Hands Full and now Hearts Two! mv Möbius Progress Dec. 24-29, 2018

Hands Full and now Hearts Two! mv Möbius Progress Dec. 24-29, 2018

Naval Yachts reached an all time high in productivity this week and it is an all time high that I’m not sure even they can top.  On Wednesday Dincer, one of our builder brothers and founder of Naval Yachts texted us with the news that he and his wife Nesli had just welcomed their twins into the world!  Wow!! 

Two very healthy boys, Yiğit, which means brave and Mert which means honest, arrived a few weeks sooner than expected but both they and Mom are doing very well.  Dad seems to be a bit tired though?

Both boys measure 42cm tall with Yiğit weighing in at 2.4kg and Mert at 2.2.  Congratulations Nesli and Dincer and welcome to this awemazing world Yiğit and Mert!  We can’t wait to meet and snuggle you soon!  As per this week’s title, if you think we have our hands full, you ought to see our hearts!

Amidst all the celebrations the rest of Team Möbius continued their great productivity with lots of progress being made this past week welding the stanchion sockets into the Rub Rails, tacking up the SkyBridge roof frame and the fore and aft railings, and installing the first wire trays so let’s go check all that out now.

IMG_20181225_135446Picking up where we left off last week, Uğur and Nihat continued to tack together the frame for the roof over the SkyBridge.
IMG_20181225_171514This is the aft end of the roof and each of those eight openings have been sized to have a full size solar panel sealed in place on top to form a fully watertight roof assembly.
IMG_20181225_121410 This front area provides an overhang around three front windows and there will be vent grills in the underside of the front overhang to channel air over the bottom of the solar panels to keep them cool and efficiently cranking the electrons to keep our big battery banks fully topped up every day.

IMG_20181228_181753Here is the fully tacked and cleaned up roof frame ready for final welding. 

The V shaped on edge flat bars you see atop the plating fore and aft here are just temporary braces to hold the panels flush and will be removed once those joints are fully welded.

Arch up   downIn last week’s update I included this rendering to show how the aft end of the dark green roof frame is attached at the aft ends to the hinged upper arch assembly such that they can both be folded down into “Canal Mode” shown in mauve here.
Fwd Stbd SkyBridgeThis Starboard side view shows what the SkyBridge roof will look like in regular passage making or anchor mode.

IMG_20181227_114359With the SkyBridge roof frame completed Uğur moves up to deck level and seems intent on something?

IMG_20181227_114311Oh No!  Why would he be cutting big holes in those eXtremely strong and beautiful Rub Rails he so meticulously welded in place last week?

Hmmmmm, these short lengths of 60mm thick walled pipe seem to fit in just right.
IMG_20181227_114413Carefully measured and leveled to be perfectly vertical….

IMG_20181228_111233 …. then welded in place top ……
IMG_20181227_172004…. and bottom.
Stanchion & Socket in Rub RailOhhhh!!  Duh!  Now I remember drawing these up!  He is installing the sockets that will hold the aluminium stanchions and railings in place very solidly.

3 Dyneema lifelines running through these 1m/40” tall lengths of 40mm thick walled aluminium pipe will help keep us safely on deck.  Barney the Yorkshire Terror is another story but you will note that the bottom lifeline is at a particularly low Barney height.
This same type of nylon lined pipe socket will also be used to attach the 40mm pipe railings you can see in Cyan colour in the rendering above where they create very solid hand holds at the side boarding gates and around the bow and stern.  You will be seeing more of these stanchions and railings as they get installed in the coming weeks.

UntitledMoving inside the boat there seems to be a meeting of the minds in the forward Main Cabin staring Dincer the new father of twins Yiğit and Mert. 

Dincer is talking with Yusuf our head electrician as we work out the details of installing all the wiring and electrical systems on XPM78-01 Möbius.
IMG_20181227_113959Packages of these aluminium wire trays of various widths have been piling up on deck during the week ….

…. and new pieces of flat bar have been showing up between stringers on the upper hull sides.


Each flat bar and each opening slot in the frames are carefully lined with thick rubber glued in place to protect the wires and pipes from any abrasion and keep the trays fully isolated from the hull.
IMG_20181228_110951Here in the Workshop we will run some of the cables up and across the ceiling to the Starboard side.
IMG_20181227_172407Like this. 

Another set of trays will go below this first route of trays and you can see what those slots and holes in the frames are for. 
Wires will be routed to keep the high amperage AC and DC cables well separated from each other and we will run data cables on the opposite side.  All this to help eliminate magnetic induction and noise interference.
IMG_20181228_181651And that’s it for this week so we’ll turn out the lights and let Möbius rest for the long weekend bathed in the greenish night lights of the shipyard.

New Years is a particularly big holiday over here so Monday and Tuesday are holidays here and Naval Yachts and Team Möbius will start up again on Wednesday morning.

I’ve put together a short video or this week’s progress and you will find that below.


We were all working today, Saturday and so wtih Christine’s help we spent time onboard and shot a bunch of video and I’ve used this to put together an end of the year guided tour of Möbius for all of you who have been asking for another and I will create a separate blog post for that with all the drawings and model shots in it so you can refer to these as you wish. 

And for a Holiday treat, seeing as you have all been such good little boys and girls throughout 2018, I’ve turned this into a fully annotated video guided tour with drawings and models overlaid throughout to help you visualise the various compartments and layouts.  At 23.5 minutes it is much longer than previous videos but I have put in markers throughout for each of the different cabins and areas on the boat so you should be able to fast forward to find what you are most interested in.  I have put this new annotated video walkthrough into it’s own post you can find here and I have put a copy of each drawing and render from the video at the bottom of that blog post so you can refer to these “stills” anytime you wish.

As with most things I do I’m a complete novice at this kind of video editing and using all new software tools so please bear with me as I learn and try out new things  My apologies in advance for the poor sound in many places.  I am upgrading to a lavaliere microphone I can wear in the future and will work on the lighting changes with the camera.  Otherwise I would very much appreciate any and all feedback from you as to what you like, what you don’t, what you would like more of, less of and any suggestions that will help me learn and improve to make these videos, or the blog postings, more enjoyable and informative.

Christine and I hope you enjoy the year end tour of Möbius and your celebrations with family and friends as 2018 draws to a close and we welcome in the new year.  2018 was certainly a densely packed year of milestones and memories for Christine and me and 2019 looks to be even more so as our awemazing adventures continue.  Lucky us!!

Wayne & Christine

Hands Full and now Hearts Two! mv Möbius Progress Dec. 24-29, 2018

HOLIDAY BONUS: Full Video Tour of mv Möbius for end of 2018

As I mentioned at the end of the previous blog with the usual weekly progress update on the building of our XPM78-01 Möbius, Christine and I have put together a special Holiday treat for all of you faithful followers; a fully annotated video with a guided tour through all the cabins and compartments.  Many of you have been asking for an update and for more video and seeing as how you have all been such good little girls and boys throughout 2018, your wish has been granted!

In the future you may want to be more careful what you wish for as this video is quite a bit longer than usual clocking in at 23 1/2 minutes.  However I have put in markers for each cabin or compartment so you should be able to fast forward or click on the timeline to spots that most interest you. 

Throughout the video I have overlaid some of the 2D drawings and 3D renders of the various locations on the boat to help you visualise what these currently empty spaces will look like once all the cabinetry and equipment gets installed. 

I will also insert each of these drawings and renders at the end of this post so you can refer to these on their own either as you are watching the video tour or whenever you might want to spend more time referring to the drawings and models.  Remember you can click on any photo or picture in any of these blog posts to see an enlarged view for closer inspection.

As with most things I do I’m a complete novice at this kind of video editing and I’m using all new software tools so please bear with me as I learn my way.  Apologies in advance for the poor sound and lighting quality in several spots.  I now have a new lavaliere microphone to use in future videos that should dramatically improve the audio quality and I’m working on smoothing out the light balance transitions.

It is tremendously valuable for me to get your feedback as I strive to continuously improve each posting.  Let me know for example what is working well for you, and even more so what’s not?  What kinds of information or methods would you like to see more of?  Less of?  Any and all other suggestions you have that will help me improve and make these videos and posts more informative, fun and engaging.  So I would be most appreciative of you adding your thoughts and reactions in the “Join the Discussion” box below.

2018 has been what I always hope and wish for everyone at New Years; the best year yet.  It was another year densely packed full of awemazing adventures, lots of loving and learning, time with friends and family though never enough and now a whole year living, loving and learning here in Antalya Turkey with Naval Yachts. 

Our special thanks to Dennis at Artnautica Yachts for putting up with our never ending “feedback” over the past three years as he worked his naval design magic to turn our visions into all the 3D models and drawings you see here.  All of these are now being transformed into reality by the other very special thanks we have going out to Baris and Dincer who created Naval Yachts and put assembled the whole team of incredibly talented and dedicated people we feel so privileged to work with each day as part of Team Möbius,  

I often describe the process of designing and building Möbius as “a collaborative work of art and engineering” and you can all see why as you so kindly take your valuable time to watch these videos and read our weekly updates.  You too are part of this adventure and add to the joy and value we experience in living this dream.

Thank you one and all and here’s to continuing the great progress in 2019 so we can say the same thing this time next year: Wow!  That was the best year yet!

Happy New Year one and all,

Christine & Wayne


Engine Room & Workshop

011 ER   Workshop Layout

SuperSalon: Galley, Helm, Lounge, Dining

011 SuperSalon Layout

Master Cabin

011 Master Cabin Layout

Guest Cabin / Christine’s Office
011 Guest Cabin CK Office Layout labelled

Overall Profile & Tanks
012 Interior GA inboard profile COLORED TANKAGE


Starboard Aft View of SkyBridge & Aft Deck
Stbd Aft SkyBridge

Starboard Fwd View of SkyBridge

Fwd Stbd SkyBridge

Aft Deck & Pilot House “Wings”
Wing Boxes

SkyBridge Aft labelled

SkyBridge Aft Stbd labelled artistic

SkyBridge Forward labelled
SkyBridge Fwd Stbd labelled

Swim Platform Layout
Swim Step layout

Engine Room & Workshop Layout
ER Workshop Layout artistic labelled

Christine’s Office Layout
Christine Office Artistic labelled

Guest Cabin Head & Shower, Corridor Workbench

Corridor Head Shower Guest Cabin Layout labelled

SuperSalon Layout

SuperSalon Layout labelled

Master Cabin Layout

Master Cabin Layout Fwd Port labelled

Hands Full and now Hearts Two! mv Möbius Progress Dec. 24-29, 2018

Just Like Rudolph, Möbius’ Nose Leads the Way

Christine & I are taking the weekend off to celebrate our 5th First Kiss-iversary and Christmas with a 3 day road trip up the coast to see more of the beautiful area we live in.  Last night we had a gorgeous sunny day for our 2 1/2 hour drive up the coast to the little coastal town of Kos where we last stayed with some good friends on their sailboat four years ago.  Today we drove down the coast a bit to spend some time in the ruins at Myra, near the down of Demre, which quite appropriately is where the real Saint Nicholas spent most of his life and was laid to rest.  So I’m writing this up as we enjoy our 2nd night away, this time in the Orange Capital of Finike, another coastal town where we have stayed four years ago in the marina. 

I will write up a separate post for those of you interested in this traveling aspect of our lives here in Turkey, but for now I’ll get you up to speed on the progress for the week on building XPM78-01 aka Möbius so let’s jump right into that.

IMG_20181217_134252As per this week’s title the most prominent progress was finishing the proboscis of Mobius as you can see her proudly displaying here,


  and here with this topside view in spite of some fool’s hand getting in the way.

I wasn’t fast enough to get pictures while they were fabricating this nose section but the top and bottom are made from the same 10mm/3/8” thick plate as the rest of the Rub Rails and the front curved section was formed out of some of the 25mm/1” thick plate that was used to form the stem to stern keel bar and other robust frame members.

Here is what the fishies will see.

The bottom edge of the Rub Rails and nose now awaits Segin’s magic MIG welding touch to finish off this part of the hull.

IMG_20181217_134358As per the title this nose, complete with flaring nostril will quite literally lead the way as we eXplore the world aboard this awemazing XPM boat.
IMG_20181221_125144Stepping back a bit you can see that the boys have been busy cleaning up the foredeck area with their brass wire brushes and give us a better sense of how safe and strong it will be working the anchor and ground tackle from up here. 

The vertical Samson Post will soon be capped off with a machined aluminium dome and a sturdy lengthwise running cylinder will run through the post making it quick and easy to secure the snubber rope lead through that big “nostril” from the anchor chain once we have the anchor set.  This snubber line runs out about 3-5 meters in front and is secured to the anchor chain to act as a shock absorber as Möbius pulls and tugs with the waves while we are anchored.  This prevents shock loading compared to if the chain were to be taking up these loads and makes for a much quieter anchor.

IMG_20181221_125258Doing an about face and looking aft you can see the rest of the well sloped anchor deck and the rest of the foredeck and the Pilot House which have also been cleaned up now that all the welding of the Rub Rails have been finished. 
Next up that large opening into the Forepeak storage area will be framed in for the hinged all aluminium hatch to keep it all nice and dry and make it easy to get lines, fenders, anchors and such in and out of this eXtremely spacious storage area.

IMG_20181221_125344Dropping down to deck level you can see part of the 24m/78 ft long bead where the Rub Rail is welded to the deck.  We may lay in another bead to increase the radius of this weld and it will then be ground down a bit to ease the edge a bit further and finish off this feature.

IMG_20181217_165715Moving aft we catch Sezgin up on top getting ready to lay down more weld as Nihat and Uğur (not seen here) have now finished bending this last length of the Rub Rail to the hull and making the transition corner onto the aft transom surface.

IMG_20181219_112644Team Möbius works with speed and precision and they soon have the aft Port corner all finished up…..

IMG_20181221_124456as you can see in this closer up view looking forward along the Port side Rub Rail.
IMG_20181221_125056Returning to the Forepeak we see that the interior is getting similarly finished off and cleaned up.  This shot is taken from the outer aft corner of that big Forepeak hatch we saw earlier and you can see how well the pipe capped stringers work as a very strong and safe steps for climbing in and out of this storage area.  The two access port frames have now been welded to the tops of what will be our Gray Water holding tank for our Master Cabin sinks and shower. 
Once the lids are bolted down with their gaskets in place all these tanks will be pressure tested again to ensure there are no leaks and they will be ready for plumbing to be connected for the various hoses to fill, pump-out and drain these tanks as well as fittings for the Maretron and Hart level gauges so we have constant and very accurate tank level measurements.

IMG_20181221_124739Moving aft on the other side of the Forepeak bulkhead/wall which is now at the far end of this picture, we can see that similar progress has been made finishing up the access ports into these water tanks that form the floor of our Master Cabin. 
That beautiful swirl pattern on the surrounding hull sides, frames and stringers is exciting to see as this indicates that these areas are now ready for the 50mmm thick EPDM foam to be glued in place.  Our previous boat Learnativity taught us the huge values of having  really well insulated boat and we are taking this to the eXtreme with Möbius.  Our goal is to turn Möbius into a giant Thermos bottle for us to live eXtra comfortably in no matter what latitude we are in from ice outside to ice in our drinks. 

Such eXcessive insulation might seem overly expensive and very time consuming to install but it pays us compounding dividends of by keeping heat in/out of the boat which dramatically reduces our energy requirements for heating and cooling systems.  Add to this the significant joy of a library quiet boat under all conditions and you can understand why this is an easy decision for us.

IMG_20181221_125624Moving down to the shop floor off to the side of where Möbius sits, I can finally reveal the answer to the riddle I left you with a few postings ago asking if you could guess what that stack of aluminium rectangular extrusions like my wrinkled hand model is showing you were for. 

IMG_20181221_125559Can you guess what these are for now?

IMG_20181221_172605How about now?

IMG_20181221_172614Bingo!  Uğur and Nihat have begun to fabricate the structure for the bimini/roof overtop of the SkyBridge.  In addition to providing the oft needed protection from the sun or rain when we are up top, this strong and light structure will create the framework for mounting eight full size solar panels. 

Arch up   downThese solar panels, shown in dark blue in this quick render, will be sealed in place to the dark green bimini framework and create the majority of this roof surface.

The magenta coloured parts you see here, show another neat “convertible top” feature whereby the whole bimini roof structure is articulated with the hinged arch structure so that they can both be lowered down when we convert Möbius to “Canal Mode”.  This reduces our air draft or height above the water is low enough to allow us to eXplore most of the areas in the world with large canal systems that typically have many low bridges over them.  I will show you more of those details in future posts as the construction and mounting of this bimini progresses.

Aft Deck Stbd cornerTo further assist with your orientation and getting a good mental model of Möbius, the red vertical structures on the Aft Deck act as Vent Boxes for the Engine Room as well as providing space for our BBQ, sink and storage for wash down hoses, propane bottle and maybe some fishing gear. 
The blue area between the two Vent Boxes is the large hinged hatch overtop of the whole Engine Room for installing or removing the Gardner and CPP. 

If you click to enlarge these renderings, or any other photo, you can also see the Wing Boxes which flank both of the aft corners of the Pilot House and enable the thick glass side windows to extend all the way aft to create a very well protected space on both sides.  The WT door into the SuperSalon is on the Port/Left side and the staircase up to the SkyBridge is on the Starboard/Right side.

8BD4228C747A8FC76018B7D98BF61379Saving the best for last perhaps, while I don’t have a video for you this week, thanks to Antoine who is the Captain and Owner’s Representative of the big steel boat “Legacy” which you have seen sitting right in front of Möbius in previous posts, I’ve got something special to leave you with; Drone Photos! 

Antoine just received the new DJI Mavic Air Pro drone that they will use when they are out chartering guests around the world aboard the fully renovated mv Legacy and so he was doing dome practice runs with the drone inside of the Naval Yachts shipyard and took these shots of Möbius.

07A487A8A51288E2023EE7AF2F1BF2F4Here is a great shot Bow on that will give you a good feel for the shape and scale of the Foredeck, Anchor deck and front of the Pilot House.
C52D581B5BC3806FF677DC64D80D63BDA Port side view of the front half to put this area into perspective.
FAA026C5F4301EE539DA7822C29AB032The area at the bottom here where the air hose is coiled up is where the aft hinged fame with 3 more solar panels will sit and when propped up while we are anchored, creates a huge air tunnel to funnel all the fresh breezes coming over the bow down through the dark open vent area you can see at the far upper end of this space here. 

0F65E4CA85A7974E96B5CE722995A8B0Spinning around 180, here is a good shot of the SkyBridge area behind this vent which is what the bimini top will soon be covering, and at the very far end the integral roof overtop toe Aft Deck and Vent Box area you saw earlier keeping us shaded and dry when outside in those areas.
A5EF9BF940227B54B0166953124814BCAnd lastly for today this bird’s eye view looking straight down onto the Aft Deck with the big ER hatch opening, the plinth on the aft Stbd/Right corner of the aft deck for plenty of headroom when going off the Swim Platform into the Workshop.

Thanks so much for sharing these with us Antoine and look forward to more as you master piloting your new drone.

IMG_20181222_174949And tha-tha-tha-that’s alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll for this week folks! 

It is wine o’clock as the sun sets here in Kos and I’m back to join Captain Christine and the pups for sundowners.
Thanks for choosing to come along for this ride and we’ll be back wtih more next week. 

As always, we encourage you to add all your questions, suggestions and comments in the “Join the Discussion” box below.

Hands Full and now Hearts Two! mv Möbius Progress Dec. 24-29, 2018

This REALLY Rubs me the RIGHT Way! Weekly Progress mv Möbius Dec 10-14, 2018

Team Möbius was back to making some very visible progress this week that definately rubs me the right way as you’ll soon see. 

A good thing this progress doesn’t depend on me as Christine and I spent most of our time this week renewing all the various aspects of residing here in Antalya for another year or more.  Hard to believe that we have now been living here for almost a year now and it was time for us to renew things such as our residency permits, health insurance, vehicle registration & insurance, apartment lease, etc. each with their own labyrinth of bureaucracies to negotiate, some online and some in person.  In the grand scheme of things this really didn’t take too much time, just all time away from building boats and writing books which we so much prefer and are now back to. 

But enough of such sniveling and let’s get caught up with what’s been going on with the good ship Möbius this past week.

** NOTE: Please Click to enlarge any photo in these blog posts

IMG_20181212_122858Let’s start wtih another mystery shot of the most recent shipment of aluminium to arrive here at the new Naval Yachts shipyard and see if you can guess what these are for??
IMG_20181210_173943More clues for you ……
IMG_20181210_173928…  there are quite a few of them ……
IMG_20181212_103558….. and they are made by bending 10mm/ 3/8” thick aluminium plate into these 6m/20’ long U shaped sections.
Bow & AnchorHint:; Remember the title of this weeks update and you can see them very clearly here in this quick rendering of the bow.

That’s right, we’ve got Rub Rails baby! 

This quick rendering shows these beautifully brutish Rub Rails as the dark turquoise coloured pieces that wrap all around the deck to hull corners.


This short section from the bow to the forward anchor roller cheek was the first to go in and then behind it you can see the first full length 6m long section has also been tacked in place.

IMG_20181212_103407Looking straight up from water level along the side of the bow you can get a sense of scale for how these Rub Rails extend sideways about 140mm / 5.5” to create a rim of eXtremely strong “bumpers” from stem to stern. 

If you look at the rendering above and you can see that additional gussets will be welded in to fill in that triangular space between the forward anchor cheek and the front Rub Rail to add even more strength and stiffness to the anchor assembly.

IMG_20181212_122204These Rub Rails come in eXtremely handy when we are up against big rough wood or concrete pilings as we often are when bunkering (fueling up) at the large commercial fuel docks where the big ships get their fuel and where inflatable fenders are just not up to the task.
IMG_20181212_103711Up on deck at the bow shows a before and after view with the Rub Rail tacked on the Port/Left side while the Starboard/Right side waits its turn for the same treatment.
IMG_20181212_122634Before/Without; looking aft down the Starboard side and ……
IMG_20181212_122526After/With:  Rub Rail in place on Port side.

IMG_20181212_103831But wait a minute! 

What’s wrong with this picture?
IMG_20181214_105014And this one too?

We seem to have a bit of a square peg in a round hole problem here don’t we? 

How are you going to fit such a long 6m/20’ straight 10mm thick U channel up against that beautifully curved edge of the hull?
IMG_20181212_122327Easy Peasy when you are working with aluminium and have these two strong Push Me/Pull Me helpers!  The Mr. Yellow ratcheting chain tackle Pull Me brings the far end in most of the way ….
IMG_20181212_122738…. while his buddy Mr. Blue Push Me pushes each spot along the length in to just the right spot to line up with the guide line scribed parallel along the length of the deck to show where the inside edge should sit to overlap the deck by 30mm.

Credits due to the supporting cast as well such as the big 25mm thick bridge tacked onto the deck and hull for Mr. Blue Push Me
IMG_20181212_122751and some smaller bridges to secure some hammered in wedges to get the upper surface flat and parallel to the water.
IMG_20181212_122517And now just tack and repeat.
IMG_20181212_133521Have Mehmet prep the edges of the next length …..
IMG_20181212_133434……… prep the end of the previous length …..
IMG_20181214_134949Push/Pull into place and tack ….
IMG_20181214_104647… bring in Sezgin to lay down the first of several continuous beads  ….
IMG_20181214_104615…. along the top and bottom (not shown) edges ….
IMG_20181214_134934… and you soon have all the Rub Rails in place!

Having no paint policy and just raw aluminium exterior enables us to use these Rub Rails as a fulcrum point up against pilings and rotate the boat as we sometimes need to do when docking in high winds or other close quarter maneuvering.

Stanchion & Socket in Rub RailThese eXtremely sturdy Rub Rails will also be home for the vertical 60mm/2.4” AL pipe sockets that will soon be through welded top and bottom along the entire length of the hull for the 1m/40” tall and 40mm/1.6” OD aluminium stanchion posts and railing legs to slide into and create equally super sturdy lifeline and railing system around all the deck edges.

Nylon bushings will line the inside of each pipe socket to keep this joint tight and non corroding for easy removal when needed over the years.

Continuing with the eXtremely strong and eXtremely low maintenance theme, the three horizontal Lifelines will be gray 8mm Dyneema synthetic line running through the three short lengths of 10mm AL pipe inserts you can see in the rendering above along the length of the stanchion tubes.  This “stronger than steel” synthetic line provides just the right balance of slight give and yet plenty of strength for us to lean against or pull on, never corrodes and is easy to splice and fit to traditional hardware bits such as turnbuckles and pelican hooks for tensioning and where we have removable gates for boarding along the sides.

IMG_20181212_180935Throughout the week there was the constant crackling of MIG welders and the din of angle grinders as work also continued inside the hull.  Looking down from the Aft Deck through the big ER hatch into the ER Enclosure for example they are finishing the welding in of these Engine Room Enclosure walls and the water tanks on either side of the engine beds

The swirl marks also show how they are wire wheeling all surfaces clean as we get ready to start gluing in all the nautical miles of EPDM foam insulation on every bit of the interior aluminium surfaces.
InkedIMG_20181214_135137_LIMeanwhile work also continues on finishing off the new Naval Yachts shipyard building and offices.  Speaking of offices, Naval are eXtremely kind and generous in providing a new office for me to work from which is located on the 2nd floor just behind the wall the red arrow is pointing to.
IMG_20181214_132100And if I stand just outside that door onto the triangular walkway I have this birds eye view of Möbius and her bay mate mv Legacy sitting in front.

IMG_20181208_120517Below me on the main floor work continues on what will soon be this bright and airy reception area at the sliding front entrance doors. 

Behind the glass windows on the right here are …
IMG_20181208_120541… offices like this for the engineering staff as well as …
Wayne working @ new Naval 2… large all window meeting rooms for guests, suppliers and sub contractors. 

This also provides shelter for weird white haired old guys who seem to hang out here all the time and work late into the evening with the rest of Team Möbius.
IMG_0471Zooming out a bit more to the surrounding area of Antalya, you can see here that we lucked out weather wise on Thursday when we were driving to various offices all over Antalya picking up all the various forms and paperwork I noted at the beginning of this post.  This is the view we had to put up with as we waited for our health insurance provider to print out all our paperwork for residency permits.

Our apartment is across the crescent shaped coastline on the right right about where that tall pine tree intersects the west end of Antalya.  As you can see it is winter here with all that fresh snow on the mountains right behind us and the whole area just pops with stunning beauty on sunny days like this.

All in all a very good week and back by popular demand I’ve put together a short video compilation of some of the work on Möbius this week.  Enjoy!

Please add all your comments, questions and suggestions in the “Join the Discussion” box below and let me know how to improve these posts.

See you next week.


Hands Full and now Hearts Two! mv Möbius Progress Dec. 24-29, 2018

Full Frontal: Weekly Progress Update for Dec. 3-7, 2018

A bit of a slower week as the move to the new Naval Yachts shipyard continues as we are now in the midst of the most disruptive phase; moving the people!  Moving the boats was relatively quick and easy but moving all the staff along with all our computers, monitors, desks, chairs, printers, has been taking much more time.  However such disruption hasn’t prevented some very significant progress onboard Möbius, most of which was all up front at the bow this week.  Let’s go take a look shall we.

IMG_20181204_103056My Main Man Uğur is fitting the final piece of hull plating, this fully curved plate around what we refer to as Möbius’ Nose, where our snubber line or tow line will go.  This curved plate has to make a very challenging transition from a single point down at the bottom where it joins into the beefy 25mm thick keel or stem bar and then flares out and up a it connects with the top deck surface and wraps around the protruding “nostril” of the nose cone.
IMG_20181205_111308Here is that full frontal shot promised in the title so you can see how the vertical transition works.
IMG_20181206_104025Here is a good look at the business end of Möbius and what the breezes in the anchorage will see as they come aboard and head for the vents in the Pilot House overhangs to keep a nice breeze flowing through all the Cabins and the SuperSalon.
IMG_20181205_111320Sezgin made short work of laying down all the final welds and in doing so completed all the hull plating.  Still lots of other details to work on such as hatches, SkyBridge roof, arch and more but the hull itself is now fully plated and we now move on to completing the rest of the aluminium “hotworks”.
IMG_20181206_103646One example of the more detailed work now going on inside the hull is seen here inside the forepeak storage area.  Watertight Bulkhead and Frame #1 you see as the “wall” at the far end of this photo is 1 meter aft of that beautiful nose cone above and this area from the bow to this bulkhead is completely welded shut to act as a completely sealed “crash compartment” should we ever hit or be hit by something big and hard right at the bow. 

The huge thick stem bar would take the brunt of such contact but if such unlikely contact was severe enough to puncture the 15mm / 5/8” hull plating in this bow section and 6 meters aft, then this crash compartment would be all that was breached and not allow any water into the boat itself.

IMG_20181206_103715Moving forward and standing on Frame #2 looking straight down will give you a sense of scale of the framing in this bow area. 

Another detail you see here is the pipe that has been welded along the edges of the scalloped longitudinal stringers that run down the entire length of the hull and are spaced about 200mm/8” apart. 

The pipe eases these edges in areas like this where it would be possible to be thrown against them in heavy seas and the scallops provide handholds everywhere which double as perfect places to tie down fenders, lines and other items that we want to store here in this very large Forepeak area.

IMG_20181206_103749The inside of this Forepeak Storage area is difficult to photograph but here I am standing with my back against that Bulkhead/Frame #1 you see above and looking aft towards the next WT Bulkhead at Frame #4. 

The large void front and center of this shot will soon be fitted wtih the 300mm/12” diameter tube for the Bow Thruster and the two tank access ports you see behind this are for the Gray Water holding tanks in case we are ever in an area of the world that requires us to capture and hold all the water from our sinks and showers.

IMG_20181206_103740Looking up a bit will give you a better sense of how large this area is and the great headroom available which is about 220cm/7.2ft so no danger of hitting your head in here.  The forepeak is 3 metres/10’ long overall so this is a very big space to keep all the gear we need up front such as dock lines, fenders and such.  Other parts of this volume will be used for a large black water (sewage” tank that will go in the upper right corner of this photo. 

Looking over to the upper left corner above you can see the large access hatch opening and that work light is doing a good job of highlighting how those same pipe crowned stringers create the perfect set of steps for getting in and out of the forepeak with great foot and hand holds all the way down.

IMG_20181206_103258Moving aft to the other side of that Bulkhead/Frame #4 puts us into this much more spacious area which runs from Frame #4 to Frame #9 so 5m/16.4ft long as the hull quickly widens out as it moves aft to give us a fabulous Master Cabin. 
The Head/toilet and shower will be on the left with the washer, dryer and a hanging locker on the right with a sink and vanity against the bulkhead in between.  Our Queen bed will be in the lower left in this photo and the stairs up to the SuperSalon are behind me to the right of this shot.

IMG_20181208_121924Popping out of Möbius and up to the top of the bow of mv Legacy I snapped this quick birds eye view of Möbius that will give you more of a sense of her slender girlish figure that will help her slice through waves and glide through nautical miles of Mother Ocean with maximum efficiency.

IMG_20181208_120541Back down on the ground and moving inside the new Naval shipyard offices here is a quick glimpse of one of the more than 20 office spaces in this beautiful new building.
IMG_20181208_120517Just outside the office above is the main door and reception area and you can see that work is still progressing on finishing off the interior with lights, fittings and floors but it is a wonderful new space for all of us to get even more work done on all these awemazing boats that Naval Yachts is creating.
IMG_20181208_121403And I will leave you with a mystery question this week with this peek of the latest bundle of materials that just showed up alongside Möbius.

Can you guess what this tubing rectangular and round will soon become?


Or this nest of aluminium elbows trying to burst free?

Put your guesses in the “Join the Discussion” box below and then be sure to tune in next week to find out if you were right?!