The Living Boat Trust

Just messing around in boats, particularly old boats

Pic from Cheryl Gallienne

The Living Boat Trust (LBT) is dedicated to keeping Tasmania’s marine heritage alive and to maintaining traditional boat building, repairing, rowing and sailing skills. Find us on the banks of the Huon River at Franklin in southern Tasmania. We celebrate the history and beauty of this area (and its boats), strive for a sustainable way of life for all concerned and to be a vital part of our community (and the boats).

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Latest News

  • LBT Christmas Party 18th Dec
    Come along with some Christmas and BBQ fare and $10 for the kitty after 6pm. Terry Mead will be providing the music.
  • LBT Committee meeting 14th December
    There is an agenda being prepared here. Minutes for the last meeting can be viewed here. If there is business you want attended to send it in to the secretary:
  • Renovators delight
    If somebody wants a wooden boat restoration challenge here is a beauty: the ‘Zephyr’ commissioned as a 22 ton ‘gentleman’s yacht’ in 1873 and built in huon pine by Robert Playfair in Adelaide. Pick it up from the yard in Altona (Victoria). Thanks to Southern Wooden Boat Sailing for pointing this one out to us.
  • Community day postponed until February
    Everybody is too busy right now with Christmas and summer boaty activities, so this event, to be held in conjunction with the Wooden Boat Centre, has been pushed into the new year. More details to come.
  • Monday night dinner December 11
    David Hume tells us it is all under control and the menu is as follows. A Seasonal Feast from the Fire Pit. Featuring: Please book in using this form so that we have an idea of numbers.
  • The further adventures of Jack de Crow
    For we Mirror Dinghy tragics, who need more after the original tale of Sandy Mackinnon’s voyage on Jack de Crow through the backwaters of England and the canals of Europe to the Black Sea, there is now a Jack de Crow II. Well, an aural one. Listen to it on ABC Conversations. Thanks to Ken… Read more: The further adventures of Jack de Crow
  • Menu for Monday night dinner
    Come along and find out! Kate is still sailing back from Port Davey, and is no doubt occupying herself by mining her recipe book for a tasty repaste.

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