Just Like Rudolph, Möbius’ Nose Leads the Way

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.

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


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

Just About Topped Off  November 26-30, 2018

Just About Topped Off November 26-30, 2018

Not quite as “moving” or dramatic of a week this time after the flurry of activity moving Möbius and Legacy from the original Naval Yachts boatyard to the new one so this post will be much shorter for you. 

IMG_20181127_112127If you have been following along with our blog for some time you are starting to appreciate just how many tanks we have (14) given how long it is taking to just weld in all the tank tops and then their corresponding access ports.  No surprise then that this work continued this week and you can see the latest progress here in our Master Cabin where the front four tank tops have now been fully welded in, pressure tested and are now sporting their access ports.


Next up will be fitting the tank lids and gaskets and then installing all the plumbing for lines in and out, vents and fills and level gauges so stay tuned for those exciting developments.

Mehmet will give you a sense of scale for our large Master Cabin where he is up against the WT Bulkhead with the Forepeak storage area on the other side.  He is kneeling in the area that will be the head/toilet with a sink on center and then the Washer & Dryer being in front of him on the far upper Starboard/right side.


Meanwhile up in the Forepeak you might notice that the aft area has now got its tank tops welded in place and now await their access ports to be installed.

If you look closely in the bays in front of these tanks and perhaps click to enlarge, as you can do to all photos in our blogs, you can make out the circular cut out in the 25mm thick keel bar running down the centerline where the bow thruster will go.

Note too how the 40mm pipe is being welded in along the edges of all the longitudinal stringers.  These help make this area a bit safer when you are in here in rough seas but mostly these mate with the semicircular cut-outs in the stringers to create some very handy spots for tying lines, fenders and hooking carabiners over to securely store such things up here. 

The set of stringers going down from the bottom right corner of this shot will also provide a very sold and safe set of steps for climbing in and out of this space through the big Forepeak hatch through which I am taking these pictures.


Moving all the way aft and looking down through the even larger hatch into the Engine Room Enclosure, if you look VERY closely in the upper far right side of the Enclosure you can just make out the angle grinder with Mehmet on the other end of it hidden by the Enclosure wall.  He is busy getting the aluminium in this area all cleaned and ready for its tank tops to be welded in place which will be used for Grey Water holding tanks.

We will hardly ever use these as we normally direct our Grey Water from sinks and showers directly out through our Sea Chests.  However in the unlikely event we ever find ourselves anchored in a very crowded area or in a place that has such requirements, we will have these tanks available to store our Gray Water until we can pump them out well out at sea.
IMG_20181127_111552And lastly for this week, a quick update on Möbius’ shipyard mate Legacy and a riddle:

Do you know what you do when you don’t like the size or shape of your boat’s butt??
IMG_20181127_111701You cut it off!
IMG_20181130_103313Then weld up a new one,

IMG_20181130_103408Which you like better and weld it on instead.

I’ll show you the rest of this marine gluteus maximus replacement surgery next week.
Thanks for joining us and please add your questions and suggestions in the “Join the Discussion” box below.

A VERY Moving Week!  Building mv Möbius Nov. 19-23, 2018

A VERY Moving Week! Building mv Möbius Nov. 19-23, 2018

Whew!  What a week here at Naval Yachts.  The time has finally come to start making the move to the brand new home of Naval Yachts here in the Antalya Free Zone.  The building isn’t fully finished yet but the shop side is ready so we started moving boats and as you are about to see Möbius was the first boat to move to her new home on Wednesday followed by Legacy on Thursday.  It was quite the experience and I’ll let the pictures and the videos at the end do most of the talking so here goes……..

IMG_20181120_120709Team Möbius wasn’t going to let moving interrupt their progress within the boat itself so let’s first take a look at that. 

Up on top of the aft end of the Starboard/Right side of the Pilot House roof the massive arch hinges are now tacked in place.

Arch up   down

As you’ll recall from seeing this rendering of the aft end of the Pilot House in previous posts, the arch is hinged where it passes through the roof of the Pilot House so that we can fold it down to Canal Mode to reduce our air draft or height above the water to sneak under lower bridges and locks.  This rendering shows the arch and SkyBridge roof in both the Green/Grey normal passage mode configuration as well as the purple folded down Canal Mode. 

You’ll note too how the bimini roof overtop the SkyBridge cleverly folds down with the arch.


Looking at Port/Left side of what we call the “Wings” at the aft ends of the Pilot House, we can see those hinges being tacked together in the foreground and the 15mm/5/8” base plate for the two compression posts for the Arch tacked into the far inside corner of the Wing box.  Those two large 100mm/4” diameter holes on the top of the Wing Box are where the two compression posts will soon be fitted.

IMG_20181120_120718Like this. 

The Arch itself is being built off the boat as we’ve seen in previous posts and we’ll show you more of that once it has been tacked together and gets fitted to the top sides of those big hinges.

If you look back at the rendering above you will see how the thick 30mm/1 1/4” window glass wrapped around all sides of the Pilot House extends back to the ends of these Wing Boxes so you can imagine how well protected this aft end of the Pilot House and Aft Deck will be. 

This will be especially appreciated when you are going in/out of the SuperSalon through that door you see here on the left or up the circular stairs to the SkyBridge on the opposite side.

IMG_20181120_120953Meanwhile up front in our Maser Cabin the last of the water tanks are getting their baffles put in and their tops welded on.

IMG_20181120_121028Here is a closer shot to show the baffle plate and top flat bar welded in place and you can see what the completed matching tank looks like on the left.  These tanks will be used more as ballast than for potable water for us to use for dishes and showers. With our eXtremely large volume of diesel fuel we carry in our central tanks, 14,500L/3800 USG, that as this volume and weight go down during a passage we are able to maintain the same overall displacement and balance of the boat by adding the equivalent amount of water in the tanks on either ends. 

Our ability to move water, and fuel, from any one tank to any other also gives us tremendous options for adjusting the ride and balance of the boat as sea and weather conditions change during a passage.  Safety, Comfort and Efficiency are our top 3 priorities and this helps us with all three and this is a good example of how we have made the thousands of design decisions for these eXtreme eXpedition Passage Makers or XPMs.

IMG_20181119_160711Down on the shop floor the work continued on the big hatch for the Engine Room.  Framing is now all tacked in place and you can now clearly see the open channel that surrounds the entire outer perimeter is formed.
IMG_20181119_160745This will in turn match up with an opposite U shaped channel surround the perimeter of the opening on the Aft Deck to create a very well sealed connection between them. 

The matching U shaped channel on the Aft Deck will also create a perfect gutter to catch any water on the outside of the door and make it easy to put in some drains out the bottom of the channel so that when you open this big ER hatch no water ever drips inside and keeps any water from sea or sky on the outside where we like it.


What do you think these two onlookers are looking at??
IMG_20181121_110939Could it be watching our Master Welder Sezgin pushing one of the many MIG welders outside?

IMG_20181121_111054Or are they checking out how most of the other equipment and aluminium parts have been removed from around and under Möbius?
IMG_20181121_123814Or could they be wondering what that black Naval Yachts banner is hiding?

Or what are these Team Möbius members doing taking their tea break on this new blue bench that showed up?

DSC_0538Ohhhhhhh, now I get it, it is MOVE DAY!
DJI_20181121_134049Everyone pitches in to help get the blue boat mover into position.
DJI_20181121_134218Blocking and supports are carefully set in place.
DJI_20181121_134610Uğur and Umit quickly fabricate some additional braces to weld to the hull for more support.
DSC_0551Möbius steel floor supports are unceremoniously amputated with some quick passes of the Oxy-Acetylene torch.
DSC_0557This old white haired buy keeps getting in the way.
DSC_0544Then all these people show up…..
DSC_0561Deep within the dark shadows we hear the muted roar of a little diesel engine starting up and the whine of hydraulic motors as Möbius gracefully lifts off the floor …..
DSC_0565… and backs her beautiful aluminium butt out the door and into the sunshine.
DSC_0569aft deck now all clear
DSC_0570and now we see what that Naval banner was covering up!  Someone snuck in during the night to chisel out a bit more room for the upper heights of the SkyBridge to fit under!
DSC_0572All clear and fully out in the sunshine at last!
DSC_0576Backing all the way out and across the street and almost inside of the big Damen shipyard building next door.
DSC_0577Thanks to all those turnable wheels she makes the turn onto the street
DSC_0584Holds her beautiful big nose high in the air
DSC_0586Looking ever so huge and beautiful, she backs her beautiful butt down the street and off to her new home.
DSC_0615and a few minutes later she gracefully makes the last turn towards her and Naval Yachts’ new home.

More of that same crowd showed up again to help mark this momentous occasion and you can click to enlarge to see if you can spot any faces you recognize?
IMG_20181121_154117Calmly waiting while they get the door to her new home open, Möbius sizes up that opening to make sure she will fit.
IMG_20181121_160421Doesn’t look like any chiseling of the door top will be needed here!
DSC_0624Half out ……..
DSC_0625…. half in.
DSC_0622Everything in life is relative and our big baby now looks more like a little girl as she backs into her cavernous new home.
IMG_20181121_172856Ahhhh, home at last!
DSC_0645Four VERY proud parents with their respective new “babies”:

Dincer on the left and Baris on the right, the two very proud parents of the new Naval Yachts shipyard they have just designed and built.

And Christine and I in between, proud parents of our beautiful little girl Möbius towering over all of us in the background with some of her many attendants all around.
IMG_20181121_171358Our poor little amputee has her legs reattached.
IMG_20181122_110027out goes the boat mover and in goes the stands
IMG_20181121_172833Feeling a wee bit little and lonely, Möbius now awaits her fellow shipmates to join her.
IMG_20181122_113929Next up is her slightly larger and much heavier sister “Legacy” who requires the slightly larger yellow boat mover.
IMG_20181122_114053Remote control all ready to
IMG_20181122_131322guide her around the first corner
IMG_20181122_162907around the last corner
IMG_20181122_165624Legacy points her nose into the same bay and heads for her awaiting buddy boat Möbius
IMG_20181123_095921And soon these two sisters of the sea are nuzzled nose to nose ready for their respective teams to resume work tomorrow.
As you can see it was a VERY “moving” week for all of us at Naval Yachts and now the work resumes on moving the rest of the company, a few more boats and getting back to work on completing these awemazing boats.

Sunset Nov 25-2018As one chapter ends and another begins, seems fitting that tonight would end with this beautiful sunset off our back balcony don’t you think?

I’ll admit to being a bit of a pooped pup after such a fabulous week so I’m going to let Miss Google look after creating the videos of you this time.  Frankly, I’m not sure I could do much better myself and that would take hours.

So here are the videos which Miss Google automagically created, one from my videos and one from Christine’s. 

These are also nice little examples of the very early uses of something I have an abundance of, Artificial Intelligence!  But seriously folks it is a fabulous time to be alive and an awemazing time to be living in so both Christine and I hope you will enjoy this post and these videos. 

Either way, let us know what you like and what you don’t like or would you suggest to make these blog posts more interesting and enjoyable.  Can’t guarantee I will be able to follow all your suggestions but I can guarantee that I’ll do my best to keep making them better each week.

– Wayne