October 11, 2017


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 illustrates what i mean:,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.

September 28, 2017

Yrvind on Swedish TV, he talks and moves his boat with the oar, sculling.

Read what people says about Yrvind on social media. What has been written can be described as a love bombing. (In swedish) Livet ombord

September 12, 2017


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 segelsÀllskap 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 VĂ€strervik

Abouve: I am getting help to unload Exlex.

The trip has been a succes.

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind

August 29, 2017

Testing ExLex

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


August 27, 2017

Promotion trip

More pictures from Yrvinds promotion trip to Stockholm

August 24, 2017

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

August 23, 2017


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 VĂ€sterbron, 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

August 18, 2017


A new text about Exlex is now published under the heading EXLEX. To read it go to the START PAGE.
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.

August 14, 2017


Second test of the the boat with a little bit more ballast and a few issues sorted out.

August 10, 2017


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.

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