October 28, 2012


Ignorant persons describe my planned trip as a suicide mission. There are exceptions. This gentleman defended me by writing in Wall Street Journal: All the signs of a suicidal personality are there–enthusiasm, confidence, zest for life, building something that has never been built before, big plans for the future. By golly, you must be right!

I like that. Of course the very idea that I have thoughts of suicide is wrong. My boat and me are sane. A small boat well made is safer than a big one. It is less complicated and smaller forces are acting on it. On a small boat you have more control.

As for myself I was raised on the windward side of a small Island in the North Sea and as a grown up person I have messed about in small boats for more than fifty years. I have in small homemade boats contented spent more than a year in those southern stormy waters called roaring forties and screaming fifties. That includes passage in a nineteen feet boat, east to west around Cape Horn in June, the full southern winter. And that was before GPS-navigation. The sun did not rise more than 11 degrees above horizon at noon. Compared to that modern navigation is easy. I know what I talking about and I know what to expect.

Most people misunderstand life. Let me explain.

Comfort does not make you happy, on the contrary it is dangerous to your health. It makes you lazy, fat and bored.  It is only by using energy that you can create energy and it is the surplus of energy that makes you happy and healthy. Happiness cannot be bought for money.

Man adapts. The human being is the most adaptable creature in the universe.

When a person smokes more dopamine than needed is released. Dopamine is part of natures feedback system that helps us to survive. This nicotine release creates a momentarily happiness not connected to surviving. To restore homeostasis the body adapts by reducing its dopamine receptors. In the same way as a sensible farmer would reduce the area he cultivates if it suddenly started to grow more food than he needed.

When the dopamine receptors are artificially over stimulated. The size of the receptors is reduced and the smoker becomes a slave to nicotine. Smoking is short sighted.

Borrowing money for consumption is also short sighted. It is pleasant momentarily but the borrower becomes a slave to the bank. Borrowing is a disaster in the long run.

Daily I use a bicycle to transport myself. Occasionally when leaving for a different part of Sweden to give a talk I use my car. By pressing the accelerator I can climb steep hills with no effort. It is pleasant and my body adapts quickly. It learns that going uphill can be easy and fast. The next day when I am back on my bike climbing a hill I am in for a surprise. It is laborious. My body has adapted to the ease of driving. It has been addicted to the power of oil. Had I not used my will power and returned to my bike and used effort to climb hills I would have become a slave to my car.

In a thousand ways our civilization over stimulates us. Not just by nicotine, by cars or by lending us money. Most people nowadays are slaves to many masters.

As with all addictions we need more drugs, more borrowed money, bigger cars and bigger boats. We get deeper and deeper into trouble and misery.

With my voyage I hope to show mankind that, luckily there is an opposite way, a more natural, sane and ecological way to be happy. Slowly as I have gained insight I have made myself less and less dependent on stimulants, I have become less and less a slave. I have never used coffee, beer, vine, or tobacco, not even once. Twenty years ago I stopped drinking tee. I have no TV. Ten years ago I stopped listening to the radio. It took about a year for me to get detoxed. Now I need no radio. I hear my inner voice loud and clear. I do my own thinking.

The way indigenous people orient themselves in nature and navigate at sea is amazing; still a Swedish man born into such a society at a young age will acquire the same skill.

Blind persons compensates by developing other senses like hearing to guide them through life.

Feelings and moods is nature’s way to guide animals and us to a behavior that favors survival. Animals are not bored, except caged in a zoo.  What makes us different from animals is not feelings but control over feelings by the frontal lobes. We use alcohol to anaesthetize them when we like to relax.

In my planned trip I will be at sea for more than a year. There I will be protected from over stimulation. Hopefully that way I will gain much of my senses potential power and increase the clarity of my mind. A voyage like my planned one will give plentiful stimulation. I aim to come back a younger man to start building a nice small cruising boat; one not restricted by a ridicules ten feet rule.

These thoughts are old fashioned. They have been around for thousands of years. They can be found in all ancient civilizations in one form or other they are based on fundamental principles, but as no one makes money on them money is not spent to advertise them.

Regards Yrvind.

October 24, 2012


Orthogonal, perpendicular, normal, square and right angle, we have many names for the things we love. And right angles are one of the cornerstones of our modern civilization and for good reasons, without them everything would be crocked. It is so basic that even our Euclidian space is defined by it with the help of the Pythagorean theorem.

Even boat builders are well served by right angles. But it is not always easy create them.

Here is a trick. Use a mirror. A straight line reflected into a mirror continues as a straight line into the mirror only if it is at right angles to the mirrors surface. The pictures below illustrates the point.

Click once or twice on the pictures to enlarge.

On the picture below I do not hold the stick at right angle to the mirror

In the picture below the stick is at right angle to the mirror.

My boat has a very thick hull, almost 50 mm or 2 inches. Now I like to fit strong points with backingplates, each having five bolts, hence the holes have to be at right angles to the surface. You may have noticed the mirror image of the drill when drilling into shiny surfaces like polished metall, when holding the drill at right angles it looks like a stright line. When it extra difficult I use a mirro with a hole in it to drill a pilot hole as seen in the picture below.

Below is a picture of the fitting and its backing plate. In the background is the 40 mm Divinycell core.

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind.

October 19, 2012


Click once or twice to enlarge the picture.

Yesterday I took delivery of a new kayak. Should I spend time enjoying myself on the water instead of building on my boat?

Lutherans would say of course not. In defense of myself I say it is for my health.

If I do not take time build my health I have to spend time being sick.

And what is health worth?

Ask the sick man.

It is a LISA  VKV-kayak. Ingvar Ankervik is also in the picture. The color is RAL 1023 Verkehrsgelb (traffic yellow for those of you who do not speak german). YRVIND TEN will be painted in the same color. I do look fat and hunchbacked. It is because I wear a high volume floating device below the blue jacket.

On Monday I turn 73 and a ¬Ĺ year. When I was younger health was taken for granted. When I was nearing 60 I started to run not to lose it. When I was nearing 70 I had to start doing exercises. Now I am adding kayaking.

I am fit as a fiddle, running 10 k twice a week, paddling several hours at the time, doing exercises twice weakly. Had I been the average Swede I would die in 5 years time at the age of 78,5 and be sick the last ten years of my life. I hope to mess about in boats for at least an other 50 years.

Regards Yrvind.

October 7, 2012


For some time I have been working for money. Unfortunatley that is neccesary. During that time no progress have been made on the boat.

I have now made a small pile that will keep me a life for a while. Do not worry, I will soon start to work on the boat again. Also not everything done on the boat is visible or worth publishing. Many things are trivial and banal.

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind.

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