MATTRESS

Today I have with the help of a friend who has a car collected the orded mattress. The work on it seems to be very good. The mattress is symmetrical in many axes. Thuse I can flip it lenhtwise and sidevise as its gets dirty after many days sailing. Compared to my previus mattresses that had closed cells this one is very soft due to open cells. It can thuse soak up water. That is not good but, its a trade of. During last voyage I worried becuase the boat rolled a lot and I was sliding around on the mattress a lot. I thought that my muscles might not stand up to the wear. I hope this boat will roll less.  Now that I have rotating doors that can be vedged close I think that there will be no water entering the bedroom

Below pictures.

Me with mattress. Its big, long and wide.
It is a good fit. Exlex looks very comfortable.

More and more time are running out. Luckily more and more things are finding their place. The list of things to be done is getting shorter. The plan is to leave in May 2020 from Dingle Irelind like two years ago and sail to Porto Santo Madeira and fill upp with water and fruits. The original plan was sail south of Africa then east to land in south western Australia. Due to visa problems, for me, not coming by plane, I am changing my plan. I with the healp of a friend versed in burocrasy wrote the Australian Embassy here in Sweden. They said they did not deal with visas, therefore I had to phone Australia. They said that I had to phone because they had no email. I do not like to waste the little money I have on long distance calls. Surely there must be email in a country like Australia.

I got angry!

I decided not to stop in Australia but to continue south of Australia and south of New Zealand to Dunedin on the east coast. I realise that that is streatching it, that it is far to long for my small boat because I will have problems to bring that much food.

An other thing thinking about food. I do not have much money left for food. I hope that you kind visitors to my site will donate to healp me out – its also soon Christmas.

I am eager to get going. Also it is getting more and more dangerous to be in Sweden compared to sailing the big stormy Southern Ocean. This night criminals burnt two cars outside my workshop.

Me and one of the burnt out cars. My bicycle bottom left in the picture.
One rumor has that this is a vengeance from persons that do not like the police. Is that true? I do not know. What is true is that several more cars besides these have been burnt here in Västervik in the last few days.

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind.

YRVIND 80

At 22 April I became 80 years old.
I am glad for that. During the past 80 years I have experienced a lot made a lot of mistakes and learnt a lot. The coming decade I will profit from that.
At an age of 80+ when most persons have stopped doing daring deeds I will go for a world record, a first. I plan to make an ocean passage in a yellow centerboard schooner rigged with balanced lugsails. The boat will be less than twenty feet with a draft less than one foot and there will be no selfstearing or autopilot. Also I will do it single handed unless a brave, petite girl will join the crew. That however will not make the venture less daring on the contrary. Will I succeed in this most difficult task? With your support my chances will increase so please use the donate button or Swish to 0706200550.
Help me make this new decade a great one for simple boats and simple life. Making a better world for us all.
Regards Yrvind…

DAGGERBOARD

This is a video of the idea of the daggerboard.
It is placed foreward of the saloon/sleepingroom therefore it does not to any great extent interfere with living conditions.
When lowered there is space in the daggerboard case for the top of the daggerboard to mowe foreward thuse the bottom part can mowe aft creating the same effect as an crumple zone in a car. On the wind Exlex might mowe with 3 knots or 5 km an houer compared to 1oo for a car still the crumple zone about the same lenght.
Enjoy, regards Yrvind

A QUESTION FROM FINLAND

A QUESTION FROM FINLAND

 

He ask if it is not better to have more dense material in rudder and centerboard as not to stability due to flotation.

 

Yrvind answer:

Heavier materials low down will give more stability. Added lead will give even more stability. In the case of the centerboard, when the board is raised, more weight will make the boat lose stability.

Almost every boat is designed as if it was to be a racing boat and the same with books about yacht design. Exlex is intended for cruising, when cruising I sail mostly down wind, even though I plan to round Cape Horn, 50° south to 50° south, east to west. Exlex is designed as a low energy boat and cruise at low Froude numbers around 0.3 this reduces the energy needed to about 1/6 of a conventional boat. See my Manifesto for a more detailed explanation.

More weight in the appendices will put more strain on them; they have to be designed more heavily. This added weight would make the boat slower down wind. It will also make the boat bigger and heavier and more expensive.

I think most boats are sub optimized for windward work. Neither do I think a cruising boat shall have weather helm.

Regards Yrvind

THE BOOK

The book with famous navigators and me has arrivied.

Below two pictures.

So its true that I have a chapter in the same very expensive book as Chichester, Heyerdal, Costeau, Moitessier, Hemmingway, and many more, still my thoughts are with Exlex Minor and the development of small ocean going cruisers. We need to save the world and not build big boats.
The picture shows me on my first small cruiser that was my home and sole possesion on which I for the first time I could see my country disapear below the horizon and to make a landfall on a foreign port. True not an ocean passage but the beginning of a new life. The year was 1962 and yachting was very different then.

Regards Yrvind.