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Late invitation: Men’s Shed gathering 30th Sept

posted Sep 19, 2021, 3:56 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 19, 2021, 3:56 PM]

We are looking for one more delegate to send to this meeting at Margate.  Details attached: .  Despite the name it is not gender specific: there are plenty of ‘Community Sheds’ like ours who are part of the association.  If you are interested please send a message to

| Attachments: TMSA Southern Sheds Gathering September.pdf

Draft minutes for the LBT 2021 AGM

posted Sep 18, 2021, 5:44 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 18, 2021, 5:44 PM]

Get them at

Nancy: vote of thanks to Judy Krynen

posted Sep 18, 2021, 5:24 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 19, 2021, 2:58 PM]

Nancy is in many ways our flagship, our ‘whole of community boat’, taking numerous excursion groups around the Egg Islands, transporting dignitaries to events and school children on expeditions, participating in festivals and regattas, used for scattering ashes in the river and the list goes on.  If there was once ‘A little engine that could’, Nancy is ‘the little boat that can’. To see the joy on an eight year old’s face as they take the wheel on Nancy and realise that yes, they really are steering the boat, is the sort of reason many of us belong to the Living Boat Trust. 

Plans for Nancy were discussed at the AGM, and minutes from a recent meeting of the ‘Nancy Fanciers’ reviewed.  As with every wooden boat Nancy needs her share of maintenance, which has been provided by the Tuesday Group since she came to Franklin.  Every so often a major overhaul is required, and the time for that has come. The Evaporator Shed is available (more on that later), and we can haul Nancy out using our recently acquired large trailer and work on her undercover.  
How to get the work done is the next question, and we are in the very fortunate position of having recently received $10,000 from Judy Krynen for that purpose.  This will enable us to purchase the required materials and contract out the work that cannot be done by our volunteers. Judy’s contribution is a great opportunity for the Living Boat Trust, and a vote of thanks was proposed at the meeting and passed unanimously.

For those who are unaware of the history, Nancy was given to us by the Krynens. She was originally commissioned by the Rowes of Brookes Bay further down the Huon and built in 1917.  After a varied career she fell into disrepair and could well have been scrapped.  Her hulk was purchased by the Krynens, and taken to Noosa where they spent years restoring her. After having used her for a while they decided she needed a more suitable home.  They chose the LBT, then paid for her to be transported down to Tasmania.  The electric propulsion system was not up to scratch, so they then paid for an upgrade including a bank of Lithium batteries.  

 The Krynens’ gift and contributions are well and truly appreciated, not just by the LBT but by the Huon Valley community, and by that eight year old.

 Pic from Nell Tyson

New committee for the LBT

posted Sep 18, 2021, 2:38 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 18, 2021, 2:46 PM]

As advertised the AGM was held at the Bowls Club on Saturday afternoon.  The old committee was dismissed and a new one elected.  It consists of:

  • President: Peter Laidlaw;
  • Treasurer: Rod Macfarlan;
  • Secretary: Richard Forster;
  • General Members:  Jane Johnson;  Endra O’May; Michelle Crawford; Mike Hewitt; Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck;  Martin Riddle;  Andrew Ritchie, David Pittaway. 

Tom Stevens did not stand this time around, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his contribution to the LBT.  Amongst other things Tom has organised a very comprehensive ‘Induction and Introduction’ for new members to the LBT (, did our testing and tagging of electrical equipment and provided the mothership for Tawe Nunnugah.  We would  remind him that just because he is off the committee doesn’t mean he is off the hook! 

We welcome Jean-Pierre Scheelinck (‘JP’), who came down to the Huon to build a dinghy at the Wooden Boat School, and was so enthusiastic about the valley  that he decided to buy a place and stay.  Undoubtedly he will bring some of that enthusiasm to the LBT committee: that’s right, isn’t it JP?


posted Sep 15, 2021, 3:01 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 19, 2021, 3:09 PM]

One of the great things about the LBT is the opportunity to learn new stuff, a very good example being the decorative knots class being conducted by Barbara Frankel.  Come along and join it on 4.30pm on Monday afternoons.  As a tribute to Barbara’s teaching skills, see the mat tied by somebody who failed scissors at kindergarten:  It’s the Monkey Fist this week: see

Richard Flanagan at Cygnet Town Hall Sept 18 11am

posted Sep 12, 2021, 2:48 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 12, 2021, 2:54 PM]

Richard has been garnering a fair bit of attention with his book  about the salmon industry ‘Toxic’ .  As users of the sea around south east Tasmania we at the Living Boat Trust also have an interest in this industry – some of us work for them.  A public meeting  at Cygnet called ‘Stop the salmon sea grab’ will be addressed by Richard, Bob Brown and others: see the flyer below for details: 

Huon Yacht Club Working Bee 25th September

posted Sep 12, 2021, 2:27 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 12, 2021, 2:27 PM]

If you want to help out our neighbours and friends down at Shipwrights Point show up down at the club rooms at 11am.

AGM this coming Saturday (18th) 3pm

posted Sep 12, 2021, 7:23 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 12, 2021, 2:52 PM]

In the past we have held these meetings in the evening and kept them fairly brief with a social afterwards.  The afternoon start will give us more time to discuss the issues that will be in front of the new committee in the coming year.  In particular these will include

  • changes to the subscription rate;
  • a sailing safety policy;
  • future planning for the shed, with a particular emphasis on energy usage;
  • what’s happening with Nancy; 
  • and there may be more. 

Come along, hear all about it, and have your say.  All the documents for the meeting, including committee nominations, discussion papers etc, can be found at

New Franklin township map

posted Sep 8, 2021, 6:37 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 9, 2021, 5:56 AM]

Supplied by David Moore: thanks David.  Get the full size version at

Thank you to our sponsors

posted Sep 7, 2021, 6:22 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Sep 12, 2021, 2:37 AM]

Our raffle at the Saturday night event could not have gone ahead without the great prizes that were donated.  Thank you to:

  • shop@Franklin – $50 voucher
  • Walton House Bed and Breakfast – accommodation
  • Wooden Boat Centre – x3 mystery bags
  • Franklin Accommodation – 2 nights accommodation
  • the LBT Nancy Fanciers and caterers – catered cruise on Nancy
  • Franklin Marine – bucket of fishing gear
  • Frank’s Cider – $50 voucher and drinks.

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