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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  • Elements of Shipboard Safety
    This is the course to do for people messing around in boats. Topics include accident prevention, extinguishing fires, how to handle man overboard, abandon ship etc. You can read more about it here. It is subsidised in Tasmania: cost $390. The even better news is that if you are a Centrelink recipient (including part time… Read more: Elements of Shipboard Safety
  • Monday night BBQ dinner
    Last Monday of the month coming up, which means a BBQ. It is also pretty much midwinter – sunset doesn’t get much earlier, so a good night for a fire? Bring your offering for the griddle, plus a course to share, something to drink and $5 for the kitty.
  • LBT Committee Meeting June 26
    An agenda is being prepared here. Lots of decisions being made for Tawe Nunnugah with applications being opened soon, for the ‘Cartela Corner’ pontoon, which seems to have finally cleared the bristling hedge of permits and bureaucratic hurdles, for Nancy (she has battery problems and requires re-registration), and there is more. If there is business… Read more: LBT Committee Meeting June 26
  • Emergency management on Nancy
    Nancy crew members crowded into the cabin (too cold out) to participate in the session run by Pip Stevenson. Getting the old lifejackets on proved more challenging than we had expected – see below. Thanks for running this Pip. ps. If you want to be involved with Nancy we are more than happy to run… Read more: Emergency management on Nancy
  • The Swedish Tawe Nunnugah?
    Gary McDonald is entertaining himself these cold Tasmanian winter days by browsing YouTube, and came up with this delightful video of the ‘Mail boat Race across the Aland (Baltic) Sea’. Apparently in the old days the job of carrying the mail was contracted out to small farmers in small boats – rowing and sailing, and… Read more: The Swedish Tawe Nunnugah?
  • Dr Shed’s advice for a healthy winter
    ‘Dr Shed’ is our own Brian Walpole, whose main activity with the LBT is helping out with the On the Water program. In another life he makes well being videos for the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association. See the latest one <<here>>.
  • Draft Minutes for May committee meeting
    Read them <<here>>.

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