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  • Classic Movie Night at the Palais: Sunday 2 April The movie this week: Last Ride.  Team Movies writes:  'I had not heard of this film until I recently watched an interview with the  Aussie actor, Hugo Weaving. Weaving said ...
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  • Sail to Three Hummock Island on the Julie Burgess For those with $1500 burning a hole in their pockets, this might be a good way to spend it.  The 'Julie Burgess' is a beautifully restored ketch run by the ...
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  • Sailing called off: Monday 27th There is a high chance of rain and strong winds, so let's wait for that fair weather.
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  • Foreshore plan discussion On Monday at 6pm Martin Krynen will be at the shed to discuss the new foreshore plan prepared to go with the Evaporator Shed development.  This plan is available at ...
    Posted Mar 24, 2017, 6:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dutch Skiff Regatta Bert Van Baar writes:'Did you know that the next international St Ayles Skiff Regatta will be held in the Netherlands? The end of May is the time to be ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 11:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Easter Row Liz Marshall writes:'Ladies: we need you to attend our Easter Friday row to try and beat last year's numbers. Let me know if you are coming, and bring ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 11:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • New Tasmanians visiting LBT Deb Van Velsen writes:  'New Tasmanians who were previously refugees or asylum seekers will visit the LBT on Sunday 23rd April from 10:30am.  We would love extra people so ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 3:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cygnet's Le Weekend Tess Hallinan writes:  'The Lady Nelson is coming to Cygnet's "Le Weekend" 7-10th April, when Cygnet celebrates its French connections. The original Lady Nelson met with Baudin's ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 2:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday sailing (with a difference) Looks as though the weather will be benign on Monday afternoon, so time to rig up and get out on the water.  The thought is that we may do it ...
    Posted Mar 19, 2017, 4:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dover Regatta (including St Ayles Skiff races) Karen Corbin writes:  'The 2017 Dover Regatta will be held over the Easter weekend commencing Friday 14th April.  Lots of fun for all, including great food and a dance ...
    Posted Mar 16, 2017, 11:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Anitra V Phil from Sydney brought his boat down to participate in the Cygnet regatta, but forgot to pack his crew.  An invitation issued to the LBT Monday night diners quickly remedied ...
    Posted Mar 16, 2017, 1:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dutchies in Franklin: short documentary Bert van Baar sent us a link to this. The translated introduction says:  'BOAT BUILDING IN WAKE OF ABEL TASMAN. In early December six students left from the Wood and ...
    Posted Mar 15, 2017, 5:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Fun on the water: we aren't the only ones Last weekend Snug oval and beach were awash with scouts who had congregated for their annual regatta.  We were particularly taken with the custom office trailer and the number and ...
    Posted Mar 15, 2017, 5:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tassie's Whale Boys: Whaling in Antarctic Waters John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes:  'Hi to all my MHOoT buddies, Now I’m sure you all like to sit down and have a good read, after a ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2017, 12:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteer awards Lisa Plohl from Huon Council writes:  'Council is very excited to announce and open the Volunteer Awards for 2017.  This is the first year that these very important awards will ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2017, 12:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin: slow town (and we like it) You've got your slow food, your slow boats, and now it seems Franklin is to have a slow road.  Bec Enders writes:  'The Franklin Progress Association (FPA) has had ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2017, 12:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • New plan for the waterfront Martin and Judy Krynen are going apace with the development of the old evaporator sheds, and have had some plans for further development around their site drawn up.  Of note ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2017, 7:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Working Waterfront March newsletter See attached (http://bit.ly/2ndX0nP): all the news from the Wooden Boat Centre, a nice historical piece from Allan Cato on the wreck of the Natal Queen, plus much ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2017, 7:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday Grebe sailing is BACK We have recovered from raids and regattas, the Oracle (that would be Peter Laidlaw) has been consulted, the entrails of a brim caught on the marina have been examined, and ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2017, 4:16 AM by Posts Editor
  • New Raid pics from Endra Pictures from the Raid have been coming in (see  bit.ly/2nbmty5 ) including some beauties from Endra O'May at bit.ly/2nb9oEX.  There were big pods of dolphins encountered ...
    Posted Mar 11, 2017, 3:37 PM by Richard Forster
  • Using Council Land: new by-laws The Huon Council writes:'Council intends to make a new Council Land & Recreational Facilities By-law, By-law No. 1 of 2017 to replace the current By-law.  The purpose ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2017, 7:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs on Parade Zainab Clarke has sent in a large collection of photos from the Skiff Regatta.  There is some good 'uns of the Skiffs in the boat parade at http://bit.ly ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2017, 3:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lady Nelson at Port Huon Marcia Waller writes:  'You may be interested in the sailing tours on the Lady Nelson this weekend from Port Huon. The Rotary Club of Huon Valley have partnered with the ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 5:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Barefoot Bowls at Franklin Bec Enders writes:  Date:  Friday 10 March 2017; Time: 5:00pm for approximately a 5:30pm start; RSVP:  Return email please to me (becjon@iinet.com.au).  5 reasons why ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 5:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Waarnambool Regatta 4th-5th March A team from the LBT competed successfully in the Skiff section of this regatta, and, more importantly, had a great time.  Thanks to Pat Groot and all our friends at ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 5:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Scout Guide Regatta - North West Bay MAST Notice to Mariners. Valid From:  11/3/2017 Until:  13/3/2017 'The Scout Guide Regatta will be taking place in the waters of North West Bay off Snug ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 4:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Cygnet Regatta starting 10th March See flyer below (http://bit.ly/2lS9q0k) for details.  Get your entry in SOON.  Note that the Cygnet Public Jetty will be closed for this event.
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 5:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie Night at the Palais: Carol, Sunday 5th March Liz from the Palais writes:  'This months movie is running in conjunction with the Huon Valley LGBTI Film Festival (see http://bit.ly/2mwWnSM), and is the 2015 academy award ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 3:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • Oz Day thank you For those who participated in our Australia Day activities Lisa Plohl writes:  'Thank you for all your help.  Please join us on Thursday 2 March 5.30pm – 7.30pm Cricket ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2017, 5:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monty's cheek-pieces Friend of the Living Boat Trust Bernie Bruen writes:'I have been thinking about the cheek-pieces. A carving is OK but you could take the opportunity to go somewhat ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2017, 9:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Raid Pics Links to pictures from the Raid are being added to repository at http://bit.ly/2lxymw9 as we become aware of them. Pic from Ben Forster
    Posted Feb 25, 2017, 2:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monty v Ducks The Monty needs a home.  The ducks in the pic below reckon the new pontoon is a key part of their guano production operation, and aren't very happy about ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2017, 1:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • End of Regatta Curry Yet another highlight of the Skiff Regatta was the celebration curry dinner served up by Jilly Archer.  Hans Sipsma sent in this pic with a different angle on proceedings.
    Posted Feb 26, 2017, 2:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT seeks treasurer 'Ask not what the Living Boat Trust can do for you, ask what etc, etc'.  Here is a great chance for somebody to make a contribution. Our previous treasurers have ...
    Posted Feb 23, 2017, 1:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • On (and off) the Water with Huon Valley Schools Sam Mifsud, whose daughter attends Franklin Primary,  asks us what has happened to our On the Water Program.  Good question.  If you would like to help revive our schools program ...
    Posted Feb 23, 2017, 5:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • Please return the Yamy Could the borrower of our Yamaha outboard motor please return it.
    Posted Feb 23, 2017, 4:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pics from Skiff Regatta Nell Tyson has submitted the first batch of photos from the Regatta, and a link to them has been added to the 'Tasskiffie2017 Pics' page at http://bit.ly/2lqzXUy ...
    Posted Feb 22, 2017, 1:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • 2017 Port Esperance Regatta Rebecca Hancock writes:'This year's Regatta will be a three day event to be held during the Easter long weekend (Friday 14th April to Sunday 16th April), comprising three ...
    Posted Feb 21, 2017, 12:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dutch boat DID float By the time it had been varnished it looked like an ornament, but just to prove that it was a real boat the Dutch boys took the 16M2 (built at ...
    Posted Feb 21, 2017, 12:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Treasurer standing down Ill health has forced Jackie Garnsey to stand down as Treasurer.  The prospects for her long term recovery are good, but this may take some time.  She writes: 'I would ...
    Posted Feb 20, 2017, 10:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • End of Raiding for another year Tawe Nunnugah is over, and the return raid is finished.  All we can do is cultivate the whiskers we have grown, savor the memories, and plan for next time.  Thanks ...
    Posted Feb 19, 2017, 3:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Regatta Parade The boat parade from Huonville to Franklin to open the Regatta was a spectacular success.  The only downside was that the organiser, David Budd, was not here to see it ...
    Posted Feb 19, 2017, 2:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • Finalised Regatta Programme All digits crossed, this is it.  See http://bit.ly/2lFhYqI Pic from Rob Ayliffe
    Posted Feb 12, 2017, 9:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • When too much Skiff is not enough Rob Ayliffe writes:  'Skiffie shout out!  We need Skiffie Help!  Skiff awareness raising in South Australia!  Some of you will know that there is this idea of rowing three skiffs ...
    Posted Feb 12, 2017, 9:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon helpers wanted David Pittaway writes:  'Pontoon 1 got her skirt completed last Wednesday, with the fender now extending around both ends. Prior to deployment for the skiff regatta, tie rails need to ...
    Posted Feb 12, 2017, 4:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • MAST notice for the Return Raid Valid From: 10/2/2017 until: 16/2/2017 Notice Content: A fleet of small craft will be travelling under sail and oar from Hobart to Franklin via the D ...
    Posted Feb 12, 2017, 2:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Raid - Unvarnished, Uncensored, Unadorned..... Click on TN17 (tab at top of LBT page) or go to tawe-nunnugah.org, to read stories from our local heroes.
    Posted Feb 11, 2017, 5:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteers Wanted For LBT Stand at Wooden Boat Festival Volunteers wanted to help Graham Rankin man the LBT stand at the Festival - even 2 hours of your time would be a great help. Friday, Saturday or Sunday 10am - 6pm ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2017, 12:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Clock is Ticking....Karl Gallienne - Harcourts Community and Corporate Challenge 2017 You see them in the health centre, you chat to them in the bank, but inside many of Huon's model citizens is an elite athlete busting to get out ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2017, 4:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • News from the Grand Fleet Faint messages in Morse Code are being received from our adventurers on the Raid.  Despite headwinds and testing conditions, morale is holding up.  Flogging has been kept to the absolute ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2017, 2:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • When the Grandchildren ask "Were you actually there?" Woodstock.... Live Aid Wembley.... Franklin 2017....the truly great music events of the modern era.  Put down that oar and pick up that air guitar...Weekend of St Ayles skiff ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2017, 7:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boat Owners - Essential Date for your Diary! Showcase the Huon River in this unique event by bringing your boat (any craft with flags) or join one of the Living Boat Trust's fleet.  We have it all ...
    Posted Feb 1, 2017, 6:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Just How Much Fun Can a Small Town Take ? Having just waved off the Raiders on their epic journey, still more events are fast approaching. Over the next few days, information on these events will be released:1)  Huon ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2017, 9:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Stacked Skiffs Rob Ayliffe shows how it is done: he is on his way down to the Raid and Regatta, with boats from Adelaide, Warrnambool and Melbourne being towed along behind.
    Posted Jan 29, 2017, 11:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Music at the St Ayles Skiff Regatta Sandy Pollard has set up a Facebook page to help him organise and publicise the concerts: see it at https://www.facebook.com/FranklinRegattaAndMusicFestival/
    Posted Jan 30, 2017, 1:01 PM by Richard Forster
  • Restoring Monty's rudder The dark area of wood in the accompanying photo shows what Monty's rudder had been reduced to: presumably through years of wear.  The light area is the extension being ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2017, 10:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wack 'em all Dennis Muscovich has invented a new game.  You set up your wooden grate with nails and then you ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2017, 10:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dinners at the LBT: not only but also The LBT has been an absolute hive of activity this week as preparations are made for Tawe Nunnugah, and to top things off there will be TWO dinners this coming ...
    Posted Jan 26, 2017, 1:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Oz Day on the water Franklin was the place to get on the water on Thursday 26th.  'Yukon' was taking out those who wanted the big boat experience, 'Nancy' was busying around for those happy ...
    Posted Jan 26, 2017, 1:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • The lost halyard Jeroen, one of the Dutch students building the 16M2 over at the Wooden Boat Centre, is a very handy man to have about when your halyard had parted from your ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2017, 2:41 AM by Posts Editor
  • Guides at the LBT The Grebes are great little boats for a first taste of being 'on the water', as the group of Guides shown in the picture below discovered.  They splashed about happily ...
    Posted Jan 22, 2017, 12:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Montagu Whaler funding campaign ended successfully  Enough money to complete the restoration of the Montagu Whaler was raised by the 'Pozible' campaign: thanks to all who contributed and particularly David Hume who organised it.  Whilst 'Monty ...
    Posted Jan 22, 2017, 11:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • Montagu Whaler 'taking up' The Montagu Whaler went in the water on the high tide on Saturday morning, which happened to be at 4.30 am.  Not a popular hour for some, but she ...
    Posted Jan 22, 2017, 3:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: Rowers @ the Australian Wooden Boat Festival Fiona Peate writes:'Volunteers are invited to crew Tasmania's oldest boat, Admiral, at the Wooden Boat Festival, taking passengers for a half hour row around the harbour. It's ...
    Posted Jan 22, 2017, 2:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Cygnet Skiff launched Lorrie Harrison writes:  'Sunny skies and smiles all around as the second skiff in the Port Cygnet Sailing Club was launched by local Federal member, Julie Collins. This elegant skiff ...
    Posted Jan 20, 2017, 1:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Montagu whaler ready for launch Graham Wright writes:  'Peter Hill has been on a roll the last couple of weeks as it was he who suggested navy blue on the gunwale and bump strip and ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 12:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy ready for Boat Festival Graham Wright writes:  'It's all about paint, Peter Hill to the rescue: he restored Nancy to her former glory re-painting all the cabin sides and around the windows ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 12:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • World Record LBT Dinner Talk about loaves and fishes:  Kate can perform miracles of almost biblical proportions.  We couldn't fit in the shed, so the long table was set up out on the ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 12:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • The oar leather production line Whilst Martin sews Liz punches.  Henry Ford would have been most impressed.  They are doing are wonderful job: check out Billie's oars next time you go for a row ...
    Posted Jan 18, 2017, 2:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • Working Waterfront News The latest from the Working Waterfront and the Wooden Boat Centre attached: http://bit.ly/2jFcH2i
    Posted Jan 18, 2017, 2:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • New Cygnet Skiff Jürgen from Cygnet writes:  'Thursday, 19 Jan, 1400h (2pm) at PCSC, Lymington Rd will be the one and only official launch of the new skiff THE CYGNET, sister ship to ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2017, 2:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • The wind is fresh, the temperature warm Who would be anywhere else but sailing on the Huon River?  The Grebes will be being rigged at 3.30pm this (Monday) afternoon.  Come down and join the team.
    Posted Jan 15, 2017, 1:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australia Day 2017 26th January See flyer (bit.ly/2jkNbl5) and bus timetables (bit.ly/2jku9vm,bit.ly/2jkyoqQ) attached.  Be part of it: join the Living Boat Trust crew at this event.  See bit ...
    Posted Jan 14, 2017, 12:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rigging the Skiffs The Kiwis reckon their Skiff 'Wee Tawera'  'sails like a wutch' and we do too.  On the last Return Raid from Hobart to Franklin they hardly had to put an ...
    Posted Jan 14, 2017, 3:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Need to find your land legs?  Zainab Clark writes:  'Di Harris and Zainab Clark would like to organise a monthly(?) bush walk for anyone who is interested. Inviting suggestions for places to go, things to see ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2017, 12:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Battleship grey for 'Monty' The team are hard at work (well, you can tell from the picture) getting the last coats of paint on, and 'Monty' will have an unofficial launch in the next ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 3:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • A Most Excellent Raffle ... is being held to support the Regatta celebrations. $3,053 in prizes. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin Post Office, Woof Gallery and Frank ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 1:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Blue paddleboard going, going ... After lengthy debate and a split decision the committee concluded that the obvious heritage value of this paddleboard did not warrant it occupying space at the LBT any longer.  If ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 2:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon Floats We are still seeking big black plastic floats of the style shown in the pic below so that we can complete our second pontoon.  If you know where we can ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 3:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT boats are working boats Mick Griggs demonstrates in the picture below: he is fixing a fender on the new pontoon.
    Posted Jan 10, 2017, 7:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Farewell for the Walduck's, Monday Jan 23rd See flyer below: http://bit.ly/2jgNBqg .  This event will replace the normal Monday dinner.  RSVP to Wendy Brown: wfbfranklin@gmail.com.
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 3:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Gracie' for sale Iain Oughtred designed “Tammie Norrie” (Grebe).  4.0M (13'6") X 1.2M (4').  7mm Hoop Pine marine plywood and Celery Top pine, epoxy bonded. Oregon mast, gaff and boom ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2017, 6:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Australia Day 26th Jan: be part of it The LBT had a great Australia Day last year, helping kids (of all ages) make paddles, and then taking them out on the water in Grebes (and Skiffs) - see the ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2017, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing with Taroona, Sunday 22nd January Invitation to all LBT rowers.  Taroona has invited us to join them for a row along the beautiful Alum Cliffs on Sunday 22 January, leaving Taroona beach at 10am.  The ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2017, 12:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • First Dinghy sailing session for 2017 Mike Dredge tells us it is ON: come down to the LBT pontoon this Monday afternoon (the 9th) at around 3.30pm.
    Posted Jan 8, 2017, 1:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • A forecast is just a forecast The blue line in the graphic below shows predicted wind speed at Dover for Sunday: up to 15 knots fresh. The black line shows actual: in the evening hovering around ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2017, 1:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: BBQ mechanic After year's of uncomplaining service the LBT barbecues are in need of a bit of tender loving care and attention.  Anybody with a some expertise and a bit of ...
    Posted Jan 5, 2017, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Barefoot Bowls at Franklin Bowling Club Season opener from 5pm Friday 13th January (propitious!).  See flyer below for details: http://bit.ly/2iE0Ymu
    Posted Jan 5, 2017, 1:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • The fender gang The pontoon was on the move again on Wednesday, down to the rowing ways for fenders to be fitted.  We need some sort of 'Huon Blues' as a work song ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2017, 4:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Oars for the Whaler The oars had gone to Taroona so they had something to row their Skiff with, but aren't required now that they have purchased something more suitable.  Thanks for bringing ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2017, 3:50 AM by Posts Editor
  • 16M2 has been turned Those who have been following the progress of the 'Dutch' boat over at the Wooden Boat Centre will be interested to know that a significant milestone has been reached: she ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2017, 12:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Back to the LBT Many of us are still in holiday mode, but Dave Pittaway has been rounding up the troops to fit fenders on with the pontoon this Wednesday morning, and the Tuesday ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2017, 12:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Yet more entertainment in Franklin How can they squeeze it in?  It's a mystery, but David Moore writes to tell us that he is a host for a comedy show at Frank's Cider ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2017, 12:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Another Ozzie Whaler? We have been conjecturing that when our Montagu Whaler is complete it might be the only one on the water in Australia, but then Peter McGee sent us this picture ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2017, 4:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • New hull at the Wooden Boat Centre As can be seen from the pictures below  Bert and his team of young Dutch boat builders have been making good progress on their 16M2 sailing dinghy.  The hull planking ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2017, 2:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas Pics Zainab Clarke sent us these - looks like a lot of fun.
    Posted Dec 30, 2016, 1:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Whaler gets turned A major milestone for the Montagu Whaler has been reached.  With work on the 'bottomsides' largely complete she was turned so that details inside the hull could be attended to ...
    Posted Dec 29, 2016, 2:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Help for Di Harris Di Harris writes:'I'm looking for help to remain able to go sculling at the Huon Rowing  Club but my spacial and navigational  skills are deteriorating. This, plus the ...
    Posted Dec 30, 2016, 12:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Whaler Race (1925) The LBT has yet to experience the five oar configuration of the Montagu Whaler, but the sailors in this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BUSO1Q5dvY) seem to be ...
    Posted Dec 26, 2016, 12:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Horse and Wood at the Palais, January 10 Martin and Deb VanRiddle write:  'Our friends Bukhu and John, who together are the Mongolian-Middle Eastern fusion ‘Horse and Wood’, are playing at the Palais again on 10 January ...
    Posted Dec 26, 2016, 2:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie at the Palais, January 1st From Deb and the Classic Movie Team.  "Women on the 6th Floor”.  Synopsis: Paris, 1960. Jean-Louis lives a bourgeois existence absorbed in his work, cohabitating peacefully with his neurotic ...
    Posted Dec 26, 2016, 2:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Art Exhibition: 'Messing about in Boats' Pam Mann from Huon Yacht Club writes:Please find attached your invitation (https://goo.gl/LLVzQ7) to the opening of "MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS Images that linger in the mind ...
    Posted Dec 26, 2016, 2:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival preview program The dates and times aren't necessarily accurate but there is a LOT about what we can expect: view the program at https://goo.gl/EgQezF Big and glossy enough ...
    Posted Dec 22, 2016, 12:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • MMT opens new exhibition: WAR AT SEA - THE NAVY IN WW1 John Wadsley writes:  'Just in time for Christmas!! After some very busy days over the past two weeks, we are very pleased to announce our latest exhibition, "War at Sea ...
    Posted Dec 22, 2016, 12:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • News from Maritime Centre (Devonport) If you are traveling through Devonport the Bass Strait Maritime Centre at the river mouth across from the ferry terminal is well worth a visit.  See their newsletter attached: goo ...
    Posted Dec 20, 2016, 11:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon fun morning: Wednesday (21st) David Pittaway and a small team have selfishly been hogging all the enjoyment of pontoon building over at the evaporator sheds, but have grudgingly conceded that they need a larger ...
    Posted Dec 19, 2016, 11:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • Warrnambool Regatta, 5th March 2017 One to put in the diary.  Those of us who attended the regatta on the Hopkins River at Warrnambool a year or so ago can vouch for what a great ...
    Posted Dec 18, 2016, 11:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Cutters on the Baltic Friends of the LBT Georg and Johanna, who stayed at the shed a few years ago as woofers, send Christmas greetings from their hometown Wismar in northern Germany, and some ...
    Posted Dec 18, 2016, 1:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Gloriana Can't Make it to the Huon River Parade of Boats Sadly, we have just heard from Buckingham Palace that they can't send Gloriana, the Queen's rowboat, to be part of the opening event of the St Ayles Skiff ...
    Posted Dec 16, 2016, 10:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • 1200 km tawe nunnugah Those who get to the end of tawe nunnagah and feel it is just a warm up could consider this:  1200 km up the west coast of Canada through the ...
    Posted Dec 16, 2016, 2:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Montagu Whaler on schedule The antifoul went on on Friday morning, and we will turn the boat early next week so that more work on the interior can be done.  Follow progress on the ...
    Posted Dec 15, 2016, 8:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • 16M2 Half Model under construction The Dutch boat builders are covering all the bases.
    Posted Dec 15, 2016, 7:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Murray Shand Murray,  a member of the Tuesday group, passed away on Thursday.  We will miss him and our thoughts are with his family.
    Posted Dec 15, 2016, 3:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Follow the build of the 16M2 Back in 1920's Holland a new tax was put in place for boats with a sail area greater than 16 square metres, so naturally a class which just fitted ...
    Posted Dec 14, 2016, 12:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Syrah back on the water Hans Sipsma has put a lot of work into getting Syrah ready for the season, and Jesse and Matt were very happy with the result.
    Posted Dec 13, 2016, 5:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • Grebe takes a dive It was all part of our capsize drill on Monday.
    Posted Dec 13, 2016, 5:07 AM by Posts Editor
  • New gadget in the fuel locker It's a bilge pump donated by Mike Dredge: gets water out of a flooded Grebe or Skiff double quick.Thanks Mike!
    Posted Dec 13, 2016, 4:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Severe Weather Warning for Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning From BOM:'A trough currently lies over Tasmania, with a cold front expected just west of the state tonight as a deep low moves to the southwest. These features, combined ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2016, 10:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas in Franklin If your girth needs thickening Franklin is the place to be at this time of year.  Three events of particular note for LBTers are:  the Franklin parade and party, on ...
    Posted Dec 11, 2016, 1:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night dinners over the holiday season Kate Hoorweg writes: Monday 12th Dec = dinner as usual; Monday 19th LBT BYO Christmas Party - bring a plate to celebrate!!  Monday 26th = NO DINNER! Monday 2nd Jan = NO DINNER! Monday ...
    Posted Dec 11, 2016, 3:28 AM by Richard Forster
  • Heritage Bricks (approx 500) - Palais Theatre seeking offers The Palais Theatre is seeking offers from any party interested in purchasing one lot of approximately 500 used heritage bricks. For more information, or viewing, contact Barb 0408 212495 Bids ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2016, 4:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Course in January We are looking to put on a First Aid course in January, particularly with Tawe Nunnugah in mind.  There may be some subsidy of this, but chances are it will ...
    Posted Dec 17, 2016, 6:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Hazard, Helms Bay MAST writes (9/12/16):  'Mariners are advised a 7.5m yacht has sunk on its mooring at Helms Bay.  Mariners should navigate with caution in the area.'  
    Posted Dec 9, 2016, 9:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • The St Ayles Skiff connection Skiffy Topher Dawson from Ullapool in Scotland writes:  'By coincidence a friend posted these photos on Facebook today. They are of a boat [Sgorr na Craig] I built at Lunawanna ...
    Posted Dec 8, 2016, 3:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Post/Christmas cards from Bob Frost Bob has very kindly donated a large number of cards featuring his photographs of the Huon Valley - see below for some samples (there are more).  Ideal for sending messages to ...
    Posted Dec 8, 2016, 12:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Hazard – Port Huon MAST writes:  'Mariners are advised that the sunken vessel Dooen in Hospital Bay in position 43⁰ 09.530’ S / 146⁰ 58.357’ E is now marked with an orange buoy ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2016, 8:07 PM by Richard Forster
  • Crowd funding for the Montagu Whaler goes live We REALLY want the Montagu Whaler to be ready for the Raid, and Johnno and volunteers from the LBT and Wooden Boat Centre have been working hard to get it ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2016, 2:46 PM by Richard Forster
  • A song from Bernie Bruen The best pleasures are often the unexpected ones. Local musician Sandy Pollard has recorded a fantastic version of 'The Lament of the Montagu Whaler' for us (more of which anon ...
    Posted Dec 8, 2016, 12:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Capsize Monday Pinkies dipped in the river are no longer giving pain, the BOM forecast has been consulted, and Monday is looking like a good afternoon to discover what happens when our ...
    Posted Dec 11, 2016, 3:34 AM by Richard Forster
  • Undercoat goes on the 'Monty' After weeks of patching and filling and sanding by the team lead by Johnno, an exciting day yesterday: first outside undercoat went on.  There is still debate about what colour ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2016, 12:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dreaming Tawe Nunnugah As we approach Tawe Nunnugah season we need something to get us in the right mood:  Martin Kell's video is a good way to do it - see https://www ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2016, 3:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • Imagine Sailing Putting sailing rigs in the St Ayles Skiffs has been the topic of much 'lively discussion' recently.  Iain Oughtred has designed an 'official' one, but the Kiwis, who have the ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 4:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Amnesty Film at Cygnet: Spear Zainab Clark writes: To celebrate International Human Rights Day Amnesty's Southern Action Group has partnered with Cygnet Arts council to bring you a special screening of Stephen Page's ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 2:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dutchies on the water The visiting Dutch boat building team were invited to join Monday evening sailing, and leapt at the opportunity.  Fortunately 'give way to starboard' seems to be international: we didn't ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 11:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • A load of wood (and Saint Nicholas) Dave Golding delivered a load of Celery Pine from his mill to the Wooden Boat Centre  for the Dutch boat.  Saint Nick ('Sinterklaas') was a surprise passenger for 'Dutch Christmas
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 12:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • International season begins There will be many overseas visitors to the LBT over summer, particularly for the Skiff Regatta in February.  On Monday we officially welcomed the Dutch team who have come to ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2016, 1:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dinghy sailing: Monday afternoon John Walduck writes:  "MetEye is predicting about 12 knots westerly this afternoon, which will be OK, but quite turbulent on the river. Mike is away today, but I'm up ...
    Posted Dec 4, 2016, 1:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Working Waterfront December Newsletter See attached: http://bit.ly/2gmolNn .  Items include Christmas party, Wooden Boat Centre course guide (http://bit.ly/2gmnooz) etc, etc.
    Posted Dec 3, 2016, 2:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowers Wanted Lorrie Harrison writes:  ROWERS WANTED  for longer rows in preparation for Tn17. Tuesday and Thursday morning.  Contact Penny - currybowran@bigpond.com  Lorrie - w.lharrison@bigpond.com 
    Posted Dec 4, 2016, 1:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Calling all LBT paddlers! Alec Young, Vice President, Royal Hobart Regatta Association writes:  'Dear Paddler,  You will recall how you were part of the 2013 Guinness World Record Breaking event, organised by the Royal ...
    Posted Dec 3, 2016, 2:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Regatta, Huon River, December 3rd Message from MAST:  A Rowing Regatta will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 3 December 2016. Mariners are advised the river will be closed for other ...
    Posted Dec 1, 2016, 1:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • D (for Drain) day at the Shed In an incautious moment Michael McGrath offered the LBT use of his backhoe/digger (and himself), and we leapt at the opportunity to get some decent drainage put in around ...
    Posted Dec 4, 2016, 1:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Painting season Warm spring weather is an opportunity to get done those jobs put off during the winter months, and yesterday Martin Kell was up the mast to apply a coat of ...
    Posted Dec 1, 2016, 1:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Will's Shed In recent times one of the many pleasures of a row on the river has been watching the progress being made on Will Hallinan's new shed over on the ...
    Posted Dec 1, 2016, 1:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bay Pilot project: free to a good home Anne Holst writes:  'The popular Arch Davis designed Bay Pilot frame has been constructed and is ready to be planked and finished by a handyman/boatbuilder. We have a full ...
    Posted Nov 29, 2016, 4:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classic movies night, December 4th Deb and the classic movies team write:To kick start the Christmas festivities we are screening the 2013 Mexican box office smash hit, The Noble Family Warning: The Noble Family ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2016, 1:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pictures from the launch of 'Freyja' Amidst general rejoicing the latest St Ayles Skiff was launched at Franklin on Sunday.  Congratulations to the Bittern team and all who have contributed.  For more pictures see http://bit ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2016, 12:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Some pictures and report from the Swiftsure Regatta Lorrie Harrison writes:'In typical LBT style members arrived on mass willing to help and willing to create an inclusive fabulous day.  Huge thank you to everyone who coordinated - Adrian ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2016, 6:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • The big cleanup Graham Wright sent these pictures of the shed after a major housekeeping day.
    Posted Nov 27, 2016, 3:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • White Ribbon Day The LBT verandah, with its cafe blinds down, was an ideal place to hold a morning teas to recognise the campaign to prevent violence against women.
    Posted Nov 25, 2016, 4:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Final Reminder: Swiftsure Regatta tomorrow, Sunday 27th Starting at 9.30am, be there or be square.  See the program: http://bit.ly/2eIjWHT .  Be part of the launch of the new St Ayles Skiff at 12 noon
    Posted Nov 25, 2016, 3:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Talking tall ships, 6th December John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes: 'For the December talk we have Mickey Benefiel talking on “Searching for the Tall Ships of 1988”. This will be an intriguing presentation ...
    Posted Nov 22, 2016, 2:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Steamboats Ahoy!! It was wall-to-wall wood on the water last Sunday, as a flotilla of steamboats, skiffs, piners punts, kayaks and an Adirondack Guideboat cruised up to Huonville. What a ...
    Posted Nov 22, 2016, 3:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Calling all LBT hipsters.... It's well known that LBT members are the coolest dudes in the Valley.  So don't miss out on the Blues coming to Franklin this Friday.  Mike Erlington is ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2016, 8:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bring your own food this Monday night All the cooks are elsewhere this Monday night,  so it's a 'social night'.  Barbecues are available and bring some salad to share. 
    Posted Nov 19, 2016, 9:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Invitation to Skiff Launch, 27th November Where: The Living Boat Trust, 3337 Huon Hwy, Franklin; Date: Sunday 27th November 2016; Time: 12.00pm.  This boat, commissioned and built by ‘The Bitterns’, will the third in the ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2016, 1:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Can you help save the LBT money by lending equipment for the tn17 Raid? To save the Living Boat Trust the cost of hiring or buying some of the equipment necessary to support the tn17 expeditions we are putting the call out to all ...
    Posted Nov 17, 2016, 7:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dinghy sailing off for two weeks Mike Dredge writes:  'Both John and I will be unavailable to oversee the Monday evening sailing program for a couple of weeks, for widely varying reasons. John is allowing a ...
    Posted Nov 17, 2016, 12:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Latest plan for Swiftsure Regatta and new Skiff Launch, November 27th From Lorrie Harrison:  see the attached draft plan: http://bit.ly/2eIjWHT .  We are still looking for helpers for the day.
    Posted Nov 17, 2016, 2:43 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Steam boat rally this coming Sunday The weather is looking fair for this Sunday, and if it anything like last year it should be a lot of fun.  Departure from the LBT (for Huonville) is at ...
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 8:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Working Waterfront Association Newsletter See attached: http://bit.ly/2fiGICr . LOTS of news about plans, events, the Wooden Boat Centre etc.
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 6:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • No violence at the LBT Karen Corbin writes:'Friday the 25th November is the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  In Australia we generally know this day as 'White Ribbon Day ...
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 5:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club Race Officers Course Bev Pickering writes:'There is to be an Australia Sailing Race Officers Course (Club Level) at HYC clubhouse on December 10th 2016, 9.00am-3.30pm. This will be the ...
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 4:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • MAST Flare Demonstration at the Huon Yacht Club 23 November Stan Pickering writes: 'MAST will be holding a Flare Demonstration Night at the Huon Yacht Club on 23 November at 5.30pm.  Geeveston Fire Brigade, Volunteer Coast Rescue Kingston and ...
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 4:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Super moon low tide Laurence Burgin took this picture of 'Billie'  high and dry when somebody pulled the plug out.
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 3:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • World's first marine men's shed Given that we are a 'community' shed we decided to let this bold claim go through to the keeper when the person making it for his Western Australian shed came ...
    Posted Nov 15, 2016, 7:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dinghy sailing is on, Monday 14th Nov Looks like the clouds are rolling back and the wind is a benign breeze.  Start rigging the Grebes from 3pm.
    Posted Nov 13, 2016, 1:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Familiar faces in unfamilar places Sandra and Kevin Robson showing off in their boat on a sunny Fremantle harbor. Just as well Kevin had his undies on or he might have shown off more than ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2016, 12:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sails for the Montagu Whaler No sooner had Martin Riddle organised quotes from the sailmaker than Graeme Hunt from the Wooden Boat Guild dropped in a mizzen sail and spars, plus a sprit yard and ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2016, 11:40 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: meeting Monday night There will be an informal members meeting preceding dinner on Monday 14th of November at 6pm to discuss issues currently before the committee. The draft agenda can be viewed at ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2016, 4:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • A new roof and new ideas for 'Nancy' Peter Heading applied the final cream top coat this week and the job was done.  Big thanks to Martin and Judy Krynen who sponsored the project, and Peters Heading and ...
    Posted Nov 12, 2016, 3:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta Sunday 27 November Lorrie Harrison writes:"Starting at 9:30 with the Roger Harwood Classic Clinker Dinghy Race, can anyone beat John Young in this 3km single rower race? Anyone can enter, bring ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2016, 12:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cooks wanted If the LBT is first of all about boats, it is second of all about community, of which Monday night dinner is a cornerstone.  In recent years there have been ...
    Posted Nov 11, 2016, 2:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • In a good cause: Anglican church trivia night It's all happening at 7pm on Friday December 2nd.  For more details see the attached flyer (http://bit.ly/2eX04g8) or call 0427 640156
    Posted Nov 10, 2016, 4:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Kermandie' for sale Sorry, it's not the pub, but it IS a huon pine cruising boat with a lot of local connections: that name, built in Port Huon by Athol Walter.  Even ...
    Posted Nov 10, 2016, 12:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • "Sail before steam" doesn't always work A reminder to rowers and sailors to stay clear of larger boats on the river.  Large boats have limited maneuverability, particularly at low speed and particularly in and around the ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2016, 8:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Advice to the LBT committee There will be an informal members meeting preceding dinner on Monday 14th of November at 6pm to discuss issues currently before the committee.  Minutes of the last committee meeting are ...
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 12:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Deploying the Pontoons Last Wednesday Jennifer Mudge and Chris Price from Parks did a foreshore walk with Hans Sipsma, David Pittaway, Richard Forster and others to look at the options for pontoon deployment ...
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 12:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Innovations on Bittern 'Bittern' maintains the tradition that every new Skiff has a different oar (rowlock) and foot rest system.
    Posted Nov 5, 2016, 11:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Painting Season It's been going on for weeks, but seems to have reached a frenzy.  Hans Sipsma is taping up 'Syrah'.   Sue Jenkins and Lynn are applying a post box red ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2016, 10:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ouch!! When a fast moving racing shell meets a very stationary putt putt (John Walduck's 'Gemma') something is bound to give, unfortunately below the waterline.  Some quick thinking (and moving ...
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 4:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT rowing crews Lorrie Harrison has sent us the following notice on behalf of the Regatta organising committee.  It is time to start forming up LBT crews for the upcoming skiff regatta in ...
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 4:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Skiff: a latter day Cutty Sark? Rob Ayliffe reports: 'While there [in Geelong] I also had a good look under the superb model they have there of the Cutty Sark.  A famous working voyaging sailing ship ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2016, 5:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • A sailing rig for the Skiff We know (and love) our St Ayles Skiffs as rowing boats, but on longer expeditions it is nice to be able to hoist a sail and take a break.  Iain ...
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 12:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Keeping up with tawe nunnugah If you aren't already getting the online tn17 newsletter and want it, then complete the form at http://bit.ly/2eIQ5v5 .  Martin Riddle has been exploring over on Bruny ...
    Posted Nov 4, 2016, 10:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Launching 'Bittern': 27th November The 'Bittern' St Ayles Skiff is getting her last undercoat in the LBT workshop annex. The intention is that she will be complete and ready to launch,  amidst much pomp ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2016, 11:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Hazard – Port Huon Mariners are advised (by Maritime and Safety Tasmania) that the buoy marking the sunken vessel Dooen in Hospital  Bay in position 43⁰ 09.530’ S / 146⁰ 58.357’ E is ...
    Posted Nov 4, 2016, 1:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Amsterdam Launch For Dutch Boat Project Looks like it was a good party.  Read all about it on the Australian Wooden Boat Festival news blog: http://bit.ly/2eHThHi .  For those who need reminding, a major ...
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 12:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie Night at the Palais Sunday November 6th Deb Combes writes: Hi Team Movies, WARNING: QUALITY FILM RETURNING TO THE PALAIS. Quality comes at a cost. $5 admission to pay screening fee.    This month’s film is the ...
    Posted Oct 30, 2016, 1:21 PM by Richard Forster
  • 'Niko' Recreational Rowing Boat project Steve Cameron writes:  'I have obtained a sample of a new engineered boat-building timber product from Finland called 'Vendia Marine Plank' for a build of a Finnish 'Niko' design ...
    Posted Oct 28, 2016, 3:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • To give away: 12' plywood sailing dinghy Phil Robinson is looking to give away a 12’ Tamar Class plywood sail boat.  It is in a shed in Geeveston that needs to be cleared.  It has intact mast ...
    Posted Oct 27, 2016, 11:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Winning poster for the St Ayles Skiff Regatta, from Anne Kovach What a stunner!
    Posted Oct 27, 2016, 12:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Model boats for the AWBF Michael Stoddart writes:'The Registration site on the Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2017 website is now open for the receipt of model boat registrations.   Please go to http://www.australianwoodenboatfestival ...
    Posted Oct 27, 2016, 1:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Deck for new pontoon almost finished David Pittaway and the team have been making great progress.
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 10:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Montague Whaler Sails We are hoping the Montague whaler might be coming on tawe nunnugah, and one issue is her sails.  They are lovely old canvas things, unfortunately not with enough strength left ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 9:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pete and Pete and Nancy Peters Heading and Laidlaw have removed the deteriorating veneer from the roof of 'Nancy', and are racing against the weather to get down plywood and fibreglass to seal her up
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 9:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Old Sea Dogs Book 2' and other Cuppa Conversations Those of us who missed the launch of Andrew Wilson's excellent book (a large section of which is dedicated to Franklin) can catch up with him at the 'Cuppa ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 3:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bellerive Seafarers Festival Annette, Endra, Hans, Nell, Tess, Steve and Dennis took 'Billy', the marquee and the makings for some good nautical activities (model raft making, knot tying etc), to this very popular ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 2:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta Nov 27 2016, at the Living Boat Trust Jane Johnson has sent us a plan for the St Ayles Skiff part of the Regatta. Other (non Skiff) events will include the Swiftsure Race, Roger Harwood and the Rat ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 2:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pontooners wanted (Wednesdays) David Pittaway writes: 'I'll be back down at the pontoon construction site next Wednesday 26th, then all future Wednesdays until years end - we should be able to finish P1 ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 1:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • Hooray! A day of spring (sailing) weather Mike Dredge writes (On Monday 24th October):'The blue stuff out there is called "sky". The flat water means "calm". Which means we can have a sailing session today.   John ...
    Posted Oct 23, 2016, 2:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy the bike taxi A dozen or so of our visitors from CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) rode their bikes from Hobart to Franklin by way of Fern Tree ...
    Posted Oct 23, 2016, 3:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • We like those cafe blinds Sunday afternoon was a bit breezy and chilly for the CCAMLR BBQ, but the lowered blinds at the end of the verandah created a lovely warm corner in which to ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2016, 10:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Garage sale for the LBT This weekend saw a 'Garage Sale Trail' around the Huon Valley, taking in the Glen Huon Hall where Dennis Muscovich ran a stall for us.   It raised a significant amount ...
    Posted Oct 21, 2016, 10:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Steamboat Rally Sunday 20th November From Andrew Perkins:  steam,paddle,row or sail from Franklin to Huonville for a lunchtime get together with other wooden boat groups at the Huon Jet Boat Cafe; enjoy a ...
    Posted Oct 21, 2016, 2:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Grebe school The weather was 'ok' on Monday evening, so John Walduck and Mike Dredge conducted their second class for novice Grebe sailors.  This one was all about the intricacies of gaff ...
    Posted Oct 17, 2016, 1:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Paints from Sorell Men's Shed: thank you As noted previously in this column, Sorell Mens Shed has been given a batch of mixed paints and is offering them to other sheds.  Mike Dredge knows how wooden boats ...
    Posted Oct 17, 2016, 1:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Big thanks to Nancy crew Seniors Week for this year has just ended, marked by the extremes of weather that the Bureau of Meteorology traditionally turn on for it.  We acknowledge their efforts but ask ...
    Posted Oct 21, 2016, 2:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Work in the shed From Graham Wright (text and pics):  Two pictures of Gretchen with her new Dynal sheathing on one side, this will keep her dry.  Black Swan showing the strengthened transomWork ...
    Posted Oct 23, 2016, 5:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • A new Port Davey book: get involved John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes:  Tony Fenton is crowdfunding the publication of his book, A History of Port Davey, volume one: Fleeting Hopes. This is a varied and ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 3:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Skiff Regatta Newsletter See the attached newsletter (http://bit.ly/2ehHtQg) for the latest on Skiffie2017, which you scarcely need reminding is on the weekend after the Wooden Boat Festival, 18th-19th February ...
    Posted Oct 13, 2016, 1:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Is it that season already? Bec Enders is looking forward to Christmas Day, and planning a party at the LBT shed for those whose loved ones are far away, or who are too grumpy to ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2016, 1:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Seniors Week Seniors are nothing if not intrepid, and Laurence Burgin snapped them heading out into the lowering storm in Nancy yesterday.  Fortunately Nancy has a snug cabin, and the sun soon ...
    Posted Oct 12, 2016, 1:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Garage Sale, Glen Huon 22nd October Dennis Muscovich writes:'There will be an LBT stall at the combined garage sale at Glen Huon Hall.  Items and helpers needed.  Contact Dennis: 0428 364 178'
    Posted Oct 11, 2016, 5:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • MAST Notice: Rowing Regattas Valid:  11/10/2016 - 6/11/2016 Notice Content:  Rowing Regattas will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 22  October and Sunday, 23 October, Saturday, 5 ...
    Posted Oct 11, 2016, 4:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pains, Varnishes & Stains - Available from Sorell Mens Shed Well that's what he said, but we think he meant paints.  Keith Ellis from the Tassie Men's Shed Association writes:'I have been advised by Chris Coyle from ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2016, 4:12 AM by Posts Editor
  • Woodbridge pier damaged MAST Notice  Mariners are advised that the Woodbridge Jetty has sustained damaged in the recent weather conditions. It has been reported that the southern outer pylon of the Woodbridge Jetty ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2016, 3:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Spring gale dismasting The best place to be on Sunday was tied up to the wharf, below decks, whittling and whipping and doing a bit of scrimshaw work and the like.  Even ashore ...
    Posted Oct 13, 2016, 3:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Warning - Floating Debris (contd) Mike Dredge tells us that the MAST warning of a week ago (http://bit.ly/2dWSeY5) should remain very much alive (on the 7th October): there is a nasty snag ...
    Posted Oct 7, 2016, 10:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cut and polish for Nancy Brian Pain took advantage of a window of still weather to get 'Nancy' down to the slip at Port Huon, where her undersides were attended to, she had her annual ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2016, 2:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • One for the bargain hunters Auction to be conducted on Sunday October 16, 2016, at the Palais Theatre, Franklin, starting at 10.30am.See flyer attached for more details: http://bit.ly/2dMDjzs
    Posted Oct 5, 2016, 4:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • Special Event at Museum: Tuesday October 4th John Wadsley writes: 'REMINDER: Maritime Museum of Tasmania - Special Event on 4 October 2016 for the 400th Anniversary of the Dutch landing in Western Australia. note the change of venue ...
    Posted Oct 2, 2016, 7:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Warrnambool Regatta (March 2017) Patrick Groot has sent us the flyer for this event: see below.  Those of us who went to the launch of 'Fast Messenger' at Warrnambool last year can vouch for ...
    Posted Oct 2, 2016, 4:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Exploding Calendar The calendar is bristling with events this week:On Monday: at 3.30pm the first sailing class for the season (hope you have booked);at 5.30pm a meeting of ...
    Posted Oct 2, 2016, 2:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Kayak launch The neat little kayaks which have been built by students at the Wooden Boat Centre over the last week (instructors Peter Ingram-Jones and Greg Simson) were tested on the ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2016, 8:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Read all about the Evaporators Those who missed the Sunday Mercury article about the plans  Martin and Judy Krynen (our neighbours) have for this building can read all about it online: http://bit.ly/2dB21D1 ...
    Posted Oct 1, 2016, 3:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Warning - Floating Debris MAST Notice: Valid From: 29/9/2016  Until: 7/10/2016.  Mariners are advised that recent heavy rains have caused debris including logs to be washed into rivers and estuaries ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2016, 5:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • News from Huon Yacht Club Stan Pickering writes: Dear Members and Friends,  A reminder that it is the HYC Social night tomorrow evening. 6.30pm start at the clubhouse. We hope the weather will be ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2016, 6:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Voluntary workers insurance Our insurance broker Grant Butters came to the shed on Tuesday, principally to discuss Tawe Nunnugah with us, but also to help clear up any other issues.  LBT members commonly ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2016, 6:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Light – Port Esperance Dover MAST Notice:  Mariners are advised that a fixed yellow navigation light has been established  on a pile in Port Esperance, Dover in position 43o 20.135S, 147o 00 ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2016, 6:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Progress in the shed Graham Wright writes:  'Brett is back from his European adventures and put us right as the images show. The northern wall on the new equal access toilet is the privacy ...
    Posted Sep 28, 2016, 3:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bungee Rowing Nell Tyson, our industrial spy on the waterways of Europe, sent this suggestion for a regatta activity. https://youtu.be/-5EcFoguFBE
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 7:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon progress report David Pittaway writes: 'pontoons are coming along slowly but consistently. The physical size of components demands a team approach, which has been well attended on Wednesday mornings. We have P1 ...
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 6:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Movie at the Palais: Sunday Oct 2nd "This month’s movie is the 2003 Australian deadly serious comedy/thriller “Bad Eggs”.  We here at Team Movie Command headquarters take our role seriously. After receiving an anonymous letter ...
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 4:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: First sailing class next Monday (3rd Oct) Mike Dredge has sent us the program:  see http://bit.ly/2cUAKZx and http://bit.ly/2dijCiX.  Start time is 3.30pm.  First class on shore, so it won't ...
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 3:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy Fanciers Meeting A glimpse at the Nancy calender (mv-nancy-tours.org) shows that there is a VERY busy October coming up.  We need to get organised, and the first meeting for ...
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 1:34 AM by Posts Editor
  • The King is dead Long live the King.  At the AGM on Saturday Peter Laidlaw dismissed himself and the committee for 2015-16, and was promptly elected as president of the 2016-17 committee ...
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 3:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Upcoming Fun Events for Children to Adults Kids first of all....from the Maritime Museum of Tasmania..... Please find attached our flyer for the next School Holidays program that will be held in the September/October holidays ...
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 12:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dee Oirish Rowers Ireland's first ever Olympic rowing medallists have inspired a hilarious poem.Listen and laughhttps://youtu.be/Cg_h3nD4Nhk
    Posted Sep 22, 2016, 2:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • FINAL REMINDER ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND QUIZ NIGHT A final reminder to all our members that the AGM is being held this Saturday the 24th of September, starting at 6pm at the Franklin Bowling Club.At the last ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2016, 6:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon River Boat Parade - Friday 17 February 2017 To open the St Ayles Skiff Regatta,  our classic launch Nancy will lead a fleet of skiffs and assorted craft from Huonville downriver to Franklin.The Derwent Scottish Pipe Band ...
    Posted Sep 17, 2016, 9:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT needs Magic Carpet We are looking for a large piece of carpet in reasonable condition, to replace the current carpet that is in the area outside the kitchen.  If you can help, please ...
    Posted Sep 17, 2016, 12:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday boys test the new seat - and it passes with flying colours Graham Wright reports.....Busy day today, Huon Harmony is back in the water and under the shed, and Black Swan has had a pressure wash and is in the extension ...
    Posted Sep 13, 2016, 4:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Just Bowl Along to this One From our Mens Shed friends......CarbaTec are holding a Arbotech Demo at their Hobart store - learn how to carve a free form bowl. See attached posterDetails as follows:-Carbatec ...
    Posted Sep 13, 2016, 3:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Thanks The LBT committee would like to sincerely thank the large number of members who turned out on Monday night to help us resolve a difficult membership issue.This process has ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2016, 10:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Haven't a Clew about Sailing? Always wanted to know a jib from a gybe?  Mike and John can soon have you tacking and tracking. Basic sailing course starting in October.  See attached for more details
    Posted Sep 10, 2016, 11:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Last Reminder - extremely important (but very short) Special General Meeting A final reminder that a Special General Meeting of Members will be held at the Palais Theatre, 3388 Huon Hwy, Franklin Tas 7113 in the Supper Room, on Monday 12 ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2016, 11:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Welcome Home lunch for our Skiffie Worlds superstars Today was all about a welcome home to our rowers who have been away, and at last a clear area where we can set up a few tables.Thanks to ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2016, 4:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nominations for LBT committee The form is available on the LBT site.However, here it is attached to this post.There are also copies available in the shed.The positions available are 8 ordinary ...
    Posted Sep 8, 2016, 3:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • AGM Special ! Buy one, get one free! Floating voter and itching to vote? We have 2 AGM's this month.LBT - Sat 24 September -  6pm at Franklin Bowling ClubWBC / Franklin Working Waterfront Association Sun 25 September ...
    Posted Sep 7, 2016, 2:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • And you thought we had mooring problems! Great River Race 2016 Three hundred and thirty boats, over two thousand competitors, and the fastest boats completing the 21 mile course through central London in a little over 2 hours (that's 15km ...
    Posted Sep 6, 2016, 3:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Oarsome Storage and Sparkling Harmony Those Tuesday boys have been creative again - fabulous new lockable storage for the skiff oars (which doubles as a bench seat), and Huon Harmony all ready to launch.   Well done ...
    Posted Sep 6, 2016, 3:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Very Important LBT Special General Meeting Monday 12 September, 5.30pm The Living Boat Trust IncNotice of Special General Meeting of MembersMembers are advised that a Special General Meeting of Members will be held at the Palais Theatre Franklin ...
    Posted Sep 5, 2016, 12:25 AM by Posts Editor
  • Important Message from Endra O'May I am organizing Landsowne School to come down to the LBT on the new date of the 9th Of November, a Wednesday.Could you put a call out on the ...
    Posted Aug 31, 2016, 8:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Team LBT gets Bolder in the Polder (plus an offer you can't refuse!) It's so nice sailing with wonderful scenery slipping by; polders, cows, willows and thatched farms, windmills, even right through the middle of villages.  We often crash out after long ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2016, 4:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Marine Art on Display at Wooden Boat Centre from 9 - 18 September Members of the Huon Art Exhibitions Group and the Australian Society of Marine Artists (Tasmanian branch) are contributing to a maritime themed exhibition to be held in the Wooden Boat ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2016, 12:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Latest News from Wooden Boat Centre Bay Pilot boat frame for sale, has been constructed and is ready to be finished by a handyman/boatbuilder.  See Gumtree for details. http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad ...
    Posted Aug 26, 2016, 8:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • 50 Shades of Grey: the awesome power of Franklin's seniors This is the action shot you have been waiting for from last weekend's pontoon games.
    Posted Aug 26, 2016, 3:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rosalie recognises LBT Thanks very much to Rosalie Woodruff, Greens MP, for her generous donation to the LBT.  We look forward to seeing her in the shed in the near future, and taking ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2016, 12:51 AM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Harmony - Looking Like a Real Boat Should From Graham Wright.....We finished Huon Harmony's interior today.The plan is to turn it over on Tuesday to prepare and varnish the hull with a second coat and ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2016, 12:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • First Cut for our Dutch Boat Builders The Dutch Boat Project is off to a racing start with the first cut of the rare Tasmanian timber that will be used for the construction of a 6-metre ...
    Posted Aug 21, 2016, 1:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Big Launch - No Champagne It must have looked like building the pyramids - rollers, wedges, chains, levers and a cast of thousands. But it worked!The new plastic floats were bolted alongside, the newly welded ...
    Posted Aug 21, 2016, 1:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Old Sea Dogs Unleashed - Again ! You may recall that Andrew Wilson, who wrote Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania, did a book launch at the shed for his first book.  He will be launching his second ...
    Posted Aug 15, 2016, 12:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • They must have thought the Vikings were coming back ! Richard Foster's sister Kate visited Iona a couple of months ago, and guess what she saw on the beach - these St Ayles skiffs visiting at the same time.
    Posted Aug 13, 2016, 3:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Special General Meeting - Cancelled The Special General Meeting, scheduled for Monday 15th at 5.30 pm, is now cancelled. 
    Posted Aug 11, 2016, 11:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Victorian St Ayles Skiff Championships 4-5 March 2017 From Patrick Groot.....Following on from Franklin's St Ayles Skiff Regatta in February 2017, is the Victorian 'triple whammy' on 4-5 March 2017 at Warrnambool......-  Victorian St Ayles ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2016, 4:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Marlborough Sounds trip - sail, row, paddle...... If you enjoyed the Hauraki Gulf in February this year, then how about a Marlborough Sounds trip in the South Island?The latest post on the New Zealand Coastal Rowing ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2016, 4:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australia goes for gold, LBT will settle for bronze   Our On the Water Co-ordinator, Endra O'May is looking for someone who has their current Bronze Medallion and who may be willing to help out during the On ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2016, 4:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tin Recycling Empty clean tins wanted for paint containers by the Imagine painting team.  All tin sizes welcome, bring them down (cleaned first please!)
    Posted Aug 10, 2016, 12:16 AM by Posts Editor
  • An Enormous Transparent Erection by the Blind Man Roller blinds went up today in the verandah area - this will help us keep out the Tasmanian weather, while at the same time enhancing that much sought-after 'indoor-outdoor ...
    Posted Aug 10, 2016, 12:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Important Special General Meeting next Monday The committee strongly encourages all current LBT members to attend a short Special General Meeting to vote on an important membership issue. Details are as follows...... Date: Monday 15 August ...
    Posted Aug 8, 2016, 1:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Two Musical Events There are many music aficionados among the LBT membership - here are two special events coming up soon.On Sunday 14 August, Yukon's second mate and star clarinetist, Kristopher, will ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2016, 5:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah Poster It’s the people that make each tawe nunnugah Raid a unique and memorable experience. Now’s the time to get the word out and see who we can attract ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2016, 2:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Well done to our team at Skiffie Worlds in Ireland! According to the BBC, there were over 50 clubs and 1000 competitors taking part in the World Skiffies at Strangford Lough last week.  After the excitement of coming 2nd in ...
    Posted Jul 30, 2016, 9:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiff Worlds Latest Update The LBT girls at Strangford Lough World Skiffies in Ireland decided to enter the women's under 40's races on Tuesday.  They successfully made it through the heats, and ...
    Posted Jul 27, 2016, 3:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • February 2017 - a busy month in and around Franklin February 2017 is shaping up to be a very big month for small boats in the south of Tasmania, with much of the action happening in and around Franklin.The ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2016, 2:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • World Skiffies, Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland - skiffs as far as the eye can see First report from LBT/Huon team at the World St Ayles Skiffies.... Sunday July 24 Opening day row from Strangford to Delamont, in the beautiful new skiff - named 'The Feathers ...
    Posted Jul 25, 2016, 12:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Any one for a game of pontoon? Graham Rankin writes:  'Some members may be aware that the Trust obtained a grant to build a couple of pontoons in order to improve access to our boats and accommodate ...
    Posted Jul 25, 2016, 5:57 AM by Richard Forster
  • Poster Competition for St Ayles Skiff Regatta 2017 The St Ayles Skiff Regatta will be held in Franklin in February 2017 - for the event, the organising committee is holding a poster competition - with a cash prize of $250 ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2016, 1:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • Anybody Know Who Owns these Fenders? Fenders are one of those pieces of equipment that often get lost or relocated. Thanks to Liz Marshall's efforts, our fenders are not likely to go walkabout.
    Posted Jul 21, 2016, 2:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rowan Resplendent Graham Wright writes.......A final touch up here and there on Thursday and then Rowan will be ready to launch next Tuesday.It's taken a while to restore her ...
    Posted Jul 21, 2016, 12:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Hazard Huon River MAST Notice No.: M126-16;  Title: Navigation Hazard - Huon River; Valid From: 15/7/2016;Valid Until: 29/7/2016.  Notice Content: Mariners are advised that with flood conditions in ...
    Posted Jul 15, 2016, 4:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Special LBT members discount for Nancy trip!! CANCELLED DUE TO FLOODS To celebrate mid-winter, the Living Boat Trust is offering three opportunities to cruise from Franklin to Huonville and return at a very special members' price ...
    Posted Jul 15, 2016, 4:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hey Dude, Where's my Skiff? A Scottish group did a test capsize on a St Ayles skiff without buoyancy. Interesting result!
    Posted Jul 11, 2016, 6:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Full House at the Shed Last Night It was a farewell occasion for our LBT team who are representing us at the St Ayles Skiff World Championships in northern Ireland later this month. Tim Brown, their coach ...
    Posted Jul 11, 2016, 6:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder - LBT subscriptions due Subscriptions, plus personal details, required from EVERYONE, please.Subs:$40 for a single$70 for a couple or familyPlus $100 annual fee per person for rowers (you can still ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2016, 4:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Log Blog We received a tip from the Wooden Boat Festival that two Hydrowood celery pine logs, harvested from the bottom of a lake out west, were about to arrive at Roger ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2016, 12:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Away with the Decks..... David Pittaway and the team have been hard at work stripping the wooden decking off the old pontoons so that framing can be welded on to receive extra buoyancy floats
    Posted Jul 7, 2016, 12:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Yellow Boat at the Marina From Glynn Shevels.....The Volunteer Marine Rescue vessel is at Franklin for the next three weeks having its motors serviced, plus a new remote spotlight fitted and a 6 person ...
    Posted Jul 6, 2016, 11:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Want to improve your navigation skills? Coastal Navigation with Greg Guy;Greg will run a coastal navigation course at the Wooden Boat Centre, two weeknights per week, 26th July - 8th September.  The course is designed to ...
    Posted Jul 6, 2016, 1:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Bargain Mid Winter Rates on Nancy to Huonville To celebrate mid-winter, the Living Boat Trust is offering three opportunities to cruise from Franklin to Huonville and return, at once-only VERY special prices.  Now that the new ...
    Posted Jul 6, 2016, 12:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wanna Be Engaged? Received from Huon Valley Council.......Good afternoon,  Council is conducting a Community Engagement in regards to a Huon D’Entrecasteaux boundary adjustment.  Could you please share the link below;http ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2016, 4:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Belgian Canal Capers From Hans and Nell, from an inner city mooring in Ghent, Belgium......We ate our moules in Dunkirk, sailing along the coast from Calais. Into the canals and Belgium the ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2016, 4:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Walking on Water The Tuesday workshop team regularly perform miracles - here is their latest, walking on water during an unusually high tide
    Posted Jul 1, 2016, 12:50 AM by Posts Editor
  • From Franklin to the World Championships On Monday 11 July, the regular LBT dinner will be an official farewell to our LBT team who are off to Northern Ireland to compete in the world St Ayles ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2016, 12:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Stunning Models Visit LBT Unfortunately, not Kate Moss or Naomi Campbell...... but a beautiful model of a 1940's British trawler (complete with bow-thruster) plus a model schooner.Graham Wright writes.....Paul Frost ...
    Posted Jun 28, 2016, 4:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Diesel Course at Franklin Marine One of the great advantages enjoyed by the Living Boat Trust is the strength of maritime community around it.  This was demonstrated on Sunday at the diesel course delivered by ...
    Posted Jun 28, 2016, 3:34 AM by Posts Editor
  • MAST - Notice to Mariners - Navigation Hazard - Huon River Marine and Safety Tasmania: -Notice No.:             M109-16:Title:                      Navigation Hazard - Huon River:Valid From:           27/6/2016 -Valid Until:            27/7/2016 -Notice Content:Mariners are advised that a ...
    Posted Jun 27, 2016, 7:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • An Important Message from the LBT Committee One of the things members love about our organization are the varied activities we offer our members.Whether it's a convivial chat over a great meal at a Monday ...
    Posted Jun 24, 2016, 1:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Grebes Join Star Studded Cast From Marcia Waller, Huon Valley Theatre: Remember back when the sun was shining, and our Grebes and the Yukon were being filmed for an upcoming performance at the Huon Valley ...
    Posted Jun 21, 2016, 11:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Busy Days in the New Extension From Graham Wright The new extension is working well, when the wheels are fitted to the heavy bench and table saw, the space will be even more flexible.With Rowan ...
    Posted Jun 22, 2016, 4:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • The World Awaits the Girls from LBT In preparation for the upcoming St Ayles Skiff World Championships in Northern Ireland in July, team Castle Forbes Bay have been putting in long hours training in rain, wind and ...
    Posted Jun 21, 2016, 12:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Useful Courses at Franklin Marine Although the marine diesel course this coming Sunday is full up, there are still places later in the year (August and September), and also in the Cruising course.  See below ...
    Posted Jun 20, 2016, 11:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Award Winning Documentary comes to Cygnet Amnesty International and Rural Australians for Refugees ( RAR ) local groups invite you to a screening of Steve Thomas’ award winning documentary, “Freedom Stories”, Sunday 26th June, at 2.00 ...
    Posted Jun 19, 2016, 4:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ever-expanding St Ayles Skiff Empire It's all happening in Williamstown - they are seeking women who might be interested in a 'come and try' rowing session, then building a skiff, rowing a skiff and eventually ...
    Posted Jun 19, 2016, 4:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hans Across the Sea (crewed by Nell of course) Continuing their study tour of the Great Pontoons of Western Europe, Hans and Nell write......... writeFrom HansWe had a great sail across the Channel. Dodged lots of ...
    Posted Jun 18, 2016, 4:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Membership Subscriptions Due 1 July Subs plus personal details required from EVERYONE, please. The LBT has an exciting time ahead. Shed extension is completed, new equipment installed, regular maintenance continues, new pontoon to be added ...
    Posted Jun 17, 2016, 1:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • Stairway to Heaven: Whereabouts Unknown Our very useful ladder that gave access to the treasures of the 'balcony' in the LBT has just gone walkabout.  If you have borrowed it, we need it back please
    Posted Jun 15, 2016, 11:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Flying Fifteen Comes in to Land LBT's most controversial boat was loaded onto its trailer by Mike Dredge and his assistants.  Martin Krynen has very kindly allowed us to store it temporarily in the evaporator ...
    Posted Jun 13, 2016, 2:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • Jetty Mystery Solved Laurence Burgin writes.....The jetty is the new public jetty paid for jointly by Council and MAST from Recreational Boating Fund.Kelvin Aldridge has shepherded the project through years of ...
    Posted Jun 13, 2016, 1:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • Gourmet Dining at LBT Kate and her kitchen crew climbed to new heights providing a delicious meal for the 45 visiting members of the Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania. Surrounded by our usual oars ...
    Posted Jun 12, 2016, 6:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mystery Pop-up Jetty at Huonville Regular river users will have noticed a substantial jetty which has been very rapidly built opposite the Huonville boat ramp.  No signage or contractors details - nothing about it found on ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2016, 9:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Music to Raid By Alistair McRae writes Long time Raid musician Eleanor Tucker is  playing at the Hobart Brewing Company on Monday June 13 from 5-7pm. She will be playing some songs from ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2016, 12:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tasmanian Nightingale No, this isn't the latest bird sighting, but an upcoming tribute to Amy Sherman in Huonville Friends of the Theatre Royal AMY SHERWIN TRIBUTE - THE TASMANIAN NIGHTINGALE A Celebration ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2016, 12:29 AM by Posts Editor
  • Congratulations to St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Association of Australia Incorporated - who would have Imagined? This is where it all started in Australia .......Patrick Groot advises that on the 7th of June "the St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Association of Australia Incorporated has been been ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2016, 2:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday/Thursday group hard at work on Rowan Photos from Glynn Shevels.  Great to see the LBT extension being used.
    Posted Jun 7, 2016, 2:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Skiff goals nutted out For many months, Margie Porte has been working with other skiff groups in Australia to formulate the aims of the national association. These kinds of statements will become more and ...
    Posted Jun 5, 2016, 7:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Editor takes short sabbatical - stand-ins step up Like any good football team, we have players on the bench warmed up, ready to leap into action.  Readers of this column might remember a hiatus a couple of weeks ...
    Posted Jun 5, 2016, 2:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Antarctica to Queensland all in one day Fascinating weather info revealed on the LBT site......Your LBT homepage sometimes has interesting information.  The attached screen shot shows that at 10.39pm on 4th June (Saturday) the temperature ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2016, 7:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • No Roamin' for Rowan - at least not for a while Graham Rankin reports......Rowan is in for some overdue TLC.  We are planning on converting what you see into a thing of beauty.  Allan used a sponge to get the ...
    Posted Jun 3, 2016, 2:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nothin' Dooen - and other famous sinkings NOTICE TO MARINERSNotice No.:             M75-16;Title:                      Navigation Hazard – Port Huon;Valid From:           1/6/2016;Valid Until:            10/6/2016;Notice Content:;Mariners are advised that the vessel ...
    Posted Jun 1, 2016, 11:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Montague Whaler: Jutland Centenary Special Tucked away alongside the Franklin Wooden Boat School is a significant piece of naval history which students from Huonville High School and others are helping to restore. Badly damaged when ...
    Posted Jun 1, 2016, 11:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Beat the rush and register for the next Tawe Nunnugah Raid (tn17) now. We would love to see old friends and longstanding members of the Living Boat Trust in the 2017 Raid, but to be fair to everyone, if we are oversubscribed we ...
    Posted May 30, 2016, 10:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Dutch really love their leeboards Writing about Dutch boat builders last week reminded me of a visit to the Dutch traditional boat show at Enkhuizen a few years ago.  Leeboards are unusual in Australia as ...
    Posted May 29, 2016, 9:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • MAST conduct root and branch investigation Marine and Safety Tasmania-------------------------------------------Notice No.:             M70-16Title:                      Navigation Hazard – Huon RiverValid From:           26/05/2016Valid Until:            28/05/2016Notice Content: A large floating tree has ...
    Posted May 26, 2016, 4:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Flying Dutchmen Coming Here.... Avid followers of the wooden boat scene will know that 6 young Dutch boat builders from Amsterdam will be in Franklin constructing a 16 square metre sailboat at the Wooden ...
    Posted May 26, 2016, 12:43 AM by Posts Editor
  • Short Recreational and Trade Courses at the Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin Come and join us in the Boat Shed. A wider range of short courses are now on offer for 2016 and 2017.View this email in your browserBoatbuilding courses ...
    Posted May 26, 2016, 12:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion at Franklin Marine - one day course Have you been hoping to take your boat cruising?We think you'll find this  one-day course will give you the knowledge and  confidence you need to get away ...
    Posted May 26, 2016, 12:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon Playtime In scenes reminiscent of valiant tugmen towing the Mulberry Harbours to the D-Day landings, Mike Dredge and Hans pulled donated pontoons upriver to Franklin. These will be used in ...
    Posted May 20, 2016, 11:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Well done WOW! Friday night saw another fantastic event, organised by the amazing ladies from Women on Water. Great food, entertaining film and over $2500 raised for the LBT coffers.  Wonderful result.
    Posted May 20, 2016, 8:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • St Ayles Skiff Regatta 2017 - newsletter #1 First newsletter for the 2017 regatta attached below.  A not-to-be-missed date for your diaries - Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 February 2017.  Opening ceremony on afternoon of Friday ...
    Posted May 19, 2016, 6:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • History Channel Two interesting snippets from our Tasmanian Maritime Museums1.  A talk on accessing Australia's maritime archives - to be held in the Royal Society Rooms at the Tasmanian Museum and ...
    Posted May 18, 2016, 11:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • R and R for Imagine Yesterday afternoon, the Huon River's hardest working boat was paddled into dry dock for Refurbishment and Restoration.  Helpers of all skill levels are needed to bring this boat back ...
    Posted May 16, 2016, 10:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Festival Update For the latest newsletter, see the following link
    Posted May 16, 2016, 5:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Curry and Movie night Don't forget revised date - this Friday 20 May, doors open 6pm.  Only $20 for curry, dessert and movie. Best value in the Valley!!
    Posted May 16, 2016, 5:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Margaret Forster memorial service Palais Theatre, Franklin; Friday, 13th May; Doors open 1pm; Ceremonies begin 2pm; If you want to contribute a photo, picture, or something written please come before 2pm and put it ...
    Posted May 7, 2016, 7:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT News Column This column is having a short vacation whilst we get reorganised. Patience please.
    Posted May 5, 2016, 7:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • RIP Margaret Forster Margaret died peacefully this (Thursday) morning at Royal Hobart Hospital.  There will be a memorial service and wake.  Stay tuned.  Pic of Margaret sewing the LBT flag
    Posted May 7, 2016, 7:30 AM by Posts Editor
  • Curry and Movie night It was so good last time it was worth a reprise.  Come along to the Palais on Friday 13th May at 6pm.  Details in the flyer below.
    Posted Apr 30, 2016, 5:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Farewell LBT post box The postal service has jacked up the annual cost of our box to the point where it's not worth keeping it, especially when we can have mail delivered directly ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2016, 7:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Members Meeting, Monday 9th May Any members interested in having an influence on the  issues the committee is considering should come along to the shed before dinner at  5.30pm on this date.  We'll ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2016, 2:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • The SV Rhona H and the saga of the Bell John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes:  'Please find attached the flyer (http://bit.ly/1VW1Hh2) for the next MMT lunchtime talk, to be held next Tuesday 3 May 2016 ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2016, 7:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • At the movies: Dead Calm Coming up at the Palais Theatre in Franklin this Sunday night (1st May) is this classic 'on the water' film, starring our Nic (Kidman).  Doors open at 6.30 for ...
    Posted Apr 27, 2016, 3:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Shed Warming Party, Tuesday 10th May We need to launch the new extension, and Tuesday 10th, 3.30-8.00pm has been chosen as a good time for a party.  Starting in daylight hours means we ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2016, 6:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT members at large column Deb Van Velsen is at the 'start of 10 days camping on Big Green Island off Flinders Is. as a Parks volunteer on a rat baiting program'.  Follow her on ...
    Posted Apr 26, 2016, 5:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Working Bee at Matt's, May 1st  Matt and Gill write:  'Following the great success of the last working bee earth rendering our straw bale house we are coming close to finishing sealing up the straw before ...
    Posted Apr 26, 2016, 5:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Winter season dinners to begin at 7 o'clock Cooks have decided to serve Monday dinners a little earlier now that daylight is fading.  Pic from http://www.freeimages.com
    Posted Apr 26, 2016, 4:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Inspiration for the next LBT build? Friend of the LBT Brian Tyler pointed to this collection of interesting vehicles/vessels:  bit.ly/1SCf2a3 .  We aren't sure that the anchor in the example shown below would ...
    Posted Apr 23, 2016, 9:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Grebes in the frame The next Huon Valley Theatre production involves some multimedia, and today (Sunday) they were  filming segments of a dinghy rowing race in colonial times.  Yukon was out taking advantage of ...
    Posted Apr 23, 2016, 10:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Deploying the pontoons Hans Sipsma has supplied this latest plan for mooring the pontoon near Cartela.  The advantages of it is that it: provides a new home for Nancy; maximises the amount of ...
    Posted Apr 21, 2016, 4:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Garage Sale at the Palais: Sunday June 12th Barbara Dawson writes: 'Time to look through your cupboards and sheds for buried treasure that will make your fortune if you sell it at the Palais Garage Sale.  $15 for ...
    Posted Apr 21, 2016, 4:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Yay! Lockup! Graham Rankin and the team hung the front doors on the extension today (Wednesday).  Congratulations to all concerned, it looks great. 
    Posted Apr 20, 2016, 3:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fleet becalmed Looks like the autumn airs will be too light to propel the Grebes this afternoon (Monday April 18th): lets postpone sailing to another day.
    Posted Apr 17, 2016, 2:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Extra navigation marks for the river Laurence Burgin writes: I have submitted an application to the MAST Recreational Boat Fund for the third year running, and think we are in with a good chance this year ...
    Posted Apr 17, 2016, 4:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon Design We have been in discussion with the marine engineer Murray Isles about how best to refurbish our pontoons, and following a suggestion from Hans Sipsma to move the flotation to ...
    Posted Apr 17, 2016, 4:34 AM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF newsletter The latest from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival.  Paul Cullen writes:  'Here's your copy of the latest news from the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival.  The date that many ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2016, 3:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs to Kangaroo Island? Steve Coombs is currently sailing the family boat from Perth to Franklin. At Monday night dinner we heard from Corinne about his visit to American River on Kangaroo Island, and ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2016, 8:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ruth Young news Unfortunately there were complications after the amputation below the knee that Ruth had three weeks ago.  She has had to have a further operation - this time above the knee.  John ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2016, 4:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mud, mud glorious mud Matt Wardell writes; 'Do you think you could put a little note on the LBT web about our earth rendering working bee on Sunday for those that didn’t make ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2016, 9:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • River to Rainforest Our friends at the Wooden Boat Centre, 'Yukon'  and Franks Cider want to remind people about their 'River to Rainforest' tour.  Might suit interstate visitors especially.  Book at bit.ly ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2016, 5:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 11th April Both Meteye and Willy Weather have the winds dying away on Monday to breezes much more manageable than the gales which caused the Southport expedition to be called off on ...
    Posted Apr 10, 2016, 1:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Invitation to 'Viking' supporters No, this isn't the 'Viking' that is sitting on the LBT front verandah, but rather the yacht that is being restored by Stephan Vogel (see pic below).  Stefan writes ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2016, 10:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Stunt double rowers wanted for film segment Mike from Huon Valley Theatre Company writes:'HVT is staging 'Two Tales of A River' in July and August. This involves two locally written one-act musicals, both set on ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2016, 4:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Southport excursion cancelled Hans Sipsma and Barb Dawson write:'Winds forecast for Southport on Sunday to get to 50-60 km/hr - plus 85% chance of rain.  Not ideal conditions for skiffing, so ...
    Posted Apr 6, 2016, 4:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Recognise any of these chaps? Alis Wood has sent the following notice:  Celebrating the May Queen.  Do you remember the May Queen in her hey-day, or late-day, as a trading ketch?  Have stories ...
    Posted Apr 6, 2016, 4:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Twas homeward bound one night on the deep Laurence Burgin took the photo below whilst passing Cape Howe on his way south to Tasmania.  More pics at https://www.instagram.com/franklinmarineau/
    Posted Apr 4, 2016, 7:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Great News! HRVista weather is back Tony Dow has sorted out his problems and the top right hand corner of the LBT home page again features a weather summary from the HRVista weather site.  Click on ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2016, 3:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Mondays Tomorrow (April 3rd) is looking good: warmish and gentle breezes.  We need to take advantage before the cold weather sets in. Convene from 3pm on to rig up, with a ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2016, 5:12 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoons The engineer's report provided by Murray Isles was discussed by a meeting at the shed two weeks ago.  We are expecting a reply to some queries to Murray by ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2016, 5:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Community tall ship The plans for building a tall ship in Franklin have been drawn up, but it looks like Sausolito in California have stolen a march on us.  Marguerite Porte spotted the ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2016, 5:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Yet another St Ayles? Di and Ian Moncrieff write:  'Thank you Franklin and the LBT for your warm inclusion of us (again) during this most blissful of summers.  Our annual summer pilgrimages continue.  Spending ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2016, 9:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • MHOOT Seminar, 5th May John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes to tell us about a seminar organised by the Marine History Organisations of Tasmania (MHOOT):'Just in time for Easter I can distribute ...
    Posted Mar 30, 2016, 2:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club Social Night, April 1st Any fools care to join 'em?  See the flyer attached: http://bit.ly/21UcQgr
    Posted Mar 30, 2016, 2:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • More Ruth Young news We poked our heads in to see Ruth today (Wednesday 30th), and whilst not exactly chuffed about the situation she is in reasonable spirits.  The operation was a success.  She ...
    Posted Mar 30, 2016, 3:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • Ruth Young news As a result of longstanding problems Ruth has had to have a leg amputated below the knee.  John tells us that she is recovering well, but is still in some ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2016, 11:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Shed roof going on Graham Rankin writes:'An 8 o'clock start saw just over a third of the new roof go on today, with the next third (or better) next Wednesday. The apprentices ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2016, 10:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fund raiser for Fiji: Alpine Melodies Marcia Waller writes that Rotary has organised this concert to raise funds to assist Fiji after the recent cyclone:Thursday 14 th April 2016, beginning at 7.30pm; at the ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2016, 6:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Restoring boats on Norfolk Island Maritime Museum of Tasmania Lunch Time Talk – 5 April 2016; Time: 12.00-1.00pm, Tuesday 5 April 2016; Place: Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Customs House ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2016, 6:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Southport Lune River mini Raid Proposed Mini Raid or Long Row; Southport/Lune River. Weekend of 9/10 April.  Some of us have Raid Withdrawal Symptoms, others have Long Row Envy, so without further ado ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2016, 3:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • St Ayles Skiff Association At a breakfast meeting at the Geelong St Ayles Skiff Regatta it was decided that the time has come for to form a national St Ayles Skiff Association. Pat Groot ...
    Posted Mar 30, 2016, 3:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • River to Rainforest Ea Lassen writes:  'After months of preparation, this brand new experience is ready to tell you the story of the famous Huon Pine, from river to rainforest.  Over the Easter ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2016, 2:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Geelong Wooden Boat Festival and Regatta Report A report for our sponsors, the Huon Valley Community Bank who funded transport to this festival for 'Billy', can be viewed at bit.ly/2580dCU.  The overall summary of this ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2016, 2:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoons Our engineer's report has arrived, and there will be a meeting at the shed this evening (Monday 21st March) at 5pm to discuss the various options.  For documents concerning ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2016, 2:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT committee meeting this week The agenda (so far) includes:reports on activities during the last month, including the extension build and the Geelong Festival and Regatta; Tawe Nunnugah 2017; getting the subcommittee system work ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2016, 2:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Pedalling Back' at the Palais Theatre Carolyn Booker writes:'The Palais Theatre in Franklin with host the new Tasperforms’ performance ‘PEDALLING BACK’ which will commence its regional tour in Franklin on 30 March. The show was ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2016, 11:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bittern raffle draw Chris Butler writes: 'Four hundred tickets and months later, the Bitterns Raffle is about to be drawn. And what better place than the LBT weekly dinner. This Monday, the 21st ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2016, 2:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • Quick 'n dirty boat building This style of event is usually for kids, but at Geelong the grown ups had a go.  It was great to see so much dignity put on the line.  Maybe ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2016, 1:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF Newsletter For the latest news from Paul Cullen and his merry people see http://bit.ly/1YPEBH4 .  Of particular interest is the story of the Fazackerley dinghy pictured below, restored by ...
    Posted Mar 13, 2016, 10:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • All that lovely wood A Wooden Boat Festival should, if nothing else, feature wood, and Geelong has not disappointed.  See pics below.
    Posted Mar 14, 2016, 3:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Billy at Geelong 'Billie' has joined quite a fleet of her kin at the yacht club marina: 'Dotsie' from WA, 'John Liddie' from SA, 'Fast Messenger' from Warrnambool and 'Cariad' from Melbourne. She ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2016, 4:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Drinkies at Geelong Many of us remember 'Notorious', the spectacularly evil looking Portuguese caravel replica, from her visit to Franklin. Her home port is Geelong, and her owners very generously made her available ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2016, 3:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs at Cygnet Regatta: this coming Sunday 13th March Lorrie Harrison writes:  'Carolyn Booker will be taking 'Imagine' over for the event. Even if you are not in a crew, go over, you could be needed in a boat ...
    Posted Mar 10, 2016, 3:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • All hands on deck Latest pics of cladding the new shed walls and putting in the windows from Graham Wright below.
    Posted Mar 9, 2016, 4:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Where's Billie? She's on the hard at Geelong, overshadowed by the looming yachts of the Geelong squadron brought up onto the multiple slips and hard stands all around her.  Apparently there ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2016, 10:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday Sailing Mike Dredge is back from New Caledonia, and will be waiting for sailors from about 3.30pm on this afternoon (March 7th).  Come down and join us.
    Posted Mar 6, 2016, 1:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Bittern's Dinner Chris Butler writes: Sixty two people happily crammed into the LBT last week for a three course dinner to raise funds for the completion of the 'Bittern', the St. Ayles ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2016, 1:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Great aluminium monstrosity We have high hopes that this ugly duckling can be converted to a beautiful swan of a walkway to our new (yet to be constructed) pontoons.  One step at a ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2016, 3:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • TAFE students at the LBT Charlie brought a bunch of certificate 2 students to get a taste of sanding and painting.  We don't know what they thought, but we hope to have them back
    Posted Mar 4, 2016, 1:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tidy shed What do people think about having fan folded red serviettes for Monday night dinners?  Possibly impractical, but they did look splendid at the fund raiser organised by the Bitterns on ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2016, 1:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Geelong Wooden Boat Festival Bulletin The latest bulletin from Geelong features: the Huon.  Actually there is lots more.  Get a programme (http://bit.ly/1WXGcZM) and convince yourself you want to go (if you aren ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2016, 12:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Whose rowing the Skiffs? Barbara Dawson points out this interesting survey conducted by the Scottish Rowing Association: http://bit.ly/21IhnnL .  Sample:  'We were very interested to find out that St Ayles Skiffs really ...
    Posted Mar 2, 2016, 3:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rod Macfarlan in Patagonia LBT member Rod Macfarlan is voyaging by sail(!) to Antarctica, aboard the 'Europa'.  He writes: 'Watched the Europa arriving today motoring up the Straits of Magellan. Added attractions were the ...
    Posted Mar 2, 2016, 1:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • First windows into the shed extension All Greg's hard work refurbishing the windows is now on public display:  they are going into the wall, and the cladding is going in around them.
    Posted Mar 2, 2016, 2:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Concept drawings for evaporator sheds Cumulus Studios have drawn up the attached concept plans for the redevelopment of the sheds for Martin and Judy Krynen.  See http://bit.ly/1VNweKa . Martin and Judy are interested ...
    Posted Feb 29, 2016, 1:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Grebes on 'leap year' Monday Only light breezes forecast for this afternoon, but we should celebrate the day.  Assemble at the shed to get the boats rigged from 3pm on - you know what to do
    Posted Feb 28, 2016, 1:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Harmony week celebration Jane Atkinson writes to tell us that on Saturday March 19th 3PM - 7PM at the Palais there will be 'a celebration of cultural diversity and harmony in the Huon Valley ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2016, 1:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Final Farewell to Louise Crossley Allegra Biggs Dale writes to tell us that Louise Crossley's ashes were scattered in Great Taylor Bay from 'Syrah'.  More from Allegra attached: http://bit.ly/213v1Qn  John Young ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2016, 1:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT members at large column Mike Dredge, who is working in New Caledonia, writes: 'Just into Noumea after 2 weeks' worth of (night time) scallop surveys.  Bloody near killed me, I'm not used to ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2016, 3:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classic movie night at the Palais 6th March Deb Combes writes: 'The news you have all been waiting to hear. The Franklin Palais projector has been installed and trialled and you guessed right, it works. So to celebrate ...
    Posted Feb 27, 2016, 2:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • NZ Raid Video Shane Johnson pointed out this clip on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1XPlvQE .  Are there lessons for us to learn from the Kiwis?  Does the LBT need its own haka?
    Posted Feb 26, 2016, 10:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Familiar Franklin faces become international superstars David Budd writes:'Looking through the Guardian UK (on our last day in NZ), and guess what I found......'http://www.theguardian.com/sport/ng-interactive/2016/feb/25/coastal ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2016, 10:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Bittern' has been turned: come and celebrate Event details:Date and time: March 3rd, 6.30pm;Guest presenter: David Wise from Hydrowood (see below); 3 course meal;  cost of the evening $30 a head: all inclusive, payable ...
    Posted Feb 24, 2016, 1:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy picnic expedition The Tuesday group took Nancy up to Huonville and round and about to check the new batteries on a longer run with a full load.  Seems all went well - even ...
    Posted Feb 23, 2016, 4:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Port Esperance Regatta Rachael Trueman writes:  'Please let everyone know about the Port Esperance Regatta coming up soon! All enquiries to Dave Wood 0428 972578.    The Regatta will once again be held over ...
    Posted Feb 23, 2016, 4:26 AM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club social night Stan Pickering writes:'Hi Members and Friends, There is to be a Social Night at the clubhouse this coming Friday 26th February. 6.30pm. The usual BYO food. The bar ...
    Posted Feb 23, 2016, 4:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Grebes on Monday Fair winds forecast for this afternoon, so let's start rigging up from 3pm on.
    Posted Feb 21, 2016, 12:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dover Community Workshop open day We know the Dover shed primarily because of their restoration of 'La Chaloupe', but there is a lot more going on down south.  See the invitation below to come and ...
    Posted Feb 19, 2016, 3:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • Talk at TMAG - Hobart and Antarctic Whaling John Wadsley writes:  'In November 1923, thirty years after the last Hobart whaler returned empty, a long black Norwegian whale ship, the Sir James Clark Ross, slid into port together ...
    Posted Feb 18, 2016, 3:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Beauty is in the eye... To others the pic below may merely be of a tap, but to we LBT kitchen hands, who had to put up with a gurgling fountain on Monday night, it ...
    Posted Feb 18, 2016, 2:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Escapee tinny apprehended Tony Cooper spotted and hauled ashore the 11' 6" Savage Kestrel pictured below before it could ride the outgoing tide to Port Huon and points beyond.  The owner should apply ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2016, 2:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Shed ideas Dover Men's Shed have recently spent a fair bit of time, effort and money on fitting dust evacuation tubing to their workshop.  See pics below and the report from ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2016, 3:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Geelong Regatta Those thinking of joining the group going to Geelong for the Wooden Boat Festival (http://bit.ly/1VdtENm) and St Ayles Skiff regatta on the weekend of March 12th should ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2016, 3:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival newsletter See the latest from the AWBF at http://bit.ly/1VczkHf .  Australia Day celebrations at Franklin get a run. Pic from Annette and Aspen Cauchi
    Posted Feb 13, 2016, 3:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • In the drink time Wading around scraping down pontoons last week was made much more palatable than would normally be the case by the temperature of the water - the river is like a warm ...
    Posted Feb 13, 2016, 2:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Test run for Nancy's new batteries Brians Pain and Marriott took Nancy out cruising at a steady four and a half knots for more than an hour this morning, at which point she had only used ...
    Posted Feb 11, 2016, 4:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Former LBT treasurer moves on to better things We were always a bit tame for Liz Emery - looks like she has found her true métier (along with Doug).
    Posted Feb 10, 2016, 1:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon report The pontoons were brought around on the high tide to the sand boat ramp this (Wednesday) morning, and put on logs.  By low tide in the late afternoon they were ...
    Posted Feb 9, 2016, 10:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cut and polish for Billie Billie's gunnels and top strakes have been peeling alarmingly in the sun, certainly not the look we wanted for showing her off in Geelong next month.  Fortunately the Wednesday ...
    Posted Feb 10, 2016, 12:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy's new batteries The electrical engineer has been consulted, there have been extensive communications with the supplier, an electrician who specialises in boats has cast his eye over the situation, and now Brian ...
    Posted Feb 9, 2016, 10:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • SMS list for Monday afternoon sailing Conditions for our sailing afternoons continue to fluctuate between 'good' and 'sensational', as can be judged by the pic below of Matt Wardell and crew (Jesse and friend) last Monday ...
    Posted Feb 9, 2016, 3:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Thank you to Australia Day volunteers Lisa Plohl invites everybody who helped out on Australia Day at Franklin (a big success) to Please 'join us on Wednesday 17 February, 6.00pm, Rotunda - Huonville Esplanade'.  Flyer attached ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2016, 3:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Instagram view from Franklin Marine Laurence from the chandlery is a big fan of Instagram for sharing pictures: see his post at franklinmarine.com.au/featured/instagram-your-day. Judging by the terrific collection of ...
    Posted Feb 8, 2016, 1:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hurry on down to the LBT You know that Monday night dinner time must be approaching, and the kitchen aromas wafting across the river enticing, when you see Di and Ian from Pied Piper making for ...
    Posted Feb 8, 2016, 12:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Grebe sailing Monday (8th) afternoon Moderate winds are forecast, so it looks like we are on: assemble from 3pm to start rigging up.  We may have to balance inexperienced crew with skippers, as some of ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2016, 2:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • 18' Marblehead Gunning Dory boat plans If you want to build this boat contact Jon for a free copy of the plans: (03) 6289 5380.  Jon tells us that he built the Wharram catamaran that is ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2016, 12:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pickup on South Street Deb Combes tells us that this will be our 'classic movie' at the Palais Theatre this coming Sunday Night (8th Feb), 6.45pm.  Bring a plate and a gold coin ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2016, 3:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Building a resilient local economy Liz Smith writes to tell us that there is a seminar to discuss this topic, 'using the principles of a circular economy' at Cygnet Town Hall supper room, Tuesday 9th ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2016, 3:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Mahurangi traditional boat regatta Barb and David are participating in the NZ Raid and regatta, and sent this link to some ripper pictures of activities: waitematawoodys.com/tag/mahurangi-regatta-2016/
    Posted Feb 5, 2016, 3:25 AM by Posts Editor
  • Journey to Te Haruhi Bay via Army Bay According to the itinerary for the New Zealand raid (see http://nzcoastalrowing.org/page/2/), the plan for today (Thursday) was 'Pack up Motuora Island, and journey to Te Haruhi ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2016, 3:26 AM by Posts Editor
  • Milestone just another step on the way On Monday the building inspector approved the framing for the verandah extension, a cause for celebration on Tuesday, but not for laying down tools (as the pictures below show).  The ...
    Posted Feb 4, 2016, 1:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • What to do with our pontoons? The brains trust of David Pittaway, Graham Rankin and Peter Heading are on the case.  If you have some expertise we would love to hear from you: contact the secretary ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2016, 3:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • We are losing our Franklin weather station Tony Dow rang last night to say that in the circumstances in which he now finds himself he can no longer afford the time and effort required to maintain HRVista ...
    Posted Feb 4, 2016, 3:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT in New Zealand Apparently the Tassie contingent (26) to the Raid and Regatta is a substantial part of the event.  No reports as yet, but there are pictures at NZ Coastal Rowing (nzcoastalrowing ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2016, 1:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday Last Monday was an 'off' week, with preparations for Australia Day taking precedence over getting on the water.  Tomorrow looks propitious for sailing: winds South Easterlies at 5-15 knots ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2016, 8:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Billie' off to Geelong Yesterday we received the following news from John Synnott.  'Sponsorship; Living Boat Trust - Geelong Wooden Boat Festival 12th - 14th March 2016  The Board of Huon Valley Financial Services Ltd (HVFSL ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2016, 3:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • WA St Ayles Skiffs launched John Longley writes:'Finally we have settled on the names.  In Ken Tregonning’s history of the Club he records that in 1924 Jack Norris, one of the great pre ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2016, 2:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • Posie Graeme-Evans on 'Nancy' As noted in a previous post, Posie Graeme-Evans, the well known author and film producer (McLeod's Daughters, The Dressmaker), was ambassador at Australia Day, and arrived on 'Nancy ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2016, 5:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • St Ayles Skiffs in the UK Peter Doyle from Geelong pointed out this impressive Google map locating all the clubs that have Skiffs.  Just circumnavigating the country to visit these clubs would be quite a journey ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2016, 4:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Visiting the Living Boat Trust You need to be very careful to look busy around the LBT or anything could happen.  Jeff from the good old US of A failed to observe this adage when ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2016, 3:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy on duty Nancy brought the Australia Day Ambassador Posie Graeme-Evans across from Cradoc for the event.
    Posted Jan 28, 2016, 3:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • When this Grebe grows up... It wants to be Rhona H.
    Posted Jan 26, 2016, 1:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Paddle making day Australia Day was paddle making day in the LBT marquee under the supervision of Graham Rankin, Jeff, Zainab and the team.  It was a bit like homework - involved the whole ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2016, 3:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Australia Day When Lisa Plohl from the council organised for Australia Day to be held at Franklin she was hoping that the river might provide a backdrop.  What she couldn't have ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2016, 1:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cruise to Kettering on the S.V Rhona John Wadsley (from TMAG) writes:'Our good friends on the SV Rhona H have some exciting sailing options this summer. They will be joining the festivities on the weekend of ...
    Posted Jan 25, 2016, 3:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Progress report on the 'Bittern' Chris Butler writes:'The 'Bittern' is growing wings, wooden though they are. The crew members building Franklin's third St. Ayles skiff at the Wooden Boat Centre are presently scratching ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2016, 1:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Crew needed for steam boat 'Leprana' If you would like to crew for Andrew Perkins on Australia Day send the secretary a message: sec@lbt.org.au .  First come first served:  not sure if you will ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2016, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT activities on Australia Day Lot's of information about Australia Day activities in the Huon News, especially from Annette Cauchi who has a great article describing what the LBT will be up to.  Have ...
    Posted Jan 21, 2016, 4:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • The history and mystery of Deal Island John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes: 'to kick the year off in fine form, you are invited to the first Monthly Lunchtime Talk on Tuesday 2 February. We have ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2016, 1:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cruise to Cygnet on 'Lady Nelson' Liz Smith tells us that Cygnet is having a special day to celebrate the 'French connection' in their history, and that the 'Lady Nelson'  is participating.  See attached poster for ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2016, 11:07 AM by Posts Editor
  • News from the Bass Strait Maritime Centre See attached: http://bit.ly/1lsvJbs.  We were particularly attracted to the 1935 breakfast menu for TSS Loongana.  They knew how to set up a good day back then - no ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2016, 2:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rob Sweeney's last project Old friend of the LBT Rob is terminally ill.  His friends have initiated a crowd sourcing fund to help him finish his last project: see www.gofundme.com/2nj5fg3b. Please ...
    Posted Jan 18, 2016, 1:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Long Table Dinner was 'al fresco' on Monday night. The more than seventy people who had gathered to farewell the crews taking the boxing kangaroo to New Zealand wouldn't have fitted ...
    Posted Jan 18, 2016, 1:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Kiwi Raid and Regatta Keep up with all the planning and news by subscribing to the newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bM8LUn, or just keep an eye on the web page:  http://bit.ly/2378plO
    Posted Jan 17, 2016, 11:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • Boat Licensing Course Glynn Shevels has sent the attached pictures from the motor boat license course which was conducted at the LBT shed on Saturday (16th January). Thanks Glynn for organising this:  education ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2016, 2:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT at Australia Day The Living Boat Trust has been asked to provide some activities for Australia Day, 10am Tuesday January 26th at the Franklin Oval.  We'll have 'Nancy', the Skiffs and the ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2016, 2:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Spanner in the works The Men's Shed Association have set up on online health check aimed at the male segment of the population.  Might be worth some of us having a look at ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2016, 10:31 PM by Richard Forster
  • Cleaning out the shed Everything is on an heroic scale over at the old apple drying factory (the 'evaporators'), including the cleanup. When Martin and Judy decided to empty the old storage shed they ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2016, 10:01 PM by Richard Forster
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival Newsletter 14/1/16 Paul Cullen writes:  'Greetings, friends of the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival:   Welcome to the first AWBF News Blog of 2016 and best wishes for a successful and prosperous New ...
    Posted Jan 15, 2016, 3:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • 'Death or Liberty' Thursday Night, ABC About a year ago those budding stars Julie Donehue, Martin Kell and Ewen Laidlaw set off with  a Grebe to participate in the filming of 'Death and Liberty'.  This Thursday ...
    Posted Jan 15, 2016, 3:12 AM by Posts Editor
  • NZ2016 Martin Riddle has started up a news page for those planning their trip to the New Zealand Raid and Regatta: see http://bit.ly/1ZYVU9r and bookmark it if you ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2016, 2:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Techniques Shane Johnson spotted the advice from the 'British Admiralty' shown in the pic below.  Click on it to see it full size.  It was issued in 1937, but was recently ...
    Posted Jan 11, 2016, 2:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Looking for a shed David Star writes: 'I am contacting you, and other similarly experienced wooden boat enthusiasts, as I am looking for a lockable undercover space to rebuild my 1940 Tasmanian built motor ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2016, 9:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sending off the NZ expedition in style We like a celebration at the LBT, and the imminent departure of many teams for the Kiwi Raid and Regatta is a very good excuse.  Come along on Monday 18th ...
    Posted Jan 7, 2016, 8:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australia Day, January 26th, Franklin Oval Lisa Plohl (from Huon Valley Council) writes: 'We are looking for volunteers to help us make this a great celebration'. See attached: http://bit.ly/1OQ4iWV and http://bit.ly ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2016, 4:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs at Geelong Wooden Boat Festival 2016 An email from Peter Doyle is a reminder that this event in mid March (12th-14th) is really the first St Ayles Skiff Regatta to be held on the Big ...
    Posted Jan 7, 2016, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Taking Inflatable PFD's on planes One usually relies on the airlines to provide life jackets when one is flying, but those traveling to regattas (in New Zealand for instance) might need to take their own ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2016, 12:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Happy LBT new year! Let's get the Grebes out Some may have thought it all happened on January 1st, but WE know that the first Monday Dinner at the LBT is the important inauguration day of the year: and ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2016, 5:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Please keep off the pontoon Laurence Burgin (who runs the marina) has asked us to avoid using the pontoon moored to the upstream pier until further notice, as he is concerned about its safety.  We ...
    Posted Jan 2, 2016, 9:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cartela in the news Ross James has a double page spread in Saturday's Mercury entitled 'The safest harbour is a ship's home'.  'Tasmania is blessed with a large number of significant wooden ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2016, 8:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Big plans for the waterfront (in 1995) Martin Krynen was cleaning out the evaporator sheds when he came across the attached article from the Sunday Tasmanian, September 24, 1995.  The accompanying picture balances 'Huon Harmony' on the ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2016, 1:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Shed Planning Thanks to Brett and the team the new workshop is rapidly approaching that point where decisions need to be made about how it will be fitted out and how this ...
    Posted Dec 31, 2015, 1:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boat Licence Course Time: 16/1/2016, 8.30 am;  place:  Living Boat Trust;  bbq supplied; instructor : Colin Stokes; assisted by  Glynn Shevels; cost :$ 160.00 including boat licence. If you are interested ...
    Posted Dec 31, 2015, 1:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Film Sunday Deb Combes writes: 'My excitement is palpable for this month’s film, the one to kick start 2016, is the sensation “Leave you brain at the door” male bonding farce ...
    Posted Dec 30, 2015, 4:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Devonport Regatta From Jock Littler: 'I am writing to you on behalf of the Devonport Apex Regatta Association Inc. who coordinates the Annual Devonport Apex Regatta to be held Sunday 6th March ...
    Posted Dec 30, 2015, 3:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • New Years Day Row and Picnic to Shipwrights Point Barbara Dawson writes:'Anyone interested in a New Years Day row to Shipwrights Point? Skiffs and kayaks and private boats welcome. Leaving LBT at 10.30 (i.e. be at ...
    Posted Dec 30, 2015, 3:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tiffany Eckhardt and Dave Steel in the Old Church Charly Clare writes:'On Sunday 3rd January, 3pm enjoy an intimate afternoon of honest, humorous and uplifting music  that will feed your soul under the vaulted ceiling of a church ...
    Posted Dec 24, 2015, 12:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas present pics for the LBT Bob Frost has sent these lovely pics of the river.
    Posted Dec 23, 2015, 2:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Break up party The Tuesday group took time off for some well earned relaxation on their last working day for the year.  It's been a big one:  along with their regular maintenance ...
    Posted Dec 23, 2015, 2:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • The International Yacht Restoration School Friend of the LBT Ken Thomson recently toured the east coast of the US, and at Newport Rhode Island took the pictures shown below.  In the 'classroom' shown (first two ...
    Posted Dec 22, 2015, 8:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Festival: the view from the US Off Centre Harbour are known for their beautifully made traditional boat videos, and Paul Cullen from the AWBF points us to this one of the festival which is outstanding:  see ...
    Posted Dec 23, 2015, 4:26 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Nancy Carollers On Friday night the Little Boat Choir boarded Nancy and sang their way down the river to the Franklin Christmas Party.  For more views of the event (from the water ...
    Posted Dec 18, 2015, 8:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Delivering Santa A team of carol singing WOW angels (and an elf) delivered a very relaxed Santa to the Franklin Christmas party on Friday night.  For more splendid pictures of the event ...
    Posted Dec 18, 2015, 8:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas gift for the LBT Friend of the LBT Graeme Norris had an unused car tent in his garage which should be just the thing for future Tawe Nunnagahs.  He sent it down from Devonport ...
    Posted Dec 18, 2015, 4:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • The yellow box has retired We've had the time and motion people in, and they have determined that our treasurer (Jackie) has been spending far too much time transporting the loot from the shed ...
    Posted Dec 18, 2015, 4:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: LBT Christmas Parties This year's Christmas Party is on Monday night 21st December starting around 5.30pm.  The cooks have the night off, so it's a BRING YOUR OWN.  If the ...
    Posted Dec 19, 2015, 9:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australia Day celebrations come to Franklin Last year Huon Valley Council decided to open up the ceremonies and hold them on the foreshore.  They catered for 500 people and 1200 turned up!  Long and the short ...
    Posted Dec 17, 2015, 12:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • WOW Newsletter Lots of activity for the Women on the Water with the NZ trip coming up, and expeditions to Nubeena and Geelong mooted.  Read all about it:  http://bit.ly/1Yo6Avz
    Posted Dec 17, 2015, 12:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • St Ayles Skiffs at Geelong Peter Doyle from the Geelong Yacht Club writes:  'On behalf of the committees of the ‘2016 Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong’ and the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, I invite you ...
    Posted Dec 17, 2015, 12:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Shed ideas With the shed extension rapidly taking shape it's time to start thinking how we should be using our space.  It's intended that this extension will house and isolate ...
    Posted Dec 14, 2015, 1:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Next Skiff is out of the pack The flatpack for the 'Bitterns' team Skiff has arrived, and they have begun work on it over at the Wooden Boat Centre.
    Posted Dec 13, 2015, 6:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Messing about with Grebes The forecast for Monday afternoon is for fair winds so the Grebes will be on the water.  Come and join us, from 3.30pm on.
    Posted Dec 11, 2015, 12:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Couple of milestones reached on Thursday Graham Wright writes: The last rafters are fitted on the extension; Gretchen's keel re-construction is nearly finished. We were confident that Brett Doubleday and the Tuesday crew (which ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2015, 7:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Christmas Parade It's the silly hat season again,  and we at the LBT intend plunging right in: after all we have our very own silly hat. There are two events to ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2015, 5:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas message from the AWBF Paul Cullen from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival writes: 'Greetings, friends of the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival: ...To all our friends, supporters, sponsors and volunteers, thank you for the ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2015, 7:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Chip Ahoy! Barbara Dawson writes: 'In conditions reminiscent of Shackleton’s Antarctic voyages, Billie and Imagine - plus 2 double kayaks - bravely set off late on Saturday afternoon with the tide and wind ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2015, 1:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Living Boat Trust Flag is unfurled There was a good easterly blowing on Monday night, and when our new flag was unfurled it snapped  and stood out from the pole most satisfactorily, displaying the midnight blue ...
    Posted Dec 8, 2015, 4:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • The cryptic history of Port Davey John Wadsley (from TMAG) writes:'...The final 2015 meeting of the Tasmanian Historical Research Association will be held in the Royal Society Room tomorrow evening at 8pm, 8th December. Entry ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2015, 3:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Little Boat Choir concert Franklin Palais writes: 'Hi Music Lovers, Wanting a quality yet affordable night out of fun, food and entertainment?  Have family & friends visiting and at a loss of how to entertain ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2015, 3:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Burnt to the waterline LBT member Brian Marriott described to we skeptics how his fire crew had been called out to North Franklin to douse a motor boat that had inexplicably caught fire and ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2015, 2:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Cruise to Maria Island Ea Lassen draws our attention to the following opportunity.  Maria Island new year cruise: Duration: 7 days, 6 nights; From AU$ 2,400.00;  Sail aboard Yukon and enjoy Tasmania ...
    Posted Dec 6, 2015, 2:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Big Monday night at the LBT coming up Come this Monday (6th December) and:  sail the Grebes (from 3pm) weather permitting, or  work on them if it's lousy; find out what the new LBT flag looks like ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2015, 9:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Excursion to Whale Point Mandi Wheatley from Huon Valley Council writes:'I just wanted to let you and your members know that the Huon Valley Council has begun senior’s excursions and our next ...
    Posted Dec 4, 2015, 11:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Shed extension: wall frames go up Graham Wright writes: 'Good progress today with the extension: All hands on deck to raise the frames; Towards the end of the day, last frame assembled and now ready to ...
    Posted Dec 1, 2015, 2:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sail doctors at work On Monday night John and Martin fixed some of the 'band aids' that have been applied to the rigs for the Grebes, and began the task of standardising these rigs ...
    Posted Nov 30, 2015, 2:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • A gleaming Swiftsure 'Swiftsure' has had a major refurbishment, completed just in time to compete in 'her' regatta.  There are new bits everywhere - thole pins, thole pads, cleats, a mast step - and a ...
    Posted Nov 30, 2015, 2:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta photos For some wonderful photos from Saturday see http://bit.ly/1l14LIT
    Posted Nov 30, 2015, 6:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Slabbing the blue gum Looks like Steve White's Lucas Mill did a very good job of cutting up the large bluegum log that has been lying on the foreshore for some time.  Should ...
    Posted Nov 30, 2015, 3:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Plague flag: should we worry? We are assuming that the black and yellow plague flag was hung with the rest of the bunting on the Yukon out of enthusiasm for the Swiftsure Regatta, not because ...
    Posted Nov 29, 2015, 2:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Xmas Movie Night at the Palais Deb Coombes writes:'Hi Team Movies,  Yes it is that time of the year to wear silly hats and eat and drink to excess for it is the Franklin Palais ...
    Posted Nov 29, 2015, 12:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT flag on the sewing table We hope to have a ceremonial unfurling on Monday week.  No pressure on the seamstress though!
    Posted Nov 26, 2015, 7:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wet Thursday at the shed Steve very sensibly based himself inside, but others weren't so lucky.  Graham Wright sent the following pictures: Steve trimming the new keel timber; The Marine Rescue Vessel in Franklin ...
    Posted Nov 26, 2015, 2:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • How windy was it? Spring gales seem to have arrived late this year, prompting furrows on the brows of nervous sailors and excursion organisers.  What we all need when judging whether or not to ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2015, 11:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ministering to the Grebes The rigging and sails for the Grebes are looking a bit tired.  We need to inspect them and identify and make the necessary repairs. The next opportunity to do this ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2015, 12:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Good news from the pollies We aren't sure whether it was Hans Sipsma's cooking or Tony Cooper's barbecue which tipped the scales, but Brian Green, leader of the opposition, enjoyed last week ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2015, 11:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival newsletter A reminder that the AWBF newsletter includes lots of items of interest to we Tassie boaties: to view it go to http://awbf.com.au/ and choose News Blog from ...
    Posted Nov 29, 2015, 2:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Scottish-Australian Flag We aren't sure where Dick Geeves procured this flag, but we think it might be very appropriate to fly on regatta days featuring the St Ayles Skiffs.  Maybe the ...
    Posted Nov 24, 2015, 3:22 AM by Posts Editor
  • Twilight Fish and Chip Row on Saturday 5 December Row both skiffs (plus any other boats or kayaks) up to Huonville for a fish and chip dinner. Boats departing LBT at 4.30pm. $5 per person fee to LBT ...
    Posted Nov 22, 2015, 12:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Get your 'Pristine South' The new edition of 'Pristine South' is just out, and there is a pile of copies in the shed.  Judging from the annotated map included there are more attractions in ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2015, 3:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • More information about Swiftsure Regatta From Karen Corbin: Saturday 28* November 2015:  M.C. — Dave Pittaway; Safety Boat - Rowan (ready to go from pontoon); Starter boat — Nancy (Barb Dawson); BBC and drinks available for purchase ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2015, 12:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Organising an LBT excursion? In the past LBT 'on the water' activity has tended to be either long, multi-day expeditions, or sailing and rowing directly from the shed.  Our new trailers make possible ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2015, 3:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lucas Mill Demonstration John Young writes:'...a group of local landowners who are interested in the sustainable management of their timber-covered blocks in the future, have arranged for Steve White, the proud ...
    Posted Nov 19, 2015, 6:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Busy day at the shed Graham Wright writes:'Busy day today - 4 projects worked on: Angela and Greg preparing the window frames; Tony cutting studs for the frames; Steve fine tuning the last piece for ...
    Posted Nov 19, 2015, 12:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Primary Schools Fundraising Quiz Night Palais Theatre, Franklin, Saturday 28th November 7pm.  Georgie Fitzgerald writes:  'On behalf of the fantastic children  at Franklin Primary School, we, the School Association, ask you to please consider supporting ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2015, 2:40 AM by Posts Editor
  • Latest from the shed build The team have framed up the front wall.
    Posted Nov 17, 2015, 10:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Up the creek (with a paddle) David Budd had the 'On Water Program' crews exploring the swampy lagoons along the river and Egg Island.  This one petered out to nothing: the only way out  was to ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2015, 12:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Skyping New York Spotted in the back of Nancy:  this couple speaking with their children who are overseas.  Is this a service we should consider adding to Nancy's business model?
    Posted Nov 18, 2015, 2:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Some love and attention for 'Swiftsure' 'Swiftsure' needs attention both to her wood and paint work to be shipshape for the regatta at the end of November, and there were plenty of willing hands to assist ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2015, 2:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • Up she goes Dick Geeves cleared away the last of the rubble left from digging the hole for the pole, then folded and hoisted the flag.  Jesse Wardell helped him give the halyard ...
    Posted Nov 17, 2015, 3:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Come and be part of Swiftsure Regatta 2015 David Budd writes:"Helpers wanted for Schools section of Swiftsure Regatta, Saturday 28 Nov, 9 - 12.30 approx.  Boat steerers, marshals, race starters and timers plus on-land competition supervisors ...
    Posted Nov 17, 2015, 1:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • Steamers on the Huon How long is it since there have been four steamers in Franklin (five counting Cartela) at the same time?  We don't know, but they made a fine site on ...
    Posted Nov 15, 2015, 12:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fund raiser for Franklin tennis courts From David Moore:LOL Comedy 2015 at The Palais in Franklin: When: Saturday, 21 November 2015. Bar & Food from 6pm, show from 7.30pm;  Where: The Palais, 3388 Huon ...
    Posted Nov 15, 2015, 11:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night test flag flying When we have a chance to get organised we plan to have a bit of ceremony for the flagpole involving the Scouts (who donated it), but on Monday there will ...
    Posted Nov 15, 2015, 2:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT at the Huon Show In amongst the chooks, the bulls, the sideshow alleys, the wood choppers, the ute musters, the vintage engines, that old time country music and lots more, we were there.  Thanks ...
    Posted Nov 14, 2015, 7:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • The neighbours are on the move Only a couple of days ago the rowing club site was a bare concrete slab, but all of a sudden their new premises are taking shape.
    Posted Nov 14, 2015, 7:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Evinrude fixed Ron Haggart gave no guarantees when he asked for reconditioning kits for our misfiring (and venerable) Evinrude outboard motor, but their installation did the trick. The Evninrude may not be ...
    Posted Nov 14, 2015, 7:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • La Chaloupe coming to 'Steam Rally' Ron Wells (from Dover) writes:'Our Wooden Toy sign is starting to attract customers. Most callers are travelling and don’t have room for large items. One tourist called in ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2015, 1:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • WOW newsletter, 11th November Includes crews for the 'Steam Rally' regatta. See attached: http://bit.ly/1kNmG4R
    Posted Nov 11, 2015, 12:01 PM by Richard Forster
  • The shed build begins On Wednesday Brett, Allan and Tony made a big start on the framing.  First job was to get a ledger board in place along the top of the existing wall
    Posted Nov 10, 2015, 9:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • The caring carrier Hayden Abbot didn't just bring our (green hardwood) cladding down from Buxton, he stacked it carefully in a quiet, shaded corner and covered it so that it won't ...
    Posted Nov 10, 2015, 9:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Raising the flagpole On Monday evening Dick Geeves marshaled the troops and up she went. Pics from Ninka and Endra
    Posted Nov 11, 2015, 3:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT sailing nights contact list A couple of weeks ago Mike Dredge organised sailing on a Monday evening, an event which we can safely say was very much enjoyed by all who participated.  Since then ...
    Posted Nov 10, 2015, 3:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Occupational Health and Safety Ron Haggart has spent a lot of time compiling a list of the OHS documents which are the reference for our own policy.  He has put a hard copy in ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2015, 4:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Flagpole raising As noted previously in this column, the hole is dug and the painting done.  Dick Geeves is coming along this (Monday) afternoon to get organised to erect the flagpole.  Be ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2015, 7:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Show next Saturday As everybody knows, the Huon Show is the BEST, and the LBT has a proud tradition of being involved.  The more the merrier, and if you can help out please ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2015, 12:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Steamers v Shielas Barbara Dawson writes:'Still looking for a few more ‘Sheilas’ to make up 2 skiff crews to race 1km against 2 steamboats next Sunday morning.  Race start approximately 9am.  After ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2015, 12:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pineapple Raid The Queensland boat 'Boxer'  and crew were an enthusiastic and spectacular part of Tawe Nunnugah 2015, and they had such a good time that they (like the Kiwis) have decided ...
    Posted Nov 7, 2015, 2:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Underwater Logging Operations – Lake Pieman/Reece Dam Of interest to we consumers of Huon Pine:  From Marine and Safety Tasmania; Notice No.: M146-15; Valid From: 4/11/2015; Valid Until: 4/11/2017.  Notice Content: Mariners ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2015, 4:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tholl pins v kabes v rowlocks The next shot is the battle to find the best way to mount oars on a St Ayles Skiff was fired at Warnambool last Saturday.  See pics below for their ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2015, 2:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • 'Fast Messenger' is launched Last weekend Lorrie, Margueritte and Richard travelled to Warrnambool to join the celebrations for the launch of the latest Australian St Ayles Skiff:  'Fast Messenger'.  The deed was done amidst ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2015, 2:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • New Zealand Raid and Regatta The Enzedders enjoyed our Tawe Nunnugah Raid and Regatta so much they are planning one of their own. Tanya Ankersmit writes:'Dear Adventurers,Great to have you all on board ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2015, 1:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Restoring 'Olga' David Pittaway writes:'A few years ago I was goaded into buying OLGA, a 30 foot long double ended Huon and Celery-Top Pine workboat, built by Harry Grinning in ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2015, 1:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • WOW Newsletter See the latest: http://bit.ly/1M2U7uS
    Posted Nov 3, 2015, 12:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Spanning the generations  Dick Geeves, who tells stories about being a cadet during the Second World War, has sourced and restored a flagpole for us.  On Monday night the Nash boys, who tell ...
    Posted Oct 28, 2015, 11:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta 2015 – Saturday 28 November Hans Sipsma writes:     'Yes, it’s that time of year again. One of the opportunities to engage in a bit of not too serious rowing racing and fun on the ...
    Posted Oct 27, 2015, 3:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Oamaru Harbour Glynn Shevels is travelling in New Zealand.  He writes:   'I have found an organisation in New Zealand that operates in a very similar way to the LBT.  They repair and ...
    Posted Oct 26, 2015, 5:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Celestial Skiff Richard Edwards writes:'When I saw Sue's boat picture from Norway I thought I should send you this boat picture. It is an image from an early celtic standing ...
    Posted Oct 26, 2015, 1:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Woodworking tools: Maintenance and Sharpening On November 8th our own Dennis Muscovich is running a course on this topic over at the Wooden Boat Centre.  See flyer attached: http://bit.ly/1MPmUzi  Pic from Malene ...
    Posted Oct 26, 2015, 1:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Provenance of Flagpole Dick Geeves has organised a flagpole for us, and he writes:  'I have been able to do some research with the help of Scouting Tasmania's Heritage Museum about the ...
    Posted Oct 26, 2015, 12:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Steam Rally, 15th November Andrew Perkins writes:'The proposed Wooden Boat Guild of Tasmania four steam boats on the Huon day is now less than 3 weeks away, the members of the Wooden Boat ...
    Posted Oct 26, 2015, 12:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: an open dinghy for crossing the Bass Strait Adrian Dale writes: 'The plan is to use a period wooden open boat of clinker or carvel construction. The boat should be between 16 to 20 feet overall with at ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2015, 3:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Start of season/end of season for Skiffs Whilst it was t-shirt weather at the Seafarers Festival at Bellerive on Sunday, the Guardian was taking these beautiful, autumnal,  'end of season regatta'  pictures on chilly Loch Katrine ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2015, 2:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Billie at the Seafarers Festival Billie was in the thick of almost frenetic on the water action at the Bellerive Seafarers Festival on Sunday.  Annette, Endra and Steve barely had time to disembark each crew ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2015, 2:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • On the water with local schools Huonville Primary School students came down for a day of rowing and paddle making on Wednesday.  David Budd had an eye on the weather, and had organised plenty of indoor ...
    Posted Oct 23, 2015, 1:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Origins of the St Ayles Skiff (part 4) There have been several candidates for the title of 'ur-skiff' submitted to this column over the years:  we like this one from Sue Jenkins, spotted on a pub wall ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2015, 1:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Film launch invitation "The Shellfishers" Sheltered Passage (shelteredpassage.org.au) writes:  'You are invited to celebrate the community launch and viewing of the short documentary film The Shellfishers;  at the West Winds Community Centre, Woodbridge ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2015, 12:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Damian Callinan - The Lost WW1 Diary AT... The Franklin Palais  ,3388 Huon Highway Franklin, Tasmania 7113  ON.. Saturday October 24th, 2015;  Doors & bar open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start;  Show finishes around 9 ...
    Posted Oct 20, 2015, 2:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • First sailing day of the season A  couple of weeks ago Mike Dredge waded into the gear corner and emerged from the chaotic jumble, dust and spiders with the rigs, rudders and centre boards needed to ...
    Posted Oct 21, 2015, 4:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tagging the electrical equipment At many organisations this would called a 'thankless task', but not at the LBT because we know how much work is involved, and we say a big THANK YOU to ...
    Posted Oct 17, 2015, 2:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • From the Arctic to Tasmania – the sea kayak’s journey Next talk at the Maritime Museum:time: 12.00 – 1.00pm, Tuesday 3 November 2015; place: Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Customs House, 19 Davey St entrance;  all ...
    Posted Oct 17, 2015, 2:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pine log seeks good home John Barnard writes:'Pine log, species uncertain, length 8m, 130mm tapering to 50mm, strait and even taper.  Possibly suit mast, flag pole, or some such. Free to anyone with a ...
    Posted Oct 16, 2015, 2:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Regattas on the Huon Notice to Mariners  Valid From:  15/10/2015, until 9/11/2015.  Rowing Regattas will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 24 October and Sunday, 25 ...
    Posted Oct 16, 2015, 1:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Seafarers Festival, Bellerive Coming up Sunday week:Bellerive Boardwalk; 10.30am to 4pm, 25 October 2015.  'The Seafarers’ Festival is an action packed family day with a focus on nauticulture including music, activities ...
    Posted Oct 15, 2015, 1:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Committee meeting this Thursday The LBT committee meets once a month, usually on the third Thursday.  To find out what they are thinking about look at the minutes of previous meetings:  choose Resources from ...
    Posted Oct 14, 2015, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Facebook weather alerts Tony Dow, who runs the wonderful Franklin weather site hrvistaweather, writes:'In addition to the current Warnings/Alerts page: http://hrvistaweather.com/weather/wxadvisory.php , added new page to menu ...
    Posted Oct 13, 2015, 5:49 PM by Richard Forster
  • Final touch up for 'Huon Explorer' Pic below shows 'Peter the Painter' applying the finishing touches to the 'Huon Explorer' before she goes out of the shed and into the water, ready for the On the ...
    Posted Oct 13, 2015, 5:35 PM by Richard Forster
  • Tinderbox to Bruny Island Annette Cauchi writes:  'At 7am on Sunday an intrepid group of adventurers gathered at the LBT. The Valley was blanketed in fog but the forecast was fine as we hitched ...
    Posted Oct 13, 2015, 1:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Billie' in Australian Amateur Boat Builder Who are those handsome people in white?  To find out you will have to get the latest edition of  Australian Amateur Boatbuilder.  Thanks to Jonathan Wallis for writing this excellent ...
    Posted Oct 11, 2015, 12:40 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT boats on the move The blue skies have beckoned Swiftsure and the skiffs onto the trailers, ready for a trip to the seaside over on the Tinderbox Peninsula.  Piet Lunstedt and Dennis Muscovich were ...
    Posted Oct 9, 2015, 5:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Waterfront pull up banner Ea Nash has organised Andy Wilson to create a large pull up poster for display at tourist centres and events.  We saw the fruits of his labours for the first ...
    Posted Oct 9, 2015, 2:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pete's school boats For the fourth year Peter Laidlaw, has absconded to Queensland to supervise the building of, you guessed it, the fourth dinghy for their little fleet.  Pictures attached.
    Posted Oct 9, 2015, 1:29 AM by Posts Editor
  • WOW Newsletter For the latest on the LONG ROW and all the other WOW news see http://bit.ly/1No2X8q
    Posted Oct 8, 2015, 2:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • Fun at the slip Those of you who missed out can participate vicariously with these pictures supplied by Graham Wright.
    Posted Oct 8, 2015, 2:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • The big cleanup Karen Corbin writes:'WOW' would like to donate some of the funds raised for the 2015 St Ayles Skiff Regatta towards improvements at the LBT.   Firstly, we would like to ...
    Posted Oct 4, 2015, 1:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • First cygnets of the season The 'Nancy' cruisers were greeted by ma and pa swan and their brood on Sunday morning.  The crop of sea grass around the dinghy shed is apparently haute cuisine for ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2015, 9:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Visiting Wooden Boat Central Brett Doubleday is currently travelling in the USA.  He writes:'We have just arrived at Brooklin Inn in Maine - wooden boat capital of US, and where Wooden Boat magazine comes ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2015, 11:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy trip to Port Huon Martin Riddle is taking Nancy to Port Huon on Monday for an inspection on the slip, and says he is happy to take LBT members as passengers.  Sounds like a ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2015, 11:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • The big pour 3337 Huon Highway was cement mixer central at 7.30am this Thursday morning.  By the afternoon Andrew Gill and his team had laid all the concrete flooring for our extension
    Posted Oct 1, 2015, 5:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nano Library Jane Johnson's new plan for the premises of a 'nano library'/book exchange is an upended dinghy, situated next to the stone wall which separates the Living Boat Trust ...
    Posted Oct 1, 2015, 5:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • Spring at the Boat Trust is ... New plover chicks hiding in the grass, and of course the parents going nuts every time somebody goes near.
    Posted Oct 1, 2015, 2:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dick's Flagpole The flagpole subcommittee (Southern Division, Franklin Chapter, chaired by David Nash) convened on Monday night, and recommended that a position in line with and close to the end of the ...
    Posted Oct 2, 2015, 5:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie Night at the Palais  The monthly 'Classic Movie Night' is one of the great institutions of Franklin, and the Palais is in the process of installing digital equipment to make it even more betterer ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2015, 3:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • New website for 'Yukon' A recent welcome bit of news is that 'Yukon' is no longer on the market, and will be calling Franklin home for the foreseeable future.  Ea Lassen and the technical ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2015, 4:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Franklin Quilt Unveiling September 30, 2015@7pm for 7.30, Palais Theatre, Franklin, RSVP 0400717140 'When Franklin became the host of the International St Ayles Skiff Regatta held in the town in February ...
    Posted Sep 29, 2015, 2:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Readvertising the 'long row' We have already posted a notice about this event, organised by WOW for Sunday October 11th from Dennes Point to Bruny Island - see http://bit.ly/1QHEvwv .  Here is a ...
    Posted Sep 27, 2015, 5:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club Opening Day From the commodore, Stan Pickering:'Opening Day marks the start of the Huon Yacht Club's season. Come along and have a fun day with your friends getting ready for ...
    Posted Sep 27, 2015, 5:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • New committee for the FWWA The annual general meeting of the Franklin Working Waterfront Association (http://www.fwwatas.org/) elected the following office holders and general members.President: John Enders; Vice President: Michele Durbin; Vice ...
    Posted Sep 27, 2015, 3:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • Shed extension ready for concrete  The mesh is down, the fence is up, and we await the mixer truck.
    Posted Sep 27, 2015, 3:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Franklin Working Waterfront AGM   This Sunday, 27th September, 2pm at Franklin Primary School From Sonia Shimeld: 'I have attached a copy of the agenda for the upcoming AGM (http://bit.ly/1R6KCv2) for FWWA ...
    Posted Sep 25, 2015, 3:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: consult the LBT calendar(s) We are getting to the busy part of the year, when demand for LBT resources increases, and the chances of those resources being unavailable or causing some clash with another ...
    Posted Sep 25, 2015, 6:44 AM by Richard Forster
  • Tips for event planning in Franklin Tony Dow has drawn our attention to the 'weather risk pull down' at the bottom of the home page of his HRVista (Franklin) weather site (http://hrvistaweather.com/).  See below ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2015, 3:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy Flyer Annette Cauchi has been refining her original proposal:  see below for the double sides of what she has come up with.  Suggestions to sec@lbt.org.au  
    Posted Sep 22, 2015, 3:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Project for sale Jim Milner writes:  '18' Ply and Glass Trailer Boat Kit, has centre console, half completed. Must sell as moving interstate.   $7,000, very negotiable. Phone Jim and Sue on 0418 ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2015, 6:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • October Long Row - Tinderbox to Dennes Point to ... From the WOW (Women on Water) Newsletter:  DATE: Sunday October 11th.  The Outside Chance crew: Andrea, Annette, Endra, Laura and Tess, are organising a long row, with a picnic and ...
    Posted Sep 20, 2015, 2:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday evening sailing Mike Dredge is proposing that we use the lengthening dusk to get the Grebes out for a sail on Monday evenings.  See the details in the attached thought/checklist: http ...
    Posted Sep 20, 2015, 12:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • 5 people in a car, 3 men in a boat? Is this mosaic car, sitting outside the new Moonah art gallery, the sort of inspiration we need for foreshore artwork?
    Posted Sep 18, 2015, 5:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nautical flower bed Spotted at Barbara and David's place.
    Posted Sep 18, 2015, 5:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • New motor for 'Leshelen' Over at the Wooden Boat Centre David Nash and the crew have been making good progress on restoring the big Tamar cruiser 'Leshelen', and during the week Hayden Abbot craned ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2015, 5:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • First there was Billie, now there is Douglas Laurence Burgin from the chandlery has purchased a utility boat for the marina, also useful for emergencies, and he has named it after the late lamented 'Duggie'. Duggie was a ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2015, 4:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Progress on the workshop extension With the very generous assistance of Duggans the initial preparation for the workshop concrete flooring slab has been completed:  the site levelled with gravel and trenches dug.  Concrete comes early ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2015, 11:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Waterfront photo shoot Andy Wilson had us all organised earlier in the week for a photography session - both Yukon and Nancy were out on the water with suitable landscape backdrops behind them.  It ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2015, 4:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mission to Seafairers: Talk  'Over its one hundred years the Mission has opened its doors to an average of 4,000 seamen per year, while the Chaplain and his volunteers have visited many thousands ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2015, 11:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • First trip of the season for 'Nancy' Thumbs up all round from the passengers who took the trip with Brian Pain around Egg Island last Sunday on a beautiful day.  Graeme from Devonport grew up in Glaziers ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2015, 5:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • A paddle on the Thames David Budd sent  'a link for the Great River Race (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135694152@N05/sets/72157658678163895/) which took place on the Thames last weekend - from Greenwich to ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2015, 1:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • Steamboats on the Huon Brian Marriot points us to this notice he has placed in the Marine Directory (http://marinedirectory.net/events/steam-boats-on-the-huon/): 'The Wooden Boat Guild of Tasmania is ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2015, 4:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy participating in Seniors Week The Seniors Week program for 2015 is out (http://goo.gl/TFXF5y), and it includes 'our' event.  Note the special one off price:  maybe you (and your older kith and ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2015, 3:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lifejackets not optional The word has been passed down that MAST will be policing their compulsory life jacket policy, and the accompanying sign will be put up in the dinghy shed, or some ...
    Posted Sep 11, 2015, 11:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dick's Flagpole Not only has Dick Geeves sourced a flagpole for us, he's sorting out the problems (ie the rotten bits), and painting it too.   Allegedly it started life as a ...
    Posted Sep 11, 2015, 9:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tending to the electricals The disemboweled sander in front of them might have Greg and Ron scratching their heads for the moment, but we are confident that they will come up with a solution ...
    Posted Sep 11, 2015, 9:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Anybody know Tauronga? Graham Norris writes: 'Do you know anything of a 42ft fishing boat Tauronga built at Bullock Point by Bert Morris and my brother Noel in 1949/50? It was sold ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2015, 9:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Nancy Season' is here The first bookings for the season are this coming Sunday: see the calendar on the mv-nancy-tours.org web page. There are only two people so far, and we ...
    Posted Sep 8, 2015, 10:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival - Big Log Story 2015 The latest AWBF newsletter points to this interesting film on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F1FhvxMixw.    'Tasmania is the home of rare and unusual ship-building timbers including ...
    Posted Sep 7, 2015, 12:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • 'Mary meets Mohammed' at Cygnet The many people who befriended the Iranian refugees who participated in the St Ayles Skiff Regatta might be interested in the showing of this film on 6th September at 3pm ...
    Posted Sep 4, 2015, 2:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Under the waves' at Devonport Maritime Centre If you haven't visited this centre - just across the river from the ferry terminal - here is another good reason.  We say 'another' because there is more than enough at ...
    Posted Sep 3, 2015, 9:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Power for the dinghy shed The small steps are often the significant ones.  This will mean that Nancy can easily be recharged whilst moored at her normal pontoon.  Big thanks to the Wooden Boat Centre ...
    Posted Sep 3, 2015, 9:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Vera', a sister to our 'Nancy' Graham Norris writes:  'The dimensions of the Vera were identical to Nancy. A Frisco Standard 8 h.p. single cylinder was the original engine. The stern has been altered and ...
    Posted Sep 3, 2015, 6:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • Hot gossip: Leprena (steam launch) coming to Franklin Andrew Perkins has brought her down before for us to admire the brightwork,  but the whisper (shhh) is that 'Leprena' may be finding a more permanent home down here.  That ...
    Posted Sep 3, 2015, 6:41 AM by Posts Editor
  • Seafarers’ Festival  One for the diary:  Bellerive Boardwalk; 10.30am to 4pm, 25 October 2015.  'The Seafarers’ Festival is an action packed family day with a focus on nauticulture including music, activities ...
    Posted Sep 3, 2015, 3:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • Working Waterfront Annual General Meeting Sonia Shimeld writes:  'The AGM will be held at 2pm on Sunday 27th September 2015 at the Franklin Primary School​. We will also be holding a special meeting at that ...
    Posted Sep 2, 2015, 2:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • President's Report Peter Laidlaw has done a great job of summarising the LBT year (as well as delivering the odd spray) in his President's Report:  read it now at http://bit ...
    Posted Aug 31, 2015, 9:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Warrnambool Festival and Wooden Boat Expo Our friends at Warrnambool (south west Victoria) plan to launch their new St Ayles Skiff on November 2nd (see attached https://goo.gl/RXcaYt), and it looks like there will ...
    Posted Aug 31, 2015, 5:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tree2Sea project From the ABC website:  'There are hopes a new project to teach young people boat building skills will turn around low high school retention rates and high unemployment in Tasmania ...
    Posted Sep 3, 2015, 6:43 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin (south) weathercam One of the nice features of Tony Dow's HRVista weather site (hrvistaweather.com/weather/) is an 'almost' live view across the river, just downstream from the Living Boat Trust ...
    Posted Aug 30, 2015, 5:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tension at the LBT quiz night We were on the edge of our seats as David and Margaret added up the scores, and as Endra added one more straw to the flagpole her table had designed ...
    Posted Aug 30, 2015, 3:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • New committee for the LBT At the AGM on Saturday night the old committee was dismissed and a new one, listed below, was elected.  President:  Peter Laidlaw; Secretary: Richard Forster; Treasurer: Jackie Garnsey; Ordinary members ...
    Posted Aug 30, 2015, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival Newsletter See attached from Paul Cullen: https://goo.gl/NJ9Thw
    Posted Aug 30, 2015, 12:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT theme song? Those attending the social gathering that followed the AGM were supplied the following chorus, and asked to provide appropriate verses.We’re the mighty LBT,  Just pay your dues and ...
    Posted Aug 30, 2015, 5:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boaty pics from Ireland LBT members Ali McRae and Caro Bony are visiting the Emerald Isle and have taken their cameras with them.  The 'Kezia Gwilt', shown below, was involved in trying to rescue ...
    Posted Aug 29, 2015, 9:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Wagonga Princess Graham Rankin writes:'While visiting our grand daughter (and her parents) in Canberra we had a lovely break at Narooma on the far south coast of NSW. Whilst enjoying our ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2015, 3:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • Ministering to the Grebes 'Huon Explorer' comes in, and 'Rhonda K' goes out (all shiny and new).  Sun and weather aren't kind to paintwork.    Pics from Graham Wright
    Posted Aug 28, 2015, 3:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Weather Tony Dow has written to tell us that the new version of his forecasting and meteorological information site is now 'live':  to see it go to http://hrvistaweather.com/weather ...
    Posted Aug 26, 2015, 5:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • New premises for the Huon Rowing Club We've watched the safety fences go up, and now de walls come tumblin' down.  Paul Newbon, foreman on the project, tells us that there have been various delays, but ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2015, 8:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • 150th Birthday for 'Admiral' Fiona Peate writes: 'Admiral is celebrating her 150th birthday today (26 August). This Saturday Members of the Restoration Group, friends and crew are planning to re-enact the original launch ...
    Posted Aug 26, 2015, 2:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club AGM Our friends at Port Huon have elected a new committee and appointed new officers.  Read all about it in a letter from the new commodore Stan Pickering: https://goo.gl ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2015, 3:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Ice in the Rigging': book launch John Wadsley (TMAG) writes: 'If anyone is interested in attending the book launch of 'Ice in the Rigging: Ships of the Antarctic, 1699 - 1937', you’d better get your skates ...
    Posted Aug 23, 2015, 9:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Final Reminder: AGM and Quiz night THIS COMING SATURDAY, 29TH AUGUST The LBT Annual General Meeting (starts 6pm) will be followed by a social and quiz night at the Franklin Bowls Club.  Bar opens 6.45pm ...
    Posted Aug 23, 2015, 4:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteers wanted for LBT schools On the Water Programme Help train our future boaties!!!!  Starts mid October, runs for approx 5 weeks.  Helpers wanted - choose your day(s) - Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 10.00am - 2.30pm.  For more details, contact ...
    Posted Aug 22, 2015, 8:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • New look for the AWBF online From Paul Cullen (manager, AWBF):'... We are writing to you because we’re about to introduce a brand-new format for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival Newsletter.  It’s faster ...
    Posted Aug 22, 2015, 5:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Notice to Mariners Title: Navigation Aid – Huon River; Valid From: 21/8/2015;  Valid Until: 30/9/2015.    Notice Content:  Mariners are advised that the port lateral navigation aid located on the edge ...
    Posted Aug 21, 2015, 3:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Epoxy city Over at the Wooden Boat Centre Peter Laidlaw is gluing the second layer of strip planks onto the new 'steamboat' he is building.  Lots of  staples, cable ties and epoxy ...
    Posted Aug 20, 2015, 9:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Thursday at the shed Rhonda K is the first of the Grebes to be painted and varnished for the new season: she is now ready to go back on the water.  Whilst she was ...
    Posted Aug 20, 2015, 7:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tasmanian Craft Fair The Tasmanian Craft Fair in Deloraine (Friday October 30th - Monday November 2nd - see http://www.tascraftfair.com.au/) is a major event, and this year the focus is on boats ...
    Posted Aug 19, 2015, 10:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Digging the shed sewage connection The pics (from Glynn Shevels) tell it all.  That's the last we hear about the Tuesday 'blokes'.
    Posted Aug 17, 2015, 8:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Tip of the Iceberg' at Maritime Museum Lunchtime talk presented by Ian Morrison, Senior Librarian Heritage Collections, Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office:  Antarctic Resources in the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office. Time: 12.00 – 1.00pm Tuesday ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2015, 8:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • HRVista Weather Franklin is blessed with its own weather station, run by Tony Dow (see http://hrvistaweather.com)  That's where the summary weather report on the LBT home page comes from ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2015, 2:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Social Night, Saturday August 29th The LBT Annual General Meeting (starts 6pm) will be followed by a social and quiz night at the Franklin Bowls Club.  Bar opens 6.45pm and all welcome, $5 members ...
    Posted Aug 16, 2015, 5:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tool Donation Graham Rankin writes: 'Liz Marshall and her husband Gordon have very kindly donated two boxes of hand tools to the Trust. The tools belonged to Gordon's father, a carpenter ...
    Posted Aug 14, 2015, 10:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Now is the time ... ... for all good people to come to the aid of the LBT, by nominating for the committee!  Get your nomination form at https://goo.gl/HoOZpP.  The election will be ...
    Posted Aug 13, 2015, 5:14 AM by Posts Editor
  • Facebook page for 'Nancy' Annette Cauchi has been busy organising the marketing for 'Nancy' and one of the things she has done is set up a Facebook page.  If you haven't found it ...
    Posted Aug 13, 2015, 12:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • 'Tuna' for sale Boat specifications: 22' 6" Huon Pine, Australian Cedar, sedan cruiser, built in 1915 by Percival Geo Coventry at Battery Point, 14 h.p. Nanni/Kubota diesel motor, includes mooring (at ...
    Posted Aug 12, 2015, 11:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dinghy Building Courses Ross James (from the Wooden Boat Centre) writes:'If learning how to build a traditional clinker timber dinghy using the finest boat-building timbers is your dream, then time is ...
    Posted Aug 12, 2015, 3:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Billie's oars get a nip and tuck Graham Rankin writes: 'On the day of Billie's launch we discovered we had made the oars a little too fat for some of our rowers with more "delicate" hands ...
    Posted Aug 12, 2015, 5:07 AM by Posts Editor
  • Notice of Annual General Meeting The Living Boat Trust AGM will be held at 6pm, Saturday August 29th,   at the Franklin Bowls Club, 3395 Huon Hwy, opposite the Palais Theatre.  It will be followed by ...
    Posted Aug 9, 2015, 3:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Moving the office They say beauty is in eye of the beholder, and certainly those of us who helped move the office on Saturday morning would concur that for that period at least ...
    Posted Aug 9, 2015, 5:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Billie' gets her name Graham Rankin writes:  'No more need for visitors to ask!  John Maley, a sign writer from Westbury and good friend of Willis Smith (one of our skiff builders) had offered ...
    Posted Aug 7, 2015, 4:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pete's shed Andrew Wilson ('Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania') has been doing a photo shoot in Franklin.  We particularly liked this pic of Peter Laidlaw in his kingdom.
    Posted Aug 2, 2015, 7:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night dinner cancelled (3rd August) Conditions on the road aren't the greatest, so the cooks have pulled the pin.  If you were planning on coming along, get out and take snow pics instead, and ...
    Posted Aug 4, 2015, 7:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Lorrie and Graham at the Maritime Museum If the snow drifts have been cleared away in time, Lorrie Harrison and Graham Rankin will be giving a lunchtime talk at Maritime Museum on St Ayles Skiffs.  See the ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2015, 5:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Louise Crossley Louise, member and good friend of the Living Boat Trust, has died.  She was on the ball until the end, only a couple of days ago checking that we were ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2015, 6:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gretchen gets the flip Brett Doubleday, Steve McCusker and others have been working away getting Gretchen's hull stabilised and prepared in readiness for making it watertight. Graham Wright reports:  'the more observant visitor ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2015, 5:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • Preparations for the new workshop build When you see a chap leaning on a shovel you know that things are definitely on the move.  Graham Wright reports:'Tuesday started early for some with the plumber arriving ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2015, 5:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Waterfront website Sonia Shimeld has shaken the slumbering Franklin Working Waterfront website and woken it up - see http://www.fwwatas.org/news.html.  The LBT no longer has a monopoly on riverbank ...
    Posted Jul 28, 2015, 11:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lifejacket awareness For those who missed the safety equipment evening last Monday, or those who want to follow up, you can read what Peter Hopkins of MAST has to say in an ...
    Posted Jul 28, 2015, 3:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • 'Billie' in Afloat magazine Jonathan Wallis has written a nice article about the launch of  'Billie' for this month's edition of  'Afloat'.  See page 67, or view it online at http://goo.gl ...
    Posted Jul 28, 2015, 3:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Support from the LBT network Readers of this column may remember that Paul Oakley recently wrote asking for advice about restoring a dinghy.  He has had several responses.  He writes:  'Bernard, thank you so much ...
    Posted Jul 26, 2015, 3:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • St Ayles Skiffs go west From Jane Johnson:  'Western Australia is embracing the St Ayles Skiff movement with the commencement of two skiff builds at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. During my visit last ...
    Posted Jul 25, 2015, 11:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Activities in the Workshop From Graham Wright:  'It's getting busy in the workshop especially as the extension work is beginning. The Tuesday and Skiff groups are going to work together on maintenance but ...
    Posted Jul 25, 2015, 11:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Flare and safety equipment night: report Glynn Shevels (commander: Volunteer Marine Rescue Kingborough) writes:  'The visit by MAST and Franklin fire service to LBT on the evening of 20/7/2015 was a great success ...
    Posted Jul 26, 2015, 12:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Maritime Museum Monthly Talk - 4 August 2015 John Wadsley (from TMAG) writes: 'Please find attached the flyer ( https://goo.gl/4KQzrt) for the next presentation in the Maritime Museum of Tasmania’s series of monthly talks, to ...
    Posted Jul 21, 2015, 4:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • St Ayles Skiff Regatta at Warrnambool Patrick Groot writes:'With our soon to be launched skiff at Warrnambool and the presence of 'Cariad' and 'John Liddy' we are excited to announce that the Warrnambool St Ayles ...
    Posted Jul 19, 2015, 3:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Membership renewals Thanks to the many members who have already responded to the request to renew their membership of the LBT.  You should have received an emailed acknowledgement.  If you did not ...
    Posted Jul 19, 2015, 12:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Flares and safety equipment demonstration Monday 20th July This coming Monday there will be NO DINNER at the LBT. Instead there will be a BBQ, AND hands on flares and safety equipment demonstration with MAST, the Franklin Fire ...
    Posted Jul 16, 2015, 4:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'New' pontoons for the LBT The LBT has acquired the eleven metre pontoons that were formerly used by the Huon Yacht Club.  We have been assured that they are in good condition and that they ...
    Posted Jul 15, 2015, 6:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boat transport alternatives Remind us:  why did we need to buy those trailers?  Pic from http://turtleislands.net/tmc/  , spotted by David Budd.
    Posted Jul 16, 2015, 4:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Plans for verandah extension approved Thanks to the indefatigable Guy Greener we finally have approved plans for the verandah extension (the 'Guy Greener Wing') on the south side of the existing shed.  These plans can ...
    Posted Jul 15, 2015, 5:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Matt and Gill's sailing adventures See and hear about Matt and Gill's sailing adventures (with Jesse) from Australia to Alaska.  $10 for a curry dinner if you are a member, $15 if you are ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2015, 4:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Invitation to Dover Community workshop Ron Wells (of 'La Chaloupe' fame) writes:  'The Dover Community Workshop would like to invite you to our Official Opening of the Hot Works Extension. The Premier Will Hodgman will ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2015, 4:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Can somebody help Paul? Paul Oakley writes:  'I have a pine clinker dinghy that I am keen to restore along with my dad.  I am a tradie, so ok with tools but more so ...
    Posted Jul 12, 2015, 2:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Strategy Meeting A big thank you to all those who posted in ideas for this session, which was held last Sunday.  These ideas formed a large part of the input to this ...
    Posted Jul 11, 2015, 6:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ideas for post AGM social night The LBT is planning a social night to follow the Annual General Meeting (29th August).  Traditionally this has revolved around a quiz session.  It could be the same this year ...
    Posted Jul 11, 2015, 6:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Yearly accounts The LBT has (and loves) its showboats, people like Peter Laidlaw, out there leading the fleet, giving speeches, playing his pipes etc, etc.  Then there are those paddling away in ...
    Posted Jul 11, 2015, 9:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas in August at Spring Bay Our friends at Spring Bay have issued an invitation to a 'Christmas Luncheon' on August 3rd at the Village Barn, Triabunna -  see attached at: https://goo.gl/UdTWTv . See also ...
    Posted Jul 10, 2015, 8:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mystic Seaport Michael O'Neill from Mystic Seaport writes:  'I help operate a blog for Mystic Seaport, http://mysticseaport.org/stories and after seeing your site, (http://lbt.rforster.org), I thought ...
    Posted Jul 12, 2015, 3:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Time to put 'Swiftsure' to work? NOTICE TO MARINERS  Title: Navigation Hazard - Spring Bay Triabunna;  Valid From: 8/7/2015;   Valid Until: 15/7/2015.    Mariners are advised a large whale has been sighted in the ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2015, 11:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Township theme project Simone Watson, General Manager for Huon Council writes:  'Council is seeking participation by a member of your community group/business in a workshop which aims to establish a theme for ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2015, 9:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Call for nominations for the LBT Committee One of the major tasks for the AGM to be held on August the 29th is to elect a committee for 2015-16.  Nomination forms have been printed and can ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2015, 9:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Flares and Safety Equipment Night 20th July This event will now run on Monday night July 20th starting at 5.30pm, at the LBT shed, 3337 Huon Hwy, Franklin:  5.30pm Talk on safety on water including ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2015, 12:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • July newsletter from the Wooden Boat Centre Sonia Shimeld has sent us this latest edition (attached at http://bit.ly/1G2Ew6X), with items about dinghy classes, Leshelen, a new steam launch (which will actually be fitted with ...
    Posted Jul 6, 2015, 4:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • 2016 Kiwi Raid and Regatta update New Zealand Coastal Rowing report:  'There’s been a lot of rowing into the wind to get to this update. Our crew have been very busy getting our ducks in ...
    Posted Jul 6, 2015, 4:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Help rescue a whaleboat John Young writes:  'The Whale boat restoration is about to begin on Monday 6th July. Thanks to all of you who worked to get a house sit for Cody Horgan ...
    Posted Jul 2, 2015, 3:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Boat nip, tuck and facelift time The short and cold days have left the dinghies idling in the shed, so time to get them out and freshen 'em up a bit.  The Tuesday group have selected ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2015, 8:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Film screening - 'Utopia' Zainab Clark writes:  'Amnesty Southern Group will screen John Pilger's "UTOPIA" on Friday 10th. July at 6.30 pm in the Cygnet Town Hall Supper Room; see poster attached ...
    Posted Jul 4, 2015, 5:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • How to build a boat - by Mickey Mouse Ros Barnett pointed out this instructional video (http://bit.ly/1LUqSaU)
    Posted Jul 1, 2015, 3:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • Lunchtime talk - the Duyfken John Wadsley, of the Maritime Museum, writes:  'Now that Dark Mofo is over you all need some more stimulation, so come along to the  next monthly talk.  This free talk ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2015, 3:28 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT in the news (again) We seem to be in the mainstream media so frequently that this column may become redundant.  Nell Tyson has a nice piece in the latest 40 Degrees South  -  Tasmania's ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2015, 3:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • South Bruny Island - Vessel Debris NOTICE TO MARINERS Valid From: 29 June 2015.  Valid Until: 17 July 2015. Notice Content: Mariners are advised that an 8.5 metre vessel has broken up in the South ...
    Posted Jun 29, 2015, 3:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Warrnambool Skiff Launch, 1st November Patrick Groot writes: 'Our first official skiff launch will be on Sunday 1st of November as part of Flagstaff Hill's wooden boat expo which itself will be part of ...
    Posted Jun 28, 2015, 7:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Timber Donation When David Whelan of Glen Huon decided to clean out his late grandfather's tool shed he had an inspiration:  why not donate the wood to the Living Boat Trust ...
    Posted Jun 28, 2015, 5:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • 'Billie' in the news The Sunday Mercury (28th June) gave her quite a splash.
    Posted Jun 28, 2015, 5:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • More on the Skiffieworlds, Northern Ireland 2016 Lorrie Harrison has passed on more information about these championships, which are to be held July 25-30 2016 on Strangford Lough, County Down (website: http://bit.ly/1JGcsxr) .  Attached ...
    Posted Jun 25, 2015, 10:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Members at large report: Hans and Nell in England Hans writes:'Our little Jemima on Regents Canal about to go through the Islington Canal this morning. It's nearly 1 km long. Bit scary. Glad the big day last ...
    Posted Jun 26, 2015, 6:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Flaw in Skiff design revealed It lacks a webmaster's seat.   Pic of improved design from Hans and Nell in London. 
    Posted Jun 26, 2015, 4:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gold Star to Lorrie Harrison! She was the first person to renew her membership for 2015-2016, AND she also took advantage of  being able to pay for her rowing annually, which is quite a ...
    Posted Jun 24, 2015, 6:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • Concert for Nepal Marcia Waller writes:'Please have a look at the attached poster (http://bit.ly/1Ji3W7X ) for a Concert for Nepal to be held at the Huonville Town Hall on 12th ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 11:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Great Taylors Bay – Mooring Works and Fill Station  Notice to Mariners  Valid From:  24 June 2015  Until:  1 December 2015  Mariners are advised Tassal will be undertaking mooring work on their leases in Great Taylors Bay. The lease ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 10:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Planning for the future at the LBT The committee will be holding a strategy meeting in early July to consider how well the Trust is meeting its aims and objectives and the needs of members.  A key ...
    Posted Jun 28, 2015, 6:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • Get your 'Amateur Boatbuilder' The St Ayles Skiff Regatta has the front cover and much of the content in the upcoming edition.  There are major articles from Rob Ayliffe (maker of St Ayles Skiff ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 5:41 AM by Posts Editor
  • New Boat Trailers A recent acquisition for the Trust is a pair of boat trailers, which went on public display for the first time on Saturday. They will be particularly suitable for transporting ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2015, 5:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dave's crew Dave Golding's 'secret weapon' for the Roger Harwood trophy race was his special crew.  By the look of 'em they didn't share Dave's enthusiasm, and he finished ...
    Posted Jun 21, 2015, 5:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Secret Passage Jane Johnson writes: 'At the Living Boat Trust in Franklin there is a great map that details the depth of water in the Huon River, particularly around North and South ...
    Posted Jun 21, 2015, 4:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Launching Billie ('Dark BOFO') Saturday the 20th June began with a congregation of well wishers gathered to see the new St Ayles Skiff named and launched, and ended late that evening with jiving at ...
    Posted Jun 22, 2015, 12:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • Crews wanted for Saturday Nancy and Rowan will be out on the water for Dark BOFO, for excursion and safety boat duties respectively.  For those of us who have been doing various crewing courses ...
    Posted Jun 16, 2015, 5:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • From Recherche Bay to Pumicestone Passage LBT member David Hoffman writes:  "Warm greetings from Queensland.  Three times Tawe Nunnugah raid boat G.I. Go goes again, this time in Pumicestone Passage north of Brisbane, in the ...
    Posted Jun 16, 2015, 4:28 AM by Posts Editor
  • Flares and Safety Equipment Night This rescheduled event will now run on Monday night July 20th starting at 5.30pm, at the LBT shed, 3337 Huon Hwy, Franklin:  Safety talk 5.30pm till 6.00pm ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2015, 10:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Special BOFO event: whaleboat lifting A weekend working bee saw the container outside the Wooden Boat Centre painted, fitted out with racks, and loaded with all the planking previously stored in the side shed.  This ...
    Posted Jun 13, 2015, 9:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dark BOFO: the rowing challenge Barb Dawson writes: 'Cygnet have just let me know that they are likely to attend with the following teams: 2 x mens; 2 x mixed; 2 x females. Great news ...
    Posted Jun 13, 2015, 8:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT membership renewals LBT memberships lapse at the end of June and renewal notices will be sent out shortly.  Payment details will be included in these notices: they remain the same as for ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2015, 9:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bendigo Skiff rowlocks in place The Bendigo Skiff was flipped on Monday night, allowing finishing touches to be applied to the topsides.  That included installing the 'mystery' rowlocks.  The 'mystery' question is, will they work ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2015, 5:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • The World St Ayles Skiff Regatta, 25-30th July 2016 Lorrie Harrison writes:  'For all those people who are sorry they didn't make it to Ullapool in 2013, you now have the opportunity of going to Stangford-Lough, which ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2015, 9:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Billie Billie Laidlaw departed for the great kennel in the sky last Friday.  She has been a part of the Living Boat Trust almost since it's inception, fulfilling a particular ...
    Posted Jun 17, 2015, 4:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Men's Health events There are events at a series of locations over the next couple of  weeks, sponsored by the Men's Shed Association:  Geeveston Men's Shed Friday 12th June; Cygnet Men ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2015, 5:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Members at large column Long term LBT member Julie Dohehue writes: 'Hi LBT, I am in Norway studying at the University of Tromso.  Have followed LBT news of this years Tawe Nunnugah and felt ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2015, 5:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Visit from the cruising yacht club The boats arrived around the middle of Sunday, and after a tour of the Wooden Boat Centre and drinkies at Franklin Marine more than sixty hungry people descended on a ...
    Posted Jun 7, 2015, 7:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bendigo Skiff ready to turn On Friday the brass keel band was screwed into place and the last of the paint was applied to the outside of the boat.  The plan is to turn her ...
    Posted Jun 5, 2015, 4:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • And then there was one Last year John Walduck visited Warrnambool Maritime Village and sent a report back about the 'Rowitta', a sister ship of 'Cartela' that was then an exhibit at this village.  He ...
    Posted Jun 5, 2015, 12:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT members at large (item 2) By the look of this picture Dennis Muscovich is enjoying has time in Germany A LOT.  Keep up with his travels on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/dennis.muscovich
    Posted Jun 5, 2015, 12:30 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT members at large (item 1) Hans Sipsma writes from England:  'Hi guys.  WARNING!!!!  This is what happens when you neglect your boat!   Love Hans and Nell.'  Oh dear.  It is a sad picture.
    Posted Jun 5, 2015, 12:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre Working Bee Sonia Shimeld (secretary of the Waterfont Association) writes:'You may have seen that we now have a container, so we can move the wood out of the machine shed to ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2015, 4:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dark BOFO coming June 20th Barb Dawson has provided a poster and an acronym (Boats On Franklin Oarfest) for our midwinter celebration.  Full sized poster attached: http://bit.ly/1G7UMbn
    Posted Jun 3, 2015, 11:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Member of the Working Waterfront? Greg Guy writes: 'There are three places available on the next dinghy course. This course is to produce an 8'6" Clinker Pram Dinghy and will commence on Mon 15 ...
    Posted May 30, 2015, 9:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Garage Sale next Sunday Barb Dawson and David Budd will be running a table for the LBT at the Palais on June 7th.  If you have anything to contribute please leave it outside the ...
    Posted May 30, 2015, 3:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vardo makes it to the sunshine Pete Heading writes: 'Part of the welcoming committee as Vardo entered Broken Bay north of Sydney is pictured.  Lots of inlets to explore , another wooden boat haven and almost warm ...
    Posted May 30, 2015, 6:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Visit from Cruising Yacht Club Kate Hoorweg writes:  'The Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania is coming on their annual pilgrimage to the Huon Valley over the June long weekend. They will moor in Cygnet on ...
    Posted May 30, 2015, 4:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fireworks at Gordon Notice from MAST:  'Mariners are advised a fireworks display will be held on Saturday, 30 May 2015 between 1830 and 1900 hours in the vicinity of Esplanade Road, Gordon.These ...
    Posted May 28, 2015, 5:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Afghani Community visit Deb Van Velzen writes:  "The Afghani Community in Hobart visited the LBT on 17th May 2015.   More than 40 people arrived in a convoy of 11 cars on a frosty ...
    Posted May 28, 2015, 4:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • MHOOT in Launceston The Maritime Museum is attempting to revive MHOOT ('Maritime Heritage Organisations of Tasmania') and to this end organised a seminar at the Launceston Museum on Wednesday 27th. It was well ...
    Posted May 29, 2015, 5:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Marine Diesel Engines for Beginners Laurence Burgin from Franklin Marine tells us that this one day course, which has proved very popular with LBT members, is on again:  June 17th and July 26th.  See franklinmarine ...
    Posted May 24, 2015, 12:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Roger Harwood Trophy Race: It's On The Roger Harwood Trophy  will be contested on Saturday June 20th as part of the midwinter festivities.  If you wish to participate you will need to nominate the traditional wooden ...
    Posted May 23, 2015, 6:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Building 'Tuesday' Some time ago Steve McCusker gave us a collection of photos documenting the building of Glynn Shevels Sea Knight cabin cruiser 'Tuesday' (see http://bit.ly/1c96BC4).  We finally got ...
    Posted May 22, 2015, 6:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Course This accident victim was too far gone for Ea to revive him, but apart from that everything went very well in this course completed by about a dozen LBTers.   Thanks ...
    Posted May 22, 2015, 4:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Portable power tools Glynn Shevels writes: "Thanks to Brett Doubleday for the power tools he has donated".  
    Posted May 19, 2015, 2:26 AM by Posts Editor
  • Flare night (25th May) postponed Glynn Shevels writes: " unfortunately we have to postpone the flare night to another date due to problems beyond our control."
    Posted May 23, 2015, 6:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • More news from Pete Heading Pete writes: "A welcome sight - Gabo Island in the morning light after a quiet trip across Bass Strait. As beautiful as Wineglass and Sleepy Bays are , after ten days of ...
    Posted May 18, 2015, 4:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting next Thursday 21st The agenda for this meeting is currently being set (see http://bit.ly/1FoqG55).  If there are any serious issues which you feel ought to be addressed please forward them ...
    Posted May 15, 2015, 4:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • New Skiffs in the west ... and the east America's Cup legend John Longley writes: 'Hi Skiffie enthusiasts,   I thought you would all like to know that we are off and running with the first two St Ayles ...
    Posted May 16, 2015, 3:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: Sandpit Dinghy Tony Nichols, principal of Huonville Primary School, writes:  'Could you do me a favour and ask around to see if there are any old clinker built dinghies for sale or ...
    Posted May 15, 2015, 12:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • Garage Sale We have been cleaning out the loft in preparation for the garage sale at the Palais Theatre on June 7th.  If you have material to donate please leave it outside ...
    Posted May 12, 2015, 9:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Midwinter celebration Plans are afoot to launch (and name properly) the 'Bendigo' Skiff with all due pomp and circumstance at a midwinter celebration on Saturday June 20th, starting from 12 noon at ...
    Posted May 28, 2015, 4:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Oar making Monday nights Those who want to learn about wooden oar making should join Endra O'May and John Walduck on Monday evenings.  Last Monday was spent shaping glued 'roughs', trimming the shafts ...
    Posted May 12, 2015, 8:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Invisible Man at the LBT The (very) high tide flushed out the the Invisible Man to stroll about our flooded jetty on Tuesday afternoon.  Fortunately he was wearing his waterproofs so we didn't crash ...
    Posted May 13, 2015, 12:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • Trailer grant John Sinnott  writes:  'The Directors of Huon Valley Financial Services Ltd (HVFSL) and its franchisees the Huon Valley Community Bank branches are pleased to advise they have approved sponsorship funding ...
    Posted May 12, 2015, 4:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dennis Muscovich LBT stalwart Dennis has been missing from the shed for the last couple of weeks, enjoying the trip he won(!) to Europe. He will be gone for a couple of ...
    Posted May 11, 2015, 4:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Maritime history seminar, Launceston May 27th The Living Boat Trust is a member of MHOoT, the Marine Heritage Organisations of Tasmania, run from the Maritime Museum.  They are holding a seminar in Launceston on May 27th ...
    Posted May 11, 2015, 5:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Demonstration of safety equipment 25th May On the 25th May starting at 5pm MAST and the fire brigade will provide a hands on demonstration of using flares, fire extinguishers, life jackets and other safety equipment.  We ...
    Posted May 10, 2015, 6:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bendigo Skiff ready for turning The final coat of paint has gone onto the inside of the hull, and she is ready to be turned so that the outside can be attended to.  The combination ...
    Posted May 12, 2015, 9:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Roger Linnell Roger Linnell, LBT life member and great supporter of the Trust, is currently recovering from a stroke.  He is at the Royal in the rehabilitation unit.  Dave Golding tells us ...
    Posted May 8, 2015, 4:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Grebe building kit for sale Matt Romalis writes: 'I have for sale the following as a potential builder's kit for a solid timber Grebe 13' 6''.  1. full set of boat's plans.  2 ...
    Posted May 15, 2015, 1:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Vardo in Sleepy Bay Pete Heading writes: 'Anchored in Sleepy Bay just north of Wineglass Bay- the  weather looks lousy for another few days at least  so we're here  for a while yet ...
    Posted May 7, 2015, 10:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • House sitter wants house Sonia Shimeld (secretary FWWA) writes: 'Following on from the FWWA newsletter, the shipwright who is going to help out with the homeless girls and young women project (the one from ...
    Posted May 6, 2015, 4:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Magazine and couta boats LBT member Rick Gower writes: 'Greetings to all my friends at the LBT, I thought you may be interested to know the latest edition of Wooden Boat magazine (www.woodenboat ...
    Posted May 6, 2015, 4:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Whale Season 2015 Notice to Mariners:    Valid from: 6 May 2015  until 31 December 2015.   'Migrating and calving whales are expected to be seen in Tasmanian waters between May and December 2015 inclusive ...
    Posted May 6, 2015, 4:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Jigsaw Challenge, Friday 8th May Form or join a table of 6 or more people. Race other teams to finish a 1000-piece puzzle. Starts 7:30pm at the Palais, Franklin.  Bar & hot drinks available ...
    Posted May 3, 2015, 10:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Course 21-22 May A First Aid Course will be taught at the shed on this date.  Funding is available for some positions on this course:  to apply contact Graham Rankin woodenboatfreak@gmail.com ...
    Posted May 3, 2015, 2:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • East cardinal day mark Little Oyster Cove, Kettering Notice to Mariners: Mariners are advised that a new east cardinal day mark has been established in Little Oyster Cove, Kettering in position 43 degrees 07. 2992S, 147 degrees 15 ...
    Posted May 1, 2015, 5:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • New 'steamboat' project Peter Laidlaw has the plans for a new 22' steamboat to be built at the Wooden Boat Centre, although it would seem that the powerplant will actually be a vintage ...
    Posted Apr 30, 2015, 4:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Booking Nancy online We are now accepting bookings online using the form at http://bit.ly/1b4FE1M, and a couple of people have taken advantage of this already.  Information from this form flows ...
    Posted Apr 30, 2015, 5:14 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy crew orientation Martin Riddle has been familiarising Nancy deckhands with the features of the boat and the procedures needed to run a excursion (thanks Martin).  In the pic below he shows the ...
    Posted Apr 30, 2015, 4:28 AM by Posts Editor
  • News from the Franklin Working Waterfront Association Sonia Shimeld writes:  'Please read the attached newsletter  (http://bit.ly/1DYaKzi) for the Franklin Working Waterfront (http://www.fwwatas.org) from our President, Greg Guy. Of special note is ...
    Posted May 1, 2015, 7:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • First paint goes on the Bendigo skiff It always seems a shame when that carefully crafted woodwork on a new boat gets covered over with paint:  it's happening with the new St Ayles Skiff right now ...
    Posted Apr 29, 2015, 4:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Any lighthouse keepers out there? It is the centenary of the Commonwealth Lighthouse Service, and there are various celebrations and events being planned.  Jack Duvoisin writes:  'With annual reunions of past and present lighthouse staff ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2015, 4:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT in the news We were scratching around to find somebody photogenic to put in the lineup of suspects at the recent gathering of Men's (Community) Sheds , and fortunately Graham Rankin was on ...
    Posted Apr 30, 2015, 3:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy crew orientation This coming Thursday (30th) Martin Riddle is conducting on orientation for those who would like to crew on Nancy tours.  Put your name on the whiteboard in the shed if ...
    Posted Apr 27, 2015, 5:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Closure of Geeveston Forestry and Heritage Centre 'Forestry Tasmanian has provided advice to Council they do not intend to continue to operate the Forest and Heritage Centre or to occupy the building. Forestry Tasmania, the community and ...
    Posted Apr 27, 2015, 3:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy's ministering angels Nancy disgraced herself last week, losing forward power during an excursion.  To make it even better there was a large audience from the  Men's Shed Association making condescending remarks ...
    Posted Apr 26, 2015, 5:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Renewing the oar stock The oars for our grebes have been looking decidedly shabby, but Endra and Tess have taken this issue in hand.  They are fixing and releathering the old oars and making ...
    Posted Apr 26, 2015, 5:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Anzac Day Service Richard Edwards will conduct the dawn service at the cenotaph (opposite the Palais Theatre) on Saturday morning at 6.15am.
    Posted Apr 22, 2015, 11:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Headed for warmer waters Vardo slipped away from the Wooden Boat Centre dock at high tide today, skippered by Peter Heading and crewed by Peter's friend Celia.  They will be making their way ...
    Posted Apr 23, 2015, 11:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting The draft agenda for the next meeting, to be held on this coming Thursday 23rd, can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1DqDpwG .  If there are extra items which should ...
    Posted Apr 20, 2015, 3:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Time Trial Just after 11am on Sunday Barbara Dawson blew the horn to welcome Tinderbox as the first boat across the line for the rowing time trial. There was a  very mixed ...
    Posted Apr 19, 2015, 3:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Fine Dining at the LBT On Saturday night the Huon Valley Supper Club gathered at the shed long table to sample Jilly Archer's posh nosh.  Jilly cooked up a storm (aided and abetted by ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2015, 10:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Southern Sheds get together If you have to be off the water then you might as well me alongside it, and there are few better places to be than the LBT lawn on a ...
    Posted Apr 19, 2015, 2:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Kiwi Raid and St Ayles Regatta 2016 From the New Zealand Coastal Rowing Association:'Totally inspired by our friends across the Tasman and now totally hooked on the small boat adventure thing we have put together what ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2015, 9:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boat (needing love) Graeme Oddie writes:'The vessel is the Jandarra; a Creese Brothers’ small fishing boat built around 1957. ... Although it was designed as a fishing boat, a well was never installed ...
    Posted Apr 14, 2015, 5:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Newest member of the LBT On Monday night Gill and Matt brought along Jesse's new brother Dete.  We think he chose the vegetarian option. 
    Posted Apr 14, 2015, 3:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • Last Minute Special Offer From Allan Witt:  'Do you like rowing performance with safety and want to enjoy rivers, lakes and coastal waters?  Witt Design has a special offer.  Allan Witt has finished the ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2015, 3:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: visit from southern region sheds this Friday This is an opportunity to meet people from other community (Men's) sheds which are in many ways very similar to our own.  The aims are to foster relationships, share ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2015, 2:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Elements of Shipboard Safety Training Annette Cauchi writes:  'On Thursday and Friday last week a contingent from the LBT took advantage of the skills and training grant from the Tasmanian Mens Shed Association. Peter L ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2015, 3:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • A call to oars Swiftsure needs rowers for the time trials next Sunday (the 19th).  Dennis has been busy turning up a new set of thole pins, so we are all set to go ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2015, 3:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Leshelen More action at the Wooden Boat Centre.  For those who are regulars at the Shed it has been hard to miss Leshellen, a very large river cruiser parked beside the ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2015, 6:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Montagu Whaler arrives Up until the 1960's Montagu whalers were standard issue on navy capital ships.  See for instance this training film taken off Malta in the mid 1950's:  http://bit ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2015, 6:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dover are coming! Ron Wells has written to tell us he is organising a crew for La Chaloupe for the time trials on April 19th, which is reminder to the rest of us ...
    Posted Apr 7, 2015, 3:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Final reports on the Skiff Regatta The organising committee recently had a windup meeting:  notes can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1E1Ey2U .  Jane and Shane Johnson have also submitted their reflections: see http://bit.ly ...
    Posted Apr 7, 2015, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • The view from across the Tasman There are reports on Tawe Nunnugah, the Australian Wooden Boat Festival and the Return Raid to Franklin on the New Zealand Coastal Rowing Association website:  see http://bit.ly/1E1yoQp ...
    Posted Apr 7, 2015, 2:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing time trials 19th April DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO BE OARSOME!!!   Handicap time trial for paddle and rowboats;  Sunday 19 April, starts from 10am;   A fun run on water;  Race will take 1 ...
    Posted Apr 3, 2015, 10:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • If you happen to be in Queensland... Chris Tyquin writes:  'You lot have inspired us !  We are going to hold a long table dinner in the shed that houses ''Boxer' ( and a whole lot of other crap ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2015, 2:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Launch of 'Bendigo' skiff getting closer Graham Rankin reports that the last of the stretchers has  gone in, the rollock pins are being fitted and that the seats are ready for gluing.  Read all about it ...
    Posted Apr 7, 2015, 1:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Visit from local community sheds Friday 17th April The Living Boat Trust has joined the Tasmanian Men's Shed Association.  One of the motivations for doing this was to establish useful relationships with organisations with aspirations and activities ...
    Posted Mar 29, 2015, 5:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Motor Boat License Course There were so many doing the motor boat license course on Saturday that the first shift had to start at the crack of dawn - literally.  Thanks to Colin Stokes for ...
    Posted Mar 29, 2015, 5:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy Towing Trial After all the good work put in by Brian Marriot, and after the Hobart and back sea trial conducted by the two Brians, We have every confidence in Nancy being ...
    Posted Mar 26, 2015, 3:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Notice to Mariners Title: Exclusion Zone - vessels engaged in berthing operations.  'Significant and dangerous wash can be produced by large commercial vessels and the attendant tugs while the vessel is being berthed. This ...
    Posted Mar 25, 2015, 3:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Blue Angel From Andrew Wilson: 'I've been asked to spread this around the maritime community.  It's a 2 for 1 offer to see Blue Angel on Wednesday or Thursday this ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2015, 5:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Preparing to build the new verandah extension The Building permit for the new extension on the south side of the shed should be signed off very shortly - at which point we can get stuck into it.  We ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2015, 1:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Courses As many members may know the LBT was successful in obtaining a grant from the Tasmanian Men's Shed Association specifically to provide  training to members which is relevant to ...
    Posted Mar 17, 2015, 5:17 PM by Unknown user
  • Port Esperance Regatta The Port Esperance Sailing Club (Dover) will be hosting its Easter Regatta on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of April 2015.  See http://pesc.com.au/news/news.html for ...
    Posted Mar 15, 2015, 2:53 PM by Unknown user
  • Tawe Nunnugah 2015 video Our house cinematographer Martin Kell has done it again: produced a lovely video of the event.  View it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2-aMMFC82A.  Judging from Martin ...
    Posted Mar 15, 2015, 2:29 PM by Unknown user
  • Earliest St Ayles Skiff? From Murray Kingsley:   'At the Warrnambool (Victoria Australia) Maritime Museum we are building a St Ayles Skiff. May we claim [the Nydam] boat as a direct ancestor (given that the ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2015, 8:57 PM by Unknown user
  • Franklin Working Waterfront Film Night From Sonia Shimeld:  'We are inviting all our members (a good reason to become a member if you have let it lapse) and their families to a film night at ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2015, 8:21 PM by Unknown user
  • News from across the Tasman During the recent Regatta many of us had the opportunity to enjoy the company of the Kiwi contingent: Mike Mahoney, Baden and Steve.  There is discussion about forming an Australasian ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2015, 9:35 PM by Unknown user
  • Oar making, Monday night The 'working bee' part of Monday evening will include oar making using some of the poplar that have been seasoning over by the stone wall for the last year.  We ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2015, 6:05 AM by Unknown user
  • Opportunity to visit Nyrstar Zinc Works, 30th of April Noel Condon (of the Men's Shed Association) writes: 'Arrangements have been made for a visit and tour of the Nyrstar Zinc Works from 10am on Thursday 30th of April ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2015, 5:33 AM by Unknown user
  • LBT Expeditions From Ros Barnett:  There are many ways you can get onto the water with the Living Boat Trust. As a member or volunteer, and by reading the email newsletter, you ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2015, 5:34 AM by Unknown user
  • Another 'Swift Shure' Most of us around the LBT are aware of the genesis of our whaleboat 'Swiftsure 2', that she is based on the lines of an original 19th century Tasmanian 'Swiftsure ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2015, 5:04 PM by Unknown user
  • Bendigo Skiff gets wings We've all heard of the winged keel, but a winged rudder?  See Graham Rankin's latest update on the Bendigo Skiff build for an explanation:  http://bit.ly/1ExepZ8
    Posted Mar 6, 2015, 2:23 PM by Unknown user
  • Lake Pedder - Remarkable Weekend Excursion Ros Barnett writes:  'I am seeking expressions of interest in a weekend of rowing and exploring on Lake Pedder, possibly in April 2015, or if it cannot be organised that ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2015, 8:59 PM by Unknown user
  • Fran's Coracle Fran demonstrated his coracle and the sculling technique required to move it along at the regatta: for anybody who wants a challenge this looks like one!  Here are some more ...
    Posted Mar 1, 2015, 6:34 PM by Unknown user
  • Taking care of posteriors One of the more vulnerable parts of the rower's anatomy is that at the base of the spine.   Forewarned is forearmed, and many people bring along their own sheepskins ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2015, 9:00 PM by Unknown user
  • Twilight row: Saturday March 14th 'LAST OF THE SUMMER CHIPS’: ROW/PADDLE FROM FRANKLIN TO BOAT HOUSE CAFE  Our ex-Bulgarian rowing coach, Boris, has reviewed our training dietary regime prior to the St Ayles ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2015, 2:13 PM by Unknown user
  • LBT committee meeting this coming Thursday A reminder that LBT committee meetings are held once a month.  If you have an item you want added to the agenda send it to sec@lbt.org.au.  Minutes ...
    Posted Feb 23, 2015, 8:50 PM by Unknown user
  • Australian Whale Boat Racing Championships Franklin wasn't the only venue for 'traditional' boat rowing races last weekend:  you could also have gone to Warrnambool (Western Victoria) to be involved.  See https://www.facebook.com ...
    Posted Feb 20, 2015, 4:42 PM by Unknown user
  • Thursday morning rowing group Maintain those muscles!  Keep up your new rowing skills with the LBT mens rowing group - Thursday mornings at 9am.  Email David Budd ozskiff@gmail.com     The old boys fight out ...
    Posted Feb 20, 2015, 4:43 PM by Unknown user
  • Rowlocks After the St Ayles Skiff Regatta there is no hotter topic:  we have been led to believe that it was an off-agenda item at Friday's meeting of Premier ...
    Posted Feb 20, 2015, 4:15 PM by Unknown user
  • Scottish Coastal Rowing Alec Jordan has been reporting on our local events on the 'Scottish Coastal Rowing' site,  the home for the St Ayles Skiff in cyberspace.  See http://bit.ly/1EjdkSH and ...
    Posted Feb 18, 2015, 10:02 PM by Unknown user
  • News from our new Kiwi friends 'Day one back in the office and productivity extremely low as I daydream of the fun, wonderful people and events  that I'm sure exceeded eveyone's expectations. The Raid ...
    Posted Feb 19, 2015, 2:10 PM by Unknown user
  • The Tuesday Landscaping Group We've all stubbed our toes from time to time when hauling boats through the reeds, but who would have thunk there were this many boulders (and other nasties)  lying ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2015, 6:00 PM by Unknown user
  • Rowing Regatta – Huon River Franklin, 28th Feb, 1st March Notice to Mariners:  A Rowing Regatta will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 28 February and Sunday, 01 March 2015.  Mariners are advised the River will ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2015, 5:06 PM by Unknown user
  • Skiff Regatta at Port Huon Extracted from the Huon Yacht Club newsletter:  "our club had a fabulous day today [Thursday 13th Feb] hosting the visitors attending the World Championship St Ayles Regatta at Franklin. A ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2015, 5:08 PM by Unknown user
  • St Ayles Skiff Regatta Report Read Jane Johnson's take on proceedings in the attached document: http://bit.ly/1vxnk5S Pic from Rob Ayliffe
    Posted Feb 15, 2015, 6:46 PM by Unknown user
  • LBT Monday nights to resume 23rd February After producing a huge curry last night for the wind up of the St Ayles Skiff Regatta (big thanks to Ali McRae), the cooks want to rest on their laurels ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2015, 3:16 AM by Unknown user
  • Ian's 90th Ian Moncrieff writes:'Dear Peter and all, I write to thank you very much for the use of the LBT premises for (the first of) my 90th birthday celebrations.  My ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2015, 7:15 PM by Unknown user
  • Various Skiff Regatta photos There has been a lot going on: find some pics of some of it at http://bit.ly/1ACuc7Q.  Thanks to Rob Ayliffe and others for these.
    Posted Feb 15, 2015, 3:26 PM by Unknown user
  • Homecoming Passage report We really should have sung the Internationale at the start of the Homecoming Passage expedition in deference to our diversity.  We were Scots, New Zealanders, Iranians and Tasmanians, not to ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2015, 7:07 PM by Unknown user
  • Festival Report from Graham Rankin The weather was perfect, the crowds enormous and our Festival site was humming.  A big thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time to help out, whether it ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2015, 3:37 PM by Unknown user
  • LBT Grebes at the Wooden Boat Festival From Graham Rankin:  'Festival goers may have noticed dinghies around Con dock with lots of happy people rowing or being rowed, and thinking those boats look familiar, they were!. Three ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2015, 3:38 PM by Unknown user
  • Pictured with the Governor The St Ayles Skiffs raced on the Derwent watched by her Excellency.  The 'photo opportunity' was not passed up. The winning team;  the asylum seeker team.  Pictures from Marcia Waller
    Posted Feb 9, 2015, 12:11 AM by Unknown user
  • Latest Skiff Regatta program The organisers of the Regatta have been working diligently on sorting out all the activities so there is a minimum of confusion and a maximum of enjoyment:  see the fruits ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2015, 2:52 PM by Unknown user
  • Skiff Regatta Newsletter See attached:  http://bit.ly/16w0WmH
    Posted Feb 7, 2015, 11:38 AM by Unknown user
  • tawe nunnugah arrives in Hobart An empty Waterman's Dock was suddenly crowded with boats.  Look at all those St Ayles Skiffs!  See more of Nell Tyson's pictures at http://bit.ly/1vxk3cg 
    Posted Feb 7, 2015, 4:29 AM by Unknown user
  • Rowing orders in Persian (Persian words spelt phonetically) Forward and Ready - Aamardeh (get ready);  Row - borroah (role the r);  Backwater - borroah agab;  Easy Oars - Esterahart (rest);  Hold Water - torrmoz (brake, stop);  Turn - betcharkh (gutteral ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2015, 11:50 AM by Richard Forster
  • Nancy makes it to the Wooden Boat Festival The two Brians spruced Nancy up this morning, hosing and brushing her down until it was pointed out that Kettering is on tank water (whoops!).  They left shortly there after ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2015, 11:18 AM by Unknown user
  • LBT at the Wooden Boat Festival Graham Rankin has organised our marquee at the Festival (next to Waterman's Dock), and bump in was today.  All went (approximately) to plan, and we were open for business ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2015, 1:21 AM by Unknown user
  • Welcome to Hobart for tawe nunnugah Be at the Hope and Anchor (65 Macquarie Street Hobart) to welcome the tawe nunnugah expeditioners  3-5pm on Friday.  The Wooden Boat Festival will be open, so make that ...
    Posted Feb 4, 2015, 5:26 PM by Unknown user
  • Bendigo Skiff out of the shed Don't stand still at the LBT or you will be put to work.  Our visitors helped us carry the Bendigo Skiff out onto the waiting trailer so that we ...
    Posted Feb 4, 2015, 1:31 AM by Unknown user
  • Special Visitors The Living Boat Trust is always a welcome sight when one arrives in Franklin:  its shed a hive of activity, its lawn artistically dotted with boats.  On Tuesday it was ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2015, 3:35 AM by Unknown user
  • South Australian Skiffs arrive Robert Ayliffe has brought over 2 Skiffs to compete in the Regatta.  They look beautiful, and they were in the river today being used for practise.  A close look revealed ...
    Posted Feb 4, 2015, 12:07 AM by Unknown user
  • Donation of Seagull motor We already had 'Viking' to help us remember our old friend Simon Pargeter (Parj), and now we have a restored Seagull motor.  It won't be strong enough to drive ...
    Posted Feb 3, 2015, 11:30 PM by Unknown user
  • Nancy is in Kettering The two Brians, Pain and Marriot, steered Nancy into dock at Kettering on Wednesday afternoon, having had a relatively uneventful trip from Port Huon.  Uneventful was good:  this was the ...
    Posted Feb 3, 2015, 11:21 PM by Unknown user
  • Notice to Mariners: Wooden Boat Festival Mariners are advised that there will be two Parades of Sail during the Wooden Boat Festival which will take place as follows: 1. On Friday, 6 February vessels will assemble ...
    Posted Feb 2, 2015, 7:44 PM by Unknown user
  • The Skiffs are coming Robert Ayliffe has brought a triple load over from South Australia.  They should be arriving in Franklin on Tuesday.   For more Regatta news see the website: tasskiffie2015.org  Pic from ...
    Posted Feb 1, 2015, 2:35 AM by Unknown user
  • Nancy News Brian Marriot, with help from Graham Wright, has patiently been plugging away at the problems we have been having with 'Nancy'.  It turns out that 'plugging' is the correct verb ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2015, 2:22 PM by Unknown user
  • tawe nunnugah rescheduled Due to the inclement weather, actual and forecast, tawe nunnugah will resume at Dover on Sunday evening, and will be back on the original plan at Alonnah on Monday evening ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2015, 6:36 PM by Unknown user
  • tawe nunnugah photo gallery Photos will be added to the gallery as they come in:  see http://bit.ly/1EszRzD  Pic from Nell Tyson:  Syrah in Recherche Bay
    Posted Jan 29, 2015, 12:32 PM by Unknown user
  • tawe nunnugah day 1 See daily reports on the tawe nunnugah expedition on the tn15 homepage:  tn15.org, with lots of gorgeous pictures (from Nell Tyson and others).  Day 1 is already up see ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2015, 12:38 AM by Unknown user
  • Host of opportunities to sample Skiff racing Marcia Waller writes:'The excitement of the St Ayles Skiff Regatta to be held in Franklin from 12th to 15th February begins the weekend before in Hobart at the Australian ...
    Posted Jan 28, 2015, 8:30 PM by Unknown user
  • Music at the St Ayles Skiff Regatta The Regatta is intended to look after our spiritual as well as our physical wellbeing, and to that end TOP ACTS have been booked to perform for us.  These acts ...
    Posted Jan 28, 2015, 5:19 PM by Unknown user
  • Final preparations for Tawe Nunnugah The many hands that were attracted to Monday night dinner were called into action to haul Swiftsure from the river for a scrub down before she was loaded onto the ...
    Posted Jan 26, 2015, 1:56 PM by Unknown user
  • Mapping the lower Huon River Roy Cordiner brought some beautiful maps into the shed the other day which should be of great interest to anybody who has run up on a Huon mudbank (who hasn ...
    Posted Jan 26, 2015, 4:32 AM by Unknown user
  • LBT presence at the Wooden Boat Festival Graham Rankin writes:  'Yep, it's that time again. The LBT is looking for a few good men AND women to help person our marquee at the Festival. For those ...
    Posted Jan 28, 2015, 8:41 PM by Unknown user
  • Australia Day - just another shed night Ros Barnett writes:  'My expectation is that I am doing the shed night meal this coming Monday and I have decided on an extraordinary menu of meat pies and pavlova ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2015, 10:43 PM by Unknown user
  • The Franklin Quilt From Jane Johnson:  'When Franklin became the host of the International St Ayles Skiff Regatta to be held in the town in February, a seed was sewn (literally) to commemorate ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2015, 1:35 PM by Richard Forster
  • Tasmanian Local ABC interview, 11am Sunday 24th Jan Chris Wisbey is interviewing Nell Tyson about tawe nunnugah.
    Posted Jan 24, 2015, 3:33 AM by Unknown user
  • 'Syrah' ready to sail A group of us old gaffers gasbagging on the dock yesterday were struck dumb by the site of Syrah (skippered by Peter Cook) accelerating smoothly away down the river.  Hans ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2015, 10:44 PM by Unknown user
  • Southport Regatta, 31st January You don't have to be part of tawe nunnugah to join in the fun and games at Southport, about 45 minutes south of Franklin. Here is a snippet describing ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2015, 3:27 PM by Unknown user
  • Notice to Mariners: Living Boat Trust Expedition Valid From: 22/1/2015;  Valid Until: 6/2/2015.   Notice Content: Mariners are advised there will be a small boat expedition departing Recherche Bay on Wednesday, 28 January and ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2015, 11:39 AM by Richard Forster
  • Join the Swiftsure crew 'Swiftsure' needs to be got back from the Wooden Boat Festival to Franklin.  The boring way is by road, the much better way is as part of the Homecoming Passage ...
    Posted Jan 21, 2015, 2:28 PM by Unknown user
  • Attn: Boat owners ashore, AWBF From Bronwyn Long:  'Attention Boats in Zones 5, 6 and 7: We have had a change of entry for any boat that is in Zone 5, 6 & 7. You will ...
    Posted Jan 21, 2015, 1:17 PM by Unknown user
  • 'Tuesday' gets wet for the first time Glynn Shevels writes:  'At high tide early this morning 'Tuesday' was put in the water. Her sea trial went very well with only a couple of items needing attention.  She ...
    Posted Jan 21, 2015, 2:29 PM by Unknown user
  • Brooke St Pier roof on the move again It has only travelled 10 metres, but it is now in the Wooden Boat Centre car park freeing up the Living Boat Trust lawn for the use during the St ...
    Posted Jan 20, 2015, 11:36 AM by Unknown user
  • Australia Day on the Huonville Foreshore on Monday 26 January Lisa Pohl (Communications Officer, Huon Council) writes:  'Please see the attached poster (http://bit.ly/1Gn7fK5). Could you please share with all your friends and family. All are welcome and ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2015, 9:57 PM by Unknown user
  • Living Boat Trust membership card Elise Retino has suggested that LBT members should get a card, and has provided the following designs. which is your favourite card?  Vote now using the form below.  Watch the ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2015, 4:00 PM by Richard Forster
  • Saving our Heritage Boats - Invitation - 08.02.2015 Fellow Wooden Boat enthusiasts,   Please find attached (http://bit.ly/1sNliT8) an invitation to join like-minded people interested in saving Heritage Boats in Australia.  A short conference to discuss ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2015, 4:31 PM by Unknown user
  • Support for Regatta from Events Tasmania That ace application writer Annette Cauchi has done it again:  rounded up an extra $1250 for the Regatta.  Congratulations to her and thanks to Events Tasmania for the marketing grant
    Posted Jan 14, 2015, 2:20 PM by Unknown user
  • Notice to Mariners Title: Navigation Hazard – Floating Debris; Valid From: 14/1/2015; Valid Until: 21/1/2015. Notice Content: Mariners are advised that recent heavy rains have caused debris to be washed ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2015, 2:39 PM by Unknown user
  • Homecoming and tawe nunnugah exchange mart  There are plenty of opportunities for helping each other out on tawe nunnugah and the Homecoming with transport, equipment, ideas etc.  We know a lot of this happens informally and ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2015, 1:18 PM by Unknown user
  • Boat and ship builders of Battery Point Nicole Mays writes:  'I wanted to update you on the status of my book. Spirited, Skilled and Determined: The Boat and Ship Builders of Battery Point (1835-1935) has finally ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2015, 2:43 PM by Unknown user
  • Bendigo Skiff Build: photo collage For those who like to get their information in pictures there is a collage of the entire build (so far) at http://bit.ly/1srniQH
    Posted Jan 12, 2015, 1:19 PM by Unknown user
  • Counting down to the festivals and tawe nunnugah Ros Barnett attempted to serve dinner at 7.30 on Monday night, and was told to put it back on the stove until work was finished.  Dinghies were sanded and ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2015, 1:24 PM by Unknown user
  • Sheltered Passage: maritime documentaries 'Sheltered Passage is a series of high-quality, short documentary films that celebrate the people and landscapes shaped by the D’Entrecasteaux Channel in Tasmania’s far south. Each of ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2015, 10:21 PM by Unknown user
  • Bring out your flags From Jane Johnson:'The St Ayles Skiff Regatta in Franklin is on from Thursday Feb 12 – 15. We are expecting international and interstate crews. It would add to the welcoming ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2015, 2:14 PM by Unknown user
  • Notice to Mariners Marine and Safety Tasmania:  Notice No.: M07-15;  Title: Marine Farming Lease - Police Point;  Valid From: 8/1/2015;  Valid Until: 10/2/2015.   Notice Content: Mariners are advised Huon ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2015, 1:53 AM by Unknown user
  • Successful Application for Men's Shed Grant The application for a training funds grant written by Graham Rankin back in November was successful: we now have $4,720 to put to assist members getting certification for things ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2015, 1:47 AM by Unknown user
  • Monday night dinner (12th January) From Ros Barnett:'The regular Monday night meal on 12th January will be a bit special because the Tawe Nunnugah catering crew are rehearsing their opening menu.  It will be ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2015, 1:07 AM by Unknown user
  • Cocktail party fund raiser on Yukon We hear that this event was a great success and that a good time was had by all.  A quiet reminder to those who put their drinks on the tab ...
    Posted Jan 7, 2015, 3:45 AM by Unknown user
  • Bendigo Skiff in (long) final straight Pete Heading reports that:  'The job list is still pretty long - breast hooks, gunwhales, thwarts , rudder and tiller , floorboards and  stretchers, rowlocks and rowlock holders and a long list of ...
    Posted Jan 7, 2015, 12:49 AM by Unknown user
  • Look sharp if you want to book 'Imagine' The 'Imagine' calendar is getting very full indeed.  If your team needs to practice before the Regatta remember to make an online booking at http://bit.ly/14taZJi .  This page ...
    Posted Jan 6, 2015, 4:56 PM by Unknown user
  • AWBF Draft Program The latest version of the program for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1xPvAkJ
    Posted Jan 6, 2015, 2:52 PM by Unknown user
  • Call for Volunteers From Barbara Dawson:'37 days to go, and counting down! We need volunteers to help run the St Ayles Skiff regatta which is taking place over 3 days from Friday ...
    Posted Jan 6, 2015, 6:38 PM by Unknown user
  • tawe nunnugah burgee This year's version is now at the printer's.
    Posted Jan 4, 2015, 4:33 PM by Unknown user
  • Wooden Boat Symposium 6th-9th February Lorrie Harrison points to this highlight of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival: topics covered include everything from "Wood: a Competitive Engineering Material" to "Imagine: WOW, We Built a Skiff!" and ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2015, 2:55 PM by Unknown user
  • Participating in the St Ayles Skiff Regatta The start of the Regatta looms, and it is time to get crews and teams organised.  Lorrie Harrison and Jane Johnson send the following guidelines.  'A CREW consists of four ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2015, 2:33 PM by Unknown user
  • New Year's Day paddle/row From Barbara Dawson:  "Poetry in motion” gasped many a camper as the LBT mixed fleet surged downriver en route to their picnic at Shipwrights Point.  An early casualty was Endra ...
    Posted Jan 2, 2015, 7:29 PM by Unknown user
  • Tassal Environmental Impact Statement Fiona Ewing writes:  'the Public Exhibition of Draft Amendment No.6 to the D’Entrecasteaux Channel Marine Farming Development Plan is currently open for public exhibition (13th December 2014 to ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2015, 12:41 PM by Unknown user
  • Blue Tuesday Glynn Shevels boat 'Tuesday', which was the major construction job in the shed for 2013-14, is rapidly being prepared for Tawe Nunnugah and the AWBF.  Glynn sent the accompanying ...
    Posted Dec 31, 2014, 9:52 PM by Unknown user
  • News from Spring Bay From David Gatenby:  'And so we have had Christmas and what have we done? – in a word – Lots!  The Shed has continued to develop and strengthen inside and outside activities ...
    Posted Dec 31, 2014, 12:53 PM by Unknown user
  • Need a (very) late present? The Franklin History Group reckon that they have identified a target market (us), and they are ruthlessly exploiting it with their latest calendar.  It features a collection of irresistible historical ...
    Posted Dec 31, 2014, 9:44 PM by Unknown user
  • Children's Book Festival, Bruny Island Festival 15-18th January 2015 For those with young children or grandchildren this might be of interest.  Ann Morgan wrote to invite us to bring a boat to the Community Viking games at Adventure Bay ...
    Posted Dec 28, 2014, 3:12 AM by Unknown user
  • New Year's Day row to Shipwright's Point From Barbara Dawson:'Great way to cure the effects of all that New Year’s Eve partying……. and after last Huonville row, lots of people asked for a repeat. I ...
    Posted Dec 28, 2014, 2:50 AM by Unknown user
  • NO LBT dinner Monday 29th December If you are headed for dinner at the LBT on the last Monday in December  you should stop and turn around:  the cooks are on holiday.  We aren't sure ...
    Posted Dec 28, 2014, 2:39 AM by Unknown user
  • Christmas party at the LBT: reminder  Short details: 6pm at the shed, Monday night; bring drink, a plate to share, and (if you are so inclined) meat to put on the barbecue; looks like it will ...
    Posted Dec 21, 2014, 5:59 PM by Unknown user
  • The Homecoming Passage The 'mini raid', returning from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival to join the St Ayles Skiff Regatta at Franklin, is now open for bookings:  complete the form at http://bit ...
    Posted Dec 20, 2014, 6:26 PM by Unknown user
  • Can't beat them skiffies Whether it's fund raising or getting the word out, the team are doing a great job on organising and promoting the St Ayles Skiff Regatta.  The article below is ...
    Posted Dec 20, 2014, 3:04 PM by Unknown user
  • A Christmas row to Huonville From Barbara Dawson:  'The Huon River was at its magical best on Saturday night when Swiftsure, Imagine, Rowan, Willy’s rowboat plus 3 kayaks surged up on a flooding tide ...
    Posted Dec 21, 2014, 2:32 AM by Unknown user
  • 'Huon, huon, huon for Franklin!' Would Norman May have been able to adapt to the special medals for the St Ayles Skiff regatta?  First past the finish line gets a huon pine medal, second a ...
    Posted Dec 18, 2014, 9:53 PM by Unknown user
  • Get your 40 Degrees South Magazine There is an article by John Young, 'Franklin Reborn',  illustrated with some of Nell Tyson's wonderful photographs.  Thanks to Willis for spotting this one.
    Posted Dec 20, 2014, 3:05 PM by Unknown user
  • Latest AWBF Newsletter Read all about it from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival: see http://bit.ly/1sNaWmt  Includes a nice little article about our very own WOW, but lots more too.
    Posted Dec 18, 2014, 8:38 PM by Unknown user
  • St Ayles Skiff Regatta Program (8th-15th Feb 2015) Jane Johnson has sent the latest draft version.  Should be of particular interest to those who participated in the Swiftsure Regatta, and are no doubt waiting for another opportunity to ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2015, 12:56 PM by Unknown user
  • The orange box For years the 'yellow box' has been an institution at the LBT shed:  a place to leave small amounts of cash and other communications for the treasurer.  Naturally the secretary ...
    Posted Dec 17, 2014, 1:19 AM by Unknown user
  • The ukes have landed Ros Barnett plans for these to be a major part of entertainment on tawe nunnugah: expertise should be at a level sufficient to play a Beethoven Symphony by the time ...
    Posted Dec 16, 2014, 12:59 PM by Unknown user
  • The 'Rubena' Peter Heading pointed to this ABC news story:  'In a clearly well-practised routine, Wayne Brydges explains the history behind The Rubeena, a 36-foot Pittwater style ferry that was ...
    Posted Dec 15, 2014, 2:05 PM by Unknown user
  • Crew wanted for Grebe, Thursday 18th The original request was for Swiftsure, but this has been downgraded to a Grebe as part of a film shoot at Taroona.  Transport has been organised, but a rower is ...
    Posted Dec 15, 2014, 1:41 PM by Unknown user
  • Bring the Romance back to Rowing - Sat 20th Dec From David Budd and Barbara Dawson:  'Mid-summer twilight row/paddle from Franklin to Huonville (Boatshed Cafe) and back (mostly with tide assistance). Invite going out to all LBT members ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2014, 1:44 PM by Unknown user
  • Circumnavigation of Tassie Feb 11 - March 18 2015 Bryan Walpole, with "Merlyn", an 11m couta boat, has some crewing vacancies for the trip anticlockwise around Tassie, mostly from the Tamar round the west coast to Hobart.  A wonderful ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2014, 11:58 PM by Unknown user
  • WOOBers wanted That would be Workers On Organic Boats.  We need to get a wriggle on if the Bendigo St Ayles Skiff is to be completed in time for the Championships in ...
    Posted Dec 16, 2014, 1:30 AM by Unknown user
  • On the water program winds up The Franklin students took the fleet out for a final sail on Wednesday at the conclusion of a very busy six weeks of activities. There have been school crews out ...
    Posted Dec 11, 2014, 5:57 PM by Unknown user
  • Warrnambool Skiff underway Patrick Groot writes to tell us that, after the usual amount of time spent head scratching and standing around with hands in pockets arguing the toss, their team has made ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2014, 7:24 PM by Unknown user
  • Our new rowing uniform? We were down at the pontoon yesterday and were very taken with the fashion sense shown by Southerly Dolling's dad Ken.  The combination of Hawaiian shorts, stripes, orange and ...
    Posted Dec 10, 2014, 3:26 AM by Unknown user
  • More Swiftsure Regatta pics coming in There are some beauties - see http://bit.ly/1wVjfxq .  We reckon the crew in the photo below are lay down misère for parts in the next 'Pirates of the Caribbean
    Posted Dec 9, 2014, 12:52 AM by Unknown user
  • Cocktails and Canapés on Yukon 19th December 6.30pm to 9.30 pm.   Live Music, with Roman Astra and Co.   $25 a ticket , the numbers are limited so please contact Endra for a Ticket. Tickets ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2014, 4:45 PM by Unknown user
  • Half finished projects Next time we run out of puff on a boat build maybe we can take up the suggestion indicated by Shane Johnson in the picture below (spotted in Fremantle).
    Posted Dec 7, 2014, 7:44 PM by Unknown user
  • Christmas at the LBT, Monday 22nd December A bring your own food, fun, music and bottle party.   Normal working bee cancelled.  From 6pm, or whenever you arrive.  Same as last year:  it was good then it will ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2014, 1:52 PM by Unknown user
  • Swiftsure Regatta Day The Franklin waterfront was alive with people participating in the rowing and sailing events on Sunday.  Thanks to all who helped, but especially Hans Sipsma who organised us, and Ros ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2014, 2:30 AM by Unknown user
  • Anchor boulders Phil Dunning suggested these, when the (outrageous) proposition that his monster grinding wheel be used as a mooring was put to him.  Finding a boulder around Franklin is not an ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2014, 4:45 PM by Unknown user
  • Tawe Nunnugah saloon class David Nash writes to remind us that there are still berths available on Yukon:  THREE NIGHT Legs Available  You can either book to join the entire event (10 days) or ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2014, 9:56 PM by Unknown user
  • An invitation Here is a chance to spend some time with the local teachers and children who have been coming down for the On the Water program.  Wednesday 10th December, 10.45am ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2014, 12:35 PM by Unknown user
  • Swiftsure Regatta: schedules of events From Hans Sipsma:See the schedule of St Ayles Skiff events at http://bit.ly/1pXaro9 , Grebe events at http://bit.ly/1rUvklh , and big boats http://bit.ly/1rVghaR ...
    Posted Dec 4, 2014, 12:27 PM by Unknown user
  • The mysterious 'Peter the Painter' Whenever anybody compliments some painting around the LBT, be it a sign, a boat, the shed itself or anything else that can be daubed on, the standard response is 'Peter ...
    Posted Dec 2, 2014, 6:33 PM by Unknown user
  • Raising the bar Street signs advertising LBT events consist, as often as not, of a message hastily scrawled in Texta on chipboard by the secretary.  Hans Sipsma shows what can be done.
    Posted Dec 2, 2014, 1:47 PM by Unknown user
  • Tawe Nunnugah Trailer David Perez made a video of the 2007 Raid which captured the spirit of the expedition as well as anything since produced.  A 'trailer' has recently been cut and put ...
    Posted Nov 29, 2014, 2:45 PM by Unknown user
  • Wanted: a length of heavy chain DONE!!  Thanks to those who offered and who brought chain along on Monday night.  We made a selection, and the job is now done.  It would be advantageous to be ...
    Posted Dec 4, 2014, 3:18 AM by Unknown user
  • Swiftsure Regatta: Final Programme Hans Sipsma has us organised (for next Sunday, 7th December):  see http://bit.ly/1vz5xwX .  'We’re mixing it up at this year's Swiftsure Regatta. It is bigger than ...
    Posted Nov 29, 2014, 1:34 PM by Unknown user
  • Caterers wanted at Swiftsure Regatta From Ros Barnett:'Friday 5th December 10am – 1pm  Food preparation. Two people required to help slice, dice and spice. Sunday 7th December (Regatta Day) People as Cashiers, all day – handle ...
    Posted Nov 26, 2014, 2:45 AM by Unknown user
  • Rowing Orders With the Swiftsure Regatta coming up it's important that we belay that landlubber chatter, batten down the binnacle, brail the brass monkey, and so forth.  Here is a list ...
    Posted Nov 26, 2014, 3:02 AM by Unknown user
  • Christmas present idea From Geoff Heriot: 'I would be pleased to offer members and friends of the LBT a substantial discount on my nonfiction book In the South: Tales of Sail and Yearning ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2014, 12:26 PM by Unknown user
  • Canadian Canoe Project From Simon Cash:'I spoke to you a week or so ago now about a strongback and western red cedar strips that i have to make a Canadian Canoe (approx ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2014, 11:50 AM by Unknown user
  • Excursion to Incat Museum From Graeme Hunt of the Wooden Boat Guild of Tasmania: 'Any members of the LBT who are not at the Swiftsure Regatta on Sunday 7th December would be most ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2014, 11:18 AM by Unknown user
  • Swiftsure Regatta, Sunday December 7th The Regatta is now only two weeks away.  Are you in a rowing team? You should be.  To sign up for a team and to find out more about the ...
    Posted Nov 22, 2014, 7:10 PM by Unknown user
  • Back to the future at Warrnambool The group there have just broken out the first of their two St Ayles Skiff flatpacks, and are contemplating how best to set up a workspace.  Here is part of ...
    Posted Nov 22, 2014, 2:16 PM by Unknown user
  • Reminder: safety boat course Saturday 29th November From Glynn Shevels:'Course starts at 10.00am till approximately 3-30pm.. cost $25.00 . What to bring.. pen notepad. . Lunch and life jacket . The course will consist of theory ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2014, 7:07 PM by Unknown user
  • LBT'ers at large David Pittaway is further afield than most.  He is currently in West Africa working in an Ebola clinic.  See the ABC report: http://ab.co/1tnvVFS
    Posted Nov 21, 2014, 11:44 PM by Unknown user
  • News from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival Get your latest newsletter from http://bit.ly/1xHm9pn  .  The AWBF is coming up fast, and there is a plug for our St Ayles Skiff Regatta in the editorial. In ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2014, 2:08 PM by Unknown user
  • Tawe Nunnugah and ukes Yep, ukes not nukes.  Ros Barnett is organising the musical entertainment for Tawe Nunnugah - see http://bit.ly/1xHkhwZ   
    Posted Nov 20, 2014, 1:02 PM by Unknown user
  • Girl Guides on the water From Ros Barnett:  'Girl Guides came to the Living Boat Trust this week for an after school adventure. With the four tallest girls in the St Ayles skiff Imagine, three ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2014, 12:43 PM by Unknown user
  • Franklin's Future- Planning and Development The Franklin Progress Association is organising a public meeting about "Franklin's Future- Planning and Development", in the Palais Theatre;  at 7pm on Wednesday 26 November'The aim of the ...
    Posted Nov 19, 2014, 1:10 PM by Unknown user
  • Oh what a (Monday) night Ian Johnson summed it up for the rest of us at announcement time: we get blasé about our blessing down here in Tasmania, but who could be blasé sitting in ...
    Posted Nov 19, 2014, 1:15 PM by Unknown user
  • Showing off 'Imagine' at the Huon Show She did look great and got a lot of attention, particularly from extra terrestrials.  Pics from Annette Cauchi, Liz Larshall and Ken Chiu
    Posted Nov 21, 2014, 2:57 AM by Unknown user
  • Motor Boat License Course From Glynn Shevels:  'A great day with 13 people attending. Everybody passed.'   And the LBT received a very nice donation from the instructors - Glynn and Colin Stokes.  Thank you!
    Posted Nov 18, 2014, 1:01 PM by Unknown user
  • To those lucky few ... Did you make the cut for the Celebration Dinner at the Shed on Monday night?  You can check below. Here is  the programme:  proceedings to get underway at 6.30pm ...
    Posted Nov 14, 2014, 11:58 PM by Unknown user
  • Bendigo Skiff nearly ready for turnover The Bendigo Skiff team spent Wednesday first with sandpaper then with paintbrush in hand getting an initial coat of epoxy on the boat.  It's made a big difference - the ...
    Posted Nov 13, 2014, 4:11 PM by Unknown user
  • King Neptune in Neoprene Jane Johnson writes:  'King Neptune emerged from the wild windswept waters in front of Taroona High School promoting the virtues of a Neoprene covering – and endorsing the latest St Ayles ...
    Posted Nov 10, 2014, 2:50 AM by Unknown user
  • CARTELA’s Fashion through the Decades From Jane Johnson:  'The 1912 Cartela was in the limelight on Sunday with a fashion parade that covered most of the  ten decades that the steamship has provided a passenger ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2014, 8:48 PM by Unknown user
  • Former 'Tawe Nunnugah' boat for sale Graeme Denne writes:  'My traditional sailing dinghy ‘Ambitious’ is for sale. She is 14’6” long,  strongly built and in excellent condition, complete with new sail, trailer and o/b ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2014, 1:54 PM by Unknown user
  • Model Boat Fleet The surprise big sellers at the last Australian Wooden Boat Festival were simple, wooden, model boats made from local timbers.  The Tuesday group have made a good start on stocking ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2014, 11:19 PM by Unknown user
  • New Brooke Street Pier has arrived It's a 'floater' and it was towed down the Derwent from the construction site at Prince of Wales Bay to it's location next to Waterman's Dock today ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2014, 10:19 PM by Unknown user
  • Huon Show November 15th It's one of the highlights of the Valley calendar and the LBT will be there - see http://huonshow.com.au.  If you can help out submit your name on ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2014, 9:22 PM by Unknown user
  • Viking turns orange Angela turned a pressure jet on the bottom sides of Viking to strip off the flaking blue paint and reveal the orange (red lead?) undercoat underneath.  Thanks to Franklin Marine ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2014, 6:35 PM by Unknown user
  • Very late news flash: launch of Taroona St Ayles Skiff It's all happening tomorrow (Saturday 8th) morning at the Taroona foreshore.  For details see http://bit.ly/1ycmlJT
    Posted Nov 6, 2014, 11:52 PM by Unknown user
  • Public Meetings: Surges Point "transport depot" proposal Bob Hawkins writes:  'I think everyone at LBT should be reading about the Surges Point "transport depot" proposal. It could have a huge effect on sailors, rowers and power-boaters ...
    Posted Nov 4, 2014, 1:49 PM by Unknown user
  • Scottish Fun Day at Port Cygnet Sailing Club Saturday, 8th November 3-9pm Port Cygnet Sailing Club Scottish dinner at 6pm Main course - $10 (family $25), Dessert $5 (includes haggis, black pudding, skirlie, sausage and vegetarian option) Bar ...
    Posted Nov 4, 2014, 1:34 PM by Unknown user
  • Quadruple Celebration Dinner BOOKED OUT   The Living Boat Trust will generally use any excuse for a feast, but we've got some REALLY good 'uns for making Monday night the 17th of November ...
    Posted Nov 12, 2014, 7:32 PM by Unknown user
  • Tassie Men's Shed Association We are members of the Association, and this week received the attached letter (http://bit.ly/1rIxEEP) from them which describes their inaugural committee meeting.  A group from WOW recently ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2014, 2:22 AM by Unknown user
  • Spring Bay Community Boat Shed Newsletter For the latest from our friends at Spring Bay (Triabunna) see http://bit.ly/1wmakmM
    Posted Oct 31, 2014, 7:31 PM by Unknown user
  • Notice to Mariners (MAST) Notice No.: M111-14  Title: Marine Farming Lease – Flathead Bay  Valid From: 31/10/2014 Valid Until: 1/3/2015 Mariners are advised that Huon Aquaculture will commence work on ...
    Posted Oct 31, 2014, 6:27 PM by Unknown user
  • The Shipping News At 2:21pm this Friday afternoon 'Yukon' docked in Franklin having returned from a successful trip to Sydney.  It's great to have her back - the marina has seemed empty ...
    Posted Oct 31, 2014, 6:07 AM by Unknown user
  • Empty Nest They tell us it is a problem in some families, but not at the LBT.  No sooner had Glynn Shevels' 'Tuesday' vacated the premises, than Imagine was in for a ...
    Posted Oct 31, 2014, 5:32 AM by Unknown user
  • 'Tuesday' comes out No, don't expect to see the Tuesday chaps in pink frilly lingerie. Glynn announced today that the name of the Sea Knight is 'Tuesday', and she is now out ...
    Posted Oct 30, 2014, 1:31 PM by Unknown user
  • Red letter day at the shed tomorrow (Thursday) Graham Wright tells us, in the 'Workshop' news column (see http://bit.ly/1FGhUMX), that the Sea Knight is coming out of the shed!  Final fit out will be at ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2014, 4:00 AM by Unknown user
  • Ode to the Huon From Jane Johnson:  'Last weekend the small town of Franklin was a vibrant hub of activity. Centred around the  Wooden Boat Centre’s handing-over ceremony to the Franklin Working ...
    Posted Oct 28, 2014, 4:08 AM by Unknown user
  • A new guest at dinner 'He' (gender is not certain) was skulking around the back trying not to be noticed, but that ace snapper Graham Rankin caught him on film.  As Graham writes 'some said ...
    Posted Oct 28, 2014, 4:08 AM by Unknown user
  • Whaleboat watch Spotted in the Hopkins River at Warrnambool: the five oar New Bedford whaleboat pictured below.  Of course it's not as beautiful as our Swiftsure but one has to admit ...
    Posted Oct 28, 2014, 3:01 AM by Unknown user
  • Reminder: Celebration at the Wooden Boat Centre this Saturday (25th October) It is the handover to the Franklin Working Waterfront.  Program  10:00 Welcome– Daryl Peebles MC; 10:10 Handover ceremony of the Australian Wooden Boat Centre to Franklin Working Waterfront ...
    Posted Oct 23, 2014, 12:39 PM by Unknown user
  • Reminder: Garage Sale this Saturday (25th October) This event in aid of the St Ayles Skiff Regatta:  'Set up will be from 8am. As well as the garage sale we will have a cake stall and again ...
    Posted Oct 23, 2014, 7:50 PM by Unknown user
  • New LBT flyer We need to explain the LBT to visitors, sponsors, applicants for membership etc, and new flyer has been created to assist with this: see http://bit.ly/1FGjCOu .  To see ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2014, 10:41 PM by Unknown user
  • The workshop gets its own news column With the Sea Knight about to leave the workshop it occurred to us that we didn't have a very good record of the build.  This lack has been highlighted ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2014, 10:30 PM by Unknown user
  • Quiz Night Palais Theatre Supper Room Saturday 25th October 2014 6.30 pm for 7.00 start $10 per head includes nibbles Max 6 people per table – orphans accommodated Drinks available ...
    Posted Oct 23, 2014, 12:31 PM by Unknown user
  • Committee Minutes Draft committee minutes for October have been written and are available at http://bit.ly/1vyGPhh
    Posted Oct 19, 2014, 2:59 PM by Unknown user
  • Readvertising Motor and Safety Boat Courses Note the change of date for the motor boat course, due to clashes with other activities.  Motor Boat Licence Course: Date:  Sunday 16th November; Duration: One day; Cost: $100.00 ...
    Posted Oct 20, 2014, 10:55 PM by Unknown user
  • Visit the Franklin Navy Museum (while you can) Brian Morrison's museum (in the old bank building next to the Post Office) has been closed for so long that many people have forgotten it is there.  It is ...
    Posted Oct 16, 2014, 3:22 PM by Unknown user
  • Huon Yacht Club We bumped into LBT member Doug Emery, who told us he is looking after the website for the Huon Yacht Club - http://huonyachtclub.org/.  It is another good source of ...
    Posted Oct 15, 2014, 7:30 PM by Unknown user
  • The never ending project It doesn't seem so long ago that all that paint was going on, and now Brett and Allan are taking it off!  It's all in a good cause ...
    Posted Oct 15, 2014, 7:33 PM by Unknown user
  • AWBF latest newsletter Straight from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival to you:  see http://bit.ly/ZoZLSB .  The months to February are rapidly counting down.
    Posted Oct 13, 2014, 5:49 PM by Unknown user
  • Cartela glows in birthday glory - but wait, there is more From Jane Johnson:  'The Cartela was the focus of fundraising for the St Ayles Skiff Regatta in Franklin. Decorations, shining lights, a deck full of people overlooking the  scenic Huon ...
    Posted Oct 17, 2014, 1:07 AM by Unknown user
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