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  • Cat Dink - Gary Macdonald's isolation project Gary has built himself a catamaran rowing dinghy, and posted details of the build at https://mrmacstaswegia.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_21.html.  It will be interesting to hear ...
    Posted by Posts Editor
  • Binge viewing If you want a boat building alternative to Netflix Sally Ward recommends 'Sampson Boat Co, Tally Ho, Rebuilding a 1910 Gaff Cutter' - https://sampsonboat.co.uk. There is somewhere north ...
    Posted May 23, 2020, 6:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rainbow season John Snowdon sent in this pic.
    Posted May 23, 2020, 5:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • The way we were Endra O'May was sorting through a pile of books from her late father when she came across the 1950 Tasmanian Business Directory ('renowned for accuracy'). Along with many other ...
    Posted May 23, 2020, 5:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • An LBT story from Mike Dredge Last week's tales took us to the southern ocean, this week we are in the tropics - the remotest waters off north east New Guinea and the island of Nuguria ...
    Posted May 18, 2020, 6:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Another way to get on the water We were rowing towards the boat ramp on Sunday when we were startled by a roar and turned around to see a hovercraft gliding across the river.  Later discussion with ...
    Posted May 17, 2020, 3:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Flowers on the Huon We are looking forward to 'em, but now is a good time to appreciate some of the photos taken last spring as part of a project by Endra O'May ...
    Posted May 17, 2020, 3:16 AM by Posts Editor
  • An LBT Story from Ian Moncrieff and Di Sullivan Ian writes: 'LBT members may remember seeing Last One a skiff designed by Allan Witt at the LBT during the summer of 2017/18 with a ‘for sale’ sign. I ...
    Posted May 17, 2020, 3:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • Windpower It's not just for boats: Peter Laidlaw was very taken with these wind powered wheelbarrows.  Lots more low tech nostalgia and ideas at www.lowtechmagazine.com  Pic from www ...
    Posted May 17, 2020, 3:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • tn21 - call for Camp Support volunteers If you can help with land-based Camp Support for the LBT's next tawe nunnugah Raid (tn21) please complete the form here: https://tinyurl.com/yawky2vx. Despite the current ...
    Posted May 16, 2020, 11:44 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Opening up the LBT Last Friday 8th May the Tasmanian Government announced the timetable for the lifting of some of the restrictions intended to stop the spread of the Covid 19 virus. The ...
    Posted May 14, 2020, 4:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Stories: The Rime; Southport Lagoon, March 2019 Hans Sipsma has sent in this great contribution: see attached at https://tinyurl.com/y9vvzoey.  See pics below and video https://youtu.be/EylON0RslIo
    Posted May 13, 2020, 5:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Puzzling times ahead Running out of jigsaw puzzles at home? Fear not. The Franklin Jigsaw Exchange has re-opened and is now under the cover of the Living Boat Trust verandah, next to ...
    Posted May 13, 2020, 9:11 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Jane's lockdown project Jane Johnson is working on a home project that may be of interest to future Living Boat Trust members. While based in a real part of Franklin’s history, an ...
    Posted May 8, 2020, 4:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • A cure for cabin fever? For those who yearn for a summer sojourn in the northern hemisphere, if only in the mind, Off Center Harbor recommends 'Scoggie', a short film about a  young boat builder ...
    Posted May 9, 2020, 3:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Jack de Crow Jack de Crow was (is?) a Mirror dinghy sailed and rowed by Sandy Mackinnon from Bristol to the Black Sea.  Sandy wrote about it in a book enjoyed by many ...
    Posted May 7, 2020, 11:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tying up to bollards and posts With our small tides and floating pontoons that go up and down with the tides, it’s easy to tie up our boats without much thought and, in doing so ...
    Posted May 7, 2020, 4:28 AM by Martin Riddle
  • Lockdown reading John Young's memoir, ' Going down another Lane' is out, and a cracking yarn it is.  John has been down many surprising lanes in his lifetime, but you will have ...
    Posted May 9, 2020, 3:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Locked down in Franklin Peter Heading writes:  ' Vardo in Queensland and I'm locked down in Franklin.  Building a new tender for Vardo - the old one has done 20 years of service and is ...
    Posted May 13, 2020, 7:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Aid to Navigators Gary Macdonald pointed out this unexpected benefit of the current situation - see below. 
    Posted May 7, 2020, 11:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Master Plan Stage 3 – Sporting Precinct Lisa Plohl from Huon Valley Council has written to alert us to the community consultation regarding plans for improvement around the oval: see https://www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/consultations ...
    Posted May 7, 2020, 12:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Committee response to the Franklin Foreshore Rehabilitation and Development plan The council has provided an online form for community response to this plan at https://www.huonvalley.tas.gov.au/consultations/franklin-foreshore-rehabilitation-and-development-plan/All members who ...
    Posted May 3, 2020, 1:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Attention model boat enthusiasts Tony Wilson has sent us the following message. 'Restore 1930’s Huon Pine Model Yacht – “The Quest”  The Quest is a scale model of a particular class of yachts racing ...
    Posted May 2, 2020, 12:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Fire at Port Esperance Sailing Club The committee has sent the following message to Port Esperance on behalf of the membership.  Dear Port Esperance Sailing Club,  'On behalf of the LBT community we wish to express ...
    Posted May 2, 2020, 4:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Congratulations Celia Leverton Whilst we have all been distracted LBT member Celia Leverton has won an  AgriFutures Rural Women’s Development Award.  Her profile for the award says: 'Celia Leverton​, from Franklin , is ...
    Posted May 1, 2020, 10:41 PM by Posts Editor
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tn19 Raid - tawe nunnugah 2019 - small boat expedition in Southern Tasmania



New foreshore plan


Highlights from the launch of 'Billie', June 2015 (photos from Annette Cauchi)

YouTube Video



Highlights from the St Ayles Skiff Regatta 2015


Highlights from Tawe Nunnugah 2015



How to row a dinghy



Nancy arrives at the Living Boat Trust





Building 'Tuesday'



Some history: trailer for the Tawe Nunnugah 2007 movie