If you want to get from Point A to Point B and each step you take is exactly 1/2 the distance between you and Point B, how many steps will it take you to get there?
An infinite number of steps and you will never get all the way there!
However, the most important thing is that forward progress was made again this week, including two very exciting even though it too ended up being one of those half way steps. But half steps are still steps forward so we’ll take every one we can. The commissioning phase continued this week as we power up and test all our many systems and start shaking all the gremlins, both large and small, out into the open so we can deal with them. As you might imagine this often feels like we are playing the marine version of Whack-A-Mole as we get rid of one gremlin and two more pop up. The major systems we are currently bringing up to speed include the Kabola diesel boiler, the Furuno navigation system, Maretron monitoring system, Domestic Hot Water DHW system and the CPP pitch control system, to name but a few. None of this testing and problem solving creates very visual or entertaining content so again this week you get a reprieve from my typically much longer blog post so do enjoy this calm before the next storm of activity begins and let’s jump right into the week that was April 5-9, 2021.
First Guest Cabin Guest!
The biggest and best First this week by far, was the arrival of our dearest friends who flew half way around the world to spend two weeks with us as the Captain of Team Whack-A-Mole. Now THAT is a friend!
Some of you will recognize this “guest” who is really much more family as we have been friends and fellow sailors for a very long time and Christine and I have the great honour of being the godparents to all four of the children in this awemazing family.
Can you guess who this masked man is? Correct! John very generously left the rest of his family and flew all the way from Courtney British Columbia to be with us and as you can see from Captain Christine’s huge grin, we are both eXtremely eXcited to have our very first long term guest be such a very dear friend. Christine is particularly happy to have John join her in playing Whack-a-Mole with all the electronics systems such as navigation, Radar, AIS, Maretron and more. John is easily one of THE brightest people I have ever met and when it comes to resolving problems with computer networks and software he is an absolute genius so his plethora of skills has been put to VERY good use this past week.
This photo alone represents many hours of work and generated a LOT of grins onboard when John and Christine were able to get the TimeZero navigation software and the FLIR night vision camera up on both screens at the Main and Upper Helms.
As you can see it is daytime when this shot was taken but it is still fascinating to see how much the FLIR camera augments the reality that you are seeing up at the top looking out the front window at the Main Helm.
Here is a bit closer view for those interested and click to enlarge any photo to see more.
We will be maximizing John’s talents until he has to fly out at the end of this week on the 15th. Thanks SO much my friend, we literally could not have built this boat without you!
Rockin’ the Dock!
Christine and I have been sleeping aboard Möbius every night since she launched as a safety precaution just in case anything should go wrong with this newborn boat. And of course we have our two dock mates, these two Police boats which are about to head off to their new home in Oman, to help keep us safe as well. As you can see, Möbius and her two bow buddies are very close friends. We also have constant entertainment with the various “little” ships like this one that come and go on the other side of the harbour as they get loaded up with goods of all description and move on within two days or so. More ships all around us and each one quite unique and very fun to watch and learn.
Since launch we have been gradually moving out of our apartment here in Antalya and onto our new home aboard Möbius and we are now having all our meals onboard and now with John being our first Guest to sleep in the Guest Cabin. He gives the Guest Cabin two thumbs up and it has been a true treat for Christine and I to be answering all his questions and sharing our eXcitement of our new “baby” with him. As you can see in this and several of the other photos, the huge renovation of the Antalya Free Zone harbour continues all around us. And I do mean ALL around us!
Möbius can just be seen on the very far Right in this shot with the last of the major concrete pours about to go in for the huge superyacht haul out facility they are putting in here. And the Firsts that happened this week were not just onboard Möbius! We’ve been watching them build this tiny little 560 Tonne TraveLift for the past 2 months and this was her maiden voyage earlier today. We are now tied up this massive concrete dock that did not exist two weeks ago! Never a dull moment all day every day here as both construction and ship loading go on 24/7.
New eXtremely Solid Cleats!
You may recall that we had a very unusual wind situation when we were tied up next door at Setur Marina just after we launched which produced some very large swells coming directly into the harbour and marina causing all of us on the outer wall to surge back and forth for most of the day. All of the boats beside us suffered multiple snapped lines and ripped out cleats so we were fortunate enough to just have this one ripped off our our Swim Platform. Gives you an idea of the forces we were dealing with. The beauty of aluminium is that even these kinds of breakages are not very difficult to repair and we decided to “upgrade” our cleats from pipe to solid aluminium so we should be able to withstand such situations in the future. Uğur and Nihat machined the new solid AL parts and got to work inserting them into the existing pipes welded into the hull and then welded the new solid posts in place.
The new and improved cleats are done!
First Half Step Sea Trial
I gave you the best First we had this week right at the beginning with John’s arrival and saved the biggest First for the finale this week which is that we had our first Sea Trial on Tuesday!
Or first half at least. This was my first chance to bring Mr. Gee up to speed and load as we dialed in more and more pitch on the Nogva CPP prop.
We opened up the big hatch overtop of the Engine Room as the paint on Mr. Gee’s exhaust manifold burned in and produced some smoke.
Mr. Gee gave an eXcellent performance and soon had us slicing through the water at just under 10 knots barely breaking a sweat at about 1000 RPM and seemingly not much load.
However, a little bit later we had a sudden loss of oil pressure as it fell from its normal 40 PSI down to 20 so I shut him off to investigate. I wasn’t able to find any leaks or other evidence of the problem so we started back up and idled back to the dock. Hence my reference to this being a half step first sea trial.
I am now busy figuring out what caused the loss in oil pressure and will have more on that for your next week. We were super eXcited to have John be able to join us for our first Sea Trial and he was quite taken with the views and situational awareness that the 360 degrees of glass provides from the lower Main Helm in the SuperSalon. He shot this little video segment to show you .
The initial portion of the Sea Trial went eXtremely well as we brought Möbius up to just under 10 knots by slowly increasing the pitch on the Nogva CPP prop and Mr. Gee was still loafing along at about 1000 RPM. Here is a very rough video shot from the Aft Deck when we were doing about 9.6 knots. My apologies for not having time to edit this into a better quality video but hope you will enjoy coming along for the ride none the less.
** For those wondering, there is a lot of noise during this test run as we have the big overhead Engine Room hatch open as well as the ER door into the Workshop and the WT door into the interior all open.
For those of you who might care, we were also eXtremely happy with the wake we were generating at 9.6 knots and really look forward to the next sea trial when we can bring Möbius up to full speed and find out just what that speed is and what the wake is like at WOT or Wide Open Throttle. Stay tuned for that in the coming weeks.
As you can tell, Christine and I are both eXtremely eXcited to reach this new milestone of our first Sea Trial even if it was cut short for now.
Hope you enjoyed this short but sweet Progress Update and please come join us again next week. And please add any and all comments and questions in the “Join the Discussion” box below.
Unbelievably, yet another month zips into the past and we’re now sailing into the second quarter of 2021. Yikes! And it was another eXtremely busy week aboard the Good Ship Möbius but alas, not so much that is very visible and so not a lot of content for this week’s Show & Tell Progress Update. However we also had some eXtremely eXciting milestones and firsts to share with you so let’s jump right into that.
The Beast Gets Some Bling!
Regular readers know that I quite like having the contrasting combination of Beauty and Beastly and Mr. Gee, our Gardner 6LXB engine is perhaps my favorite example of this combination. His “Beastly” characteristics include the fact that he weighs a svelte 1400 Kg/3086 Lb that he puts out some monster torque of 736Nm / 542 ft-lb @ 1000 RPM. His Beauty characteristics include his simplicity with a minimum of moving parts, no turbo, completely mechanical fuel injection, no glow plugs, zero electrical requirements to run and he is happy to be started with his hand crank. Being such a class act, at least in my eyes, I figured that he deserved a wee bit of eXtra class to add the finishing visual touch by carefully polishing a few of his many aluminium parts to a gleaming mirrorlike shine and I think he is quite happy.
What do you think? To get this all done quickly, I turned to our “Turkish Fixer” Alaaddin and he was his typical resourceful self in finding all the polishing wheels, polishing compound and a local polishing machine and as you can see his was quite rightly happy with the results. Thanks Alaaddin!
Möbius Mini Maiden Voyage
The eXtremely eXciting milestone event we had this past week was that Möbius took her very first “voyage” under her own power and steering! The caveats are that we only moved the boat a few hundred meters from the dock wall we had been Med moored to at Setur Marina around the corner and back into the Free Zone harbour where we tied up to the same end wall we had been at two weeks ago. No big deal you might be saying but you’d be missing the point! This was still her and our first trip under her own power so we are taking the Win!
You can check it all out in this short little video I’ve put together from one video I shot onboard and then two from ashore thanks to Dincer and Baris taking these on their smartphones. My apologies for not having the time to do a better job of creating this video with sound and more info so this is a silent movie but I hope you will still enjoy it and get a sense of how exciting this milestone was for Christine and me.
Seemingly fitting, this happened on Thursday which was April Fool’s Day and then on Friday we had to move to a different wall in the Free Zone harbour because a large cargo ship was coming in and needed the whole end wall, so we got to take a second even “minier” voyage from the end wall around the corner to the side wall which was an eXtremely long ways away of almost 150 meters! But still …………..
There is still some jobs that need to be completed before we can head out to sea and do a “full size” Maiden Voyage and sea trials but we hope that Naval will be able to get those done in the next few days so do stay tuned for more videos of our first “real” Sea Trial.
Thanks for joining me on this equally “mini” weekly Progress Update and please be sure to add your questions and comments in the “Join the Discussion” box below.
Alas, the milestone of moving under our own power has eluded us for another week but next week is looking very promising for Möbius’ first of many sea trials. We continue to experience a series of “installation issues” that have prevented our Kobelt hydraulic steering system and Kobelt Throttle/Pitch controls to work as they should and so without steering and propulsion we haven’t been going too far other than being towed. But the fuel economy has been fabulous!
As with last week, with less progress than usual and not much of it being very visual, I don’t have as much content as usual for this week’s Show & Tell Progress Update, but grab a comfy seat and something tasty to drink and let’s get started with what I can show you about the past week of March 22-28, 2021.
Nazar Boncuğu Keeps Us Safe!
Many of you may already be familiar with Nazar Boncuğu aka “Turkish Evil Eye” as they are the most popular tourist souvenir of all and these captivating cast glass blue eyes have found themselves being transported to homes and boats all over the world, including ours. As is the tradition, we have one right outside the front door of our apartment for the past 3+ years. When Christine and I first came to Turkey back in 2014 so Christine could do her meticulous research for her next book at the time which became Knight’s Cross, we saw these Turkish Eyes warding off evil spirts on the bows almost every fishing boat in the many harbours we visited so of course we had to have them on Möbius’ bow too!
While they can be found in shops almost everywhere, we wanted the Goldilocks Just Right version of Nazar Boncuğu and last week Christine spotted these two beauties in a specialty glass shop in Antalya and knew that these were it!
As you can see in this photo, right now our pair are basking in the sun atop one of our Ro$ewood Galley Garages where they do look resplendent with the light coming off the water, but they are destined to be securely adhered to the bow next week so do stay tuned for those shots.
Do I See Light at the End of this eXtremely Looooong and Winding Tunnel?
In many ways, this whole adventure began back in March 2015 when Christine and I were making the 3000nm passage from Majuro in the Marshall Islands, down to Suva in Fiji. We had spent almost a year in Majuro which we are very much looking forward to returning to on our previous 52ft steel sailboat Learnativity and we had an awemazing 3 week passage down to ….. . ………. Suva with stops along the way at the island nations of Kiribati and Tuvalu along the way. I had given Christine a copy of Robert Beebe’s “passagemaking bible” Voyaging Under Power and she was reading it on the passage down to Fiji and we would discuss it a lot as we sailed south. Over the course of that 2+ week passage, we both became more and more aware of just how different passagemaking under power would be compared to sailing which we both knew and loved so much.
By the time we got to Suva we had made the transition from thinking of switching from sail to power as a fun joke to being a real vision of our future. As do most adventures I think, certainly most of mine, they begin when you start following your curiosity and now, six years later, we can see that this was when the adventure of designing and building Project Goldilocks, as we called it at the time,
In those six years we have gone from a very big vision to an eXtremely big reality and the path along the way has been like most of our adventures, one that includes several storms and other challenges along the way but always worth it for the joys at the end as one adventure transitions into the next. We are not quite at the end of this latest adventure as the build continues, but we are now living more and more onboard and we grown increasingly eXcited about bringing this adventure to a close and beginning the next one back out on the ocean, eXperiencing the new storms and joys of what promises to be a very different type of voyaging under power for the first time.
Installation Issues Getting Resolved
The most recent set of “storms” for us has been a series of what I will simply refer to as “installation issues” which we have needed to resolve before we can begin to voyage under power for the first time on our first of what will be many, sea trials to shake as many gremlins out of the brand new Möbius and have as much of what is often referred to as “infant mortality” as possible before we finally leave Antalya in our wake. This less than appealing term “infant mortality” is actually quite accurate in the context of a newly built custom boat as it refers to the several cases we are sure to have where brand new equipment and a brand new boat, will have items that are DoA or have not been installed correctly and fail to work as they should. So far we have had very few new bits of kit that have been DoA on arrival but we have had a number of installation problems that have been keeping us from being able to go on our first voyage under power; our first sea trial!
This past week I have been working closely with our new electrician Ismail and along with some continuing eXemplary technical support from Lance, Keivan and Hicham at Kobelt Canada. I have been working with Lance to design our steering and control systems for about four years now all together, and I can’t say enough about all of them at Kobelt who have been up in the very early morning for them in Vancouver, late evening for me here in Antalya, in order that we can do some live video calls for a techie version of Show & Tell as we went through hydraulic setups, wiring and they could watch what the moving components were doing, hear the sounds when they mattered and really be as close to being here in person with me as is possible. As it turns out, all of the equipment from Kobelt arrived working as designed but the extensive list of items involved from hydraulic pumps, cylinders and valves to electronic controls and autopilot systems have been installed over the past 18 months and we are only now connecting all the parts together and there have been some issues along the way.
Three weeks ago the problem was that we weren’t getting pressure to the hydraulic steering cylinders, then two weeks ago we were having a long lag in time between when the Throttle or Pitch control levers were moved at one of the Helm Stations and when the lever on the Actuator box in the Engine Room moved and hence when the Throttle/Pitch cables and levers moved. This past week we have been having difficulty getting the CPP Pitch Angle Gauges at each helm to communicate the correct Pitch Angle as the Pitch Control Levers were moved Ahead/Astern. It goes as does most problem solving, you trace your way back to where you began, compare the schematics and guidelines from the manufacturers to the actual “as built” installation and you find the differences between those and fix them. Sounds simple, and it is, but it sure can take time and effort to follow these long and winding paths.
Perhaps it has been thanks to those two Turkish Evil Eyes being onboard that we have been on a solution per week schedule and the first two problems had been resolved in the previous two weeks, and I am delighted to report that as of last night (Saturday 27th March here) Ismail and I have the Pitch Angle gauges working and mounted back where they belong at each Helm Station! We have tested all this with here at the dock Mr. Gee thrumming away and our Nogva CPP churning the clear waters underneath making Möbius tug at her dock lines. Once all the other critical jobs have been finished such as finishing the deck hatches so they all close and seal properly, finishing and testing the fire hose and a still rather long punch list of other jobs, we will be *almost* good to go!
Almost, because there remains one last major and eXtremely critical system that needs to be finished before Möbius is seaworthy enough for her first sea trials; Navigation System. This involves getting the key elements of our whole Furuno Navigation system working and configured as this includes things like our Radar, AutoPilots, VHF radio, AIS (Automatic Information System) and all the related screens, computers and black boxes which controls all that navigation equipment. Good on that front is that Captain Christine has been leading her very own team of technicians which Naval has sub-contracted with to assist with getting the eXtremely multi-faceted navigation system of hardware and software all wired, inter-connected and configured.
For those interested in the details of our navigation system and to give the rest of you an idea of what all is involved, here is a quick overview of some of the individual bits of kit Christine and I have pulled together to build our Steering & Navigation system**
Viewed on any screen and remotely via Maretron N2K View
on boat networking… NMEA 2000 N2K dual backbone 2000 network throughout
Multiplexers for NMEA 0183 + RS432
Gateways via USB & IPG
Victron, and Maretron networks for monitoring
IP Cameras. Forward facing IP camera mounted on Skybridge roof
Aft Facing camera above swim step
Reolink Bullet IP camera engine room
Reolink Dome IP camera engine room
Video encoder. Axis Camera Encoder
WiFi Antenna. Microtik Groove 52 AC Wi-fi antenna
WiFi booster … WeBoost Drive Reach
Cellular antenna…….. Wilson Wide Band Omni-Directional Marine Antenna for cellular
ROUTER……. PepWave Max Transit Duo router
Network Access Storage. Synology NAS Disk Station w/ 2X 8 GB Seagate Barracuda drives
Well, you get the idea, there is a LOT of moving parts to this puzzle.
And as you can see here, some of those moving parts are often crowded around Captain Christine at the Main Helm in this case! Yunus on the far Right is the the manager of this connection and configuration team and Erdal with the toque in the middle is the lead technician and they have been a true treat to work with. Some of the “moving parts” are blinking lights such as this set on the back of just three of our network switches in one of three “Internet Alcoves” as Christine calls them. Strange though, we have “cut the cord” more than most people ashore and Isn’t it great that we are living in a wireless world! Zooming out a bit of that alcove to show you that it really is quite small but it does have even more hardware! Another very “wireless” alcove, this one behind the 50” monitor and home of Boat Computer #1 and the Synology NAS on the Left side of the Main Helm. Out on the Aft Deck looking up at the Main Arch and the Tender Davit on the Left, to show you yet another very “wireless” area along the Arch where all of our external navigation and communication equipment resides.
One eXciting milestone this week has been seeing that 6ft Open Array antenna spinning around for the first time on our Furuno FAR 1523 Radar! My favorite Geekette, aka Capn’ Christine aka my Beautiful Bride, is a wee bit shy but I was able to at least get her hand in this shot as she tilts the two 19” LiteMax screens at the Main Helm to show how she now has TimeZero running charts on the Left and an awemazing amount of detail of the seabed below us thanks to our Furuno BBDS “Black Box Bottom Discriminating Sounder” where we can watch individual fish swimming below Möbius’ hull and details of the composition of the sea bead down to about 75 feet below the “top of the bottom”. I will leave you with this shot of the view at your eye height when sitting in the Captain’s Chair here at the Main Helm. Now, if we can just get past that sea wall …………………..
Thanks for joining us again for another week in the adventure of Project Goldilocks. Please be sure to leave any and all comments and questions in the “Join the Discussion” box below and I hope you will join us again next week for what I hope will be the report of our first sea trials! Wish us luck! We will need it!
A VERY busy week here onboard the Good Ship Möbius as everyone on Team Möbius moves into the final stage of the build completing all the installations of equipment and beginning the commissioning of all these systems by their factory representatives and others. Due to a major reconstruction project of the harbour inside the Free Zone * which removed all the previous launching facilities, Naval needed to launch us quite a bit sooner than expected by transporting Möbius overland to the nearby Setur Marina. So in addition to the usual post launch commissioning of systems, we all continue to work our way through the Punch List of jobs needing to be completed in order to get Möbius into seaworthy condition to begin taking her out for sea trials. To say that we are all eXtremely busy would be the understatement of the year! But. for Christine and me, we are even more eXtremely eXcited to be back where we belong, home onboard a boat that floats.
* You can learn all about this huge and fascinating project by watching THIS VIDEO ANIMATION which does a great job of showing how the whole new harbour facility will work.
I hope you will accept my apologies in advance for another hurried weekly Möbius Update as I blast through as much of all the different jobs that we have all worked on this past week. So grab your favorite beverage and chair and join me for this week’s Show & Tell.
Let me start with a quick snapshot leading up to this adventure that began over 5 years ago.
After two years of intense collaborative design work with our AbFab Naval Architect Dennis at Artnautica Yacht Design, the building of XPM78-01 Möbius began at Naval Yachts on April 6, 2018. 1053 days of build time later, as most of you have likely seen in last week’s posting HERE, she finally left that temporary womb last Friday for a watery delivery into her permanent home with Mother Ocean last Saturday. As I write this blog post from the SkyBridge of our beloved Möbius, we have just finished our first week afloat tied up to the concrete dock wall inside the Antalya Free Zone Harbour.
And I am VERY happy, though not surprised, to report that ALL the sea water has remained where it belongs OUTSIDE of Möbius and our bilges only hold the remnants of construction dust and debris.
Looking all the world to me like two tugs that escaped from a children’s animation story, these two almost new tugs are our most immediate neighbors. Tied up less than a meter in front of Möbius’ Bow.
These two tugs have crew aboard 24/7 as they are responsible for bringing every cargo ship into and out of the commercial side of the Harbour such as this recent little visitor, the 180m 36k Ton Argo B, who left about 04:30 this morning after loading up with several thousand “Big Bags” of industrial dry goods. These two tugs are also the Fire Boats for the Harbour. And last night, they surprised and delighted us by bringing over a home made pizza just out of their oven! Can’t think of a better example of why we LOVE living with these awemazing people of Turkey. Tied up almost as closely to our Stern is this first of four Police boats which are being built by Ares Yachts here in the Free Zone for the government of Oman. These are a bit longer than us at about 26m but share many of the same basic attributes as our XPM-78 with all aluminum construction and built like the proverbial tank. We even have the same jet propulsion system though in our case just with our Tender and a single not these massive twin jet drives driven by two equally massive MAN diesel engines. One item that we do not share, YET! with these boats is that mount for a 50 cal machine gun. But rest assured that once I get my 3D printer setup one of my first projects will be to create a realistic enough looking plastic replica to produce a silhouette that will add to our “don’t mess with me!” look to any onlookers thinking of approaching us with mal intent! I took this shot of our neighborhood early this morning after the Argo B had left and the tugs were back in front of us. The weather has been truly spectacular for the past two weeks with daytime highs reaching 24C/77F and gloriously sunny clear blue skies with very little wind. Not a bad place to spend our first week afloat.
For safety of such a new and incomplete boat, Christine and I are sleeping aboard each night and then going back to our apartment for breakfast and dinner and then we will move aboard full time once all the sea trials are done.
One of the projects I did not have enough time to show you last week was the completion of our rather unique “Sidewinder” anchor roller assembly that Dennis and I came up with so let me show that to you now. I decided to make the two anchor rollers out of solid aluminium and didn’t take me long to design a 3D model of this in Autodesk Fusion 360 and create the 2D dimensioned drawings to machine them from. Aluminium is a dream to work with and the in house machine shop has a very good sized lathe that was easily able to machine the two anchor rollers out of a single blank of 200mm/8” OD aluminium round stock. I wanted to keep the anchor and the chain electrically isolated from the hull to reduce any corrosion problems and was able to do so with two details. One is this Black Delrin bushing which we press fit into each roller with a nice rolling fit for the 40mm/1.6” SS pin that each roller spins on. The second isolating detail was to machine these Teflon discs that get separate the sides of the rollers from the inside cheeks of the anchor roller assembly welded into the hull. Then a large SS end cap bolts on either end of the SS pin on the outside. Here is what that all looks like when assembled. For safety and quiet when pounding into big seas we very specifically designed the whole roller assembly to exactly match the shape of this 125kg/275lb Rocna anchor by obtaining a 3D model from Rocna to design with. The way our design works is that those flared out bottom edges you see in the photo above have been designed such that they exactly match up with the inside of the flukes of the Rocna when pulled aboard and thus the Rocna becomes one with the hull and will not budge no matter what Mother Nature throws at us. This creates not only a very tough and strong anchor mounting setup but also one that does not make any noise due to movement between the anchor and the roller assembly which is so common on many other boats we have run. So Nihat, Uğur and I spent quite a few hours with the anchor raised on a chain block that allowed us to get the position of the anchor just right and then layout the centers for each SS roller pin. Front pin and roller have been mounted here and we are laying out the location for the 2nd Aft roller. Uğur and I came up with this idea of building an extended 40mm carbide hole saw so that he could drill both cheeks in one go and keep the two holes for the SS roller pin on the same centerline. We lucked out finding the head of a 40mm carbide hole saw with its shank broken off and Uğur TIG welded a 200mm/8” long piece of 13mm/ 1/2” OD rod to it that we could chuck in my Milwaukee drill. Worked like a charm! With the rollers both installed we tested it all out with the 13mm / 1/2” chain and the Maxwell VWC4000 Windlass and did a bit of tweaking of the rollers final shape to capture the chain nicely so it stays aligned as the chain goes Out/In and doesn’t twist. Did not take us long to get to the Goldilocks Just Right point and “Rocky” was in his new home as solid as his name. Uğur and Nihat both gave it their thumbs up and so we knew it was good to go!
Another job and details I did not have time to post last week prior to the launch was the finishing of the silicone based International InterSleek 1100SR Foul Release bottom paint and the zinc anodes so let me go back and show you that.
Once the super slick, slippery and shiny silicone InterSleek was fully dry the last few underwater details could be attended to such as mounting the Red plastic prop on the Vetus 220kgf 300mm/12” Extended Run Time Bow Thruster. Which is capped off with its own Zinc to reduce any problems with corrosion due to the mix of dissimilar metals involved with its construction of Bronze, SS and AL. In keeping with our Darth Vader, lean & mean look, we decided to make the 100mm/4” Boot Stripe that makes the transition between the top of the Black InterSleek and the bare AL hull, be gloss Black as well and we are eXtremely happy with the result that emerged as the masking tape came off to reveal the final look. The final detail for the underwater portion of the hull was mounting the ten 125mm / 5” diameter Zinc anodes which keeps all the metal bits that are in contact with seawater all at the same potential voltage and eliminates the battery effect that would eat away at our precious Stainless Steel, AL and Bronze components. Being near the bottom of the Noble scale of metals, Zinc is what will erode instead and makes it easy to replace the zincs every few years when they get too worn away. We designed a very simple mounting system for the Zincs and Uğur had previously welded 80mm discs of 20mm / 3/4” thick AL to the hull with an M16 thread in the center for the SS M16 bolt that he is fastening this Zinc on the Rudder with. To ensure a good electrical connection for many years between the Zinc and the AL mounting disc, we coated those surfaces and the bolt with dielectric grease and then I followed along after Uğur and covered the SS bolt heads with some clear silicone to make it all the easier to remove and replace these zincs in a couple of years. I usually do this while the boat is in the water using my Hookah or Snuba system so these little details all help to make that job go quick and easy. With all these preparations of the below the waterline areas of the hull and everything removed from underneath, Möbius was ready for the arrival of “Big Bird” the yellow 72 wheel boat mover to arrive the next morning and carry her overland to the marina for launching.
TILLER ARM DETAILS:
Another few details that we needed to look after before Launch Day were for the all important steering system and the Tiller Arm in particular. Similar to the Bow Rollers, last year I had designed this typically over engineered Tiller Arm in Fusion 360 and had it CNC milled out of a single block of aluminum. Here is a shot from almost a year ago when we first mounted the finished Tiller Arm to the 127mm / 5” OD solid AL Rudder Post. And here is a more recent shot of what it looks like with the two double acting Kobelt hydraulic steering cylinders in place. Such a massive Tiller Arm being powered by equally as beefy twin hydraulic cylinders, produces a LOT of force and so there needs to be some eXtremely strong and solid Tiller Arm Stops built in to stop the Tiller Arm when it goes hard over to each side. Fusion 360 to the rescue yet again to help me quickly design these Stops which Uğur and Nihat quickly fabricated and were ready to mount. After carefully testing out the Just Right position for each stop, they were able to drill the four holes in the AL Rudder Shelf and bolt down one Stop in either side of the Tiller Arm body. The SS bolt and lock nut allow us to adjust the final Stop position of the Tiller Arm once we are in the water and have the steering all working. I like to practice and live well by what I call “Readiness for the UneXpected” and in the case of our steering system that meant having multiple layers of fault tolerance for the Steering System. This starts with twin independent Kobelt 7080 hydraulic steering cylinders sized so that either one can fully steer the boat in the most adverse sea conditions.
Then two independent Kobelt Accu-Steer HPU400 24V hydraulic Power Pack pumps, two independent Furuno 711C AutoPilots plus two independent Furuno Jog Levers. This gives us eight levels of fault tolerance to go through.
And if ALL of that should uneXpectedly fail, then we have this Kobelt manual hydraulic Steering Pump …………… ……….. that we can slide this Emergency Steering wheel onto and steer the boat the “old fashioned” way. And if ALL of that should somehow uneXpectedly fail we have THIS final layer of fault tolerance for our steering system; a completely independent and manual Emergency Tiller Arm. Can’t get too much more KISSS or Keep It Simple Smart & Safe than this; a 2m/6.5ft length of 80mm thick walled AL pipe that slides through the 20mm/ 3/4” thick plate we see Uğur bolting to the Tiller Arm body and then the pipe slides through a matching hole bored through the top of the Rudder Post. We attach a block and tackle setup on each side of the end of the Emergency Tiller which fasten to shackles mounted on stringers on the adjacent hull sides which allows us to move and lock the Rudder in any position we want.
Yes, I do know that it works and Yes, you can ask me how I know that!
Miscellaneous Work on Deck
Finishing up this blog post is between me and another very late dinner so I’m going to speed through a series of other jobs that got done this first week in the water. Turkish Turquoise Marble countertops got installed atop both Vent Boxes on the Aft Deck to create our Outdoor Galley. SS sink plumbed. And installed in the Starboard/Right side Vent Box. Plumbing connections all ready to connect to the sink; Red & Blue PEX lines with shut off valves for the Hot/Cold water to the sink faucet, Brass elbow for the sink’s drain and small Blue tube with the Black elbow to drain the water extracted by the Mist Eliminator grills in the Engine Room supply air duct. Orhan with his home made adaptor for his pneumatic caulking gun …….. ……. to get into some hard to reach spots around the Pilot House windows like these. Uğur prepping the nylon insert mounts for the Passarella on the Swim Platform and another on the Port side gate. Ever the ingenious one on Team ,Uğur came up with this brilliant DIY solution for mounting our Fire Hose in the HazMat Locker; an empty plastic spool of MIG welder wire!
Which will rotate on this pipe mounted on the side of the HazMat Locker. With the Black Fire Nozzle mounted alongside. Any wonder why I just love working with this guy who has been with us from the very first day of the build?!!! More Uğur Goodness, on Saturday no less, as we designed and built this simple setup for propping the front 3 Solar Panels mounted on this hinged frame up in the horizontal position when we are on anchor.
This horizontal position not only helps out with solar power production but you can see the demister grill across the far end of what now becomes a giant wind tunnel to capture all the fresh breezes blowing over our bow at anchor and funnel them down into the SuperSalon. Two SS pipes that are hinged to the bottom of the Solar Panel frame and will fit into these Black Delrin collars Uğur machined which were then glued down to the aluminium floor with a SS set screw to lock them in place.
When we are ready to convert to passage making mode and head out to sea, you simply lift the panels up a few inches and the two support rods slide aft as the panel is lowered down and locked into place.
Our Sparkie Hilmi always has a long list of electrical jobs that need his attention and this past week was certainly no exception. With almost 150 circuit breakers on XPM78-01 Möbius to safely look after all our 12 & 24 Volt DC circuits and our all our 120V & 240V AC circuits, it was quite the design challenge to figure out where and how to place all these.
We ended up with two primary circuit breaker panels; this one on the angled short wall on the Stbd/Right side of the Main Helm Station. And this larger one in the Corridor at the bottom of the stairs leading down from the SuperSalon to the Guest Cabin, Ships Office and Workshop/Engine Room. After months and months of preparation, Hilmi was finally able to bring it all together this past week by attaching these Black AL panel fronts with all the engraved labels onto the hinged access doors into each of these Circuit Breaker panels.
Next week the hinged glass doors are due to arrive which will finish off these critical component of the electrical system on Möbius.
The double paned 16mm thick glass window finally got installed in the Engine Room door this week which is a critical component to completely closing in the Engine Room in the case of a fire. And the gas lift cylinders have now all been installed on the Glass Deck Hatches which I designed and Naval built in house. Now just need to finish installing the rubber edge seals and the AL hatch handles and the deck is totally watertight!
I can’t possibly do justice to explain the amount of work that Christine has done this past week alone on getting all our navigation and electronics in both Helm Stations all setup and working.
Nor can I articulate how much I LOVE my Captain! What I can do though is to leave you with this shot from early this morning that does capture for me just how well we have succeeded in designing and building our new home with all of Team Möbius to meet the goal we set out over 5 years ago to blend in perfectly when in a commercial dock as apposed to a ‘yachty’ marina. And with that I am going to hit the “Publish” button on this latest Möbius Weekly Progress Update and look forward to bringing you more Show & Tell of this coming week’s progress that begins first thing tomorrow morning.
One year ago, Christine and I returned from a brief trip over to the UK for her Birthday (March 15th) just as the whole Corona 19 pandemic was ramping up and caught us squarely in the vortex. Given our ages, let’s just say rapidly approaching 70, every day since we have been playing a kind of Russian Roulette by going into the shipyard to work on Möbius and so we are eXtremely eXcited that tomorrow morning at 11am we are going to get our Covid 19 vaccine shots!
Of course, this doesn’t put an end to anything really but sure will help with our upcoming travel plans, for which we shall be eternally grateful to this country we have called home for almost four years now and that love a wee bit more every day. Thank you Turkey for allowing these two salt water turkies to enjoy your beautiful country and people!
Another slow week aboard Möbius unfortunately with the combination of lack of staff to another boat ‘Caledonia” that launched on Friday and an unexpected 4 day week due to two workers testing positive to Corona 19. Those two men who had both been working together on Caledonia have been quarantined but and the rest of that team were all tested so we are hoping that we can get back to work tomorrow, Monday here.
However, Uğur and Nihat made great progress on the Tender and I got in some solid days working on Mr. Gee so I’ve got lots to show you and let’s jump right in to this week’s Show & Tell.
Serkan our Hardware specialist, has continued with the installation of all the many latches and gas lifts on the cabinetry doors and drawers in all three cabins. Below is a short little video that will do the best job of showing you how these work.
Now that we get to try these out we really like how our design has all worked out for these Galley Garages. As you can see in the video above, even when you have messy fingers while cooking, a simple flick of your finger allows the door to fully open and move out of the way so you can grab whatever you need inside. These gas filled lift cylinders snap into SS mounting balls which you screw to the inside of the cabinet and the door so while Serkan needed to spend a bit of time figuring out the exact placement of these mounts with the first door, it goes very quickly after that.
I thought the instructions on the plastic bags the cylinders come in would do the best to show you how this works.
The Silver coloured one I’m holding here is a Lift cylinder so it compresses when you close it and is what is used on the Galley Garage doors. The White one on the counter is a “drop” cylinder so it works in the opposite direction to slowly lower our fold down doors where you flip the latch open and then the gas cylinder slowly telescopes out to smoothly lower the door to its fully folded down position rather than free falling open.
Exciting for Christine and I to see that we are now at the stage where our OGM Navigation Lights are getting mounted.
Uğur and I came up with this simple design for the mounting bases that go on each side of the coaming around the SkyBridge for our Red/Green side nav lights. For those not familiar with COLREGS, the standards governing navigation lights for ships of all sizes, this graphic shows the nav light requirements for a power vessel a over 20m/65ft length. For the Port/Starboard Red/Green lights must have a Horizontal View Angle of 112.5 degrees and >70 degrees Vertical so they must be mounted at an angle of 33.75° from the centerline of the vessel. I’ve been using these OGM nav lights for 15 years with great success so sticking with what I know for Möbius. The body is CNC milled out of a solid block of aluminium and then the 2 nautical mile LED sets behind a glass lens and the whole light assembly is “potted” in epoxy so there is nothing to come loose or leak. KISS at its best!
Up on top of the Main Arch we have these 2 OGM lights, a Single White Steaming Light: Visible over a 225 degrees arc forward with the all around 360 degree White Anchor Light mounted above.
Yet to be installed at the end of the Aft Deck is one more OGM that is a Separate White stern light covering 135 degrees Aft. Just up front and off to the Port side of Red/Port light is this GPS head which is dedicated to providing the satellite based GPS data to …………. …………. our em-trak Class A AIS transceiver that is mounted overtop of the Main Helm. We like to have a lot of redundancy for our GPS data so this GPS head is one of five that we have all together onboard Möbius.
Given our speed and size we decided to upgrade the AIS Class B we have had on our previous boats to this Class A unit and the table below explains why.
With Class A we get bumped up to high priority over other boats with Class B, increased power and range broadcasting at 12.5W vs 2W
Dynamic information is transmitted every 2 to 10 seconds while underway and every 3 minutes while at anchor vs every 30-180 seconds on Class B.
Not cheap, but one of our five principles for Möbius is Safety, so when it comes to Safety at Sea we don’t compromise. Courtesy of Digital Yachts site here is a nice graphic (click to enlarge) and overview of AIS (Automatic Identification System).
AIS is the mariner’s most significant development in navigation safety since the introduction of radar. The system was originally developed as a collision avoidance tool to enable commercial vessels to ‘see’ each other more clearly in all conditions and improve the helmsman’s information about his surrounding environment. AIS does this by continuously transmitting a vessels identity, position, speed and course along with other relevant information to all other AIS equipped vessels within range. Combined with a shore station, this system also offers port authorities and maritime safety bodies the ability to manage maritime traffic and reduce the hazards of marine navigation. Due to the great safety benefits offered by AIS, this technology was made compulsory throughout the world in 2002 for all passenger ferries and vessels over 300 gross tonnes.
Nihat is one of our most efficient and hard working members of Team Möbius so while he was waiting for Uğur to lay down more of the finish welds on the Tender, he would move over a few feet to work on cleaning up the welds on the three part Davit Arch.
Here Nihat is working on the long horizontal cross member of the Davit Arch and the thick plate you can see on the far Left in that photo has a matching plate on top of the vertical legs of the Arch. My thinking with this design is that it makes it much easier for us to dismantle the whole Davit and store it on deck when we want to transform Möbius into her “hunkered down” configuration for canals or in hurricane/cyclone conditions when we would also lower the SkyBridge roof.
Prepping for Propulsion:
I was able to spend much of this four day week inside the Engine Room on Möbius getting Mr. Gee ready to have his best buddy our Nogva CPP Servo Gearbox mated to him. This is looking forward at Mr. Gee’s massive 100+Kg flywheel which now has the Nogva aluminium SAE14 frame bolted on.
Each of those rounded “teeth” around the inner circumference will fit precisely with the matching grooves on the hard rubber Flexible Coupling which is bolted to the input shaft of the Nogva Gearbox. Like this. Makes for an eXtremely solid yet eXtremely quiet flexible coupling of the 180 Draft Horsepower coming out of Mr. Gee to the Nogva and on to the CPP propeller. Turning around to get this shot of the SS Prop Shaft protruding out of the AL Prop Log Tube I needed to get the Prop Shaft perfectly centered in the Log Tube so I made up this little jig to do so. Just a short bit of AL tubing machined so it snugly fits into the space between the Prop Shaft and the Log Tube like this. The two halves of the Red Nogva flange you see in these photos will be bolted to the end of the Prop Shaft on the bottom Left here and then this flange must be very precisely aligned with the matching flange on the output of the CPP Gearbox. I’ll show you all that in a week or so.
Mr. Gee Gets Dressed:
Remember that big 24V starter motor you saw being rebuilt and painted the past few weeks? Well here is what it looks like when slid into place on Mr. Gee’s Aft Starboard side. More Gardner ingenuity to make removing the starter so easily, it slides straight aft like an artillery shell into a cannon and you can rotate it to any position and then cinch it up tight with the silver band clamp you see here. I’ve put the terminals on the bottom so the big cables will be well protected by the starter above and have a straight run out below. It also felt great to finally get to fit this Bronze Beauty aka the Engine Oil Cooler, put in place just above the starter and below the Exhaust & Intake manifolds.
Seawater will be pumped into the 90 degree Bronze/Copper pipe at the far end and then out the curved copper pipe in the bottom center here. Up at the Front Stbd/Right side of Mr. Gee is this centrifugal coolant/water pump that is driven by a gear off the timing chain inside the cast AL Crankcase on the Left. The Coolant/water is pumped out through the AL manifold on the Left here and into the two Burgundy Cast Iron Cylinder Blocks. Surrounded my more Beauty, this time in the form of one of our two “tiny” Red 250Amp @24V Electrodyne alternators. Time for me to start fitting these monsters to equally robust mounts I still need to finalise. For this one I’m going to reuse the same method the original Gardner engines did by using strap mounts same as you just saw on the Starter above, to solidly attach the alternator to those three curved you can see are cast into the Crankcase. Then two straps wrap up and around the alternator body and are cinched down with a threaded stud.
As you can see, I also need to finish assembling the big Red Electrodyne Junction Box for all those White wires coming out of the alternator body on the Right. The Junction Box is just sitting loose right now as I measure everything up prior to fitting this in place onto Mr. Gee’s side.
Flip my Tender!
Uğur picked up where we left off last week with some final checks on the critical positioning of the cast aluminium mounting frame which Castoldi supplies with their 244 Direct Drive Jet. That cast AL Mounting Frame is shown in Blue in this render and the Grey plate on the right is a partial view of the 20mm / 3/4” thick AL plate Transom with what I’m calling the “Mickey Mouse cut-out” to create the whole opening in the boat where the Castoldi will bolt to. This is what the whole Castoldi 224DD looks like with the Jet nozzle on the Left and if you look back and forth between this and the render above you will be able to see the mounting holes around the whole jet drive casting and how they will fit into the opening above. Cast aluminum is often a different mixture of the alloys than aluminium plate and can be challenging to weld so we wanted to sure there would be no problems welding this cast AL Frame into the Tender’s Hull plates. Those three cross members spanning the Frame above are temporary so Uğur did a test weld on this one and a small scrap of 6mm AL plate and then we all took turns trying to break the weld with long levers. Didn’t budge or crack so we are good to go. Always a bit of hesitation when it comes to cutting holes in the bottom of our perfectly good boat and especially one THIS BIG! But it was soon done and we’re ready to start installing the Frame.
But first, we decided to flip the hull 180 degrees to make working on the bottom so much easier so strap yourself in and I’ll do another rapid fire set of photos that many of you have said you’ve been enjoying to walk you through the whole flip. Handy having a Forklift is rather handy! One last check fit of the cast Frame into the opening in the Hull.
You can also see the outline of the Mickey Mouse cut out etched ty the waterjet cutter into the Transom. We debated whether to have this Mickey Mouse cut out by the CNC waterjet when all the plates were being cut but we decided it would be better to leave it until now when we could double and triple check its position and get the jet drive in the exact right location.
Aluminium is such a great material to work with and even at 20mm/ 3/4” thick, Uğur was able to make quick work of cutting out the majority with a jig saw while I kept the blade cooled with cutting oil spray. Ta-DA!
I think even Walt would be proud don’t you? Frame tacked in place now ensuring that one of the most critical aspects is that the front edge of the Frame on the far Left here and thus the body of the Castoldi that fits into the Flange, are flush with the bottom plate of the Tender. Seen from above it looks like this. Frame now fully welded into the Hull and Transom. Captain Christine arrives just in time for the start of the Big Flip! Airborne now. 180 degrees, Half way there….. 140 and counting ………. 180! We’re flipped. Nihat wastes no time jumping in with his angle grinder to start cutting the deep V grooves so Uğur can get full penetration with his MIG gun as he follows soon behind with the first full length welds. Like this. MIG welder up and Uğur gets down to business! Time for me to get busy as well as I need to remove a few bits and pieces from the fully assembled Castoldi still sitting inside its factory wooden box.
This is the forward leading edge of the Jet Drive where the water initially enters through the grates underneath the far Left of the cast AL body. I need to remove this electric driven hydraulic pump which powers the Jet’s Steering nozzle and Jet Drive Bucket.
Input Flange where the jack shaft from the 110 HP Yanmar HTE will connect via a flexible coupling and jack shaft. Propulsion direction Forward/Reverse/Sideways is accomplished by moving the big Bucket overtop of the jet’s nozzle which is done by moving the rod in this hydraulic cylinder on the Stbd/Right side. That cylinder above connects to the Bucket like this. I’m very impressed by the design and build of this Castoldi Jet Drive and it only takes me minutes to remove all these parts and have the Jet Drive stripped down and ready to be installed in the hull. A well tuned MIG welder sounds like a very big buzzing honeybee and all the while I’ve been prepping the Castoldi, Uğur has had his MIG gun buzzing merrily away …. as he lays down all those first long lengths of full welds and then goes over them all again with the second final bead. Et Voila!
The bottom of the hull and the Castoldi Frame are all welded in place. We double check that the Frame is still properly aligned and that the heat from all the welding has not warped anything but all is well.
Time to cut out those temporary supports in the Cast AL Frame. And Mickey is now ready to receive his Italian Bride! Who has now also been flipped over 180 and ready to be lifted out of her box and into the Tender. Forklift makes it all very easy and able to lower it slowly in place. And unfortunately I have to leave you and the Castoldi hanging at this point as I was too busy helping Nihat get the Castoldi lowered in place and do all the measuring and checking of the fit to be able to take any more photos. Sorry!!
But I’ll be back to pick up with all this next week so I’ll leave you with this mini cliff hanger for now and hope that you’ll forgive me and join me again next week.
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A very full work week here in Antalya Turkey at Naval Yachts with no holidays this week but a BIG four day holiday weekend coming up next week. Weather continues to be sunny and summery with daytime temps in the 34-38C / 93-100F but humidity seems lower on what is now our third summer here and with a beautiful big pool right outside our front door we are enjoying the weather AND the progress on XPM78-01 Möbius. So let’s jump right into this week’s Show & Tell so you can see for yourself.
SuperSalon In-Floor Heating PEX Installed:
One of the last big jobs on the ToDo list for the SuperSalon which is to install all the loops of PEX tubing for the In-Floor heating system. The Master and Guest Cabins already have all their PEX lines installed to the SuperSalon was the last on the list and this week’s first Beast to be transformed into a Beauty.
Being central to the whole boat, the SuperSalon area gets the most about of daily traffic so we waited till now to take on this job as it requires removing all the marine plywood flooring in order to get at the rigid foam underneath and cut all the U-shaped channels for the 15mm PEX tubing to snap into. Not too much of a Beauty just yet, but watch ….. Knowing they would all need to be removed, Omur and Selim had just put in a few screws when they installed all the plywood flooring so it didn’t take Omur too long to remove all the plywood. Before he left to go serve his military time, Yigit and I created these layout drawings for the circuitous routing of the continuous 15mm / 5/8” PEX tubing. It takes a bit of planning to ensure the radiant heat is being distributed in the right amounts for each different part of the Helm, Galley, Lounge, Dinette and Entryway and maintain the 120mm/4.7” minimum bending radius. Omur transferred the layout to the foam and quickly cut all the U-shaped grooves in the foam with a small handheld router. Next step also goes quickly which is to press aluminium foil tape to line the inside of the grooves to help reflect the heat upwards into the plywood and eventually out the finished vinyl flooring. Like this. The area in the foreground is where our two reclining Eames lounge chairs will go so the PEX tubes are places a bit closer together for slightly more heat in this area on colder Antarctic nights.
Hmmmm, so Wayne, that would be compared to all the WARM Antarctic nights?? Here is the PEX layout in the Galley with the Red PEX tubes now press fitted into their foil lined grooves and ready for their plywood floors to be reinstalled. Looking to Port/Left side of the boat where the two large Refrigerators sit you can see where the PEX tubes enter and leave the SuperSalon. Where the PEX tubes pass under this cabinet they are additionally insulated with slip on EPDM sleeves and then the space of the drawer above further ensures that no heat travels upwards to the bottom of the eXtremely well insulated Vitrifrigo fridge box. Behind the Fridge cabinet the PEX tubes make a large radius bend down through the AL penetration in the floor at the top of this photo, where they go down into the Basement and connect to their circulation pump on the In-Floor heating manifold.
Next week the support brackets for these two PEX tubes will be added and the EPDM insulation tubes will slip over each tube from where they enter this area behind the Fridge Cabinet at the bottom of this photo. Hakan lent a hand to Omur and they soon had all the 12mm / 1/2” plywood screwed securely to the White epoxy covered foundations.
The darker square in the upper Right floor area is the solid foundation for mounting the Main Helm Chair pedestal.
Feels great to see the SuperSalon reach this new degree of completion.
Still very much like me “a diamond in the rough” but to my eyes at least the multi coloured “Beast” that you saw in the first photo above has definately been transformed from Beast to Beauty and there are more to show you later as well. Not to to give away too much, here is a sneak peek at a few planks of the 5mm thick click-lock that we are using for the finish flooring throughout XPM78-01 Möbius.
This vinyl plank flooring is made by the huge Turkish flooring company Ado and you can see a sample HERE.
This flooring is used in places such airports and other high traffic areas so it is eXtremely durable and 100% waterproof. We have also tested it for a Goldilocks just right about of wood grain like texture to make it very non-slip even with wet feet and it is specifically made for In-Floor heating.
Here in the Guest Head/Bathroom is the first plank of flooring to be cut and will give you a bit better sense of the nice contrast between the dark swirling grain of the Rosewood and the subtle Silver Gray “grain” of the Ado vinyl flooring.
Stay tuned for much more about this vinyl flooring as they starting installing it throughout Möbius.
The overall SuperSalon is getting more and more Super and more and more complete. A bit difficult to see through their blue tinted plastic covering the Black and White leather clad Ceiling panels are all back from the Upholstery Shop and have been snapped into their FastMount clips which really adds to the finished look in here.
Hilmi and Selim finish putting in the crimped on connectors for all the LED lights in the Ceiling Panels. Down the staircase in the Corridor Omur has started installing the drawers and doors in my long “clean room” workbench & office. Lots more Blum hardware of course which you have already heard me gushing about how well they work with their soft open/close and fully hidden features which I REALLY like. As you can see with the drawer sitting on top of my workbench, these drawers are quite shallow due to the steeply sloping hull sides behind the wall grid so the Blum drawer slides in the cardboard box are short but full extension models and you can see how these drawer slides mount completely out of sight on the bottoms of the drawers. Upstairs and just back from Sinan in the Upholstery Shop are these Window Mullion Covers so Omur has been busy getting them installed.
FastMount clips require a bit too much depth here so we are using strips of 3M Dual Lock tape which are very thin snap together strips that hold things together with no slippage.
This relatively new dual lock style fastener works similar to but MUCH better than the older “hook & loop” or Velcro. It has 4-10 times the gripping power and it has two other differences that are the big deal to me. The first is that that I never have much success getting the old cloth based hook & loop/Velcro to stay attached to the surface it is mounted on. Dual Lock is all plastic so its self-adhesive backing or the adhesive you apply keeps it there all the time.
Second bit difference for me is that Dual Lock uses tiny plastic “mushrooms” which interlock as per this illustration so there is no slippage or “wiggle” and unlike Velcro, both sides are the same so any piece can mate with any other piece. ACCESS to all systems, wiring, plumbing is a top priority for me and in several of these Window Pillars we are using the space inside the thick aluminium I-frames as a wire chase so I needed these leather Window Mullions to be solidly attached and yet still easy to remove. Dual Lock is the Goldilocks solution and I had Omur also use it to hold down the Rosewood Window Sills here as well. Pardon all the construction clutter but this shot will give you an idea of how the Black and White Mullions finish off the windows quite nicely. More finished work happening here in the Aft Starboard corner of the SuperSalon and the staircase down to the Corridor leading to the Guest Cabin and Workshop. Ömür’s grain matching handiwork prominently on display here where the three doors are now mounted into this wall. The top two doors are Fast Mounted so they snap In/Out on the rare occasions when I need access to the hoses exiting the Fuel Fill & Vent boxes behind them. Whereas the door on the bottom is hinged as this is Christine’s “Internet Alcove” where several of our internet related items will reside such as routers, hubs, switches, access points, etc. Similarly great to see examples of things starting to be finished are these Ro$ewood panels up at the Main Helm Station of the SuperSalon. Our 50” monitor mounts on the hinged panel on the Left here and the panel below the Main Helm itself is a snap In/Out panel to provide access to the hundreds of wires behind it.
And yet another Beauty emerges.
More of Ömür’s grain matching goodness on display in the Galley as he starts mounting the fronts on all the drawers in the Galley Cabinetry. Good example here of the “diversity” theme we are pursuing throughout the boat and here evidenced by the diversity of drawer shapes and sizes. The only door in the Galley cabinets is this one on the Right which provides easy access to both the voluminous cupboard spaces inside as well as access to the systems, hoses and cables behind these cabinets. Not quite done but definately getting closer and closer and yet another Beauty in the making. Up next?
Installing these bits of SS jewelry aka positive Door & Drawer latches.
Taming the Electrical Beast:
Main Helm Panels
With an overall electrical system that includes 12V & 24V DC, 120V and 220V AC, more than 200 circuit breakers and uncountable miles of wires and cables of ever imaginable size, we certainly could have created a true Electrical Best onboard XPM78-01 Möbius. Happily though, we are transforming this Beast into a Beauty with great organization, installation, labeling and routing. Let’s go check out some recent examples of this electrical transmogrification.
Starting up here at the Main Helm in “Beast Mode” are some of the cables coming up from the Basement below through two aluminium penetrations in the floor behind the rectangular opening below the Helm Station. The Beast rears its ugly head again nearby with this pile of coils of wires destined to the switch panels in the angled wall to the Right of the Main Helm. For those unfamiliar with such dragons, it might appear that the situation is getting worse not better as this Medusa like tangle of Red & Black wires now appears out of the jungle as Hilmi and Selim strip away the outer insulation from these 24V switch wires. Rather than a whip and a chair, Selim’s taming tools of choice here are adhesive lined heat shrink and a heat gun which he uses to both seal and strengthen the mounting location of each cable where they will be zip tied to their holders as well as having their heat shrink labels firmly attached. Not fully domesticated yet, but the tamed beauty begins to shine through here as these wires await their turn to be connected to their respective switches on the Rosewood panel that snaps into place here. And more organization emerges down below as these cables are routed and zip tied to their cable trays below the Main Helm. Ahhhh, that’s better! Not quite finished of course but if you compare this shot to the ones at the beginning I think you too will see that the beast is indeed being tamed.
Corridor Electrical Panel
Back in the Aft Stairwell at the Corridor Electrical Panel these may all be DIN certified circuit breakers but as you can see they too are more Medusa like monsters laying in wait of an innocent little Sparkie to come along. Taming this Beast requires a slightly different set of weapons such as this hinged metal frame. Omur joins forces with Selim and Hilmi and mounts the hinged steel frame, inside the tall cabinet he has previously built and installed on the Right side as you descend the Aft Stairwell leading down the the Corridor, Guest Cabin and WT Door into the Workshop. Hilmi takes his crack at the taming and has these three DIN Rails with 36 of the 24V DC Circuit Breakers. With the cage, errrr I mean door, closed the front side shows a much tamer side. Reopening the door, things are definately being put under strict control as Hilmi starts connecting each of the Red & Black wires from the Circuit Breakers in the door to their respective Gray DIN Junction Blocks that you may recall seeing him wire a few weeks ago. Peeking up under the bottoms of these Circuit Breakers reveals a very well tamed collection of these 24V wires now all labelled and neatly tucked into their horizontal running Gray chases with their removable tops now snapped in place. Doing my part to assist with the taming of these Electrical Beasts I’ve created coloured and labeled lists of each circuit onboard Möbius and printed this one with the 24V CB’s ……. …….. for Hilmi to use and check off as he methodically tames and wires each circuit. Continuing to calm the Beast, Hilmi soon has the lower horizontal DIN Rail full of 12 Volt Circuit Breakers, mounted, wired, labelled and tucked into bed.
Down at the bottom he has now installed the three vertical DIN Rails. Two on the Right hold 36 of the 220 Volt CB’s and the one on the Left has 18 of the 120 Volt CB’s. Definately MUCH tamer panel now! A numbered place for every AC wire up here and ………. ……… every wire numbered and placed. Same well tamed set of 120V and 220V AC Circuit Breakers. Still a bit Beast-like down here. But it doesn’t take Hilmi too long to have these whipped into shape as well and the Beauty emerges here ……… ……. here …………………. .……. here …………………. …… and here.
Well done Hilmi, Selim and Omur, you have definately transformed the Electrical Beast into a thing of Beauty.
Workshop Distribution Box
Ahhh but aboard Möbius the job of the Electrical Beast Tamers is still not done and so they take on the next challenge back on the Starboard/Right side of the Aft Workshop with yet another Medusa like mess of big cables surrounding the Aft DC Distribution Box. As usual it looks worse before it looks better but your eyes can now probably see the method to the madness here as Selim and Hilmi wrestle these Red, Black and Yellow 120 mm2 snakes into their allotted spots, cut them to length and label each one. With the big guys all labelled and fed through their WT cable glands the beauty of well organized and clearly labelled cables begins to emerge from the previous chaos. Breaking out some additional taming tools such as this hydraulic terminal swaging tool that crimps the outer barrel of each zinc coated copper terminal log so tightly around the hundreds of tiny copper strands of each 120 mm2 cable that they all fuse together to form a single solid copper joint. And so the taming trend continues down below as they start attaching each cable to their allocated position on the Upper Positive and Lower Negative Bus Bars. These Bus Bars are definitely up for the job being made from two solid Copper flat bars measuring 10mm thick X 40mm wide which are bolted together and attached to the frame of the box with ceramic insulators. For the Positive circuits where the Bus Bar is the source of their electrical energy, these beefy T-Class fuses are used for OCP, Over Current Protection of these cables. Like this. Down to one last Red/Positive 120 mm2 snake to tame.
We leave the final power connections disconnected for safety for now but the former Beast in the Workshop has now been fully converted into this Beauty. So our two Electrical Beast Tamers can close the door on this Aft DC Distribution Box and take a well deserved break.
Transforming Beasts in the Engine Room Too!
Everyone on Team Möbius is a very skilled Beast Tamer and that certainly includes the dynamic duo of Uğur and Nihat who wrestle daily with different Aluminium beasts. This week they took on the installing the 127mm / 5” OD aluminium pipes that carry the exhaust gasses out of the Halyard Combi Silencer/Separator out the Starboard side of the Engine Room enclosure wall and out through the Stbd side of the hull. This quick and dirty rendering sliding through the ER helps show the Halyard Combi up in the top Port/Left corner of the ER and how the 127mm rubber exhaust hose will snake its way down through the Stbd/Right side of the ER and then underneath the bottom of the Yellow Day Tank and out the side of the hull. Here’s my best attempt to show how this will be routed inside the Engine Room.
Brown line will be the 127mm / 5” rubber exhaust hose. And here is how it looks when peering down from the Aft Deck. As you can see from these photos this Halyard Combi really is a big fiberglass Beast! The first part of the taming of this Beast was to build a good solid shelf to hold it solidly in the right place. And this Beast has been tamed!
The Combi separates the wet exhaust gas & water entering from the Gardner engine and the sea water runs directly out the large pipe in the bottom and into the large angled pipe you can see here on the Exiting Sea Chest. Exhaust gasses exit out the down angled pipe at the top of the Combi where the 127mm exhaust hose will carry it over to the wall of the Engine Room Enclosure on the opposite Right side.
To get that nasty exhaust gas beast out, Nihat and Uğur have welded this 127mm AL pipe through the ER wall just above the Intake Sea Chest. On the other side of the ER wall that 127mm pipe on the Left exits just below the bottom of the Day Tank above. Note too that they have already moved on to the next part of the taming which involves the matching 127mm AL pipe going out through the hull plates on the far Right here. And a better shot of the exiting Exhaust Pipe here. Which looks like this from the outside. Close up shot from the outside. For reference, I marked the position of the Waterline on the hull at three different loads. The upper WL will never likely happen as this is just for our computer based roll testing when every tank on the boat is fully filled. The “Avg Load” WL is when we start a passage and have all Fuel tanks Full and about 10% in the Water tanks. The bottom “Light Load” WL will be typical of End Passage when the reverse is true; Fuel tanks are down to about 10% for safety and Water tanks are Full to help make up for the loss of Fuel weight.
For those interested, here is where those same three Waterlines come to on the aft Transom. Back in the ER, Nihat cleaned up the Engine Bed extensions that Uğur welded in last week. These Engine Beds need to be perfectly flat and level so they are ready to receive the anti-vibration motor mounts or “engine feet” where Mr. Gee will soon be attached! And while he was at it Nihat also transformed these Aft brackets where the anti-vibration mounts for the Nogva CPP Gearbox will be bolted. On less Beast, one more Beauty aboard XPM78-01 Möbius!
Plumbing Beauties Too!
Cihan’s plumbing skills are in very high demand on several boats still but when he was able to he too tamed several other Medusa like Beasts on Möbius. First up was putting in this horizontal tray across the front wall of the ER and then transforming all these snakey hoses into a well organised assembly firmly attached to the ER WT Bulkhead. He routed some of these hoses over to the Port/Left side wall of the ER. so he can connect them to this Piccolo like exit manifold he had built last week.and attached to the Exiting Sea Chest in the forward Port/Left corner of the ER.
Large upward angled pipe on the Sea Chest is where the water from the Halyard Combi exits out of the boat. Clear hoses from some of the Aft Bilge pumps now all connected. Soon followed by connecting these larger White hoses coming from the two High Water extraction intakes on either side of the center running Keel Bar and the bottom Left hose is from the sink in the Outdoor Galley above.
Another Beast is tamed and transformed into another Beauty on the Good Ship Möbius. Thanks Cihan!
Oh No! The Roof Came Down!
Not all “Beasts” are down below as Uğur proved when he slayed one up in the SkyBridge. He did a stellar job of taming a real nasty beast that had emerged where the frames for the glass “eyebrow” windows surround the coaming walls of the SkyBridge.
This particular beast has been laying in wait for several months now but Uğur was able to masterfully use his MIG welding gun to transform this into a true Beauty. He then continued to blast out the remaining removable posts that set atop the glass window frames where the removable acrylic windows will slide In/Out as needed. And then the REAL fun began when the roof came down!
You may have seen this before but if not, here is a quick little animation showing how the SkyBridge roof folds down into what we call “Canal/Hunkered Down Mode” where the Air Draft, distance above the WL is drastically reduced for going through Canals or “hunkering down” when we have the boat out of the water in a Hurricane/Cyclone zone.
Uğur is getting ready to mount the 8 Solar Panels up on top of the SkyBridge Roof faming and also start fabricating the “mini Radar Arch” where most of our many antennae, GPS, FLIR camera, etc. will be mounted and so having the roof lowered down would make it much easier to tame all these Beasts.
We will soon have a proper mechanical system that will enable just Christine and I to lower and raise the SkyBridge roof but for now we did it the quick and dirty way with a temporary line we belayed from the Sampson Post at the Bow and a couple of extra bodies. This is one of the temporary hinge arm braces that we put in to provide the forward hinge point of the roof. The Aft hinge is integral to the Roof and Arch. Works very well and literally only takes a few minutes. When finished the roof will rest on the framing surrounding the SkyBridge and hold itself up but for safety now we just put some temporary wood braces down to the Aft Deck. Here is how it looked in real time:
This is what it looks like when viewed from the Boat with the roof down.
Sure looks a lot smaller!
Standing on the Aft Deck looking forward down the Port/Left side you can see how the Arch rests in the hunkered down position. Also a good shot of approximately what the Port Paravane A-Frame will look like when deployed.
Looking Aft from the front area of the SkyBridge you can see how the roof rests on the Window Frames underneath. The eight rectangular frames of the roof will soon be filled with eight 340W Solar Panels. We have designed this so we can still control the boat from up in the now open air part of the SkyBridge when that is the best spot to be. Nihat took advantage of the roof being down to take on a quite literal Beast of a job; drilling out the big holes where the cables travel Up/Down to the overhead Arch for Radar and all the many other electronics up there. All these cables will be fully protected by this Hinge assembly when the Arch is raised and locked in its normal fully up position.
Mr. GEE’s Gets His Own Coat of Many Colours
Having taken on so many new responsibilities for XPM78-01 Möbius I once again didn’t get much time this week to give Mr. Gee more of the TLC he needs but I went in yesterday, Saturday here, and got in a full day with no interruptions and made some good progress transforming some of Mr. Gee’s Beasts into Beauties.
You may recall from last week that I wasn’t happy with the colour of the special heat paint that I had used on Mr. Gee’s cast iron parts such as the big cylinder block and the heads.
I wasn’t able to find any pre-mixed paint that matched the Burgundy colour I wanted to I got some Red and Blue epoxy do DIY the Goldilocks colour I wanted. After much experimentation I settled on a 10 parts Red to 1 Part Blue.
And mixed them together thoroughly to create my own batch of epoxy engine paint that was just right.
This is what Mr. Gee now looks like sporting his custom paint job. The colours don’t come out quite right in these photos so it looks more like chocolate than red wine here I think due to the coloration of the overhead work lights.
However when viewed in natural light he looks like the proper British gentleman he is and I’m quite pleased with the end result. I shot this gaggle of various parts that I will soon be bolting onto Mr. Gee. I did the painting earlier in the week so now that it was fully hardened I spent yesterday staring to fit the larger parts such as the upper cast aluminium Intake Manifold and the lower cast iron Exhaust Manifold. Added on the 90 degree Exhaust Elbow and the newly fabricated SS flex pipe that is where the rest of the SS Halyard dry stack pipes will be attached to carry the hot exhaust gasses over to the Halyard Combi we’ve seen being installed above. One final look for this week, looking from the front down the Stbd/Right side of Mr. Gee which will help you see the nice contrast between his Burgundy cast iron parts and all his other cast aluminium parts.
One more Beauty that will soon be onboard XPM78-01 Möbius and moves us one step closer to Launch! Whew! Another full, busy and productive week here with Team Möbius. hope you enjoyed this latest Show & Tell and PLEASE be sure to tell ME what you think by putting your comments and questions in the “Join the Discussion” box below.