I have done more mock up, now in the saloon. I now have a pretty good idea of the finished boat. Exlex Minor have turned out very roomy despite being only 4 cm longer and 19 cm vider than Exlex that was indeed very cramped. Exlex Minor have definitely place for two persons friendly persons to cruise long distances a boy and a girl.
Edition Paulsen did 11 of October publish a book titled 100 Marin. Its a selection of famous yachtsmen from the last 150 years including Jules Verne, Bernard Moitessier, Francis Chichester, Jack London, Naomi James plus 94 other equally famous person and me. Its a mystery how I got included, but I am proud to be included in that crowd.
Below are some pictures click on them once or twice to enlarge.
The main bulkheads are in place. they are now also filleted and taped with carbon fiber +45°/-45°.
Next step is to do mock up of water storage. There is 12 five liter jerry cans. 6 on each side. Empty ones can be moved to leeward. I think I have found some AGM batteries with the same with 19 cm as the jerrycans.
Also in the stern a mock up for a lazarett is made. It will be the place for oilskins, diving flippers and mask. There will also be a snorkel although my lack of teath make the use of it difficult.
Today I hae started the mock up. As so often happend before my idears when faced with reality had to be modified, luckily to the better. The most surprising was the creating of a revolving door. Its a semicircel that turns on a horisontal lengthwise axis. I think it has much promis. Also having today spent time inside Exlex Minor I am impressed with all the space.
Its a small step for mankind but a huge one for me. I have a hull and I am very happy about that.
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Her weight is 182 kilos. Her lenght is 580 cm. Her beam 123 cm, same as Matt Laydens Paradox, a boat a have sailed a lot. I have not copied Matts beam. Its convergent evolution. Concerning the weight I am happy about it and in general with the work so far. Everything looks very promising.
Yesterday I showed some pictures about why I have chosen to put the carbon fiber on the inside of the Divinycell instead of the outside.
Below are photos of tests I made about 15 years ago. Those tests convinced that placing carbon fibers on the inside of a sandwich construction makes it way more stronger than to have them on the outside, regarding impacts.
Clearly the difference to impact impact is like day and night. It is no more difficult to or not much more difficult to put the carbon on the inside than on the outside, but it so much more safe. My advice to builders of small ocean going cruisers: Use carbon fibers on the inside to get a strong safe boat.
Today my friends have helped me to laminate Exlex Minor with NM-epoxy. Everything went very well. Good epoxy and very competent friends. An important step towards new adventures.
Some of my friends have helped me for decades. They have much experience and we all agreed that this was the best laminate ever of all the ones we had done. Also the best shape of all my boats, a good omen for coming voyages.
I will try to get more pictures from my friends who took pictures during the laminate.