January 22, 2016


Ex Lex three sails are now ready.

They are all square balanced lug sails. The sides of the light wind sail is 2 meter its area is 4 square meter. The sides of the two strong wind sails are 1.5 meter, their areas are 2.25 square meter each. Each sail has its own mast. When a mast is not in use it rest flat on the deck, preferable on the windward side.

As before it is Hamel Sails who made the sails. When you find good craftsmen, dont let them slip.

Below are some pictures.

With three people working on the sails it did not take to long to get them ready. Its better to wisit a sailmaker in January than june.

Yrvind and the crew.

Trying out the lenght of the booms.

The sails are lashed/knotted to a cranse iron on a boom. The booms and the yards are identical. There are two cranse iron to each boom. there are two booms to each sail. There are three sails. Each cranse iron have 4 half rings. To produce the hardware 4.5 meter 8mm stainless steel rod was used and 64 welds.

Below Samy Qubti bending the rod for the half rings to the cranse irons.

Below one of the small sails with one reef.

Below one of the small sails with 2 reefs.

A third of 2.25 square meter is not much (0.75) but when the wind is blowing mighty strong its nice to be snugged down.

“As a bonus, here a repeat of the video Beppe made 2011″

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind

January 19, 2016


Yesterday I gave a talk at Gunnebo IOGT. The International Organisation of Good Templars.

It  tryes to prevent and reduce harm caused by alcohol and other drugs. Its mission is to enlighten people around the world on a lifestyle free from alcohol and other drugs. IOGT works to harness the potential of human beings, to support families, to strengthen communities and to develop society. The is the liberation of peoples of the world leading to a richer, freer and more rewarding life. As a means of attaining this aim, IOGT promotes a lifestyle free of alcohol and other drugs.

I do agree. Below is a photo from an artickle in Västervikstidningen. Click once or twice to enlarge.

Regards Yrvind.

January 15, 2016


Ex Lex windows are very special. Unlike a lot of yachting windows they are made of glass. There are several reasons for that. Glass windows makes for a dry boat because water vapor condenses on cold surfaces and glass conduct heat much better than plastics therefore the glass windows acts as condensation plates and dries the interior in cold wet conditions.

Obvious of course is that glass gives the best vision, as it is very scratch proof.

Tempered glass is much stronger than ordinary glass almost indestructible. Unfortunately once in a million due to NiS nickel sulfide crystals it can self-destruct. Luckily the heat soak process where the glass is heated to 290 degrees is a destructive test that eliminates 99,99% or so of the glasses that has a tendency to self-destruct.

The nickel comes from stainless steel, the sulfor from acidity in the athmosphere.

Chanches that something may happen after the windows has past this test I consider remote.

Thanks to Johny and Emmaboda Ex Lex glasses are heat soaked.

Below are some pictures.

The windows in the soak having succesfully survived the test.

Johny and the soak.

Johny and a window. Thanks a lot Johny.

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind.

January 6, 2016


There is not much headroom under deck in Ex Lex, therefore to get from one end of the boat to the outher  have to move like a monkey using my arms.

When laying on my back pulling my feet towards me so that my knees raise there is when the feet are as near  my buttocks as I can stretch my body, a maximum  clearence, abouve my knees to the deck, of 1 cm, a space reserved for the blanket. Handholds are important.

Below photos of handmade hand holds. Light and strong.

Below photo from the side. I found a inside space of 25 mm (one inch) hight fits my hands very comfortable. These handholds are constructed with Divinycell as a core, I have been used on a number of boats.

Below are a photo from the part of the deck house that is forward of the waterproof bulkhead.

The openings for the four windows can also be seen.

Below the part of the deck house aft the bulkhead. The opening for the hatch can be seen. The channels for the wentilation system can also be seen. To get the channels in the same plane on the bulkhead, the starboard channel crosses to port above the hatch, the two descend on the port side. On the flour the port one crosses to the starboard. When the deck house gets laminated to the boat I continue the channels.

The grab rails and handholds are attached with NM-epoxy reinforced with many short pieces of carbon rowing. To cut the pieces would be booring and time consuming. I therfore used the following a method to speed up the process.

I winded up the rowing on a piece of wood in the lathe.

A closer look. To get different lenghts I taped on spacers.

In the wood I had made a slot to insert the scissors.

It worked well.

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind.

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