Banyandah, an aboriginal word meaning “home on the water,” was chosen from a book brought to our house by Jack’s first boss in Australia.
At that time Jude had just given birth to our first child Jason, and was already pregnant with Jerome. So “home on the water” seemed an appropriate name indeed.
Banyandah was backyard built in Sydney, construction beginning late 1970, we launched June of 1973. There is a detailed work diary around somewhere, but from memory she took about 10,000 hours to complete and cost $15,000 back then. Of course we built everything, and she had little gear to keep her costs low.
Her first rig was heavy galvanized wire supporting a thin steel tube mast we welded up one weekend, complete with flat bar steps. This rig proved exceptionally strong, surviving a roll over when crossing the Pacific in winter near 50° north.
Her original fit-out featured Fijian Cedar veneer ply bulkheads with poor man’s teak for trim. That’s what we called Black Bean timber back then. Her power-plant, a straight six Perkins, we took out a truck and rebuilt. Heavy, but reliable. She carries 700 litres of fresh water in four separate tanks and about 500 litres of diesel in two twin interconnected SS tanks. She’s built for long distance cruising.
From first launch in 1973 until 1990, Banyandah was the “home on the water” for the Four J’s – who sailed around the world in ever increasing circles, exploring Earth while educating their sons. Banyandah sailed more than 120,000 nautical miles, crossed four of the five oceans and provided living quarters for our family while visiting 80 countries around the world. The Galapagos and Easter Island stand out, and our seven months living in Japan fascinated us.
In 1990, we craned her from the water and lived aboard her on our front lawn while building our first land-based house. During the next 16 years, she was totally gutted, sandblasted, epoxied, and rebuilt from the keel up with new systems and then re-launched in 2005.
Banyandah’s major assets: clean deck – strong dodger – solid railing
Galley Forward, SS working surface, Red Cedar with Rosewood trim
Aft cabin with double bed
Our new aft deck tower