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  • The Island Project – dementia preventionWe recently attended a Men’s Shed gathering where the main presentation concerned this topic.  It was the right demographic.  From the Project home page: ‘Most of the risk for dementia is associated with ageing. However, international research has indicated that approximately a third of dementia cases may be effectively prevented if modifiable risk factors are addressed. It is never too late to tackle these risk factors, but it is particularly important from middle age onwards.  The Wicking Dementia Centre is establishing a bold new initiative that has never been attempted before. We are seeking to reduce the incidence of dementia in a whole population – the population of Tasmania – and we need your help. If we can show that we
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  • Sea-GalsJames Arkle from Huon Yacht Club writes:  ‘One of the fun initiatives that we are starting this year is Sea-Gals. They are holding their first get together on Monday 18th October. I would like to say a very big “thank you” to Pam for organising this, I am sure that it will be both fun and informative. Here are all the details:   Sea-Gals of the HYC group would like to invite women who enjoy boating and would like to socialise and meet other like-minded women, while learning new skills. You don’t need to be a member or own a boat! Getting to know other women connected to sailors in the club is a benefit for all
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  • ‘Going down another lane’ book reviewFrom the review of John Young’s autobiography in ‘Afloat’ magazine:  ‘Over the past 85+ years Dr John Young (BA, MA Auckland, MA Oxford, PhD ANU), English-born actor, author, boat-builder, boxer, Pacific historian and voyager, conservationist, environmentalist, community developer, technical educator, and all-round social entrepreneur, has gone down a great many lanes, by-ways and highways. What makes this lengthy but lively life-story of particular interest to readers of Afloat is its connecting theme:  building, sailing, and messing about in boats, especially wooden ones.’What they missed was ‘and genuine good bloke’.  For more read you don’t already have a …
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  • Migrating our websiteThe LBT website is hosted by Google Classic Sites, which is scheduled to disappear in December.  A recent failed attempt to edit the Nancy homepage indicates that Google have already started to shut things down – see screen grab below.  We have been working towards migrating our web pages to WordPress (don’t worry, it is just another internet thingy), as shown by the second screen grab.  The fact that you are reading this post indicates that Google Classic Sites is still operating – mostly.   If it stops early there may be a mad scramble.
    Posted Oct 3, 2021, 5:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy Fanciers meeting Monday 4th Oct 5pmThere are a number of issues to be considered:  Nancy’s role in Seniors Week (starting Monday 11th); getting Nancy out of the water for major maintenance at the beginning of November; how to get that work done (volunteers, subcontracting); how to operate Nancy in the coming summer season (volunteers, leasing).  Get along, hear about the different proposals, and have your say.
    Posted Oct 3, 2021, 5:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing NewsJane Johnson writes:Maintenance – Freyja is back on the river and in new-found glory was taken down to Dover for an adventurous row/exploration, timed well with some picture-book spring weather. Imagine is undergoing major maintenance work with repairs to the gunnels and top strake, sanding, repainting and more. The more hands helping will result in a faster return to the river. Wednesdays is workshop day from 10 am, but other times can be arranged. Many hands make light work – and a team result is always more rewarding …contact Dennis on 0428 364 178.   Billie is also about to show off a carved figurehead – clay model as shown. Carvers are enjoying the challenges of working with a detachable …
    Posted Oct 3, 2021, 4:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • Family fun day Sunday October 31stCome along and enjoy:   Paul Frost’s model boats (see pics below); sausage Sizzle and salad;  scones jam and cream; music with Terry Mead and David Pittaway; mounting of new figure head for Freya carved by Mary Lou Conway; come and try rowing.Time: 11am to 2.30pm.
    Posted Oct 3, 2021, 5:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night BBQLast Monday of the month has come around again (can you believe it?), so it is time to oil the hotplate and check the gas bottle.  Weather looks kind, and there should be plenty of twilight.  See you at the Shed after 6pm.    Pic from Wikimedia
    Posted Oct 2, 2021, 3:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club Open Day Saturday October 2ndJames Arkle (the commodore) has sent the program.11.30 preparations start in the clubhouse. If you could bring along a plate of finger food that would be great. Small cakes, muffins, sandwiches and things like that would be ideal.  Huon Aquaculture are very kindly donating some smoked salmon and Suzannah and her helpers are converting that into posh sarnies! 12.00 the fleet gathers at the Mid River Buoy  12.30 the sail past 12.45 live music from Rocketscience with Keys McHarg 1.30 the official season opening and prize draw at the clubhouse. (We are holding a raffle to raise funds to buy a new club BBQ for our Thursday night sausage sizzles.) 1.45 Commodore’s …
    Posted Sep 26, 2021, 5:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • Late invitation: Men’s Shed gathering 30th SeptWe 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
    Posted Sep 19, 2021, 3:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft minutes for the LBT 2021 AGMGet them at
    Posted Sep 18, 2021, 5:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy: vote of thanks to Judy KrynenNancy 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 …
    Posted Sep 19, 2021, 2:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • New committee for the LBTAs 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 …
    Posted Sep 18, 2021, 2:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • KnotsOne 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
    Posted Sep 19, 2021, 3:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Richard Flanagan at Cygnet Town Hall Sept 18 11amRichard 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:
    Posted Sep 12, 2021, 2:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club Working Bee 25th SeptemberIf you want to help out our neighbours and friends down at Shipwrights Point show up down at the club rooms at 11am.
    Posted Sep 12, 2021, 2:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • AGM this coming Saturday (18th) 3pmIn 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
    Posted Sep 12, 2021, 2:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • New Franklin township mapSupplied by David Moore: thanks David.  Get the full size version at
    Posted Sep 9, 2021, 5:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Thank you to our sponsorsOur raffle at the Saturday night event could not have gone ahead without the great prizes that were donated.  Thank you to:shop@Franklin – $50 voucherWalton House Bed and Breakfast – accommodationWooden Boat Centre – x3 mystery bagsFranklin Accommodation – 2 nights accommodationthe LBT Nancy Fanciers and caterers – catered cruise on NancyFranklin Marine – bucket of fishing gearFrank’s Cider – $50 voucher and drinks.
    Posted Sep 12, 2021, 2:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Save the bittern!It has its head stuck in a block of wood (see pic below).  Fortunately it has Mary-Lou Conway on hand to help it emerge, after which it will be available to be mounted on Freyja.  As required.  Silly people think that the next apocalypse will be caused by a plague or climate change or zombies.  We at the LBT know that it will be when a decision has to be made about what colour to paint a gunwhale – or whether or not boats should have figureheads.  The wood carvers saw this coming and have deftly dodged by making this bird demountable.
    Posted Sep 5, 2021, 3:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • ‘Playback’: yet another great LBT eventOn Sunday morning, after an epic cleanup, the only evidence of what had been a special night was this soon to be erased blackboard (pic below).  It was a reminder of all the other great events and activities that have come and gone over the past year: who remembers the Maritime Trail, the Open Day, the Lake Pedder Raid, Tawe Nunnugah, Swiftsure Regatta, the excursion with the Wooden Boat Guild, long tables on the lawn on summer Monday evenings, and the list goes on and on.  What a busy little organisation!All of which is not to diminish this particular evening.  For nearly everybody watching ‘Playback Theatre’ was something very new, and we were not disappointed.  The ability of the …
    Posted Sep 5, 2021, 3:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy Fanciers Meeting tonight (Sept 6) 5pmThe recent inspection of Nancy down at the slip revealed a number of problems: paint getting shabby, sheathing coming away below the waterline, some rot in the woodwork etc.  Come along to this meeting at the Shed to plan  some maintenance.
    Posted Sep 5, 2021, 5:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Committee meeting coming up Sept 9thNote date: not as previously reported on the 16th. An agenda is being compiled at  See the minutes for the August meeting at  This is the last meeting for this committee.  Get your nomination in for the new one, to be elected at the AGM Saturday September 18 soon!
    Posted Sep 5, 2021, 7:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club season opening day Oct 2ndHere is a chance to get on the water in warmer weather: they are keen for us to be involved. Good social event too – see flyer below:
    Posted Sep 1, 2021, 6:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wilson’s Boat YardThe Wooden Boat Festival have just released a video about this yard (at Cygnet) which is well worth viewing – see
    Posted Aug 30, 2021, 4:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Please get your committee nominations inThe LBT constitution tells us that nominations  ‘shall be delivered to the public officer of the Association at least 10 days before the date fixed for the holding of the annual general meeting’.Put yours in the orange letter box outside the Shed this week and the public officer will get it on time.  There are blank nomination forms in the Shed, or download one from
    Posted Aug 30, 2021, 4:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Barbeque nightYes, it is the last Monday of the month and so we get the opportunity to show off our culinary skills down at the Shed.  Come with something for the griddle and something to share by around 6.30pm.  We are reminded that Long John Silver’s nickname was Barbeque and wonder what he would have brought along from the galley: presumably lamb cutlets would have been a rarity aboard ship.   Pic by Wyeth from Wikimedia
    Posted Aug 29, 2021, 2:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Knotting course recommencing 13th SeptBarbara Frankel writes:  The Decorative Knotting Course will recommence in September as follows:   Monday 13 Sept 4:30 – 6 pm – Recap and coaster/place mat; Monday 20 Sept 4:30 – 6 pm – Monkey Fist key ring; Monday 27 Sept 4:30 – 6 pm – Project of choice.   Further sessions can be negotiated around availability.   Materials and tools supplied but feel free to bring along anything you want to work with. If you have a fid or Swedish fid bring it along!  Small fee for new cord/rope or accessories if used (recycled rope – no charge).   Any questions? Email
    Posted Aug 29, 2021, 1:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • Two proposed changes to the ConstitutionSee attached document:  The first of these changes recognises the reality that we don’t do much business with cheques anymore.  The second is intended to simplify boat usage:  the previously separate fee is incorporated in the membership subscription of local members.  If you have views on these changes which you wish to share email them to the secretary ( or come to the AGM.
    Posted Aug 28, 2021, 8:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • One week to Playback Theatre Event, Sat 4th, Palais TheatreDoors, along with the bar, will open at 5.30pm.  There will be some  entertainment starting at the same time.  We all need to be in our seats before 6.30 (SHARP) for the Playback Theatre group.  Organisation for this event is going ahead at a great rate: menus mulled over, food and drink stockpiled, apples coming in from the orchardists (Peter Ford), musical instruments tuned, equipment checked, audio visuals compiled, volunteers briefed, actors rehearsed etc, etc.  And tickets are selling fast from or Endra O’May: 0412 168552. Get yours.
    Posted Aug 29, 2021, 2:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Do you know ‘Royal’?Colin Grazules writes:’The story that has been passed down with the boat is that ROYAL was built by Peter Locke sometime in the late 20’s. Named in honour of a Royal visit for a South Australian cray fisherman by the name of Prengal.  Built of 3/4 inch NZ Kauri ROYAL is 28 LOD 10 Foot Beam. 3 foot draft. 6 feet with plate down. ROYAL was said to launched without a motor. About 10 years ago ROYAL was discovered under a tarp on the Tasmanian fishing village of Dover and taken to Cygnet where a group including the boat builder Lindsay Wood carried out complete rebuild of the boat over 7 year’s….  A number of Couta …
    Posted Aug 28, 2021, 6:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Only 2 weeks to Playback Theatre event: September 4Come along to this fundraising event at the Palais and help support your LBT.  It is a case of not only but also: with Playback Theatre, Steve and Marjorie Gadd, and Terry Mead and Rocket Science on the bill, AND a curry dinner provided it is the sort of bargain you just cannot pass up.  We’ve also been combing through the archives to put together a slide/video show of LBT history for the night. See the pictures of the Shed going up as a taster: .  Buy your ticket(s) at .For more about Playback Theatre (what is it??) see
    Posted Aug 28, 2021, 6:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • More from Jim Stockton: solar boat designJim has not only been writing whilst in lockdown in Melbourne: he has been doing his sums.  See the results in the document attached  There is an example of an electric boat with batteries charged from the sun at South Franklin: Peter Shimeld’s converted couta boat – see pic below.  Pete is very pleased with the way it goes.  Pic from Brian Marriot
    Posted Aug 22, 2021, 2:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Farewell to Graham WrightGraham’s friends and former colleagues gathered at the Shed on Friday for a wake and to scatter his ashes from Nancy.  Thanks to David Coldrick for organising this event. Steve Dunn, Graham’s best friend, was kind enough to share his eulogy (, and some photos from the past.  See below.
    Posted Aug 22, 2021, 3:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Come and be part of the ‘On the Water Program’One of the best things the LBT does is get out on the water with local schoolchildren  rowing the Grebes. For many of these children it is their first time in a boat, and a big adventure, and for all of them it is a lot of fun.  To make our program work we need about a dozen volunteers.  Please consider, and then enter your name through the form below (   Pic from Mark Adams
    Posted Aug 22, 2021, 2:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • That special buttonFrom David Moore: see below.
    Posted Aug 16, 2021, 6:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nominate for the LBT CommitteeA new committee for the LBT will be elected at the AGM on September 18th.  Please consider nominating using the form attached:  There will be paper copies at the Shed shortly.  All committees needs a periodic infusion of new ideas, new expertise and new enthusiasm.  The Trust is in a stable financial position, the membership is actively and enthusiastically involved, and there are several experienced committee members who will be renominating. This should not be a ‘hardship posting’.  New committee members should be able to quickly get down to the task of making the LBT a better place.
    Posted Aug 15, 2021, 3:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Kate is back!Great news for the Monday night diners.  After a successful trip to Sydney and having weathered a fortnight isolating at home Kate Hoorweg is ready to rattle the pots and pans in the LBT kitchen.  We are all looking forward to that.
    Posted Aug 15, 2021, 4:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Decorative knotting classes will recommence soon!We’d like to get some feedback on what works best for the majority. If you are interested, please email with your responses to the following questions:When would you like to recommence classes (August or later in the year)?Is Monday the best time or is there another time that works better?What projects would you like to work on? (refer to flyer attached*)Would a 4.30pm start be ok? *please note there may be a small fee to cover materials for some projects.Answers will help to plan the classes and organise materials. If you have questions please add them to your responses to the above.  PS Have a look behind the …
    Posted Aug 14, 2021, 10:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Why I like lockdownsThe latest tale from Jim Stockton in Melbourne is included below:
    Posted Aug 14, 2021, 7:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Notice of Annual General MeetingThe Living Boat Trust AGM will be held at 3pm, Saturday September 18th,   at the Franklin Bowls Club, 3395 Huon Hwy, opposite the Palais Theatre.  Relevant documents can be found on the website (Resources => 2021 AGM Documents, shortcut,  including a committee nomination form and agenda.  Other documents will be put there shortly.  An important part of this meeting will be to decide on membership fees for the future.  More details to follow.  For those who want to kick on afterwards the Folk Club will be in full voice in the Palais across the road that night.
    Posted Aug 14, 2021, 5:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Seeking coordinator for On the Water programOne of the many good things LBT has done over the years is to get the local kids out on the water learning about boats with the ‘On the Water’ program.  Good for them and good for us and a lot of fun.  A number of us have taken the lead role in organising this program over the years, and we need somebody to step up for 2021.  There is a description of the current program at and there are lots of resources (see, but these should not be seen as prescriptive: it may be time to explore an entirely different direction.  If you are interested please contact the secretary: sec@lbt …
    Posted Aug 13, 2021, 3:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Have EVEN MORE FUN at the LBT fundraiser nightJoin the team who are running the show on Saturday evening, September 4th at the Palais Theatre.  Enter your name and contact through the form below (, or contact Endra O’May directly on 0412 168552.   Pic from
    Posted Aug 11, 2021, 5:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wake for Graham Wright Friday 20th AugustFor those who haven’t heard, LBT stalwart Graham Wright has passed away.  Graham friends tell us they are organising an event on ‘Friday the 20th from around noon at the LBT. Food and grog BYO. The Nancy – which Graham did a lot of work on – with a driver will be available. It can take 8 passengers, and if it’s not windy, we can scatter Graham’s ashes on the water. No plan B atm, but we’ll think of something.’  More details will be provided as they arrive.  If you have pictures, videos or other memorabilia concerning Graham that you want to share please send it in or bring it along.  Pic of Graham doing electrical work on
    Posted Aug 15, 2021, 3:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • What is Playback Theatre?A number of people have asked what the main event (Playback Theatre) for our fundraising event on Saturday night September 4th at the Palais actually is.  What happens at a Playback performance?  Here is a description from the Hobart group.   ‘Playback is story telling. In a playback performance, a skilled facilitator gathers ideas, perspectives and stories from different voices in the room giving life to the unique experiences of the group in a safe space. Moments and stories are shared as actors bring the stories to life with music, artistic shape and insight. Each audience member’s recollection of a moment or experience from their own lives serves as a catalyst for a compelling dramatic performance. These spontaneous true stories
    Posted Aug 15, 2021, 3:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Covid TalesLast year when we in Tasmania were all confined to quarters many of our members got busy and sent us stories of their doings, all of them true we are sure, to be published in this column for our general entertainment and education.  Those who are interstate on the eastern seaboard are going through the same thing, and Jim Stockton from Melbourne has revived the story telling tradition.  Attached are a couple of his latest:  ‘Easily Underestimated’ ( and ‘LBT Candidate’ (  Pic below is from the second.
    Posted Aug 8, 2021, 5:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Country StyleGet the August edition of Country Style for an article about the LBT by Michelle Crawford illustrated with some really nice pictures (see below). Thanks Michelle!
    Posted Aug 8, 2021, 5:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting Thursday 12th AugustThere is an agenda being compiled at . See the draft minutes for the July meeting at
    Posted Aug 8, 2021, 4:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night pot luck dinner (8th August)Kate’s in quarantine (well, maybe only isolation, but we like the alliteration), so we decided to spread the load – to everybody.  You know the drill: bring something for the barby and something to share.  Get there around 6.30.  Weather should be better than that experienced by LBT member Zac Forster at a BBQ christening on Bird Island (off South Georgia Island).
    Posted Aug 8, 2021, 4:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • When (not “if”) the Cartela sinksIf you enjoy a provocation (and some fruity language), or need to get the pulse going with a dose of indignation head on over to .
    Posted Aug 6, 2021, 3:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Jim’s Lockdown book review – The Dinghy Cruising CompanionTrapped by Covid Lockdowns, LBT member Jim  engaged his mind in creative activities such as mastering splicing , reading and a book review!Book review: The dinghy cruising companion by Roger BarnesPublished in 2004 by Allard Coles Nautical, BloomsburyBarnes’s opening sentence is, “My aim in this book is to encourage you to use a small open boat to explore local and more distant waters.” He succeeds.The eleven sections range from discussions on finding a boat to “intimate underwear” (page 225). Scattered through the book are short stories on trips he has made, the merits of some of the dinghies that are better suited to cruising and mistakes he has made, such as ending up in a Special …
    Posted Aug 2, 2021, 2:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Playback Theatre 4th September!A fun evening of improv theatre and music to raise funds for the Living Boat Trust.  WHEN: Saturday 4th September; WHERE: Palais Theatre;  COST: $25 per person.     About this event.  The LBT is pleased to present an evening of music, story telling and feasting featuring Playback Theatre , an improv theatre group from Hobart. Audience members tell stories from their lives and then watch them re-enacted on stage. It is raw, riveting and lots of fun.  Later in the night you can kick up your heels with music from Steve and Marjorie Gadd and Terry Mead and Rocket Science.  Tickets include supper and drinks will be available from the bar.  Fun prizes and raffles throughout the night. Funds raised on …
    Posted Aug 8, 2021, 3:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy Given the Slip!Under the care of the Two Brians, Andy and Mark, the Nancy is now slipped and the freshen up, survey and photogramatic recording are all scheduled for this week. Volunteers to assist are always welcome.Two Brians, an Andy and the Nancy!
    Posted Aug 1, 2021, 2:51 AM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival – new newsletterJust out from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival crew is a new newsletter with an update to Festival plans and  and a link to the second episode in their BOAT FOLK video series; Episode 2 – SAONA Australian Wooden Boat Festival Newsletter BOAT FOLK video series; Episode 2 – SAONA
    Posted Jul 28, 2021, 4:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Slipping Nancy – UpdateJust in from Brian Marriott; after discussion with Brian Pain and Stuart Mears (Slipmaster), the aim is to be ready to slip Nancy at 09:00. on the 1st August.This means Nancy will be leaving Franklin at 07:00.if you intend to volunteer please be available at the slip from 10:00 so we can give her the initial scrub-down before any of the growths dry off.The HYC slip is beside the Huon Aquaculture east most buildings and is accessed from the unsealed road beside those buildings.
    Posted Jul 28, 2021, 3:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • News Items! Nancy, BBQ, Cabaret and the LBT AGM 2021NancyNancy is to be slipped on the 1st August – a crew has been assembled to deliver her to the Huon Yacht Club slip , but helping hands to scrub, paint and provide tlc will be welcome.BBQ 2nd August bring something for yourself and something to share – also the news is that Kate will have to isolate until the 13th Aug. Something to discuss!Cabaret @ Palais, Endra and Michelle are planning a fundraiser for the LBT at the Palais coming up on the 4th of September , it’s a Saturday night – keep that date free!!  Lots of fun , music! A cabaret ya !!!The LBT AGM2021The AGM is scheduled or the 18th Sept – a time and location TBA, but …
    Posted Aug 2, 2021, 2:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Lost was Found, Returned and Secured!Sunday afternoon, a cold wind was blowing yet the phones were running hot. Reports of a runaway vessel on the Huon, LBT members were rallied remotely and a crew assembled by the roadside. Out on the river a yacht shot past under power, dinghy in tow. A pair of River dwellers whos habit of  constant surveillance of river traffic had spotted the runaway from the hills and had leapt into motion. In minutes the missing vessel was found held safely by a snag and shortly brought upriver to Franklin. Now safely secured to the pontoons the vessel awaits the return of its Captain, and his offering no doubt of a salvage fee (beers I suspect). ( Thanks to Matt, JP and …
    Posted Aug 2, 2021, 4:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Splice the Mainbrace (a covid shutdown article from Jim)Jim Stockton is caught up in the joys of the Melbourne lockdown and has been using his down time productively – here is a tale redolent of hemp and stockholm tar… (or maybe not).For 25 years I used galvanised wire for the rigging that holds up my mast, replacing it periodically when it began to corrode. I’ve avoided stainless steel because there is often no warning that it is about to fail. Meanwhile, I’ve learnt that the Enterprize uses rope extensively in its standing rigging and that small boats were using hemp not that long ago, so is it feasible to use rope on a small boat? Hemp rope is still available, but expensive, are there other possibilities …
    Posted Jul 25, 2021, 5:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Graham WrightSad news arrived this week regarding the passing of LBT regular, Graham Wright. Graham was a prolific contributor to the LBT  Newsletter on Tuesday Group matters both as scribe and photographer. He is mentioned in some 90 contributions, much to his credit! As is the way of the photographer, there are many photos by him, not so many of him.The following eulogy was provided by Peter Hill:Sadly Graham , a stalwart of the LBT maintenance crew ,passed away at his home on Wednesday afternoon. A member of the LBT for many years Graham had a natural way with conversation around the workshop table touching on the various topics that old boys talk about .  He was never lost for words
    Posted Jul 22, 2021, 11:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Public’s views sought on Huon Highway corridor studyThe following call and opportunity to comment has been appearing in the local papers and Facebook – worth considering!”The Huon Highway Corridor Study, Kingston to Southport, is part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s delivery of safe and efficient transport links to the Huon Valley.Tasmanians are now invited to provide input into a corridor study which will inform an overarching 10-Year Strategic Action Plan for the Highway.The Huon Highway is a vital link to and from the Huon Valley, connecting major industry sectors such as tourism, forestry, aquaculture and agriculture with Hobart and beyond, and is the main route for people travelling to and from the region.This strategic review will investigate the likely future transport
    Posted Jul 22, 2021, 9:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • MAST correspondence re CapricorniaMAST has advised the LBT that they have considered Pip’s report on the capsize of Capricornia on the 7th June and that no further investigation is required. They do make a number of suggestions which we should follow, with a particular focus on cold water immersion awareness.A copy of that correspondence is below and is worth our consideration.
    Posted Jul 17, 2021, 2:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing NewsProgress of the figureheadsProgress is continuing on the removable figureheads on the skiffs. Plus, the maintenance crew have been busy with new footstraps on trial in the bow seat of Freyja. Feedback is welcome – it should assist with rowing technique allowing rowers to lean back. Congratulations to Five Mile Crew who rowed in the Welsh five mile event over the weekend and recorded the fastest Open Women time.New footstraps
    Posted Jul 16, 2021, 10:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) to the Egg Island Reserve (Sat 24th July and 28th Aug)The Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) are proposing to make a visit to work on the Egg Islands Reserve and will be seeking the assitance of the LBT volunteers and vessels to make there way there and back on Sat 24th July and 28th Aug.   For those not aware of the TLC the following information might be useful: “The TLC is a not-for-profit, apolitical, science and community-based organisation that raises funds from the public to protect irreplaceable sites and rare ecosystems by buying and managing private land in Tasmania. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. “About the Tasmanian Land ConservancyThe Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) was established in 2001 with $50 in the bank and …
    Posted Jul 16, 2021, 10:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing NewsThe Freyja figurehead takes shape in the covered verandah area. The cafe blinds were an initiative of the women on water rowing group that raised the funds to ensure a warm work and social area for all to enjoy. Imagine is next on the work list and will come out of the water after a skiff race this weekend.
    Posted Jul 16, 2021, 9:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Building a replica of the 1803 Schooner ‘Independence’As Endra and Richard continue their mainland adventures, they have taken time to send us titbits of their boaty discoveries. It seems that down at The Wharf, Tangara Drive, American River, on Kangaroo Island, SA, a volunteer team is building a full-size, seagoing replica of the first sailing vessel ever constructed in South Australia. The original 1803 Schooner ‘Independence’ was constructed by American sealers as their ship the the 100-ton Union had poor maneuverability in the smaller bays. The smaller Independance allowed the sealers to continue their work. Records show that after performing a number of voyages including delivering sealskins to Sydney the Independance  was lost in waters off the Antipodes Island Group, southeast of New Zealand in …
    Posted Jul 3, 2021, 2:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing News: Progress on Freya and more!Progress on Freyja as a bittern figurehead evolves. There is also a request that people who take Swiftsure out remove the Thole pins after use. On February 20 2022 the Woodbridge Water Festival organisers have requested a come and try St Ayles Skiff component with a view to a future community build. Updates will follow.
    Posted Jun 30, 2021, 4:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • We all love a project!Indeed we do! What would our sheds and back yards be without such things! So here’s a splendid opportunity passed through to us by Paul Fisher ” regretfully up for sale is unfinished project professionally built be ship wright over 10 yrs Strip plank epoxy . Extremely well built to sail the world. Will come with 4 axle trailer. Lengths of Oregon for spars lead ballast Saab diesel Lots of bits call Paul on 0409015017 for more details “A picture of a sister ship is below and the state of the current work can be viewed >> here <<
    Posted Jun 29, 2021, 3:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • ElandraA couple of notable launchings of new boats from the Wooden Boat School at the weekend: JP’s Elandra and a Percy.  Pics from Endra O’May below.
    Posted Jun 27, 2021, 5:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for June LBT Committee meetingFind them at
    Posted Jun 27, 2021, 5:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • Decorative knotsBarbara Frankel writes:A big thank you to all those who came along to the Decorative Knotting sessions this month. As there was sufficient interest she proposes to run some more sessions in August for new starters and continuing students. Watch out for further announcements closer to the time.  In the meantime if anyone wants her to email some instructions or a list of online resources, please contact on’And thanks to Barbara from the LBT for running this course.Pic from
    Posted Jun 27, 2021, 5:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Film night ‘Scattered People’ Friday June 25 at 6pm at the PalaisThis is a Huon Refugee Support Group fundraiserEntry by donation, bar and food for sale on the night. For more details see the flyer below, and the trailer at
    Posted Jun 22, 2021, 3:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • New paint job for YukonYukon came home to Franklin at the weekend, dressed in her new livery.  What do we think? See below.
    Posted Jun 20, 2021, 7:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Progress on Freyja’s maintenanceJane Johnson writes: ‘There is plenty of incentive to join in with skiff maintenance – Freyja Tim-tams. Paint stripping is 90% complete, to be followed by sanding and Cetol. There are many local woods emerging such as King Billy Pine on the thwarts and Celery-Top Pine on the gunnels. Antifoul, straps for footings as a trial and a Bittern figurehead are all challenges available for maintenance workers, and of course “Tea and Tim-Tams” is a much-needed activity. If you want to be a part of the crew, see Dennis at the shed on Wednesdays.’
    Posted Jun 20, 2021, 6:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • An evening of Playback Theatre, September 4thSave the date of this LBT fund raising event in your diaries. Playback Theatre is ‘story telling through improvisation’.  Music from Steve and Marjorie Gadd and friends, and from Terry Mead and Rocket Science.  More details to come.
    Posted Jun 20, 2021, 6:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Responses to Capricornia capsizeA debrief session was held with the crew of Capricornia after the recent capsize to get their reactions and suggestions for improvement.  Minutes are attached – see Stevenson wrote a report (as skipper) for MAST, also attached:
    Posted Jun 20, 2021, 6:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Satisfaction SurveyWe ran this survey a couple of months ago.  Thanks to all who contributed their thoughts and views, which have already been used by the committee in considering such issues as fee structure.  Two summaries of these surveys, one detailed and one much briefer are attached: see and We will release all the responses, without identifying information, if there are no objections.
    Posted Jun 20, 2021, 6:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • Stay Chatty at Huon Rowing Club, 7th JulyLisa Cooper writes:  ‘The Huon Rowing Club will be hosting a Stay Chatty presentation at our Clubrooms from 5:30pm on wednesday 7th July. The presentation will be by the program’s Project Officer and goes for about 45 minutes.  The session will be on mental health with a focus on resilience and helping out crewmates. If any of the rowers from the Living Boat Trust are interested they would be most welcome to join us.’
    Posted Jun 20, 2021, 5:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pay your membership for 2021-22LBT memberships lapse at the end of June and renewal notices will be sent out shortly.  Payment details will be included in these notices: they remain the same as for previous years.  Note that if you have recently joined (since February) your payment for 2020-21 will cover you for the coming year.Membership fees for the Living Boat Trust are:  $40 p.a. for an individual; $70 p.a. for a family.  Use one of the following three methods for payment to the LBT: preferably by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using your online bank account:BENDIGO BANK, HUONVILLE BRANCH, BSB 633-000, Account 149496275, LIVING BOAT TRUST;   drop it into the office mailbox at the shed;  cheque sent to …
    Posted Jun 17, 2021, 8:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • A life on the ocean waves, 13-14 JulyFor those looking for entertainment for younger folk during the mid-year holidays John Wadsley from the Maritime Museum has inspiration. See the flyer below for details.
    Posted Jun 17, 2021, 5:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Treasurer’s Report 20th April – 19th MayHere is the report presented to the last committee meeting.  Opening balance:                            $25,001; Closing balance:                           $24,920; Term deposit opening balance:       $42,098; Term deposit closing balance:        $42,098; Event account opening balance      $200; Event account closing balance        $144; Net position:                    -$137; All Accounts:                     $67,162. Our major expenses for the month were mooring services ($767), the last of the TN21 payments ($1,316), Taswater ($534), general materials (Franklin Marine $324) and our rent to the WBC ($261). Income came from Monday dinners ($905),  the Maritime Trail payment ($500) and memberships ($180).Our current bank balance as of June 9, 2021 is $34,718  (plus $42,098 term deposit and $308 event account). That is, a total of $77 …
    Posted Jun 17, 2021, 6:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • Technicolor TangleNew halyards were required for Capricornia after last Monday’s mishap, and we have taken the opportunity to colour code them.  In future the spagetti junction at the base of the mast should be much more interesting (but also easier to untangle). Thanks to Matt Wardell for getting up in the bosun’s chair for us. Pip Stevenson has repurposed an existing rudder to fit the boat (the old one is likely on its way to the Channel), so she is ready to sail.  Be a good idea not to bottle it before the fore and aft compartments are made properly watertight.  Pics from Paul Frost
    Posted Jun 15, 2021, 2:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Summer DaysIf you need a break from Tasmania’s misty, atmospheric winter skies and long grey evenings you could do worse than join the Port Hacking Raid, at least in a virtual sense, by heading over to  Gary McDonald spotted this one.
    Posted Jun 14, 2021, 5:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Decorative Knots class cancelled June 14Barbara Frankel sent a message to say that she has reacted to her Covid jab and is not well enough to take the class.
    Posted Jun 13, 2021, 4:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Shed full of tablesOn Saturday we started getting set up for the 60+ visitors from the Cruising Yacht Club having dinner on Sunday night.  Every skerrick of space will be needed to fit them in.  It was a reminder that the shed is a shared space: leave work out at your peril.  See pic below.
    Posted Jun 12, 2021, 4:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Castle to Crane resultsLorrie Harrison writes:‘Just in, LBT’s Five Mile Crew has won the Median Trophy for the Irish leg of the Castle to Crane.   As we all Row under very different conditions the organisers only award a median trophy to the crew in the middle of the field, this crew is the best representation of all the crews.  300 crews had entered the event coming from nations around the world, we have won the Median Trophy as a combination of all crews. A big win for the LBT.’ See pic from Lorrie below.
    Posted Jun 12, 2021, 5:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • Work on FreyjaJane Johnson writes:‘There is progress on Freyja with many hands making light work. The Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday work groups aim to have the skiff back on the water in July. A bittern figurehead is also evolving to give Freyja a unique character. Extra hands are always welcome.’
    Posted Jun 12, 2021, 1:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • DroguesJim Stockton writes:‘While Melbourne has been enjoying its lockdown, I’ve been experimenting with a type of sea anchor called the Jordan series drogue. It isn’t new, but I’ve only recently heard about it.  I’ve written a story about it, and thought it might be of interest to your members.’Jim’s judgment is right: this is just the sort of thing we LBT’ers are interested in.  See his story attached:
    Posted Jun 9, 2021, 4:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • If it bleeds it leadsLast Monday evening the local press made great play of a swamped Capricornia which, admittedly, did take some water aboard when the crew encountered a squall off Castle Forbes Bay.  The press were less interested in the pic below, taken on the following morning after a spot of baling at Rocco Beach. Locals may have noticed that Capricornia was back in her berth by early Tuesday, towed up be Endra O’May’s very capable abalone boat (pics of that from John Snowdon).  We will be making some improvements to Capricornia after this episode: stay tumed.  PS. If you spy a rudder or a couple of paddles in the lower Huon estuary please let us know.  Pic from Gary McDonald
    Posted Jun 13, 2021, 5:28 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday June 7thLooks like we will have some wind this afternoon:  see you at the Shed at 1pm.
    Posted Jun 6, 2021, 3:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Monday evening decorative knots courseBe at the Shed for a 5pm start with Barbara Frankel.  Bring some rope.  Pic from Animated Knots.
    Posted Jun 6, 2021, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Castle to CraneLiving Boat Trust crews have been rowing in this international ‘Covid’ event, organised ‘cos we can’t make it to the British (and Irish) isles for the real thing.  Lorrie Harrison writes:  ‘Both crews have completed the Irish section of the Castle to Crane, rowing 5 miles (8.04km). Only the Welsh section in July is yet to be rowed.  It’s a hard slog rowing against increased water flow caused by recent rains, but a delight to turn and row with the current.  Castle Forbes Bay suffered a setback when an elastic broke, Karen rowed for both crews as Beata has injured her foot and is unable to row for a few weeks. Sadly neither crew were able to
    Posted Jun 6, 2021, 1:28 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting June 10thThat’s this coming Thursday.  There is an agenda being prepared at .  Speak to your friendly committee member or send an email to if there is an issue you want raised.  Draft minutes for the last meeting can be found at
    Posted Jun 5, 2021, 10:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Funnies at Frank’s July 8th: Peter BernerHere is a likely looking event if you need to lock in your social calendar a month ahead.  See flyer below for details.
    Posted Jun 5, 2021, 6:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Where’s Yukon?She’s on the hard at Prince of Wales Bay, getting prepared for her trip home to Denmark.  Progress is being documented on the Facebook page:  All that lovely green paint is coming off – see pic below. Pic from Endra O’May Pic from David Nash
    Posted Jun 6, 2021, 2:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing news The Secret Passage St Ayles Skiff journey on June 4 was postponed due to the weather and a new date will be announced soon. It is essential to book on 0400 717 140, so 10 rowing seats can be filled for the 3-hour round-trip. Freyja is undergoing maintenance with members welcome to join in Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. A proposed figurehead for Freyja is a project for the Wednesday 10am woodcarvers…see photo, input is welcome.
    Posted Jun 5, 2021, 6:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Castle to Crane “Five Miles From Home” 2021Readers of this column will recall that 2 of our crews (the 5 Mile Crew and Castle Forbes) won their divisions of the first leg of this international event, and there is a nice pic of the former team in the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association report on the event – see  They are at it again this coming weekend.  Can they back up – average 5 knots or better over 8km?  Phew!  Pic from Scottish Coastal Rowing
    Posted May 30, 2021, 6:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Palais Movie 6th June: AlphaFrom the Palais:  ‘It’s 20,000 years ago in Western Europe. Cro Magnons, the first “modern humans” have arrived and the tribe head off for their annual bison hunt. This is to be the coming of age of the chief’s son, but he is thrown off a cliff by a bison and abandoned by the tribe. Injured and alone, the boy has to find his way home.’For more see the Wikipedia page:  Sunday 6 June at the Franklin Palais.   Doors open 6.30pm.  Admission $5.  Film starts after 7.15pm but before 7.30pm.   The bar will be operating, offering libations including stimulants, depressants and comfort drinks.  Food may …
    Posted May 30, 2021, 3:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cruising Yacht Club visiting Sunday June 13We are expecting the cruisers for their annual Queens Birthday weekend visit.  Come down and meet them at the Shed.
    Posted May 29, 2021, 5:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday afternoon 31st MayJoin the happy crew at the Shed at 1pm to take Capricornia out.  Looks like light conditions, so a good chance to learn or practice skills.  A relatively recent addition to the boat are the running back stays, to protect the mast, something you don’t need on an ordinary Bermuda rigged boat.  We need to get familiar with how to manage them.
    Posted May 30, 2021, 4:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for LBT Committee May meetingSee them at .
    Posted May 29, 2021, 4:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • ‘Role your own’ Monday night dinner coming upEnd of the month can’t get any laster than the 31st, so tomorrow night’s dinner (31st May) is a ‘bring your own’  BBQ fair and something to share.  Cracker night on Saturday reminded us that it is also bonfire season, so let’s set a match to some of the old wood about the place and toast our bums.   From 6.30pm on.  Pic from Wikimedia
    Posted May 29, 2021, 3:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ropework (decorative knots) course: detailsBarbara Frankel writes:  I will bring some instruction sheets and spare rope and accessories as well as whipping thread, a lighter, and a hot knife. Each session will be totally flexible and adapted to the interests of those present.Attendees can bring their own rope for weeks 2 and 3 (we will go over lengths required in week 1).Week 1  – 7 June: Introduction to rope and cord types; Resources for self-learning decorative ropework; Seizing ends of the different types for any project (whipping and melting); Lengths of rope needed for different projects; 4 bite mat/coaster.   Week 2 – 14 June: Choice of:Ocean Plait Mat;  5 or 6 or 7 bite mats.  Week 3 – 21 June: Monkey’s …
    Posted May 23, 2021, 4:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Decorative knots course is comingStarting 7th June, Monday evenings.  More details to follow.  Watch the newsletter. Pic from Animated Knots
    Posted May 23, 2021, 4:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing NewsJane Johnson writes:  Maintenance of St Ayles Skiffs Freyja has been nominated for the first winter-timed maintenance. Brown paint is being stripped, antifoul applied, cleaning and checking of components are top of the list of “jobs to do”. All members, especially rowers, are encouraged to join in with a new maintenance time on Wednesday afternoons. Dennis Muscovitch or Endra O’May are the people to contact if you are keen to join in, to help Freyja re-kindle her name “Nordic Goddess”. There is also talk of a figurehead along the lines of her origins from the rowing group “The Bitterns”.  Friday row/sail explorations. These casual winter trips for rowers and sailors are planned on Fridays from 2pm …
    Posted May 23, 2021, 3:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Yukon NewsDavid and Ea write:  ‘In June Yukon is on the slip for all over maintenance and a colour change.  When you are traveling in the tropics it’s all about keeping the timber cooler, also the ambient temperature under deck. The dark heritage green colour with the gold stripe creates a higher temperature 2 to 3 degrees warmer than the traditional Danish fishing cutter light blue with the red stripe.We got a team of keen helpers together but can always use a strong extra hand. If you are interested get in touch.’  More items in their newsletter:  JOIN YUKON’S WORLD VOYAGE 2021/2022; LAST CHANCE FOR CALM RIVER CRUISES ON THE YUKON; FUTURE CRUISES ON THE HUON RIVER …
    Posted May 23, 2021, 5:30 AM by Posts Editor
  • Time running out for CartelaNot news for those of us in Franklin, but now the ABC is broadcasting it to the world – see their lengthy news item at
    Posted May 22, 2021, 11:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Winter sailingPip Stevenson writes:‘Winter sailing is re-commencing this Monday (24th May) at 1 p.m.. we will be taking either Capricornia or Monty. This was a very popular event during 2019 and we had a regular crew of about 10. So if you’re an old hand or would like to learn to sail come and join us on Monday at 1 pm.  Please text Pip so we know what our numbers are.’This event is intended to train up novices and to help experienced sailors to attain skills and confidence to become skippers.
    Posted May 21, 2021, 5:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Weekend rowingPip Stevenson writes:  ‘Open weekend rowing will commence this Saturday (22nd May) at 11 oclock.  This session is expected to go for about an hour and a half and is intended particularly for people who can’t get to the LBT during the week.  It is hoped that this will include some budding young rowers and attract new members. This event is being supported by Richard Dennis and Pip. We hope to see you there at 11am  for 11:15 departure.’   Pic from Zainab Clarke
    Posted May 21, 2021, 5:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Treasurer’s Report 20 Mar 2021 to 19 April 2021This report is included in the minutes for the monthly committee meetings (, but we thought that at this midway point of the year it was worth separating it out as a news item.  Opening balance:                        $28,083; Closing balance:                          $25,001Term deposit opening balance:   $42,098; Event account opening balance   $96; Event account closing balance    $200;Net position:                              -$2,978;All Accounts:                               $67,299.   Our major expenses for the month were electrical gear for Nancy ($580), the thickneser repairs ($756), Capricornia’s mast ($337), Taswater ($534) and general materials (Mitre 10 $198, Franklin Marine $595). Income came from Monday dinners ($462), boat rental by Tas Land Conservancy ($200) and Maritime Trail sales ($207).Our bank …
    Posted May 16, 2021, 3:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Music on Monday NightKate’s back and Monday nights are great (as always).  We had an extra boost this week with the visit of Velvet Phoenix to sing for us, mostly a capella.  There were lots of Tasmanian west coast and Irish rebel songs with rousing choruses for the diners to join in with.  Pics below from Nell Tyson.
    Posted May 12, 2021, 4:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • The way we were: Franklin in the 1940’s and 50’s.David Moore recently posted to Youtube ‘various clips of Franklin put together by Mike Peters from the family archives of Phillip Gordon-Smith’.  There is a LOT here (the apple evaporators in action, sports carnivals, racing boats on the river etc), but of general interest are the streetscapes, which emphasis how the town was transformed by the road widening.  See,  If you want a recent overflight of the town for comparison see Muscovich has pointed out that if you hop onto Youtube and do a seach for ‘Tasmanian Archive Films’ or ‘TAHO Tasmania’ you will turn up many films from this period.
    Posted May 10, 2021, 4:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Induction to the LBTNew members to the LBT are welcomed with a fairly brief email outlining resources, opportunities and obligations.  Tom Stevens has put together a much more thorough-going online induction which can be found at .  Have a go and send feedback.  This is a much needed improvement to our procedures and we are grateful to Tom for tackling it.
    Posted May 9, 2021, 3:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Proposed change to membership and boat use feesMembers will recall that we ran a ‘satisfaction survey’ back in February.  A suggestion that came out of that was that we change the current membership/boat use fee arrangement.  The committee agreed that there could be some positive outcomes if this was done, encouraging the use of boats and simplifying life in general.  Your treasurer, Rod Macfarlan, has put together the attached proposal:  See what you think.  This will need to be endorsed at the Annual General Meeting later in the year so we have time to think about it.
    Posted May 9, 2021, 3:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fwd: Brekend, Brekend: de verloting gaat door!Henk Brolsma forwarded us an email advertising the next Dutch Wooden Boat Festival at Den Helder being organised by old friend and member of the Living Boat Trust Bert van Baar.  You can find out more on the website, translated into English thank goodness:  .  Looks like it will be a lot of fun, but the date (September this year) seems optimistic for those who want to attend from Australia.  We may just have to be online voyeurs.  If and when a visit does become possible we can highly recommend the Den Helder Navy Museum, situated in the early 19th century naval dockyards, which has the most amazing collection of boats and buildings.
    Posted May 9, 2021, 3:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Register of Historic Vessels (ARHV)The LBT already has 2 boats on this register (Nancy and the Monty), which can be viewed online at . The Maritime Museum has sent us an email seeking further nominations.  If you have a strong view about any of our other boats contact the committee.  If you want to put forward another boat see the form at
    Posted May 9, 2021, 3:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting coming up this Thursday 13thAn agenda is being prepared at
    Posted May 9, 2021, 3:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Solar panels for the LBT roofOne of the aspirations of the LBT is to ‘ strive for a sustainable way of life’ and in line with this goal we have sort funding over the years for solar panels.  It looks like this may finally become a reality, with both the major parties in the Tasmanian election promising that if they achieve government they will make the appropriate grants.  Thanks to Bec Enders and Toby Thorpe for their support.
    Posted May 2, 2021, 3:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian 5 virtual Skiff regattaLorrie Harrison writes: ‘From the West to the East coast across Australian crews in St Ayles skiffs have been rowing the ‘Australian 5’ this past weekend. Named because 5 crew members cover 5km.  It has been the first dispersed event to be held in Australia for skiff rowing, one where we can all participate but we don’t need to be together.  Three crews from the LBT have joined in the fun: Castle Forbes Bay, Making Waves and the Five Mile Crew. All three crews could be seen out training during these past few months and all three crews pulled those oars as hard as they could for 5km, totally exhausted at the finish line.  Thanks to the supporters who
    Posted May 2, 2021, 3:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • New key lockerPaul Frost and the Tuesday group have replaced the plastic key buckets which used to sit on top of the fridge with the very flash number pictured below, which is hung at the end of the laundry bench, beside the entrance to the disabled toilet.
    Posted May 2, 2021, 12:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Mike’s NetsMike Dredge gave his first class on net repair last week.  We are looking forward to the next instalment Monday at 5pm.
    Posted May 2, 2021, 12:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Use ‘Check in Tas’ at the LBT from May 1stIt’s the invasion of the QR codes:  there is now one in the middle of the front door (pics below).  In order assist with potential Covid tracing and help keep everybody safe you should zap this with the ‘Check in Tas’ app on your mobile phone when you visit the shed.  Download the app from the appropriate store: (Google) or (Apple).  The [edited] instructions from the State Government are as follows.  ‘The Tasmanian Government now requires use of the free Check in TAS app to collect contact information about everyone who spends time at an applicable organisation’s premises. This is done by requiring people to scan a unique QR code
    Posted Apr 29, 2021, 5:29 AM by Posts Editor
  • Movie ‘The Host’ at the Palais, Sunday May 2ndA Korean monster movie by the director of the Oscar winning ‘Parasite’. Sounds like a lot of fun.  Doors open 6.30pm, admission $5, film starts after 7.15pm but before 7.30pm.  The bar will be operating, Food may be shared but feel free to bring your own.  The Palais Collective Shop will be open prior to the movie. Locally made crafts, cards and other gifts are available.
    Posted Apr 27, 2021, 5:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT MooringThat rather exotic looking green boat that was lurking around upstream last week was servicing moorings, including the one owned by the LBT which now has some decent ground tackle fitted to it.  It is number 9169, with an orange buoy and it is just upsteam of the Wooden Boat Centre.  Pics and map below.
    Posted May 2, 2021, 10:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Heading home from Dawn Anzac Day ServicePip Stevenson took this snap of Will Hallinan rowing home.  Must have been interesting rowing to the service before dawn.
    Posted Apr 24, 2021, 9:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian 5 Skiff EventThe First National Dispersed Skiff Event is on this coming weekend.  THE LBT have entered 3 crews in the female division, each rowing 5km. You might like to come on down and cheer them on. Castle Forbes Bay starting 4pm on Friday, Five Mile Crew starting 8am Saturday, Making Waves starting 9am on Sunday.Times are weather dependent. Start and finish will be in the same spot near the LBT with the finish a bit over 1/2 an hour after the start.  See poster below for more details:
    Posted Apr 24, 2021, 9:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night BBQ coming upWe can’t have Matt and John cooking us fabulous repasts every night: sometimes we have to do for ourselves.  Bring something to throw on the hot plate, something to share, and $5 to pay for gas and sundries.  See you there.  Pic from Wikimedia
    Posted Apr 24, 2021, 12:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Richard Stubbs at Frank’s 3rd JuneFunnies at Frank’s will feature Richard Stubbs on this date.  See flyer below for details:
    Posted Apr 23, 2021, 4:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rowan on duty with Tas Land ConservancyRowan was in service ferrying the workers out to Egg Island to tackle the New Zealand Flax and to manage their camera traps – pics below.  Of particular interest was what has been captured on the cameras – the usual suspects but also Pygmy Possums, Potoroos, Spotless Crakes and a Bittern.  One of the secrets of the success of the small mammals is no cats.
    Posted Apr 23, 2021, 2:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tassie Men’s Shed NewsRead the latest attached:
    Posted Apr 23, 2021, 3:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Castle Forbes ForestYanti writes:‘I had a lovely night meeting many people of the LBT on Monday, thank you for the opportunity to make a little announcement.  Visit a beautiful patch of old wet forest just 7ks from Franklin. The forest is magnificent and of high conservation value, and many in the Franklin community are working to protect it. There will be a free guided walk through Castle Forbes Forest at 10am on Sunday the 2nd of May. Immerse yourself and learn about the ecology of the forest. The walk is 1.5 kms and takes about 2 hours. Book here: You can also visit the forest on your own (see map below). There
    Posted Apr 21, 2021, 4:12 AM by Posts Editor
  • May 8th fund raising event postponed until SeptemberThe event advertised for May 8th has now been put forward until Saturday September 4th – something to celebrate the beginning of spring.  More details to follow.
    Posted Apr 19, 2021, 6:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Pip’s Knots, long live Mike’s Nets – 5pm next weekA reminder that Mike Dredge will be starting his net making course next week at 5pm, Monday evening.  Mike tells us that he is happy to be flexible, guided by what people want and need.  Bring a couple of net needles – about 12- 15 cm and a cob of mending twine, about 9-12 ply, purchased either at Franklin Marine or online (for instance at  and  at is also an opportunity to thank Pip Stevenson for his knots course.  Kevin Robson sent in the following illustration of the sort of problem that those who DIDN’T …
    Posted Apr 18, 2021, 4:20 PM by Richard Forster
  • Rhonda K and BobThe newly varnished and painted Rhonda K recently caught the eye of photographer Craig Bryant (well she would wouldn’t she?), and then he spotted Bob admiring his handiwork.  Pics below – thanks Craig.
    Posted Apr 18, 2021, 2:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Little blue boxThe small monitor pictured below is the main visible sign that Brian Marriott has installed a new controller in Nancy: the old one broke.  This job, which required real expertise, was done at speed to have the boat ready for last week’s Maritime Trail.  Thanks Brian: we owes ya.
    Posted Apr 17, 2021, 10:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tasmanian Gothic (aboard Nancy)A few weeks ago Nancy participated in the production of a sort of foodies promotional film called ‘Last Drinks Tasmania’.  It has been released online and the bit featuring Nancy can be viewed at – you will need to speed ahead to around the 25 minute mark if you really want to cut to the chase.  The presenter, who took the wheel, had as her crew a couple of rubes who look as though they had just come down to the boat after a hard day at the still.  Appropriate for the subject matter we suppose.
    Posted Apr 18, 2021, 3:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Maritime Trail Wrap UpPaul Stephanus from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival sent a big thank you to the LBT for their support of this event, and a link to a very entertaining video summary of what went on: .
    Posted Apr 16, 2021, 5:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lake Pedder RaidAndy Bullock writes:  A contingent from the LBT recentlyundertook a raid on Lake Pedder, enjoying a halcyon three daysbetween a wind-swept Dover regatta and the cold, rainy weather thatsubsequently prevailed. Lake Pedder is a truly magnificent andbeautiful cruising area; the lake is ringed by rugged, jaggedmountains while the extensive waterway has an abundance of bays,inlets, and islands to explore. The participating boats were “Freyja”the St Ayles skiff, with a borrowed sailing rig, “Hop the Wag”, aBay Raider 20, a lovely, newly-launched Herreschoff Cochina clinkerdinghy from Launceston, named “Shep” in honour of a beloved dog,and my sea kayak. Most people camped at Ted’s Beach, near thenorthern end …
    Posted Apr 17, 2021, 10:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for April LBT Committee MeetingSee them at
    Posted Apr 11, 2021, 4:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Maritime Trail at the LBTThe LBT was asked to ‘get people on the water’ for the Maritime Trail organised by the the Wooden Boat Festival for the weekend just gone (April 10-11).  The weather could have been worse, but only just, so lurking around the sausage sizzle on the verandah for shelter and warmth was a favoured activity.  We did however manage to do some sailing in the whaleboat and rowing in the Skiffs and Grebes between showers, and of course Nancy’s covered cabin was a good place to be for joy rides.  Thanks to all who contributed: the cooks, and the crews.  LBT people were also involved in the symposium at the Palais, particularly the ‘Women and Water’ seminar organised by …
    Posted Apr 11, 2021, 4:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Good Friday rowThis event has become a tradition, and at the LBT we like traditions.  Lorrie Harrison sent in the pics below.
    Posted Apr 11, 2021, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Perfect varnishing dayJane Johnson took advantage of the weather to get the bright work gleaming on Imagine for the Maritime Trail event.  See pic from Jane below.
    Posted Apr 11, 2021, 3:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian 5: 30th April – 2nd MayIf you are you interested in forming a crew and being part of this Australia wide dispersed St Ayles Skiff event contact Lorrie: or Natalie: .  More details on the flyer below.
    Posted Apr 11, 2021, 3:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Winter rowingLorrie Harrison writes: ‘The Friday morning social row has moved to our Winter start time of 10am on the water.  We would love some more women to come and join us.’
    Posted Apr 11, 2021, 3:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Come along to net making course beginning 26th AprilMike Dredge has kindly offered to run this course.  Mike writes: ‘participants will need a couple of net needles – about 12- 15 cm and a cob of mending twine, about 9-12 ply.  Net needles are available from a range of sites on the Web at about $6 for a set of half a dozen (I have no idea of quality) and there are also a wide range of net repair twines on offer on the Web.  One site has 50 gm cobs of Kuralon for about $6, but they seem to have only 18 ply at the moment, which might be a bit heavy for what we’ll be doing.  Participants also will need to bring a good twine
    Posted Apr 11, 2021, 2:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • More rowing photos from Port Esperance RegattaThanks to Lorrie Harrison for these – we notice John Young in the bow seat in the first of them.  Great to have a life member involved.
    Posted Apr 5, 2021, 2:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dick Geeves Thanksgiving Service 10am April 16thBecause of Covid there was no proper gathering when Dick Geeves died.  His family write:  ‘It was always our intention to hold an event in Tasmania to celebrate our father’s life when restrictions on travel and assembly eased.  Accordingly, a thanksgiving service will now be conducted at 10am on Friday April 16 at the Geeveston Community Church, Geeveston.  We hope to see many of Dick’s family and friends at the service and at the RSL to follow. Thanks to Celia Leverton for pointing out this one to us.’Thanks to Celia Leverton for spotting this one. Pic from Zainab Clarke
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 7:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Report: Port Esperance Regatta 2021Jane Johnson writes:The long 8km row around Hope Island was brought forward to kick off the racing events as winds were worsening and there was the likelihood of cancellation. The Women’s Castle Forbes crew in Imagine took the lead and maintained the pressure until the end, followed by Five-Mile Crew in Billie and Dover in Freyja.Despite the hot and blustery conditions, the St Ayles Skiff racing segment of the Dover Regatta drew enthusiastic cheers from the onlookers as four skiffs battled it out throughout a tough 1km course. New rowers and keen crew joined the 1km races which bodes well for Dover, who are building their own community skiff this year. It was great to see …
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 3:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Book for the Maritime Trail this coming weekend (10-11 May)Yep: it is upon us.  There are all sorts of events scattered around the State. Some of them are booked out already, some are not.  You can find out, and make your own bookings, at .  Of particular interest in Franklin is the series of seminars and workshops and films at the Palais. On Saturday:Cody Horgan, 3pm-4pm;Sea Shanty Workshop, 4.30pm – 6.30pm;Palais Theatre – Fisherman’s Friend Film; 7pm – 9pm. On Sunday: Surfboats and Rangers 10-11.20am;WOMEN AND WATER PANEL 11.40-1.10pm;Forestry & Wooden Boats 1.40-3pm;Founding the Festival 3.30-4.30pm;Writing about Boats 5-6pm;Best of AWBF 6.30 …
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 3:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • BBQ Night 5th MayIt was such a success last week we have decided to do it all again.  If you aren’t away for Easter, going to Lake Pedder, and don’t have a broken foot (ouch on your behalf Kate) show up with something to chuck on the plate and something to share.  See you around 6.30pm.  Pic by Sander van der Wel from Wikimedia Commons
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 2:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT fund raising event bumped to May 8thSATURDAY MAY 8TH is the new date for our LBT fundraiser, a Cabaretevening at the Palais. Some of the attractions include: Playback Theatre; Steve and MarjorieGadd and friends; Teahouse – mixingeastern and western styles and sounds;Terry Mead andRocket Science.    More announcements to come. For anybody who is interested this event was bumped by some election: the nerve of those politicians.
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 3:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Capricornia to Dover (and back)Capricornia went to Dover for the Regatta. Shown here are some of the crew Rob, Hans, Will and Pip. Richard Martin and Henk (not pictured) also came down for the race. After a huge amount of work by many people over the last few weeks Capricornia’s mast was repaired and rigged for the event. Unfortunately the wind was so blustery and violent that the whole sailing part of the Regatta was cancelled. As a crew we were disappointed not to race but relieved not to have to go out and capsize! NOW THE NEXT HAPPY EVENT WILL BE THE RETURE DELIVERY BACK TO FRANKLIN. Please let Hans or Pip know if you are interested. Our commiserations and thanks go …
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 5:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Freyja the tender?When Capricornia arrived in Dover for the Port Esperance Regatta there was the small matter of getting the crew ashore once they had her anchored. Fortunately Freyja was to hand and was put to work to do the ferrying work.  Thanks Freyja crew!Pics from Endra O’May
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 4:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Lady Levinia gets up steamRecently Judy and Martin Krynen passed on Lady Levinia to Brian Pain, and last week he was spotted taking her for an inaugural excursion around the Egg Islands with chief engineer Brian Marriott and advisor Andrew Perkins – pic below.
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 4:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • New role for Betsy WaltonShe has become a duck roost (see pic below).  We may have a manure problem.
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 1:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Australian National Bushfire Health and Wellbeing SurveyThe Tassie Men’s Shed Association writes:‘A team of researchers at The Australian National University are conducting a nationwide survey to understand the past and present impact of bushfires and smoke on health, wellbeing, and lifestyle. We need to hear from more people, both with and without bushfire experience. Your participation will help identify how to support and protect the well-being of Australians when faced with future bushfires. You could also win a $50 Prezzee card! To take the survey, please head to our website’
    Posted Apr 4, 2021, 12:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • Fundraiser planned for May 1stEndra O’May writes that plans are underway for ‘a big night of entertainment at the Palais on May 1st – put it in your diary today!’.  More details to come shortly.
    Posted Mar 28, 2021, 4:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tickets selling fast for Maritime TrailMore details from the AWBF attached:  .  You can travel across the State to attend an event in Queenstown or Devonport, or stay right at home to enjoy a seminar at our own Palais Theatre.  Tickets and program at
    Posted Mar 28, 2021, 4:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • End of Month Monday BBQThis Monday night (29th March) the cook is taking a break.  Well actually she is getting a break (in her foot) fixed.  We all hope it goes well Kate.  Those who are coming to dinner should bring along something for themselves (to throw on the barbie), and something to share, plus $5 to help keep the shed running.     Pic from vxla
    Posted Mar 28, 2021, 2:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Athol Walter boat needs a new homeIf you have ever admired Grant Maddock’s red ‘Apache‘ which is often anchored in the river (pic below), you may be interested in her sister boat ‘Sioux‘, currently in South Australia and looking for a home.  Rob Ayliffe writes:‘I have had in my care for the past five years a beautifully built Athol Walter built Sioux open ocean racing boat. She is well known to Tasmanians, especially, and in very good structural condition all Huon planked, Nanni 2 cylinder barely used 13hp diesel, built in Geeveston and launched Circa 1963. She on the register of historic Tasmanian Ships.  I have tried many times and at some expense to find her a good home. I can no longer afford
    Posted Mar 27, 2021, 4:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Autumn news from Tassie Men’s Shed AssociationSee attached:
    Posted Mar 19, 2021, 1:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Playing pontoon(s)There is progress being made in getting the requisite permits for permanently moored pontoons, but in the meantime there is a new experiment for deploying them. See pics below.   From this:to this:
    Posted Mar 17, 2021, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mamma Rosa’s Froiday Tombola at Frank’s 9th AprilDavid Moore writes:‘Mamma Rosa calls a few rounds of Bingo (in Italian AND English of course!)…complete with home-made prizes, and guaranteed laughs-a-plenty. LET’S DO IT!!! Froiday April 9th 2021. Doors open from 6pm. NOTE: Dinner ISN’T included in the ticket price. Details of the menu choice and pricing TBA. Frank’s will be set up cafe-style with tables and chairs for you to eat your dinner at and play Tombola. Tombola starts from 7pm.’  See flyer below for booking details. 
    Posted Mar 27, 2021, 4:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday evening at the ShedIt was a hive of activity: Kevin and Peter were putting a carbon fibre sleeve on the newly repaired mainmast for Capricornia, Pip Stevenson was conducting a knot tying course, and Martin Riddle was chairing a meeting to discuss options for the Pedder ‘Raid’.  Pics below (minus the meeting – too boring).
    Posted Mar 17, 2021, 5:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Satisfaction SurveyThere has been quite a good response to the survey distributed a couple of weeks ago, but it would be helpful to have opinions from an even broader range of members, so we are publicising this initiative again.  Please complete and submit the form  at .  Feel free to be frank: particular responses will not be made public, but will of course be shared by committee members.  Names are requested  so we can identify multiple responses (which are fine) and to try to eliminate the notorious internet ‘trolls’, but if you are feeling shy use a pseudonym.
    Posted Mar 14, 2021, 1:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pip’s knots 5pm MondaysPip Stevenson’s knots class has been progressing nicely with a healthy attendance and lots being learnt.  Drop ins are welcome: just be at the Shed before 5pm. Pic from
    Posted Mar 14, 2021, 1:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lake Pedder mini-Raid – 5-8 AprilWe are organising a mini Raid to Lake Pedder for the week following Easter (5-8 April). There will be a meeting to flesh out plans at the LBT Shed this Monday (15 March) at 5.30 pm. Don’t worry if you can’t make – if you complete the Expression of Interest we will pass on anything useful that comes out of it (the EOI form is here: Our intention is to keep the logistics as simple as possible, which means self-catering and no support crew. We will base ourselves at one site near Strathgordon with the option for participants to camp at Ted’s Beach or stay in the Lake Pedder Wilderness Lodge …
    Posted Mar 14, 2021, 1:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wilson’s Boatshed to be demolishedJay Lawry writes:‘Dear Members,When I first sailed in to Port Cygnet at the very beginning of 2017 after a 14-day solo non stop passage from Albany in Western Australia via Matsuyker Island, I was tired and not a little damp; I was craving the sanctuary of a secure anchorage for a night or two before continuing on to Hobart and the Australian Wooden Boat Festival of that year. I found it just a few hundred metres from the Port Cygnet Sailing Club Clubhouse.Since that time, I have worked at Wilson’s on the construction of a new launch and at Franklin and Wilson’s on the restoration of a 1935 launch.Every time I walk into
    Posted Mar 3, 2021, 3:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tassie Men’s Shed NewsNot just for men, this issue largely devoted to some of the common health ‘challenges’ many of us face.  Read all about it at
    Posted Mar 3, 2021, 3:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffie Worlds 2022Lorrie Harrison has sent us the following announcement: SkiffieWorlds 2022 27June – 2 July Kortgene,Netherlands Yes,it’s on again. This is the event for rowers and coxes that areserious about racing, prepared to commit to training and fitness, aswell as the expense of travelling to Europe. But what an experience!Competing against teams from all over the world, meeting and havingfun with fellow Skiffers, gaining more experience and knowledge ofrowing and coxing as well as joining in the Saturday night dance!!Ifyou would like to know more or think you might like to go pleaseemail Lorrie. (
    Posted Mar 3, 2021, 2:11 PM by Richard Forster
  • Water Women and WoodThis ‘Panel Discussion looking at the attraction, joys and challenges of Wooden Boats from the female perspective’ is one of the seminars being offered at the Palais as part of the Maritime Trail on April 11th.  It will be hosted by Ginny Gerlach, founder of Water Women.  Endra O’May has sent us the attached description and summary of the participants – see .
    Posted Mar 3, 2021, 10:39 AM by Richard Forster
  • Maritime Trail April 10-11 official programA reminder that the Australian Wooden Boat Festival (AWBF) has organised this event as a kind of tour of the wooden boat attractions of the State.  They write: ‘Join us at midday March 9, 2021 to get pre-access to the Maritime Trail 2021 tickets before the general public on March 10. Discover boatyards, take a sail on a Tall Ship or listen to a Forestry Forum at the beautiful Palais Theatre. From the wild West Coast to Franklin, to Low Head to Woodbridge.  From midday on March 9 2021 – tickets will be available for purchase via our website to thank you for your loyal support. The website will be live from midday March 9, so get in quick, these
    Posted Mar 2, 2021, 9:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Get your LBT news dailyThe weekly LBT news digest sometimes has announcements for events that have already passed – that is the nature of digests.  If this troubles you the solutions are to either watch the LBT website or have your news emailed to you daily by completing the form at  This latter option may also be selected from the ‘About Us’ menu on the LBT website: see screenshot below.
    Posted Mar 1, 2021, 3:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pip’s knotsAfter a false start last week (Pip was crook) knot making will be on this evening, Monday night, at 5pm, before dinner.  There will be an emphasis on practical applications: tying up boats etc, but we’ll go where the class leads us.  Pip is an old sea dog with much wisdom to share.  Pic from
    Posted Feb 28, 2021, 12:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Movie night at the Palais Sunday 7th of MarchIt is ‘Birds of Passage‘:  ‘an epic portrayal of the rise and fall of a Colombian indigenous family as it is drawn into the drug trade with America. Based on extensive interviews with original participants, the film purports to be firmly based on true events.’Doors open 6.30pm; Admission $5;  Film starts after 7.15pm but before 7.30pm;  The bar will be operating, offering libations including stimulants, depressants and comfort drinks.  Food may be shared but feel free to bring your own.
    Posted Feb 28, 2021, 12:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Remembering Martin Krynen this Sunday Feb 28thJudy Krynen has organised an  ‘open shed’ at the old apple evaporators (just downstream of the LBT) for Martin’s friends to gather and help celebrate his life, this Sunday 4-6 pm.  Some food and drink provided.
    Posted Feb 26, 2021, 4:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Paul Frost’s model CartelaPaul’s model Cartela has had her maiden voyage.  Sensational!  See the pics from Paul below, and you should be able to download the movie from
    Posted Feb 24, 2021, 1:06 PM by Richard Forster
  • Funnies at Frank’s Friday March 5thRachel Berger is the headline act for this International Women’s Day special.  For more details see the flyer below.
    Posted Feb 23, 2021, 6:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF Parade of SailThose of us who were too distracted, by Tawe Nunnugah and other activities, to participate in the Parade of Sail can enjoy it vicariously by viewing the video:
    Posted Feb 23, 2021, 6:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • The draw knife comes outIn the pic below Pete Laidlaw shaves the bad wood off one stub of Capricornia’s broken mast in preparation for a repair.
    Posted Feb 25, 2021, 3:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Caro McRaeCaro, friend to many in Franklin and wife of long time LBT stalwart Ali, died on Monday afternoon, peacefully and with family and friends around her.  Ali writes: ‘A Celebration of Caro’s life, will be held at Kingston Beach Oval ( Outdoors) on Friday 26th starting at 1.30 PM. Wake to follow in Kingston Beach. Please bring your bathers for a swim with Caro. Please forward this to people you think should know.’
    Posted Feb 25, 2021, 3:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dinghy for Sale Refurbished Batten-seam carvel dinghy.   7’2” (2.1m) x 3’8” (1.1m).  Huon Pine over Blackwood frames.   Built c1940’s by O’May family.  Oars and rowlocks.  On unregistered trailer (if required).  $2,450.00.  0438 300 229
    Posted Feb 23, 2021, 4:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • Swimming in the Huon RiverJane Johnson writes: ‘Friday morning at 7.45 a new swim-group has started at the town jettyin Franklin for anyone interested. For Huon River dippers or EggIsland swimmers, the main thing is to enjoy a cold refreshing waterstart to the day with others. To join, just be there Fridays at 7.45.Contact Jane 0400717140 for details’.
    Posted Feb 21, 2021, 1:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lake Pedder mini-RaidExpressions of Interest are open for the Lake Pedder mini-Raid. If there is enough interest LBT will run a 3 or 4 day mini-Raid to Lake Pedder in the first week of April. We will base ourselves at the camping ground at Teds Beach 4 kms from Strathgordon. If you don’t fancy camping, rooms are available at the Pedder Wilderness Lodge starting at $120 for a double/twin. The intent is to keep the whole organisation low key and take the opportunity to explore the area for possible future trips. Meals will be self-catering with the option to eat at the Lodge restaurant (example menu here – …
    Posted Feb 21, 2021, 1:57 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Vale Martin KrynenBenefactor and friend of the LBT Martin Krynen died on Saturday.  Our thoughts are with Judy and the family.  Pic Peter Heading, Brian Marriott and Martin solving  a Nancy problem
    Posted Feb 20, 2021, 11:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for February LBT Committee meetingFind them at
    Posted Feb 20, 2021, 2:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Assist with research‘Spanner in the Works’ is the newsletter for the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association, of which the LBT is a member. They write:  ‘On a regular basis the Spanner team receives requests to help recruit participants for surveys and research through our newsletter network.  We decided to share these with you every quarter (separate to the newsletter). We hope you will find them interesting and participate as often as you can. We get the message ‘we need to hear from more males in our research’ all the time.’   Topics include risks to pedestrians, dementia and Covid 19.  See attached for details:
    Posted Feb 19, 2021, 12:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Florence – project boatCraig Dixon from the Bass and Flinders Centre at Georgetown contacted us to say that the Centre does not have space to restore and display the historic fishing boat ‘Florence’ (C 1895), and is looking for somebody suitable to take her on.  Graeme Broxam kindly supplied a description of the boat from his upcoming publication ‘Those that survive: Vintage and Veteran boats of Tasmania’.  See attached (  Contact the Centre if you have a serious proposition to put to them: phone 6382 3792, email  Pics from Craig Dixon
    Posted Feb 21, 2021, 5:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Busy WaterfrontJane Johnson writes:‘It was all happening at the LBT on Tuesday with a large 1940s wooden fishing boat from the marina being prepared for a trailer voyage to South Australia for repairs and restoration. On the Yukon jetty Richmond artist Rick Crossland was capturing the attractive wooden boat scenery that featured Billie the St Ayles Skiff. Rick exhibits at the Jane Franklin Art Gallery in Lenah Valley and LBT members will be notified of future exhibitions. The artwork captured the reflections of the sunny autumn skies and the ambience of the jetty, boathouse and a selection of wooden boats.’
    Posted Feb 17, 2021, 4:26 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sail from Port Huon to HobartIf you are interested in crewing on a yacht being transported from Port Huon to Hobart contact Pip Stevenson: 0401 295728.
    Posted Feb 17, 2021, 3:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • Lost and Found – from tn21 and inside the LBT shed.Deb Van Velsen writes: ‘Lost during tn21:  – a red and black inflatable collar lifejacket with ‘John Pollard’ written on it;  – a black and white fender lost from safety boat B2 on the last day (see pic below).  Found during tn21:  – digital multimeter; – blue neoprene bottle holder; – blue Thermarest pillow.  Please contact Deb on 0427554264 to to arrange reunions.  Found at LBT shed: – various water bottles; – jumpers, hats, jackets, bathers, safety shirt, shorty wetsuit, etc.  Items not claimed will be re-homed at the start of April.’
    Posted Feb 20, 2021, 1:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Maritime Skills Sessions – KnotsOne of the things some of our the more experienced LBT members have been very good at is sharing their skills.  Pip Stevenson is one of those members, and he will be running an ‘Applied Knots’ course at 5pm on Mondays (before dinner) for anybody who is interested.  Pip writes: ‘We will start by looking at different sorts of ropes, the difference between knots bends and hitches, the parts of a rope and applying the various knots to sail, mooring & anchoring techniques. I will also look at conventional and beam towing techniques. Of special interest will be some of the lesser known hitches such as the tugboat hitch and the stopper knot, these have many common applications and are not
    Posted Feb 15, 2021, 5:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Satisfaction SurveyThe LBT committee has put together the survey form at  to assist with future decision making.  If you wish to have some input complete and submit it.  Feel free to be frank: the results will not be made public, but will of course be shared by committee members.
    Posted Feb 15, 2021, 2:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Open Day at the LBTSunday afternoon proved to be the perfect time to spend time beside and on the water with other families and friends from the Huon Valley.   Sausages sizzled, Nancy puttered, sails were hoisted and oars deployed, whilst Terry Mead and his fellow musicians provided a melodious background to the activities. And the weather gods were kind – the sun shone and the sea breeze came up to fill those sails.  Many thanks to Jane Johnson, Endra O’May and the team for making this happen.  There were difficult circumstances to overcome and they did it.  See pics below from Tom Stevens.If the Maritime Trail event we are participating in (April 10-11) can be as good as this we will all …
    Posted Feb 14, 2021, 1:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mast building master classAs has been noted in a previous post, the mast of Capricornia was snapped in a blow coming up the river.  Join Peter Laidlaw and the team on Monday afternoons from 3pm to help remedy the situation.
    Posted Feb 12, 2021, 3:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Was this the guilty party?Whilst an inspection of the broken mast on Capricornia was being conducted, a specimen of the Common (or possibly Tessellated) Mast Deathwatch Beetle was observed scuttling away from the scene of the crime.  Did anybody hear ticking aboard Capricornia?
    Posted Feb 12, 2021, 7:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Participating in the Maritime Trail (April 10-11)When it became apparent that it wasn’t possible to run the Boat Festival, Paul Stephanus and his merry people decided that this was the perfect opportunity to do something that they had been contemplating anyway:  run a series of smaller, coordinated events in towns with a maritime history.  Franklin has been chosen as one of those towns, and the LBT has been asked to provide some ‘on the water’ activities.  What we are contemplating is taking the public out rowing in Grebes and Skiffs, much as we have at previous Australia Days and the Bellerive Seafest, as well as joy rides in Nancy, and sailing in one of the whaleboats.  If you would like to participate, either on a …
    Posted Feb 12, 2021, 3:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pics from the RaidA repository of photos for is being created at .  Pic from Phill – lunch at the Quarries
    Posted Feb 11, 2021, 8:33 PM by Richard Forster
  • Open Day 14th February still on, Regatta cancelledCome to the Open Day, starting at 1pm for a barbeque, boats on the water, Nancy joy rides and music. Unfortunately the regatta part of the program, planned for the morning, has had to be cancelled.
    Posted Feb 11, 2021, 3:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting 11th FebThe next LBT committee meeting is coming up.  An agenda is being prepared at  The draft minutes for the January meeting are at
    Posted Feb 7, 2021, 1:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Freyja on the RaidThere was not sufficient interest for a rowing boat to participate in the main legs of Tawe Nunnugah, but Freyja has been on the trailer between camp sites and has been ideal for short excursions on the lay days.  She has been up the Lune River,  around Garden Island to Randall’s Bay and back to Charlotte’s cove, and to Sheepwash Bay on Bruny.
    Posted Feb 4, 2021, 8:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • The LBT Franklin St Ayles Skiff Regatta and Open Day Sun 14 FebJane Johnson writes:  ‘On Sunday February 14 we are opening are doors for all to sample and enjoy. There is something for everyone in the Open Day – a St Ayles Skiff Regatta begins at 9am for Women’s, Men’s and Mixed crews.  From 11.30 there is an international-themed event with “join or form a team from your birthplace or background” (there is already a British team) followed by a similar “State of Origin” one kilometre race. Will Tasmania take the lead, given that community rowing of St Ayles Skiffs began in Franklin in 2012? The 250m final sprint should be a real spectator highlight.  From 1pm there are opportunities to “Come and Try” rowing or sailing for
    Posted Feb 7, 2021, 1:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Friday night TN21 breakup celebrationThere will be a celebration breakup dinner  at the Scout Camp at Charlotte Cove before the Tawe Nunnugah fleet sails back to Franklin the next day (Saturday 6th).  All who have helped witth Tawe Nunnugah in any way are invited as our guests, everybody else can come – $20 for dinner.  We will be entertained by banjo player and singer Montz Matsumoto – everybody is expected to throw at least $5 on the hat.   Look him up online: he is great! There is a cap on numbers: text Kate Hoorweg on 0419 693415 if you are coming.We
    Posted Feb 4, 2021, 2:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah on landWhilst Tawe Nunnugah is essentially sea going, evenings ashore are a large part of the experience, and that relies on a land crew.  Here they are queued up at the ferry terminal, ready to take the marquees and all the other equipment across to Bruny Island and the next campsite.
    Posted Feb 2, 2021, 6:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnagah: the other boatsThere are lots of pretty sailing boats in the fleet, but they are accompanied by Tom Stevens’ Seair, the mothership, and the fast rescue ribs.  Some of us have very good reason to be thankful to them, what with dragging anchors and other mishaps.
    Posted Feb 2, 2021, 6:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • PiccoloThe smallest vessel in the Tawe Nunnugah fleet is Brian Walpole’s dory ‘Piccolo’.  Small does not mean unseaworthy:  Martin Riddle remembers clinging on to his Lazy E with white knuckles at the same time as Brian was enjoying a cuppa aboard Piccolo nearby.  She rows very smartly too: leads out when others are in becalmed.  Pics below.
    Posted Feb 2, 2021, 6:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah: Dover to AlonnahFresh westerly breezes were what the doctor ordered for a quick trip across to Bruny Island, and there was time for loitering for lunch at The Quarries along the way.  Pics below.
    Posted Feb 2, 2021, 2:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah: Southport to DoverThe forecast lack of wind until the afternoon was taken as an opportunity for a late start, and the weather gods cooperated, providing a lively following south westerly to blow the fleet to Dover.  Couple of pics below.
    Posted Feb 2, 2021, 1:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah: excursion to Partridge IslandOne of the advantages of the relaxed TN21 schedule (no need to get to the Wooden Boat Festival) is the opportunity for side excursions, giving the land crew  a chance to get on the water along with the regular sailors.  Full use of this was taken with great conditions for a sail to Partridge Island, just off Bruny, with a following breeze to blow the fleet home.  Pics below.
    Posted Feb 2, 2021, 7:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah at SouthportSouthport is starting to get a reputation: calms that lull, then squalls that thrash.  Everybody made it in in one piece and of course Jetty House is the best place to stay.  Winds were much kinder on the second day and an expedition to Partridge island very successful.  Some pics below.
    Posted Jan 30, 2021, 10:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cooking up a storm at RechercheThe camp has moved to Moss Glen community hall to escape the weather.  Good shelter for cooking, everything from carrots to abalone. Pics below.
    Posted Jan 29, 2021, 2:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Friday lay day at Recherche BayThe weather forecast was looking particularly fierce on Friday. Various activities, ranging from hiking in to Lions Rock through to reading and eating were enjoyed, depending on the the enthusiasm of participants. Pics below.
    Posted Jan 29, 2021, 2:34 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah opening ceremonyThanks to Jason and Danny from the local indigenous community, who came down with  their boys  to perform a smoking ceremony and get Tawe Nunnugah underway.  It was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the relationship of cultures, land and sea in a place (Recherche Bay) that is of particular significance to all these things.  If you want to find out more about indigenous fire practice contact Jason:
    Posted Feb 2, 2021, 2:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wednesday: Tawe Nunnugah has made it to Recherche!After days of sorting, searching, fixing and packing at the shed, Tawe Nunnugah got underway and is now set up at Moss Glen on Recherche Bay.
    Posted Jan 27, 2021, 1:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Forecast versus actualOn Monday a participant in Tawe Nunnugah was proceeding to Recherche Bay on the basis of wind forecasts such as that shown in the blue line below – reasonably mild southerly winds.  What actually happened is shown by the red line – peaking in a westerly gale at 2.40pm.  You have to be ready for anything.
    Posted Jan 26, 2021, 3:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday dinner Jan 25: BYOAs usual at the end of the month – an opportunity for culinary creativity.  Big dinner for Tawe Nunnugah participants (and others who want to come) on Tuesday night.
    Posted Jan 24, 2021, 1:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dover Discovery in JanuaryJane Johnson writes:Living Boat Trust members traveled down to Dover to explore Port Esperance on board the St Ayles Skiff Freyja, which is on loan to the Dover community who are constructing their own Skiff. Freyja is available for use in Dover during their build for “Come and Try” days. Freyja can be rowed or sailed easily which is what the LBT group reinforced this week with explorations around the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Port Esperance. A lunch stop after tying up in the crystal-clear waters of Hope Island, was followed by a quick sail back to shore with strengthening winds. Thanks to members of the Port Esperance Yacht Club who coordinated the collection of oars and fittings …
    Posted Jan 24, 2021, 1:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT First Aid Kits missingFour First Aid Kits belonging to the LBT have gone missing – one larger kit in a blue carry case, one medium kit in a white carry bag and two marine kits in waterproof plastic cannisters. All are labelled ‘LBT’ and are numbered. If you have borrowed them please return them to the Shed as soon as possible. If we don’t get them back very quickly we will buy replacements tommorow as they are needed for the tn21 Raid. We depart on Wednesday and Tuesday is a Public Holiday, so Monday is the last opportunity for us to buy replacements from St Johns in Hobart. If you have borrowed them and can’t get them back to us before noon …
    Posted Jan 23, 2021, 5:56 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Planned Program for Franklin Regatta, February 14The Franklin St Ayles Skiff Regatta/ Living Boat Trust Open Day.  Program 2021.                                       Sunday February 14. Start times may change, crews to be ready 15 mins before. 9am      Open Women 1km, 9.15   Open Men 1km, 9.30   Open Mixed 1km.  10.00    Open Women 2km 10.30 Open Men 2km, 11.00 Open Mixed 2km. 11.30    State of Origin 1km (Form a mixed team of birthplace or background).               Tasmania, Victoria, NSW, Queensland, S.A., W.A., other. 12.00    Continent of Origin 1km (Form a mixed team of birthplace or background)              Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Other12.30    250m dash all skiffs. 1pm     Sausage Sizzle   “Come and Try” – sail or row – open to all, Family fun …
    Posted Jan 23, 2021, 12:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • tn21 Welcome Dinner – Members InvitedThe tn21 Raid Welcome Dinner will be held at the LBT Shed at 6.30pm for 7.00pm on Tuesday 26 January 2021. All LBT members and friends are invited. The Dinner is included in the fee already paid by those participating in the Raid and is free to all tn21 volunteer helpers. Extra tickets for friends and family, for LBT members not involved in the Raid and for anyone else who would like to come are available at $30 each. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. If you would like to come to the Welcome Dinner follow the link to the booking form.  Even if you are doing the Raid as participant or helper, and think we …
    Posted Jan 20, 2021, 11:37 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Getting ready to shift CapricorniaCapricornia has a wee bit of weight in her, and getting her lifted so that she can go on the trailer requires a mighty lot of people, or something mechanical like chain blocks.  Lacking the people, Pete and Piet got the chain blocks set up on Monday afternoon.
    Posted Jan 19, 2021, 3:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Testing and taggingOne of the many jobs that must be done regularly in the shed is to check all the electrical equipment.  Tom Stevens has done it a couple of times now – including this summer.  Thanks Tom.
    Posted Jan 19, 2021, 2:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Across the dutchMaybe for we Tasmanians it is the double dutch.  A recent post from Off Center Harbor reminded us that the Kiwis have a very vibrant wooden boat scene.  It pointed us to ‘Waitemata Woodys’  (, which, besides its own content has links to lots more.
    Posted Jan 17, 2021, 1:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Funnies at Frank’s February 12thDavid Moore writes:‘The headline act is Chris Franklin, a true Aussie legend, supported by Ben Richardson and Brittany Szlezak. Dinner is available at the venue on the night as-well. Bookings advised for dinner reservations: The  latest information on who is coming and when, can be found through Facebook,  www.face, or the Frank’s Events web’For details of the Feb 12 event see the flyer below.
    Posted Jan 12, 2021, 12:26 AM by Posts Editor
  • Augusta HospitalityJane Johnson writes:‘Shane and Jane Johnson, joined Augusta (W.A.) crew to explore the Hardy’s Inlet near the Blackwood River. The Augusta skiffs, after a much-celebrated launch in September, have been well-used by the Augusta community rowing group, which has even explored further afield up to Molloy Island. The next challenge could be the open waters of the ocean at Flinders Bay. The group are really enjoying the freedom created by the building of the St Ayles Skiffs which has opened up opportunities for so many locals. For the Tasmanians, in testing conditions, it was a great start to 2021 with a New Year’s Day exploratory row. Zoom and Colour Patch were named through sponsorship
    Posted Jan 10, 2021, 1:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • BoatryIt’s a new category of literature discovered by Gary McDonald.  Sample from John Simlett below.
    Posted Jan 10, 2021, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hazards of the seaGary McDonald spotted this one.
    Posted Jan 10, 2021, 1:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Putting Louie through her pacesThe sea breeze has been up in the afternoon, and John Pollard with crew Piet and Endra took advantage to see how ‘Louie’ performed in the tight confines of the river.  She looked great with her gaff cutter rig.
    Posted Jan 10, 2021, 1:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT tn21 Raid – can you help?The tawe nunnugah Raid is the LBT’s flagship event. In a normal year itinvolves people from right across the membership and brings people frominterstate and overseas. But of course this is not a normal year. From thestart of the pandemic we have known that there would be a lot of uncertaintyaround the Raid – the easy thing to do would have been to throw in the towelbut we thought it worth persevering. We have a small but robust fleet of mostlyTasmanian boats ready to do the Raid and have the backbone of supportvolunteers in place. However, we still need more people to help and there arestill places available for people to participate …
    Posted Jan 7, 2021, 3:13 AM by Martin Riddle
  • Nordic clinker boatsGarry MacDonald pointed us to this really nice video on the topic:
    Posted Jan 3, 2021, 2:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF lifejackets testedThe life jackets on ‘permanent’ loan from the Wooden Boat Festival were trialed by some volunteer crash test dummies on a recent warm afternoon, and we can report that there were no drownings.  Our junior dummy said that the small size with the built in crotch strap is the only comfortable life jacket he has worn, and there is so much flotation in the larger sizes that a ‘medium’ was adequate to keep our extra large dummy safe.  Pics from Ben Forster
    Posted Jan 3, 2021, 1:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • January committee meeting January 7thAgenda being prepared at, draft minutes from the December meeting are at
    Posted Jan 3, 2021, 12:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday 4th: start of LBT yearYes, dinner is on, and KATE IS BACK COOKING! Yay!  And if you need to work up an appetite come and join the work crew from 3pm on.  Capricornia is close to getting back on the water: let’s speed her on her way.
    Posted Jan 2, 2021, 1:07 PM by Richard Forster
  • Palais movie night Sunday 3rd JanuarySynopsis: ‘In a remote Icelandic town, an off duty police chief begins to suspect a local man for having had an affair with his wife, who recently died in a car accident. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. A story of grief, revenge and unconditional love.’  Doors open 6.30pm.    Admission $5.  Film starts after 7.15pm but before 7.30pm.   The bar will be operating, offering libations including stimulants, depressants and comfort drinks.  Food may be shared but feel free to bring your own.
    Posted Dec 27, 2020, 4:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Were these the guilty party?Monty has had a slow leak for some time.  When she was hauled out and scraped unfilled nail holes, some shown in the pic below, were revealed.  We will see if bog does the trick.
    Posted Dec 22, 2020, 3:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • If you need an anchor …Look in the anchor locker! The bench at the end of the verandah is multi-purpose.
    Posted Dec 22, 2020, 3:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Looking Fancy on board NancyJane Johnson writes:  ‘The botanical St Ayles Skiff tours wound up with a trip back in time – on board the 1917 cruiser “Nancy”. It was time to celebrate previous exploratory rowing trips around South Egg Island taking photos of spring flowers, with summer adventures further afield. This was an opportunity for a more leisurely tour to take more scientific photos of local plants and wildlife.  And of course, the dress was “special hats”. Celebrations included a picnic, thanks to Michelle, and river music from John and Brendan. Final thanks to Brian the skipper, and of course, Nancy’. 
    Posted Dec 20, 2020, 2:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas BreakThe LBT Shed will be available to members for rowing, sailing etc over the Christmas period on an informal basis.  The Tuesday Group will be taking some well earned time off.  First Monday night dinner for 2021 is scheduled for January 4th.  As announced in a previous post the Monday afternoon boat bee will continue through the break.
    Posted Dec 20, 2020, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday afternoon workathonFor the past couple of months a dedicated team has been working on our boats on Monday afternoon to prepare them for the summer sailing season.  Capricornia in particular has benefited from this care and attention.  We intend to continue with this right through Christmas, making a big push to get everything shipshape for Tawe Nunnugah.  Come and join us and help get the job done: 3pm on.
    Posted Dec 18, 2020, 12:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday morning row in companyThe Roger Harwood race conducted during Swiftsure Regatta reminded us that the Skiffs aren’t the only rowing boats at the LBT.  John Young has set the lead: let’s join him on Tuesday mornings at 11am in our single and double rower dinghies.    Pic from Zainab Clarke
    Posted Dec 18, 2020, 12:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF December NewsletterRead the latest from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival: Pic from AWBF
    Posted Dec 18, 2020, 11:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Lifejackets: thank you Australian Wooden Boat FestivalFor some time the following notice has been posted to the MAST website:  ‘All life jackets in use on Tasmanian boats will need to adhere to the new standard AS4758.1 by 1 January 2021 (’   That meant replacing ALL the jackets in the shed: potentially a very expensive business.  Fortunately for us the AWBF have come to the rescue.  They have a new batch of jackets which they only need for the Festival fortnight once every two years.  In between times we get to store and use them: they have already been brought to us by Lyndon Bounday and are hung up ready for use (see pics below).  Crotch straps …
    Posted Dec 17, 2020, 2:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rat Island RaceJohn Snowdon sent in the pictures below, including a lineup of the usual suspects.
    Posted Dec 15, 2020, 4:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Christmas Party Monday December 21stIt’s a ‘bring your own’ for yourself and to share so that everybody can enjoy it (no kitchen slaves).  Start around 6.30pm, but come earlier if you want to help decorate the shed and set up.
    Posted Dec 14, 2020, 11:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta ReportJane Johnson writes: ‘The Swiftsure Regatta had something for everyone on Sunday. Beginning with the Roger Harwood wooden dinghy rowing circuit race, the event was won by Kevin Robson in just over 45 minutes, despite the strong winds and constant pressure from high-calibre 2019 trophy-holder, Dave Nash. A Swiftsure Whaleboat crew achieved the fastest time-trial despite blustery conditions and Billie the St Ayles Skiff won the 1km pursuit with a determined rowing team. The afternoon program included the sailing “Rat-race” around Rat Island that swung into action with five Grebes, despite the hazards of an extremely low tide. The 1917 wooden ferry Nancy took out a packed spectator group that was able to watch the challenges
    Posted Dec 13, 2020, 1:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta this Sunday (13 December)The Swiftsure Regatta was postponed last week due to bad weather but the forecast for this Sunday (13 December) is looking great. The annual event has an emphasis on having a go for all, and fun, for families, newcomers, residents and visitors to the Valley. At 9.30am the Roger Harwood Race is a traditional wooden dinghy rowing event that anyone may join – currently there are record-winners amongst the four entrants, including one in his eighties. The whaleboat Swiftsure will be on the water with new thole pins to test in the form of “Come and Try events” and time trials throughout the day. At 10.30, the St Ayles Skiffs 1km pursuit begins and there are already crews …
    Posted Dec 10, 2020, 2:50 AM by Martin Riddle
  • tn21 Raid – Please book now if you want to join usIf you are thinking of doing the 2021 tawe nunnugah Raid we need to hear from you. Planning is well under way and our priority at the moment is to ensure we have the right scale of logistics and catering in place for the size of the fleet. Many people have already booked but we know others intend joining the Raid. If you want to join us, please book now. Booking is easy but involves several steps designed to ensure we get the information we require to deliver the Raid and you get the information you need to prepare for it. Step 1: Join the tn21 mailing list at – this means you will get information up …
    Posted Dec 8, 2020, 3:53 PM by Martin Riddle
  • LBT Committee Meeting December 10thAn agenda for this meeting is being prepared at  If you have something you want on it email to
    Posted Dec 4, 2020, 11:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta postponed until Sun. 13 DecThe Swiftsure Regatta is intended to be fun, however, the forecast for this coming Sunday suggests it will be anything but. We have seldom seen so much red on the Bureau of Meteorology’s Meteye wind chart – 35 to 45 knots with stronger gusts. If that’s not enough to put you off, they’re also forecasting rain. With discretion being the better part of valour it has been decided to postpone the Regatta until the following weekend – Sunday 13th December.
    Posted Dec 3, 2020, 11:43 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Sailing race at the Swiftsure RegattaThehotly contested Rat Race for sailing dinghies will once again be a feature ofthe Swiftsure Regatta this Sunday afternoon (6th December). Bringalong your own dinghy or enjoy the challenge of ‘class racing’ in one of the LBTGrebes. The only rules are to keep Rat Island to starboard and, if the winddrops, use of oars is by consensus with those in hailing distance on the water.
    Posted Dec 2, 2020, 3:12 PM by Martin Riddle
  • SWIFTSURE REGATTA this Sunday, December 6The annual Swiftsure Regatta starts at 9.30am this Sunday with theRoger Harwood Trophy for long distance rowing in traditional clinker dinghies.At 10.30, the St Ayles Skiff 1km pursuit is open to all – come with your own crew(Dover is rumoured to have a quality mixed side) or turn-up and join a team on the day.There are races for women, men and mixed crews and new or experienced rowers arewelcome. Awards go to the best-dressed side and to the crew with the quickesttime. With Swiftsure coming out of the shed aftera recent polish and paint and with new thole pins to test, there will be whaleboat time trials throughout the …
    Posted Dec 2, 2020, 2:51 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Cygnet maritime history presentationTess Hallinan writes:  ‘Attached is the flyer ( for the Cygnet Living History Museum’s display of Cygnet’s Maritime History by Jean-Louis Boglio at Burton’s Reserve.  The Weighbridge Cottage is small and has limited entry because of Covid requirements, so better time and value could be had by attending of  a Thursday, until Christmas, 10 to 4pm. This actually coincides beautifully with the CWA’s Cake stall next door in Burton’s Cottage.’
    Posted Nov 30, 2020, 5:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Another Atkin boatGretchen was joined by a ‘big sister’, John Pollard’s ‘Louie’ on Monday night.  John, Piet Lundstedt and crew had used the sea breeze to sail all the way up from Cygnet in time for dinner.  Looks like a beautiful boat.  John is seeking experienced crew to help him sail her in Tawe Nunnugah.
    Posted Nov 30, 2020, 4:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pip’s newsPip Stevenson recently had a job transporting a super yacht down the NSW coast.  Just as well he had gained some experience with us sailing Capricornia  – we hope he was able to put it to good use.
    Posted Nov 30, 2020, 4:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Visit from the Australian Wooden Boat FestivalPaul Stephanus and his merry people have been out and about, scouting locations for the proposed ‘Maritime Trail’ weekend in April, and we were on their list.  Read all about what they found and thought at   Pic from AWBF
    Posted Nov 29, 2020, 5:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre newsCovid isolation has meant that the Wooden Boat Centre has been, well, isolated.  But that doesn’t mean that they haven’t been getting on with it.  Those of us who use the dinghy shed have been admiring it’s latest occupant  Jane de Cray, the restoration of which was recently completed at the Centre,  and every so often the wharfside doors are left open to reveal the bow of the Franklin 29 looming like a liner.  See below for pictures from the Centre, and attached is a newsletter from the Franklin Working Waterfront Association/WBC:
    Posted Nov 29, 2020, 1:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas Row December 18th DecemberSee flyer below for details:
    Posted Nov 27, 2020, 1:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • First LBT long table of the seasonAt last Monday night’s BBQ the weather was right, the midgies weren’t too ferocious and it was time!  We spread out a bit more than in times past in deference to Covid, but the enjoyment was the same.
    Posted Nov 28, 2020, 1:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • The ‘Cadet’ sailsFor years a Cadet dingy left by Nick Fryer has been sitting over by the stone wall waiting for somebody to take up the challenge of restoring her.  Mark Adams was the man for the job, and on Friday those of us on the Monty enjoyed a brief ‘sail in company’ with him.
    Posted Nov 27, 2020, 2:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Spring Bay Community Boatshed NewsletterAttached is the news from our friends at Spring Bay (Triabunna):  For more about them see their website:  Judging by the picture in their ‘latest projects’ column they don’t mind taking on a challenge (see below).
    Posted Nov 27, 2020, 1:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Waratah seasonIf you need a break from the water then you could do worse than head for the mountains where the native vegetation is in full flower.
    Posted Nov 28, 2020, 12:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • On the Water Program completed for 2020The Grebes are packed away safely in the shed, the life jackets have been returned to their hangers, and another group of children have trooped back to school having enjoyed themselves both on and in the water, and hopefully having learnt a bit along the way.  Thanks to all who helped, especially Mike Dredge, Southerly Dolling, Tess Hallinan, Mark Adams and Richard Forster.  And thanks to Basil van Reit, Dave Golding  and the other teachers from Huonville Primary who were a pleasure to work with.  Pic from Mark Adams
    Posted Nov 28, 2020, 12:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Human Rights Day at the Palais Thurs Dec 10Zainab Clark sent the flyer below (  Looks like a really good event.  More information from Zainab at
    Posted Nov 26, 2020, 12:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monty sailsKevin Robson took this snap as she zipped past on a recent Friday evening showing a fair bit of antifoul.
    Posted Nov 22, 2020, 11:51 AM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for November LBT Committee MeetingGet ’em at
    Posted Nov 22, 2020, 11:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Excursion with the Wooden Boat Guild to HuonvilleThe annual rally went off without a hitch on Sunday.  This was helped by the personal line to the weather gods possessed by Andrew Perkins: as usual we were blessed with warm, benign conditions. ‘Imagine’ led the procession out of Franklin under oars (first pic below), and was followed by a fleet propelled by an array of motive forces (second pic).   There were old fashioned outboards and inboards (third pic) and even older fashioned steamboats (fourth pic is Andrew’s Leprena).  Our Nancy was one of the electric boats (fifth pic) of which Peter Shimeld’s converted lifeboat (sixth pic) is the latest  on the river.  His solar panels fully recharged his batteries whilst we were having lunch (we were …
    Posted Nov 22, 2020, 11:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Julie Burgess newsFor those who haven’t been keeping up, the ‘Julie Burgess‘ is the ‘Yukon‘ of Devonport, and she recently sailed into very troubled financial waters.  Graeme Norris has been keeping us up to date on the progress of the consortium who have taken her over, and recently sent the attached report ( from the ‘Advocate’ (  In summary the consortium has attracted some impressive sponsors, and progress on necessary dockside facilities is being made.  Apologies to Graeme for not getting this into the news sooner: it got ‘stuck’ at the bottom of the mailbox.  For more about the Julie Burgess see Pic from ‘The Advocate’
    Posted Nov 20, 2020, 6:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Great News! Return of the Monday LBT BBQTime to take advantage of warm, summer evenings.  Bring something to go on the hot plate and something to share down to the Shed this coming Monday around 6.30pm, as well as $5 to keep the doors open.  The cooks are taking a break.  Pic by Sander van der Wel from Wikimedia Commons
    Posted Nov 22, 2020, 1:34 AM by Posts Editor
  • Bushfire Awareness Evening 2nd DecemberThe fire brigade are running an awareness evening 4pm-7pm at the Palais on this date. See flyer below for more details.
    Posted Nov 18, 2020, 4:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Stocking stufferGary Macdonald spotted this t-shirt which struck a chord with us. Pic from
    Posted Nov 15, 2020, 1:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta 6th DecemberIt is coming up!  9.30 am                Roger Harwood dinghy row; 9-10.30 am            Whaleboat time trials; 10.30 – 12noon      St Ayles Skiffs 1 km pursuit; 12 -1 pm                Lunch/awards; 1.30 – 3.30            Sailing Rat (Island) Race;                               Windup drinks and festivities, best dressed.
    Posted Nov 14, 2020, 3:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cruise with the Wooden Boat Guild to Huonville this coming Sunday 22ndWe advertised this event a while ago, and suddenly it is upon us.  Nancy is going up as well as Skiffs and whatever other boats we can muster.  If you know you are coming and would like to have a meal at the Jetboat cafe let us know:
    Posted Nov 14, 2020, 3:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah 21 ItineraryThe team have been at work and the map below shows the proposed route and stops – click on it for an enlarged version.  As can be seen there will be fewer camps than normal, leaving more time for day excursions around the south coast and south Bruny.  For all the details head on over to the tn21 site:
    Posted Nov 12, 2020, 5:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting Thursday 12th NovemberAn agenda is being compiled at  If there is business you wish to see addressed send it to or speak to your friendly committee member.  Draft minutes for the October meeting can be viewed at
    Posted Nov 6, 2020, 4:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Feel the widthPeter and Ninka’s Kelpie has been rafted up to Kevin and Sandra’s Merlin at the pontoon recently.  Both boats are a similar length, but a front on view illustrates that this is  is not the only measurement that matters.
    Posted Nov 6, 2020, 2:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Not a hole, an opportunityPaul Frost, with the help of friends, has filled the gap at the end of the verandah with a very stylish storage locker.
    Posted Nov 6, 2020, 2:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Festival is backPaul Stephanus writes:  ‘It’s been a busy of couple months finding our bearings after the cancellation of the 2021 Festival, though we’re on course now and excited to share our plans with you.  First off, I’m very pleased to announce that the wooden boat community is coming together to present the 2021 Parade of Sail, scheduled for February 7th. It is a great opportunity to put on a spectacular show for Hobart at the height of Summer and get some fine wooden boats out on the water.  But that’s not all! It’s also time to introduce a brand new event we’ve been working on – The Maritime Trail, a behind-the-scenes exploration of Tasmania
    Posted Nov 3, 2020, 12:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wood carving with DennisBegins at the LBT on Wednesday November 18, 10-12noon for 6 weeks. There will be a small charge to cover costs and places are limited. People will be provided with tools, a piece of wood for a nameplate and clay to model for special projects. THERE ARE ONLY FIVE PLACES so contact Jane 0400 717140 to book in.
    Posted Nov 12, 2020, 2:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monty sails on FridayWhilst two of our whaleboats are in the shed being fussed over, the third, Monty, is on the pontoon ready to go, and the Friday sailing group have been taking full advantage of the afternoon breezes by getting her out on the water.  Come down and join them after 4pm to help get set up.  It is an opportunity for both novice and experienced sailors – Monty is unique.  And the icing on the cake is joining the rowers for drinks and nibbles afterwards.  An added bonus this coming week is that the Flying 15 should be on the water and available for use.
    Posted Oct 30, 2020, 3:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Heritage BoatsIf you have an interest old boats Tasmania, and Hobart in particular, is blessed with a range of organisations to cater to your particular enthusiasm.  One of those is the Association of Heritage Boat Organisations (AHBO) which is based at the Maritime Museum.  If you want to find out more about them (contact details etc) read the minutes from their AGM (attached):
    Posted Oct 30, 2020, 2:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cruising Dinghy ConversionsAndy Bullock writes:’Sailing dinghy designs developed for cruising rather than racing are a relatively new part of the sailing scene, partly fostered by the advent of ‘Raids’ using centreboard boats (although the competitive aspect of some Raids has seen the emergence of specialist performance-oriented designs). In the UK there is an active Cruising Dinghy Association. Martin’s and Deb’s ‘Hop the Wag’ is an example of a fine purpose-designed cruising dinghy. The designs of Australian expatriate Iain Outhred and New Zealander John Welsford are influenced by traditional dinghy and fishing boat designs but use modern ply/epoxy construction methods.  However just as in the past, racing yachts that were past their competitive glory days were sometimes …
    Posted Oct 30, 2020, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Verandah PostsWhen the loft was cleaned out we found 4 turned verandah posts which would seem to be Australian Red Cedar (pics below).  We assume that these were a donation, perhaps on the assumption that we could use the wood.  We don’t really have a use for them and are seeking expressions of interest – send a message to  If you can solve the mystery of their origin please tell us.
    Posted Oct 29, 2020, 3:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • ROWING News NovemberJane Johnson writes: ‘There has been a suggestion that a rowing steering group would help communication between groups. If you are keen to have input for your group, meet down at the LBT@4pm Monday November 9. New ideas will cover these areas – figureheads for the skiffs (Freyja, a carved Nordic Goddess, Billie the Dog and an eagle for Imagine), events, maintenance, wood carving course etc. The proposed date for the Swiftsure Regatta including Roger Harwood/LBT windup is Sunday December 6. The Rowing Sub-Committee is aiming to have regular updates in the newsletter.  The second Botanical skiff tour departed from the pontoon jetty in perfect Huon Valley conditions. There were numerous plants and wildlife (including 5 types of
    Posted Nov 1, 2020, 1:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday afternoon at the shedAt the beginning of spring a new group formed to help get our fleet ready for the coming season.  Here are a few pics of some of the activities last Monday.Capricornia was getting all sorts of attention.  Henk painted the floorboards.  Peter and Andy worked on the rudder.  John installed flotation.  Meanwhile on other boats, Mark was restoring the Cadet dinghy that has been languishing in a corner for years.Peter cut out new jaw blanks for a Grebe boom.
    Posted Oct 27, 2020, 3:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • On the Water ProgramIt’s all about the weather, and particularly the wind.  Last year we ended up being in the Shed more than out of it, poking out into the river between squalls.  The first day this year was blessedly calm and our bunch of very tentative rowers were able to find their rhythm quickly and after lunch even go for a short expedition through the canal (pic below).  Tomorrow (Tuesday) is looking ok too:  fingers crossed.  To find out more about the program see, and if want to be part of it send us an email: Pic from Mark Adams
    Posted Oct 25, 2020, 7:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Main road Franklin, mid 1970’sDennis Muscovich found this photo taken before the road widening and the demolitions in front of where the Living Boat Trust now stands.  The Huon News building (in the centre of the pic) is still there, as is the Bowmont.
    Posted Oct 25, 2020, 2:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • tn21 Raid – one door closes, another opensSince the start of the pandemic we have known that the tn21 Raid, if it is to go ahead, could be very different from previous Raids. The 2021 Australian Wooden Boat Festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19. This was always a possibility and, although it is disappointing to loose a highlight of the boating calendar, it provides an opportunity for the Living Boat Trust to try something different. We still plan to hold a major small boat expedition in late January/early February 2021 but we are no longer constrained to arriving in Hobart for the AWBF – we are now free to explore other opportunities. If you would like to be part of our small boat expedition in …
    Posted Oct 25, 2020, 3:52 AM by Martin Riddle
  • Huon at Home concert November 7th‘Oh, where oh where has live music gone?  The COVID took it away from me…  The Franklin Palais is bringing it back with a Day Festival Fundraiser to support the local musicians.We know that COVID has been devastating for the arts sector and live performances, so this fundraiser is to support our local musicians.  Entertainers went months without gigs during lockdown and now face an uncertain summer, especially without festivals.’For more information, bookings etc, see the flyer or the website
    Posted Oct 23, 2020, 5:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Palais Movie Night Sunday 1 NovemberBarb Dawson writes: ‘Great News!  ‘Bring a plate to share’ was a much-enjoyed tradition of Palais Movie nights before COVID. After seeking advice, we are now re-introducing this custom. We invite you to bring a plate to share this movie night. However, if you don’t yet feel comfortable eating from a shared plate, we suggest you join us with your own BYO nibbles and snacks.  Doors open 6.30pm, bar open.  Admission $5.  Film starts after 7.15pm but before 7.30pm.’  And the film? Departures – a best foreign language Academy Award Winner. ‘Daigo is a young cellist in a Japanese city orchestra. His wife Mika works as a web designer. Times are hard for the orchestra
    Posted Oct 23, 2020, 5:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • It’s the little thingsAfter more than twenty years the brass rowlock sockets on the Grebes were getting very worn and starting to be a real problem.  Bob Tubman has been steadily replacing them with ones he has manufactured.
    Posted Oct 23, 2020, 5:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tide predictionsAt the top of the LBT webpage is a link to ‘WillyWeather tide, wind and weather (Castle Forbes Bay)’. A question which is of perennial interest is ‘how good are the tide predictions compared to actual observations?’.  A while ago Brian Marriott suggested that the river height at Huonville (the nearest point measured by BOM) would be a good proxy for observation, and we agreed.  The BOM data can be found at and  Comparative plots, first from WillyWeather, then from BOM are shown below.  As can be seen, the answer to the question is that reality is a …
    Posted Oct 25, 2020, 1:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wood carvingDennis Muscovich has been making new name signs for the cabins at Melaleuca (Port Davy).  He’s thinking of putting on a course later in the year.  A good idea?
    Posted Oct 23, 2020, 4:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • All right for someWhilst most of us wait patiently for warmer sailing weather others have taken matters into their own hands and headed north.  Hans Sipsma has just left Bowen in northern Queensland and is cruising down the coast.  Attached pic is of Gloucester Island in the Whitsundays, taken by Endra O’May who is crewing for him on the first leg of his trip.  Endra reports that they went ashore to see turtle nests with lots of goanna tracks around them.  Not so good for the turtles.  We believe Hans is on the lookout for more crew.  Anybody interested?  Meanwhile Pip Stevenson is out on the water somewhere around Sydney.  If you are subject to wheel envy you don’t want to …
    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 2:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Botanical Skiff ToursJane Johnson writes:‘Sunday October 18 saw the start of LBT “Botanical Skiff Tours” that in a leisurely fashion, discovered interesting flora and fauna along the banks of Egg Island. Crews on board Billie and Imagine took photos and even classified flowering plants. Having enjoyed the experience, plans were made to continue with fortnightly trips on Sundays at 9.30 to explore other parts of the island. The next skiff trip is November 1. There are plans to have a small exhibition of these photos with information on the local treasures to be found, and even a local brochure produced for interested locals and visitors. If you would like to join in, see Dennis or phone Jane 0400717140’.  Pics from …
    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 7:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Friday Night rowing and sailingLast Friday there were three crews out – two rowing and one sailing Monty.  A good time was had by all, and the drinks and nibbles afterwards were enjoyed after our exertions.  Let’s do it all again this week.  We need to get together a sailing email list.  If you are interested send a message to the secretary –
    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 2:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Poshing it up for Seniors afternoon teaBarbara Sharp put out the clean table cloth, the best crockery, a vase of rhododendrons, and slices and cakes from Kate Hoorweg for the Seniors Week visitors who had signed up for our special afternoon tea.
    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 6:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Seniors Week done and dustedOn Sunday afternoon Martin Riddle and Nell Tyson took out the last Seniors Week excursion group (pic below).  We could only take a limited number of passengers due to Covid restrictions, but apart from that all went extremely well, with many positive comments from happy participants.  Thanks to all who supported this activity.
    Posted Oct 18, 2020, 6:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • Black Swan all shiny and newJohn Snowdon (and friends) have Black Swan looking a treat.  They have even refurbished the plate on the transom celebrating the builders, so that we can actually read it.
    Posted Oct 23, 2020, 5:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • New thole pins for SwiftsureWe need our thole pins to be sacrificial, so they break before the oar (or the rower) in the case of a serious crab, but that means keeping up the supply.  Dennis Muscovich is on the job.
    Posted Oct 14, 2020, 3:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Rowers Newsletter is no moreFor years the rowers have been spoilt with a newsletter specially for them, but Lorrie and Natalie have decided to call it a day.  The question is: what to do next? Should we attempt to replicate the newsletter (which would be difficult – Lorrie and Natalie set a very high bar), or should we do something entirely different? If you have suggestions please send them in to the secretary:
    Posted Oct 10, 2020, 10:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dave Conway has done it againHis long wheelbase trolley has been such a hit for moving Skiffs that he offered to make a short wheelbase version for the Grebes.  We of course said ‘yes please’, and being a man of action Dave had one on the shed floor almost before we had time to draw breath.  Should be a great back saver.  Thanks Dave.
    Posted Oct 13, 2020, 2:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • A life on the ocean wavesIf you had come to the garage sale on Saturday you could have purchased some of those waves and dispensed with ever having to go on the ocean.  They were made by Graham Rankin (and friends) as scenery for a float that participated in Christmas pageants and shows – see second pic below.  If I’m not mistaken that Cap’n Graham aboard.
    Posted Oct 10, 2020, 10:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Murphy RulesThe monsoon on Friday coincided exactly with the working bee to erect the marquee for the garage sale.  We were certainly encouraged to raise shelter in the storm in a hurry.
    Posted Oct 10, 2020, 10:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Changes at the Wooden Boat CentreFrom the WBC:‘After consulting with WorkSafe Tasmania, Dept of Health and our Insurer we have now put measures in place coming up to the opening of borders, effective today 09.10.20 we are asking that all visitors to the WBC, regardless of their business MUST now Enter via the FRONT DOOR – SIGN IN, and then if access to the workshop is required, you must be escorted by a staff member.  There maybe occasions when access will be denied – as we have to protect our staff and students and volunteers.  The other issue that has been brought up, our tools and equipment can only be used by those who have been accredited to do so, and signed off by
    Posted Oct 8, 2020, 6:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Working Bee/Garage Sale Saturday October 10thSome time ago a ‘spring clean working bee/garage sale’ at the Shed was advertised in this column.  Well it is still on – this coming weekend 10am to 4pm.   We’ve already been digging under shelves and in lockers unearthing all sorts of ‘treasures’, and a spring clean should reveal more.  We can sell them from the front lawn.  Space in the shed is always at a premium, so this is a very necessary activity.  If you have genuine saleable items that you wish to contribute bring them along on the day.  There is also the opportunity to have your own ‘car boot’ or table for a $10 donation.    There will be a sausage sizzle and a ‘mystery guitarist’ to …
    Posted Oct 3, 2020, 9:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Mordialloc BanditosWhilst the absence of Covid means that we in Tasmania are able to indulge ourselves on the river we tend to forget that circumstances are more difficult elsewhere.  A couple of weeks ago when the women’s crews were covering themselves with glory in the Castle to Crane event, the only way that the Mordialloc crew in Victoria could participate was on foot, masked up.  Geoff Daniel has sent some pics.   By the look of the final one they could be going a bit stir crazy over there.
    Posted Oct 3, 2020, 9:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sundowner Row (and sail) this Friday 9th OctoberThe rowers have been organising for this first Friday of summer time, and we hope to also have Monty out on the water under sail for those who like to take it a bit easier.  Bring nibbles and drinks for the social afterwards.  See poster attached for details:
    Posted Oct 3, 2020, 3:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ouch!Kate Hoorweg, our champion Monday night cook, has broken a bone in her foot:  see impressive photo below.  Celia Leverton is stepping in to take over from Kate and rattle the pots and pans this coming Monday, and we will be organising a new dinner roster.  Watch this space.  And get well Kate!
    Posted Oct 2, 2020, 6:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Congratulations Celia Leverton (again)Celia is one of our stars.  This time she has won a Churchill fellowship:  ‘The Yulgilbar Foundation Churchill Fellowship to identify regenerative farming practices to increase landscape, business and farmer health long term – US, Canada, Mexico.’ Pic from the Weekly Times
    Posted Oct 3, 2020, 5:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cruise with the Wooden Boat Guild to Huonville 22nd NovemberThe calendar is filling up fast:  add this date to yours.  This is an annual event, usually featuring some steamboats, but also anything else that floats.  We head up to Huonville for lunch, then come back to the LBT for afternoon tea.  More details to follow.  Nancy will be going, and if you want to book a FREE seat use the form at
    Posted Oct 2, 2020, 2:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF Parade of Sail Feb 7th 2021Roscoe Barnett and Bella Laughton-Clark write:  ‘We have been throwing some exciting ideas around the AWBF office and have decided to kick off 2021 with a Parade of Sail similar to the one you all know and love. This will be done in conjunction with the Royal Hobart Regatta on Sunday 7th  February.  The Parade of Sail will start around 12pm (midday) from Blinking Billy Light and head around in a Northerly direction up past the Regatta Grounds to the Tasman Bridge, then around to the Eastern shore side for a finish. So join us, our local Tall Ships and all of our usual festival crew out on the water to celebrate our beautiful wooden boats, our maritime heritage
    Posted Oct 2, 2020, 2:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Thank you Liz and KarenFor years we rowers have been able to simply collect our oars and equipment from the Shed then head off to the pontoon in the expectation that there will be a couple of shipshape Skiffs waiting for us to get out on the water.  That expectation has been met by Liz and Karen who over all this time have been spending their Wednesdays (and more) on maintenance.  They have decided it is time to hand this job on to a new team.  They will be a very hard act to follow.
    Posted Oct 2, 2020, 1:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rhythm of Life – Palais Theatre, Sunday 11 October 2.30pmBarbara Dawson writes:‘Tasmanian Song Company invites you to their “Rhythm of Life” choral concert, showcasing a variety of songs that embrace all aspects of life, reflecting the ups and downs that 2020 has brought us all. The program will include favourites such as, As Time Goes By, I Can See Clearly Now, Billy Joel’s Lullaby and the upbeat Rhythm of LifeAdults $15, children $10Pre-purchase tickets at’ 
    Posted Oct 2, 2020, 1:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Garage Sale Saturday 10th OctoberThere will be a garage sale at the Palais 9am – 2pm and we plan to hold one on the same day at the LBT.
    Posted Sep 30, 2020, 10:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Seniors Week (12-17 October)This is a big opportunity for the LBT.  Nancy is ideal for getting seniors out on the water, and they (we?) love it.  The advertisement in the COTA Newsletter reads as follows.‘Cruise the Huon river aboard the historic motor launch ‘Nancy’. Explore the Egg Islands and the picturesque rural land around Franklin. The Nancy has good all-weather shelter and a few steps to get on board (but no wheelchair access). Passenger numbers (normally 12) may be limited by Covid restrictions. Tours may be postponed if conditions are extreme.’The dates are:Monday 12th October 1:00pm–2:30; Tuesday 13th October 1:00pm–2:30pm; Wednesday 14th October 1:00pm–2:30pm; Thursday 15th October 1:00pm–2 …
    Posted Sep 23, 2020, 9:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • President’s 2020 ReportVery much worth a read:
    Posted Sep 23, 2020, 2:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Congratulations to Castle to Crane CrewsIn a previous post we reported admiringly (and somewhat enviously) that the Women’s Open and 50+ teams had posted times of around 53 minutes in the 8km Castle to Crane international open boat rowing time trial.  The results are now in, and the reported times were good enough to WIN THOSE DIVISIONS.  We are now doubly envious.  Congratulations to all involved (see their pictures below).  This is a huge result.Pics supplied by Lorrie HarrisonMeanwhile, for another perspective on the event, LBT member Sally Ward reports from Scotland.‘Congratulations to all the crews who took up the Castle To Crane 5 mile/8km challenge on 19th September. You were in my thoughts – and the LBT shirt was on
    Posted Sep 21, 2020, 3:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Castle to Crane Home Water EditionLorrie Harrison writes:’You may have noticed 3 dedicated St Ayles crews training on the grueling 8km course, starting at the LBT and turning at the red marker just past Braeside. It is one hour of hard rowing, long strong strokes and no stopping for a rest or floating back with the tide. The Castle to Crane race comes to us from Glasgow, where it has been part of the Clydebuilt Festival for the last 4 years.  Covid has forced the organisers to think outside the box. So this year every fixed seat rowing club in the World was invited to participate via an app on their phone that would record distance and time. In communities where covid restrictions
    Posted Sep 20, 2020, 1:26 AM by Posts Editor
  • A new committeePeter Laidlaw’s presidential address alone was worth the price of admission to the AGM on Saturday night,  but it was only one of the highlights.  Mixed with other excitements was the election of a new committee.  Here it is.President: Peter LaidlawTreasurer: Rod MacfarlanSecretary: Richard ForsterGeneral Members:  Jane Johnson;  Endra O’May; Michelle Crawford; Mike Hewitt; Tom Stevens;  Martin Riddle;  Andrew Ritchie;  Paul Woodcock.
    Posted Sep 20, 2020, 12:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Castle to Crane Five Miles From HomeThe race is THIS SATURDAY 19th. We now have 3 crews!!! I know you all want to be standing along the bank cheering loudly, taking photos and joining us for a post race coffee at Franks. You’re all invited.   Crews Racing:  8am Castle Forbes Bay;   9am The 5 Mile Crew;   4:00pm Huon 5-O.The race will start and finish about the LBT shed. World wide over 100 crews have entered this 5 mile race. The only other Australian team is Mordiallac, who are still under strict Covid restrictions and not permitted to row. So they are in the alternative event. Walking 5 miles along a beach, each person maintaining the 1.5m distance. Mordy has managed to …
    Posted Sep 18, 2020, 6:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday afternoonsThe team are making steady progress working on our fleet – sealing seams, installing a keel, fixing a mast bracket, building a new rudder and more. See pics below.  Come and join in the fun from 3pm before dinner.
    Posted Sep 17, 2020, 2:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • On the Water Program 2020As all those who have been involved know, one of the best things the Living Boat Trust does is the On the Water Program for primary school students.  For many of the children it is a first opportunity to be in a boat. Many start out very timorous, but by the end of the program are confident and ready to take responsibility and take charge. One of the reasons is that our Grebes are ideal for this introduction.  To find out more see the program overview at order to make it happen we need LBT members as skippers and safety boat drivers.  We have delayed organising this program because of the ‘you know what’, but …
    Posted Sep 13, 2020, 4:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nominations for LBT 2020-21 CommitteeThe following nominations have been received.Peter Laidlaw (president); .  Rod Macfarlan (treasurer); Richard Forster (secretary).  General Committee:Jane Johnson;  Endra O’May; Michelle Crawford; Mike Hewitt; Tom Stevens; Martin Riddle; Andrew Ritchie; David Pittaway; Paul Woodcock.  As there are 12 nominations and only 11 positions on committee there will be an election at the AGM.
    Posted Sep 13, 2020, 3:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Opening your computer – how not to be afraidDavid Moore writes:Like everyone I am having to reinvent how I work and make a living.  To this end I am running my first workshop out of my home office in Franklin: ‘Opening your computer – how not to be afraid‘.  Bookings and info’ here:  and here:
    Posted Sep 12, 2020, 2:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sept 19th: AGM and Quiz nightA reminder that the LBT AGM starts at 6pm Saturday 19th September in the Palais supper room, 3388 Huon Hwy Franklin.  Lots of parking opposite around the oval.  All the relevant documents can be found at  And directly after at 7pm we will be moving downstairs to join the Palais quiz night.  A list of tables and those on them is shown below.  Looks like we are one short on one table: contact the secretary  and he will auction it off.  Barb Dawson sent the following reminders.1) Palais doors will open from 6.30; quiz starts at 7pm – pay $5 on the night.  2) BYO snacks/nibbles but not BYO drinks …
    Posted Sep 12, 2020, 2:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • An historic rowing destinationA few hundred metres downstream from the Egg Island canal entrance on the Cradoc side of the river is the old Rowe family farm Orchardlea.  The Rowes were heavily involved in the shipping trade, and the remains of two of their boats are still there.  ‘Skipjack’ was built as a ketch in Franklin in 1861, and later converted to steam.  All that remains visible of her is the stem, poking up out of the river.  Behind her in the picture below is Taruna, propped on the bank.  In her heyday Taruna was a very sleek ferry, see the pic from Graham Broxham’s book ‘Those that survive’ below.   Pics from Dennis Muscovich and Endra O’May
    Posted Sep 10, 2020, 6:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club opening day October 3rdTom Stevens writes:‘The Huon Yacht Club would like to invite members of the Living Boat Trust along to our Club Open Day and Sail Past Sat 3rd Oct to officially open the new Sailing season.   Additionally if any of the LBT fleet of Sail or Rowing boats would be able to participate in the Sail Past at 12:30pm you would be most welcome. We have enjoyed many visits in the past from the LBT and would like to encourage further participation in this and other boating events between the organisations.  Please see attached Flyer for distribution. For Catering and COVID planning Pease request your members attending to notify our Rear Commodore, Suzannah Arkle on  rear.commodore@huonyachtclub
    Posted Sep 10, 2020, 4:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nominations for LBT CommitteeAccording to the constitution nominations for positions on the committee need to be received at least 10 days before the AGM.  Get yours in NOW.  There are paper forms at the Shed, or download one from, where you will find all the documents relating to the AGM.
    Posted Sep 6, 2020, 2:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • FWWA/Wooden Boat Centre AGMAll financial members are warmly invited to the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of  the Franklin Working Waterfront Association (FWWA) owners and operators of Wooden Boat Centre, Sunday 27th of September at 3pm  at the Wooden Boat Centre(3333 Huon Highway, Franklin Tasmania).  Afternoon tea will be provided after the AGM.   If you are passionate about the Wooden Boat Centre and would like to nominate for a position on the FWWA Committee please fill out the attached form and return to the Wooden Boat Centre or email it back to .  Please note you must be a financial member to attend, vote & nominate at an AGM.  Membership can be paid on the day.  AGM’s are a great opportunity to …
    Posted Sep 4, 2020, 6:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • Oselvar – a traditional Norwegian boatThe Oselvar is a hand-crafted Norwegian boat built in a tradition that has endured for almost 2,000 years. Valued for their rowing and sailing capabilities and now also for leasure, they were not only used on the Norwegian west coast but also traded for some hundreds of years as far afield as Shetland, Orkney and Scotland. If interested there is further reading available in the article “The Oselvar Boatyard” , in an interview with Åsmund Lien, the manager of Norway’s Oselvarverkstaden, or the Oselvar workshop, and in this article “The Oselvar from Norway”.Here is a video describing the Oselvar and its construction.  (from the Oselvarverkstaden website;
    Posted Sep 4, 2020, 12:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • Living on the WaterMost of us who hang around the Shed aspire to get on the water as much as possible, but actually living there another matter.  Beth from ‘Bella Luna’, which is tied up to the Wooden Boat Centre Wharf, writes a terrific blog about what is involved: ‘Life aboard a catamaran – while trying to build a very small house with no money‘.   Catch it at  Pic from Beth
    Posted Sep 3, 2020, 9:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Visit to the Shed by Nick Street Monday September 8th, 10amNick is one of our Liberal members of parliament, and he is doing the rounds to meet the local communities.  If you would like to participate in this meeting please email the secretary:
    Posted Sep 2, 2020, 6:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Start of a project boat?Hans Sipsma was considering it, but he probably needs more than the remnants shown in the pics below to make a start.  They were found washed up on the wild west coast near Marawah.  Once upon a time this place was a ‘culinary capital’.  You’d collect your shellfish from the nearby rock gutters, take them up to the dugout on the nearest midden for a bit of shelter, light a fire and sit back and eat, chucking the remains over your shoulder to add to the construction.  Judging from the size of the middens it was a very popular thing to do for a very long time.  It is a place to pause and reflect on the past.  Pics
    Posted Aug 30, 2020, 8:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • News from a Scottish memberSally Ward writes:‘We have finally got the the go ahead from the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association to get back out on the water – wahay!  But although I may not have been able to row for the last five months, I’ve made good use of my LBT Shirt which has proved to be great for cycling too – I like to be visible!’
    Posted Aug 30, 2020, 3:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • A Norwegian Raid – Den Store Roen 2020Imagine you have found a really interesting video of a foreign  raid, but alas you do not speak the language. What to do? And then you watch and realise there is a common tongue.   We all speak “Raid, Row and Adventure!”Report from Den Store Roen 2020 – a family-friendly rowing trip that starts at the Horda Museum and went through narrow straits to Hjellestad and south to the Lysefjord.>>Click here to go there<<
    Posted Aug 29, 2020, 4:16 AM by Posts Editor
  • News from the Spring Bay Community Boat Shed“I believe it is called ‘resuming after a spell’ in some circles – for us it is time we were getting out there again!This information sheet covers August and September unless another newssheet is required.Happy Days and safe boating ; keep well in these strange times.David and The SBCBS Crew.”>>Download the newsletter<<
    Posted Aug 26, 2020, 7:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • In the Boat Shed, Gavin Atkins blogKevin Robson reminded us of Gavin Atkin’s weblog, which to quote Gavin is ” for the sort of people who like looking inside boat sheds.”It’s about old boats, traditional boats, boat building, restoration, the sea and the North Kent Coast UK.It is indeed an eclectic commentary about boats and things boaty and an entertaining read. As well as being  a musician and author, Gavin also offers free boat plans on his website.If this strikes your fancy check it out at
    Posted Aug 26, 2020, 3:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Capricornia prepped for paintOne of the many LBT activities; here’s a few of the team scraping and sanding Capricornia on Monday afternoon.
    Posted Aug 25, 2020, 6:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • COVID Quiz Night – Palais Theatre, Saturday 19 September, 7pmCalling all quiz enthusiasts – a night of fun, friendly competition and creativity.  David Pittaway has agreed to be our quizmaster for this Palais fundraising event, starting at 7pm (doors open 6.45) after the LBT AGM.  There will be a COVID inspired hat competition – be in to win ‘best COVID themed headgear’ on the night.  This event is proving to be very popular so book SOON – first come first served. The Palais have kindly reserved some tables for us, but they cannot hold them for too long.  There will be a booking sheet in the Shed. Alternatively do it online: check who has already booked on the list at and add your name using the form …
    Posted Aug 30, 2020, 3:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hot Potato night Saturday 29th August, at the Yacht ClubHi LBT,We are having a Hot Potato night next Saturday at the Yacht Club and we would like to invite along the members of LBT to join us.Anyone wishing to attend lets me know either by email ( or phone (0413503483) so we know how many we are catering for!Many thanks,Suzannah (Arkle)Rear Commodore Huon Yacht Club(Contact details are n the flyer)
    Posted Aug 25, 2020, 5:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • MOVIE NIGHT AT THE PALAIS: ‘SPIRITED AWAY’Sunday 6 SeptemberSpirited Away is a Japanese animated movie, which still holds the record as the most successful film in that country, beating Titanic at the box office when it was released in 2001. In the same year it won the Oscar for the best Animated Film, and in 2002 it won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Since then Spirited Away has received universal acclaim and is frequently ranked among the greatest animated films ever made.Door opens 6.30, bar availableMovie starts after 7.15 but before 7.30.BYO nibbles/snacksMandated COVID safe protocols will be in place.
    Posted Aug 25, 2020, 4:07 AM by Posts Editor
  • Return of the Sundowner RowJust over a month to daylight saving! Friday 9 October will mark the return of our evening row and a great way to start the weekend. It has been suggested we start at 5:30 to make it a bit easier for the workers among us to get down to the LBT and get sorted into crews.We have already had enquiries from new rowers so all 3 skiffs could be on the water each Friday night, maybe Swiftsure will also find a crew.
    Posted Aug 22, 2020, 7:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Castle to Crane Home Waters EditionThe LBT have two crews training for this 5 mile race to be held on our home water, The Huon River, on the weekend of the 19 September. In a pre Covid world this race has been held in Glasgow, but this year it is open to any club and any fixed seat rowers.Both crews have been training hard and have easily cracked the under 1 hour time.Any other crew like to join us? Crews are registered individually.  For more info go to :
    Posted Aug 22, 2020, 6:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • 2,500 postsIf you scroll to the bottom of the LBT news column you will see that we have just ticked over 2,500 posts.  What an active little place we are.
    Posted Aug 21, 2020, 3:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Seniors Week: 12th-18thCOTA are finalising the program for Seniors Week, which includes excursions on Nancy.  ‘Cruise the Huon river aboard the historic motor launch ‘Nancy’. Explore the Egg Islands and the picturesque rural land around Franklin. The Nancy has good all-weather shelter and a few steps to get on board (but no wheelchair access). Passenger numbers (normally 12) may be limited by Covid restrictions. Tours may be postponed if conditions are extreme.’  Our skippers are standing by but we could do with some more helpers: deckhands and shore support.  If you can help out please respond by contacting the secretary: Here is an opportunity to get out on the river and meet some great people.
    Posted Aug 21, 2020, 3:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boats in the ShedGraham Wright sent pics of two of the boats currently being tended to:  Capricornia and Viking.
    Posted Aug 21, 2020, 2:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • WOW in winterThey breed ’em tough on the Huon.  Pic from David Nash
    Posted Aug 21, 2020, 2:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for LBT Committee August MeetingThese minutes can be viewed at  This is the last meeting for the current committee.  See you all at the AGM, September 19th, Palais supper room!
    Posted Aug 21, 2020, 2:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • February 2021 RegattaThe world is topsy turvy and the Wooden Boat Festival has been cancelled, but we are still planning for a Skiff regatta on February 13-14 next year.  A suggested program is shown below, but at this stage all options are open.   We need a group to organise this: if you can help contact Jane Johnson,  0400 717 140.The Franklin St Ayles Skiff Regatta – Program 2021Proposed Course Rowing Ways, South 500m turn to starboard, Rowing WaysFriday February 12, 2021 PracticesSaturday February 13, 2021 best time, no finalsLong row race, Opening Ceremony, Huonville or Port Huon to Franklin 4pm      Parade and Oar Salute       5pm     Welcome BBQ LBTSunday February 14, 2021, Race Day …
    Posted Aug 15, 2020, 8:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting Thursday 20th AugustAn agenda for this meeting is being prepared at  Draft Minutes for the last meeting can be viewed at
    Posted Aug 14, 2020, 3:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Call for nominations for the LBT CommitteeOne of the major tasks for the AGM to be held on September the 19th is to elect a committee for 2020-21.  Nomination forms have been printed and can be collected from the LBT shed.  Alternatively download and print one from nominators and nominatees need to be financial members, so get that sorted out first (or at the same time) if it is an issue. For details about membership payments see on the current committee (see list at strongly encourage every member to consider nominating.  All committees needs a periodic infusion of new ideas, new expertise and new enthusiasm.  The Trust is …
    Posted Aug 14, 2020, 8:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Calling all LBT nerdsThe LBT website is built on a product called Google Sites (classic). Last week we received an announcement from Google which reads (in part): Starting December 2021 – When users try to visit a classic Site, they will no longer see the website content. Any remaining classic Sites will automatically be: downloaded as an archive; and  replaced with a draft in the new Sites experience for site owners to review and publish.  For us that means that and the weekly newsletter which is based on it go away.  The ‘new Sites’ mentioned lacks many features which we currently use and feel we need.  There is a strong possibility that we will have to migrate to another platform, assuming …
    Posted Aug 15, 2020, 5:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy and Rowan on dutyon a misty Tuesday morning when the thermometer was trying to nudge above 1 degree,  Brian Pain and Brian Marriott aboard Nancy and Mike Dredge on Rowan ferried the Tasmanian Land Conservancy crew up to North Egg Island for their first weeding day of the season.  We hope they thawed out when they got ashore.
    Posted Aug 10, 2020, 7:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • DeckeeGary Macdonald pointed us to this free, community based app for sailors, , which can also be run from your web browser. ‘Stay safe and informed on the water, with help from fellow boaters Crowdsourced reports, weather conditions, vessel positions and safety alerts.’ And it is endorsed by MAST.
    Posted Aug 9, 2020, 3:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon is backCap’n O’May scanned to horizon for danger, whilst Cap’n Laidlaw (assisted by first mate Bonny) took charge of the pontoon, and soon enough order was restored.
    Posted Aug 8, 2020, 7:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Project boat column: Telita needs new homeTelita is a sister boat to ‘Nancy’ and ‘Eva Blanche’.  From the Facebook page (  ‘TELITA will be given away to the person or organisation provided they are prepared to preserve or restore her for future generations! For more information please contact the owner Dirk Lorenzen.  Phone 0425 277415 or Email.’  She is currently tied up at Strahan. Tom Stevens thinks ‘this would be a great restoration project for the Franklin Community to take on‘.  Have a look and see what you think.     Pic from
    Posted Aug 8, 2020, 6:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon gone for a wanderDennis Muscovich turned up for duty at the Wooden Boat Centre on Monday to discover that the pontoon normally secured to their dock had been set loose and was tied up to the dinghy shed.  It was put back in place and re-roped,  but worryingly it was untied again and this time ended up in south Franklin where Hayden Abbott rescued it.  If anybody knows what is going on please let us know (
    Posted Aug 2, 2020, 3:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Come and help the TLCThe TLC in question is the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, and they need assistance to render some Tender Loving Care to the Egg Islands.  Specifically they need people with  motor boat licenses to transport their volunteers on August 11-12, 28-30.  If you think you can help out please add your name to the list below by entering your details through the form at .  It should be fun!To find out more about the Conservancy and the Egg Islands see   There is a nice video at
    Posted Jul 29, 2020, 6:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boats MondayThe boat working group got underway on Monday afternoon.  A job list for Capricornia was compiled (see below) and a good start made.  Come and join us at 3pm and help us get the fleet shipshape and learn a few skills along the way.
    Posted Jul 29, 2020, 6:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT AGM September 19thAt the July committee meeting it was decided that the 2020 AGM should be held on September 19th at 6pm, subject of course to Covid restrictions allowing this.  All the related documents can be found online in the 2020 AGM folder which is accessible by clicking on the ‘Resources’ tab at the top of the homepage, or directly at  .  These include a draft agenda and a committee member nomination form.
    Posted Jul 26, 2020, 5:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah – is it on?Events in Victoria and recent announcements by Peter Gutwin (Premier of Tasmania for those who are elsewhere) have had people asking where we stand with Tawe Nunnugah.  This was a topic of discussion at the recent Committee meeting, and the answer is that we are enthusiastic to go ahead, but with the expectation that we will have to be very flexible.  It may end up being a Tasmanian event only, or at the opposite extreme all our international friends may be able to come along.  We have after all been through something similar, with the 2019 Tawe Nunnugah being severely impacted by bushfires.  We were still able to have a lot of fun on that occasion, and to come to …
    Posted Jul 26, 2020, 3:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Working on Boats group starting Monday July 27thCome along at 3pm to help get our boats ready for the new season.  Piet Lunstedt brought the big trailer over last week and Capricornia was hauled out and under the verandah.  She has been cleaned out and Endra O’May has applied the first coat of oil to the mast, so work has already begun.  There are lots more boats awaiting similar attention.  It should be fun!
    Posted Jul 26, 2020, 3:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • AED newsIt was recently reported in this column that Deb van Velsen had organised for a defibrillator (AED) to be located at the LBT.  Deb writes:  ‘The LBT was successful in getting a grant from the Huon Valley Council for a protective carry case for the AED, when the LBT or other groups take it away for trips or events.  The first session on the using AED was with the Tuesday Group who asked great questions.  Online training including 2 short videos is at:  The  information card below has been added to the AED bag, along with a pencil.  If the AED is used, please follow the instructions on the card, answer the questions
    Posted Jul 22, 2020, 6:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Latest news from the AWBFSee Catch an interview with Andy Gamlin, and it looks like Mark, Zoe and Daisy aren’t the only family team building a stitch and glue (call in at the Shed to see the progress they have made). Pic from
    Posted Jul 19, 2020, 3:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Courses at the Wooden Boat FestivalOur Wooden Boat Centre is running courses in oar making, skin on frame kayak building, and skin on frame Whitehall building.  See .  We particularly like the Whitehall – a dinghy almost the size of Grebe that weighs 27kg.  And the even better news is that whilst you need to book now there is time to save up!Pic from
    Posted Jul 19, 2020, 3:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Easy rowingLast week Freyja was spotted sliding quietly down river – under sail.  That’s the way to do it.
    Posted Jul 19, 2020, 3:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Dick GeevesWe have received word that old friend of the LBT Dr Dick Geeves has died.  As soon as we know more about memorial services or any other related events we will pass them on.Dick was a larger than life character and there is a fund of Dick stories.  His last big project with us was the flagpole, which he brought from the scout headquarters at the Lea, restored, and organised to have erected outside the front of the shed.  Not bad for a bloke in his nineties.
    Posted Jul 19, 2020, 2:41 AM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes from July LBT Committee meetingGet ’em from
    Posted Jul 16, 2020, 7:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting Thursday 16th JulyAn agenda for this meeting is being prepared at .  See the minutes for the June meeting at .  If there is something you wish to see addressed contact the secretary:
    Posted Jul 12, 2020, 3:30 AM by Posts Editor
  • Skiff Launch in W.A.Those with a really bad case of Covid induced cabin fever may want to consider a trip to Augusta in southern Western Australia to relieve the symptoms – you can’t get much further away from Tasmania than that at the moment.  Jane Johnson tells us that they will be launching a pair of Skiffs there on September 27.     ‘It will be a great occasion given the delay due to Covid restrictions. All will be welcome at the launch and Augusta is beautiful. Contact Jane for further details 0400717140’  They are (spray) painting at the moment – see the Facebook page for this and more details: .
    Posted Jul 12, 2020, 3:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Improving the GrebesEd Wykeman was sick of the rigging falling down and snagging around the base of the mast when sailing Huon Explorer, so he has added a collar to prevent this happening.  If it is a success we can do this with the other boats.  Thanks Ed. Pic from Ed Wykeman
    Posted Jul 9, 2020, 4:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs on the waterAs soon as the anti-foul had dried (thanks Karen) ‘Imagine’ was launched on Tuesday to join Freya for an inaugural row for the winter season up around North Egg Island.  And on Thursday she was out again to take advantage of the sunny afternoon and join a pod of dolphins in the channel between the islands.  Pics from Jenny Blackburn and Endra O’May.
    Posted Jul 9, 2020, 4:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • People of the SeaGary Macdonald pointed us to this upcoming publication from James Wharram, the designer and sailer of Polynesian inspired catamarans. ‘Inspired by the lifetime of creativity and discovery James describes in this book, many modern People of the Sea are sailing the world’s oceans, seas, coasts and rivers in craft they have built for themselves to James Wharram designs.’  See
    Posted Jul 5, 2020, 3:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Take on Tassie takes on YukonTourism Tasmania have made a series of short promotional films to encourage intrastate tourism, and one of them features ‘Yukon’.  Watch it at  .  There is lots more about Yukon on their web page and Facebook page
    Posted Jul 2, 2020, 3:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Festival NewsFor the latest from the festival see
    Posted Jul 2, 2020, 5:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Keeping the LBT beautifulThank you Landcare for tending to the ‘native plants belt’ which provides an eye pleasing and effective border to the car park.  From their Facebook page:‘Today a few intrepid Landcarers braved the freezing foggy conditions to do a bit of maintenance on the LBT mound that we planted up in 2017. It has really matured nicely with the grasses and prostrate natives merging to make an attractive ground cover. The wattle is Acacia genistifolia prostrate form and the correa is C. backhouseana. We thawed by having coffee looking out at the marina and admiring the new rock wall.’For more about Franklin Landcare see
    Posted Jul 1, 2020, 3:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs: why row ’em?Sally Ward from Scotland, who spent last summer with us building boats and getting on the water, sent us a link to this nice video with an explanation for the question posed above: .
    Posted Jun 28, 2020, 3:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Restrictions on rowing Skiffs liftedJane Johnson from the Rowing Subcommittee writes (on June 28th):  ‘Covid restrictions have been lifted so full crews are allowed on Grebes and Skiffs. Have fun out on the water! Please ensure that other preventative measures are followed such as handwashing and coughing/sneezing etiquette.’ 
    Posted Jun 28, 2020, 3:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Improving Tasmania’s health and wellbeingThe Tasmanian Government recently announced that ‘a total of $2 million will be available for community organisations and local governments to help improve the health and well being of their communities’.  See for details.  In the past the LBT has successfully used similar grants to fund relevant programs, and we could do so again in the future. If members see an opportunity for the LBT here and wish to be involved please contact the secretary:
    Posted Jun 28, 2020, 2:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • 2020-21 Membership DuesThe bad news is that LBT memberships lapse at the end of the financial year (June 30th) and that members will shortly be receiving reminders to pay for renewal.  The good news is that the cost remains the same as it has been for a number of years now: $70Au family, $40Au individual and $125Au corporate.There are a number of ways of making a payment (make sure there is sufficient information included to identify you). * Cheque sent to 3337 Huon Hwy Franklin Tasmania 7113 * By Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using your online bank account:    BENDIGO BANK    HUONVILLE BRANCH    BSB   633-000    AC    149496275   LIVING BOAT TRUST   * In an envelope deposited into the money box slot by the main door
    Posted Jun 28, 2020, 2:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT shed has a Mobile ‘Defib’ machine (AED)AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator, and it is a good thing for a demographic which is getting too old, exercising (on and off) too hard and (for some of us at least) losing neurons too fast. It is a ‘smart machine’ and does most of the brain work involved in getting a failing heart going again as well as supplying the necessary jolt.  Deb van Velsen writes:   ‘Recently the LBT was successful in receiving an AED and cabinet from the Ambulance Tasmania Community Defibrillator Fund.  The AED and cabinet have been installed by the Tuesday Group in an easy to see place by the toilet door.  We encourage all LBT members (and anyone else) to do a short online
    Posted Jun 28, 2020, 2:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mistral IIOur president (‘The Great Rudder’) Peter Laidlaw has been leading a team restoring the historic yacht Mistral II in Constitution Dock.  Of course the teamwork largely ended a couple of months ago, but Pete has been keeping at it and has the transom out for repair – see pics from Endra O’May below.  For more about the boat see .
    Posted Jun 21, 2020, 4:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre opening July 1stIn another sign of the improving times, the Wooden Boat Centre have announced that they will be opening up for tours from July 1st.  It has been a hive of activity over there during the shutdown, with the students working on various boats.  The most impressive is a large strip planked ‘Franklin 29’ motor launch – pics below.     Pics from WBC Facebook page
    Posted Jun 21, 2020, 3:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Julie Burgess to stay in DevonportGraeme Norris keeps us up to date with goings on on the North Coast, and he reports that the ‘Julie Burgess’ will stay in Devonport. From the Advocate:  ‘The council voted seven to one at Monday’s meeting to hand over the ship’s operation to the Julie Burgess Working Committee and negotiate an agreement for the transfer of the vessel on the basis the council provides financial assistance of $50,000 for the first year, and $40,000 pa after that for five years. The council will also build a concrete slab suitable for a shipping container in Reg Hope Park with power to the site to provide a base for the not-for-profit operator and grant a
    Posted Jun 21, 2020, 3:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boat building in IndonesiaMike Dredge writes:  ‘Some years ago I was involved in ashort aid project in Madura, an island to the east of Java. Theconcept was to teach the local fisheries management team how to bestmanage their local resources. Given that: a) the area they managed coveredabout 2000 nautical miles and contained a fleet of wellover 2000 boats;  b) the fisheries management teamexpected me to show them how to catch more fish from this tiny,crowded pond by using up-to-date technology and,  c) my background and training hasalways been about managing sustainable fisheries and fishing forprofit whereas the locals fish for protein and kept everything theycaught, down to about 10
    Posted Jun 21, 2020, 3:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting this coming Thursday 18th JuneFind the agenda at .  If you want something addressed send details to the secretary,  Find the minutes for the last meeting at
    Posted Jun 14, 2020, 3:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Policy at the LBT, as at June 13thJane Johnson and Mike Hewitt write (on behalf of the committee): ‘In June 2020, COVID restrictions are being lifted, however some remain in place until further notice:  Rowing of Grebes is permitted as long as a 1.5m distance is kept between all people on board, a cox and a rower in bow seat would meet these requirements. The exception to this is a group of people from one household e.g. a family, may row together.  Rowing of Skiffs is allowed with a cox and a rower in bow and three – i.e. 3 people on board. The Netherlands skiffs have continued rowing with 3 crew members as above.  We would encourage everyone to get out rowing on the
    Posted Jun 14, 2020, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing St Ayles Skiffs in WAJohn Longley sent the attached pics.  He writes:‘A couple of pics showing our rigs. The top one is Dotsie with the full sail. The second is Ripple with one reef and in the background Dotsie with the second reef in.  The sails and spars all pack into a long bag that we lash out of the way down one side of the skiff when we are rowing.  The mast is unstayed and the rig is a simple Sprit rig.’He tells us that they can have everything down and be rowing within a couple of minutes.  A couple of years ago they attempted to sail, in a yawl, the  route up the Swan River taken by James Stirling the …
    Posted Jun 14, 2020, 3:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday group back on the jobThe Tuesday group has been back for a couple of weeks now, doing the regular jobs (Nancy maintenance) and the irregular (who knows what will turn up) with Graham Wright’s pictures to tell us what has been happening. The new defibrillator has been installed facing the main door and beside the bathroom.Karen has removed the flaking antifoul from Imagine in preparation for a new coat.Mark is getting the grounds back under control.
    Posted Jun 9, 2020, 2:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • All spaced out at Monday night dinnerEndra did the cleaning, Kate did the cooking, and the rest of us did the eating.  It was a good night.  May there be many more.  Pic from Endra O’May
    Posted Jun 8, 2020, 6:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Council approves foreshore redevelopment planOn May 27th the council resolved the following.  The Report on the Community Engagement Summary Report on the Draft Franklin Foreshore Rehabilitation and Development Plan be received and noted.  The Draft Revised Franklin Foreshore Rehabilitation and Development Plan Attachment C is adopted for implementation subject to a Deed of Variation from the Grant Funding Body.  Subject to final approval from the funding body Council undertakes further engagement with the key stakeholders on the final designs and implementation of the Public Toilet, landscaping, and interpretive history signage.  The minutes with further details and discussion about this item are attached:  These minutes refer to attachments, which are available at …
    Posted Jun 8, 2020, 6:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • QuestA while back an advertisement seeking a new home for the vintage model sailing yacht Quest was placed in this column: .  Jos Verbaken took up the restoration challenge and writes:‘I have registered to display the quest at WBF 2020. Work is well underway and I hope to be able to arrange a visit to Franklin, in particular I would like some help in identifying the various timbers. The hull and deck planking seems to be Huon pine, not sure about the keel, deck beams and transom.I have made a cradle and fibreglass mold to hold the hull in shape while I work on it.’  Pics from Jos below.
    Posted Jun 7, 2020, 3:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Covid 19 PolicyThe LBT recently completed the Government policy template, which can be viewed at or in the folder on the shelving with our other documents.
    Posted Jun 7, 2020, 5:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • A new boat build at the LBTIt seems only a yesterday that Zoe, Daisy and Mark Adams were marking up the plywood to make a Duo Dinghy, but that can’t be right – yesterday Daisy was all set to cut the almost completed boat into it’s two nesting parts.  Pics below.  Back in March the Adams family suddenly found that their visit to Franklin aboard their cruising catamaran Bella Luna was to be significantly extended, and that it was a good time for projects such as this one.  Zoe is also making wooden pendants (on sale at the post office), and her mother Beth is making wooden crochet hooks.  Further pics below.  We will be seeing more of the family.  They have bought the block …
    Posted Jun 8, 2020, 6:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night dinner is back: June 8thThe Tasmanian Government has brought forward opening up and so have we.  Paul Frost has put the requisit signage up, Kate Horweg has plans for managing the kitchen with a maximum of 2 helpers, and 20 of us can space ourselves out down the shed with 1.5metres separation.  Bring your own loud hailer for conversation, and send a text to Kate on 0419 6934 15 if you want to come.  Bookings essential.
    Posted Jun 5, 2020, 5:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Congratulations Glyn ShevelsGlyn Shevels has received an ‘Outstanding Volunteer Service Award’,  the brief citation for which reads as follows.  ‘Glynn Shevels arrived in Tasmania in 2010 and immediately become involved in the Living Boat Trust at Franklin, volunteering in their workshops repairing and maintaining boats in their fleet as well as running the Safety on the Water program for school students.  This role expanded his networks to include working with Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) and Volunteer Marine Rescue to deliver and promote Safety on the Water education in the community and at the Huon Valley Trade Training Centre where he volunteers as the Coxswain Course Teacher.’  Glyn took on a leadership role and was responsible for numerous initiatives at the LBT …
    Posted May 31, 2020, 3:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Another binge watchWe have been pointed to another well documented boat build:  ‘There’s another Youtube channel that may interest LBT members and that’s ‘Acorn to Arabella’. Two young blokes building an Atkins ‘Ingrid’ design from scratch i.e chopping down the tress and milling the logs. Neither have any boat building experience but are capable woodworkers. They come up with some unique solutions to the problems they come across.. New videos every Friday night: ‘
    Posted May 27, 2020, 3:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cat Dink – Gary Macdonald’s isolation projectGary has built himself a catamaran rowing dinghy, and posted details of the build at  It will be interesting to hear how well it performs on the water: does sound like a good idea.
    Posted May 26, 2020, 5:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Binge viewingIf you want a boat building alternative to Netflix Sally Ward recommends ‘Sampson Boat Co, Tally Ho, Rebuilding a 1910 Gaff Cutter’ – There is somewhere north of 30 hours of detailed video documentation divided into 78 episodes (so far). For a (relatively) quick overview you could try episode 48
    Posted May 23, 2020, 6:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rainbow seasonJohn Snowdon sent in this pic.
    Posted May 23, 2020, 5:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • The way we wereEndra O’May was sorting through a pile of books from her late father when she came across the 1950 Tasmanian Business Directory (‘renowned for accuracy’). Along with many other small towns Frankiin has an entry – see below.  We had a population of 1050 and possessed ‘a good reticulated water supply and a septic tank sewage system’.  We were big on sawmilling and orchards: ‘the annual output of apples and pears is about 1,250,000 bushels and berry fruits approximately 150 tons’ (a bushel is roughly 20 kilos).  The list of orchardists spreads over two pages.  There were lots of clubs and activities, and we had our own (registered) bookmaker.   It was so much worse in the old days …
    Posted May 23, 2020, 5:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • An LBT story from Mike DredgeLast week’s tales took us to the southern ocean, this week we are in the tropics – the remotest waters off north east New Guinea and the island of Nuguria.  See attached:  What a rich collection of story tellers we have in our midst.  Who knew?  Pics from Mike below.  Village Festival  Mothership Fishing Dory Day’s fishing At work – ideal conditionsVisitors in fisherman’s canoeVillage life Swamp taroe harvest  Village from the sea   The village of Bursaria Barracouta
    Posted May 18, 2020, 6:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Another way to get on the waterWe were rowing towards the boat ramp on Sunday when we were startled by a roar and turned around to see a hovercraft gliding across the river.  Later discussion with its builder and pilot Martin revealed that he too was concerned by the roar and has plans to modify the design to reduce it to a whisper.  He and Charlotte have moved to Glen Huon where they plan to manufacture these craft.
    Posted May 17, 2020, 3:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Flowers on the HuonWe are looking forward to ’em, but now is a good time to appreciate some of the photos taken last spring as part of a project by Endra O’May, Jane Johnson and others to document the plants of Egg Island. Pics from Endra O’May
    Posted May 17, 2020, 3:16 AM by Posts Editor
  • An LBT Story from Ian Moncrieff and Di SullivanIan writes: ‘LBT members may remember seeing Last One a skiff designed by Allan Witt at the LBT during the summer of 2017/18 with a ‘for sale’ sign. I built it and Allan has it in his workshop and it is still for sale. My wife Di and I have sold our 38’ Jeanneau sloop , Pied Piper 2 also due to aged bones and diminishing balance – ours not hers. With no boats to build or repair, I have taken to cabinetry using hoop pine ply. See picture. Readers may also remember PP2 at anchor off the Wooden Boat Centre on and off during summers past, as well as the Seawind cat Sonsy, owned by our mates Barb and Bruce
    Posted May 17, 2020, 3:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • WindpowerIt’s not just for boats: Peter Laidlaw was very taken with these wind powered wheelbarrows.  Lots more low tech nostalgia and ideas at  Pic from
    Posted May 17, 2020, 3:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • tn21 – call for Camp Support volunteersIf you can help with land-based Camp Support for the LBT’s next tawe nunnugah Raid (tn21) please complete the form here: Despite the current social restrictions, planning for tn21 is well underway. The catering team is lined up and we have agreement with land owners to use the overnight camping sites. The final thing to confirm before we open for participant registrations is that we have enough Camp Support volunteers prepared to keep the show on the road. The 2019 Raid was disrupted by the bushfires in southern Tasmania. 2020 has not begun as we would have hoped and it is always possible that the situation in early 2021 may force us to cancel …
    Posted May 16, 2020, 11:44 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Opening up the LBTLast Friday 8thMay the Tasmanian Government announced the timetable for the liftingof some of the restrictions intended to stop the spread of the Covid19 virus. The bits that related to the LBT were as follows.  From May 18:  Indoor and outdoor gatheringscan increase to 10 people, including for real estate purposes, smallreligious groups, and weddings, but household gatherings are stilllimited to five visitors;  Restaurants and cafes can openand seat up to 10 people at a time with table service and socialdistancing;  Libraries and local community facilities will open for upto 10 people.  From June 15:Gatherings increase to 20 peopleat a time for indoor and outdoor, including restaurants/cafes …
    Posted May 14, 2020, 4:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Stories: The Rime; Southport Lagoon, March 2019Hans Sipsma has sent in this great contribution: see attached at  See pics below and video
    Posted May 13, 2020, 5:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Puzzling times aheadRunning out of jigsaw puzzles at home? Fear not. The Franklin Jigsaw Exchange has re-opened and is now under the cover of the Living Boat Trust verandah, next to the Little Boat Library. Look for the big plastic box where you can bring and exchange jigsaws for free. If you don’t have a jigsaw to exchange, or you are just so grateful for the opportunity to puzzle over something new, drop a gold coin into the LBT mail box next to the Library. When you get it home use whatever quarantine steps you think are needed for your ‘new’ puzzle.
    Posted May 13, 2020, 9:11 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Jane’s lockdown projectJane Johnson is working on a home project that may be of interest to future Living Boat Trust members. While based in a real part of Franklin’s history, an apple-picker’s cabin, she is recording the evolution of St Ayles Skiffs in Australia. Jane said “Quite often long periods of time pass and the facts become hazy or get forgotten. My aim is to provide the Living Boat Trust with a comprehensive record. Having competed in the third World Championships in Stranraer, Scotland, in July 2019, it was great to be part of the camaraderie that has evolved through community rowing.” A film was being produced at the championships to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of St Ayles …
    Posted May 8, 2020, 4:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • A cure for cabin fever?For those who yearn for a summer sojourn in the northern hemisphere, if only in the mind, Off Center Harbor recommends ‘Scoggie’, a short film about a  young boat builder on Bras d’Or Lake, Cape Breton, Canada.  It is a good story in a breathtaking location. Two of the minor characters are still caulking seams in their 90’s, so blokes like our Adrian Dean and Ian Moncrieff aren’t the only ones. Find it at
    Posted May 9, 2020, 3:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Jack de CrowJack de Crow was (is?) a Mirror dinghy sailed and rowed by Sandy Mackinnon from Bristol to the Black Sea.  Sandy wrote about it in a book enjoyed by many LBTers who might also enjoy the conversation he had with Richard Fidler recently on the ABC available as a podcast:  For those who have yet to catch up with all of this ‘The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow’  is a good read, even if, as a tale of daring do, it has been now be put in the shade by John Young’s latest publication.
    Posted May 7, 2020, 11:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tying up to bollards and postsWith our small tides and floating pontoons that go up and down with the tides, it’s easy to tie up our boats without much thought and, in doing so, develop bad habits. In places with large tidal ranges people take care never to use any type of jamming hitch to fasten their boats when coming alongside. The trouble with jamming hitches, such as the clove hitch, is that once they have been loaded they can be impossible to release without cutting the line. The Lighterman’s hitch is a good hitch for securing a boat to a post if tied properly. However, we frequently see it done incorrectly so that it jams. The jammed hitch in Monty’s bow …
    Posted May 7, 2020, 4:28 AM by Martin Riddle
  • Lockdown readingJohn Young’s memoir, ‘ Going down another Lane’ is out, and a cracking yarn it is.  John has been down many surprising lanes in his lifetime, but you will have to read the book to find out which ones. Franklin Post Office were sold out last week, but hopefully they have restocked.  There are various online outlets where it is available: is one, is another.
    Posted May 9, 2020, 3:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Locked down in FranklinPeter Heading writes:  ‘ Vardo in Queensland and I’m locked down in Franklin.  Building a new tender for Vardo – the old one has done 20 years of service and is getting a bit tired.  A sailing version this time.’
    Posted May 13, 2020, 7:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Aid to NavigatorsGary Macdonald pointed out this unexpected benefit of the current situation – see below.
    Posted May 7, 2020, 11:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Master Plan Stage 3 – Sporting PrecinctLisa Plohl from Huon Valley Council has written to alert us to the community consultation regarding plans for improvement around the oval: see  .Have your say.  The LBT committee has some concerns about converting the track along the foreshore to pedestrian only, which makes the boat ramp less easily accessible.
    Posted May 7, 2020, 12:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Committee response to the Franklin Foreshore Rehabilitation and Development planThe council has provided an online form for community response to this plan at members who have a view are encouraged to use the form before the closing date (May 10th). The committee has written a response on behalf of the LBT and will be submitting it. In summary it says: ‘the Living Boat Trust does not support the proposal to build toilets as part of the North Franklin Foreshore Rehabilitation and Development Plan and does not support the proposal for a path towards the road on the Crown Land licensed by the LBT downstream of the rock wall between the LBT and WBC.   The LBT
    Posted May 3, 2020, 1:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Attention model boat enthusiastsTony Wilson has sent us the following message. ‘Restore 1930’s Huon Pine Model Yacht – “The Quest”  The Quest is a scale model of a particular class of yachts racing in the 1930’s and this model was built and raced by Carl Wilson as a member of the Port Cygnet Model Yacht Club (PCMYC). The Huon and Derwent Times report of the last race of the 1934 season and a photo of the Quest under full sale is attached. The Quest was recovered from storage in Carl’s apple shed some years ago and has been at rest in my garden shed waiting to be restored. The length of hull is approximately 1300mm and the beam 450mm and the
    Posted May 2, 2020, 12:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Fire at Port Esperance Sailing ClubThe committee has sent the following message to Port Esperance on behalf of the membership.  Dear Port Esperance Sailing Club,  ‘On behalf of the LBT community we wish to express our sympathy and support. You must still be in the early stages of sorting things out and planning, but don’t forget us: we have a variety of available resources which may be shared and be of assistance whilst you rebuild. These include: ● trailers; ● boats; ● workshop space; ● tools and materials; ● kitchen equipment, the kitchen trailer and/or barbecues; ● access to the wider boating community through our mailing list and LBT News to put out calls for assistance or requests for donations of particular things;● sails/oars/life jackets; ● letters of
    Posted May 2, 2020, 4:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Congratulations Celia LevertonWhilst we have all been distracted LBT member Celia Leverton has won an  AgriFutures Rural Women’s Development Award.  Her profile for the award says: ‘Celia Leverton​, from Franklin , is committed to encouraging and and enabling a resilient, profitable farming industry to regenerate the land while producing food and fibre. Celia aspires to increase and maintain the uptake of regenerative farming practices now and for future generations’.   Pic from the Weekly Times
    Posted May 1, 2020, 10:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • In need of a little TLC – Cartela for saleHere is an opportunity: see  Pic from
    Posted Apr 29, 2020, 4:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Coxcombing an old wheelIn the days of sail it was not unusual for a ship to be becalmed for days or held in quarantine for weeks. With plenty of time but limited resources sailors would make do with whatever materials were at hand – sperm whale teeth for carving into scrimshaw and rope for decorative coxcombing, making beckets for their sea chests, covering the handles of knives and dressing ship’s rails. While confined to quarters, Martin Riddle has been re-living those days, coxcombing the steering wheel of an old car. The single-line French coxcomb finished with a turk’s head at each spoke not only dresses things up, but is functional as it provides a slip-resistant grip.
    Posted Apr 28, 2020, 11:35 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Volunteers needed to help COVID-19 crisisTasmanian LBT members may wish to respond to the following appeal from Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Disability Services and Community Development.‘Tasmanians are being urged to register to volunteer as part of a coordinated response to COVID-19 to deliver a range of essential services in Tasmanian communities. As part of our Economic and Support Package, the Tasmanian Government provided $130,000 to mobilise volunteers through EVCREW (emergency volunteers crew), as well as engagement with local councils.  So far another 300 volunteers have responded to the call to mobilise Tasmania’s very own volunteer army for the pandemic response, on top of more than 12,000 emergency volunteers who had already registered to respond to natural disasters.  Volunteers can be
    Posted Apr 28, 2020, 4:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boat Porn from Off Center HarborThis preview landed in the LBT email box:  There are a couple of Haven 12 1/2’s featured – the same design as the boat’s built by our American friends at the Wooden Boat Centre for the last Festival.
    Posted Apr 25, 2020, 7:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Stories: Mini Raid to Kettering Feb 2020Andy Bullock and Mick Hubbard came along in Mick’s heavily customised Light Weight Sharpie.  It was a flyer!  Read Andy’s report attached:  and/or see the video:
    Posted May 13, 2020, 7:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT VisitorsThe wood ducks are taking over the LBT lawn.Geoff Steer writes:  ‘Not sure if they are enjoying the lack of people or the long grass.  About half the number flew off before I could take this picture.’ 
    Posted Apr 25, 2020, 2:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Building a Flying 15John Snowdon found this smashing film of how they did it around 1950:  Not a power tool in sight until an electric drill is produced at the very end.  And love the turning barrel when the boats are being raced.  Whisky Galore?
    Posted Apr 24, 2020, 6:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Geoff’s lockdown projectGeoff Steer writes: ‘Started out to paint an interior brick wall and got a bit carried away and pulled out the old (1970s?) kitchen.  Kaboodle flatpack from Bunnings all in boxes sitting in the bathroom (only available space). I hope to pick up the floor tiles Monday. I’ll have to move the fridge before I tile which will be a challenge – a bit hard for someone to help move a fridge if they have to stay 2 metres away.  Demolition is very therapeutic.  Images show it as it was and as it currently is.’   
    Posted Apr 24, 2020, 1:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • Foreshore Plan and the LBTReader’s of this column will be aware of the ongoing discussion about how to spend the $750k allocated by the state government to improving the Franklin foreshore (see for instance  The engineers have been at work, the mayor has inspected, the council has met and as previously reported ( plans are being finalised.  As far as the LBT is concerned the parts of this plan likely to have immediate impact are:  a landing which will be used for tying up our pontoon;  a public toilet to be built on our license land, downstream from the Shed;  a path for walkers proceeding along the wall on our upstream boundary.  These are highlighted in …
    Posted Apr 27, 2020, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Port Esperance Sailing Club burnt downWe spoke with the commodore (and LBT member) Matt Wardell and apparently there is a lot of damage to the building and they have lost their dinghy fleet.  This is a real blow to the local community, of which the Club is a social hub.    It’s Easter Regatta has a history going way back – in recent years the LBT has been an enthusiastic participant – and they have been regular hosts for Tawe Nunnagah.  Many of us have enjoyed their hospitality.   Pic from Google Maps
    Posted Apr 24, 2020, 10:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Paul’s lock down projectA long term project that has gained fresh impetus.   Paul Frost writes:‘S.S. Cartela…A model at 1.1 mts… The latest addition to the fleet. (No 6).  After months of gathering information and photos , and drawing up plans, S.S. Cartela started on the building board in May 2018.  After some interesting work on getting the stern section set up, it has been a slow but constant effort, (along with moving house, Volunteering at L.B.T. and normal life’s adventures) it is now 2 years on and she is starting to take  shape, with the superstructure now coming along nicely.A lot done, but still a long way to go.  When finished, she will be electric
    Posted Apr 23, 2020, 4:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Foreshore Rehabilitation and DevelopmentLisa Plohl from Huon Valley Council writes:  ‘We wish to advise you that the community engagement on the Franklin project is now open for consultation. This consultation closes on Sunday 10 May at 5pm.  Please follow the link to our ‘Have Your Say’ page HERE ( please share with all you members and community contacts.  Unfortunately due to the current COVID-19 restrictions we are not able to conduct face to face meetings or have hard copy surveys. Could I ask that if you have anyone having difficulty with accessing this project please put them in touch with me so I can assist with recording their views.  If you have any queries please don’t hesitate in
    Posted Apr 24, 2020, 12:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Peter Hill’s lockdown projectsPeter writes: ‘Hello Sailors, In answer to request for things we are doing while around the home patch . Burning off debris from my woods in an early morning bonfire , tearing apart old and rotting apple boxes that contained my feeble attempts at growing vegetables , playing scrabble for the first time in years and losing to the wife (no repeat game as have hidden the board) , Helping her briefly (about an hour) doing a 500 piece star wars jigsaw , had a really good sort out in a section of my shed then put it back in a different position as all will be needed someday . I then decided to paint a large canvas as shown depicting an arid landscape leading to
    Posted Apr 22, 2020, 12:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • What it takes to run a Tawe NunnugahMartin Riddle is starting to organise tn21 online, as evidenced by the news items that have already gone out through this column.  It is interesting to look back at the tn19 webpage ( and scroll through all the news items sent out to participants to get an insight into what goes into running such an event – even when it didn’t get started!  Remember the bushfires?  Hats off to Martin and Deb.
    Posted Apr 20, 2020, 9:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • WhaleboatsGary Macdonald was browsing the Gaco Oars site and noticed that John Murray, who runs it, had managed to combine rude comments about whaleboats with pictures of Swiftsure.  The effrontery!  Read all about it and see if you agree: .John, who visited the Shed some years ago, has lots of interesting things to say about rowing – see for instance – and his site is well worth visiting.  Some of us are trying out his unique rowlocks.  Pic from Gaco Oars:
    Posted Apr 20, 2020, 8:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • John Walduck’s boatJohn has supplied more information about the boat he is building which we reported on in a previous item in this column.‘An Ian Oughtred design ” Penny Fee” which is like a big Grebe. 16 ft by 5ft 4in, so about 2ft 6in longer than the Grebe and about a foot wider, but similar lines. I intend to set it up as a gaff yawl ( something like Martin’s “Hop the Wag”).It was an impulse buy – a fellow member of Wooden Boat Assoc of Qld (who also lived in Kingaroy, but I didn’t know him) had a kit in his shed for 9+ years and did nothing with it. He put it up for sale as he was
    Posted Apr 25, 2020, 3:50 AM by Posts Editor
  • Fairy ringAt least the mushrooms are enjoying the lack of disturbance at the LBT.
    Posted Apr 19, 2020, 12:51 AM by Posts Editor
  • Skiff news from Western AustraliaJane Johnson writes to say that the Skiff launch at Augusta (far south west corner of WA) has been postponed, but it looks like they have made good progress towards completion of the boat: pics below.  For more pics and news see their Facebook page:
    Posted Apr 19, 2020, 12:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • John lays a keelJohn Walduck in Queensland is another distant LBT member who just can’t stop building boats and likes a challenge. On Friday he wrote to say that he hoped to do the 2021 tawe nunnugah Raid….in the boat he was about to start building. And true to his word, first thing on Sunday he sent this picture of the keel he had just laid. Don’t be put off just because Bert and John are building boats and you’re not – if you are doing anything you think would be of interest to other LBT members, send a picture and few words to: and we’ll post it in the News section. Although …
    Posted Apr 19, 2020, 12:34 AM by Martin Riddle
  • Bert builds a boat (another one)First off the mark with a report of their current project is Bert van Baar from Amsterdam. Bert led the group of six students from the Netherlands building the stunning 16m2 sailing boat at the Wooden Boat Centre for the 2017 Australian Wooden Boat Festival. Bert and students are keeping busy building a St Ayles skiff complete with sailing rig.
    Posted Apr 19, 2020, 12:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • Do you have an interesting project to share?The LBT shed is shut, our fleet is in hibernation and our movements are restricted but that leaves plenty of time to work on projects at home. Ifyou are doing something of interest to other members, send us a photographtogether with a few words and we’ll post it on the LBT News. LBT members are adiverse bunch so don’t think you have to be building a boat to be ofinterest.  Send your picture and a few words describing it to: – you never know, your picturemight inspire others.
    Posted Apr 20, 2020, 5:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT stories: tn14It wasn’t a real Tawe Nunnugah, just an overnighter to Kettering via Randall’s Bay and back.  However this was the year of the typhoon, so we got more adventure than we bargained for.  If you want to find out what happened and fill in a few moments of your Covid day read on:  And when you have done that you can see Martin Kell’s movie of the first couple of days at
    Posted Apr 19, 2020, 3:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • tn21 Raid planning – COVID-19If you have joined the tawe nunnugah 2021 email list you will already have been sent this message – our apologies to those that receive it twice but we want to make sure we get the word out widely.The thought of enjoying a 10-day small boat expedition with a fleet of like-minded people in early 2021 may feel like a distant hope – but if we don’t start planning, it definitely won’t happen. Read the LBT Committee’s statement on planning for the 2021 tawe nunnugah tn21 Raid at None of us knows what the World will be like in 2021 so we are not asking people to make a financial commitment too …
    Posted Apr 15, 2020, 11:07 PM by Martin Riddle
  • LBT Committee in the time of the PlagueIt’s hard to avoid literary allusions under the current circumstances.  Thank goodness our pandemic isn’t the real plague.  There will be no LBT Committee meetings until the social distancing rules are relaxed, and so no more meeting minutes ( by which to follow which priorities are being addressed. There is very little activity at the shed, however the committee isn’t entirely dormant. To see what is on their ‘TODO’ list visit .  Some of the items on this list are simple and only deserve the line or two of description given to them.  Others require days or weeks of work and planning and there maybe pages of supporting documents.  This list …
    Posted Apr 13, 2020, 3:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • Capricornia’s modified trailerMartin Riddle writes:  ‘When the LBT was thinking of buying Capricornia, as part of the agreement Piet offered to do a few improvements to make the trailer even more of an asset for the LBT. Early in March he put the modified trailer to the test during the launch of this hefty yacht at Cygnet. The improvements include a four-wheel dolly at the front to assist with maneuvering the trailer, a long draw bar to allow the towing vehicle to remain well away from the water while launching and adjustable cradle arms to accommodate a variety of hull shapes and sizes. Thanks Piet – the practical ingenuity of our members never fails to amaze.’  We have recently spoken to Piet …
    Posted Apr 11, 2020, 3:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • Surviving Corona: Free Wooden Boat MagazineLBT member Rob Blackburn has pointed out that the most recent edition of Wooden Boat Magazine has been made FREE, to help all of us at home survive our cabin fever: see  .  It is a bit difficult to read this online: we suggest you print to file. Pic from Wooden Boat Magazine
    Posted Apr 11, 2020, 2:56 PM by Richard Forster
  • Social isolation, south Tasmania styleSome people have chosen Tinpot Bay: see below.
    Posted Apr 5, 2020, 3:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • A day at sea aboard YukonAttached is a story from David Nash  to entertain all of us stuck at home: Those Nash boys have grown – see pics below..
    Posted May 13, 2020, 7:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs self isolateOn a stunning autumn day, with teams of lifters keeping 1.5m apart, the 3 skiffs were taken out of the water.  One was transported into the LBT extension on our excellent new beach trolley, which passed its field trial with flying colours.  The other 2, on our Bendigo trailers, are now in the evaporator sheds (1.5m apart) – with the very kind permission of the Krynens.  Who knows when they will be rowed again, but at least they are safely protected from winter weather.  Many thanks to the rowers who turned up to provide the muscle power.
    Posted Mar 26, 2020, 3:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Marine is open (as of March 27th)Ian from the chandlery tells us that whilst observing all necessary precautions he is still open for business in order to support those whose isolation activities are boaty.
    Posted Mar 26, 2020, 3:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Stories from the seaIn a previous post we asked what we should be doing whilst we are all holed up.  One answer is to tell stories, and John Snowdon has set the ball rolling by contributing one.   John writes:‘[this] story is rather fanciful. It is a true account of a storm at sea on a passage from New Cal. to Coffs Harbour in 2018. We actually had 5 onboard, although the skipper was incapacitated due to a medical condition. But I took some liberties and wrote from the 2nd person POV, which made it difficult to introduce anyone else… except the flying squid.’See attached: Pics from John Snowdon
    Posted Mar 24, 2020, 3:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mark’s WallThe grounds of the LBT have been transformed since Mark McBride’s arrival – commented on by everybody up to and including the mayor.  His latest creation (with a little help from his friends) is the rock wall along the foreshore.  John Snowdon writes: ‘I gave Mark a hand under the artistic direction of a visitor named Annabelle. She installed a Tasmanian shaped rock in the works and thought that it should make a point of interest for tourists to find. Annabelle came for a row too’. Pics from John Snowdon
    Posted Mar 24, 2020, 4:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • What to do whilst the Shed is shut downWe have received the following (edited) email from the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association.  ‘Good morning Shed Members,  As many members would be aware,  due to the Covid-19 virus some sheds have chosen to close. So far, this remains only Sheds that are connected to Community Houses. Sheds that remain open have advised their members of their individual plan for keeping members safe. We encourage you all to keep in touch with those members choosing to stay at home by giving them a call. Some sheds are also getting involved with Community work delivery supplies to the elderly and those that can’t leave their homes and those with surplus veggies in their gardens are making them available to …
    Posted Mar 22, 2020, 2:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boat trolley: thanks Dave!When Dave Conway heard we needed a trolley for getting boats in and out of the water he got out the welder, rolled up his sleeves and did it.  Thanks Dave!
    Posted Mar 22, 2020, 2:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Shutdown of organised events at the LBTIn the LBTCoronavirus policy previously announced we said that ‘advice andcircumstances are rapidly changing, … all decisions may only applyfor a short period of time’ and ‘that we have access to very goodadvice from health professionals’ . In the event circumstancesHAVE changed and the committee has accepted the advice of theseprofessionals to close the LBT Shed and facilities to organised,formal activities. That includes Monday dinners, Tuesday andThursday work groups, rowing and sailing. Individual members shouldstill be able to enter as they see fit while observing healthdirections. If you unsure as to what these are see …
    Posted Mar 22, 2020, 4:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT and the coronavirusAt the LBT Committee meeting on Thursday night the followingresponse to the threat posed by the Coronavirus was formulated.  The committeewill keep abreast of information and government policy decisions atall levels and react accordingly. We have access to very goodadvice from health professionals.  The LBT Shedwill remain open until further notice.  Recommendedhealth procedures are to be followed at the LBT Shed. Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and thoroughly dry them on paper towel. Maintain social distance. Avoid touching face, mouth, nose. Practice respiratory hygiene. If you have any cold symptoms, stay away. If you are at risk, stay away. In the kitchen, preferably use the dishwasher, otherwise use antibacterial dish washing liquid …
    Posted Mar 20, 2020, 10:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tasmanian Land Conservancy NewsletterAs the ‘custodians’ of a large slice of the Egg Islands LBT member the Tasmanian Land Conservancy is a very important local organisation.  We recently received their latest newsletter which can be read at
    Posted Mar 19, 2020, 2:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Palais closedFrom the Palais Management Committee: ‘Due to the current Coronavirus situation, Huon Valley Council has temporarily closed all public halls until further notice.  Regrettably, the Palais has had to cancel or postpone all scheduled events until further notice.  This includes the monthly market and the monthly Classic Movie Night.  The Palais Garage sale normally held in June has also been postponed.  We will inform you when the situation changes and we are back to normal.   In an effort to support our Collective fresh food suppliers, some have decided to man their own table outside the Collective from 10am – noon on Fridays only, until otherwise notified.We look forward to seeing you again at the Palais – hopefully in the not too
    Posted Mar 18, 2020, 5:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History Group NewsletterLatest from the the History Group, who have found a home at the Masonic Lodge.  See attached:
    Posted Mar 17, 2020, 4:40 AM by Posts Editor
  • Spanish Fiesta with “Karavana Flamenca’ Thursday 26 MarchBarb Dawson from the Palais writes:‘Experience the spirit of Spain in a night of authentic Spanish music and food at the Palais Theatre Franklin.  Flamenco band “Karavana Flamenca” from Victoria performs a repertoire of authentic and original Spanish rumba, traditional flamenco and gypsy music. Karavana Flamenca has played major festivals and events Australia-wide, and received rave reviews as support band for international giants ‘Gipsy Kings’ on their last Australian tour.  The bar opens at 6.30 pm; concert begins at 7.30pm.   Delicious paella Valenciana is available to purchase for $15 at 7pm.  A night to dance, lounge or dine Spanish style! Tickets $20.00. Book via link at TryBooking (
    Posted Mar 13, 2020, 6:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • PandoraThe LBT has received the following email from Adam  Fraser.  ‘I am the current owner / custodian of Pandora , one class design built 1910 in HOBART.  I have salvaged her from Franklin last year and she currently is moored in Cygnet.  Unfortunately I have not the time or money to upkeep her and I am currently residing in Sydney.  I would be extremely grateful if the Living Boat Trust could take on Pandora and I would very happily donate her to your organization. This would be unconditional! I would like to ask if you can take her that I could be a member of your trust and when I get to spend time in Tasmania I could assist in working, maintaining
    Posted Mar 22, 2020, 4:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT committee meeting March 19thThe agenda for this meeting is being drawn up at . Draft minutes for the February meeting can be viewed at
    Posted Mar 13, 2020, 5:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Latest plan for foreshore upgradeThe LBT has received the attached draft plan ( from council, which was drawn up after consultation with stakeholders (Wooden Boat Centre, us, etc).  A response has been written ( and will form the basis for further discussions.
    Posted Mar 13, 2020, 5:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 9th MarchThe conditions look good, so lets do it.  Meet at the pontoon at noon ready to take Capricornia out.
    Posted Mar 7, 2020, 1:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT small boat expeditions – Dover and the LakesWe are planning at least two more small boat expeditions forthe next few months. Over the Easter weekend we will take a fleet from Franklinto Dover to join the Port Esperance Sailing Club annual regatta leaving on GoodFriday (10 April) and returning on Monday 13 April. We are also planning anAutumn trip to Lake Sorrell at Interlaken west of Oatlands. If you would like tobe involved in either of these trips or just want to follow the plans as theydevelop, join the mail group. No need to re-join the group if you completed theon-line form when we were planning the Charlotte Cove trip.  Join the mail group by following the link …
    Posted Mar 7, 2020, 1:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday cancelled March 2ndHans has been in contact to say that his eBike expedition is still happily trundling through northern Tasmania, and we await his return to skipper Capricornia. Pic from Gary Macdonald
    Posted Mar 1, 2020, 2:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • ‘Nancy’ Explorers on the Huon at FranklinA Monday expedition aboard the Living Boat Trust’s wooden ferry “MV Nancy” (circa 1917), gave seven Huon Regional Care residents and two staff members the chance to see Franklin from the river, as was common in the early nineteenth century when boats were the main form of transport.   See Jane Johnson’s report attached:
    Posted Feb 29, 2020, 11:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Steamers RunThe Paynesville crew sent the following report of their row across the Gippsland Lakes.  LBT rowers follow the Steamers Run to Paynesville and join in the Paynesville Classic Boat Rally.   A team of 6 intrepid rowers, one cox and ground support joined the inaugural raid of the ;St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Association of Australia (SASCRAA).  Day One.  Our team of 6 rowers were allocated to the boats; FAST Messenger, Warrnambool, De Mirrie Dancer, Marlo, Cariad, Melbourne, and the Mordialloc Boat, Melbourne.  We rowed down the fast flowing Thompson River from the Port of Sale through the man made canal, under the historic swing bridge, past the swimming snake, under the two wedge tail edges, entertained by the fly past …
    Posted Mar 1, 2020, 1:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Unlabelled containers can be expensive for the LBTPlease contact the LBT Secretary if you know anything about this 5 litre container and the 2 litres of liquid in it. Someone has put it in the fuel locker but there is nothing to indicate what it contains apart from the word ‘Poison’. It is definitely not water but apart from that we have no way of identifying it. It will cost more than $100 to dispose of it responsibly because it has to be treated as a hazardous substance. Please do not leave any liquids in unlabelled containers – there are many better ways for the LBT to spend the member’s money than disposing of unknown liquids.
    Posted Feb 27, 2020, 9:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing lay day Monday 24thSkippers are busy.  May be an opportunity to get Capricornia out in the evening.
    Posted Feb 27, 2020, 8:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday BBQ coming upA quick glance at the kitchen roster posted by Kate below ( tells us that last Monday of the month is indeed coming up.  Bring something for you and something to share.  Kate is still looking for cooks.  Contact her if you can help out.
    Posted Feb 22, 2020, 12:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Latest AWBF newsletterThe Australian Wooden Boat Festival never sleeps!  See News includes an item about Andrew ‘Old Sea Dogs’ Wilson, and  word of the departure of ‘Admiral‘ for the Bass and Flinders Centre at George Town.
    Posted Feb 21, 2020, 3:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Draft LBT Policy on fund-raisingAt it’s February meeting the LBT Committee provisionally approved a new fund-raising policy – see .  This document is now available for members to comment on before it is ratified.
    Posted Feb 21, 2020, 2:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Mooring Works – Marine Farm Lease 186 Brabazon PointMAST reports:  Mariners are advised Tassal will be undertaking mooring work at MF186, Brabazon Point commencing 24 February 2020.  The corner markers will be moved to the co-ordinates shown below and returned once mooring works are completed on  23 March 2020. Corner marker location  Degrees, minutes decimalWGS 84  Latitude  Longitude  1.  -43° 11.405’S 146° 59.226’E  2. -43° 11.567’S 146° 59.701’E  3. -43° 11.712’S 146° 59.604’E 4. -43° 11.553’S 146° 59.133’E
    Posted Feb 21, 2020, 12:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin foreshore developmentMany LBT members will be aware that in 2018 the Huon Valley Council won a grant of $750k from the State Government to improve the Franklin Waterfront. There was a report in this column on a recent meeting with council to discuss this initiative ( and on Monday 17th of February their was a follow up meeting.  The LBT was represented by David Pittaway and Richard Forster.  We again emphasised that our priority was access to the water, that the LBT had a number of pontoons ready for deployment, and that any way that council could help with this would be appreciated.  See pics which were presented to council below.  As can be seen in the first …
    Posted Feb 17, 2020, 3:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Of droughts and flooding rainsA couple of weeks ago Pip Stevenson went home to northern New South Wales to deal with bushfires and drought.  Pretty much ever since he has been flood bound!  He sent the accompanying pics.  Gotta love Oz.
    Posted Feb 16, 2020, 1:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Academy Award winner at the Palais March 1stWe learnt this from Franklin Palais Events.  Yes, it is ‘Parasite’ which has just won the Oscar for best picture for 2019.  Read all about it on Rotten Tomatoes: .  Sunday 1st March at the Franklin Palais.  Doors open 6.30pm.  Film starts after 7.15pm but before 7.30pm.  $5 for an introduction to the future. (Or now, really).  The Palais Collective Shop will be open in the Foyer before the movie for crafts and gifts.  Libations from the Bar include stimulants, depressants and comfort drinks.  Please bring a plate of food to share for supper during the intermission.  Vote for Parasite.   Is it Better than Citizen Kane  – er – Loving Vincent?
    Posted Feb 16, 2020, 12:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History Group February NewsletterSee attached: .  Interesting item on the history of lighting in Franklin.  Electricity wasn’t a done deal in 1913.
    Posted Feb 16, 2020, 12:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 17th FebHans says that the day is looking ideal for learning how to deal with light winds in Capricornia.  See you at noon at the shed. Pic from Garry Macdonald
    Posted Feb 15, 2020, 7:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Careful with that fuel lockerRecently enough fuel siphoned out of a tank and into the bottom of the locker to have caused quite a bang if a match had been applied.  Attention smokers!
    Posted Feb 12, 2020, 4:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Excursion to KetteringAs everybody knows, we live on the best sheltered waterway in Australia and last weekend a small LBT fleet was able to take full advantage of it.  First night was at Charlotte Cove, ideal in the prevailing south easterly wind and with the Scout Camp for accommodation on the shore.  Next day it was off to Kettering in a stiff breeze that had everybody skipping along and shortening sail.  We joined the Wooden Boat Rally there for one of the best curry dinners we have ever eaten, then the next day headed back to Charlotte’s with the same scudding breeze, this time somewhat more behind us.  On Monday things quietened down, so there was time for contemplating the beauties …
    Posted Feb 11, 2020, 7:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Office on the move againOver the years the LBT office has been shunted around the shed as needs dictated, and Richard Page recently had his big crane in operation to move it back to the downstream side.  He did a bit of log shuffling whilst he was at it – see pics from Paul Frost below, and big thanks to Paul for organising this.
    Posted Feb 10, 2020, 2:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowers and sailors wantedJane Johnson writes:  ‘There are many times available to row the St Ayles Skiffs during the week. If you enjoy being up early, ready to “carpe diem” or “seize the day” there are two 8am groups – Tuesday and Saturday, and one row/sail group on a Thursday afternoon from 5. You can put your name down us an emergency fill-in, or regular participant. For anyone interested contact Jane or ph 0400717140 for more information.’
    Posted Feb 3, 2020, 1:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiff launch in Western AustraliaJane Johnson passed on the following:‘Thanks for your email & interest in our skiffs.  We are in the early planning stages of the launching celebrations other than to say the skiff builders have committed to completing them ready for launching on the 26th April in a location known as Colour Patch which is at the mouth of the Blackwood River in Augusta (hard to miss) – it’ll probably be mid to late morning & is the Sunday of the Anzac Day long weekend. – We’ll keep you update with proceedings.   It’s amazing how this boat building exercise has developed broad community interest reaching far & wide – we run a visitors book at the shed & other than the 30 odd boat
    Posted Feb 2, 2020, 2:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History on the radioDeb van Velsen alerted us to this very nice item on the ABC Joel Rheinberger show:
    Posted Feb 2, 2020, 1:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • No sailing Monday Feb 3rdThat fair weather skipper Hans Sipsma says the forecast is looking too glum to take Capricornia out.
    Posted Feb 2, 2020, 1:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Charlotte Cove expedition planningMartin Riddle writes:  Final Details Planning Meeting  At the LBT shed on Monday at 5.30pm before the dinner.   LBT boats   Hans will skipper Capricornia, and with 8 people wanting to do the trip on an LBT boat we could manage with just Capricornia from the LBT fleet. Some of the 8 would need to spend time on the support boat Seaire with Tom. Kevin has also offered a spot on Theona if needed.  Alternatively, if some of the maybes (marked ‘?’) decide to come, we could also bring Monty. Andy Bullock has offered to skipper one of the whaleboats if needed. There are still a few things to do to get Monty ready for a trip like this. They are …
    Posted Feb 2, 2020, 12:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 27th JanuaryHans Sipsma writes:  ‘Light winds from the north, possible landing party to raid the Kermandie pub on the not so holy day.  Starting at 12 noon.’ 
    Posted Jan 26, 2020, 2:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • End of a project boatBob Tubman decided that his ‘yellow boat’, which has been sitting outside the backdoor of the Shed, was beyond repair.
    Posted Jan 22, 2020, 2:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • The boat merry-go-roundBoats go back in the water, boats come out.  Graham Wright sent the following pics.  The Monty, Swiftsure and Absent Friends are ‘taking up’ after recent repaint jobs, and poor ‘Black Swan’ is in the shed blushingly naked of paint.
    Posted Jan 21, 2020, 1:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History Group newsletterSee attached:
    Posted Jan 19, 2020, 1:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 20th JanThere were very good reports of sailing last Monday, Hans plans to have Capricornia out again today.  See you at the pontoon at noon.
    Posted Jan 19, 2020, 1:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • North Franklin Foreshore DevelopmentAt the last State election the Huon Valley Council received $750k for a project with the following outcomes.  Marina area providing areas for commercial vessels and tourist cruises to dock.   New public jetty area, following the demolition of the former Wharf area in front of the Evaporators sit.   Pedestrian linkages between the existing walking trails and the Marina are.  Stabilising the Evaporator Shed site was deemed to be the most important goal to achieve, but an engineering report has shown that the funds available are insufficient for this purpose, and the council are now looking for other alternative ways of achieving the listed outcomes.  They met with the LBT (represented by David Pittaway and Richard Forster) and other interested parties …
    Posted Jan 19, 2020, 1:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Julie Burgess newsGraham Norris, our man on the north coast, has sent us this news clipping from the Advocate about the Julie Burgess.  Apparently council are about to consider tenders.
    Posted Jan 19, 2020, 1:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Small boat expeditions – planning up-datePlanning is well underway for the small boatexpedition to Charlotte Cove and on to the Kettering Wooden Boat Rally (6-10February, 2020). If you are interested in joining this trip, or other trips over thesummer, please join the email group (follow this link to join the email group: Opportunities are availableto sail, row, travel in comfort on a larger boat or just join us by car. Forfurther details of what’s planned if the weather is favourable and contingenciesfor less good weather, please follow this link:
    Posted Jan 19, 2020, 1:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Libor SikoraLibor passed away last week.  Libor was a stalwart and good friend of the Living Boat Trust.  In recent years he was busy on other projects and we saw less of him, but many LBT members remember him very fondly. There will be a memorial event on Sunday 19th of January – see notice attached for details:
    Posted Jan 16, 2020, 12:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Blue Peril‘Property Services’ has responded to Lorrie Harrison’s enquiry about the fate of the fish and chip shop punt stranded on the Franklin foreshore.  ‘Thank you for your enquiry to Property Services (formerly “Crown Land Services”) Enquiries. My understanding of the situation is that removal of the punt is expected in the next couple of months, subject to progress of the Tender process which is being managed by our Operations Team.’ 
    Posted Jan 13, 2020, 3:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong March 6th-9thThe Living Boat Trust attended this Festival a few years ago (see and had a jolly good time.  Geelong is a great boat town – a recommendation.  See the website for more details
    Posted Jan 13, 2020, 3:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Icecream containersEndra O’May is collection ice cream containers for bushfire wildlife relief.  Please leave in the bag at the shed.
    Posted Jan 12, 2020, 12:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday Jan 13thThe sea breeze kicked in so hard that Capricornia couldn’t quite make it to Kermandie last week: let’s see if we can get there this week.  See you at the LBT pontoon at 12 noon.
    Posted Jan 12, 2020, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Rowers NewsletterInterested in rowing at the LBT? You might like to receive the “Rowers Newsletter”.  Email Natalie or Lorrie  See the latest edition attached:
    Posted Jan 12, 2020, 12:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fire awareness meeting Wed 15th JanA fire awareness Q & A evening will be held at the Palais Theatre in Franklin on Wednesday, 15 January starting at 6.30pm.  The evening is a joint initiative of the Franklin Progress Association, the Franklin Fire Brigade and the Tasmanian Fire Service.  It is being held to hopefully build on the lessons learned from last season’s fires and to ensure that people are as well prepared for this season as they can possibly be.  The session will involve a short video presentation, a question and answer period, followed by time to talk to the local fireys one on one.  All members of the Huon Valley community are welcome to attend.For any further information call the FPA President …
    Posted Jan 8, 2020, 11:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Funnies at Frank’s 30th JanuaryFeaturing Ivan Aristeguieta, doors open 6pm, show starts 8pm.  See flyer below for details:
    Posted Jan 8, 2020, 10:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • Happy New LBT Year!There have been some activities over the Christmas break, but 2020 starts on January 6th for the LBT.  Capricornia will be going out for a sail at noon and the first Monday dinner is in the evening. The first Tuesday work day follows.
    Posted Jan 5, 2020, 3:51 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting this coming weekThe draft minutes for the December committtee meeting can be viewed at  There is a draft agenda for the January meeting being compiled at  If you think there is something that needs to be considered send correspondence to
    Posted Jan 4, 2020, 3:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • ‘Citizen Kane’ at the Palais, Sunday Jan 5thBuffoon writes:  ‘On Sunday 5th January we’re screening Citizen Kane, voted by a panel of esteemed critics for five decades to be The Greatest Movie Ever Made. And at the Franklin Palais we are testing this proposition with our own vote. There will be a ballot box by the door as you leave, with pencils and small voting slips nearby. All you have to do is write a number on a voting slip and post it in the ballot box.’  To find out what it is all about come along.  Doors open 6.30pm, film starts after 7.15pm but before 7.30pm. $5 for the Greatest Movie Ever Made, libations from the Bar include stimulants, depressants and …
    Posted Jan 4, 2020, 3:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • New Boxing Day Tradition?Deb van Velsen writes: “‘Imagine’ was rowed though the canal (very low tide!) and down to Seven Inch Beach for a picnic lunch and swim. ‘Imagine’ was then sailed back to Franklin. The crew of Jane Johnson, Sally Ward (from Scotland), Jenni Blackburn, Martin Riddle and cox Deb van Velzen reckon such an enjoyable trip could very well become an annual tradition!”
    Posted Jan 2, 2020, 4:50 AM by Posts Editor
  • ‘Tequila Mockingbird’ at the Palais Monday 13thBarb Dawson writes:  ‘Fresh from the Cygnet Folk festival, this band is coming to Franklin for a concert at the beautiful Palais Theatre. Bring your dancing shoes, this is going to be a lot of fun! From ballads and singalongs to high-energy dance parties, The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra have spent years telling their stories with guitars and violins, with accordions and bass, with melodies and music makers gleaned from their wanderings.’For details see the flyer:
    Posted Jan 2, 2020, 4:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • Huon River shared pathwayFrom the Huon Valley Council website: ‘Huon Valley Council is currently assessing the feasibility of developing a shared pathway along the Huon River, running from Huonville to Franklin. Once completed, we envisage that the accessible pathway would bring numerous benefits to the Huon Valley, including tourists, local residents and businesses. … Council will be hosting a workshop to discuss the shared pathway project further with the community. This workshop will be held on Tuesday the 18th of February 2020, from 6pm – 8pm at the Palais Theatre in Franklin (3388 Huon Highway). ‘  To read more about it and have your say go to
    Posted Dec 27, 2019, 4:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Raiding in ‘Afloat’Gary McDonald has pointed us to the latest ‘Afloat’ magazine which has an extensive article about small boat expeditions in Australia, including our own Tawe Nunnugah.  See page 14 ‘Cockleshell Heroes’ by Robin Hilliard.  A good read – download from
    Posted Dec 27, 2019, 3:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Opening of the swimming seasonDeb van Velsen writes:  ‘Jane Johnson, Sally Ward (boat builder and Skiffie from Scotland) and Deb van Velzen officially declared the swimming season open for Franklin on the 18th of December.  They also took the opportunity to try out the Nancy’s safety ladder, and feedback on a small adjustment will be shared with the Tuesday group. Wine that was won at the recent Swiftsure Regatta helped bring the event to an enjoyable close on the sunny Nancy deck.’ 
    Posted Dec 22, 2019, 2:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Small boat expedition – early FebruaryWe are planning a small boat expedition around the Kettering Wooden Boat Rally in early February. We have booked theCharlotte Cove Scout House for a few days so we can use it on the way to and from Kettering and are exploring options for camping at Kettering. The Rally is the weekend of 8-9 February 2020. The only plan so faris that we leave from Franklin, spend one or more nights at Charlotte Cove,spend a day or two at Kettering (possibly camping) and then return via a nightor two at Charlotte Cove. Just how long we spend at Kettering and at CharlotteCove on the way there and back can be decided later by those …
    Posted Dec 22, 2019, 2:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowers end of year lunch 20th DecemberStarting 11am, bring a plate to share and something to drink.
    Posted Dec 15, 2019, 1:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure RegattaJane Johnson sent the following report.  ‘The Sunday forecast was grim butLiving Boat Trust members were stalwarts. The prestigious SwiftsureRegatta had events and awards including the Roger Harwood Trophy,which were up for grabs. An increased number of competitors, all withimpressive rowing credentials, meant Tasmania’s variablemeteorological and nautical conditions could make a difference. Ahandicap system based on boat length and numerous other factors wasin place and had been carefully finetuned over many years. The coursewas set. The crowd was on edge.  Just over 44 minutes later, DavidNash from the Yukon, who must have been secretly practising inbetween tours, crossed the line first and took out the honour. Thecrowd roared
    Posted Dec 15, 2019, 3:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas Break at the LBTThe last Monday night dinner for 2019 will be a BYO party on December 23rd.  Come early to help set up.  The Living Boat Trust will break for Christmas from 24th December until January the 5th.  See you on the 6th.  And Happy Christmas!
    Posted Dec 15, 2019, 1:16 AM by Richard Forster
  • Hurry on down to Swiftsure Regatta this SundayThese folk are.  Rowing, sailing, fun on the water.  Get all the details from the flyer:    Pic from John Snowdon
    Posted Dec 11, 2019, 4:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Van Diemen’s Band at Palais for Christmas concert 17 DecemberBarb Dawson writes: Back by popular demand Van Diemen’s Band takes a whole new ‘VDB Christmas’ on the road again this year. Artistic Director, Julia Fredersdorff has put together a large 17th Century band featuring weird and wonderful instruments of the renaissance.  The concerts will once again feature the Tasmanian Youth Chorale as well as soloists, Soprano Helen Thomson & Bass-baritone Thomas Flint. Join us at the Palais Theatre for a family-friendly musical Christmas celebration featuring music written for Christmas, as well as some well known carols for all to sing!  The concert starts at 6pm. Tickets for this event can be purchased at the door, or booked online at the following link:
    Posted Dec 6, 2019, 1:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting coming upIt is due to be held next Thursday 12th December:  a draft agenda is being worked on at
    Posted Dec 5, 2019, 2:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Show and tell at the LBTThe log that everybody is inspecting solemnly in the pic below is the gaff from Yukon, currently being worked on in the workshop annex by David Nash.  It is the grandpa’s axe of spars:  look closely and you can find some original wood but it is a masterpiece of scarfed in repairs and patches.  Pic from Gary Macdonald
    Posted Dec 7, 2019, 12:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • Boat theftPeter Shimeld writes:  ‘there has been a dinghy stolen from my jetty [south Franklin] (probably last 24 hrs). Hopefully this is a one-off by someone wanting a quick fish or something and the dinghy will then be abandoned, but it might be someone who wants to start a collection of boats and bits from the region.   It was Mike Foley’s (Solstice) small white fibreglass “clinker” with rope and green painted  gunnels that was taken.  John Young’s boat had the canopy cords cut and the oars stolen too. ‘    Pic from
    Posted Dec 5, 2019, 12:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Snow on the Hartz didn’t stop usThe forecast was horrible and the winds were gusting, but we decided to give it a go for the last day of the ‘On the Water’ program, and all went well.  They breed ’em tough on the Huon after all. After rowing to Cradoc for morning tea, we came back to Petty Sessions for lunch and activities in the ‘Rowan’ and ‘Nancy’, which was followed by a quick sprint home – pics below. Thanks to all who have contributed to making this program a success (yet again).  It has been a wild spring and conditions were often against us, but that has forced us to find new ways to do things using our wonderful fleet of boats, so in future we …
    Posted Dec 5, 2019, 4:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Huntsman paper jamb errorMost people would be familiar with the term ‘bug’ to describe a computer error.  It originated from an actual event when a moth landed on a relay circuit back in the earlies of digital technology. The Ozzie equivalent occurred this morning when the secretary attempted to print some notes: see pic below.  He is still fishing bits of arachnid out of the works, so paperwork may be a bit slow showing up this week.
    Posted Dec 4, 2019, 5:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft minutes for November LBT committee meetingThese can be viewed at
    Posted Dec 1, 2019, 2:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Extreme project ‘Vera’Graham Norris has written to point out that Vera, a sister boat to Nancy and Eva Blanche, has sunk on her mooring at Prince of Wales Bay.  The following notice was placed in the Herald Sun.‘The vessel “Vera” has sunk and been abandoned at Prince of Wales Bay. Anyone claiming ownership of the vessel should make contact to PO Box 166, Lindisfarne 7015 with evidence of ownership or rights to the vessel before close of business 2/12/19. Should there be no responses by 2/12/19 then the owners of the property on which the vessel has been abandoned will offer the vessel for sale to recover outstanding debts. If no suitable offer is received, the vessel
    Posted Dec 5, 2019, 4:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 2nd DecemberCapricornia hit nine and half knots coming back from Kermandie Pub last week. The forecast today is for ‘lively’ winds, which could suit if the rest of the weather behaves.  See you at the pontoon at noon, and lets attempt to replicate last week’s heroics and join the happy throng in the Kermandie marina for another brief visit – pic from Pip Stevenson below.  If you can spot Capricornia in that lot you are a better man than me Ganga Din.
    Posted Dec 1, 2019, 2:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Excursion with Wooden Boat Guild to HuonvilleOn Sunday morning a jolly good company of people and boats assembled at the Franklin pontoon and boat ramps, and headed off up the Huon.  Rowing into the prevailing north-westerly wind kept those with oars in their hands honest,  and the landing at Huonville was a welcome sight when we finally arrived.  A repaste and we were ready to take to the water again, where of course a sea breeze to row against had kicked in. But it was good.  Thanks to the Wooden Boat Guild and Andrew Perkins in particular for organising what has become an anticipated annual event.  See pictures below from Viv Martin and Zainab Clark.
    Posted Nov 30, 2019, 10:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin in the newsThe cover of the latest edition of Water Craft features a picture of ‘our’ Americans building the Haven in the Wooden Boat Centre, plus a matching article.  Next is an article by ‘our’ Dutchman Bert van Baar describing the Dutch Wooden Boat Festival he organised recently, and that is followed by an item on the World Skiffie Championships at which we were represented.  This last includes a ‘view from Tasmania’, by ‘our’ Jane Johnson.  Apart from the parochial interest there is a lot to like about the magazine:
    Posted Nov 28, 2019, 5:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Surprise Movie at the Palais: December 1stDeb Combs writes:  ‘Hi Team Movies,  After 7 plus years coordinating Palais Classic Movies I have decided to pass the ‘Clapper Board’ to film buff Andrew.  However I still have one more film to screen and as it is our Christmas film, I have decided to keep it a surprise, because I can. Plus it’s FREE ENTRY.’  Doors open 6.30pm
    Posted Nov 25, 2019, 2:28 AM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta 15th DecemberHans Sipsma’s Swiftsure Regatta graphic has been used on buttons, posters and flyers for years now, and it’s time to role it out again:  see flyer attached for more details about the event:  Hans recently dug up the original artwork which we will put on the wall at the shed if we can find wall space.
    Posted Nov 24, 2019, 2:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday Sailing Nov 25thMeet down at the pontoon at noon.  Warm weather, good winds forecast, and given the experience of the last few weeks we may be able to head out with the north westerly and come home on the sea breeze.  Might be tying up at Kermandie at the midpoint for a shandy.
    Posted Nov 24, 2019, 1:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bring your own Monday night dinner coming upIt is the usual end of month highlight: you get to choose your very own menu.  BBQ fare along with something to share is favoured.  A special treat for this Monday is that Vivien is going to show us the progress he and his team are making on the ‘Percy’ dinghy that they are building over at the Wooden Boat School.  First pic below shows preparations for putting on the second strake.  Second pic shows an almost complete Percy being finished off by Gordon, and we will be able to see that too.
    Posted Nov 22, 2019, 2:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Spring Bay NewsletterIt’s always good to hear what our friends at Spring Bay (Triabunna) are up to.  Their community boat shed is very similar to the LBT.  Read all about it in the newsletter attached:
    Posted Nov 22, 2019, 2:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Small boat expeditions Summer 2019-20At the shed dinner last Monday (18 November) it was agreed that we would have our first overnight small boat expedition for the summer on the weekend of 6-8 December. Unfortunately we weren’t quick enough and the Scout house at Charlotte Cove is no longer available for that weekend. We hope to run a number of small boat expeditions during the summer.  You could either bring your own boat, or come on one of the LBT’s fleet. There should be opportunities for those who want to row or sail – depending on whether there are enough similar-minded people to make a crew. We could even bring Nancy if the trip is within her range. If we go …
    Posted Nov 22, 2019, 4:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing 18th NovemberIf the forecast is accurate we might be down to the third reef  this afternoon.  Turn up at noon at the pontoon and if it is looking too hairy we will do some maintenance on the boat.
    Posted Nov 17, 2019, 12:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • More on the ‘Camino Voyage’ eveningBarb Dawson writes:‘Just talked with Paccy Stronach from Dunalley – he runs/owns the shipyard there, and is a boat builder and furniture maker.  He and his wife are coming down for the movie.  Paccy has agreed to give a 4-5 minute intro to curraghs before the film starts….AND  off his own batt, he is bringing down his own 23 ft curragh!!  Its a slightly smaller version of the one in the movie.  So we will have TWO curraghs on display on the night.  The film has been released internationally to great acclaim, and has won several awards at film festivals in New York, Luxembourg and Ireland.  Winner – The Documentary Award – Irish Screen America Film Festival, NY  Winner
    Posted Nov 17, 2019, 3:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Excursion with WBG to Huonville, Sunday 24thLorrie Harrison writes:‘At last an improvement in the weather, next Sunday is looking perfect for rowing, not windy, low chance of rain and around 15 degrees. We still have plenty of space in the skiffs and the Swiftsure for a Row in Company up to Huonville for lunch and back.  The plan is to leave the LBT at 10am,  just tell Lorrie if you want lunch and if you would like to join us for the row. (’  See flyer for details:  There will be seats available on ‘Nancy’ for those who want to do it in style and don’t have their own boat.
    Posted Nov 17, 2019, 2:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Curragh movingBarb Dawson writes:  ‘Removing one very dusty WBC curragh from its place high up in the rafters, ready to be displayed in the Palais Theatre for Camino Voyage movie evening on 23 November.  Note traditional way of carrying a curragh i.e. over the head.  No Guinness consumed during this manoeuvre.’  See series of pics from Barb below.  And thanks to David Budd for organising this.
    Posted Nov 16, 2019, 1:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • FlotationPiet Lunstedt gave us a pallet load of superseded life jackets with the idea that we could extract the flotation from them for use in the boats, but the job was sitting there waiting to be done until Phil rolled his sleeves up and hopped into it.  Thanks Piet and Phil!
    Posted Nov 13, 2019, 2:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Thinking of our interstate membersAt its November meeting the LBT Committee paused to reflect on the plight of our interstate members and friends currently impacted by bushfire.  We remember the generosity extended to the Living Boat Trust by so many members when the tawe nunnugah Raid was disrupted by the bushfires in southern Tasmania earlier this year. For the majority who escaped serious loss those fires now seem a distant memory – we can only hope that our interstate members will be as fortunate.
    Posted Nov 13, 2019, 2:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Call-Push-ShockCall – Push – Shock’ is an easy way to remember how you can help save a life.   Call triple zero.  Push: do CPR (chest compressions). Shock: use an AED (‘heart start machine’ or Automated External Defibrillator).  A demonstration session on Saturday 23rd November will share information on what to do if someone near you is suffering a cardiac arrest – they will be unconscious and not breathing normally.Seconds count in a cardiac arrest. Starting CPR within 3-4 minutes may increase the chance of survival by up to 50 per cent!  If someone near you has a cardiac arrest and you’re unsure or forget how to do CPR, that’s ok. Call triple zero and a call taker will guide …
    Posted Nov 12, 2019, 4:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting this weekThere is an agenda being compiled at .  Minutes for the last meeting can be viewed at .
    Posted Nov 10, 2019, 5:51 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Elephant is backGiven the vintage of our venerable Elephant bandsaw (40 years old!) we didn’t like the chances of returning it to operation after a backing plate shattered.  However we reckoned without Kurt Hofler, who located a replacement part as well as a set of new bearings and had it back and working in time for Thursday night’s half model course.  Thanks Kurt! Pic from Paul Frost
    Posted Nov 10, 2019, 4:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: ‘Camino Voyage’ Saturday Nov 23rdThe screening of this film (at the Palais) should be a great night.  Deb Coomb writes:  ‘This multi award winning documentary is a must see for anyone who believes they have Irish blood, dreamt about an adventure, travelled to France/Spain & fantasized walking the Camino Trail or just wants to be entertained.  Synopsis: 5 Irishmen build a basic traditional Irish rowing boat (Curragh), then row this tiny vessel 2500kms from Ireland to Northern Spain.That’s the equivalent of rowing from Hobart to New Zealand. What makes this film so special?1: Music……. SENSATIONAL. If you love traditional Celtic music, then this film is for you.  2: Bravery……..Glen Hansard, who, without any boating experience, boldly steps in as a
    Posted Nov 16, 2019, 1:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing November 11thThe benchmark has been set for what constitutes a good destination for the Monday afternoon sail: the front bar at the Kermandie – see pic below.  Let’s attempt it tomorrow.  See you at the pontoon at 12 noon.
    Posted Nov 10, 2019, 3:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Kettering Wooden Boat Rally Feb ’20Gordon McGill writes:‘The Wooden Boat Guild of Tasmania and the Kettering Yacht Club is looking forward to hosting the Sixth Kettering Wooden Boat Rally. The focus of the event is for Wooden Boat Owners to get out on the water together for a weekend of messing about in wooden boats and meeting fellow enthusiasts in the evening to talk about all things woody.’  More details and booking form at
    Posted Nov 9, 2019, 3:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Goose winged jibs on CapricorniaUnlike most sailboats Capricornia has two jibs – an inner and an outer – which makes her a cutter.  Part of the fun of sailing her is the extra options this offers.  If you are sailing with the wind behind (downwind) then you can catch more of it by ‘goosewinging’ – one jib out one side and the other out the other side, as in the pic below.   Pic from Pip Stevenson
    Posted Nov 6, 2019, 3:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Cruising logsDuring our Tawe Nunnugah raids we post a report at the end of each day to the website: see for instance  These are generally fairly rushed missives, written in the midst of evening celebrations when the red wine is flowing and the distractions are many.  Deb van Velsen has pointed us to a cruising log competition ( run by the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association, the entries to which put our efforts in the shade. We were drawn, naturally, to the log of a cruise around the Hebrides in which several LBTers participated: . See pic below. But the winner was a Dutch team who wrote about their trip from Passau …
    Posted Nov 6, 2019, 3:14 AM by Posts Editor
  • Downwind rowingThe 18 knot winds forecast for Wednesday would have been way too much for the On the Water students to row against, so we towed the boats and ferried the students (in Nancy) up the river and, more importantly upwind, then let them loose.  They came home with a rush and were very happy punters.   Pics from Jill Edwards
    Posted Nov 6, 2019, 12:16 AM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta 15th DecemberThe Rowing subcommittee have set a date, and the 15th it is.  Skiff Races, the Roger Harwood round Egg Island, sailing etc. Will also be a good time for the Christmas party animals to let loose.    Pic from Zainab Clark
    Posted Nov 10, 2019, 12:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • MAST – Notice to Mariners – Fish Farm Grid Can Missing (Garden Island)Mariners are advised that a large black grid can at Huon Aquaculture Company’s Garden Island lease has broken its mooring and is no longer in position. The marker is missing from approximate position -43 15.909 / 147 6.409 and the Company is making every effort to locate it as soon as possible.
    Posted Nov 3, 2019, 4:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nothing like a topsail schoonerOn Sunday Rhona H was spotted sailing past Tinderbox on her way back to Hobart after a charter tour.  What a sight.
    Posted Nov 3, 2019, 3:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • Spring Bay Community Boat ShedNice to see a photo of our friends at Spring Bay (Triabunna) featured on the cover of the latest Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association news (pic below).  To find out more about them and what they are up to there is a web page at  To find out more about about the Tassie Men’s Shedders see the newletters kicking around, or consult their website
    Posted Nov 3, 2019, 3:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Half model courseOn Thursday night Peter Laidlaw led the class through the intricacies of using boat plan specifications to mark up the layers of wood to be used for creating half models.
    Posted Nov 3, 2019, 4:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 4th NovemberLooks like nice mild winds tomorrow, a contrast to last week when Capricornia spent a good deal of time with a reef in, her crew hiked out and still well heeled over.  See you at noon.
    Posted Nov 3, 2019, 2:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • It’s hell at the LBTDennis Muscovich demonstrates his preferred position in a Skiff (pic below).  Dennis jetted off to view the antiquities in Egypt on Monday.  We are expecting intelligence from him regarding Nile river craft, feluccas and the like.
    Posted Oct 30, 2019, 8:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Seen at the Bellerive Seafarers Festival The Wooden Boat Guild were exhibiting the recently restored piners’ punt shown in the pic below.  They’ve tried to keep it as authentic as possible, with the new planks clearly different from the original.  For those interested in these boats Graham Broxham from the Guild wrote the definitive book.
    Posted Oct 30, 2019, 8:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Movie at Palais 3rd November ‘Still Life’Team Movies writes: ‘Classic Movies is screening the polarising (either love it or loathe it) 2013 British drama ‘Still Life’. No surprises, I loved this film.  Synopsis: Council case worker John May (Played by the fabulous Eddie Marsan) looks for the relatives of those found dead and alone in a London borough. (Courtesy IMDb).  I know…..sounds lame and boring, but this film is anything but. Yes it is a slow burn, thoughtful, but I assure you it does pack a punch.’  Doors open 6.30pm. Film starts at 7.15pm. Admission: $5.  Bar will be running with reasonably priced quality refreshments,offering the usual red/white/fizzy/beer/cider/tea/coffee/milky milo.  Please bring a plate (with something …
    Posted Oct 30, 2019, 7:53 PM by Richard Forster
  • 19th Hole on Friday NightDrinkies and nibbles after a good row around north Egg Island. Who could ask for more?  See you all at 5pm this coming Friday for when we do it all again.  Pics from Pip Stevenson
    Posted Oct 28, 2019, 3:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • End of Month Monday BBQDaylight saving season is here, the perfect time to bring some snags and something to share down to the LBT after 6pm and share nautical (and other) gossip with fellow LBTers.    Pic from Sander van der Vel
    Posted Oct 27, 2019, 1:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reefing Practice, Monday 28th OctoberIf the forecast is to be believed Capricornia could be down to a second reef when we take her out this afternoon.  Come and learn (or be reminded) about how it is done at 12 noon for rigging up.
    Posted Oct 27, 2019, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Billy at Bellerive Seafarers FestivalPip Stevenson might have had a little while to wait for the punters to get out of bed on Sunday morning, but when they did they came with a rush.  There were crews lined up four deep waiting their turn to go out for a row.  Billy was a hit.  Thanks to Endra O’May for getting us all organised as well as the helpers who made our participation in this community event such a success. Pics from Pip Stevenson
    Posted Oct 27, 2019, 1:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Guild Huonville Excursion November 24This now traditional excursion will proceed from Franklin to Huonville, leaving in time for a lunchtime picnic and returning for afternoon tea at the LBT.  See attached poster for details: Pic from Endra O’May
    Posted Oct 25, 2019, 6:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • ‘Castle in the Sky’, Saturday 26 October 6pm, at the PalaisSorry about the late notice: just spotted this free premier screening of a film about the ‘Geeveston Castle’ being built by Francis and Christina (who work at the Wooden Boat Centre).
    Posted Oct 25, 2019, 2:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • ‘Camino Voyage’ at the Palais, 23rd NovemberBarb Dawson writes:  ‘Important date foryour diary.    The only Tasmanian screening of themulti-award winning Camino Voyage.   An epic tale of constructing and rowing atraditional Irish curragh from Ireland to Spain.  A film not to be missed – see trailer .   Tickets only $10. Pay at the door or bookonline at .  For more information visit the Palaiswebsite ‘    Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 7.30pm Synopis:  ‘A crew including a Writer, two Musicians, an Artist and a Stonemason embark on the Camino by sea, in a traditional boat that they built themselves on an inspiring, and dangerous, 2,500
    Posted Oct 25, 2019, 2:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival never sleepsWe might only be aware of the Festival every two years around February, but of course this is the culmination lots of planning and work.  There has been a changing of the guard recently, with Paul Cullen stepping down as manager and Paul Stephanus stepping up.   Paul Stephanus will be coming for dinner at the LBT on the 2nd December.  To catch up on other Festival news see .
    Posted Oct 23, 2019, 6:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival PhotosIf you want to wallow in wooden boat photos you could do worse than pointing your browser at .  Port Townsend is the home of our American friends who were with us last summer.   Thanks to Garry McDonald for pointing this one out to us.     Pic from John Kohnen
    Posted Oct 23, 2019, 2:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Visitors from American RiverFor some time there have been rumors of  a replica sealing boat, the 35 ton Independence, being built at American River on Kangaroo Island.  Last night at dinner we heard all about the project from Kevin and Yvonne who come from that part of the world.  Looks like good progress is being made: see pics below.  To find out more check the website:  Also of interest is that they have built a St Ayles Skiff – not currently being used (shame!).    Pics from
    Posted Oct 23, 2019, 2:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft October committee meeting minutesThese have been posted to the usual folder on the web site: => Resources => 2018-19 Committee Meeting Minutes.  Or get them directly at
    Posted Oct 20, 2019, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 21st OctoberPip Stevenson writes: “I’m back and we will take Capricornia out at the earlier time of 12 noon.  Bring you raincoat as the weatherman says anything could happen, and probably will.”
    Posted Oct 19, 2019, 4:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Helpers wanted for the Bellerive Seafarers Festival October 27This is a really nice family oriented festival (, and for the last several years the mums, dads and kids have enjoyed having a row in one of our Skiffs.  It is amazing how for many this is the first time they have been on the water.  Endra is coordinating this year, and is looking for a couple more assistants to get the job done.  If you can help out please submit your name and contact details through the form below (  (p.s. It’s a lot of fun!)
    Posted Oct 18, 2019, 11:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • 1920’s Ball at the Palais, 20th NovemberSee the poster attached for details –
    Posted Oct 16, 2019, 3:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • History of ‘Gretchen’A visit to Franklin by Colin Harding during which he spotted ‘Gretchen’ tied up to the pontoon prompted him to query us to find out if she had been built by his stepfather Claude Wright.  A batch of documents in a file that had been forwarded to Martin Riddle confirmed that indeed she had – in Anglesea Army Barracks  in the late ’50’s, with original name Reangle.  The picture below shows her approaching completion, Claude Wright being the darker of the two men standing beside her.  The Gretchen webpage ( has been updated using all this new information, and includes a link to all the newly collated documents and pictures (  Delve here for …
    Posted Oct 20, 2019, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Friday night rowingLast Friday saw the first of what we hope will be many evening rows for the season.  See the poster below for details  (
    Posted Oct 14, 2019, 4:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Half Model CourseBoat designers used to carve the plans for their boats rather than drawing them.  It is a real skill, and Peter Laidlaw is offering to teach LBT members how to do it.  If you are interested enter your name and contact details by submitting the form below ( Half model of Montagu Whaler made by Bert van Baar
    Posted Oct 11, 2019, 8:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reserve your boat’s berth in a new bookOld friend of the LBT Andrew Wilson writes:‘Classic Wooden Boats of Tasmania is a new work being created by local photographer and author Andrew Wilson (Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania), documenting the stunning array of wooden craft that reside in Tasmania and their custodians.  Each vessel will be photographed under passage (powered by sail or motor depending on the craft), along with portraits of each owner – weather-beaten hats and faces welcome! Accompanying these images will be the history of each vessel which Andrew is asking the owners themselves to assist with.’Register here: Pic from Andrew Wilson
    Posted Oct 11, 2019, 4:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Celebrating 10 years of rowingLorrie Harrison writes:‘On 12 October, 2009 women’s rowing started! That deserves a cup of tea and a piece of cake! Even if you haven’t been for a long, long time, come on down this Friday at 9am for social rowing and we will follow it with a cup of tea and some cake. Especially like to see some of those rowers from 10 years ago. I think I am the only one still going to social rowing.’
    Posted Oct 8, 2019, 3:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Opportunity to crew on NancySeniors Week begins next Monday 14th of October and runs thru until the following Sunday 20th.  We will be taking Nancy out from 1.30 – 3.00pm each day.  If you are able to assist, either as crew or as shore support, please complete the form at
    Posted Oct 6, 2019, 5:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Helpers needed for On the Water ProgramThis program starts next week, and as can be seen by checking the spreadsheet which follows we do not have enough people to run it.  If you can help out that would be great: register yourself using the form below (
    Posted Oct 6, 2019, 5:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Committee meeting this coming ThursdaySee the minutes for the last meeting at  An agenda for the meeting on Thursday 10th October is being prepared at
    Posted Oct 6, 2019, 4:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 2 pm 7 OctThe MetEye wind forecast for Monday 7 October is favourable at 10-15kn NW butthere is a 25-50% chance of rain between 1300 and 1600. If it’s not raining andthere are no large storms heading our way visible on the rain radar we’ll besailing – meet at the shed at 2pm. Everyone welcome.
    Posted Oct 5, 2019, 4:55 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Nancy to Port Huon – all welcomeNancy has been invited to the season opening of the Huon Yacht Club on Saturday 5 October. We can take 12 people plus the crew of two. If you wish to join us, register as ‘Deck-hand’ on the Nancy sign-up form at: are limited so preference will be given to those that sign up first. If completing the sign-up form is too difficult, just turn up and we will take you if we still have room. We leave the pontoon at 1030 am.Boats will muster in the vicinity of Hospital bay at around 12 noon with the sail past at 12:30. Nancy will then come alongside at the jetty outside …
    Posted Oct 6, 2019, 4:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Press ganged back packersLast week the sailing crew was a little low on numbers so we kidnapped a few unfortunates who were wandering along the shore.  You can see from the pic how miserable they were.
    Posted Sep 29, 2019, 4:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Brew your own Monday night dinnerJust a reminder that this is the last Monday of the month, so the cook gets a break.  Bring something to throw on the barby and something to share.  And a billy should you choose to make a brew on a fire.
    Posted Sep 29, 2019, 4:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday Sailing – 2pm everyone welcome 30/9The forecast looks good. If you fancy a sail meet at the shed at 2pm, Monday 30 September.
    Posted Sep 29, 2019, 4:40 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Mini NZ Raid October 17th-20thFrom the NZ Coastal Rowing Website: ‘NZ Coastal rowing is intending to take part in the 250th celebrations in Whitianga Coromandel, marking the arrival of Captain Cook and the Bark Endeavour to New Zealand in 1769.   Thanks to Baden Pascoe preparations are well underway for a mini Raid at Whitianga starting on Thursday 17th October and finishing Sunday 20th.   As most people can only make it for the weekend we have modified the plan to suit. The Updated General plan is as follows,’For more details see  .  Many LBT members have been on previous raids with the NZders, and can attest to the fact that they do a great job …
    Posted Sep 24, 2019, 2:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Join the ‘On the Water’ (OWP19) ProgramPlanning for this rowing program for school children has been progressing, with our first day scheduled for 16th October.  The Tuesday group and Mike Dredge have been sorting out boats and oars.  A short introduction session for school staff will be run this coming Wednesday (25th Sept) using the Volunteer Induction Notes ( as a reference.  Southerly Doling is conducting a full, 2 hour induction on Thursday morning (26th Sept, 10am). This is intended particularly for LBT volunteers.Please sign up using the form below (, and tell us which dates you can be available on.  To find out more go to the program webpage (  An OWP19 button has been …
    Posted Sep 22, 2019, 3:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday Sailing, Sept 23Forecast is that the rain should have cleared and there will be a nice WSW breeze.  Let’s get down to the pontoon at 2pm.
    Posted Sep 21, 2019, 1:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Getting ready for springSwiftsure and Monty might look a bit blotchy at the moment, but they’ve both had their garboards fixed and a new coat of antifoul applied, and with Kurt and the team on the job they’ll be ready soon.
    Posted Sep 20, 2019, 3:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Abel Day at the LBTOn Thursday the LBT was privileged to host Chris Abel and his Barbershop Choir from the Sunshine Coast.  They are in Tasmania for a singers gathering.  Chris is the great-grandson of Tucker Abel who built the Nancy, and this was a long awaited, and emotional, opportunity to see the boat.  We were able to give him two for one, as Dave Conway brought Eva Blanche, another Tucker Abel boat, up to the pontoon.  That’s Chris in the orange rainjacket in the pics below.  The choir gave us a couple of tunes, and then we we were off for a cruise in company around the Egg Islands and back through the canal.  We topped off the morning in the …
    Posted Sep 21, 2019, 4:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Where’s Wally?We tracked him down (Peter Laidlaw that is) in the bowels of Mistral II, a project boat being restored for the Windeward Bound Trust.  Pete and David Nash are the supervising boatbuilders – see for more details.  As is apparent from the last pic below, Mystral II is berthed just behind the May Queen in Constitution Dock.   Pic from Endra O’May
    Posted Sep 21, 2019, 4:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Great River RaceBarb Dawson draws attention to this race on the Thames – see .  Maybe we need to enter a crew sometime in the future if we can organise borrowing a boat: it looks like fun!  ‘The Great River Race is an annual competition held on London’s River Thames. Any traditional-style coxed boat propelled by oars or paddles can take part. The competition was started in 1988 and covers 21 miles.’ 
    Posted Sep 15, 2019, 4:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday sailing, 2pm Sept 16thRain is forecast to clear and moderate breezes forecast to arrive.  Let’s get down to the pontoon and get sailing this afternoon.
    Posted Sep 15, 2019, 4:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting Wed 18th SeptThere is a draft agenda (still being worked on) at .  Send any extra business to
    Posted Sep 15, 2019, 5:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • World Skiffies short videoKarl Gallienne alerted to this one, which captures the spirit of the event pretty well:
    Posted Sep 14, 2019, 7:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Barbershop choir on the Nancy on Thursday morningChris Tucker, the great grandson of Tucker Abel who built the ‘Nancy’, will be bringing his choir down to perform on Nancy on Thursday morning (19th Sept) early: around 8.30 to 9am at this stage.  Should be good fun – come down and have a listen!  If you are a ‘Barbershop’ fan you might also be interested in the Barbershop Harmony Festival which they are participating in: .  Pic from
    Posted Sep 14, 2019, 6:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Posting the news at the shedOur ‘in the shed’ correspondent reports. ‘The LBT has a new notice board. Design and construction courtesy of the Tuesday group. No more notices being stuck to the windows!’
    Posted Sep 14, 2019, 6:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Capricornia sailing this afternoon at 2pm Monday 9 SeptThe forecast looks good. Everyone welcome. Meet at the shed at 2pm.
    Posted Sep 12, 2019, 5:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • Minutes, minutes, minutesLots of organising at this time of year:  draft minutes from August LBT committee meeting;  minutes for the Nancy Fanciers meeting –;  minutes for the On the Water program meeting –
    Posted Sep 2, 2019, 3:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes of Annual General MeetingRead them at
    Posted Sep 1, 2019, 6:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday 2nd Sept sailing, 2pmLooks like a very calm day on the river, but we are hoping the breeze might get up in the afternoon.  Convene at the pontoon at 2pm.  All welcome.  Pic from Pip Stevenson
    Posted Sep 1, 2019, 6:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: On the Water planning meeting 5.30pm Monday 2nd SeptBasil van Reit has sent us the draft timetable attached: .  He suggests that the first day should be October 16th which presents us with our first problem as it clashes with Seniors Week.  Come along and be part of the planning for this year’s programme:  see you at the Shed at 5.30.   If you haven’t already registered to be part of this year’s programme you can do so using the form below.
    Posted Sep 1, 2019, 6:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: LBT AGM Saturday 31st August6.00pm at the Franklin Bowls Club opposite the Palais, 3395 Huon Hwy Franklin. See the agenda, treasurer’s report etc at We will be moving things along so that we can join the Wattle Day Dance social immediately afterwards: .  Bring a plate.
    Posted Aug 29, 2019, 6:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Signal flag testSpotted at the Wooden Boat Centre.  What do the flags in the pic below say?
    Posted Aug 29, 2019, 6:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Council votes to sell or give away historic Julie BurgessOur man on the north coast Graham Norris rang to point out this story.  All the details can be read in ‘The Advocate’: .  Last time we were aboard she was in excellent condition: might be a real opportunity for somebody with the right plan. Pic from ‘the Advocate’
    Posted Aug 29, 2019, 3:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Hexahut ProjectLBT member Steve Cameron brought a model of his ‘Hexahut’ to dinner last night – see pic below.  From the project website:  ‘HexaHuts are a comfortable and affordable yet very simple housing solution. This is a public-good project, as a Hexayurt variant, this project will extend the Hexayurt family of open source shelter designs. The HexaHut takes the key idea of the Hexayurt – very effective use of off-the-shelf building panels – adds unique design and manufacturing to give an appealing prefabricated hut.The HexaHut Project will take this unique housing concept to prototype and then to production stages.’  Steve explained that the key component of the hut is the standard plywood sheet – all the dimensions are based around that …
    Posted Aug 26, 2019, 4:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Distant LBT members columnMany LBT members and Franklin residents will remember John and Jane Walduck very fondly – they were great contributors to our organisation and the town over many years.  They moved back to Kingaroy, Queensland a few years ago for family reasons.  Shane and Jane Johnson recently visited and sent back the attached pics.  Shane says  ‘this is the Walducks with Gracie.  Kingaroy is the peanut capital and home of BaconFest and has nearby Bjelke Peterson dam where John sails Gracie’.
    Posted Sep 1, 2019, 4:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fuel at the LBTWe recently sauntered down to the ever reliable ‘Rowan’ to take a Tas Land Conservancy crew out for a familiarisation run and … she wouldn’t go.  After a lot of faffing about is turned out to be water (and gunge) in the fuel.  A filter funnel was purchased and when the contents of the tank were run through it look what we found (see pic below).  After the event the wiseacres told us that this is a common problem in the Huon Valley.  If you have any doubts in future use the funnel.  Pip Stevenson has also donated a jiggler hose for transferring fuel – thanks Pip.  See second pic.  Bailey Marine, who helped us out, told us that it’s …
    Posted Aug 25, 2019, 4:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Heads down on Monday eveningThe keel on the ‘Viking’ was the centre of attention for the work crew.  Come down and join them on any Monday evening at 5pm to help get our fleet up to scratch. Pic from Gary Macdonald
    Posted Aug 25, 2019, 3:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • End of month Monday 26th BBQCook’s day off.  Bring something to share and something to put on the hot plate.  See you after 6.30pm.  Pic by Sander van der Wel from Wikimedia Commons
    Posted Aug 25, 2019, 3:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 26th AugustPip Stevenson writes:  ‘Ahoy me hearties.  Rug up warm for Monday and we will have a great arvo on the water.  NW 15-20 knots.  See you at the pontoon at noon’.
    Posted Aug 25, 2019, 4:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • On the Water Programme 2019For those who don’t know, the LBT has for many years run a very successful spring rowing programme for local schools.  Introducing children to the ‘on the water’ paradise in which we live is one of our best activities, and  Basil van Reit from Huonville Primary School has recently been in contact to say that he is very keen to do it all again.  If you would like to be involved, and we encourage everybody,  please enter your name in the form below:  There will be an initial planning meeting at the shed on Monday 2nd September at 5.30pmTo find out more about the programme see the website: …
    Posted Aug 24, 2019, 6:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Community GrantsThere are many grant opportunities for community organisations such as the LBT. As an example, our local Federal MP has recently made us aware of the ‘Stronger Communities Programme’ under which grants from $2,500 to $20,000 are available – the conditions and details can be found in the attached document:  Taking advantage of such grants requires time, work and administration, and consequently we do not apply for them lightly.  Where we have been successful in winning them in the past they have been of great benefit,  funding everything from from sending boats to mainland regattas to extending the shed.  LBT members who think we ‘shoulda’ done something if only we had the readies which ‘coulda …
    Posted Aug 24, 2019, 6:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy planning meeting Monday 26th 5.30pmA new season is coming up and, thanks to the Tuesday group, Nancy is in good shape to participate in it.  First major event is Seniors Week in mid October.  Come down and join the Nancy Fanciers to plot out what else we should do with the old girl.  See draft agenda attached:
    Posted Aug 25, 2019, 4:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Change of plans for LBT social 31st AugustA number of members have pointed out that our quiz night, scheduled to follow the AGM, clashes with the Wattle Dance at the Palais on the same evening.  This event has been organised by old friend of the LBT Pat Synge.  No point in having dueling socials.  After the AGM we will take the plates for supper we have brought with us and walk the 50 meters across the road to join the hoofers.  See the poster for details:
    Posted Aug 23, 2019, 7:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wattle Dance, Palais Theatre 31st FebruarySee the poster below for details:
    Posted Aug 23, 2019, 5:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing 19th AugustPip has popped his head out the window and stuck a wet finger in the breeze this morning, and says that there has been excellent winter sailing on days such as these in the last month.  Sailors to convene at the pontoon at 12 noon.  See you there.
    Posted Aug 18, 2019, 3:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • World Skiffies ReportThere have been a number of brief reports from the St Ayles Skiff Championships held at Stranraer in July.  Jane Johnson has supplied a much fuller one: read it at
    Posted Aug 18, 2019, 3:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Kerrawyn 70th birthday lunch 8th SeptemberDave Golding, who restored this beautiful ketch, is planning a celebration and fund raiser.  See invitation attached:
    Posted Aug 18, 2019, 11:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • ‘Sing for your supper’ Monday eveningPeter Laidlaw and Dennis Muscovich are starting a Monday evening work group.  Come down and join them around 5pm to do some boat maintenance and help get things organised for the coming season.
    Posted Aug 11, 2019, 3:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Winter sailing is on: 12 noonRug up and join the intrepid crew of Capricornia today Monday 12th August at the wharf.
    Posted Aug 11, 2019, 3:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting 15th AugustThere is a draft agenda at .  Send extra items for discussion to
    Posted Aug 11, 2019, 2:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT AGM planned for August 31stWe are planning to hold the 2019 AGM at the Franklin Bowls Club at 6pm on the evening of Saturday 31st August – put it in your diary. Documents relating to this meeting are being collected at agenda includes the presentation of the treasurer’s and president’s reports, and the election of a new committee. Please consider standing. Take the opportunity to be in a position to promote and implement those ideas that you know would improve the place. Have a chatter to anybody on the current committee to find out more about it – their names are listed on the website ( .  The nomination form can be downloaded from …
    Posted Aug 9, 2019, 5:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • MAST – Notice to Mariners – Navigation Aids – Huon RiverMariners are advised of the following aids re-established on the Huon River:   •  No 4 Huon River –  has been altered to an unlit starboard buoy in position 43 06.344S, 147 00.197E. •  No 7 Huon River, Castle Forbes Bay – has been altered to an unlit starboard buoy in position 43 08.185S, 146 59.166E.
    Posted Aug 11, 2019, 3:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Strange visitorThe floating fish and chip shop from Huonville was damaged in a flood, and DPIPWE have hauled it ashore just downstream from the LBT shed so they can assess what to do with it.  Watch out for the ruts left by the crane.    Pic from Graham Wright
    Posted Aug 7, 2019, 4:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Work at the ShedGraham Wright from the Tuesday group reports:Viking getting prepared for new coats of paint before being turned over for work on the keel.  Absent friends getting pressure washed.
    Posted Aug 7, 2019, 3:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • MAST notice: navigation aid destroyed – Huon RiverMariners are advised that the number 7 starboard lateral pile located in Castle Forbes Bay on the Huon River in position 43 degrees 08.185S, 146 degrees 59.166E has been destroyed.  A further notice to mariners will be issued when a new navigation aid is established in position.
    Posted Aug 5, 2019, 4:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Tuesday Tales (cont.)As noted earlier this week, the lost tales of the Tuesday group have been found and are now available for all of us to enjoy. Heres a few from 23 July.At last Viking heads into the shed. Being a heavy boat this was not an easy move, only 50mm or so room both sides so some good driving skills were required.Muscle power for the final positioning. Plan is for a group including Peter and Dennis to do some work on Mondays as well as the Tuesday group to speed things up.After a brief rest the same muscle turned Billie over for the work to continue.Punto looking resplendant in the new colours
    Posted Jul 30, 2019, 8:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • A bigger hammerLBT member Lachlan Carlson seems to have taken to heart the old adage that the solution to an intractable problem is a bigger hammer .  You can see his point when you observe the size of the ribs he has to ‘tap’ into place (second pic below).  The boat is the ‘Western Flyer’,  the vessel which was central to Steinbeck’s ‘Log from the Sea of Cortez’.  It is currently in a yard in Port Townsend, Washington State, USA, Lachlan’s home port.  LBT members may remember Lachlan as one of the team of boat builders we hosted over summer.
    Posted Jul 30, 2019, 8:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing CapricorniaAnother fabulous sail this Monday (29 July) beating down towards Castle Forbes and reaching back to Franklin in variables up to 15kts, shaking out a reef and demonstrating heaving to with the jib aback on the way. Thanks to Jenni, Nick, Rob, Paul and Tom and apologies to Steve who missed the boat!Pip
    Posted Jul 30, 2019, 4:41 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Tuesday Saga (16 July) – lost but now found!You might have thought that the Tuesday group had been a bit quiet, but not so. It seems the gremlins of the ether had been swallowing the messages and the story was not being told. But Lo… Graham W has persisted and the story can now be shared, with pictures no less!Nancy was booked out today (Tuesday 16 July) which made berthing a bit tricky due to the strong river flow and the northerly breeze. The Tuesday group were on hand to assist and all went well.Punto looking great in her new livery  and close to be relaunched.Huon Explorer needs another coat of green gloss and all will be done.A member of the Tuesday Group has …
    Posted Jul 30, 2019, 11:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • FunnieS at Frank’s – National Science WeekDave Moore, the man behind FunnieS at Franks writes to thank those who have supported the program which brings (Hobart and beyond) comedy acts to the valley, and to  pass on a heads up about the next one on the 15th of August. There’s also some background info about the program and a ….discount! Please consider!“Hi,Thanks for printing and displaying FunnieS flyers, I hope you can help out again.I can’t physically get everywhere I want and need to in the valley to display flyers.The success of each event determines whether I can do the next one :-)NOTE:—–FunnieS at Frank’s is done for the love of it.Frank’s makes no money out
    Posted Jul 29, 2019, 4:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tasmanian Men’s Sheds Association next Southern Get togetherOf particular interest to the Tuesday group and in general to all LBT members: Keith Ellis, Secretary, Tasmanian Men’s Sheds Association has written to advise that the next Southern Get together is being held on Thursday 22 August at the Derwent Valley Men’s Shed.An agenda is included below. Keith asks if we could advise if our shed will be attending.Keith’s contact details are:Keith EllisSecretaryTasmanian Men’s Sheds AssociationM: 0417572668GPO Box 344Hobart, TAS, 7001secretary.tmsa@gmail.com TMSA Southern Member Sheds Delegates Get Together Thursday 22 August 2019TMSA Southern Member ShedsDelegates Get TogetherLocation:-           Derwent Valley Men’s Shed                          103 Blair …
    Posted Jul 28, 2019, 4:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • News from the Spring Bay Community Boat ShedLots of news in our inbox! This one is from the The Spring Bay Community Boat Shed with their Daysheet letting us know whats on the program at the moment through to the New Year. From  David and The SBCBS CrewJIGSAW INVOLVEMENTS               “…fitting in to complete your picture ” David Gatenby   P.O. Box 153 Orford Tasmania 7190   Ph. 0428391432
    Posted Jul 28, 2019, 3:12 AM by Posts Editor
  • July update from the Franklin Working Waterfront AssociationHere’s the July update from the Franklin Working Waterfront Association letting us know the latest news and giving us a heads up about membership renewals and Annual General Meetings, membership of subcommittees and volunteers at the Wooden Boat Centre. if you are interested in any of these roles, an email or phone call on the contact details at the bottom of the newsletter should get things going. Or perhaps you could just drop in!AGM and FWWA membershipThe 2019 Franklin Working Waterfront Association AGM will be held at 2:30pm on the 29th of September at the Wooden Boat Centre. This is the time for anyone interested in joining the Committee to put their hand up! The Committee
    Posted Jul 28, 2019, 2:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • AMMC Workshop on building Educational or Public programs (@Devonport)An invite has been received from the Australian Maritime Museums Council for anyone interested in a workshop at Devenport on “How to build an Educational or Public Program from Scratch”.“Come join us for the next AMMC Regional Workshop hosted by the Bass Strait Maritime Centre on Thursday 31st October and  Friday 1st November 2019.  Travel to Devonport – Northern Tasmania, may be required, so we recommend considering arrival in Devonport on the 30th October 2019. The theme of the Workshop is centered on ‘How to build an Educational or Public Program from scratch’.  The Workshop will feature plenty of delegate interaction, participation, and learning with a range of experienced and interesting Workshop leaders.  The Workshop begins on the morning of
    Posted Jul 24, 2019, 6:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night at the LBTAlways a fun night for the Monday night meal. Kate cooked up a fine feast and it was most excellent to be sharing it with some of our overseas travellers.
    Posted Jul 24, 2019, 5:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Capricornia – Monday sailingPip reports that it was awesome sailing in Capricornia today (Monday 22 July) with Nick, Henk, Tom, Rob and Pip. (Photo by Wunjo)
    Posted Jul 24, 2019, 5:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • World Skiffies Women’s over 50 eventFirst thing to mention is that the organisers brought the final of the women’s over 50s event forward a day because Friday’s weather was forecast as rubbish meaning that the race, repercharge and final were all within a few hours. Our heat was at 12 and was the heat from hell with 4 of the 5 favourites to win the event in it and only 3 going straight through to the final. Also it was quite squally at the time. Result – we came in 5th – so into the repechage . Any other heat and we would have gone straight through based on our times.2.5 hours later we were backing up for the repecharge in much friendlier conditions …
    Posted Jul 21, 2019, 4:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Summary Report from the World SkiffiesWhen we arrived in Scotland to attend the World Skiffies at Stranraer Ali Grant warned us that the Scottish rowing community had gone mad, and had been training dawn and dusk for months. From her window over Portobello beach that evening and the next morning we watched crews out on the water who were intimidatingly fit and drilled. And that was part of the story at Stranraer. Competition was fierce, and even making it to a division final required getting past up to 48 crews. And when the spray settled it turned out that the Irish had taken it even more even more seriously than the Scots and that the winning club was Dundrum.By far the best result for …
    Posted Jul 21, 2019, 4:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • News from the MAWBFFor those not on the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival mailing list, here’s a heads up to the contents of the latest newsletter. In the 16/7/2019 edition:     New Video from Off Center Harbor (“Storm Bay”)    Australia Project Gets Up    The Voyages of a Dockmaster    Riawe: A Tassie Legend    Thanks, Hobart    A Thousand Words and More    Message from the Chairman – July 2019    GM’s Log – July 2019*Pic compilation from images from MAWBF newsletter
    Posted Jul 16, 2019, 8:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night at the LBT (15 July)The wind might blow, it might rain and snow, but a winter meal in good company at the LBT on a Monday night is well worth venturing out for. Here’s a quick snapshot taken by Pip. Take a look at the fearless few and note that they have largely taken different seats from last Monday. Either they are playing musical chairs or perhaps they really do go home afterwards. No Hotel California here 🙂
    Posted Jul 16, 2019, 8:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Golden Oldies? (WorldSkiffies record set by LBT crew!)Over on the WhatsApp media channel Deb van Velzen reports that a record time for an LBT crew was set by this Over 60 Mens team!
    Posted Jul 11, 2019, 3:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • 2019-20 Membership DuesWhilst the secretary has been away in Europe ignoring his duties (such as sending out reminder notices),  the 2018-19 financial year has ended, meaning that it is now time for LBT members to pay their dues for 2019.  The membership rates are $70Au family, $40Au individual.There are a number of ways of doing this (make sure there is sufficient information included to identify you). * Cheque sent to 3337 Huon Hwy Franklin Tasmania 7113 * By Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using your online bank account:    BENDIGO BANK    HUONVILLE BRANCH    BSB   633-000    AC    149496275   LIVING BOAT TRUST   * In an envelope deposited through the mailbox slot at the LBT office.
    Posted Jul 14, 2019, 5:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • TN19 (The Snug Raid) videoSaul has just posted up a video on YouTube of the Tawe Nunnuga 2019 (otherwise known as the Snug Raid) Nice work Saul!
    Posted Jul 10, 2019, 6:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffies report on the BBCOur man in Scotland has passed on a link to a BBC news article on the World Skiffies – have a look – you might spot some locals :-)
    Posted Jul 10, 2019, 6:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffie Championship Results 2019For those interested, results for the championships are being posted on the Scottish Coastal Rowing website at . Look in the ‘Recent Posts’ column on the right hand side.  Day 1 features the accompanying pic of the Tassie flag being  born ashore by the Castle Forbes crew.
    Posted Jul 10, 2019, 3:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night dinners at the LBTNo matter the time of year the Monday night dinner is an LBT institution. Its a great way for long standing members to get together and catch up over a very tasty meal. Its also a great way to introduce new members and visitors to our traditions. Tonight the winter chill was fended off by a glass of Gluhwein. It certainly hit the spot; thanks Kate!
    Posted Jul 8, 2019, 4:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • A beachful of SkiffsWord has it that there are 700 crews partipating in the St Ayles Skiff championships in Stranrear (Scotland).  They have set up 16 lanes in order to cope.  Could be chaos at the turning buoys.  No turns required for the opening ceremony row past, and all went according to plan.
    Posted Jul 8, 2019, 4:25 AM by Posts Editor
  • FunnieS at Frank’s x 2 (Twice the Fun!)Attached are flyers for the next 2 FunnieS at Frank’s.Damian Callinan on the 25th of July and National Science Week Special Event on the 15th of August.NOTE / IMPORTANT: There is a special 2 show for one low price deal available through Trybooking Online buying only. Both shows for $30 per person. ( show is usually $23. So a big saving there.)   – Damian Callinan on the 25th July  – National Science Week show on the 15th August
    Posted Jul 4, 2019, 8:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Familiar boat, wrong hemisphere.A couple of LBTers at large spotted a familiar looking boat in Reykjavick (Iceland) harbour (pics below), and on investigation it proved to be the Sea Shepherd ‘s ‘Brigitte Bardot’ which has in the past tied up  in and operated from Hobart.  She has been in Iceland to disrupt the Minke Whale season, which did not go ahead this year, probably because of economic considerations, but a victory of sorts.  Her next port of call is, apparently, in the Galapagos Islands to confront illegal fishers there.  Just across the harbour is the ‘opposition’:  a commercial whaling vessel, also pictured.  And to fill out the ‘confrontation at sea’ story,  the ‘Odinn’ is berthed in a prominent position.  She was a major …
    Posted Jul 4, 2019, 7:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Remember these young men?Some people may remember a group of young journeyman Dutch boatbuilders who came to Monday night dinner a year or so back, on the advice of their teacher Bert van Baar. They have just completed their final project boat back in Amsterdam. It was commissioned by the Monet museum. Apparently Monet had an ‘Amsterdam period’  during which he often took out a particular small boat sailing and daubing, and then also included it in some of his paintings. What the lads have done is build a replica – see pic below. Also worth looking at some of the other project boats pictured. The students have all done 2 years furniture building and it shows.
    Posted Jul 1, 2019, 7:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT burgee in exotic places column.Our man in the Hebrides has filed this report on a fine northern raid:This is Temple Beach on Little Bernera Island in the outer Hebrides. The villagers from across the loch used to ferry their dead here to be buried.   Charlie Green stands by ‘Florence’, upon which the burgee flew.  Charlie was her principle builder. Florence was rowed to this beach as part of a Raid organised by Murdo Macleod, (pictured above hauling in yet another mackerel).  Murdo has participated in several Raids in NZ and Tasmania, and thought that it would be a good idea to run one on his own patch.  The half dozen or so LBT members who went along for the ride think it was …
    Posted Jul 1, 2019, 6:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lost oars!Annie Venables has put out a call for anyone spotting her lost oars:“Dear LBT Members – can you help! ……I lost my oars  in the river (Saturday 29th June) at Franklin, whilst taking Aotea alongside near the Cartela. Putting it out there for anyone that uses the river to keep an eye out. They are much loved wooden oars, well varnished, black rubber oar stoppers for the rollocks, and a copper tip on one of the blades. They have been with the boat for many a year and I am devastated to think I may have lost them. If anyone finds them please let me know– then take them in LBT or hand to Dave Nash. There will be a
    Posted Jul 1, 2019, 6:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Scottish winners!Shane Johnson has just (30 June) posted on Face book :”Jane received 3 first place medals from 3 races at the An Eather regatta at Shawbost on Lewis in the Outer Hebrides today.A cracking night of dancing was had at the ceilidh.”A few familiar faces with very happy grins!
    Posted Jun 29, 2019, 6:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Free virtual tour of old Hobart TownJust in from John Wadsley, Maritime Heritage Coordinator from the Maritime Museum of Tasmania, that the next fabulous Monthly Talk, will be held on Tuesday, 2 July from 12 noon at the Royal Society Room, TMAG.This will be from John Stephenson from the Digital Heritage Studio who will take us on a virtual tour of old Hobart Town.This is a really exciting project, where they have brought together some great historical research into the digital age and created a virtual world. All welcome!  Click here to download the flyer:
    Posted Jun 30, 2019, 5:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Winter Sailing is on!Pip advises that Winter Sailing in Capricornia is very much still on. New time is Sunday at noon, weather permitting. All welcome; beginners to experienced, members and prospective members, men women and children. Beginners especially catered for and confirmed rowers are sincerely invited to give it a go! Dress up warm, bring a sandwich and enjoy the thrill of sailing a truly wicked witch of a boat with an experienced sailing instructor.Please call Pip for information and we will get together a mailing list. Pip Stevenson 0401295728An out of focus shot (sorry) of Capricornia sailing upstream on the Huon. “Don’t she look fine!”
    Posted Jun 26, 2019, 1:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Tuesday Group (26 June)If you drop in to the LBT on Tuesday you can see a hive of boaty activity as is most appropriate! There were busy folk sanding, painting, roving, rigging and bailing! Inspiring stuff! Veronica bailing before the rowing crew head out ; it was noted that some of the team were late – might have been strategic :-)Inside the shed Bob was setting to tie lanyards to rollicks as final work before launch.
    Posted Jun 25, 2019, 3:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Yukon is back.A familiar presence on the jetty, Yukon has been absent recently to recieve the tlc required by all our water bourn vessels. She is back now with a few new timbers and all the other jobs that an opportunity on the slip presents. In a moments downtime from ship maintenance Dave and Ea posted up this fine photo taken one early morning at Woodbridge.
    Posted Jun 23, 2019, 5:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Alls Quiet?Well you might think all is quiet after the flurrry of foreign correspondence last week. That stream seems to have dried up as Our Man in Europe metamophoses into Our Man in Scotland. It may be a Brexit vortex at work nevertheless Ali Grant has reported via Facebook that Shane, Jane, Endra, Richard , Deb and Martin have all been rumoured to be seen lurking amongst the throngs making their way towards that great attractor “The Skiffie Worlds 2019”. ( Ali Grant for this shot of Huon-5-O in secret training for the Skiffie Worlds 2019
    Posted Jun 23, 2019, 2:51 AM by Posts Editor
  • Latest Update from the Tuesday Group (18 June ’19)Graham Wright has sent through some updates from the Tuesday Group – Great work folks!The Grebe ‘Lightwood Bottom’ is nearly finished and should be ready to go back in the water next Tuesday.        This has been a complete overhaul to restore it’s former glory. A lot of work has gone into this especially the varnish work.Punto also is getting close to be finished, a couple of weeks maybe and looking good.Another Grebe ‘Huon Explorer’ is progressing well. Nice combination of new paint and varnish work.The Whaler ‘Monty’ has had two planks replaced and now the new butt blocks are being fitted with copper nails and roves.           This a slow procedure but using traditional methods. There are …
    Posted Jun 18, 2019, 5:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT hosted the Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania (Sunday 9th June)On Sunday 9th June, the LBT hosted 56 members from the Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania, who sailed into Franklin as part of their annual pilgrimage South to the Huon Valley. Each year, the CYCT sail down on the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend, staying in Cygnet on Friday night, Port Huon on Saturday, then spending Sunday moored in Franklin culminating in a Long Table Dinner with the usual LBT hospitality. Although it appears that the word was not as widely spread throughout Franklin or LBT members as it has been in previous years, the event was still a great success, with Kate (having just returned from Thailand) serving up a  three course Thai-themed meal; a great night was …
    Posted Jun 16, 2019, 2:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Cooks 250th Celebrations October 2019 (A heads up from New Zealand Coastal Rowing)NZ Coastal rowing is intending to take part in the 250th celebrations in Whitianga Coromandel, marking the arrival of Captain Cook and the Bark Endeavour to New Zealand in 1769.Thanks to Baden Pascoe preparations are well underway for a mini Raid at Whitianga starting on Thursday 17th October and finishing Tuesday 22nd.General plan is as follows,Thursday 17th October. Tavel to Whitianga launch and setupFriday 18th, Row out to meet the ships coming in.Saturday 19th, Partake in the celebrations on the water.Sunday 20th, Row up to Coroglen, Te Kawhonga landing.Monday 21st, Row out to Cooks bluff.Tuesday 22nd, Pack up and return home.Baden has pre-booked 12 sites at the Harbourside holiday park …
    Posted Jun 16, 2019, 2:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Visiting Bert Van BaarFrom Richard, Our Man in Europe:Many of us have happy memories of the Dutch team who built a sailing dinghy for the 2017 Wooden Boat Festival at the Wooden Boat Centre.  The leader of that team was Bert van Baar, who remains a good friend of the Trust.  Recently we had an opportunity to visit his boat school at the Navy Museum at Den Helder in the Netherlands.  He is currently working on, wait for it, a St Ayles Skiff!  The pack is being broken out this morning.We came away just a little bit jealous.  His shed itself is great, but the thing that really got our envy juices flowing was the location: the old navy yards which …
    Posted Jun 14, 2019, 3:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT burgee in exotic placesFrom Richard, Our Man in Europe:Long time friends of the LBT Georg Kunert and Johanna Ender live in Wismar, an old Hanseatic League port on the Baltic sea in northern Germany.  We were recently able to present them with a burgee to fly (on suitable occasions) from the transom of the lifeboat that they and their fellow crew members row in the harbour.  See pics below.  The boat behind the burgee is a replica Cog, a medieval merchant ship.
    Posted Jun 14, 2019, 12:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Gary Mac steps into Richard’s Big ShoesGary Mac will be taking on Richard’s web duties for several weeks until he returns sun burnt and jaded from the wearing task of touring Europe in the northern summer. (including  the “World Skiffies”)
    Posted Jun 12, 2019, 11:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Scottish Coastal Rowing – The First 10 Years (Crowdfunding Appeal)From the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association:‘Next year, 2020, marks the first ten years of Scottish Coastal Rowing. Join us to celebrate this milestone by helping to crowdfund a film which will capture how it all started and showcase where we are today.To kick-start our fundraising, we are asking you – our coastal rowing community – to donate whatever you can. Why not have a club fundraiser and donate the proceeds? Or spread the word amongst your friends and ask them to do the same. If everyone chips in what they can, we will commission film-makers Raw Film, who recently made the SCRA training videos, to go ahead.The finished film will be available to everyone online for years
    Posted Jun 12, 2019, 10:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for LBT Committee May meetingThese minutes can be found in the usual folder. From the website ( choose Resources => 2018-19 Committee Minutes, or directly at
    Posted May 26, 2019, 4:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Adrian Dean at the Wooden Boat CentreLast Monday night was a reminder of how lucky we are at the LBT to be part of community so rich in maritime people and resources.  Just by jumping the side fence (well, wall) we were able spend an hour with Adrian Dean and dinghy design.  Adrian ranged far and wide, from where to position rowlocks, to how to get the best lines for hull speed.  We couldn’t have asked for more – but we got it.  Adrian handed out beautifully printed plans for his improved Percy Coverdale dinghy – see pic below.  Thanks Adrian!  And of course that was topped off by the usual LBT dinner, cooked by Dimity.  Many thanks to Dimity too.
    Posted May 26, 2019, 4:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Get well Peter HillPeter ‘the painter’ Hill is one of those unobtrusive characters who keep the LBT ticking over with his expertise and his steady work.  However when you try and find a full frontal photo of him in the archive it doesn’t seem to exist!  Peter was hit by a car recently, and came off second best with a broken leg and sundry other bruises and more minor injuries.  He is stuck in Burnie hospital for the moment, hoping to be shipped south soon.  We all wish him the best and look forward to seeing him back with the Tuesday blokes when he is feeling better.  Some pics of Pete on the job below.   Pics from Graham Wright
    Posted May 26, 2019, 4:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • End of sailing seasonWe’ve done very well, but mid-winter is just around the corner, and until further notice organised sailing is OFF on Mondays.
    Posted May 26, 2019, 4:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • End of month do it yourself LBT dinnerDusk is falling rapidly and early these days – just the thing to encourage the building of a bonfire on the LBT lawn, and a enjoy good repaste around it.  Come down to the shed around 6ish with something to put on the BBQ and something to share.
    Posted May 26, 2019, 4:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • MMT Talk: Tourism in Antarctica June 4thJohn Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes:   ‘We have Dr Hanna Nielsen presenting “Destination Antarctica: Commercialisation and tourism in the far south”.  This talk traces the commercial history of Antarctica, from the first human encounters with the continent to the present day.’  It’s on Tuesday 4 June 2019 from 12 noon at the Royal Society Roomin TMAG off Davey Street.For more details see the flyer:
    Posted May 26, 2019, 4:43 AM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteers wanted at the WBCJenny Tubman writes:If you can spare just 4 hours a week the Wooden Boat Centre could use your help.  Please come along and meet some like minded community members.  We can train you in new skills or you can use your old ones.  Call Jen or Paul on 62663586 or just drop down to 3333 Huon Highway  Franklin and say gidday.
    Posted May 26, 2019, 4:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • No organised sailing Monday 20th MayOur skippers are busy, and rain is imminent.
    Posted May 19, 2019, 3:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lost a camera?This one has been hanging around the LBT shed for weeks.  It is film (not digital).  Contact the secretary of you recognise it.
    Posted May 19, 2019, 3:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Invitation to Row at Lake Meadowbank 26 MayAndrew Perkins has invited us to join all manner of craft to row to a lunchtime spot down Lake Meadowbank. The rowing will take about an hour in calm water.  Lake Meadowbank is past New Norfolk. If you are interested in going in a skiff then please let Mike Hewitt or Lorrie know.
    Posted May 17, 2019, 11:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Palais Concert June 4: Van Diemen’s BandTasmania’s own Baroque super-group, Van Diemen’s Band, is joined by internationally acclaimed singer, Lotte Betts-Dean, for a concert of Baroque favourites by Vivaldi, Handel and Scarlatti.Don’t miss this 5-piece ensemble of ancient instruments and a singer who will dazzle and delight. The Palais will open its doors at 5.15pm; there is a bar with reasonably priced drinks and concert itself starts 6pm, entry $25Click here to book your tickets online.
    Posted May 17, 2019, 7:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • When in doubt, try the trysailLBT member John Snowdon sent us this very interesting account ( of crossing Bass Strait in heavy weather in Beatrix, which visited Franklin back in autumn.  We are going to get John to show off his somewhat the worse for wear ribs at the next LBT show and tell.
    Posted May 15, 2019, 5:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History Walk Opening 10th JuneHarry Rettino sent us the invitation attached below.  If you need more information contact him:  0473 066254 or
    Posted May 15, 2019, 5:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing in windy weatherPip Stevenson sent in the following report. Sailing Monday Recap; Gusty Monday 13th May.  It was definitely a full on forecast for last Mondays sailing afternoon; 25 kts and more from the NW.  A firm believer in suck it and see, I proposed we check it out rather than cancel. Richard F, Henk Brolsma and Rotem, all regulars, and Sarah who is our current dinghy builder at the WBC were keen to try it on so we had a briefing to discuss the conditions, safety tactics and likely experiences, tucked in two reefs, hoisted the staysail and headed out.  It was exciting challenging sailing to say the least. With the main reefed we sometimes had barely steerage in the lulls …
    Posted May 15, 2019, 5:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Franklin Fruit LoopDeb Van Velsen invites everybody to  the opening of the  Franklin Fruit Loop.  This is a scenic short-cut path between Old and New Roads across van Riddle and Johnson land, being planted with fruit and nut trees, alongside a wild-life corridor.When: Grand opening at 2:30pm, Sunday 19th May.Where: In the middle of the walk, between Old and New Roads Wear sensible shoes and whatever you need for the weather.Bring a thermos if you like. A few afternoon tea snacks will be provided. Parking: Anywhere along the foreshore at the bottom of Old or New Roads. Along 43 New Rd. is also an option. Accessible parking is at 43 New Rd.
    Posted May 14, 2019, 3:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Farewell dinner for Stranraer crews 20th MayThe Stranraer St Ayles Skiff Regatta (‘World Skiffies’) in southern Scotland isn’t until July, but some of our participating crews are leaving early to make it the ‘big OS trip’.  We will say goodbye to them at Monday dinner 20th May.  Pic from Skiffieworlds2013 at Ullapool (photo Kathy Mansfield)
    Posted May 12, 2019, 4:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Please fill out the bookIt is useful, when we want to  apply for a grant for instance, to have a record of boat useage.  The best way to do this is to write it down in the folder supplied for this purpose, so please try to remember to do so. l
    Posted May 11, 2019, 10:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday (13th May)Strong winds forecast for tomorrow.  Come down and we will assess the situation 2pm and get out if possible – of recent times wind forecasts have been wrong as often as they have been right.
    Posted May 11, 2019, 10:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Adrian Dean presentation next Monday (20th May)Did you know that Adrian was the supervising shipwright on the restoration of the ‘May Queen’?  Or that he designed the ‘Greenlander‘ sea kayak that was for many years a standard?  Or that he built the masts for the ‘Lady Nelson’?  Come and see a beautiful example of his ‘Percy’ dinghy and hear him talk about dinghy design at the Wooden Boat Centre before dinner, 6pm next Monday night.  First come first served: sign up using the form below ( ).
    Posted May 11, 2019, 4:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • A roving we will go (on Tuesday)Clinching up planks with copper nails and roves (washers) is one of the fundamental techniques of wooden boat building, and YOU have an opportunity to learn how to do it when we complete the replacement of Monty’s split planks. Come along to the shed, Tuesday after 10am.
    Posted May 12, 2019, 5:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Course Friday 17th May at HuonvilleMiranda Wageman, Health and Wellbeing Officer at Huon Valley Council writes:‘PAT (Pensioner Association Tasmania) still has 3 places available in a First Aid course for Friday 17 May at the PCYC in Huonville in case you want to re-qualify. This course includes the online learning section and then a full day.  The cost is $155.  Please contact Shirley directly on 0436 447 028 if you are interested. ‘
    Posted May 8, 2019, 3:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting May 8thThere is an agenda being compiled at .  If there are comments or further items you wish to have included in the business send them to
    Posted May 4, 2019, 6:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Adrian Dean on the ‘Elements of Dinghy Design’ May 20thA year or so ago Adrian came over to an LBT dinner to describe the trading schooner he designed. Adrian does both large and small: sitting in the Wooden Boat Centre at the moment is a beautiful example of his ‘Percy’, a gaff rigged sailing dinghy (see pic below). Adrian has offered to talk about what goes into the design of such a boat at 6pm on Monday May 20th, over in the Wooden Boat Centre. Numbers will have to be limited: first come first served. If you wish to attend enter your details in the form below (  ).Of course this will be followed by the usual LBT dinner which you are welcome to attend too
    Posted May 4, 2019, 4:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing MondayMonday is looking cool and mild – a good day to practice sailing in light airs.  Hans Sipsma will be taking Capricornia out around 3pm.  All welcome. Pic from Robyn Berrington
    Posted May 4, 2019, 5:28 AM by Posts Editor
  • Change of seasonThe sun is coming up later and later, just in time to meet to Jerry coming down the river, and first LBT crews coming up it. Thanks to Jill Edwards for the pic. In other rowing news, Lorrie Harrison has sent in the results from the Dover regatta attached:
    Posted May 1, 2019, 11:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic film at the Palais May 5thTeam movies writes:  ‘This month Sunday 5 May, Classic Movies is screening the wonderful 2016 Swedish comedy-drama ‘A Man Called Ove’…. Synopsis: Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about and visiting his wife’s grave. Ove has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new Iranian neighbours. (Courtesy IMDb)’  Doors open 6.30pm. Film starts at 7.15pm. Admission: $5.  Bar will be running with reasonably priced quality refreshments, offering the usual red/white/fizzy/beer/cider/tea/coffee/milky milo.  Please bring a plate (with something on it) to share for supper during the intermission.
    Posted May 1, 2019, 11:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Maritime Museum Talk 7th MayJohn Wadsley writes:  ‘This time our guest has come all the way from London (that’s in Britain, or Place of Brexit).  Rachael Utting is a PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London researching curiosity collecting amongst whalers in the British Southern whaling fleet.  She is in Hobart for the Whaling Conference being hosted by the Maritime Museum of Tasmania.’  See all the details in the flyer attached:
    Posted Apr 28, 2019, 4:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • End of Month LBT DinnerYes, the cook takes  a break on Monday 29th April and the rest of us get a chance to demonstrate our culinary skills.  Bring something to share and something for the BBQ.  There has been a good pile of fuel accumulating on the grass and tomorrow evening might be a good time to set a match to it.
    Posted Apr 28, 2019, 4:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Good Friday Social RowLorrie Harrison writes:‘Where were you? The sun shone, the bunnies hopped and we had a lovely row.  Thanks to Zainab Clark for the photos.’
    Posted Apr 21, 2019, 2:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lot’s of pictures from rowing at Dover 2019Zainab Clark has done her usual excellent job of photographing events we are involved in.  See lots of great pics at
    Posted Apr 24, 2019, 12:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tight racing at DoverThere were some photo finishes to the St Ayles Skiff races at Port Esperance on Easter Saturday.  We wuz robbed.  Thanks to Matt Wardell and the Dover crew for organising such a great event, and to Lorrie Harrison for wrangling the LBT crews.
    Posted Apr 30, 2019, 3:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dutch Wooden Boat Festival July 5th-7thFor those wishing to escape a southern hemisphere winter for a spell this could be an enticing destination.  It is being organised by old friend of the LBT Bert van Baar, whom many of us remember leading the team which built the Dutch dinghy for the Wooden Boat Festival in 2017.  See for details.
    Posted Apr 17, 2019, 2:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT’s Refugee Community Day Sunday 27th MayDeb Van Velsen writes:  We’d love to please hear from people who’d like to join in on this day, to see if we have enough support to run it this year.  For quite a few years now, the LBT has hosted a visit from the Hazara community in Hobart. It’s a really enjoyable day try out rowing a skiff or grebe, and can go on short Nancy cruises too. The community brings a wonderfully delicious picnic to share. Last time there was almost 70 people, lots of laughter, and queues to have a go in every different type of boat!  The visit also is an opportunity to chat, clock up a few kilometres for their driving licences …
    Posted Apr 17, 2019, 5:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Check that propellerWe at Franklin tend to think that the mild, brackish waters of the Huon make us immune from the luxuriant gardens of seaweeds and shellfish that attach themselves to the bottoms of boats in nearby seaports, however that attached photographs of the propeller of a boat tied up to the marina show that the occasional inspection is warranted.  That prop must have been working more like a paddle wheel than a screw. Pics from Brian Marriott
    Posted Apr 17, 2019, 4:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for LBT Committee April MeetingThese can be viewed at   This is a good time to remind members that communications with the committee in response to items such as this or anything else to do with the governing of the LBT can be made in a number of ways:an email to the secretary:;   mail, either placed in the orange box beside the door, or posted to 3337 Huon Hwy Franklin Tas 7113;  speak to a committee member:   Peter Laidlaw, Richard Forster, Rod MacFarlan  Graham Rankin, Martin Riddle, David Pittaway, Paul Frost, Mike Hewitt, Jane Johnson or  Peter Venning;a good time to meet committee members is Monday night dinner, when there are nearly always announcements and …
    Posted Apr 20, 2019, 2:15 AM by Richard Forster
  • Anzac Day Thursday 25th AprilA short service is planned for 6am on this day to be held at the memorial opposite the Palais.  If you plan to come bring a torch. For more details see flyer attached:
    Posted Apr 14, 2019, 4:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • The big logDavid Nash and Peter Laidlaw contemplate how to extract planks for Yukon from the big blue gum slab which is has been kept wet in the river beside the marina.  The log from which this slab was cut has been like the magic pudding, supplying all the keels and stems for the yachts built by the Wooden Boat School diploma students as well as sundry other big planks etc over the last 20 years or more.
    Posted Apr 14, 2019, 3:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing teams for Dover Easter RegattaLorrie Harrison writes:‘Skiff racing on Easter Saturday is just a small part of the Seafest atDover, but it will be good.   A list of LBT rowing crew member is attached (, some may be surprised tosee their name on the list others disappointed their name is missing.It may not be too late, contact Lorrie (0410 335 809) to avoiddisappointment.  8:30 registration $5 per crew member;  9:00 women’s heats;  9:20 men’s heats;  9:40 Mixed heats;  11-12 finals for 1km races;  12-1pm Lunch, LBT are running a come ‘n try for the skiffs;  1:30 Mixed Hope Island 5km race.  The LBT orange tops are available
    Posted Apr 14, 2019, 2:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Good Friday Easter RowLorrie Harrison writes:‘Calling all women to dust off those bunny ears add a cotton tail, bring your Easter Morning tea and row the beautiful Huon River with us.  Start time: 9am Easter Friday.’
    Posted Apr 14, 2019, 2:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Early start to Sailing Monday plannedHans Sipsma writes:  ‘it would be good to start at 1pm in Capricornia, get down to Port Huon, practice for racing. Great weather.’  Lets do it.
    Posted Apr 12, 2019, 8:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday Group reportGraham Wright writes: In the main shed ‘Lightwood Bottom’ is looking good, the varnished finish has come up great thanks to Bob. Now ready to turn over for a lot more varnish.  Punto is also coming along with the antifoul now done and the rest of the hull primed and ready for the top coat.  In the extension, Huon Explorer has had a second top coat and antifoul and is also ready to turn over.  The big job this Tuesday was tidying up the carpets and removing trip hazards and making it safer for wheel chairs and walking frames.  The older carpets at the bottom were taken up ready for disposal and the carpets that were on top were trimmed
    Posted Apr 12, 2019, 6:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Proposed purchase of Capricornia: responses from membersThese are being collected, and can be viewed in the folder at  If you wish to have your say, send it to
    Posted Apr 14, 2019, 2:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monties at large columnSteve Evans, whose group has recently restored the Montagu ‘Swan’ reports:  ‘Got her sailing last week! We were presented with an original set of RN cotton canvas sails that had never been used! Some deceased Matelot had nicked them from the navy years ago. Beautifully presented and made. We will copy them and only use for special occasions. Just ordered 5 x 16 foot admiralty pattern oars as we have run out of time to make them.Hope your plank mending/replacement is going well.’  Looks like you can attend the celebration if you are in Bristol (England) on May 17th – see pics and flyer from Steve below.
    Posted Apr 10, 2019, 4:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Purchase of Capricornia: have your sayThe recent news item in this column concerning the possible purchase of Capricornia provoked a number of responses from members pointing out arguments both for and against.   Some of these responses are attached below along with a brief summary of the issues raised, and form a good basis for further discussion.  If you wish to contribute feel free: send to Summary: From Barbara Dawson: and From Pip Stevenson: From Martin Riddle: and   Pic from Endra O’May
    Posted Apr 7, 2019, 5:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday 8th AprilWind could be a bit fresh this afternoon, but if there is an opportunity Capricornia will be going out.  All welcome.
    Posted Apr 7, 2019, 2:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Distant ShoresHaving lovingly restored ‘Gretchen’ the Tuesday group finally got to have a sail on her, and headed off for parts unknown
    Posted Apr 5, 2019, 12:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Bushfire ReviewThe State Government has released the terms of reference for a review concerning the recent bushfires.  See these and other details in the document attached: .  Note that ‘Public submissions will be called for on 6 April 2019 and there will be a four week consultation period closing on 3 May 2019. Members of the public will be able to lodge formal submissions or make anappointment to talk in person or on the phone to the Review team.’
    Posted Apr 4, 2019, 3:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft LBT Committee meeting notes for MarchRead them at
    Posted Mar 31, 2019, 4:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • Free bushfire thank you event Geeveston 30th MarchMayor Bec Enders rang to remind us of this event:  ‘Join ABC Radio Hobart’s Ryk Goddard and Lucy Breaden at the Kermandie Oval, Geeveston, this Saturday from 12pm – 3pm for a free community event. The Tasmanian Government is hosting a Bushfire Thank You Event to acknowledge the Huon Valley community spirit and sustained effort of our emergency services during the 2019 Bushfire campaign.’  The marquees were going up on Thursday, so it would seem there is a fair bit of preparation and work being put into this.  For more information see 
    Posted Mar 28, 2019, 7:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Maritime Museum – April School Holidays Program – SCRIMSHAWJohn Wadsley writes:  ‘Here is our flyer ( for the next school holiday program, which is all about the Ancient Art of creating Scrimshaw. This coincides with our current exhibition on Scrimshaw, which is just amazing!!  We would appreciate you circulating the notice to all and sundry in your organisation and networks.  So if you would like to come, you know the drill. Book early before we fill up. And we are very popular these days!!’  
    Posted Mar 28, 2019, 7:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Progress on Monty’s garboardsFlorien has the planks ready to steam and fit on Tuesday morning.  Come along if you are interested.
    Posted Mar 24, 2019, 6:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night BYO dinnerLast Monday of the month, so the cook takes a break and the rest of us get a chance to strut our culinary stuff.  BBQ will be fired up, and bring something to share. Pic kennejima
    Posted Mar 24, 2019, 5:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday sailing cancelled 25th MarchWinds are looking a bit fierce.
    Posted Mar 24, 2019, 2:22 AM by Posts Editor
  • TSO at the Palais Sunday March 31stBarbara Dawson writes:‘Ten Days on the Island is organizing several FREE events in the Huon Valley on Sunday 31 March, as part of ‘A Weekend in the Valley’ festivities.  At the Palais Theatre in Franklin, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra has 3 events:  10.30am Peter and the Wolf – bring your children along to experience this classic children’s tale;  2.00pm Piano Recital – Beethoven, Ravel, Mozart, Schumann;  7.00pm A Night at the Opera – 3 of Australia’s finest singers perform popular opera highlights.  See attached programme for more details ( – these concerts are free to attend, however due to limited seating we require that you register beforehand at
    Posted Mar 23, 2019, 3:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dover Easter Regatta, April 19-22Lorrie Harrison writes:  ‘The Mighty LBT are taking down all our 3 St Ayles Skiffs for Saturday’s events. This means we are looking for rowers and supporters. If your interested contact Lorrie who is organising the LBT team. .  Dover organised great weather, great food and great racing last year. Join us this year.’  See for more regatta details.  For those who need sustenance after their rowing, Dover Seafest will be on at the same time: .
    Posted Mar 21, 2019, 9:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Presentation April 2nd: The Cartela Restoration ProjectJohn Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes:  ‘Please find attached the flyer ( for our next monthly talk – this time on the Cartela Restoration Project, presented by Ross James.  The Cartela is well known to many and there is great interest in the project that will hopefully see it returned to active duty.  As always, we will see you in the Royal Society Room at TMAG, 12 noon on Tuesday 2 April 2019.’ 
    Posted Mar 21, 2019, 3:47 AM by Richard Forster
  • New garboards for MontyBefore you can make ’em you have to break ’em.  In the pictures below Florien and Nick are hacking out one of the garboards which split under duress during the recent ‘unTawe Nunnugah’.
    Posted Mar 20, 2019, 5:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Farewell ‘Old Captivity’She’s been a fixture on the river for some time now, a convenient turning mark, or one end of a start line, but she’s off, hopefully, first to a good boatyard to fix her up, and then to some breezy sailing waters.  And yes David, they should get those fenders in.
    Posted Mar 20, 2019, 12:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday8 knot winds and 22 degrees forecast for tomorrow (18th March).  Let’s get down there a little earlier than usual to hoist sail after 2.00pm.  All welcome.
    Posted Mar 20, 2019, 4:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Purchase of CapricorniaThe LBT has a long history with the sailing whaleboat Capricornia. She had a major refurbishment in our shed about ten years ago, and has subsequently been involved in many regattas, school events and Tawe Nunnugahs. Her owner Piet Lundstedt is offering her for sale, and the committee is disposed towards making him an offer for a number of reasons. She is a very good sailing boat both for beginners and experienced sailors.She is a valuable part of Tawe Nunnugah. She comes with a large trailer which is also useful for our other whale boats.She can be stored on the trailer.She should pay her way: based on previous raids, she will provide a return on investment within …
    Posted Mar 16, 2019, 10:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monties around the worldSteve Evans writes:  ‘Montagu ‘Swan‘ is at last afloat  in Bristol City Docks under oar. Sails to come masts already made.  Need to know exact length of oars 4x 16ft and 1X 17ft?  Taking her to Semaine du Golfe in Brittany France in May/June. Some leaks to sort out!!!!!!’  Notice the 6 oars in the pic below – not sure how that works.Bert Van Baar has sent pictures of a Monty in his home town of Den Helder, the Netherlands.   Looks pretty cramped with all those rowers – one of them is in grave danger of crabbing.
    Posted Mar 14, 2019, 7:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday Group ReportGraham Wright reports:  Tuesday group is back in business after the Raid and the Fires. Two Grebes, Lightwood Bottom in the main shed and Huon Explorer in the extension.Getting Huon Explorer to the shed using the old 2 wheel trolley went well until a wheel broke in half, time for a replacement, the trolley that is not the wheel!  The plan for Lightwood Bottom is to strip back the hull to the King Billy Pine, a big ask for a boat that has been in use for 24 years, but Bob has matters well in hand.  As we noticed a small amount of floor space in the shed, Punto was quickly put in it before anything else did. Once …
    Posted Mar 14, 2019, 1:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing MondayPip Stevenson points out that there is a nice breeze forecast for this afternoon, and otherwise mild weather.  Let’s get down to the shed for setup around 2.30pm, with a view to sailing from 3.00pm.  Beginners welcome.
    Posted Mar 10, 2019, 3:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre advertising positionsFrom WBC is now looking for an operations manager who can help drive the growth of the business in order to create a sustainable institution within the Huon Valley and an institution that participates within the international wooden boat community.’  and  ‘The WBC is now looking for a Front of House Team Leader … responsible for the day-to-day coordination of the retail and volunteer aspects of the WBC’.  See and for details.
    Posted Mar 9, 2019, 4:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting Wednesday 13th MarchThere is an agenda being compiled at  Draft minutes for the February meeting can be found at
    Posted Mar 9, 2019, 4:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • New Woodbridge Jetty Celebration 31st MarchAnn Dechaineux writes:  ‘The Woodbridge Jetty has been an important aspect in the life of the Channel and Huon communities since the early 1900s.   This event will give us the opportunity to bid farewell to the old wooden jetty and welcome the new.  It will be a day for everyone.   Funds raised on the day will go toward relocating the end of the old wooden jetty, bollards and all, as a picnic platform on the Woodbridge Village Green.  Not only will it be a picnic platform, but it will also serve as a wonderful community asset e.g for Carols by Candlelight.’  The Woodbridge community are hoping to get as many boats as possible there for the day.  See flyer …
    Posted Mar 8, 2019, 12:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fire Brigade Benefit Concert March 16thThe Franklin Folk Club always put on a good show at their monthly concerts, and this one is in aid of a particularly good cause.  See poster attached for more details:
    Posted Mar 4, 2019, 4:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Notices to Mariners: beware floating pipeMAST have posted the following notices: Valid From: 04/03/19 Until: 06/03/19   Mariners are advised a section of PVC pipe 15-20 metres long and 100 mm diameter is floating in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel in position 43 19.009S / 147 06.949E. Mariners should navigate with caution in the area.  Valid From: 10/03/19 Until: 10/03/19 Port Cygnet Sailing Club will be conducting their Regatta from 9-11 March. On Sunday, 10 March there will be a prohibited area 100 metres either side of the start line, which is an imaginary line between the start box on the western shore and the start/finish mark to the east of the start box. Mariners …
    Posted Mar 4, 2019, 5:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Warrnambool Whaleboat and Skiff RegattaLorrie Harrison writes:‘The LBT was well represented at the South West Regatta held on the first weekend in March.  Heat wave conditions on the Saturday did not deter the skiff rowers from qualifying for the finals in both the women’s and mixed crews, the women’s crew being the fastest qualifiers.   Finals were held in 39.7 degrees and remarkably all completed the course. The women came in a very close second and the mixed team a credible third.  Sunday brought lower temperatures and a day of whale boat racing in the Australian Whale Boat Championship. The Port Fairy Team lent us the remarkable Colin as the sweep oarsman for the mixed crew and our very own Barbara
    Posted Mar 4, 2019, 1:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Claire Hooper at Frank’s, March 21stDavid Moore tells us that there are only a few tickets left for this show, which is sure to be a good ‘un.  Booking details etc at
    Posted Mar 3, 2019, 12:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing today (Monday 4th March)Looks like there will be a nice gentle breeze, so lets do it.  2.30pm for 3.00pm start.  Beginners welcome.
    Posted Mar 3, 2019, 12:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Checking anchor pointsThe square pontoons given to us by the fish farm are ideal for lifting anchor points, which is what David Pittaway and helpers did on Wednesday when they checked that the big pontoon we use for Nancy and the Skiffs  was secure. All is well.
    Posted Feb 28, 2019, 2:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • tn19 Refunds – LBT Committee decisionThe LBT Committee met on Thursday 21 February and considered the matter of refunds for the tn19 Raid that was disrupted by the threat of bush-fires caused by extreme weather conditions. The decision of the Committee on refunds is available using the link at the end of this message. A link to the Committee’s decision will also be posted to the Snug 2019 raiders WhatsApp group. Please use the following link to read the details of the Committee’s decision and the process for claiming a refund.
    Posted Feb 25, 2019, 5:49 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Clean up Australia DayLisa Plohl from Huon Council writes:  ‘Clean Up Australia Day is fast approaching – Sunday 3 March 2019.  Have you registered yet?  You can register by following this link.  Council have vouchers available for the Waste Transfer Stations. Please register your site and we will be in touch with you.’ 
    Posted Feb 25, 2019, 1:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • For lease – two moorings close to the WBC– one suits up to a 35 ft keel boat – $80/month;  – one suits up to a 25ft launch, not a keel boat – $50/month. David Pittaway  0418 221 531
    Posted Feb 25, 2019, 1:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • What rig is that?Arguments about different rigs are always an excellent starting point for conversations at the LBT.  If you need to bone up before you launch in then this article by our favourite boat designer Iain Oughtred could be useful:   Illustration copyright Roger Barnes
    Posted Feb 24, 2019, 5:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday sailing resumingPip Stevenson tells us that he is taking Capricornia out for a sail today (25 Feb), from 1pm to 5pm from the LBT pontoon.  All  LBT members welcome to join him.  Capricornia is a large stable boat and Pip is a qualified instructor, so if you are new to sailing this a great opportunity to get some experience.
    Posted Feb 24, 2019, 4:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sail CargoMany of us have been taking an interest in this project in Costa Rica (see One of our long distance members Bert Van Baar is headed back for a second stint there having done the lofting a few months ago.  John Young has forwarded us the following communication from the project founder Danielle Doggett.   ‘So nice to hear from you!  I so wish that we could have come to Tasmania for the wooden boat show!  Please send our thanks to Adrian Dean, I apologize for not getting back to you right away.  We truly appreciated the advice.  Things are going well here, actually we hope to have the first two frames up next week.  They are
    Posted Feb 24, 2019, 2:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cook it yourself end of month Monday dinner coming upThis is the night we all get to demonstrate our culinary skills.  Bring something for the BBQ, a plate to share and (if you want) a bottle, from 6pm. $5 in the plate to keep the doors open and pay for gas etc.
    Posted Feb 23, 2019, 3:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • ‘The Light Between the Oceans’ at the Palais, 3rd MarchTeam Movies writes:  ‘This month’s classic film, the 2016 ‘The Light Between Oceans’ is a special request from a local Franklin identity. It contains boats, crashing big ocean waves, lighthouse and partly filmed in Stanley, Tasmania… .Doors open 6.30pm. Film starts at 7.15pm. Admission: $5.  Bar will be running with reasonably priced quality refreshments, offering the usual red/white/fizzy/beer/cider/tea/coffee/milky milo.  Please bring a plate (with something on it) to share for supper during the intermission.’
    Posted Feb 19, 2019, 3:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Ship’s cook opportunityKate Hoorweg writes:  ‘in all the excitement of the TN19 (un-Tawe Nunnugah…) Kate the Cook has over committed and is desperately searching for a short notice fill in for the incredible adventure of cooking on the Windeward Bound for a trip to Port Davey from 1st to 8th March (Friday week!!). The position is voluntary, but does pay in adventure! It is a small group, with only 10 passengers and the crew. The cook will also need to purchase all food provisions for the trip a day in advance of departure with card/funds provided by the Windeward Bound. A huge ask, I know, but truly the voyage of a lifetime!!! Be brave!!’  Contact Kate on 0419 693415    Photo
    Posted Feb 19, 2019, 2:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classical Guitar Concert – Palais Theatre, Friday 1 MarchBarbara Dawson writes:  ‘Prior to opening the 2019 Melbourne Guitar Festival, the up-and-coming young classical guitar duo, Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi will be playing at the Palais Theatre on Friday 1 March. Their current project, entitled ‘Alchemy’, is something of a ‘world-tour’, featuring some of the finest music written/arranged for guitar duet, with masterpieces from France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, USA, and Australia. Andrew and Ariel have been playing as a guitar duo since 2014, and have been described as “two stunning young guitarists…virtuosic” (Sydney Arts Guide) and have been praised for their “dazzling guitar playing” (ArtsHub).  Please check out the following a YouTube link:  Don’t
    Posted Feb 17, 2019, 2:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting this weekThe draft minutes for the last meeting can be read at and the agenda for the next meeting is being drawn up at
    Posted Feb 17, 2019, 2:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Monday dinner tonightBack to something like normal.  First Monday dinner post the fire and post the ‘unTawe Nunnugah’ is this evening.  See you there.  Let’s celebrate!
    Posted Feb 17, 2019, 2:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History Group Feb 20thHarry Rettino writes:‘Celebrating our tenth anniversary year of service to the Franklin community, gratefully relieved that Bushfires 2019 have for the most part spared our town, and rejoicing that our Franklin History Walk booklets are printed and in our possession, we invite YOU to attend the FRANKLIN HISTORY GROUP MONTHLY MEETING at the Franklin Evaporator Courtyard Building on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 at 7 pm ALL ARE WELCOME and are encouraged to assist in planning our tenth anniversary programme and project(s).’ The May Queen
    Posted Feb 16, 2019, 2:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Heading HomeWhat a tumultuous and busy few weeks – first the fire, then the unTawe Nunnugah and the unRegatta.  Both of the last were remarkably successful, especially given the circumstances.  That success was due in no small part to the many people who pitched in and helped – people such as Rob Ayliffe, pictured below, who trailered boats hither and yon for us, and is now taking some of them back to their homes on the mainland.  Thanks to all.
    Posted Feb 16, 2019, 2:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Thursday night Welcome Dinner at Charlotte’s CoveThe Homecoming Fleet didn’t like the look of the weather today (on the nose and blowing hard) so are taking a lay day at Charlotte’s.  If you want to come to a big ‘welcome back to the Huon’ for them be down there around 6pm, all welcome.  See maps below.  $15 a head.  Maps from Google Maps
    Posted Feb 13, 2019, 2:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • The unRegatta – Friday 15th February FranklinThere is a fine collection of St Ayles Skiffs at Franklin and a fine collection of rowers assembling keen to use them.  Who knows whether the Homecoming Fleet will be able to join us but who cares?  All who want to be part of  impromptu rowing races and/or an excursion should assemble at the LBT shed on Friday morning 9 am. Pic from Endra O’May
    Posted Feb 16, 2019, 2:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Homecoming Regatta cancelledThe bushfires had put a big dent in our organisation, and the final nail in the coffin was that the ‘return raid’ from Hobart will, in all likelihood, be prevented by weather from coming up to Franklin until after the scheduled date (Friday).  And how can you have a homecoming regatta without a homecoming fleet?  There is an intention to organise some spontaneous activities on Friday:  watch this space.
    Posted Feb 13, 2019, 2:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fun and games at the LBT Snug branchFor some pictures of what has been going on see
    Posted Feb 2, 2019, 5:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Monday night dinner provisionally moved to SnugThe fires behind Franklin are not over yet, but the main area of danger now appears to have moved away – see map (Sunday morning, 3rd Feb) below, and the wind prediction is somewhat more favourable.   Life goes on, and Kate proposes that unless something untoward happens the Monday diners join the Tawe Nunnugahns at the Snug Sea Scout Hall to eat some of the mountain of fresh food that was bought for the aborted Raid.  Watch this space.  If something untoward DOES happen and Franklin is still safe there will be a small dinner at the Shed for those still dealing with the fires.   Map overlays from Listmap, TFS, Sentinel  Image from Willy Weather
    Posted Feb 2, 2019, 5:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • tn19 up-date 29/01 – Self-organised Raid at SnugMartin Riddle has just posted the following on the tn19 News site:Franklin is still on an Emergency Alert, the fire to the west of us is defined by Tas Fire as ‘uncontrollable’ and the wind forecast offers no short term relief. Tas Alert indicates the road south from Huonville to Franklin is ‘No Access’. Residents are allowed through to protect property.   And the good news is….we have permission from Kingborough Council to set up camp near the Snug Oval. We have also spoken to a member of the Snug Hall Committee (Isaac Forster) and should be able to access the Hall if needed. Isaac Smith of the Snug Sea Scouts indicated their facilities would be available to us …
    Posted Jan 29, 2019, 2:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • tn19 called offMartin Riddle writes:  ‘The tn19 contingency planning group met at 10am this morning and agreed the following:   Yesterday the bushfire warning for Franklin was elevatedfrom ‘Advice’ to ‘Watch and Act’ with residents told to enact their BushfirePlan, and non-residents told to stay away from Franklin. Communities within afew kilometres of Franklin are at the higher alert level of ‘Emergency’ andwere door- knocked by police last night and asked to leave. The good news isthat, as of this morning, there has been no direct impact on any township.Weather conditions are unlikely to change significantly for the next few daysand the community has been advised not to become complacent. Official advice is, if you
    Posted Jan 27, 2019, 3:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fire around FranklinA few days ago the fire that had been simmering away in the forests to the west of Franklin suddenly expanded under the influence of first northwest then southwest winds. Towns downriver, such as Castle Forbes Bay, Port Huon and Geeveston were under serious threat.   The Living Boat Trust became an unofficial drop in centre for some of those who followed the Fire Brigade advice to evacuate their homes.  That threat has, thank goodness, abated for the moment and everybody down here is breathing easier, both physically and metaphorically.  However due to the density of the forest, the fuel load and the terrain we will have to wait for rain before it finally goes away.  Tawe Nunnugah has been rescheduled …
    Posted Jan 26, 2019, 3:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gretchen is on the water!Pip Stevenson has provided a picture of the moment.  After a ten year, stop start project involving many people Gretchen is ready to sail again.  Congratulations to all, but particularly the Tuesday group who have pushed this through to completion.  There was even smoke on the water for the occasion.  Extra pics from Nell Tyson.
    Posted Jan 22, 2019, 1:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australia Day celebrations postponedLisa Plohl from Huon Valley Council writes: ‘Council staff have held a meeting this morning and due to forecast weather conditions the Australia day event, Breakfast by the River at Franklin Oval, has regretfully POSTPONED.  We will work on new date and advise you as soon as possible.’Nancy will just have to stay tied up in the smoke.
    Posted Jan 22, 2019, 12:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dennis has been at it againIf you need a new grate made for your Montagu Whaler Dennis Muscovich is your man.  Pic from Endra O’May
    Posted Jan 21, 2019, 9:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lots still to do at LBTIts been a busy weekend at the LBT shed getting the fleet ready for the Raid but there’s still lots to do. If you want to help, drop by any day this week to see what needs doing.  The regular Monday dinner is going to be a bit special this week as chef Kate tests the big camp roaster – come along, roll you sleeves up to work on the boats and then enjoy another fine meal in the shed.
    Posted Jan 20, 2019, 3:37 AM by Martin Riddle
  • Pussy Cat and Owl arrive at LBTThe Geneva Christian College in Latrobe has very kindly let the LBT borrow two modified Hartley TS16s for use in the tn19 Raid. Pussy Cat and Owl were previously owned by Mission Afloat in Conningham and are not your ordinary Hartley having been converted to open boats for sail training purposes. They need a little bit of work to get them shipshape for the Raid – if you’d like to help, please contact the tn19 Raid Coordinator:
    Posted Jan 17, 2019, 3:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Americana dinnerIt was just as wellthat Gretchen was out of the shed on Monday, when more than 70 people packed in to see if our American friends could cook a meal as well as theybuild a boat.   They did not disappoint, and the masses went awayhappily sated. Many thanks to Ginny and the kitchen team.   Pics from Deb Van Velsen
    Posted Jan 15, 2019, 2:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gretchen relaunchGretchen is going back in the water at the MAST boat ramp just south of the Franklin Bowls Club at 11am on Tuesday 22 January. Come along and help celebrate the great work done by the Tuesday/Thursday group to get her shipshape once again.
    Posted Jan 14, 2019, 10:15 PM by Martin Riddle
  • ‘Where song began’ at the Palais, January 26th‘Violinist Simone Slattery and cellist Anthony Albrecht subtly combine a range of classical music from Bach to Vaughan Williams, with recordings of Australian birdsong while simultaneously showing illustrations, photographs and videos of birds and landscapes.’More details on the flyer below ( and on the website
    Posted Jan 13, 2019, 2:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Look who is coming to dinnerIf you are hoping you are one of the precious few who made it onto the list for the Americana dinner tonight (the 14th) check below (
    Posted Jan 13, 2019, 1:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Kaci Cronkhite at the Palais Monday 14thThis event has proved to be so popular that we have had to move the presentation (‘Finding Pax’) from the Wooden Boat Centre to the Palais so that we can all fit.  Everything else stays the same: 6pm start, no charge (for the presentation), sign up on the form at .  Dinner, unfortunately for the late comers, is booked out.
    Posted Jan 10, 2019, 9:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Can you lend flares and safety gear?It’s great to see the shed buzzing with activity as new volunteers work along-side the regular maintenance teams to get the LBT fleet up to scratch for the start of the LBT’s major fund-raiser. A huge thanks to every-one who has come along to support the LBT. Every boat in the Raid must have safety equipment required by MAST – including a set of in-date flares. Flares have a three year usable life. The Raid is the only time the whole of the LBT fleet is on the water beyond the Huon at the same time and therefore the only time we need full safety gear for every boat. It’s painful to spend LBT …
    Posted Jan 10, 2019, 5:40 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Cheek pieces for the Montagu WhalerIn November 2017 the following news item was posted.  ‘Some time ago there was discussion about how to decorate the ‘cheek pieces’ on the Montagu Whaler, those discs at the front of the boat where a ship’s crest would normally be displayed.  Friend of the LBT (and old Whaler man) Bernie Bruen suggested knots to be replaced each year:  that way we end up with a nice little display collection.  We thought that it would be great if Greg Guy could tie the initial set, and he did.  On Tuesday we had a ceremony to install them with John Young doing the honors.’  It is time to replace Greg’s knots, and the Homecoming Regatta would be a good …
    Posted Jan 7, 2019, 4:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Helping out with the Homecoming RegattaThe Homecoming Regatta, to be held on Thursday and Friday February 14th-15th, is planned to be much like Swiftsure Regattas of the past, with the addition of a ‘welcome to fleet’ dinner to get things underway.  As a consequence the need for volunteers to run the event is scaled back considerably from the wonderful Tasskiffie regattas we have held at this time of year in the past.  Nevertheless we do need a few helpers to get things organised and keep them moving along. The jobs we are looking at include, Thursday night welcome home dinner, setting up course (Thursday evening), safety boat, dockmistress/master, starter, finisher/results recorder, life jackets, MC, spare hand, tidy up (Friday afternoon).  If you …
    Posted Jan 8, 2019, 12:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Participating in the Homecoming RegattaOrganisation for the Homecoming Regatta is well underway. There are a series of events that are planned.  On Thursday 14th February:  row/sail/motor to Port Huon to accompany the Return Raid boats as they come back from the Wooden Boat Festival; a welcome to fleet; dinner and music.  On Friday: whaleboat races; Skiff races; the Roger Harwood dinghy race; Rat Island sailing.  If you want to participate (and you do!) it would be a great aid to planning if you could register as soon as possible using the form at .  More details about the regatta can be found at
    Posted Jan 7, 2019, 4:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Progress on the HavensOver at the Wooden Boat Centre the American team have the torture boards out and are bending the coamings.  See pics below.  Photos from Endra O’May
    Posted Jan 7, 2019, 1:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Project BoatThis large, Purdon built, motor boat is moored at Snug.  Unlike some it floats, which is a big start! We believe that to the right person it is a freebie.  Contact Harley Cullen 0488 218 943.
    Posted Jan 6, 2019, 4:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Kaci Cronkhite and dinner Monday January 14thThis ‘Americana evening’ (see previous post at is being advertised through the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, so we are expecting swelled numbers, which will be capped, at dinner. If you want to make sure you have a place enter your name in the form below (  Price is $20, which gets you into the dinner and the presentation (remembering that this is a fund raiser for the Homecoming Regatta).  If there are seats over for the presentation these will be free.  Proceedings kick off at 6pm.BREAKING NEWS: DINNER BOOKED OUT!!!
    Posted Jan 9, 2019, 4:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah 2021Some of us are having trouble getting our heads around the fact that it is 2019 (what? already!).  Other poor souls who missed out on TN19 are looking forward to 2021.  We have created a sign up sheet for TN21 news at .  Pic from Ben Forster
    Posted Jan 2, 2019, 3:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dr Strangelove showing at the Palais: Jan 6Team Movies writes:  ‘To welcome in the New Year Team Movies are delving into ‘The Vault’ and screening the 1964 political black comedy, Dr Strangelove. Synopsis: An insane general (Brig. Gen. Jack D Ripper) triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.’  Doors open 6.30pm movie starts 7.15pm Admission $5.  Bar will be running upstairs with reasonably priced quality refreshments, the usual red/white/beer/cider/tea/coffee/milky milo. Bring a plate.  PS: News Flash, Palais Collective will be open on movie nights from 6.30pm until movie starts on a trial basis, just in case you require eggs or zucchinis.
    Posted Jan 2, 2019, 12:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Work to be done before the Raid startsWe need your help to get everything ready for the 2019 Raid. The job list includes:Sprucing up some of the LBT fleet including the Monty andSwiftsureMaintenance and checking of the food cool store trailer andbarbecuesDesign and construction of the new expedition water trailerRe-rigging GretchenCollecting, rigging and checking two modified Hartley TS16son loan from the Geneva Christian School in LatrobeCompleting the second St Ayles skiff rigAllocating and checking safety gear for the LBT boatsinvolved in the Raid…and much more besidesWhether or not you are participating in the Raid pleaseconsider helping the LBT by helping get everything ready. If you can help,please come along to a …
    Posted Jan 1, 2019, 3:43 AM by Martin Riddle
  • Please help the LBTThe LBT is on a sound financial footing because it runs amajor fund-raiser every two years – the tawe nunnugah Raids. For the intervening two years the Raids pay for shedexpenses, such as insurance, rates, electricity and water; for consumables formaintenance of the fleet; for up-grades to LBT facilities and assets and allowsthe LBT to put on a range of programs for its members and the community,including the On-the-Water Program which has introduced hundreds of primary studentsto the pleasures of messing around in boats safely. But it’s a two way thing – the whole of the LBT benefitsfrom the Raid but in turn we could not run the Raid if …
    Posted Dec 31, 2018, 7:42 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Sydney to HobartIntrepid LBT reporter Endra O’May was on hand to catch the action as the maxi’s crossed the line at the end of this year’s race.  What a sight!
    Posted Dec 28, 2018, 2:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • Americana Evening, January 14thThe theme country for the Wooden Boat Festival this year is the US of A.  We in Franklin are heavily involved, with a couple of classic American dinghies being built over at the Wooden Boat Centre and various luminaries visiting.  Among the latter is Kaci Cronkhite, well known boating journalist and author of ‘Finding Pax: the unexpected journey of a little wooden boat: 1‘.  Kaci will be presenting at the WBC on January 14th prior to Monday dinner, which will be cooked by the American boat building team who know how to wield a spatula as well as a chisel.  How is that for a double header?  This is a fund raising evening for the Homecoming Regatta, so we a …
    Posted Dec 21, 2018, 5:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Christmas breakThere is sure to be plenty of informal activity around the shed over the Christmas period,  but the Tuesday group are taking a break as are the cooks.  They will be back in the second week in January, first dinner January 7th, first workday January 8th.  Season’s greetings to everybody from the Living Boat Trust.
    Posted Dec 21, 2018, 4:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Women’s Christmas Row this FridayThe usual Friday social row is a celebratory one on this Friday (21st) at 9.00 am.  Come down dressed for the occasion.
    Posted Dec 16, 2018, 2:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Model BoatsSue was the centre of intense scrutiny as she hot glued the model boats constructed by students at the On the Water Regatta.  Hope she got it right! Pics from Steve Stanton
    Posted Dec 16, 2018, 2:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Another boat launchOne of the highlights of the On the Water Regatta was the launch of two rowing dories built by Huonville 6th grade students under the supervision of Dave Golding.  Herreshoff they ain’t, but practical they are and they rowed really well.  Great to see an old tradition being revived.  Congratulations to all concerned.  Pic from Pip Stevenson
    Posted Dec 16, 2018, 2:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Bring your own Christmas Party Monday nightThe traditional LBT Christmas Party is a ‘bring a plate’ and your own BBQ fair tonight (17th December).  If you want to help out some of us will be at the shed from around 2.30pm to start decorating and getting things set up before sailing.
    Posted Dec 16, 2018, 1:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Last sailing Monday for 2018It might not be as blue this afternoon as in the pic below, but the buckets in the heavens are due to start emptying later today and there is a nice breeze due.  Let’s get out there around 3.30pm.
    Posted Dec 16, 2018, 1:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gretchen has left the building!An historic day, and Graham Wright was there to capture it with his camera.  For those who don’t know the story, our lee-board small cruising yacht Gretchen underwent a major restoration a few years ago, but wouldn’t ‘take up’ when she went back in the water.  So it was back in the shed with her to be sheathed with Dinyl, and have a major refit and paint job at the same time.
    Posted Dec 14, 2018, 2:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Stars ‘n Stripes at the LBTThe Americans have arrived, their containers of tools, material and equipment are coming shortly, the wood is piled up outside the WBC, and by week’s end we should see the start of action on the Haven 12 1/2.   On  Sunday we had a BBQ to welcome them before it is all heads down and bums up.
    Posted Dec 13, 2018, 12:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Christmas Party Monday 17th DecemberStruth!  How did that happen so fast?  The cooks want to enjoy it too, so it is a ‘bring your own’.  Starting around 6.30pm.
    Posted Dec 9, 2018, 11:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting December 12thThe agenda for the upcoming meeting is being compiled at .  If you have any business you want addressed please send it to, or speak to a friendly committee member.
    Posted Dec 9, 2018, 2:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • That doesn’t look rightA good illustration of why dinghies in the shed need a short stern line to stop them getting caught under the rail along the dock at low tide, and then filling with water at high tide.    Pics from Nathan Nelson
    Posted Dec 9, 2018, 2:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • MMT Holiday ProgramJohn Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes:‘The Maritime Museum has launched its new School Holiday program for January 2019.  This time we are offering something for younger children based on the theme of “Wooden Boats” to tie in with the Wooden Boat Festival next February.  Plus we are offering a separate program for older students wishing to use our Ship Simulator.  Strictly for 10 Years and older.  Flyers for both are attached  ( and On behalf of the Museum volunteers and staff, we would like to wish you all a safe and happy Holiday Season.’
    Posted Dec 6, 2018, 12:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • BBQ to welcome Americans, Sunday 9thSean Koomen and his merry people have arrived, and by the weekend should have shaken off their jet lag. Alix Gibbs from the Wooden Boat Centre writes: ‘We invite you to “Chuck a Shrimp on the Barbie” this Sunday to welcome the American Boat Building Team to Franklin.  This is a great opportunity to meet the team before they start in the workshop on Monday the 10th.  The BBQ is this Sunday (9th) at 1pm at the LBT.  Food and drinks will be provided.’  RSVP to Alix at See photos below if you want to attach names to faces.  Pic from
    Posted Dec 6, 2018, 10:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dust extractor system for new workshopIn the past we have used ad hoc methods for disposing of dust, but the new workshop is getting a proper system.  Pic from Graham Wright
    Posted Dec 5, 2018, 3:01 AM by Richard Forster
  • Sculpture in placeThe sculpture that was recently clad in wood over at the Wooden Boat Centre has now been mounted in Franklin Square.  The seagulls know what to do with it: could be very tastefully striped shortly. Pics from Endra O’May
    Posted Dec 5, 2018, 3:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Boggy Creek JerseyMany members of the LBT went to the Amnesty fund raiser at the Palais on Sunday night, which featured the film ‘The Merger’, about the Boggy Creek Football Club the Roosters. Zainab Clark, who was the principle organiser for the event tell us that those who missed out on a Roosters footy jumper can order one at .  She also wants to thank the Palais team and various others who made the whole thing possible – you know who you are.
    Posted Dec 2, 2018, 2:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • No Sailing this Monday 3rd DecemberWe have to have rain sometime to keep our valley green, and it would seem that today is the day.  And the wind forecast looks challenging too.   Pic from South Franklin Weather:
    Posted Dec 2, 2018, 10:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday Group reportGraham Wright writes:Flying 15 ready to be turned over; Punto repair and new paint job well underway.  See pics from Graham below. 
    Posted Dec 2, 2018, 1:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowers Christmas lunchNot all the action is on the water for the rowers.    Pic from Zainab Clark
    Posted Dec 2, 2018, 12:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • ‘Flatty’ is out the door!The beautifully restored little Channel fishing dinghy has been collected by its owner.  Congratulations to the Tuesday group who have done the work.  Pics below from Zainab Clark and Graham Wright, including a ‘before’ shot from Graham.
    Posted Dec 2, 2018, 12:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Just in case the Palais got flooded …Our volunteers at the Amnesty fund raiser were prepared for the worst eventualities. Pic from Zainab Clark
    Posted Dec 2, 2018, 12:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monties in strange placesOne thinks of the Montagu Whaler as being a quintessentially British, or at least British Commonwealth, boat.  However a query for plans from Rob Blackburn reveals that there is enthusiasm for them in other places – see the pic.
    Posted Dec 2, 2018, 12:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowers Christmas lunch December 2ndLorrie Harrison writes:‘A once a year chance for all LBT rowers to get together at a shared lunch this Sunday. BYO food and drink.’
    Posted Nov 25, 2018, 12:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Guild cruise in company to HuonvilleOn Sunday several Trust boats joined the Guilders for this annual event. The weather held  off, was even rather kind in blowing the sailors up river, and a good time was had by all.  A highlight for us was to see our hundred year old Nancy motoring together with her sister boat Eva Blanche: both were built by Tucker Abel at Battery Point in the early 20th century.  Pics below from our roving reporter Endra O’May, who has given us a ‘view from Swiftsure‘. You can tell she hates dogs.
    Posted Nov 26, 2018, 1:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monday on tomorrowOn Sunday Swiftsure and the Monty made it up to Huonville in near record time with a kindly south easterly behind them.  Let’s see if they go as well on Monday afternoon starting 3.30pm. Looks like a fair breeze coming up and good conditions to get the Grebes out.  All welcome.  Pic from Phil Meaney
    Posted Nov 25, 2018, 12:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT cook our own dinner coming upWith the evenings lengthening out it is just the right time of year to saunter down to the LBT around 6pm of a Monday night with something from the butcher, something from the greengrocer, something from the regular grocer and perhaps something from the vintner to share with friends around the BBQ.  See you there.
    Posted Nov 24, 2018, 9:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • On the Water Regatta December 13th: please helpDover, Geeveston and Huonville primary schools have all been participating in this year’s rowing program, which is to culminate in a Regatta on Thursday December 13th, starting at 10am. Should be heaps of fun and what the LBT is all about.  There are lots of jobs for the day:  setting up; scheduling; managing the dock; skippering the dinghies; starting and finishing; recording results; BBQ; model boat making; pulling down; and there are more.If you are able to assist please submit your name using the form below (  We are expecting about 80 students.  For more details see the regatta section of the On the Water web page: Site Plan
    Posted Nov 25, 2018, 4:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Draft minutes for LBT Committee November meetingGet ’em at
    Posted Nov 24, 2018, 12:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • When the wind blowsA sea breeze on the nose is no small thing to deal with for teams of 4th grade rowers in Grebes, and on Wednesday it proved impossible.  The solution was to send them off by land to meet the boats which were towed upwind.  With the wind behind them they were much happier.  Pic from Endra O’May
    Posted Nov 22, 2018, 1:26 AM by Posts Editor
  • Out with the old…That dinosaur head poking in through the door of the Wooden Boat Centre in the pic below is on the crane, ready to take away the newly completed sculpture.  It seems only a week or two ago that the project was being started.  Pete Parkinson is looking very cool about the whole thing.  Pic from Endra O’May
    Posted Nov 21, 2018, 9:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre November NewsLots of current news, plus a very interesting historical item by Allan Cato about the ‘capture’ of the Oberhausen at Port Huon at the start of the First World War.  See attached:
    Posted Nov 21, 2018, 5:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • BIG project opportunity?Graeme Broxam, President, Association of Heritage Boat Organisations, writes: ‘ We have been informed of the imminent destruction of a former Tasmanian fishing vessel Theresa, built at Strahan about 1940. Although not on the AHBO list of vessels of high significance, it is nevertheless an attractive example of the traditional Tasmanian coastal fishing vessel of its era and may be of interest to some individual or organisation to save with the potential of restoration.’  For more details see attached (
    Posted Nov 21, 2018, 2:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Free excursion on Nancy for members: 25th NovemberNancy’s electrical fault has been magically disappeared (Brian Marriott being the magician) and she is ready to join the happy throng for the ‘Cruise in Company’ to Huonville with the Wooden Boat Guild, 10.00am, Sunday November 25th.  First come first served for those who want to be passengers – free for members of the Trust or Guild. Complete the form (, contact the secretary at , or text 04977 86572.  For more details about the event see
    Posted Nov 21, 2018, 2:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie at the Palais: ‘The Merger’ December 2ndTeam Movies writes:  ‘We are combining with AMNESTY SOUTHERN GROUP Tasmania for a special Christmas Movie treat, the 2018 Australian smash hit movie, The Merger. Synopsis: Huon Valley’s favourite comedian, Damian Callinan, playing injured AFL footy legend Troy Carrington, is lured back to his home town of Bodgy Creek, to rebuild the hapless local footy team. He recruits refugees to make up the numbers with hilarious results, but ultimately takes the community on a journey of change. All door takings will go to Amnesty Southern Group who are working to raise awareness of the plight of asylum seekers and refugees.’  Doors open 6.30pm, seated by 7.15pm, Admission $5,  bring a plate.,
    Posted Nov 18, 2018, 4:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing MondayThe wind gods are predicted to be kind, so come down and join us at 3.30pm at the pontoon.  Last week we took out Monty for an initial trial run in preparation for the ‘cruise in company’ to Huonville next weekend: there may be more of the same.
    Posted Nov 18, 2018, 3:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Moorings for leaseDavid Pittaway writes:  For lease – two moorings close to the WBC; – one suits up to a 35 ft keel boat – $80/month- one suits up to a 25ft launch, not a keel boat – $50/month.    Contact:  0418 221 531
    Posted Nov 18, 2018, 3:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Twilight RowingBarbara Dawson writes:‘Twilight rowing last Friday saw one St Ayles skiff, one Grebe, one Whitehall skiff and one kayak racing against each other.  The skiff team, Huon Five 0 (powered by Jane and Shane, Phil, Zoe, and Karl) slashed their previous week’s time by almost 6 minutes.  First across the line (just) was David Budd in his Whitehall skiff.  Come down this Friday at 5pm, grab a Grebe, make up a skiff crew, or bring your own boat/kayak.  And bring along drinks and nibbles for post race get-together afterwards.’
    Posted Nov 18, 2018, 3:25 AM by Posts Editor
  • Anyone know the boat ‘Sgorr na Craig’?Topher Dawson from Ullapool is coming to Tasmania to participate in the 2019 Raid. In 1984 he built a 20ft huon pine double-ender, Sgorr na Creag, on a property at Mickey’s Bay on Bruny Island. She is clinker built, very beamy (8ft 4 inches), with a plumb bow and a raking sternpost and at the time was painted white.The boat was sold to a Japanese guy called Hisau who lives near the Idea Bay railway station. Topher would like to see the boat again during his visit – if you know either the boat or its current owner please email us at:
    Posted Nov 18, 2018, 3:31 AM by Martin Riddle
  • Floating boat coverCelia Leverton sent us a whole lot of ideas for sheltering boats from Holland a while ago.  We now have a prime example of one of them tethered to wharf upstream of the WBC.
    Posted Nov 17, 2018, 12:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Regatta, Huon at Franklin 17th,18th NovemberMarine and Safety Tasmania Notice to Mariners: ‘A Regatta will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 17 November 2018 commencing at 0800 hours.  The Regatta will conclude at 1600 hours on Sunday, 18 November 2018. Boat owners are reminded to transit the area with caution and follow any directions given by rowing officials.’
    Posted Nov 13, 2018, 3:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Project BoatMichael Fitzgerald writes:    ‘I have a 26’ sail boat I’ve started to restore but am unable to continue with the restoration so I’d like to offer her to someone who is interested in taking over.  She is strip planked Huon pine fixed lead keel built by Barry D Wilson of Smithton. Her original name is Norma De Kermandee (we call her “Valkyrie” now).  She is in a cradle at my home at Deep bay.  I have stripped her back to the hull and have done some re-ribbing, and reset the transom.  I have attached some pictures of what she looked like when we bought her and after repainting the hull about 8 years ago and what she
    Posted Nov 13, 2018, 3:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday sailors: prepare for the Huonville cruiseThe cruise to Huonville planned for November 25th (see elsewhere in this news column) will be a great opportunity to get on the water with our rower/sailers – the Monty and Swiftsure in particular.  Let’s use the next couple of Monday evenings to prepare – see how we go getting up the river and back and check that we can smoothly combine oars and sails.  Meet down at the pontoon at 3.30pm.
    Posted Nov 10, 2018, 3:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Who would have thought of these tools?Mike Dredge pointed us to this collection of improvised tools.  Resourceful person who thought of them, ‘Mr Jiwakoyak’.  See  Who hasn’t wondered how to get out that dratted stripped Phillips head screw?
    Posted Nov 9, 2018, 8:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • ’12 Times he Spoke’ – Coming to Palais Theatre 21st NovemberBarb Dawson writes:  ‘After a stellar premier season in the Theatre Royal Backspace in July, Tasmania Performs is bringing ‘Twelve Times He Spoke’ to regional Tasmanian towns – including Franklin. This one-man show stars Guy Hooper. It tells the life journey of a man both ordinary and extraordinary – via significant moments of speech in his lifetime. These 12 pivotal moments between the ages of 7 and 55 represent the highs and lows of his life – what he says in those moments but also what he doesn’t say, or cant face saying that reveal who he is and where his life is at. From a shy schoolboy being berated by a teacher to a broken man with the alcohol shakes
    Posted Nov 9, 2018, 1:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Accommodation wantedThe project boat for this year’s Wooden Boat Festival is a Haven 12 1/2, and a team is coming over from Port Townsend near Seattle to build it at the Wooden Boat Centre.  We expect to have as much fun with them as we had with Bert’s Dutchies in 2017.  One practical consideration is housing: it is mostly covered but an extra roof or two to put over their heads would be handy.  The period we are talking about is from the start of December through to mid February.  If you think you can help out contact Anne Holst at the Wooden Boat Centre – or 6266 3586. Even if you are only able to …
    Posted Nov 8, 2018, 5:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cruise with Wooden Boat Guild to Huonville 25th NovemberThis event has become one of the highlights of our calendar.  Andrew Perkins from the Guild writes:  ‘The Wooden Boat Guild of Tasmania would like to invite anyone interested to take part in their annual Huon river cruise in company.  Sunday November 25.  The plan is to depart Franklin at 10.30 am to row, paddle, steam or motor to Huonville in company for lunch at the Huon Jet Boat Café and return to Franklin for a casual tea or coffee at the Living Boat Trust .  Huon Jet will provide a BBQ lunch (including vegetarian option) for $15 per head or choose from their Café menu or BYO. For catering purposes please RSVP for the BBQ before leaving Franklin.  RSVP
    Posted Nov 7, 2018, 11:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Sailing MondayShould be a gentle breeze wafting down the river this afternoon to take us out – from around 3.30pm to rig up.
    Posted Nov 4, 2018, 11:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • Subsidised Provide First Aid Accredited CoursesNarelle Synnott writes:The Huon Valley Council supported by Bendigo Bank, Tasmanian Health Service and Dover Far South Action Group are offering a community ‘Provide First Aid’ One Day Accredited Course.  This course is heavily subsidised and is open to community members. Further information of locations and how to secure your place is available by following the below links: Cygnet – ;Dover – ;Huonville – .  Dates: 22nd, 26th, 28th November. Flyers attached:
    Posted Nov 1, 2018, 2:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Rowlocks for FreyjaSome people have washing hanging from the line.  At the LBT we have new rowlocks.  Freyja is being converted to the same system as Billie
    Posted Oct 30, 2018, 4:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • In with a chance for a Foster 10′All you need to do is head over to the Wooden Boat Centre with $10 in your mitt.  See for details.
    Posted Oct 29, 2018, 1:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Memories of the CartelaIan Florence visited the shed the other day, and told us tales about how his grandfather was the supervising engineer for the Cartela, and built the steel keel  and caste the propeller for her.  He also gave us a nice cache of copper and brass screws and nails from one those projects that never quite got done, plus some samples of wood bending.  Thanks Ian!
    Posted Nov 1, 2018, 1:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mens Shed Association Gathering 30 November 2018We are invited to West Winds Men’s Shed & Channel Men’s Shed on Friday 30 November.  We have a good relationship with this association and encourage people to go along.  For details see below:
    Posted Oct 28, 2018, 1:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday sailingThe met bureau is predicting moderate winds and no rain, so lets get down to the pontoon around 3.30pm to rig up.
    Posted Oct 28, 2018, 3:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Check the LBT calendarWe make every effort to register all significant events in the calendar: to view go to the LBT home page and choose Calendarfrom the menu at the top.  The schools ‘On the Water’ program dates were recently added, so check these if you were hoping to use a Grebe in November or early December.  They have prior bookings for these boats from 10am – 2pm.
    Posted Oct 28, 2018, 3:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • End of Month BYO Dinner Monday nightThe one we have all been waiting for: the end of month BBQ PLUS Daylight Saving PLUS a fair weather report.  Bring your snags and something to share.  Come early (around 3.30pm) for a sail. Photograph by Kgbo
    Posted Oct 28, 2018, 2:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Regatta – Huon River, Franklin, Oct 27-28MAST Notice to Mariners.  ‘A Regatta will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 27 October 2018 commencing at 0800 hours and finishing at 1600 hours on Sunday, 28 October 2018.  Boat owners should transit the area with caution and follow any directions given by rowing officials.’   
    Posted Oct 26, 2018, 3:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • The great ball mystery solvedKeeping the canine contingent entertained has always been a major part of the LBT’s activities.  Mike Dredge reports.‘You may have noticed the odd red and yellow soft ball turning up at LBT, much to the joy of various dogs, and wondered who was the generous soul making these donations.  Mystery solved.  Missy found a nest of about half a dozen after last week’s rain, in a drain outlet near LBT.  Looks as if the drain originates somewhere near the Primary School.  Kids must be dropping the balls into the drain – they then magically re-emerge at LBT.  I’m doing some work with the Phys Ed teacher at the school, he confirmed they use these balls, so
    Posted Oct 25, 2018, 2:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT members at large columnAndy Bullock writes:  ‘During this southern hemisphere winter I spent seven weeks travelling in the UK and Ireland. I attended classic boat festivals in Wivenhoe, Essex; Falmouth, Cornwall; and Roundstone, County Galway, and hired boats on the Norfolk Broads, the Fal estuary, and Lake Winderemere. Initially I followed in the wake of two of my favourite nautical authors, Maurice Griffiths and Arthur Ransome, exploring the rivers and anchorages in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk on the east coast, then visited my ancestral villages in Cornwall and Scotland.  I found some lovely harbours and sailing grounds, but many of these are very tidal and at low water there is often little water remaining. For example at Wivenhoe, a gorgeous village on the
    Posted Oct 22, 2018, 1:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • New LBT committee meetsThe following subcommittees have been established to deal with LBT business. Executive: Peter Laidlaw,  Rod Macfarlan, Richard Forster; Finance Rod Macfarlan; Fleet Management and Maintenance: Paul Frost, Martin Riddle, Peter Laidlaw; Communications, website: Richard Forster; Tuesday Group, Shed: Paul Frost; Rowing: Mike Hewitt; Sailing: Peter Laidlaw, Martin Riddle; OHS, Training; Martin Riddle, Graham Rankin; Nancy: Paul Frost, Richard Forster, Brian Marriott (off committee); Foreshore Development: David Pittaway, Anne Holst; Tawe Nunnugah Martin Riddle; Rowing Hire: Peter Venning. Off-committee members will come on to these subcommittees as required.  For minutes of the meeting which made this and other decisions see
    Posted Oct 21, 2018, 1:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Recycling opportunityWant to find out what Bob and Dolly Dyer were doing in 1961?  Or why you should replace the Holden 186 motor in your boat with a diesel?  Or how to lag your exhaust pipe with asbestos?  The answer is almost certainly in one of the magazines piled outside the front door.  Take one, take more, take them all.  Actually, there is a lot of good reading in them, but we just can’t afford the space to keep them anymore.
    Posted Oct 21, 2018, 2:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid KitIt was noted that the First Aid Kit was tending to get buried on the shelves, so it has been moved to its own dedicated box outside the front door.
    Posted Oct 20, 2018, 11:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday sailing: time for the Grebes?The forecast is mostly sunny and a gentle breeze:  a good time for those who haven’t tried dinghy sailing to have a go.  See you down at the pontoon around 3.30pm to rig up.
    Posted Oct 20, 2018, 8:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • What a lookerNancy may be laid up, but she still has that counter stern.  Pic from Endra O’May
    Posted Oct 20, 2018, 8:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • 1000 litre water tank wanted by LBTThe Living Boat Trust is seeking to acquire a 1000 litre water tank suitable for holding drinking water to support our small boat expeditions such as the tawe nunnugah Raid. We are also looking for a smaller tank (say 500 litre) suitable for storing waste water. If you have one to sell or donate or know where we can get one, please contact us by email:
    Posted Oct 20, 2018, 8:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Twilight Rowing RacesStarting Friday 2 November (every Friday until daylight saving ends) Get fit, have fun, compete – BYO drinks and nibbles afterwards. For anyone – individual, pair or crew. For any type of rowing or paddling boat. LBT boats (skiffs, Grebes, Swiftsure, Monty). Private dinghies, rowboats, kayaks.  Row time is approx. 45 mins. Race start times will be staggered/handicapped so everyone finishes around the same time – makes for exciting finish. On Fridays: By 5.00pm register yourself or a crew in a boat (first in, first served).  5.30 – rowing starts. 6.30 – BYO drinks, nibbles.
    Posted Oct 18, 2018, 8:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Best in showGraham Wright writes:  ‘Still a bit more work to do, but checking all the bits and pieces that have been cleaned, painted, varnished or polished. Gretchen is starting to look better than before’.  A master of understatement, our Graham.
    Posted Oct 15, 2018, 1:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday sailing looking goodNice mild winds of around 10 knots are predicted for this afternoon (15th October), so lets get sailing: Monty, the Grebes and whatever else we can hoist a rag on.  Start from around 3.15pm.
    Posted Oct 14, 2018, 2:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • How things used to beJohn Walduck writes:  ‘We have just been to the War Memorial in Canberra, and saw this model of the HMAS Sydney (the ship that was lost off Western Australia in WW11).  On deck is a model of “Monty”, under the tail of the plane and on the other side as well.  Thought you may be interested.’
    Posted Oct 14, 2018, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Charlotte Cove: the place to beOn late Friday morning a small LBT fleet caught the outgoing tide and a gentle north easterly to get down the river to meet the sea breeze at Port Huon.  Many tacks later and with the evening coming on they were at the Cove, which in the prevailing conditions was a mill pond. For those who are nostalgic for the ’60s the scout camp which sits on the headland there is worthy of National Trust classification, particularly when Tess Hallinan has a fire going in the grate.  That is where the weary seafarers headed, to replace those calories they had expended during their afternoon exertions.  Thank you cooks. Next day those who were feeling mildly energetic took the Monty on …
    Posted Oct 14, 2018, 1:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Excursion to Charlotte Cove 12th OctoberThis was advertised a while back: and now it is happening!  Weather is looking good (in the 20’s!), and a band of enthusiasts are organising.  If you wish to join them complete the form below.
    Posted Oct 8, 2018, 5:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday evening oar makingLorrie Harrison writes:‘The Skiffs need a spare set of oars and we are looking for interested members to help.  Peter Laidlaw is guiding the construction every Tuesday  until completion, starting today, Tuesday 9 October at 5pm and each Tuesday until your work is done!  LBT shed.’    Pic from SASCRAA
    Posted Oct 8, 2018, 2:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting this Wednesday 10th OctoberThere is an agenda being compiled at Draft minutes for the last meeting are at
    Posted Oct 7, 2018, 12:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT at Port HuonLorrie Harrison writes:  ‘Our Skiff crews were well rewarded for joining in Port Huon Yacht Club Opening Day.   Castle Forbes Bay in Imagine won Best Dressed Crew, while Making Waves in Billie won Best Dress Boat.’  Meanwhile the Monty crew were just happy to sort out the spaghetti junction of mainsheets.
    Posted Oct 8, 2018, 7:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fair breeze for sailing Monday, 8th OctoberWilly Weather is predicting that there should be a nice sea breeze coming in this afternoon (see pic below). Lets get down to the pontoon to rig up from 3pm on.
    Posted Oct 7, 2018, 11:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • AMSA port visitsClaire Cunningham from AMSA writes:  ‘Please find attached ( information regarding upcoming AMSA port visits designed to provide an update on National Law requirements, how to interact with AMSA and the opportunity to ask questions and check the status of your vessel.’  Note that this is aimed primarily at commercial vessels, and that Huon valley date is November 5th in Dover.
    Posted Oct 7, 2018, 11:43 AM by Posts Editor
  • A Monty on the Murray?Frank Tucker from the Riverboat Society in Mildura writes:  ‘Your Club was put forward to me as one which may be able to assist in my quest for data re one of our boats.  We always thought it was a lifeboat but have recently learned that it is a “whaler”, commonly used by the Nay(s) since the 1700’s.  I’ve researched whalers on the internet and have found some data, but our particular whaler is different in that it is iron… We understand it may have come from the HMAS Melbourne, but there were 4 HMAS Melbournes.’  See the pics below.  If you have information which can help Frank contact him at
    Posted Oct 4, 2018, 2:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT features in ‘Afloat’If you missed the September edition of  ‘Afloat’ never fear: you can catch up online, particularly page 38 which featured an article on the LBT (  Thanks to Jonathan Wallis for posting this.
    Posted Oct 4, 2018, 1:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: opportunity for sail/row on Monty this Saturday 6thMonty will be going down to the Huon Yacht Club to participate in their season opening, and there is still space aboard.  If you want to come submit your name through the form below ( Pic from Phil Meaney
    Posted Sep 30, 2018, 2:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Day 6 of the kayak courseAnd they are in the water.
    Posted Sep 29, 2018, 6:50 AM by Posts Editor
  • If you REALLY need a heartstarterThere is one over at Franklin Marine  – a defibrillator that is.  In an emergency anybody can use it – it literally talks you through what needs to be done – but do the short training session if you get the opportunity.
    Posted Sep 29, 2018, 6:40 AM by Posts Editor
  • Two broken arms? No worries.After the Friday First Aid course those attending know what to do in this and numerous other circumstances.  Thanks to Arthur from St John’s for putting on a practical, lively and instructive course.  There is a nice summary of what was covered in the St John’s ‘fact sheets’: .  The LBT keeps it’s First Aid Kit and safety equipment handy on the shelves immediately inside the front door.  That is why we ask people not to store other equipment here, and why, when it inevitably is, it gets moved.  We may in future put a kit outside in it’s own dedicated cupboard.   Pic from Peter
    Posted Sep 28, 2018, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skin on frame kayaksDay 2 of the course over at the Wooden Boat Centre sees the frames well under way.
    Posted Sep 25, 2018, 3:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT committee September meeting minutesGet ’em at
    Posted Sep 23, 2018, 11:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Homecoming Regatta, February 2019 An enthusiastic group has been beavering away organising a regatta to follow the Wooden Boat Festival.  It will start on Thursday evening the 14th of February with the return of the fleet from Hobart (the ‘homecoming’), and there will be lots of races and fun the next day from morning right through to finish with a lit boat parade.  There is a website,, being set up from which those who are interested can access the planning documents.  It features a great poster painted for us by Jill Bruce. Watch this space!
    Posted Sep 23, 2018, 4:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Minestrone and do it yourself Monday nightAs always the cooks are having the last Monday night in the month off, leaving the rest of us to forage for ourselves.  Tuesday new bloke Enrico has contributed a BIG pot of minestrone, and there are rolls to go with that.  Come along with a plate, pot and/or barbecue makings and there will be a feast.   Pic Vegan Feast Catering
    Posted Sep 23, 2018, 1:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • The LBT has a new committeeAt the AGM on Saturday night the following committee was elected.  President:  Peter Laidlaw  Secretary: Richard Forster  Treasury: Rod MacFarlan  Ordinary members:  Graham Rankin, Martin Riddle, David Pittaway, Paul Frost, Mike Hewitt.  On behalf of the LBT, this column thanks Jilly Archer, Brian Marriott, Brett Doubleday, Lorrie Harrison and Karen Corbin for their invaluable contribution to the outgoing committee, and welcomes Paul Frost and Mike Hewitt as new committee members.  Of the many unique features of the LBT, perhaps the most astonishing is that we look forward to our President’s address.  How many other organisations can boast that?  If you missed it it’s recommended reading: Peter outdid himself.  See .The draft AGM minutes are …
    Posted Sep 23, 2018, 12:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • The gaffersThe gaffers of course are the boats, not the sailors. As everybody knows, real boats, of which we have a unique collection, have gaffs and yards. Let’s get the Grebes and the Montagu whaler out on the river on MONDAY AFTERNOONS , starting OCTOBER 8TH 3.15PM. Those who want to can stay on for an LBT dinner after their appetite enhancing sail. We are hoping that members of all experience levels will come along. For those finding their feet the Montagu Whaler is an ideal boat to go out in with a seasoned crew. There is plenty of space, and she is very stable and safe – Monties were used as lifeboats.Not convinced? John Young has more reasons why …
    Posted Sep 23, 2018, 4:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Flicking the switchAt a morning tea celebration on Friday commissioner Adriana Taylor opened the new facilities on the wharf upstream of the Wooden Boat Centre.
    Posted Sep 21, 2018, 12:22 AM by Posts Editor
  • Steaming the gunwhalesIt was all hands on deck at the Wooden Boat Centre on Wednesday when the new gunwhales were steamed and fitted to the couta boat that is being restored.
    Posted Sep 19, 2018, 3:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Billie back in the waterLizzie and Karen have had Billie in the shed for her pre-season service, and gave her a bit of a makeover whilst they were at it.  She’s back on the running line now so that we can all take advantage of their efforts.
    Posted Sep 19, 2018, 3:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Treasurer’s Report for the AGM 22nd SeptemberThis report has been put in the AGM folder at  Come along to discuss it with Rod Macfarlan (the treasurer) on the night (after 6pm), and then stay on to enjoy the quiz night ($5 and a plate).
    Posted Sep 18, 2018, 5:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • $750k to be spent on upgrading North Franklin Foreshore$750k has been allocated by the state government to upgrade the foreshore. This project is to be administered by the Huon Valley Council. The council organised an initial planning meeting on Monday 17th September, which was attended by David Pittaway and Richard Forster from the LBT. Here are their short notes, highlighting the implications for the LBT.The proposal is to concentrate on hardening the foreshore outside the evaporator sheds, providing wharves for both large and small boats. These are to be used both by visitors to Franklin and locals needing somewhere to temporarily tie up. See diagram below. This proposal is largely a re-establishment of the wharf that was on this bank of the river up until the …
    Posted Sep 23, 2018, 9:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Crew CardLorrie Harrison writes:  ‘We encourage the use of the LBT boats by our LBT members. We do have a lot of sailing boats, row boats and rowing and sailing boats. Daylight saving is coming with some warmer dryer weather so join in an existing crew or come down with your friends.   This is what you do.Book the use of the boat on line:  go to => calendar and follow the prompts.   Make a sensible decision about the skill of your crew and the weather conditions before you head out.  Make a financial contribution towards the maintenance of the boats.  This is set at $5 for a week’s use or $100 for the year. If paying for
    Posted Sep 16, 2018, 2:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club, Season Opener, 6 OctoberThe Monty isn’t the only boat that should be going down to Port Huon for their opener.  Lorrie Harrison writes:‘This is an opportunity to dress up a boat and row down to Shipwright’s Point to take part in the opening ceremony. We can trailer a skiff back if you think it is just too far or you don’t want to miss out on the land celebrations that start about 3pm. It would be great to have some of the sailing boats and Nancy join in again. Please let Lorrie know if you are interested, or use the form below (  We have one crew joining in so far with rather an interesting theme
    Posted Sep 16, 2018, 2:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Warrnambool 2-3 March 2019 South West RegattaLorrie Harrison writes:  ‘The Warnambool rowing community put on a day of skiff racing on the Saturday and  a day of whale boat racing on the Sunday. The LBT have been involved for the last 2 years and we are going again next year and taking Billie with us. The plan is to follow the weekend of racing with a few days touring up the Glenelg River with our base being Nelson. Rowers and boats from the mainland will be joining us.  We are looking to put together crews for the racing and firm up the plans for the Glenelg.If you are interested we are having a meeting to talk about it on Friday 21 September at 10:45am
    Posted Sep 16, 2018, 12:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Servicing your inflatable life jacketIan Kuhl from Franklin Marine reminds us that we should check our life jackets each year, and get them professionally checked every couple of years.  For details see attached:
    Posted Sep 14, 2018, 2:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Season Opener for Monty October 6thFor those of us on common or garden boats the arrival of the Monty at last year’s Huon Yacht Club season opener was a highlight.  The club has been consulted and they want a repeat dose, so let’s take the Monty down to Port Huon on October 6th.  If you want to be part of the crew (and you do) enter your name in the form below.  If we have enough bodies we can use her oars and avoid the indignity of a tow if the wind drops out.
    Posted Sep 14, 2018, 4:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • What’s in that goodies bag?Roger Sly has been ferreting around at the back of the Navy Cadets shed, and has come up with all sorts of treasures.  Chief amongst them is a set of the original mainsheets for the Monty, which are far more elegant and practical than the ‘butchers hook’ set that we have been using.  Thanks Roger!
    Posted Sep 14, 2018, 3:41 AM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Course at the Shed, 28th of SeptemberThere are many of us who need to upgrade (or get) our qualifications, and if there are sufficient numbers St Johns will run a course for us on the 28th.  Please indicate your interest by completing the form below (  Cost will be about $100 depending on numbers (the more the merrier).  See details attached:
    Posted Sep 14, 2018, 10:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Invitation from the Wooden Boat Centre: 21st SeptemberJenny Tubman writes:Please come and joinin the celebrations of the wooden boat centre’s upgraded wharffacilities.Morning tea will be served on the Greg Guy wharf at10.30am on Friday 21st Septemberthe Huon Valley Council Commissioner Adriana Taylor and General Manager Emilio Reale will officiallylaunch the upgraded facilities.This upgrade was made possiblethrough a community action grant from the Huon Valley Council.
    Posted Sep 13, 2018, 9:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • AGM and quiz night coming up 6pm 22nd SeptThe ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will start at 6pm at the Franklin Bowls Club, 3395 Huon Highway, Franklin.  All documents relating to this meeting can be found at .Agenda 1. Welcome  2. Apologies  3. Minutes of last meeting  4. Auditor’s Report  5. Appointment of Auditor  6. Treasurer’s Report  7. President’s report  8. Declaration that all positions on the committee of the L.B.T. are vacant  9. Election of executive, President, Secretary, Treasurer and ordinary committee members  10 Close  The QUIZ NIGHT, which will follow the AGM, will start after 7pm.  Bring a PLATE and $5 to help defray costs.  Drinks will be available.If you can help out on the night please complete …
    Posted Sep 12, 2018, 7:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Register your WBC Boat Paul Cullen writes:’The MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival (8-11 February 2019) is coming up fast and we are concerned that boat owners don’t miss out on registering because they have overlooked the dates.   Boats Afloat (in the water) expressions of interest close on Monday 14 October.  Boats Ashore (displayed on trailer or cradle) entries close on Monday 16 January.    There’s still space available, but owners should get their applications in without delay. Could we ask as a favour if you would print out the attached PDF (it’s an A3 in colour, but can be printed as an A4) and put it on your noticeboard, insert the whole PDF into your next electronic newsletter or forward
    Posted Sep 14, 2018, 11:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wot to do in the hols with the (grand) kidsJohn Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes:  In the upcoming school holidays we are going to be maritime archaeologists! Please see the attached flyer ( for details.  Program Dates:   Monday, 1 October: 10 am – 12 noon; Thursday,  4 October: 10 am – 12 noon;  Monday, 8 October: 10 am – 12 noon;  Thursday, 11 October: 10 am – 12 noon.    Ages:     6-13 years.   Cost:      $5.00  (for this fee you gain entry to the whole Museum on the day).  Our program will have lots of interesting and fun activities to help you become a maritime archaeologist. We will talk about some important  shipwrecks around Tasmania  and what was found on them. We will also have our own ‘shipwreck’ that …
    Posted Sep 12, 2018, 10:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Excursion to Charlotte Cove 12th OctoberMartin Riddle writes:‘Invitation to join Spring sail/row to Charlotte Cove,  The Sailing sub-committee has booked the Port Cygnet Scouts’ waterside house at Charlotte Cove for two nights – Friday and Saturday 12 & 13 October. All LBT members are welcome to come. The fleet will consist of whaleboats, skiffs, Grebes, Privateers – whatever people want, just indicate your preference when you sign on. To sign on for the trip, go to the form below ( The plan is to sail/row from Franklin to Charlotte Cove on Friday. Day sails from Charlotte Cove on Saturday and return on Sunday. If you have to work you are welcome to join us at Charlotte Cove after work on Friday
    Posted Sep 11, 2018, 6:23 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Experienced hands on the MontyThe Monty was in good hands went it went out on Tuesday morning. On the helm is John Young who first sailed a Montagu whaler in 1951 when he was in the Royal New Zealand Navy and on the jib sheets is Roger Sly who first sailed one in 1956 in the Royal Navy. Roger brought with him some more authentic Monty rigging including main sheets and blocks and mainsail down haul.
    Posted Sep 10, 2018, 10:04 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Dutch Skiff Placed Third in Great River RaceFor the second consecutive year, a St Ayles skiff made the top 3 in this 300 boat race on the Thames. The Dutch entry from WSV Woudrichem was placed third on handicap. 
    Posted Sep 10, 2018, 8:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting 12th SeptemberSee the agenda being compiled at , and the draft minutes for the last meeting at
    Posted Sep 9, 2018, 3:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Working Waterfront Association AGM 23rd SeptTo be held at Franklin Primary School on Sunday 23rd September 2018 at 2pm – more details at  Those who are not yet members of this association but who have an interest in the waterfront may want to go along and join up.
    Posted Sep 8, 2018, 4:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre NewsRead all about it at .  Big news is that the  prospectus for a 2 year Wooden Boatbuilding, Craft Career Course is now available.
    Posted Sep 8, 2018, 4:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nominate for the committee – beat the rushThe LBT constitution tells us that nominations must be received by the secretary 10 days before the AGM: that would be next Wednesday the 12th.  Get yours on the top of the pile – submit it now!  Find a form on the table at the shed or attached:
    Posted Sep 6, 2018, 4:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Southern Mooring Services coming to FranklinIan Kuhl from Franklin Marine writes:‘Southern Mooring Services will be up this way in the near future.  I have them coming up to service my moorings and put in a new one for me when they are up this way.  Lyn and Russel are local to the area and are based out of Port Huon. They are also listed on the MAST website.  I have chosen to use them as I know that there work is excellent and that they are a MAST recognised mooring contractor…. Their number if you wish to use their services at anytime is 0457 811 070’  Pic from Wikimedia
    Posted Sep 6, 2018, 4:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Free trip on Nancy for members next Tuesday 11thNext Tuesday at 8.30am Nancy will be leaving Franklin to go down to Port Huon for her yearly inspection on the slip.  If you want to be part of the crew, braving the gales at Point Jackson and threading the straits at Castle Forbes Bay, send an email to the secretary:  Of course once you are there you may want to help 🙂 .  See the work schedule  at
    Posted Sep 8, 2018, 4:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • tn19 Raid features at AWBF and filling fastPaul Cullen, General Manager of the Australian Wooden BoatFestival, joined us for dinner in the shed on Monday and provided an up-date onpreparations for the festival. He emphasised that applications to display onthe water are still open but will close in a few weeks. If you plan to displayat AWBF, whether as part of the tawe nunnugah fleet or independently, you needto register for the festival now ( are great supporters of the Raid – the tawe nunnugah fleet has theprivilege of being allocated a place at the festival where we can be mooredtogether and tn19 currently features on the front page of the AWBF newsletter (http …
    Posted Sep 4, 2018, 11:16 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Beach Couture: A Haute Mess. Exhibition Friday September 21stJohn Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes: ‘Please find attached ( an invitation to the final viewing of our current exhibition – Beach Couture: A Haute Mess.  This exhibition has attracted much comment, not only on its statement on fashion, but also its clear message on the horrendous amount of waste we generate and the impact on the environment.   We would love you to come along, and any friends who might be interested are also welcome, but please RSVP for catering purposes.’
    Posted Sep 4, 2018, 9:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival NewsGet the latest from Paul Cullen and his merry people at  Lots of news about the American boatbuilders who will coming to ‘raise a hull’ here.   We have fixed their graphic for them:  see below.
    Posted Sep 2, 2018, 3:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Foreshore RedevelopmentRebecca Cordwell writes:   ‘The Huon Valley Council were successful in obtaining funding of $750,000 as part of the 2018 State Election commitments. This funding is to be used as part of a larger project for the Foreshore area.  The Project was included in the Council’s State Election Strategy as a concept and is attached for your information.   Council would like to work with key stakeholders of the Franklin Foreshore area to develop a project brief for the project.  This would include listening to your ideas for the area and developing a project scope.  This project will involve multiple levels of community engagement with this meeting being the first of many community discussions.  We invite a representative from your
    Posted Sep 2, 2018, 3:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Time to disrobe MontyRoger Sly rang to remind us that he will shortly be bringing the Sea Cadets down to take out Monty, and that it is time to start getting her ready for the sailing season.  That will be the focus for  next Saturday morning’s rigging session: come down around 10am if you want to be initiated into the mysteries of  19th century rigging.
    Posted Sep 1, 2018, 2:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Three men in a boatThe unfamiliar yawl in the pic below is ‘Absent Friends’, one of our Grebes.  The beauty of this sail setup, mainmast well forward, mizzen behind the tiller,  is that it leaves plenty of space for three fair sized blokes to lounge around amidships. Pics from Rob Brocksopp
    Posted Sep 1, 2018, 2:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Planting out the foreshoreFriday was the perfect day for getting plants in the ground – cold and threatening rain but never actually precipitating – and the foreshore near the campground was a hive of activity as the group organised by Landcare got their heads down and their bums up and  planted a small, native forest.  There is more to go: if you want to participate turn up around 10am next Thursday.
    Posted Aug 31, 2018, 5:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Is it a Monty?Peter Hill recently bought this picture painted in 1946 by Henry Edgecombe. It shows the old arsenal and cooper’s workshop on Goat Island in Sydney Harbour, but we were more interested in the boat in the foreground.  Is that ‘winged’ rudder a give away?  Is it a Montague Whaler?
    Posted Aug 28, 2018, 1:30 AM by Posts Editor
  • Planting day on the foreshore, 31st AugustBec Enders writes:‘You are invited to come and plant the foreshore in Franklin this Friday, between the camp ground and the boat ramp. Please read the invitation attached.  Please bring your own garden gloves and a garden trowel if you have one. Nothing bigger than that please as we are maintaining the integrity of the soil on the foreshore.  This part of the Franklin Historical Walking Trail project is coordinated by Franklin Landcare and Globalnet Academy. Students from the Franklin Primary School will be joining us.  There will be future dates if you cannot make this date, including some weekend plantings.’See the attached flyer for more details:
    Posted Aug 25, 2018, 3:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Funnies at Franks September 27thDavid Moore continues to bring the stars to Franklin:  this time it is Richard Stubbs.  For booking and other details see
    Posted Aug 23, 2018, 11:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • End of month BBQ coming upThis coming Monday night the cooks get to enjoy their nosh without having to provide for the rest of us.  Come along to tea with something to put on the BBQ, something to share and some tales to tell around the fire.
    Posted Aug 23, 2018, 9:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Maritime Museum Talk 4th Sept: To CaliforniaJohn Wadsley writes:‘For our next talk, we’re going gold digging! Tony Marshall, former Senior Librarian, Heritage Collections at the State Library has unearthed a fascinating tale of two Tasmanians who ventured to California in 1850. As always, we will be at the Royal Society Room, TMAG, entrance off Davey Street, starting 12 noon, on Tuesday 4th September. See you all there!!’For more details see the attached flyer:
    Posted Aug 23, 2018, 3:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT financial membershipThanks to all those who have signed up for 2018-19.  You should have received an acknowledgement by email.   If you did not please contact the secretary at we may have fluffed the books or may not have accurate contact details for you. If your ‘cheque is in the mail’ that’s great: it will mean you have voting rights at the AGM, and that you have access to our boats and equipment, and you are eligible to go on our expeditions such as Tawe Nunnugah.
    Posted Aug 20, 2018, 4:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Committee nominations for AGM September 22ndThe LBT elects a new committee at the AGM on the 22nd of September.  Please consider nominating, or alternatively dob in a mate!  Download the form from , complete it, and put it in the orange postbox outside the shed door.  Alternatively post it to 3337 Huon Hwy Franklin 7113.  There are also paper copies of the form in a plastic sleeve on the table at the shed.
    Posted Aug 21, 2018, 4:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Auditor’s ReportThe auditor has approved the books prepared by our treasurer Rod Macfarlan, and his report can be viewed at . Other documents for the AGM (22nd September) are available in the folder at
    Posted Aug 19, 2018, 1:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Book launch 3pm Saturday 25thOur own Jane Johnson and Jill Bruce invite you to the launch of their new book ‘A Seahorse Story’ at the Bowmont: flyer attached:
    Posted Aug 18, 2018, 4:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Learn to make oars and spars at the Wooden Boat CentreFrom their newsletter:‘We have our Oars and Spars Course running  from October 1 to October 4 .  Come along and learn the technique for oar and/or spar construction.  Course fee is just $480 and the materials fee is $190 for Oregon oars.  You can book online with the enrollment form on our website or call us on 03 62663586.’
    Posted Aug 17, 2018, 6:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Paul Cullen coming to tea September 3rdFor those who don’t know, Paul is the manager of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival and an old friend of the LBT.   He is coming down ‘to bring members up to date on what’s been happening in the background and how we stand for planning the 2019 AWBF’.  We look forward to him being our guest.
    Posted Aug 17, 2018, 6:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Draft minutes for August committee meetingGet ’em at
    Posted Aug 17, 2018, 3:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • tn19 – help get the word outPlanning is well underway for the next tawe nunnugah Raid (30 January to 8 February 2019). The biennial Raid is the LBT’s main fund raising activity – it keeps the shed and the fleet financially afloat for the intervening two years. You can help the LBT by spreading the word about the Raid. If you frequent places where boatie people gather, please print out and pin-up the tn19 poster (connect to the full size tn19 poster here or If you know of a newsletter read by boatie people, please send them the poster and the Introduction to tn19 (link to Introduction to tn19 here). We’ve had a good response to our call for volunteers …
    Posted Aug 12, 2018, 12:37 AM by Martin Riddle
  • Vale Andrew NichollsThe LBT has lost a good friend in Andrew.   On many long expeditions, particularly Tawe Nunnugah, Andrew in his beautiful old gentleman’s cruiser ‘Tuna’  was a very reassuring presence, discretely shepherding the little boats along and offering  assistance when required.   There will be an event to remember him at the Lower Longley Pub  on the 18th August from 3.00pm to 5.30pm to which all his friends are invited.Andrew’s family have donated a lovely old rudder to the LBT, just the thing by which to remember such an old seadog.   Pic from Libor Sikora
    Posted Aug 13, 2018, 2:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • On the Water ProgramOrganisation for our schools program has been quietly happening in the background, and we now have a core group of organisers and a schedule from Huonville Primary.  We will take more schools on once we have sorted ourselves out with Huonville.  They have nominated 9 days from October through to early December, which will run from 9am to 3pm including setup and cleanup.  There is LOTS more detail on the website for the event: see  .  If you think you can help add your name to the form below ( and select some days when you think you should be available.
    Posted Aug 10, 2018, 3:55 PM by Richard Forster
  • From stump to shipFor those of us with boat building fantasies (don’t we all) Geoff Steer points us to the ‘Acorn to Arabella’ project:  ‘We are building a 38’ sailboat from stump to ship, once completed she will take us around the world.’   Website is, and lots of good videos on their YouTube channel:  If the lines of the boat (plan shown below) look a little familiar it could because she has the same designer as our ‘Gretchen’.
    Posted Aug 10, 2018, 3:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre NewsGet the latest at  Find out about everything from extra power on the wharf to a course on building an Oughtred ‘Puffin’.
    Posted Aug 5, 2018, 3:07 AM by Posts Editor
  • Repairing a gaff throatIt may not be a thing of beauty at the moment, but we are sure that this gaff throat will be when Dennis Muscovich has finished with it, just like the new mast cleats shown in the second pic below, that he and John Young have made and installed.  If you fancy participating in this sort of repair work come along on Saturday mornings around 10am.
    Posted Aug 4, 2018, 6:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Practical SeamanshipAn excellent contribution to our bookshelves from Dennis Muscovich is ‘1000 Questions and Answers in Practical Seamanship’.  Not sure how many stripes an admiral should have on their sleeve, or how to provision a whaleboat?  Just consult this excellent tome.
    Posted Aug 4, 2018, 6:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Committee meeting agendaThe LBT Committee will meet on Wednesday 8th August and the agenda is being compiled at
    Posted Aug 5, 2018, 3:07 AM by Posts Editor
  • Thank you somebodyAt a recent Monday dinner we toasted that somebody who puts out the garbage, mops the floors, cleans the dunnies, clears snags, keeps an eye on the boats and does sundry other things about the place without any special acknowledgement.  We like somebody.  They have been at it again, this time donating a reconditioned diesel motor which looks perfect for Viking.  A very big thank you to them. Thanks also to Ian Kuhl from Franklin Marine and the Burgin family who helped organise this.  A late postscript:  Ian Kuhl tells us that this particular somebody is Peter Farley.
    Posted Aug 3, 2018, 10:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Remembering Greg Guy, Friday 17th AugustFriends of Greg are invited to an event at the Wooden Boat Centre at 4.30pm on the 17th.  If you are considering going respond to the attached flyer:
    Posted Aug 3, 2018, 2:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • Cruise with the Wooden Boat Guild November 25thOne of the highlights of our calendar in recent years has been the cruise to Huonville for lunch with the Guild.  Andrew Perkins tells us that this year the plan is to do it all again on November 25th, so pencil it in.
    Posted Aug 3, 2018, 1:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for July Committee MeetingGet ’em at
    Posted Jul 31, 2018, 2:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tally HoFor those interested in what is involved in restoring a large topsail schooner there is a nice collection of videos at Thanks to Garry McDonald for reminding us about this one. Pic from
    Posted Jul 31, 2018, 1:12 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Monday night do it yourself dinnerEven if Kate wanted to cook, she will still likely be at sea aboard Windeward Bound, so we are on our own.  Let’s pile up a bonfire and make the most of it.
    Posted Jul 27, 2018, 3:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday group doingsGraham Wright has put together the following pictorial report. ‘The ‘Flying 15’ has had a covering of Dynel on the deck with Epoxy resin used to seal. Ran low on hardener so new stock being purchased this weekend to finish off on Tuesday. When painted will look like the original canvas but more robust. Bruce and Nick are still progressing with ‘Flathead’ except last Tuesday when it was ‘All hands on deck’ for mixing and spreading the epoxy resin on Flying 15 The rear seat in ‘Flathead’ has been rebuilt from new Celery Top to match the original which had rotted on one side. A new lid has also been made for the wet well, getting very close to the
    Posted Jul 27, 2018, 3:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival newsletterGet the latest at .  Seems Dave Golding is milling the timber for the ‘project boat’ again – this festival a Hereshoff Haven 12 1/2. Pic from AWBF
    Posted Jul 24, 2018, 2:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Boat pornOff Center Harbor (we’ll go with their American spelling) have put out a ‘best of’ video, which has some local interest for spice.  See
    Posted Jul 24, 2018, 2:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Museum Monthly Talk 7th August: YukonOur own Dave Nash and Ea Larssen will be presenting.  Time: 12.00-1.00pm, Tuesday 7 August 2018 Place: Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Customs House, 19 Davey St entrance.More details in the flyer attached: .  Worth reading if only for Ea’s bio:  born in Greenland, who knew that!?
    Posted Jul 24, 2018, 2:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Public meeting 24th July: Dover woodchip facilityA big maritime policy decision which is pending is whether or not to proceed with the proposal to establish a woodchip export facility at Port Esperance (Dover).  There will be a public meeting at Huonville Town Hall to discuss this on the 24th July.  More details at
    Posted Jul 22, 2018, 5:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Grebe with a mizzen sail? Yes it’s true – ‘Absent Friends’ has a rig with a loose footed main sail and a mizzen.  We had it out for the first time in years whilst checking the rigging on Saturday morning.
    Posted Jul 21, 2018, 1:51 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sister clipsSister clips are one of those beautifully simple ideas that are almost too good to be true.  Jenny Tubman has sewn them onto those of our important flags that were missing them.  Thanks Jen!
    Posted Jul 21, 2018, 4:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Valley Festival November 10-11Joanna Jablonka from the Kermandie Hotel writes:  ‘Oli and I would like to thank you and the Living Boat Trust for being supportive of our new initiative. This brand-new family friendly festival will be held on the Franklin oval and waterfront between November 10 -11, 2018. It promisesa unique offering of music, arts, comedy, food, river experiences and more for all to enjoy.  Tickets for the Great Huon Valley Festival will go on sale August the 1st and we hope you and the other members can join us at the official launch and celebrate over some drinks, canapés and entertainment. This will take place at The Kermandie Waterfront Hotel at 6:30 PM. Key festival details will
    Posted Jul 19, 2018, 4:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dutch visitorsNell Tyson writes:‘After last year’s successful Dutch boat building exchange for the AWBF, Bert van Baar suggested some of his current students should see the places the others enjoyed. The three students have just finished an internship in NSW.   In a very full day, they did a Yukon trip in the morning and I met them in the afternoon and we visited: Jeremy’s Cygnet Wooden Boats, Pieter Lundstedt’s wonderful collection, Lindsay Woods couta boat, Alex Jerrim’s wonderful green wood workshop and Ned Trewartha’s huge new shed in Woodbridge. Then it was a race to get back to LBT in time for dinner.’ Pic from Deb Van Velsen
    Posted Jul 16, 2018, 7:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Looking to borrow a generatorBec Enders writes:  ‘Does anyone have a generator? We need two generators for powering electric drills on the foreshore in Franklin for the Franklin Historical Walking Trail project. The drills will make small holes for putting in plant tubes.  The dates we need them for is the 27th of July and 2nd of August 2018. You would also need to be available on these dates to deliver and start the generators.’  Contact number: 0498 213 515
    Posted Jul 16, 2018, 6:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Imagine at Seven Inch BeachNice way to spend your Sunday.    Pic from Endra O’May More pics from Annette Cauchi
    Posted Jul 16, 2018, 6:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Annual General MeetingWe are planning to have the AGM at the Bowls Club on the evening of Saturday 22nd September – put it in your diary with an asterisk.  As always we will be electing a new committee.  A number of current committee members, having served several years, are planning not to stand again, so there will be vacant positions.  Please consider.  The LBT is in healthy position both financially and organisationally, so this is no punishment posting – more an opportunity to promote and implement those ideas that you have known for years would improve the place.  Have a chatter to anybody on the current committee to find out more about it – their names are listed on the website (
    Posted Jul 15, 2018, 10:37 PM by Richard Forster
  • Reminder: membership duesThanks to all those who have already paid their dues – looks like we will survive another year!  If you haven’t, now is a good time: the LBT runs to a standard financial year beginning 1st July.
    Posted Jul 15, 2018, 4:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • Future Tawe Nunnugah destinationsMike Dredge has been doing some exploring for us, proudly flying the burgee.
    Posted Jul 9, 2018, 3:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT committee meeting Wednesday 11th JulyAgenda is being compiled at
    Posted Jul 7, 2018, 4:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Saturday morningWell, when the rigging is fixed and the weather allows.  In the meantime the LBT verandah catches the sun, and is a nice warm corner in which to evade housework.  Come down and help replace busted cleats and frayed lacing around 10 am.
    Posted Jul 8, 2018, 6:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • Yukon at mid-winter festYUKON-TOURS SPECIAL: Calm River Cruise on the 13/14/15 of July.  Depart 10.30 am return12.00 pm. Weekend of the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest. All tickets concessionrate ($45) and children 1/2 price ($14). We will crank up the wood stove and make you a hot toddy, coffee or tea, tokeep you warm on the inside! See you on the water, might be snow on the mountain top, so bring your beanie  : ) Book online: or call: 04898578 535 
    Posted Jul 4, 2018, 8:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Laurence’s flags at our birthdayThe Burgin family have passed on to us from Laurence some very useful things, in particular an amplifier and, most visibly, his collection of flags.  The pic below shows them set up to form a backdrop to our Monday night birthday celebrations, with the second pic (from Kate Hoorweg) showing those celebrations in action.  Thanks Burgins (and Kate)!
    Posted Jul 4, 2018, 8:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Winter rowingPoor us.  Pics from Dennis Muscovich.
    Posted Jul 3, 2018, 4:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • The last of the LBT Birthday cakeKate serves it up.  Thank you cake cook Ely Bell.  Happy birthday to us!!    Pics Kate Hoorweg
    Posted Jul 2, 2018, 3:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fill in the log book each time you go out pleaseRowers and sailors need to fill in the log book whenever they take a boat out and include the names of those aboard, which boat, departure and docking times and any safety and maintenance issues encountered. This helps to keep the usage statistics as well as more importantly acting as a safety measure to ensure that crews log their activities in case there is a problem.
    Posted Jul 1, 2018, 4:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: ballast for GretchenPeter Laidlaw found these weights which will be good, but which are only a start.  If you know where we can lay our hands on some similar heavy bricks, preferably lead, let us know (
    Posted Jun 30, 2018, 9:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft minutes for June LBT Committee meetingRead them at
    Posted Jun 28, 2018, 11:32 PM by Richard Forster
  • Reminder: LBT 20th Birthday dinner Monday 2nd JulyWe’ll light the bonfire to acknowledge that it is the depths of winter, but it may be superfluous because Kate promises to warm us up with lots of curry.  An auspicious occasion.
    Posted Jun 27, 2018, 7:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wood turning demonstration 9th JulySee details in the attached flyer (
    Posted Jun 25, 2018, 5:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Afternoon tea to remember Laurence Burgin June 30thMark Burgin is organising this informal, catered event at the Shed from 3-5pm next Saturday.  More details will be provided through this column when they come to hand.  Mark has written the following.  ‘Laurence Burgin – sailor, boatbuilder, ship chandler, teacher and friend to many in the Huon Valley and wider boating community.  Laurence grew up in Sydney and his love of sailing took him around the world before setting up Marine Stainless, a successful fabrication business that operated in Mooloolaba and later Sydney. After a number of Sydney to Hobart yacht races introduced him to the delights of Tasmania, he relocated to Franklin in 2009 and established Franklin Marine which brought much needed fishing and boating supples to the
    Posted Jun 24, 2018, 3:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Expressions of Interest for tn19 RaidThe Expression of Interest (EOI) form for the 2019 tawe nunnugah small boat expedition, tn19 and Return Raid, is now open at:   Everyone who is thinking about doing the Raids should complete the EOI – whether you plan to bring your own boat, crew on someone else’s boat or row or sail on one of the LBT’s fleet of small boats. If you want to display your boat at the festival you also need to register with AWBF. If your boat has participated in tn19 and you are registered with AWBF you can display your boat on the water in the special section at the festival reserved for the tn19 fleet. To register for …
    Posted Jun 24, 2018, 1:14 AM by Richard Forster
  • Dinner Dance at the Palais 14th JulySee attached flyer for details:
    Posted Jun 23, 2018, 6:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT membership renewalsLBT memberships lapse at the end of June and renewal notices will be sent out shortly.  Payment details will be included in these notices: they remain the same as for previous years.  Membership fees for the Living Boat Trust are:  $40 p.a. for an individual; $70 p.a. for a family.  Use one of the following three methods for payment to the LBT. * Cheque sent to 3337 Huon Hwy, Franklin, Tasmania, 7113.   * By Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using your online bank account: BENDIGO BANK. HUONVILLE BRANCH, BSB 633-000, AC 149496275, LIVING BOAT TRUST.  * Drop it into the office mailbox at the shed.  However you pay MAKE SURE THERE IS SUFFICIENT INFORMATION INCLUDED TO IDENTIFY YOU.  You can also …
    Posted Jun 23, 2018, 6:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • News from the Wooden Boat CentreNew roof and more: see .
    Posted Jun 22, 2018, 3:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • NBN and other local Franklin matters: meeting 26th JuneFiona Peate writes:  ‘attached is a pdf of the Progress Association flyer (…The meeting is scheduled for 7 pm on 26 June at the Palais Theatre. All are welcome.  Russell Kelly will be a guest speaker about the NBN so community members can find out more, plus there is an opportunity for questions.  There will also be an update on progress re consultation about RV camping at Franklin and the Franklin Foreshore Heritage Walk.’
    Posted Jun 22, 2018, 6:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Last Monday of the month BBQA reminder that it is the cook’s night off this coming Monday (25th), so come along to the LBT in the evening with something for you and something to share.  Might be a good night to light a bonfire to celebrate the passing of the solstice.    Pic from Wikimedia
    Posted Jun 23, 2018, 6:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Laurence BurginLaurence passed away peacefully yesterday 20th June.
    Posted Jun 21, 2018, 9:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • More than one way to rig a boatAs has been advertised in this column, a ‘How to rig a Grebe’ guide is being developed for the LBT (  Gary Macdonald has pointed us to a nice video describing rigging a faering, a traditional Scandinavian fishing boat – see    There is a stick and rope method for tensioning the stays which we haven’t seen used outside latching farm gates.
    Posted Jun 20, 2018, 7:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gangway donationMike Wilson has given us the gangway pictured below, which is a good match for our pontoons and will be very useful. Thanks Mike!
    Posted Jun 20, 2018, 6:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • See tomorrow’s local cinematic superstars in action!How do you like them apples?Come along and view our local up-and-coming cinematic talent.On Saturday 30 June, 6 – 9pm, at the Palais Theatre in Franklin.  The Huon Valley Council is showing 15 short films made by youth in the Huon Valley.  FREE burgers, fries and a drink!  And FREE buses departing from Dover and Cygnet at 5pm, and returning from Franklin at 9.30pm. Bookings essential for bus, and to make sure you get your free food and drink on the night.For more information about event and bus timetable, see link Huon Valley Council 6264 0300
    Posted Jun 19, 2018, 5:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Happy birthday to us!The 24th of June is the 20th anniversary of the incorporation of the Living Boat Trust, and we are planning a special ‘MID WINTER CURRY AND BONFIRE NIGHT’ for Monday 2nd of July.  Come along and get a slice of the special anniversary cake.  Kate will be in charge in the kitchen, so we know it will all be good. Pic from wikimedia commons
    Posted Jun 16, 2018, 8:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sunday afternoon matinee at the Palais July 1st: ‘Victim’‘Synopsis: Dirk Bogarde, in a career-defining role, plays a highly respected, but closeted, attorney who risks his marriage and reputation to bring to justice an elusive blackmail ring terrorizing gay men. (Courtesy Jim’s Reviews)’ Doors open 2.30pm, film starts at 3pm. Admission: $5 , Please bring a plate (with something on it) to share during intermission. Packet of biscuits is fine.  Doesn’t appear to be too much that is nautical about this one, but we are sure it has redeeming features.
    Posted Jun 16, 2018, 8:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Thinking carbon neutral trading schoonersThe Adrian Dean trading schooner plans aren’t the only ones ready for lofting.  John Young and Wunjo have drawn our attention to the ‘SailCargo’ project in Costa Rica.  See and for details.       ref
    Posted Jun 16, 2018, 8:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Capricornia to come to Franklin?‘Capricornia’ has a long association with the Living Boat Trust, so much so that she has her own page on our website: see (  She had a major restoration in the shed about ten years ago, and since then she has been used at numerous events such as Swiftsure Regatta, On the Water (with schools) and Tawe Nunnugah.  We have been asked if we would like to buy her.  One factor which will influence this decision is how many members are interested in maintaining and sailing her.  If you think you would be an ACTIVE member of a ‘friends of Capricornia’ group enter your name through the form below (
    Posted Jun 16, 2018, 9:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Operations Manager of ‘One and All’ coming to dinnerWe are expecting Annie Roberts from the ‘One and All’ ( for dinner on Monday night.  She has agreed to tell us a bit about what is going on with this tall ship, which is based in Adelaide.
    Posted Jun 15, 2018, 10:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tasskiffie 2019?This is a repost from back in January at which time 2019 was a long way off.  We are hoping that the advancing months are concentrating minds, and that some of those minds remember how great past Tasskiffie events have been, and want to help us do it,  or something similar, again.  The good news for these people is that:  we are old hands at this now, and the organising is well documented (see;  there will be lots of support from the rowers, the LBT and its members;  There is ‘money in the bank’ so the requirements for fund raising should be small; it is a whole of community festival, and much of the work can …
    Posted Jun 16, 2018, 5:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rigging a Grebe for BeginnersLet’s face it, at the beginning of the season most of us end up putting the mast in around the wrong way at least once, and scratching our heads whilst puzzling over how to attach the gaff to the peak halyard.  Succor is at hand!  This handy illustrated guide (still being developed) should help save our blushes in future.  See
    Posted Jun 10, 2018, 5:16 AM by Posts Editor
  • Committee Meeting this WednesdayThere is a draft agenda (still being worked on) at , and the minutes for the last meeting can be viewed at ,or in the minutes folder on the website ( => Resources => Minutes 2017-18).
    Posted Jun 10, 2018, 5:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • At the Palais – Tasdance Maker’s Company: Franklin we are coming for you!Afterthe warm response and welcome you gave us last year when we visited, Tasdanceis returning to Franklin! We will be working in residence at the Palais Theatrefrom: Tuesday 12th – Thursday 14th June. OnMonday11th Junewe will arrive to join you for the long tablecommunity dinner at the Living Boat Trust. On Tuesday12th June 6:00 – 7:30pm – sign up at to join an Open Contemporary danceworkshop (no age restriction or dance experience necessary)!OnWednesday13th June, 5:30 – 7:00pm we invite you to attend anopen-door session. This is free of charge informal evening to share somefood, witness some
    Posted Jun 7, 2018, 2:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rigging the Grebes: session oneFirst job at the beginning of the season is to find the bits that are broken and missing, fix ’em and test ’em.  For those who are new to Grebes it is a good way to get acquainted: for those with hazy memories a good way to get reacquainted.  Session two (planned for next Saturday morning, 10am) will be more of the same.
    Posted Jun 2, 2018, 6:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Palais Theatre – Annual Giant Garage Sale Monday 11 JuneThe Palais Theatre is holding its Annual Giant Garage Sale on Queens Birthday Monday – 11 June, from 10am to 2pm.Pop in and have a look around for a bargain.There is still a space or two available for hire, should you wish to have your own stall.  Please contact Noel Woodrow 6266 3480 or email him at 
    Posted Jun 1, 2018, 4:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • More on celebration for Laurence BurginMark Burgin writes:  ‘For his many friends in the Huon Valley (& beyond) who are very important to him, we are organising a celebration on Saturday afternoon 2nd of June from 3-6pm at the Living Boat Trust in Franklin so that Laurence can share some memories and stories with you.  Catering is provided and a nautical dress code will add some colour.  Laurence has a fragile immune system, so please refrain from coming if you have a cold or flu. We trust you will understand.  We would love to see you if you can make it and please let Laurence’s other friends know. ‘
    Posted May 31, 2018, 3:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • How to rig a Grebe: Saturday June 2ndJump Aboard for the Jack Frost Saturday Sailing Season < As part of the Franklin Wooden Boat Adventures workshops > we extend an invitation to all LBT folk who would like to learn the simple art of rigging & sailing a grebe < weather permitting > < may later extend to whaleboat sailing > Planning to hold gatherings fortnightly Saturdays 1000 -1300 Beginning Saturday June 2nd NB : be warmly clad  > Contact Wunjo 0458405530 for further info <
    Posted May 30, 2018, 3:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Help wanted next Tuesday morning, 10.30 amJohn Young writes:‘Kon Tiki is the only Flying Fifteen yacht to be built in Tasmania, (between 1951 and 1952 ),and the only one in the world to be built of Huon pine below the waterline, and King Billy pine for the topsides.  … As custodians of the Maritime history of Tasmania, we could do a good deed by coming to the LBT at about morning tea time, next Tuesday,5th of June at 10.30am.  We have removed the keel, temporarily, to mend a hole, and we have caulked the seams with a special, technologically advanced material, recommended by Peter Laidlaw, which sticks well in the seams, and will also compress as the water sucks into the wood and expands …
    Posted May 30, 2018, 3:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT launches on-line Incident, Hazard and Improvements formThe LBT Committee is continually working to improve the safety of all our activities. We have recently launched an on-line form for reporting incidents, hazards and for suggesting improvements. There is now a large button on the front page of the LBT’s web-site which takes you directly to the form. Use the form to report any incident whether or not it resulted in injury to people or damage to equipment or the environment. Use it to report near-misses, hazards you notice or improvements that will benefit the LBT and its members. When you submit the completed form it will be sent to all members of the LBT Committee for their attention. If you see something’s …
    Posted May 29, 2018, 3:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • ‘On the Water’ program for 2018Basil Van Reit from Huonville Primary School visited the Shed recently and expressed enthusiasm for a dose of ‘On the Water’ for his current batch of 5th Grade students.  This is a rowing program that the LBT has run for many years now to introduce children to boating.  The combination of our Grebes and the river make the LBT the perfect place for this sort of activity, and the growth in confidence and skill achieved by the kids is astonishing to see. Many of us who have been involved in the past would say that this is the most worthwhile thing we do.  And it is fun!  We would love to give a positive response to Basil (and invite other …
    Posted Jul 5, 2018, 8:36 PM by Richard Forster
  • Classic Movie at the Palais June 3rd: ‘Cosi’Team Movies writes:‘This month’s classic movie is the wonderful 1996 Australian comedy / drama Cosi  … Synopsis: Ben Mendelsohn plays Lewis Riley, an unemployed young man who applies for a job as a director/drama teacher at a mental hospital. He lands the job and finds himself directing a production of the Mozart opera Così fan tutte, an elaborate, demanding piece of theatre, an opera in Italian. And it is going to be performed by a cast that he must select from among the patients, who only speak English. (Courtesy Wikipedia)’. Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 7.15pm, gold coin donation, bring a plate
    Posted May 27, 2018, 4:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • A celebration for Laurence Burgin, Saturday 2nd of JuneMark Burgin writes  ‘Laurence has been living and working in the Huon Valley for 10 years and in that time built Franklin Marine and Marina, educated many mariners and helped instigate the upgrade of the leads up the Huon River to bring easy boating access to Franklin.  Life has thrown a tough twist to Laurence, meaning he will be swallowing the anchor sooner rather than later.  There will be a gathering with Laurence on Saturday 2nd of June from 3-6pm at the Living Boat Trust to celebrate his life and achievements and all his friends are welcome to join us.’
    Posted May 27, 2018, 6:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday Group ReportFrom Graham Wright:  Geoff has spent a lot of time preparing all the bronze fittings and handrails for Gretchen, ready to be replaced once the final coats of paint have been applied.  The new compressor has been tested and installed in the extension and Geoff has donated the hoses and some tools.  To comply with various regulations a loft ladder has been installed to gain access to the storage area above the toilets and kitchen.
    Posted May 25, 2018, 5:43 AM by Posts Editor
  • MMT Monthly talk: HMS Cracker – A master’s logThis talk will be presented at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania on Tuesday 5th June by Bill Jeffrey.’A prized possession in the Voyager collection is the log of Master Nicholson of HMS Cracker (12 gun-brig Archer Class) in 1810 enforcing the blockade in the English Channel. … This presentation will bring to life the Master’s log, which will also be on display.’For details see the attached flyer:
    Posted May 25, 2018, 5:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Arts and Music festival planned for NovemberFor details see the flyer attached:  Contact is
    Posted May 25, 2018, 4:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT shed under construction: 2003Ruth Young found a nice collection of photos of the first stage of the shed being built.  View them at
    Posted May 25, 2018, 4:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Change of Plans – BYO Dinner this Monday 21stOur cook for the night has unfortunately had to pull out, so its BYO this Monday – please pass the word
    Posted May 20, 2018, 12:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder – Grebe Hire Trial – come along on Tuesday and express your viewsFranklin Wooden Boat Adventures Meeting on TuesdayFWBAs  Important Brainstorming Meeting this Tues 22nd  1100-1230     Greg Guy Wharf Everyone is most welcome to attend & to contribute enthusiasm & brilliant ideas for the adventure pot.  Report from John Young attached. Adrian Dean – our Merchant Schooner designer – will pop in for questions & have sketches of his craft – to inspire & encourage our energies forward-ho
    Posted May 19, 2018, 3:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • RV site in Franklin – Community Consultation ends 28 MayA reminder that the Huon Valley Council is currently seeking communityviews to determine the level of support for an approved RV site on the Franklin foreshore, and if so whattype of RV site the community would like to see on the site.  On Sunday 27 May at the Franklin Market (Palais Theatre), Council will have an officer and information available from 10am to 12 noon.  Please drop in for a chat, and complete a survey form. For more detailed information, Council has a discussion papers available on their website, plus surveys for community members to complete. For Franklin: Shipwrights Point …
    Posted May 18, 2018, 8:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Antarctic Festival – Hobart – volunteers soughtLiz Lord is the Volunteers Manager  of the Australian Antarctic Festival, and asks….. I am seeking expressions of interest from volunteers who could help in August 2-5 for the Antarctic Festival to be held around the docks in Hobart  Registrations are now open, and I will be in contact to discuss the program, the roles available and what hours can be offered during the Festival Access for registration is through the portal & fill in your details!
    Posted May 18, 2018, 8:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Launch for SalePaul McArthy asks:Anyone looking to buy a boat like my “Argo”? I have bought larger and will need to let her go. You may know her, she is 2 or 3 boats down the dock outside the shed; the Huon Pine launch with the cover over. Hope to hear from you if you are able to help. Thanks & regards, Paul.If interested, please email Paul
    Posted May 16, 2018, 2:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Save the Date – Tues May 22 – planning for Wooden Boat AdventuresSAVE THE DATETUESMAY 22, 2018Toshare in the planning ofFranklin Wooden Boat Adventures FOR RIVER GUIDES andANYONEINTERESTED ingetting their feet wet around our Channel Shores GREG GUY WHARF 1100-1230(OR LBT SHED IF INCLEMENT) 
    Posted May 14, 2018, 11:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Much Better Odds than the Pokies – beautiful canoe for only $10The Wooden Boat Centre is raffling a classic 4.5 metre strip planked western red cedar open canoe, plus paddle.  Yukon River, here we come….Buy your tickets (only $10 each) from the Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin.Drawn Monday 3 September at Wooden Boat Centre.   – 
    Posted May 13, 2018, 10:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteers Wanted for Marine Debris Clean-up in the Huon ValleyCoincidentally, after the flood last weekend, Nautical Resource Management has arranged a coastal clean up this coming Saturday.  Volunteers wanted.Where: Charlottes Cove boat rampWhen: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM Saturday 19th May 2018 What to bring:-              Sturdy shoes (some of the shoreline is unstable and slippery)-              Gloves-              Bright clothes or vest-              Mobile phone (at least 1 per team)-              Appropriate clothing for the day/layers (warm clothes, hat, jacket, beanie, spare socks…)-              Sunscreen-              Water, thermos-              Animal feed bags for collecting litter (if possible) Catering: Coffee, tea and snacks will be offered at registration. BBQ lunch will be provided with salmon, meat, vegan and vegetarian options available. We are unable to cater for any special dietary requirements (gluten intolerant
    Posted May 13, 2018, 10:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Flotsam and jetsam – I never know which is which……Unusually high tides plus a flood have brought down all kinds of debris – logs galore, and huge numbers of apples.  Cider anyone?Apparently snakes have been washed out of their hiding places also.A note for trivia buffs…..‘Jetsam’ describes debris that was deliberately thrown overboard by a crew of a ship in distress, most often to lighten the ship’s load. The word ‘flotsam’ derives from the French word floter, to float. Jetsam is a shortened word for jettison. Under maritime law the distinction is important.
    Posted May 10, 2018, 10:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Wooden Boat Adventures – April TrialYou may have seen the flurry of excitementfrom many tourists & locals over the past month, when they realised theirgood fortune at being able to take themselves afloat in a little Grebe from ourfascinating fleet.A few hearty LBTvolunteers set up a couple of Grebes each day to entice passers-by to enjoy aunique experience upon our wonderful waterways, which naturally they ravedabout – as do we Our collectivethanks go to the Tues & Thurs men for keeping our little craft maintainedso well & equipment at the readyIt was indeed animpressive effort from all who assisted in initiating & deliberating to getbusiness plans & operations approvals through the bureaucracy of MAST &AMSA …. plus figure out
    Posted May 9, 2018, 1:30 AM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteers and equipment needed for tn19 RaidThe biennial tawe nunnugah small expedition is the Living Boat Trust’s main fund raiser and keeps the LBT financially afloat for the next two years.  But it works both ways. We couldn’t run the Raids if we didn’t have an active and engaged membership maintaining and improving the LBT’s fleet and other assets throughout the year.We also need volunteers to help run the Raid smoothly. Without them the Raids just can’t happen. The purpose of this message is to ask for volunteers or offers of equipment to help with tn 19 (30 January to 8 February 2019) and the Return Raid (11 to 14 February 2019). If you can help by offering either your
    Posted May 4, 2018, 8:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Billie’s Birthday Bounce Back!Its almost 3 years since Billie’s mid-winter launch and this skiff has seen a lot of water under its keel in that time. Currently its in dry dock in the shed for much needed TLC, in anticipation of a rejuvenated re-launch. Liz and Karen, the unsung heroes of skiff maintenance, always appreciate help on Wednesday mornings.
    Posted May 4, 2018, 7:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Community Consultation about Camping Grounds at Franklin and Shipwrights PointLong history (see link belowto Council documents)….but the Huon Valley Council has this week opened a 4week consultation period with the Franklin community and camping ground stakeholdersto determine the level of support for an approved Recreational Vehiclesite to be developed on Crown Land leased by Council land on the foreshoreat Franklin. At the same time, Council is also consulting about the future of RV camping at ShipwrightsPoint.The Council is seeking communityviews as to whether or not the sites should be used for RVs and if so whattype of RV site the community would like to see on the site.Ifthe outcome of this consultation is in support of an
    Posted May 2, 2018, 1:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing TouringA fast-growing element in the diverse world of rowing, is ‘rowing touring’.  Interestingly, a European based organisation is planning a trip to Australia and is asking local rowers for help with suggested itineraries.  See link
    Posted Apr 28, 2018, 11:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hazara Community visit to LBT and Apple Picking DayA gloriously sunny and calm Saturday greeted a group of former refugees who are now living in Hobart as they arrived at the LBT. This is the third year the LBT has hosted this group – a convoy of 15 cars thanks to the contacts and lots of coordination by Yabbo Thompson.The family groups were welcomed with refreshments – a big thanks to Tess for her cake, Jilly for turning Deb’s dodgy dough into cookies, and Jane A. for the mercy dash to replenish the tea and coffee supplies.The group tried out rowing and boating on the river – a huge thanks to Nell, Tess and Esi for skippering about 5 trips each on the Grebes, Martin and Deb for
    Posted Apr 23, 2018, 4:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteers Needed for Community Visit to LBT This SaturdaySorry for the short notice but the weather is going to be a wonderful 22 degrees and calm this Saturday!  So the LBT is being visited by  a group of former refugees and you are invited to come along at 10am to join in the fun and picnic lunch.The group of Hazara women, children and men came from Afghanistan. They enjoy visiting the Huon at this time of year to practice their driving, speaking English, and picking apples. But trying out the LBT boats (a skiff, grebe or a short Nancy trip has become the real highlight!)  This is the third year they have asked to do this visit. The group pay to go on the boats, and this
    Posted Apr 18, 2018, 2:30 AM by Posts Editor
  • 2018 Volunteer Service AwardsAgain, from the Franklin Progress Association…..It can be a tuff gig for Council staff to spread the news far and wide that it is time again to recognise those unsung volunteer heroes that work tirelessly in our community. Please forward this good news announcement to your contacts in the Huon Valley and consider nominating someone in your town.From Huon Valley CouncilDo you know people out in our community who are VOLUNTEERS? Why not nominate them for the 2108 Volunteer Service Awards.  The guidelines and nomination form (fillable PDF) are attached, please complete and email to or click here Nominations close Friday 4 May 2018 at 5pm.  Kind regardsLisa PlohlCommunity Liaison …
    Posted Apr 17, 2018, 12:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Anzac Day Dawn Service – Volunteers Wanted PleaseFrom the Franklin Progress Association, a request for volunteers for the Anzac Day Dawn Service WANTED – five (5) VOLUNTEERS for kitchen, cooking, serving and cleaning duties (Franklin Bowls Club) WANTED – three (3) VOLUNTEERS for road safety and signage dutiesPlease contact Bec Enders if you are able to help out, or if you need more 0498 213 515
    Posted Apr 17, 2018, 12:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • Up the Creek with a Greenland PaddleIn spite of the cold, blustery conditions, a good crowd turned out to see the launch of the latest fleet of skin on frame kayaks constructed, in just one week, at the Wooden Boat Centre. Expert instruction was on hand for the tyro paddlers as they powered away up the Huon in their smart new kayaks.
    Posted Apr 14, 2018, 12:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT 20th anniversary storiesA memory from Richard Foster…….Day4 was blown out.  Some of the fleet gave it best and went home, butthe weather report for day 5 (Tuesday) was auspicious, and so the remaindergathered before 7 am to hoist sail.  The promised northerly breeze turnedout to be a northerly zephyr – so those sails didn’t have much to do for awhile, and oars were more effective.  Martin and Deb caused some mirth bymaintaining a reef  – their Lazy E must be VERY twitchy – but the rest ofus did little better with all our canvas set.  Somewhere between Middletonand Gordon we gave up and took a tow past the Gordon Corner, where a beautifulsoutheasterly sea …
    Posted Apr 14, 2018, 12:22 AM by Posts Editor
  • Committee meeting Wednesday 11th AprilSee draft agenda ( and minutes of last meeting (  If there is an issue you want raised email .
    Posted Apr 8, 2018, 2:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Every little bit helpsDi Sullivan from ‘Pied Piper’ weeds the bed of native plants has been planted and maintained by Lorrie Harrison and the Landcare Group to define our front boundary and to provide a bit of screening.  It’s coming along nicely, as well as providing a crop of feral tomatoes.
    Posted Apr 8, 2018, 8:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • New sole for NancySteve McCusker and the Tuesday group have replaced the disintegrating sole (floor) in the cockpit of Nancy with one that is much more robust.  It even has an inspection hatch for  the motor!  Pic from Steve McCusker
    Posted Apr 8, 2018, 4:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monty returns from DoverEndra O’May sent us these nice snaps of Monty running before the wind up the river.
    Posted Apr 8, 2018, 3:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Port Esperance Easter Regatta: Rowing ResultsLorrie Harrison writes:  ‘As expected this was a fantastic, fun, festival! Congratulations to the organisers and Port Esperance Sailing Club. Perfect rowing conditions were provided in the bay for our Saturday races,which we all very much enjoyed and the food at the festival, YUM!!’  Women’s 1km Position Team Time 1 LBT – Billie (C.F.B.) 6.29 2 Cygnet 6.46 3 LBT 6.57 4 Dover 8.44 Men’s 1km Position Team Time 1 Dover 6.26 2 LBT 6.37 3 Cygnet 6.38 4 Mixed 7.00 Mixed 1km Position Team Time 1 LBT 7.01 1 Dover 7.01 3 Cygnet 7.06 4 LBT 7.26 Mixed 5km Position Team Time 1 …
    Posted Apr 6, 2018, 4:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dragons are Coming!This Saturday 7th will see an unusual sight on the Huon River with up to 7 dragon boats taking part in the 32km Huon Challenge.  With up to 20 paddlers per boat, that’s a lot of paddle action! The day starts 8am at Port Huon, then up to Huonville, with a Franklin finish. For more details see
    Posted Apr 5, 2018, 12:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • tawe nunnugah 2019 (tn19) mailing list is now open – the countdown has begunIf you are interested in the 2019 tawe nunnugah Raid or any of the related activities, either as a participant or as a helper, sign on to the tn19 mailing list ( Signingon to the mailing list doesn’t confirm you a spot but it does mean you willreceive up-dates as soon as we send them out. Even if you have already told us you are interested in tn19 (we may have forgotten) the only way to be certain that you will get the up-dates is to join the mailing list. This year we have done away with the old Expression of Interest form and are replacing it with a booking
    Posted Apr 5, 2018, 11:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • tn19 web-site and Calendar of Events releasedPreparations for tawe nunnugah 2019 are gearing up – follow the progress on our web-site at  Activities begin with a Welcome Dinner in Franklin on 29 January, followed by the 10-day fully catered small boat expedition from Recherche Bay arriving in Hobart in time for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, then the 4-day Return Raid (raid lite) from Hobart back to Franklin and finally a weekend regatta of sailing and rowing competitions. Put the dates in your diary now. The full Calendar of Events around tawe nunnugah 2019 is available at   Pic from Endra O’May
    Posted Apr 3, 2018, 3:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Be careful of moored yachts on gusty daysWe watched ‘Pied Piper’ drift slowly to the end of her mooring line on an outgoing tide, then charge up river and swing around on her length when caught by a gust . Any dinghies being rowed nearby would have been in a spot of bother – in other words become fodder for the ‘Submerged’ exhibition currently on at Dover.
    Posted Apr 3, 2018, 3:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • ‘Submerged’ exhibition at the Dover Museum and Gallery This may be a distasteful topic for we sailors, but Mike Dredge tells us that these ‘stories of Australia’s shipwrecks’ put together by the Australian National Maritime Museum and being exhibited at Dover through April are well worth seeing.  The gallery website is
    Posted Apr 1, 2018, 5:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Easter Monday dinner at the LBTKate is backing up after her stellar efforts last Thursday, and the normal Monday evening dinner is on.
    Posted Apr 1, 2018, 5:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pics from Port Esperance RegattaSee below. Saturday morning was perfect for rowing, and the events were hotly contested.  Perhaps the most significant result for the LBT was the victory of the women’s team in the open five kilometre race.  Congratulations to them.  The bonus for all or us was that the Dover Seafest was on in the adjacent park, with lots of good food, drink and entertainment.  How lucky are we to have a bit of water like Port Esperance right on our doorstep?
    Posted Mar 31, 2018, 2:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Thank you John and Ruth, on the occasion of our 20thOn Thursday night the Wooden Boat Centre and the Living Boat Trust combined forces for an event to thank John and Ruth Young for their contribution to the establishment and continued success of both our organisations. It was the hottest ticket in town: the secretary was sorely tempted to do some fund raising with a bit of surreptitious scalping.  And we weren’t disappointed.  The Thursday group had the shed shining like a new pin, Kate cooked up a storm, there was speechifying to put Cicero to shame and everybody had a jolly good time. Pics from Martin Riddle
    Posted Mar 31, 2018, 2:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • ‘The Lady in the Van’ at the Palais, April 1stTeam movies advises us that when they dusted off and opened the box labeled ‘Victim’, the intended movie for the week, what it had in it were the reels for ‘The Lady in Van’, so that is what we are going to see:  Sunday night at 7.15 pm; $5; Bring a plate.
    Posted Mar 31, 2018, 2:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dover Seafest, Easter SaturdayLooking for an extra reason to come down to the Port Esperance Regatta?  This could be it.  They promise:free kids activities; food stalls; Makers & Growers Market; Regatta activities; Local busking talent; & a special offerings.  See the website for more details:
    Posted Mar 30, 2018, 1:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Palais Classic Movie Sunday: VictimSynopsis  Dirk Bogarde, in a career-defining role, plays a highly respected, but closeted, attorney who risks his marriage and reputation to bring to justice an elusive blackmail ring terrorizing gay men. (Courtesy Jim’s Reviews).  Details attached:
    Posted Mar 28, 2018, 4:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing dronesMarine and Safety Tasmania:  Notice No.:  M61-18;  Title:  Navigation Warning  Sailing Drones;  Valid From:  28/3/2018;  Valid Until:  30/9/2018.  Notice Content:  CSIRO are continuing their trials with sailing drones.  Drones will be launchedin Storm Bay on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 and will be operating along the EastCoast for approximately six months.  The vessels are 7m in length and approximately 4m in height with a brightorange sail and will have a tri-colour light on top.  Drones will be picked upon radar.  Mariners should keep a lookout for these drones and navigate with caution.    Pic from Australian Broadcasting Commission
    Posted Mar 28, 2018, 4:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Walking TrailFiona Peate, secretary of the Franklin Progress Association, has sent us the final plans for the walking trail, which runs downstream from the boat ramp near the camp ground.  Larger version attached:
    Posted Mar 28, 2018, 4:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • For sale: ‘Last One’Newly constructed Derwent Skiff.  Contact Ian and Di.  Details in attached flyer:
    Posted Mar 28, 2018, 3:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Program at Dover (Easter Saturday)Port Esperance Easter Regatta 2018 Dover Pharmacy St. Ayles Skiff Rowing Event Date: Saturday 31st March Registrations: 08 30 Port Esperance Sailing Club. $5 per rowing crew member Start Procedure Boats will be called up to the start line by the starter on start boat ‘La Chalope’. Once all the boats are in position the starter will raise the start flag to alert crews they should be ready to row. The race will start on the fall of the flag. Course 1 Km The start line will be a line from start boat ‘La Chalope’ to a pink mooring buoy to the south. Boats will start in an easterly direction along the beach to a turning mark at 500m …
    Posted Mar 28, 2018, 5:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monty is on her way – under oarsThe plan was to sail Monty down to Port Huon for an early start for Dover in the morning, but the predicted north east breeze turned out to be a south-west zephyr.  No matter: out with the oars and despite an incoming tide she was down to the yacht club at Shipwright’s Point and tying up in good time.
    Posted Mar 27, 2018, 1:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Saloon class to Dover Regatta on YukonIf you want to voyage to Dover for the Port Esperance Regatta we believe that there are still berths on Yukon.  For details see the web page: think we recognise the suspects in the pic below.
    Posted Mar 27, 2018, 5:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Be careful securing that stern lineNuf said.
    Posted Mar 26, 2018, 3:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • It’s tough at the LBTWhen Brian Marriott complained about lumps in the newly laid path to the front door he was told to fix it himself.
    Posted Mar 25, 2018, 1:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • WoW 20th Anniversary Good Friday RowLorrie Harrison writes:‘This year – on its 20th anniversary – we are celebrating all things LBT! Great boats, great sailing, great rowing, really great friendships and brilliant events. This is an opportunity for all women of the LBT to get out on the water together. So, come on down to the LBT on Easter Friday at 9am, organise yourselves into boats, take your morning tea of coffee/tea, hot crossed buns, Easter eggs and row into the canal. We stop for our usual conversations then row around the island back to the LBT. We have had some great moments in past years. Join us for this special event.Easter Friday 30th March 9am’
    Posted Mar 24, 2018, 6:45 PM by Richard Forster
  • ‘Bring your own’ MondayTomorrow being the last Monday of the month the cooks are taking a break and we fend for ourselves at dinner time.  Bring something to put on the barby, something to share, and $5 to throw in the kitty.   Pic from Majam
    Posted Mar 24, 2018, 5:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • For sale: a wooden boat with provenanceStuart Lennox writes: ‘The Leederry was an 80 foot trading ketch built of huon pine, which plied the Bass Strait trade mid 20 century.The Leederry sank off Bad  ger island I believe date unknown, though i did see the information at the maritime museum on Flinders island.  Only remaining artefact is its original life boat :16ft 5in L 6ft 2in B 2ft 4in D;huon pine clinker , has had a centerboard added and a gunter rig;  Structural work undertaken by shipwright, bulkhead, foredeck beams and samson post.$2000.00 ono.  please phone 62535361’ 
    Posted Mar 24, 2018, 4:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy to be part of Thursday celebrations: come earlyActivities for the evening get underway at the Wooden Boat Centre at 6.30pm next Thursday (see flyer below), but those who want to come a little earlier can take advantage of Nancy being available for FREE short excursions trips from 5.30pm on.  Looks like the tide will be high enough to get through the Egg Island Canal, so that is maybe where she will be going.   Pic from Andy Wilson
    Posted Mar 23, 2018, 4:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Next Maritime Museum Monthly talk – Tuesday 3 AprilJohn Wadsley writes: ‘Please find attached  ( our latest flyer for the next Monthly Talk.  Firstly, apologies, that the previously advertised topic on the Port of Hobart Strategic Plan has had to be postponed until July. But what we have as a replacement is great. Our April presentation is going to take us into the exciting and dangerous world of maritime search and rescue operations, as witnessed by one of the film crew that created the acclaimed documentary series, “The Real Water Rats”.  Varcha Sidwell is an award-winning filmmaker who was on-board filming real operations. She will not only show some excerpts from the series, but also bring real eye-witness commentary on just what
    Posted Mar 23, 2018, 3:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hiring out our boats: meeting 28th MarchHans Sipsma writes:  ‘The LBT owns a lot of incredibly beautiful and precious small wooden boats which are sadly underused and the Boat Hire idea has the potential to address that and create some employment, stimulate the local economy and enhance the attraction of Franklin at the same time.  John Young and David Hume have done many months of painstaking work to get this idea off the ground and we are close to realising the project, but there are still one or two structural issues to resolve before it can be launched as a commercially viable community enterprise.  It has been decided therefore, by a newly formed FWBA steering committee, that we can at this point commence with a trial
    Posted Mar 23, 2018, 2:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday group reportPics and words from Graham Wright.  After a lot of work ‘Flathead’ turned over to sort out all the bits for the inside which arrived separately. Gretchen, starting to install the bunks and cupboards, all the brass  an dbronze polished as new, a couple of coats of paint and ready to go. We even found the outboard bracket, only been missing for 6 years or so.Flying 15 ready to silicon the cracks and a lot of paint and then this rare version back on the mooring. FCR has been laid to the front door to facilitate wheelchair access.
    Posted Mar 22, 2018, 2:50 PM by Richard Forster
  • Skiffs at Port Esperance Easter RegattaLorrie Harrison writes:  ‘We have two St Ayles Skiffs going down for the races on Easter Saturday. 1km races in the morning and 5km race in the afternoon. We are still in need of some extra rowers so let me know if you can join us:’  Pic from Nell Tyson
    Posted Mar 17, 2018, 7:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Twilight Rowing 7This coming Friday will be our last Twilight Racing for some time, so now is your chance to practice competitive rowing in a fun atmosphere with a relaxed cider at the end! A good opportunity for those rowing at Dover to get in some training.   Register before 5pm on Friday 23 March. Pic from Lorrie Harrison
    Posted Mar 18, 2018, 2:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Lake Macquarie Classic Boat AssociationMore from our roving reporter, who has been in the Hunter Valley.  Lake Macquarie is just south of Newcastle, and is an ideal place for small boats – big enough for lengthy excursions, but still sheltered compared to the Pacific Ocean right next door.  The immediate point of interest was the St Ayles Skiff ‘Catalina‘, which has just been built and launched by the Association.  The mystery of the boat’s name was revealed: the shed in which it resides is on the old RAAF base, from which they used to launch and fly Catalinas.  ‘Catalina’ is being very actively rowed, and took part in their recent BoatFest 2018.  She is only one of many boats being built, restored or used …
    Posted Mar 16, 2018, 8:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Our first twenty years: celebrate on Thursday March 29thSome time ago Ruth Young wrote a typically lucid and concise ‘Beginnings of the LBT’, which can be read at . A key date which Ruth identified in this history is ‘Incorporation’ which occurred in 2008 – and now we’ve made it to ripe old age of 20! The first of what we hope are multiple celebrations to honor this momentous event will kick off on the evening of Thursday March 29th, and is being organised in conjunction with the Wooden Boat Centre. There will be an exhibition and some ceremonials at the Centre starting at 6.30pm, followed by a dinner at the 7.30pm at the LBT. See the flyer below for more details. RSVP …
    Posted Mar 16, 2018, 5:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Living Boat Trust 20th AnniversaryJilly Archer writes:  ‘The LBT became an incorporated body on 24th June 1998, and we want to celebrate this year’s anniversary and use it to reflect on where we have come from and where we are going.  You dear Members can play your part by telling us what and who you’d like to know about, or maybe you like to write a piece yourself.  As an example of the latter, some of the anecdotes associated with the LBT journey will be part of this correspondent’s contribution to the anniversary, to be shared with those who weren’t members at the time who want to know more about the people, the boats, machinery and events which have been
    Posted Mar 17, 2018, 3:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • 1912 outboard motor: the ArchimedesSpotted by our roving reporter in Newcastle, here is one for the petrol heads.  According to Wikipedia the first production outboard motors came onto the market in 1906, so this example is very early days.  Wayne Barrett, who is restoring it, writes:‘It was made by the Archimedes company in Sweden which was in the 1930s bought out by Volvo Penta.  It is a two stroke of 2.25HP and weighs in at about 60kgs. The majority of the motor and shaft are brass and the cylinders are cast iron.  It is water cooled and the rudder steers independent of the propeller, somewhat like a ship.’More details and pics from Wayne are attached:
    Posted Mar 16, 2018, 3:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Looking for a crewIan Johnston writes:  ‘I have a beautifully  converted crayfishing boat with a ketch rig and Gardner motor. I have had a crew drop out yesterday. I am looking for one or two people to crew on the boat from Port Davey up to Strahan – about a week to explore the most beautiful part of Tasmania. No experience necessary but you need to be reasonably fit and agile with an adventurous spirit. Leaving on the 26th March. Contact Ian on 0418202957 or Soon.’Update:  Ian tells us that he now has a west coast crew, but is still needs one for the east coast at a later date.
    Posted Mar 15, 2018, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Hire an LBT boat: meeting Monday March 12The LBT constitution admonishes us to ‘promote Tasmania’s maritime heritage by the provision of related educational and recreational opportunities to people of all ages, interests and abilities’.  To this end we have for many years held a ‘right to hire’ license for our rowing and sailing fleet.  Trouble is that, except on rare occasions, it has all been too hard to put into action.  Marketing, ticketing, etc, etc, you get the picture.  Now John Young and David Hume have worked through a lot of the complications and are set to go with another try at it.  David writes:  ‘As you are aware, John and I have been working hard, mostly ploughing through red tape, to bring into reality the
    Posted Mar 7, 2018, 6:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • Maria in MarchJane Johnson writes:  ‘Twenty explorers crossed the Mercury Passage on Saturday, March 3, consisting of three St Ayles Skiff crews, a sailing boat duo, two manning the safety boat and a one-woman Mirage sea kayaker. The adventurers aimed to navigate and explore the scenic coastline of the southern, less well-known section of Maria Island, a landmark with an interesting history.’ For her full report read on:   Pics from Jane Johnson
    Posted Mar 6, 2018, 11:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Grant Seeker Workshop, Wednesday 4th March‘A free grant writing workshop to learn tips and get support on how to navigate the grant seeking process.’  For details see the attached invitation:
    Posted Mar 6, 2018, 1:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monty to Port Esperance Easter RegattaMonty went to this regatta last year and had a great time.  A large part of the fun was getting there and back: Franklin to Dover is a nice day voyage.  If we can raise a crew we’d like to do it all again: express your enthusiasm for participating by entering your name in the form below (   Monty on her way to Port Esperance last year – pic from Endra O’May
    Posted Mar 6, 2018, 11:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Council Community Information SessionThe third of four Huon Valley Council Community Information Sessions is being held at the Huonville Town Hall, Wednesday 7th March from 6-8pm.  This is your chance to have your say and let Council know what is important to you in your area.  Huon Valley Council Commissioner Adriana Taylor and the Council’s management team will be on hand to discuss future plans for your area, and give you an opportunity to meet with staff face-to-face.  For more details see the attached invitation:
    Posted Mar 6, 2018, 12:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Punto goes to Port DaveyJilly Archer sent us the picture below with the following description:  ‘Punto starting out on her big adventure under the guidance of First Hand for Yukon, Ewan Laidlaw’.  Punto has already proved herself to be an excellent yacht tender, and she will fit very neatly on the foredeck of Yukon.  Looks like she could do with a paint job at the end of the season.
    Posted Mar 6, 2018, 12:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • First Skiff in NSW?Looks like the Lake Macquarie (near Newcastle) crew have launched:  see the article in the ‘Lake News’:  Pic from ‘Lakes News’
    Posted Mar 4, 2018, 4:14 AM by Posts Editor
  • Concert at the LBT Shed, Sunday March 11thKate Hoorweg writes:“Bruce Young from Woof Gallery in Franklin released his first album, ‘Supernova’, last year. ‘Bruce Young and the Pearl Handled Pistols’ will be performing a free concert at the Living Boat Trust next Sunday 11th of March from 2pm. This concert will be a sneak preview of songs for the new soon-to-be-released album ‘Riversong’ which is a a little bit country rock with a decidedly Tasmanian twist and a lot of love! Come on down, check out some local talent, enjoy great music for a Sunday Session at the LBT!”
    Posted Mar 4, 2018, 4:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs at Port Esperance Easter RegattaLorrie Harrison writes: ‘Matt from Dover has invited us again to be part of their Easter Regatta and join in the St.Ayles Skiff rowing activities on Saturday March 31st. Similar to last year we will have 1 km races for men’s, women’s and mixed teams. There will also be the 5km Hope Island race in the afternoon.’For more details see the invitation attached:
    Posted Mar 4, 2018, 3:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin from aboveIan Johnston has been taking pictures to illustrate mooring locations, and sent us these beautiful images.
    Posted Mar 1, 2018, 4:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Walking Trail updateBec Enders from the progress association writes:‘Please find attached an updated information sheet about the Franklin Historical Walking Trail ( Should you have any questions or want to know how you can get involved, please phone me on 0498 213 515.   On Saturday, copies of the updated information sheet will be available at the Franklin Post Office.  Please feel free to share this information with anyone you think may be interested in the project.’
    Posted Mar 1, 2018, 3:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Port Esperance Regatta Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st AprilRebecca Hancock writes:Entries are now open for the 2018 Port Esperance Huon Salmon Easter Regatta‘This year’s Regatta will be part of a great Easter weekend comprising the Kingborough Boating Club Barnes Bay Regatta and the Port Esperance Sailing Club’s Regatta. So that keen yachties can attend both events, the Kingborough Boat Club Regatta will be held on Friday 30th March, with presentations and a BBQ on the Friday evening at Barnes Bay. Then, the Port Esperance Sailing Club’s Regatta will kick off on Saturday morning with a race from Barnes Bay to Dover.  In addition to the sailing, participants will enjoy a welcome spit roast on Saturday evening at the Port Esperance Sailing Club, with
    Posted Feb 28, 2018, 7:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • ‘Ali’s Wedding’ at the Palais, Sunday March 4Team Movies writes:   ‘We are in a state of excitement because on Sunday March 4, we will be screening the 2017 Australian romantic comedy film, Ali’s Wedding.  (Oh what a tangle web we weave when we practise to deceive!!!!!!!! ).  Starring the multi-talented actor, writer, director, and stand-up comedian, Osamah Sami.  Rated M (Mature themes and coarse language).  Synopsis: After a reckless lie sets off a catastrophic chain of events, Ali, the son of a Muslim cleric, finds himself caught between his sense of duty to his family and following his heart. Based on real events, Ali’s Wedding is an irreverent, warm-hearted comedy, and an affectionate and vivid portrait of Islamic life in Australia. (Courtesy Rotten …
    Posted Feb 25, 2018, 2:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Before and afterThe LBT sent a team and a half to the Skiff and Whaleboat Regatta at Warrnambool this weekend, which meant that the women ended up competing in both their own and the mixed events.  That meant at least 12 one kilometre sprints each over Saturday and Sunday, several of them end to end, and much of it into winds gusting to 30 knots.  Pic one below shows them looking a little apprehensively at the whaleboat oars (the length, the size of those blades), pic two shows that by the afternoon their fears had been realised. But they did it.  The males in the half team were in awe.Another great regatta organised by our friends at Warrnambool.  We plan to …
    Posted Feb 25, 2018, 1:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Great Barrier Raid (NZ)Many LBTers have very fond memories of the last New Zealand Raid, and it looks like the Enzeders are having fun on this one: see .  That has to be Endra O’May in the background of the pic below, so we can ask her when she gets back.
    Posted Feb 25, 2018, 2:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Funnies at Frank’s March 8thDavid Moore writes:The next FunnieS at Frank’s is an International Women‘s Day Celebration.  BUT OF COURSE MEN CAN COME TO THE SHOW TOO!  In fact, everyone can come along.  It just happens, well we made it happen for a reason, that the show is all women for women, but men’s money is gratefully accepted.  Flyers have gone out, the Facebook event and related posts are sharing like mad and tickets are selling well.  So if you fancy coming along you should probably buy tickets before strangers get them all 😉  Buy tickets now at:   See attached for more information:
    Posted Feb 21, 2018, 6:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • MARIA ISLAND VISIT – INVITATION to BBQ Feb 26(BYO food/drink) at LBT Mon Feb 26 @ 6pmHi All…there are 25 people interested in attending the Maria expedition Mar 3 & 4. Details of the trip, crews etc to be confirmed at the BBQ..hope to see you there. If you are unable to attend, emails will be sent with details by Wednesday Feb 28. All decisions about the routes will be based on the forecast and in the event of bad weather, Plan B details will be confirmed. Looking forward to joining everyone in a proposed 7-boat and 1 kayak adventure!Jane 0400717140 Pic from Parks Tasmania
    Posted Feb 21, 2018, 4:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Festival newsletterGet it at  All sorts of stories, including one about the Haven 12.5 (pictured) to be built in Franklin by a team visiting from the US. Pic from AWBF
    Posted Feb 20, 2018, 1:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre February newsletterSee attached:  Pic below (from John and Ruth Young) is from the newsletter and shows the original shed under construction (or rather reconstruction).  To find out more read all about it.
    Posted Feb 18, 2018, 12:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • February LBT Committee meeting, draft minutesSee , or navigate from the LBT home page: Resources => Minutes 2017-18
    Posted Feb 18, 2018, 12:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: trailer maintenance workshop 25th February This will include some pointers on what to think about and do when loading and driving, and some basic maintenance.  It will be very hands on: our trailers need maintenance before they can be taken out again!  Details are attached below (see Submit your name using the following form if you would like to participate.
    Posted Feb 18, 2018, 11:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF coming to Monday 19th DinnerIt doesn’t seem long ago that we were looking at the highlights for the 2017 Australian Wooden Boat Festival, and already planning is underway for 2019.  Paul Cullen and Darryl Peebles are coming to discuss it with us next Monday.  Should be an interesting night, and an opportunity to communicate some of our own priorities.
    Posted Feb 14, 2018, 7:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • More on Maria Island expeditionJane Johnson writes:  MARIA ISLAND MEETING LBT Feb 12.  Route – At present, the preferable route is to leave from Spring Beach and head towards Darlington, point to point is 8km. From Darlington it is a further 12 km to Encampment Cove. The weather/general consensus may mean that we veer towards Encampment Cove, past Lachlan Island, (not able to land here) rather than go all the way into Darlington to reduce the journey for one day.  Camping at Encampment Cove – there is a water tank, although the ranger advised taking own water supply for three days, and there are toilets. Camping is free here, and we have enough parks passes to cover 20 people. Please advise Jane if you have …
    Posted Feb 13, 2018, 4:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Trailer maintenance workshop 25th FebMike Dredge has very kindly offered to run a boat trailer management course on Sunday February 25th.  This will include some pointers on what to think about and do when loading and driving, and some basic maintenance. Details are attached below (see Submit your name using the following form if you would like to participate.
    Posted Feb 13, 2018, 4:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Friday twilight rowing updateBarb Dawson writes:‘Numbers are continuing to grow for Friday’s mixed Twilight rowing. Grebes are proving ideal for this sort of racing.  Plenty more room in the boats, or bring your own.  Come along – get some exercise, have fun, and a drink together afterwards.  Come down to the LBT this Friday – register for your choice of boat on the day – by 5pm please.’ 
    Posted Feb 11, 2018, 2:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting, Wednesday 14th FebThe agenda is being compiled at  Email any extra items you want discussed to .  Draft minutes for last month’s meeting (which will be reviewed) are at
    Posted Feb 11, 2018, 2:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Working BoatsThis publication from AMSA has some interesting reading: download it from   We met some of the ‘Mayflower’ mob when they were setting up an exhibition at the Adelaide Show.  She is a real success story.
    Posted Feb 8, 2018, 4:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ouch! That mud has teethBrian Marriott writes:‘Bugger.  Slipped into the mud on the riverside at Franklin and the left foot caught something on the way down.  A loud crack and the crazy angle of the foot showed me that I won’t be walking for a while 🙁 .   But the folks at RHH are great and are looking after me wonderfully!  Thanks also to all who helped me at Franklin while I was lying in the mud!’
    Posted Feb 7, 2018, 5:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sod turning day for the Franklin Historical Walk: Feb 14Bec Enders (from the Progress Association) writes:‘Council will be ready soon to construct the aggregated concrete path on the foreshore in Franklin. The Franklin Progress Association has been working closely with the Franklin History Group over the last six months to identify properties of significant historical interest. The plaques for these properties will be made in late February.   We are also really excited that the Franklin Primary School will be working with us on not only the planting of the foreshore but also the children will produce a child’s map for the walking trail.  The Franklin Progress Association would appreciate your support and attendance to see the soil turned at a ‘sod turning ceremony’ down on the foreshore
    Posted Feb 7, 2018, 4:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Staff development day at the LBTOn Tuesday the staff from Huonville Primary came ‘on the water’ with us to the Cradoc landing,  most rowing in the Grebes and some doing it more luxuriously in Nancy, which also brought along the victuals.  As can be seen from the pictures it was a beautiful, still, warm day and by morning tea time the rowers had worked up a healthy sweat and were ready for some shade.  If they had been students they would undoubtedly have been in the water.   Photo from Brian Marriott
    Posted Feb 9, 2018, 2:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Twilight RacingBarb Dawson writes:  ‘Our newest LBT event got off to a brilliant start on Friday evening. Five boat loads of eager rowers lined up at the start line for the long (skiffs -5km) and short (smaller boats- 4km) courses. Billie headed into an early lead, with our single rower, Richard Forster, reaching the canal first. The extremely low tide made for some interesting maneuvering through the always calm Egg Island Canal, the smaller boats attempted to overtake Richard in Punto but she maintained her lead till the end. Racing over, we settled down for a convivial chat over a few ciders, wine and delicacies. What better way to celebrate the end of a working week? Let’s get more Grebes
    Posted Feb 4, 2018, 4:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy in 1960Ian Giles took this snap of Nancy when he was visiting has uncle, ‘Skipper’ Giles, who owned the boat at the time.  Ian came aboard and showed us where he slept: a different time and a different life for Nancy.  Thanks Ian!
    Posted Feb 4, 2018, 3:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Wake of the May Queen‘A story of hard yakka, hauling timber, apples and just about anything, through some of Tasmania’s most remote waters. The May Queen is a true survivor, at 150 she’s the oldest Australian trading vessel still afloat.’  See it all on iView:
    Posted Feb 1, 2018, 9:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Regatta Franklin, 3-4 FebMarine and Safety Tasmania have posted the following notice.  ‘A Rowing Regatta will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 3 and  Sunday, 4 February 2018. Mariners are advised the River will be closed for  other boating pursuits from 0730 to 1700 hours.  Boat owners are restricted from using the boat ramp at Franklin and from  entering the rowing restricted area during these times. The restricted area is  the course and 500 metres either side of the course. The course is 1500m  upstream from the Huon Rowing Club and 500m downstream. Boat owners must follow  directions of rowing officials. A public boat ramp is available at Shipwrights Point south of Franklin.’
    Posted Feb 1, 2018, 8:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Proposed Maria Island excursionJane Johnson recently organised a meeting of those interested, and here are the notes.Maria Island Mar 2-5 Update Jan 29 1. There have been 15 people who have put their name on the list for Maria adventures. There is likely to be 1 skiff crew from Cygnet, no word from Taroona, a possible involvement from Spring Bay.2. Election Sat Mar 3 means postal voting will have to be organised, or vote near Orford3. The Aboriginal name for Maria is Toarra-marra-monah thanks to Dennis. ? add to Tawe Nunnegah which loosely means journey by boat4. Parks passes are needed for entry to Maria Island as a National Park…we have enough passes to cover these …
    Posted Jan 30, 2018, 1:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy’s older (uglier) sisterThe National Maritime Museum in Sydney may want to take issue with the second adjective above, but we reckon we have the Cinderella of the siblings (  Checkout ‘Protex’ at the Museum if you are up there, and tell us if we are wrong – see for more details.  Pic from National Maritime Museum
    Posted Jan 30, 2018, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • BOOK NOW – AMMC Workshop – 22-23 February – SydneyFrom John Wadsley.  Sydney Heritage Fleet and the Australian National Maritime Museum Workshop Features:  • Sessions aboard Tall Ship JAMES CRAIG alongside at Wharf 7, ANMM.  • and at SHF’s Rozelle Bay restoration & maintenance workshops.   • SHF historic vessel harbour transfer from Darling Harbour to Rozelle Bay.  The workshop is an opportunity to discover and discuss the challenges and achievements involved with the restoration process of historic vessels of all types and sizes.REGISTER NOW ONLINE –  • Delegate fee: $60pp – includes morning/afternoon teas and lunches. • Workshop Dinner with guest speaker – Thursday 22 February – held at ANMM’s Waterside venue: Canapés, two-course dinner, glass of wine and coffee – $75pp (optional event) OUTLINE PROGRAM.  Thursday …
    Posted Jan 30, 2018, 1:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • The mystery of the tidesFor years the LBT homepage has had a link (top right) to Willy Weather, which presents tide predictions in an easy to read graphical format – see the following pic. It was recently drawn to our attention that the Willy Weather predictions for Port Huon ( differ significantly from those of the Met Bureau ( which seemed worrying.  Table of tides for Port Huon from Willy Weather.   Table tides for Port Huon from the Met Bureau.The plot thickened when Brian Marriott pointed out that the river height at Huonville is tidal (see and, and that it provided a way of backchecking these predictions. The first thing …
    Posted Jan 30, 2018, 12:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • MAY QUEEN and the SIXAREENThe full title of the first of the monthly talks organised by the Maritime Museum for 2018 is “MAY QUEEN and the SIXAREEN – ARCHAEOLOGY of JOURNEYING”.  It will be given by Jack Chesterman.Time: 12.00-1.00pm, Tuesday 6 February 2018  Place: Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Customs House, 19 Davey St entrance.  ‘Jack Chesterman’s new exhibition “MAY QUEEN and the SIXAREEN – ARCHAEOLOGY of JOURNEYING” opens on Saturday, 3 February in the Carnegie Gallery at the Maritime Museum and will run until 22 April 2018…. This exhibition explores one of our favourite local vessels, the May Queen in honour of her 150th birthday last year. It also looks at the sixareen, a traditional clinker-built
    Posted Jan 29, 2018, 6:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • LeshelenThree years ago Leshelen arrived at the Wooden Boat Centre in very poor condition (see  After an extensive rebuild and restoration she was ready to go on the water, which happened today (Tuesday).  There was a certain amount of heart in mouth, but those who know how to balance a boat on slings did a great job, and she soared over the dinghy shed perfectly level and with no drama at all to land on her lines in the river.  And they did remember to put the bung in.  Congratulations to David Nash and others who have done the work, and to the owners for seeing the project through.
    Posted Jan 30, 2018, 1:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Twilight Rowing – starting Friday 2 FebruaryFrom Barb Dawson: Several regular rowers have agreed that it would be a great idea to start weekly twilightrowing races – from Friday 2 February (until daylight saving ends).  The idea is to provide the opportunityfor anyone (male or female) who wants to improve their rowing fitness to take part in rowingraces, to have some fun on the river and to socialise (drinks, nibbles, BBQ?) afterwards.  Racing will be conducted on a handicap basis, so everyone will be finishing around the same time.    Any type ofrowing/paddling boat can take part – skiffs, Grebes, whaleboats, privatedinghies, kayaks  – and approximate rowing time for the race would be 45 – 60 mins.  Programme  Rowers register on Friday afternoon to form …
    Posted Jan 28, 2018, 4:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT at Australia DayThe Australia Day organisers were hoping for some  on the water action from the LBT and Yukon for the happy throng at the Franklin Oval on January 26th, and we provided. Skipper Brian Pain scarcely had time for a cup of coffee between joy ride trips on Nancy – he was inundated with passengers.  Graham Rankin supervised the kids making paddles, who then took them down to the water and tested them out in the Grebes.  It was the first time in a boat for many of them.  The grown ups had the same opportunity in the Skiffs, supervised by Lorrie and the rowers.Thanks to all who helped make this such a successful day – too many to name.  Yet another …
    Posted Jan 28, 2018, 11:26 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie Bagdad Cafe, Palais, Feb 4thTeam Movies writes:‘This month’s February classic movie is the 1987 quirky, magical film ‘Bagdad Cafe’…. Synopsis: After breaking down in the middle of the California desert, a German couple begin to argue, and the wife walks. She ends up at a flea-bitten truck stop that is the second home to a group of odd characters, and she begins to transform their lives. (Courtesy Rotten Tomatoes). Doors open 6.30pm, film starts when someone flicks the lights. After 7.15pm but before 7.30pm.  Admission: Gold coin donation (to cover cleaning/heating).  Bar will be running with reasonably priced quality refreshments to assist with the laughter & joy this magical film will bring, serving the usual red/white/beer
    Posted Jan 27, 2018, 6:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • State Elections: public meeting 13th FebruaryPat Singe (Huon Valley Residents and Ratepayers Association) writes:   ‘As you probably know the state election has now been announced for the 3rd March and HVRRA is holding a special ‘Election Q&A’ at 7pm on the 13th Feb in the Huonville Town Hall.   It should be an interesting opportunity to put questions to the candidates/party reps and/or Adriana Taylor who will also be on the panel. So please note the time/date, mention it to friends and give some thought to a question or two for the evening… Please “like and share” this notice on our Facebook Page  to help get the word out: ‘
    Posted Jan 27, 2018, 6:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday Group Report (January 23rd)Pictures and story from Graham Wright.  Gretchen: The interior painting  finished and most of the outside has two coats of undercoat.  The hatches and some of the cabin items are ready for painting and the hand rails and slides for varnishing.  It’s been a long time coming but it’s getting closer to going back in the water.  Flathead: After months of scraping and filling cracks with new timber, replacing some rotting timber and making a new knee for the bow, work has progressed.  New timber is being prepared to support the keel and some of the original timber has been restored while marine silicon is being applied between the planks.  The Flying Fifteen: With all hands on deck …
    Posted Jan 25, 2018, 5:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Final Reminder: Australia Day this coming Friday 26thThe LBT is running activities on the water and in the marquee down at the Franklin Oval through the morning and into the early afternoon.   Join the happy crew by submitting your name throught the form below (
    Posted Jan 21, 2018, 12:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cruise in company to Maria Island?Sound like a good idea?  It does to Jane Johnson and friends.  See the proposal attached (, and contact Jane if you are interested: 0400 717140 or email
    Posted Jan 20, 2018, 12:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF info session, Friday 2nd Feb, 5.30pmPaul Cullen writes:The attached flyer ( announces a free, public information session about the 2019 Australian Wooden Boat Festival at the Waterside Pavilion, Mawson Place on Friday 2 February at 5:30 pm.  This will be of interest to boat owners, potential volunteers, business owners and others who would like to know what’s being planned, and how they can have an influence on those plans, 12 months before the event. Please feel free to pass this message on to anyone who might like to attend.
    Posted Jan 19, 2018, 1:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • New caps availableFrom the WOW newsletter (but available to everybody):caps for sale Friday Social row and WoW meeting $12; Australia Day $12 members $15 non members; or at the shed; also available without LBT logo $5.
    Posted Jan 18, 2018, 6:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft minutes from LBT January Committee meetingSee
    Posted Jan 18, 2018, 12:53 PM by Richard Forster
  • ‘Last One’ in FranklinDi Sullivan writes:  ‘[LBT member] Ian Moncrieff’s ‘Last One’ an Alan Witt designed Derwent Skiff, was launched in Adelaide a couple of weeks ago.  This week she was rowed for the first time on the Huon, performing beautifully as expected.  The Captain of the Adelaide Rowing Club gave her the thumbs up, “Ian she rows like a dream.” Faint praise indeed.’  She’s now tucked up like a bug in a rug on the LBT lawn, waiting for a Monday night for more of us to try her out.  See pics (from Di) below.
    Posted Jan 18, 2018, 6:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Accommodation in Franklin wanted, starting in DecemberAnne Holst (Wooden Boat Centre) and Paul Cullen (Australian Wooden Boat Festival) write:  ‘There will be a crew of US boatbuilders and students in Franklin to build a ‘Haven 12 1/2’ beginning second week of December for 8 weeks prior to the next Wooden Boat Festival.  They are looking for help with accommodation in Franklin for this crew… this is an opportunity for local people to make a few dollars without the agency fees if they have a house or apartment they would like to make available.  We are a public, free event supporting the wooden boat community and hope that a similar spirit might spur a few offers.  These are delightful, talented and enthusiastic people who made us
    Posted Jan 17, 2018, 10:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Hazard – North West Bay, ElectronaMarine and Safety Tasmania , Notice No.: M08-18,   Valid From: 18/1/2018 , until: 31/1/2018.  Mariners are advised a yacht has sunk on a mooring at Electrona in position:  43o 03.633 S / 147o 15.97E. The tip of the mast is just below the surface at high tide.   Mariners should exercise caution in the area.
    Posted Jan 17, 2018, 9:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • More on the Kettering Wooden Boat RallyLorrie Harrison writes:‘Graeme, from Kettering Yacht Club, has invited us to join a small craft event from Kettering to the Woodbridge Pub (Peppermint Bay) for lunch & return on Saturday 10th February Leaving Kettering at 10:30am, some 3km each way.  If you want a seat in a skiff let Lorrie know ( if you would like to take your own small craft, including kayaks, fill out the Kettering Yacht Club form:’
    Posted Jan 17, 2018, 2:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Use of LBT assets policyMartin Riddle writes:‘The LBT Committee recently launched a policy on the use of LBT assets. The Committee was very pleased that the policy stimulated discussion and response from members.  Some responses identified details of managing individual assets that were more appropriate to specific guidelines developed by the user groups and sub-committees responsible for day-to-day management of assets. We have edited the policy to further emphasise the distinction between this top-level policy covering all LBT assets and guidelines for day-to-day management of individual assets. The over-arching purpose of this policy is to ensure all LBT assets are managed for the benefit of members in a consistent way.  Use of assets by non-members
    Posted Jan 16, 2018, 6:21 PM by Martin Riddle
  • Athol Walters classic for sale10 metre carvel huon pine cruiser and club racer: see the ad for details:
    Posted Jan 16, 2018, 12:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • For those interested in salmon farmingLorrie Harrison points out that Tassal are conducting tours of their deep sea operations.  Register at
    Posted Jan 14, 2018, 2:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Fancy a row in Scotland?Marguerite Porte has passed on the following invitation from Topher Dawson of Scottish Coastal rowing:  ‘I hope you are all well and getting some rowing in. I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that a venue and a time has been set for the 2019 [St Ayles Skiff] World Championships which will be at Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway in SW Scotland. It’s a great venue and there is a friendly and expert group of people who are working on extending a welcome to maybe 60 skiffs and 2000 rowers. Skiffs will be available to borrow so all we need is your rowers. Without you guys it would not be a Worlds so I hope to
    Posted Jan 14, 2018, 12:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mid Summer Sing at the Palais – Saturday 20th JanBarb Dawson writes:  ‘From 10am to 3pm, the Mid-Summer Sing is primarily an opportunity for members of the Sing For Your Life! Choir to get together during the summer … and THE EVENT IS ALSO OPEN TO ANYONE ELSE who loves to sing, and would like to join in a big day of great harmonies.  Singers of all levels of experience (including beginners) are welcome – it’s a great chance to sing in a supportive, friendly environment, and if you enjoy the workshop you’re welcome to join the SFYL! Choir when the 2018 ‘choir year’ starts in March.  Cost $40/$35.  For more details, see Palais website ‘
    Posted Jan 14, 2018, 12:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Palais Collective re-opensBarb Dawson writes:  ‘The Franklin Palais Collective is once again open as an outlet for local producers and artisans, and a place for locals and visitors to visit.  The Collective sells a range of items – including Huon Valley produce, arts and crafts, books, local honeys, plants, wooden items and natural cosmetics. We are always on the lookout for new, good quality locally produced or sourced stock.  Volunteers operate the Collective, and it is open from Friday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm.  Everyone is welcome to call in and say hello.’
    Posted Jan 14, 2018, 12:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Council electionsBec Enders writes:‘I spoke with Pat Synge of the Huon Valley Residents and Rate-Payers Association today who advised that they will be holding an event at the Huon Valley Town Hall on Tuesday 13th February 2018 at 7pm.  The purpose of this event is to invite State Government politicians and persons interested in the upcoming Huon Valley Council election and give the Huon Valley community an opportunity to ask questions. ‘
    Posted Jan 14, 2018, 12:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tasskiffie 2019Yes, we know it is a long way off, but we do need to start thinking about the next St Ayles Skiff Regatta, and that requires coordinators, and we are looking for them.  The good news for these people is that:  we are old hands at this now, and the organising is well documented (see;  there will be lots of support from the rowers, the LBT and its members;  There is ‘money in the bank’ so the requirements for fund raising should be small; it is a whole of community festival, and much of the work can be delegated to groups such as the local primary school.    The LBT functions because we share the workload: here …
    Posted Jan 11, 2018, 12:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Kettering Wooden Boat Rally: 10th-11th FebThe organisers write:‘The next Kettering Wooden Boat Rally is not far away. It will be held on the weekend of 10th and 11th February 2018, with a preliminary twilight race on Friday 9th. We hope you will consider joining us for the fifth Kettering Wooden Boat Rally, and have attached an information sheet and entry form. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to contact Roscoe Barnett or Jim Tayton. Their contact details are on the information sheet.’Information sheet ( and entry form ( attached.
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 4:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Warrnambool Regatta, 24-25 FebOne team has already registered for this event, and we reckon there should be more: it’s a great, traditional event, based around whaleboats but now including Skiffs.  See the details at ,  get organised, and get there.
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 1:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Caring for ImagineWhen Liz and Karen pulled up the mats to paint the inside of Imagine they discovered a small amount of rot in the frames (see pics below).  It can be fixed, but it was a reminder that we should be lifting the mats and sponging out any moisture each time the boat is used.  Having the Skiffs moored and ready to go is a great boon, but it does mean that we have to care for them a bit more.
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 1:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mooring Lease Riseley’s BayKaren Corbin writes:‘First bay north of Huon Yacht Club, Shipwright’s Point.  Strong mooring, good depth.  $25 per week.  Phone 0455 555344 or 0458 406894’
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 12:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Spotted on the HuonOver the years Bob Frost has provided many beautiful photographs to the LBT and to the local community.  His latest collection, entitled ‘A quick trip around Tasmania’ can be found at – well worth a look.  The pic below caught Mike Dredge’s eye – that’s him teaching the grandsons to row in one of the Grebes, with Missy in the back contemplating mischief. Pic from Bob Frost
    Posted Jan 9, 2018, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tree2Sea Project in FranklinZainab Clark writes:  ‘Zainab Clark’s husband Jafar (Youth Development Coach with Colony 47) wishes to establish a project for disengaged young people to help build skills and confidence that may lead to future employment. Following a short-lived but successful boat building project (Tree2Sea) in New Norfolk he feels that a similar one in Franklin would be particularly appropriate with all the boat building skills and knowledge available here.   There are many possibilities, from taking a log and milling it locally to buying a kit and building from there. The finished product could be anything from a canoe, kayak up to a St. Ayles Skiff or a Grebe, with the boat being  auctioned, or sold to a club or
    Posted Jan 8, 2018, 1:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Roadworks around FranklinSuzannah Kerr from State Growth writes:‘Shoulder sealing will be undertaken along a 5.5 kilometre section of the highway south of Franklin from the Fleurtys Road junction to Shipwrights Point in Port Huon. Road works will commence in January 2018 and be completed by the end of April 2018, subject to weather conditions. The work will also include sealing the gravel informal pull-over area opposite Huon Eldercare in Franklin. This will be sealed and signed to provide a viewing / photo opportunity area for tourists to safely stop off the highway.’For more details see the attached flyer:
    Posted Jan 8, 2018, 12:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pulsating at the Palais – Upcoming ConcertsBarb Dawson writes:  ‘As LBT members know, nothing better after hard day’s boating than a good concert – two great musical events coming to the Palais soon.  Thursday 18 January – HimmerlandEnsemble.    Scandinavian based ensemble, fresh from 2018 Cygnet Folk Festival – a unique blend of old Danish ballads, whirling fiddle tunes, breathtaking improvisations.  Doors open 6.30pm, show starts at 7pm. Bar open. Tickets $20 – available online at or at door (unless sold out).  Friday 19 January – The HeartCollectors – with special guest, Famous Will.  Australian Folk group ‘The Heart Collectors’, transcend conventionality and genre with their old-school alternative folk sound, bringing back the sentimentality of 70’s inspired harmonies, combined with a progressive lyrical
    Posted Jan 6, 2018, 2:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Getting the word out (and in)A few years ago the LBT committee formalised an internal process for delegating decision making – you can see it on the committee web page (  A couple of members have gently pointed out that this process is all very well as far as it goes, but lacks a step for ventillating wider issues outside the committee before decisions are made.  To remedy the situation it is proposed that this step be added:  ‘If there is a larger issue at stake the committee may choose to canvas it with the membership through the newsletter, Monday night dinners etc, soliciting input. This input will be considered when the LBT Committee makes its final decisions.’  If you have comments or …
    Posted Jan 10, 2018, 3:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • Be part of LBT Australia DayA couple of years ago the local Australia Day celebrations were moved from Huonville to Franklin oval, which importantly meant that activities could not only be by the river but also ON the river.  Our long suit.  Lorrie and the team have the novice rowers queued up to have a go on the Skiffs,  the LBT marquee is full of happy paddle makers who issue forth to try out their handiwork in the Grebes, and Nancy is busy plying up and down with passengers who want a more leisurely nautical experience.  It’s a great day – all we need is enough people come along on FRIDAY 26TH JANUARY to run it.  If you can help out add your name to …
    Posted Jan 4, 2018, 1:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting AgendaThe next committee meeting is on Wednesday 10th of January.  The agenda is being compiled at .  Correspondence for the committee to consider should be sent to  Draft minutes from the December meeting can be viewed at
    Posted Jan 3, 2018, 2:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Movie at the Palais, Sunday Jan 7thTeam Movies writes:  ‘2018 Classic Movies will be off to a flying start by screening the sensational 2016 Mongolian film, ‘The Eagle Huntress’.  Synopsis: This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her nomadic Kazakh family. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity. (Courtesy IMDb)’  Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 7.15pm.  Admission $5 (children under 16 free).  Bar will be running with reasonably priced quality refreshments to assist with digesting this high quality offering, the …
    Posted Dec 31, 2017, 2:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Draft Minutes for LBT Committee December meetingMinutes are available at
    Posted Dec 29, 2017, 1:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas present for the LBTTony Dow sent a message this morning informing us that his weather station at south Franklin is back up and running.  This is great news: Tony’s site has been sorely missed over the last year. The LBT homepage has been updated to show the live weather information and live webcam image that Tony supplies.  Click on either of these and you get all the weather details you could possibly want.  See the screen shot below.  Thanks Tony!
    Posted Dec 28, 2017, 7:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • BillieRob Turner writes:  ‘My partner and I are grey nomads, travelling in a motorhome & Suzuki, from Fremantle, WA and currently 6 weeks into our 4 months stay in Tasmania.  Last Tuesday 19th Dec. we were driving from Geeveston to Huonville and stopped mid-morning to enjoy the foreshore in Franklin and take a few photos – one of ‘Billie’ attached.  It turned out to be quite a significant day and event for me. Firstly, I was quite happy with the images I took. I photograph a lot in our travels and every now and again rewarded with a stand out image – such the attached image of Billie.  Soon after taking the photo I had a phone call from my son in
    Posted Dec 26, 2017, 9:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Happy Christmas from the LBTKate tells us that the first Monday night dinner will be on the 8th of January.  The Tuesday group are starting back on the 2nd January: In the meantime we will be having a break.  Happy Christmas everybody.
    Posted Dec 25, 2017, 3:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Warning – Channel AreaMAST Notice: ‘Mariners are advised that a number of long lengths of rope may be floating free in the southern Channel area.  MAST has been made aware that one clump in excess of 100m long was found earlier this week near Partridge Island and that another three or four may still be missing.  Mariners should transit with care and report any rope or marine farm debris to 1300 706 973.’  Valid from  22/12/2017 until 22/1/2018.
    Posted Dec 22, 2017, 3:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • FlattyA very intriguing little fishing dinghy nicknamed ‘Flatty’ has been under restoration in the shed for some time now.  Steve  McCusker has sent these pictures showing progress.
    Posted Dec 22, 2017, 1:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • ‘Last One’ heading for FranklinWe have received the following report from South Australia.  ‘LBT member Ian Moncrieff, who hangs about the LBT during summer whilst living with wife Di on yacht Pied Piper 11, has built his ‘Last One’, boat that is. Last one to be built and Last One by name.  An Alan Witt designed ply Derwent Skiff, it will travel on the top of the car from the home garage in Adelaide, to Franklin where it will be relaunched and rowed.  Ian and Di can’t wait to arrive mid January to connect with friends again, skim along The Huon in Last One, and cruise the south east in Pied Piper 11 till the end of April. You may catch them tied
    Posted Dec 22, 2017, 12:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Kiwi Raid 2018New Zealand Coastal Rowing writes:‘The Kiwi Raid 2018 is to be a St Ayles skiff event based at Gt Barrier island 18-25th February 2018.  The Raid will be based out of Orama Oasis in Karaka Bay and will be a week of exciting day trips including The broken islands, Katherine bay, Smokehouse bay, Mt Hobson walk and the Kauri dams, Glenfern sanctuary, plus fishing and swimming and maybe a pure white beach or two to lay on. Accommodation will be camping although Orama do have other options available and meals provided.  Spaces are limited to 20 people and filling up fast so if you are interested for more info or to register your place
    Posted Dec 21, 2017, 4:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Foreshore consultation reportBec Enders from the Progress Association writes:  ‘On 16 November 2017, the Franklin Progress Association facilitated a community consultation event at the Palais Theatre to gauge whether there was broad community agreement and support for a master plan for the north Franklin Foreshore and to provide an opportunity to address any concerns raised.   We now provide you with a document that summarises the community discussion, presentations, questions and outcome.’  See attached:
    Posted Dec 14, 2017, 4:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rat Racers Resort to Rodent RascalityMartin Riddle reports:   ‘Once again the Rat Island Race brought out the highest of competitive spirit and the lowest of rat-cunning in LBT’s sailing members at the recent Swiftsure Regatta. A good fleet of 7 vessels started the race which can be won or lost in the fickle conditions around Rat Island. With four LBT Grebes entered, the race promised the best of class racing and the punters weren’t disappointed. Finishing only seconds apart, Grebes came in 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Two privateers, a Modified Miracle and a Whitehall Skiff gamely nominated their own handicaps but were unable to make ground on the Grebes. Recognising they were thoroughly outclassed, the devious Mouseketeers of the
    Posted Dec 14, 2017, 3:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta ResultsThere are bookies all over South East Asia hanging out for these.  Thanks to Lorrie Harrison for supplying them.  Swiftsure Time Trials:  1. The Could’ve Beens – 25 min 3 seconds  2.  Ninka’s Mountain Rippers – 25 min 10 sec  3. Swiftsure 2 – 26 min 30 sec.   Roger Harwood Single Rower Race:   1. Dave Nash 42 min 17 sec  2. Peter Heading 43 min 10 sec  3. John Young 44 min 40 sec  4. Will Hallinan 46 min 58 sec  5. Dave Budd 51 min 33 sec.    Skiff races – Womens:  1. Castle Forbes Bay 8 min 32 sec 2. Huon 5-O 9 min 5 sec.   Skiff Mixed Races:   1.  L.B.T. 6 min 30 sec 2.  Huon 5 …
    Posted Dec 14, 2017, 12:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Christmas Party coming up Monday 18thThis evening Christmas Party, starting around 6pm, is a bring your own, something for yourself and something to share, so that the cooks can join the happy throng on the LBT lawn and in the shed.  BBQ’s and usual Monday night paraphernalia will be available.  If you want to do some decorating come early and have a go.
    Posted Dec 13, 2017, 1:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday Group newsGraham Wright writes: I was told that Betsy was built in a couple of weeks, but has taken a lot longer to restore.  Under John Young’s guidance using traditional boat building methods she is now ready to go back in the river.  The river end of the veranda is now clear and tidy for social events.  On the southern side of the shed a lot of the timber has been cut and sorted leaving a tidier area.  Work is continuing on ‘Flatty’ and ‘Gretchen’ which both will see completion in early 2018.  Once Betsy is back in the river the next project to start will be the Flying 15 which is a very rare version, being carvel built.  As
    Posted Dec 12, 2017, 11:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wot to do in the holidaysAnne Holst writes:  This is a 29′ Huon Pine project that is looking for a new owner.  Lovely shape.  It is on the hard stand at Nubeena.  For more info contact Russell on 0417 591 921. Pics from Anne
    Posted Dec 14, 2017, 3:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • WBC (FWWA) December newsletterThe latest newsletter from our friends across the wall includes an invitation to their Christmas Party:
    Posted Dec 10, 2017, 3:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT committee meeting 13th DecemberThe agenda for this meeting is currently being compiled at .  If you want something to go in this agenda, or comment on any of the items already listed for discussion send correspondence to the secretary:
    Posted Dec 10, 2017, 2:12 PM by Richard Forster
  • An orange Swiftsure RegattaThe new LBT shirts were on very much on display at the Regatta – they’re gonna see us coming.  Congratulations to Lorrie Harrison and the team for organising a great event (not to mention the shirts).  See selected pics from Zainab Clarke at  Thanks Zainab!
    Posted Dec 10, 2017, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon progressWhilst our application to deploy pontoons wends its way tortuously through the bureaucracy your LBT Waterfront Subcommittee (the LWS) is beavering away behind the scenes.  David Pittaway sketched up some plans for the installing the walkway, which have been converted to CAD by Ben Forster for ease of use.  They were discussed with an engineer on site and we should be ready to roll once we get the all clear.   Pics from Ben Forster
    Posted Dec 9, 2017, 12:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • On the Water Program: a big thank youThe crews have rowed off into the sunset and the program has ended for another year.  On behalf of the LBT committee and membership this column wishes to say thanks to all who helped to make it such a success.  From getting oars made through to final cleanup there was a lot of time and effort expended, but it has certainly been worth it with very positive reports coming back from the schools.  Students who were almost too scared to step aboard at the start of the program were confidently getting the boats organised, out of the shed,  and moored up ready for expeditions by the end of it.  Our record warm November didn’t do any harm.  The farmers …
    Posted Dec 7, 2017, 1:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Spring Bay Community Boat Shed newsletterFor all the goings on at Spring Bay (Triabunna) see the attached:
    Posted Dec 2, 2017, 11:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Special Monday nights coming upIt’s a case of not only but also for next three Monday night dinners.  December 4th:  Adrian Dean will be telling us all about his schooner design.  December 11th: Launch of the Little Book Library, and Welcome to Fleet for ‘Lady Dot.  December 18th: Bring a plate Christmas Party.
    Posted Dec 2, 2017, 11:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Special Event Film Night at the Palais Friday 8th DecTeam Movies writes:’A Concerned Valley Resident (Hans) contacted Palais management and requested if he could screen the 5 star 2015 French documentary film ‘Tomorrow’.  We all put our hands up to assist Hans as this is an important film that has emerged from a huge ground swell for change across Europe and the world.  Synopsis:  ‘Tomorrow’ (Demain)  TODAY, we sometimes feel powerless in front of the various crises of our times. TODAY, we know that answers lie in a wide mobilization of the human race. Over the course of a century, our dream of progress commonly called “the American Dream”, fundamentally changed the way we live and continues to inspire many developing countries. We are now aware of the
    Posted Dec 3, 2017, 8:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • More about Swiftsure Regatta (10th December)Lorrie Harrison has sent the attached detailed description ( of rowing events for the day, including the Swiftsure Race, The Roger Harwood Classic Clinker Dinghy Race, The Laura Golding Challenge, and the Skiff Race with the Le Mans Start.
    Posted Dec 2, 2017, 11:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Calling all sailors – join the Rat RaceMartin Riddle writes:  “The hotly contested Rat Island Race for the coveted perpetual trophy is on again as part of the Swiftsure Regatta on Sunday 10 December – bring your own boat or sail one of the LBT’s fleet. The course will start off the LBT shed, then down to south Franklin to round Rat Island, leaving the island to starboard, and then back to cross the finishing line near the LBT shed. The published timetable is what the regatta coordinators hope will happen but it is a relaxed event, that is until the racing starts! The start will be sometime in the afternoon – if we need to use Grebes that are also doing the Roger Harwood rowing race we
    Posted Nov 30, 2017, 7:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • 2018 Geelong Wooden Boat FestivalPaul Gunter writes“As most of you will all be aware the 2018 Geelong Wooden Boat Festival is conducting a larger OTB regatta after a successful trial run in 2016,  We would love to see as many timber boats on the water or on display as possible, this includes Trailer sailors , Dinghy’s & Catamarans … Entries are now open so please visit our web site ” The LBT sent a Skiff team to this festival last year and we can recommend it: see report at 
    Posted Nov 30, 2017, 4:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Little Boat Library launch Monday December 11Jane Johnson has organised a book exchange/library for us, to be housed in our old ‘rowing shell’ bookshelves.  It will be launched at Monday dinner.  For more details see attached from Jane:
    Posted Nov 30, 2017, 2:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Proposed Woodchip loading facility in Port Esperance BayMatt Wardell writes:‘You may have heard about the proposed woodchip loading facility in Port Esperance Bay. This massive development will have a significant impact on our Bay and tourism in the Far South.  This proposal is very well progressed and has had no public consultation. Additionally this will go through Council at a time when we do not have any elected representatives.  The community has organised a public meeting with the developer to ask further questions. We encourage all concerned Huon valley residents to come along and find out more. Please see link below  Meeting is at 6pm Wednesday 6th at Port Esperance sailing club. For more information
    Posted Nov 30, 2017, 2:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • History Group Christmas newsletterSee attached:  Lots of interesting reading and pictures.  Pic is from a talk about postage given by Harry Rettino, and is part of his collection.
    Posted Nov 30, 2017, 2:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Renovator’s DelightGraham Rankin writes:  ‘Free to A Good Home, Project Boat/ Renovator’s Delight  20 foot “Elver” Canoe Yawl, designed by Steve Redmond  Hull consists of hoop pine strip planking with plywood bottom and deck. Ply will need replacing as well as a small area of strip planking. That said, she is still well worth saving as the new owner will have a lovely looking pocket cruiser.  Centreboard and rudder and all spars are made, the douglas fir spars would be around $1000 in material alone.  I am keen to see this boat find a home with some one who is serious about finishing her. Ideally you should space to keep her undercover, she is dry and needs to stay that
    Posted Nov 28, 2017, 12:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Two Lady Nelsons: Leg Irons, Maori Chiefs, Rum and MaggotsSounds like an interesting talk coming up on TUESDAY  5 December 2017 at the Royal Society Room at TMAG, Davey Street, Hobart.John Wadsley writes:  ‘we are celebrating 30 years of the Lady Nelson replica, one of our favourite vessels.  Mal Riley (co-skipper of Lady Nelson) will regale us with stories of the original Lady Nelson as well as the replica’s 30 year story. ‘See the attached flyer for details:
    Posted Nov 26, 2017, 6:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Movie at Palais Dec 3: The Country DoctorTeam Movies writes;  ‘This Sunday we are screening the sensational 2016 French film, The Country Doctor (MÉDECIN DE CAMPAGNE).  Written and directed by doctor-turned-film maker Thomas Lilti, The Country Doctor was a huge hit in France when released.  The Country Doctor is rated   Synopsis: Dr Jean-Pierre Werner (François Cluzet) is a kind, no-nonsense, firmly established country doctor, who works gruelling hours and whose role in the community often extends beyond simply overseeing the physical wellbeing of his patients. When he is diagnosed with an illness which demands he stop work, he is forced to take on a replacement.’    $5.00 Admission, Doors open 6.30pm, film starts at 7.15pm. Bar will be running with
    Posted Nov 26, 2017, 11:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Only two weeks to Swiftsure Regatta (gulp!)Jilly Archer writes:  ‘The Swiftsure Regatta has been a highlight of the summer season for the Living Boat Trust for 19 years and the provisional timetable for the day is available here: need some helpers for the day: the more people we have the easier it is to juggle.  Please sign up using this form:
    Posted Nov 26, 2017, 5:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Another project boatThis one is a bit different: an Iain Oughtred Wee Seal.  See pics below.  Contact is  More details from the owner at
    Posted Nov 25, 2017, 11:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tawe Nunnugah: the view from the droneParticipants on Tawe Nunnugah will recall that part of the fun was being buzzed by the drone, generally controlled by the safety RIB operator Saul Davidson.  He has very generously given us a copy of his footage: view at .  Depending on your musical taste you will either want to have your speakers dialed up to 11, or toned down a bit.  Pic from Saul
    Posted Nov 24, 2017, 12:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Murdo Macleod’s Tawe NunnugahRobbie Wightman reports that Murdo was one of the joint winners of the 2017 Scottish Rowing Association Cruising Log competition with ‘a description  of a voyage in Tasmania. Great reading, and as you would expect fantastic photography’.  See if you agree: read it at   Pic from Murdo Macleod
    Posted Nov 23, 2017, 4:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Foreshore PlanAt last Thursday’s community meeting to consider the foreshore plan for the North Franklin Waterfront Richard Forster presented on behalf of the LBT.  The overheads that supported that presentation can be viewed at
    Posted Nov 23, 2017, 3:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • White caps on the HuonThe Thursday On the Water Program students made their way upstream into a steady north wind for lunch near the top of North Egg Island.  There was the anticipation of a tail wind and a dip in the river to encourage everybody back into the boats after food had been consumed, but not a bit of it.  A very fresh sea breeze came in ‘on the nose’ and had them battling for every metre gained, and when there were really lively squalls there was nothing for it but to head for the shore and hang on.  Eventually most crews had to concede and accept a tow back, just in time for the bus.
    Posted Nov 23, 2017, 2:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • Minutes for November Committee MeetingDraft minutes can be viewed in the folder at
    Posted Nov 23, 2017, 12:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Adrian Dean: special dinner guest December 4thFor those who are unaware, Adrian is a very well known wooden boat builder and designer who still works over in the Wooden Boat Centre.  He has agreed to come along and talk at Monday dinner about one of his designs, the ‘Franklin Schooner’, for which he has built a 1:10 scale model.   Pic from Adrian Dean
    Posted Nov 22, 2017, 1:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Last Monday DIY dinner coming upSummer has arrived, well at least for the time being, and the LBT long table has moved outside.  This coming Monday bring something to chuck on the barby, ‘cos the cooks are taking their monthly break.  Also bring something to keep the midges off your ankles unless you enjoy scratching.
    Posted Nov 22, 2017, 12:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Project BoatNick Saltmarsh writes:  This restoration project is for sale with the owner looking for $2000 ONO – he needs it gone.  A 28’ Huon Pine 116 year old Mersey River ferry.  The boat currently in Longford on a cradle.  Contact is or 0467 580 282.
    Posted Nov 25, 2017, 11:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Laura Golding MemorialOn Friday 17th November, a small flotilla of boats and a large shore party made their way to Copper Alley Bay.  Songs were sung, flowers were thrown and tears were shed, and Laura was remembered.Thanks to Bob Hawkins for the pics, more of which can be viewed at
    Posted Nov 19, 2017, 4:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT ‘use of assets’The committee asked Martin Riddle to develop an overall policy to help us manage our assets. Here are the first couple of paragraphs from the document he has written, which has been endorsed by the committee.‘The Living Boat Trust is a membership-based organisation, the assets of which (such as workshops machinery and tools, kitchen, boats, trailers etc.) have been acquired through the efforts of members and belong to the members collectively. Many of the assets of the LBT will deteriorate more quickly if not used regularly.  The overall guiding principle for managing the use of LBT assets by the members is that use should be encouraged. If any decision, rule or fee-for-use has the effect of
    Posted Nov 19, 2017, 2:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Testing Lady Dot’s rigPeter Laidlaw thought he ought to take advantage of the afternoon sea breeze on Sunday, and just for argument’s sake put Lady Dot’s lug rig in one of our Grebes – Absent Friends.  Wasn’t quite perfect but went all right.
    Posted Nov 18, 2017, 11:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Electric boats on the HuonWe are used to having our own electric boat Nancy cruising quietly around Franklin, but the Zelecta  which joined her for the steamboat rally on Sunday is an entirely different electric beast, a chris-craft replica powered by a great bank of batteries instead of a V8.  We think this is the first time she has been down here since she was built in the Wooden Boat Centre.  We are already plotting to lure her back.  For more about Zelectra see
    Posted Nov 18, 2017, 11:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Steam boat rally 2017Boats of all shapes and sizes joined the steamboats on the excursion from Franklin to Huonville on Sunday, and a great time was had by all.  Thanks and congratulations to the Wooden Boat Guild ( )who organised the event.  This is the third year in a row they have done it, and we are looking forward to 2018. A few selected pics below.
    Posted Nov 19, 2017, 12:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Franklin SchoonerAt last night’s community meeting John Young revived the idea of building a schooner in Franklin.  For those who are unaware, John has a lot of experience with this sort of project, having been a prime mover behind the construction of the ‘One and All‘ in Adelaide (see  Adrian Dean has drawn up plans, and a highlight last night was seeing the model he has built: see pics below.  Pics from Adrian Dean
    Posted Nov 16, 2017, 1:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin foreshore development plan endorsedLast night (Thursday) a community meeting organised by the Franklin Progress Association gave support to the latest version of the plan for the Franklin foreshore – see  This meeting was attended by the commissioner (Adriana Taylor),  the General Manager of Huon Valley Council (Emilio Reale) and politicians as well as a large number of Franklin residents, so hopefully it will spur some action.
    Posted Nov 16, 2017, 12:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Newsletter from the FWWA and Wooden Boat CentreRead the November newsletter at  There is a nice article about the Cartela.  Pic shows her arriving in Franklin, a day many of us remember.
    Posted Nov 13, 2017, 11:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History Group Newsletter, Nov 2017See attached: .  To go with the stories there are some great boaty pictures, of which the one below is only an example.
    Posted Nov 13, 2017, 11:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • On the Water Program off to a flying startMike Dredge had the full attention of students as he explained how to keep ropes tidy at the start of the On the Water Program second session.  But getting on the water was the thing, and the Grebes were soon headed for Cradoc through the channel between the Egg Islands.  For more information about this program see . To participate (go on, you want to) put your name down for some days on the form at .
    Posted Nov 13, 2017, 1:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lady DotThe LBT is very grateful to Peter Jarman for donating this beautiful little Channel workboat.  We look forward to getting her on the water and using her.  For more pics and details see her information page: Pics from Peter Jarman
    Posted Nov 12, 2017, 6:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Book a free trip on Nancy Nov 19Nancy will be participating in the Steamboat Rally on the Huon next Sunday, Franklin to Huonville return, starting 10am.  All members can book a free ride on Nancy  using the form at .  Limited places: book early.   For pictures and a description of a previous running of this event see Pic from Zainab Clark Pic from Endra O’May
    Posted Nov 13, 2017, 9:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monty has a twin sister!John Young has been investigating getting our Montagu Whaler, affectionately numbered 536, onto the Historic Boats Register, and it turns out that good old 537 still survives and can be viewed aboard HMAS Castlemaine in Williamstown (Melbourne).  See first pic below.  The second pic shows the sternpost from our boat, and tells us that she was built in Brisbane, 7-8-53.  According  to the Castlemaine website 537 was built in Brisbane in August ’53. Pic from Peter Shimeld
    Posted Nov 11, 2017, 1:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Using NancyMartin Riddle writes:  ‘It has been decided to make Nancy more readily available for use by LBT members at the cost of only $5 per person. This is consistent with the new policy on use of LBT assets and is designed to get Nancy out on the water more often.  To take Nancy out there must be a person on board responsible for the vessel (the skipper) who has a current recreational motorboat license and has had the induction on Nancy’s operating procedures. Martin Riddle will be running inductions on Monday evenings from 5pm. To sign up for an induction please follow this link: To book Nancy go to’
    Posted Nov 9, 2017, 1:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Communities getting together to remember LAURA GOLDINGJilly Archer writes:  Laura connected with many people in the Huon Valley during the 8 years she lived among us.  This is an open invitation to anyone who would like to come along and remember her with others from our communities.  Friday 17th November at CYGNET-LYMINGTON-CYGNET;  Bring some flowers from the garden to fling into the water at LYMINGTON;  10am Rowing skiffs will leave CYGNET Sailing Club for Copper Alley Bay (to book a place in a skiff, contact Carolyn Booker – 0427 430 476);  10.30am Landlubbers to meet at Copper Alley Bay, Nichols Rd off Queens St, LYMINGTON (contact Jilly Archer, 0423265789));  11am All and sundry at CYGNET Sailing Club for chatting, singing, tea, coffee;  BRING A
    Posted Nov 9, 2017, 12:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Photographing the Sydney to Hobart Yacht RaceJohn Wadsley writes: ‘The Maritime Museum of Tasmania is proud to be hosting this exhibition of the work of Richard Bennett, which will be opened by Matt Allen, President of Australian Sailing and a past Commodore of CYCA, on Monday 20th November 2017 at 5.30pm.  We very much hope that a representative of your fine organisation will be able to join us. Refreshments will be served during the evening.  Please RSVP by return email or by telephoning the museum on 6234 1427 if you are able to attend.  See the flyer for details: This is an invitation to the LBT rather than individuals.  If you would like to represent us please contact the secretary …
    Posted Nov 9, 2017, 2:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing and paddling at Dover, November 25th, 26thLorrie Harrison writes:‘If you like rowing then this is the weekend for you.  Bring your boat or kayak and join us for a weekend of rowing around Port Esperance Bay.   Saturday night is at the Port Esperance Yacht Club, dinner $20 and join in a jam session so bring your musical instruments.  Please RSVP you intention to come by 19 November.  See the flyer ( email for more information:
    Posted Nov 5, 2017, 5:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee Meeting Wed 8th NovemberThe LBT committee will be meeting this Wednesday 8th November: if members have matters that they want raised they should email the secretary:  The draft minutes from the first committee meeting of the 2017-18 LBT year can be found at, or accessed by going to the LBT website and choosing Resources => 2017-18 Minutes.
    Posted Nov 5, 2017, 1:13 PM by Richard Forster
  • Shed WarmingPeter Laidlaw gave the speech, the pink ribbon was cut, and it was done: the new workshop was officially warmed.  Of course that was only the culmination of a great LBT day, both on the water and off it.  Pics from Zainab Clark below show some of the highlights.
    Posted Nov 4, 2017, 12:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Greg Guy’s knots Some time ago there was discussion about how to decorate the ‘cheek pieces’ on the Montagu Whaler, those discs at the front of the boat where a ship’s crest would normally be displayed.  Friend of the LBT (and old Whaler man) Bernie Bruen suggested knots to be replaced each year:  that way we end up with a nice little display collection.  We thought that it would be great if Greg Guy could tie the initial set, and he did.  On Tuesday we had a ceremony to install them with John Young doing the honors.And then Monty was off and sailing again. Pics from Zainab Clark
    Posted Nov 2, 2017, 4:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • New awning for NancyAll sorts of solutions have been tried to cure Nancy’s leaking front window:  this clip on awning from Caroline the sailmaker should at last do the job.
    Posted Nov 1, 2017, 4:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classic trawler on the HuonWell, the model of one made by Paul Frost anyway.  We particularly enjoyed the detail, the ship’s horn and the smoke (see second pic), and it goes well too.
    Posted Nov 1, 2017, 4:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie ‘Quo Vado’, Palais, Sunday 5th NovTeam Movies writes:  ‘This month’s classic movie is the 2016 Italian box office smash hit comedy, ’Quo Vado?’ translated ‘Where Am I going?’. A film about Italians’ obsession with securing a cushy job with maximum perks and minimal work has become the country’s most successful film ever, outclassing even Star Wars.  ‘Where Am I Going?’ is rated M’  Trailer :  Admission: $5, come by 7pm with a plate.
    Posted Oct 31, 2017, 4:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT at Bellerive seafarers festivalEndra, Hans and the team were so busy taking people out on the water in Billy and helping people learn seaperson skills on land that they only managed to take the couple of pics shown below.   Pics from Endra O’May
    Posted Oct 31, 2017, 3:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • HMAS HuonLisa Plohl (from Huon Council) writes:  ‘the crew from HMAS Huon will be in the Huon Valley on Saturday 4 November. We will be hosting three events on Saturday.  “Freedom of Entry “ Leaves the Cenotaph at 10.30am, proceed down Main Street, the challenge will take place outside the Huon RSL then proceed down the street. We would like to encourage ALL the community to come and view this event. Following the march, ALL the community are invited to the Huonville Town Hall to meet the crew. Light refreshments will be available. At 12.30pm there will be a Civic Reception for the HMAS Huon. Would you like to attend? We have a limited number spots available to the community
    Posted Oct 30, 2017, 3:23 AM by Posts Editor
  • Working Waterfront third birthdayThe Working Waterfront celebrated the third birthday of the purchase of the Wooden Boat Centre last weekend, which reminded John Young of an article he wrote in 2011 when things were very much up in the air.  He writes:  ‘The article touches on what might have happened to Franklin if the Krynens had not enabled Franklin Waterfront Association to purchase the Wooden Boat Centre. The Krynens are now facilitating a wonderful mix of community and commercial activity at the Evaporators, which will consolidate  and support the sustainability of Franklin and its community.’  For those interested in a bit of perspective in how the Waterfront has come to be it’s a great read: see 
    Posted Oct 30, 2017, 3:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • TSO Brass comes to Franklin, Thurs 9th NovBarb Dawson writes:‘Lots of brass but no polishingFor most classic boaties, brass means lots of work rubbing and polishing, but brass with a difference is coming to Franklin.  The TSO Brass on Tour at the Palais Theatre on Thursday 9 November.  The TSO announces that its celebrated brass section will be hitting the road in November for a tour of regional Tasmania with concerts in Franklin, Devonport and Stanley. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the impact, dynamics and sheer musicality of this stunning ensemble perform a diverse program including works by Bach, Wagner, Grainger and Terrancini.  TSO Managing Director Nicholas Heyward said, “The TSO loves to tour regional Tasmania. We have a long history of performing
    Posted Oct 28, 2017, 1:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Oars ready for leatheringWunjo has painted the new oars, which will be leathered on Sunday morning.  If you want to find out how come down and join us.
    Posted Oct 27, 2017, 5:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Billie is off to BelleriveThe Bellerive Seafarers Festival is on Sunday, and Billie is off to be part of the fun, taking new sailors out to try their rowing skills.  If you want to join Hans, Endra and the team head down there: see
    Posted Oct 27, 2017, 5:34 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday dinner: not only but alsoThis coming Monday you get the opportunity to do it yourself (the normal end of month highlight for many) OR you can have your dinner cooked for you at the normal price IF you come by 5.30pm and help clean up the Shed for the Tuesday Shed Warming.  How is that for an offer!?
    Posted Oct 26, 2017, 4:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Shed Warming this coming Tuesday 31st OctAll members are encouraged to come along for a for a lunchtime BBQ to celebrate the completion of the workshop extension and renovations at the Shed.  This has been a huge effort by those responsible, and this is our opportunity to thank them.  The weather forecast is looking ok and it should be a great day.  See flyer below for details:
    Posted Oct 26, 2017, 4:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Regattas on the HuonMAST Notice No.: M131-17; Title: Rowing Regattas – Huon River, Franklin;  Valid From: 28/10/2017;  Valid Until: 9/12/2017.  Notice Content: Rowing Regattas will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 28 October and Sunday, 29 October, Saturday, 11 November and Sunday, 12 November and Saturday, 9 December.   Mariners are advised the River will be restricted for other boating pursuits on Saturdays from 0800 to 1830 and on Sundays from 0800 to 1630.  Boat owners are restricted from using the boat ramp at Franklin and entering the rowing restricted area during these times. The restricted area is the course and 500 metres either side of the course. Boat owners must follow directions of rowing officials …
    Posted Oct 26, 2017, 4:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Oar makingThe chips have been flying as David Pittaway has introduced us to the oar making trade down at the Shed.  The stocks of good Grebe oars are low and there is still plenty of work to do, so come down and be part of it.  Give the secretary a call on 04977 86572 to check on times.
    Posted Oct 25, 2017, 2:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • ‘Replica Viking boat sets sail’See the short video on the ABC:  This is presumably intended for embedding in a larger story.
    Posted Oct 25, 2017, 1:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing MontyAfter a frustratingly calm early spring the winds for which Monty was made have finally arrived.  If you can join John Young and the crew at noon at the pontoon give John a call on 0455 458008. Pic from Endra O’May
    Posted Oct 19, 2017, 11:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Oar making session next MondayNo, those are not oversize cricket bats lying across the saw horses, they are oar blanks waiting for us to shape them on Monday, starting 9am.  Come down and be part of the fun.
    Posted Oct 18, 2017, 4:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Laura Golding LBT member Laura Golding has been reported missing. The small boat in which she left Lymington on Friday 13 October was found in the channel empty later that night and she has not been seen since. A large search has been under way to locate her, with many of her friends joining in. Laura has been part of the LBT community for many years.  She joined in the building of “Imagine,” represented WoW at the first Skiffie Worlds in Ullapool, went to New Zealand for their Raid, was part of the ground crew team and also a rower on our Tawe Nunnugah and rowed regularly with Outside Chance on a Monday evening and the social row on a Friday morning …
    Posted Oct 18, 2017, 4:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boat houses, shelters, noosts etcFriend of the LBT Bert Van Baar has sent in his photographic contribution to the ongoing conversation in this column – see below.  Comes all the way from Holland.
    Posted Oct 18, 2017, 4:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Join the On the Water ProgramThe On the Water program for local schools is scheduled to start at the beginning of November, and the LBT members who are going to help run it are having their first meeting at the Shed on Monday (16th) at 4pm.  It’s good fun, and the more who pitch in the better it is.  Either come along or register your interest on the form below.  See for the program web page.
    Posted Oct 15, 2017, 1:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • Newsletter from the Australian Wooden Boat FestivalSee the October edition at .  Includes a story by Kathy Hawkins about a boat delivery via the North West Passage.  Some shortcut.
    Posted Oct 14, 2017, 9:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • October Newsletter for WBC/FWWAAll the latest from the Wooden Boat Centre and the Waterfront Association – see attached .  Includes a great item on the history of the Shipwrights Point Wooden Boat School from Ruth Young.  Pic from Ruth Young
    Posted Oct 14, 2017, 1:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Before and after: 1995 – 2017The pic on the left below shows the north Franklin foreshore in 1995, the one on the right in 2017.  Quite a contrast.  Thanks to Bill Wright (via Ruth Young) for the earlier shot, and ‘Max’ for the 2017 one.  The newspaper picture that follows, also taken in 1995, confirms the dreadful paucity of boats at that time.  See for the newspaper article from which this picture was taken.  The final picture shows a similar view taken today.
    Posted Oct 15, 2017, 12:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing Monty SaturdayThat old sea dog John Young has been sniffing the air, and tells us that the winds will be fair tomorrow (Saturday).  Join him and the rest of the crew of the Monty at the pontoon at high noon.  Pic from Phil Meaney
    Posted Oct 13, 2017, 12:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dutch noostsWe recently published David Pittaway’s take on how we could house our boats in small noosts along the foreshore (  Celia Leverton has come back from a cruise of Dutch inland waters with some alternative ideas.  We like them!  See the pictures from Celia below.
    Posted Oct 14, 2017, 12:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • The great Skiffy oar controversy – hung jury!The Scottish Coastal Rowing Association ‘have decided NOT to move further towards a standard system at this stage’.  Learned counsel are currently moving the barrow loads of evidence presented from the court to a pyre on a remote loch to be burnt in a mighty conflagration at the winter solstice.  For all the legal bickering and reasoning see Thanks to our correspondent Jane Johnson for her up to the minute reporting.
    Posted Oct 12, 2017, 2:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Invitation to Shed warming Tuesday 31st OctoberCome along to thank Brett Doubleday and the Tuesday group for building the workshop extension and renovating the shed.  This is a major milestone for the LBT  which has already transformed our operations.  See the details in the attached invitation (
    Posted Oct 12, 2017, 2:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Join the steam boat rally, November 19thThe annual steam boat rally from Franklin to Huonville and return has become a highlight of the calendar.  There is a special opportunity for LBT members to participate: book now for a free berth on Nancy at
    Posted Oct 11, 2017, 1:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History Group NewsletterSee the October edition attached: It includes pictures, taken by Alan Cato, of the relaunch of the Admiral at Huonville after her restoration in 2009.
    Posted Oct 11, 2017, 4:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • Kayak Platform at Mosquito Point (Ranelagh)This should make quite a good destination for trips upstream of Huonville, although apparently one has to be wary of snags.  Full report from Andrea Partridge attached – see
    Posted Oct 10, 2017, 5:16 AM by Posts Editor
  • ‘New’ cover for NancyNancy came with a beautiful ‘raincoat’ which covered her from bow to stern.  Unfortunately this wasn’t particularly suitable for our long damp winters, and couldn’t be stretched over the various aerials and masts fitted to the rooftop.  Caroline the sailmaker from Geeveston came on Tuesday to see if she could cut the cover down to something more appropriate and modest, and the answer was in the affirmative.  We are looking forward to seeing what she comes up with.
    Posted Oct 9, 2017, 9:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • The plover chicks are hatchedEvery year the plovers raise at least one youngster on the LBT ‘lawn’, despite dogs and pedestrians and cars and chicks which go wandering and whose only defense is to plonk themselves down and hope nobody notices.  Pic from Bob Frost
    Posted Oct 23, 2017, 1:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Course in HuonvilleHeather Elso writes: ‘We’ve had a few requests to run a First Aid course here again! So, we are taking our lead from you and holding a Provide First Aid course at Huon LINC prior to the end of the year.  We are taking names now – currently we have around 7 names and only need a few more to hold the class, so if you’re thinking about it, let us know and we’ll be in contact to confirm the exact dates and times.  If you would like any further info please contact Heather Elson direct:  Ph 6121 7011 ‘ Flyer attached:
    Posted Oct 9, 2017, 9:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee meeting this WednesdaySee the draft agenda at .  Comments and suggestions should be sent to
    Posted Oct 8, 2017, 3:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Nancy Fanciers meeting Monday nightThere is a meeting to discuss all things ‘Nancy’ at the shed on Monday 9th October at 6pm.  For a draft agenda see Minutes from the last meeting (April) can be found at Pic from Brian Marriott. Nancy beribboned for Huon Yacht Club Open Day – Brian Pain gives the salute
    Posted Oct 7, 2017, 7:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club Open DayThe head wind finally got too much for Monty whilst returning from Port Huon and she needed a helping hand from Nancy, but not before participating in a very successful Open Day.  Some pics below.  Pic from Brian Marriott
    Posted Oct 8, 2017, 12:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • Aquaculture Stewardship community meetingSarah Lowe writes:‘SCS Global Services invites you to attend a community meeting to discuss the assessment audit for Huon Aquacultures Zuidpool Channel farm (base at Hideaway Bay) under Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Salmon Standard V1.1.   The Dover meeting will be held from 5:30 – 7.00 pm on the 18th October at the Port Esperance Sailing Club, 71 Station Road, Dover 7117.   Please confirm your intent to attend this meeting by 5:00 pm AEDT on the 13th October, 2017 by registering through Eventbrite .  If you can’t make the meeting, but would like to provide comment then please send written submissions to .  FLyer attached:’
    Posted Oct 5, 2017, 10:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Funnies at Frank’sDavid Moore writes:Funnies at Frank’s – Simon Palomares  Support by Mick Davies & special guest – Thur, Oct 26th. Book now or miss out.  It will sell out!More details in the flyer:
    Posted Oct 3, 2017, 11:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • Come to Bellerive Seafarer’s Festival 29th OctoberFor several years the Living Boat Trust has had a happy involvement with this terrific family festival (, and we want to do it all again.  It’s hard for us nautical folk on the Huon to imagine that others don’t get an opportunity to mess around in boats, but amazingly enough it is the case, and we can provide that opportunity, in ‘Imagine‘.  We take them out for a row, and they love it.  If you could be part of the merry crew of helpers that would be greatly appreciated: enter your details through the form below.  For more details on what’s involved see
    Posted Oct 3, 2017, 10:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy’s anodes are workingFor those not in the know, sacrificial anodes are highly conductive bits of metal attached to boats to attract any stray electric currents away from other important metal components where they may do mischief.  The sign that they have been doing their job is that they corrode. As the before and after shots below show, Nancy’s anodes, one on the rudder, one on the propeller shaft, have been hard at it.  The newly installed anodes are the big shiny ones.
    Posted Oct 3, 2017, 2:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Notice to Mariners: Lippies PointIf you are headed down to Recherche Bay in the next month or so this is one to watch out for.  Valid From:   9/10/2017 until 15/12/2017.  Mariners are advised that mooring work will commence at Tassal’s Lippies Leasein the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, east of Lippies Point, south of Lomas Point on9 October. The lease markers will be moved to the following co-ordinates until15 December. Yellow lit special marks Fl 4 (0.5 on; 3.5 off) will be located at: ID      Latitude        Longitude 1       43˚ 23.281      147 ˚ 3.332; 2       43˚ 21.451      147 ˚ 4.436, 3       43˚ 21.692      147 ˚ 5.19, 4       43˚ 23.523      147 ˚ 4.086 …
    Posted Oct 3, 2017, 12:52 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy comes up on the slipThe LBT is blessed with great support from sister organisations, one of which is the Huon Yacht Club.  On Monday Brian Pain and crew took ‘Nancy’ down to Port Huon, where John and Pam Mann guided her onto the yacht club slip where she will have her annual cut and polish.  She will stay at Port Huon for the open day on Saturday to which all LBT members and supporters are invited – see the flyer for details:
    Posted Oct 3, 2017, 3:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure RegattaJilly Archer writes:  ‘Once again it’s time to contemplate, train and organise for the Swiftsure Regatta.  Named after our beautiful whaleboat and flagship ’Swiftsure’, this regatta has been running every year since?, who can tell us?  Perhaps John and Ruth know.  Scheduled for Saturday December 9th 2017 we are looking for expressions off interest to assist on the day. Helping out in no way restricts us from rowing in the events of the day which will be many and varied so come along to the LBT shed on Wednesday Oct 18th at 4pm and find out what is going on with regatta things.’ Pic from Lynn Goodwin
    Posted Oct 1, 2017, 4:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Whale boat rowingJilly Archer writes:  ‘Now that daylight saving is with us we want to start rowing Swiftsure and possibly Monty too if we have the numbers, so this coming Friday Oct 6th at 4pm is the date and time.  This will be a mixed crew endeavour and we ask that any interested rowers contact Jilly Archer by 5.30pm on Thursday evening to express their interest. Jilly’s number: 0423265789.’
    Posted Oct 1, 2017, 4:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT reports and draft meeting minutesDraft minutes from September meeting of LBT Committee:  2016-17 Treasurer’s Report (from Rod Macfarlan):  Draft minutes from Special General Meeting to set the number of people elected annually to the committee:   Draft minutes from 2016-17 Annual General Meeting:   A reminder that minutes of all important meetings can be found on the website: go to, and then choose the pull down menu under Resources.  Input to agendas for these meetings  should be sent to the secretary (, put in the orange letter box at the Shed door, or should be presented directly to the committee members …
    Posted Sep 30, 2017, 4:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mooring Works in the ChannelMAST advises:mooring works will be conducted at Marine Farming Lease MF221 East of Redcliffs in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. These works will commence on Monday, 14 August. The markers will be moved to the following co-ordinates until 30 November 2017.  1 (NW): 43° 18.215 147° 05.051; 2 (NE): 43° 18.358 147° 05.453; 3 (SE): 43° 19.558 147° 04.630; 4 (SW): 43° 19.423 147° 04.224. Note that this is the lease between Surveyors Bay and Port Esperance (Dover).
    Posted Sep 28, 2017, 1:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Hazard, Bruny IslandMarine and Safety Tasmania.  Notice No.: M117-17.   Title: Navigation Hazard, Bruny Island.   Valid From: 27/9/2017.   Valid Until: 4/10/2017.   Notice Content: Mariners are advised that a fishing boat has been abandoned and the vessel is in danger of sinking in the vicinity of West Cloudy Head, Bruny Island.  Vessels should transit with care.
    Posted Sep 26, 2017, 8:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Come for a voyage on NancyNext Monday afternoon (2nd October) at 3pm Nancy will be going down to the slip at Port Huon for her annual cut and polish, weather permitting.  There are a limited number of berths available to LBT members:  email to book yours.    Pic from Nell Tyson
    Posted Sep 26, 2017, 2:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club Open Day, 7th OctoberSee the poster below for details.
    Posted Sep 26, 2017, 1:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Oct 1st at the PalaisTeam Movies writes:  ‘This month’s film, Sunday, 1 October, we are ‘Crossing the Ditch’ to New Zealand and screening the 2016 poignant, funny and deeply affecting film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople.  Starring Sam Neill (he still makes my pulse race) and talented young actor, Julian Dennison, who plays Ricky, in an amazing performance.  Synopsis: A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.  Rated PG (Mild themes and coarse language)     Admission $5  Plus the Franklin Volunteer Fire Brigade will be presenting a short 10 minute DVD and handing out 60 complimentary DVD’s & booklets, on Fire Danger Ratings and the updated 2017 Bushfire Survival Plan. Our
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 3:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Committee 2017-18At the AGM on Saturday night the 2016-17 committee was dissolved, and the following members were elected to form a new committee:  President: Peter Laidlaw;  Treasurer: Rod MacFarlan ;  Secretary: Richard Forster;  Members: Lorrie Harrison, Jilly Archer, David Pittaway, Brett Doubleday, Graham Rankin, Brian Marriott, Martin Riddle.
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 3:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy Fanciers Meeting, 9th OctoberSteve McCusker and the Tuesday group have kept Nancy in prime nick through the winter, and next week she will go on the slip (Tuesday 2nd October) for a final once over before the season kicks off with the Huon Yacht Club Open Day (Saturday 7th October) and Seniors’ week (Monday October 16th).  As always the Nancy Fanciers welcome members who want to be involved, and there will be a meeting to discuss all things Nancy at the Shed, 6pm, October 9th.
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 1:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Jervis Bay Wooden and Classic Boat FestivalMarguerite Porte writes:  ‘Stan Brown, Organiser of the Jervis Bay Classic & Wooden Boat Festival has requested that the following information be circulated to members of the St Ayles Skiff Community. He says it would be a good opportunity to promote the St Ayles Skiff and explore the area for suitability for boating excursions.’  Submissions are now open for a three day festival celebrating wooden, classic and model boats that will be held on November 10-12 at the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum, Huskisson. This event will be an opportunity for the community to admire the beauty of timber vessels and the skills involved to craft them.  The show will feature a display of handsome wooden and classic boats, including some …
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 3:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ghost Ships of the Arctic: the Erebus and TerrorRod MacFarlan points to this presentation, of particular interest to we Franklinites:  ‘This presentation will showcase the search efforts lead by Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team following the discovery of the wrecks Sir John Franklin’s ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror.  11th Oct 2017 6:00pm at the Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus’  For more details see  The Erebus and Terror in happier days in New Zealand (pic from Wikipedia)
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 3:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Noost inspirationsThere were tantrums, and there was muttering of money changing hands and the involvement of Seth Blatter.  The judges considered the grayling conservation zones, the crocodile nets to deal with the consequences of global warming and all manner of other red salmon, and in the end somebody won the Great Noost Building Competition at the AGM and quiz night.  You scan the pics and decide for yourself.  Pics from Graham Rankin
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 6:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre NewsPete’s tried the viking boat in the water and it floated – phew!  For this and other news read the attached September newsletter:
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 3:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ideas wanted for anniversary celebrationThose who enjoy a good knees up are already thinking about how to celebrate the LBT’s 20 birthday, which comes up next year, and this vexed issue was the subject of discussion at the AGM last night.  Have your say by entering a suggestion in the form below ( it will appear in the following table  (
    Posted Sep 24, 2017, 12:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • BBQ MondayIt’s the Monday dinner we all wait for each month, when the cooks take a break and we get a chance to show off our own culinary dexterity.  Fortunately the run of warm weather is forecast to end, so we can also enjoy huddling around the traditional bonfire.  Pic from wikipedia
    Posted Sep 21, 2017, 6:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Renewable Energy and you at the PalaisBarbara Dawson writes:  ‘I thought that quite a few people from this area might be interested in coming along to the following session’  Renewable Energy and You  2-4pm Sunday 1 October – Palais Theatre, Franklin  Renewable energy information sessions, hosted by the Tasmanian Greens, will feature talks by energy experts about how you can reduce your power bill and make a positive contribution to the environment. The experts will also be available to answer questions.  This free event will feature the following talks:Rooftop Solar   Jack Gilding, Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance  How can rooftop solar work for you? Jack will take you through the best solar system size, tariff options and making the most of the feed-in tariff.  Battery …
    Posted Sep 21, 2017, 4:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Deploying pontoonsSee the sketch plans below and the attached application to Parks ( for the latest iteration in the plans to get the pontoons deployed.
    Posted Sep 19, 2017, 11:46 PM by Richard Forster
  • Dinghy TuesdayGraham Wright writes: ‘Rhonda K back in the water with lots of very positive comments over the last few weeks.  Maybe we are getting the hang of this boat restoration thing!  She was swapped with the ‘Betsy Walton’, much to John Young’s relief.  The Betsy is  long overdue for an overhaul’ Pics from Graham
    Posted Sep 19, 2017, 2:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT AGM and Quiz night 23rd Sept: get involvedThe date for this event is fast approaching – next Saturday evening.  See the flyer below for details.   Quiz Master David Pittaway is seeking HELPERS for the evening, and PRIZES: speak to him directly or contact him at  sisterdoolittle@gmail.comFind all documents (agendas etc) for the AGM at
    Posted Sep 17, 2017, 4:34 AM by Posts Editor
  • Huon sustainable house toursLisa Plohl from Huon Council writes: ‘Are you interested in Sustainable Housing? Visit 5 sustainable houses around the Huon Valley in Cygnet, Lucaston and Ranelagh.  Inspect first hand, houses that have been designed with energy efficiency in mind with passive solar, solar panels on an axis and straw bale construction. Meet the owners and have a discussion. Free Event but own transport required.  RSVP’s are essential.   RSVP email; or message them on Facebook HERE ‘  Pic from 
    Posted Sep 13, 2017, 2:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy idea: roof deck rails?We suspect we would have difficulties getting this past MAST.  For the full story see  Pic from
    Posted Sep 12, 2017, 2:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • St Ayles Skiff wins Great River RaceBarb Dawson and David Budd report:  ‘Taking place on the Thames last weekend – through London, from Millwall to Richmond, this 21 mile race had over 300 boats taking part.  Boats included Montagu whalers, Cornish pilot gigs and Thames skiffs – as well as St Ayles skiffs.  Accurate handicapping means that diverse boats made it to the top 3.  This years overall winner was……..drum roll…..a St Ayles skiff (named Felton Flyer) in a time of 2 hours 32 minutes.  Second place a Hawaiian outrigger.  Third place, an Essex skiff.’     Pic from
    Posted Sep 11, 2017, 5:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • There be dragonsPeter Laidlaw is close to a test launch of the new Viking boat over in the Wooden Boat Centre, and Francis is putting the finishing touches to the figurehead.
    Posted Sep 10, 2017, 7:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nominations for the Living Boat Trust committeeFind a nomination form attached (, print it out and dob yourself in.  Alternatively, if due to modesty you can’t bring yourself to do this, dob in a mate.  Do it now ‘cos time is running out.  Paper nomination forms are at the shed.
    Posted Sep 9, 2017, 4:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Change of venue for AGM: now at the PalaisWe had planned to have the AGM at the Bowls Club, but they have suffered a broken hot water tank, which has soaked their carpets and which means the premises may not be available on the 23rd of September.  We have booked the supper room at the Palais Theatre across the road as an alternative.  Please come to the Palais, 3388 Huon Highway Franklin before 5.45pm on 23rd of September for this event, and for the subsequent Quiz Night.  Find all documents for the AGM at
    Posted Sep 9, 2017, 5:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Mysteries of the Monty (rigging)An order to ‘brail the mainsail’ is not something you would hear too often (or ever) on a modern yacht, but was common enough and perfectly sensible on boats such as our Monty.  Now that she has ‘ne of severalsmallropesattached to theleech of a sailfordrawingthesail in or up’ we can ‘gather in the sailwithbrails’.  Thanks to Roger Sly for sorting us out.  And thanks also to Roger for setting up extra blocks for the jib sheets, and for a new system for sheeting the mainsail.  It should all be tested out by the Saturday rowing group that John Young has organised, and then by the cadets who will be …
    Posted Sep 8, 2017, 3:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Touring the auld Skiff countryHere is a second report from Deb and Martin Van Riddle on their ‘Skiff tour’ of Scotland.‘What was interesting was that many boats, both well used and currently being built, had the same oar system as the LBT skiff  ‘Freyja’ – the thole pin and oar plate.  First there was the organised fun in boats on Harris – here are some of the local boats (below from left (Arnol, Yackidoola and Blue Moon).  .Then there was a community come and try rowing day on Lewis on a loch walking distance from our accommodation..This well-loved Stornoway skiff (below) was at their harbour and boat ramp.  Then we went island hopping by ferry from Lewis and Harris, down to North Uist
    Posted Sep 5, 2017, 2:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • Schools on the Water ProgramOne of the many good things LBT has done over the years is to get the local kids out on the water learning about boats.  Good for them and good for us, ‘cos it is a lot of fun.  The schools are expressing enthusiasm for doing it all again, and looking at the checklist of what is needed is a requirement for  a pool of LBT members who are able to help out from late October to the end of November.   If you think you could be involved for a couple of half days (or more) during this period please submit your name through the form below (, or email the secretary, …
    Posted Sep 4, 2017, 9:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT AGM and Quiz Night, 23rd SeptemberSee attached flyer for details.  It was good last year, and the year before and … – so we aren’t changing anything much.  The Special General Meeting at 5.45 is to approve capping the number of committee members – as the rules currently stand the number is unlimited.    For more details see the SGM and AGM agendas and other supporting documents at  During the AGM we will appoint a new committee: PLEASE CONSIDER NOMINATING, using the form at,  The LBT is in good health, and no poisoned chalices await new committee members: rather, goblets of ambrosia.  Quiz Master David Pittaway is seeking HELPERS for the evening, and PRIZES: speak to him directly or …
    Posted Sep 3, 2017, 6:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • New raincoat for the MontyHuon Council provided funding for a cover for the Montigu Whaler, and John from Franklin Canvas has done the deed.  Looks very smart.  Thanks to the Council, and to the Wooden Boat Centre for organising this.
    Posted Sep 2, 2017, 5:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Of cabes, humbly bands, rowlocks and thole pins Rob Ayliffe at Stray Dog has decided that the tholl pin, oar plate combination is the best solution for securing oars in the Skiffs, and can supply pins (and a mallet to help extract them!) with kits.  We hope this isn’t the end to the controversy: we’ll have nothing to talk about if it is.
    Posted Sep 2, 2017, 6:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • North Franklin boat harbour?Over the years there has been a lot of talk about making that nice sheltered corner by the evaporator sheds more boat friendly.  The pics of moored dinghies below show how it can be done, despite the broken concrete currently littering the shore.
    Posted Sep 1, 2017, 3:49 PM by Richard Forster
  • What’s in that shed?A visit to LBT member Ian Moncrieff in Adelaide revealed that he has almost completed a Derwent Skiff in his garage.  He and Di plan to launch it on the Huon when they come down in summer.
    Posted Sep 1, 2017, 3:31 PM by Richard Forster
  • AGM Season!It’s that time of year again.  The Living Boat Trust Annual General Meeting will be at 6:00pm on 23 September, at the Franklin Bowls Club.It will be preceded by a short Special General Meeting at 5:45pm. The purpose of the SGM is to correct a long-standing issue in the constitution.  Agendas for both meetings are available at make it all worthwhile, the meetings will be followed by a Quiz Night. Stay and enjoy the evening! $5 entry.   Please bring a plate to share.
    Posted Aug 23, 2017, 2:19 AM by Posts Editor
  • Funnies at Frank’s – Double HeadlinerThurs 21st of SeptemberDamian Callinan & Rusty BertherDon’t dally, half the tickets sold already!Damian Callinan has visited Franklin several times and we love him. Damian is a multi award-winning stand-up comic, actor and writer. He is best known to TV audiences for his roles on Skithouse and Before The Game as well as regular guest appearances on shows such as Spicks and Specks and the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala.Rusty Berther is best known for being half of The Scared Weird Little Guys or “Scaredies” for short (hey, no heightist jokes here please). They had an incredible career with over 4500 shows all over the world. Now he’s packing in shows all over the
    Posted Aug 23, 2017, 2:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Warrnambool RegattaPatrick Groot from the Warrnambool St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Club based at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village writes…Dear all,Such was the success of the inaugural SW Regatta earlier this year, the Warrnambool City Council is getting the ball rolling for the Feb 24-25 2018 event which we hope will be bigger and better with hopefully even more teams in the St Ayles Skiff and the Whaleboat events. You may even wish to register for both events.Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries.Regards, PatrickPatrick Groot (Pres’)  Mob: 0400 359 681   Murray Kingsley (VP) Mob: 0408 724 640Tris Forster (Secretary) Mob: 0408 325 367Larry Abrahams (Treasurer) Mob
    Posted Aug 22, 2017, 1:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Working Waterfront NewsletterOur neighbours across the way have sent us their latest newsletter hot off the press…Click here to download it
    Posted Aug 20, 2017, 9:32 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie Night at the PalaisDeb Combes sends the following invitation…Sunday Sept 3 we are screening the 2016 award winning, audience favourite, French film, Rosalie Blum.Doors open at 6.30pm, admission $5 and a bar will be running. Bring along a ‘French Inspired’ plate for supper to win a prize. For example, packet of ‘Monte Carlo Crème biscuits’.  Synopsis: A lonely premature balding hairdresser meets a mysterious and lonely woman and becomes obsessed with learning all about her past. Quirky, intriguing, tantalising and full of surprises, it will leave you guessing and smiling right to the end.Rated M (Course language) Film is sub titles, so pack your glasses.
    Posted Aug 20, 2017, 5:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Members Standing Out in the CrowdIt is time to be noticed!  All the old blue LBTt-shirts have been sold.  It’s time for a new brighter, sharper image.   Here is our new LBT/WoW outfit, useful for allboating occasions, especially regattas, boat launches, shows and exhibitions,visits to other boating groups and general messing about in boats.   The material is an easy care, no iron 60%cotton, 40% cool dry  with ‘go faster’strips on the sleeves, night time reflectors on the body and a breathablesection under the armpit.  It comes inshort sleeves and long sleeves.  Shirts will have the LBT logo on top right andWoW members can sew on the WoW logo on the left sleeve.   The cost …
    Posted Aug 20, 2017, 3:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • News from the Australian Wooden Boat FestivalPaul Cullen from the AWBF has sent us a link to all the latest news… Greetings, AllWe hope you are keeping warm as our Tasmanian winter puts a crisp chill in the air, but there are still plenty of sails out there on the Derwent on the weekends.  Tassie sailors are a hardy lot.  Here’s the July AWBF newsletter with links to some great video and photography, some interesting results from our Visitor Survey and news of our friends on the other side of the Pacific, in Port Townsend, Washington.  As ever, if you would like your story to reach our 4,000 subscribers, just drop us a line with a few good photos and we’ll do
    Posted Aug 17, 2017, 5:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Turning GretchenGraham Wright keeps us updated about the ongoing work of the legendary Tuesday Group.Here is the latest… An interesting day in the shed today as Brett and the Thursday group, after 2 years and 2 weeks turned Gretchen over ready for prep and painting. Lots of ropes and straps with a few block and tackles and of course sheer genius from the crew. A few more weeks and Gretchen will be back in the water.
    Posted Aug 17, 2017, 3:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Greg GuyMembers will be saddened to learn of the passing of Master Mariner Greg Guy.  Greg will be remembered as a great supporter of all the good things we do here at the LBT, a man who always had a smile and a friendly “how are you going?” even when he wasn’t feeling the best himself. Many of us had the benefit of his boating wisdom and he was always willing to share his vast nautical knowledge with others.   We are the better for having known him.Perhaps Greg will be best remembered for the incredible effort and enthusiasm he put in to help make the community ownership of the Wooden Boat Centre a reality through his involvement as a …
    Posted Aug 15, 2017, 9:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • BYO MONDAY NIGHT DINNERThe last Monday of every month is BYO dinner at the Living Boat Trust so bring a plate of food to share.    Try that new recipe you’ve been thinking about and bring it along or something to fling on the barbie, a nice loaf of bread and a bit of cheese always goes down well.    The cost is a gold coin donation to cover the electricity & heating costs.
    Posted Aug 11, 2017, 5:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • SEEKING BOAT TENDERS AND DINGHIESWOULD YOU LIKE TO DONATE A SMALL BOAT TO A GREAT CAUSE?Paul Cullen of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival writes…Many of you would know Rosemary Miller, former CEO of the Salamanca Arts Centre, where we have our office.  Rosemary has always been a fantastic supporter of the AWBF, and gave us help with a generous lease and favourable references.  Rosemary is still in the arts business, now working on freelance projects, including this one with the Burnie Art Gallery.  Rosemary is looking for eight small boats (well, hulls, really) for an art project that will travel around the country.  They do not have to be seaworthy.  They will be transformed into works of art by Tasmanian artists.The
    Posted Aug 8, 2017, 11:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • New Navigation Markers (with pictures)Further to last weeks announcement about the new navigation markers in the Huon, here are some pics to help you find your way…  (See here for location details)
    Posted Aug 7, 2017, 6:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Exhibition at the Maritime MuseumJohn Wadsley from the Maritime Museum of Tasmania writes…The MMT has some exciting news!!  Over the last few weeks, we have been very, very busy.  And now the efforts of our fine volunteers and staff have paid off with the opening last Friday of our next major exhibition – “THE TURNING TIDE, Australia’s War at Sea in 1942” in the Carnegie Gallery.  This exhibition looks at Australia’s naval war in the Pacific and south-east Asia during the dark days of 1942 – a pivotal year during the Second World War.  Not only does the exhibition deal with the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942 and other key naval engagements, it also deals with the war effort
    Posted Aug 7, 2017, 6:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Music for a CauseLiving Boat Trust member Zainab Clark sends an invitation to all those who might be interested…Hosted by Rural Australians for Refugees and Amnesty Southern Group, a community musical event for a very worthy cause. Great music, food and fun.   Sunday 13th. August from 1pm unto 7 pm.  Cygnet Town Hall.  Please see poster attached.©2017
    Posted Aug 5, 2017, 10:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Progress Association AGMBec Enders, President of the Franklin Progress Association, has sent the following notice…Dear valued members,Please find attached the 2017 AGM Agenda for the Franklin Progress Association (FPA) to be held on 29 August.  You will note that the FPA is proposing some changes to their Constitution.  The marked up version of the Constitution is attached.  If possible it would be great if you could arrive a little earlier as we will be starting at the advertised time of 7pm. Position vacant – Secretary – If you think you may like to be on the FPA management committee in the 2017/18 year, and would like to know more about what is involved, then we would love
    Posted Aug 5, 2017, 4:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • New Navigation Aids in the HuonNotice No.:             M101-17Title:                      Aids to Navigation –  Huon RiverValid From:           4/8/2017Valid Until:            PerpetualMariners are advised that there are five new aids to navigation established in position on the Huon River as follows:  ·        Number 1 –  lit port pile in position 43 degrees 05.927S, 147 00.493E.  Light characteristic – Fl R 5s·        Number 2 – lit starboard pile in position 43 degrees 06.344S, 147 00.197E.  Light Characteristic – Fl G 5s·        Number 3 – port pile in position 43 07.156S, 146 59.873E·        Number 4 – starboard pile in position 43 07.366S, 146 59.912E·        Number 5 – starboard pile in position 43 degrees 07.914S, 146 59.563E
    Posted Aug 4, 2017, 5:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie Night at The PalaisThis month’s Sunday 6 August classic film is the 1964 cold war drama ‘Fail Safe’.  Never heard of it?  Neither had I until I did some digging and unearthed a lost treasure.This film is a 1964 cold war thriller based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler.  Directed by Sidney Lumet who gave us ‘Dog day Afternoon’ and ‘Serpico’, Fail Safe is one of Lumet’s early works and is noted for vigorous storytelling and social realism.It portrays a fictional account of a nuclear crisis.  The film features performances by actors Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau and a very fresh faced Larry Hagman (aka JR Ewing from Dallas TV series) in …
    Posted Aug 4, 2017, 5:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • ‘Sioux’ For SaleRobert Ayliffe from StrayDog BoatWorks in South Australia sends the following… I have become the custodian of  the legendary Port Huon based Athol Walter designed and built boat, ‘Sioux’.  She is on the register of significant Tasmanian boats.‘Sioux’, launched in 1963 is currently located in South Australia, still in VERY good physical condition and ready to reward  a new owner.  Her hull and cabin sides really are Huon pine.  The hull is carvel with what some call bruised seam construction, ie no caulking.  Master craftsmanship.As a consequence of illness, the owners left the boat unattended on her mooring at Wirrina Cove Marina about 7 years ago, soon after having fitted a new mast, new roller furler and headsail
    Posted Aug 4, 2017, 4:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • A Thank You to Greg’s FriendsThe Wooden Boat Centre has forwarded us the following letter from Greg Guy’s sister Meg.I would like to thank all those kind people from the wooden boat builders who have so readily helped my brother Greg to move his belongings from his home to Lyn’s home and also some trips to the tip and helped him generally get his home ready for the new owner, at such short notice.  My brother has been building wooden boats since he was old enough to hold one of Dad’s hammers and nails. So you see you as a group have been a very important and loved part of his life.  I’m sure he would have loved to be
    Posted Aug 4, 2017, 4:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Marine Electrics for BeginnersLaurence at Franklin Marine is offering a “fun, hands on workshop” to learn about marine electrics including some “tricks of the trade!”Click on this link to learn more…
    Posted Aug 3, 2017, 4:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin design makes a splashBoat builder Bert van Baar sends this from The Netherlands…I have just finished a boatbuilding course at the Batavia Shipyard.  We have been building the little lapstrake dinghy from Adrian Deane from the Wooden Boat Centre!  I just love this little dinghy: this is the first time I really finish a dinghy in a course even with the floorboards screwed in.  Thanks to Mike and Jonno who told me about the fine benefits of this boat.Joyce! Congratulations with your little boat! And Roland thanks for your support for Joyce getting the boat! Crew: Thanks for your wilfull coöperation!Launching of the boat next to the VOC ship Batavia!The ‘Wiskey Screw’ (last screw of the project)
    Posted Jul 31, 2017, 7:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wire Splicing WorkshopHuon Yacht Club is hosting a second opportunity to learn the craft of wire splicing.See the flyer below for more information.
    Posted Jul 28, 2017, 3:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • More Members on the MoveValeri Pain is travelling through the USA and sends us the following…Took some photos at the Maritime Museum in South Haven, Lake Michigan.  The museum runs a boat bit like the Nancy, also fitted with an electric motor to give passengers a quieter ride.  They still run a working boat shed on the museum site.
    Posted Jul 23, 2017, 4:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lunchtime Talk at the Maritime MuseumJohn Wadsley, Maritime Heritage Coordinator of the Maritime Museum of Tasmania writes…Hi to all my MHOoTie Mateys, Hope you are all well and surviving the winter chills.  But I think we would all agree we need more rain! Anyway, attached is the flyer for the next Monthly talk on Tuesday, August 1st .  Please circulate widely through your membership and networks – and make the time to come along. Peter Higgs will be talking on his 6 month AustralianRegister of Historic Vessels (ARHV) project funded by the Australian National Maritime Museum.  Not only are his findings very impressive, but he brings great knowledge to the matter of historic boat identification and restoration.And the Royal Society room is warm and
    Posted Jul 23, 2017, 5:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Outer Hebrides Skiff Trail and beyondMartin and Deb have been skiffing in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.Deb writes… A few LBT members are in Scotland, home of the skiff, and have seen a few.  We were on the coast east of Edinburgh when we first started seeing skiffs.  There were two skiffs in Dunbar which were on display for the towns’ Royal Life Boats’ Day – a fun and fundraising day with huge numbers of people.  Eyemouth had two skiffs in a shed right in the heart of the harbour which is the centre of the regions’ fishing industry.  One was built by their high school.  The St. Abs skiff featured in the pictures and local stories at their museum.Then we went to the north
    Posted Jul 21, 2017, 6:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gretchen looking beaudifulGraham Wright has sent the following notes and pictures.  Progress with Gretchen: antifoul is done, the brass strip is on the keel and the stainless steel rudder bracket is fitted.  She is now ready to be turned over…. Any volunteers?  Huon Rat finally back in the water with a rope bump strip attached under the gunwale.  We will fit these to other boats as they come through the workshop. 
    Posted Jul 18, 2017, 9:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT SubscriptionsReminders for members to pay their subscriptions went out at the end of last month and many have responded. Thank you!  If you have not received a reminder please contact : we may not have a correct email address for you.
    Posted Jul 18, 2017, 8:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Planning and the Huon ValleyBec Enders writes:  The Huon Valley Council is having a community-drop in session to shape a community engagement strategy. Attend the drop-in session on Tuesday 25 July 2017, 4pm to 7pm at the Huon Valley Council.  Please see poster below ( regarding a public meeting at the Huonville Town Hall about planning matters in your area. There will be a Q&A session. 
    Posted Jul 18, 2017, 9:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • AWBF July NewsletterSee the latest from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival at .  Lot’s of good boaty stuff, including a link to the recently released highlights video from the 2017 festival.  See that at
    Posted Jul 17, 2017, 5:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Invitation to lunch with Premier: Tuesday July 25thThe LBT has received the following invitation which we have confirmed is issued to all members.  Note the RSVP details at bottom.On behalf of the Tasmanian Liberal Members for Franklin  Will Hodgman, Jacquie Petrusma and Nic Street you are invited to a  Light Luncheon  with the  Tasmanian State Cabinet   Hosted by:Nic Street MP Liberal Member for Franklin From 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm onTuesday, 25 July  at Huon Valley Council Chambers 40 Main Street Huonville, Tasmania  PLEASE RSVP by 12 Noon, Friday 21 July to Diane Byrne – Electorate Officer for Nic Street MP Email: or Ph: (03) 6121 702
    Posted Jul 17, 2017, 5:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Project BoatBen has an old (yellow) motorboat moored at Cairns Bay which he wants to get rid of soon.  Good for a project or for parts.  If you are interested contact him on 0427 535049.
    Posted Jul 17, 2017, 5:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Opportunity knocksThe editorial staff for this column is on leave for six weeks.  We’ve nailed ’em down to doing some work when they can, but there will be inevitable hiatuses.  Here is a chance, a coveted chance,  for an LBT member to fill in the breech, show us how it should be done, right past wrongs and generally make a name for themselves.  Could applicants please send contact details to along with any other supporting documentation.  Resumes of more than 10 pages will not be considered.  Seriously, this work is not hugely onerous, and the technology, such as it is, can be mastered in a couple of hours. Pic from Polylerus
    Posted Jul 16, 2017, 3:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Yachting auditors courseRichard McMinn writes:Australian Sailing is conducting an Equipment Auditor training seminar on August 19 at the Derwent Sailing Squadron. This course is highly valuable for any clubs that have yacht competing in offshore races such as the Launceston to Hobart Yacht Racer as it allows the yachts to have their equipment checked and approved at their home club, rather than having to visit another club, or wait for someone from another club to be available.   The course is free of charge and will run for approximately three hours from 9:00AM on Saturday August 19.   If you have anyone in your club that may be interested, please pass on this information. Registrations are open here:
    Posted Jul 16, 2017, 3:50 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wooden Boat Centre: July NewsletterSee attached:  Pic from Wooden Boat Centre
    Posted Jul 13, 2017, 9:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Landscaping A standard topic of conversation at the LBT used to involve a comparison of the scars members had acquired by tripping over the logs that marked the edge of the parking area in the dark.  No longer:  Mick McGrath  solved the problem for us by replacing the logs with a much more forgiving bank of dirt, which has been awaiting ‘beautification’.  And that too has come to pass:  the bank has been mulched and Franklin Landcare has planted it out with a selection of local low growing natives.  Thank you Landcare!
    Posted Jul 13, 2017, 3:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Courses at Franklin MarineThere are two courses coming up at Franklin Marine: Marine Diesel Engines for Beginners (July 30th) and Shipwright Skills and Boat Preparation Workshop (August 20th).  Many LBT members have attended these courses in the past and reports have been universally good.  For more details and booking go to
    Posted Jul 10, 2017, 5:26 PM by Richard Forster
  • Geelong Skiff build in the newsNice report on the ABC.  See attached: .  Looks like they have at least 2 boats under construction already.  Ambitious!  The carpentry translations on the whiteboard (into Syriac?) reminded us of the Persian rowing orders we posted for our friends from Adelaide for the 2015 Skiff Regatta:   Pic from the ABC
    Posted Jul 10, 2017, 3:10 PM by Richard Forster
  • July Franklin History Group NewsletterSee attached: .  Includes an item about the Price’s Creek hydro electricity generator, and a reminder to members to pay their dues.  (Picture of power plant courtesy of Rob Linnell)
    Posted Jul 9, 2017, 9:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • What boat is that?For those who are wondering about the vintage yacht on the Franklin Marine mooring upstream of the Wooden Boat Centre wharf, she is Aotea.  And she certainly is vintage: a William Fife design built around 1907.  For many years she was Noel Doepel’s boat, but she was recently purchased by LBT member Annie Venables, who has done quite a lot of work on her.  Still goes ok: Annie recently skippered her to victory in the classic boat race at Port Esperance Regatta.  Pic from Franklinmarineau (Franklin Marine)
    Posted Jul 9, 2017, 9:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday Group reportGraham Wright sent the following comments to go with his pictures below.  ‘It was busy at the shed on Tuesday, now the extension and toilets are finished it’s back to boats again.  Huon Rat is finished in it’s new colours, the Atlantic Blue was left overs from the Monty and will be seen on other boats in the future.   John Young is busy on his dinghy with some TLC. Rhonda K is next for some maintenance as we noticed an increasing amount of river water building up inside. The bung casing was loose and the silicon seal had hardened also some small cracks in the hull and some ribs need attention. John Young has been very helpful with
    Posted Jul 5, 2017, 2:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wharf dedicationLast Sunday the Wooden Boat Centre hosted an afternoon tea to thank Greg Guy for all the work he has done for the waterfront.  Ceremonies culimated with the unveiling of a plaque on ‘Greg’s’ wharf.
    Posted Jul 5, 2017, 2:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • Viking BoatPeter Laidlaw is obviously having problems motivating the workforce over at the Wooden Boat Centre.
    Posted Jul 5, 2017, 2:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Emergency working bee for Greg Guy Thurs 6th JulyGreg has to clear out his house earlier than anticipated.  If you could come along to 149 Lloyds Rd Franklin tomorrow (Thursday) morning around 10am with a ute/trailer and the expectation of taking things away to the tip or Lynn Goodwin’s place that would be great.  Lloyds Rd runs off Jackson’s Rd, which meets the highway about 2 km south of Franklin  (see map below:
    Posted Jul 5, 2017, 1:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wire splicing workshop July 15thFor those who want to have a crack at fixing their standing rigging Stuart Mears is conducting a workshop at Port Huon Yacht Club.  Limited places.  See attached flyer for details: .  The RSVP phone numbers are 0417 027 643 and 0447 642 674.
    Posted Jul 4, 2017, 7:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Want to get out on the Egg Islands?Here is your chance: the Tas Land Conservancy is having a three day working bee (weeding) out on the Islands starting Wednesday 12th July.  Contact Denna Kingdom if you want to be involved: .  Pic by Matthew Newton
    Posted Jul 3, 2017, 7:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Marine Instagram GalleryThe drone shot shown below  was taken in mid June by ‘Max’.  It shows the recently floated new pontoon, but the decking frame which has since been constructed is missing.  How busy things have become:  boats triple banked off the end of the Marina.   This pic reminded us that Laurence from the chandlery keeps a great (and up-to-date) collection of photographs of the waterfront at .
    Posted Jul 9, 2017, 5:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gretchen in her glory daysThose who are only familiar with ‘Gretchen’ as an upturned hull in the shed (second pic below) may be reassured by the first pic that when she is actually a boat that floats, and a pretty one at that.  Graham Wright found this snap of her (and the Huon Rat and Swiftsure) taken at least a dozen years ago.  Progress is being made and we hope to begin painting Gretchen preparatory to relaunching her soon.
    Posted Jul 2, 2017, 5:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • New website for FranklinBec Enders from the Progress Association has created a website to highlight the attractions of the town:  visit it at
    Posted Jul 2, 2017, 5:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • Friends of the LBT at large columnBert van Baar was here for summer supervising the building of the BM16M2 Dutch sailing dinghy for the Festival, and made many friends in the process.  He is back home now in the Netherlands, and writes:   ‘Here we have summer, the kind you showed us in Franklin. Nice weather combined with a shower now and then.  At the College we are setting up for the expo, the exposition of all the new exam projects from this year, also the beautiful boat of Rens and Jeroen.Next week I will send you some pictures of the boats.  We already prepare for the new class of boat builders for 2017-2019: 21 students next year for newcomers and 18 graduates that year
    Posted Jul 1, 2017, 5:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin, where the night life never stopsLooks like a good night on July 7th at Frank’s coming up. See attached flyer:
    Posted Jun 29, 2017, 5:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • ‘A boat in the family’The Off Center Harbour Crew. who make fabulous videos. have featured a boat from ‘our’ Channel in one of their latest productions.  Catch it at .  There are also previews for a whole collection from the Wooden Boat Festival at .  There are some very familiar faces: Dave Golding’s dogs draw the photographers like flies, and Bert Van Baar puts in an appearance.
    Posted Jun 28, 2017, 4:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • Latest from the Wooden Boat FestivalWe opened up an item in the Wooden Boat Festival newletter, and there was our ‘Rowan’, looking a bit bashful, in the midst of a photo shoot. For this follow up story on the Dutchies and much more see
    Posted Jun 28, 2017, 4:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Found adrift – sit-on-top kayakA small sit on top kayak was found on Monday, drifting down the river by Egg Island.  May have blown off a boat or been washed away by high tides.  Ring David Budd to reclaim 62663571
    Posted Jun 26, 2017, 4:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Oceans and climate change lecturesHans Sipsma alerts us to this opportunity:  ‘Winter Series: The Future of the World’s Oceans – free entry, all welcome – beginning @ 7.30 pm Wednesday July 5, Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTAS Sandy Bay’ .  Organised by the Royal Society of Tasmania, and with an impressive list of speakers.  See for details.    Pic from Jon Sullivan
    Posted Jun 26, 2017, 2:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • June Newsletter from the Wooden Boat CentreSee attached (  There is a nice article about building skin covered kayaks, and a reminder that those of us who are members of the Working Waterfront Association should pay our dues by July 1st.
    Posted Jun 25, 2017, 2:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Grate work DennisWhen there is a job to be done around the LBT we are blessed with all sorts of talented people to help out.  The wooden gratings on the Montagu whaler were falling to bits when she arrived, but Dennis Muscovich has solved the problem beautifully.
    Posted Jun 24, 2017, 8:04 PM by Richard Forster
  • Skiff armada planned for GeelongMEDIA RELEASE   –   22 June 2017  GEELONG REFUGEES RELAUNCHING LIVES BY BUILDING BOATS  ‘Corio Bay Communities – Skiff Rowers & Raiders today announced their teaming  with Diversitat, the Royal Geelong Yacht Club and Deakin University to support Geelong’s refugee and migrant communities and social support groups in building ten St Ayles Skiff coastal rowing boats.  The first two boats are under way, being built by Diversitat’s Iraqi, Iranian and Slovenian communities teamed with the ‘Lifeboat Group’ which supports men and women who’ve suffered church-related sexual abuse as children.’  For the full story see attached:
    Posted Jun 22, 2017, 10:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Midwinter at the LBT: Monday 26thThis year’s celebration is on Monday evening (yes we know it’s different in other places), and we have chosen to highlight the culinary imagination of our members.  Meaning: bring your own for the barbie,  something to share with others, and $5 for the LBT pot.    A match will be applied to the pyre around 5.45pm.  Pic from Wikimedia Commons
    Posted Jun 22, 2017, 4:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • MMT Monthly Talk – Tuesday 4 JulyFor those who like to get down and dirty with their maritime history John Wadsley writes:  ‘This time we have a local historian presenting on the Shag Bay fertilizer factory and its operations, including the devastating explosion  whichshattered the bonemill in 1915, resulting in the deaths of two of the site workers – a father and a son. In this presentation, Maria Grist will explore some of the history of the two companies who operated in Shag Bay, as well as the events leading up to and surrounding the explosion. There will also be included some references to the vessels which were used to service the plant.  Please find attached our flyer ( for the next MMT
    Posted Jun 22, 2017, 6:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Pontoon Gang are at it againDavid Pittaway and his merry people have made a big start on pontoon 2 (P2), with P1 as a very handy utility platform.  Come down and join in the fun next Thursday morning.
    Posted Jun 22, 2017, 12:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday Monty quizMonday diners will be expected to label an unannotated version of the accompanying diagram before they get their desserts. Pic from Admiralty Manual of Seamanship supplied by Roger Sly
    Posted Jun 21, 2017, 2:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • ‘The Big Heat’ at the Palais, Sunday 2nd JulyDeb Combes writes:  ‘I have searched the vault, and found this famous 1953 gangster film ‘The Big Heat’. Directed by Fritz Lang and stars Glen Ford as Dave Bannion in a stellar performance.  Synopsis: Unrelentingly brutal crime drama centers on a street-toughened detective Dave Bannion (Glen Ford) who takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate after his wife is accidentally killed by the gangsters who have been assigned to murder him. The Big Heat is rated PG.’    Sunday 2 July upstairs at the Franklin Palais.  Doors open 6.30pm, film starts when someone flicks the lights. After 7.15pm but before 7.30pm. Yes, simple but it still works a treat.  Admission: $5 (I promise you will not be …
    Posted Jun 18, 2017, 4:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cadets in the MontyOur Montagu Whaler spent most of her life as a training vessel for cadets learning seamanship, and it was great to see her again being used for this purpose on Saturday morning when Roger Sly took out a group of current day cadets.
    Posted Jun 19, 2017, 3:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • A Viking ship needs a dragon (or two)Over at the Wooden Boat Centre the strakes are steadily being added to the frame of the (petite) Viking boat currently under construction, and under the chisel of Francis the ornamentation is emerging from raw blocks of wood.
    Posted Jun 15, 2017, 8:24 PM by Richard Forster
  • Funding Skiff EventsWord from St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Association of Australia (  ‘”Getting enough skiffs together for a national event is always going to be a challenge in Australia”, says Patrick Groot, President of the St Ayles Skiff Coastal Rowing Association of Australia, “because it’s a big place and the St Ayles skiff community are widely dispersed”. To help overcome this SASCRAA has established a fund to help with the cost of transporting skiffs to national events. The fund was kicked off by the tawe nunnugah expedition tn17 organised by the Living Boat Trust in Tasmania in February 2017. If you are part of the growing skiff community in Australia please consider this fund if you are organising an
    Posted Jun 15, 2017, 8:00 PM by Richard Forster
  • Flare demonstration nightWhen: Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 6.00pm – 7.30pm.  Where: Port Cygnet Sailing Club, Lymington Road, Cygnet.  See the attached flier for details:  MAST are organising this evening, and if it’s anything like previous ones it will be good.    Pic from Glynn Shevels
    Posted Jun 15, 2017, 4:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Sunday July 2nd 3pm: an afternoon tea for Greg GuyAnne Holst writes: ‘We at the Franklin Wooden Boat Centre would like to invite you to an afternoon tea in recognition of Greg Guy’s contribution to Franklin’s water front community. To be held on the wharf or in the shed depending on the weather.   Bring a cake and or a good yarn to share.   No RSVP required just come along and share our community’s friendship.’
    Posted Jun 15, 2017, 4:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Summer dreamin’Those of us who aren’t Facebook people (and are thus hopelessly out of date)  aren’t necessarily aware of Alex Blackburn’s video of tawe nunnugah 2017 (and the odd pub singalong). Which is a good thing, because now that we are aware it is doubly enjoyable In the depths of winter.  See it at .
    Posted Jun 14, 2017, 3:33 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bosun needs a new homeGreg Guy writes:   ‘I was wondering if you might spread the word for me that I am seeking a good and loving environment for a good and loving dog. I.E. Bosun.He is 10 yrs old now, in good health, loves kids or anybody who will throw a stick or ball for him to retrieve and does not have a mean bone in his body.He comes registered and desexed and accompanied with his favorite ball and throwing stick.Thanking you in anticipation.’  Greg’s email contact is
    Posted Jun 14, 2017, 5:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • tawe nunnugah: the long story, from Murdo McLeodMurdo is a photographer and journalist from the UK who came with us on the Raid, rowing in a Skiff crew.  He has written a beautifully illustrated article which can be found at
    Posted Jun 13, 2017, 3:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: wooden dinghyAnnie McComb writes:  ‘ I have recently bought a little 26′ Huon Pine motorsailer and would like to buy a small clinker built rowing boat to use as a tender.  I wonder if you could put it out to the members if anyone would have one they would like to sell?I have in mind something like Di and Ian built for “Pied Piper”.’   Annie’s email address is
    Posted Jun 11, 2017, 3:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • 20 years worth of paperworkSoutherly Dolling has been combing through the LBT ‘records’, discarding the junk mail and the receipts from 1999 and retaining the original planning for the shed and tawe nunnugah.  There are a bunch of photos in a box on the Shed table:  see if you can help identify any of them.
    Posted Jun 11, 2017, 3:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • HawsersMartin Riddle writes:  ‘The LBT recently acquired several heavy duty ship’s hawsers which the Krynens are kindly storing for us in the Evaporators. The mooring ropes have many potential uses – as well as their obvious use for towing or securing vessels and pontoons they could be used as rubbing strips around pontoons or for turning into fenders. They are available for use by the LBT or any organisation with objectives consistent with those of the LBT. If you have a need for some very heavy rope, contact the LBT Committee through the Secretary at’ 
    Posted Jun 10, 2017, 3:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT membership renewalsLBT annual memberships lapse at the end of June and renewal notices will be sent out shortly.  Payment details will be included in these notices: they remain the same as for previous years:$40 individual$70 family$125 corporateBank BSB 633-000 AC 149496275You can also pay for all your boating activities up front: the $100  ‘gold card’. Of course if you AREN’T a member now is a good time to join.  See for the application form and payment instructions.2016-2017 has been a special year for the LBT: a great Tawe Nunnugah, an equally successful Skiff Regatta, the completion of the workshop extension and other achievements too numerous to mention.  We …
    Posted Jun 10, 2017, 3:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Night at the flicksYou can have one on Friday 23rd June at 6.30 pm, Huonville Town Hall, when there  will be a free screening of ‘Constance on the Edge’, an acclaimed film about a refugee family who settled in the rural NSW town of Wagga Wagga.  Light refreshments provided.  Thanks to Zainab Clark for the details.
    Posted Jun 8, 2017, 3:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • FloatmoCelia Leverton point out that for those opposed to the mooted expansion of the salmon industry on the east coast there is a ‘flotilla’ day planned for June 18th.  Read all about it at
    Posted Jun 8, 2017, 5:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lake Macquarie SkiffLBT member Ronda Longuet has moved north to balmier climes at Lake Macquarie near Newcastle, and has sent the accompanying photos just  to rub it in as we shiver through the frosty mornings.  Once the the St Ayles Skiff pictured is finished we should expect invitations to the launch so we can join her and thaw out.
    Posted Jun 7, 2017, 6:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • Mosquito PointWe are excited by developments at Franklin, but as Barb Dawson points out: ‘There are other new jetties being built on the Huon – for this one, construction has just started at Mosquito Point, Ranelagh.  The impetus for this came from local kayakers but there is plenty of water for skiffs and whaleboats to use it. One of the few places above Huonville where there is road access to the river.’ Pic from Andrea Partridge
    Posted Jun 7, 2017, 6:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Course June 17thAnne Benjamin from Huon Yacht Club writes:  The Huon Yacht Club is providing a  First Aid Course run by St John Ambulance on Saturday 17 June. All members and friends are invited to enrol in this cousre which will be held at the Clubhouse from 9am to 5pm. It is a one day course with pre-work required either online or it can be posted to you. The cost of this course is $155 and you will receive a nationally recognised statement of attainment.  Please contact the me if you are interested in attending this course so that I can send you out the all the course materials: email   We have spoken to Anne and this invitation …
    Posted Jun 5, 2017, 11:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Controversial installation sculpture IS on the waterOn Monday evening pontoon two splashed her way through the reeds and onto the river under the impetus of the Krynens’ forklift and sundry levers, the scene being lit by the headlights of helpful cars.  This had been preceded by an afternoon spent attaching the newly acquired floats to the steel frame, amidst much huffing and puffing and bad language directed at misaligned bolt holes.  David Pittaway will be organising the construction of the new wooden deck for this pontoon over the next couple of months.  Come and join in the fun! Pics from Nell Tyson
    Posted Jun 7, 2017, 6:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Controversial installation sculpture to be moved onto waterThe extra floats are available, so come along and help on Monday afternoon, 3pm.
    Posted Jun 1, 2017, 7:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: mail tubes and storage foliosThere has been a major ‘autumn cleanup’ in the office with new shelves installed (thanks Tuesday Group!) and David Pittaway and Southerly Dolling combing through old paperwork to extract the gems from the dross.  Southerly writes:‘Can you tell the members that we need about 15-20 mailing tubes. (I picked up 3 yesterday from the tip shop, & they will hold more when they come in).  The larger the better, for plans, posters etc.  We also need A3 x2 storage folio’s, for plans/charts/posters that can’t be rolled.  Also you need to put silver fish deterrents in the office- paper work has been chewed a bit.  Another thought for the committee is to consider is sending many
    Posted Jun 1, 2017, 7:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Visit from Cruising Yacht Club Sunday June 11thThe Cruising Yacht Club have been visiting annually for a number of years now.  It’s always a good occasion with the highlight being a dinner at the LBT.   This time around a special request was for a musical evening, so Steve and Marjorie Gadd and Tiffany and Dave will be providing the entertainment. See the details attached  ( and contact Kate if you’d like to attend.
    Posted May 30, 2017, 6:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Playground boat wantedMt Stuart Primary School write that they are looking for a dinghy suitable for a playground.   Contact Bec Owens on 0439 623 194 if you think you can help.
    Posted May 30, 2017, 5:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boatyard clearance sale at GoodwoodRod Macfarlan writes:  ‘This mob are going out of business via a garage sale. Most of the good stuff has gone, but there is still a lot left if you can find it. Easy to see why they are going out of business. Maybe the LBT or some LBT members have an interest’.See Gumtree for all the details:
    Posted May 28, 2017, 4:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lots of lovely white paintIt mightn’t look like much, but the reason that the equal access toilet can be painted is because it is nearly finished, with construction completed and plumbing installed.  Congratulations to Brett and the Tuesday group who have steadily seen the entire extension project through to a successful conclusion.
    Posted May 28, 2017, 8:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: DIY Monday dinnerThis Monday night (29th May) the cooks are taking a break.  If you are coming to dinner bring along something for you (to throw on the barbie), and something to share, plus $5 to help keep the shed running.     Pic from vxla
    Posted May 28, 2017, 7:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • The ‘Twin Peaks’ trophyPeter and Dennis have been getting the trophy for the Hope Island rowing race ‘just right’.  It features a half model of a St Ayles Skiff mounted on a Huon Pine ‘landscape’, with Adamson’s (twin) Peak looming in the background.  The race will be held each year as part of the Port Esperance Regatta: this year a team from Dover won it.
    Posted May 28, 2017, 7:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • Movie at the Palais Sunday June 4th: RamsTeam Movies writes:  We are screening the sensational, multi award winning and audience favourite, the 2015 Icelandic film ‘Rams’.  Alert: Team Classic Movies will be raising the bar to its highest level by screening a quality film that will impress all movie goers.  Synopsis: Two sheep farming brothers who haven’t spoken to each other for forty years and suffer petty jealousies and rivalries are affected by the infection of one of their flocks by a dreaded disease. Rams is rated M: Coarse language and nudity Pack your glasses, film is sub-titled. Doors open 6.30pm, film starts when someone flicks the lights. After 7.15pm but before 7.30pm. Admission is $5.  Bring a plate.
    Posted May 28, 2017, 2:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Linking the Huon and Derwent valleysA shortcut to New Norfolk is a bit of an old chestnut, but you never know, the latest proposal which envisages using Jeffrey’s Track may have legs.  It would make towing boats to the north and west of the state easier.  Hear the Huon Valley Commissioner Adriana Taylor discuss it on the ABC:
    Posted May 24, 2017, 10:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Looking for LucyRob Linnell writes:  ‘I’m trying to find out what happened to a particular boat. It was owned by my great grandfather, who built the Franklin Evaporator. It was built inside one of the timber sheds on the pier opposite the Bank building. It was built by William Ball, of huon pine, and was a 37 foot motor launch, with a narrow beam and shallow draft.  It was used to carry passengers up and down the river, and was used for holidays. My 96 year old father remembers the ‘Lucy’ and used to go on it when he was there during his school holidays as a young lad. He keeps wondering what happened to it. It was elongated by 10
    Posted May 23, 2017, 5:06 AM by Posts Editor
  • Bass Strait Maritime Centre NewsThe autumn/winter edition (attached: brings us the latest wooden boaty stories from the top end of the island, and is a reminder that a visit to this centre in Devonport is very worthwhile.  If you are traveling by ferry it is only minutes away from the terminal.
    Posted May 21, 2017, 4:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • A History of Antarctica in Twenty NovelsJohn Wadsley writes to inform us of this talk to be held on Tuesday 6 June 2017, 12 noon to 1pm, Royal Society Room in TMAG, Davey Street entrance.  ‘This is going to be a great presentation with Assoc. Prof Elizabeth Leane from UTAS coming along to talk on how Antarctica has influenced literature and the arts.Elizabeth is a published author on Antarctic themes and this should be an interesting, and perhaps quirky, look at how authors have seen the Antarctic.’  As I recall Biggles encountered polar bears in Antarctica in one of his later adventures:  maybe we will find out about that.  Details in attached flyer (
    Posted May 19, 2017, 6:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • News from NewfoundlandBarb Dawson and David Budd write:  ‘They have the world’s steepest boat ramps, and a few navigational hazards not found in Tasmania, but local fishing boats have more toguide them than a GPS!  A great place for maritime meanderings, beautiful little harbours and colourful fishing boats……but bring a thick coat!!’  See the accompanying pictures: they tell the story.  Next time one of those Big Islanders complains about chilly Tassie waters we’ll point ’em here and tell ’em to quit their whinging.
    Posted May 19, 2017, 6:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Launch of a foreshore development initiativeBec Enders, from the Franklin Progress Association, tells us that there are plans afoot to develop the foreshore between the boat ramp and the camp ground (next to the Village Green). Come down there this Friday (the 19th) at 10:30am to meet the horticulture students who will be doing the planning, and discuss with them how you use the foreshore. There will be a special announcement made later in the morning by a VIP.
    Posted May 16, 2017, 5:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday Group reportGraham Wright writes:  A diverse range of activities in the shed today.The ongoing restore on Monty continues, with Peter finishing the painting on the brand new rudder.  Dennis is still working on the replacement ‘grating’.  Paul and Allan finished off the storm drain outlet as per the plans, this is now complete.The new toilets only need a quick sand and then painting can commence.  Black Swan is finally back in the water and Huon Rat is in the shed for an overdue paint and TLC.  Pictures from Graham.
    Posted May 16, 2017, 5:50 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monday 29th DIY DinnerThe cooks are having a well deserved rest. The BBQ’s were tuned up for Tawe Nunnugah so let’s put ’em to use. Bring  grilling food and/or something to share:  let’s see if we can break the record for the number of potato salads.  Could be a good night for a bonfire.  Cost is $5 to keep the doors open. Pic from Wikimedia
    Posted May 14, 2017, 3:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • What’s happened to the bluegumThose blue gum slabs which were in the water next to the dinghy shed didn’t just float there: they are being kept wet for future use.  Just to prove the point, last week David Nash (and friends) cut a couple of planks from them to repair Yukon – see the video on the Wooden Boat Centre Facebook page:
    Posted May 13, 2017, 4:38 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin History Group newsletterAllan Cato has sent us the latest edition of the newsletter (attached:  It includes the great aerial shot of the north Franklin foreshore taken in 1995 shown below, from Ruth and John Young.  There is no LBT, no marina and only a smattering of boats, but there is a wharf in front of the evaporator sheds.
    Posted May 12, 2017, 11:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs in the newsJocelyn Fogagnolo has written a nice piece for the Boating page of the Saturday Mercury.
    Posted May 12, 2017, 8:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • FWWA May NewsletterSonia Shimeld has sent us the latest Franklin Working Waterfront newsletter (attached:, which features amongst other things the photo of the Wooden Boat Centre shown below.  It was taken by Ruth Young in 1995.
    Posted May 12, 2017, 2:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Register of Historic VesselsPeter Higgs (from the Australian National Maritime Museum) writes: Please find attached ( and an invitation to attend an Information Session about the Australian Register of Historic Vessels to be held at the Port of Cygnet Sailing Club, Lymington Road, Cygnet, Wednesday 31st May, 7.30pm.Peter will talk about ‘Why would I register my boat on the ARHV’.  See the attached documents for more details.
    Posted May 11, 2017, 4:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • New rudder for the MontyWhen you are in the middle of a Raid and things go to pot, a rudder jury rigged from pieces of old plywood is a thing of beauty.  When you get back to a safe harbour maybe less so.  At least that’s what Cody Horgan thought, and being a man of action he set to with some bits of nice Jarra discovered in John Young’s stash.  When we caught up with him he was just applying the finishing touches to the new rudder,  peening the ends of copper nails over roves.  Thanks Cody!Thanks also to Dennis Muscovich who is busy restoring the wooden grating on the Monty – see pics below.
    Posted May 11, 2017, 4:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Visit from Japanese community groupThe Living Boat Trust is a veritable melting pot these days.  No sooner had the Hazara left than the Japanese arrived.  They were from community groups which had formed to respond to the Tsunami. They were interested in how our Ozzie community group works, but listening to their stories and realising the scale of what they had to deal with – coastline damage stretching 500 km – was a humbling experience.  They have more to teach us than we them!  You never know though: we sowed the seeds of a ‘Skiff led community revival’, so maybe some time in the future we will need to win an Asian division before having the honor of competing in a Skiff World Cup.  Thanks to …
    Posted May 10, 2017, 6:07 AM by Posts Editor
  • Visit from the Hazara communityDeb Van Velsen writes:  On a grey Sunday in late April, more than a dozen cars drove over 50 people from Hobart to the LBT. These Tasmanians have experienced life as refugees, and their main language is Hazaragi.  This is the second time the LBT has welcomed their visit, starting with a shared morning tea.  Everyone then thoroughly enjoyed time on the boats, with Jane Johnson and Tess going out with countless crews in Imagine, Peter Laidlaw and Richard Forster doing the same in grebes, and Martin Riddle and Brian Marriott doing mini cruises on The Nancy.  Many people tried out all of the boats, and some managed to get themselves on all of the boats multiple times!! There were …
    Posted May 10, 2017, 5:52 AM by Richard Forster
  • Welcome to fleet for the MontyFor this celebration we were blessed with a perfect moonlit night.  Under a glare of flares, and to the tolling of the LBT bell, Monty was rowed in by a team led by John Young to accept the cheers of a large crowd.  See pics from Richard Edwards and Nell Tyson below.
    Posted May 10, 2017, 4:48 AM by Richard Forster
  • St Ayles Skiff conquest of the world proceedsPeter Doyle from Geelong writes:  Just a quick blast to let you know that we are finally underway in Geelong and will be kick-starting our boat building on Saturday 13 May!!   As planned, we will be building two skiffs, side-by-side at a site provided by Deakin University at their Gheringhap, Street Waterside campus. It is a big, twin loading dock and perfect for us. Peter is a good friend of the LBT and we wish him and his team every success.  In the meantime the Skiff seed has been planted with a visiting group from Japan.  We await developments.
    Posted May 4, 2017, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor
  • Windeward Bound opportunityLisa Kluver writes: ‘We are delighted to advise that the Windeward Bound Trust has been fortunate enough to receive significant funding from the Tasmanian Department of State Growth, and as a result, during 2017, we are conducting a series of voyages as we circumnavigate Tasmania. We would like to offer your members aged between 15-25 years the opportunity to join us on one of these youth development voyages, as sail trainees. No previous sailing experience is necessary.’If you aren’t in the demographic you could send the kids or grandkids off to be whipped into shape – maybe literally.  Contact and other details on image attached below.
    Posted May 6, 2017, 2:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: special Monday night coming upPlans for the ‘Welcome to Fleet’ for the Montagu Whaler are well advanced. Congregate about 6pm for the start of festivities, which will be followed by the usual Monday night dinner. Pic from Phil Meaney
    Posted May 2, 2017, 1:49 PM by Richard Forster
  • Black Swan ready to go back in the waterWith the Tuesday group it’s a case of ‘not only but also’.  The enhancements to the shed steadily progress, Nancy’s maintenance schedule is addressed, various waterfront issues are attended to, AND our dinghies get their much needed ‘cut and polish’.
    Posted May 2, 2017, 5:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Gypsy BayWe all know that the best rowing waters are down here on the Huon, but just to test the point Jane Johnson organised a ‘reconnaissance’ up around Dunally.  After assessing the weather, tides etc, the boats were put in at Gypsy Bay boat ramp, and we set off for Sloping Island via a peek into Carlton River, with a return route which took in Lagoon Beach.  Without being disloyal we think we can say ‘it’s pretty nice’.  See map and some pics below.  See also Deb Van Velsen’s pics on Facebook (may require login): .
    Posted Apr 30, 2017, 3:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • CartelaRoss James will be at dinner on Monday night to answer questions about what might be happening with Cartela.
    Posted Apr 27, 2017, 10:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • AHOB NewsletterThe Association of Heritage Boat Organisation, based at the Maritime Museum, is an umbrella for groups such as ours. See their very interesting newsletter attached:
    Posted May 13, 2017, 12:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Movie at the Palais: Sunday 7th MayTeam movies writes:  ‘This not to be missed classic film is the 1965 testosterone charged, Cold War drama, ‘The Bedford Incident’.  The Bedford Incident is rated G.  Just $5 will ensure an evening of brow-knitting tension.  Synopsis: An American destroyer captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined. (Courtesy IMDb).…  Please drag along anyone/anything with a heartbeat, Sunday 7 May, upstairs at the Franklin Palais. Doors open 6.30pm.’ 
    Posted Apr 27, 2017, 6:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • NoostsDavid Pittaway and Laurence Burgin have been discussing ‘noosts’ (presumably Scottish for ‘nests’) for sheltering our Skiffs and whaleboats.  David has come up with the concept drawings shown below.  See what you think.
    Posted Apr 25, 2017, 9:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Special Monday night at the LBTNext Monday (May 1st) Ros Barnett is celebrating a ‘significant’ birthday (we are guessing 30) by cooking at the LBT, and hopes as many of her friends as possible can make it.
    Posted Apr 25, 2017, 9:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Maritime Museum Monthly Talk 2 May – Whaling in VDL and the Art of ScrimshawJohn Wadsley writes:‘Please find attached ( our flyer for the next MMT Monthly Talk to be held on Tuesday 2 May 2017, 12 noon to 1pm. Usual place, Royal Society Room in TMAG, Davey Street entrance. This is going to be a great talk with Colin Thomas, scrimshaw collector extraordinaire coming along to talk on Whaling in VDL and the art of scrimshaw. Colin has a world-renowned collection and he is a passionate speaker on early Tasmanian history.  Hope to see you all there.’ 
    Posted Apr 25, 2017, 4:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Visions of the foreshoreA reorganisation of the office always turns up something interesting.  This time it was an ‘artist’s impression’ of what an improved North Franklin waterfront might look like.  This was done about ten years ago by Charles Zuber, who also designed the LBT logo.
    Posted Apr 30, 2017, 4:39 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gracie on Wyvernhoe DamGreat to see that John Walduck has ‘Gracie’ out of the shed, and looks like he has a reef in already.  For those few who don’t know John, he and Jane recently moved from Franklin to Brisbane.  We are hoping that they see sense and come back, but we can’t say that.
    Posted Apr 21, 2017, 3:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Former Refugee community visit for boating & apple pickingDeb Van Velsen writes to remind us that this group will be at the Shed for a visit on Sunday, arriving about 11.30am.  Anybody who wants to come down and particate and help out from 10.30 am on is welcome.  See details attached >> .  The group during a past event taking a Skiff out.
    Posted Apr 22, 2017, 2:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Work around the shedThe push to completion of the renovations is on so that we can get sign-off from the council. The plumbing in the new toilets has been installed, lots of electrical work done, the disabled car park has been marked out, and the drainage from the roof is being tidied up.  Big thanks to the Tuesday Group who have taken responsibility for all of this.  The rest of us can just enjoy the fruits of their labours.
    Posted Apr 20, 2017, 2:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • The LBT archiveThere are some very indignant spiders in the office protesting the disruption to their homes in the depths of the LBT cupboards.  New shelves are going in, and the Tuesday group have unearthed all sorts of forgotten documents in the process of cleaning up and sorting out.
    Posted Apr 20, 2017, 2:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Autumn: a great time to be on the riverThe early morningfog (the ‘Judberry Jerry’) rolls down the river at pace, driven bya land breeze to whisk our boats along.  John Youngand crew took advantage of this to get the Monty wellalong on her way  to Dover for the Port Esperance Regatta.  Once the fog lifts the days are warm and still, wonderful for peoplebut not so for sailing. It’s goodto be able to take an (ahem) tow from somebody like Peter Laidlaw in‘Theona’, until the sea breeze kicks in in the afternoon.   Pics from Endra O’May
    Posted Apr 19, 2017, 11:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pics from Port Esperance RegattaSee the Port Esperance Sailing Club gallery: .  There should be more of these to come.   Pete Laidlaw’s ‘Theona’, pic from Port Esperance Sailing Club
    Posted Apr 28, 2017, 12:25 AM by Posts Editor
  • Working Waterfront NewsletterSee attached (  Lots of news, both current and past.  You can build a Viking boat, and there is an especially interesting item from Ruth Young about the development of the foreshore.
    Posted Apr 17, 2017, 2:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Port Esperance RegattaOld friend of the Living Boat Trust ‘La Chaloupe’ was the starting boat for off the shore races – see the report attached from the Dover Men’s Shed, who built and maintain her –  More reports of the regatta to follow (hopefully).  It was a huge success.
    Posted Apr 18, 2017, 1:18 AM by Posts Editor
  • Welcome to fleet for Monty May 8thThe Monty only came to the Living Boat Trust a couple of months ago but has already been in the thick of things.  Currently she is at Dover ready to participate in the Port Esperance Regatta.  She’s been so busy we haven’t had time to officially acknowledge her arrival, a lack we plan to remedy on Monday evening, May 8th.  Put it in your diary.  We will be inviting everybody involved in the Monty restoration to join us for the normal dinner when there will be ‘extra activities’.  Those who want to make speeches can apply to  keep ’em under half an hour. More details to follow.   Pic from Ben Forster
    Posted Apr 17, 2017, 6:29 AM by Posts Editor
  • Afloat in the Return RaidThe Return Raid from Hobart to Franklin features in an article in the April edition of ‘Afloat’ magazine (, free from many outlets including Franklin Marine, or viewable online  at
    Posted Apr 13, 2017, 5:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Final Reminder: Port Esperance Easter RegattaFor all the details see
    Posted Apr 11, 2017, 4:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Montys in strange placesFriend of the Living Boat Trust Bernie Bruen writes:‘Here is a photograph of the ‘Montagu Swan’, berthed on the floating pontoon outside the Swan Hotel, Cornwall Beach, Plymouth in 1984. At the time, many people asked: how had she got in there and how was she going to get out again? Were there particularly low spring tides at the time?  We, of course, know the answer but you may like to offer up the puzzle to your readers.’
    Posted Apr 7, 2017, 12:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Monty SundayNot long to the Easter Regatta at Dover, where we hope Monty will be participating – with a crew who is familiar with her.  Come along Sunday at 3pm to gain that familiarity and join that crew. Pic from Phil Meaney
    Posted Apr 7, 2017, 12:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Farewell Brooke St pier roofA sensible use for the roof hasn’t been found, so it is being dismantled with the intention of using the timbers for the ‘Cartela’ restoration.  A bit sad, but there you go.
    Posted Apr 6, 2017, 11:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing MondayThe ‘Monty’ went for a drift in the non-existent breeze yesterday, but we are hoping for better this afternoon.  Come down to the shed around 3.30pm to rig up.
    Posted Apr 2, 2017, 2:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Gretchen and Kontiki need friendsIt’s time to get back to some long standing maintenance jobs, now that the flurry around Tawe Nunnugah and the Skiff Regatta are behind us.  A lot of time has been spent on getting ‘Gretchen‘ watertight, and Peter Laidlaw is keen to reinstitute the Tuesday evening group which has got the job done thus far.  Those interested should come along next Tuesday at 5pm.  Similarly the ‘Kontiki‘ (Flying Fifteen) needs to some love, and Peter will be there to meet fellow enthusiasts on Thursday evening at 5pm.  These are important boats for our fleet, and we are keen to get them back on the water.  Pics below are the before, and what we hope will be the after.
    Posted Mar 31, 2017, 4:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Learn to Sail the MontyJoin the Monty sailers on Sunday afternoons at 3.00pm at the shed. We hope to take ‘the Monty’ down to the sail in the Port Esperance Regatta at Easter, and need a crew that is familiar with her.   Pic from Endra O’May
    Posted Mar 28, 2017, 2:02 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australia’s new Antarctic IcebreakerJohn Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes:‘Owing to the cancellation of the previously booked speaker for April due to illness, this ad for the monthly talk has come out a bit later than I wanted. However, the topic should be of great interest to many.  Nick Browne from the AAD will be discussing the new Antarctic Icebreaker project. The flyer is attached (  Hope to see you there next week.’ Time: 12.00-1.00pm, Tuesday 4 April 2017  Place: Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Customs House, 19 Davey St entrance. 
    Posted Mar 28, 2017, 1:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing SundayThe Living Boat Trust was on the water taking advantage of the Indian summer.  Two of our Skiffs joined ‘Chiton’ from Taroona and went out for a row from Kingston to Fossil Beach on the Tinderbox Peninsula.  Meanwhile back at Franklin another crew took the Monty out to enjoy the sea breeze coming up the river.  Pics from Endra O’May and Celia Leverton.
    Posted Mar 27, 2017, 2:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie Night at the Palais: Sunday 2 AprilThe movie this week: Last Ride.  Team Movies writes:  ‘I had not heard of this film until I recently watched an interview with the  Aussie actor, Hugo Weaving. Weaving said this was his most challenging role to date and the one he was most proud of (words to that effect). So I did my research and found this gem of a film.  Synopsis: The film follows a young boy (Tom Russell) accompanying his father (Hugo Weaving), who is wanted by the police, across Australia. (Courtesy Wikipedia)’    ‘Last Ride’ is rated M.  Admission $5′, upstairs at the Franklin Palais.  Doors open 6.30pm, film starts when someone flicks the lights, after 7.15pm but before 7.30pm.
    Posted Mar 26, 2017, 7:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sail to Three Hummock Island on the Julie BurgessFor those with $1500 burning a hole in their pockets, this might be a good way to spend it.  The ‘Julie Burgess’ is a beautifully restored ketch run by the Bass Strait Maritime Centre in Devonport, similar to Yukon.  See flyer below for details.
    Posted Mar 26, 2017, 4:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sailing called off: Monday 27thThere is a high chance of rain and strong winds, so let’s wait for that fair weather.
    Posted Mar 26, 2017, 3:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Foreshore plan discussionOn Monday at 6pm Martin Krynen will be at the shed to discuss the new foreshore plan prepared to go with the Evaporator Shed development.  This plan is available at
    Posted Mar 24, 2017, 6:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dutch Skiff RegattaBert Van Baar writes:‘Did you know that the next international St Ayles Skiff Regatta will be held in the Netherlands? The end of May is the time to be here.  Just look at ‘
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 11:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • Easter RowLiz Marshall writes:‘Ladies: we need you to attend our Easter Friday row to try and beat last year’s numbers. Let me know if you are coming, and bring your Easter hat.’
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 11:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • New Tasmanians visiting LBTDeb Van Velsen writes:  ‘New Tasmanians who were previously refugees or asylum seekers will visit the LBT on Sunday 23rd April from 10:30am.  We would love extra people so there can be more boats out with people, as well as just joining in the fun.  In 2015, more than 40 people had a really enjoyable time at the LBT. There was great fun on the water as Tess and Jane J. took 5 crews of keen new rowers in Imagine, and the Nancy did 4 short trips with Martin and Deb. The group paid to go on the boats and brought their own picnic lunch which Zainab helped to set out. The group finished the afternoon with picking and
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 3:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cygnet’s Le WeekendTess Hallinan writes:  ‘The Lady Nelson is coming to Cygnet’s “Le Weekend” 7-10th April, when Cygnet celebrates its French connections. The original Lady Nelson met with Baudin’s French exploration party in 1802 and later became one of the two ships to carry the first settlers to Risdon Cove. “In the Wake of Baudin” is the theme of the visit and it is sponsored by the volunteer Lady Nelson organisation, the Cygnet Living History Musueum and the Huon Valley Community Bank  branches of the Bendigo Bank. Read the posters to see the variety of different sailing trips offered. The longer trips are fully catered.’Flyer attached:
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 2:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday sailing (with a difference)Looks as though the weather will be benign on Monday afternoon, so time to rig up and get out on the water.  The thought is that we may do it with ‘the Monty’.  Pic from Endra O’May
    Posted Mar 19, 2017, 4:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dover Regatta (including St Ayles Skiff races)Karen Corbin writes:  ‘The 2017 Dover Regatta will be held over the Easter weekend commencing Friday 14th April.  Lots of fun for all, including great food and a dance on the Saturday night. For further information on the program see .  There will be skiff races on Saturday the 15th commencing at 10am. Races will be 1km open men, womens and mixed. There will also be a longer race (approx. 5.5 km) around Hope Island in the afternoon.  There is a small registration fee for all rowers. Please contact Karen Corbin at  to register your team or individual interest.’    Pic from Phil Meany
    Posted Mar 16, 2017, 11:37 PM by Posts Editor
  • Anitra VPhil from Sydney brought his boat down to participate in the Cygnet regatta, but forgot to pack his crew.  An invitation issued to the LBT Monday night diners quickly remedied the situation, turning up a crack team of foredeck hands, grinders and helmsmen, and Phil has sent the accompanying pics of the action.  The boat, Anitra V, used to be owned by Sir Garfield Barwick, a name to conjure with for those interested in recent Australian history.  Phil’s report on the event is attached – see
    Posted Mar 16, 2017, 1:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dutchies in Franklin: short documentaryBert van Baar sent us a link to this. The translated introduction says:  ‘BOAT BUILDING IN WAKE OF ABEL TASMAN.In early December six students left from the Wood and Furniture College in Amsterdam and Rotterdam with their teacher Bert van Baar for Australia to build a 16m2 sailing dingy. The project was dedicated to  Abel Tasman who arrived in Tasmania 375 years ago. This mini-documentary  ( follows the students during the construction of the boat and talks about what moved them to participate in this project.’  Helps if you can speak Dutch.
    Posted Mar 15, 2017, 5:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Fun on the water: we aren’t the only onesLast weekend Snug oval and beach were awash with scouts who had congregated for their annual regatta.  We were particularly taken with the custom office trailer and the number and variety of boats: see pics below.  For those who were happy to travel further afield, it looks like the Inverloch Classic wooden Dinghy Regatta was a good place to be at the end of January. See attached:
    Posted Mar 15, 2017, 5:46 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tassie’s Whale Boys: Whaling in Antarctic WatersJohn Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes:  ‘Hi to all my MHOoT buddies, Now I’m sure you all like to sit down and have a good read, after a long day ‘afore the mast, or hauling the cray pots in, or just messin’ about in your dinghy Well, do we have any exciting announcement for you!  “TASSIE’S WHALE BOYS: WHALING IN ANTARCTIC WATERS” has just been released by Maritime Museum member and researcher MICHAEL STODDART. It  is published by 40 South Publishing. And we are holding a book launch at 5.30pm, on Wednesday, 22nd March 2017 at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania, cnr Argyle and Davey Sts, Hobart. It will be launched by the former Governor of
    Posted Mar 14, 2017, 12:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteer awardsLisa Plohl from Huon Council writes:  ‘Council is very excited to announce and open the Volunteer Awards for 2017.  This is the first year that these very important awards will coincide with National Volunteer Week 8 – 14 May 2017.  Do you know volunteers within our community? Why not nominate them today… Attached is a nomination form ( and poster.  Please feel free to pass this onto friends, family and community groups.  Stay tuned for more exciting news on Volunteer Week.’ 
    Posted Mar 14, 2017, 12:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin: slow town (and we like it)You’ve got your slow food, your slow boats, and now it seems Franklin is to have a slow road.  Bec Enders writes:  ‘The Franklin Progress Association (FPA) has had success in changing the speed limit in Franklin through their collaborative approach in working with the Huon Valley Council, Huon Regional Care and Sgt Fogarty of the Huonville Police Station.  We have been advised that the 870 metre extension should take the 50km zone to north of Eldercare.  This would mean that the 60km and 80km zones would also need to be extended further north.  The FPA would like to take the opportunity to thank those that made numerous attempts in the past to achieve this outcome.  No doubt you
    Posted Mar 14, 2017, 12:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • New plan for the waterfrontMartin and Judy Krynen are going apace with the development of the old evaporator sheds, and have had some plans for further development around their site drawn up.  Of note are the extra docks.  See the plans at
    Posted Mar 12, 2017, 7:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Working Waterfront March newsletter See attached ( all the news from the Wooden Boat Centre, a nice historical piece from Allan Cato on the wreck of the Natal Queen, plus much more.  Pic from Stage Library of South Australia
    Posted Mar 12, 2017, 7:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday Grebe sailing is BACKWe have recovered from raids and regattas, the Oracle (that would be Peter Laidlaw) has been consulted, the entrails of a brim caught on the marina have been examined, and we have even checked the BOM forecast.  Monday afternoon at 3.30pm at the LBT looks like the time and place.  Come down ready to rig up.
    Posted Mar 12, 2017, 4:16 AM by Posts Editor
  • New Raid pics from EndraPictures from the Raid have been coming in (see ) including some beauties from Endra O’May at  There were big pods of dolphins encountered all the way up from Recherche, but we haven’t seen a better pic than this one.
    Posted Mar 11, 2017, 3:37 PM by Richard Forster
  • Using Council Land: new by-lawsThe Huon Council writes:‘Council intends to make a new Council Land & Recreational Facilities By-law, By-law No. 1 of 2017 to replace the current By-law.  The purpose of the proposed By-law is for the control and management of Council land and recreational facilities.  A copy of the proposed By-law and the Regulatory Impact Statement is attached for your information (  Stakeholder consultation on the By-law is being undertaken and a letter is also attached which provides information on how to make a submission.  Submissions should be received no later than Wednesday 29 March 2017  Phone 03 6264 0300 | Fax 03 6264 0399.  Email | Web www.huonvalley
    Posted Mar 7, 2017, 7:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Skiffs on ParadeZainab Clarke has sent in a large collection of photos from the Skiff Regatta.  There is some good ‘uns of the Skiffs in the boat parade at . Pic from Zainab Clarke
    Posted Mar 7, 2017, 3:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Lady Nelson at Port HuonMarcia Waller writes:  ‘You may be interested in the sailing tours on the Lady Nelson this weekend from Port Huon. The Rotary Club of Huon Valley have partnered with the Lady Nelson crew to raise funds for the youth of the valley.’  See flyer below for details:
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 5:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Barefoot Bowls at FranklinBec Enders writes:  Date:  Friday 10 March 2017; Time: 5:00pm for approximately a 5:30pm start; RSVP:  Return email please to me (  5 reasons why you should come and support the Franklin Bowls Club:  1.       To support the oldest surviving club in Franklin;   2.       To learn some new moves that won’t break your back or leave you breathless;  3.       To meet members of our community who have been here a lot longer than any of us (with the exception of a very few friends receiving this email);   4.       To help the Franklin Bowlers celebrate a good season over some nibbles and drinks;   5.       Because they serve good quality wine, beer and cider…………and Taylor …
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 5:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Waarnambool Regatta 4th-5th MarchA team from the LBT competed successfully in the Skiff section of this regatta, and, more importantly, had a great time.  Thanks to Pat Groot and all our friends at Waarnambool for the hospitality they showed us.  A couple of things caught the eye.  First was the whaleboat racing trophy (pictured).  Hard to top that.  Second was the whaleboats themselves – not as good as Swiftsure and the Monty (of course) but nevertheless three real whaleboats having a real race.   Next year we should aim to have multiple teams and lift that trophy.  See pics included below to get some more flavour of the event.
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 5:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Scout Guide Regatta – North West BayMAST Notice to Mariners. Valid From:  11/3/2017 Until:  13/3/2017‘The Scout Guide Regatta will be taking place in the waters of North West Bay off Snug Beach on the weekend of 11, 12 and 13 March 2017, during daylight hours. Mariners are advised that in accordance with Regulation 71 of the Marine and Safety (Pilotage and Navigation) Regulations 2007 they should not navigate in a manner that will affect proceedings.
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 4:13 AM by Posts Editor
  • Cygnet Regatta starting 10th MarchSee flyer below ( for details.  Get your entry in SOON.  Note that the Cygnet Public Jetty will be closed for this event.
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 5:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie Night at the Palais: Carol, Sunday 5th MarchLiz from the Palais writes:  ‘This months movie is running in conjunction with the Huon Valley LGBTI Film Festival (see, and is the 2015 academy award winning (nominated for 6) Carol, starring Cate Blanchett, Directed by Todd Haynes.  Takes place in 1950’s New York, where a young aspiring photographer falls into an intimate relationship with an older woman whose marriage has been in trouble for some time. Described as a beautiful character driven slow burn…….in a gorgeous but gritty portrayal of the 1950’s. You know the drill by heart now. Bring along anything that is warm blooded and pack a handkerchief to wipe the tears from your eyes through this dramatic masterpiece. Sunday
    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 3:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • Oz Day thank youFor those who participated in our Australia Day activities Lisa Plohl writes:  ‘Thank you for all your help.  Please join us on Thursday 2 March 5.30pm – 7.30pm Cricket Club – Franklin Oval.  We would like to say “Thanks” to all our volunteers and sponsors.  Please RSVP to Lisa Plohl by 24 February (for catering purposes).  Partners welcome;  6264 0343;’  Flyer attached: Pic from Lorrie Harrison
    Posted Feb 26, 2017, 5:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monty’s cheek-piecesFriend of the Living Boat Trust Bernie Bruen writes:‘I have been thinking about the cheek-pieces. A carving is OK but you could take the opportunity to go somewhat better. Here it is.  In order to encourage people to get interested in decorative ropework (see The Ashley Book of Knots) and to be physically involved with the boat, offer to put this year’s winner and runner up onto the Cheek-pieces; changing the exhibit for each season. The ropework would have to be of suitable dimensions to fit and would be best done in man-made fibre or thoroughly soaked in epoxy to preserve it if done in natural fibre. Traditionally it should be painted white. At the
    Posted Feb 26, 2017, 9:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Raid PicsLinks to pictures from the Raid are being added to repository at as we become aware of them. Pic from Ben Forster
    Posted Feb 25, 2017, 2:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monty v DucksThe Monty needs a home.  The ducks in the pic below reckon the new pontoon is a key part of their guano production operation, and aren’t very happy about her going there.  Pic from Graham Wright
    Posted Feb 25, 2017, 1:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • End of Regatta CurryYet another highlight of the Skiff Regatta was the celebration curry dinner served up by Jilly Archer.  Hans Sipsma sent in this pic with a different angle on proceedings.
    Posted Feb 26, 2017, 2:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT seeks treasurer‘Ask not what the Living Boat Trust can do for you, ask what etc, etc’.  Here is a great chance for somebody to make a contribution. Our previous treasurers have done a great job of getting things organised, so it’s just a question of keeping the ball rolling.  We can look at various options for dividing the job if need be.  Send your notice of interest to Pic from Robert Doucette
    Posted Feb 23, 2017, 1:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • On (and off) the Water with Huon Valley SchoolsSam Mifsud, whose daughter attends Franklin Primary,  asks us what has happened to our On the Water Program.  Good question.  If you would like to help revive our schools program please  add your details to the list below, or email
    Posted Feb 23, 2017, 5:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • Please return the YamyCould the borrower of our Yamaha outboard motor please return it.
    Posted Feb 23, 2017, 4:00 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pics from Skiff RegattaNell Tyson has submitted the first batch of photos from the Regatta, and a link to them has been added to the ‘Tasskiffie2017 Pics’ page at  As more come in that is where they will go.
    Posted Feb 22, 2017, 1:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • 2017 Port Esperance RegattaRebecca Hancock writes:‘This year’s Regatta will be a three day event to be held during the Easter long weekend (Friday 14th April to Sunday 16th April), comprising three series of sailing races on Port Esperance and the d’Entrecasteaux Channel.  Enjoy a welcome BBQ on Friday evening at the Port Esperance Sailing Club, Dover, spit roast on Saturday evening with fine rock ‘n’ blues music from Full Tilt Boogie, and lots more.  Please find attached ( Notice of Race for the Regatta. Online entry form and NoR are also available on the PESC website at  For further information please contact Matt Wardell on 0428 279 002 or email commodore@pesc
    Posted Feb 21, 2017, 12:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dutch boat DID floatBy the time it had been varnished it looked like an ornament, but just to prove that it was a real boat the Dutch boys took the 16M2 (built at the Wooden Boat Centre) for a spin out on the harbour.
    Posted Feb 21, 2017, 12:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Treasurer standing downIll health has forced Jackie Garnsey to stand down as Treasurer.  The prospects for her long term recovery are good, but this may take some time.  She writes: ‘I would appreciate  a note on the LBTwebsite thanking the members for the assistance and friendship they have givenme over the past two years as it has made my time in Tasmania so much thebetter. ‘  Jackie has been a great ‘behind the scenes’ contributer to the LBT, and we all wish her the best.  In the short term Lorrie Harrison, Richard Forster will be assuming her role (it will take two of us).
    Posted Feb 20, 2017, 10:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • End of Raiding for another yearTawe Nunnugah is over, and the return raid is finished.  All we can do is cultivate the whiskers we have grown, savor the memories, and plan for next time.  Thanks to all who organised and worked to make this such a success.  The pics below from Phil Meany show the camp at South Arm, yet another spectacular location. 
    Posted Feb 19, 2017, 3:20 AM by Posts Editor
  • Regatta ParadeThe boat parade from Huonville to Franklin to open the Regatta was a spectacular success.  The only downside was that the organiser, David Budd, was not here to see it.  Below are some pics, supplied largely be Rob Ayliffe, to illustrate.
    Posted Feb 19, 2017, 2:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • Finalised Regatta ProgrammeAll digits crossed, this is it.  See Pic from Rob Ayliffe
    Posted Feb 12, 2017, 9:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • When too much Skiff is not enoughRob Ayliffe writes:  ‘Skiffie shout out!  We need Skiffie Help!  Skiff awareness raising in South Australia!  Some of you will know that there is this idea of rowing three skiffs the 18KM from Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island, to Cape Jervis at the foot of the Fleurieu Penisula, as a curtain raiser to and in the week prior to the South Australian Wooden Boat Festival on the weekend of 22 and 23 April.  It should attract quote a bit of media and really cause a buzz in Soputh Australia.  Would be great to hear of any one, especially those of you who were in the recent magnificent Raid who might be interested.  Following the crossing we have a high priority has
    Posted Feb 12, 2017, 9:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon helpers wantedDavid Pittaway writes:  ‘Pontoon 1 got her skirt completed last Wednesday, with the fender now extending around both ends. Prior to deployment for the skiff regatta, tie rails need to be bolted to each end, and as many screws replaced with bolts as able. If time and hands permit, a step rail/mid fender could be included.  Last week I discussed P1’s possible location during the skiff regatta, off to the upstream end of the rowing ways, with Tim Brown. With suitable lines, we are satisfied P1 can be tied up safely, with one of the smaller square pontoons between, to the rowing ways. A length or two of angle iron might be needed in the bank to tie
    Posted Feb 12, 2017, 4:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • MAST notice for the Return RaidValid From: 10/2/2017 until: 16/2/2017 Notice Content: A fleet of small craft will be travelling under sail and oar from Hobart to Franklin via the D’Entrecasteaux Channel between 13-16 February 2017. Some vessels in the fleet have a low freeboard and may be difficult to see.  Mariners in the area are requested to keep a lookout for the boats and navigate with caution in their vicinity.
    Posted Feb 12, 2017, 2:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • The Raid – Unvarnished, Uncensored, Unadorned…..Click on TN17 (tab at top of LBT page) or go to, to read stories from our local heroes.
    Posted Feb 11, 2017, 5:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Volunteers Wanted For LBT Stand at Wooden Boat FestivalVolunteers wanted to help Graham Rankin man the LBT stand at the Festival – even 2 hours of your time would be a great help. Friday, Saturday or Sunday 10am – 6pm Monday 10am – 3pmPlease add your name to roster at LBT, or contact Graham0400334216 or email
    Posted Feb 7, 2017, 12:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Clock is Ticking….Karl Gallienne – Harcourts Community and Corporate Challenge 2017You see them in the health centre, you chat to them in the bank, but inside many of Huon’s model citizens is an elite athlete busting to get out.  Come and see this amazing transformation at the St Ayles Skiff Regatta Community and Corporate Challenge  – Saturday 18 February, 4.30 – 6.30pm. View a unique skill: the competitors rowing like crazy whilst outwardly appearing not to be taking it too seriously – and in some cases looking as though they are actually having fun!!!Photos by Nell Tyson
    Posted Feb 6, 2017, 4:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • News from the Grand FleetFaint messages in Morse Code are being received from our adventurers on the Raid.  Despite headwinds and testing conditions, morale is holding up.  Flogging has been kept to the absolute minimum necessary to maintain discipline and the grog rations are being maintained.  The picture from Kingborough VMR shows Swiftsure beautifully silhouetted against the murk.Conditions when the fleet finally beached at Dover were perfect.
    Posted Feb 5, 2017, 2:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • When the Grandchildren ask “Were you actually there?”Woodstock…. Live Aid Wembley…. Franklin 2017….the truly great music events of the modern era.  Put down that oar and pick up that air guitar…Weekend of St Ayles skiff regatta, be there or be square!
    Posted Feb 2, 2017, 7:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Boat Owners – Essential Date for your Diary!Showcase the Huon River in this unique event by bringing your boat (any craft with flags) or join one of the Living Boat Trust’s fleet.  We have it all from kayaks, steamboats, rowing boats, launches, yachts…….Opening ceremony at Franklin followed immediately huge concert, food and entertainment at Palais Theatre, Franklin.For more information
    Posted Feb 1, 2017, 6:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Just How Much Fun Can a Small Town Take ?Having just waved off the Raiders on their epic journey, still more events are fast approaching. Over the next few days, information on these events will be released:1)  Huon River Parade of Boats and Regatta opening ceremony, followed by massive concert and food at the Palais Theatre (Friday 17 February)2)  Regatta and Entertainment Festival – skiff rowing, music and food (Saturday and Sunday 18 and 19 February)3)  Corporate Challenge – skiff races for local businesses and community groups (Saturday evening 18 February)
    Posted Jan 31, 2017, 9:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Stacked SkiffsRob Ayliffe shows how it is done: he is on his way down to the Raid and Regatta, with boats from Adelaide, Warrnambool and Melbourne being towed along behind.
    Posted Jan 29, 2017, 11:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Music at the St Ayles Skiff RegattaSandy Pollard has set up a Facebook page to help him organise and publicise the concerts: see it at
    Posted Jan 30, 2017, 1:01 PM by Richard Forster
  • Restoring Monty’s rudderThe dark area of wood in the accompanying photo shows what Monty’s rudder had been reduced to: presumably through years of wear.  The light area is the extension being added by Brett Doubleday, which brings it back to it’s original size.
    Posted Jan 29, 2017, 10:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wack ’em allDennis Muscovich has invented a new game.  You set up your wooden grate with nails and then you …
    Posted Jan 29, 2017, 10:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dinners at the LBT: not only but alsoThe LBT has been an absolute hive of activity this week as preparations are made for Tawe Nunnugah, and to top things off there will be TWO dinners this coming week.  Monday will be the usual, but as well as that on Tuesday evening there will be a send off for the Raid participants.  This will be held at the Evaporators (just downstream from the LBT), freeing up the LBT shed for organising all the baggage that will have to be transported down to Recherche Bay.  Cost (for Tuesday night) is $20.
    Posted Jan 26, 2017, 1:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Oz Day on the waterFranklin was the place to get on the water on Thursday 26th.  ‘Yukon’ was taking out those who wanted the big boat experience, ‘Nancy’ was busying around for those happy with shorter excursions, Kevin Robson and the team were helping the kids who had made paddles try them out in the Grebes, and teams of tourists were being whipped into shape as crews for the Skiffs by David Budd and his cohorts.  Thanks to all LBT members who helped to make this day so successful. Pics from Lorrie Harrison
    Posted Jan 26, 2017, 1:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • The lost halyardJeroen, one of the Dutch students building the 16M2 over at the Wooden Boat Centre, is a very handy man to have about when your halyard had parted from your mainsail and is stuck at the top of the mast.
    Posted Jan 24, 2017, 2:41 AM by Posts Editor
  • Guides at the LBTThe Grebes are great little boats for a first taste of being ‘on the water’, as the group of Guides shown in the picture below discovered.  They splashed about happily for an hour or so, and at the end of that time were making good progress under oars, and threatened to mutiny when told it was time to come ashore.  Pic from Marguerite Porte
    Posted Jan 22, 2017, 12:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Montagu Whaler funding campaign ended successfully Enough money to complete the restoration of the Montagu Whaler was raised by the ‘Pozible’ campaign: thanks to all who contributed and particularly David Hume who organised it.  Whilst ‘Monty’ is now in the water work still goes on preparing the various fittings.  Dennis is making a wooden grate.
    Posted Jan 22, 2017, 11:31 AM by Posts Editor
  • Montagu Whaler ‘taking up’The Montagu Whaler went in the water on the high tide on Saturday morning, which happened to be at 4.30 am.  Not a popular hour for some, but she slid in most gracefully, and was left, in the time honored tradition of wooden boats, for the wood to ‘take up’ moisture in the shallow waters of the creek.  The water that was pouring in has slowed to a trickle, so we are hopeful that the leaks are slowly closing up.  In the meantime Peter Laidlaw and Johnno are periodically pumping her out. Pic from Graham Wright
    Posted Jan 22, 2017, 3:11 AM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: Rowers @ the Australian Wooden Boat FestivalFiona Peate writes:‘Volunteers are invited to crew Tasmania’s oldest boat, Admiral, at the Wooden Boat Festival, taking passengers for a half hour row around the harbour. It’s a great way to get on the water & part of the event. If you can help out for a day, half day, or a few hours please call Michael Bird on 0412 975 675. Experience is not necessary & transport from Huonville is available if required.’
    Posted Jan 22, 2017, 2:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • Cygnet Skiff launchedLorrie Harrison writes:  ‘Sunny skies and smiles all around as the second skiff in the Port Cygnet Sailing Club was launched by local Federal member, Julie Collins. This elegant skiff was built in super fast time under the guidance of Cygnet boat builder Jeremy, enabling it to be ready for the St Ayles Skiff International Regatta on 17-19 February.  The LBT welcomes,  “The Cygnet” as the sixth St Ayles Skiff in Southern Tasmania and the thirteenth in Australia.  Congratulations to the Cygnet rowers and Jeremy’   To find out more about Skiffs in Australia, check out the association website .  There will be a meeting of this association at the regatta.
    Posted Jan 20, 2017, 1:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • Montagu whaler ready for launchGraham Wright writes:  ‘Peter Hill has been on a roll the last couple of weeks as it was he who suggested navy blue on the gunwale and bump strip and a white stripe between for the Montagu WhalerThe result is brilliant and a good compromise with the traditional Atlantic Gray, just look at the photos.  In my time this is first joint project with the LBT and WBC and many friendships have been made and Monty is the result.’  Pics from Graham Wright
    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 12:20 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy ready for Boat FestivalGraham Wright writes:  ‘It’s all about paint, Peter Hill to the rescue: he restored Nancy to her former glory re-painting all the cabin sides and around the windows. A bit of decking oil and she will be ready for the Wooden Boat Festival.’  Pics from Graham Wright
    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 12:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • World Record LBT DinnerTalk about loaves and fishes:  Kate can perform miracles of almost biblical proportions.  We couldn’t fit in the shed, so the long table was set up out on the lawn.  The pic below only captures some of the action: to see the rest you have to view the video (
    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 12:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • The oar leather production lineWhilst Martin sews Liz punches.  Henry Ford would have been most impressed.  They are doing are wonderful job: check out Billie’s oars next time you go for a row in her.
    Posted Jan 18, 2017, 2:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • Working Waterfront NewsThe latest from the Working Waterfront and the Wooden Boat Centre attached:
    Posted Jan 18, 2017, 2:21 AM by Posts Editor
  • New Cygnet SkiffJürgen from Cygnet writes:  ‘Thursday, 19 Jan, 1400h (2pm) at PCSC, Lymington Rd will be the one and only official launch of the new skiff THE CYGNET, sister ship to The Swan. Julie Collins will do the honours of launching her.  All Franklin rowers, wooden boat lovers and especially the WOW are invited. Speeches will be short and and light refreshments will be available.  Hope to see you there.’   
    Posted Jan 17, 2017, 2:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • The wind is fresh, the temperature warmWho would be anywhere else but sailing on the Huon River?  The Grebes will be being rigged at 3.30pm this (Monday) afternoon.  Come down and join the team.
    Posted Jan 15, 2017, 1:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australia Day 2017 26th JanuarySee flyer ( and bus timetables (, attached.  Be part of it: join the Living Boat Trust crew at this event.  See .
    Posted Jan 14, 2017, 12:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rigging the SkiffsThe Kiwis reckon their Skiff ‘Wee Tawera‘  ‘sails like a wutch’ and we do too.  On the last Return Raid from Hobart to Franklin they hardly had to put an oar in the water.  At present the only Skiff on the Raid capable of carrying a sail is ‘Imagine‘.   If you are interested in getting any of the other Skiffs rigged contact Martin Riddle:
    Posted Jan 14, 2017, 3:42 AM by Posts Editor
  • Need to find your land legs? Zainab Clark writes:  ‘Di Harris and Zainab Clark would like to organise a monthly(?) bush walk for anyone who is interested. Inviting suggestions for places to go, things to see… can be focus-specific, such as fagus and fungus spotting in the autumn, waterfalls, short or mid-range walks to begin with. Please let us know where your interests lie and we’ll build on from there.  Open to everyone and anyone… perhaps you can come once, or occasionally, or every time. This could add a fitness and social interaction layer to the already rich tapestry that is our local community.  The sooner we can start the better, so if you want to give your sea legs a break and
    Posted Jan 13, 2017, 12:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Battleship grey for ‘Monty’The team are hard at work (well, you can tell from the picture) getting the last coats of paint on, and ‘Monty’ will have an unofficial launch in the next fortnight to give time for the timbers to take up and be ready for the Raid.  As far as the colour scheme is concerned, plan is to go with traditional grey, but with white and blue highlights around the rubbing strip and gunnel.  To help all this happen make a contribution at .  This campaign is going well, but we aren’t there yet.For more pics and information see the project website: Pics from Graham Wright
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 3:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • A Most Excellent Raffle… is being held to support the Regatta celebrations. $3,053 in prizes. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin Post Office, Woof Gallery and Frank’s Cider.  For details see the flyer at
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 1:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Blue paddleboard going, going …After lengthy debate and a split decision the committee concluded that the obvious heritage value of this paddleboard did not warrant it occupying space at the LBT any longer.  If you are the owner thank you for lending it to us but please collect it.
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 2:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon FloatsWe are still seeking big black plastic floats of the style shown in the pic below so that we can complete our second pontoon.  If you know where we can obtain some please contact the secretary: .
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 3:39 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT boats are working boatsMick Griggs demonstrates in the picture below: he is fixing a fender on the new pontoon.
    Posted Jan 10, 2017, 7:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Farewell for the Walduck’s, Monday Jan 23rdSee flyer below: .  This event will replace the normal Monday dinner.  RSVP to Wendy Brown:
    Posted Jan 12, 2017, 3:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • ‘Gracie’ for saleIain Oughtred designed “Tammie Norrie” (Grebe).  4.0M (13’6″) X 1.2M (4′).  7mm Hoop Pine marine plywood and Celery Top pine, epoxy bonded. Oregon mast, gaff and boom.  Built in Tasmania by John Walduck, 2002/3.  Rigged for easy single handed sailing.  Red sails.  Oars.  5 buoyancy bags.  Dunbier trailer with spare wheel – registered to Nov 2017.  MAKE AN OFFER.  Must be sold by end of January 2017.  CONTACT JOHN WALDUCK 0428 555 811 OR 03 6266 3806
    Posted Jan 10, 2017, 6:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Australia Day 26th Jan: be part of itThe LBT had a great Australia Day last year, helping kids (of all ages) make paddles, and then taking them out on the water in Grebes (and Skiffs) – see the pics below.  We want to do it all again, but we some members to participate.  If you can help out  please leave your details on the form below so that we can contact you.
    Posted Jan 10, 2017, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing with Taroona, Sunday 22nd JanuaryInvitation to all LBT rowers.  Taroona has invited us to join them for a row along the beautiful AlumCliffs on Sunday 22 January, leaving Taroona beach at 10am.  The direction and length of the row will depend on weather conditionson the day. On our return to the beach Taroona are inviting us to stayfor a BBQ lunch.  If you think this sounds like a great day out please contact Lorrie:  or 0410 335 809  We are also looking for two people willing to tow our boats up andback.  This is our first joint row with Taroona, so we hope to fill our twoskiffs with happy rowers and have a great day …
    Posted Jan 9, 2017, 12:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • First Dinghy sailing session for 2017Mike Dredge tells us it is ON: come down to the LBT pontoon this Monday afternoon (the 9th) at around 3.30pm.
    Posted Jan 8, 2017, 1:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • A forecast is just a forecastThe blue line in the graphic below shows predicted wind speed at Dover for Sunday: up to 15 knots fresh. The black line shows actual: in the evening hovering around 30 to 35 knots. Cop that on the nose and you know you are alive, and things become very interesting indeed very quickly if mistakes are made or equipment fails.
    Posted Jan 8, 2017, 1:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Wanted: BBQ mechanicAfter year’s of uncomplaining service the LBT barbecues are in need of a bit of tender loving care and attention.  Anybody with a some expertise and a bit of time to devote to this task please give us a call:
    Posted Jan 5, 2017, 2:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Barefoot Bowls at Franklin Bowling ClubSeason opener from 5pm Friday 13th January (propitious!).  See flyer below for details:
    Posted Jan 5, 2017, 1:57 AM by Posts Editor
  • The fender gangThe pontoon was on the move again on Wednesday, down to the rowing ways for fenders to be fitted.  We need some sort of ‘Huon Blues’ as a work song for such activities.
    Posted Jan 4, 2017, 4:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Oars for the WhalerThe oars had gone to Taroona so they had something to row their Skiff with, but aren’t required now that they have purchased something more suitable.  Thanks for bringing them over Damien!
    Posted Jan 4, 2017, 3:50 AM by Posts Editor
  • 16M2 has been turnedThose who have been following the progress of the ‘Dutch’ boat over at the Wooden Boat Centre will be interested to know that a significant milestone has been reached: she has been turned.  Which of course means yet more sanding.  The building technique used has the structure for the boat’s decks already in place.
    Posted Jan 3, 2017, 12:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Back to the LBTMany of us are still in holiday mode, but Dave Pittaway has been rounding up the troops to fit fenders on with the pontoon this Wednesday morning, and the Tuesday group have beaten him to it:  they have already started back.  Just as well:  Nancy needs some care and attention before she goes to the Wooden Boat Festival, and Peter (the Painter) is just the man to apply it.  First Monday night dinner is next week: 9th January.
    Posted Jan 3, 2017, 12:31 PM by Posts Editor
  • Yet more entertainment in FranklinHow can they squeeze it in?  It’s a mystery, but David Moore writes to tell us that he is a host for a comedy show at Frank’s Cider Bar & Cafe, 7pm Thurs 19th Jan 2017.  See the attached flyer for details:
    Posted Jan 3, 2017, 12:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Another Ozzie Whaler?We have been conjecturing that when our Montagu Whaler is complete it might be the only one on the water in Australia, but then Peter McGee sent us this picture from the 2016 Sydney Wooden Boat Festival.  Seems ‘our Monty’ might have a sister.  We shall have to investigate further.
    Posted Jan 1, 2017, 4:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • New hull at the Wooden Boat CentreAs can be seen from the pictures below  Bert and his team of young Dutch boat builders have been making good progress on their 16M2 sailing dinghy.  The hull planking has been completed and faired and the transom has been installed.  Several  of coats of a epoxy  has been applied.  There has even been time to take a break, with a camping trip to Bruny Island.  For more details see Bert’s blog:    Pics from Ea
    Posted Jan 1, 2017, 2:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas PicsZainab Clarke sent us these – looks like a lot of fun.
    Posted Dec 30, 2016, 1:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Whaler gets turnedA major milestone for the Montagu Whaler has been reached.  With work on the ‘bottomsides’ largely complete she was turned so that details inside the hull could be attended to.  For more pics see the Monty Work Blog:  The crowd funding campaign for the ‘Monty’ is going well, but we need to keep it going.  Please consider contributing at
    Posted Dec 29, 2016, 2:15 PM by Posts Editor
  • Help for Di HarrisDi Harris writes:‘I’m looking for help to remain able to go sculling at the Huon Rowing  Club but my spacial and navigational  skills are deteriorating. This, plus the fact that I am not fast enough to keep up with Tim Brown’s coaching mob of young racers makes it difficult for him to keep an eye on where I am as well  as do his primary role of coaching the youngsters who will be competing  for their schools.  So I am looking for anyone who will accompany me with a tinny (Club boat)  and help me  get around without getting  in the way of other rowers or getting stuck in the rushes.  I hope that there  might be
    Posted Dec 30, 2016, 12:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Whaler Race (1925)The LBT has yet to experience the five oar configuration of the Montagu Whaler, but the sailors in this video ( seem to be getting along with it ok. Thanks to Caroline from Quokka Marine (sailmakers) for this. For those who haven’t seen them, Caroline also point out the later classic Navy Training videos featuring Montagu Whalers:;;  Our crowdfunding campaign to fund the completion of the restoration of our whaler is going well, but we aren’t there yet.  Please contribute at
    Posted Dec 26, 2016, 12:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Horse and Wood at the Palais, January 10Martin and Deb VanRiddle write:  ‘Our friends Bukhu and John, who together are the Mongolian-Middle Eastern fusion ‘Horse and Wood’, are playing at the Palais again on 10 January 2017. … Take a night off from cooking and buy something delicious from Kate Hoorweg, with food available before the concert (7-8pm). Drinks will also be available with any profit from the bar going to the Friends of St John appeal to buy the St Johns Church in Franklin as a community asset.’  Ticket’s are $20.  See flyer below  (
    Posted Dec 26, 2016, 2:56 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie at the Palais, January 1st From Deb and the Classic Movie Team.  “Women on the 6th Floor”.  Synopsis: Paris, 1960. Jean-Louis lives a bourgeois existence absorbed in his work, cohabitating peacefully with his neurotic and impossibly thin socialite wife Suzanne, while their ghastly children are away at boarding school. The couple’s world is turned upside-down when they hire a gorgeous Spanish maid Maria.Through Maria, Jean-Louis is introduced to an alternative reality just a few floors up on the building’s sixth floor, the servants’ quarters… (Courtesy Rotten Tomatoes).  Price: $5  Doors open 6.30pm, film starts when someone flicks the lights. After7.15pm but before 7.30pm. Yes, it is that simple.  Bar will be running with reasonably priced quality …
    Posted Dec 26, 2016, 2:36 AM by Posts Editor
  • Art Exhibition: ‘Messing about in Boats’Pam Mann from Huon Yacht Club writes:Please find attached your invitation ( to the opening of “MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS Images that linger in the mind” an art exhibition by FIONA DOWLER and PAM MANN. Please also feel free to bring guests. DERWENT SAILING SQUADRON Artwall,  23 Marieville Esplanade, Sandy Bay, TasmaniaOpening: Thursday, 12 January 2017 at 5:30 PM by former Premier, Lara GiddingsExhibition Dates: 9th January to 15th February                               Mon – Wed 9 am – 5 pm                               Thurs – Fri 9 am to late (lunch and dinner available)Looking forward to seeing you there, FIONA and PAM
    Posted Dec 26, 2016, 2:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Australian Wooden Boat Festival preview programThe dates and times aren’t necessarily accurate but there is a LOT about what we can expect: view the program at Big and glossy enough to print out and give away for Christmas.
    Posted Dec 22, 2016, 12:08 AM by Posts Editor
  • MMT opens new exhibition: WAR AT SEA – THE NAVY IN WW1John Wadsley writes:  ‘Just in time for Christmas!! After some very busy days over the past two weeks, we are very pleased to announce our latest exhibition, “War at Sea – the Navy in WW1” is open for business. This major travelling exhibition from the Australian National Maritime Museum has been installed in the newly repainted and refurbished Carnegie Gallery at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania in Argyle Street. This is a great venue and it looks even more fabulous now. We have been flat out the past few days bumping in the displays. It took some herculean efforts from our trusty volunteers to manoeuvre the cases and boxes from the trucks inside and up to the Carnegie gallery. Staff from
    Posted Dec 22, 2016, 12:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • News from Maritime Centre (Devonport)If you are traveling through Devonport the Bass Strait Maritime Centre at the river mouth across from the ferry terminal is well worth a visit.  See their newsletter attached:
    Posted Dec 20, 2016, 11:01 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon fun morning: Wednesday (21st)David Pittaway and a small team have selfishly been hogging all the enjoyment of pontoon building over at the evaporator sheds, but have grudgingly conceded that they need a larger workforce to first get the pontoon to the rowing ways and then get the fenders on.  Here is your chance:  show up with your union ticket in hand at 9.30am and hope to get selected.
    Posted Dec 19, 2016, 11:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • Warrnambool Regatta, 5th March 2017One to put in the diary.  Those of us who attended the regatta on the Hopkins River at Warrnambool a year or so ago can vouch for what a great event we can expect to have with our friends in Victoria.  Warrnambool is a wooden boat ‘hot spot’.
    Posted Dec 18, 2016, 11:24 AM by Posts Editor
  • Cutters on the BalticFriends of the LBT Georg and Johanna, who stayed at the shed a few years ago as woofers, send Christmas greetings from their hometown Wismar in northern Germany, and some pictures of Georg competing in a cutter rowing regatta.  Their boat is now out of the water for winter because of the risk of damage if the harbor freezes over (it has been -10 degrees).  Puts our winter grizzles into perspective.
    Posted Dec 18, 2016, 1:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • Gloriana Can’t Make it to the Huon River Parade of BoatsSadly, we have just heard from Buckingham Palace that they can’t send Gloriana, the Queen’s rowboat, to be part of the opening event of the St Ayles Skiff Regatta in February next year.  Apparently, the trailer’s rego has just run out.However, the good news is that all types of classic and character boats, from coracles and canoes to steamboats and skiffs, are fighting to take part in our Skiff Regatta Parade of Boats, from Huonville to Franklin.  If you want to be piped down the river by the Derwent Scottish Pipe Band, now is the time to put bums on thwarts, as you might say.  Send an email to ozskiff@gmail.comregistering your boat to
    Posted Dec 16, 2016, 10:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • 1200 km tawe nunnugahThose who get to the end of tawe nunnagah and feel it is just a warm up could consider this:  1200 km up the west coast of Canada through the inside passage to Alaska, rowing and sailing.  To find out more view the video at Off Center Harbor: or go to the event website   You have to be joking.
    Posted Dec 16, 2016, 2:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Montagu Whaler on scheduleThe antifoul went on on Friday morning, and we will turn the boat early next week so that more work on the interior can be done.  Follow progress on the ‘monty blog’:
    Posted Dec 15, 2016, 8:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • 16M2 Half Model under constructionThe Dutch boat builders are covering all the bases.
    Posted Dec 15, 2016, 7:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Vale Murray ShandMurray,  a member of the Tuesday group, passed away on Thursday.  We will miss him and our thoughts are with his family.
    Posted Dec 15, 2016, 3:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Follow the build of the 16M2Back in 1920’s Holland a new tax was put in place for boats with a sail area greater than 16 square metres, so naturally a class which just fitted under this limitation was designed. It became what is still the most popular Dutch sailing dinghy (more than 20,000 built).  It is one of these which is being constructed by our Dutch visitors over in the Wooden Boat Centre: follow the build at .
    Posted Dec 14, 2016, 12:51 PM by Posts Editor
  • Syrah back on the waterHans Sipsma has put a lot of work into getting Syrah ready for the season, and Jesse and Matt were very happy with the result.
    Posted Dec 13, 2016, 5:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • Grebe takes a diveIt was all part of our capsize drill on Monday.
    Posted Dec 13, 2016, 5:07 AM by Posts Editor
  • New gadget in the fuel lockerIt’s a bilge pump donated by Mike Dredge: gets water out of a flooded Grebe or Skiff double quick.Thanks Mike!
    Posted Dec 13, 2016, 4:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Severe Weather Warning for Tuesday evening, Wednesday morningFrom BOM:‘A trough currently lies over Tasmania, with a cold front expected just west of the state tonight as a deep low moves to the southwest. These features, combined with a slow moving high over the Tasman Sea, are bringing very strong northwesterly winds aloft over Tasmania, which are mixing to the surface in waves. The low will continue deepening as it passes just south of Tasmania early Wednesday, easing the winds about the north while further increasing them about the south.   DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 100 km/h are possible about Bass Strait, the far northeast, the central north coast and the south.   Winds are expected to ease
    Posted Dec 12, 2016, 10:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Christmas in FranklinIf your girth needs thickening Franklin is the place to be at this time of year.  Three events of particular note for LBTers are:  the Franklin parade and party, on the village green (foreshore), event starting 5pm Saturday 17th December, details at the Post Office;  the Living Boat Trust party, Monday evening, 6pm, 19th December, bring your own everything – a plate to share, meat to BBQ, drink;  the Orphans Christmas Day at the shed.The first of these events was great fun last year and LBT boats will again be participating,  the second speaks for itself, and for more about the third see the flyer below (  (Pic from Annette Cauchi)
    Posted Dec 11, 2016, 1:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Monday night dinners over the holiday seasonKate Hoorweg writes: Monday 12th Dec = dinner as usual; Monday 19th LBT BYO Christmas Party – bring a plate to celebrate!!  Monday 26th = NO DINNER! Monday 2nd Jan = NO DINNER! Monday 7th = dinner as usual for the new year! Kate also reports that four new cooks have offered their services, which is great news.
    Posted Dec 11, 2016, 3:28 AM by Richard Forster
  • Heritage Bricks (approx 500) – Palais Theatre seeking offersThe PalaisTheatre is seeking offers from any party interested in purchasing one lot of approximately500 used heritage bricks.For moreinformation, or viewing, contact Barb 0408 212495Bids must bereceived by 5pm Friday 16 December 2016, either       – in a sealed envelope, and posted to PalaisTheatre, PO Box 227, Franklin OR       – by email to franklin.palais@gmail.comThe winningbidder will be notified on Monday 19 December, and must agree to remove thebricks by Friday 30 December 2016. The Palais Management Committee doesnot undertake to accept the highest or any bid if a reasonable sum is notoffered.
    Posted Dec 10, 2016, 4:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • First Aid Course in JanuaryWe are looking to put on a First Aid course in January, particularly with Tawe Nunnugah in mind.  There may be some subsidy of this, but chances are it will be user pays – probably in the order of $195.  If you are interested in participating submit your name and contact details through the form below or at  Once we have an idea of numbers an announcement will be made.
    Posted Dec 17, 2016, 6:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Hazard, Helms BayMAST writes (9/12/16):  ‘Mariners are advised a 7.5m yacht has sunk on its mooring at Helms Bay.  Mariners should navigate with caution in the area.’  
    Posted Dec 9, 2016, 9:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • The St Ayles Skiff connectionSkiffy Topher Dawson from Ullapool in Scotland writes:  ‘By coincidence a friend posted these photos on Facebook today. They are of a boat [Sgorr na Craig] I built at Lunawanna on Bruny Island for a friend Alan Bush, out of Huon pine, to an old Scottish design, in 1983. My son saw it in a garden on the SE coast of Tassie about 2 years ago so it’s probably still around.  It was 20ft long and 8ft 3 inches wide, but a lovely shape! It could carry a good load too. In the first picture I’m at the helm and in the second, Alan’s son Ewan is. Alan is the guy with the beard.’  He would be …
    Posted Dec 8, 2016, 3:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Post/Christmas cards from Bob FrostBob has very kindly donated a large number of cards featuring his photographs of the Huon Valley – see below for some samples (there are more).  Ideal for sending messages to people you want to make jealous of where you live – particularly at Christmas time.  $2 each or $6 for a pack of 4.  Thanks Bob.
    Posted Dec 8, 2016, 12:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Hazard – Port HuonMAST writes:  ‘Mariners are advised that the sunken vessel Dooen in Hospital Bay in position 43⁰ 09.530’ S / 146⁰ 58.357’ E is now marked with an orange buoy.  Mariners should navigate with caution in the area.’
    Posted Dec 7, 2016, 8:07 PM by Richard Forster
  • Crowd funding for the Montagu Whaler goes liveWe REALLY want the Montagu Whaler to be ready for the Raid, and Johnno and volunteers from the LBT and Wooden Boat Centre have been working hard to get it over the line.  All of this costs money, and David Hume has organised a crowd funding campaign for us.  Find it at .  Please participate and spread the word.  If we succeed in this project we will have what is almost certainly the last working Whaler in Australia – a very significant part of Australia’s maritime heritage, and we can sail and row it!To read more about the boat see it’s webpage:
    Posted Dec 7, 2016, 2:46 PM by Richard Forster
  • A song from Bernie BruenThe best pleasures are often the unexpected ones. Local musician Sandy Pollard has recorded a fantastic version of ‘The Lament of the Montagu Whaler’ for us (more of which anon) and in hunting down the copyright for the song we made the acquaintance of the author, Commander Bernie Bruen, RN. Bernie is an old sea dog of the first water, and a published author, poet and musician to boot. He sent us some of his boat photos, see below, and a collection of his songs is in the mail. If your computer is working correctly and your speakers are on, by clicking on the sound gadget immediately below you should be able to listen to his version of the ‘Lament …
    Posted Dec 8, 2016, 12:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Capsize MondayPinkies dipped in the river are no longer giving pain, the BOM forecast has been consulted, and Monday is looking like a good afternoon to discover what happens when our Grebes and Skiffs suddenly become water receptacles.  Time for the dreaded capsize drill.  It’s important: there is no shame in flipping a dinghy or ending up in the drink, it is being able to recover that counts.  John Walduck writes:‘Monday is the appointed day for our CAPSIZE DRILL. Some of the St Ayle’s skiffers who are going on Tawe Nunnagah will also be testing their skills.  According to MetEye, we can expect about 24C air temp, and a light southerly breeze, increasing slightly towards 5.00pm (sea
    Posted Dec 11, 2016, 3:34 AM by Richard Forster
  • Undercoat goes on the ‘Monty’After weeks of patching and filling and sanding by the team lead by Johnno, an exciting day yesterday: first outside undercoat went on.  There is still debate about what colour it should end up:  one school says stick to some variation of traditional battleship grey.
    Posted Dec 6, 2016, 12:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dreaming Tawe NunnugahAs we approach Tawe Nunnugah season we need something to get us in the right mood:  Martin Kell’s video is a good way to do it – see or click below.
    Posted Dec 6, 2016, 3:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • Imagine SailingPutting sailing rigs in the St Ayles Skiffs has been the topic of much ‘lively discussion’ recently.  Iain Oughtred has designed an ‘official’ one, but the Kiwis, who have the best experience, are suggesting twin Optimist rigs because they will stow more easily in what is still essentially a rowing boat.  Oblivious to all this a crew were happily sailing ‘Imagine’ with its own (loose footed, balanced lug?) sail yesterday evening.  They say it goes quite well.
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 4:00 PM by Posts Editor
  • Amnesty Film at Cygnet: SpearZainab Clark writes: To celebrate International Human Rights Day Amnesty’s Southern Action Group has partnered with Cygnet Arts council to bring you a special screening of Stephen Page’s outstanding film SPEAR.  A visually arresting film, SPEAR tells a contemporary Aboriginal story through movement and dance. It follow a young Aboriginal man, Djali, as he journeys form the outback to the streets of Sydney to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world.  The event is being held in support of Amnesty International Australia’s Community is Everything campaign.  This campaign aims to end the inequality faced by young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the justice system.   Event details:  When: 7
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 2:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dutchies on the waterThe visiting Dutch boat building team were invited to join Monday evening sailing, and leapt at the opportunity.  Fortunately ‘give way to starboard’ seems to be international: we didn’t have to swap sides of the river.
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 11:48 AM by Posts Editor
  • A load of wood (and Saint Nicholas)Dave Golding delivered a load of Celery Pine from his mill to the Wooden Boat Centre  for the Dutch boat.  Saint Nick (‘Sinterklaas’) was a surprise passenger for ‘Dutch Christmas’.
    Posted Dec 5, 2016, 12:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • International season beginsThere will be many overseas visitors to the LBT over summer, particularly for the Skiff Regatta in February.  On Monday we officially welcomed the Dutch team who have come to build a boat at the Wooden Boat Centre under the auspices of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival.  See the media release attached:
    Posted Dec 7, 2016, 1:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dinghy sailing: Monday afternoonJohn Walduck writes:  “MetEye is predicting about 12 knots westerly this afternoon, which will be OK, but quite turbulent on the river. Mike is away today, but I’m up for it.  I would like to have a short classroom session before going out, just to confirm things learned already, and to discuss “gybes” which we haven’t done yet.   Start time will be 3.30 as usual.”  Mike Dredge tenders his apologies:  ‘Bit of a challenge for me I’m afraid.  I’m currently sitting on my bottom in a Noumea hotel, writing up a summary of a scallop survey I’ve been looking after for the past week and a half.  Photographic proof attached.  I’m supposed to
    Posted Dec 4, 2016, 1:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Working Waterfront December NewsletterSee attached: .  Items include Christmas party, Wooden Boat Centre course guide ( etc, etc.
    Posted Dec 3, 2016, 2:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Rowers WantedLorrie Harrison writes:  ROWERS WANTED  for longer rows in preparation for Tn17. Tuesday and Thursday morning.  Contact Penny –  Lorrie –
    Posted Dec 4, 2016, 1:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Calling all LBT paddlers!Alec Young, Vice President, Royal Hobart Regatta Association writes:  ‘Dear Paddler,  You will recall how you were part of the 2013 Guinness World Record Breaking event, organised by the Royal Hobart Regatta Association; the simultaneously launching of the greatest number of canoes and kayaks. Well, the Americans have subsequently broken our record and I am inviting you and your friends and acquaintances to help us take back the record on Saturday 11 February.  If you have a craft that takes more than one person please be aware that the craft will only be counted by the adjudicators if has just one occupant. The rules are clear, only one occupant per craft.  To register please go to
    Posted Dec 3, 2016, 2:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rowing Regatta, Huon River, December 3rdMessage from MAST:  A Rowing Regatta will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 3 December 2016. Mariners are advised the river will be closed for other boating pursuits from 0800 to 1630.  Boat owners are restricted from using the boat ramp at Franklin and from entering the rowing restricted area during these times. The restricted area is the course and 500 metres either side of the course. The course is 1000m upstream from the Huon Rowing Club and 500m downstream. Boat owners must follow directions of rowing officials.  A public boat ramp is available at Shipwrights Point south of Franklin.
    Posted Dec 1, 2016, 1:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • D (for Drain) day at the ShedIn an incautious moment Michael McGrath offered the LBT use of his backhoe/digger (and himself), and we leapt at the opportunity to get some decent drainage put in around the shed.  Every winter water from the slope to the highway seeps under the front wall. On Thursday morning the ground was broken, and by that afternoon a sock drain had been laid, backfilled with gravel and cleaned up from the main doors and along the verandah to the river path.  Job half done.  Huge thanks to Michael and also to the Thursday crew.
    Posted Dec 4, 2016, 1:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • Painting seasonWarm spring weather is an opportunity to get done those jobs put off during the winter months, and yesterday Martin Kell was up the mast to apply a coat of paint. That’s Kevin Robson’s newly acquired ‘Thistle’ in the foreground of the pic below, in case anyone is wondering.
    Posted Dec 1, 2016, 1:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Will’s ShedIn recent times one of the many pleasures of a row on the river has been watching the progress being made on Will Hallinan’s new shed over on the Woodstock bank.  On Thursday some of us had the opportunity to get up close and personal with said shed, helping the builder (fellow LBTer Piet Lundstedt) and Andrew Gill’s team of concreters lay the floor slab.
    Posted Dec 1, 2016, 1:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bay Pilot project: free to a good homeAnne Holst writes:  ‘The popular Arch Davis designed Bay Pilot frame has been constructed and is ready to be planked and finished by a handyman/boatbuilder. We have a full set of instructions that includes materials lists and construction specifications. The boat is of plywood construction but could also be planked. Itis able to be built as a cabin cruiser or centre console design. There are approximately $7000 worth of materials required (for plywood construction) to complete the build ready for motor install, steerage etc.’  For the gumtree ad see . And for what you will hopefully end up with see
    Posted Nov 29, 2016, 4:59 AM by Posts Editor
  • Classic movies night, December 4thDeb and the classic movies team write:To kick start the Christmas festivities we are screening the 2013 Mexican box office smash hit, The Noble FamilyWarning: The Noble Family is sub-titled, so pack your glasses.   Synopsis:  Three spoiled children who are cut off from their family fortune and forced to do the unthinkable – get a job. (Courtesy IMDb).   The Noble Family is rated M (for some sexual content and coarse language).   5 reasons why you should head on down to the Franklin Palais Sunday 4 December 2016   : Rotten Tomatoes rates this film 4+ Stars. Unbelievable but it is true!!!!!!   : The Noble Familyis Mexico’s biggest ever box-office comedy success!   : Don’t believe me
    Posted Nov 27, 2016, 1:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pictures from the launch of ‘Freyja’Amidst general rejoicing the latest St Ayles Skiff was launched at Franklin on Sunday.  Congratulations to the Bittern team and all who have contributed.  For more pictures see and (Thanks to Bob Frost for pics)
    Posted Nov 27, 2016, 12:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Some pictures and report from the Swiftsure Regatta Lorrie Harrison writes:‘In typical LBT style members arrived on mass willing to help and willing to create an inclusive fabulous day.  Huge thank you to everyone who coordinated – Adrian, Penny, Jane, Peter, food from Jilly and team, safety boat lead by Richard. Results of races: Roger Harwood- John Young and David Nash both in 46min 10 seconds; The Swiftsure – Cygnet team, second crew out 22 min 44 sec;  The Rat Race- David Budd and Barbara Dawson;  Skiff racesWomen’s event – Castle Forbes Bay in Chiton in 6m 33 secMen’s- Huon Five O in Imagine in 6m.20 secMixed – Huon Five O in Billie in 6m 49 sec. Naturally, the highlight was the launch of a
    Posted Nov 27, 2016, 6:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • The big cleanupGraham Wright sent these pictures of the shed after a major housekeeping day.
    Posted Nov 27, 2016, 3:09 AM by Posts Editor
  • White Ribbon DayThe LBT verandah, with its cafe blinds down, was an ideal place to hold a morning teas to recognise the campaign to prevent violence against women.
    Posted Nov 25, 2016, 4:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Final Reminder: Swiftsure Regatta tomorrow, Sunday 27thStarting at 9.30am, be there or be square.  See the program: .  Be part of the launch of the new St Ayles Skiff at 12 noon.
    Posted Nov 25, 2016, 3:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • Talking tall ships, 6th DecemberJohn Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes: ‘For the December talk we have Mickey Benefiel talking on “Searching for the Tall Ships of 1988”. This will be an intriguing presentation. The flyer is attached for your information. Mickey is  a well-known local maritime buff and presenter of previous MMT talks.  He is always eloquent and entertaining (even if he has a funny accent!).  So put the date in your calendar and come along.’   Time: 12.00-1.00pm, Tuesday 6 December 2016.  Place: Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Customs House, 19 Davey St entrance.For more details see the attached flyer:
    Posted Nov 22, 2016, 2:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Steamboats Ahoy!!It was wall-to-wall wood on the water last Sunday, as a flotilla of steamboats, skiffs, piners punts, kayaks and an Adirondack Guideboat cruised up to Huonville. What a spectacle!!!  Let’s do it again……  More pics from Nell Tyson. 
    Posted Nov 22, 2016, 3:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Calling all LBT hipsters….It’s well known that LBT members are the coolest dudes in the Valley.  So don’t miss out on the Blues coming to Franklin this Friday.  Mike Erlington is playing at the Palais Theatre, Friday 25 Nov, doors open 6.30pm, entry only $15“an eclectic passionate mix of acoustic blues, rock & folk. This man plays and sings like a wildfire” Las Vegas Weekly, USA
    Posted Nov 20, 2016, 8:36 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bring your own food this Monday nightAll the cooks are elsewhere this Monday night,  so it’s a ‘social night’.  Barbecues are available and bring some salad to share.
    Posted Nov 19, 2016, 9:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Invitation to Skiff Launch, 27th NovemberWhere: The Living Boat Trust, 3337 Huon Hwy, Franklin; Date: Sunday 27th November 2016; Time: 12.00pm.  This boat, commissioned and built by ‘The Bitterns’, will the third in the Living Boat Trust fleet of Skiffs. Come and join us at the Swiftsure Regatta as we race these and other boats, and help celebrate this latest beauty. Refreshments will be available.    (Launch of ‘Billie’, 2015 – Pic Bob Hawkins)
    Posted Nov 18, 2016, 1:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Can you help save the LBT money by lending equipment for the tn17 Raid?To save the Living Boat Trust the cost of hiring or buying some of the equipment necessary to support the tn17 expeditions we are putting the call out to all LBT members to see if we can borrow the following items:  1. Generators – preferably quiet ones that will not spoil the tranquillity of the lovely camp sites we are visiting.  2. Large eskies or even portable refrigerators – we have the food trailer but we need to separate drinks from the food so we don’t risk food poisoning through repeated opening of the food storage fridge to get another drink.  3. Large 1000 litre/1m3 water container (see below) – to save the sore backs that we’ve risked in the …
    Posted Nov 17, 2016, 7:45 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dinghy sailing off for two weeksMike Dredge writes:  ‘Both John and I will be unavailable to oversee the Monday evening sailing program for a couple of weeks, for widely varying reasons. John is allowing a couple of surgeons to play with some scrap metal in his leg while I am playing with some scallops in New Caledonia. John is available from about Monday 5, I’m back for Monday 12. Up to John and Richard if they want to go ahead on the 5th, but we still have to do the ‘must-do’ capsize drill, when I think it would be best to have two support boats available. Provided the water warms up a bit, let’s plan this for the 12th.’ 
    Posted Nov 17, 2016, 12:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Latest plan for Swiftsure Regatta and new Skiff Launch, November 27throm Lorrie Harrison:  see the attached draft plan: .  We are still looking for helpers for the day.
    Posted Nov 17, 2016, 2:43 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: Steam boat rally this coming SundayThe weather is looking fair for this Sunday, and if it anything like last year it should be a lot of fun.  Departure from the LBT (for Huonville) is at 10.30am, so assemble well before then to organise boats and teams.  For more details see the previous post by the organiser, Andrew Perkins:
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 8:58 PM by Posts Editor
  • Franklin Working Waterfront Association NewsletterSee attached: . LOTS of news about plans, events, the Wooden Boat Centre etc.
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 6:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • No violence at the LBTKaren Corbin writes:‘Friday the 25th November is the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  In Australia we generally know this day as ‘White Ribbon Day’.  It is a day when we can all say No to Violence Against Women and show our support by wearing a white ribbon badge. White Ribbon badges will be available at no cost at the LBT and a light morning tea offered after the usual social row at 9.30am. All welcome.’
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 5:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Yacht Club Race Officers CourseBev Pickering writes:‘There is to be an Australia Sailing Race Officers Course (Club Level) at HYC clubhouse on December 10th 2016, 9.00am-3.30pm. This will be the first such course at this level to be held in Tasmania. There is no charge  for this course. That’s right. It is Free!!  The Management Committee encourages all interested people to attend. It will be in the interest of Skippers and Crew Members to participate, or to sit in on this session. You will learn more about starting races as well as race control and the Racing Rules of Sailing. And, also Race Officials’ responsibilities.  For a course description see and the entry form at
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 4:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • MAST Flare Demonstration at the Huon Yacht Club 23 NovemberStan Pickering writes: ‘MAST will be holding a Flare Demonstration Night at the Huon Yacht Club on 23 November at 5.30pm.  Geeveston Fire Brigade, Volunteer Coast Rescue Kingston and Franklin Marine will also attend and make presentations.  We will follow this colourfull and informative evening with a sausage sizzle.  I would like to invivte all interested members and friends to attend and bring along any expired flares.  Looking forward to seeing you all there and don’t forget your sunglasses!’ Pic from Sea Rescue
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 4:03 AM by Posts Editor
  • Super moon low tideLaurence Burgin took this picture of ‘Billie’  high and dry when somebody pulled the plug out.
    Posted Nov 16, 2016, 3:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • World’s first marine men’s shedGiven that we are a ‘community’ shed we decided to let this bold claim go through to the keeper when the person making it for his Western Australian shed came to visit.  He is Terry from Fremantle, and a nice bloke too.  They are just getting going: their website is . As we understand it their initial activities will be centered around the very nice looking pilot boat pictured below.  It will be interesting to follow their progress.
    Posted Nov 15, 2016, 7:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Dinghy sailing is on, Monday 14th NovLooks like the clouds are rolling back and the wind is a benign breeze.  Start rigging the Grebes from 3pm.
    Posted Nov 13, 2016, 1:25 PM by Posts Editor
  • Familiar faces in unfamilar placesSandra and Kevin Robson showing off in their boat on a sunny Fremantle harbor. Just as well Kevin had his undies on or he might have shown off more than he intended.    Pic from Shane Johnson
    Posted Nov 13, 2016, 12:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • Sails for the Montagu WhalerNo sooner had Martin Riddle organised quotes from the sailmaker than Graeme Hunt from the Wooden Boat Guild dropped in a mizzen sail and spars, plus a sprit yard and a boom tent.  Thanks Graham!  They look great.  If anybody has a spare main tucked away in a locker don’t be shy: let us know.
    Posted Nov 13, 2016, 11:40 AM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: meeting Monday nightThere will be an informal members meeting preceding dinner on Monday 14th of November at 6pm to discuss issues currently before the committee. The draft agenda can be viewed at  Minutes of the last committee meeting are available at . Minutes are always available on the website under the ‘Resources’ tab.
    Posted Nov 13, 2016, 4:17 AM by Posts Editor
  • A new roof and new ideas for ‘Nancy’Peter Heading applied the final cream top coat this week and the job was done.  Big thanks to Martin and Judy Krynen who sponsored the project, and Peters Heading and Laidlaw who did the work.  The new ‘lid’ is exceptionally water-tight and strong, and it looks pretty good too.    Seeing all that clear roof space has stimulated consideration of options for using it – for instance it is an ideal spot for solar panels.  During the summer ‘Nancy’ sits in the sun for at least 25 hours for every one that the motor is being used, so trickle charging would seem a strong possibility.  This has the big advantage of freeing Nancy from the electrical cord to which she currently …
    Posted Nov 12, 2016, 3:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta Sunday 27 NovemberLorrie Harrison writes:“Starting at 9:30 with the Roger Harwood Classic Clinker Dinghy Race, can anyone beat John Young in this 3km single rower race? Anyone can enter, bring your own dinghy or use one of the LBT’s super fast grebes.  The rowing continues with the traditional Swiftsure Race, a timed trial around Egg Island. Form a team on the day or gain an advantage by training in advance.  We would not have a regatta without the skiffs, Cygnet and Taroona are joining us. Jane Johnson has organised races for new, experienced and competitive rowers. ( rowers in the skiff must be 15 years and over, coxswains 16 years and over).  Sailors are not forgotten, the Rat Island Race
    Posted Nov 13, 2016, 12:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cooks wantedIf the LBT is first of all about boats, it is second of all about community, of which Monday night dinner is a cornerstone.  In recent years there have been several stalwarts in the kitchen: Kate, Jilly, Hans and Ros.  Jilly announced last Monday that it is time to pass her wooden spoon on to somebody new.  There were cries of woe and despair from below the salt, but it seems her mind is made up.  On behalf of all the LBT this column says thank you Jilly, and our tummies say thanks for the memories too. We need somebody (or several somebodies) to receive that spoon: what an honor.  To join the kitchen crew speak to Kate, Jilly or …
    Posted Nov 11, 2016, 2:26 PM by Posts Editor
  • In a good cause: Anglican church trivia nightIt’s all happening at 7pm on Friday December 2nd.  For more details see the attached flyer ( or call 0427 640156
    Posted Nov 10, 2016, 4:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • ‘Kermandie’ for saleSorry, it’s not the pub, but it IS a huon pine cruising boat with a lot of local connections: that name, built in Port Huon by Athol Walter.  Even better if you are moving to Bowen (Qld) ‘cos that is where it is.  If you are interested see the flyer:
    Posted Nov 10, 2016, 12:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • “Sail before steam” doesn’t always workA reminder to rowers and sailors to stay clear of larger boats on the river.  Large boats have limited maneuverability, particularly at low speed and particularly in and around the marina where space is limited and currents can make steering difficult.  Guess who comes off worse if there is a collision.
    Posted Nov 8, 2016, 8:42 PM by Posts Editor
  • Advice to the LBT committeeThere will be an informal members meeting preceding dinner on Monday 14th of November at 6pm to discuss issues currently before the committee.  Minutes of the last committee meeting are available at . Minutes are always available on the website under the ‘Resources’ tab.
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 12:41 PM by Posts Editor
  • Deploying the PontoonsLast Wednesday Jennifer Mudge and Chris Price from Parks did a foreshore walk with Hans Sipsma, David Pittaway, Richard Forster and others to look at the options for pontoon deployment proposed by the LBT.  The following key points emerged.  They were generally supportive, seeing the foreshore, particularly between the downstream marina jetty and the evaporator sheds, as a ‘natural’ harbour.  There is no immediate issue with driving poles to secure pontoons.  The access to the proposed site next to the evaporators is adequate.  The LBT should proceed with the proposal to take over the license for the land just downstream from the their shed in order to gain better access to the water there.  That would enhance the prospects of
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 12:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • Innovations on BitternBittern’ maintains the tradition that every new Skiff has a different oar (rowlock) and foot rest system.
    Posted Nov 5, 2016, 11:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • Painting SeasonIt’s been going on for weeks, but seems to have reached a frenzy.  Hans Sipsma is taping up ‘Syrah’.   Sue Jenkins and Lynn are applying a post box red topcoat to ‘Bittern’.  ‘Nancy’ has a brilliant white undercoat on her new roof.
    Posted Nov 5, 2016, 10:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Ouch!!When a fast moving racing shell meets a very stationary putt putt (John Walduck’s ‘Gemma’) something is bound to give, unfortunately below the waterline.  Some quick thinking (and moving) got Gemma up on the bank before she sank.  We think the rower is ok.  John says: ‘HUGE thank you to David Nash and Martin Kell (and any others) for their rescue efforts in securing Gemma.’
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 4:06 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT rowing crewsLorrie Harrison has sent us the following notice on behalf of the Regatta organising committee.  It is time to start forming up LBT crews for the upcoming skiff regatta in February, particularly with Swiftsure Regatta now only three weeks away.  Here are some things to consider:  races will be 2km and 1km; men’s, women’s, mixed; age groups, over 55, under 55 and open; average age of all 4 rowers is taken to determine age group; we are entering one crew for each division; min age for rowers is 15, for the coxswain is 16;  Scottish and Irish teams as well as New Zealanders and the very slick mob from WA have been training for some time – time for …
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 4:07 PM by Posts Editor
  • The Skiff: a latter day Cutty Sark?Rob Ayliffe reports: ‘While there [in Geelong] I also had a good look under the superb model they have there of the Cutty Sark.  A famous working voyaging sailing ship, if ever there was one.  Interestingly for me the under body was not that different from our [St Ayles] Skiffs, especially the dead straight run;  the deadwood/length wise keel in almost the exact same in proportion, and even more interesting the rudder depth was similar too, to our boats. ie the lower tip pretty much in line with and definitely not below the run of the deadwood.’  We will take Rob’s word for all of that, but the Cutty Sark does seem to have the wood on us …
    Posted Nov 5, 2016, 5:24 PM by Posts Editor
  • A sailing rig for the SkiffWe know (and love) our St Ayles Skiffs as rowing boats, but on longer expeditions it is nice to be able to hoist a sail and take a break.  Iain Oughtred, the designer of the Skiff, has come up with the sprit sail rig shown below.  Rob Ayliffe points out the following virtues:no head banging boom; reefable;  easily rolled up, and stowable, within the boat.The thinking is that it’s for raids and voyaging, and general around the club ‘mucking about’ in boats: not for regattas.
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 12:17 PM by Posts Editor
  • Keeping up with tawe nunnugahIf you aren’t already getting the online tn17 newsletter and want it, then complete the form at .  Martin Riddle has been exploring over on Bruny Island, and has just announced the route: see map below.
    Posted Nov 4, 2016, 10:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Launching ‘Bittern’: 27th NovemberThe ‘Bittern‘ St Ayles Skiff is getting her last undercoat in the LBT workshop annex. The intention is that she will be complete and ready to launch,  amidst much pomp and ceremony, at the Swiftsure Regatta.  Cellars are being combed for a suitably aged malt whisky with which to bless her, moths are being expelled from chaps dinner jackets, and fascinators fetched from the tops of wardrobes.  At the launch of ‘Billy’ the choir set a bar which will be difficult to clear a second time, but we are hoping they will attempt it. Maybe some of that whisky can be set aside to help ’em clear the pipes.   Pic from Lorrie Harrison
    Posted Nov 5, 2016, 11:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Hazard – Port HuonMariners are advised (by Maritime and Safety Tasmania) that the buoy marking the sunken vessel Dooen in Hospital  Bay in position 43⁰ 09.530’ S / 146⁰ 58.357’ E is missing.  Mariners should navigate with caution in the area.  Valid From: 4/11/2016 Until: Perpetual
    Posted Nov 4, 2016, 1:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • Amsterdam Launch For Dutch Boat ProjectLooks like it was a good party.  Read all about it on the Australian Wooden Boat Festival news blog: .  For those who need reminding, a major theme of this year’s Festival is the Holland-Australia maritime connection. As part of the celebration of that connection a team from Holland will be constructing a boat at the Wooden Boat Centre for display at the Festival. We understand that Dave Golding has already sawn up the Celery Pine strip planking they will need.  We are expecting to see the first members of this team in Franklin by the end of the month, with the Australian launch to follow soon after.
    Posted Nov 6, 2016, 12:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Classic Movie Night at the Palais Sunday November 6thDeb Combes writes: Hi Team Movies, WARNING: QUALITY FILM RETURNING TO THE PALAIS. Quality comes at a cost. $5 admission to pay screening fee.   This month’s film is the 2014 French box office smash hit, The Belier Family. If you enjoyed our previous screenings of French films “The Intouchables”, “Welcome to the Sticks” and “The Grocer’s Son”, then this is a film for you. heck out the trailer.    Doors open 6.30pm, film starts when someone flicks the lights. After 7.15pm but before 7.30pm. Yes, simple but it still works a treat.   $5 admission, bar will be running with reasonably priced quality refreshments to assist with diffusing the
    Posted Oct 30, 2016, 1:21 PM by Richard Forster
  • ‘Niko’ Recreational Rowing Boat projectSteve Cameron writes:  ‘I have obtained a sample of a new engineered boat-building timber product from Finland called ‘Vendia Marine Plank’ for a build of a Finnish ‘Niko’ design recreational rowing boat.  The Niko is one or two person design, with fixed or sliding seats, based on wooden boat styles commonly raced in Finland. It was designed specifically for the Vendia product and to be easily completed by amateur builders in a course situation using batten-seam construction.  The Wooden Boat Centre are currently considering its suitability for a course.  Basic specs of the boat are: Length 5.85m, Breadth 1.44m, Empty Weight ~58kg.  I intend to display the boat the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Feb 2017
    Posted Oct 28, 2016, 3:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • To give away: 12′ plywood sailing dinghyPhil Robinson is looking to give away a 12’ Tamar Class plywood sail boat.  It is in a shed in Geeveston that needs to be cleared.  It has intact mast, newish sails, and is on a push trailer.  Contact:  0424 000 917  The picture below shows a boat of the same class at the Georgetown Museum.
    Posted Oct 27, 2016, 11:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Winning poster for the St Ayles Skiff Regatta, from Anne KovachWhat a stunner!
    Posted Oct 27, 2016, 12:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Model boats for the AWBFMichael Stoddart writes:‘The Registration site on the Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2017 website is now open for the receipt of model boat registrations.   Please go to  and complete your registration.  Click on ‘Model Boat’ and follow the screens.  If you have exhibited with the AWBF in previous years you will notice a change in procedure.  It is now necessary for all model boats to be registered in the same way as Boats Afloat and Boats Ashore.  There is no charge for exhibiting one or more model boats but if you should wish to have the commemorative plaque and flag you must tick the appropriate box on the registration form and
    Posted Oct 27, 2016, 1:37 AM by Posts Editor
  • Deck for new pontoon almost finishedDavid Pittaway and the team have been making great progress.
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 10:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Montague Whaler SailsWe are hoping the Montague whaler might be coming on tawe nunnugah, and one issue is her sails.  They are lovely old canvas things, unfortunately not with enough strength left in them for sailing.  They will make good patterns for new ones.
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 9:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pete and Pete and NancyPeters Heading and Laidlaw have removed the deteriorating veneer from the roof of ‘Nancy’, and are racing against the weather to get down plywood and fibreglass to seal her up.
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 9:40 PM by Posts Editor
  • ‘Old Sea Dogs Book 2’ and other Cuppa ConversationsThose of us who missed the launch of Andrew Wilson’s excellent book (a large section of which is dedicated to Franklin) can catch up with him at the ‘Cuppa Conversation’ organised be Huon Council on Thursday December 8th (flyer:, but we should only do that having first attended the exercise class on Thursday 10th November (flyer
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 3:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bellerive Seafarers FestivalAnnette, Endra, Hans, Nell, Tess, Steve and Dennis took ‘Billy’, the marquee and the makings for some good nautical activities (model raft making, knot tying etc), to this very popular family event, and a good time was had by all.  Don’t think Billy has ever been asked to tow a balloon boat before. Thanks to Dennis and Endra for the pics shown below.
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 2:58 AM by Posts Editor
  • Swiftsure Regatta Nov 27 2016, at the Living Boat TrustJane Johnson has sent us a plan for the St Ayles Skiff part of the Regatta. Other (non Skiff) events will include the Swiftsure Race, Roger Harwood and the Rat Island sailing race.Possible skiffs available – Imagine, Billie, “New” (Franklin)                                             The Swan (Cygnet), Chiton (Taroona)The proposed plan is to offer something for new and seasoned rowers, over a two hour period,Approx. 10 am to 12 noon, race course 1km from Jetty post, upstream 500m, 1 turn & return 10.30 – 10.50         1. Gentle exploring row – Launch of new skiff, head towards Nth Egg Island for “ rowpast” for new and seasoned rowers to warm up, all skiffs. Welcome to rowers from Williamstown who are planning a skiff-build. 10 …
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 2:04 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pontooners wanted (Wednesdays)David Pittaway writes:‘I’ll be back down at the pontoon construction site next Wednesday 26th, then all future Wednesdays until years end – we should be able to finish P1 & P2 by then.I trust the Wednesday blokes will be around again, and I invite anybody else interested in helping getting P1 & P2 functional to come down and be involved. P1 needs the decking laid and screwed, fenders scarfed and cleats and cleat blocks sorted. P2 will soon have a full complement of floats, which need to be bolted on, then P2 will need launching – lets get some bubbly happening this time!’
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 1:55 AM by Posts Editor
  • Hooray! A day of spring (sailing) weatherMike Dredge writes (On Monday 24th October):‘The blue stuff out there is called “sky”. The flat water means “calm”. Which means we can have a sailing session today.   John and I will go down at about 2:30 to find some sails and stuff.’ 
    Posted Oct 23, 2016, 2:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy the bike taxiA dozen or so of our visitors from CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) rode their bikes from Hobart to Franklin by way of Fern Tree (mad people).  When we last saw them boarding Nancy  to take a shortcut to Cradoc they were intending to make a return trip via Pelverata and Kaoota (lunatics).
    Posted Oct 23, 2016, 3:47 PM by Posts Editor
  • We like those cafe blindsSunday afternoon was a bit breezy and chilly for the CCAMLR BBQ, but the lowered blinds at the end of the verandah created a lovely warm corner in which to enjoy Kate’s tucker.  If you are wondering why you can’t see the blind at the end it is because it is so clear you barely know it is there.
    Posted Oct 22, 2016, 10:57 PM by Posts Editor
  • Garage sale for the LBTThis weekend saw a ‘Garage Sale Trail’ around the Huon Valley, taking in the Glen Huon Hall where Dennis Muscovich ran a stall for us.   It raised a significant amount of money: thanks Dennis.  Pic from Nick Forster
    Posted Oct 21, 2016, 10:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Steamboat Rally Sunday 20th NovemberFrom Andrew Perkins:  steam,paddle,row or sail from Franklin to Huonville for a lunchtime get together with other wooden boat groups at the Huon Jet Boat Cafe; enjoy a BBQ for $15 per head including salads, sausages, hamburgers, bread rolls with self serve tea, coffee and orange juice or choose from the Cafe menu or BYO;meet at Franklin for 10.30 am departure for Huonville returning at 2.30 pm in time for afternoon tea at the Living Boat Trust or a discounted tour of the Wooden Boat Centre;please advise numbers for the bbq and tour of the Centre prior to 10.30 am departure from Franklin to Andrew Perkins on 0419 375500.  Those of us who …
    Posted Oct 21, 2016, 2:43 PM by Posts Editor
  • Grebe schoolThe weather was ‘ok’ on Monday evening, so John Walduck and Mike Dredge conducted their second class for novice Grebe sailors.  This one was all about the intricacies of gaff rigs, and the special quirks and traps to watch out for.
    Posted Oct 17, 2016, 1:09 PM by Posts Editor
  • Paints from Sorell Men’s Shed: thank youAs noted previously in this column, Sorell Mens Shed has been given a batch of mixed paints and is offering them to other sheds.  Mike Dredge knows how wooden boats chew through paint, and quickly took up this offer on our behalf: the result is pictured.  Thanks Sorell and thanks Mike.  We may well be able to get some more after other sheds have had their dibs.
    Posted Oct 17, 2016, 1:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • Big thanks to Nancy crewSeniors Week for this year has just ended, marked by the extremes of weather that the Bureau of Meteorology traditionally turn on for it.  We acknowledge their efforts but ask them to tone it down next year, please.  Nancy was out every day with boatloads of happy senior cits.  Thanks to everybody who helped out, particularly Brian Pain, Martin Riddle, Deb Van Velsen, Hans Sipsma and Nell Tyson who did most of the heavy lifting.  Pic from Nell Tyson
    Posted Oct 21, 2016, 2:22 PM by Posts Editor
  • Work in the shedFrom Graham Wright (text and pics):  Two pictures of Gretchen with her new Dynal sheathing on one side, this will keep her dry.  Black Swan showing the strengthened transomWork on the new toilet, not visible is the ceiling which has had plaster board attached We decided that the ideal height of the new shelf unit is bar height and pic shows Allan testing it!
    Posted Oct 23, 2016, 5:48 PM by Posts Editor
  • A new Port Davey book: get involvedJohn Wadsley from the Maritime Museum writes:  Tony Fenton is crowdfunding the publication of his book, A History of Port Davey, volume one: Fleeting Hopes. This is a varied and detailed look at the early history of that magnificent waterway. Tony is following in his grandfather Deny King’s shoes with his passion for the place. He has been researching for this book for many years and, with your help, he will be able to share the amazing history of Port Davey with us all. This book complements two biographies associated with the area: King of the Wilderness: the life of Deny King by Christobel Mattingley and Win & Clyde: side by side in Tasmania’s far south-west by Janet …
    Posted Oct 25, 2016, 3:35 AM by Posts Editor
  • Skiff Regatta NewsletterSee the attached newsletter ( for the latest on Skiffie2017, which you scarcely need reminding is on the weekend after the Wooden Boat Festival, 18th-19th February.  Find out more and register for this regatta on the website:
    Posted Oct 13, 2016, 1:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Is it that season already?Bec Enders is looking forward to Christmas Day, and planning a party at the LBT shed for those whose loved ones are far away, or who are too grumpy to join them. See attached flyer for details: .
    Posted Oct 12, 2016, 1:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Seniors WeekSeniors are nothing if not intrepid, and Laurence Burgin snapped them heading out into the lowering storm in Nancy yesterday.  Fortunately Nancy has a snug cabin, and the sun soon broke through: this is after all Tasmania.
    Posted Oct 12, 2016, 1:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • Garage Sale, Glen Huon 22nd OctoberDennis Muscovich writes:‘There will be an LBT stall at the combined garage sale at Glen Huon Hall.  Items and helpers needed.  Contact Dennis: 0428 364 178’
    Posted Oct 11, 2016, 5:10 AM by Posts Editor
  • MAST Notice: Rowing RegattasValid:  11/10/2016 – 6/11/2016Notice Content: Rowing Regattas will be held on the Huon River at Franklin on Saturday, 22 October and Sunday, 23 October, Saturday, 5 November and Sunday, 6 November2016.  Mariners are advised the River will be restricted for other boating pursuits onSaturdays from 0800 to 1830 and on Sundays from 0800 to 1630.  Boat owners are restricted from using the boat ramp at Franklin and entering the rowing restricted area during these times.  The restricted area is thecourse and 500 metres either side of the course.  Boat owners must followdirections of rowing officials.  A public boat ramp is available at Shipwrights Point, south of Franklin.
    Posted Oct 11, 2016, 4:05 AM by Posts Editor
  • Pains, Varnishes & Stains – Available from Sorell Mens ShedWell that’s what he said, but we think he meant paints.  Keith Ellis from the Tassie Men’s Shed Association writes:‘I have been advised by Chris Coyle from the Sorel Men’s Shed that: – “we have been given 2 pallets of paints, varnishes & stains. Cabots & feastWatsons.  There are various sizes From 500ml-5ltrs. We would like to offer them free to any other sheds on a first come first serve basis. Some of the larger paints need tinting.’  If you are interested, please contact Chris at the Sorel Men’s Shed.’Anybody going through Sorell?
    Posted Oct 10, 2016, 4:12 AM by Posts Editor
  • Woodbridge pier damagedMAST Notice  Mariners are advised that the Woodbridge Jetty has sustained damaged in the recent weather conditions. It has been reported that the southern outer pylon of the Woodbridge Jetty is damaged and will not hold a vessel. MAST requests that vessel operators do not tie up to this pylon and berth on the northern side of the jetty until the pylon has been assessed and appropriate repairs undertaken.  Valid  10/10/2016- 11/11/2016 Pic from
    Posted Oct 10, 2016, 3:49 AM by Posts Editor
  • Spring gale dismastingThe best place to be on Sunday was tied up to the wharf, below decks, whittling and whipping and doing a bit of scrimshaw work and the like.  Even ashore there could be trouble if too much sail was set.  The blue gum pictured, 30 metres tall and half a metre through the trunk, clearly didn’t get it’s royals and topgallants down in time.
    Posted Oct 13, 2016, 3:28 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Warning – Floating Debris (contd)Mike Dredge tells us that the MAST warning of a week ago ( should remain very much alive (on the 7th October): there is a nasty snag at South Franklin which is slowly moving and is not particularly visible at high tide.
    Posted Oct 7, 2016, 10:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Cut and polish for NancyBrian Pain took advantage of a window of still weather to get ‘Nancy’ down to the slip at Port Huon, where her undersides were attended to, she had her annual inspection, and was surveyed.  All went well, and we are not expecting any nasty surprises in the surveyors report.   Pics from Graham Wright
    Posted Oct 6, 2016, 2:11 PM by Posts Editor
  • One for the bargain huntersAuction to be conducted on Sunday October 16, 2016, at the Palais Theatre, Franklin, starting at 10.30am.See flyer attached for more details:
    Posted Oct 5, 2016, 4:32 AM by Posts Editor
  • Special Event at Museum: Tuesday October 4thJohn Wadsley writes: ‘REMINDER: Maritime Museum of Tasmania – Special Event on 4 October 2016 for the 400th Anniversary of the Dutch landing in Western Australia. note the change of venue to the Hobart Town Hall. free entry.’ See the flyer for details.
    Posted Oct 2, 2016, 7:52 PM by Posts Editor
  • Warrnambool Regatta (March 2017)Patrick Groot has sent us the flyer for this event: see below.  Those of us who went to the launch of ‘Fast Messenger’ at Warrnambool last year can vouch for what a great place it is both for visiting and rowing – see previous posts and
    Posted Oct 2, 2016, 4:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Exploding CalendarThe calendar is bristling with events this week:On Monday: at 3.30pm the first sailing class for the season (hope you have booked);at 5.30pm a meeting of the Nancy Fanciers to get organised before the rush of maintenance and bookings (see agenda:; Monday dinner, which will be an opportunity for input to the first committee meeting.On Tuesday: working on completion of the shed extension and boat maintenance.  On Wednesday:  getting more decking onto the pontoon.  On Thursday:Slipping Nancy (moved from Tuesday due to weather);  LBT Committee meeting (see draft agenda: On Friday:  Working on the skiffs (which is ongoing).
    Posted Oct 2, 2016, 2:04 PM by Posts Editor
  • Kayak launchThe neat little kayaks which have been built by students at the Wooden Boat Centre over the last week (instructors Peter Ingram-Jones and Greg Simson) were tested on the river for the first time on Saturday.  All held water and none capsized whilst your correspondent was present: must count as a success!  See for more courses at the Centre.  Pics from Anne Holst
    Posted Oct 3, 2016, 8:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Read all about the EvaporatorsThose who missed the Sunday Mercury article about the plans  Martin and Judy Krynen (our neighbours) have for this building can read all about it online:  There is more in this weeks Huon News.  The latest intelligence is that the plans have been given development approval by the council.
    Posted Oct 1, 2016, 3:14 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Warning – Floating DebrisMAST Notice: Valid From: 29/9/2016  Until: 7/10/2016.  Mariners are advised that recent heavy rains have caused debris including logsto be washed into rivers and estuaries around the State.Mariners are also advised barways and river mouths may change, particularly onthe East Coast and North Coast due to flooding.  Mariners are urged to take extreme caution whilst navigating whilst theseconditions exist.  Mariners should at all times acquaint themselves with forecast weather by goingto the Bureau of Meteorology–  Meteye
    Posted Sep 29, 2016, 5:54 PM by Posts Editor
  • News from Huon Yacht ClubStan Pickering writes: Dear Members and Friends,  A reminder that it is the HYC Social night tomorrow evening. 6.30pm start at the clubhouse. We hope the weather will be better by tomorrow night…  Also a reminder for the HYC General Meeting on Tuesday 4th. October at the clubhouse at 7.30pm. All welcome, so come along and hear what your club has planned for Opening Day and the forthcoming season.  And last but not least, the HYC Opening Day celebration and sail-past at the clubhouse. Sail-past to commence at 1.15pm. on Sunday 9th. October 2016. See attached poster.  I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at all three occasions,  Poster attached: http …
    Posted Sep 29, 2016, 6:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Voluntary workers insuranceOur insurance broker Grant Butters came to the shed on Tuesday, principally to discuss Tawe Nunnugah with us, but also to help clear up any other issues.  LBT members commonly ask about the cover provided for them by the LBT in the case of accidents. Here is the summary we came up with. The insurance we have is primarily intended for people doing work for the LBT, in the workshop or supervising events.  If you are in paid employment (outside the LBT) the insurance provides some cover for loss of income in the case of injury: up to $400 per week to a maximum of 104 weeks.  If you are not in paid employment and are injured whilst working for …
    Posted Sep 29, 2016, 6:18 PM by Posts Editor
  • Navigation Light – Port Esperance DoverMAST Notice:  Mariners are advised that a fixed yellow navigation light has been established on a pile in Port Esperance, Dover in position 43o20.135S, 147 00.933E.
    Posted Sep 29, 2016, 6:19 PM by Posts Editor
  • Progress in the shedGraham Wright writes:  ‘Brett is back from his European adventures and put us right as the images show. The northern wall on the new equal access toilet is the privacy screen as required by the regulations. We haven’t been totally happy with this as you can see through it.’ Pics from Graham Wright
    Posted Sep 28, 2016, 3:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Bungee RowingNell Tyson, our industrial spy on the waterways of Europe, sent this suggestion for a regatta activity.
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 7:50 PM by Posts Editor
  • Pontoon progress reportDavid Pittaway writes: ‘pontoons are coming along slowly but consistently. The physical size of components demands a team approach, which has been well attended on Wednesday mornings. We have P1 fully framed up and ready for decking to go on. Any observers will have noticed a few extra scungy timbers incorporated into the framing. These have been added in anticipation of having to take the rolling load of the brow (engineer talk for walkway) which has been purpose bought for one pontoon. ‘ Pics in reverse order below show the progress:  the current state of framing, getting the framed up floats into the water, and David removing the old decking.
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 6:21 PM by Posts Editor
  • Movie at the Palais: Sunday Oct 2nd“This month’s movie is the 2003 Australian deadly serious comedy/thriller “Bad Eggs”.  We here at Team Movie Command headquarters take our role seriously. After receiving an anonymous letter of “Movie Suggestions” signed “Arm Chair Action Man”, this month’s movie will cover all the requested B’s.  B standing for: Bullets, blokey buddies, baddies, blood and battles.”Doors open 6.30pm for 7.15pm startBring a plate and a gold coin. 
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 4:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Reminder: First sailing class next Monday (3rd Oct)Mike Dredge has sent us the program:  see and  Start time is 3.30pm.  First class on shore, so it won’t be dependent on the  weather.  There are still one or two places available for this course: sign up at the shed.
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 3:27 PM by Posts Editor
  • Nancy Fanciers MeetingA glimpse at the Nancy calender ( shows that there is a VERY busy October coming up.  We need to get organised, and the first meeting for the Nancy Fanciers for the season is proposed for 5.30pm, Monday October 3rd at the Shed.  This time should suit those who need to get away to fire brigade and other evening events, and also those who want to hand around for dinner.  Items on the agenda will include organising crews, checking procedures, and slipping and surveying: if you think there is something else that needs to be attended to email it to
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 1:34 AM by Posts Editor
  • The King is deadLong live the King.  At the AGM on Saturday Peter Laidlaw dismissed himself and the committee for 2015-16, and was promptly elected as president of the 2016-17 committee.   His minions are:  Treasurer: Jackie Garnsey, Secretary: Richard Forster, General committee members:  Brett Doubleday, Brian Marriott, Graham Rankin, Jilly Archer, Karen Corbin, Lorrie Harrison, Martin Riddle, Ros Barnett  Documents from the AGM can be viewed at (more to come).
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 3:03 PM by Posts Editor
  • Upcoming Fun Events for Children to AdultsKids first of all….from the Maritime Museum of Tasmania…..Please find attached our flyer for the next School Holidays program that will be held in the September/October holidays.We think this program is pretty exciting, so please circulate throughout your organisations, far and wide.  Feel free to copy and include in your regular mail-outs and newsletters. If you have any queries, please call the Museum on 6234 1427 or email admin@maritimetas.organd for the adults…..a  Wheels, Wings and Rudders sale on October 2nd in Cygnet.May be of interest to the model collectors among us, includes books and all sorts of stuff. Rather a lot of it and all reasonably priced. 
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 12:27 AM by Posts Editor
  • Dee Oirish RowersIreland’s first ever Olympic rowing medallists have inspired a hilarious poem.Listen and laugh
    Posted Sep 22, 2016, 2:05 PM by Posts Editor
  • FINAL REMINDER ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND QUIZ NIGHTA final reminder to all our members that the AGM is being held this Saturday the 24th of September, starting at 6pm at the Franklin Bowling Club.At the last Committee meeting a motion was adopted to maintain the number of ordinary members at eight, as has been the the convention in previous years. A healthy sign of member interest is that for the first time in a long time, if ever, we have more nominations than positions, so we need a proper election! We aren’t sure about  the stance the nominees are taking, although there have been vague mutterings about a Jacquie Lambie faction and Eddie Obeid may also be taking an interest. So come along on Saturday
    Posted Sep 21, 2016, 6:44 PM by Posts Editor
  • Huon River Boat Parade – Friday 17 February 2017To open the St Ayles Skiff Regatta,  our classic launch Nancy will lead a fleet of skiffs and assorted craft from Huonville downriver to Franklin.The Derwent Scottish Pipe Band will provide musical encouragement aboard an iconic local motorboat, as we cruise towards the opening ceremony at Franklin Rowing Ways. Build, beg, buy or borrow a boat for this amazing event. Flags, banners and joie de vivre essential. Opening ceremony will be followed by an evening of food, fun and fiesta at the Franklin Palais.Put this in your diary – more details to follow.
    Posted Sep 17, 2016, 9:49 PM by Posts Editor
  • LBT needs Magic CarpetWe are looking for a large piece of carpet in reasonable condition, to replace the current carpet that is in the area outside the kitchen.  If you can help, please contact  
    Posted Sep 17, 2016, 12:45 AM by Posts Editor
  • Tuesday boys test the new seat – and it passes with flying coloursGraham Wright reports…..Busy day today, Huon Harmony is back in the water and under the shed, and Black Swan has had a pressure wash and is in the extension ready for repairs.The seat slats have been varnished and fitted on the veranda seat oar storage, and of course it had to be tested.Now the seat is complete, work will begin on the equal access toilet on Thursday
    Posted Jun 9, 2017, 3:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Just Bowl Along to this OneFrom our Mens Shed friends……CarbaTec are holding a Arbotech Demo at their Hobart store – learn how to carve a free form bowl. See attached posterDetails as follows:-Carbatec Hobart Saturday 17th September 9am to 11am17 Farley Street Glenorchy P: 6272 8881Attached is their flyer.
    Posted Sep 13, 2016, 3:56 PM by Posts Editor
  • ThanksThe LBT committee would like to sincerely thank the large number of members who turned out on Monday night to help us resolve a difficult membership issue.This process has been testing and stressful for all committee members for several months.  Running an organisation like the LBT, that encompasses such diverse interests, is not easy but knowing we have such good support from the majority of our members is very reassuring for all of us.
    Posted Sep 12, 2016, 10:59 PM by Posts Editor
  • Haven’t a Clew about Sailing?Always wanted to know a jib from a gybe?  Mike and John can soon have you tacking and tracking. Basic sailing course starting in October.  See attached for more details.
    Posted Sep 10, 2016, 11:13 PM by Posts Editor
  • Last Reminder – extremely important (but very short) Special General MeetingA final reminder that a Special General Meeting of Members will be held at the Palais Theatre, 3388 Huon Hwy, Franklin Tas 7113 in the Supper Room, on Monday 12 September 2016 at 5.30 pm pursuant to rule 32 of the Living Boat Trust Constitution. No other business may be transacted at the meeting. It is important that all currently paid up LBT members attend if possible.  Meeting will be very brief.
    Posted Sep 10, 2016, 11:08 PM by Posts Editor
  • Welcome Home lunch for our Skiffie Worlds superstarsToday was all about a welcome home to our rowers who have been away, and at last a clear area where we can set up a few tables.Thanks to everyone who worked on cleaning up the area.  Now that the workshop extension can accommodate the boats, what a great space this will prove to be.Weather too good to use the blinds.
    Posted Sep 9, 2016, 4:01 AM by Posts Editor
  • Nominations for LBT committeeThe form is available on the LBT site.However, here it is attached to this post.There are also copies available in the shed.The positions available are 8 ordinary committee members plus President,  Treasurer and Secretary.Nominations must be received by 14 September – preferably in the postbox at the LBT office, or email the acting Secretary Graham Rankin
    Posted Sep 8, 2016, 3:29 PM by Posts Editor
  • AGM Special ! Buy one, get one free!Floating voter and itching to vote? We have 2 AGM’s this month.LBT – Sat 24 September –  6pm at Franklin Bowling ClubWBC / Franklin Working Waterfront Association Sun 25 September – 2pm at Franklin School (not the Palais). See you there!  Don’t miss the excitement!
    Posted Sep 7, 2016, 2:33 AM by Posts Editor
  • And you thought we had mooring problems! Great River Race 2016Three hundred and thirty boats, over two thousand competitors, and the fastest boats completing the 21 mile course through central London in a little over 2 hours (that’s 15km per hour, helped by a very strong tide).  Imagine a race like this on the Huon.Seven St Ayles skiffs took part – read Alex Jordan’s report with pictures on the Scottish Coastal Rowing sitehttp://scottishcoastalrowing.orgExcellent video from a competitors perspective on YouTube
    Posted Sep 6, 2016, 3:55 PM by Posts Editor
  • Oarsome Storage and Sparkling HarmonyThose Tuesday boys have been creative again – fabulous new lockable storage for the skiff oars (which doubles as a bench seat), and Huon Harmony all ready to launch.   Well done all round!
    Posted Sep 6, 2016, 3:46 PM by Posts Editor
  • Very Important LBT Special General Meeting Monday 12 September, 5.30pmThe Living Boat Trust IncNotice of Special General Meeting of MembersMembers are advised that a Special General Meeting of Members will be held at the Palais Theatre Franklin, 3388 Huon Hwy, Franklin Tas 7113 in the Supper Room, 12 September 2016 at 5.30 pm pursuant to rule 32 of the Living Boat Trust Constitution. No other business may be transacted at the meeting. It is important that all currently paid up LBT members attend if possible.  Meeting will be very brief.
    Posted Sep 5, 2016, 12:25 AM by Posts Editor
  • Important Message from Endra O’MayI am organizing Landsowne School to come down to the LBT on the new date of the 9th Of November, a Wednesday.Could you put a call out on the LBT site for members wishing to help on that day, and also into the future, to acquire their  This takes 6 weeks to process , so they need to do this within next few days.       Thank you Endra
    Posted Aug 31, 2016, 8:16 PM by Posts Editor
  • Team LBT gets Bolder in the Polder (plus an offer you can’t refuse!)It’s so nice sailing with wonderful scenery slipping by; polders, cows, willows and thatched farms, windmills, even right through the middle of villages.  We often crash out after long days of sailing on canals, rivers and lakes (and Markermeer and Ijsselmeer).We are getting bolder in the polder, as we wait and pass through Klapbruggen (cantilever bridges), the bridge keeper swings the clog and we drop in a euro. Nothing is more fun than this, and everybody smiles at our grinning faces.Lots of bike rides too, it really is exhilarating to zoom though the flat countryside and end up in those gezellige terrasjes by a canal or in a little historic town square to down a delicious bruine
    Posted Aug 28, 2016, 4:12 PM by Posts Editor
  • Marine Art on Display at Wooden Boat Centre from 9 – 18 SeptemberMembers of the Huon Art Exhibitions Group and the Australian Society ofMarine Artists (Tasmanian branch) are contributing to a maritime themedexhibition to be held in the Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin.This exhibition will open on Friday evening the 9th September at 6.30 pmfor 7 pm.  Ex Senator and leader of the Greens,Bob Brown, has kindly agreed to open the exhibition for us.  Entry to the exhibition is $5.00 p.p. All are most welcome and if you can’t make it for the opening, be sure topop in throughout the following nine days.  All works are for sale.For further information please contact Greg Guy:0407 462 917
    Posted Aug 28, 2016, 12:54 AM by Posts Editor
  • Latest News from Wooden Boat CentreBay Pilot boat frame for sale, has been constructed and is ready to be finished by a handyman/boatbuilder.  See Gumtree for details.
    Posted Aug 26, 2016, 8:23 PM by Posts Editor
  • 50 Shades of Grey: the awesome power of Franklin’s seniorsThis is the action shot you have been waiting for from last weekend’s pontoon games.
    Posted Aug 26, 2016, 3:53 AM by Posts Editor
  • Rosalie recognises LBTThanks very much to Rosalie Woodruff, Greens MP, for her generous donation to the LBT.  We look forward to seeing her in the shed in the near future, and taking her out on Nancy.
    Posted Aug 25, 2016, 12:51 AM by Posts Editor
  • Huon Harmony – Looking Like a Real Boat ShouldFrom Graham Wright…..We finished Huon Harmony’s interior today.The plan is to turn it over on Tuesday to prepare and varnish the hull with a second coat and antifoul the week after.A pity it has to go back in the water (just joking!)
    Posted Aug 25, 2016, 12:47 AM by Posts Editor
  • First Cut for our Dutch Boat BuildersThe Dutch Boat Project is off to a racing start with the first cut of the rare Tasmanian timber that will be used for the construction of a 6-metre BM (Bergumer Meer class) sailboat at the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin, Tasmania.For more pics and details, see the Festival blog:
    Posted Aug 21, 2016, 1:02 AM by Posts Editor
  • Big Launch – No ChampagneIt must have looked like building the pyramids – rollers, wedges, chains, levers and a cast of thousands. But it worked!The new plastic floats were bolted alongside, the newly welded deck made ready for the planking, obscure big boys toys (winches and jacks) recovered from backyard sheds and to the surprise of most of the participants, the whole 2 tonne structure slid gracefully back into the water. More action shots to follow in ‘The Pontoon, Part 2’
    Posted Aug 21, 2016, 1:15 AM by Posts Editor
  • Old Sea Dogs Unleashed – Again !You may recall that Andrew Wilson, who wrote Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania, did a book launch at the shed for his first book.  He will be launching his second book on Monday August 29.   He will do a 20 -30 minute presentation around 6.30 prior to dinner.  He’ll have books for sale on the night for $50.00 each and $5.00 from each sale will be donated to the LBT.
    Posted Aug 15, 2016, 12:38 AM by Posts Editor
  • They must have thought the Vikings were coming back !Richard Foster’s sister Kate visited Iona a couple of months ago, and guess what she saw on the beach – these St Ayles skiffs visiting at the same time.
    Posted Aug 13, 2016, 3:44 AM by Posts Editor
  • LBT Special General Meeting – CancelledThe Special General Meeting, scheduled for Monday 15th at 5.30 pm, is now cancelled. 
    Posted Aug 11, 2016, 11:10 PM by Posts Editor
  • Victorian St Ayles Skiff Championships 4-5 March 2017From Patrick Groot…..Following on from Franklin’s St Ayles Skiff Regatta in February 2017, is the Victorian ‘triple whammy’ on 4-5 March 2017 at Warrnambool……–  Victorian St Ayles Skiff Championships –  Australian Whaleboat Championships –  South West Wooden Boat Exhibition. The Expressions of Interest flyer is attached, and will be followed up with the official flyer to be put together by Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum, but the weekend is definitely on. It promises to be a brilliant 2 days with what we have planned boating wise and what the owner of Proudfoots Boathouse has in store regarding catering and entertainment. The status of skiffs in Victoria is that 2 are launched: ‘Cariad’ by Rev’ Jim Barr and the Melbourne Welsh
    Posted Aug 11, 2016, 4:53 PM by Posts Editor
  • Marlborough Sounds trip – sail, row, paddle……If you enjoyed the Hauraki Gulf in February this year, then how about a Marlborough Sounds trip in the South Island?The latest post on the New Zealand Coastal Rowing site outlines an opportunity for some sailing/rowing in the Marlborough Sounds in February 2017.:
    Posted Aug 11, 2016, 4:35 PM by Posts Editor
  • Australia goes for gold, LBT will settle for bronze  Our On the Water Co-ordinator, Endra O’May is looking for someone who has their current Bronze Medallion and who may be willing to help out during the On the Water Schools Programme  in the coming months.If you have a Bronze Medallion and would like to help out please give Endra a ring on 0412168552 or email her at:
    Posted Aug 11, 2016, 4:34 PM by Posts Editor
  • Tin RecyclingEmpty clean tins wanted for paint containers by the Imagine painting team.  All tin sizes welcome, bring them down (cleaned first please!)
    Posted Aug 10, 2016, 12:16 AM by Posts Editor
  • An Enormous Transparent Erection by the Blind ManRoller blinds went up today in the verandah area – this will help us keep out the Tasmanian weather, while at the same time enhancing that much sought-after ‘indoor-outdoor flow’.