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

  • Building a solar canopy
    Peter Shimeld is replacing the flat panels on his ‘Gemma’ with the same sort of flexible panels we intend putting on ‘Viking’. Over at the Wooden…
  • After the weekend flood
    There is a wall of debris hemming in the Skiffs.
  • Members tips column
    You know that lovely flexible, rubber plumbing pipe wrapped in braided wire (pic below), so handy for tricky spaces in boats and houses? Well it can…
  • A touch of brass
    Peter Hill has reinstalled Viking’s lettering, having kept track of it over the years she has been out of the water.
  • Scraping and painting
    Maybe we should re-label ourselves to SPT, acknowledging how much of this activity goes into wooden boats. Bob Tubman and friends have the bottom sides of…
  • FRANKLIN RV SITE SEEKS NEW CARETAKER / FEE COLLECTOR
    The Palais Management Committee is responsible for managing the Franklin RV site, and is looking for a new caretaker/fee collector.   This role could potentially be…
  • Donations to the LBT
    We were very fortunate to receive the following. Electric tools from Cameron Green’s grandpa, organised through the Tassie Men’s Shed Association. Fastenings and Wood from Livia…
  • Watch Catalyst next Tuesday
    The program (ABC: Tuesday 16 August, 8.30pm) is about favourite trees, which for Tasmania means Huon Pine (they tell us). We are expecting footage from the…
  • Another Franklin
    David Pittaway has just visited Port Franklin on the lee (east) side of Wilson’s Promontory, and has sent the following pics. We should ask them to…
  • Gretchen out of the water
    How many old gaffers does it take to get Gretchen out of the water? Judging from the picture below quite a few. She hasn’t been out…