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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Midday yesterday Yrvind reached Baltimore. Passing the Fastnet Rock and as he was heading into Baltimore he met a friendly whale watcher in a RIB. The whale watcher gave Yrvind a tow in to the harbor and even invited him to a nice dinner. All is well and soon you will receive an update from Yrvind himself.
Yrvind is approaching Ireland where he aims to make landfall next week. Unfortunately, there is a storm coming around this time. As of now the forecast predicts heavy winds, up to 50 knots blowing from the west.
At the same time he approaches the continental cliff outside the bay of Biscay. This is a point where the depth dramatically decreases and the waves can be troublesome, especially when there is heavy winds.
I have received word from Yrvind and all is well on the Atlantic ocean and the morale is high!
He has now passed half the halfway mark to Ireland and have had some visitors. A school of pilot whales accompanied Yrvind during the afternoon. Apparently, they liked Exlex because they were rubbing the hull gently as if they where hugging the hull. Even if Yrvind likes the loneliness of the ocean the short visit was much appreciated.
What is not appreciated is that the approach to Ireland will happen about the same time as the Fastnet Race will take place. Apart from that it is an ocean race with many participants it is infamous for the big storm that fell up on it in 1979. That year 19 people lost their lives during the race. Yrvind will navigate these waters at the same time, even if his yacht is well prepared for harsh conditions a collision with one of the many yachts can be devastating.
Sam Holmes (Sam Holmes Sailing) whom Yrvind met in Horta has posted a video of their encounter, enjoy the video below:
I talked to Yrvind as he was sitting on a small mountain in Horta yesterday. After talking about philosophy and the ocean he suddenly stopped. “Captain Grahn, the winds are fair for a trip to Kinsaile, Ireland from here now, aren’t they?”, Yrvind said. I took a quick look at the weather report and confirmed his gut feeling. 2 hours later he and Exlex were on their way to Ireland. Follow him in the tracker here on the webpage.