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April 17, 2020

My First Boat

A feature of the 2021 Australian Wooden Boat Festival will be a return of what was originally called the Johnston Mini Boat.
April 7, 2020

Franklin Wooden Boat Centre Launches into Action

A major feature vessel boat for the 2021 Australian Wooden Boat Festival, “The Franklin 29”, has commenced construction at the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin, Tasmania.
March 26, 2020

Allan Witt: Designer and Entrepreneur

Tasmanian Allan Witt is now recognised as an award-winning designer, but it was a long road to get there. Now, after decades of furniture and boat design, Allan feels he needs to hand on the baton to someone with entrepreneurial focus that integrates design, manufacturing and marketing. 
March 23, 2020
Neilma G Makes a Splash

Neilma G Makes A Splash

From the historic old shed at Wilson’s Boat Yard in Cygnet comes Neilma G – Australia’s only carvel planked new build Huon Pine vessel to be on show at the 2021 festival.
March 5, 2020
Ian Johnston

Festival Friends – Ian Johnston

Meet Ian Johnston - festival co-founder, champion yachtsman and creator of the My First Boat project.
February 6, 2020

The Timbers that Built Tasmania

The Timbers that Built Tasmania
December 18, 2019

The Boatyards of Southern Tasmania

Keeping our Heritage Alive A couple weeks ago I had the privilege to visit a few of Southern Tasmania’s boat yards. The indefatigable Roscoe Barnett took […]
November 14, 2019
Benito

TasMAINEian Lobster Boat

Phillip Myer works with Shipbuilder, Terry Lean, to create an Antipodean Lobster Boat - inspired by Maine lobster boats, but built for the Tasmanian seas.
November 13, 2019

The Wooden Boat Centre, Back in Business

The Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin, Tasmania, suffered as a result of the 2019 bushfires, but is now back on its feet.