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Journeys : Jun Jul 2012
significant event for Tasmania and indeed Australia. But in 2007 it was time to move on, to find time to disengage from the Festival ’s constant pressure to do a bit of house renovation and professional sur vey work. Then in 2011 it came to my knowledge that the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin was for sale. It needed new energy and a new vision after some 18 years of life. I soon found myself back in a world of wooden boats. This time it was in Franklin, 48 kilometres south of Hobart, and on the beautiful banks of the Huon River. The Wooden Boat School, as it is also known, offers courses in traditional wooden boat building, at various skill levels and designed for both professional or recreational students. The Centre is also open to visitors every day, with experienced guides helping visitors to gain an understanding of the craft of wooden boat construction. Now, after eight months at the helm, I am very happy with the achievements so far. Our two boat-builders are making progress on the three exciting boats under construction in the sheds. Georgina, a beautiful pre-war 21-foot Huon pine launch, has been fully restored. This fine-lined vessel is being equipped with a bank of lithium-ion batteries and will provide us w ith the opportunity to learn about the eco-friendly advantages of electric power. Another exciting and innovative build is a 23-foot trailerable sailing boat built on Scandinav ian lines. Timber for this boat is 80 year-old recycled King Billy pine first used on the L ake Margaret hydro timber- stave pipeline. In perfect condition, the King Billy staves have been cut back to reveal beautiful fresh timber, perfect for a strip-planked boat. The new boat will feature a number of innovations – ballast water tanks for stability, which when drained after sailing will ensure a light boat for trailering; and a shallow draught for easy launching. Peg gy, a traditionally-built 23-foot Huon pine sloop, is a magnet for anyone who appreciates beautiful form. She awaits her fit-out and engine installation and visitors are invited to look into the strong inter ior before the deck is laid. When a toilet, bunk s and galley are fitted, Peggy will be a weekender escape vessel for anyone who loves the adventure and the romance of the sea as I and all our staff do. She has been built to last three lifetimes – and she will! This p age, clockwise from top: Jake testing his 12-foot dinghy on the Huon River; visitors being shown detail of Peggy’s construction; admiring the 23-foot Peggy; bow p rofile of Rosaleen; 23-foot trailer-sailer (left) an d the electric boat Georgina Do you know someone with a good story to tell about their special ‘slice of the island’? Please email your suggestion to the editor – email@example.com In Tasmania today June / July 2012 45
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