With the help of 4 friends. Today 2 of October 2021 the outside of Exlex the canoe yawl have been laminated. Things went well. We started with the workshop having high temperature. Primed the Divinycell. Turned off the heat opened the door to let in cooler air. The air in the cells shrunk and sucked in epoxy.

Then came on all the layers. We started 10 am and were done 4 pm had had a break with something to eat before we put on the peelply.

All of us were happy with the job thinking this is the best boat we have done.

We expect great voyages from her.

I be happy if you support my project

Below is two video of the doing and the result. The doing video is credit to Petter Robért

To be continued…

Regards Yrvind


Hi friends.

I am now fairing the Divinycell H 80 70 mm thick core in preparation for the outside laminate that is going to be 45°X45° 450 gram three layers on the sides and more in the bottom to take grounding forces.

Below is a video more on my Youtube channel.

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To be continued…

Regards Yrvind



Now all the big pieces to the hull that needs bending are in place and I have started to longboarding and shape the the hull.

Most of the wedges still have to be glued and that is going to take a long time but it is routine job and lets me think of other things when dping them.

A video shows the hull.

More videos is planned for my youtube channel Sven Yrvind. A good thing is to subscribe to not miss things. Support in the form of donations is welcome.


To be continued…

Regards Yrvind.


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.

Regards Yrvind.


Today I was surprised.

I saw a biographical video about myself on Youtube. It was well made. Only misinformation I found was that I was in Japan much earlier. 1997 is the correct date.

Usually there is all kind of wrongs. I hope you can help to spread the video. The creator deservs it.

Regards Yrvind


Hi Friends.

Yesterday I recieved the Divinycell for the hull. Its is 70 mm H 80.

Today with the help of Peter and a ratching strap as clamp we scarfed 3 sheets.

Picture below

We also made a video for my Youtube channel. I suggest that you subscribe as more and more uppdates on the building of Exlex the Canoe Yawl 6.4 meter long 1.4 meter beam will be on video.

To be continued…

Please support Exlex.

Regards Yrvind.




Hi friends.

Now all the molds are up and the stem and stern.

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.

Below are a few pictures of Bris.

!972 I started from Göteborg sailed to Holland. Trailed her back to Sweden to fix things. Spring 1973 left Sweden to Norway north of Scotland to Madeira down to Rio Argentina tried to round Cape Horn she was capsized and pitchpoled sailed east to Tristan da Cuhna styed there for 4 months then St Helena Martinique Newport Marthas Vineyard Acores Sweden
Bris being built in my mothers basement. Start midsummers eve 1971.
1975-1976 worked with Dick Newick on trimarans on Marthas Vineyard. A toster and 110 volt kept me warm during winter
1983 becalmed in ghe Saragasso sea on my way to the Museum of Yachting I did see all the Am Cup races when US lost the Cup to Australia
I clamped a spline a batten to the molds to sea if the were fair. It was very good. I like the shape. In my oppinion she will be a happy boat. I got that feeling.

Below from my youtube channel (subscribe)

To be continued…

Please donate.

Regards Yrvind


Hi everyone.

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.

Me with the model 1/10 of 7.80 meter long. I have shorted the real boat to 6.4 meter long.

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.
I also now have a youtube channel Sven Yrvind and I suggest that you subscribe to that that you do not miss videos.
Also I thank everyone that has donated to my project. There is a donation Button on this Webb site.

Some photos. Click once or twice to enlarge.

Exlex track 2020 and 2021 total time 149 days
My plan is to make her 6.4 meter long and 1.3 meter beam but during building things happens so we will how she comes out.
The side by side rig on Exlex 2018 version. Worked very well at sea but was a problem in port as the mast was outside the boat. Not good coming alongside anything. That problem is now solved.
Most of the molds are now up an extra chine have been added.
From the stem. The hull is symmetrical but I have chosen to put the centerbord towards the camera and the rudder att the other end for no practical reason.

To be continued…

Donations will help.

Regards Yrvind


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.

Captain Thomas Grahn