sailing Season < As part of the Franklin Wooden Boat Adventures workshops > we extend an invitation to all LBT folk who would like to learn the simple art of rigging & sailing a grebe < weather permitting > < may later extend to whaleboat sailing > Planning to hold gatherings fortnightly Saturdays 1000 -1300 Beginning Saturday June 2nd NB : be warmly clad  > Contact Wunjo 0458405530 for further info <
    Posted May 30, 2018, 3:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Help wanted next Tuesday morning, 10.30 am John Young writes:'Kon Tiki is the only Flying Fifteen yacht to be built in Tasmania, (between 1951 and 1952 ),and the only one in the world to be built of Huon pine below the waterline, and King Billy pine for the topsides.  ... As custodians of the Maritime history of Tasmania, we could do a good deed by coming to the LBT at about morning tea time, next Tuesday, 5th of June at 10.30am.  We have removed the keel, temporarily, to mend a hole, and we have caulked the seams with a special, technologically advanced material, recommended by Peter Laidlaw, which sticks well in the seams, and will also compress as the water sucks into the wood and expands ...
    Posted May 30, 2018, 3:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT launches on-line Incident, Hazard and Improvements form The LBT Committee is continually working to improve the safety of all our activities. We have recently launched an on-line form for reporting incidents, hazards and for suggesting improvements. There is now a large button on the front page of the LBT’s web-site which takes you directly to the form. Use the form to report any incident whether or not it resulted in injury to people or damage to equipment or the environment. Use it to report near-misses, hazards you notice or improvements that will benefit the LBT and its members. When you submit the completed form it will be sent to all members of the LBT Committee for their attention. If you see something’s ...
    Posted May 29, 2018, 3:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'On the Water' program for 2018 Basil Van Reit from Huonville Primary School visited the Shed recently and expressed enthusiasm for a dose of ‘On the Water’ for his current batch of 5th Grade students.  This is a rowing program that the LBT has run for many years now to introduce children to boating.  The combination of our Grebes and the river make the LBT the perfect place for this sort of activity, and the growth in confidence and skill achieved by the kids is astonishing to see. Many of us who have been involved in the past would say that this is the most worthwhile thing we do.  And it is fun!  We would love to give a positive response to Basil (and invite other ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2018, 8:36 PM by Richard Forster
  • Classic Movie at the Palais June 3rd: 'Cosi' Team Movies writes: 'This month’s classic movie is the wonderful 1996 Australian comedy / drama Cosi.  ... Synopsis: Ben Mendelsohn plays Lewis Riley, an unemployed young man who applies for a job as a director/drama teacher at a mental hospital. He lands the job and finds himself directing a production of the Mozart opera Così fan tutte, an elaborate, demanding piece of theatre, an opera in Italian. And it is going to be performed by a cast that he must select from among the patients, who only speak English. (Courtesy Wikipedia)'. Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 7.15pm, gold coin donation, bring a plate.
    Posted May 27, 2018, 4:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • A celebration for Laurence Burgin, Saturday 2nd of June Mark Burgin writes  'Laurence has been living and working in the Huon Valley for 10 years and in that time built Franklin Marine and Marina, educated many mariners and helped instigate the upgrade of the leads up the Huon River to bring easy boating access to Franklin.  Life has thrown a tough twist to Laurence, meaning he will be swallowing the anchor sooner rather than later.  There will be a gathering with Laurence on Saturday 2nd of June from 3-6pm at the Living Boat Trust to celebrate his life and achievements and all his friends are welcome to join us.' 
    Posted May 27, 2018, 6:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday Group Report From Graham Wright:  Geoff has spent a lot of time preparing all the bronze fittings and handrails for Gretchen, ready to be replaced once the final coats of paint have been applied.  The new compressor has been tested and installed in the extension and Geoff has donated the hoses and some tools.  To comply with various regulations a loft ladder has been installed to gain access to the storage area above the toilets and kitchen. 
    Posted May 25, 2018, 5:43 AM by Posts Editor
  • MMT Monthly talk: HMS Cracker - A master’s log This talk will be presented at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania on Tuesday 5th June by Bill Jeffrey.'A prized possession in the Voyager collection is the log of Master Nicholson of HMS Cracker (12 gun-brig Archer Class) in 1810 enforcing the blockade in the English Channel. ... This presentation will bring to life the Master’s log, which will also be on display.'For details see the attached flyer: https://tinyurl.com/ycybxxay
    Posted May 25, 2018, 5:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Arts and Music festival planned for November For details see the flyer attached: https://tinyurl.com/y7oeso2w.  Contact is olivier@thegreathuonvalley.com.au
    Posted May 25, 2018, 4:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT shed under construction: 2003 Ruth Young found a nice collection of photos of the first stage of the shed being built.  View them at https://tinyurl.com/yc3vpzuc
    Posted May 25, 2018, 4:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Change of Plans - BYO Dinner this Monday 21st Our cook for the night has unfortunately had to pull out, so its BYO this Monday - please pass the word
    Posted May 20, 2018, 12:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder - Grebe Hire Trial - come along on Tuesday and express your views Franklin Wooden Boat Adventures Meeting on TuesdayFWBAs  Important Brainstorming Meeting this Tues 22nd  1100-1230     Greg Guy Wharf Everyone is most welcome to attend & to contribute enthusiasm & brilliant ideas for the adventure pot.  Report from John Young attached. Adrian Dean – our Merchant Schooner designer – will pop in for questions & have sketches of his craft – to inspire & encourage our energies forward-ho
    Posted May 19, 2018, 3:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • RV site in Franklin - Community Consultation ends 28 May A reminder that the Huon Valley Council is currently seeking community views to determine the level of support for an approved RV site on the Franklin foreshore, and if so what type of RV site the community would like to see on the site.  On Sunday 27 May at the Franklin Market (Palais Theatre), Council will have an officer and information available from 10am to 12 noon.  Please drop in for a chat, and complete a survey form. For more detailed information, Council has a discussion papers available on their website, plus surveys for community members to complete. For Franklin:http://www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/consultations/proposal-approved-rv-site-crown-land-leased-council-franklin-foreshore/For Shipwrights Point ...
    Posted May 18, 2018, 8:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Antarctic Festival - Hobart - volunteers sought Liz Lord is the Volunteers Manager  of the Australian Antarctic Festival, and asks..... I am seeking expressions of interest from volunteers who could help in August 2-5 for the Antarctic Festival to be held around the docks in Hobart  Registrations are now open, and I will be in contact to discuss the program, the roles available and what hours can be offered during the Festival Access for registration is through the portal & fill in your details   http://www.antarcticfestival.com.au/volunteer/Thanks!
    Posted May 18, 2018, 8:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Launch for Sale Paul McArthy asks:Anyone looking to buy a boat like my "Argo"? I have bought larger and will need to let her go. You may know her, she is 2 or 3 boats down the dock outside the shed; the Huon Pine launch with the cover over. Hope to hear from you if you are able to help. Thanks & regards, Paul.If interested, please email Paul  pmca88@gmail.com
    Posted May 16, 2018, 2:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Save the Date - Tues May 22 - planning for Wooden Boat Adventures SAVE THE DATETUES MAY 22, 2018 To share in the planning of Franklin Wooden Boat Adventures FOR RIVER GUIDES and ANYONE INTERESTED in getting their feet wet around our Channel Shores GREG GUY WHARF 1100-1230 (OR LBT SHED IF INCLEMENT) 
    Posted May 14, 2018, 11:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Much Better Odds than the Pokies - beautiful canoe for only $10 The Wooden Boat Centre is raffling a classic 4.5 metre strip planked western red cedar open canoe, plus paddle.  Yukon River, here we come....Buy your tickets (only $10 each) from the Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin.Drawn Monday 3 September at Wooden Boat Centre.   - 
    Posted May 13, 2018, 10:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteers Wanted for Marine Debris Clean-up in the Huon Valley Coincidentally, after the flood last weekend, Nautical Resource Management has arranged a coastal clean up this coming Saturday.  Volunteers wanted.Where: Charlottes Cove boat rampWhen: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM Saturday 19th May 2018 What to bring:-              Sturdy shoes (some of the shoreline is unstable and slippery)-              Gloves-              Bright clothes or vest-              Mobile phone (at least 1 per team)-              Appropriate clothing for the day/layers (warm clothes, hat, jacket, beanie, spare socks...)-              Sunscreen-              Water, thermos-              Animal feed bags for collecting litter (if possible) Catering: Coffee, tea and snacks will be offered at registration. BBQ lunch will be provided with salmon, meat, vegan and vegetarian options available. We are unable to cater for any special dietary requirements (gluten intolerant ...
    Posted May 13, 2018, 10:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Flotsam and jetsam - I never know which is which...... Unusually high tides plus a flood have brought down all kinds of debris - logs galore, and huge numbers of apples.  Cider anyone?Apparently snakes have been washed out of their hiding places also.A note for trivia buffs.....'Jetsam' describes debris that was deliberately thrown overboard by a crew of a ship in distress, most often to lighten the ship's load. The word 'flotsam' derives from the French word floter, to float. Jetsam is a shortened word for jettison. Under maritime law the distinction is important.
    Posted May 10, 2018, 10:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Wooden Boat Adventures - April Trial You may have seen the flurry of excitement from many tourists & locals over the past month, when they realised their good fortune at being able to take themselves afloat in a little Grebe from our fascinating fleet. A few hearty LBT volunteers set up a couple of Grebes each day to entice passers-by to enjoy a unique experience upon our wonderful waterways, which naturally they raved about - as do we Our collective thanks go to the Tues & Thurs men for keeping our little craft maintained so well & equipment at the ready It was indeed an impressive effort from all who assisted in initiating & deliberating to get business plans & operations approvals through the bureaucracy of MAST & AMSA .... plus figure out ...
    Posted May 9, 2018, 1:30 AM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteers and equipment needed for tn19 Raid The biennial tawe nunnugah small expedition is the Living Boat Trust’s main fund raiser and keeps the LBT financially afloat for the next two years.  But it works both ways. We couldn’t run the Raids if we didn’t have an active and engaged membership maintaining and improving the LBT’s fleet and other assets throughout the year.We also need volunteers to help run the Raid smoothly. Without them the Raids just can’t happen. The purpose of this message is to ask for volunteers or offers of equipment to help with tn 19 (30 January to 8 February 2019) and the Return Raid (11 to 14 February 2019). If you can help by offering either your ...
    Posted May 4, 2018, 8:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Billie's Birthday Bounce Back! Its almost 3 years since Billie's mid-winter launch and this skiff has seen a lot of water under its keel in that time. Currently its in dry dock in the shed for much needed TLC, in anticipation of a rejuvenated re-launch. Liz and Karen, the unsung heroes of skiff maintenance, always appreciate help on Wednesday mornings.
    Posted May 4, 2018, 7:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Community Consultation about Camping Grounds at Franklin and Shipwrights Point Long history (see link below to Council documents)….but the Huon Valley Council has this week opened a 4 week consultation period with the Franklin community and camping ground stakeholders to determine the level of support for an approved Recreational Vehicle site to be developed on Crown Land leased by Council land on the foreshore at Franklin. At the same time, Council is also consulting about the future of RV camping at Shipwrights Point. The Council is seeking community views as to whether or not the sites should be used for RVs and if so what type of RV site the community would like to see on the site. If the outcome of this consultation is in support of an ...
    Posted May 2, 2018, 1:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Touring A fast-growing element in the diverse world of rowing, is 'rowing touring'.  Interestingly, a European based organisation is planning a trip to Australia and is asking local rowers for help with suggested itineraries.  See link  https://rowingtheworld.com
    Posted Apr 28, 2018, 11:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hazara Community visit to LBT and Apple Picking Day A gloriously sunny and calm Saturday greeted a group of former refugees who are now living in Hobart as they arrived at the LBT. This is the third year the LBT has hosted this group - a convoy of 15 cars thanks to the contacts and lots of coordination by Yabbo Thompson.The family groups were welcomed with refreshments - a big thanks to Tess for her cake, Jilly for turning Deb's dodgy dough into cookies, and Jane A. for the mercy dash to replenish the tea and coffee supplies.The group tried out rowing and boating on the river - a huge thanks to Nell, Tess and Esi for skippering about 5 trips each on the Grebes, Martin and Deb for ...
    Posted Apr 23, 2018, 4:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteers Needed for Community Visit to LBT This Saturday Sorry for the short notice but the weather is going to be a wonderful 22 degrees and calm this Saturday!  So the LBT is being visited by  a group of former refugees and you are invited to come along at 10am to join in the fun and picnic lunch.The group of Hazara women, children and men came from Afghanistan. They enjoy visiting the Huon at this time of year to practice their driving, speaking English, and picking apples. But trying out the LBT boats (a skiff, grebe or a short Nancy trip has become the real highlight!)  This is the third year they have asked to do this visit. The group pay to go on the boats, and this ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2018, 2:30 AM by Posts Editor
  • 2018 Volunteer Service Awards Again, from the Franklin Progress Association.....It can be a tuff gig for Council staff to spread the news far and wide that it is time again to recognise those unsung volunteer heroes that work tirelessly in our community. Please forward this good news announcement to your contacts in the Huon Valley and consider nominating someone in your town.From Huon Valley CouncilDo you know people out in our community who are VOLUNTEERS? Why not nominate them for the 2108 Volunteer Service Awards.  The guidelines and nomination form (fillable PDF) are attached, please complete and email to hvc@huonvalley.tas.gov.au or click here Nominations close Friday 4 May 2018 at 5pm.  Kind regardsLisa PlohlCommunity Liaison ...
    Posted Apr 17, 2018, 12:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Anzac Day Dawn Service - Volunteers Wanted Please From the Franklin Progress Association, a request for volunteers for the Anzac Day Dawn Service WANTED – five (5) VOLUNTEERS for kitchen, cooking, serving and cleaning duties (Franklin Bowls Club) WANTED – three (3) VOLUNTEERS for road safety and signage dutiesPlease contact Bec Enders if you are able to help out, or if you need more information.becjon@iinet.net.auMob: 0498 213 515
    Posted Apr 17, 2018, 12:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • Up the Creek with a Greenland Paddle In spite of the cold, blustery conditions, a good crowd turned out to see the launch of the latest fleet of skin on frame kayaks constructed, in just one week, at the Wooden Boat Centre. Expert instruction was on hand for the tyro paddlers as they powered away up the Huon in their smart new kayaks. 
    Posted Apr 14, 2018, 12:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT 20th anniversary stories A memory from Richard Foster.......Day 4 was blown out.  Some of the fleet gave it best and went home, but the weather report for day 5 (Tuesday) was auspicious, and so the remainder gathered before 7 am to hoist sail.  The promised northerly breeze turned out to be a northerly zephyr - so those sails didn't have much to do for a while, and oars were more effective.  Martin and Deb caused some mirth by maintaining a reef  - their Lazy E must be VERY twitchy - but the rest of us did little better with all our canvas set.  Somewhere between Middleton and Gordon we gave up and took a tow past the Gordon Corner, where a beautiful southeasterly sea ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2018, 12:22 AM by Posts Editor
  • Committee meeting Wednesday 11th April See draft agenda (https://goo.gl/osC1hJ) and minutes of last meeting (https://goo.gl/oA6uiC).  If there is an issue you want raised email sec@lbt.org.au .
    Posted Apr 8, 2018, 2:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Every little bit helps Di Sullivan from 'Pied Piper' weeds the bed of native plants has been planted and maintained by Lorrie Harrison and the Landcare Group to define our front boundary and to provide a bit of screening.  It's coming along nicely, as well as providing a crop of feral tomatoes.
    Posted Apr 8, 2018, 8:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • New sole for Nancy Steve McCusker and the Tuesday group have replaced the disintegrating sole (floor) in the cockpit of Nancy with one that is much more robust.  It even has an inspection hatch for  the motor!  Pic from Steve McCusker
    Posted Apr 8, 2018, 4:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monty returns from Dover Endra O'May sent us these nice snaps of Monty running before the wind up the river.
    Posted Apr 8, 2018, 3:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Port Esperance Easter Regatta: Rowing Results Lorrie Harrison writes:  'As expected this was a fantastic, fun, festival! Congratulations to the organisers and Port Esperance Sailing Club. Perfect rowing conditions were provided in the bay for our Saturday races,which we all very much enjoyed and the food at the festival, YUM!!'  Women’s 1km Position Team Time 1 LBT – Billie (C.F.B.) 6.29 2 Cygnet 6.46 3 LBT 6.57 4 Dover 8.44 Men’s 1km Position Team Time 1 Dover 6.26 2 LBT 6.37 3 Cygnet 6.38 4 Mixed 7.00 Mixed 1km Position Team Time 1 LBT 7.01 1 Dover 7.01 3 Cygnet 7.06 4 LBT 7.26 Mixed 5km Position Team Time 1 ...
    Posted Apr 6, 2018, 4:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dragons are Coming! This Saturday 7th will see an unusual sight on the Huon River with up to 7 dragon boats taking part in the 32km Huon Challenge.  With up to 20 paddlers per boat, that’s a lot of paddle action! The day starts 8am at Port Huon, then up to Huonville, with a Franklin finish. For more details see https://www.derwentstorms.com.au/huon-challenge-2018/
    Posted Apr 5, 2018, 12:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • tawe nunnugah 2019 (tn19) mailing list is now open - the countdown has begun If you are interested in the 2019 tawe nunnugah Raid or any of the related activities, either as a participant or as a helper, sign on to the tn19 mailing list (http://eepurl.com/dncOgn). Signing on to the mailing list doesn’t confirm you a spot but it does mean you will receive up-dates as soon as we send them out. Even if you have already told us you are interested in tn19 (we may have forgotten) the only way to be certain that you will get the up-dates is to join the mailing list. This year we have done away with the old Expression of Interest form and are replacing it with a booking ...
    Posted Apr 5, 2018, 11:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • tn19 web-site and Calendar of Events released Preparations for tawe nunnugah 2019 are gearing up - follow the progress on our web-site at http://tawe-nunnugah.org.  Activities begin with a Welcome Dinner in Franklin on 29 January, followed by the 10-day fully catered small boat expedition from Recherche Bay arriving in Hobart in time for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, then the 4-day Return Raid (raid lite) from Hobart back to Franklin and finally a weekend regatta of sailing and rowing competitions. Put the dates in your diary now. The full Calendar of Events around tawe nunnugah 2019 is available at http://tawe-nunnugah.org   Pic from Endra O'May
    Posted Apr 3, 2018, 3:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Be careful of moored yachts on gusty days We watched 'Pied Piper' drift slowly to the end of her mooring line on an outgoing tide, then charge up river and swing around on her length when caught by a gust . Any dinghies being rowed nearby would have been in a spot of bother - in other words become fodder for the 'Submerged' exhibition currently on at Dover.
    Posted Apr 3, 2018, 3:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Submerged' exhibition at the Dover Museum and Gallery  This may be a distasteful topic for we sailors, but Mike Dredge tells us that these 'stories of Australia’s shipwrecks' put together by the Australian National Maritime Museum and being exhibited at Dover through April are well worth seeing.  The gallery website is https://www.farsouthtasmania.com/attractions/dover-museum-and-gallery
    Posted Apr 1, 2018, 5:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Easter Monday dinner at the LBT Kate is backing up after her stellar efforts last Thursday, and the normal Monday evening dinner is on.
    Posted Apr 1, 2018, 5:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pics from Port Esperance Regatta See below. Saturday morning was perfect for rowing, and the events were hotly contested.  Perhaps the most significant result for the LBT was the victory of the women's team in the open five kilometre race.  Congratulations to them.  The bonus for all or us was that the Dover Seafest was on in the adjacent park, with lots of good food, drink and entertainment.  How lucky are we to have a bit of water like Port Esperance right on our doorstep?
    Posted Mar 31, 2018, 2:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Thank you John and Ruth, on the occasion of our 20th On Thursday night the Wooden Boat Centre and the Living Boat Trust combined forces for an event to thank John and Ruth Young for their contribution to the establishment and continued success of both our organisations. It was the hottest ticket in town: the secretary was sorely tempted to do some fund raising with a bit of surreptitious scalping.  And we weren't disappointed.  The Thursday group had the shed shining like a new pin, Kate cooked up a storm, there was speechifying to put Cicero to shame and everybody had a jolly good time. Pics from Martin Riddle
    Posted Mar 31, 2018, 2:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • 'The Lady in the Van' at the Palais, April 1st Team movies advises us that when they dusted off and opened the box labeled 'Victim', the intended movie for the week, what it had in it were the reels for 'The Lady in Van', so that is what we are going to see:  Sunday night at 7.15 pm; $5; Bring a plate.
    Posted Mar 31, 2018, 2:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dover Seafest, Easter Saturday Looking for an extra reason to come down to the Port Esperance Regatta?  This could be it.  They promise:free kids activities; food stalls; Makers & Growers Market; Regatta activities; Local busking talent; & a special offerings.  See the website for more details: http://www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/events/dover-seafest/
    Posted Mar 30, 2018, 1:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Palais Classic Movie Sunday: Victim Synopsis:  Dirk Bogarde, in a career-defining role, plays a highly respected, but closeted, attorney who risks his marriage and reputation to bring to justice an elusive blackmail ring terrorizing gay men. (Courtesy Jim’s Reviews).  Details attached: https://tinyurl.com/ya5mwvpq
    Posted Mar 28, 2018, 4:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing drones Marine and Safety Tasmania:  Notice No.:  M61-18;   Title:  Navigation Warning  Sailing Drones;   Valid From:  28/3/2018;   Valid Until:  30/9/2018.   Notice Content:   CSIRO are continuing their trials with sailing drones.  Drones will be launched in Storm Bay on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 and will be operating along the East Coast for approximately six months.   The vessels are 7m in length and approximately 4m in height with a bright orange sail and will have a tri-colour light on top.  Drones will be picked up on radar.   Mariners should keep a lookout for these drones and navigate with caution.    Pic from Australian Broadcasting Commission
    Posted Mar 28, 2018, 4:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Walking Trail Fiona Peate, secretary of the Franklin Progress Association, has sent us the final plans for the walking trail, which runs downstream from the boat ramp near the camp ground.  Larger version attached: https://tinyurl.com/ycsg2ppb
    Posted Mar 28, 2018, 4:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • For sale: 'Last One' Newly constructed Derwent Skiff.  Contact Ian and Di.  Details in attached flyer: https://tinyurl.com/ybrxtahp
    Posted Mar 28, 2018, 3:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Program at Dover (Easter Saturday) Port Esperance Easter Regatta 2018 Dover Pharmacy St. Ayles Skiff Rowing Event Date: Saturday 31st March Registrations: 08 30 Port Esperance Sailing Club. $5 per rowing crew member Start Procedure Boats will be called up to the start line by the starter on start boat ‘La Chalope’. Once all the boats are in position the starter will raise the start flag to alert crews they should be ready to row. The race will start on the fall of the flag. Course 1 Km The start line will be a line from start boat ‘La Chalope’ to a pink mooring buoy to the south. Boats will start in an easterly direction along the beach to a turning mark at 500m ...
    Posted Mar 28, 2018, 5:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monty is on her way - under oars The plan was to sail Monty down to Port Huon for an early start for Dover in the morning, but the predicted north east breeze turned out to be a south-west zephyr.  No matter: out with the oars and despite an incoming tide she was down to the yacht club at Shipwright's Point and tying up in good time.
    Posted Mar 27, 2018, 1:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Saloon class to Dover Regatta on Yukon If you want to voyage to Dover for the Port Esperance Regatta we believe that there are still berths on Yukon.  For details see the web page: http://yukon-tours.com.au/local-regattas-2018/We think we recognise the suspects in the pic below.
    Posted Mar 27, 2018, 5:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Be careful securing that stern line Nuf said.
    Posted Mar 26, 2018, 3:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • It's tough at the LBT When Brian Marriott complained about lumps in the newly laid path to the front door he was told to fix it himself.
    Posted Mar 25, 2018, 1:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • WoW 20th Anniversary Good Friday Row Lorrie Harrison writes:'This year - on its 20th anniversary - we are celebrating all things LBT! Great boats, great sailing, great rowing, really great friendships and brilliant events. This is an opportunity for all women of the LBT to get out on the water together. So, come on down to the LBT on Easter Friday at 9am, organise yourselves into boats, take your morning tea of coffee/tea, hot crossed buns, Easter eggs and row into the canal. We stop for our usual conversations then row around the island back to the LBT. We have had some great moments in past years. Join us for this special event.Easter Friday 30th March 9am'
    Posted Mar 24, 2018, 6:45 PM by Richard Forster
  • 'Bring your own' Monday Tomorrow being the last Monday of the month the cooks are taking a break and we fend for ourselves at dinner time.  Bring something to put on the barby, something to share, and $5 to throw in the kitty.   Pic from Majam
    Posted Mar 24, 2018, 5:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • For sale: a wooden boat with provenance Stuart Lennox writes: 'The Leederry was an 80 foot trading ketch built of huon pine, which plied the Bass Strait trade mid 20 century.The Leederry sank off Bad  ger island I believe date unknown, though i did see the information at the maritime museum on Flinders island.  Only remaining artefact is its original life boat : 16ft 5in L 6ft 2in B 2ft 4in D; huon pine clinker , has had a centerboard added and a gunter rig;  Structural work undertaken by shipwright, bulkhead, foredeck beams and samson post. $2000.00 ono.  please phone 62535361' 
    Posted Mar 24, 2018, 4:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy to be part of Thursday celebrations: come early Activities for the evening get underway at the Wooden Boat Centre at 6.30pm next Thursday (see flyer below), but those who want to come a little earlier can take advantage of Nancy being available for FREE short excursions trips from 5.30pm on.  Looks like the tide will be high enough to get through the Egg Island Canal, so that is maybe where she will be going.   Pic from Andy Wilson
    Posted Mar 23, 2018, 4:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Next Maritime Museum Monthly talk - Tuesday 3 April John Wadsley writes: 'Please find attached  (https://bit.ly/2udsPBB) our latest flyer for the next Monthly Talk.  Firstly, apologies, that the previously advertised topic on the Port of Hobart Strategic Plan has had to be postponed until July. But what we have as a replacement is great. Our April presentation is going to take us into the exciting and dangerous world of maritime search and rescue operations, as witnessed by one of the film crew that created the acclaimed documentary series, “The Real Water Rats”.  Varcha Sidwell is an award-winning filmmaker who was on-board filming real operations. She will not only show some excerpts from the series, but also bring real eye-witness commentary on just what ...
    Posted Mar 23, 2018, 3:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hiring out our boats: meeting 28th March Hans Sipsma writes:  'The LBT owns a lot of incredibly beautiful and precious small wooden boats which are sadly underused and the Boat Hire idea has the potential to address that and create some employment, stimulate the local economy and enhance the attraction of Franklin at the same time.  John Young and David Hume have done many months of painstaking work to get this idea off the ground and we are close to realising the project, but there are still one or two structural issues to resolve before it can be launched as a commercially viable community enterprise.  It has been decided therefore, by a newly formed FWBA steering committee, that we can at this point commence with a trial ...
    Posted Mar 23, 2018, 2:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday group report Pics and words from Graham Wright.  After a lot of work 'Flathead' turned over to sort out all the bits for the inside which arrived separately. Gretchen, starting to install the bunks and cupboards, all the brass  an dbronze polished as new, a couple of coats of paint and ready to go. We even found the outboard bracket, only been missing for 6 years or so.Flying 15 ready to silicon the cracks and a lot of paint and then this rare version back on the mooring. FCR has been laid to the front door to facilitate wheelchair access.
    Posted Mar 22, 2018, 2:50 PM by Richard Forster
  • Skiffs at Port Esperance Easter Regatta Lorrie Harrison writes:  'We have two St Ayles Skiffs going down for the races on Easter Saturday. 1km races in the morning and 5km race in the afternoon. We are still in need of some extra rowers so let me know if you can join us: lorrieharrison@tpg.com.au'  Pic from Nell Tyson
    Posted Mar 17, 2018, 7:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Twilight Rowing 7 This coming Friday will be our last Twilight Racing for some time, so now is your chance to practice competitive rowing in a fun atmosphere with a relaxed cider at the end! A good opportunity for those rowing at Dover to get in some training.   Register before 5pm on Friday 23 March. Pic from Lorrie Harrison
    Posted Mar 18, 2018, 2:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Lake Macquarie Classic Boat Association More from our roving reporter, who has been in the Hunter Valley.  Lake Macquarie is just south of Newcastle, and is an ideal place for small boats - big enough for lengthy excursions, but still sheltered compared to the Pacific Ocean right next door.  The immediate point of interest was the St Ayles Skiff 'Catalina', which has just been built and launched by the Association.  The mystery of the boat's name was revealed: the shed in which it resides is on the old RAAF base, from which they used to launch and fly Catalinas.  'Catalina' is being very actively rowed, and took part in their recent BoatFest 2018.  She is only one of many boats being built, restored or used ...
    Posted Mar 16, 2018, 8:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Our first twenty years: celebrate on Thursday March 29th Some time ago Ruth Young wrote a typically lucid and concise ‘Beginnings of the LBT’, which can be read at https://goo.gl/Bsb96P . A key date which Ruth identified in this history is ‘Incorporation’ which occurred in 2008 – and now we’ve made it to ripe old age of 20! The first of what we hope are multiple celebrations to honor this momentous event will kick off on the evening of Thursday March 29th, and is being organised in conjunction with the Wooden Boat Centre. There will be an exhibition and some ceremonials at the Centre starting at 6.30pm, followed by a dinner at the 7.30pm at the LBT. See the flyer below for more details. RSVP ...
    Posted Mar 16, 2018, 5:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Living Boat Trust 20th Anniversary Jilly Archer writes:  'The LBT became an incorporated body on 24th June 1998, and we want to celebrate this year’s anniversary and use it to reflect on where we have come from and where we are going.  You dear Members can play your part by telling us what and who you’d like to know about, or maybe you like to write a piece yourself.  As an example of the latter, some of the anecdotes associated with the LBT journey will be part of this correspondent’s contribution to the anniversary, to be shared with those who weren’t members at the time who want to know more about the people, the boats, machinery and events which have been ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2018, 3:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • 1912 outboard motor: the Archimedes Spotted by our roving reporter in Newcastle, here is one for the petrol heads.  According to Wikipedia the first production outboard motors came onto the market in 1906, so this example is very early days.  Wayne Barrett, who is restoring it, writes:'It was made by the Archimedes company in Sweden which was in the 1930s bought out by Volvo Penta.  It is a two stroke of 2.25HP and weighs in at about 60kgs. The majority of the motor and shaft are brass and the cylinders are cast iron.  It is water cooled and the rudder steers independent of the propeller, somewhat like a ship.'More details and pics from Wayne are attached: https://goo.gl/HDvm5Z
    Posted Mar 16, 2018, 3:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Looking for a crew Ian Johnston writes:  'I have a beautifully  converted crayfishing boat with a ketch rig and Gardner motor. I have had a crew drop out yesterday. I am looking for one or two people to crew on the boat from Port Davey up to Strahan - about a week to explore the most beautiful part of Tasmania. No experience necessary but you need to be reasonably fit and agile with an adventurous spirit. Leaving on the 26th March. Contact Ian on 0418202957 or ianjohnstonmarine@gmail.com. Soon.'Update:  Ian tells us that he now has a west coast crew, but is still needs one for the east coast at a later date.
    Posted Mar 15, 2018, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hire an LBT boat: meeting Monday March 12 The LBT constitution admonishes us to 'promote Tasmania’s maritime heritage by the provision of related educational and recreational opportunities to people of all ages, interests and abilities'.  To this end we have for many years held a 'right to hire' license for our rowing and sailing fleet.  Trouble is that, except on rare occasions, it has all been too hard to put into action.  Marketing, ticketing, etc, etc, you get the picture.  Now John Young and David Hume have worked through a lot of the complications and are set to go with another try at it.  David writes:  'As you are aware, John and I have been working hard, mostly ploughing through red tape, to bring into reality the ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2018, 6:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • Maria in March Jane Johnson writes:  'Twenty explorers crossed the Mercury Passage on Saturday, March 3, consisting of three St Ayles Skiff crews, a sailing boat duo, two manning the safety boat and a one-woman Mirage sea kayaker. The adventurers aimed to navigate and explore the scenic coastline of the southern, less well-known section of Maria Island, a landmark with an interesting history.'  For her full report read on: https://goo.gl/4PNUHb   Pics from Jane Johnson
    Posted Mar 6, 2018, 11:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Grant Seeker Workshop, Wednesday 4th March 'A free grant writing workshop to learn tips and get support on how to navigate the grant seeking process.'  For details see the attached invitation: https://goo.gl/UWpw5M
    Posted Mar 6, 2018, 1:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monty to Port Esperance Easter Regatta Monty went to this regatta last year and had a great time.  A large part of the fun was getting there and back: Franklin to Dover is a nice day voyage.  If we can raise a crew we'd like to do it all again: express your enthusiasm for participating by entering your name in the form below (https://goo.gl/1i49XN).   Monty on her way to Port Esperance last year - pic from Endra O'May
    Posted Mar 6, 2018, 11:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Council Community Information Session The third of four Huon Valley Council Community Information Sessions is being held at the Huonville Town Hall, Wednesday 7th March from 6-8pm.  This is your chance to have your say and let Council know what is important to you in your area.  Huon Valley Council Commissioner Adriana Taylor and the Council’s management team will be on hand to discuss future plans for your area, and give you an opportunity to meet with staff face-to-face.  For more details see the attached invitation:  https://goo.gl/SpEiC9
    Posted Mar 6, 2018, 12:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Punto goes to Port Davey Jilly Archer sent us the picture below with the following description:  'Punto starting out on her big adventure under the guidance of First Hand for Yukon, Ewan Laidlaw'.  Punto has already proved herself to be an excellent yacht tender, and she will fit very neatly on the foredeck of Yukon.  Looks like she could do with a paint job at the end of the season.
    Posted Mar 6, 2018, 12:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • First Skiff in NSW? Looks like the Lake Macquarie (near Newcastle) crew have launched:  see the article in the 'Lake News': https://goo.gl/EfsnF3  Pic from 'Lakes News'
    Posted Mar 4, 2018, 4:14 AM by Posts Editor
  • Concert at the LBT Shed, Sunday March 11th Kate Hoorweg writes:"Bruce Young from Woof Gallery in Franklin released his first album, 'Supernova', last year. 'Bruce Young and the Pearl Handled Pistols' will be performing a free concert at the Living Boat Trust next Sunday 11th of March from 2pm. This concert will be a sneak preview of songs for the new soon-to-be-released album 'Riversong' which is a a little bit country rock with a decidedly Tasmanian twist and a lot of love! Come on down, check out some local talent, enjoy great music for a Sunday Session at the LBT!"
    Posted Mar 4, 2018, 4:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs at Port Esperance Easter Regatta Lorrie Harrison writes: 'Matt from Dover has invited us again to be part of their Easter Regatta and join in the St.Ayles Skiff rowing activities on Saturday March 31st. Similar to last year we will have 1 km races for men’s, women’s and mixed teams. There will also be the 5km Hope Island race in the afternoon.'For more details see the invitation attached: https://goo.gl/tzwJvN
    Posted Mar 4, 2018, 3:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin from above Ian Johnston has been taking pictures to illustrate mooring locations, and sent us these beautiful images.
    Posted Mar 1, 2018, 4:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Walking Trail update Bec Enders from the progress association writes:'Please find attached an updated information sheet about the Franklin Historical Walking Trail (https://goo.gl/vdej8E). Should you have any questions or want to know how you can get involved, please phone me on 0498 213 515.   On Saturday, copies of the updated information sheet will be available at the Franklin Post Office.  Please feel free to share this information with anyone you think may be interested in the project.'
    Posted Mar 1, 2018, 3:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Port Esperance Regatta Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st April Rebecca Hancock writes:Entries are now open for the 2018 Port Esperance Huon Salmon Easter Regatta'This year's Regatta will be part of a great Easter weekend comprising the Kingborough Boating Club Barnes Bay Regatta and the Port Esperance Sailing Club’s Regatta. So that keen yachties can attend both events, the Kingborough Boat Club Regatta will be held on Friday 30th March, with presentations and a BBQ on the Friday evening at Barnes Bay. Then, the Port Esperance Sailing Club’s Regatta will kick off on Saturday morning with a race from Barnes Bay to Dover.  In addition to the sailing, participants will enjoy a welcome spit roast on Saturday evening at the Port Esperance Sailing Club, with ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2018, 7:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Ali's Wedding' at the Palais, Sunday March 4 Team Movies writes:   'We are in a state of excitement because on Sunday March 4, we will be screening the 2017 Australian romantic comedy film, Ali’s Wedding(Oh what a tangle web we weave when we practise to deceive!!!!!!!! ).  Starring the multi-talented actor, writer, director, and stand-up comedian, Osamah Sami.  Rated M (Mature themes and coarse language).  Synopsis: After a reckless lie sets off a catastrophic chain of events, Ali, the son of a Muslim cleric, finds himself caught between his sense of duty to his family and following his heart. Based on real events, Ali's Wedding is an irreverent, warm-hearted comedy, and an affectionate and vivid portrait of Islamic life in Australia. (Courtesy Rotten ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2018, 2:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Before and after The LBT sent a team and a half to the Skiff and Whaleboat Regatta at Warrnambool this weekend, which meant that the women ended up competing in both their own and the mixed events.  That meant at least 12 one kilometre sprints each over Saturday and Sunday, several of them end to end, and much of it into winds gusting to 30 knots.  Pic one below shows them looking a little apprehensively at the whaleboat oars (the length, the size of those blades), pic two shows that by the afternoon their fears had been realised. But they did it.  The males in the half team were in awe.Another great regatta organised by our friends at Warrnambool.  We plan to ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2018, 1:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Great Barrier Raid (NZ) Many LBTers have very fond memories of the last New Zealand Raid, and it looks like the Enzeders are having fun on this one: see https://raidnz.org/2018/02/20/gt-barrier-raid-2018/ .  That has to be Endra O'May in the background of the pic below, so we can ask her when she gets back.
    Posted Feb 25, 2018, 2:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Funnies at Frank's March 8th David Moore writes:The next FunnieS at Frank's is an International Women's Day Celebration.  BUT OF COURSE MEN CAN COME TO THE SHOW TOO!  In fact, everyone can come along.  It just happens, well we made it happen for a reason, that the show is all women for women, but men's money is gratefully accepted.  Flyers have gone out, the Facebook event and related posts are sharing like mad and tickets are selling well.  So if you fancy coming along you should probably buy tickets before strangers get them all ;-)  Buy tickets now at: https://www.trybooking.com/TUSR   See attached for more information: https://goo.gl/aT6o9E
    Posted Feb 21, 2018, 6:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • MARIA ISLAND VISIT - INVITATION to BBQ Feb 26 (BYO food/drink) at LBT Mon Feb 26 @ 6pmHi All…there are 25 people interested in attending the Maria expedition Mar 3 & 4. Details of the trip, crews etc to be confirmed at the BBQ..hope to see you there. If you are unable to attend, emails will be sent with details by Wednesday Feb 28. All decisions about the routes will be based on the forecast and in the event of bad weather, Plan B details will be confirmed. Looking forward to joining everyone in a proposed 7-boat and 1 kayak adventure!Jane 0400717140 Pic from Parks Tasmania
    Posted Feb 21, 2018, 4:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Festival newsletter Get it at https://goo.gl/F4RLQu.  All sorts of stories, including one about the Haven 12.5 (pictured) to be built in Franklin by a team visiting from the US. Pic from AWBF
    Posted Feb 20, 2018, 1:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre February newsletter See attached: https://goo.gl/zHEv89.  Pic below (from John and Ruth Young) is from the newsletter and shows the original shed under construction (or rather reconstruction).  To find out more read all about it.
    Posted Feb 18, 2018, 12:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • February LBT Committee meeting, draft minutes See https://goo.gl/5S1bBn , or navigate from the LBT home page: Resources => Minutes 2017-18
    Posted Feb 18, 2018, 12:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: trailer maintenance workshop 25th February This will include some pointers on what to think about and do when loading and driving, and some basic maintenance.  It will be very hands on: our trailers need maintenance before they can be taken out again!  Details are attached below (see https://goo.gl/FMWW8R). Submit your name using the following form if you would like to participate. 
    Posted Feb 18, 2018, 11:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF coming to Monday 19th Dinner It doesn't seem long ago that we were looking at the highlights for the 2017 Australian Wooden Boat Festival, and already planning is underway for 2019.  Paul Cullen and Darryl Peebles are coming to discuss it with us next Monday.  Should be an interesting night, and an opportunity to communicate some of our own priorities.
    Posted Feb 14, 2018, 7:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • More on Maria Island expedition Jane Johnson writes:  MARIA ISLAND MEETING LBT Feb 12.  Route – At present, the preferable route is to leave from Spring Beach and head towards Darlington, point to point is 8km. From Darlington it is a further 12 km to Encampment Cove. The weather/general consensus may mean that we veer towards Encampment Cove, past Lachlan Island, (not able to land here) rather than go all the way into Darlington to reduce the journey for one day.  Camping at Encampment Cove – there is a water tank, although the ranger advised taking own water supply for three days, and there are toilets. Camping is free here, and we have enough parks passes to cover 20 people. Please advise Jane if you have ...
    Posted Feb 13, 2018, 4:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Trailer maintenance workshop 25th Feb Mike Dredge has very kindly offered to run a boat trailer management course on Sunday February 25th.  This will include some pointers on what to think about and do when loading and driving, and some basic maintenance. Details are attached below (see https://goo.gl/FMWW8R). Submit your name using the following form if you would like to participate.
    Posted Feb 13, 2018, 4:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Friday twilight rowing update Barb Dawson writes:'Numbers are continuing to grow for Friday’s mixed Twilight rowing. Grebes are proving ideal for this sort of racing.  Plenty more room in the boats, or bring your own.  Come along - get some exercise, have fun, and a drink together afterwards.  Come down to the LBT this Friday - register for your choice of boat on the day - by 5pm please.' 
    Posted Feb 11, 2018, 2:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting, Wednesday 14th Feb The agenda is being compiled at https://goo.gl/FMmeQ1.  Email any extra items you want discussed to sec@lbt.org.au .  Draft minutes for last month's meeting (which will be reviewed) are at https://goo.gl/8psuPZ
    Posted Feb 11, 2018, 2:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Working Boats This publication from AMSA has some interesting reading: download it from https://goo.gl/W1Phou.   We met some of the 'Mayflower' mob when they were setting up an exhibition at the Adelaide Show.  She is a real success story.
    Posted Feb 8, 2018, 4:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ouch! That mud has teeth Brian Marriott writes:'Bugger.  Slipped into the mud on the riverside at Franklin and the left foot caught something on the way down.  A loud crack and the crazy angle of the foot showed me that I won’t be walking for a while :-( .   But the folks at RHH are great and are looking after me wonderfully!  Thanks also to all who helped me at Franklin while I was lying in the mud!'
    Posted Feb 7, 2018, 5:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sod turning day for the Franklin Historical Walk: Feb 14 Bec Enders (from the Progress Association) writes:'Council will be ready soon to construct the aggregated concrete path on the foreshore in Franklin. The Franklin Progress Association has been working closely with the Franklin History Group over the last six months to identify properties of significant historical interest. The plaques for these properties will be made in late February.   We are also really excited that the Franklin Primary School will be working with us on not only the planting of the foreshore but also the children will produce a child’s map for the walking trail.  The Franklin Progress Association would appreciate your support and attendance to see the soil turned at a ‘sod turning ceremony’ down on the foreshore ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2018, 4:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Staff development day at the LBT On Tuesday the staff from Huonville Primary came 'on the water' with us to the Cradoc landing,  most rowing in the Grebes and some doing it more luxuriously in Nancy, which also brought along the victuals.  As can be seen from the pictures it was a beautiful, still, warm day and by morning tea time the rowers had worked up a healthy sweat and were ready for some shade.  If they had been students they would undoubtedly have been in the water.   Photo from Brian Marriott
    Posted Feb 9, 2018, 2:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Twilight Racing Barb Dawson writes:  'Our newest LBT event got off to a brilliant start on Friday evening. Five boat loads of eager rowers lined up at the start line for the long (skiffs -5km) and short (smaller boats- 4km) courses. Billie headed into an early lead, with our single rower, Richard Forster, reaching the canal first. The extremely low tide made for some interesting maneuvering through the always calm Egg Island Canal, the smaller boats attempted to overtake Richard in Punto but she maintained her lead till the end. Racing over, we settled down for a convivial chat over a few ciders, wine and delicacies. What better way to celebrate the end of a working week? Let’s get more Grebes ...
    Posted Feb 4, 2018, 4:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy in 1960 Ian Giles took this snap of Nancy when he was visiting has uncle, 'Skipper' Giles, who owned the boat at the time.  Ian came aboard and showed us where he slept: a different time and a different life for Nancy.  Thanks Ian!
    Posted Feb 4, 2018, 3:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Wake of the May Queen 'A story of hard yakka, hauling timber, apples and just about anything, through some of Tasmania's most remote waters. The May Queen is a true survivor, at 150 she's the oldest Australian trading vessel still afloat.'  See it all on iView: https://goo.gl/7hc73M
    Posted Feb 1, 2018, 9:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Regatta Franklin, 3-4 Feb Marine and Safety Tasmania have posted the following notice.  'A Rowing Regatta will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 3 and  Sunday, 4 February 2018. Mariners are advised the River will be closed for  other boating pursuits from 0730 to 1700 hours.  Boat owners are restricted from using the boat ramp at Franklin and from  entering the rowing restricted area during these times. The restricted area is  the course and 500 metres either side of the course. The course is 1500m  upstream from the Huon Rowing Club and 500m downstream. Boat owners must follow  directions of rowing officials. A public boat ramp is available at Shipwrights Point south of Franklin.'
    Posted Feb 1, 2018, 8:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Proposed Maria Island excursion Jane Johnson recently organised a meeting of those interested, and here are the notes.Maria Island Mar 2-5 Update Jan 29 1. There have been 15 people who have put their name on the list for Maria adventures. There is likely to be 1 skiff crew from Cygnet, no word from Taroona, a possible involvement from Spring Bay.2. Election Sat Mar 3 means postal voting will have to be organised, or vote near Orford3. The Aboriginal name for Maria is Toarra-marra-monah thanks to Dennis. ? add to Tawe Nunnegah which loosely means journey by boat4. Parks passes are needed for entry to Maria Island as a National Park...we have enough passes to cover these ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2018, 1:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy's older (uglier) sister The National Maritime Museum in Sydney may want to take issue with the second adjective above, but we reckon we have the Cinderella of the siblings (http://mv-nancy-tours.org).  Checkout 'Protex' at the Museum if you are up there, and tell us if we are wrong - see https://goo.gl/wdGbDW for more details.  Pic from National Maritime Museum
    Posted Jan 30, 2018, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • BOOK NOW - AMMC Workshop - 22-23 February - Sydney From John Wadsley.  Sydney Heritage Fleet and the Australian National Maritime Museum Workshop Features:  • Sessions aboard Tall Ship JAMES CRAIG alongside at Wharf 7, ANMM.  • and at SHF’s Rozelle Bay restoration & maintenance workshops.   • SHF historic vessel harbour transfer from Darling Harbour to Rozelle Bay.  The workshop is an opportunity to discover and discuss the challenges and achievements involved with the restoration process of historic vessels of all types and sizes.REGISTER NOW ONLINE - https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=342758  • Delegate fee: $60pp – includes morning/afternoon teas and lunches. • Workshop Dinner with guest speaker - Thursday 22 February - held at ANMM’s Waterside venue: Canapés, two-course dinner, glass of wine and coffee - $75pp (optional event) OUTLINE PROGRAM.  Thursday ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2018, 1:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • The mystery of the tides For years the LBT homepage has had a link (top right) to Willy Weather, which presents tide predictions in an easy to read graphical format - see the following pic. It was recently drawn to our attention that the Willy Weather predictions for Port Huon (https://goo.gl/fRtwzV) differ significantly from those of the Met Bureau (https://goo.gl/WjWew6) which seemed worrying.  Table of tides for Port Huon from Willy Weather.   Table tides for Port Huon from the Met Bureau.The plot thickened when Brian Marriott pointed out that the river height at Huonville is tidal (see https://goo.gl/GvcDvV and https://goo.gl/C87UBt), and that it provided a way of backchecking these predictions. The first thing ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2018, 12:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • MAY QUEEN and the SIXAREEN The full title of the first of the monthly talks organised by the Maritime Museum for 2018 is “MAY QUEEN and the SIXAREEN - ARCHAEOLOGY of JOURNEYING”.  It will be given by Jack Chesterman.Time: 12.00-1.00pm, Tuesday 6 February 2018  Place: Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Customs House, 19 Davey St entrance.  'Jack Chesterman’s new exhibition “MAY QUEEN and the SIXAREEN - ARCHAEOLOGY of JOURNEYING” opens on Saturday, 3 February in the Carnegie Gallery at the Maritime Museum and will run until 22 April 2018.... This exhibition explores one of our favourite local vessels, the May Queen in honour of her 150th birthday last year. It also looks at the sixareen, a traditional clinker-built ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2018, 6:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Leshelen Three years ago Leshelen arrived at the Wooden Boat Centre in very poor condition (see https://goo.gl/h9bcKC).  After an extensive rebuild and restoration she was ready to go on the water, which happened today (Tuesday).  There was a certain amount of heart in mouth, but those who know how to balance a boat on slings did a great job, and she soared over the dinghy shed perfectly level and with no drama at all to land on her lines in the river.  And they did remember to put the bung in.  Congratulations to David Nash and others who have done the work, and to the owners for seeing the project through.
    Posted Jan 30, 2018, 1:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Twilight Rowing – starting Friday 2 February From Barb Dawson: Several regular rowers have agreed that it would be a great idea to start weekly twilight rowing races - from Friday 2 February (until daylight saving ends).  The idea is to provide the opportunity for anyone (male or female) who wants to improve their rowing fitness to take part in rowing races, to have some fun on the river and to socialise (drinks, nibbles, BBQ?) afterwards.  Racing will be conducted on a handicap basis, so everyone will be finishing around the same time.    Any type of rowing/paddling boat can take part – skiffs, Grebes, whaleboats, private dinghies, kayaks  - and approximate rowing time for the race would be 45 – 60 mins.   Programme  Rowers register on Friday afternoon to form ...
    Posted Jan 28, 2018, 4:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT at Australia Day The Australia Day organisers were hoping for some  on the water action from the LBT and Yukon for the happy throng at the Franklin Oval on January 26th, and we provided. Skipper Brian Pain scarcely had time for a cup of coffee between joy ride trips on Nancy - he was inundated with passengers.  Graham Rankin supervised the kids making paddles, who then took them down to the water and tested them out in the Grebes.  It was the first time in a boat for many of them.  The grown ups had the same opportunity in the Skiffs, supervised by Lorrie and the rowers.Thanks to all who helped make this such a successful day - too many to name.  Yet another ...
    Posted Jan 28, 2018, 11:26 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie Bagdad Cafe, Palais, Feb 4th Team Movies writes:'This month’s February classic movie is the 1987 quirky, magical film ‘Bagdad Cafe’.... Synopsis: After breaking down in the middle of the California desert, a German couple begin to argue, and the wife walks. She ends up at a flea-bitten truck stop that is the second home to a group of odd characters, and she begins to transform their lives. (Courtesy Rotten Tomatoes). Doors open 6.30pm, film starts when someone flicks the lights. After 7.15pm but before 7.30pm.  Admission: Gold coin donation (to cover cleaning/heating).  Bar will be running with reasonably priced quality refreshments to assist with the laughter & joy this magical film will bring, serving the usual red/white/beer ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2018, 6:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • State Elections: public meeting 13th February Pat Singe (Huon Valley Residents and Ratepayers Association) writes:   'As you probably know the state election has now been announced for the 3rd March and HVRRA is holding a special 'Election Q&A' at 7pm on the 13th Feb in the Huonville Town Hall.   It should be an interesting opportunity to put questions to the candidates/party reps and/or Adriana Taylor who will also be on the panel. So please note the time/date, mention it to friends and give some thought to a question or two for the evening... Please "like and share" this notice on our Facebook Page  to help get the word out: https://www.facebook.com/HuonValleyResidentsandRatepayersAssociation/ ' 
    Posted Jan 27, 2018, 6:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday Group Report (January 23rd) Pictures and story from Graham Wright.  Gretchen: The interior painting  finished and most of the outside has two coats of undercoat.  The hatches and some of the cabin items are ready for painting and the hand rails and slides for varnishing.  It's been a long time coming but it's getting closer to going back in the water.  Flathead: After months of scraping and filling cracks with new timber, replacing some rotting timber and making a new knee for the bow, work has progressed.  New timber is being prepared to support the keel and some of the original timber has been restored while marine silicon is being applied between the planks.  The Flying Fifteen: With all hands on deck ...
    Posted Jan 25, 2018, 5:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Final Reminder: Australia Day this coming Friday 26th The LBT is running activities on the water and in the marquee down at the Franklin Oval through the morning and into the early afternoon.   Join the happy crew by submitting your name throught the form below (https://goo.gl/Px5hsi). 
    Posted Jan 21, 2018, 12:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cruise in company to Maria Island? Sound like a good idea?  It does to Jane Johnson and friends.  See the proposal attached (https://goo.gl/ChDsN3), and contact Jane if you are interested: 0400 717140 or email jenjane2012@gmail.com
    Posted Jan 20, 2018, 12:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF info session, Friday 2nd Feb, 5.30pm Paul Cullen writes:The attached flyer (https://goo.gl/cKwssC) announces a free, public information session about the 2019 Australian Wooden Boat Festival at the Waterside Pavilion, Mawson Place on Friday 2 February at 5:30 pm.  This will be of interest to boat owners, potential volunteers, business owners and others who would like to know what’s being planned, and how they can have an influence on those plans, 12 months before the event. Please feel free to pass this message on to anyone who might like to attend.
    Posted Jan 19, 2018, 1:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • New caps available From the WOW newsletter (but available to everybody):caps for sale Friday Social row and WoW meeting $12; Australia Day $12 members $15 non members; or at the shed; also available without LBT logo $5. 
    Posted Jan 18, 2018, 6:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft minutes from LBT January Committee meeting See https://goo.gl/XdVYxR
    Posted Jan 18, 2018, 12:53 PM by Richard Forster
  • 'Last One' in Franklin Di Sullivan writes:  '[LBT member] Ian Moncrieff's 'Last One' an Alan Witt designed Derwent Skiff, was launched in Adelaide a couple of weeks ago.  This week she was rowed for the first time on the Huon, performing beautifully as expected.  The Captain of the Adelaide Rowing Club gave her the thumbs up, "Ian she rows like a dream." Faint praise indeed.'  She's now tucked up like a bug in a rug on the LBT lawn, waiting for a Monday night for more of us to try her out.  See pics (from Di) below. 
    Posted Jan 18, 2018, 6:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Accommodation in Franklin wanted, starting in December Anne Holst (Wooden Boat Centre) and Paul Cullen (Australian Wooden Boat Festival) write:  'There will be a crew of US boatbuilders and students in Franklin to build a ‘Haven 12 1/2’ beginning second week of December for 8 weeks prior to the next Wooden Boat Festival.  They are looking for help with accommodation in Franklin for this crew... this is an opportunity for local people to make a few dollars without the agency fees if they have a house or apartment they would like to make available.  We are a public, free event supporting the wooden boat community and hope that a similar spirit might spur a few offers.  These are delightful, talented and enthusiastic people who made us ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2018, 10:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Hazard - North West Bay, Electrona Marine and Safety Tasmania , Notice No.: M08-18,   Valid From: 18/1/2018 , until: 31/1/2018.  Mariners are advised a yacht has sunk on a mooring at Electrona in position:  43o 03.633 S / 147o 15.97E. The tip of the mast is just below the surface at high tide.   Mariners should exercise caution in the area.
    Posted Jan 17, 2018, 9:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • More on the Kettering Wooden Boat Rally Lorrie Harrison writes: 'Graeme, from Kettering Yacht Club, has invited us to join a small craft event from Kettering to the Woodbridge Pub (Peppermint Bay) for lunch & return on Saturday 10th February Leaving Kettering at 10:30am, some 3km each way.  If you want a seat in a skiff let Lorrie know (lorrieharrison@tpg.com.au) if you would like to take your own small craft, including kayaks, fill out the Kettering Yacht Club form: https://goo.gl/WDTS6S'  
    Posted Jan 17, 2018, 2:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Use of LBT assets policy Martin Riddle writes: 'The LBT Committee recently launched a policy on the use of LBT assets. The Committee was very pleased that the policy stimulated discussion and response from members.  Some responses identified details of managing individual assets that were more appropriate to specific guidelines developed by the user groups and sub-committees responsible for day-to-day management of assets. We have edited the policy to further emphasise the distinction between this top-level policy covering all LBT assets and guidelines for day-to-day management of individual assets. The over-arching purpose of this policy is to ensure all LBT assets are managed for the benefit of members in a consistent way.  Use of assets by non-members ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2018, 6:21 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Athol Walters classic for sale 10 metre carvel huon pine cruiser and club racer: see the ad for details: https://goo.gl/bs3y4x
    Posted Jan 16, 2018, 12:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • For those interested in salmon farming Lorrie Harrison points out that Tassal are conducting tours of their deep sea operations.  Register at http://discovertassal.com.au/
    Posted Jan 14, 2018, 2:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fancy a row in Scotland? Marguerite Porte has passed on the following invitation from Topher Dawson of Scottish Coastal rowing:  'I hope you are all well and getting some rowing in. I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that a venue and a time has been set for the 2019 [St Ayles Skiff] World Championships which will be at Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway in SW Scotland. It’s a great venue and there is a friendly and expert group of people who are working on extending a welcome to maybe 60 skiffs and 2000 rowers. Skiffs will be available to borrow so all we need is your rowers. Without you guys it would not be a Worlds so I hope to ...
    Posted Jan 14, 2018, 12:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mid Summer Sing at the Palais - Saturday 20th Jan Barb Dawson writes:  'From 10am to 3pm, the Mid-Summer Sing is primarily an opportunity for members of the Sing For Your Life! Choir to get together during the summer … and THE EVENT IS ALSO OPEN TO ANYONE ELSE who loves to sing, and would like to join in a big day of great harmonies.  Singers of all levels of experience (including beginners) are welcome – it’s a great chance to sing in a supportive, friendly environment, and if you enjoy the workshop you’re welcome to join the SFYL! Choir when the 2018 ‘choir year’ starts in March.  Cost $40/$35.  For more details, see Palais website  http://franklinpalais.com/event/mid-summer-sing-workshop/ '
    Posted Jan 14, 2018, 12:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Palais Collective re-opens Barb Dawson writes:  'The Franklin Palais Collective is once again open as an outlet for local producers and artisans, and a place for locals and visitors to visit.  The Collective sells a range of items - including Huon Valley produce, arts and crafts, books, local honeys, plants, wooden items and natural cosmetics. We are always on the lookout for new, good quality locally produced or sourced stock.  Volunteers operate the Collective, and it is open from Friday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm.  Everyone is welcome to call in and say hello.'
    Posted Jan 14, 2018, 12:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Council elections Bec Enders writes:'I spoke with Pat Synge of the Huon Valley Residents and Rate-Payers Association today who advised that they will be holding an event at the Huon Valley Town Hall on Tuesday 13th February 2018 at 7pm.  The purpose of this event is to invite State Government politicians and persons interested in the upcoming Huon Valley Council election and give the Huon Valley community an opportunity to ask questions. '
    Posted Jan 14, 2018, 12:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tasskiffie 2019 Yes, we know it is a long way off, but we do need to start thinking about the next St Ayles Skiff Regatta, and that requires coordinators, and we are looking for them.  The good news for these people is that:  we are old hands at this now, and the organising is well documented (see https://goo.gl/UnW1Bk);   there will be lots of support from the rowers, the LBT and its members;  There is 'money in the bank' so the requirements for fund raising should be small; it is a whole of community festival, and much of the work can be delegated to groups such as the local primary school.     The LBT functions because we share the workload: here ...
    Posted Jan 11, 2018, 12:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Kettering Wooden Boat Rally: 10th-11th Feb The organisers write:'The next Kettering Wooden Boat Rally is not far away. It will be held on the weekend of 10th and 11th February 2018, with a preliminary twilight race on Friday 9th. We hope you will consider joining us for the fifth Kettering Wooden Boat Rally, and have attached an information sheet and entry form. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to contact Roscoe Barnett or Jim Tayton. Their contact details are on the information sheet.'Information sheet (https://goo.gl/VyZmNm) and entry form (https://goo.gl/4EjoWP) attached.
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 4:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Warrnambool Regatta, 24-25 Feb One team has already registered for this event, and we reckon there should be more: it's a great, traditional event, based around whaleboats but now including Skiffs.  See the details at https://www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/south-west-regatta ,  get organised, and get there.
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 1:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Caring for Imagine When Liz and Karen pulled up the mats to paint the inside of Imagine they discovered a small amount of rot in the frames (see pics below).  It can be fixed, but it was a reminder that we should be lifting the mats and sponging out any moisture each time the boat is used.  Having the Skiffs moored and ready to go is a great boon, but it does mean that we have to care for them a bit more.
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 1:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mooring Lease Riseley's Bay Karen Corbin writes:'First bay north of Huon Yacht Club, Shipwright's Point.  Strong mooring, good depth.  $25 per week.  Phone 0455 555344 or 0458 406894'
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 12:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Spotted on the Huon Over the years Bob Frost has provided many beautiful photographs to the LBT and to the local community.  His latest collection, entitled 'A quick trip around Tasmania' can be found at https://goo.gl/zzr8Hk - well worth a look.  The pic below caught Mike Dredge's eye - that's him teaching the grandsons to row in one of the Grebes, with Missy in the back contemplating mischief. Pic from Bob Frost
    Posted Jan 9, 2018, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tree2Sea Project in Franklin Zainab Clark writes:   'Zainab Clark’s husband Jafar (Youth Development Coach with Colony 47) wishes to establish a project for disengaged young people to help build skills and confidence that may lead to future employment. Following a short-lived but successful boat building project (Tree2Sea) in New Norfolk he feels that a similar one in Franklin would be particularly appropriate with all the boat building skills and knowledge available here.   There are many possibilities, from taking a log and milling it locally to buying a kit and building from there. The finished product could be anything from a canoe, kayak up to a St. Ayles Skiff or a Grebe, with the boat being  auctioned, or sold to a club or ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2018, 1:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Roadworks around Franklin Suzannah Kerr from State Growth writes:'Shoulder sealing will be undertaken along a 5.5 kilometre section of the highway south of Franklin from the Fleurtys Road junction to Shipwrights Point in Port Huon. Road works will commence in January 2018 and be completed by the end of April 2018, subject to weather conditions. The work will also include sealing the gravel informal pull-over area opposite Huon Eldercare in Franklin. This will be sealed and signed to provide a viewing / photo opportunity area for tourists to safely stop off the highway.'For more details see the attached flyer: https://goo.gl/HAL8Md
    Posted Jan 8, 2018, 12:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pulsating at the Palais - Upcoming Concerts Barb Dawson writes:  'As LBT members know, nothing better after hard day’s boating than a good concert - two great musical events coming to the Palais soon.  Thursday 18 January – Himmerland Ensemble.    Scandinavian based ensemble, fresh from 2018 Cygnet Folk Festival – a unique blend of old Danish ballads, whirling fiddle tunes, breathtaking improvisations.  Doors open 6.30pm, show starts at 7pm. Bar open. Tickets $20 – available online at https://trybooking.com/339895 or at door (unless sold out).  Friday 19 January – The Heart Collectors - with special guest, Famous Will.  Australian Folk group ‘The Heart Collectors’, transcend conventionality and genre with their old-school alternative folk sound, bringing back the sentimentality of 70’s inspired harmonies, combined with a progressive lyrical ...
    Posted Jan 6, 2018, 2:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Getting the word out (and in) A few years ago the LBT committee formalised an internal process for delegating decision making - you can see it on the committee web page (https://goo.gl/qtS4kp).  A couple of members have gently pointed out that this process is all very well as far as it goes, but lacks a step for ventillating wider issues outside the committee before decisions are made.  To remedy the situation it is proposed that this step be added:  'If there is a larger issue at stake the committee may choose to canvas it with the membership through the newsletter, Monday night dinners etc, soliciting