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Project GoldiLocks: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE or JUST RIGHT?

[…]the just right, just for us boat. These design goals are shaped like a pyramid with the singular mission up at the top and then expanding out with the more detailed levels below.  At the very top we worked to articulate what might be called our “mission statement” though that sounds much too formal to us, which was our way of boiling everything down to the very essence of what we were setting out to achieve.  Then cascading from this, the more detailed and itemized essential characteristics and requirements we were setting for ourselves and for those we would be […]
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Canadian Kissin’ Cousins??

[…]I’ve seen this coming for a couple of years.” Almost like reading my own writing! In the Mission Impossible posting I shared that the mission statement Christine and I brought to Dennis, Dincer and Baris is: “The just right boat for exploring extreme locations in equally extreme safety and comfort.” and some of our key characteristics for Möbius included: all aluminium, no paint, no stainless Go far, Go everywhere, Go nowhere (@ anchor), Go alone couples boat lowest possible maintenance Strong Industrial/commercial quasi-military “vibe” Interior with extremely high craftsman level fit and finish You get the idea. On the one […]

Tech Talk: XPM78 Möbius Electrical System Overview

This is the first of the Tech Talk style of articles I promised in THIS previous posting. Many of you have been asking for a more in depth and technical look at the What, Why and How of all the various major systems required for an XPM boat such as Möbius. And not to worry, I will continue to do the weekly progress updates and then as my time permits, I will also post these Tech Talks for a bit of a change of pace and a different look at these boats. Note that there is a tag in the […]
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How & Why do we make all our Decisions on Designing, Building and outfitting XPM78-01 Möbius?

I’m going to depart from the usual Show & Tell weekly update posting here today and do something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time and continue to get requests for.  It will be less Show/photo based and more Tell/text based than usual so it may not be your cup of tea and please feel free to skim and speed read accordingly.  Over the 5+ years of designing and building what is now XPM78-01 Möbius, I have very gratefully received a lot of recommendations for our followers and others we meet, for equipment and bits of kit they […]
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XPM Möbius Tech Talks: What, Why and How of all the systems aboard XPM78-01 mv Möbius

This is an advanced notice that I a going to start posting some new type of articles here on our Möbius.World blog which will be different from and in addition to the typical Weekly Update posts I do to cover the incredible work that Team Möbius does each week. I have previously posted some more technical articles like this about things like the overview of the the design and use case for our new boat and the one on Mr. Gee our Gardner 6LXB main engine and a few other such topics since we started this blog almost two years […]
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Hatching New Hatches

[…]traits of a great hatch and we know what we were looking for. It may sound like an episode from Mission Impossible or an obsession to some of you but I believe it is possible to design and build a boat that stays dry inside in ALL conditions and does not EVER leak.  One key to this is that one of my primary rules is that there will be NO penetrations of the deck or hull which could ever leak.  None, zero, nada.  No bolts, screws or rivets which penetrate the hull.  No parts mounted through holes cut in the […]

Miss Mobius World Wood Pageant

[…]are as expensive as they look although building in house helps but we gladly spend our budget on mission critical systems on our boats and on a power boat the fuel system is definately mission critical. If this were a water manifold, the supply/return valve and line would need to be larger to have enough flow for multiple lines being used simultaneously, but in these fuel return/supply manifolds allow us to select which of the six fuel tanks we are taking fuel from and which one we are returning to so there is never a situation where more than one […]

How & Why We Make Our Decisions Part 2 XPM78-01 Möbius 9-14 Aug, 2021

[…]service headaches 4 years after the ship entered the fleet.  Those delays meant the Navy only commissioned the Ford in 2017, despite laying it down in 2009. Even then, problems lingered, especially with the electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) and the advanced weapon elevators (AWEs). The ship’s first full deployment, originally scheduled for 2018, is now set for 2022. I think this unfortunate real world example does help to make the point that for XPM types of boats with use cases to match, all the “mission critical” equipment onboard MUST have passed the Tried & True test. Bubble Bubble, Toil […]
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Missing in Action but NOT Progress: Weekly Möbius Update Aug.19-23, 2019

[…]boat with a tether as you end up trapped on the end of your tether partially submerged and nigh on impossible to be brought onboard.  Hence very high and very strong lifelines and railings. Dropping down to check out the Basement we find more evidence of Uğur and Nihat’s handiwork where they are fitting the watertight AL plates which seal off the coffer dams for the active stabilisers on each side of the hull.  This coffer dam with the Basement exiting Sea Chest is on the Starboard/Right side and the Port side is shown below.Coffer dams are as the name […]
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“Mr. Gee Go Home?” Progress Update XPM78-01 Möbius–17-22 Aug, 2020

[…]on Mr. Gee’s Starboard/Right side and get it connected to his oil and cooling water lines.It is impossible for me to chose a favorite part of Mr. Gee but this bronze & brass beauty is right up there.  As you’ve seen in previous Progress Update posts I’ve been working on this for about a month now and have all the parts fully cleaned, sandblasted and wire wheeled to fully reveal their raw natural beauty.Last week I coated them with two coats of clear polyurethane to keep them looking this way and now have it all assembled.  A relatively simple heat […]
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Making the Holes Whole

[…]and matching JIC fittings in their aluminium SAE5 flanges bolted to the tank tops.Seemingly impossible to my wandering eyes but the view gets better the more I look up to see those hoses leading up to their respective SS ball valves on the supply and return manifolds.Which in turn wind their way along the super highway of hoses taking them ……up to the Day Tank and Alfa Laval centrifuge in the Workshop through these pass throughs on the WT Bulkhead.Whew!  Now THAT is what I call an eXtremely good progress update and you can see why I’m so excited to […]

It’s ALIVE!!!!! Mr. Gee’s Birthday, March 6, 2021 XPM78-01 Möbius Progress Update March 1-6, 2021

[…]Arm to the Rudder Shaft and the boat turns.Way back in the Workshop we have been setting up and commissioning the two Accu-Steer HPU400 pumps, also owned by Kobelt, and this is a shot looking straight down at the Blue anodized AL manifold housing of the Stbd side HPU400.  These are 2Speed pumps so the two silver cylinders in the middle here are where you adjust the High/Low Speeds but this is rarely needs any adjustment. We have custom designed this whole steering system with Lance Lidstone and Keivan Ashouei and they have continued to provide us with outstanding support […]
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