The Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin is a boat building school and a discovery centre under the same roof. Situated on the banks of the Huon River, Franklin is a maritime heritage township in the Huon Valley, a 45 kilometre drive south of Hobart.
In the discovery centre you can read about the history of wooden boat building, water transport on the river and discover maritime tools and artefacts.
On the guided tour through the workshop you get to see students and boatbuilders in action and the smell of Tasmania’s unique boat building timbers including Huon pine, King Billy pine and Celery top pine will welcome you. On the way out have a browse in the gift shop, where you can choose from a range of nautical gifts and Wooden Boat Centre merchandise.
The Wooden Boat Centre offers boat-building courses where you can construct a boat, or just book in for a few hours to learn a technique. The courses teaches traditional wooden boat-building methods and focuses on the construction of timber vessels through all stages from lofting to launch. You can also get assistance with restoring your wooden boat.
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