Möbius has her Blue Eyes on Evil YOU! Weekly Progress Update XPM78-01 Möbius April 12-17, 2021

As we all continue to work our way through the commissioning of systems and getting XPM78-01 Möbius fully ship shape and sea worthy, it was another week of good progress but nothing too visually exciting for you I’m afraid.  However, progress is being made and there were some significant accomplishments this week so come on along for this week’s Show & Tell.

Beautiful Blue Eyes

PXL_20210328_151415724You may recall seeing these beautifully handcrafted glass “Blue Turkish “Evil Eyes” that Christine found in Antalya when I posted about them in THIS previous blog post last month.  In Turkish, these are called nazar boncuğu and they are seen on almost every boat here in Turkey and many other countries.
IMG_20210417_092903The”Evil Eye” moniker is a bit misleading as these are a GOOD thing with folklore having that they protect you from evil and bring good luck. 

Hope I didn’t offend the Evil Eye for making it wear this patch while the adhesive dried overnight!
IMG_20210417_163944I like twisting a straight line spectrum so that the two opposite ends meet so this seemed like the perfect spot to have these beautiful glass eyes cozy up to their opposite lean and mean XPM78-01 military font on the bow.

What do you think?

Stop the Bleeding!!

The major milestone/accomplishment this week for sure was getting the hydraulic steering cylinders re-machined, installed and finally working with NO leaks!

Kobelt 7080 cylinder image

We are using Kobelt 7080 balanced cylinders that have a 3” ID with a 12” stroke cylinders and as you can see they are Beautiful Brutes.
Kobelt 7080 cylinder dim dwgDennis and I spent a good long time with the great engineers at Kobelt in Vancouver BC and this is the cylinder geometry that we came up with. 
IMG_20210418_171119There are two of these SS bleeder screws, one at each end which you use to bleed the air out of the system as you first fill it up or after working on the system.  The threaded bleeder screw has a 4mm OD SS ball bearing underneath which when tightened easily seals of the 1000 PSI pressures that we can see in rough weather steering.  However the body of these end caps is brass which is relatively soft compared to SS and so you have to tighten these the Goldilocks Just Right amount or else the SS ball deforms the brass seat which is what had happened to several of these bleeder screws when they were originally installed and hence they leaked.

Getting new end caps sent over from Vancouver would have taken too much time and money so I thought I’d try to re-machine the angled brass face at the bottom and see if I could renew the cylinder end caps this way.
Kobelt 7080 section drawingAt the left and right ends of the bottom section drawing you can see how these bleeder screws (#11) work.

(click to enlarge any picture)
Kobelt 7080 Bleeder Screw dim dwgLance and Keivan who I worked with at Kobelt continued to be absolute super hero’s for me throughout the many years I’ve been working with them and were able to send me this dimensioned drawing of the bleeder screw and several other drawings for me to figure out how to re-machine the brass faces. 

They also dug up that the included angle of the brass face is machined to be 1180  so I had all the info I needed to fabricate a little re-facing tool.
IMG_20210414_141936Hard to show you but here is the little tool I came up with.  It is the end of a broken 4.5mm titanium drill pit which I ground the end to a 1180 angled cone shape, a bit like a sharpening a wood pencil and then used a very thin cutting wheel chucked in my ever handy Dremel tool to cut these four groves which created the sharp “teeth” to cut the brass seats inside the end caps.  The trick was to create a tool that was part cutter and part burnisher because the face of the seats need to be very flat and even all around for the SS ball to seal.
IMG_20210414_123146I was pushing to get this all done as soon as possible so I didn’t get any photos of the process but I clamped the brass end caps in the blue vice you see in the background and then chucked my little tool bit in my drill press and carefully removed just enough brass to renew the seats yet not take off too much brass and weaken the seal.

I’ve dragged that drill press around the world with me for over 40 years and this is a good example why.  And Yes! it is about to get mounted in my Workshop on Möbius for another world tour.

IMG_20210418_171052From there it was a relatively straight forward task of putting the cylinders back together again and remounting them to the AL tiller arm on the Rudder Post at one end and to the brass ball socket joint on the other outbound end.


IMG_20210418_171127Connect the hydraulic hoses, fire up the Accu-Steer HPU400 24V Hydraulic Power Units (pumps) and then bleed the whole system.steering pumps.  Once I had all the air out I was eXtremely careful to tighten those bleeder screws to that Goldilocks torque and then test by running the pumps briefly up to their max 1000 PSI.
IMG_20210418_171112…….. and ………

….. check out underneath those bleeder screws …..

……… dry!  No leaks now!


*  I think I heard Möbius release a soft sigh (and a few other people at Naval as well) to finally have her steering back in full working order again.  And me too!

Stand Back!  Free for All in the Free Zone!

While all this work was going on aboard Möbius, there was MUCH more action happening all around us every day because for the past few months there has been 400 million Euro construction project of the launching facilities at the Free Zone.  Check THIS very well done time lapse VIDEO ANIMATION which does a great job of showing how the whole new harbour facility works.  A very innovative idea with that cable raised platform!

IMG_20210415_140349The dramatically enlarged launching bays called for an equally enlarged TraveLift and so over the past 3 weeks, this tiny little 560 tonne TraveLift was being assembled right beside us and this week he sprang to life and has been an eXtremely busy boy!

With no launching facilities in the Free Zone harbour for the past 3-4 months there has been a huge backlog building up of new boats waiting to be launched and older ones waiting to be hauled out for their refits.  This week those flood gates opened up and they have been launching and hauling out boats every day.
IMG_20210415_140511Such as this classic trawler style Bering 80.
IMG_20210416_162950This 36 meter “Phantom Phi” boat by Alia shipyard.  This is a support vessel for a super yacht and these are often referred to as “Ghost” or “Phantom” boats as they are not to be seen by the superyacht they are supporting.
IMG_20210417_092508This shot will add some perspective for you to see the relative size of the raised platform bay that they will be installing next.  Check out the link to the animation above to see how this works and I think you too will be impressed.
IMG_20210414_143549Out behind us is one of four 25m Turkish Coast Guard boats launched this week by Damen Yachts.

I have lost count now but I’d say well over 20 boats like these have launched this past week so there is never a dull moment here in the Antalya Free Zone.

And that’s the week that was April 12-17 here at Naval Yachts and aboard the Good Ship Möbius.  Hope you enjoyed this brief update and I will try to have more for you in the next weekly update.

Please be sure to leave all questions and comments in the “Join the Discussion” box below and I hope you will be back for more next week.

-Wayne

Even a Beast Deserves some Beauty! XPM78-01 Möbius Progress Update March 29-April 3 2021

Unbelievably, yet another month zips into the past and we’re now sailing into the second quarter of 2021.  Yikes!  And it was another eXtremely busy week aboard the Good Ship Möbius but alas, not so much that is very visible and so not a lot of content for this week’s Show & Tell Progress Update.  However we also had some eXtremely eXciting milestones and firsts to share with you so let’s jump right into that.

The Beast Gets Some Bling!

PXL_20210401_133352634Regular readers know that I quite like having the contrasting combination of Beauty and Beastly and Mr. Gee, our Gardner 6LXB engine is perhaps my favorite example of this combination.  His  “Beastly” characteristics include the fact that he weighs a svelte 1400 Kg/3086 Lb that he puts out some monster torque of 736Nm / 542 ft-lb @ 1000 RPM. 
PXL_20210401_133412890His Beauty characteristics include his simplicity with a minimum of moving parts, no turbo, completely mechanical fuel injection, no glow plugs, zero electrical requirements to run and he is happy to be started with his hand crank.
PXL_20210401_133418842Being such a class act, at least in my eyes, I figured that he deserved a wee bit of eXtra class to add the finishing visual touch by carefully polishing a few of his many aluminium parts to a gleaming mirrorlike shine and I think he is quite happy. 

What do you think?
PXL_20210401_131901442.MPTo get this all done quickly, I turned to our “Turkish Fixer” Alaaddin and he was his typical resourceful self in finding all the polishing wheels, polishing compound and a local polishing machine and as you can see his was quite rightly happy with the results.  Thanks Alaaddin!


Möbius Mini Maiden Voyage

PXL_20210401_142554959.MPThe eXtremely eXciting milestone event we had this past week was that Möbius took her very first “voyage” under her own power and steering! 
PXL_20210401_142758317The caveats are that we only moved the boat a few hundred meters from the dock wall we had been Med moored to at Setur Marina around the corner and back into the Free Zone harbour where we tied up to the same end wall we had been at two weeks ago. 
PXL_20210401_144311381.MPNo big deal you might be saying but you’d be missing the point!  This was still her and our first trip under her own power so we are taking the Win! Smile 


You can check it all out in this short little video I’ve put together from one video I shot onboard and then two from ashore thanks to Dincer and Baris taking these on their smartphones.  My apologies for not having the time to do a better job of creating this video with sound and more info so this is a silent movie but I hope you will still enjoy it and get a sense of how exciting this milestone was for Christine and me.



Seemingly fitting, this happened on Thursday which was April Fool’s Day and then on Friday we had to move to a different wall in the Free Zone harbour because a large cargo ship was coming in and needed the whole end wall, so we got to take a second even “minier” voyage from the end wall around the corner to the side wall which was an eXtremely long ways away of almost 150 meters!  But still …………..

There is still some jobs that need to be completed before we can head out to sea and do a “full size” Maiden Voyage and sea trials but we hope that Naval will be able to get those done in the next few days so do stay tuned for more videos of our first “real” Sea Trial. 

Thanks for joining me on this equally “mini” weekly Progress Update and please be sure to add your questions and comments in the “Join the Discussion” box below.

-Wayne



Navigating Our Way to the End of this eXtremely Long & Winding Tunnel XPM78-01 Möbius Progress Update 22-28 March 2021

Alas, the milestone of moving under our own power has eluded us for another week but next week is looking very promising for Möbius’ first of many sea trials.  We continue to experience a series of “installation issues” that have prevented our Kobelt hydraulic steering system and Kobelt Throttle/Pitch controls to work as they should and so without steering and propulsion we haven’t been going too far other than being towed.  But the fuel economy has been fabulous!

As with last week, with less progress than usual and not much of it being very visual, I don’t have as much content as usual for this week’s Show & Tell Progress Update, but grab a comfy seat and something tasty to drink and let’s get started with what I can show you about the past week of March 22-28, 2021.

Nazar Boncuğu Keeps Us Safe!

Many of you may already be familiar with Nazar Boncuğu aka “Turkish Evil Eye” as they are the most popular tourist souvenir of all and these captivating cast glass blue eyes have found themselves being transported to homes and boats all over the world, including ours.  As is the tradition, we have one right outside the front door of our apartment for the past 3+ years.  When Christine and I first came to Turkey back in 2014 so Christine could do her meticulous research for her next book at the time which became Knight’s Cross, we saw these Turkish Eyes warding off evil spirts on the bows almost every fishing boat in the many harbours we visited so of course we had to have them on Möbius’ bow too!


PXL_20210328_151430390While they can be found in shops almost everywhere, we wanted the Goldilocks Just Right version of Nazar Boncuğu and last week Christine spotted these two beauties in a specialty glass shop in Antalya and knew that these were it! 

As you can see in this photo, right now our pair are basking in the sun atop one of our Ro$ewood Galley Garages where they do look resplendent with the light coming off the water, but they are destined to be securely adhered to the bow next week so do stay tuned for those shots.


Do I See Light at the End of this eXtremely Looooong and Winding Tunnel?

Majuro to Suva Google MapsIn many ways, this whole adventure began back in March 2015 when Christine and I were making the 3000nm passage from Majuro in the Marshall Islands, down to Suva in Fiji. 
P1020320We had spent almost a year in Majuro which we are very much looking forward to returning to on our previous 52ft steel sailboat Learnativity and we had an awemazing 3 week passage down to …..
Map of Kiribati and more. ………. Suva with stops along the way at the island nations of Kiribati and Tuvalu along the way.
Voyaging Under Power Beebe 4th editionI had given Christine a copy of Robert Beebe’s “passagemaking bible” Voyaging Under Power and she was reading it on the passage down to Fiji and we would discuss it a lot as we sailed south.  Over the course of that 2+ week passage, we both became more and more aware of just how different passagemaking under power would be compared to sailing which we both knew and loved so much. 

By the time we got to Suva we had made the transition from thinking of switching from sail to power as a fun joke to being a real vision of our future.  As do most adventures I think, certainly most of mine, they begin when you start following your curiosity and now, six years later, we can see that this was when the adventure of designing and building Project Goldilocks, as we called it at the time,

In those six years we have gone from a very big vision to an eXtremely big reality and the path along the way has been like most of our adventures, one that includes several storms and other challenges along the way but always worth it for the joys at the end as one adventure transitions into the next.  We are not quite at the end of this latest adventure as the build continues, but we are now living more and more onboard and we grown increasingly eXcited about bringing this adventure to a close and beginning the next one back out on the ocean, eXperiencing the new storms and joys of what promises to be a very different type of voyaging under power for the first time.

Installation Issues Getting Resolved

The most recent set of “storms” for us has been a series of what I will simply refer to as “installation issues” which we have needed to resolve before we can begin to voyage under power for the first time on our first of what will be many, sea trials to shake as many gremlins out of the brand new Möbius and have as much of what is often referred to as “infant mortality” as possible before we finally leave Antalya in our wake.  This less than appealing term “infant mortality” is actually quite accurate in the context of a newly built custom boat as it refers to the several cases we are sure to have where brand new equipment and a brand new boat, will have items that are DoA or have not been installed correctly and fail to work as they should.  So far we have had very few new bits of kit that have been DoA on arrival but we have had a number of installation problems that have been keeping us from being able to go on our first voyage under power; our first sea trial!

This past week I have been working closely with our new electrician Ismail and along with some continuing eXemplary technical support from Lance, Keivan and Hicham at Kobelt Canada.  I have been working with Lance to design our steering and control systems for about four years now all together, and I can’t say enough about all of them at Kobelt who have been up in the very early morning for them in Vancouver, late evening for me here in Antalya, in order that we can do some live video calls for a techie version of Show & Tell as we went through hydraulic setups, wiring and they could watch what the moving components were doing, hear the sounds when they mattered and really be as close to being here in person with me as is possible.  As it turns out, all of the equipment from Kobelt arrived working as designed but the extensive list of items involved from hydraulic pumps, cylinders and valves to electronic controls and autopilot systems have been installed over the past 18 months and we are only now connecting all the parts together and there have been some issues along the way.

Three weeks ago the problem was that we weren’t getting pressure to the hydraulic steering cylinders, then two weeks ago we were having a long lag in time between when the Throttle or Pitch control levers were moved at one of the Helm Stations and when the lever on the Actuator box in the Engine Room moved and hence when the Throttle/Pitch cables and levers moved.  This past week we have been having difficulty getting the CPP Pitch Angle Gauges at each helm to communicate the correct Pitch Angle as the Pitch Control Levers were moved Ahead/Astern.  It goes as does most problem solving, you trace your way back to where you began, compare the schematics and guidelines from the manufacturers to the actual “as built” installation and you find the differences between those and fix them.  Sounds simple, and it is, but it sure can take time and effort to follow these long and winding paths.

PXL_20210328_120149743Perhaps it has been thanks to those two Turkish Evil Eyes being onboard that we have been on a solution per week schedule and the first two problems had been resolved in the previous two weeks, and I am delighted to report that as of last night (Saturday 27th March here) Ismail and I have the Pitch Angle gauges working and mounted back where they belong at each Helm Station!  We have tested all this with here at the dock Mr. Gee thrumming away and our Nogva CPP churning the clear waters underneath making Möbius tug at her dock lines.  Once all the other critical jobs have been finished such as finishing the deck hatches so they all close and seal properly, finishing and testing the fire hose and a still rather long punch list of other jobs, we will be *almost* good to go!


Almost, because there remains one last major and eXtremely critical system that needs to be finished before Möbius is seaworthy enough for her first sea trials; Navigation System.  This involves getting the key elements of our whole Furuno Navigation system working and configured as this includes things like our Radar, AutoPilots, VHF radio, AIS (Automatic Information System) and all the related screens, computers and black boxes which controls all that navigation equipment.  Good on that front is that Captain Christine has been leading her very own team of technicians which Naval has sub-contracted with to assist with getting the eXtremely multi-faceted navigation system of hardware and software all wired, inter-connected and configured.

For those interested in the details of our navigation system and to give the rest of you an idea of what all is involved, here is a quick overview of some of the individual bits of kit Christine and I have pulled together to build our Steering & Navigation system**

** FYI, on the Mobius.World blog site, there is a complete list of all the equipment in all the systems on Möbius available under the tab at the very top ribbon called “The Boat” which you can see by clicking HERE.

Here is the list of the components in our Steering, Navigation and Communications systems which are very intertwined:

STEERING SYSTEM
  • Primary STEERING x2 Kobelt Designed dual fully redundant hydraulic systems
  • 2x Kobelt Accu-Steer HPU400 pumps
  • 2x Kobelt 7080-B12 Balanced cylinders
  • STEERING Controls x2 Kobelt NFU jog levers @ Main & Upper Helms
  • Kobelt 7176 wired “Walk About” handheld remote station @ both Helms
  • auto pilots x2 Furuno 711C Auto Pilots, 2 independent units for redundancy
  • Steering Backup………. Kobelt manual hydraulic pump @ Main Helm w/ steering wheel
  • Emergency Tiller stored in ER, attaches direct to Tiller Arm w/ block & tackle controllers
  • NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT
  • main helm monitors… 2x LiteMax NavPixel 19” touchscreen 1600 nits @ 1280 x 1024
  • 1x 43” LiteMax Durapixel sunlight readable 1600 nits @ 3840×2160
  • 1x Samsung 50” SmarTV
  • upper SkyBridge monitors x2 LiteMax NavPixel 24” touch, 1000 nits @ 1920 x 1080
  • Navigation software x2 Time Zero Professional w/ Sounder + Radar modules
  • x1 RosePoint Coastal Explorer
  • x3 Navionics on Tablets
  • charts:….. Full set of Navionics World Mega-Wide charts on Furuno/TimeZero
  • Full set of Navionics/C-Map charts on Coastal Explorer
  • Main helm PC………. Micro ATX tower
  • Intel I7-9700, 16GB Ram, 1TB SSD, GTX 1660 6G OC Graphics card
  • Skybridge PC Kingdell Fanless mini PC, Intel I7-1051 16GB Ram, 512GB SSD
  • gateways:… RosePoint Nemo, NEMA 0183/2000, TCP/UDP, RS-422, RS-232, RJ45 ethernet
  • Maretron USB100 USB Gateway
  • Maretron IPG100 IP ethernet Gateway
  • AIS x3…………….. Emtrak A-200 Class A
  • Standard Horizon AIS B Class in GX6000 VHF radio
  • Tender = Vesper XB-8000 smartAIS Transponder w/ WiFi + NMEA2000 gateway
  • Weather station ….. Airmar 220 WX
  • w/ ultrasonic wind, barometer, 3 axis accelerometer, gyro + compass
  • Infra-red night vision….. FLIR Gyro stabilized camera M332
  • radar… Furuno FAR 1523 Radar Black Box with 6’ open array
  • heading compass……… Furuno SC33 Satellite compass
  • GPS Furuno GP330 GPS head dedicated to Radar
  • Standard Horizon GPS Head into GX6000 VHF radio
  • Standard Horizon GPS Smart Antenna SCU-31
  • Vesper GPS Head into XB-8000 in Tender
  • remote controllers x2:…… Furuno MCU004 Monitor Controller on Helm Chairs
  • Kobelt 7018 “WalkAbout” handheld wired remote @ both Main and Upper Helms
  • depth sounders x2
  • @Bow = Furuno BBDS1 bottom discriminating Black Box w/ 5205PSD transducer
  • @Stern = Furuno Ultrasonic UDST800 depth, speed, temp traducer
  • COMMUNICATIONS/MONITORING EQUIPMENT
    • VHF RADIO.. Standard Horizon GX6000 w/ AIS + NMEA2000
    • w/ AIS + SART target display & GPS Compass
    • RAM 4 remote mic @ Main Helm
    • Wireless mic w/access point
    • loudhailer….. Standard Horizon Dual Zone 25W PA / Loud Hailer
    • with preprogrammed fog signals + Listen Back
    • Horn………. Kahlenburg S-330 air horn
    • Satellite coms…………. Iridium GO!
    • Data logger…. Yacht Devices Voyage Recorder YDVR-04
    • Search light………. ACR Artex RCL-95 Pan/Tilt/Zoom 500W Searchlight w/ Remote
    • Monitoring….. Maretron monitoring system
    • Including All: bilges, tanks, batteries, engine, fuel flow, smoke & heat, etc..
    • Viewed on any screen and remotely via Maretron N2K View
    • on boat networking… NMEA 2000 N2K dual backbone 2000 network throughout
    • Multiplexers for NMEA 0183 + RS432
    • Gateways via USB & IPG
    • Victron, and Maretron networks for monitoring
    • IP Cameras. Forward facing IP camera mounted on Skybridge roof
    • Aft Facing camera above swim step
    • Reolink Bullet IP camera engine room
    • Reolink Dome IP camera engine room
    • Video encoder. Axis Camera Encoder
    • WiFi Antenna. Microtik Groove 52 AC Wi-fi antenna
    • WiFi booster … WeBoost Drive Reach
    • Cellular antenna…….. Wilson Wide Band Omni-Directional Marine Antenna for cellular
    • ROUTER……. PepWave Max Transit Duo router
    • Network Access Storage. Synology NAS Disk Station w/ 2X 8 GB Seagate Barracuda drives

    Well, you get the idea, there is a LOT of moving parts to this puzzle.

    PXL_20210326_161615508And as you can see here, some of those moving parts are often crowded around Captain Christine at the Main Helm in this case!  Yunus on the far Right is the the manager of this connection and configuration team and Erdal with the toque in the middle is the lead technician and they have been a true treat to work with.
    PXL_20210327_055755582Some of the “moving parts” are blinking lights such as this set on the back of just three of our network switches in one of three “Internet Alcoves” as Christine calls them.  Strange though, we have “cut the cord” more than most people ashore and Isn’t it great that we are living in a wireless world!
    PXL_20210327_055813348Zooming out a bit of that alcove to show you that it really is quite small but it does have even more hardware!
    PXL_20210326_164225899Another very “wireless” alcove, this one behind the 50” monitor and home of Boat Computer #1 and the Synology NAS on the Left side of the Main Helm.
    PXL_20210327_120112773Out on the Aft Deck looking up at the Main Arch and the Tender Davit on the Left, to show you yet another very “wireless” area along the Arch where all of our external navigation and communication equipment resides.

    One eXciting milestone this week has been seeing that 6ft Open Array antenna spinning around for the first time on our Furuno FAR 1523 Radar!
    PXL_20210327_154137661.MPMy favorite Geekette, aka Capn’ Christine aka my Beautiful Bride, is a wee bit shy but I was able to at least get her hand in this shot as she tilts the two 19” LiteMax screens at the Main Helm to show how she now has TimeZero running charts on the Left and an awemazing amount of detail of the seabed below us thanks to our Furuno BBDS “Black Box Bottom Discriminating Sounder” where we can watch individual fish swimming below Möbius’ hull and details of the composition of the sea bead down to about 75 feet below the “top of the bottom”. 
    PXL_20210327_154243872.MPI will leave you with this shot of the view at your eye height when sitting in the Captain’s Chair here at the Main Helm.  Now, if we can just get past that sea wall …………………..

    Thanks for joining us again for another week in the adventure of Project Goldilocks.  Please be sure to leave any and all comments and questions in the “Join the Discussion” box below and I hope you will join us again next week for what I hope will be the report of our first sea trials!  Wish us luck!  We will need it!

    -Wayne

    The Captain and Mr. Gee get CRANKY! XPM78-01 Möbius Update 01-06 Feb. 2021

    Not as much progress as we would have wanted to report this week as many of Team Möbius were MIA working on other boats at Naval Yachts and also prepping one of the boats beside us for its Owner’s visit tomorrow. 

    However, that didn’t stop the rest of us from making good progress and we achieved several big milestones that we are very eXcited to share with you now.  So get a good beverage and comfy chair of your choice and come along for this week’s Möbius.World Show & Tell.

    The Captain & Mr. Gee Get Cranky!

    PXL_20210206_140841305Several years ago, when I was answering some of Christine’s typically probing questions about why Mr. Gee our Gardner 6LXB was the Goldilocks Just Right, Just for us Choice for the main (and only) engine in XPM78-01 Möbius, Christine likes to say “You had me at Hand Cranked”. 

    This is in reference to me mentioning that one of the Gardner’s many eXtremely appealing features is that they could be fitted with this Chain Hand Crank option.

    As you can see, this kind of “crankiness” makes my Captain eXtremely happy which makes me eXXtremely happy! Smile
    Gardner Chain   Direct Hand Starting exploded diagram

    Very KISSS Keep It Simple Smart Safe as you can see with a rod running along the top of of the engine with handles at both ends with an Upper Chainwheel that transfers the crank’s rotation via a Chain down to a Lower Chainwheel keyed onto the engines crankshaft. 
    Old Hand Crank model 1Michael and his team at Gardner Marine Diesel or GMD in Canterbury England were able to salvage all these parts off one of the many 6LXB’s they have in their inventory and sent them to me many months ago and I’ve been working on fitting them to Mr. Gee ever since.

    You would think it would be a relatively quick and simple process to just clean and paint all these parts and install them on Mr. Gee …………………… but you’d be wrong!
    NEW hand crank illustration Plate 12 Spare Parts 702.1 One problem was that Mr. Gee is one of the later models of 6LXB and it had this quite different Hand Crank with just one handle on the front of the engine and a different crankshaft and Chainwheel setup down on the new style crankshaft.
    Front Hand Crank adaptorSecondly, as you can see in this shot of the front support and Upper Chainwheel I’ve mounted onto Mr. Gee, there is no room up front for the Hand Crank handle, let alone enough room for me to get in there to crank it.  So I needed to come up with a “Hybrid” Hand Crank setup that would allow me to marry the Old style with the Hand Crank Handle at the rear, to the new crankshaft end up front.

    And just to put a particularly sharp point on this challenge, I also needed to drive the Jabsco Sea Water pump and one of our monster 250 Amp @24V Electrodyne alternators off the front of the crankshaft as well.

    Hmmmmm

    Let’s just say that the front of Mr. Gee became a very busy and challenging spot for me to sort out.


    PXL_20201122_095008369When I am doing this kind of problem solving and exploration of new design ideas I have evolved to using pieces of stiff cardboard I cut up from shipping boxes to capture the critical dimensions and sketch out my rough ideas. 
    PXL_20201122_095015832It is a surprisingly efficient system as I get to reuse the many cardboard boxes all our hundreds of shipments come in and the stiffness of the cardboard makes is very easy to sketch on when I’m laying under or over an engine for example with my digital Vernier calipers or tape measure in hand and recording all the critical dimensions.
    Gardner Chain Wheels dim sketchesI then use Microsoft Office Lens utility on my Pixel4XL phone to digitize these sketches so I have a more permanent digital copy to keep and one I can print out if needed.

    I don’t expect these to make much sense to anyone else but they work eXtremely well for me to record all these details and dimensions as I work my way through the different ways I come up with to solve a particular problem, create 3D models of them and ultimately machine or fabricate the parts I need and finally get them installed.
    Gardner Front Chainwheels   timing belt pulley dim sketch colorAfter much head scratching and sketching, eventually this layout emerged as a way that I could fit both the RED Chain based Hand Crank system and the GREEN cogged timing belt system for driving the Electrodyne “Big Red #1” in the upper Right here and the Jabsco sea water pump on the far Left.

    I will show you the Green cogged timing belt drive system next week and show you the Red chain based Hand Crank system now.
    Crankshaft Chainwheel   cogged pulleys Fusion 360 renderWith all the dimensions and my ideas roughed out on cardboard I then move over to Autodesk Fusion 360 to create a 3D model of all these parts where I can put my ideas to the test and see if they will actually work out.  This is a quick screen grab of the model I came up with from the sketches you saw above. 
    I won’t bore you with all the details but for orientation Mr. Gee is mostly off the screen on the far Right and the Red disk is the Lower Chainwheel on Mr. Gee’s Crankshaft running horizontally across the bottom of the screen.  On the front side of this is the cogged pulley driving the rubber timing belt that goes up to the cogged wheel on the Jabsco sea water pump.

    *  Note: I didn’t bother to model the actual chain and sprocket teeth so you will have to imagine that being wrapped around the Red Chainwheel. 

    The Green and Blue disks on either side of the Red Chainwheel are two of several flanged parts I needed to machine for my Hybrid Old/New Gardner Hand Crank system.


    PXL_20210201_150213957Oh, and did I mention that the Old Gardner Hand Crank system used a different pitch of chain than the New style?

    So I had GMD send me the Upper and Lower Chainwheels from the New style that would fit nicely on the New style of Crankshaft that Mr. Gee has but the third Idler Chainwheel (part #37 in the Gardner illustration up above) had to the the Old style Chain as it is part of the cast aluminium bracket that supports the Old style cranking shaft. 
    FYI: Eventually I will design and machine a whole new Idler Chainwheel with the New style Chain pitch but for now I just mounted the Old Idler in my drill press and hand milled the teeth to get the New Chain to fit as you see here.


    PXL_20210204_122850144This is that Blue coloured Flange I pointed out AL in the rendering of the 3D Fusion 360 model above, which was quit easy to machine on a lathe out of solid aluminium round stock and then broach the keyway through the inner hole so it will be locked into the 3/8 x 3/8” key on the front end of the Crankshaft.


    PXL_20210204_122908730Now you can see how this newly machined AL Flange slides into the New style Lower Chainwheel which is now all sand blasted clean and painted Black.

    All well and good but I’m sure that most of you are now asking “How the heck does this work to turn Mr. Gee’s Crankshaft Wayne? 

    That’s the job of the eXtra part you see here that rotates on a pin sticking out of the Chainwheel.  This little part is the key to making the Hand Crank work and is called a “Ratcheting Pawl” part #3 in the Gardner Illustration above.
    PXL_20210205_140738395I don’t have a milling machine (yet!), but to badly reuse The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, (for those of you old enough to remember) “We don’t need no stinkin’ milling machine” right?

    Nothing that a bit of ingenuity and my handy dandy 45 year old drill press and shiny new vice can’t handle.  I machined a short shaft to just fit inside the hole of  AL bushing and tightened that in the vice jaws.
    PXL_20210205_140824688This allowed me to slowly rotate the AL bushing into the 4 flute spiral milling cutter in my drill press so I could mill away the four recesses for the Pawl to fit into and ended up looking like this.
    PXL_20210205_141628196So to Hand Crank Mr. Gee you simply reach down and rotate the Pawl counter clockwise so it engages in one of the four recesses like this.

    Now when Christine turns that Hand Crank Handle on the Aft end of Mr. Gee as you see her doing in the opening photo, the Upper Chainwheel rotates the Chain CCW, which transfers that force down to the Lower Chainwheel which the Pawl has now locked to the Crankshaft and around goes Mr. Gee! 
    This takes a good bit of muscle but with the compression relief levers keeping the intake valves open it isn’t too difficult to bring Mr. Gee’s massive flywheel up to speed and then you flip the compression levers back off and Mr. Gee chugs to life and begins to purrrrrr.  Doesn’t get too much more KISSS or reliable than that!

    PXL_20210205_141659563Oh, and for those of you following all this, as Mr. Gee starts up you no longer need to turn the Hand Crank Handle and so the Pawl “ratchets” out of the recess back to this disengaged position such that the Chainwheel is now stationary while the AL Flange and Crankshaft spin together.
    PXL_20210205_143910615To finish putting this all together, I machined a groove into the AL bushing for this spring steel circlip to fit into which keeps the Chainwheel aligned and spinning on the AL bushing.
    PXL_20210206_135651951With the Lower Chainwheel assembled onto its new AL Flange, into the Engine Room I go and with a bit of TefGel 45 to help it slides just perfectly onto the keyed portion of the front end of the Crankshaft.

    That modified Idler Chainwheel is in the upper Right here and it adjusts sideways in the slot you can see to the right of the Chain which you tighten down to keep the Chain Just Right Tight.
    PXL_20210206_135637489Not much space in here so a bit difficult to photograph but hopefully you can now see how the whole Chain driven Hand Crank system works.
    PXL_20210206_140841305And to come full circle, you now understand what put that great grin on my Beautiful Bride and Captain.

    INTERIOR UPDATES:

    While we were cranking away on Mr. Gee, Hilmi and Ramazan were cranking away up in the SuperSalon so let’s go see what they have been up to this past week.


    PXL_20210202_125938206Ramazan has finished installing all the Ado LVT vinyl plank flooring and you may recall that Uğur, Nihat and I installed these two SS locking lift handles in the large hatch to access the Basement that is under the whole of the SuperSalon floor.
    PXL_20210202_125923462.MPMost of Ramazan’s masterfully laid down flooring is covered in protective cardboard but you can see how nicely he has fit the edges around the hatch so they are barely visible.

    But what’s that I see over on the far Left here?
    PXL_20210201_111258391.MPAha! Our 50” Samsung 4K SmarTV has arrived and will soon be mounted on a fully adjustable mounting system that fits into the recess in the now opened hinged and slotted Rosewood door. 

    But who’s that hiding behind that door?
    PXL_20210201_111436078.MPOf course!  Hilmi and Christine are busy finishing up all the wiring for AC, DC, Ethernet and N2K that runs inside the large space behind the TV.
    PXL_20210202_125951335This is also where our Boat Computer #1 will reside and Christine is anxious to start connecting it up and getting all our display screens up and running next week.
    PXL_20210205_113903023While she waits for Hilmi to finish the wiring behind the 50” TV, Christine fired up Boat Computer #2 and started setting things up in the SkyBridge Helm Station.
    PXL_20210205_085307113.MPIn the midst of all this, Sinan was back this week to start sewing up the Sunbrella covers like this one for that Upper Helm Station.  He is also making a similar cover for the Upper Helm Chair and I will show you that next week.

    Boot Stripe:


    PXL_20210202_095316082Not a lot of progress on the Bottom Paint this week but they did get started on the 100mm / 4” Black Boot Stripe that makes the transition between the bare aluminium hull sides and the InterSleek 1100SR silicone Foul Release bottom paint which I have marked off for the painters here.
    PXL_20210203_084950069The International Epoxy primer has now been on longer than the maximum recoat time so they needed to do a light sanding so that the International Perfection Polyurethane paint will adhere well.
    PXL_20210205_110308646.MPThe laser level makes is SO must faster and easier to mark out perfectly straight and level lines for the masking tape to follow.

    Next week the paint crew will hopefully be on site to spray on the Black Boot Stripe and then once it is dry they can mask it off and start applying the InterSleek Foul Release Bottom Paint.  Hope to be able to show you all that next week as well.

    All Donations Gratefully Received!

    PXL_20210204_111609737.MPHmmmm……………..

    Why is THAT truck parking beside Möbius??
    PXL_20210204_111756370.MPYup!  I’ve saved two of our bigger milestones for the end of this week’s Show & Tell.  That’s a diesel fuel truck and Cihan is about to bring the very first drops of diesel fuel into our six integral fuel tanks!
    PXL_20210204_115439374It took a lot of time but I think we came up with an eXtremely effective design for both the Fuel Fills and Vents on Möbius. 
    PXL_20210204_115453633With the fully sealed lid removed you have ready access to these three Fill Pipes on the Starboard/Right side and a matching set on the Port/Left side.  These each connect to one of the six integral fuel tanks at the bottom of the hull with 40mm / 1 5/8” ID rubber fuel hose.
    PXL_20210204_115447196Just forward of the Fuel Fills, these inverted 40mm U pipes are similarly connected by that same size rubber fuel hose to the vents on each fuel tank.  Together these both worked just perfect on this first fueling test with no foaming or “spit back”.
    PXL_20210204_115412676But mistakes can and will happen so we designed these Fuel Fill stations to have a large capacity spill tanks below the Fill Pipes so that any diesel that does overflow will simply run into this spill tank and drain back into the fuel tank.  No mess, no fuss, no bother.
    PXL_20210204_115422773When the Fuel Fill cover is in place it completely seals off all the Fill Tubes from the outside air and from any sea water on decks.  The Fuel Vent pipes have this slotted cover so they stay well vented and there is a drain pipe inside to remove any seawater that might make its way through the slots.
    PXL_20210204_115015814.MPFor this first load of diesel, we only took on enough fuel to do all the commissioning of diesel based equipment such as the Kabola KB45 boiler, all the fuel transfer pumps, Alfa Laval fuel centrifuge, fuel polishing system and Mr. Gee of course and then enough for the first set of sea trials. 
    Hence, we only took on a “measly” 2150 Liters / 567 USG out of the 14,600 Liters / 3860 USG that we will take on prior to our first passage.  However, as per the intro, all donations are still very much welcomed! Winking smile

    X marks the Spot!

    PXL_20210206_082334595OK, are you ready for the final milestone that Christine and I just completed yesterday? 

    Does this help you guess what we are up to?
    PXL_20210206_082345994Helpful hint:  It took place UP here.
    PXL_20210203_073143437.MPThat’s right!  Time to apply these CNC cut vinyl letters and numbers to put the XPM78-01 markings big and bold on Möbius’ Bow.
    PXL_20210206_083629682.MPAll pretty simple to do.  First mark off the top edge of the lettering with a straight edge and pencil.
    PXL_20210206_084701016Give the area a good cleaning with 3M Scotch Brite pads and water, rinse well and then sponge on a coat of clean water with lots of liquid dish soap in it so you can slide the lettering as needed to get it perfectly aligned.
    PXL_20210206_093916021Peel off the inside layer of the peel & stick lettering and press it onto the soapy wet hull and use your fingers and a plastic spreader to squeeze out all the water and get all the letters and numbers perfectly aligned and adhered to the hull. 
    PXL_20210206_090548321.MPThen carefully peel off the outer layer and go over each letter with lots of pressure on soapy fingers and plastic scrapers taking special care to ensure that all edges are tightly bonded to the hull and there are no bubbles or wrinkles.
    IMG_1067Bring in some cheap labour if you must.
    PXL_20210206_094724331.MPTake your time to go over each letter and number several times.
    PXL_20210206_091056342.MPThen stand back to check out the proportions and placement.

    Goldilocks!!
    PXL_20210206_124024008And yes, we would be delighted to be mistaken for a military/coastguard ship in the unlikely event that anyone is considering approaching us with mal intent!
    PXL_20210206_124011267Now THAT is a Bow to be proud of!
    And that’s a wrap for the week that was February 01-06, 2021.

    Thank you all SO much for taking the time to join us here and we hope you will be back again next week.  In the interim please be sure to put your questions and comments in the “Join the Discussion” box below.

    Thanks! 

    -Wayne

    Merry Christmas to ALL in Möbius.World!

    I thought it best to bring you this message and update all on its own and keep it separate from this weeks XPM78-01 Möbius Progress Update 21-25 Dec. 2020 which will follow shortly.  Hope you enjoy

    Especially for all our friends and family who join us in celebrating Christmas as the crazy year that was 2020 winds down, Christine and I want to take the time to send ALL of you who join us here in Mobius.World our most eXtreme best wishes and share some of the joy that accompanies this holiday season no mater what has gone on in the months before and during. 

    While Christine and I were deeply disappointed to not have set sail last year and that we were not able to enjoy Christmas 2020 as we would have wished, surrounded by our family, friends, children and Grandchildren, we were still able to be with them via modern mediums that made us feel a bit less far away.  And we both feel truly grateful to have each other to go through all we have together and that we have been able to remain happy and healthy through out the whole year. 

    No matter how and whatever happens, we ARE surrounded by our friends, family and nothing but LOVE!  Could we be any more fortunate?  I don’t think so!


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    Oh, and did I mention that Santa found us two turkeys in Turkey with no problem again this year, which believe it or not is our fourth Xmas in Turkey and our eighth Xmas together.
    PXL_20201225_053923306Mrs. Santa was eXtremely generous this year with not only her kisses BUT also with her gifts! 
    PXL_20201227_125503610I am still in disbelief of the apparent and serious error in Santa’s bookkeeping which somehow misplaced MY name at the very top of his Good Boy list which resulted in me unwrapping THIS awemazing new bit of kit on Christmas morning!


    PXL_20201227_125545888Christine and I have been lusting after a drone for over six years or more but when we sold Learnativity our previous 52’ sailboat, we kept telling ourselves that it would be smart to wait until Möbius was finished and we really had the use case for a drone. 
    PXL_20201227_130932131Apparently that time is NOW and boy was it ever worth the wait! 

    This is the latest model from DJI the Mini 2 and we are both still shaking our heads in disbelief of what this truly MINI drone is capable of:

    • It weighs a scant 249 grams which makes it just below the legal limit where you need to have a license to fly it, though we will get ours anyway.
    • Captures 4k video at 30 Frames/sec and 100Mbs
    • Shoots 12MP photos in JPEG + RAW
    • Can fly for 31 minutes on one battery charge and up to 16 m/s = 36MPH/58km/hr
    • Flies in 29-38km/hr wind (gee why would that be important to us?)
    • Controller has a range of up to 10km

    OK, I’ll stop gushing now but YES! it is an eXtremely eXciting new toy for both of us!


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    How Mrs. Santa managed to get this delivered to me her in Turkey and before Xmas will remain one of life’s little mysteries but this is one VERY happy little Christmas elf right now.

    Timing is perfect as we now have a drone for a month or more so we can get all our licenses and permits to fly legally and get in some practice time before we launch and take off in Möbius with this little guy to capture all our new adventures from above and all around.


    PXL_20201227_134053937Oh, and when I said I had been mistakenly put at the very TOP of Santa’s Good Boy list, I wasn’t kidding because this even came with DJI’s “Fly More kit” which includes:

         *  a very nice and equally mini carrying bag

         *  3 batteries,

         *  a super smart 18W USB-C charger that is a 2way general purpose USB device charger

         *  3 sets of extra prop blades

    WOWSA!!  But who am I to doubt Santa and Mrs. Santa so I will just say THANK YOU!!!


    Therefore let this serve as an early warning that you will soon be seeing LOTS of video footage shot from the unique vantage point of this newest member of our family on Möbius.  Stay tuned as the adventure continues from above once we set out to sea the world from our new floating home mv Möbius.

    Both Christine and myself want to wish all of you an eXtremely Happy Holiday season however you chose to celebrate it and we will be back to you next week with more best wishes as we all say farewell to 2020 and start ringing in 2021.

    – Christine & Wayne + Barney and Ruby

    Video Tours of XPM78-01 Möbius; July 15, 2020

    Merhaba as we say here in Turkey, to all our faithful blog readers.  Just for a change of pace, this is Christine here and I wanted to let you know that we have heard all your many requests asking for a video tour showing the current stage of construction of our new boat and home Möbius.  So it is with great pleasure that we are finally able to honour your requests.

    It had been a year since the last full video tour, and lots has changed for sure. Wayne just loves to talk and write – at great length – about his beloved Möbius, so one day he just took the camera and spent the next several hours walking through the boat and talking about it. That was a few weeks ago now on July 15, 2020

    Wayne is far too busy working on Möbius right now to do the editing, so I took it upon myself to learn a new program (DaVinci Resolve, for those who are interested) and start my new career as the Möbius World video editor. I apologize for taking so long to get this done, but it had been a long time since I had done much video editing and the program is complex.

    Also, there was A LOT of footage to take on for my first project; thanks Wayne!  So I decided to divide it in half and create a two part series for you, Part I of the Exterior of Möbius and Part II of the Interior, both of which you will find below.

    First, a few notes about what I’ve done to these videos so you know how best to navigate your way through these quite long videos to get at just what you want.

    CHAPTERS:

    For those who want to skip through and just look at the portions of the video that interest you, I’ve divided the video into chapters which you can access two ways. 

    1. When viewing these videos on YouTube if you look in the text area below the video window, you will find a list of the Chapters in this video.   Click on any of the topics in that list to jump directly to that Chapter in the video.
    2. When watching the video if you hover your cursor over the bottom of the video window the timeline will appear at the bottom of each video and  you will see some dashes or marks along that timeline bar where each Chapter starts/ends.  If you hover your cursor over any bar a pop up text will tell you the name of that Chapter and if you click it will jump directly to that point in the video.

    Here is are the lists of the Chapters in each video to give you an idea of what you will find when you watch the videos by clicking on the two video windows below.

    PART I:  The Exterior

    CHAPTERS in this video:

    1.      00:00 –Intro
    2.      00:42 – We introduce ourselves
    3.      01:50 – The swim platform
    4.      04:10 – The aft deck
    5.      12:00 – The sky bridge
    6.      20:56 – The side deck
    7.      21:44 – The foredeck
    8.      27:02 – Below the waterline


    PART II:  The Interior

    CHAPTERS in this video:

    1. 00:00 – Intro
    2. 00:46 – The workshop
    3. 15:20 – The guest cabin
    4. 20:42 – The tanks
    5. 21:58 – Aft circuit breaker panel
    6. 23:32 – The super salon
    7. 24:22 – The galley
    8. 32:26 – The settee
    9. 34:50 – Lower Helm
    10. 44:28 – The Basement
    11. 58:44 – The Master Cabin

    I hope you will enjoy the tours AND that you will send us your feedback, comments and questions in the “Join the Discussion” box below.

    – Captain Christine