The focus this week was on building the aluminium Console for the Upper Helm Station in the SkyBridge (the GO part of this week’s title), getting Mr. Gee his fuel supply, continuing to check off more electrical and interior jobs and prepare our anchor chain for anchoring (the Stop part of this week’s title).
We were delighted to welcome back more members of Team Möbius as they return from the other boats they’ve been working on so let’s jump right into this week’s Show & Tell so you can see it all for yourself.
SkyBridge Helm Station
Here is the design we came up with for the aluminium console that will hold all our navigation equipment for the Upper Helm Station in the SkyBridge. Click to enlarge this (or any image) to see some of the items that will be installed in this console and I’ll put a list of all of these below.
As shown in this layout drawing, the equipment that will be mounted in this console include:
2 Side by Side 24″ LiteMax NavPixel Daylight Readable Touch Monitors
Furuno 711C Autopilot Control Head
Vetus Bow Thruster Joystick Model BPAJ
Maxwell VWC 4000 Windlass Up/Down Control
Kobelt Engine Throttle and CPP Pitch Controls
Kobelt Pitch Gauge
Standard Horizon GX6000 Fixed-Mount VHF Radio
Kobelt Control Switches & Remote Walkabout plug-in socket
SH SCU-30 Wireless Access Point
Exterior Lights switch panel
Engine Stop/Start buttons
Although the SkyBridge area is quite well protected by the solid roof above created by the aluminium frame for the 8 320W solar panels mounted on top, and the removable plexiglass windows which wrap 360 degrees around the whole SkyBridge, it will still be exposed to wind and rain at times so we needed to build a waterproof console to protect all these critical and eXpen$ive electronics. We had been working on the design of this console for a long time and were very pleased to be able to enlist the help of Burak who had been our 3D modeler when we first started working with Naval 3 years ago, to work out the details and finalise this design. One additional design element we needed to accomplish was that this whole console needed to be removable for two reasons. First being that it needs to be removed when we convert the boat to “hunkered down/Canal mode” and lower the articulated roof. And secondly Christine and I want to try out having this Upper Helm Station in different locations in the SkyBridge as we use the boat for the first year or so. We think that its current location at the Aft end of the SkyBridge will work out best but we won’t know for sure till we can live with it in different scenarios and different positions.
Burak sent over all the 2D construction drawings last week and so Uğur jumped right in on Monday morning and spent most of this past week taking this console from start to finish by Friday. Let’s follow along as he works. It would have taken another week or more to send out all the AL plate to be CNC cut and I think Uğur enjoyed the chance to go back to some “old school” ways so he quickly laid out all the parts directly on the AL plate and cut out the pieces with the in-house bandsaw and a cutting disk on his angle grinder. As we have tried to do throughout the design and build of XPM78-01 Möbius, we KISS’ed (Keep It Simple & Safe) the design of this console so there are only 8 pieces in total and they are all made out of 5mm / 3/16” flat AL plate which are easily tacked in place. To provide ready access for installing and maintaining all the electrical connections and components inside this console we made the whole back side a removable plate that will be bolted in place with a watertight gasket. With a quick check that all the dimensions and angles were all correct, Uğur got to work doing all the finish welding.
BTW, for those who might wonder why all the photos of welding have these lines in them it is due to the MIG welders being the newer Pulse type and the camera freeze-frames these pulses. With the welds cleaned up a bit Uğur laid out the various cut-outs for each item to be installed on the dashboard and then cut these out with a hole saw or cutting wheel. We are still waiting for a few switches to arrive but we have all the primary components so Uğur and I did a quick check to make sure they all fit properly before continuing. Next it was time to finalise the location of the console on top of the foundation built into the SkyBridge (and for Cihan our Master Plumber to get in this quick cameo!) The two cushions on the Port/Left side allow someone to comfortably join the person on watch as well as a great spot to lie down for a nap up here. After trying a few different spots we settled on this positioning with the same amount of overhang around the three sides. This is our Llebroc Helm Chair which will soon …….. reside here, in the center of the space behind the dashboard.
This penetration on the inside provides a watertight pass through for all the cables. Once all the cables have been installed and all systems checked that they are fully functional, this and all other penetrations throughout the boat are filled with certified “goo” to create a fully watertight seal. Here is how the Upper Helm Station it looks from the back side. Holding the camera at about eye height here to check the sight lines which are great as you can easily see the whole forward end of the bow anchor area. Whenever we prefer to have an even better close up view of around the boat, we have one of these Kobelt 7176 “Walk-About” remote controllers at both Helms.
With 10m / 33ft of cable, I’m not willing to trust wireless for this critical control, we can stand almost anywhere on the boat from the Swim Platform to the Bow, either side deck and from anywhere in either the Main or SkyBridge Helm areas and have all the controls literally at our fingertips when docking or take this remote controller to wherever we are sitting.
The two side levers control Throttle and Pitch and up on top are controls for Rudder, Bow Thruster, CPP Clutch and Horn. Can’t wait to try all these out on our upcoming sea trials once we launch.
And Yes, Launch Date is still “Thursday”, just don’t ask which one!
We finally have Cihan back full time again (we hope!) and he was his usual busy productive self all over Möbius. Cihan and I started by working on the two heat exchangers ….. …….. that needed to be mounted in the very aft end of the Engine Room. We built in this removable section of the flooring to provide full access to this important area where the prop shaft enters the boat. The composite grid flooring lifts out and then this aluminium floor plate can be unbolted and removed as well. Access is particularly important whenever I need to service the “dripless” Tides Marine SureSeal Drip Free Self-Aligning Shaft Seal that keeps all the water out of the joint where the prop shaft exits the log tube. I will cover more details when we are installing this SureSeal but here is a quick overview of how it works. Today though we wanted to access the very aft ends of the two Engine Beds on either side where we wanted to mount these two Bowman heat exchangers. The red one on the far Port/Left side is for cooling the hydraulic oil in the Nogva CPP Gearbox and the Silver one on the far Stbd/Right side is for cooling the Gardner’s water/antifreeze engine coolant. Both of these heat exchangers have cool seawater being pumped through their outer shells while the oil is pumped through a round “stack” of CuNi (Copper/Nickle) tubes that you can see here in this cutaway illustration. Fun Fact: Bowman is another one of the world leading industrial companies we have found here in Turkey and so it was fun to find that our Nogva Norwegian CPP system came with that Red Bowman Heat Exchanger.
My apologies for getting too busy to get too many photos of this installation of these two heat exchangers but the basic flow of the seawater is that it first enters the Left end of the Silver Heat Exchanger at the top of this photo, exits out the rear and then flows through the Gray (protective wrap) hose on the far Right here where it will enter the aft end of the Red Heat Exchanger at the bottom. Inside the Engine Room, the seawater exits the front end of the Red Bowman Heat Exchanger through another rubber hose that goes up to the Halyard SS mixing elbow on the Gardner’s wet exhaust system and then exits the boat through the large Exit Sea Chest in the ER. Much more to come on all that once we start installing the exhaust system in the next few weeks. Another new plumbing addition that Cihan installed this past week is the small little circulation pump with the White faceplate you can see at the bottom middle of this photo of the underside of the Stbd/Right side Workbench in the Workshop. These Jabsco/Xylem 24V “vario” pumps are very cool and very eXpen$ive but boy do they work well. These are a relatively new pump generation that are super quite with minimal energy consumption, shaftless spherical motor and permanent magnet technology. On Möbius we are using this D5 Vario 38/700B pump to keep hot water circulating through our DHW (Domestic Hot Water) loop that ensures that there is always hot water immediately available to every hot water tap and shower on the boat. No more wasting time and water while you wait for hot water to come out of the sink faucet or shower nozzle!
Speaking of hot water, the Captain aka Christine, is eXtremely eXcited about Cihan installing two of these SS towel warmers; one in each cabin’s Head/Bathroom!
Christine has been wanting to have one of these for years and after a very long and winding road to find these Goldilocks just right versions, she will finally have one in our Master Cabin as will all our guests in their Bathroom. Yet another example of the Turkish manufacturers making eXtremely high quality products, Christine fell in lust for these “Laris” model SS towel warmers from Hamman Radiator. The towel warmers attach to the walls with these very clever SS tubes which Cihan first attaches to the walls using an expanding bolt on the inside of each tube.
And then there are four round SS pegs on the back of the towel warmers which slide into these tubes and are locked in place with the little set screw you can see on the bottom here.
The two SS square fittings the bottom are the water valves to control the flow of hot water through the towel warmer.
Here is what the finished mounting looks like.
Many won’t understand, but to my eye, all of this hardware and the towel racks themselves are just beautiful works of art and engineering that are part of our “boat jewelry” collection on Möbius.
Looking around our Master Head/Shower/Bathroom do your sharp eyes might spot a few other new additions?
One job Serkan just completed is the mounting of those two SS latches now installed on those bottom two cabinet doors underneath where the sink will mount. And if you look very closely you will see that the White Corian countertop has arrived. There will be a clear glass partition that extends up that slot between the shower seat and the ceiling and will be sealed to that vertical surface at the end of this countertop. And what is this new addition that just showed up this week beside the VacuFlush toilet? Aha! That’s the wireless remote control panel for the BioBidet BB-1000 Supreme bidet seat. It clips into a holder mounted on the cabinet so the curious can remove it and discover all the MANY functions available. The same BioBidet is installed in the Guest Cabin as well BTW.
Surely you didn’t think I put the eXplorer in XPM for no reason did you?
More examples of how XPM78-01 Möbius is a true world eXplore can be seen in another new addition this week as Hilmi starts installing all our Vimar “Arké Metal” switches and plug ins. We have designed Möbius to be a true “World Boat” and so she has both 120V 60Hz and 230V 50Hz AC plugs like these throughout the boat. We also have wired CAT7 ethernet plugs spread throughout the boat for maximum internet speeds. This one is tucked away below the “floating” shelf on Christine’s side of our King size bed. And these are what the matching Vimar light switches look like. Of course these will all look MUCH better once we remove all the protective plastic coverings and do a good cleanup prior to launch, but until then we are very glad to have all the interior surfaces covered up while construction continues. And here is Hilmi installing a set of four of those Vimar switches for the LED lights around the stairwell leading down into the Master Cabin. Serkan has also been busy in the Master cabin adding finishing touches such as these solid Ro$ewood handholds on the “Swiss” (as in Swiss Army Knife) door that is the door for both the entrance into the Master Cabin and the full length hanging locker as it is here. He needed to radius both ends of these so that they cleared the door jambs when closed on the Entryway. The upper panel will soon be covered with the same Green/Gray leather you see throughout the Master Cabin walls.
Nihat also had a very productive week as he took on the eXtremely big job of finishing all the exterior aluminium surfaces. We’ve settled on the “brushed” look that these 3M abrasive discs create when used with a random orbital sander such as this pneumatic one in the photo here.
Let us know what do you think of this look but we are very pleased with it.
Feeding Mr. Gee!
I managed to make more time for Mr. Gee again this week and focused on installing his “feeding” system to deliver the Goldilocks just right amount of scrupulously clean diesel fuel.
This is one of his six fuel injectors that have been refurbished to factory new condition by Michael and his crew at Gardner Marine Diesel at the Gardner “factory” in Kent England. Injectors just don’t get much better or simpler than this. NO electronics just a simple supply connection under the Red seal on the Right and a matching return connection on the Left. Each injector slides into the tubular hole you can see underneath the tip of the injector here. Then one of these lever arms is tightened down using the castellated nut just to the Left of the Red cap here. This lever presses the angled end of the injector body into its matching seat inside the tubular hole in the cylinder head and forms a perfect seal to keep all those literally eXplosive forces inside the cylinder where they belong and where they then supply all the mighty “draft horsepower” and torque that Mr. Gee delivers to our propeller. Now each of those injectors need an equally robust set of piping to deliver the diesel fuel to/from them so my next job was to clean up all these steel fuel lines and give them a couple of coats of shiny black epoxy.
Can’t have any bare steel on Mr. Gee that would just rust now can we?! Here is what those shiny Black steel fuel lines look like when they are connected to the bottom outlets on the Fuel Injection Pump and then go up to the injectors in the cylinder heads through the AL valve covers I have set in place here.
Again my apologies for being too busy installing all these fuel components to take more photos but I will take more this coming week and put them into next week’s Progress Update for you.
For now I hope this quick shot of where I left of yesterday (Sat. Oct. 10th) will do.
Yachts Play Games Bula Bula Right?!
Christine and I spent Saturday morning doing a job that believe it or not, we have long been looking forward to; painting the length marking strips on our 13mm / 1/2” galvanized HT anchor chain.
The joy in this job is that it reminds us that in the not too distant future (we hope!) we will be using these marks to tell us how much anchor chain we have let out in the latest anchorage we have just arrived at.
We started by dragging all 300 meters / 328 feet of chain off the factory pallet onto the shop floor and arranging it in 10 meter long loops with paper underneath both ends where we would be spray painting the chain. There are a LOT of different ways to mark an anchor chain and even more opinions about which is best but we have both anchored thousands of time in our marine lives and find that painting different colours onto the chain and then adding some matching coloured nylon zip ties is the Goldilocks just right method for us. We paint a different colour combination each 10 meters / 33’ and to help us remember the distance of each colour we came up with the acronym YPGBR based on the colours of paint we have used this time. As you might figure out from this photo, YPGBR stands for Yellow-Pink-Green-Blue-Red which is the order of the colours we painted onto the chain every 10 meters.
These are the odd numbered 10 meter marks starting with Yellow at the first 10m mark at the top here, then:
Pink @ 30m,
Green @ 50m,
Blue @ 70m
Red @ 90m At the other end of the loops we use a combination of the colours to mark the even starting lengths of;
Yellow/Pink @ 20 meters
Pink/Green @ 40m
Green/Blue @ 60m
Blue/Red @ 80m
Nope! Easy for us to remember when the YPGBR acronym stands for is:
Right?!! For those who might wonder, Bula is the Fijian greeting, always said with great Gusto, which we learned so well from all our years cruising in Fiji
Once the paint dried we flaked the chain back onto the pallet and it is now ready to be pulled aboard into its Chain Bin inside the Forepeak but that will have to wait for next week’s Progress Update here on Möbius.World.
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This week’s Progress Update will be short and sweet as we are still working very shorthanded on XPM78-01 Möbius and it has been another very full weekend of boat related work for Christine and me so it is already late Sunday here as I sit down to write up this week’s Progress Update for you. However, progress is being made and there are interesting new developments to show you so let’s jump right in for this week’s Show & Tell aboard the Good Ship Möbius.
Serkan was onboard for two days this week as he continues to work on the last of the hardware related work in the Master Cabin. On Tuesday he was installing the last of these beautiful SS latches on the doors and drawers on the front Starboard/Right side wall of the Master Cabin. He is down to the last latch on the bottom drawer below the vanity sink that you can see in the bottom Left here. A bit different perspective on Thursday, looking straight down the centerline towards the bow of the boat you can see that the bottom drawer has now been installed along with the two matching latches on the White bottom cupboard doors inside the Head/Bathroom on the far Left.
And Serkan has almost all the Green/Gray leather panels installed now, just the small strips around the Vanity cabinet at the far end. The door of that Vanity as well as the main Head door will soon have mirrors mounted on them to finish this area off. Upstairs in the SuperSalon an exciting new development is now visible. The window frames are now all filed with their plywood templates which will be sent out to the glass company next week so they can cut and prep all the 25mm/1” thick laminated window glass as well as the other glass for the flush Deck Hatches. And the “eyebrow” around the upper SkyBridge.
Still very much a “work in progress” but the whole SuperSalon is beginning to come into view now.
It will be a VERY big day when we finally get all the glass installed onboard and make Möbius fully weathertight for the first time.
Our faithful Dynamic Duo of Uğur and Nihat had another full and productive week. If you were with us last week you’ll remember they were busy getting the ceiling over the Outside Galley on the Aft Deck all fully insulated wtih 50mm EPDM foam and the attachment points for the White AlucoBond laminated sheets that will form the ceiling itself. As with the other AlucoBond panels you’ve seen them mounting in the Engine Room and Workshop, they use these very nice covered screws to attach the AlucoBond to the aluminium L-bar supports. If you look closely at the screw in the upper Left here (click to enlarge any photo) you can just make out the brass threaded washer around the head of the countersunk screw and then the chrome dome cover thread onto that to completely hide the underlying screw head. Here is what the ceiling looks like viewed from down inside the SuperSalon looking up and out the Entryway WT Door onto the Aft Deck Galley.
For those wondering, the White, Black and Red lettering is just a protective film on all AlucoBond panels which will be removed just before we launch to reveal the White anodized aluminium outer surface of all these panels. And here is what it looks like from the other end out on the Aft Deck.
The Black wiring hanging down is for the six LED lights when we are cooking in this Outdoor Galley or dimmed down for safe lighting when entering or leaving the boat. This is the Port/Left Vent Box which served double duty as one of our Outdoor Galley countertops with this SS sink in it.
The rectangular openings are filled with the Mist Eliminator grills and damper system for the Entry Air going down to the bottom of the Engine Room. And this is the matching STBD/Right side Vent Box with the two rectangular openings for the extraction air from the Engine Room and Workshop.
The raised surface on the Left will be the main countertop in this Galley and the lower countertop will soon house the 220V electric Grill/BBQ.
All the countertops will be Turquoise Turkish marble to match that in the inside Galley.
For the observant ones who might wonder, the two small outlets on the Aft facing bottom of this Vent Box on the far Right are for the quick connect water fittings for our Deck Wash hoses; one for Fresh Water, one for Salt. However the most exciting new milestone Nihat and Uğur hit his past week was that they started on the final cleanup of all the bare exterior aluminium surfaces. Nihat spent most of the rest of the week working on the AL surfaces surrounding the SkyBridge.
This is a two part process, first grinding all the welds to be either flush or nicely radiused corners such as you can see Nihat has done here on the frame for the SkyBridge Console and the surrounding interior walls. Then he moved on to all the AL surfaces and welds on the surfaces outside of the SkyBridge itself. Such as the tops of these “horns” on either side of the Front hinged Solar Panel bank and the outer walkway that runs down the sides of the SkyBridge. Uğur took on the daunting task of grinding down all the welds on the outside surfaces of all the Hull plates. There are three longitudinal runs of welds down each side where the different thicknesses of hull plates butt together. The top one he is working on here is the only “hard chine” or corner on the hull which is a bit trickier as the weld needs to be ground down flush to each plate and then have a nice radius for the turn of the corner. It is difficult to capture in photos, especially at this early stage but this will give you an idea.
The surface on the far Right here is part of our experimenting with different kinds of final swirl patterns for the final finish to see which one we like the best. This shot will help you see how the process of finishing this corner seam goes. The corner on the far Left is close to what the finished chine or corner will look like and as you move to the Right towards Uğur you can see the progression “backwards” through the process with the raw untouched weld on the far Right. This longer view will help you understand the “daunting” part of Ugur’s job! 24 meters / 78 feet down each side suddenly becomes a VERY real and very big number when you are taking it on one centimeter or inch at a time and then three of those lengths (one for each weld seam, on each side. I’ll let you do the math! The maximum sheet size for aluminium plates is 6m/19ft so there is also a vertical seam where each end of the plates butt together that also needs to be ground flush. And up at the Bow there are a lot of transitions where the different hull plate thicknesses, 10, 12, 15, 20 and 25mm thick all come together where they meet up wtih the 25mm thick Keel Bar and that nice round transition up at the top where it wraps around our big solid AL “nose” cone for the snubber line when at anchor. By quitting time on Friday though Uğur and Nihat has already done their first passes of their welds on the Stbd/Right side so that was a LOT of progress in just a few days. Lots more to come next week so stay tuned as I show you the continued evolution of finishing the hull.
The newest member of our growing family of Victron equipment finally arrived and got installed this week. It is the newest Victron Blue box that you can see in the bottom Right corner of this AL panel in the Forward Port corner of the Basement.
If you click and zoom in on this or the photo below, you can see that this tiny Cerbo GX box provides us with communication ports for USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a MicroSD slot as well as the Victron VE.Can nd VE.bus connections.
We have had Victron equipment on our previous boats for many years with great success but one area that has been lacking is their integration in communicating with each other and the whole GX line is helping to resolve that. The Cerbo GX is also the newest bit of kit from Victron and makes a huge leap forward in getting all our Victron equipment onto our N2K network as well as bringing all our Victron into a much more integrated system. Just around that front Port corner is our “Solar City” wall where all 14 of our Victron SmartSolar 100/20 MPPT controllers which connect to each of our 14 320Wp Light Tech solar panels. The Gray box is the junction box for all the wiring and the 14 circuit breakers for the DC outputs of each MPPT controller.
Diagonally opposite on the Stbd Aft corner, we managed to steal our Plumbing Wizard Cihan back for one day and he finished installing the last 2 Whale Gray Water Tank pumps. This pump extracts Gray water out of the integral AL tank below and pushes it out the Sea Chest that you can just barely see on the far Left here.
Given that we are rarely in marinas and on anchor, the vast majority of the time our Gray Water (sinks & showers) goes directly to an exiting Sea Chest but when that’s not allowed, the Grey Water is stored in one of our three Gray Water tanks and hence the need for this Whale pump to empty those tanks when we are out at sea.
The big Clear/White tank on the Right is our Potable Water tank which ensures that we always have at least 150 litres of pure water to use even if we should somehow loose all access to the 7100L/1875USG of fresh water in our six integral AL tanks in the bottom of the hull.
Some of that fresh water goes into this HazMat Locker on the Port side of the Swim Platform for our Aft Shower. As you can see here we have hidden the shower mixing valve and head inside this locker to keep it out of the way and protected from daily UV and salt water. Cihan has mounted a holder for the shower spray head inside here as well so it is easy to just open the locker and grab the shower head to rinse off after a snorkel exploration or for a nightly shower. There will be another showerhead mount up on the Aft railing so you can have a hands free shower as well for shampooing your hair or whatever. Inside on the front Stbd/Right side of the Workshop by the Day Tank, Cihan was also able to install these two Black hockey puck shaped Maretron FFM100 Fuel Flow Meters. The upper Left Fuel Flow Meter is on the Fuel Supply line going into the dual FleetGuard 2-stage fuel filters and the one on the lower Right.is on the Return Fuel line from Mr. Gee our Gardner 6LXB engine. Having these high precision flow meters allows us to know the exact amount of fuel being consumed at any time and helps us run Mr. Gee at his maximum efficiency at all times. And if you were to bend down and take a peek underneath the Day Tank you would see this latest addition Cihan has made out the bottom of the Sump on the Day Tank. The Black threaded nipple you see here is where the WIF or Water In Fuel sensor will be installed. Being heavier than Diesel fuel, water always sinks to the bottom so if we ever get any water in our fuel is will quickly find its way down to the bottom most point and send us a WIF signal and sound an alarm.
If you go back and look two photos above at the FleetGuard Fuel Filters you will see that each of the Fs19596 Fuel Filter/Separators has their own WIF sensor in the bottom so we are sure to know if water ever shows up in the fuel at any time and we can promptly get rid of it before it has any chance to get near Mr. Gee.
Speaking of Mr. Gee, I was able to spend more time working on him this past week focusing on timing and plumbing so let’s head over to the Engine Room to take a look.
This was an exciting new milestone for Mr. Gee and me as I finally got to mount this Fuel Injection Pump and Cam Box assembly taking up most of the Port/Left side of Mr. Gee. If you look at the far front end you can see the PTO (Power Take Off) shaft coming out of Mr. Gee which turns the fuel injection camshaft that in turn created the high pressure that goes up to each injector sprayer at just the right time. At the aft or flywheel end of the Gardner it is Grand Central Station for all these Copper & Brass lubrication oil pipework’s. They all come together here where the cast iron Oil Filter acts as the traffic cop for all the oil coming and going to the rest of the engine. Many hours of “pipe wrangling” later, this is how the pipework’s look when all connected to the Oil Filter on the top Right here and then going heading on to their connections on the other end to the crankcase, oil cooler which has its own dedicated oil pump which is the Burgundy painted unit extending out of the AL Cam Box in the rear Left here. I won’t bore you with all the details, but Gardner engines have multiple “timing” settings that are critical to get absolutely spot on for the engine to run properly. The timing of when each intake and exhaust valve needs to open and close is one example that I tackled this week. The requirement is that the Intake Valve opens at 16.25 degrees Before Top Dead Center and the Exhaust closes at 11.75 degrees Aft TDC. But how do you measure and set to such accuracy? The method I came up with was to put a piece of masking tape on the outer circumference of the flywheel covering the distance between the two precise lines punched on at the Gardner Factory to mark TDC and 25.8 degrees BTDC which is for timing the fuel injectors. Then I peeled off the masking tape and laid it out on a flat AL surface where I could accurately measure the distance between “zero” at TDC and the 25.8 degree line with my digital Vernier calipers which gave me the numbers I needed to figure out how many mm one degree of rotation is. Pretty simple math that even I could figure out. It was 127.7mm from the TDC line to 25.8 degrees so 127.8 / 25.8 = 4.872mm = 1 degree. Easy to then mark off the distances for the 16.25 degree and 11.75 degree marks. Now all I had to do was put put the masking tape strip back on with the TDC mark on the tape matched up with the TDC mark on the flywheel and then mark the flywheel at the 16.25 BTDC and 11.75 ATDC lines and then put a center punch mark at each one and scribe a line through them. Lining these marks up with the reference line you can see scribed into the top and bottom of this opening in the flywheel housing and I can turn the flywheel to align these marks and precisely adjust the valve timing at each point.
That will be where I start tomorrow (Monday) morning so I’ll let you know how that works out in next week’s Progress Update.
So this is the parting shot of Mr. Gee when I left him last and where I will start tomorrow morning. And my first order of business will be to find the slob that dribbled that bit of Wellseal gasket sealer on the top of the cam box! Oh wait, never mind, I just caught my reflection in the monitor and I found him! Thanks for joining me here on this week’s Show & Tell for the week of September 27 to October 3rd, 2020. Really appreciate you taking the time to follow along and I sure hope you will add your comments, questions and concerns in the “Join the Discussion” box below.
Merhaba as we say here in Turkey, to all our faithful blog readers. Just for a change of pace, this is Christine here and I wanted to let you know that we have heard all your many requests asking for a video tour showing the current stage of construction of our new boat and home Möbius. So it is with great pleasure that we are finally able to honour your requests.
It had been a year since the last full video tour, and lots has changed for sure. Wayne just loves to talk and write – at great length – about his beloved Möbius, so one day he just took the camera and spent the next several hours walking through the boat and talking about it. That was a few weeks ago now on July 15, 2020
Wayne is far too busy working on Möbius right now to do the editing, so I took it upon myself to learn a new program (DaVinci Resolve, for those who are interested) and start my new career as the Möbius World video editor. I apologize for taking so long to get this done, but it had been a long time since I had done much video editing and the program is complex.
Also, there was A LOT of footage to take on for my first project; thanks Wayne! So I decided to divide it in half and create a two part series for you, Part I of the Exterior of Möbius and Part II of the Interior, both of which you will find below.
First, a few notes about what I’ve done to these videos so you know how best to navigate your way through these quite long videos to get at just what you want.
For those who want to skip through and just look at the portions of the video that interest you, I’ve divided the video into chapters which you can access two ways.
When viewing these videos on YouTube if you look in the text area below the video window, you will find a list of the Chapters in this video. Click on any of the topics in that list to jump directly to that Chapter in the video.
When watching the video if you hover your cursor over the bottom of the video window the timeline will appear at the bottom of each video and you will see some dashes or marks along that timeline bar where each Chapter starts/ends. If you hover your cursor over any bar a pop up text will tell you the name of that Chapter and if you click it will jump directly to that point in the video.
Here is are the lists of the Chapters in each video to give you an idea of what you will find when you watch the videos by clicking on the two video windows below.
Our first full 5 day work week for Team Möbius in a long time plus another full day for Hilmi and I yesterday (Saturday) so much more to share with you for this week’s Progress Update report. Several new jobs began this week, new aluminium arrived, Mr. Gee got some much needed TLC and then we did have the “runaway” incident as per this week’s title.
AND, compliments of Captain Christine there is a bonus surprise video embedded along the way below!
So grab your favorite beverage and strap yourself into your comfy chair and let’s jump right into this week’s Show & Tell here at Naval Yachts.
Miss Möbius Tries to Runaway from Home!
Our little girl “Miss Möbius” has been growing up quickly over the past two years and based on her behavior this week I’m thinking that “boat years” must be like “dog years” as she seems to have become a teenager. How else to explain that earlier this week she tried to make a run for the sea and run away from home?!?
Or maybe, like her owners, she just got frustrated by the ever changing Launch Date?
Or maybe her big Nose Cone sniffed the smell of the sea blowing through the shipyard with the big winds we had on Monday and decided to make a run for it?
Whatever the reason she somehow had managed to conspire with her new best friend, 56 Wheeled Wanda, the second biggest boat mover in the Free Zone, to come pick her up and they were headed out the door when Captain Christine caught wind of their plan and tried to block them from leaving. Alas, the barn doors were wide open and there was no stopping them and they were off and running for the sea.
OK, OK, just kidding.
The real reason is that a big new refit and stretch job on a 36 meter/120 ft yacht is arriving at Naval on Tuesday and they need the entire length of the bay Möbius has been in so they needed to move us out and over to the opposite side of the shipyard. We’ve been storing all the major equipment yet to be installed down on the floor underneath Möbius so that all had to be moved first. Everyone pitched in and the forklift helped out and it was soon all clear below. Uğur and Nihat put in four longer supports that went all the way up to the rub rails so they could cut off the shorter ones to give room for ………….. ……….. 52 Wheeled Wanda to slid her two rails full of hydraulic jack stands all the way under the anxiously awaiting Miss Möbius. Each dual set of wheels have one set of hydraulic cylinders that can turn them to a very steep angle that allows them to move the boat sideways. Every other set of axels have their own hydraulic drive motors built into their hub to power the wheels forward or back. The two side rails are locked together using the big cross tie rails you can see here. The whole boat mover is completely self contained and this single diesel motor powers a very large hydraulic pump pushing high pressure hydraulic fluid down all those steel lines you see extending down the upper area of the side rails. And all this is run by a radio remote control unit that you can see hanging from the neck of Wanda’s operator standing on the left of Nihat here.
And just like that, the whole bay is now empty and ready to be VERY fully filled up with the new 36 meter job to take its place this coming week. We couldn’t stop Miss Möbius entirely but we were able to thwart her escape and redirect her back into the shipyard two bays over and what should be her new home until it really is time to have Wanda help us take the fully finished Möbius to the sea!
Now the moving process is reversed and the steel stands are moved back in place under the length of the central Keel Bar to support Miss Möbius so that Wanda can set her down and leave. The side stands are welded back in place and the concrete floor is drilled for long steel pins and lag bolts to keep her upright.
And we can say “Bye Bye, See you soon” to Wanda until we need her again on Launch Day. Möbius’ new “bay mate” is “Twinity”, a 20 meter/ 65 ft catamaran who’s height and width make Möbius look positively diminutive but she’s the Just Right size for us. For some perspective and sense of scale I shot this photo looking the length of the shipyard from one floor up in my Workshop. Möbius used to be in the empty bay on the very far Right here and now sits in the background by the big bay doors. the other ship tented in plastic in the foreground is “Caledonia” an all steel sailboat that should have her launch date next month sometime. Up on Möbius for the first time in her new home, we hope that she is a bit more content with her big nose cone as close to the doors as possible so she can keep enjoying those fresh breezes blowing in from the launch harbour a few block away. And hopefully no more than a few months away!!!!
But Wait!!!! There’s more!!!!
We have heard all your many requests to have more video content of this whole process and so Captain Christine has been spending a lot of time in the past month getting up to speed on some new video editing software she really likes and she will be using this to create some more video for us to post here with all the “spare time” she has between the 7 day work weeks we are both logging to try to get Möbius finished and launched.
We both did our best to shoot some video of Moving Möbius and so here is a time lapse video Christine just put together. Hope you enjoy it.
New aluminium arrivals mean new jobs so can you guess what this pile of pipe is for?
Two new jobs actually, first as you’re about to see is building the new “mini arch” or Antennae Arch that sets atop of the Main Arch to provide a “roll bar” kind of protection around the 2m/6.5’ open array Furuno FAR1523 Radar antennae and also provide all the real estate for the myriad of different antennae, GPS, weather station, satellite compass, search light, etc.. With all the various roles I’ve taken on for the build in the past few months, time is in limited supply so I just created this quick hand sketch of the design I came up with for the new Antennae Arch and the critical placement of each bit of kit that mounts on it.
I’m not sure how legible this will be (click to enlarge) but here is the list of each numbered item on the Antennae Arch.
Designing this Antennae Arch and the placement of each item is perhaps one of the best examples of how much compromise is a big part of design in that almost every one of these items has its own quite strict set of requirements for placement relative to how high it is, how much above/below its neighbors, how close to centerline, etc. Of course most of them would like to be an “only child” and be the highest of them all with no one else nearby so you quickly realise that you just have to prioritise each item’s requirements and then do a triage type process of putting each item in the best position possible.
Christine and I spent two days putting our heads together to come up with this eventual layout and I’m sure it could be improved upon even further but we think this is at least good enough for now and we will see how it all works in the real world once we launch and start using all this equipment and we can make changes from there. We’ve had a list for what we call “Rev 2” and “Rev 3” with the changes or improvements we would like to make in the coming years so we’ll just add these to those lists.
Once they had Möbius moved Nihat and Uğur dove right into that pile of pipes and elbows and started to build the Antennae Arch. The elbows needed to be altered a bit as the angle of the corner of the arch is greater than 90 degrees so that’s what Nihat is up to here. The ends of each pipe and elbow are bevelled to create a deep V for maximum penetration of the weld and then tacked in place. The first of the dual mini arches that will be built to match the Main Arch they will be welded to the top of. Like this. We are using this ladder type construction in several places on Möbius; the Main Arch as you have seen for a long time and now this mini-arch that goes on top and soon you will see this same construction on the second new job that some of this new aluminium pipe is for, but I’ll keep that for next week.
We went back and forth on whether to just have the interconnecting ladder pipes all the way across the top or to put in a solid plate and decided that the plate was best as it creates a well protected wire chase to run all the many wires and co-ax cables from all the antennae and other equipment. Uğur has framed in the bottom for two plates that will be bolted and sealed in place to help protect the wiring further. And here is the completed Antennae Arch. Yusuf on the far Left, Nihat and Uğur and I then put our heads together to work out the details of all the different mounts that need to be created for each item on the Antennae Arch. With so many different antennae and items to be mounted on this Arch, the numbering of each item was very helpful to keep them all straight and provide an easy shorthand for what was what. This is where we finished up on Friday so I will show you the whole antennae farm next week.
Nogva CPP Propeller Blades
While everyone else was busy prepping to move Möbius I took on the other job that needed to be done before the move which was to reassemble the Nogva CPP propeller blades. You may recall from previous posts many months ago that we removed the CPP (Controllable Pitch Propeller) blades and hub when we were cutting the hole in the Rudder that enables us to remove the whole prop shaft without having to remove the Rudder. Now the whole CPP propeller hub & blades needed to be reassembled now which is a fairly straightforward process as these CPP mechanisms are eXtremely simple but they are also very high precision fit and have critical rubber O-ring seals that need to be put in place just right. Each of the four prop blades are a single piece CNC milled from a solid billet of special bronze alloy which weigh about 20kg/45 lbs so they are a bit unwieldly to handle and get them to slide into the high tolerance fit into the hub. Like this. Uğur helped me in the beginning until he had to go look after moving Möbius so we thoroughly cleaned each part, put on a lots of new grease. Fortunately, there were two excellent student interns working at Naval this past month, Omer on the Left and Alp on the Right, and they were eager to learn about how CPP props work so they joined in and helped wrestle each very slippery and heavy prop blade into position. If you look closely in the photos above (click to enlarge any photo) you can see that each prop blade fits into a slot in the hub so they can’t fall out and will stay in place once they have been fully slid into place. Then the hub end can be slid in place to capture the other half of each blade and this is then torqued down with some thread locker on each of the 8 bolts. And Voila! Miss Möbius has her CPP prop all good to go. Viewed from the forward side looking aft you can see how there prop shaft itself is fully enclosed within the outer aluminium collar with the holes in it which thus prevents any errant ropes or fishing nets from wrapping around the prop shaft. The holes are where the water injected into the far forward end of the prop shaft exits back to the sea and keeps the prop shaft fully protected by fresh seawater inside the prop shaft log tube.
Kobelt Hydraulic Steering Oil Tanks
Last week we covered Uğur and Nihat building the two header tanks for the hydraulic oil supply to the Kobelt steering pumps.
This is the larger of the two tanks which I designed to hold about 52L/14 USG of oil to keep these two Accu-Steer HPU400 auto pilot pumps well fed and I was able to design it to fit just perfectly into the space above these pumps. This is a combination sight gauge and thermometer that makes it quick and easy to check the temperature and level of the hydraulic oil inside. And we recessed this filler pipe and vent cap into the wall on the hinge side of the Watertight door from the Swim Platform into the Workshop so it is easy to access but not in your way as you walk in and out. This is the small little 1.5 liter header tank on the Left that keeps the bronze Kobelt manual steering pump on the Right full of hydraulic oil. I was able to design this tank to fit nicely into the space underneath of the Main Helm Dashboard which hinges up out of the way for access and Cihan soon had this tank all mounted and plumbed into the Kobelt hydraulic system.
Speaking of our head Plumber Cihan, he was back on Team Möbius this week thankfully and was busy installing several other systems on Möbius including the equipment for the shower on the Swim Platform. Christine had picked up this very high quality bronze mixing valve at Ikea and Cihan soon had fabricated a bracket and mounted it up above the top of the Haz Mat locker where it will be super easy to access when needed yet well protected from the elements when not in use. Next week he will finish plumbing the Red/Blue Hot/Cold PEX water lines and the hand held shower wand. The large White wrapped hose is the supply for the Fire Hose that will also live here inside the Haz Mat locker. These long delayed Whale Gulper 220 Grey Water pumps finally arrived so Cihan was busy installing one of them in the Forepeak and one in the Basement where they will be used to pump out the contents of the Grey Water tanks to the exiting Sea Chests. NOTE: In practice we don’t use these very much as we almost always let the Grey Water from showers and sink drains go straight back to sea but when we do use the GW tanks in a marina for example, these pumps let us empty them next time we are out at sea.
Cihan also had time this past week to finish plumbing both of the VacuFlush toilets. This one is in the Guest Head and is now fully plumbed for the Fresh Water flushing water and supply water for the Bidet as well as the exiting Black Water. Ditto for this one in the Master Cabin Head.
These are both quite exciting milestones for Christine and me as they represent a new stage of the build as we move into such finishing work. And just outside the Master Head the pièce de résistance of Cihan’s work this past week was the installation of this bit of beauty; our Vanity Sink at the very front end of our Master Cabin. This unique sink is made from a solid clear glass casting which then has a iridescent coating of these beautiful blues. The drain cap is still wrapped in its protective film so it is normally adding its glimmering polished stainless steel glow to the whole look. And we think this faucet we found is equally unique and the perfect Goldilocks match for the sink it supplies.
There is a matching rectangular version of this sink and faucet in the Main Head/Bathroom where the all White walls create a complimentary yet different look. Can’t wait to see and share that with you in the next week or so once the Corian countertop is installed in the Head.
Back on the other side of the Vanity Sink the White gelcoat cabinetry is also getting closer to being finished. Bottom doors are now mounted on the Blum hinges and the countertop awaits the Corian that we hope will arrive in the next week or so.
The removable Teak floors for this Head and Shower as well as the Guest Shower are being finished up as well so I hope to be able to show you them being installed next week. Moving Aft to show you the recent progress in the Corridor which connects to the Guest Cabin off to the Left outside of this photo and then through the WT door into the Workshop and Engine Room in the upper Left background.
The area on the Port/Left Hull on the far Right of this photo will be my Office and “clean room” workbench which now has this gorgeous hunk of Turkish quarried Turquoise marble now in place. We ended up with a double order of this fabulous marble so I decided to use some of it in place of the Corian countertop we had originally specified. Should make an eXcellent working surface for me with plenty of storage drawers and cupboards above and below.
Seen from the other end just inside the WT Workshop door, you can see the large Aft Electrical panel full of circuit breakers for all four voltages; 12 & 24VDC and 120 & 230VAC is on the far Left side of the stairs leading up to the Galley and SuperSalon. This electrical panel will eventually be enclosed with an large labelled front panel and a hinged Rosewood and glass door. Upstairs looking Aft at the Galley, Omur has continued his relentless work to complete all the Rosewood cabinetry throughout Möbius. In front of the Galley our Dinette Settee is also nearing completion. Next up will be building and installing the large table here. That will be fun to show you as it moves in all three axis; Up/Down Z axis as well as fore/aft X axis and side to side Y axis as well as able to be rotated in any of these positions. Might sound excessive but it is “little details” like this which add so much joy to our lives when we are able to get things like table height and position just right, just for us as we use this table for everything from our main dining table, an office table for the two of us, a coffee table when relaxing and a bed when we have more guests than our cabins can sleep.
If you can see through the clutter of the work going on here you can see how this forward end of the SuperSalon is also starting to take shape. The large Rosewood slotted panel on the far Left will be hinged inside the opening behind it where the 50” SmarTV mounts. Helm Chair goes in the center of the Main Helm where all those wires are being tamed and then the stairs down the Master Cabin on the far Right.
ELECTRIC & ELECTRONICS:
As you can see, Hilmi has also been making good progress with his electrical work at the Main Helm. This week he and Selim have been busy wiring up the switch panel on the angled wall above the Forward Electrical Panel as well as the various controls mounted in the Dashboard of the Main Helm. The Furuno 711C AutoPilot control head is under that Gray protective cover in the center of the Dashboard with the Jog Lever to its Right and then the dual Kobelt control levers for Throttle and CPP Pitch on the far Right with the round Prop Pitch gauge above. Maxwell windlass control above the Jog Lever and the empty hole soon to be filled with the Vetus Bow Thruster joystick and the ACR Pan/Tilt searchlight in the upper Right corner. Lifting up the hinged Dashboard reveals more of Hilmi’s work as he starts to connect all those items as well as filling the Grey wire chases with the many wires that need to traverse from one side of the Main Helm to the other. This “handkerchief” triangular storage area is on the Port/Left side of the Main Helm with a matching on on the opposite side. We intend to use this one for a central Charging Station for the growing list of wireless electrical items that need charging. The two black panels you see in the back of this storage area are blocks of fused 12 & 24 VDC connections using Anderson PowerPole connectors to give us a single standard for all our 12 & 24 volt connections.
The rectangular hole is for the 120 & 230VAC receptacles.
More progress inside and behind this Forward Electrical Panel on the Right side of the Main Helm with the addition of the white mounted shunt, one of three, which is required for measuring current amps in this panel. Above the Fwd Electrical Panel Hilmi and Selim completed most of the wiring of the switchboards up on this angled top. The underside of the lower switch board shows the ready access to all this wiring. Top side shows the layout of all these switches. They are divided into the upper12 switches that control the High Water evacuation system which we hope we never need to use but is in just the right place here at Command Central if we ever do need it.
The bottom set of switches are for the exterior lighting and the labels should make that all self explanatory.
The uppermost switch panel has all the switches for controlling the Kobelt steering and propulsion equipment. To the untrained eye this may still look like a Medusa hairdoo but for those who have been following along and know wiring this is a “Beautiful Mess”!
Still in the early stages of wiring all these switches but Hilmi’s skills and attention to detail is already emerging on these two switch panels. Always a Team effort so Omur installed this multi pin socket into the top of this Rosewood switch panel where the Kobelt WalkAbout handheld remote control plugs in. A metal cap threads onto this socket when not in use. For a much more finished look, rather than install this receptacle from the top we decided to have Omur recess it in from the bottom with this mortise. This will give you an early idea of how these three switch plates will look in the end. And finishing up with this weeks electrical progress, the aft depth sounder has now been mounted inside the aluminium fairing block you saw Uğur making and welding in place a few weeks ago. This is the Airmar 600 Watt 520-5PSD transducer which provides the raw data of the bottom below us to the Furuno BBDS1 Bottom Discriminating sounder which gives us detailed graphics of the contours and material below us.
Uğur and Nihat were also able to get to this small but important job of providing external access to the inside of this Port/Left side Vent Box on the Aft Deck. The White plastic fitting below its mounting hole provides an easy to remove but fully sealed opening that I can reach through to …… …… access this shut off air damper on the Air Supply into the Engine Room. Normally this shut off is fully automated and controlled by an thermostatic switch that closes this damper when the engine is off or if there were to ever be a fire in the Engine Room. However in case this electrically automated motor should fail, you can activate this damper manually. Peering down the 3 meter rectangular supply air duct into the Engine room to show where this damper is bolted to the top.
Same damper setup is on the opposite side Vent Box for shutting off the Exhaust Air extraction vent.
Putting Humpty Dumpty (aka Mr. Gee) Back Together Again!
Another exciting milestone this week was that I finally started to put all of Mr. Gee’s bits and bobs back together again. After many months of doing all the prep work of cleaning, replacing, rebuilding, painting , etc. I was finally able to start actually assembling all those parts and putting Mr. Gee back together again in his better than factory new condition.
I know this is not of interest to many of you so feel free to skip ahead to the end while I take the others on a quick tour of Mr. Gee’s transition.
As you can see Mr. Gee is now all painted in his final colours of Burgundy Red for all the cast iron parts and silicone based aluminium paint for all the cast aluminium parts. This past week I was able to tackle the next metal parts; all the copper and bronze pipework which transports all of Mr. Gee’s the coolant water and oil to where it needs to go.
As you can perhaps tell from this photo I started by using paint removing gel and then sandblasting all these parts thoroughly to remove the almost 50 years of accumulated paint, grease, oil and dirt. I considered going with the quite nice matt lustre left from the fine sandblasting sand but after some experimentation I decided that a brighter look left from wire wheeling the copper and brass, which you can see the beginnings of here, was more in keeping with the finished look I thought most befitting of Mr. Gee and Möbius’ Engine Room. So I brought out my full compliment of WMD’s, Weapons of Mass Denuding, including wire wheels of various sizes in my angle grinder, benchtop grinder and Dremel tool and spent several days and knights bringing all these copper pipes and their bronze end fittings to an even bright lustre. Keeping this beautiful bright look was the next challenge as copper, brass and bronze all tend to oxidize quite quickly and loose this look. So I cleaned them all up with acetone to remove all the leftover grime from wire wheeling and my fingerprints, hung them all from poles spanning the ceiling of the paint booth I had created and sprayed them with 2 separate coasts of clear AlexSeal polyurethane which I have had great success with for many years. The photos fail to capture how great this clear coat worked but I am eXtremely pleased with both the look and how well protected these surfaces all are now and for the next few decades. If you were here last week you might remember that I had given Mr. Gee himself two coats of the same clear polyurethane so he too is now very nicely all plastic coated. While much of this is just cosmetic there is a very real pragmatic benefit I’ve found with having such surfaces on my engines and mechanical parts which is that I can see any leaks or even loosening nuts SO much sooner and these surfaces are all SO much easier to keep clean so I was quite willing to put in all this extra time, effort and expense. Plus, quite frankly, Mr. Gee and me are worth it! A few weeks ago I had found the time to clean and paint Mr. Gee’s massive, almost 150 Kg flywheel so I had Uğur lift it up to my Workshop using the forklift Where I could then use my handy dandy 2 ton hydraulic lift to finally install the flywheel on the end of the crankshaft. Which in turn let me bolt the outer flywheel housing onto Mr. Gee.
Next week we will move Mr. Gee onto the Aft Deck of Möbius where I can then bolt the Nogva CPP Gearbox to the SAE1 flywheel housing to complete the full propulsion package. You can see the SAE14 flange I have now bolted to the flywheel and each of those inner semi cylindrical cogs will mate with the rubber drive ring on the Nogva Gearbox.
When I was cleaning and painting the flywheel I masked off the six sets of markings on the outer circumference of the flywheel and now you can see why. This little window on the top of the flywheel housing allows me to precisely set Mr. Gee to TDC (Top Dead Center) for each cylinder which you need to do to set the exact timing of the open/close of the valves and the timing and advance of the fuel injection.
Now the fun begins as I carefully remove all the masking taped areas and started installing things like the two cast aluminium valve covers, upper cast aluminium water manifolds on each cylinder head and the single manifold on the bottom of the cylinder block. Followed by the Intake and Exhaust manifolds on this same Starboard/Right side of Mr. Gee. Test fitting the dual thermostat housing on the end of the front water manifold and the coolant header tank. Next week I hope to start populating this Port/Left side with all its gear including the whole fuel pump and injection system which mounts to those two circular clamps you see here. BTW, for those who would find it interesting, this is Mr. Gee’s “service side” where you do most of the day to day work when starting and maintaining him as this is where things like the decompression levers, fuel priming levers, water pump, fuel pump, oil dipstick, temperature and pressure gauges for oil and coolant, etc. Hence this is the side where I located the door into the Engine room and have the most access on this side as you will soon see when we mount Mr. Gee into his new home and Engine Room.
If you made it this far I hope you took my advise to get a good beverage and comfy seat or you stopped along the way to do so. I really do appreciate you taking the time to follow along and join Christine and I on this latest adventure and we both look forward to getting your feedback with the questions and comments you put in the “Join the Discussion” box below.
We were down to another shortened week as Wednesday was “Democracy and National Unity day” here in Turkey and a shortened work crew as both of the other two boats sharing the shipyard with us that are about to be finished and launched still have the emphasis on the first word “about” so many Team Möbius members have been called away to work on them. Fortunately though, less work days and less workers did not mean there was anything less to show you this week.
First let me tell you that we will soon have an all new and very thorough video walkthrough of XPM78-01 Möbius! We have heard all your many requests for this and so on Wednesday while everyone else took the day off for the big holiday, Christine and I took advantage of the rare lack of noise with no one working in the shipyard and spent most of the day shooting lots of video which Christine has now begun to edit into a series of video segments walking through each area on the boat and where it is at as of July 15th, 2020. Our timing was perfect as we had several international visitors who wanted to spend a few hours getting an in-depth tour of Möbius on Tuesday so Team Möbius had spent several hours getting her all cleaned up and presentable so seemed like the perfect opportunity for a video shoot. So please stay tuned for that.
We finished by mid afternoon on a picture perfect summers day and decided on our bike ride home from the yard to make a lengthy detour along the beach bike trail to take a much needed break and enjoy the day. There is an excellent bike path all along the many miles of beach that stretches along the Mediterranean coast on our far west end of Antalya so we rode for over 10km to check it all out.
At this more eastern end of our ride in the photo above, some of the local kids are using this big rock to enjoy the big jump into the Med.
Turning to look back West to where we work and live at the far end of this photo, you can see that the people here in Antalya are doing quite well at keeping their distance while still enjoying the sea side. We stopped on our way back to enjoy a glass of wine and some food at that little outdoor spot you can see in the middle of this photo which really topped off our day.
For this week’s update I’m going to group things by location onboard Möbius rather than trade areas as I think that might make more sense to all of you though it isn’t too much of a change. Let me know in your comments if this or any other way of stringing together these weekly Show & Tell Progress Updates is your favorite and works best for you and I’ll do my best to comply.
First though, allow me a slight diversion to begin;
Designing and building a boat can sometimes feel like a version of the figure of speech “Death by a Thousand Cuts” or more accurately “Death by a Thousand Decisions” and it is not lost on me that this was originally a nasty form of torture known as Lingchi. However, I use this here merely as a figure of speech which is no where near as dire as the original torture of course though it may feel so from time to time. As any of you who have experience designing or building boats before or other large complex projects would know, there is a lot of truth contained within this description:
“…. a figure of speech that refers to a failure that occurs as a result of many small problems. Death by a thousand cuts could refer to the termination of a proposed deal as a result of several small issues rather than one major one. This term could also apply to a product or idea that is destroyed by too many minor changes.”
Our every day is indeed filled with a seemingly unending list of decisions both big and small that need to be made throughout the course of the day and they almost all weave through an intricate spiders web of intersecting and often conflicting series of other decisions required tom come up with the best compromise to fit us, our use case and our boat. In the end it IS and will be all worth it as this is also all part and parcel of designing and building a great Goldilocks “just right, just for us” boat so no complaints from either Captain Christine or myself, just sharing some reflections on the process with you and trying to “keep it real”.
On a bit more whimsical note, as I sat down just now to write up this week’s Progress Update on XPM78-01 Möbius which as you shall soon see included cutting some very large holes in our boat (again!) for transducers and exhaust, I was also reminded of two songs I remember singing with my children and now grandchildren; “There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea” and “There’s a Hole in My Bucket dear Liza” and hence this week’s title.
In addition to their reference to holes, both of these songs also contain very relevant references such as how the Hole in the Bottom of the Sea is a song which get’s harder and harder with each verse and in the case of the Hole in the Bucket how each fix that Liza comes up as poor Henry tries to fix the hole, they end up right back where they started, with a hole in their bucket.
Hmmmm, why does that sound so oddly familiar?!!!
OK, hope you enjoyed that my momentary childish diversion, now back to this week’s Show & Tell on the progress of Team Möbius here at Naval Yachts.
BELOW the WATERLINE:
I’ll begin with the work that Uğur and Nihat did this week to install the two depth transducers in the bottom of the hull.
Depth transducers are the electronic sounders that protrude through the bottom of the hull and send out sonar like signals to “ping” the bottom of the sea below to determine the depth. We have two of these on Möbius, both mounted on the Port/Left side of the hull, one Fore and one Aft. This one on the Left is a Furuno/Airmar 520-5PSD which connects to our Furuno BBDS1 Bottom Discriminating Black Box. The BBDS is of note because it not only provides the depth below, it also generates graphics for us such as this one. I could perhaps best describe this as “a depth sounder on steroids” because in addition to the very important depth of the bottom below us, the Bottom Discrimination component also provides us with the shape and makeup of the bottom itself.
This information is enormously valuable to us for anchoring for example as the makeup of the bottom from rock to sand to mud to grass makes a significant difference as to how our 125Kg/275Lb Rocna anchor will set, amount of scope or length for our 13mm chain and helps us find the Goldilocks spot to “drop the hook”.
Depth below us is so important that we have two transducers, one at the bow one aft and this one on the Left is our Furuno/Airmar UDST800 transducer and BB. While not on quite the same dosage of steroids as the Aft mounted BBDS1 above, the UDST800 provides us with a triplet of eXtremely accurate data: Depth, Speed & Temperature and does so with no moving parts using some Ultrasonic technology. The boat “speed through the water” component is of particular note in this relatively new UDST800 model as there are no moving parts and it updates the data outputs 10 times per second and automatically adjusts for different speed/temp/depth conditions.
Ultrasonic Speed is measured by sending out two beams one in front of the other and then measuring the time it takes for particles in the water to travel between the two beams.
If you’re interested in a bit more detail, HERE is a short video from Airmar on how the UDST800 works and mounts. In the past and on most boats still, this is what a Speed/Depth/Temp transducer looked like and that little paddle wheel on the Right measures speed by how fast the water rushing past spins it; simple and it works fine. Until it doesn’t. As you’d imagine or know if you’re a boat owner, these paddlewheels are very tiny and light so it doesn’t take much buildup of sea organisms, algae, etc. to slow them down and soon stop them. Hence, not very accurate and quite a PITA to keep working.
The UDST800 transducer is mounted in a very handy little plastic housing you can see here which is inserted through a rather large 50mm/2” diameter HOLE in the hull. Very simple and safe system though once you have the plastic outer housing properly sealed into the hull. We’ve had these kinds of mounting housing in previous boats and they have a very handy feature where you can pull the transducer out of the housing and quickly push a blank plug in its stead while you work on or replace the transducer itself.
We also like that the UDST800 is fully N2K compliant so all its data is easy to T into our N2K system and then have all this data flowing throughout the boat to any monitor, phone, tablet etc. that we wish
OK, sorry for that long diversion into how these transducers work but I know some of you find this all as interesting as we do and they make the Page Down button for to quickly skip over things right?
Last week Uğur had made up this solid aluminium fairing block for the Black BBDS1 transducer in my hands here and he soon had it all welded onto the hull with a double “bottom/top” for the smaller hole where the threaded stem of the 520-5PSD transducer goes through the hull into the Engine Room bilge below about the midpoint of Mr. Gee the Gardner 6LXBB engine.
We chose this spot on the hull as it a point near the aft end that is close to flat and parallel to the waterline and is afforded some protection by the nearby keel from debris and the bottom in a grounding. This week Uğur worked on installing the UDST800 up near the bow. Using a plasma cutter, which literally cuts through even this 15mm/ 5/8” thick AL plate like butter, he is able to cut the elongated hole shape that I’d laid out in the 3D model. Peering in through this hole you can see that I’ve chosen a location that is just above one of the longitudinal stringers which run the full length of the hull and just in front of the WT bulkhead plate. Here is the view from inside the Forepeak looking down through one of the access ports in the floor/tank top to point out the hole Uğur has just cut. I chose this location as it is inside of an otherwise unused “Void” in the matrix of integral tanks in the hull for an added bit of safety. This way, even if the transducer housing were to hit some rocks or coral or perhaps a submerged container at speed, the most that could happen would be the flooding of this one relatively small tank.
Scratching your head wondering how in the heck we are going to be able to mount that plastic housing when there is so much Deadrise (slope) on the hull at this point?
Well here is your answer.
Uğur has quickly fabricated this housing out of a short length of thick walled 127mm / 5” OD AL pipe and welded on a 15mm/ 5/8” thick bottom plate. Using a 50mm hole saw he quickly has the hole for the plastic mounting housing to fit through like this. With plenty of room for my hand to reach in and tighten up the plastic threaded nut that sandwiches the plastic housing between two rubber gaskets and some sealant. Uğur had previously trimmed up the hole in the hull so that this pipe fit just right when it is fully vertical. Using the laser level to ensure the bottom surface is parallel to the waterline the AL housing is soon fully welded into the outside of the hull. And the inside.
We will feed the N2K cable from the transducer up through a hole in the tank top using a WT wire gland to seal the cable penetration. It is quite busy up in this section of the Bow with the Bow Thruster tube and fairing as well as the exiting Sea Chest tube. One of those thousands of decisions that need to be made I think this is the best location that gives this transducer housing enough protective height above the thick Keel Bar on the very bottom and far enough below the turbulence from Bow Thruster Tube. Air bubbles are the “enemy” for depth transducers as they interfere with the sonar pulses being sent and received so we will also fair this AL pipe into the hull using lots of epoxy filler to create a smooth and gentle transition for the water entry and exit.
Uğur and Nihat also knocked off one other small job up in the Forepeak by fabricating and bolting in these 10mm / 3/8” thick AL flat bars to support both sides of the angled and very heavy 24V motor on the Vetus Bow Thruster.
For those wondering, the Blue “Tork” is one of the 12 solenoid valves for controlling the high water evacuation system.
Moving Aft into the Starboard/Right side of the Workshop work continues on multiple systems here.
The large Red/Black cables are being readied for the installation of the Aft DC Distribution Box.
The Fuel Manifolds have been unbolted and folded down on the Workbench to have their end plugs installed, little Blue and White Mr. MiniMe R2D2 Alfa Laval MOB303 fuel centrifuge is hiding in the background awaiting his fuel connections.
The Maretron Black Boxes up in the ceiling soffit corner are collecting all their copper wires from the various sensors for tank levels, temperature, etc..
Nihat and Uğur took advantage of having the fuel manifolds out of the way to cut, fit and bolt on the AlucoBond panels that protect the long runs of cable and hoses along the upper hull sides above the Workbench that expose them to harmful tools and debris in the Workshop. Being a sandwich of two thin AL outer sheets with a composite interior, the AlucoBond is easy to work with standard carbide wood tools so they soon have the whole Stbd/Right side upper wall all sheeted. The attaching SS screws have round SS Caps that thread onto them to make for a snag free surface and a very finished look.
The large AL frame is where the big DC Distribution will soon be mounted. The AlucoBond panels have cut-outs where the fuel hoses come in and out and all these edges will be capped by sturdy U shaped rubber molding to prevent chafing or wear over time.
Being short staffed I’m busier than ever so I didn’t get as much time as I would have liked to work on Mr. Gee but some progress was made none the less. I got the new motor mounts which Uğur fabricated last week all painted and fitted. I’m holding up the original Gardner front engine mount to show the difference and you can see that I have also fitted the new anti-vibration foot or mount on the new mounting bracket. Same Old vs New shot for you on the opposite Left Front. The additional 15mm plate extending back from the mounting bracket on this side is where I will soon be mounting the Jabsco sea water impeller pump that keeps the cool sea water flowing through the various heat exchangers and the wet exhaust system. I spent most of the day yesterday, Saturday here, coming up with what is in my opinion the Goldilocks colour for Mr. Gee’s cast iron parts. I wasn’t happy with the colour of the original new paint I had for this, it was too dull and reminiscent of primer red to my eyes and just not up to Gardner standards or mine. So the hunt for the just right Goldilocks colour began many months ago and finally culminated in another of the thousands of decisions yesterday. I found this photo from a fellow Gardner restorer and immediately knew THIS was that just right look so and this is the burgundy red colour I am doing my best to replicate. After much searching I gave up on trying to find the rich Burgundy colour in a pre-mixed RAL code paint so I bought some RAL1037 Red and some RAL1011 Royal Blue and set up my own Dr. Jekyll & Hyde colour missing lab in my Workshop. Many hours and and test grids later, checking these colour ratio sample boards in all different light conditions and after several colour consulting calls via WhatsApp with Captain Christine , Mr. Gee decided that a mix of 10 parts 1037 Red to 1 part 1011 Royal Blue was the Goldilocks colour for him. With strains of Macbeth’s Witches chanting ‘Double double toil and trouble/Fire burn and cauldron bubble’ I mixed up this larger batch of 10:1 Red/Blue and testing more samples in sunlight and interior light and think I have it just right. I spent the rest of the day getting Mr. Gee all masked off and prepped and will start shooting his regal new colour scheme next week so stay tuned to see what you think.
Moving back aboard Möbius and up forward into the Master Cabin the interior is shaping up very nicely. All the removable ceiling panels are back from Sinan in the Upholstery Shop and have been snapped in place. Latest ones to go in are the ceiling panel and shelf above the Bureau of Drawers that runs down the mid Starboard side. The upper four drawers have all been fitted with their Blum undermounted soft close sliders and the four shallower bottom storage areas have been fitted with their pull down doors. Forward of the Bureau of Drawers the upper and lower cupboards are being completed with their Rosewood doors below the BHL Handhold and soon the Green/Gray leather covered upper doors will be mounted.
Bosch Washing machine has been set in place ready for its connections and door. Front and center of the Master Cabin the Vanity sink has been temporarily fitted and the drawers below below and cabinet above have their drawers and door installed. Immediately to the Left of the Vanity sink, this matching Vigo glass sink has also been fitted along with its stylish faucet. The stark White surfaces will soon be subdued as they are highlighted by colours from the sink, backsplash tiles, shower tower, mirrors and especially when the two large glass corner walls are set in place with their artistic marine scenes etched in them. Looking Aft the Master Bed Platform is nearing completion just needing one more drawer front and the stairs leading out and up to the SuperSalon are also nearing completion. The solid Rosewood nosing on each Stair Tread/Rider corner are now in place and were covered up before I could get a shot of them so we will have to wait for a few weeks to get the full effect once the finish vinyl flooring is in place and the protective layers are removed. But up at the top of these stairs looking at the Starboard hull I was able to snap this photo of the finished arm of the Settee on the Right, the recessed alcove in the center where the 43” monitor will mounted and the angled wall on the Left that is part of the Main Helm Station at the front of the SuperSalon.
Yusuf was very pleased to be able to bring the switch panel he had designed onboard to be fitted into the angled wall on the Right side of the Helm Station. You can see the bottom of this switch panel in the phot above. And here is a closer view that makes the purpose of each switch easy to read.
Sticking with stairs and the SuperSalon Omur has been busy working single handedly working on both. Here he is fitting the solid Rosewood Nosings on the stairs leading down from the WT Entryway Door on the Aft Deck into the SuperSalon. He soon has them all attached and clamped down. Closer view of how the nosing and Zig-Zag side molding all come together.
Yet more examples of those thousands of decisions needing to be made. Including this nice bit of Rosewood detail at the top stair and inside landing. Up above, Omur worked at getting all the FastMount clips threaded into the wood of the Black Ceiling Grid above and the 10mm plywood panels of each panel and snapping them in place as soon as Sinan brought them over from the Upholstery Shop.
Wires are all in place ready for the LED lights to be connected and snapped in place. And we now have the Ceiling in the SuperSalon fully covered with Black leather covered ones above the Main Helm area at the front ……. …. and White leather covered panels all the way Aft over the Galley and Stairwells. Last bit of interior details for the SuperSalon this week are these Window Mullion covers which I find here in the Upholstery Shop as Sinan covers all of them with Black and White leather. He soon as these all covered and wrapped in protective plastic before he takes them over to Omur aboard Möbius for him to add the snap in place fittings and set all these in place overtop each AL I-beam Window Post. And here is some of the end result with these four front Window Posts now all covered in their removable Black Window Mullion covers.
No rest for poor Omur as he also worked with Hilmi and Cihan to install the Bosch vented induction cooktop in the Galley. Cihan and the boys in the Composite Shop whipped up this tricky duct to make the transition from the rectangular output vent on the Cooktop Vent to the round ducting hose. And Cihan soon had those two parts glued together to form this single venting elbow and transition duct which can now be attached to the back side of the cooktop and be connected to the flexible duct hose. Like this!
Bosch does an impressive job on the details of the installation of their products and this induction cooktop is a good example. There is a very slick set of spring loaded clamps on a rack that you install along the sides of the cut out for the cooktop and then these match up with clips on the underside of the cooktop and it snaps into place with a good strong push on the glass surface above.
The center vent is equally well made and detailed. This upper unit is cast aluminium which lifts out to reveal the two removable and dishwasher safe grease filters below.
The underside of the cooktop has very good access to the vent squirrel cage fan and electrical connections.
And here is what the Induction Cooktop looks like when fully installed. With the cooktop installed the matching Bosch Speed Oven make its maiden voyage onto Möbius and test fit into its new home below. More on its installation next week. Last example of one of those thousands of decisions arrived this week with these three crates of the SS positive drawer and door latches we decided upon.
Every door and drawer on a boat requires a very sturdy and mechanical positive latch to keep them closed under all conditions including when they have very heavy contents inside and we are in big seas and storms. Most boats seem to have standardized on the spring loaded round push to pop out/in style which I have developed a particularly strong dislike for. They work but they have a “cheap” feel feel and look to my eyes and the whole pushing in/popping out routine drives me nuts.
SOooooooooo, after MUCH research and some help by one of our followers here, we tracked down the manufacturer of these solid SS beauties and ordered them direct.
These have nicely rounded corners on the external levers that set atop the surface at a slight “just right” angle for your finger to lift and release the spring loaded latch from the SS latch plate inside the door/drawer. Nothing to catch your clothes or you on as you walk by.
Minor detail to most, big deal to me and I couldn’t be happier to see these arrive. Look forward to showing them to you as they are installed in the coming weeks.
MAIN HELM ELECTRICAL PANEL:
Hilmi was his usual busy self aboard Möbius most days this week and he is justifiably pleased to show me the Electrical Panel that just arrived. There are two of these Electrical Panels which are filled with all the double pole-single throw Circuit breakers for each AC and DC circuit on the boat. This is the smaller of the two and is located in that angled wall you’ve been seeing on the Right side of the Main Helm station. This is the larger panel which mounts on the right side as you are going down the Aft Stairwell leading to the Guest Cabin and Workshop. These are made locally at a small business inside the Free Zone that specialises in making these multi part electrical panels. Hilmi has lifted up the outer panel here to show the banks of DIN rail mounted Circuit Breakers which are mounted to the Black frames below. The next day, Hilmi has the Black frame of the smaller front panel mounted to the angled Main Helm wall. There is a piano hinge on the Left side so the Black rack can be easily swung out to access the wires and CB’s behind. I had previously drawn up the schematics and positions for each CB which Yusuf sent over to the Panel Building company next door and they could therefore assemble each bank of CB’s on their individual DIN rails and pre-wire each CB and attach the Gray rectangular conduit that you’ve seen Hilmi using when he was wiring the inside of each electrical cabinet. My hand will provides some sense of size and scale of these banks of Schneider Circuit Breakers. As with all circuits on XPM78-01 Möbius , each one is numbered and labelled so this information was also sent over to the Panel making shop so they could also attach these snap these numbered labels in place on each wire on each CB.
The green plastic fittings below each wire on each CB enable you to unlatch the double-pole double-throw CBs so each pole can be operated separately if desired. Each DIN rail can now be screwed to the pre-drilled positions on the hinged rack. And now the straight forward but time consuming task of connecting each Red & Black wire from the CB to the correct DIN connector block that Hilmi had previously installed and wired inside each Electrical Panel’s cabinetry. You can see some of those Gray DIN connector blocks in the back of the cabinet above Hilmi’s hands here and now the challenge is connecting the right CB to its awaiting connector block. The three vertical Gray wire chase ways really help keep things organised by housing all the individual Red & Black wires for each vertical stack and then letting Hilmi lead each set over the top to the hinged side of the rack where they will enter the cabinet and ….. ……… be lead down the side into the Gray chase ways Hilmi has previously attached to the back of the cabinet. Leaving a bit of extra length to allow for future moving of circuits, Hilmi works his way through the connection of each CB to its matching consumer. Red & Black wires on top coming from the columns of CB’s in the rack and the Blue/Red/Black wires exiting the bottom going to the consumers throughout the boat. It is a long and somewhat tedious process but Hilmi is accustomed to it and perseveres doing very high quality work throughout. Connections for the forward Electrical Panel nearing completion. Checking each numbered wire against the list and checking it twice. With the hinged panel filled with the three columns of CB’s I can now close the rack, ……. go grab the outer panel and ……….. ……… carefully set it in place to leave you with this shot of what the final Front CB Panel will look like.
Nice work Hilmi! Thanks. OK, it is late on a beautiful warm Sunday evening here in Antalya and I have not been out of this chair all day so I’m going to call it quits and go join my Captain Christine at the pool to cool off. Summer weather here has been fabulous, ranging daytime highs in the 32-36C range and cool enough most nights to sleep well with just a fan to keep the air moving. No complaints from me and I hope that wherever you are you and your family are staying safe, healthy and fit.
Thanks to those who make it to the end here, even if you fast forwarded to do so. It means a great deal to me and Christine to be able to share this whole experience and adventure with you and we really encourage you to add your comments, suggestions and questions in the “Join the Discussion” box below.
Summer has definately arrived here in Antalya Turkey and it has been a glorious week both weather and progress wise on XPM78-01 Möbius at Naval Yachts. Our daytime highs are now all in the low to mid 30’s (85-95F), the huge outdoor pool at our apartment is filled and open and we have a lovely breeze blowing through our 9th story apartment pretty much all the time.
You’ll need to scroll way down if you really need to know what this week’s title reference to marbles is all about but for now let’s jump right into this week’s Show & Tell of all the progress Team Möbius has made this past week of June 22-26, 2020.
Master Plumber Cihan, sporting his new post-Covid haircut was his usual productive self this past week so let’s catch up wtih some of his work next.
He spent some of his time crammed into this very busy Aft Stbd/Right corner of the Basement where a LOT of his previous work installing all the many hoses for Fuel, Potable, Grey and Black Water meet up.
Exiting Sea Chest in the middle foreground in the above photo where this Medusa like collection of clear hoses now attached to the Flute style manifold.
Here is a better view of all the hoses underneath of Cihan in the first photo above. Black two no the Right are Fuel Fill & Vent lines, flanked by two large White hoses for the Grey Water tank below.
White hose going into the side of the Sea Chest is for emptying Black Water Tank. Large Grey PVC pipe up on the ceiling are Extraction Vent Ducts for the Battery Compartments and the Basement. White tank just visible on the Right above and here on the Left, is a 150L / 40USG emergency fresh water tank that is completely independent of all the 7100L / 1875UG of Fresh water in the integral hull water tanks.
Cihan has this tank plumbed to be filled from the main Fresh Water manifold on the output of the 150LPH / 40GPH Delfin Watermaker as is the case for ALL our built in fresh water tanks that are built integral to the aluminium hull framing and hold a total of 7100L / 1875 USG.
The tank is then plumbed to a second Cold water only faucet on the Galley Sink which sits directly above this aft Stbd Basement corner. Back in the Workshop Cihan was busy installing this SS sink in the Workbench on the Aft Port/Left side. Wherever possible we use PEX tubing and fittings like these for all our water lines as it is SO superior to anything else. Easy to work with and route, continuous lengths with no joint or connections, push-on fittings which in my experience almost never leak and all plastic construction so no corrosion issues. Sink now sealed into the Workbench with Blue PEX tubing all ready for installing the Cold water lines. Faucet installed and ready for connections. Drain lines installed, Hot & Cold SS lines ready for their connections. Here is where this Sink is located back near the air compressor and the sides of the HazMat locker. More PEX goodness with these simple manifolds built from Push-On PEX valves and T’s. Following the Blue/Cold PEX tube and the Red, now sheathed in Black EPDM insulation foam, you can see how easy PEX tubing is to route. The H&C PEX lines continue forward to this tray where they turn 90 degrees to run across the ceiling overtop of the walkway in the front of the Workshop to the WT Door into the Corridor. The go through this penetration at the top of the ER Enclosure on their way to that vertical penetration you see in the background where they will go up to the other SS Sink in the Outdoor Galley inside the Port/Left Vent Box. Labeled layout of the Outdoor Galley to help visualize this area.
Primary purpose of these two Vent Boxes on the Aft Deck is to provide ducting and Mist Eliminators for the Supply & Extraction Air for the Engine Room and Workshop but we also used these as the foundations for the Outdoor Galley. Adding all the hoses for the sink water and drain along with the drain for the Mist Eliminator requires some new access holes be cut into the Sink compartment on that Port Vent Box. Cihan is at least as highly skilled in aluminum work making all our brackets and access ports so he made short work of cutting in the new access ports for these water lines going In/Out of the Upper Front compartment of this Port Vent Box.
This allows him to bring the Hot & Cold PEX lines up to the faucet on the Sink that fits into this compartment. Each PEX line has its own Push-On shut off valve on each end and the hoses from the faucet will connect to these. Not to be left out, this small Blue drain pipe from the Mist Eliminators in the ER Intake Air vent will cross over through that round penetration on the Left and ……… …….. join up with the Hot & Cold PEX lines over here under the Outdoor Galley sink going down into the Engine Room which you saw up in the photos above. The interior of this Port Vent Boxes is divided up into four compartments and it gets a bit busy in here with all the various bits and bobs of plumbing, ducting, sinks, etc. so I thought this labeled shot of the Upper Aft compartment of the Port Vent Box might help keep things straight. Switching from water to hydraulic fluid/oil, Cihan did a great job of running the 28m/60’ of hydraulic hose it required to get from the Accu-Steer pumps at the very aft end of the boat up to this area below the dashboard of our Main Helm where they connect to this Kobelt manual hydraulic steering pump.
The Black Block in the background upper Right corner is for the connection to the small header tank that mounts up inside the Helm Station upper Right corner.
This manual steering pump has a traditional steering wheel which we can slide onto the SS shaft you see here just in case we should ever experience complete loss of …… ……. our doubly redundant Accu-Steer HPU400 powered hydraulic steering pumps which Cihan has also pretty much finished plumbing.
Let’s start with the first Quiz Question for you;
Can you guess what these new aluminium pieces that Nihat and Uğur are working on will become? We will soon have these aluminium stairs to get In/Out of the Basement! Up to now we just had a set of makeshift wooden stairs left over from another job which worked well enough but these new aluminium ones will be much steadier and easier to get in and out. Uğur soon has them all welded and cleaned up and bolted in place up at the top. He also added some nylon “shoes” on the bottom to keep them quiet where they sit on top of the Battery Compartment lid. Everyone on Team Möbius gave them a quick test and thumbs up all around. Seen from directly up above you can see how they sit. Normally there will be an aluminium hinged lid with a gas assist strut and the finished flooring on top so you won’t even know this hatch is there but a quick pull will open up the lid and let you safely climb in and out of the cavernous Basement whenever needed. With the stairs all done they quickly moved on to the next aluminum item on the To Do list. Any guess what this 25mm thick AL plate they have just brought over is about to become? Uğur starts cutting out the different shapes which might give you some clues but this is a tough one to guess at I think. These are the mounting brackets for the six anti vibration mounts, two on either side of the front and two on the rear of the Gardner engine which is not shown here and will be on the Left. Then two for Left/Right side of the Red Nogva CPP Servo box.
This is a quick screen grab from the Fusion 360 3D model I created while designing each of the six mounting brackets. Just showing three Port/Left side mounts and brackets here.
The two sloped 25mm / 1” thick Beds you see top and bottom run lengthwise down each side of the Engine Room as part of the hull and the six flexible motor mounts will connect to each individual mounting bracket bolted to the Gardner and the Nogva CPP.
Zooming to show the Front Gardner bracket on the upper Left which bolts to the front side of the Gardner and then the Rear Gardner mount on the Right. Looking at the other side of the Front Gardner bracket to show the added extension to the Bed for the flexible motor mount to bolt to and the additional 25mm vertical gussets I’ve added below to ensure this is rock solid. At the aft end the flexible mount for the Nogva serves double duty being both a mount to share the load of the overall Gardner/Nogva solid assembly as well as being a thrust bearing to deal with the fore and aft forces transmitted by the propeller shaft as it drives the boat forward and reverse.
As shown here, this bracket needed to be designed to fit below the Beds to provide a solid Base Plate for the mount to bolt to. My hand will help give you a sense of size and scale of these pieces, this one being the vertical gusset for the rear Nogva mounting bracket. As you can see in the model, I’ve kept the shapes all very simple geometry so Uğur had all the individual pieces cut in a few hours on Friday afternoon.
Designing all these mounting brackets took up most of my waking hours this past week as the tolerances are pretty tight and I had to get them all just right so I didn’t get any time to work on Mr. Gee himself BUT I can give you a sneak peek at this beauty which I unboxed for the first time since it arrived direct from Gardner Marine Diesels.
I’ll leave you to ponder just what this strange looking contraption is and tell you all about it next week.
Our lead Sparkie/Electrician Hilmi was as busy as ever this week too. Seen here and below he has added four more of the little Black LED dimmer controls …….. ………….. inside the lighting junction box in the Upper center here inside the Guest Cabin. Down in the Basement inside the Main DC Distribution Box he has mocked up this layout for the three Shunts that connect to the three Victron BMV712 Smart Battery Monitors which are so critical to a Battery Based Boat.
Now that the layout is finalised Hilmi can now replace the two copper tie strips with full size 50 x 10mm copper bars to provide the necessary ampacity for the 900 Amps from Bank A & B and the total 1800 Amps connecting to the Main Negative Bus Bar at the bottom.
With thanks to several of you who pointed out typos this is the basic schematic of the overall Electrical System on XPM78-01 Möbius where you can see how these three Shunts connect. Hilmi spent quite a bit of time this past week installing all these Red/Pos & Black/Neg cables coming in/out of the Main DC Distribution Box where they connect to either the Lower Negative or Upper Positive copper Bus Bars or to one of the many rotary switches. As with the other Distribution Boxes this Main one in the Basement is quickly filling up with all the individual cables, switches, fuses, circuit breakers and remote relays. The last and perhaps most exciting jobs that Hilmi worked on this week is all the indirect LED lighting strips that go into the toe kicks underneath all the cabinetry and some up along the Blue Horizon Line BHL Handholds throughout the boat. The colours are way off due to the influence of the overhead work lights but you can imagine how great this will look at night and how much of a safety factor this will be whenever we are walking around on night passages with these all fully dimmed.
Every light on the boat is LED and all the interior lights are on full dimmers so we can have the Goldilocks just right brightness at all times.
Moving on to interior cabinetry let’s work our way from front to back starting with the Master Cabin.
As you may recall from past weekly posts Omur & Selim had finished the Rosewood Hatch Liners and this week they got round to installing them into the inner aluminium hatch frames.
This is one of the matched pairs over our Bed and you can see the one in the Shower & Head in the background. Here’s what it looks like when finished. Same routine for this one overtop of the center Vanity sink at the very front of the Master Cabin against the front WT Bulkhead. Another part you’ve seen being built in past weeks, these Ro$ewood vent grills are now in place on these two steps up to the landing on the Port/Left side of the Master Bed. These two grills supply air to the AirCon/Heating Air Handler under that sits inside the cabinet on the Upper Left here.
Moving all the way back to the Guest Cabin these “hairs” can mean just one thing; the Guest Shower is getting glassed in. Same method as they did in the Master Cabin Shower, the interior marine plywood walls first receive this first layer of fiberglass mesh and resin to fully seal and tie together the walls, ceiling and floor. This creates the foundation for the next step which is to cover all these surfaces with thin 3mm thick sheets of fiberglass they have laid up in a mold in the Composite Shop with one surface being smooth shiny White gelcoat that becomes the interior finish. Then corner joints are filled and sanded to a nice radius and the whole thing polished to a glass smooth finish.
We much prefer this built in place method rather than building the whole shower as in a mold in the workshop and then bringing that onto the boat as a large single piece. Doing so requires that you put these shower and bathroom units in while the hull is being built and before the decks go on which in our case would have been almost 2 years ago. Doing it this way, we can build them in place at this much later stage of the overall build when all the metalworking and other major construction dust is finished.
Up, up, up we go to the ceiling of the SuperSalon which Omur & Selim mostly completed this week. These outer ceiling panels that form the Soffit that runs around the whole outer perimeter of the SuperSalon are now all finished and snapped into their FastMount fittings on the Black Soffit grids. All of the ceilings above the Main Helm station at the very front of the SuperSalon are finished in Black leather to help reduce glare and reflections when we are on night passages so you peer thought the protective plastic covering which has a blue tint to it, you can make out that the forward three ceiling panels over the Main Helm itself and this Soffit Ceiling Panel are all Black leather. The next row of ceiling panels extending over to the Left will also be Black Leather and then they all switch to White for the rest of the way back. Omur came up with this nice L shaped edge treatment of the Soffit panels which adds a nice touch to the overall ceiling we think. The White sockets in the phot above are the female FastMounts where the matching male components here on the Left in this Soffit ceiling panels click into. It is a very slick system that holds the ceiling panels very solidly and quietly in place and yet can be popped out in seconds anything you need to access what’s behind them. The two aft most Soffit Ceiling panels have these Rosewood grills set into them for the eXtraction behind them to pull all the fresh air through from the front of the SuperSalon and out to the Aft Deck. I wasn’t fast enough to get a phot before they upholstered these Soffit panels with their White leather and then covered them with protective blue tinted plastic but you can use a bit of imagination to see how these two aft corners will look when fully finished.
This grill is on the rear Port/Left corner with the Entryway Door out onto the Aft Deck just visible in the Upper Left. Our lead upholsterer is eXtremely good and fast and here are a couple of sequenced photos I grabbed to show how he covers all those Ceiling panels.
Hole in the middle is precut for the LED light that will be installed here and the holes around the outer edges are predrilled for all the FastMount pins to thread into.
The upside down White epoxy covered marine plywood ceiling panel is placed on top of upside down White Leather and the four corners are folded and fastened with SS staples using a very sweet little pneumatic staple gun. Then pop! pop! Pop! before you can blink each edge is folded, stretched tightly around the edge and stapled in place. Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop!
Rinse and repeat and one more panel is ready to be taken out to Möbius and snapped into the awaiting ceiling grid. Selim has finished installing the Rosewood Stair Risers leading up to the Entryway Door. Galley on the Left that we’ll be seeing much more of a bit later and the reversed stairs leading down to the Guest Cabin, Ship’s Office and WT Door into the Workshop on the Right. Up in the “doghouse” over the Entryway Door, the Solid Rosewood trim piece is glued into place. The WT doorframe is all nicely brushed aluminium and provides a lovely contrast to the polished Rosewood trim. Forward of the door in the Doghouse the Rosewood Hatch Liner is now in place.
Black corner box visible at the bottom here is one of several “alcoves” we have built into the interior that will house electronics such as network switches and hubs, NUC computers, N2K Multi-Port blocks, routers and so on. I’ll show you more of these as they are installed. Stepping a bit further Aft on the deck will give you a better perspective on this Doghouse on the inside of the Entryway Door and how that Black corner block fits in.
For orientation, the Upper SkyBridge Helm is on the Left side of the Doghouse wall.
Inside, the Galley is on the Right, Main Helm Station at the far forward end of the SuperSalon. Speaking of the Main Helm Station, the two triangular Rosewood ‘Handkerchief” lids on either side of the Helm area are now installed. Flip up lids reveal a LOT of storage space underneath with removable bottoms to access cables and such inside. Same setup on the opposite Starboard side of the Main Helm above the stairs leading down into the Master Cabin. We think these two storage areas will provide easy access to things like binoculars, notebooks, charging stations, laptops, pens & pencils, and the like. This quick render by Yesim several months ago will give you an idea of how the Main Helm area forms the front of the SuperSalon. Taking a step back in the real world, if you can mentally block out all those cables with a nice Black leather covered dashboard angling up to the base of the center window with two side by side daylight readable 20” touch screen monitors, you can visualize what this Main Helm Station will look like. And Omur now has the removable “lid” for that sloped Helm Wall all glued up and it is now up in the Finishing Shop getting its many coats of PU varnish all rubbed to a satin gloss so that should be in place for me to show you next week.
Every week seems to have things that excite us but this week was all the more so true with what you can read in the other posting about getting Möbius officially registered and flagged in Jersey. AND we also saw another new milestone in our Galley that we are eXcited to show you now.
Of course I’ll need to keep you guessing for a bit longer so here’s your first clue about the eXcitement that’s been cooking up in our Galley this week.
These special tools were involved.
Oh, and your second clue is in this week’s title.
More tools of the trade involved here; a diamond saw.
How about if I add the final clue that you are looking right at it?
As are Omur and Selim in this photo as they unpack the first few slabs from their wooden crates in the background.
Yup, time to start cutting and fitting the awemazing slabs of this Turquoise marble our fabulous Interior Designer Yesim found for us. Yesim has been mostly working from home the past few months as her job works very well for that but she came in a few days this week to help organise and oversee the beginning of the marble work. The majority of the marble is in the Galley and these are most of the slabs laid out in approximate position of the countertops. Omur in the bottom Right is kneeling about where the induction cooktop will sit, Selim in the bottom Left corner is where the “peninsula” sits alongside the walkway as you come down the stairs from the Aft Deck.
Yesim is where the L-shaped settee will be.
The biggest cut-out by far is for our big double SS sink so that was the first order of business which the diamond blade you saw in the clue above made quick work of.
The slabs arrived from the quarry cut to widths and with some edges already having their bullnose edge ground and polished but the smaller details are now being done here in house. The first batch of stone that arrived had some cracks and other defects so Yesim worked with the stone company who were great about it and sent us pretty much an entire new order so we have lots of these beautiful marble slabs of all sizes to chose from and find the Goldilocks just right combination of grain and colour to match together. Selim & Omur have been working for the past month at cutting out these white templates in place atop the Galley cabinets to get the sizes, cut-outs and radius corners all just right and now our Marble Guy is using these to cut and trim each piece, do the cut-outs and radius the edges. He does as much work as he can down on the shop floor to keep the marble dust down there and here is is doing the final shaping of the large radius on this corner and the smaller one on the Left. Pretty soon though, they were able to gingerly carry the biggest single piece with the sink cut-out in it, up to the Galley and set it in place for the first test fit.
The fit is a bit tricky as there are so many elements already in place that the marble has to fit in just perfect such as along all the edges of the Rosewood Garages like the long one you see here.
But the templates worked as they should and this first piece of marble fit Perfect!
As did this second piece that creates the countertop behind the L-shaped settee that will be on the far Left.
Christine and I are super happy with our decision to stop the Garage on this leg short to give us that nice big open portion of countertop on the end. Will make it easier for passing things back and forth from the Galley to the Settee and for the food chopper to work just out of the way of the head Chef.
Work proceeded very quickly and Selim is busy checking that the underlying surface for the last piece is all perfectly flat and level before it is set in place. Here’s that final piece of marble with the far corner now cut out as well as the rectangular hole cut in the opposite corner where some of the wires come up into the Garage for light switches. Omur stays on top of everything throughout the whole process, here making sure that this last countertop is perfectly level and on the same plane as all the other countertops. With the OK from Omur it is fastened down with adhesive and clamped in place so it doesn’t move while the put the awaiting Garage in place on top and pull the light switch wires through the chase inside the Garage. With the wires pulled through the switch opening they can apply the adhesive to the Garage and clamp it into its final position like this. Being sure that this big mitred corner is also just right and clamped into its final position. Difficult to get it all into one shot but this will give you a bit better sense of what the whole Galley layout looks like with all the marble countertops and Garages now nestled into their new homes. As you’ve been seeing all along I have a “thing” for well radiused corners on ALL edges which Omur knows well and so this is how it all comes together with the various levels and layers of Rosewood and Turquoise marble.
Difficult and eXpen$ive to execute?
In the eXtreme!
But views like this show the lifelong dividends this will return.
Test fitting the big deep double SS sinks which also fit in just right. Christine tried this out on her weekly Friday visit and is delighted with the placement of these sinks which we debated for weeks.
Induction cooktop will soon be fitting into that open rectangle on the Right. One last shot as I close out the week. This shot will help you imagine the overall size and scale of things and how each area fits together. L-shaped settee in the bottom Left and steps leading up to the Entryway door to the Aft Deck which you know well by now, on the far Right. I will let all these photos speak for themselves and wish you adieux until next weekend when I’ll be back with the next progress update.
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