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

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

 

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.

PLUMBING PART TWO

Today I found a new resource. Its angeled hoses used in the car industri. Håkan at Västervik Mekonomen has supplied me with them. Thanks Håkan.

Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

Here is the connection from the aft rain catcher to the deck. Three angels have been used. They are connected with nipples secured with hose clamps. An ordinare hose might get a bend that blocks the flow of the water.
Here is the connection from the forward rain catcher and the deck. Two hose angels have been used.

 

Inside the fore compartment. Here I have been extreemely lucky as often. Only one hose angle have been used. This picture shows the connection between the deck, top part of the picture and the waterproof bulkhead, low in the picture.

Now it is only the middle compartment and the aft one that has to be connected to complete Exlex plumbing system.

Thanks for watching.

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind.

PLUMBING

Exlex has started to live a life of her own. Now she wants plumbing. That was not planned, but she has reason, water handling will be much easier. With plumbing I can be busy doing other things while the rainwater fills up my jerry cans.

The forward rain catcher in a bit awkvard position.

 

Aft rain catcher

 

To get the water into the jerrycans I use hoses. There are two through deck fitting one forward and one back leading into the aft and forward compartments, from there, fittings connects through the waterproof bulkheads to the jerrycans in the holy sleeping room, holy in the sense that there is no direct holes to the outside.
The jerrycans have a very tight fit and are very secured in place. It would also be awkward to handle the 20 liter containers in the small cabin the solution is to use air pressure to transfer via hoses the water to one liter bottles.

Pressurising the jerry can with the help of my healthy lungs. The compressed air transfers the water to the one-liter bottle from wich its handy to drink.

 

The picture is from September 19 2015, the idea older. Now I have this idea to use this techniche on Next Design to transfer water to the windward side. This technique is not suitable for a big boat but for my boats I think it is appropriate. Back to the present, here are some details on Exlex plumbing.

This picture is where the water from the aft rain catcher enters the sleeping room, just below the deck. The two ropes are the steering ropes for the port rudder. The thing at the bottom right corner is the two jammers that locks the rudder in the desired position.

 

The same fitting from the eating room. The two steering ropes and two antenna cables one for the AIS one for the GPS can be seen. Its not waterproof, but its just under the deck and very off center. I do not think its very likely that water will enter my sleeping room here.
Here I am modifying the lid of the jerry cans for the water hoses. The brown Tufnol piece is added to get a better grip to get the lid well screwed on.

 

Screwing the pieces together using bedding compound between the Tufnol and the lid

 

The two lids with the hoses that goes into the jerry cans. To the very right of the picture can be seen that on the end of the hose a nipple has been added as a sinker.
Here is a close up

To be continued…
Regards Yrvind.

DETAILS

I have now done four lifting ropes for Exlex. The dynema ropes each have a breaking strenght of ca 8 tons. I do

not think I will have any use of them. They can be used for lifting the boat on to trailer and launching the boat with a fork lift. Other ropes can be used for that purpose.
A situation may arise at sea when a ship comes alongside and for some reason likes to pick up Exlex and haul her out of the ocean and put her on its deck, then it will only be a matter of doing a knot and she be attached. As I said I do not think they will be used, but if they are handy.
Pictures below.

The four ropes met at a point perpendicular abouve Exlex center of gravity. When not in use the ropes is tied to the gallow. The blue canvas is part of the water collection system.
One of the four strongpoints. An eye is spiced. The eye is reenforced with a mantle to protect it from chafe. The rope is attached with a larks head.

 

The four ropes is tied to the gallow when not in use.
The blue is water collector.

The photos below is for the main anchor a 10 kilo SPADE.

The anchor bollard. A winch would have been better, but there is no space for it. It will be on next design
This handle with a cam cleat will help me to get up the anchor. I do not intend to anchor. If I do it is an emergency.
If it is to heavy I have to cut the line.
The splice to the anchor chain. I have added two mantles to the rope for extra protection. The rope is also twice around the schackle pin to distribute the load

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind