Since Sunday afternoon I have been running under bare pooles before a persistant gale. Even without sails we are averaging more than two knots, luckily in the right direction. Exlex is behaving very well but the hatches are dogged and I use my safety belt inside the boat.
These small reflections arrived yesterday from Yrvind
A difficult night with one more gale and plenty of ships, included fishing boats, the worst because they have no destination and right of way and I have some problems to maneuvrate. The steering system will be much better on next design which I am working on. Things are calming down so I am working up enough courage to go on the foredeck to raise the daggerplate and set a sail. The original intention was to handel them from the forehatch but there is to much stuff there now. The solution is to eat the food and rearrange things. Progress is as you can see slow but I am nearly finished with Bay of Biscay.
Ipad is fantastic. I have open Europe, Africa and America charts and three routes to Dingle, Cape Finistare and Madeira. That way I can triangulate my position. I use very little food and water, eating only once a day for health reasons. Bay of Biscay was in its June gloom mode but now after 2 weeks the sun is appearing.
Got shock today. Port rudder did not work. Was blocked. At first impossible to understand unless the piston that keeps the saltwater on the outside of the inside steering ropes has got stucked. I went back and applied force to the tiller. Likewise blocked. Finally I looked down in the water, the rudder blade had rotated 90 degrees forward. Some idiot had made a bad knot. Not easy to fix but with the help of a rope I got some leverage and it swung back to its proper position. It was a bit rough and I got my shirt wet. However after fixing the problem I thought that the idiot deserved a new shirt. The old one been on for more than 3 weeks, but the moral is good.
Yrvind can send short text messages. Below some snapshots that arrived today. Exlex is an experiment and Yrvind is testing some of his boat design ideas. Part of the navigation he manages with ipads. He also has Wikipedia in six languages down loaded on them.
Now put one the ohter front sail. Strange, self-stering works fine with just one sail. Completely unbalanced. A set of preventants from where the front edge of the boom is pulling backwards.
Finnish solar cells Naps on the middle deck are coroding. Blows well, maybe 10 m / s. Has taken down the sail at the back. Just one sail up. Best to be careful.
The ropes I steer the boat from the bed with and the new winch invention work great except on the port side where the ropes and power cables are in blissful mess. Also spoon bow is a succe. The lifts go so well in the waves. Quite a breakthrough. Now I have also got a lot of crawling to get the wool socks on, they start to heat well.
Been fishing boats out of Ireland. Starting now getting into traffic Eng Channel – America AIS picks them up a long distance 30-50 miles and provides CPA.
Very cramped and rank. The fore cabin full of stuff, so I handle the sail and the boat center board from the deck. Will be difficult balance. Right now strong northern wind. Going like a spear. She rolls very much down wind. Depends on the weight. Better on Next Design. It’s cold and gray weather. Exceptional course stability.
Really good with ipad. Great with Wikipedia & Navionics. Working at Next Design. It has shrunk to 6.8×1.12×0.2 deep. The haul is a happiness hit. That I can haul the sail both at the masts and at the back of the hatch works great. Good to be tested for the next design.
To be continued…
After some initial problems with the electrical system Yrvind now making progress to south. Via his Inreach Tracker he can send short text messages and he report – the weather is fine, the boat with it´s special rigging works nice under down wind conditions with good course stability without any windvane. He also feels fine and are happy to be out on the ocean again. There are lot of fishing vessels around him right now, but he keep track of them with his AIS (Automatic Identification System).
More to be come when yrvind thinks it’s worth reporting something.
To be countinued…
Yrvind is now on the Atlantic ocean. If you want to follow him you can do so by clicking the Tracker in the menu, or here Tracker
Yrvind at irish-TV
Yesterday we arrived at Roscoff in good time and found rooms and a parkinh place for the boat at an exelent hotel, Bellevue, at rue Jean d Arc.
Tomorrow at 18.30 our ferry bound for Rosslare in the republic of Irland departs. Roscoff is a nice place and we enjoy our stay here. Pierre Herve and his wife Maelle visit us. Pierre has illustrated my Manifesto. He brought me two spearguns. I could not by them in Sweden because they are criminal in Sweden.
Regards Yrvind and Beppe
So far everything has gone well, very well.
The rollover test was succesful, to my relief, allthuogh some water came in thrugh the back and for hatches and through a the VHF antenna. The antenna is now dealt with, hopefully.
Only a small amount of water, maybee 5 liter or 2 US gallons at the most, found its way inside the brave Exlex. The water was collected in the for and aft compartments. They are not sensitive to water. The boat was at lest 1 minute completly upside down before the healaing rope was released and she was allowed right herself, wich she did very quickly. During coming capsizeses in the wild Roaring Forties I estimate that Exlex will stay upside down much shorter times. Myself, I was in the aft compartment. During the forst rollover I was in the bunk. There are sevaral videos of showing that experiment, for exampel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvdjEq3K93w
Monday 21 of May 2018 at 17:00 houers departure is planned from Mekonomen Västervik, Håkan will drive me to Ireland. I will be on place already at 16:00 houers for Q and A.
Adress Mekonomen, Allen, Västervik, Sweden
Everyone with a positive interest in small boat cruising are welcome.
Exlex is an experimental craft, she is very tender she is not very suitable for the planned voyage witch will be difficult by any standard. She was built as a daysailer and the reel boat was meant to be bigger but unfortunately I run out of money becouse no publisher wanted to print a manuscrips I had hoped would pay for a bigger boat, so brave Exlex willingly volentared to take on the big oceans. I have a model of next design with me. When the sky is grey and the wind contrary I will look at the model and get courage. Next design is 7.2 meters long 1.2 meters beam 0.2 meters draft. I am soon back from NZ to start working on her. This upcoming voyage is not a record attempt, nor is it a protest. It is an experiment being done to conferm my hypothesis of how a small, cheap, seaworthy, enviromentally frendly, low energy, shallow draft, cruising boat that can be propelled by wind with a small sail area and when the wind is absent by muscle power applied to an oar, even by elderly persons, shall be designed.
Best regards Yrvind
On Friday 18 of May at 14:00 I intend to do a new rollover test to confirm the stability range of Exlex fully loaded.
In theory the boat should have even better stability fully loaded, but “show me”, to have experienced it will make me less worried.
To end up upside down would be cathastrophic.
All persons with a positive intrest in small boat cruising are welcome to watch.
Place: Västerviks båtvarv, Solbergsudde, Västervik.
A link to the first rollover test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdOgULeFTfM