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.

Our Shed

The hub of our activities is our shed, located at 3337 Huon Hwy Franklin. It was donated by the Forestry Department, and since improved with the addition of a verandah, kitchen, bathroom, toilet and changing room. It is the home for an extensive collection of tools, sailing and rowing gear, marquees, BBQ’s, trailers and all the other paraphernalia accumulated by an active community and maritime organisation such as we are.  It is also the home of good work, good company, good talk, and good food – the last being especially true every Monday evening when we host our dinners.

Latest News

  • Sailors of the air
    Pip Stevenson and a mate have flown a motor glider all the way from Northern NSW to Burketown on the Gulf of Carpentaria to ride the…
  • Latest news from the Wooden Boat Festival
    Read all about it here. They are looking for volunteers.
  • President’s Report
    For many of us Peter Laidlaw’s annual report is worth the price of admission to the LBT. One of the joys is that it is entirely…
  • Ros’s Boat
    LBT stalwart Ros Barnett is living with her mum at her house at the mouth of the Mersey, Devonport. You would have to be in the…
  • Monday night BBQ coming up (Sept 26)
    The days are stretching out and warming up, so there won’t be quite the same need for beanies and blanket coats which have been part of…
  • Meet the Huon Council Candidates
    Those who are resident in the Valley may want to take advantage of the opportunity to meet candidates for the new council, due to be elected…
  • New Committee for the LBT
    At the AGM on Saturday night chairman of the meeting Peter Laidlaw dismissed the outgoing committee, with particular thanks to David Pittaway and Jane Johnson who…
  • 20221-2022 Treasurer’s Report
    The LBT has for the last several years been very fortunate to have the steady hand of the Rod Macfarlan on the financial tiller, and on…
  • New figurehead for ‘Imagine’
    ‘Spring weather brought LBT skiffies out for a row with the magical carved eagle figurehead created by Mary Lou Conway. Walkers along the foreshore stopped to…
  • Shannon on the slip
    ‘Slip’ was the operative word, but Stuart Meares eventually got us organised and hauled up on Monday. The good news was that the exercise revealed that…