August 28, 2012


Tomorrow wendsday the 29th of August I leave for Stockholm. I will exhibit “YRVIND.COM” the boat I last year sailed to Martinique in at “ALLT P√Ö SJ√ĖN” in Gustavsberg V√§rmd√∂.

I will also sell the new book “Den unge, den gamle och havet” . On saturday and sunday I will be joined by Captain Thomas Grahn, the young, my co-author.

On Monday 3rd of September I will give an illustrated slide show in Nyköping at NK-villan. I will bring my boat and books.

I hope to see many people with a positive interest in small boat cruising.

Regards Yrvind.

August 22, 2012


There has been some progress on the C.B. It is strong but heavyer than I like. Last boat became to heavy. But to cite Churchill when his wife nagged him about spending to much money. We must save she said. No Churchill said we must make more money.

On this line I have given this present boat a lot of displacement. The big modell, the 1/8 was test sailed with 1850 kilos scaled up displacement.

All structures brake down. It is only a question of time. If I will not have the means of leaving from the southern hemispere I will leave from Kinsale Ireland like last time. That means I have to be at sea for maybee 18 months. In that long time in rough weather a lot of wear will occour. Therefore I now give her scantlings to match. The C.B. weighs in at 15 kilos.

To enlarge click once or twice.

Here is the start of the C.B-case.

Here a picture of he pattern.

As can be seen I have to glue on additional pieces of Divinycell H130. To clamp them I use wedges.

It is handy to be able to cut out the shape on the table. To be able to do that I have shortend the jiggsaw blade to the thickness of the Divinycell 2cm.

Here cutting. The saw blade cut through the Divinycell but not the table.

I thank Petter for helping me to laminate.

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind.

August 17, 2012


The main forces on the mast is compression due to the haliard and bending due to wind. The bending force is reduced by reefing, but there is still a lot of compression force. The masts ability to withstand the compression decreases by the square of the lenght that is compressed.

Last night I said to myself that a good way to reduce that force is to mowe down the point where sail is attatched to the mast when reefing. If in strong winds it is lowered half the distance the compression force is reduced to a quarter. If the sail is attatched to the mast without a halyard it is halfed again.

That way there is only one eight of the compression on the mast left. Weight and wind resistance of the halyard is also gone. A gain well worth considering.

Below are two pictures illustrating my chain of thougt. Click once or twice to enlarge.

A close up.

The masts will be short between 3 and 4 meter 10 to 13 feet and distance between thema only 1.2 meter or four feet. It is therefore very simple to use the masts as suport for steps to a temporary ladder to use when lowering the sail.

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind.

August 12, 2012


I keep working on the C.B. I like to make it as good as I can. It is excessive, but in a world were yachts are done to minimum standard- except the finish which Neptune dont care about- it is nice to have something to be proud of. Besides it is also nice when you are out there to know that what ever the sea will throw at you you do not have to worry but can sleep peacefully.

The C.B. is now shaped. The trailing edge is very thin therefore I have shaved away the Divinycell there and replaced it with epoxy thickened with migrofibers.

I have also made a bronze bearing for the axis. The pin diameter will be 18 mm close to 3/4 inch.

The below picture shows the shaped C.B. Click once or twice to enlarge.

The below picture shows the shaved away Divinycell.

The below picture shows the pin bronze bearing. Some gassfibre reenforcement can be seen in the hole, more will be addded higher up.

The below picture shows the bronze pin bearing epoxy-glued in position. Later some Divinycell will be routed out and replaced with glass fibre reenforcement.

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind.

August 9, 2012


I am still working on the C.B. The control lines, upphaul and downhaul needs a reliabel point of attachment. The distance from that point to the rollers should be as small as possible. It is also important that the knot or splice is beyond the fitting as not to add to the lenght. A knot two inches long on each side of the fitting means four inches and if there are two fittings worse. It is worse becouse the whole centerboard case will be that much bigger and if you build a ten feet ocean going  boat it is nice to conserve space.

The following pictures show my solution. Click once or twice to enlarge.

The above shows a  thimble I made of bronze. I will encapsulate it on the top of the C.B. the surface is increased to get more contact with the epoxy. One more square centimeter means 300 kilo more load can be absorbed.

The hole is just big enough for two 10 mm ropes to pass through. A figure eight knot acts as a stop.

The fitting in its position ready to take the thickend glassfibre reenforced epoxy. The blue stuff is styrofoam preventing the epoxy to fill the space where the rope  and the knot later will be.

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind.

August 8, 2012


This is the final mock up. Small corrections will be made and transfered to the real C.B.-case. On the aft top end a step will be made. It is the inspection hatch that fills two functions. Click once or twice to enlarge picture.

This is the same motif seen from a different angle. The aluminum profil indicates the top of the deck house.

Above is a picture of the pattern of the NACA-profil that will guide me shaping the C.B. The hydrodynamic properties are compromised in favour of strenght. To get a good nos radie I have chosen a NACA 0020, that is 20% thick, nos radie 8.6 mm. The real C.B. is 43 mm without lamination. The virtuel chord is therefore 215 mm. The chord of thereal  C.B. is more than 700 mm. I have therefore split the profile at its maximum thickness, that is 30% from the leading edge and inserted a parrallel section of the missing lenght.

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind

August 4, 2012


The surface shape of the C.B. is now cut. Time for one more mock up. Everything was OK in the hull. However now I had to figure out how the control lines were going to find their way to the deck. I did not want them inside the boat becouse that would bring in water in one form or other. The original plan was to conduct the down-haul in a pipe straight up to the top of the deck-house. But there was the sliding hatch making that impossible. It had to come out foreward of the deck-house.

Picture one show the C.B. in the down position. click once or twice to enlarge.

Picture two shows the C.B in the up position.

Picture 3 shows the drawing of the sliding hatch. It is a pen drawing look close.

Picture 4 shows a piece of plywood around the roller preventing the rope from getting stuck between the roller and the C.B.-case. One of these anti-stuck pieces on each side of the C.B.-case.

Picture 5 shows the dawn-haul roller. It has a much bigger diameter. The reason is to lift up the rope some centimeters to clear the top of the C.B. Here the C.B. is in the down position. The lower rope dissapears up through the deck when the board is raised. It is the other rope that has to stay clear as the board mowes foreward.

For service, to change rope etc. there is a slot in the deck leading to the C.B.-case. At the back above the big diameter roller there is a service hatch.

To bee continued…

Regards Yrvind.

August 3, 2012


At an other front I am working on the C.B.

It is very easy to get an symmetrical profile working with plywood becouse you can use one of the layers as centerplane. Working with composite and Divinycell is a different matter. Au pif I decided that the thickness of my C.B. should be 4 cm. Instead of trying to shape 4 cm Divinycell I glued tvo 2 cm pieces together. In the middle I put three layers of 450 gram glassfiber. Also I made reenforcment for the axis, the up and downhaul and the lowest end, the one which are going to touch the ground being my echo-sounder sailing in shallow waters. Also By having glassfibre in the middle the aft end of the profile which is very thin will be stronger. Whith this layer in the middle I have a plane of reference when shaping the board.

Below are some pictures. Click once or twice on them to enlarge. First picture I have used a router to create space for the reenforcement. Routing depht is 8 mm.

Petter, a young man just mowed here is helping me, here he is laminating the reenforcments.

We are using a lot of lead to put pressure on the surface. Of course the result is much better with vacum. I should realy using that instead. Still weights are good enough. We are using about 300 kilos of lead. Had we used vacum instead we would have gotten a force equvilant to about 10000 kilos (the area being about 80×120 cm) In addition the vacum would have gotten rid of all the small air bubbles.

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind.

August 2, 2012


I had made a rough calculation of the volume of the bronze soles patterns using an estimates prismatic coefficient etc. As the have compound curvature and consists of convex and concave surfaces I was not to shore about my estimate therefore I decided to do as old Archimedes one of my idols, submerged them and measure the overfloving water. I do not have a bath-tub so I asked around. Then a freind of mine said I have a better method, I have a 3-D scanner. It is realy amazing all the new things they find out.

He kindly scanned my patterns. Each had a volume of 6.5 liters bronze density is 8.8 kilos per liter giving a total of about 110- 115 kilos just what I wanted.

Below is a picture. The top image is the scan the lower ones the crated surfaces. Click once or twice to enlarge.

By the way, the book comes in an electronic form E-bok. Se search for yrvind

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind.

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