Go AND Whoa?! Progress Update XPM78-01 Möbius Oct. 12-16, 2020

Picking up where we left off last week I will use this same theme of “Go and Whoa” as we work on both systems that help us get going such as our Upper Helm Station for navigation while simultaneously working on our anchoring system to when we want to say “Whoa” and know Möbius will stay put.  Apologies in advance as I need to make this week’s update a bit of a rush job as we have some dear friends visiting us who have just flown in from Switzerland and Australia, which is quite a feat these days, and so Christine and I are taking a few days off to do some travels with them.  So without any further ado, let’s jump right into this week’s Show & Tell aboard Möbius and see what Team Möbius have been up with this past week.

Meet Rocky!

MVIMG_20201012_144130If you were with us last week you’ll recall seeing Christine and I paint our 13mm / 1/2” galvanized anchor chain with different colours at 10 meter / 33ft intervals as our way of counting how many meters of chain we are letting out for the depth of water we are anchoring in.  We then flaked the 110m/350ft of chain back onto its wood pallet and used the forklift to put it up on the foredeck ready to be fed down into the chain bin up front.  We will hold off doing so until we get the anchor itself properly mounted on the Port/Left side of the Bow so we’ll just leave the chain here for now.
PXL_20201014_082740608.MPMeet Rocky! 

I had installed a 70kg/155lb anchor on our previous 52ft/16m sailboat and we we eXtremely happy with how well it worked and we never dragged once so we decided to go with Rocna again on Möbius. 
Our anchoring or “Ground Tackle” system is one of the most critical of all for us as we anchor almost every night of the year and depend on our anchoring system to keep us solidly anchored to the bottom in ALL conditions.  I am not a fan of having multiple anchors at the bow as I want our “main” anchor to be the one that goes down every time. 


PXL_20201014_082745285.MPAs usual for us and the XPM Series we upsized our anchor a wee bit and had this 110Kg/242lb Rocna shipped over to us from Canada where they are made, at the end of last year.  Since then, Rocky has been hibernating underneath Möbius all wrapped in his shipping bubble wrap so it was fun to finally do the unveiling this week and welcome him aboard Möbius.
nav_12180__While Rocky is the only anchor we have at the Bow we do carry several other anchors for different purposes one of which is this all aluminium Fortress X125 31kg/70lb anchor at the Stern. 

NAV_12181__We will typically put this out as a Stern anchor to keep us in a fixed orientation under some conditions and perhaps used as a kedging anchor when (never if) we go aground and need to help pull us off.

As per this photo, Fortress anchors have many advantages being so light, easy to store when disassembled and works particularly well in soft muddy bottoms. 
Bow & Anchor renderNext step was to do some fine tuning up at the Bow to create the bespoke Anchor Rollers which Rocky will nestle into whenever he is off anchor duty on the sea floor below us.  This quick & dirty render hopefully shows how this rather unique Anchor Roller design we have come up works.
PXL_20201014_085404065.MP

If you look closely, you can see one of the key features we built into this design which is that the flared ends of the two side cheeks of the Anchor Roller brackets, made of 15mm/5/8” AL plate integrally welded in as part of the Bow framing, will match the angle of the flukes of the Rocna.  This way we can cinch Rocky’s flukes up tight against these cheeks when we head out on passages and he essentially becomes part of the hull.  No movement, no noise even when the Bow is bashing through large waves.


PXL_20201014_085425409.MPDuring the build we had left these two cheeks a bit oversize to do this fine tuning so I needed to be able to pull Rocky in the just right “cheeks to flukes” position so Uğur, Nihat and I rigged up this length of square steel tubing and lashed it to the Bow Pulpit rails and hung the chain block off the end to pull Rocky aboard.
PXL_20201014_092903547.MPThis setup was as my Dad might have said “The Bees Knees” as it allowed us to easily move Rocky up/down and push/pull him in/out as I tried out different positions with this rather tricky geometry to get the axis of the SS pins that will have two nylon rollers on them in just the right spot.
PXL_20201014_091158726.MPHere for example you can see that the angle of Rocky’s flukes are not quite matching up with the AL cheeks.
PXL_20201014_133919289.MPSo the rollers need to be repositioned slightly so the shank end of the anchor seen here, goes down to close that gap.
PXL_20201014_130841381.MPI also wanted to make sure that the forward most end of Rocky was a bit aft of the forwardmost part of Möbius which is at the Rub Rail of the Bow, so we marked off a line parallel with the flukes and Uğur trimmed about 15mm off the ends of the AL cheeks which allowed the anchor to move a bit aft.
PXL_20201014_133549593.MPWelcome to your new home Rocky!

I then mocked up some wooden rollers and pins and was able to move these around to find the just right Goldilocks position such that they would bring Rocky into this home position when cinched up tight up on deck.  I may add some hard rubber strips to the end surfaces of those cheeks to make sure everything stays completely silent and there  is no movement here even when we put this under eXtreme stress in big seas.

More to come as we machine and install these Anchor Rollers in the coming weeks.

ENGINE ROOM SYSTEMS:

Sea-Fire system schematicAlongside our Anchoring System at the very top of our critical systems list is the automated fire suppression system in the Engine Room.  Christine worked directly with Justin at Sea-Fire International in the UK and they designed the system you see here.
Sea-Fire NFD 550M spray head photoWhile we have extensive smoke/heat/fire/CO detection systems and manual Maus fire extinguishers located throughout every area of Möbius, the Engine Room requires a fully automated Fire Suppression System.  This both automatically activates the 3M Novec 1230TM extinguishing agent used in all Sea-Fire systems as well as shutting down Mr. Gee and all the fire dampers to completely seal off the ER so the Novec 1230 ** , which is stored as a liquid and discharged as a gas, can quickly and fully extinguish the fire. 
**  For those, like me, interested in such details, according to the 3M site “Novec 1230 fluid extinguishes a fire before it starts by rapidly removing heat. In a typical total flooding system, the fluid is stored as a liquid in cylinders pressurized with nitrogen. Automatic detection sensors trigger release when the fire is at the incipient stage, extinguishing it in mere seconds.  Novec 1230 fluid evaporates 50 times faster than water. In fact, you could soak a paperback book in a bath of Novec 1230 fluid and within a minute, pick it up and read where you left off.”

This Novec 1230 is a relatively recent development to replace previous types of gas based fire extinguishers which depleted the oxygen in the space and used other chemicals which were harmful and deadly for any humans who were in the space at the time.

The net result we care about with selecting this system is that any fire would be put out within seconds AND because it is a waterless fire suppression solution, it leaves no residue and is electrically non-conductive, the fire is extinguished without any harm to the engine, electrical devices and other equipment within the ER so that we should be able to fix up whatever problems led to this fire and then continue on our way.

PXL_20201016_121105751.MPCihan was back with us on Thursday and mounted the Sea-Fire NF 550AM bottle solidly to the AL framework of the ER.

If you look closely (click to enlarge any photo) you can see he has also mounted the Red mandatory manual activation cable off to the far Left with its handle on the outside of the ER beside the door.
PXL_20201016_084921743Cihan and Uğur also mounted the Kobelt Actuator to make sure it did not interfere with the Sea-Fire bottle and pull cable.  This Kobelt Actuator converts the electronic signals from the control levers at the Main and Upper Helm Stations into mechanical movement that moves two push/pull Morse cables; one that moves the throttle lever on Mr. Gee and the other moves the Pitch Control lever on the Nogva CPP Servo Gearbox.
PXL_20201016_084859661In the unlikely event that both electronic control systems at the Upper and Lower Helm Stations should fail, you can manually control the throttle and pitch using the two SS handles you see here with the Black knobs on the end. 

Redundancy (2 independent Helm Controllers) and manual backups as always!

VICTRON COMMISSIONING:

PXL_20201016_100344206.MPAfter the different systems on boats the size of XPM78-01 Möbius have been fully installed, they need to be set up and tested to be working properly by the manufacturer.  This is process is referred to as  “commissioning” and it was another exciting milestone for us this week when one of our most primary and critical systems, our extensive Victron electrical system was commissioned by Victron.

Yusuf rejoined us and he, Hilmi and myself spent several hours down in the Basement which is where our “Victron City” is located, with my laptop connected into the Victron network via the White ethernet cable via the little Blue/Black Victron MK3 to USB gateway you see atop my laptop.
PXL_20201016_101945890.MPBut where is the Victron person you may ask?  He is on the other end of the phone that Yusuf is talking with here while simultaneously be connected into my laptop via a remote desktop app so that he can take direct control of my laptop and then use the Victron Connect software to configure and test all our Victron equipment.  Ahhh, the wonders of modern technology.

Worked like a charm and was a very cool experience as the Victron expert updated all the firmware on each Victron device, set up all their parameters and configuration files and tested them.
PXL_20201016_105024472.MPThe internet connection way down in the Basement where the signals need to go through multiple walls of aluminium wasn’t the best for uploading all the firmware and configuration files but that was no problem as I simply moved my laptop up to the Aft Deck and ran a longer ethernet cable from the Basement.

Now that all the devices are setup we can remotely connect to them using the Victron Remote Management portal or VRM as well as via Bluetooth, WiFi and USB.
PXL_20201016_104019305.MPI was very impressed with how well this Victron remote management allowed us to do the full commissioning virtually.  Hard to show this in photos but one of the smart things Victron does is let’s you cause the LED lights on any bit of kit to blink so you can unambiguously identify the specific device you are working on or sending files to.

Welcome to the 21st Century Möbius!

GLASS at LAST!

PXL_20201013_091437521.MPWell we don’t’ have the glass for all our windows and hatches just yet BUT the reason this scene was very exciting for us to see this week is that what Nihat and Osman are doing here is making the plywood templates for each piece of glass on the boat.  This is the one for the Port Deck Hatch on the Aft Deck.

SKYBRIDGE HELM STATION:

MVIMG_20201012_111418Last week Uğur finished welding up this all aluminium Help Station and got it bolted into the stand up in the SkyBridge.
PXL_20201013_084347631.MPThis week Hilmi was able to install all the wiring
PXL_20201013_084353344.MPWhich come up through this penetration between the Helm Station and the Base below.
PXL_20201013_151604529This is most of the equipment prior to installation.
PXL_20201014_123316127.MPNow partially installed.
PXL_20201015_064042190.MPNow just waiting for the Engine Start/Stop switches to arrive.

We will hold off installing the two 24” touch screens until just before launching when things will be much cleaner onboard.
PXL_20201016_140322355.MPFor now, they are all hermetically sealed away as there is still a lot of aluminium and other dust flying around.
And th-tha-tha- That’s ALL Folks!  for this week’s XPM78-01 Möbius Progress Report. 

Sorry this one is a bit rushed and I’ll be back with more again next week.

See you then,

Wayne

Getting Ready to Stop and Go?! XPM78-01 Möbius Progress Update Oct. 5-10, 2020

The focus this week was on building the aluminium Console for the Upper Helm Station in the SkyBridge (the GO part of this week’s title), getting Mr. Gee his fuel supply, continuing to check off more electrical and interior jobs and prepare our anchor chain for anchoring (the Stop part of this week’s title). 

We were delighted to welcome back more members of Team Möbius as they return from the other boats they’ve been working on so let’s jump right into this week’s Show & Tell so you can see it all for yourself.

SkyBridge Helm Station

Upper Helm Console perspectiveHere is the design we came up with for the aluminium console that will hold all our navigation equipment for the Upper Helm Station in the SkyBridge.  Click to enlarge this (or any image) to see some of the items that will be installed in this console and I’ll put a list of all of these below.

Upper Helm Console layout center dimsAs shown in this layout drawing, the equipment that will be mounted in this console include:

  • 2 Side by Side 24″ LiteMax NavPixel Daylight Readable Touch Monitors
  • Furuno 711C Autopilot Control Head
  • Vetus Bow Thruster Joystick Model BPAJ
  • Maxwell VWC 4000 Windlass Up/Down Control
  • Kobelt Engine Throttle and CPP Pitch Controls
  • Kobelt Pitch Gauge
  • Standard Horizon GX6000 Fixed-Mount VHF Radio
  • Kobelt Control Switches & Remote Walkabout plug-in socket
  • SH SCU-30 Wireless Access Point
  • Exterior Lights switch panel
  • Engine Stop/Start buttons
  • Horn button

Upper Helm Console perspective RhinoAlthough the SkyBridge area is quite well protected by the solid roof above created by the aluminium frame for the 8 320W solar panels mounted on top, and the removable plexiglass windows which wrap 360 degrees around the whole SkyBridge, it will still be exposed to wind and rain at times so we needed to build a waterproof console to protect all these critical and eXpen$ive electronics.
We had been working on the design of this console for a long time and were very pleased to be able to enlist the help of Burak who had been our 3D modeler when we first started working with Naval 3 years ago, to work out the details and finalise this design.  One additional design element we needed to accomplish was that this whole console needed to be removable for two reasons.  First being that it needs to be removed when we convert the boat to “hunkered down/Canal mode” and lower the articulated roof.  And secondly Christine and I want to try out having this Upper Helm Station in different locations in the SkyBridge as we use the boat for the first year or so.  We think that its current location at the Aft end of the SkyBridge will work out best but we won’t know for sure till we can live with it in different scenarios and different positions.

IMG_20201006_134238Burak sent over all the 2D construction drawings last week and so Uğur jumped right in on Monday morning and spent most of this past week taking this console from start to finish by Friday.  Let’s follow along as he works.
IMG_20201006_163445It would have taken another week or more to send out all the AL plate to be CNC cut and I think Uğur enjoyed the chance to go back to some “old school” ways so he quickly laid out all the parts directly on the AL plate and cut out the pieces with the in-house bandsaw and a cutting disk on his angle grinder. 
IMG_20201007_102035As we have tried to do throughout the design and build of XPM78-01 Möbius, we KISS’ed (Keep It Simple & Safe) the design of this console so there are only 8 pieces in total and they are all made out of 5mm / 3/16” flat AL plate which are easily tacked in place.
IMG_20201007_095728To provide ready access for installing and maintaining all the electrical connections and components inside this console we made the whole back side a removable plate that will be bolted in place with a watertight gasket.
IMG_20201007_110249With a quick check that all the dimensions and angles were all correct, Uğur got to work doing all the finish welding.

BTW, for those who might wonder why all the photos of welding have these lines in them it is due to the MIG welders being the newer Pulse type and the camera freeze-frames these pulses.
IMG_20201008_093015With the welds cleaned up a bit Uğur laid out the various cut-outs for each item to be installed on the dashboard and then cut these out with a hole saw or cutting wheel.
IMG_20201008_162003We are still waiting for a few switches to arrive but we have all the primary components so Uğur and I did a quick check to make sure they all fit properly before continuing.
MVIMG_20201008_175448Next it was time to finalise the location of the console on top of the foundation built into the SkyBridge (and for Cihan our Master Plumber to get in this quick cameo!)  The two cushions on the Port/Left side allow someone to comfortably join the person on watch as well as a great spot to lie down for a nap up here.
IMG_20201009_093944After trying a few different spots we settled on this positioning with the same amount of overhang around the three sides.
Llebroc Upper Helm ChairThis is our Llebroc Helm Chair which will soon
IMG_20201009_175908…….. reside here, in the center of the space behind the dashboard.

IMG_20201009_093800This penetration on the inside provides a watertight pass through for all the cables.  Once all the cables have been installed and all systems checked that they are fully functional, this and all other penetrations throughout the boat are filled with certified “goo” to create a fully watertight seal.
IMG_20201009_093852Here is how the Upper Helm Station it looks from the back side. 
IMG_20201009_175928Holding the camera at about eye height here to check the sight lines which are great as you can easily see the whole forward end of the bow anchor area.
Kobelt 7176 Walk About RemoteWhenever we prefer to have an even better close up view of around the boat, we have one of these Kobelt 7176 “Walk-About” remote controllers at both Helms. 

With 10m / 33ft of cable, I’m not willing to trust wireless for this critical control, we can stand almost anywhere on the boat from the Swim Platform to the Bow, either side deck and from anywhere in either the Main or SkyBridge Helm areas and have all the controls literally at our fingertips when docking or take this remote controller to wherever we are sitting.

The two side levers control Throttle and Pitch and up on top are controls for Rudder, Bow Thruster, CPP Clutch and Horn.  Can’t wait to try all these out on our upcoming sea trials once we launch.


And Yes, Launch Date is still “Thursday”, just don’t ask which one! Smile


Plumbing Progress:

IMG_20201008_094241We finally have Cihan back full time again (we hope!) and he was his usual busy productive self all over Möbius.  Cihan and I started by working on the two heat exchangers …..
IMG_20201007_151751…….. that needed to be mounted in the very aft end of the Engine Room.
IMG_20201007_150606We built in this removable section of the flooring to provide full access to this important area where the prop shaft enters the boat.  The composite grid flooring lifts out and then this aluminium floor plate can be unbolted and removed as well.
IMG_20201007_151707Access is particularly important whenever I need to service the “dripless” Tides Marine SureSeal Drip Free Self-Aligning Shaft Seal that keeps all the water out of the joint where the prop shaft exits the log tube.
Tides Marine dripless SureSeal assemblyI will cover more details when we are installing this SureSeal but here is a quick overview of how it works.
IMG_20201007_151716Today though we wanted to access the very aft ends of the two Engine Beds on either side where we wanted to mount these two Bowman heat exchangers.  The red one on the far Port/Left side is for cooling the hydraulic oil in the Nogva CPP Gearbox and the Silver one on the far Stbd/Right side is for cooling the Gardner’s water/antifreeze engine coolant. 
Bowman Heat Exchanger cut away viewBoth of these heat exchangers have cool seawater being pumped through their outer shells while the oil is pumped through a round “stack” of CuNi (Copper/Nickle) tubes that you can see here in this cutaway illustration. 
Fun Fact:  Bowman is another one of the world leading industrial companies we have found here in Turkey and so it was fun to find that our Nogva Norwegian CPP system came with that Red Bowman Heat Exchanger.

IMG_20201008_094254My apologies for getting too busy to get too many photos of this installation of these two heat exchangers but the basic flow of the seawater is that it first enters the Left end of the Silver Heat Exchanger at the top of this photo, exits out the rear and then flows through the Gray (protective wrap) hose on the far Right here where it will enter the aft end of the Red Heat Exchanger at the bottom.  Inside the Engine Room, the seawater exits the front end of the Red Bowman Heat Exchanger through another rubber hose that goes up to the Halyard SS mixing elbow on the Gardner’s wet exhaust system and then exits the boat through the large Exit Sea Chest in the ER.  Much more to come on all that once we start installing the exhaust system in the next few weeks.
IMG_20201007_130735Another new plumbing addition that Cihan installed this past week is the small little circulation pump with the White faceplate you can see at the bottom middle of this photo of the underside of the Stbd/Right side Workbench in the Workshop.
IMG_20201007_130740These Jabsco/Xylem 24V “vario” pumps are very cool and very eXpen$ive but boy do they work well.  These are a relatively new pump generation that are super quite with minimal energy consumption, shaftless spherical motor and permanent magnet technology.
On Möbius we are using this D5 Vario 38/700B pump to keep hot water circulating through our DHW (Domestic Hot Water) loop that ensures that there is always hot water immediately available to every hot water tap and shower on the boat.  No more wasting time and water while you wait for hot water to come out of the sink faucet or shower nozzle!


IMG_20201007_130544Speaking of hot water, the Captain aka Christine, is eXtremely eXcited about Cihan installing two of these SS towel warmers; one in each cabin’s Head/Bathroom!

Christine has been wanting to have one of these for years and after a very long and winding road to find these Goldilocks just right versions, she will finally have one in our Master Cabin as will all our guests in their Bathroom.
Laris towel warmerYet another example of the Turkish manufacturers making eXtremely high quality products, Christine fell in lust for these “Laris” model SS towel warmers from Hamman Radiator.
IMG_20201007_145715The towel warmers attach to the walls with these very clever SS tubes which Cihan first attaches to the walls using an expanding bolt on the inside of each tube. 
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And then there are four round SS pegs on the back of the towel warmers which slide into these tubes and are locked in place with the little set screw you can see on the bottom here.

The two SS square fittings the bottom are the water valves to control the flow of hot water through the towel warmer. 


Laris towel warmer upper corner photoHere is what the finished mounting looks like.

Many won’t understand, but to my eye, all of this hardware and the towel racks themselves are just beautiful works of art and engineering that are part of our “boat jewelry” collection on Möbius.

Interior Progress:

IMG_20201009_175606Looking around our Master Head/Shower/Bathroom do your sharp eyes might spot a few other new additions?

One job Serkan just completed is the mounting of those two SS latches now installed on those bottom two cabinet doors underneath where the sink will mount.
IMG_20201006_152851And if you look very closely you will see that the White Corian countertop has arrived.  There will be a clear glass partition that extends up that slot between the shower seat and the ceiling and will be sealed to that vertical surface at the end of this countertop.
IMG_20201009_175617And what is this new addition that just showed up this week beside the VacuFlush toilet?
IMG_20201009_175623Aha!  That’s the wireless remote control panel for the BioBidet BB-1000 Supreme bidet seat.  It clips into a holder mounted on the cabinet so the curious can remove it and discover all the MANY functions available.   The same BioBidet is installed in the Guest Cabin as well BTW.


Surely you didn’t think I put the eXplorer in XPM for no reason did you?

IMG_20201009_175715More examples of how XPM78-01 Möbius is a true world eXplore can be seen in another new addition this week as Hilmi starts installing all our Vimar “Arké Metal” switches and plug ins.  We have designed Möbius to be a true “World Boat” and so she has both 120V 60Hz and 230V 50Hz AC plugs like these throughout the boat.
IMG_20201009_175805We also have wired CAT7 ethernet plugs spread throughout the boat for maximum internet speeds.  This one is tucked away below the “floating” shelf on Christine’s side of our King size bed.
IMG_20201009_175811And these are what the matching Vimar light switches look like.  Of course these will all look MUCH better once we remove all the protective plastic coverings and do a good cleanup prior to launch, but until then we are very glad to have all the interior surfaces covered up while construction continues.
IMG_20201009_175517And here is Hilmi installing a set of four of those Vimar switches for the LED lights around the stairwell leading down into the Master Cabin.
IMG_20201007_130452Serkan has also been busy in the Master cabin adding finishing touches such as these solid Ro$ewood handholds on the “Swiss” (as in Swiss Army Knife) door that is the door for both the entrance into the Master Cabin and the full length hanging locker as it is here.
IMG_20201007_130457He needed to radius both ends of these so that they cleared the door jambs when closed on the Entryway.  The upper panel will soon be covered with the same Green/Gray leather you see throughout the Master Cabin walls.

Aluminum Finishing:

IMG_20201010_151441Nihat also had a very productive week as he took on the eXtremely big job of finishing all the exterior aluminium surfaces.  We’ve settled on the “brushed” look that these 3M abrasive discs create when used with a random orbital sander such as this pneumatic one in the photo here.

Let us know what do you think of this look but we are very pleased with it.

Feeding Mr. Gee!

IMG_20201006_174218I managed to make more time for Mr. Gee again this week and focused on installing his “feeding” system to deliver the Goldilocks just right amount of scrupulously clean diesel fuel.

This is one of his six fuel injectors that have been refurbished to factory new condition by Michael and his crew at Gardner Marine Diesel at the Gardner “factory” in Kent England.  Injectors just don’t get much better or simpler than this.  NO electronics just a simple supply connection under the Red seal on the Right and a matching return connection on the Left.
IMG_20201006_174242Each injector slides into the tubular hole you can see underneath the tip of the injector here.
IMG_20201006_183919Then one of these lever arms is tightened down using the castellated nut just to the Left of the Red cap here.  This lever presses the angled end of the injector body into its matching seat inside the tubular hole in the cylinder head and forms a perfect seal to keep all those literally eXplosive forces inside the cylinder where they belong and where they then supply all the mighty “draft horsepower” and torque that Mr. Gee delivers to our propeller.
IMG_20201009_095258Now each of those injectors need an equally robust set of piping to deliver the diesel fuel to/from them so my next job was to clean up all these steel fuel lines and give them a couple of coats of shiny black epoxy. 

Can’t have any bare steel on Mr. Gee that would just rust now can we?!
IMG_20201010_182610Here is what those shiny Black steel fuel lines look like when they are connected to the bottom outlets on the Fuel Injection Pump and then go up to the injectors in the cylinder heads through the AL valve covers I have set in place here.

Again my apologies for being too busy installing all these fuel components to take more photos but I will take more this coming week and put them into next week’s Progress Update for you.

For now I hope this quick shot of where I left of yesterday (Sat. Oct. 10th) will do.

 

Yachts Play Games Bula Bula Right?!

IMG_20201010_124709Christine and I spent Saturday morning doing a job that believe it or not, we have long been looking forward to; painting the length marking strips on our 13mm / 1/2” galvanized HT anchor chain. 

The joy in this job is that it reminds us that in the not too distant future (we hope!) we will be using these marks to tell us how much anchor chain we have let out in the latest anchorage we have just arrived at.

We started by dragging all 300 meters / 328 feet of chain off the factory pallet onto the shop floor and arranging it in 10 meter long loops with paper underneath both ends where we would be spray painting the chain.
IMG_20201010_125720There are a LOT of different ways to mark an anchor chain and even more opinions about which is best but we have both anchored thousands of time in our marine lives and find that painting different colours onto the chain and then adding some matching coloured nylon zip ties is the Goldilocks just right method for us.
IMG_20201010_133147We paint a different colour combination each 10 meters / 33’ and to help us remember the distance of each colour we came up with the acronym YPGBR based on the colours of paint we have used this time.  As you might figure out from this photo, YPGBR  stands for Yellow-Pink-Green-Blue-Red which is the order of the colours we painted onto the chain every 10 meters. 

These are the odd numbered 10 meter marks starting with Yellow at the first 10m mark at the top here, then:

  • Pink @ 30m,
  • Green @ 50m,
  • Blue @ 70m
  • Red @ 90m
    IMG_20201010_133158At the other end of the loops we use a combination of the colours to mark the even starting lengths of;
  • Yellow/Pink @ 20 meters
  • Pink/Green @ 40m
  • Green/Blue @ 60m
  • Blue/Red @ 80m

Confusing right? 

Nope!  Easy for us to remember when the YPGBR acronym stands for is:

  • Yachts
  • Play
  • Games
  • Bula Bula**
  • Right?!!
    For those who might wonder, Bula is the Fijian greeting, always said with great Gusto, which we learned so well from all our years cruising in Fiji

Once the paint dried we flaked the chain back onto the pallet and it is now ready to be pulled aboard into its Chain Bin inside the Forepeak but that will have to wait for next week’s Progress Update here on Möbius.World.

Thanks as always for joining us and be sure to add your thoughts and ideas in the “Join the Discussion” box below.

– Wayne & Christine

Mr. Gee Gets Plumbed – Progress Update XPM78-01 Möbius Sept. 27-Oct. 2, 2020

This week’s Progress Update will be short and sweet as we are still working very shorthanded on XPM78-01 Möbius and it has been another very full weekend of boat related work for Christine and me so it is already late Sunday here as I sit down to write up this week’s Progress Update for you.  However, progress is being made and there are interesting new developments to show you so let’s jump right in for this week’s Show & Tell aboard the Good Ship Möbius.

INTERIOR OUTFITTING:

IMG_20200928_154758Serkan was onboard for two days this week as he continues to work on the last of the hardware related work in the Master Cabin.  On Tuesday he was installing the last of these beautiful SS latches on the doors and drawers on the front Starboard/Right side wall of the Master Cabin.  He is down to the last latch on the bottom drawer below the vanity sink that you can see in the bottom Left here.
IMG_20201001_191516A bit different perspective on Thursday, looking straight down the centerline towards the bow of the boat you can see that the bottom drawer has now been installed along with the two matching latches on the White bottom cupboard doors inside the Head/Bathroom on the far Left.

And Serkan has almost all the Green/Gray leather panels installed now, just the small strips around the Vanity cabinet at the far end.  The door of that Vanity as well as the main Head door will soon have mirrors mounted on them to finish this area off.
IMG_20201001_094647Upstairs in the SuperSalon an exciting new development is now visible.  The window frames are now all filed with their plywood templates which will be sent out to the glass company next week so they can cut and prep all the 25mm/1” thick laminated window glass as well as the other glass for the flush Deck Hatches.
IMG_20200930_123018And the “eyebrow” around the upper SkyBridge.

IMG_20201001_094639Still very much a “work in progress” but the whole SuperSalon is beginning to come into view now.

It will be a VERY big day when we finally get all the glass installed onboard and make Möbius fully weathertight for the first time.

ALUMINIUM WORK:

IMG_20200928_175925Our faithful Dynamic Duo of Uğur and Nihat had another full and productive week.  If you were with us last week you’ll remember they were busy getting the ceiling over the Outside Galley on the Aft Deck all fully insulated wtih 50mm EPDM foam and the attachment points for the White AlucoBond laminated sheets that will form the ceiling itself.
IMG_20200928_175941As with the other AlucoBond panels you’ve seen them mounting in the Engine Room and Workshop, they use these very nice covered screws to attach the AlucoBond to the aluminium L-bar supports.  If you look closely at the screw in the upper Left here (click to enlarge any photo) you can just make out the brass threaded washer around the head of the countersunk screw and then the chrome dome cover thread onto that to completely hide the underlying screw head.
IMG_20200929_094429Here is what the ceiling looks like viewed from down inside the SuperSalon looking up and out the Entryway WT Door onto the Aft Deck Galley.

For those wondering, the White, Black and Red lettering is just a protective film on all AlucoBond panels which will be removed just before we launch to reveal the White anodized aluminium outer surface of all these panels.
IMG_20200930_123340And here is what it looks like from the other end out on the Aft Deck.

The Black wiring hanging down is for the six LED lights when we are cooking in this Outdoor Galley or dimmed down for safe lighting when entering or leaving the boat.
IMG_20200930_123422This is the Port/Left Vent Box which served double duty as one of our Outdoor Galley countertops with this SS sink in it.

The rectangular openings are filled with the Mist Eliminator grills and damper system for the Entry Air going down to the bottom of the Engine Room.
IMG_20200930_123428And this is the matching STBD/Right side Vent Box with the two rectangular openings for the extraction air from the Engine Room and Workshop.

The raised surface on the Left will be the main countertop in this Galley and the lower countertop will soon house the 220V electric Grill/BBQ.

All the countertops will be Turquoise Turkish marble to match that in the inside Galley.

For the observant ones who might wonder, the two small outlets on the Aft facing bottom of this Vent Box on the far Right are for the quick connect water fittings for our Deck Wash hoses; one for Fresh Water, one for Salt.
IMG_20200928_104603However the most exciting new milestone Nihat and Uğur hit his past week was that they started on the final cleanup of all the bare exterior aluminium surfaces.  Nihat spent most of the rest of the week working on the AL surfaces surrounding the SkyBridge.


IMG_20201002_162644This is a two part process, first grinding all the welds to be either flush or nicely radiused corners such as you can see Nihat has done here on the frame for the SkyBridge Console and the surrounding interior walls.
IMG_20201002_161953Then he moved on to all the AL surfaces and welds on the surfaces outside of the SkyBridge itself.
MVIMG_20201002_162657Such as the tops of these “horns” on either side of the Front hinged Solar Panel bank and the outer walkway that runs down the sides of the SkyBridge.
IMG_20200930_162337Uğur took on the daunting task of grinding down all the welds on the outside surfaces of all the Hull plates.  There are three longitudinal runs of welds down each side where the different thicknesses of hull plates butt together.  The top one he is working on here is the only “hard chine” or corner on the hull which is a bit trickier as the weld needs to be ground down flush to each plate and then have a nice radius for the turn of the corner.
IMG_20200930_164606It is difficult to capture in photos, especially at this early stage but this will give you an idea.

The surface on the far Right here is part of our experimenting with different kinds of final swirl patterns for the final finish to see which one we like the best. 
IMG_20200930_164616This shot will help you see how the process of finishing this corner seam goes.  The corner on the far Left is close to what the finished chine or corner will look like and as you move to the Right towards Uğur you can see the progression “backwards” through the process with the raw untouched weld on the far Right.
IMG_20201002_162031This longer view will help you understand the “daunting” part of Ugur’s job!  24 meters / 78 feet down each side suddenly becomes a VERY real and very big number when you are taking it on one centimeter or inch at a time and then three of those lengths (one for each weld seam, on each side.  I’ll let you do the math!
MVIMG_20201001_094442The maximum sheet size for aluminium plates is 6m/19ft so there is also a vertical seam where each end of the plates butt together that also needs to be ground flush.
IMG_20201002_162115And up at the Bow there are a lot of transitions where the different hull plate thicknesses, 10, 12, 15, 20 and 25mm thick all come together where they meet up wtih the 25mm thick Keel Bar and that nice round transition up at the top where it wraps around our big solid AL “nose” cone for the snubber line when at anchor.
IMG_20201002_162127By quitting time on Friday though Uğur and Nihat has already done their first passes of their welds on the Stbd/Right side so that was a LOT of progress in just a few days.  Lots more to come next week so stay tuned as I show you the continued evolution of finishing the hull.

ELECTRICAL DETAILS:

IMG_20201002_155606The newest member of our growing family of Victron equipment finally arrived and got installed this week.  It is the newest Victron Blue box that you can see in the bottom Right corner of this AL panel in the Forward Port corner of the Basement. 

If you click and zoom in on this or the photo below, you can see that this tiny Cerbo GX box provides us with communication ports for USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a MicroSD slot as well as the Victron VE.Can nd VE.bus connections.

IMG_20201002_155613We have had Victron equipment on our previous boats for many years with great success but one area that has been lacking is their integration in communicating with each other and the whole GX line is helping to resolve that.
Victron Cerbo GX Connections diagramThe Cerbo GX is also the newest bit of kit from Victron and makes a huge leap forward in getting all our Victron equipment onto our N2K network as well as bringing all our Victron into a much more integrated system.
IMG_20201002_155903Just around that front Port corner is our “Solar City” wall where all 14 of our Victron SmartSolar 100/20 MPPT controllers which connect to each of our 14 320Wp Light Tech solar panels.  The Gray box is the junction box for all the wiring and the 14 circuit breakers for the DC outputs of each MPPT controller.

PLUBMING:


IMG_20200929_094455Diagonally opposite on the Stbd Aft corner, we managed to steal our Plumbing Wizard Cihan back for one day and he finished installing the last 2 Whale Gray Water Tank pumps.  This pump extracts Gray water out of the integral AL tank below and pushes it out the Sea Chest that you can just barely see on the far Left here.

Given that we are rarely in marinas and on anchor, the vast majority of the time our Gray Water (sinks & showers) goes directly to an exiting Sea Chest but when that’s not allowed, the Grey Water is stored in one of our three Gray Water tanks and hence the need for this Whale pump to empty those tanks when we are out at sea.


The big Clear/White tank on the Right is our Potable Water tank which ensures that we always have at least 150 litres of pure water to use even if we should somehow loose all access to the 7100L/1875USG of fresh water in our six integral AL tanks in the bottom of the hull.


IMG_20201002_162557Some of that fresh water goes into this HazMat Locker on the Port side of the Swim Platform for our Aft Shower.  As you can see here we have hidden the shower mixing valve and head inside this locker to keep it out of the way and protected from daily UV and salt water. 
IMG_20201002_162544Cihan has mounted a holder for the shower spray head inside here as well so it is easy to just open the locker and grab the shower head to rinse off after a snorkel exploration or for a nightly shower.  There will be another showerhead mount up on the Aft railing so you can have a hands free shower as well for shampooing your hair or whatever.
IMG_20201002_153552Inside on the front Stbd/Right side of the Workshop by the Day Tank, Cihan was also able to install these two Black hockey puck shaped Maretron FFM100 Fuel Flow Meters. 
IMG_20201002_153520The upper Left Fuel Flow Meter is on the Fuel Supply line going into the dual FleetGuard 2-stage fuel filters
IMG_20201002_153530and the one on the lower Right.is on the Return Fuel line from Mr. Gee our Gardner 6LXB engine.  Having these high precision flow meters allows us to know the exact amount of fuel being consumed at any time and helps us run Mr. Gee at his maximum efficiency at all times.
IMG_20201002_153608And if you were to bend down and take a peek underneath the Day Tank you would see this latest addition Cihan has made out the bottom of the Sump on the Day Tank.  The Black threaded nipple you see here is where the WIF or Water In Fuel sensor will be installed.  Being heavier than Diesel fuel, water always sinks to the bottom so if we ever get any water in our fuel is will quickly find its way down to the bottom most point and send us a WIF signal and sound an alarm. 

If you go back and look two photos above at the FleetGuard Fuel Filters you will see that each of the Fs19596 Fuel Filter/Separators has their own WIF sensor in the bottom so we are sure to know if water ever shows up in the fuel at any time and we can promptly get rid of it before it has any chance to get near Mr. Gee.

Mr. Gee

Speaking of Mr. Gee, I was able to spend more time working on him this past week focusing on timing and plumbing so let’s head over to the Engine Room to take a look.

IMG_20200929_144334This was an exciting new milestone for Mr. Gee and me as I finally got to mount this Fuel Injection Pump and Cam Box assembly taking up most of the Port/Left side of Mr. Gee.  If you look at the far front end you can see the PTO (Power Take Off) shaft coming out of Mr. Gee which turns the fuel injection camshaft that in turn created the high pressure that goes up to each injector sprayer at just the right time.
IMG_20200929_171614At the aft or flywheel end of the Gardner it is Grand Central Station for all these Copper & Brass lubrication oil pipework’s.  They all come together here where the cast iron Oil Filter acts as the traffic cop for all the oil coming and going to the rest of the engine.
IMG_20201002_183242Many hours of “pipe wrangling” later, this is how the pipework’s look when all connected to the Oil Filter on the top Right here and then going heading on to their connections on the other end to the crankcase, oil cooler which has its own dedicated oil pump which is the Burgundy painted unit extending out of the AL Cam Box in the rear Left here.
IMG_20200930_184533I won’t bore you with all the details, but Gardner engines have multiple “timing” settings that are critical to get absolutely spot on for the engine to run properly.  The timing of when each intake and exhaust valve needs to open and close is one example that I tackled this week.  The requirement is that the Intake Valve opens at 16.25 degrees Before Top Dead Center and the Exhaust closes at 11.75 degrees Aft TDC.  But how do you measure and set to such accuracy?
IMG_20200930_181033The method I came up with was to put a piece of masking tape on the outer circumference of the flywheel covering the distance between the two precise lines punched on at the Gardner Factory to mark TDC and 25.8 degrees BTDC which is for timing the fuel injectors. 
Then I peeled off the masking tape and laid it out on a flat AL surface where I could accurately measure the distance between “zero” at TDC and the 25.8 degree line with my digital Vernier calipers which gave me the numbers I needed to figure out how many mm one degree of rotation is.
IMG_20200930_181023Pretty simple math that even I could figure out.  It was 127.7mm from the TDC line to 25.8 degrees so 127.8 / 25.8 = 4.872mm = 1 degree.  Easy to then mark off the distances for the 16.25 degree and 11.75 degree marks.
IMG_20200930_183539Now all I had to do was put put the masking tape strip back on with the TDC mark on the tape matched up with the TDC mark on the flywheel and then mark the flywheel at the 16.25 BTDC and 11.75 ATDC lines and then put a center punch mark at each one and scribe a line through them.  Lining these marks up with the reference line you can see scribed into the top and bottom of this opening in the flywheel housing and I can turn the flywheel to align these marks and precisely adjust the valve timing at each point. 


IMG_20201002_183229That will be where I start tomorrow (Monday) morning so I’ll let you know how that works out in next week’s Progress Update.

So this is the parting shot of Mr. Gee when I left him last and where I will start tomorrow morning.  And my first order of business will be to find the slob that dribbled that bit of Wellseal gasket sealer on the top of the cam box!   Oh wait, never mind, I just caught my reflection in the monitor and I found him!
Thanks for joining me here on this week’s Show & Tell for the week of September 27 to October 3rd, 2020.  Really appreciate you taking the time to follow along and I sure hope you will add your comments, questions and concerns in the “Join the Discussion” box below.

Hope to see you here again next Sunday.

-Wayne

Latches, Hatches and Bling Oh My!! Weekly Progress Update XPM78-01 Möbius Sept. 14-19, 2020

The “skeleton” version of Team Möbius was leaner than ever this past week here at Naval Yachts as we are down to just two part time workers onboard Möbius this past week.  However, along with Christine and myself and our Dynamic Duo of Nihat and Uğur we all put in a very full week and they made great progress in finishing all the “hotworks” of welding up the Tender. 

So this will be another shortened version of these Weekly Progress Updates but I’m delighted to share all I have with you.

I will leave the largest progress on the Tender for the end this week and so let’s jump in first to what did get done this week on the Interior of Möbius thanks to the couple of days that our Sparky Hilmi and our Hardware guru Serkan were onboard.

LATCHES:

IMG_20200828_171805I’ve received a lot of comments and questions (thanks!) about these bits of boat jewellery that masquerade as our eXtremely solid latches on all our cabinet doors and drawers and we like them more every time we see them and start to use them.
IMG_20200829_102823For those who have not seen these latches before they are solid 316 SS and work simply with a light one finger lift like this.
IMG_20200831_161453When you add up all the drawers and doors in both cabins, the Galley, the Corridor Office and the Salon we have a LOT so Serkan has been a busy boy getting these all done. 
IMG_20200829_102909It might sound as simple as “drill a hole and thread the latch body in place” but it is actually very eXacting and finicky work to get the holes in just the right location so the latch mechanism lines up.  Adding to the challenge all the Rosewood doors and drawer fronts have already been finished and polished so drilling these holes without any splintering or pull outs takes some finesse.  But Serkan is appropriately OCD when it comes to the quality of his work and hey now as almost all the latches installed but for a few in the Master Cabin.
IMG_20200903_102446Such as these two drawers underneath Christine’s Office Desk.
IMG_20200831_111853These ones in the Galley Drawers,
IMG_20200901_094428Galley Garage doors,

I hope to be able to show you all the latches in the Master Cabin in next week’s Progress Update.
IMG_20200918_182602Up at the Main Helm, Serkan and Hilmi worked together to mount the em-trak Class A AIS I mentioned last week.

It is the rectangular screen you see here in the upper Right corner of the Black leather ceiling overtop of the Main Helm.

IMG_20200914_100738Another example of those “how hard can this be?” jobs as there are a lot of different cables that Hilmi had to run from a lot of different locations on the boat with the AIS antennae being up on the Main Arch, the dedicated AIS GPS head up on the front Port side of the Pilot House, data cables going to the N2K system and +/- 24V cables to power the whole thing.
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Serkan then needed to put the hole for all these cables in the Black leather covered removable ceiling panel overhead of the Main Helm and then attach the holding bracket that the em-trak AIS unit attaches to.

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Positioned for clear viewing whether seated or standing at the Helm and the whole unit can also pivot and tilt so we can orient it to keep an eye on when eating at the Dinette Table or in the Galley.

HATCHES:

Open HatchSince we first started installing them, I have also received a lot of questions and comments about the Deck Hatches I designed and we built in house here at Naval Yachts.  Boat owners, especially those of us doing long passages, typically have a love/hate kind of relationship with Deck hatches.  Just Love all the light and fresh air they bring in BUT they almost all start leaking relatively early in their life. 


Of course, Mr. Murphy ensures that when they do leak, that water will always land in the most annoying spots such as in your face as you sleep, soaking your bed or seats or dripping onto electronic gear.  Ask me how I know??!!!!
Hatch Section labelledTherefor, one of our priorities when we were designing Möbius was to make sure that we had eXtremely Leak Proof Hatches!  After many months of research and sketching, this is the design I came up with in my favorite 3D modeling program, Fusion 360.
Hatch Section with edge seal infoThese two section views shows some of the key features to ensure these stay fully waterproof with large self draining gutters around the flush mounted 15mm glass lids and edge seals around the inner frames.
TrimLok hatch sealsI spent a LOT of time searching for the Goldilocks edge seals and finally found them at Trim-Lok in the USA which makes the seals for many automotive manufacturers and other industries.  Trim-Lok has a great site that allows you to custom design your own seals with an interactive “Hatch Seal Product Builder” where you chose details such as thickness of the “edge” the seals will attach to which in our case is the 8mm thick upper vertical edge of the aluminium inner hatch frames.  Then you chose which side, A, C or E you want the “bulb” part of the EPDM rubber seal to attach to and the width or “leg length” of the grippy rubber U-section you want.
TrimLok Hatch seal dwg 2 closedI designed these Inner Frame of the Hatches and then the Trim-Lok Hatch Seals such that as you close the Hatch Lid, the upper rubber bulb part of the seal is compressed to the Trim-Lok specifications for the just right and maximum sealing.


Once you have your seal all designed you just specify things like colour, type of rubber and how many linear feet you want and they ship it to you all coiled up in a box.  It is always a treat when I can work directly with the manufacturer and it was a great experience working with Trim-Lok to design and build the Goldilocks Hatch Seals for Möbius.


IMG_20200904_133309This is what those Trim-Lok seals look like in the real world aboard Möbius.  Pretty self explanatory; the deck surface is on the far Left here and then you can see the deep Gutter formed by the Outer AL Frame and one of the two drain holes in the bottom.
IMG_20200904_133305Christine and I spent some time last week doing a test fit installation of the Trim-Lok seals on this one hatch up in the ceiling of the “doghouse” overtop the entryway into the Workshop off of the Swim Platform.  3D modeling and custom Hatch Seal Builder tools are great but they are still all theoretical so we were anxious for this real world fitting. 
Fortunately the seals and the hatches worked even better than we had hoped.  The “squish” was just right both for maximum sealing as well as the just right about of resistance as you lock or “dog” the hatch handles down.


Hatch Hinge Boxes close upJust to up the challenge, I added some other requirements for this design such a having their glass tops be flush with the AL decks so they are no edges laying in wait to bite your toes as you walk around on deck usually in bare feet.  Perhaps even more importantly,  no edges to snag lines and ropes.


However the #1 feature attracting me to Flush Hatches is that when you take on big waves breaking over the bow or sides, flush hatches have no edge for this deluge of water to press against the seals as it all runs straight overtop.


Hatch Hinge Boxes insideAnd If I’m going to have no protrusions of the Hatch Lids, then surely I had to also get rid of the Hinges right?  So the renders above and on the Left show how I made the hinges disappear when the Hatches are closed.
Hatch Latch & Handle sketches[3]Recently I completed what I felt was the Goldilocks design for the latches and handles for these 10 Deck Hatches and had them all CNC milled from billets of solid aluminium I had on hand. 

Hand sketching is my preferred method of thinking through a design and coming up with lots of alternative ways of meeting my design goals.
Hatch Handle square designThese are two of my early sketches for the Hatch Handles and Latching system that I ended up with. 
Hatch Handle closed Fusion 360Once I have the basic design details worked out in my sketches I then move over to Autodesk’s Fusion 360 ** to work out the precise details and end up with a fully developed 3D model that can then talk to the CNC milling machine to make them.
** Full Disclosure, I was privileged to work for Autodesk Inc. for over 25 years so I may be a wee bit biased but I continue to be amazed at what all they have been able to pack into Fusion 360 and yet keep it so amazingly easy and powerful to use.


Hatch Handle detail latch onlyI’ve removed the Handle here to show how the round Upper Boss is bolted to the 10mm thick CNC cut Hatch Lid which the 15mm Glass will soon be glued to.  The Purple part below is the 20mm thick Latch Block or Plate where the “nose” of the Handle slides under to pull the Lid closed.
Hatches with Handles Iso view in Fusion 360I’ve made all the parts somewhat transparent in this quick render to give you a bit of X-Ray vision to see how all the various features such as the Handles, Lid and Hinges all work together.  Click this or any blog image to enlarge it for a closer look.
IMG_20200904_155303Here’s what one of those Hatch Handles looks like over in the real world.  That Latch Block on the Right has two threaded holes on the back side where it is through bolted by two SS Hex-Head bolts going through the Inner Frame.
IMG_20200904_155706First test fitting of a pair of Hatch Handles.

This is how the Handles are oriented in their Closed position.
IMG_20200904_170443And this is where the Handles sit in the Open position.
IMG_20200904_155229The smallest three of the ten Deck Hatches are 450mm / 18” square and their width is too small for the two Handles to fit when you move them to the Open position.  My KISS solution was to make one of the Handles a mirror image of the other like this so their ends can overlap and yet still give you the full size handle to close.  Worked out very well.
IMG_20200904_135421As you can see from this design, getting those round Handle Bosses bolted to the Lids in the exact right position is quite critical to them working properly so after a bit of pondering here is the technique I came up with to mount all 20 Bosses.

First lay out the exact center of the Boss and Handles with some calipers and a center punch to position the point of the drill bit.
IMG_20200904_152235Drill and Tap that hole and thread a length of an M8 – 1.0 threaded rod through it.
IMG_20200904_152300Then thread the AL Boss onto the rod and tighten the rod to hold it in the correct alignment for drilling the four bolt holes.
IMG_20200904_143003Getting those four holes all drilled in just the right spot was the critical part of this challenge and the fun trick I came up with was to use the CNC machined AL Bosses as their own drilling jigs.  Once I had them tightened up with that center through bolt, I then made up a little “pipe” that had the outside diameter to fit snuggly inside the four holes in the Bosses and then used a drill bit that was the same size as the inside diameter of the SS pipe.
IMG_20200904_143035A bit time consuming with 80 holes to drill and tap but t worked like a charm and I just repeated this process for all 20 Bosses.
IMG_20200905_140143One of the 650mm square Hatches is underneath the circular staircase going up to the SkyBridge so it was a bit more challenging to get at but it too was soon all drilled.

IMG_20200904_144743With the holes drilled in just the right locations it was straightforward to tap each hole with M6 threads
IMG_20200904_145651Put a bit of Loctite on each SS bolt and torque them down just right and they were soon all done.
IMG_20200904_155303Next challenge is to get all 20 of these rectangular Latch Blocks bolted in precisely the right spot on the Inner Frames and I’m hoping to get to that next week so stay tuned.

TENDER:

At the opposite end of the progress spectrum, Uğur and Nihat put in a very full and very hot week working on the Tender to Möbius and I’ll do as I have been in previous posts and show you their progress with a rapid fire series of photos and a bi of text along the way.


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With the “Mickey Mouse” opening in the 20mm thick Transom Plate all cut out we wanted to do another test fitting of the Castoldi 224DD jet drive and then mark the centers of all the holes around both the rectangular frame on the bottom and the Transom.


IMG_20200914_104937I also needed to check that the two hydraulic cylinders that mount through Mickey’s ears had the right amount of clearance so I climbed inside the Tender, cylinder in hand while the boys lowered the Castoldi into place above me.
IMG_20200914_100454Perfect fit on the inside.
IMG_20200914_100350And the outside at this critical 93 degree angled corner between the bottom of the hull and the Transom.
MVIMG_20200914_113936Centers of all the holes laid out before removing the Castoldi, center punched each one and it was quick and easy to drill all the holes in this Frame and the Transom.
IMG_20200914_115735Christine keeps remarking that she can’t get over how bit our “dinghy” is to which I reply, “Look Up!”  Looks pretty small now don’t you think?
IMG_20200914_122053With the Castoldi jet drive all fitted and holes all drilled and all the bottom welding finished,  it was time to flip the hull back right side up again.
IMG_20200914_154141And get to work putting in the rest of the CNC cut 6mm AL plate.

Engine Beds now all welded in and the inner walls of the hull getting tacked in place.


IMG_20200914_181905Time to assemble the Swim Platform which doesn’t take them too long.
IMG_20200915_094808A quick test fit and Uğur welds it all up.
IMG_20200915_122058This is going to be a great platform that will make snorkeling and Scuba diving SO much easier than from a RIB as well as making rear boarding very easy.
IMG_20200915_122107However the primary purpose of the Swim Platform is to protect the Jet Drive bucket and nozzle from docks and rocks at the rear and it will do an eXcellent job of this too.
IMG_20200915_171335Starboard side Console shaping up nicely as well.
IMG_20200916_151117As is the platform of the seats behind.
IMG_20200917_114013Test fitting the tacked up Lid over the Engine Bay.  It will be hinged at that forward seam and lift up with the assistance of two gas spring lift cylinders like the rear hatch of an SUV.
IMG_20200917_114321Nihat opens up the forward 100L fuel tank that will provide an access port for cleaning and servicing.
IMG_20200917_172410Inner frame for the access port tacked in place.

Uğur was now able to get inside to finish welding this fuel tank from the inside to fully seal it off from the two side “tanks” which we will most likely use for additional dry storage rather than fuel.


IMG_20200918_114822Holes drilled and tapped, gasket made up and in place.
IMG_20200918_114806Uğur the Ninja Welder soon had the dashboard all welded up and bolted the SS piano hinge in place.
IMG_20200919_120251We used the same edge seals as for the Hatches you saw above around the circumference of the hinged dashboard to keep it all weathertight.  Once I get to fitting out our Tender I’ll add some latches for this Dashboard, the Engine Lid and other access hatches throughout the Tender but that is much further down the priority list right now.
IMG_20200918_181931Et Voila!  The Center Console is pretty much all welded up.
IMG_20200919_120301Ever the productive one, Uğur spent a bit of time in the machine shop and whipped up these two hinges that he will weld on next week to the Engine Lid.

So stay tuned for next week’s episode of “How the Tender Turns”

Mr. GEE


IMG_20200918_182252I spent quite a few hours with Mr. Gee this past week and while not too visible yet, got lots done in terms of the mounting some of the critical equipment he will be powering such as the two 250A @ 24V Electrodyne “Big Red” alternators one of which you can see here in the upper Left corner.  That one will mount to a beefy bracket I designed this past week that will bolt to the flat horizontal pad you can see above it on Mr. Gee’s front Left corner.
IMG_20200918_133902I also spent a few hours setting the camshaft timing and the valve clearances.  This photo is showing the simple process of setting the clearance between the ends of the valve stems and the rocker arms using a 0.008” for the Exhaust valves and 0.004” for the Intakes. 
IMG_20200918_182245And in case you were wondering what the “Bling” in this week’s title was referring to, I spent a few minutes on the polishing wheel to see how well these little access port covers on the two cylinder heads would polish up.  Still very crude as I need to spend much more time prepping those surfaces, but I think this will add a Goldilocks nice touch of class to Mr. Gee to great you as you enter the Engine Room!
And that folks, is the week that was September 14-19, 2020 here in Antalya Turkey aboard the good ship Möbius.

Thank you SO much for joining me and even more thanks for posting your questions and comments in the “Join the Discussion” box below.

Ciao for now,

-Wayne


Well Flip me Tender! XPM78-01 Möbius Progress Update Sept. 7-11, 2020

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.

INTERIOR WORK:

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.

IMG_20200908_183718Now 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.
IMG_20200908_100836These 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.
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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.

NAVIGATION LIGHTS:

IMG_20200908_101351Exciting 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.
navigation-light-positionFor 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.
IMG_20200910_093457For 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.
IMG_20200910_093452I’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!

Nav Lights on Main ArchUp 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.
IMG_20200910_093538Just 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 ………….
em-trak-A200 Class A AIS image………….  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


AIS Class A vs B features chart from Digital YachtDynamic 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).
How AIS works illustration from Digital Yachts

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.


IMG_20200910_093916Nihat 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. 
Tender Davit double pipe arch YigitMy 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:

IMG_20200908_183052I 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.
Nogva SAE 14 Flexible Coupling to Gardner illustration 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.
IMG_20200908_181317Turning 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.
IMG_20200908_183128Just 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:

IMG_20200907_173655Remember 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.
IMG_20200908_164502More 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.
IMG_20200908_164511It 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.
IMG_20200907_173226Up 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. 
IMG_20200910_140356The Coolant/water is pumped out through the AL manifold on the Left here and into the two Burgundy Cast Iron Cylinder Blocks.
IMG_20200910_153834Surrounded 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. 
IMG_20200910_153848Then 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!

IMG_20200908_095002Uğur 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.
3123That 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.
Castoldi 224DDThis 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.
IMG_20200908_100003Cast 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. 
IMG_20200908_100040Those 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.
IMG_20200908_111134Always 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.
IMG_20200908_112920Handy having a Forklift is rather handy!
IMG_20200908_113158One 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.
IMG_20200908_121139We 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.
IMG_20200908_163025Ta-DA!

I think even Walt would be proud don’t you? Smile
IMG_20200908_163039Frame 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.
IMG_20200908_170237Seen from above it looks like this.
IMG_20200909_093541Frame now fully welded into the Hull and Transom.
IMG_20200909_094149Captain Christine arrives just in time for the start of the Big Flip!
IMG_20200909_094350Airborne now.
IMG_20200909_094839180 degrees, Half way there…..
IMG_20200909_102917140 and counting ……….
IMG_20200909_103032180!  We’re flipped.
IMG_20200909_115739Nihat 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.
IMG_20200909_115753Like this.
IMG_20200910_093719MIG welder up and Uğur gets down to business!
IMG_20200909_120443Time 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.
IMG_20200909_120451I 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.
IMG_20200909_120505Propulsion 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.
IMG_20200909_120511That cylinder above connects to the Bucket like this.
IMG_20200909_123841I’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.
IMG_20200910_093731A 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
IMG_20200910_093856…. as he lays down all those first long lengths of full welds and then goes over them all again with the second final bead.
IMG_20200910_165852Et Voila!

  • The bottom of the hull and the Castoldi Frame are all welded in place.
    IMG_20200910_171652We 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.
IMG_20200910_171916And Mickey is now ready to receive his Italian Bride!
IMG_20200910_172045Who has now also been flipped over 180 and ready to be lifted out of her box and into the Tender.
IMG_20200910_172733Forklift 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.

Thanks for joining the adventure and be sure to leave all your questions and comments in the “Join the Discussion” box below.

-Wayne

Let There Be LIGHT! Progress Update XPM78-01 Möbius Aug 31-Sept 05, 2020

Similar story this week as the past few; excellent results and exciting progress on Möbius wherever Naval craftsmen have worked, just not as many of them working as are needed to finish and launch Möbius as quickly as possible when they are assigned to work on other projects in the shipyard.  But forward progress towards the eventual Launch Date made none the less.

As I gathered all my photos from the past week together there seemed to be a theme of light than shone through many of them in different ways and hence this week’s title.  So let me go shine some light on all of these and jump right into this week’s Show & Tell and show you some of those eXcellent results and eXciting progress from this first week of September 2020.


INTERIOR PROGRESS

IMG_20200819_182436Lots of Light shining through in the interior such as this is one of very many LED light fixtures which are inserted into the removable ceiling panels in all the living spaces.  These are made by the big Italian lighting company BCM and we are using their BCM Charlotte 80 LED lights for most living areas.


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These are the newest generation LED lights which are significantly more efficient so their wasted heat is very small and the large heat sinks you may be familiar seeing on such LED fixtures are no longer required so these lights are much smaller and cooler, both literally and figuratively.


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Typical Italian craftsmanship and quality, they are easily set into the holes cut into the ceiling panels by folding the two spring loaded arms out of the way and then orienting the outer polished SS frame however you wish.

All our lights are LED so our overall energy consumption and heat generation is kept to an absolute minimum and all lights are on dimmer switches so we can easily have the Goldilocks Just Right lighting in every location and situation.


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Lights over larger living spaces such as these overtop of the Lounge on the Left and the Dinette on the Right are a Warm White, about 2700 – 3000K.


IMG_20200826_095538Whereas task lighting situations such as these in the Galley are a cooler  Neutral White of 4000-6000k.  We also have some up here in the SuperSalon that can be switched to a coloured Red/Blue light when we are on night passages and want to maintain our night vision.
IMG_20200831_161453Serkan, our interior hardware installer, continues to make his way throughout the interior installing all the positive locking latches and gas struts the many cabinet drawers and doors.
IMG_20200829_102823I’ve shown these to you before but I’m still madly in love with what are to me jewellery like SS lifting latches for all our drawers and cabinet doors.

Single finger lift like this to unlatch and then they are spring loaded so they automatically self latch when the Blum soft close feature of each drawer slide gently pulls the drawer closed.
IMG_20200831_145256Hakan ordered this range of telescoping gas spring struts so we could try them out and chose the ones that were just right for our Garage Doors and fold down cupboard fronts. 
IMG_20200901_094437In the case of these Galley Garage doors, when you lift the latch the gas springs automatically raise the doors to their fully open position and hold them there while you get at whatever you need inside.
IMG_20200902_095446Whereas for cupboard doors such as these lower two in my Corridor Office where the space behind is too shallow for a pull out drawer, the gas struts gently lower the door down when you unlatch them.
IMG_20200903_102446In the case of “regular” drawers such as these below Christine’s Office desk, no struts are needed because when you unlatch them the drawers slide out effortlessly on their Blum SS roller bearing drawer slides and then close automatically with the soft close feature when you give the drawer a gentle push to close.
IMG_20200831_101503The removable Teak floors inside the Heads and Showers have moved on to their next stage of completion with the Black joining compound now all sanded down to a flush surface and are now ready for their fiberglass bottoms to be applied.

ELECTRICAL PROGRESS:

Hilmi our one and only “Sparkie” or Electrician continues to make steady progress with all things electrical onboard Möbius which covers a LOT of different aspects from lights you see above to cabling, connections, circuit breakers, switches, controls and other electrical devices ……………

IMG_20200902_100721………. such as this UDST 800 Ultrasonic Depth/Temperature/Speed transducer in the Bow.  As you may recall seeing last week this transducer is installed inside an otherwise unused integral tank in the hull so that in the unlikely event that we somehow managed to scrape the whole transducer off the maximum amount of water we could take on would be small and self contained within this WT compartment.
IMG_20200902_100735Hilmi has now installed the N2K cable from the transducer up out of the WT compartment through this cable gland which keeps the tank fully watertight.
IMG_20200831_101954Up in one of the highest spots on Möbius, Hilmi has all these MC-4 connectors installed in SkyBridge roof for each of the eight 320kW solar panels that form the roof as well as the other six solar panels fore and aft of this.  In addition to a fully sealed twist lock connector, we use this model that contains a 15A fuse inside which can be easily replaced with a simple twist.
IMG_20200831_102003All the wiring in the SkyBridge roof is now installed in these two cable trays that run down each side of the center rectangular AL extrusion that forms the ridge of the roof and then travels down the inside of the Main Arch tubes to make their way down to their connections to the 14 Victron 100/20 SmartSolar MPPT controllers in the Basement.
IMG_20200902_122534One last bit of electrical detail for those interested are these Swiss made Belimo 24V vent air damper activators.  These connect to a set of louvers inside the Vent Box and Open/Close them as required.  They are normally closed until they are activated as part of the start up sequence for Mr. Gee, our main engine, and allow fresh air in through the Port side Vent Box and extract it back out through the Starboard side Vent.
IMG_20200902_122540The dampers are also part of the Automated Fire Extinguishing System which would immediately close off all these vents and shut down Mr. Gee so that the aerosol Fire Extinguishing gas stays trapped inside the Engine Room with no air able to enter or leave and the fire can be quickly extinguished.  This heat activated sensor adds an additional level of Safety if the FFE does not work by closing the louvers anytime it senses a temperature higher than 72C/160F.  There is also a manual crank that you can use to close/open the louvers at any time in case of an electrical failure.

Fire is probably the scariest thing aboard a boat so we take it VERY seriously and take no shortcuts to ensure that we are alerted as early as possible  to any rise in temperature, any smoke or gas or heat and can take action immediately as needed.

AFT SOLAR PANEL BANK:

Light of a different kind or at least purpose was also the focus this week as Uğur and Nihat, along with our student intern “Omer” from Istanbul Tech University, took time away from building the Tender to Möbius to build the racks and mount the three 320kW solar panels that mount on the cantilevered roof above the Aft Deck Galley.


Fwd Stbd SkyBridgeWe have 14 solar panels in total which are in Purple in this quick render.  3 on the angled & hinged frame overtop of the Pilot House, 8 which form the roof over the SkyBridge and 3 on the Aft Roof.

Total Solar Wp (peak watts) is about 4.5kWp and each panel is wired to its own Victron 100/20 MPPT controllers in the Basement.
IMG_20200901_170836As always we did our best to KISS or Keep It Safe & Simple, the design of these racks to mount the three Solar Panels.  Four lengths of 30mm / 1” aluminium L-bar with mitred corners.
IMG_20200903_165554It took Nihat minutes to cut, fit and weld these frames and then he and Omer tested them with the actual solar panels to make sure it all fit just right.
IMG_20200904_140747With the solar panels removed the three frames were easy to lift up onto the roof where they were tacked together with the center panel offset Aft to match the angled end of the roof and reduce shading from the Main Arch and Paravane A-Frames in front.
IMG_20200904_170545To make it easy to attach and remove the solar panels, these short lengths of 50mm/2” L-bar were welded to the roof and matched up with same size L-bar brackets around the edges of the Frames which can then be easily through bolted to the brackets on the roof.
IMG_20200904_170503This enables the solar panels to be through bolted to each Frame and L-bar bracket when they are standing up and their underside is easily accessed.  Then the assembled Panel + Frame assembly can be bolted to the roof brackets.


IMG_20200904_170609As you saw earlier, the + and – cables hard wired to each Solar Panel have a standard MC-4 twist lock connectors.  I had purchased the matching MC-4 connectors wtih built in 15A fuses and the crimping tools for these which Hilmi is using here to make quick work of installing these MC-4 connectors on each cable that will carry the output from each Solar Panel down to the Basement where they connect to their dedicated Victron 100/20 SmartSolar MPPT controllers.
IMG_20200904_183114Hilmi worked hand in hand with the Framing team to have them mount this cable tray to safely carry the six cables from the Solar Panels over to the cable penetration they welded into the roof.
IMG_20200904_183123Where the cables are then fed over through the penetration into the interior of the Pilot House where they get routed down into the bank of 14 MPPT controllers in the Basement in an uninterrupted run.
MVIMG_20200904_170529All three Solar Panels now bolted securely into their frames, wires routed on their underside and ready to be carefully laid down onto the awaiting brackets on the roof.
MVIMG_20200904_183035Like this!

All the other 11 Solar Panels have been fully mounted and connected to their MPPT controllers so these three now complete the Solar Panel installation and all 14 MPPT controllers have their indicator lights blinking away.

Well done Team!

TENDER BUILD CONTINUES


Tender JetDrive 009 overall render

Picking up where we left off last week, Uğur and Nihat make more swift progress on building the Tender to Möbius this week.  You seem to be enjoying the rapid fire series of photos as this Tender takes shape so I’ll do the same this week and run through a chronological series of photos so you can watch the Tender come to life.

IMG_20200831_163148Here is where the Tender was on Monday morning.  Hull plates all tacked in place along with some internal framing and the start of the offset center console.
IMG_20200831_101118Seats which double as fuel tanks wrap around the Bow on the Right and upper angled section of the Console in the Left foreground.  Floor framing and hull plates below.
IMG_20200831_101031Console on the Right, seat behind and “Engine Room” as Uğur likes to jokingly call it at the aft end.
IMG_20200831_163246Uğur, checking out the visibility when seated at the Console.  He gave it his thumbs up.
IMG_20200901_121814Raised Bow pulpit shaping up.  We wanted to have a wide flat area on the bow to make it easy to board with the bow pressed against a dock of the transom of Möbius. 


See the Tender render above to see the whole upper perimeter will have a dense tough foam Fender about 250mm/ 10” wide attached which makes the flat at the Bow even wider and good for being a mini tugboat to push other boats or be the auxiliary power for Möbius in an emergency.


IMG_20200901_12330920mm/ 3/4” thick Transom plate tacked in place now. 

Note the etched lines with the “Mickey Mouse” ears which will be CNC cut out later.
3123In addition to this cut out in the transom, the cast aluminium frame in Blue here is supplied by Castoldi and will be welded into the bottom of the hull plates to create the opening where the Castoldi 224DD jet drive will slide in and be bolted in place.
Castoldi 224DDYou can see how the cast AL body of the Castoldi 224DD on the Right will fit into the frame in the bottom of the hull and how the thick vertical plate in the middle will through bolt to the Transom plate.
IMG_20200901_123359Partially wrapped in bubble wrap from the factory, this is what that cast AL frame looks like.

The three cross bars are temporary braces to keep the frame fully aligned while it is welded into the hull and then these will be cut out and the Castoldi jet drive slid in place and through bolted to this frame.
IMG_20200901_12343620mm / .75” thick engine bed plates tacked up.
IMG_20200901_143720Pulling the two upper hull plates into position to create the Bow.
IMG_20200901_144009Upper Hull side plates being led Aft and tacked in place.  Flat bar tacked below to set the curve of this joint.
IMG_20200901_144026Scrap bits of AL tacked across the hull plate joint to keep it flush while tacking both in place.
IMG_20200901_144140Working in Tandem, Nihat presses the two plates into alignment as Uğur moves along with his MIG gun tacking the two plates together.
IMG_20200901_165946All tacked up and ready to be fully welded once some of the internal frames are set in place.
IMG_20200901_170232Bow all tacked up.
IMG_20200901_170241Nihat cleans up the welds before the Bow is welded closed with the top plate.
IMG_20200901_170317Stepping back to see that the Tender is shaping up nicely.
IMG_20200902_094602Tack – Tack –Tack.

Bow is ready for welding.
IMG_20200902_095059Tack – Tack –Tack.

Sides and bulwark tops are all in place.
IMG_20200902_095109Integral floor framing added in next.
IMG_20200902_095304Starting to look like a boat!
IMG_20200902_144724Uğur spends the better part of a whole day laying down the final welds of all those tacked up plates.
IMG_20200902_122124Like this.
IMG_20200902_175027And this.
IMG_20200902_175248Working on his Ninja Warrior Welder look, Uğur cleans up one of the Engine Beds he has welded up and is ready to be welded into the Hull.
IMG_20200903_101420Like this.
IMG_20200903_101448Inside of Hull plates finish welded as is the lower strake and the frames for the floors and the sides of the Engine Bay.
IMG_20200903_151802Floor plates in the Bow seating area lay down quickly along with those leading along the walkway on the Port/Left side of the Tender.
IMG_20200904_091435Inner side plates now ready to be installed and the Console seat box is tacked up.
IMG_20200904_122311Captain Christine is called over for a test fit when she is piloting the Tender while seated at the Console.
IMG_20200904_122317And standing. 

The Captain is happy with both so the work can proceed!
IMG_20200904_183423Console and seat is emerging.

OK, quitting time on Friday so we will pick up from here in next week’s Progress Update.

Hope you enjoyed this rapid fire Tender Build sequence.

STARTING Mr. GEE – TWICE!

IMG_20200831_152406No not quite ready for his first real start up, but I did get time this week to finish rebuilding his 24V electric starter motor.

This is a new set of clutch plates which lock the starter gear to the motor shaft as it slides forward to engage with the big ring gear on the flywheel and spin Mr. Gee to start.
IMG_20200831_165653This is the working end of the starter; the bronze starter gear that engages with the ring gear on the flywheel.
IMG_20200831_200422A quick visit with the sandblaster and two coats of epoxy primer have the starter ready for its final paint job.
IMG_20200901_164031In shiny Black.
IMG_20200901_164047However the start of the starter show IMHO are these bits and bobs which have also been blasted, primed and finish coated with Black epoxy and will soon be assembled into the Hand Cranking starter for Mr. Gee.

Hand Crank lever is in the middle here.
IMG_20200901_164051This chain drive gear uses the lever at the top to engage with a slotted drive gear on the crankshaft such that when you turn the hand crank handle the crankshaft spins.  With the compression release holding all six intake valves open you can get the giant flywheel up to speed, flip the compression release levers off and Womp – WOmp – WOMP, Mr. Gee comes to life!
And I can’t wait to show all ye with so little faith, just how this works in the video I will shoot for the first start-up with both the electric and the hand crank start.

So don’t touch that dial!  Stay tuned here for the next episode of “As Mr. Gee Turns”

Thanks for joining us and see you again next week.

-Wayne