The Living Boat Trust

Just messing around in boats, particularly old boats

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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  • Getting the boats ready for TN25
    Steve Wilson sent this picture of the scout boat Abel Tasman undercoated and ready for painting.
  • Exhibit at the Festival
    The Australian Wooden Boat Festival writes: ‘Do you want to exhibit your product or service at the largest celebration of maritime culture in the Southern Hemisphere? You can now register! With 50% of visitors to the AWBF hailing from interstate and overseas, we are more than just a Tasmanian wooden boat gathering. You will have… Read more: Exhibit at the Festival
  • Everybody enjoys our boats
  • Sailing solo from Kettering to Queensland
    A very interesting article for sailors, both armchair and on the water, written by Val Nicholls. She doesn’t guild the lily. Thanks to Southern Wooden Boat Sailing for this one.
  • Information Exchange
    For previous Tawe Nunnugahs we set up an online system to assist participants who wanted to share transport, accommodation, equipment, information etc. See an example from 2023 here. We are doing it all again – see this webpage which can be navigated to from the TN25 homepage. To participate simply fill in the form with… Read more: Information Exchange
  • Donation to Legacy from Franklin Community
    Martin RIddle writes: I have just transferred $469 to Hobart legacy as a donation from the Franklin Community. The words accompanying the donation are: “Raised by the Franklin community – ANZAC Day breakfast at Franklin Bowls Club and special Monday Night Dinner at the Living Boat Trust. Both events coordinated by the Franklin Progress Association.”… Read more: Donation to Legacy from Franklin Community
  • Monday night Pie Night
    It has been suggested that we pause our perambulating around the world’s menus and focus in on a particular type of dish for Monday night dinner, and that that focus should be pies. Everybody has a favourite pie – whether it be of the footy night variety, or full of blackbirds or maybe spiced apples.… Read more: Monday night Pie Night

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