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  A Dream Voyage Searching Back Through Time
To look for the bones of French Frigate Duroc

Robust wildlife up close and amazing, magical beauty of the Coral Sea Coral Sea DVD slickStartling discovery begins search for French Frigate lost in 1856

The Search for the Duroc – 90 minute video – Available in HD Blu-ray and DVD
Watch the Trailer ~ Take the Voyage


Books by Jack and JudeIn Paperback and Electronic publications available immediate download


Cruising Guide for South Australia ~ electronic format immediate downloadTasmania Cruising Guide ~ electronic format immediate download Coral-Sea-Cover-mini2


Practical Boat Bits and Tips by Jude BinderFor all who want to enjoy life afloat

Simply explained, over 200 photos and diagrams

In Practical Boat Bits and Tips are the best features of Banyandah, illustrated in photographs, diagrams and Jude’s direct style. Best take her word, she’s the one keeping Banyandah in top shape.

Jude Binder has 40 years of experience finishing and maintaining vessels. She is also an accomplished sailor with 150,000 miles under sail, so she knows what stands the test of time. Living afloat continuously for sixteen years, raising and educating her two sons while they sailed to over eighty countries, she learned how to organize, victual, and manage small ships.


Two's a Crew Australia Circumnavigation

One of the world’s greatest adventures – Following Flinders wake around Australia – 9,000 nautical miles across six climatic zones. Jack and Jude have been exploring Earth for more than 40 years and in Two’s a Crew we search our homeland of Australia comparing it with what we had seen on early travels. Our homemade yacht takes us through crocodile infested waters to some of the world’s oldest rock paintings, into pristine coral atolls, and through Hell’s Gates itself.

Anyone interested in adventure and love that has survived more than four decades will enjoy Two’s a Crew.

Where Wild Winds BlowOur journey begins at an easy pace recalling cute moments from the earliest days raising two boys afloat. It explodes into action when the Two J’s explore Flinders Island in Bass Strait, where we visit Black Man’s Houses, the final resting place for Tasmanian Aborigines. We then do the unexpected by walking 40 km along a rainforest railroad to investigate more than 100 years of mine pollution of Tasmania’s King River.

Reporting environmental disasters will always be a major focus, but it’s back to action when we take on the Great Australian Bight to explore the remote Recherche Archipelago. Strong winds take us to Albany in WA. And then we battle a stormy Great Southern Ocean en-route back to Tasmania, and are driven way off course. Battered, bruised, very wet, but still afloat, we sailed on to rendezvous with dear friends and then cruised together to Tasmania on something like a second honeymoon for both couples.

saucey sailoress    Everything is Available

We will be at our home base for awhile therefore books/DVDS can be posted without delay unless we’re away.

Our books/DVDs available here

Readers’ Comments ~

Petrea McCarthy, Ideas Locker Cruising Helmsman

Where Wild Winds BlowExcellent yarn, Lovely ending, Really enjoyed reading it.
It’s a fantastic book that warrants a second and third read. Chock full of tips and hints for the not so experienced, history woven through in an interesting way, and a great story. Sailing story, love story, history, travel – what more could a reader want?

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DVDs by Jack and Jude

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We take our cameras deep into the Kimberley to search for the oldest known rock art. You will explore the most unique coral reef with the biggest tidal range on the planet – Rowley Shoals, 200 miles to sea from Broome. Climb Mount Misery amongst the harsh compelling beauty of Port Davey in the bleak southwest corner of Tasmania. And of course there are whales close up, plenty of action catching big fish, plus a wonderful interlude becalmed in the Great Southern Ocean.

Running time: 85 minutes ~ Preview Two’s a Crew



Four adventures in Tasmania featuring a trek along the historic King River railroad where Jack and Jude document 100 years of pollution from Australia’s oldest mine. Followed by a scenically wonderful voyage up the fabulous Gordon River aboard Stormbreaker. Then a segment of living history inside Kelly Basin where in 1900 a railroad was hacked out of virgin rainforest. The fourth episode, a three day assault on one of Tasmania’s toughest peaks. No trails across a myriad of streams to the top of Mount Sorell. Running time: 120 min.


Take an autumn sail around the two gulfs of South Australia, featuring a wander through the famous Joseph Banks Archipelago. Plenty of wildlife and wild weather. From Adelaide through many of the anchorages to Port Lincoln and the Joseph Banks Group back to Adelaide.

Running time: 64 minutes


Jack and Jude: Life Afloat. If you’ve read our blogs, here is the action and exquisite beauty of far far away.

Summer 2012 saw the Green Machine opened up new territory, the kayak taking us up rivers few explore. First the Gordon River to search for Huon Piner remnants as far as the rocky Sprent River.

In World Heritage Port Davey, we paddle through the exquisite gorge in perfect weather. Then trek overland to the far south coast of Tasmania, where we explore off track, again, perfect photographic conditions. Taking Banyandah across the shallow Old River Bar, we kayak up river to locate a last stand of mature Huon Pines. Then we search for and discover the lonely grave site of Critchley Parker, an ill equipped dreamer. To escape we brave a spunky fresh gale taking Banyandah south under Maatsuyker to reach safety in Recherche Bay on Tasmania’s East Coast. Its not life or death footage, relaxing most of it, and pretty fun.

Running time: 90 minutes Preview our Summer 2012

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