Black Water & Clear Glass–XPM78-01 Progress Nov. 25-29, 2019

Black Water & Clear Glass–XPM78-01 Progress Nov. 25-29, 2019

It has been Thanksgiving week for all our American friends and family back in the USA and while Christine and I are far away and Canadian Thanksgiving was over a month ago, we will take any opportunity to remind ourselves just how many things we have to be thankful for.  Working on XPM78-01 Möbius this past week here at Naval Yachts has been filled with many such reminders that I’ll show you in this Progress Update.  What I am personally most thankful for thought is that my Beautiful Bride and Captain Christine is now finally back in my arms after spending a week in Spain where she was doing some boat and pet sitting for some very dear friends who have their boat enjoying a lovely little marina for the winter in Sant Carles de la Ràpita which is about 3 hours drive SW of Barcelona.

But I”m sure you are much more interested in all those many other things we have to be thankful for this pas week onboard Möbius so let’s go check all those out.


I’ll let Cabinetry work take the lead this week for a change which is easy to do given all the progress those two teams made this past week.

IMG_20191128_144921Some of you have been asking how all those mesmerizing swirling grain patterns in the Rosewood are all so beautifully aligned and flow across the different cabinetry components and this shows you one way this is done. 

IMG_20191127_141811Omer has picked out a series of matching slices of Rosewood from the stack you see above, carefully aligned them into this series and temporarily taped them together.
IMG_20191127_142111Next he lays one of the long vertical pieces for the doors and walls in the Guest Shower and Head/Toilet area on top of these strips and uses the edge to guide his razor knife to crosscut the piece of veneer a bit larger than the board it will soon be glued to.  After a short trip to the big heated veneer press, the board is ready for its solid wood edges and further machining.
IMG_20191128_103618In a case such as this piece, the bottom side has Rosewood veneer and the top surface has Beech laminated to them and then the edges and corners are machined with their respective radius, dados/grooves, and rabbets.
IMG_20191128_165843The result? 

This kind of matching grain patterns flowing horizontally across multiple pieces and around corners. 

In case you don’t recognize it, this is the Guest Shower you are looking into with the Guest Cabin to the left and the WT door into the Workshop/ER on the far right.  The shower door itself will be all glass in this case.
IMG_20191125_101506_MPStanding in the Shower and looking across the entryway to the Guest Cabin is another example of the matching grain patterns on this outer wall of the Guest Head in the corridor leading up the stairs to the SuperSalon.
IMG_20191125_101430From the same spot just rotating counter clockwise to Port/Left side of the hull a bit you can see how my “clean workbench” and Office area is shaping up with lots of storage areas above and below the workbench.

Dual Fridge cabinet with more examples of the matching Rosewood is at the top of the stairs.
IMG_20191126_144456This is what you’ll see coming down those stairs from the SuperSalon looking aft into the Workshop/Engine Room with the Workbench/Office along the hull on the right and Shower/Head on the left.  The cut outs in the upper half of each wall are where the padded light gray leather panels will go with the Blue Horizon line and handhold separating the upper leather and the lower Rosewood.
Corridor workbench   StairsThis is a rendered approximation of what this Workbench/Office area will look like when finished.
IMG_20191126_102311For one final perspective I scrambled up the stairs into the SuperSalon and put the camera down on floor level looking Aft to catch this view of the Fridge cabinet on the right and the inside peninsula cabinet of the Galley on the left.  You can see my workbench/Office area in the distant background between the stairs and the Fridge cabinet.
IMG_20191125_102758Next door to the shipyard is Naval’s Cabinetry workshop and over there we find Omur and Selim continuing to make good progress on the smaller cabinets which run along the back edge of all the countertops.  I refer to these as the “Garages”.
MOBIUS_SALOON_RENDER (6)This render looking over the Galley to the Stbd/Right side windows lets you see how these Garages are mounted on top of the rear edges of all the marble countertops.
MOBIUS_SALOON_RENDER (4) - CopyThis bird’s eye view shows how there are four banks of these Garages surrounding the Galley providing a lot of super convenient storage at your fingertips.  Note that the depth of these Garages are all different to provide different amounts of countertop area in front of them and different sizes to each Garage that can be maximized for their contents.
IMG_20191129_125407One of the keys to make these Garages super efficient is to make access super quick and easy and so we have created these “gull wing doors” work like this with the top and front surfaces being made into a single piece that hinges at the back and latches at the bottom.  There are small gas assist cylinders inside so you just lift the latch and the door swing up and out of the way.
I’m quite a car buff and part of the inspiration for this door design comes from one of my all time favorite cars, the 1956 Mercedes Gull Wing 300SL Roadster.  I couldn’t ever afford this model but at one time I had two of the sister 190SL’s I brought back with me from living in Germany in the 80’s.
IMG_20191125_102805My grizzled hand and the spray can provide a sense of scale of this set of Garages which go along the the countertop that runs athwartships/side to side, with the dining settee behind and the Stbd/Right windows on the right end.

IMG_20191128_103514This is the long bank of Garages running along the Stbd/Right side with their back edges up against the window glass.
IMG_20191128_143834_MPSelim putting the solid Rosewood edges on one of the Gull Wing Doors with the bank of Garages in front that run along the windows on the aft end of the Galley.
IMG_20191128_144851Omur has three of the four banks of Garages laid out on this platform as they will be placed in the Galley so he can cut the very complex set of angles for the mitered ends where two banks intersect.  The bank on the floor on the far right fits into the spot where Omur is standing. 
The bottom corner here is where the Aft on the left and Stbd Side windows on the right meet and the short bank of on the right side of the platform is the one with the dining settee behind (to the right) of it.

IMG_20191128_144043Looking from the other side now that Omur has this corner miter roughed in you can see how the bank of Garages will connect to each other.  The short bank on the left is again the one with the settee behind it on the far left side.

Once all these banks of Garages have been fully fitted into the boat they will come back here to have all the Rosewood veneer applied to their outer surfaces and have all their solid edges machined with their radius corners.


IMG_20191125_101248Cihan continues his progress with things like getting the Day Tank fitted on the Stbd/Right side of the Engine Room Enclosure so he can now start running all the diesel fuel lines going in and out of this Day Tank.

He has also been running more lines along the sides of the hull such as the Chiller lines wrapped in black EPDM insulation on the bottom here, clear water lines above them and then hot and cold supply lines running up vertically on the far right where they then run across the ceiling over to the other side.

IMG_20191125_101256As each new section of plumbing is installed it is checked for leaks with compressed air and this pressure gauge.  Doing this testing at steps along the installation process is more time consuming but makes it much easier to find any leaks that might show up rather than waiting till the whole circuit is installed and having to track down any leaks along the whole run.
IMG_20191129_155422In the Forepeak up at the other end of the boat Cihan was busy installing the second Black Water (sewage) Holding tank with the VacuFlush Vacuum Generators underneath.

These Dometic BW Holding tanks are a very complete BW Holding Tank system with the diaphragm pump on the right for pumping BW over to the exiting Sea Chest barely visible on the far right end of the tank by the black/red wires and a second independent exit for a shore side pump out connection in the center with the white/green sanitation hose connected.  Well designed with all hoses coming in/out of the top only so there are not any hoses that retain sewage when not being used.  The black cylinder on the far top edge is a vent line filter and the round disc to the right of this is a vacuum release valve which prevents high volume shore side pump out stations from collapsing the tank sides with too high a vacuum inside the tank.  And on the left middle those wires are for three float gauges that connect to green/amber/red lights for empty/mid/full indicators.  We will also install a digital tank level sensor using Maretron submersible pressure sensors that put the precise tank level information onto the NMEA2000 network so we can see and display that data on any monitor throughout the boat or on our phones and tablets.

IMG_20191129_124058These 150L/40 USG holding tanks can weigh up to 160kg/350 lbs so they need to be very well supported and you can see how Cihan has welded in T-bars under the reinforced bottom stringers molded into these Dometic BW tanks.

These T-bars are further strengthened with the AL plate he welded in to mount these two diaphragm low water Bilge pumps.  And the space under the BW holding tank provides a nicely sheltered home for the VacuFlush Vacuum Generator.


IMG_20191126_144200While it may look like Hilmi is laying down on the job he and Okan are actually hard at work putting in this DC junction box for lighting up in the SuperSalon and forward Master Cabin.  This is located on the right side of the stairs going down into the Master Cabin where the 43” monitor will later be installed.
IMG_20191127_141249Just roughed in here but you can already see that Hilmi does very neat and well detailed wiring of all our electrical systems and is now taking full advantage of all those cable trays he installed a few months ago.
IMG_20191129_104022Looking aft from that Junction box you can see one of the many benefits of this design with all this volume running down both sides of the SuperSalon where the side decks run overtop.  These volumes provide unprecedented space that makes installation and future maintenance a breeze as well as providing areas for mounting equipment we want to keep out of the way such as the AC Chiller Air Handlers.
IMG_20191129_123829More of Hilmi’s handiwork is seen here along the Stbd/Right hull in the Master Cabin where he has now installed the four massive Red/Black cables that bring all the 24V DC current up to the Forepeak to run things such as the Bow Thruster, Windlass and Kedging Winch.
IMG_20191129_103948Each of these cables are120 mm2 / 4/0000 to ensure less than 2.5% voltage drop from the batteries.
IMG_20191129_123825For those wondering, these high amperage cables are purposely twisted to help reduce the magnetic fields that are created around each cable whenever current is flowing. 
Fig 7 & 8 Minimizing EMI with twisted cablesThe direction of these circular magnetic fields is in one direction for the red positive cable and the opposite direction for the current flowing the other way in the black negative cables so twisting them slightly like you see here helps cancel the magnetic field out. 

Why do we care? 

Magnetic fields can negatively affect things like compasses and more so interfere with current flowing in other nearby wires so as you can see we also keep these high amp DC cables in their own cable trays mounted as far away from other wires such as AC lines and then we keep data carrying cables even further away and over on the opposite side of the boat wherever possible.


Uğur and Nihat are relentless in their pursuit of completing more and more of the seemingly endless list of aluminium work to be done and this week was no exception as they finished dialing in the prop tube and started working on the aluminium framing for the glass surrounding the SkyBridge coamings.  Let’s go check it out.

IMG_20191126_101956Using all the measurement tools available from low tech string lines and tape measures to laser levels and dial indicators, the prop tube was brought into full alignment in preparation for being permanently attached to the hull. 

Here Uğur is getting a line representing the centerline of the rudder post precisely positioned so measurements can be taken from that to other parts of the CPP propeller, prop shaft and keel.
IMG_20191126_102048Nihat is sitting directly above Uğur inside the very aft end of the Workshop adjusting the position of this centerline extending down through the hole where the rudder post bearings will mount.
IMG_20191127_105135Using these reference lines they were then able to move the inner Nogva CPP prop log tube with precise and tiny increments by tightening and loosening these four screws to move the tube up/down and left/right until it was in just the right position and then do the same at the other end inside the Engine Room where this tube and the prop shaft enter.

The vertical pipe on top is where the epoxy like ChockFast liquid will be pumped into the space inside between the two tubes and once it is fully filled will be left to harden and lock the whole assembly into one solid component for the prop shaft to run inside.  Now we wait for the ChockFast to arrive for the next stage.

IMG_20191126_130825Next up they started to remount the workbenches and shelves that run the full length of both sides of the Workshop.  Just the lower shelf has been installed on the right to give more room for Cihan to finish plumbing the Day Tank, Chiller pipes and other lines on this side.

But you can see how the Workbench and shelves will look the same on the opposite side.
IMG_20191126_102130Moving up to the WT door leading into the Workshop from the Guest Cabin area to get this shot looking aft to give a better sense of just how much shelf and workbench area these provide.
PH Vent Tunnel under solar panelsThe big new job they started this week though was putting in the AL framing for the clear glass “eyebrow” that runs around all four sides of the SkyBridge.  This raises the height of these partial walls or coamings from about knee level to almost waist level for greater safety but without affecting the 360 degree views when looking out.
IMG_20191127_140534_MPAt the four corners up front there will be tubular supports to both support the forward end of the SkyBridge roof as well as provide frames for the acrylic sheet windows. 
IMG_20191127_161057_MPFirst job was to tack the lower socket portion of these pipes in place atop the flat tops of the front AL coaming.
IMG_20191127_161109The framing for the glass panels which will be glued in place with industrial glass adhesive similar to what is used in building high rise glass sided buildings, is fabricated from L-bar so that was tacked in place next.
IMG_20191129_104146_MPIt is important that the top surface of the glass frames are perfectly level and on the same plane as this will also be the surface that supports the roof when it is lowered down into “cyclone” or “canal” mode and the laser level makes that very easy.
IMG_20191129_104125They are a well oiled team and they quickly worked their way around the whole perimeter tacking the L-bar in place. 

More to follow next week so stay tuned!

  But WAIT!  There’s more!

Several surprise guests showed up and added to the things we have to be thankful for.

IMG_20191129_112516First was this crate which Yigit is busy removing the top from.

Any guesses as to what’s inside????
IMG_20191129_112809Some of you will know immediately when you see this and for those not familiar these three white tubes are the membranes for our watermaker.
IMG_20191129_113703Underneath is this beauty, the heart and soul of the watermaker containing most of the other components such as the high pressure water pump, the pre filters and the gauges for low and high pressure as well as salinity and product water (pure H2O) flow rate.
IMG_20191129_113735Back side has the insulated high pressure lines carrying the seawater into and out of the high pressure pump and you can se one of the filter housings on the left end.
IMG_20191129_113822Not too heavy so quite easy to bring all the components up the stairs and into the Workshop.
IMG_20191129_155225The watermaker will actually go directly opposite of here but as you saw earlier, that workbench isn’t installed yet so we set all the components on this side just to check out the fit on the workbench.

The 3 membrane tubes will mount up on the wall behind the WM and on the far right is the remotely mounted low pressure feed pump which brings sea water out of the Sea Chest into the High Pressure pump. 

Hard to see but the main control station box is wrapped up on the far left side.

I was delighted to be able to source this watermaker from a Turkish Company just north of us as one of my very best friends and fellow liveaboard cruiser had great experience with the watermaker he got from them last year for his boat.  The key thing with Watermakers for me is that ALL the components be “generic” off the shelf items rather than proprietary ones as this makes it so much easier to find replacement parts anywhere in the world as needed over the years.  Fortunately Watermakers have gone this way and everything from pumps to membranes to switches and gauges are all industry standard items that can be found almost anywhere.

For those interested in some of the technical details, this is a Delfin “Maxi 4500” and some of its specs are:

  • Ceramic piston high pressure pump
  • Powder coated aluminium frame
  • 316L SS high pressure control valve
  • 316L SS by-pass valve
  • 316L SS low and high pressure gauge
  • Fresh water flow meter
  • Sea water flow meter
  • Low pressure switch
  • TFC membranes
  • FRP membrane housing
  • 316 SS high pressure fittings
  • 25&5 micron pre-filter
  • Manual fresh water flush
  • Operation time indicator
  • Automatic salinity monitoring and bad product rejection
  • Feed pump

The pumps are all 220V AC and the membranes are standard 2.5” x 40” size which produce 190 L/50 USG per hour.

It was also important to me that our watermaker be all manual rather than all automated.  We are eXtremely dependent upon our watermaker for both potable/drinking water as well as all our domestic water and water we will need to produce during passages to use as ballast to replace the weight of the fuel as it is used.  This added to the challenge of finding the just right watermaker because the trend has long been to make these more and more fully automated where you just “set it and forget it”.  No thanks, I’d much rather start up and shut down our watermaker each time so I know for sure how it is working and can adjust it for optimum output and operation as sea temperature and salinity change and require different settings.

But WAIT!  There’s still MORE!

Hilmi, our electrical whiz, came and asked me to come off the boat with him to check out the new pallet of equipment that had just arrived.

IMG_20191129_160516Which turned out to be THIS pallet full of beautiful blue Victron boxes!

I will go over this in MUCH more detail in the coming weeks but at the risk of causing some serious drooling by some of you, I’ll just leave you with the following photos of what’s inside some of these boxes………….

And so that’s the week that was Nov. 25 to 29, 2019 here on Project Goldilocks with Team Möbius.

Thanks SO much for taking the time to join us and PLEASE be encouraged to put your questions and suggestions into the “Join the Discussion” box below.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What do you think?

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

IMG_20191030_201200Our now FOUR year old Grandson Liam


Three year old Granddaughter Blair


And Five year old Brynn

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you again next week.


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

Steering towards Launching: Weekly XPM78-01 Progress Update–Oct. 21-25, 2019

Steering towards Launching: Weekly XPM78-01 Progress Update–Oct. 21-25, 2019

Well, it is almost Sunday midnight here in Antalya and I’m just getting started on this Weekly Update post after a VERY busy week at Naval Yachts as we all ramp up towards that tiny light at the end of the tunnel known as Launching the first XPM78 aka Möbius.  My apologies in advance then if this week’s update appears a bit rushed but I wanted to be sure to get it posted before I fly out on Tuesday to finally rejoin my Beautiful Bride Christine in Ft. Lauderdale where we’ll be attending FLIBS, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show along with Baris and Dincer, the owners of Naval Yachts and most important of all being there for our grandson Liam’s 4th birthday on Oct. 30th.

Without any further ado let’s dive in for a quick swim through all the various jobs that Team Möbius were busy with this past week.


IMG_20191021_143749Starting with the always busy Dynamic Duo Uğur and Nihat, our tireless Aluminium team, they finished up the Bow Mast with the addition of the four connectors to the Bow Pulpit railings.
IMG_20191021_143734These ensure that the Bow Mast is well supported and rigid as it can take the brunt of strong winds and waves and we want to be sure that all those antennae, lights and other components mounted on top of this Mast are well supported.
IMG_20191021_143727There is a support above and below the hinge and the are bolted to the Bow Pulpit with these flanges so that the Mast can be folded down when we leave the boat for extended times in areas during cyclone season as well as making it easier to work on the lights and antennae atop the Mast.

The supports and hinges are now all roughed in and will be cleaned up later along with the rest of the Bow Pulpit, decks, etc..
IMG_20191024_171811With the Bow looked after they moved aft to install the hefty hinge plates for the Port side Paravane A-Frames. 
IMG_20191025_094638After marking them out and making sure they matched the ones on the Starboard side, Uğur used the plasma cutter to make quick work out of putting the rectangular slots for each hinge arm to go through the top and bottom of the 10mm/ 3/8” thick Rub Rails.
IMG_20191025_094621The 50mm/2” thick Hinge arm can then be inserted into this slot and tacked in place ready to be welded top and bottom to the Rub Rails.
IMG_20191025_122149The other half of the hinge has been tacked together and is test fitted to the bottom hinge arm to check for alignment prior to fitting the mating aluminium pipes of the A-Frame itself.
IMG_20191025_122159The space on either end of the top toggles makes it easier to install the large 7m/23ft tall A-Frames whenever we have them removed and then insert AL disks that are machined to fill up the space on either side for a nice sliding fit.
Milling rudder post 1Over in the Machine Shop they have the 130mm/5” diameter aluminium rudder post set up in the milling machine to cut the tapered sides where it sits inside the tapered profile of the rudder blade.
IMG_20191024_092907Yigit (left), Uğur (middle), Okan (Ugur’s younger brother) and I spent some time fitting the rudder post into the blade and working out the details for welding these components prior to putting on the outer skin on each side.
IMG_20191024_092918You can see how the rudder post fits into the internal frames and how it tapers from top to bottom.
IMG_20191024_150220These two shots will give you a sense of the size and shapes of these two parts of the Rudder assembly.
IMG_20191024_150235Steering is easily THE most important system on these boats so as you can see we go to eXtreme lengths to make sure the Rudder has an eXtremely high SWAN factor so we can “Sleep Well At Night” knowing it will steer us out of any conditions without breaking a sweat.


IMG_20191021_143946Omer is a one man army as he marches through building all the cabinetry for the Aft Guest Cabin area.  You may recall their little “Wayne’s Surprise” from last week’s Update and here is a closeup of these two clever shelves which mount on the back wall of the Pullman Berth.
IMG_20191022_111326Here is the lower of these two handy mini shelves which anyone sleeping up here can put things like your watch, alarm clock, pens, books, etc. before they tuck in for a blissful night’s sleep.

You can also see the outer frame for the fold down mattress in this shot as they test fit the Pullman Berth cabinet into the rest of the furniture in this Aft Cabin.
IMG_20191021_144332The rear panel of the Pullman cabinet is removable as you see here to allow for quick and easy access to the wire trays and plumbing behind if it is ever needed. 
We make sure that ALL such infrastructure is either left exposed in areas like the Basement, Workshop and Forepeak and that any cabinetry which covers these is easily removable.  Being the ones who have to do ALL the maintenance on this boat we go to great lengths to make it a joy to work on rather than a chore as is the case with most boats.

IMG_20191022_111339Stepping back gives you a view of how all these components fit together with Christine’s Office desk with overhead bookshelves on the far right, pull out sofa bed on the bottom, Library shelves on the upper left and the Pullman upper center.
Corridor Workbench

Just outside the Guest Cabin & Office is the Corridor at the bottom of the stairs down from the SuperSalon and the Head/Toilet is behind the door on the right.  The workbench up against the side of the Port/Left hull on the left here will be my little office and clean area for working on things like electronics, 3D printing and such that is best done here rather than in the Workshop.
IMG_20191024_121713  Standing up at the top of the stairs looking aft you can see how this Corridor connects to the WT door leading into the Workshop.  The area to the left of that door is starting to be roughed in for the Guest Shower that will go here.
IMG_20191022_111445Hakan (left) and Omer are laying out the exact location for the wall grid that will go up along the side of the hull on the right.
IMG_20191024_121718That hull is a busy area with all the plumbing and wiring runs going through here so the grids ensure that the wall panels are spaced well away from this and provide a super sturdy foundation for the removable wall panels to snap into using FastMount clips.  More on those details to come as this area is installed.


IMG_20191024_141120Upstairs in the Galley, …………………. Hey!  Wait a minute.  What do we have in that far cabinet??
IMG_20191024_141127Aha!!  Those darn CE inspectors show up when and where you least expect it!

Actually this is young George who is here at Naval Yachts for a week with his parents who are about to become the proud new owners of XPM78-02 and so George wasted no time checking out the quality of the workmanship so he can assist the crew when they start building HIS new boat.

IMG_20191024_142801His beautiful and +6ft tall Mom Uschi got his quick assessment which was two thumbs up so all is going VERY well with the build.


Meanwhile, over in the Cabinetry shop, Omur and Selim are busier than ever building the next set of cabinetry for the twin fridge and freezers.  Omur is a true Master at creating patterns with the grain that are works of art and when doing this with veneer he carefully cuts each piece, tapes the razor cut joints on the exterior surfaces and then lays these onto the lightweight marine plywood and puts them in the heated veneer press.
IMG_20191025_122512Working with these gorgeous Rosewood veneers requires tremendous craftsmanship and is all done by hand with these simple tools.
IMG_20191025_122704Each piece of veneer is carefully chosen to have just the right grain pattern for the size of the panel it will form and then cut to rough size with a razor sharp knife.
IMG_20191025_122618Omur prepares a batch of panels for the veneer press and carefully stacks all the pieces in order to keep their orientation straight.  These are two end panels for the cabinet that will hold the pair of 130L fridges and are now ready to head over to the veneer press.
IMG_20191025_122648On the next workbench over there are these carefully stacked pieces that will soon emerge as some of the 22 different sized drawers in the Galley.


IMG_20191024_165455Last bit of excitement this week was seeing this.
IMG_20191024_165516We can’t have a Weekly Progress Update without a quiz so any guess what Yigit is doing here?
IMG_20191024_165525Probably an easy one for many of you, this is a test run on the groves which are cut into the 50mm/2” thick rigid foam board on all the floors where the red PEX tubing which carries the hot water for the in-floor heating.  We’ll show you this when the installation begins onboard Möbius but you can see how this works. 
Once all the PEX is nestled into these grooves and sitting just below the top surface of the insulation foam, a layer of 10mm / 3/8” marine plywood goes down and then the finished flooring, which will be some very cool new vinyl planking, is set on top.  Much more on all that in the coming weeks.

IMG_20191024_141339More exciting new things seen in passing this past week was watching Cihan (left) and Yigit bring this 200L Black Water holding tank system aboard and down into the Basement.  There are two of these Black Water holding tank systems, this one going into the Basement is for the Guest Head and the other one goes into the Forepeak for the Head in the Master Cabin.  You can now see what that hatch in the floor of the SuperSalon is as large as it is!
IMG_20191026_094928Last but DEFINATELY not least for the excitement this week, we finally have all the interior materials chosen and what you’re seeing here is the three colours of leather that will go on the wall panels, some of the drawer and door fronts and the ceiling panels.

The stone you may recall from several months ago when we found this fabulous slab of rare green/gold marble and it now has these three colours of leather to compliment it.

Top white leather will go on the ceiling panels, the middle Grey/Green will go on the walls and the bottom Black will go on the ceiling above the Main Helm area to further reduce any reflections and glare on the windows when on night passages.

OK, it is WAY past my bedtime now and I have another super busy day ahead of me tomorrow, my last day here before I fly to Florida, so I’ll sign off for now right after thanking you for making it through another weekly update on the progress of Team Möbius.  Please do add your comments and questions in the “Join the Discussion” box below and I’ll be back next week to show you what has happened while I’m away.

– Wayne

Aluminium & Rosewood: as beautiful as it sounds – XPM78-01 Weekly Progress Update Oct. 7-11, 2019

Aluminium & Rosewood: as beautiful as it sounds – XPM78-01 Weekly Progress Update Oct. 7-11, 2019

For this past week, work on our XPM78-01 at Naval Yachts was focussed on the Cabinetry in the Galley and Guest Cabin and aluminium work on the rudder, chain bin, Dolphin watching seats and more.  Here is a Show & Tell summary so you can see for yourself.

IMG_20191011_093648Let’s begin with these beauties.  Can you guess what this is?
IMG_20191011_093657Will it help if I show you where it is going to go?


These are the eXtremely strong padeyes on each of the aft corners for attaching a drogue or perhaps a stern anchor line.

The hole has a 316 SS bushing pressed into it to reduce the wear from the shackle used to attach the drogue.

Drogues and Sea Anchors

A drogue is one of the ways of helping control a boat in eXtremely large seas and is the opposite of a sea anchor as this illustration shows.

Related imageJohn over on the Attainable Adventures blog, which is a treasure trove of great information for blue water sailors, has this well done sketch showing the basic operation of a drogue and how it can help control a boat that is roaring down huge breaking waves by slowing it down and reducing the likelihood of the bow digging into the wave ahead at the bottom of the trough and pitch poling over itself.  NOT a good thing or an experience we ever hope to have!  But having this kind of emergency equipment aboard is one of the ways we implement our strategy of “readiness for the unexpected”.
IMG_20191011_132812As you might guess from looking at that sketch, trying to slow down almost 45 tons of boat racing down mountainous waves in these kinds of conditions puts an unimaginable amount of force on these systems and requires an equally eXtreme attachment point to attach the boat to the drogue.  Hence this design we came up with for the padeye we would use if we ever needed to deploy our drogue.

IMG_20191011_132720Peering inside the hull you can see the substantial amount of the padeye that sits inside and will be heavily welded to the frames on this aft corner of the hull.
IMG_20191011_132847Standing back you can see how this fits into the Aft Deck and Swim Platform layout.


And this is the matching padeye on the other side.


IMG_20191009_174454Uğur also finished off the last of the stanchions to be installed, these ones on the Aft Port side which will be removable as they only go in when the Tender is off the deck.

IMG_20191010_114800Uğur has had LOTS of practice with all the other stanchions and their pipe sockets which are welded through the beefy Rub Rails so he soon has these last three stanchion sockets welded into the Rub Rails…….
IMG_20191010_102017…… and presses the black Delrin sleeves into each one.
IMG_20191010_182848He has finished fabricating the stanchion posts and they are now test fitted into their respective sockets.


IMG_20191009_174006Moving up to the bow, Uğur ticked off another job there with the mounting of the two Dolphin watching seats on either side of the bow pulpit railings.
IMG_20191009_174052We came up with this hinged arrangement so they can be easily flipped up and out of the way when anchoring.
IMG_20191009_174215Like this. 
IMG_20191009_174155I am still sketching up different ways of securing the seats when they are folded up.  Perhaps in this position where I would need to have a way to secure the hinged vertical leg.
IMG_20191009_174109Which wouldn’t be neccessary in this position where the leg sits tight against the seat rail but it presents an unattractive safety hazard with the part sticking up above the top rail.

Or I may just use some quick release pins to be able to remove the leg entirely and then come up with a nearby spot to hold it.

Stay tuned to see what emerges as the solution and by all means send in your ideas too.


IMG_20191008_100356Omer continues to apply his craftsmanship to the Guest Cabin and has now finished the slide out couch/bed assembly and moved on to building the headboard of the bed and the bookshelf unit that wraps around the forward Starboard corner of the cabin.


He has fitted this little angled cupboard between the bed and Christine’s desk which will be handy for both Guests and Christine to use.  It will have a door on it next.
IMG_20191008_145439Next he test fit the back of the couch.  The space below is to allow the large bottom cushion/mattress to slide all the way inside when it is folded up in couch mode and keep the depth of the bottom of the couch a good size.
IMG_20191008_182340Then he installed the framing for the top shelf and there is similar framing hidden down at the bottom.  The tape indicates that there will be removable access panels there so I can easily access the water manifolds and other systems that are back there if ever needed.
IMG_20191009_174542The carefully laminated top surface goes in next and spans the whole distance from the desk over to the forward wall that is the WT Bulkhead with the Basement on the other side.
IMG_20191009_174556Which will look like this.
IMG_20191009_174611This recess is where the back cushion will fit partially inside and held in place with in couch mode.  Half the thickness of the cushion will be inside this recess and have extending out.


With a matching arrangement on the other side.
IMG_20191010_115642With the couch/bed all fitted in place Omer turned his attention to the L shaped bookshelf unit that wraps around the forward corner of the Cabin.
IMG_20191010_115650It all starts out being very simple with the cutting of these top and bottom boards after they have been laminated with their Rosewood surfaces.
Guest Cabin V2 Fwd Stbd cornerRenderings are so useful in helping with that phantasmagoria I mentioned in the previous posting where the virtual reality blends with the real reality and for those of us doing this every day you see the finished whole all the time no mater if you are looking at a largely empty space or those two L shaped boards in the photo above or this rendering on the left.
IMG_20191011_181955This helps to visualise both the relative size and shape of this bookshelf.
IMG_20191011_182006This is the bottom side of the bookshelf with Rosewood on the top and bottom surfaces and then there will be a white shelf in between which you can see in the rendering above.


IMG_20191007_101536Not to be outdone Omur and Selim have been eXtremely busy working up in the Galley on the somewhat complex set of cabinets with over 18 drawers so let’s check that out next.  Yigit is aboard frequently monitoring the progress and helping me keep the thousands of little details all straight.  Yigit also looks after much of the ordering of all the materials and equipment from our many suppliers so his phone is his constant companion.
IMG_20191007_101555The cabinet in the upper area is the six drawer unit that goes in where Yigit is standing.

MOBIUS_SALOON_RENDER (4)Quick jump to the virtual world of renderings to refresh the layout of the overall Super Salon with the Galley in the upper right corner.

IMG_20191007_132526Selim on the far left is standing inside what will be the forward corner of the Galley cabinets as he and Omur start getting this cabinet perfectly aligned with the others and precisely leveled. 

IMG_20191008_100554Notice how the white epoxy painted boards under the bases of each cabinet have been painstakingly leveled using all those little wood wedges.  These foundation boards also raise the cabinets up to the same height as the 40mm/ 1.6” rigid foam insulation which will eventually cover the entire floor and have the PEX tubing running through it for the in-floor heating.
IMG_20191010_102204Here we are looking down inside the cabinet that will have the double sink installed in the far right side.  The cut out on the back is to provide me access to the quite large volume area that is underneath the side decks.  In addition to all the tank vent and fill hoses you can see we will have other equipment in this area such as the air handlers for the AirCon system so having access all along this large volume area goes towards our goal of low and easy maintenance.
IMG_20191010_140130Next piece of this jigsaw puzzle is the cabinet on the left here for the induction cooktop and Smart Oven (combo microwave, convection, grill ovens).
IMG_20191011_133034Fits perfect!  For those of you who have been following for some time this will now help you visualise and understand why there is that white-stepped connector framing between the upper corner of the Guest Cabin down below and this far end of the Galley where the stove and oven fit in.

The cupboard in the middle here is sized for a standard dishwasher or a two drawer dishwasher to slide into but we prefer hand washing so this will instead be filled with two large drawers for pots and pans and the like.
IMG_20191011_133041Looking across that dishwasher cabinet to the “peninsula” cupboard opposite shows the 7 drawers it contains.  The tall skinny one in the middle will be like a drawer with no sides and pull out to reveal a set of shelving racks to provide easy access from either side to containers of things like spices.
 Space Saving Details for Small Kitchens #kitchenremodel #smallkitchen #spacesaving ~ vidur.netMaybe something like this for example.
IMG_20191011_133127OK, Galley cabinets are all in place, time to move on to the adjoining L-shaped settee and dining area so they get started putting down the foundation frames and shimming them to be on eXactly the same level as the other cabinetry.

MOBIUS_SALOON_RENDER (6)This is about how this area will look when standing over on the far Port/Left side looking across.  The table is on a pedestal which has some very cool hardware I found that allows it to move in all three axis: Z up/down, X fore/aft and Y left/right. This gives us total flexibility to have this table at just the right height and position to use as a dining table, coffee table or additional Queen Bed.
But WAIT!  There’s more!

IMG_20191011_174755Look what showed up late Friday evening as I was leaving the shipyard!

Without cheating by zooming in, can you guess what this sturdy crate contains?

IMG_20191011_174847It arrived via air freight direct from Vancouver if that helps?

Yup, all of the many components that make out our rock solid steering system along with the controls for the Gardner engine and the Nogva CPP servo gearbox. 
As per the label here this all comes from Kobelt which is based in one of my old home towns of Vancouver not far from where I did some of my teacher training at BCIT many decades ago.  I worked closely with our designer Dennis and Lance and his team at Kobelt for over two years to design the Goldilocks just right steering for our XPM78-01 so you can imagine how happy I was to see this big beautiful crate full of steering goodness finally arrive.

IMG_20191011_180024Even though it was very late and Yigit and I were the only ones still in the yard, I just couldn’t resist taking a peek inside a few of the boxes so I’ll share two with you. 

This is one of the pair of double acting 75mm/3” ID hydraulic cylinders that will move the rudder and steer the boat.  Each one is sized to be able to fully steer the boat in all conditions so a double redundant system.
IMG_20191011_180612And then check out one of the pair of Accu-Steer HPU400 hydraulic pumps which will provide all the hydraulic pressure to run those cylinders.  These are massively strong and weigh in at 44kg/95 lbs each and are an integral part of what I’m sure is going to be an awemazing steering system in our XPM78-01 Möbius.

Much more to follow on the whole steering system in upcoming Weekly Updates as the installation begins and I will also be posting some Tech Talk articles where we can dive into all the details of the whole steering system design.

And th-th-th-that’s all for this week that was October 7 to 11 2019. 

We really do enjoy sharing this whole adventure with you and want to thank all of you who take the time to read these.  Special thanks to those of you who contribute comments and questions in the “Join the Discussion” box down below and hope that more of you will do the same.

See you next week.


SkyBridge Flies!

SkyBridge Flies!

Weekly Progress Update on XPM78-01 Möbius

Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2019 @ Naval Yachts

IMG_20191003_155232The models of the GN60 and XPM78 that were at the Cannes Boat Show last month made it back here and are now gracing the reception area of Naval Yachts.  A great welcome to all visitors and I’ll get more shots of these models for you in an upcoming post.

On the other side of these Naval offices inside the shipyard itself, It was another very busy week for Team Möbius here at Naval Yachts with lots of  progress made by the teams working on the cabinetry, plumbing and aluminium so let’s jump right in and start by checking into what the Aluminium works team was up to this week, which will also reveal the meaning of this week’s title.

IMG_20190930_162459We have finally been able to extract Enver (foreground) and Okan from their hectic work getting Legacy all finished so they picked up on the fabrication of the two large Vent Boxes which sit just behind the aft end of the Pilot House.
IMG_20191001_101606Like many components on the XPM, these Vent Boxes are very multi functional with their primary purpose being to provide venting in and out of the Engine Room as well as venting for the Workshop, the Aft Cabin and the Corridor area beside the Aft Cabin. 

The flat bars tacked to the sides are to ensure that the AL plate stays flat while the internal baffles are being welded in place.

In addition these two Vent Boxes will also create our outdoor Galley with an electric BBQ which goes in the lowered area you see here on the Starboard/Right side Vent Box. 

IMG_20191001_101618Peering inside the Stbd Vent Box you can see some of the various compartments which contain the different vents.  The large rectangular opening seen here in the middle is for the exiting air being extracted from the Engine Room enclosure via that rectangular duct in the bottom right corner which in turn connects to the same size duct inside the ER.  This warm air exits out a grill that will soon be installed on the top side of this section.
IMG_20191001_155902The Port side Vent Box has two venting functions, primary being the supply of clean, cool, dry air for the Engine Room which is the upper area in this photo and then the bottom area is where air is extracted from the Guest Shower. 

The top surfaces of these Vent Boxes will be finished with Corian covered countertops and there will be a deep sink in that bottom area.  Both Vent Boxes also have areas inside that will serve as storage cabinets with hinged doors for things like deck washdown hoses, electrical outlets, BBQ equipment, etc..

IMG_20191003_101331Once they had the internal baffles all tacked in place the Vent Boxes were taken onboard to their respective new homes and then tack welded to the deck for final fitting.

The large rectangular hatch in the deck between these Vent Boxes opens up along the whole length of the Engine Room so that the entire engine and CPP servo gear box and be taken in/out.  It is hinged and dogged down so this will also provide lots of daylight and fresh air for me when I’m working on the Gardner or the Nogva CPP.  What a luxury THAT will be!

IMG_20191003_154443Moving back on the Aft Deck helps to see how this area all fits together.  This cantilevered roof with temporary supports for now, will provide plenty of shade in sunny weather and then lots of shelter from the rain as well. 

You can also see how this roof and those two Wing Boxes on either side of the Pilot House create a very well protected area for the stairs up to the SkyBridge and the entry door into the SuperSalon.  There will also be three full size 360-380Wp solar panels mounted on top,

IMG_20191004_175913Not to be outdone Uğur was as busy and productive as ever and he started building a whole new component which was very exciting to see happening.  Can you guess what it is?
IMG_20191004_175951Does an end view help guess?
IMG_20191001_155845Getting warmer?


If you guessed Rudder, pat yourself on the back. 

Sorry, no free T-shirts just yet, but we do have the Mobius.World logo all done so maybe T-Shirts are next?
GOPR0124If you also look at two photos up and then this one, you can see how Uğur has fabricated a set of horizontal frames which will be welded to either side of this center plate.  That plate gives you a good idea of how bit his rudder is, a bit more than a meter square which should give us eXcellent steering capabilities in all conditions.
IMG_20191004_173411Uğur is very precise and yet fast so he soon has all those frames tacked together and to the center plate.  The series of angled 10mm/ 3/8” plates in the foreground form the top surface of the rudder with the holes where the solid 127mm / 5” OD rudder shaft will soon go and be welded to all the frames.
IMG_20191004_173504This top surface is angled like this to clear where it sits inside of the prop tunnel in the hull.

Once the rudder shaft is machined and fully welded to each frame and the center plate the curved outer surface plates will be fully welded in place to create a very strong yet light rudder. 
IMG_20191004_175920Two features some of you will appreciate are that the shaft only extends into the rudder for about 2/3rds of the length and the bottom third is purposely made to take the brunt of the damage in case of a grounding and leave the rudder still very functional. 

Second feature is a hole that will be bored all the way through the rudder body when it is hard over at 45 degrees and lined up so that the prop shaft can be removed without having to remove the rudder.  Removing the prop shaft is not a very common occurrence but it sure does help when you do.  Ask me how I know?!!
IMG_20191004_142651Still no T-Shirts for the winner but one more Quiz for you today.  Can you guess what this bit of hardware is going to be used for?

Hint:  It is related to the title of this week’s post.
IMG_20191004_142655Here is the other half it mates with if that helps?

Hint:  They create a very solid hinge point.
IMG_20191004_142722Does it help if you see how it will be assembled?
IMG_20191004_142727BINGO!!  These are the hinge pivots for raising and lowering the SkyBridge roof.
IMG_20191004_142804Here’s what it looks like on the other side.
If you have not seen it previously, this short animation shows how this works and allows the whole roof to be lowered and raised.  A VERY cool setup which our brilliant designer Dennis (Artnautica NZ and EU)worked out with us.  Yigit has now perfected it even further. 

We have since changed those forward two hinged support rods with a simpler design by mounting them on the outside.  These two hinged supports can be quickly installed when we want to raise or lower the SkyBridge roof and normally be stored down in the Workshop.

IMG_20191004_173929Uğur had the crane in and out so fast that I missed it but here are a few shots of how it looks now that it is set in place for the very first time.  Looking aft from the bow.
IMG_20191004_173849Here is a view that the fish will see looking up from underwater.
The eight framed openings in the roof will eventually be filled with eight of our 360Wp solar panels which will be bolted and adhered in place to do double duty as the roof’s outer surface.  There will also be venting in the front edge to keep breezes flowing over the undersides of the solar panels to keep them cool and efficient.

IMG_20191004_175542Now up on the Aft Deck looking up, if you look closely (click to enlarge any photo) you can see how the rear hinge points connect the roof to the Arch.

IMG_20191004_174403My first time seeing this roof in place when standing up in the middle of the SkyBridge floor.  Stairs on the left and Helm Station on center with nice big hatch to the right so Christine and I can talk to each other when on different levels, pass up coffee and meals and add more fresh air into the SuperSalon in any weather as this hatch is now fully protected.
IMG_20191004_174114This is your view when seated in the SkyBridge Helm chair with great sightlines over the first three meters or so of the bow.
IMG_20191004_174540A few steps forward to the front of the SkyBridge provides you with this vantage point with most of the foredeck now fully in view. 
The large angled bay set into the PH roof you can see here, will be home to three of our solar panels mounted on a single rack which hinges at along the bottom edge here.  This enables the whole set of solar panels be lowered down and locked to the very front edge here when on passage and then once on anchor easily unlocked and raised up so the panels are flat and then form a huge wind tunnel to capture all the breezes blowing over the bow and direct them through a mist eliminating grill and then down into a plenum overhead in the center of the SuperSalon ceiling where they are controlled by five 100mm / 4” adjustable round diffusers which you may recall from a posting a few months ago.

IMG_20191004_174556Sightlines are eXtremely important for safety and navigation, especially when docking or other close quarter manoeuvres so we worked very hard wtih Dennis to be able to get them just right and with full visibility around the entire perimeter of the hull.  For example, if I move over to the Starboard/Right side of the SkyBridge I can see the entire length of those massive Rub Rail edges.
IMG_20191004_174434Moving to the aft corner of the SkyBridge and leaning out let me get this shot to show how those rear hinge pins work.  The arm coming out to the left is the support rest for the Paravane A-Frame pole when it is stowed vertical.
IMG_20191004_174418Looking straight up provides this closer look at how the hinge pins work.  The center hinge pin itself has been machined from solid 316SS with a close sliding fit into the aluminum cylinders on the outside.  A bit of TefGel when they are finally assembled will keep these hinges well lubricated and corrosion free and can be easily checked on annual services or as needed.
IMG_20190930_162952Inside Möbius, Cihan was busy putting in more PEX lines for hot and cold water.  Here he is in the Master Cabin starting to put in the Red PEX tubing you see in the foreground into the hot water manifold on the left of the hull with the four red handled ball valves. 
IMG_20190930_163011Zooming in on that manifold you can see that he has one of these Red PEX lines already on the manifold and mostly wrapped in black EPDM insulation foam which makes it difficult to see at first.
IMG_20191001_101729A short while later both hot and cold manifolds have their respective PEX lines connected and the outgoing hot lines just need to have the final insulation added below the red handles similar to what you see on top.
GOPR0148Sorry for the poor lighting but up in the SuperSalon Cihan is installing the white PPR/PVC lines for the AirCon air handlers.  There will be one 18k BTU air handler on each side of the SuperSalon.
Last but definately not least Omur, Selim and Omer had another super productive week in the Cabinetry shop and aboard Möbius so let’s go take a look at what they’ve been up to.

IMG_20190930_163246Omer is responsible for the cabinetry in the Guest Cabin and this was the status of the pull out Queen bed unit on Monday morning and we can watch it progress through the week.
Guest Cabin V2 Fwd Stbd cornerThis recent rendering will show you about what the finished Guest Cabin will look like when you are standing over on the far aft Port/Left side where the shower will be.  We are looking towards the forward corner on the Stbd side here to show the couch/pull-out bed, Christine’s desk on the far right and the bookshelves above both.
IMG_20191001_102322Omer is demonstrating how these thick strong slats which form the foundation of the bed have these sliding tongue and groove pieces which alternate with one attached to the wall side and the other to the pull out section of the bed.
IMG_20191001_102303Fresh out of the shaper here are all those slats ready for sanding and then mounting.
IMG_20191001_102412The first slat is attached to the seat frame …………
GOPR0150……. and soon joined by the whole Slat family with the Rosewood pull out end ready to ……
GOPR0153…….. head off to be test fitted onboard in the Guest Cabin.
GOPR0154Looking through the entry into the Guest Cabin we can see it fits just right and ….
GOPR0156….. works just right as well.  I have built this style of pull out extensions in other furniture before and it works very well.  Very strong, no hardware required, simple to operate, what’s not to like?  I sometimes rub the tongues with some hard wax to allow them to slide even easier but the fit is purposely loose so often not needed.
GOPR0161With the pull out bed fitted Omer heads back to the workshop to start preparing the next parts for the couch assembly so let’s go find Omur and Selim and see what they are working on.
IMG_20190930_110932We find Omur setting up the shaper …..
IMG_20190930_110938…… with a 50mm / 2” radius cutter he will use to turn this laminated Rosewood into a fully rounded corner.
IMG_20190930_110959Given the size of this cutter and the length of the board this is best done with two people so Selim lends a hand.

IMG_20191003_101755Over in the middle of the shop, they have setup this temporary platform as they start to assemble all the cabinets for the Galley.  This is looking at the back sides of two of the Galley Cabinets which form the corner against the Starboard side windows with the settee running along the back of the cupboard on the right here.
MOBIUS_SALOON_RENDER (4)Zooming in on one of the renders they have on the easel will remind you how the Galley cupboards in the upper right corner and the other areas of the SuperSalon are arranged. 
Moving counter clockwise from the bottom right: Stairs coming down from the WT Entry door with the Galley on your right hand side, L shaped dinette forward of that with stairs down to the Master Cabin in the upper left corner, Main Helm center left, then Lounge with the four unit fridge/freezer cabinet just right of bottom center and then the stairs which take you down to the Corridor to the Workshop and the Guest Cabin.

IMG_20191003_101814Back to the Cabinet shop looking from the right side of that same mock up above, the long edge extending to the right is the edge paralleling the windows and the far right end of this is about the middle divider of the double sinks you can see in the render above.  All the spaces under the countertops are filled wtih different size drawers as we much prefer drawers to shelves.
IMG_20191003_101846Moving in a bit closer to show you some of those drawer sizes and layouts.  And of course catch a glimpse of one of those eXtremely beautiful solid Rosewood rounded corners.
IMG_20191001_102425Sitting upside down another Galley drawer unit gets its toe kick panels attached.  The tall skinny opening is a single drawer with no sides that will have a series of racks inside for storing spices, cans, jars and the like to give you ready access to these often used items from either side of the drawer.
Kitchen--good idea for small spaces where nothing else will fit.  Different heights of spice containers along the side of the stoveSomething like this perhaps?
IMG_20191001_102025Still upside down and seen from the opposite side this is the panel that will be on your right hand as you descend the stairs into the Galley. 
IMG_20191001_102156There will be dimmable LED indirect lighting in the grooves above these toe kick recesses and throughout the whole interior.
IMG_20191004_143126With the cupboards all assembled they too get moved aboard for fitting.

This Rosewood is literally costing us a fortune but we expect to live aboard this boat for most or all of the rest or our lives and being surrounded by this beauty every day will add to our joy of living, loving and learning so we think it is a great investment in ourselves.  What do you think?
IMG_20191004_143245Standing up in the WT door looking down and towards the bow, all three Galley cabinets are now onboard and ready for outfitting.
IMG_20191004_143136All the interior cabinetry sets upon these epoxy covered solid wood foundations.
IMG_20191003_172641which Omur and Selim painstakingly level to within 1mm
IMG_20191003_172706By using these little wedges and then filling the space underneath with epoxy filler to secure to the floor.
IMG_20191004_174720With the foundations all leveled and waiting for the epoxy to dry Omur whipped up this ingenious little pattern to precisely replicate the angles and dimensions of ….
IMG_20191004_174734…. the aluminium stairs which that one cabinet intersects.
IMG_20191004_175134Exacting and time consuming in the eXtreme but this kind of craftsmanship produces this degree of fit and finish which makes it SO rewarding for both these craftsmen AND lucky us.
Whew!  I’m tired just typing this all up and reliving this past week so I’ll finish for now and thank all of you who have made it this far for joining us in this grand adventure.  You are encouraged to add any comments, questions or suggestions in the “Join the Discussion” box below and while it does sometimes take me a few days to respond I do my best to do so to each one and learn much in the process, so thanks in advance for your contributions.

– Wayne