Latest News

  • Members tips column
    You know that lovely flexible, rubber plumbing pipe wrapped in braided wire (pic below), so handy for tricky spaces in boats and houses? Well it can rust out and blow (pic 2), with more or less disastrous results depending. As a for instance, it would be best if it didn’t happen at the top of…
  • A touch of brass
    Peter Hill has reinstalled Viking’s lettering, having kept track of it over the years she has been out of the water.
  • Scraping and painting
    Maybe we should re-label ourselves to SPT, acknowledging how much of this activity goes into wooden boats. Bob Tubman and friends have the bottom sides of the ‘Huon Rat’ done, now for the topsides.
    The Palais Management Committee is responsible for managing the Franklin RV site, and is looking for a new caretaker/fee collector.   This role could potentially be a shared one. Ideal for someone who lives locally, and who enjoys meeting people from all over Australia, and further afield. Must be reliable, and able to collect site…
  • Donations to the LBT
    We were very fortunate to receive the following. Electric tools from Cameron Green’s grandpa, organised through the Tassie Men’s Shed Association. Fastenings and Wood from Livia Doblanovic. An industrial sewing machine from Be Hers Sewing Centre. Thank you everybody.
  • Watch Catalyst next Tuesday
    The program (ABC: Tuesday 16 August, 8.30pm) is about favourite trees, which for Tasmania means Huon Pine (they tell us). We are expecting footage from the Wooden Boat Centre, and from Nancy’s sister boat Eva Blanche which was restored by Dave and Mary Lou Conway. Pic below shows both boats together.
  • Another Franklin
    David Pittaway has just visited Port Franklin on the lee (east) side of Wilson’s Promontory, and has sent the following pics. We should ask them to add ‘our’ Franklin to their compass of destinations.
  • Gretchen out of the water
    How many old gaffers does it take to get Gretchen out of the water? Judging from the picture below quite a few. She hasn’t been out for 3 years – looks like the worms have been having fun making castings on the leeboards in the meantime. Leeboards are a Dutch thing, and Jack Witte is…
  • LBT Committee Meeting coming up
    As usual, second Thursday of the month (11th August) at 6pm. There is an agenda being prepared here, minutes for the last meeting can be found here. If you have some business you want attended to send it to
  • Huon Yacht Club AGM Sept 6th
    LBT sailors may be interested in contacting the secretary (Gary McDonald) at and attending this meeting as visitors or perhaps joining up as members beforehand. We have had a good relationship with the HYC over the years, participating in events and using their slip. Many of us have crewed on boats in their racing…
  • Courses at the Wooden Boat Centre
    We notice that several of the courses on the 2022 calendar have yet to run: 14′ Whitehall, September 5 – December 2 Fine Woodworking, September 19 – September 30 Whitehall Skin on frame, October 10 – October 20 Oars paddles and spars November 14 – November 18 There are also some courses to be run…
  • Iefke and Matt
    Recently the LBT big trailer went to Cygnet to help one of our members get his boat out of the water. Iefke and Matt scored the job of towing it back in the pouring rain when work was complete, and it reminded us of the nice video the Wooden Festival have produced of their own…
  • On the Water Schools Program
    Back in May we advertised for members happy to help out with this program which runs in October through to early December. Thanks to those who put up their hands – we know who you are! We would like to involve more schools but that is limited by the number of volunteers who are available,…
  • BBQ Monday night
    The lucky crew of the Windward Bound have Kate cooking for them, so we get to show off our skills with the sausage tongs at the hot plate. Bring something for you, something to share and $5 for the kitty.
  • The Argonauts Club
    The recent 90th birthday of the ABC was an opportunity to wallow in nostalgia, and one of the programs that was remembered fondly was the Argonauts Club. The Argonauts could hoist a sail but largely relied on oars, which was reflected in their theme song. Fifty mighty Argonauts, bending to the oars, Today will go…
  • Aurora Art Prize
    We have received the following message from Wendy Kennedy at the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association. ‘Our annual Aurora Art Prize remains open until the 24th September… something framed (can be a photo or drawing) that depicts Shed life, framed in recycled materials – judged by Aurora $350.00 There will also be the People’s Choice award…
  • Wooden Boat Festival Bulletin
    The Festival reminds us that time is not linear – the elapse time to February’s festivities is decreasing exponentially. Read this month’s newsletter here. Amongst the highlights is a nice piece on Tasmanian timbers.
  • Keeping up with Yukon
    ‘The current position of SV YUKON is at East Australia (coordinates 23.47812 S / 151.39157 E) reported 3 days ago by AIS. The vessel is en route to AIRLIE BCH, sailing at a speed of 5.7 knots and expected to arrive there on Jul 30, 09:00.’ (Report from Vessel Finder). You’d have thought they would…
  • D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Woodbridge – Unmarked Wreck
    From MAST: ‘Mariners are advised that the sunken wreck of a 6 metre vessel exists in Little Peppermint Bay, Woodbridge. The wreck is centred on position Latitude 43° 8.900’S Longitude 147° 14.782’E with a charted depth of 1.4 metres at low tide.’
  • Draft Minutes for July LBT Committee Meeting
    Read them here.

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