Details

Doing the galley. To prewent my precius food from slipping out of my hand I have glued a bit of Tufnol to the bottom of my bowl I made out of carbon fiber. Now the grip is excellent.

 

When not holding the bowl she can rest in a swinging holder. Below the bowl is the countertop.
The bowl in a heeled position.

 

To let the bowl swing easily I made a bearing out of Tufnol and inserted it in the bulkhead, gluing it with epoxy. On the opposite side is a washer and a cotter pin.

 

The navigational light is now also done it consist of four LED water proof backup lights

 

The mast are now painted. Color RAL 1003 signal yellow.

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind

SALOON COMPASS

For convieneice I have installed a compass in the living room. That way, even in the middle of the night I only need to open one eye to find if I am still on the right course.

If not, thanks to the new steering arrangement with lines in the roof and my new type of winch  I do not have to leave the bed to adjust the rudder.

Often I will sail the same course for several days, the compass is gimballed, but not enough. If the average healing is 20° I can tilt the compass 20° and lock it in the new position with the help of the two wing nuts. Thats easier on the compass.

Below same pictures.

First I use a Plastimo handbearing compass. To save space I have shorteneed the handle. I also have added a string to fix it so when the boat capsizes it will stay put. Besides the one in the bedroom I have one in the navigation compartment.

The good thing with the Plastimo ia that the vertical scale is vertical. Silva compass used to have that feuture but to save a few pennis the vertical scale is now only 45°. Nut very useful.

The good thing with the Plastimo ia that the vertical scale is vertical. Silva compass used to have that feuture but to save a few pennis the vertical scale is now only 45°. Nut very useful.

 

The compass holder. Sturdy enough.

 

The compass in its holder fixt at an angle with small wing nuts.

 

The lines controlling the rudder and its jammers.

 

Here are two pictures of the aft compass, the one in the navigation/lunchroom. First one I missed the top part of the compass. Secound one taken through the window.

The opening under the first picture is the door to the bedroom. Part of my blanket can be seen.

 

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind.

 

THE IDEAS BEHIND EXLEX

Finally there is a 95 page long text in english about the ideas behind Exlex.

You find the text under the heading MANIFESTO up in the menu. There is also a swedish version of the text. Scroll down a bit belov the donation buttons and the link to the swedish version and you find the link to the english version at the bottom of the page.

I very much appriciate any donation. The money goes straight to the project. I will to pay the rent for the about a yearent for my flat and workshop. I cannot sublet my apertment or workshop as it filled up with to much books and tools (10 000 books)

I will also help to pay for a tracker going to the Iridium satelites. That way I can send SMS that you may follow my voyage.

To those that already have donated I give my sincere thanks.

Enjoy the text.

Regards Yrvind

A BILGEBOARD ADDED

The one place where windward sailing is neccesary is just north of the equator heading south. There I will meet the south east trades. Also the equatorial current will poush me west. If I cannot make good enough to windward I will miss the Brazilian east corner and be forced up into the North Atlantic.

The weather sight windy.com illustrates what i mean:

https://www.windy.com/?2017-10-17-12,8.581,-13.359,4,a:LCMD3
To increase my chanches I have added a bilgeboard. To the port side. I made it as big as possiblble. Still I had to sacriface 10 liters af water.
Below are some pictures:

Installing the bilgeboard case.

View from the deck

The bilgeboard case seen inside.

With board in place

The board case trimmed.

There is still some work to be done.

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind.

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