The boat is now planned to be 6.4 meter instead of 7.8 meter.
Reason is: 2020 I sailed from Ålesund Norway to the Azores 78 from there to Porto Santo Madeira 23. Problem was on fora on internet people did not like the 1.7 knot average speed. They thought I sailed to slow. Me myself I was quite happy taking it easy. There is no engine on Exlex. Nowadays to wait for wind is not common. In fact when I was becalmed north of the Faroe Island for a few days. One day I heard a deafeaning sound that broke the silence. It was a rescue helikopter abouve my head. Somehow with the modern notion of thumbs up I convinced them that all was OK and they flew back to base.
Back in Sweden I started a 7.8 meter prototype longer for more speed. This year I sailed Madeira – Acores in 21 days and then to Ireland in 28 days.
When I came back to workshop and saw the long boat I got second thoughts about all that speed and how much less handy the boat would become. I do not sail for a destination. I sail to be out on the deep blue endless eternal sea. Sailing slowly is like a slow walk in the woods. It suits me. The sea is kind to the gentle seafarer.
I scrapped the long boat I started a new shorter one, not a prototype but a composite sandwich construction that I hope will take me on many a long sail in the less crowded high latitudes.
Below a recent video, below that a video made by an Amarican about my life.
The new Exlex the canoe yawl will come out I think 6.4 meter long and 1.4 meter beam depending on the thickness of the Divinycell.
To my eye she looks sweet. Her hull remains me about Bris a boat I cruised many days in 1972 to 1976 and later 1982 and 1983. Bris was 6 meter long 1.72 beam. Also a double ender. I built her in my mother basement.
Exlex is 4.57 beam long, Bris was 3.49 beams long. Exlex is more slender, she is also a bit smaller 6X1.72 is 10.32 veras 6.4X1.4 is 8.96. Lenght is not a good measure of size in boats.
Friday 13 of August I landed in Copenhagen. Peter and his wife was kindly there and picked me up. 23:30 the same evening I unlocked the door to my apartment. Everything was fine. I did 3 push up to get in shape. I had not done any physical since leaving the flat in late spring.
Next morning I pumped my bycycle and pedaled to my workshop. Everything was fine.
Before leaving I had made a model of the hard chine hull I converted her to soft chine. Next day proud of my country I pinted her blue and yellow.
During my sail in Exlex 2020 and 2021 some of the following thinking have been done. As follows.
After 149 days, nearly five months at sea in Exlex back on land I have decided to go ahead and build Exlex the Canoe Yawl a double ender 6.4 meter long with a beam of 1.28 meter in composite sandwich construction. Starting as soon as I can get the building materials.
Exlex was 5.8 meter long with a beam of 1.23 meter. She had a blunt scow bow and a transom. Long time in her and other small boats have made me realize that I am happy in a small boat.
Exlex had many good properties and a few not so desirable. Some of the properties that will be ameliorated are as follows:
Hull shape, the new boat will be double ender with soft chines. That will reduce resistance and enable me to take storms with her stern facing the wind riding to a sea or para anchor or Jordan series drouge through a stern tube.
She will get much more weather helm. The centerboard and rudder will be moved forward and sail area back in form of a mizzen mast will be added.
The living area, bed and seat will be enclosed by two waterproof bulkheads. On Exlex only the bed was so enclosed and the doors was only splash proof.
The rudder axis will come up foreword of the mizzen mast in a tube making it waterproof. This will bring the steering lines inside easier and make the rudder complex design simpler. The steering lines arrangement will be above the bed and athwartship. There they will not interfere with the drawing board and will be easy acceseble. The jammers will be of good quality.
There will be a deckhouse with a 360° view.
There will be a rudder indicator.
There will be side by side masts, a biplane rig as on the 2018 Exlex. I give her 8 square meter sail area. That is twice as much as on the previous boat. Downwind, the side by side arrangement of the masts ensures that the sails will not blanket each other. That arrangement worked at sea but gave problems in port. That problem is now solved.
The hatches had several issues. Those are easily corrected.
The stowage will be improved. Food will now be in a more protected part of the boat.
There will be some deck space that can be used for seating and standing.
The Canoe Yawl will be 0.6 meter longer than Exlex. Length is however not a good measure of a boats size. Weight is better and she is planned to be a bit lighter than her predecessor about one ton in cruising trim for 60 days or about 5000 miles autonomy average.
It is not easy to visualize what I mean by all this, but gentle reader be patient and bit by bit I will post by post describe them more clearly.
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Progress is good due to sleepless nights. The nights that keep me awake brings good ideas.
The bow centerboard is a good idea but it comes with a cost. Maybe 50 kilos and space and controol lines. I think I can live without it relying on near vertical chine runners. I call them chinerunners becouse I belive they work in conjunction with the hull creating a kind of fluid fence redirecting the water that tries around the hull to lee creating a windward force. This is of course specultion. The effect I imagen is similar to the effect of a spoon held under running water with the concave side up. The spoon makes the water splash all over. As a child I found the phenomen interesting.
If you watch the youtube video “Yrvind in Stockholm Archipilago” you will see my yellow chinerunner boat sailing. It was longer wider heavier had less sail area than Matt Laydens Paradox and heeled much less. A chinerunner with horisontal chinerunners should heel to get the chinerunner effect. I sailed the boat in Sweden, I sailed her from Ireland to Madeira, I sailed her from Madeira to Martinique. She did not go well to windward due to lee healm. Very fortunately the last few houers of the many thousands of mile long sail sailing into the two mile long fjord leading to Le Marin I had a gale force head wind gusting 50 knots. Now the yellow boat was in her element. She heeled over and went to windward like a rocket. I nearly missed that experience. I have also sailed daily on Matts Paradox for a month and a few times on Enigma.
Now I hope that the Exlex prototype will guide me to a good position of the chinerunners.
I will take the lines of the bow of the Yellow boat of 2011 mirror them and mowe them apart filling the middle with a prism. The prism is straight edged. Along the edge there will be the chinerunners. I can mowe them back and forth on the prototype untill I find a good balance.
The rope pulling the airlock hatch against the hatch gasket need tension. It have taken me some time to make it work properly. First try did not work well. Secound try work well but was complicated. The present third works well and is simple as shown in the wideo below.
The video also tells that I am now close to sailing.
Thanks to Mario of Hamburg who kindly paid for my Corona test.
The lids for the airlocks have to be very good, waterproof and such tings.
For me that means thick gaskets and large radius. I use closed foam EPDM rubber. I do not use a conventional hinge with a fixed axes. That way I can tension the lid all around.
The present opening is a bit larger than previus ones 40X60 cm with radius of about 11 cm.
The first try showed that there was to much friction in the tensening line, that is tensioned with a home made over the center device.
I am now building rollers for the line, 7 in all to reduce the frictione. I do not have much space in the upper part where the lid turns so this will take some time.
Also the tire on my bicycle was getting to worn a bulge made the wheel bumpy. Before I could get a new tire there was a puncture. I was talking to a man before leaving work and before knowing there was a puncture. He left in his car. I turned to leave on my bike but there was no air. Had I known that I would have asked him for a ride. That would have saved me a 40 minutes walk. Next day he told me that he had a puncture on his car tire. Odd!
I am still trying to get a certificate that I had 2 vaccinations in order to fly to my boat on Madeire. The doctor told me that the policy is to cure sick people not to help people to get sailing. I am working on this bureaucratic problem. hopefully finding a solution soon because I am eager to go sailing the big blue deep endless eternal sea.
To increase seaworthiness I am adding an airlock. There is a video below showing the start.
I use the fore and after peak as airlocks.
I will fit these relatively small spaces with two watertight hatches in series.
Captain Nemo had one on his submarine Nautilus 1869 so the idea is not new. Nowadays its common on submarines and spaceships but not on small cruisers.
I endeavor to make my small cruiser as seaworthy as possible. From the hatches I can reach the masts and sails. Those I do not have to be on deck to reef and unreef. A good thing if I should get old and week. In high latitudes there is the possibility of waves filling the fore or after peak when the hatches are open. Now with the peaks in airlock mode no water will enter the living compartments. I can close the hatch, pump out all the water get dry and enter the living compartment.
1973 I left Sweden in an attempt to round Cape Horn in Bris a 20 feet light displacement double ender. The first part of the route took me north of Scotland, west of Ireland similar to my 2020 sail. For several weeks the weather was heavy. At one time a wave hit the beam with such a force that the boat was flung a long distance to lee. When looking out I noticed that the logline was wrapped around the hull. At an other time one dark night when the wind increased I went up to the mast to reduce sail. Looking back I saw an enormous breaker. I only just had time to sit down cross my legs and arms around the mast, because I was sure that when the breaker hit my small boat she would capsize. But as miracle she just held her course and took of in an enormous surf leaving a monster wake behind her for what seamed a very long time.
When I was back below my arms and back ached.
In the beginning of 1974 I left Mar del Plata Argentina bound for Cape Horn. After a few weeks of sailing south Bris was capsized by a wave hitting her beam. The wind was much less strong than the ones I had had in the Northern North Atlantic. A week later. It was early in the day the wind suddenly increased to hurricane force. I did not worry to much because such sudden winds usually die down quick. Not this one. It just kept blowing with the same intensity for hour after hour. All sails was down and a drouge was streamed om a 150 meter long line. Despite that Bris was pichpoled.
I designed a more seaworthy boat, but it was a long way to my mothers basement where I had built Bris.
An important part was the ventilation system. When Bris had been upside down water had entered. To prevent that from happening again I made the air enter at the bottom of the boat. When the boat is upside down the boats bottom is up in the air hence no water can enter in a capsize or pitchpole. The system works very well and I have written more about it in the manifesto.
Now 2021, 47 years later I am still finding ways to make my boats more seaworthy.
I now had two shots of vaccin I hope to be back in Porto Santo Madeira very soon to do some sailing in the deep, big, blue, eternal, endless, ocean, before I continue working on the Canoe Yawl in the autum. But even though I am vaccinated it seams that I have to get a corona test and that will cost € 200. I try to find a cheaper way.
Below a picture of the what is the start of the coaming.
The airlock video belov. Please comment, subscribe, donate and enjoy.