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  • Sailors of the air
    Pip Stevenson and a mate have flown a motor glider all the way from Northern NSW to Burketown on the Gulf of Carpentaria to ride the ‘Morning Glory‘, ‘a rare meteorological phenomenon consisting of a low-level atmospheric solitary wave and associated cloud’. Pip writes: ‘here I am I’m tying the wing before we depart to…
  • Latest news from the Wooden Boat Festival
    Read all about it here. They are looking for volunteers.
  • President’s Report
    For many of us Peter Laidlaw’s annual report is worth the price of admission to the LBT. One of the joys is that it is entirely unpredictable: this year we got a major diversion to an expedition led by Uffa Fox. Read the 2022 report here.
  • Ros’s Boat
    LBT stalwart Ros Barnett is living with her mum at her house at the mouth of the Mersey, Devonport. You would have to be in the water to be any more maritime. Pic below was taken from the front verandah.
  • Monday night BBQ coming up (Sept 26)
    The days are stretching out and warming up, so there won’t be quite the same need for beanies and blanket coats which have been part of the dress code for the last few months. The usual drill: bring something for the griddle, something to share and $5 for the kitty. See you after 6pm.
  • Meet the Huon Council Candidates
    Those who are resident in the Valley may want to take advantage of the opportunity to meet candidates for the new council, due to be elected in October. The event is at 7pm, Tuesday 27th September. See attached flyer for details.
  • New Committee for the LBT
    At the AGM on Saturday night chairman of the meeting Peter Laidlaw dismissed the outgoing committee, with particular thanks to David Pittaway and Jane Johnson who were not standing again. The following committee for 2022-23 was then elected, with no positions contested. President: Peter LaidlawSecretary: Richard ForsterTreasurer: Rod MacfarlanOrdinary Members: Endra O’May, Michelle Crawford, Mike Hewitt,…
  • 20221-2022 Treasurer’s Report
    The LBT has for the last several years been very fortunate to have the steady hand of the Rod Macfarlan on the financial tiller, and on Saturday night’s AGM he presented his annual report. His introductory paragraph says ‘We can look back at the previous year and reflect that we have not gone backwards. In…
  • New figurehead for ‘Imagine’
    ‘Spring weather brought LBT skiffies out for a row with the magical carved eagle figurehead created by Mary Lou Conway. Walkers along the foreshore stopped to admire Imagine on last week’s (perfect rowing conditions) public holiday. New rowers are welcome.’
  • Shannon on the slip
    ‘Slip’ was the operative word, but Stuart Meares eventually got us organised and hauled up on Monday. The good news was that the exercise revealed that all is well below the waterline. After much scrubbing, polishing, antifouling etc by Andy Ritchie, Endra O’May, Phil Petterson and crew Shannon is now back on our pontoon. We…
  • The great LBT trivia night
    Competition was fierce and controversy frequent, with quizmaster David Pittaway having to take a VERY firm hand on occasion. Pics from Ben Forster.
  • Huon Yacht Club Open Day October 1st
    Join the HYC at Shipwrights point for the opening of the sailing season. See flyer below for details.
  • Come on down to the slip
    Shannon (the ‘Hood’) will be headed for to the Shipwright’s Point slip at Port Huon at 7am on Monday 19th, but that’s all organised. What is needed is a workforce to get her bum scrubbed, prop cleaned, anti-foul applied etc in the following days. Should be good fun. If you want to be part of…
  • AGM next Saturday: final reminder
    Agenda for the Annual General Meeting of the Living Boat Trust Inc, 2022 6:00pm 24th Sept, 3337 Huon Hwy, Franklin TAS 7113 Welcome  Apologies:  Minutes of last meeting  Auditor’s Report Appointment of Auditor Treasurer’s Report President’s report Declaration that all positions on the committee of the L.B.T. are vacant Election of executive, President, Secretary, Treasurer…
  • Aurora Men’s Shed Art Prize
    You may remember that Peter Hill put an entry into this competition for us. He didn’t win, but wasn’t disappointed when he saw the entry that did – pic below. At least it had a nautical theme.
  • Allen key under pressure
    The pic below shows what happens to an Allen key when you try to use it to free a very frozen bolt in an engine block with a rattle gun. We need another solution.
  • Tuesday group at work
    Jen Tubman took pictures of some of it. The Betsy Walton is out of the Shed and taking up in the reeds, at this time of year there is a LOT of pumping out, and the furniture has come out of Shannon so she can be cleaned out.
  • And from the canals of France …
    Mike Dredge writes: ‘A couple of happy snaps from France in June. Seeing Rod wants to do little boats, here are a couple of slightly bigger versions on the Seine. St Mames is the resting place for a million French barges (most of which seem to undergoing conversion to a house boat or hotel boat.…
  • The Great River Race
    Rod Macfarlan is in London. He reports: ‘The Great River Race is 22 miles up the Thames held for the first time after COVID, but reconstituted as a procession out of respect for the passing of QE2, and in fact was almost cancelled. Only about half the entered boats turned up. The dutch were there…
  • FWWA AGM 25th Sept
    The Franklin Working Waterfront Association AGM will be held 3pm, Sunday 25 September at the Wooden Boat Centre, 3333 Huon Hwy, Franklin. For those who don’t know, this association is the governing body for the Wooden Boat Centre. If you aren’t AGM’ed out after the LBT shindig the night before this may be the event…

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