Last Hundred Posts

(If you want to see everything back to 2013, check out this archive).

  • Elements of Shipboard Safety
    This is the course to do for people messing around in boats. Topics include accident prevention, extinguishing fires, how to handle man overboard, abandon ship etc. You can read more about it here. It is subsidised in Tasmania: cost $390. The even better news is that if you are a Centrelink recipient (including part time… Read more: Elements of Shipboard Safety
  • Monday night BBQ dinner
    Last Monday of the month coming up, which means a BBQ. It is also pretty much midwinter – sunset doesn’t get much earlier, so a good night for a fire? Bring your offering for the griddle, plus a course to share, something to drink and $5 for the kitty.
  • LBT Committee Meeting June 26
    An agenda is being prepared here. Lots of decisions being made for Tawe Nunnugah with applications being opened soon, for the ‘Cartela Corner’ pontoon, which seems to have finally cleared the bristling hedge of permits and bureaucratic hurdles, for Nancy (she has battery problems and requires re-registration), and there is more. If there is business… Read more: LBT Committee Meeting June 26
  • Emergency management on Nancy
    Nancy crew members crowded into the cabin (too cold out) to participate in the session run by Pip Stevenson. Getting the old lifejackets on proved more challenging than we had expected – see below. Thanks for running this Pip. ps. If you want to be involved with Nancy we are more than happy to run… Read more: Emergency management on Nancy
  • The Swedish Tawe Nunnugah?
    Gary McDonald is entertaining himself these cold Tasmanian winter days by browsing YouTube, and came up with this delightful video of the ‘Mail boat Race across the Aland (Baltic) Sea’. Apparently in the old days the job of carrying the mail was contracted out to small farmers in small boats – rowing and sailing, and… Read more: The Swedish Tawe Nunnugah?
  • Dr Shed’s advice for a healthy winter
    ‘Dr Shed’ is our own Brian Walpole, whose main activity with the LBT is helping out with the On the Water program. In another life he makes well being videos for the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association. See the latest one <<here>>.
  • Draft Minutes for May committee meeting
    Read them <<here>>.
  • Warm in the Shed
    The picture below looks fairly ordinary – Bob Buckley working on the Scout boat – but the significant bit is above him. That orange glow emanating from the hanging strips is heat! – well and truly worth the exclamation mark these cold mornings. Andy Ritchie recently won a grant from Bendigo Bank for these heaters… Read more: Warm in the Shed
  • Monday night, curry night
    As we head towards the shortest day it is time to savor the thought of a long Monday evening around the LBT banquet table with a choice of Indian foods before us to tease the palate and stimulate the conversation, and with THE NEW OVERHEAD HEATERS TO KEEP US WARM!! Bring your favourite Indian dish,… Read more: Monday night, curry night
  • June edition of Afloat magazine out now
    The latest ‘Afloat’ magazine is as full of interest as usual – pick up a copy at the chandlery or at the WBC, or <<read it online here>>. Among the stories is the tale of ‘the Wager’. If you like your sea dramas grim the Wager is a beauty. Also (elsewhere) this quote from Joseph… Read more: June edition of Afloat magazine out now
  • Vale Ian Moncrieff
    Ian, one of our most senior members, passed away last Wednesday aged 99. In the most recent picture we have of him, taken a couple of years ago, he was showing off the cabinets he had just built. He had taken up cabinetry when boats had got a bit much for him. He had built… Read more: Vale Ian Moncrieff
  • Monday night dinner
    It’s good weather for steaming piles of Mediterranean provender – pasta, fish stew, kebabs, moussaka – you name and cook it. See you at the Shed after 6pm with your dish, $5 for the kitty and something to drink. If you lack a dish bring $20 (and hope).
  • Festival in the West
    The Denmark Rowers (Western Australia) write: ‘In celebration of the beautiful environment that is the Kwoorabup (Noongar) River, Denmark Rowers is planning a day of water craft activities and a non-competitive swimming event combined with environmental and cultural activities for all the family.’ Read all the details <<here>>. And look at those plastic oars in… Read more: Festival in the West
  • Over she goes
    The scout boat has been turned so that the outside of the hull can be painted. Pics from Steve Wilson.
  • Found in a puddle at the LBT
  • Dog Boating
    Ryan Saxby is looking after some dogs at the moment, and thought his charges might be getting bored with the usual walking routine. The LBT boats beckoned as a variation. Hope they got the leg lifting business out of the way before embarking.
  • Men’s Shed Winter News
    Read all about it <<here>>. Wendy Kennedy (the editor) writes: It became apparent during the Penguin Project that it would be really helpful for TMSA to hold within its files, a mini audit of skills sets within Sheds. While most Sheds offer woodwork/metal work, there’s others that have specialist services that other Sheds might be… Read more: Men’s Shed Winter News
  • Oh happy day! Members subscription time
    A brief scan of the Constitution shows that ‘the annual subscription is due and payable on or before the first day of the  financial year of the Association ‘, that being July 1st. If you want to get in ahead of time you can pay now, otherwise you have some notice. Rates are: Payments can be… Read more: Oh happy day! Members subscription time
  • Please return the Makita multi-tool
    Could the person who borrowed the multi-tool, currently set up for sanding, please return it. It is needed for preparing our boats for painting.
  • May newsletter from the Wooden Boat Festival
    Read all about it here. There are reminders to register boats and exhibitor stalls, and descriptions of good things to look forward to, including ‘a project, to bring a giant Japanese jungle gym to the AWBF 2025. The Kumundar Gujo is a giant play gym, constructed by children, out of pre-cut timbers, using traditional Japanese… Read more: May newsletter from the Wooden Boat Festival
  • Monday night dinner back to the Old Dart
    Yes, get your menu inspiration from somewhere in the British Isles and bring along your dish, something to drink and $5 for the kitty on Monday night after 6pm.
  • Egg Island Science
    For many years the LBT has provided transport for the Tas Land Conservancy to the Egg Islands for weeding and monitoring. Endra O’May did the job this week, toting Hayley Kingsley and her colleague around so that they could place their camera traps.
  • Boat build production line
    The Wooden Boat Centre is a hive of activity with three identical boats under construction. They look like Skiffs, but transoms?
  • Cover for Nancy
    Nancy came with a full length cover which became unuseable when the radio aerial was added. Caroline Mason is on the job of shortening it so that as least we can protect the binnacle and cockpit.
  • Visit to see the ‘Tarkine’
    For those of you who missed the last report, ‘Tarkine’ is a strip plank Bristol Cutter being built by Matt and Iefke in Dave Golding’s shed on Golf Club road. They kindly invited us to visit, an offer that was taken up with enthusiasm. They are well on the way, and by all accounts it… Read more: Visit to see the ‘Tarkine’
  • End of month BBQ coming up
    Yes, it has come around again – the months whirl by. Bring something for the hotplate, something to share, something to drink and $5 for the kitty. Also your long johns and Tassie tuxedo to stay warm.
  • Getting the boats ready for TN25
    Steve Wilson sent this picture of the scout boat Abel Tasman undercoated and ready for painting.
  • Exhibit at the Festival
    The Australian Wooden Boat Festival writes: ‘Do you want to exhibit your product or service at the largest celebration of maritime culture in the Southern Hemisphere? You can now register! With 50% of visitors to the AWBF hailing from interstate and overseas, we are more than just a Tasmanian wooden boat gathering. You will have… Read more: Exhibit at the Festival
  • Everybody enjoys our boats
  • Sailing solo from Kettering to Queensland
    A very interesting article for sailors, both armchair and on the water, written by Val Nicholls. She doesn’t guild the lily. Thanks to Southern Wooden Boat Sailing for this one.
  • Information Exchange
    For previous Tawe Nunnugahs we set up an online system to assist participants who wanted to share transport, accommodation, equipment, information etc. See an example from 2023 here. We are doing it all again – see this webpage which can be navigated to from the TN25 homepage. To participate simply fill in the form with… Read more: Information Exchange
  • Donation to Legacy from Franklin Community
    Martin RIddle writes: I have just transferred $469 to Hobart legacy as a donation from the Franklin Community. The words accompanying the donation are: “Raised by the Franklin community – ANZAC Day breakfast at Franklin Bowls Club and special Monday Night Dinner at the Living Boat Trust. Both events coordinated by the Franklin Progress Association.”… Read more: Donation to Legacy from Franklin Community
  • Monday night Pie Night
    It has been suggested that we pause our perambulating around the world’s menus and focus in on a particular type of dish for Monday night dinner, and that that focus should be pies. Everybody has a favourite pie – whether it be of the footy night variety, or full of blackbirds or maybe spiced apples.… Read more: Monday night Pie Night
  • Expressions of Interest for Festival now open
    If you want to enter your boat in the Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2025 now is the time to fill out the initial form <<here>>.
  • Best of British Monday Night Dinner
    Having been spoilt with an Italian meal from Matt and Deb last Monday we will head north to the land of the Poms for menu inspirations for the coming repast. Bring you best British dish along with $5 for the kitty, and something to drink. If you are really stuck and are unable to cook… Read more: Best of British Monday Night Dinner
  • LBT members at large column
    Pip Stevenson has just reported in, having been part of a crew doing a delivery of the 28 metre motor yacht ‘Intrigue‘ to north Queensland. It does not look like he is doing it tough. The picture below was taken ‘at the fuel wharf in Southport, a place she is very fond of’. You wouldn’t… Read more: LBT members at large column
  • Pssst. Do you want to know a secret boating destination?
    Gary McDonald writes: The recent AFLOAT article on “Port Huon/Kermandie” reminded me of the past LBT expeditions to Port Huon in Capricornia and Monty. It occurred to me that there are also opportunities for skiffs, kayaks and canoes to venture south and perhaps that as well as the put ins at Shipwrights Point and the… Read more: Pssst. Do you want to know a secret boating destination?
  • Invitation to view the ‘Tarkine’ build
    Matt and Iefke have responded to the post in this column a couple of weeks ago by inviting us to come and visit them off the Glen Huon Rd and see the boat on the afternoon of Tuesday 21st May. We will meet at the LBT at 1pm and organise a car pool – car… Read more: Invitation to view the ‘Tarkine’ build
  • Cleaner wanted
    The LBT is looking for an independent contractor for basic cleaning of our bathrooms and kitchen. Payment will be according to the Cleaning Services Award. That is, cleaning service employee Level 1, part time (currently $27.68/hr). Preference for this position will be given to members who already make a substantial unpaid contribution to shed maintenance.Duties:… Read more: Cleaner wanted
  • Looking forward to the Wooden Boat Festival
    See <<this interview>> with Festival director Paul Stephanus conducted by Southern Wooden Boat Sailing.
  • Launch of Tally Ho
    A big moment for all we armchair boat restorers who have been following Leo and the team on Youtube for years now. Catch all the excitement <<here>>.
  • Draft Minutes for LBT April Committee Meeting
    Read them <<here>>.
  • Carbonara Night next Monday
    Matt Gogarty plans to cook us a carbonara with all the bacon left over from the Anzac breakfast, and that will be followed up by Deb van Riddle’s tiramisu. Who could ask for more? Bring $20 and something to drink. Book a seat <<here>> so we have an idea of numbers. All proceeds to go… Read more: Carbonara Night next Monday
  • Booking a boat: new system
    We know, we know. We all hate change, but hopefully this one is for the better. The existing system has done sterling service for the last 10 years but if there are ways of fixing its various idiosyncrasies and issues we have long forgotten them and it is time to move on. The new system… Read more: Booking a boat: new system
  • Expression of Interest form for tn25 now open
    If you are thinking about joining the 2025 tawe nunnugah Raid or Return Raid, either as a Participant on a boat or as Volunteer in any capacity, please complete an Expression of Interest. The EOI tells us a little about your boating experience, any special needs (dietary etc) and what you want to do on… Read more: Expression of Interest form for tn25 now open
  • Position vacant at the Wooden Boat Centre
    Their advertisement reads: ‘Are you our next Centre Administrator here at the Wooden Boat Centre? We are searching for a superstar to help take the Centre to the next level. This is a front line management role where you will be expected to get involved in customer facing activities when required. You will play a… Read more: Position vacant at the Wooden Boat Centre
  • LBT Committee Meeting
    There was a committee meeting last night (April 25th). For those who are interested in what was on the agenda read all about it <<here>>.
  • Derwent class on the Derwent
    Sometimes it seems that boats are all about repair and restoration, so it was good to receive from Peter O’May a couple of photos of ‘Undine’ and others of the Derwent (‘D’) class fleet actually sailing. For those who don’t know, Undine was a major restoration recently undertaken by the Wooden Boat Centre.
  • Monday BBQ coming up
    Nothing like a hotplate to cluster around on the last of our cool autumn evenings. Bring along something to put on it, something to share (salads, desserts etc), something to drink and $5 for the kitty. See you after 6pm.
  • News from the West
    For those who enjoy listening to a podcast while they are peeling the spuds, here is a story from ‘What the Health’ about the Denmark (WA) Skiffs. Choose the 22nd of April edition.
  • Franklin at Kettering
    Anybody from Franklin visiting the Oyster Cove boatyard over the last couple of weeks might have asked themselves why they bothered. The place is thick with Franklin people and ‘Franklin’ boats. Jack and Shaun have been busy laying the deck on ‘Magic Miles’. Peter Shimeld has been working on the electricals for the Franklin 29′.… Read more: Franklin at Kettering
  • TN25 ferry costs too much? Sail here
    Here is a story for our interstate members blanching at the cost of bringing a dinghy across on the Spirit for Tawe Nunnugah. Episode 16 of Small Craft Tasmania describes ‘sailing solo around Tasmania & across Bass Strait in a 13′ open dinghy‘. Thanks to Lorrie Harrison for pointing out this one to us.
  • Can we offer this guy honorary LBT membership?
    Rod Macfarlan asks the question. ‘The biggest pumpkin grown in Australia this year has been given a second life as an intrepid commodore paddled it down river over the weekend.’ Read the story and view the video on this ABC webpage. He is paddling, so we guess that disqualifies him as a rower. It’s not… Read more: Can we offer this guy honorary LBT membership?
  • Monday night dinner: time for a warming curry
    What with the evenings closing in earlier and the cool air descending from the hills we need a repast to warm us up. Bring along your curry (Indian or otherwise) or else a different complimentary dish to share, $5 for the kitty, and something to drink. Pic from Wikimedia
  • A boat by the river
    JP writes: I recently became aware of Matt and Iefke who are building a 40’ Bristol Pilot Cutter named “Tarkine” in Glen Huon and I am enjoying watching their YouTube channel. Not sure if they have had a mention before in the LBT newsletter but even if they have this young couple could do with another plug… Read more: A boat by the river
    After struggling for many months with the green rope holding the pontoon almost in place the rowers are very grateful to have the pontoon back in it’s rightful place, the anchor reset, the green rope removed and more room to bring the skiffs in. The rowers would like to thank Mike and his team, Neil,… Read more: BACK ON THE STRAIGHT
  • No more ‘trip’ ropes for Skiffs
    It was heads down, bums up time on Tuesday as Mike Hewitt, Neil Easson, Paul Frost and the team reset the pontoon anchors. All seems well so the ‘temporary’ lines that were being used for stabilisation have been removed. The noosts have also been moved to what should be a more satisfactory position – the… Read more: No more ‘trip’ ropes for Skiffs
  • Monday night dinner: British Regional anybody?
    Another ‘bring your own’ and the LBT is touring the world menu. Moving right along from last Monday’s Italian we are headed north to Old Blighty, the land of such culinary gems as black pudding, mushy peas, fried Mars Bars, fish finger sandwiches, pie floaters and tripe. Bring along your favourite to share, plus something… Read more: Monday night dinner: British Regional anybody?
  • Get your April ‘Afloat’ magazine
    Available at the chandlery or the Wooden Boat Centre. This month features a piece on Port Huon and a very nice obituary for Iain Oughtred written by Robert Ayliffe which is illustrated by a photo that some LBT members might recognise. Afloat is also accessible online.
  • Work on the Flying Fifteen
    Nick and Rob having started scraping down the Flying Fifteen over at the Wooden Boat Centre, revealing why she was leaking. The talk at the moment is to use dynel sheath to get her watertight.
  • Monday night dinner – Indian time again
    If the Indian food cooks can do as well as the Italian ones who provided dinner last Monday we will eat well. Yes, it’s another bring your own Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken, Korma, Malai Kofta, Vindaloo, Rogan Josh or whatever is your favourite, plus drinks and $5 for the kitty.
  • Catch of the day
    Bob Buckley, Martin Kell and Richard Forster have been out magnet fishing for the missing pontoon mooring. They had some success too, hauling up one for the anchor boulders (but it got away). They did manage to get the can chair (pictured below) into the boat, but then the job was to detach the magnet… Read more: Catch of the day
  • Don’t invite rats and mice to the shed
    The rats and mice are looking for a cosy place with plenty of food to spend the winter. If we don’t leave them any food they will go somewhere else. So please do not leave leftover food on the tables thinking someone else might enjoy it – nobody is going to eat your leftovers after… Read more: Don’t invite rats and mice to the shed
  • Camera action
    Shhh! The LBT was involved in a film shoot for a very popular TV series, but nobody is allowed to know yet. Thanks to Martin Kell for being the set roustabout.
  • On the Water
    Mike Dredge sent the following message to the team. My thanks to you all for your involvement and support for this year’s On Water program.  I think we all know it can be a bit of a drag at times, but we do help kids to become a lot more comfortable on small boats and… Read more: On the Water
  • Viking progress
    Viking’s canopy is out of the Shed and ready to fit. Yay! There is still some work to do, particularly wiring, but we should soon have our own solar boat.
  • ‘Rachel’s Farm’ at the Palais, April 7
    Share Rachel and her neighbour Mick’s journey to regenerative food production and profitability. Regenerative agriculture is a holistic approach to farming that focuses on restoring andenhancing the health of ecosystems. By choosing food that’s produced regeneratively, what you eat can be good for the planet, good for farmers, and good for you and your family’s health. $5 a… Read more: ‘Rachel’s Farm’ at the Palais, April 7
  • April fools Monday dinner: Italian (made by you)
    No joke. After 6pm bring to the Shed your pizza, your pasta, your panettone, your whatever to share, and the good news is it doesn’t have to start with ‘p’. Also something to drink, and $5 for the pot. ps. This is also Easter Monday
  • Newsletter from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival
    Read all about it here. Couple of sample items: If you want to enter a boat in the Festival expressions of interest open in April; if you want to participate in Sean Koomen’s dinghy build do it soon. And there is lots more.
  • Dover Easter Regatta 29-31 March
    It is upon us! Find the details here. We notice from the boat calendar that there is at least one Skiff booked for the event. Endra O’May is hoping to take Shannon down – contact her on 0412 168 552 if you are interested.
  • Grand Opening of PESC clubhouse
    Congratulations to Port Esperance Sailing Club on this achievement. The new premises look wonderful. Read all about it here.
  • Monday night BBQ coming up
    It will be our last daylight saving barbecue for the season, so come along and lets make the most of it. Usual drill: something for the hotplate, something to share, something to drink, and $5 for the kitty. See you after 6pm.
    Results Ruth Young – one woman rowing a grebe from the LBT around Rat Island and back to the LBT. Glenys Bounday-30:17 minutes Sussie Nicholls – 33:00 Phyllix Tam – 34:56 Nell Tyson 37:50 Roger Harwood A little bit of extra rowing this year as the tide was so low it was thought they would… Read more: SWIFTSURE REGATTA 2024
  • Thicknesser induction
    Gavin and Phil spent a good deal of Thursday fixing the thicknesser which had ceased to work because it had not been operated correctly. Members are welcome to use equipment but please ask for an induction if you are not experienced.
  • Kate’s Monday 18th March Menu
    Kate Hoorweg writes: Weather is predicted to be very warm again on Monday so, menu is: Wow! Hurry up and join the list so you don’t miss out in the stampede: sign up <<here>> . (I already have).
  • Timetable for Swiftsure Regatta Sat 16th March 2024
    Approx start time Event 09:30:00 The Ruth Young, women 09:45:00 Roger Harwood, open 10:00:00 Swiftsure time trials 10:30:00 Novelty races, blind fold boaties, dragon boat grebe 11:30:00 Skiff races 1km -mixed 12:00:00 **Rat Island Briefing 12:00:00 Skiff races women 12:30:00 Rat Island, sailing 02:00:00 Results and awards  ** Important to attend if you are sailing… Read more: Timetable for Swiftsure Regatta Sat 16th March 2024
  • Launch of Prudence
    A few years ago Richard Forster inherited a nice little clinker dinghy from Brian Marriott. She was used hard and put away dirty, and when it was discovered that the stem was rotten it was obviously time for her to go in the shed for a major makeover. A couple of weeks later, with Martin… Read more: Launch of Prudence
  • The solution to the trailer problem?
    The answer might simply be don’t have one. On Sunday we watched this fairly ungainly looking craft come up the the river to Franklin, and then lift its skirts and waddle straight up the boat ramp.
  • LBT members at large column
    John and Jen Avery have just crossed Bass Strait. Here is a recent log report. SKYE is now safely at anchor in Oberon Bay west of Wilson’s Prom. Arrived here yesterday middle afternoon. Left Burnie in the dark Tuesday morning. Avoided the freighter due in at dawn and the one leaving after us. Wind NE… Read more: LBT members at large column
  • First pics from the Freycinet expedition
    Looks like they were able to take advantage of the good northerly breeze. Pics from Endra O’May
  • The Steamer Run
    An LBT crew recently participated in this event which traverses the Gippsland Lakes. Here is Lorrie Harrison’s brief report. Steamers Run 2024 Collaboration between the Paynesville Classic Boat Rally team and St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Association of Australia (SASCRAA) have lead to our modern version of the Steamers Run in 2020 and 2024. St… Read more: The Steamer Run
  • If you need a defibrillator this weekend…
    Go to the Franklin Marine or the Wooden Boat Centre. Ours is off with the Freycinet expedition.
  • Corflute time
    Judging from the candidates advertising themselves outside DS Cafe we shall have a good range to choose from in the upcoming election. We aren’t sure which of the two pictured below would have the LBT’s interest closest to their heart.
  • The Swiftsure Regatta Board
    The Regatta is coming up on March 16th, and Lorrie Harrison has taken over the inside noticeboard for event registration. Get your name down for the Blindfold Race, the Mixed Skiff 1km, the Rat Island Sailing, or whatever takes your fancy.
  • Another Monty
    What’s this? We like to boast that ours is quite likely the only Montagu Whaler in Australia in active use, but Bill Ethel has sent photographic evidence that she now has a sister in Geelong. He writes: ’82 years old Montague Whaler launched after 3 year reconstruction by members of the Western Beach Boat Club… Read more: Another Monty
  • Ros Barnett
    It was great to see LBT stalwart Ros back in the Shed sanding down her Acorn dinghy. For those who are relatively new to the LBT, she was one of the powerhouses that got the place going – secretary, organiser of Tawe Nunnugahs, Monday night cook, the lot!
  • Making waves
    The On the Water Program is well and truly underway, and on Wednesday Phil Petterson was on duty stirring up a good wake in the safety boat to give the rowers some thrills. For some of the kids there was as much fun to be had off the water as on it – trying to… Read more: Making waves
  • Gridlock at the pontoon
    There seems to never be enough room for boats at the LBT, particularly in this season when the schools program is running, there is social rowing, tourist boats are coming in, and Nancy is taking out the odd tour. It is a good time to be reminded that our resources are shared, that sailors and… Read more: Gridlock at the pontoon
  • The Flying Fifteen is behind bars
    See pic below. But this is good news: she is in the Wooden Boat Centre yard and Cody Horgan is fitting her into their list of maintenance jobs so that the bad leak around the rudder tube can be fixed.
  • John Pollard’s famous Lamb Tagine
    Come and experience it this coming Monday night at the Shed. At $20 a head an unbeatable bargain. Follow up is black rice pudding and stewed fruit. Book in using <<this form>> so you don’t miss out.
  • Judy Krynen’s ashes
    Nick Krynen brought Judy’s ashes down to Franklin this week. They were scattered from Nancy on the same stretch of the Huon which received Martin’s ashes. Judy and Martin were great friends and contributors to our community, and we are honored by Nick’s decision to do this.
  • Window fixed
    One of the great things at the LBT is the expertise to do a range of jobs. Paul Frost has just fixed the front window.
  • Monday night pasta night
    We are cookless this week, so it is up to we diners to provide the fare. Lets make it pasta (spag bol, lasagna, gnocchi, canelloni, macaroni, penne etc) or something Mediterranean to accompany it. Bring $5 for the pot and drinks.
  • Tribute to Iain Oughtred
    The Living Boat Trust almost certainly has the largest collection of Iain Oughtred boats in Tasmania if not Australia, and last week Cody Horgan organised a nice photographic tribute to Iain. Actually, if he had scouted a little more widely he could have included even more Oughtred boats – Syrah, and Matt Gogarty’s Acorn. See… Read more: Tribute to Iain Oughtred
  • New key code for the Shed
    The code to enter the LBT through the front door has been changed. If you are an LBT member you can get the new code by contacting the secretary at 04977 86572 or Whilst guests are welcome in the Shed when accompanied by a member they should not be given the code. Once you… Read more: New key code for the Shed
  • Van Diemen’s Band ‘Songs of the Sea’
    Some of us enjoyed this classical music group when they played at the Palais recently. Mike Dredge points to their upcoming ‘Songs of the Sea’ concerts which might have even more appeal to we salties. See details here.
  • Gantry for the Shed?
    The latest round of Men’s Shed grants are targeted (in part) on ‘health’. An issue that has concerned the committee for some time is the health (and safety) of the backs of those who have to handle boats in our Shed, so we are applying for funding for a gantry. When not in use it… Read more: Gantry for the Shed?
  • Sailing season
    There has been lots of wild and woolly wind, but in between times the sailors have been getting out, and Matt Gogarty took this snap of Monty and Shannon on the same tack. A little further afield, John and Jen Avery are cruising around Flinders Island.
  • What to do with a pontoon
    Well, one thing is to use it for getting a new mast put in.