XPM Möbius Tech Talks:  What, Why and How of all the systems aboard XPM78-01 mv Möbius

XPM Möbius Tech Talks: What, Why and How of all the systems aboard XPM78-01 mv Möbius

mobius word newThis is an advanced notice that I a going to start posting some new type of articles here on our Möbius.World blog which will be different from and in addition to the typical Weekly Update posts I do to cover the incredible work that Team Möbius does each week. I have previously posted some more technical articles like this about things like the overview of the the design and use case for our new boat and the one on Mr. Gee our Gardner 6LXB main engine and a few other such topics since we started this blog almost two years ago and with growing requests for these detailed technical explanatory type articles I will be doing my best to increase the frequency of these kinds of posts now..

These new articles will be different in that they will be “Tech Talks” where I can go into more detail on all the various systems on the XPM boats and explain my logic such as it is for the design of these systems, reasons for choosing the equipment we have and how these systems will be installed and maintained.  I will do my best to make these “as Show & Tell” as possible with illustrations and diagrams, and possibly some video versions, but by their nature these will be more text based explanations compared to the more visual orientation of the Weekly Progress Updates. Hopefully it will be a good contrast and combination for you and if not I’m counting on you to let me know!

It is also my hope that by separating these more explanatory and detailed technical discussions from the more visual Show & Tell type of Weekly Progress Updates, you will be able to more easily chose what suites you best. And I hope those of you who are interested in these deep dives into the technical aspects of the XPM boats will chime in with your comments and questions to help me cover the topics you are most interested in and provide the Goldilocks not too much, not too little type of content that you would value and which will provoke more discussion for all of us.

Before I go any further and as I will likely repeat several times in the articles to follow, let me be very clear about the context and conditions of these articles:

  • These are NOT recommendations on what YOU or any other boat owners should do or equipment you should buy.
  • I am NOT suggesting that our choices are “the best” I merely hope to explain OUR (Christine and my) logic and why we believe that these are the Goldilocks “just right, just for us” choices in the design, installation and equipment aboard XPM78-01 Möbius.
  • These articles are intended to generate lots of questions, suggestions, and ideas. Indeed this is the primary purpose and value of these articles, so don’t be shy! I only ask that you keep the above two notes in mind and of course keep the discussion respectful, polite and on topic.
  • Please keep in mind that the overriding context for ALL these articles, choices and equipment selection is for an XPM style of boat and use case which is an eXtreme eXploration Passage Maker for a crew of two, typically a couple who want to be able to go to remote locations on all latitudes from polar to equatorial with equally eXtreme degrees of Safety, Comfort, Efficiency and low maintenance and where the boat will be their full time or primary home.
  • I hope to learn as much as you do by writing these Tech Talks and more so by responding to your comments and provoking more good discussions. In doing so we can all contribute to the wealth of information and knowledge already out there for all of us to access and learn from.
  • Unlike the Weekly Progress Update articles I will edit these Tech Talk posts over time as decisions or equipment changes and as I get more information along the way. For these posts there will be two dates for each one, the date it was first published and the date it was last updated/edited.

I will create some new tags for these different type of postings to make your future searches more productive and right now my intent is to write articles on most of the following primary systems and topics:

  • ELECTRICAL

    • AC SYSTEM
    • DC SYSTEM
    • Batteries
    • Charging
    • Solar
    • NMEA
    • Lighting
    • Screens, Monitors, Displays
  • NAVIGATION

    • Charting
    • RADAR
    • AIS
    • Compass
    • DEPTH & SONAR
    • Onboard Computers
    • Portable Helm Station
  • BOAT MONITORING

    • Maretron System
    • Tank Levels
    • Temperatures
    • Electrical status
    • Alarms
    • Boat Data Logging
  • COMMUNICATIONS

    • VHF
    • SATELLITE
    • WiFi & CELLULAR
    • Networks
  • PROPULSION

    • Gardner main engine
    • Nogva CPP servo gearbox
    • Nogva CPP propeller
    • Propulsion Controls
    • Cooling
    • Wet Exhaust
  • STEERING

    • Steering controls
    • Hydraulic steering components
    • Auto Pilot
    • Jog Levers
    • Steering Back ups
    • Bow Thruster
  • STABILISATION

    • Paravanes
    • Flopper Stoppers
    • Rigging
  • HVAC

    • Heating
    • Ventilation
    • Air Conditioning
    • Engine Room venting
  • WATER

    • Fresh/Potable
    • Watermaker
    • Salt
    • Black
    • Gray
  • FUEL

    • Tanks, Filling & Venting
    • Filtering
    • Centrifuge Polishing (Alfa Laval)
    • Transferring
    • Hoses & Fittings
  • BILGES

    • Low volume
    • High volume
    • Emergency
  • FIRE & SAFETY

    • Fire extinguishing systems
    • Underwater maintenance
    • Drone
    • Exterior Lighting
    • Cameras
  • GALLEY

    • All electric cooking
    • Sinks
    • Refrigeration
    • Storage drawers & Garages
    • Outside Galley & BBQ
  • ANCHORING & GROUND TACKLE

    • Main anchor & Windlass
    • Stern & Kedging anchor
    • Ground Tackle
  • WORKSHOP

    • Tools
    • Equipment
  • BOAT DESIGN & PERFORMANCE

    • Hull Design
    • Stability
    • Handling Characteristics
    • Performance Expectations

Whew! Already a long list but if there are other large topics or systems you would like to have covered, please send me what you think I’ve missed in the “Join the Discussion” box below and I’ll do my best to add these to the list and cover as time permits.

And please note that this is NOT a promise that I will be able to write about all of the above or at least to do so fully but it is my intent to cover as many of these topics as fully as I can in all my “spare time” during the building of mv Möbius.

And NO I am NOT interested in or trying to write a book! We already have an author onboard who writes best selling books, also known by her nom de plume Christine Kling and aka Captain Christine and my Beautiful Bride so we’ve got the book writing aspect covered eXtremely well already thanks.

Looking forward to writing these Tech Talk articles and getting  your suggestions and ideas as these new discussions begin.

– Wayne