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.
1 of May here in Sweden. Trees are getting green, the sun out and the sea blue. Time to go sailing. Departure is planned to 21 of this month.
Luckily most things are in there place. I am getting a bit nerveus as if something have been forgotten. I prepare for one year at sea, hoping for 300 days.
A new rollover test is planned for 18 of May 14:00. Not that I think its neccesary, Exlex should have even better stability now with all the food and water, but yacht design is complicated, so just to be sure.
It will be nice to know for sure that Exlex always will comes back after capsizes.
Below a few pictures. Click once or twice to enlarge.
Below my touthbrushes and bowl and waterbottle. Also a knife and a ratchet and Torx bits fitting the screws holding down the hatches.
The tracker inReach is positioned in the main cabin. I have tested to send sms texts 140 characters. I think I got the hang of it.
Trying out Blue Peter: All persons should report on board as the vessel is about to proceed to sea.
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.
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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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…
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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Everyone much welcome.
Postscript. Dress code: Casual.