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

  • LBT Committee Meeting coming up
    As usual, second Thursday of the month (11th August) at 6pm. There is an agenda being prepared here, minutes for the last meeting can be found…
  • Huon Yacht Club AGM Sept 6th
    LBT sailors may be interested in contacting the secretary (Gary McDonald) at the_secretary@huonyachtclub.org and attending this meeting as visitors or perhaps joining up as members beforehand.…
  • Courses at the Wooden Boat Centre
    We notice that several of the courses on the 2022 calendar have yet to run: 14′ Whitehall, September 5 – December 2 Fine Woodworking, September 19…
  • Iefke and Matt
    Recently the LBT big trailer went to Cygnet to help one of our members get his boat out of the water. Iefke and Matt scored the…
  • On the Water Schools Program
    Back in May we advertised for members happy to help out with this program which runs in October through to early December. Thanks to those who…
  • BBQ Monday night
    The lucky crew of the Windward Bound have Kate cooking for them, so we get to show off our skills with the sausage tongs at the…
  • The Argonauts Club
    The recent 90th birthday of the ABC was an opportunity to wallow in nostalgia, and one of the programs that was remembered fondly was the Argonauts…
  • Aurora Art Prize
    We have received the following message from Wendy Kennedy at the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association. ‘Our annual Aurora Art Prize remains open until the 24th September……
  • Wooden Boat Festival Bulletin
    The Festival reminds us that time is not linear – the elapse time to February’s festivities is decreasing exponentially. Read this month’s newsletter here. Amongst the…
  • Keeping up with Yukon
    ‘The current position of SV YUKON is at East Australia (coordinates 23.47812 S / 151.39157 E) reported 3 days ago by AIS. The vessel is en…