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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:00 pm 
Not only am I new to this forum, I am new to kayaking, although I am an old salt with literally tens of thousands of sea miles past my keel.
In fact I am master of an ocean going sailing machine called the Banyandah, which means 'Home on the Water" in the language of the original inhabitants of Australia. My wife and I home built Banyandah in Sydney when we were kids just starting life. It was our first home and one in which we raised our two children afloat for sixteen years while sailing the world.
All of this is well off our present need for some information on a folding kayak we just acquired for use on Banyandah. Our kayak was built for the Australian Navy back in the late 80s and has seen a fair bit of service, but seems to be in reasonable nick, except the rudder holder is somewhat adrift.
Some for the fiberglass frame joints need attention, but I can attend to those with epoxy products on board. Its the rudder holder/pivot that I need to figure out how its attached as its risen up the transom and wobbles, requiring re-fixing. Any ideas??
Anyone wishing to see more photos of our sailing life - and navigate to the photos tab ~ cheers from 'Down Under'

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:40 am 
Hey this kayak has proved to be quite a machine. Took a couple weeks to fix up the broken bits but we've now taken it all the way up to the Sprent River which is way upstream on the Gordon River Tasmania.
Catch more on our B-log.

PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:58 am 
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Ralph Diaz documented the story of how this kayak came about in his Folding Kayak Newsletter. Short version is that the designed came up with a rugged, innovative, design, only to find himself at the mercy of government procurement civil servants. They squeezed him on costs, got others to bid on his paddle design, and after one order left him high and dry.

Michael Edelman Webmaster

PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:52 pm 
I would love to read that story, is it online?
We have written several times to Peter at ASDE thinking he designed and built these craft.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 5:20 am 
See ... -kayak-61/

Tim W

PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 2:39 pm 
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Tim, thank you for the info on the Australian commando kayak. I think a lot of us would like to have one.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:50 pm 
Many thanks Tim for supplying that link. A very comprehensive article.
We are finding this Mk3 "just what the doctor ordered" for what we are doing. Stores nicely on the deck of our yacht, launches easily via a halyard, takes a huge load, and is stable. Well built, and we don't have to worry about rot.
So far we've been to the upper reaches of World Heritage Gordon River in Tasmania, searching for Huon Piner remnants from the 1920's. She did a good job.
Next we're off for Port Davey in the far SW corner where the Huon Piners were also active in what is still today total wilderness.

There are some photos and further notes in our B-log starting at :

PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:07 am 
My apologies for the terse post, at the end of a very slow Next-G connection.
A great boat and a great story, there is a boat at the Nation Maritime Museum
in Sydney but on my couple of visits I have yet to see it.
If you look through this doco ... ndixes.pdf
it would appear it was donated by the manufacturer.

There has been at least one on Ebay in the last year.

If you have any photos to share CapnJack, particularly of the frame and the twin keelsons it would be great to see.

Tim W

PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:25 am 
If you've ever been interested in sailing a yacht around Australia then download a FREE copy of our book, Two's a Crew. We made it into Epub format and added more photos.
Click here
Jack and Jude

PS Had a great use of the Green Machine down in Port Davey, paddled up to the Davey River Gorge, and then another time six rapids up the Old River heading into ancient forest. Now on East Side of Tasmania.

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