MORE WATER

Surprisingly food for 360 days took up less space than expected. This gives me the possibility to add more water. I have added four 12 liter jerry cans in the aft port hatch. Tomorrow I try to do the same on the port side. There is already about 47 liters but not so close packed.

More water at the aft end and low down will give the boat more stability and make her easier to self-steer down wind.

Besides that I will spend Easter antifouling the hull for a secound time.

Progress have been made on Next Design. She is now 7.8 meter long and 1.28 meter beam.

At 1.2 tons dispalacement and a waterline of 7.2 meters or 23.6 feet she will have an lenght displacement ratio of about 90 which is good for planing down wind in a good breeze.

She will also be small enough to yuloh with little effort even by an old man.

She has a strong flat bottom and a draft of 20 cm or 8 inches. She will be good for deep as well as shallow waters.

To bee continued…

Regards Yrvind

FOOD PACKED

Hello.
The food is now packed and repacked
To my great surprise it was more than enough space. Therefore just to be safe I have added 47 liters of water to the existing 56 a big increase. It feels good becouse the rainwater catching system is untried.
Electronics have arriveid  2 Garmin GPS with maps all the way to NZ. Also two Garmin inReach and I am testing one. Seams to work.

Above the food Exlex swalloved.
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To be continued…

Regards Yrvind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stowing

Hello friends
Things are going well. The talk i Göteborg was well recieved. I came back with plenty of ingredients thanks to Engelhardt.
Below is a video about me packing.
Packing is done and one compartment in the boat is stowed. There is hope that it all will fit. It did not look so first so I stretched Next Design to 7,8 X 1,44. The idee is to have place for a girl to and with one more person even more food have to be carrried. I have also got an idea for an excellent cabin layout
Swedish Search Magazine have an article about Exlex. Beppe webmaster is pasting it in menu media.
Day of departure from Västervik is now 21 or 22 of May. Ferry from France to Ireland 27 of May 18:30.
Days up here in the north is getting longer. Life is smiling, everything looks good.
To be continued…

Regards Yrvind

YRVIND SPEAKS IN GÖTEBORG

Next friday 9 February 18:00 2018 I will give a talk at the Göteborg boat show.
I will talk about my upcoming non stop voyage to New Zealand, the boat Exlex and my search that started 1962 for a good boat.
After the talk if there is some in the audience with a positive interest in small cruisers there will be time to go elsewhere and have an more informal talk.
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A picture from one of my earlier much apriciated talks.

Everyone much welcome.
Postscript. Dress code: Casual.

Regards Yrvind

AN ARTICLE WITH PICTURES

Hi
The German yachting magazin Yacht has published a story about Exlex.
Below are some pictures.

As you can see its the current issue number 4 2018 Its 8 pages long with many pictures.

 

Exlex sailing in Stockholm. Now for the ocean I have antifouled her, color blue being a patriot. A third mast will be added for the long voyage.

The reason for the round bow is my fear for broaching. Exlex is strong enough to not being harmed by broaches but I do not like the idea. I use these pictures becouse I do not have any of my own.

Regards Yrvind

 

Inspiration

During my planned long sail some days will be gray with contrary winds. To prevent me from start to feel downhearted I will bring with me a model of Next Design.
The one I have shown pictures of scale 1/20 is to big, there is no place for it. Therefore I have made onother one scale 1/40 eight times as small by volyme.
To cheer me up I will look at my small model instantly I will realise that although it is gray abouve the clouds mother sun is shining as brightly as ever. My heart once again filled with sunshine I will fight the contrary wind and make progress.
Below a picture.

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Beppe has today added 2 videos to this site.
One about lazyjacks at Varius
One about Next Design at Next Design
To be continued…
Regards Yrvind

NEXT DESIGN

Here is some more iterations on the Next Design
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In the aft compartment there is a low countertop on each side of me 30 cm high, 40 cm lengthwise towards the bow. Each square is 20 cm. The storage below serves to keep food The aft compartment can be rearranged to serve as a cabin for a guest. Of course she has to move when the boat needs assistance. There is a centerboard on starboard side also water that when not filled up can be mowed to the windward side.
Me sitting on the port side in the aft cabin. Ample place for even a taller person. To my left towards the bow of the boat is storage for eating things.
Modell with 3 balanced lug sails each 4 sq meter.
Modell seen from aft heading down wind
The modell seen from abouve. Two of the holes that can hold the mast are seen on the starboard side. The mast can be mowed around to suit the conditions. They are not more heavy than a strong oar. The holes can also be used to hold a strong winch to haul the boat up on a beach or back into deep water when she has run aground.

To be continued…
Regards Yrvind

Muesli breakdown

For those used to the European notation, interested in nutrition, that do not have a calculater here is a breakdown of my muesli ingredients.
Almond flour 15%
Dried Blueberries grinded 9%
Whole Milk powder 18%
Oat Flakes 35%
Raisin 12%
Walnuts 12%

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind

ANTIFOULING

I have now started to antifoul Exlex. One side of the rudders and the daggerboard as well as the starboard side is done. Today I did the bottom. Unfortunately my neighbours were not happy about the smell. I will be more careful when I do the port side, doing the painting after work hours.
The work with a roller went very swiftly half an hour at most.
When the antifouling is done the important work on Exlex is done. I will keep doing a few odd jobs just get her in peak condition.
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Exlex seen from the aft. Yellow and blue is the Swedish colors. The wings aft is for the stearing lines to the twin rudders. I have found a much better solution for the Next Design.
Exlex bottom and bow. The slot is for the daggerboard replacing the leeboards. It was the only place I could fine. I had to sacriface 10 liters of water. Something I ill could afford. I have a better solution for Next Design.

To be continued…
Regards Yrvind.

 

PROVISIONING

I will eat twice a day, breakfast and lunch four hours later.
Me, I am afraid of insulin. Alzheimer is diabetes type 3. After four hours of no eating there be no insulin in the blood and my mitocondrias switches over to use stored fat for fuel. That’s the food strategy.
Some people say, “Thats not much of a variation”
I say, “Cows only eat grass and wolfs only eat meat”
Modern society is so boring and there is so much food that we have to be stimulated by spices and chefs and different foods to eat. At sea in a small boat its different. Life itself out there is so interesting that I do not need stimulants.
My breakfast consists of one can of sardines, one slice of dense dark rye bread and muesli.
One meal of muesli contains:
Almond flour 25 grams
Dried grinded blueberries 15 grams
Whole milk powder 30 grams
Oats flakes 60 grams
Raisins 20 grams
Walnuts 20 grams
Total 170 grams of muesli for each meal
My lunch is the same as breakfast but no sardines.
I hope to make the voyage in about 300 days, but 2018 may turn out to be a bad year weather vise. To have a margin I will load Exlex with food for 400 days. The weight of that food is 240 kilos. It breaks down into:
136 kilos muesli, 64 kilos sardines and 40 kilos bread.
My water capacity is 56 liters. There are two rain catchers. Hopefully there will be some rain otherwise I have to beg.
A big job is to vacuum pack the muesli and the bread and store it safely in Exlex.
I will also have plenty of multivitamin/mineral supplements.
I look forward to be out on the deep, wet, endless, eternal ocean eating muesli and sardines.
To be continued…
Regards Yrvind.