Go BIG and Go Home! XPM78-01 Möbius Progress Update Nov. 18-22, 2019

Go BIG and Go Home! XPM78-01 Möbius Progress Update Nov. 18-22, 2019

Finally catching up with some of the backlog after my 3 week trip back to Florida, BC and California and able to bring you up to date as of Nov. 22nd, 2019 on the continued progress in building our XPM78-01 eXtreme eXpedition Passage Maker aka Möbius at Naval Yachts here in the Antalya Free Zone in south central Turkey.

Lots to show you find a comfy seat and a good beverage and let’s take a tour through all the work Team Möbius accomplished during the week of Nov. 18-22, 2019

RUDDER:

By far the most exciting work this past week has been the test fitting of the Rudder and the CPP or Controllable Pitch Propeller system.

IMG_20191118_102357Contrary to the popular saying “Go Big or go home” we’ve decided to do both with this beautiful big prop that will take us to wherever we want home to be that day.  Four blades as you can see with an OD of 1m/40”.


Show is always better than tell so check out this quick little video with Uğur showing how the pitch changes as the four blades rotate in unison.

I will cover the CPP system in much more detail in the coming weeks but it is a very simple system and one that is used in workboats worldwide for decades although not something that is too well known in the North American and recreational boating markets for some reason.  As you see in the video the blades can pivot on their bases inside the hub and this rotation is caused by a simple small diameter 12mm/ 1/2” push/pull rod that moves fore and aft sliding inside the prop shaft.  This push/pull rod extends out of the prop shaft inside the boat and is threaded into the center of the flange on the CPP servo gear box which uses hydraulic pressure to push/pull the rod as you move a simple lever in the Helm station.

Why you might ask?  Well, simple explanation for now, from your equally simple author, is that a fixed pitch prop which is what most of us would be most familiar with, is pitched to be just right at one RPM and one set of conditions.  At this point the prop is at maximum efficiency and is probably a little bit more efficient than an equivalent CPP system.  BUT, at any other speed of the boat or the prop and in any other conditions, the CPP can change the pitch to be just right all the time.  This allows us to dial in the perfect pitch and hence perfect engine loading and fuel burn at any speed we want to maintain in most any conditions.  Maximum efficiency translates directly into maximum fuel economy and maximum engine life so you can start to understand the appeal and why we went this route.  And without getting into the details, contrary to what most would think and I did too initially, if you are building a new boat the cost of a CPP vs a fixed pitch prop is about the same.

One last fun fact for you about our CPP system is that the gearbox is also simplified because it is only providing the 3:1 gear reduction and there is no need for any forward/reverse gearing or shifting.  Huh???  Say what???

Simple really, while there is a clutch that we can switch on/off to engage/disengage the engine from the prop shaft, most of the time we don’t bother.  Instead, the prop is spinning pretty much anytime the engine is running and neutral is established by setting the pitch to zero.  Think a knife on edge cutting through the water.  When you want to move forward you move the CPP Pitch lever in the Helm forward and the pitch now changes as the lever moves the push/pull rod and the boat moves forward.  The further you push the Pitch lever the faster the boat moves as the thrust builds with the increased pitch.  Pull the lever back to the straight up and down (typical) position just as you would do on a traditional throttle lever and you are back at neutral.  Continue to pull the lever back and the boat moves aft.

This gentle feathering of moving forward and aft rather than the “clunk” of shifting between Neutral/Fwd/Reverse on a traditional transmission and fixed prop adds to both the ease of close quarter maneuvering and the life of the propulsion system.   As you can tell we are REALLY looking forward to trying out CPP system out once we launch and we’ll bring you along for those rides too.  Now, back to work

IMG_20191118_105539Appropriately pleased with himself Uğur now has the partly finished rudder slid into place inside the hull and set into its position so we can double check all the many dimensions that are part of getting the overall propulsion and steering systems just right.
IMG_20191118_105653_MPThis is the first CPP system Nihat or Uğur have installed, (mine too!) so it was a very fun experience getting all these components test fitted in place.
IMG_20191118_110013This is what things look like On the other end of the prop shaft inside the Engine Room.  You can now clearly see that threaded push/pull rod as it exits the 65mm/ 2.6” diameter prop shaft.  Changing the pitch is as simple as moving this rod forward and aft.
IMG_20191122_150441Once we had assured ourselves that all the dimensions and clearances were spot on, the CPP prop and shaft assembly were slid out and set aside for the next big operation which is affixing the CPP prop log perfectly centered within the prop shaft tube of the hull.

It might look like a crime scene but the tape is just there to prevent anyone from walking into or disturbing the lines and lasers used to set and align these two tubes concentric with each other.


IMG_20191122_123436The large machined cylindrical end with the holes in it is the aft end of the Nogva supplied prop log tube which then extends about 2m/7ft up inside the outer prop tube welded into the hull.  The goal now is to get these two tubes perfectly aligned with each other and then a special epoxy liquid will be pumped into that vertical pipe you see here and fill up all the space between the two tubes. 
Once hardened the two tubes become one and we only get one chance at this so we are taking time to check everything multiple times and get everything lined up before pumping the ChockFast into the void inside.


IMG_20191122_122619At the other end inside the Engine Room, Uğur has tacked in place this aluminium ring and using four short bolts, similar as to what you see in the photo above, these screws are turned to bear against the inside prop log tube and move it up/down/left/right to position it just right.


The clear tube taped to the bulkhead is where the ChockFast will exit the inner void as it is pumped all the way up and we’ll know that the whole space is filled and can be left to harden.


IMG_20191122_123423This close up shot lets you see all the way through the machined Nogva prop log tube to the Engine Room.
IMG_20191122_120446There are a lot of interrelated dimensions and measurements we need to take to ensure that not only is the prop shaft properly aligned within the tubes but that it is also alighted with the center of the Rudder Shaft and that the CPP prop is also aligned with and spaced away from the leading edge of the Rudder blade and the trailing edge of the of the Skeg plate. 


Here, Yusef is double checking the line marking the center of the prop shaft with the vertical centerline of the Rudder shaft, both of which have been set and checked using the ubiquitous laser level.


Be sure to stay tuned to this channel for next week’s episode of “As the Prop Turns”.

PLUMBING:

IMG_20191118_102601I covered much of Cihan’s work on the plumbing in the previous weekly update but here we find him installing all the valves on the diesel Day Tank.  The Day Tank is on its side here with the bottom facing us and you can see the round sump that has been welded in to provide an out of the way spot for any water or dirt to accumulate and then be easily checked and drawn off into a small container by opening the ball valve.
IMG_20191118_102731The other ball valve near the middle here is the main take off for both our two diesel consumers; Mr. Gee our might Gardner 6LXB main engine and our Kabola diesel fired water heater.

The elbow at the top will feed a sight tube that goes up this outside corner of the tank and gives us an always accurate, always there fuel gauge.


Cihan is attaching the bottom access port for annual inspections and cleanouts if needed.


IMG_20191118_103036Completing out Day Tank tour today up on top we find three valves controlling the input and outputs to the tank and the bosses on the far right for fuel gauges, one a submersible Maretron pressure sender and the other a mechanical Tank Tender type gauge.

CABINETRY WORK:

I was particularly delighted this week to see more progress on “my” Office and “Clean Workbench” space. 

Corridor Head Shower Guest Cabin Layout labelledFor orientation, this cutaway rendering shows the layout of the Aft Cabin on the right, Head & Shower to the Left and then my workbench and office space on the far Left up against the Port hull.


The Corridor connects the stairs coming down from the SuperSalon and takes you to either the Guest Cabin on the left or straight through the WT door into the Workshop and Engine Room.


Corridor workbench   StairsThis more realistic rendering, with the Guest Shower removed for clarity, shows what a great little office this will be for me or others to take advantage of.
IMG_20191118_103224And here is what the real thing is looking like so far.  Overhead storage cupboards, plenty of drawers under the workbench and a large opening in the center for the swivel out chair.  WT door into the Workshop/Engine Room is on the left.
IMG_20191118_103217Swiveling to the right to show the forward end of this Corridor area, the wall for the Head is not yet in place so you can see the large cupboards flanking the stairs as they wind up to the SuperSalon level.  These two cabinets alongside the stairs will be primarily AC and DC electrical distribution panels with switches, circuit breakers and such for the aft area of the boat.
IMG_20191120_122715Stepping just inside the WT Door into the Workshop/ER area and looking forward gives a good sense of just how large the Port side Office area is going to be. 

Not that I am at all excited about this.
IMG_20191118_103541On my way up those stairs to the SuperSalon as I came to the new cabinet for the 2 Fridges, I just had to try out these super cool, not that I’m biased, hand holds that run throughout the whole interior and will have an illuminated “Blue Horizon Line” on the inside surface.
IMG_20191118_103626_MPStanding in the Galley looking across to the Port/Left side you can see how this Fridge cabinet begins where the stairs end and then transform nicely into the two drawer Freezers that are tucked into the big space under the side decks of the hull.


This was partly inspired by one of our dear friends, Sue, when she commented a while back that she really liked the whole SuperSalon layout but wanted to know where she would be able to put her Martini glass when in the lounge chairs that sit on the far right area in this photo???

The top of the Freezer cabinet is your answer Sue and we can’t wait for you to come try it out in person.


IMG_20191118_104322I haven’t hand time to do any video tours lately so until I do, I’ll spin around the SuperSalon with some still shots to give you a better sense of the overall layout and relative sizes.

Standing in the forward Starboard/Right corner of the SS looking aft and to Port provides this view of the Freezers on the right, Fridges and under drawers on the left and then the stairs up to the Aft Deck or down to the Guest Cabin.  Corner of the Dining Settee in the bottom left.
IMG_20191118_104330Moving over to the middle of the SS about where the Helm chair will be lets us look directly aft and see how the whole Dinning area, Galley and Fridge/Freezer cabinets look.  Now imagine this with sparkling blue tropical waters and some palm trees on the nearby uninhabited island visible out all that 360 degrees of glass.

IMG_20191118_104335Standing in the same spot but looking over to the Stbd/Right side a bit gives a sense of how spacious the Dining Settee will be.  Stairs leading down to the Master Cabin on the far left.
IMG_20191118_110845Continuing to swivel left and now looking forward this is an early mock-up of the Main Helm area and you can see through to the Master Cabin below.  The blue is rigid foam insulation ready to be routed for the PEX heated flooring tubing to go in.
IMG_20191122_123254Moving Aft and climbing up the stairs to the Aft Deck lets me give you this slightly aerial view of the whole SuperSalon.  As I hope you may be starting to see, calling this the Super Salon was an obvious call.
IMG_20191122_113637Now let’s take a walk over to the Cabinetry Shop to catch up with the team over there and see what they’ve been working on this week.

Yeşim and Ömer are discussing details of this latest example of the gorgeous grain of the Rosewood.  Can you guess where this panel will go?
Entry to Guest Cabin Head ShowerFull marks to all of you who guessed this wall on the inside of the Corridor we were looking at earlier opposite my Office/Workbench.  Entrance into the Guest Cabin in the center with the Head on the left and Shower on the right and then the WT door leading into the Workshop/ER on the far right.
IMG_20191122_113717Here is that wall panel now right side up as Ömer shows us how he proposes to create the corner door frame for one of our “Swiss Doors” which close into a door jamb on both sides.  In this case this one door can close in the Head or the whole entrance into the Guest Cabin.
IMG_20191122_114003Close up of two parts of the glued up door jambs ready for machining and laminating.
IMG_20191122_115638Over on the other side of the shop, we stop to discuss the above countertop storage which we refer to as the “Galley Garages”, with Ömür on the left, Yeşim middle and Selim.
MOBIUS_SALOON_RENDER (1)This render of the Galley in the upper left area will give you a better visual idea of what these Galley Garages will look like and how much storage space they will provide.  With 360 degree glass we don’t have any cupboards above countertop height so this was a way to have both lots of storage in the Galley and maintain those great views all around.
IMG_20191122_115645_MPThis is the prototype that Ömür has whipped up and we are going over with him.  The doors to the Galley Garages are a single piece made by joining the top surface and the angled surface you see here together into one piece.  The hinges go on the back side and there are small gas assist cylinders inside so as soon as you press the latch the doors swim up out of your way letting you see and reach all the way to the back without bending over.


You will soon see how this all works next week as Omur and team build these cabinets so stay tuned.


IMG_20191122_113526I’ll finish for this week with one last bit of Ömür’s craftsmanship, these beautifully executed grills which will be all around the SuperSalon directing the ventilation air, both hot and cold, into the room along the windows.  This is a quick prototype Omur put together for us to test out with air flow and looks.  We think we will make the final ones a bit wider and narrow the slats to increase the air flow and reduce the noise of the air flowing through them.

What do you think?

OK, that gets you up to date as of Nov. 22nd, 2019 with where we are at on the Good Ship Möbius.  Thanks for your patience in me getting these last two updates posted.  I don’t have any travel plans other than traveling off on Möbius early in the new year so I should be able to get back to timely weekly updates.

Great to have you along for the ride and please send in any and all questions, comments or suggestions in the “Join the Discussion” box below.

Thanks!

-Wayne

Slow & Steady: Progress Update XPM78-01 Oct 28-Nov 15, 2019

Slow & Steady: Progress Update XPM78-01 Oct 28-Nov 15, 2019

With apologies for taking so long to do so here finally is the long overdue weekly update for all you patient followers.

As you might recall from the last post, I flew to Florida to meet up with my Beautiful Bride Captain Christine who had been there for almost 6 seeks looking after a myriad of things from ordering boat parts, to updating her 100 Ton Captains license to being Gramma to our Grandson Liam.  I was there to help introduce Baris and Dincer, the brother owners of Naval Yachts to the US and the huge Ft. Lauderdale International Boat show known as FLIBS.  And then I had hundreds of boat parts to order, have shipped to us in Florida, make and crate it all up to be air freighted over to Naval and somewhere in there fly up to BC to see family and friends there, down to LA to have our CanAm (I’m Canadian, Christine’s American) with our similarly CanAm family and Granddaughters.

I had naively hoped to be able to find the time to keep up with these weekly updates while I was away for the past three weeks on a truly whirlwind tour of the US and Canada, but I came up against one of the only finite resources we have; time.  Still only 24 hours in each day, trust me I checked, and while I didn’t sleep too many of those 24 hours while away, there just wasn’t enough time left over after days and nights filled with time with friends, family and most of all grandkids on top of keeping up with Project Goldilocks both back at Naval Yachts and on a daily basis stateside ordering, shipping and packing literally hundreds of pieces and kilos of equipment and supplies to take back to Antalya.

I know, I know, ……….. excuses, excuses.  But let me plead my case just a wee bit by showing you just a few of the reasons why my time just got away from me:

IMG_20191030_201200Our now FOUR year old Grandson Liam

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Three year old Granddaughter Blair

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And Five year old Brynn


IMG_20191110_175957CanAm Thanksgiving dinner
IMG_20191113_152308Building shipping crates
IMG_20191114_230148IMG_20191115_092408Filling shipping crates
IMG_20191115_000635IMG_20191115_161420IMG_20191115_161428Trucking crates to the shipper in time.  All 392 kgs/864 lbs for this one crate alone.


WhatsApp Image 2019-10-30 at 11.16.28Introducing Baris and Dincer to the USA and FLIBS (Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show) for their first time.

IMG_20191107_164337Pausing long enough to take in another gorgeous Vancouver sunset with dear friends.

Well, you get the idea.  All just excuses I know, but you might admit some pretty darn cute and great ones and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
But let’s get back to boat building shall we?!!!!!

As you may have noticed in the title, I’m going to cover TWO weeks of progress for you here, spanning October 28th through November 15th, 2019 so hang on to your hats, grab a tasty beverage and let’s go fly through Naval Yachts shipyard and see what Team Möbius has been up to.

PLUMBING:

Let’s start with Plumbing Progress for a change and check in with Cihan to see what he’s been up to.

WhatsApp Image 2019-11-02 at 8.29.26 PM (8)Down in the Basement he has now mounted and plumbed one of two 150L/40 USG black water holding tanks,  This one in the Basement is for the Guest Head and …..
IMG_20191118_102519…. this one waiting down on the shop floor will soon be mounted in the Forepeak to service the Master Cabin Head. 

These are complete systems with a super reliable Dometic diaphragm pump, odor filtered vent and all the built in fittings.

WhatsApp Image 2019-11-02 at 8.29.26 PM (4)Next to the BW Holding tank Cihan as also mounted the vacuum generator that is part of our beloved VacuFlush toilet systems.  We had these on our previous boat and worked flawlessly for the 14 years I had her and we really love how well they work.
IMG_20191122_122706_MPHere is how these two components sit in the Basement, up against the WT Bulkhead with the Guest Head immediately on the other side so very short pipe runs even though these VacuFlush systems are built to have very long runs with no problem.
WhatsApp Image 2019-11-02 at 8.29.26 PM (5)As we do with all the equipment, the Holding Tanks and Vacuum Generators are isolated from the boat by mounting systems that keep them clear of the floor as in this case and also allow us to create vibration absorbing soft mounts where needed such as on the Vacuum Generator to ensure no noises from the pumps can transmit through the hull and interior.
IMG-8143These two diaphragm bilge pumps are another example of how we keep all components isolated from the boat.


For those unfamiliar with VacuFlush it is a system very similar to the way the heads on airplanes work.  The Vacuum Generator creates a vacuum between itself and the underside of the toilet bowl and so when you step on the foot pedal beside the toilet everything in the bowl is instantly pulled through the sanitation hoses, through the VG and into the Holding tank.  The Holding tank then has its own diaphragm pump to extract the contents out to the Sea Chest or to a pump out connection on deck for shore side pump outs.


WhatsApp Image 2019-11-02 at 8.29.26 PM (10)This manifold is part of the plumbing for the pump out of both the Gray and Black Water systems.  Given our typical sailing style we don’t usually need to use shoreside pump out facilities and can discharge when miles off shore through our Sea Chests so this manifold allows us to select between Sea Chest and pump out for the BW.


WhatsApp Image 2019-11-02 at 8.29.26 PM (13)More of Cihan’s handiwork in the Basement on the various Bilge pump plumbing.  Larger 40mm/1.5” hose is for the high volume Bilge pump system and the smaller 25mm/1” clear hoses and those two diaphragm pumps are for slurping up any small amounts of water that might find its way into those “gutters” formed where the tank tops are curved down so they can be welded perpendicularly to the hull sides.  Makes for a very tidy, effective and efficient bilge system.
WhatsApp Image 2019-11-02 at 8.29.26 PM (15)And Cihan makes it all the neater with his careful routing of all these hoses through the “super highways” of cable trays running throughout the boat.

CABINETRY:

Our awesome Cabinetry team of Omur, Selim and Ömer have been keeping up their always impressive progress as they build the cabinetry for the Galley, SuperSalon, Guest Cabin and Office areas so let’s go see what they’ve been up to the past 2 weeks.


TFDX4700One of the newest cabinets to get started are the ones for the freezers and fridges.  A bit hard to see through the blizzard of clamps perhaps but this is the cabinet for the two 130L/35USG Vitrifrigo fridges which will slide snugly into the two large openings and with two storage drawers below.

Reefer box ideas mob_r_01Yesim provided this quick render so you can see how all four units will look along the Port side of the SuperSalon.  This is a much more efficient and pleasing design that what you may recall seeing in previous renders where we have moved the two freezer drawer cabinets forward and tucked them out into the large space under the side decks. 
Keeps everything nice and low and makes both the fridges and the freezers much easier to access when you open them.


TOPN8272 Here is the cabinet for the two drawer freezers being assembled in the Cabinetry shop.
IMG-8177This helps to see both the placement of these cabinets and the relative size of the two fridge units and drawers.
IMG-8176And these two freezer drawers.  You can see how far back this space extends under the side decks and we are taking maximum advantage of this voluminous area on both sides of the SuperSalon.  You’ll see more examples in the coming weeks as those cabinets go in.
WhatsApp Image 2019-11-02 at 8.28.59 PM (16)The cabinetmakers amongst you will appreciate this sectional shot of the back edge on one of the walls of the fridge cabinet showing how the exposed edges are all built with solid Rosewood for both longevity and nicely radiused corners throughout.  The marine plywood you see is that new sustainable and very light weight Poplar based product that is working out eXtremely well to dramatically reduce the weight of all the cabinetry and provide a super stable substrate for all the cabinets.


WhatsApp Image 2019-11-02 at 8.28.59 PM (2)and of course Wayne’s infamous “Blue Horizon Line & Handhold continues throughout this and all other interior areas of the boat.


IMG-8173Standing with your back against the Fridge cabinets and looking across to the Starboard side we see that the dining settee is now all fitted in place.  Those two doors in the seat back provide access to that voluminous area under this side’s decks.
IMG-8175Standing forward near the Main Helm station and looking aft this shot provides a sense of scale and location for the dining settee relative to the Galley.
IMG-8178Not all of the action and progress is happening in the SuperSalon as Ömer and Okan continue to work on the cabinetry down in the Port side of the Guest Cabin area.

Okan is test fitting the tall cabinet as you do down the stairs to my Office area.  This and the cabinet that will soon fill the space to the right will be home to the Aft electrical distribution panel, circuit beakers, etc..
IMG-8179With that tall cabinet out of the way you get a better shot of the generous amount of “clean workbench” area I will have in this Office that flanks the corridor leading to the main Workshop and Engine room.  You can see this WT doorframe at the very top of this photo behind Ömer’s back.
WhatsApp Image 2019-11-02 at 8.28.27 PMNever too many drawers and storage on a workbench or office right?  Plus there is another whole set up above.  The large opening below the center of the desktop provides space for a swivel out seat when I’m working here.

ALUMINIUM WORKS:


Last but never least for this week’s Progress Update let’s see what Uğur and Nihat have been up to with several aluminium projects onboard.

FAES2225Nihat made quick work of fabricating and then mounting the circular chain locker.
GTMU5923Uğur laid down a nice MIG weld inside and outside the seam.
ETWW0201They welded in the slightly dished towards the center (for drainage)  bottom plate and the Chain Bin was ready to head to its new home in the Forepeak.

Could almost be mistaken for a work of art don’t you think?
IMG-8184Nihat and Uğur made a series of brackets to attach the Chain Bin to the frames in the Forepeak,
IMG-8183Leaving plenty of space for me to be able to climb in there to clean things out in the future.
IMG-8181Looking underneath shows the solid framing to support the significant weight of 100-150m/330-500ft of 13mm/ 1/2” Schedule 4 chain.

The Chain Bin is completely self draining and that pipe exiting the center of the bottom will lead over to the exiting Sea Chest on the left.

DXNL0068Another new project involved these disks of aluminium and rubber.  Can you guess what these are for?
AAJO0520Getting any warmer with this upside down view?
95BA4FFD-9333-4B94-B4D7-70F973766720How about if I let Yigit show you the completed prototype?
34235c67-ea3d-4dd9-a18c-4fb118085ffdCorrect!  These are the adjustable lids for every circular vent penetration in the deck.  XPM boats are self righting and so all sources of water entry must be able to be shut off either manually or automatically. 
d4940d82-e0d6-4dbd-b6fb-abe65b709f97Most of these adjustable vent lids are located inside the Dorade Boxes on the Foredeck which you can see in this render.  The flexible cowls can be rotated 360 degrees and they catch any breeze and direct that fresh air down into the Dorade Box area below and any water that might come in drains out through slots all along the bottom edge of the Dorade Box and the deck.
321e7f31-91ad-4d51-89a9-74062b1b1e0bThe fresh air flows down into the interior through the Vent pipe when these adjustable lids are well up above the top of the pipe and in almost all situations this ensures great ventilation in almost any weather or sea conditions as the water is kept out.  However if conditions were really severe or for any other reason you wanted to close off these vents you just reach up from inside the boat and turn the threaded rod to bring the lids down and sealed tight against the top of the vent pipe. 

Another good example of the KISS approach we take wherever possible.
WhatsApp Image 2019-11-02 at 8.28.09 PM (2)Uğur, Okan and Nihat were also busy finishing the Paravane A-Frame booms so they erected some scaffolding to get up to the top of the 7m long Paravane booms to fit and weld the hinge assemblies.
WhatsApp Image 2019-11-02 at 8.28.09 PM (6)This is the hinge half at the end of the angled pipe of the A-Frame assembly which
WhatsApp Image 2019-11-02 at 8.28.09 PM (8)…… mates with this swivel that attaches to the beefy Rub Rails.
IMG_20191120_121849In the midst of all this they also found time to complete the building of the rudder which also now looks to me like artwork as it gleams in the sunlight streaming into the shipyard.
062cb647-740f-494c-9bc9-cd9f2270dcccPrior to being assembled and welded the Rudder Post spent some time in the machine shop having the hole for the Emergency Steering Tiller machined through the top and
726049cf-64ca-4078-8ae1-e7ffe73b3837…. the keyway slot milled out for the Tiller Arm to attach to once mounted in the boat.
IMG_20191120_121901The Rudder Blade still needs some finish work on the welds and then the whole blade assembly will be primed, faired and sanded very smooth prior to being eventually covered with foul release paint along with all the other parts of the hull below the Water Line.  For now though it is all ready to be fitted into the hull with its pair of self aligning bearings.

Whew!  I’m tired just writing about all that work. 

Again my apologies for keeping you all waiting and I’ll now go write up the Weekly Progress for this past week so that you are all caught up with the work of Team Möbius.

Our time away visiting friends and family and getting in some much needed Gramma and Grampa time was priceless and we are also happy to be back here and bear down on getting Möbius ready for Launch as soon as we can make that happen.

Thanks for choosing to spend some of your time joining us on this adventure and PLEASE do add any and all comments and questions in the “Join the Discussion” box below.

See you again next week.

-Wayne

PS.  Special thanks to Yigit and Uğur for taking most of these pictures for me while I was away.  Thanks guys!