BACK AT WORK

After two and a half weeks in Stockholm I and Exlex are now back at my workshop for the final preparations.
Some alternations will be done – more about that later – but mostly I will be occupied with filling every cubic inch of Exlex with food.
A big thanks to Göta segelsällskap for the hospitality and to all the friendly people in Stockholm and elsevere that is supporting my project.
The future looks bright, but there will be hard work ahead.
Below are 3 pictures.

The picture above shows Exlex two masts her sculling oar two booms two yards and two sails and two big fenders in the back of my Wolksvagen Golf.

Abouve a rainy Västrervik

Abouve: I am getting help to unload Exlex.

The trip has been a succes.

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind

Testing ExLex

Yrvind is still in Stockholm and promote ExLex. This film is of an earlier date and shows some testing in Västervik.

A film by ANDREAS EIDHAGEN

Yrvind is launching ExLex at boat club Göta Segelsällskap in central part of Stockholm. He is going to promote ExLex and his next sailing to New Zeeland

CAMPAIGN

Tomorrow I drive Exlex to Stockholm to campaign her in our capital.
Trials are done. She is not perfect, far from it but with big will I think I can sail her to NZ although it ceratainly will not be easy.
Next boat be much better.
Most of the things are now fixed.
I did not get the leeboards to work to my satisfaction so I eliminated them after some consideration. Her windward ability suffered but she gained downwind. Its a balance. She now has no lateral area except her hull. Considering that her windward ability is amazing.
Persons having a positive interest in small cruisers are welcome to have a look at her, not to early in the day nor to late. I be somewhere west of Slussen east of Västerbron, thats the plan.
Below are some pictures.

The M20 boalt holding the leeboard.

Cutting the boalt.

Boalt gone.

Sculling away without the leeboards to put her on the trailer.

On the trailer next to the yellow boat with chinerunner I sailed from Kinsale Ireland to Poerto Santo Madeira to Martinique in 2011 ready to drive to Stockholm tomorrow 24 August.

Thanking those that have kindly donated to my voyage.

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind

A NEW TEXT IN SWEDISH

A new text about Exlex is now published under the heading MANIFESTO. To read it go to the blogg section.
I continue to work with Exlex, sorting out one problem after the other.
Becouse I do not yet know her and becouse she is designed for open waters and not to the narrow ones here I have to take care and watch the weather.
When the weather is not good I work on trying to get sponsors. Exlex is a modell of boat ideal in reduced scale and the planned voyage is a long one.
Hopefully I can average 2 knots. The 15 000 miles to New Zealnad will then take 300 days. The prudent navigater calculates with the worst weather conditions. Some years are worse than outhers and the worst of the worst is very bad. Then my average speed may drop a good deal below 2 knots.
Its very basic but there is a big difference between average speed and top speed. Once down in the Roaring Forties a easterly storm blew 150 miles westwards. I was heading east. Then there is calms. Once I got stuck in the Doldrums for a month. Today one often read in the yachting press “There was no wind so we had to turn on the engine”. Exlex has no engine, nor does she wants one.
This is not an complait but an explanation that average and top speed are different.
I hope to be able to load Exlex with food for one year also to pay rent for my flat and workshop for one year.
In a weak or two I will trail Exlex to Stockholm. There hopefully I will find money.
In the end of April 2018 I will trail her to Dingle in western Ireland.
Beginning of May I be ready to start when the a weather window comes.
To bee contiued…
Regards Yrvind.

TWO PICTURES

Exlex have now been in the water for two days.
A strategy for the initial stability has been found.
The idea is to use the cargo capacity as ballast when testsailing. For the real voyage I will bring along flexible water tanks in their collapsed state and as I eat my way down I will replace eaten food with water.
The problem was I had not any siutable tanks in the marine market but now I have found them in the outdoor market in capacity 4, 6 and 10 liter capacity.
Today I added 125 kilo ballast and one mast is removed leaving two up which I will shift araound.

I have also sorted out the some of the rigging.
Now she feels fine, now there is hope.

Below two pictures: Click once or twice to enlarge.

and one from the bow

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind.

Video of Exlex rollover test


To determine the Exlex small cruiser stability range we did a rollover test. The test results exceeded everyones expectations. People don’t expect a boat without ballast keel to be self righting at the full range 0-180 degrees. The roopes had full tension all the time during the test. By the way during the video I was inside of the boat enjoying the experience.
More videos will follow
To be continued…
Regards Yrvind