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

  • Another project boat
    If you have a spare weekend (or two, or …) the boat pictured below, currently tied up on the Derwent, could be the one for you.…
  • Viking survey
    There have been 21 responses so far to the survey about what we should do with Viking: see below for a summary and this document for…
  • Fixing Monty’s rudder mounting
    During a recent sail the shaft on which Monty’s rudder is mounted popped out of the bottom bracket causing all sorts of havoc, including busting the…
  • New portholes for Viking
    Peter ‘the painter’ Hill has been stripped all the old varnish of the brass portholes donated by Dave Conway and polished them up and is installing…
  • AWBF June Newsletter
    News from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival this month includes a story about ‘Ubique’, which was built at the Wooden Boat Centre. Read all about this…
  • Skiffie Worlds in the Netherlands
    Follow all the action at https://www.skiffieworlds2022.com/ It would have been good for the LBT to be there, but back late last year when we were considering…
  • Zainab’s Yukon farewell pics
    There are lots of them here, and they are good! Thanks Zainab.
  • Escape from midwinter blues
    Those who need a summer boating fantasy to help see them through the current chill should try https://youtu.be/mmqmPi1jjm0. It comes with some (very convincing) philosophising as…
  • St Ayles Skiff 10 year anniversary film
    Scottish Coastal Rowing have put out this history: see https://youtu.be/qFsWiFeIzsQ. A lot of the footage comes from the 2019 World Skiffies at Stranraer, with some familiar…
  • Mid winter BBQ Monday night
    Kate has been persuaded to vacate the kitchen so we can have a go ourselves. Let’s light the fire and heat up the griddle. Bring something…