The trout season opened last weekend – and by the reports coming in, it was an absolute cracker of a start! The benign weather over winter has resulted in calm waters – resulting in good fishing conditions this season.


With the Australian Wooden Boat Festival less than a month away, accommodation in Tasmania is high in demand and quickly becoming hard to get. Fortunately for some lucky travellers, we have negotiated an exclusive deal with Huon River Cottage for our customers. Huon River Cottage is a brand new, purpose-built luxury house in Castle Forbes Bay […]


The Australian Wooden Boat Festival is among the largest wooden boat festivals in the world, and is certainly the largest in Australia. 220,000 people passed through in 2015 – almost half of Tasmania’s permanent population! If you combine the Sydney, Melbourne and Sanctuary Cove boat shows together – Tasmania’s Wooden Boat Festival is still bigger!


Every now and again it’s important for us to take stock and check where we are placed in the market. We recently conducted a survey of prices from other retailers and compared them to our standard shelf prices in order to be sure you’re always getting the best deal possible. The results surprised us, and we […]


Dover Regatta: Hammo of the South!

by Franklin Marine on March 20, 2016

in Events, Featured, Huon Valley, Tasmania

Dover Regatta – Tasmania’s “Hammo of the South” sailing event! The Port Esperance Yacht Club are holding their annual regatta over Easter. This regatta has been running for 158 years and is without doubt the oldest sailing regatta in Australia. It’s set in the picturesque Port Esperance in Tasmania’s far South – with dramatic mountains surrounding […]


Australia Day was celebrated in the Huon Valley in the heritage town of Franklin. There was a large array of stalls, tents and events around Franklin Oval with a parade of sail on the river to coincide with the citizenship ceremony – also held on the oval. Lots of music, kids games, a big free […]


This is a call to action for all our mainland friends in Sydney and northwards, our friends in Melbourne, Adelaide and the west. It’s time to get ready to cruise south for that trip you have always planned. If you are returning for another cruise you may wish to visit the more remote and alluring anchorages such as Port Davey, Bathurst […]



by Franklin Marine on September 16, 2015

in Boat Shows, Franklin Marine, Tasmania

A new directory for Tasmanian Marine retailers and manufacturers has been established by Tim Oxely – the Commercial Sales Manager for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival. Tim was a big driving force behind the success of the 2015 Australian Wooden Boat Festival – which attracted over 200,000 people from Australia and overseas. Starting with the exhibitors at […]


Dark MOFO – Celebrate the Dark

by Franklin Marine on May 23, 2015

in Events, Featured, Franklin Marine, Tasmania

The Dark MOFO light display from 2014 allowed the public to control the direction of several 8,000 Watt spotlights. Dark MOFO is a major arts festival held on the Hobart Waterfront precinct every winter, sponsored by David Walsh of MONA. The inspired idea behind the festival is to get people out of their lounge rooms […]


Franklin Marine has recently had the pleasure of working with Andrew Latimer and his crew to prepare his new boat ‘Shy Alba’, designed by John Anderton and built by the late Arthur Budd, for delivery back to the mainland.. To stay updated with Shy Alba and her adventures, visit Andrew’s Blog at www.cruisepics.net Andrew is […]


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