For those of you too young to remember the title refers to a popular commercial in the 1970’s and 80’s for the leading edge of cassette audio tapes made by Memorex which were being touted as so good at capturing audio that they came up with the catchy marketing question; “Is it live or is it Memorex”. Here is a little video clip of one of the many versions of this long running ad campaign featuring Ella Fitzgerald.
And if phantasmagoria is not in your vocabulary I would like to help you add it because it is a word which articulates what I believe is becoming a more and more common state of mind defined as “A dreamlike state in which images both real or imagined blur together”. I’m experiencing this more and more as my day to day working on the design and building of Möbius involves constantly cycling between the visions for this boat I’ve had in my head for so long, the virtual worlds of 3D models and renderings and the real world of the ever evolving boat.
Then to add yet another dimension to all this phantasmagoria I’m experiencing, Naval Yachts recently had a scale model of our XPM78-01 built to be part of their booth at the Cannes Boat show last month. If you click to enlarge this photo you can see the model of the XPM in the clear case on the right and one of the GN60 on the left. After seeing a few pictures of this model in a previous post many of you wanted to see and know more about it so I thought I would post this short overview of this very nicely done model now that it is proudly on display in the reception area at Naval Yachts. They only gave the poor model maker less than a month to build this from scratch and get it shipped to Cannes in time and I think he did a very good job. He was given the whole 3D model, drawings and some renderings to work from and he captured a lot of the intricate details in the model which was all done by hand, no 3D printing involved. A look into the Outdoor Galley just behind the aft end of the Pilot House with the SkyBridge above. This is what the birds flying by the Starboard side will see as they are peering into the Helm up in the SkyBridge.
or this view of the Starboard side a bit further forward. Good overall view from the bow with our “Sidewinder” anchor setup and the Dolphin watching seats which Uğur just welded in this week and you can see in the Weekly Update post to follow. Finally, this perspective of the Aft Deck and Swim Platform.
I thought a bit of video might be a nice way to finish so created this little “simulated Drone fly by”. My apologies in advance for the poor quality I didn’t have my stabilised holder with me so it is a bit shaky but I hope you enjoy it none the less.
Thanks for joining us and please leave your questions, comments and suggestions in the “Join the Discussion” box below.
As I mentioned at the end of the previous blog with the usual weekly progress update on the building of our XPM78-01 Möbius, Christine and I have put together a special Holiday treat for all of you faithful followers; a fully annotated video with a guided tour through all the cabins and compartments. Many of you have been asking for an update and for more video and seeing as how you have all been such good little girls and boys throughout 2018, your wish has been granted!
In the future you may want to be more careful what you wish for as this video is quite a bit longer than usual clocking in at 23 1/2 minutes. However I have put in markers for each cabin or compartment so you should be able to fast forward or click on the timeline to spots that most interest you.
Throughout the video I have overlaid some of the 2D drawings and 3D renders of the various locations on the boat to help you visualise what these currently empty spaces will look like once all the cabinetry and equipment gets installed.
I will also insert each of these drawings and renders at the end of this post so you can refer to these on their own either as you are watching the video tour or whenever you might want to spend more time referring to the drawings and models. Remember you can click on any photo or picture in any of these blog posts to see an enlarged view for closer inspection.
As with most things I do I’m a complete novice at this kind of video editing and I’m using all new software tools so please bear with me as I learn my way. Apologies in advance for the poor sound and lighting quality in several spots. I now have a new lavaliere microphone to use in future videos that should dramatically improve the audio quality and I’m working on smoothing out the light balance transitions.
It is tremendously valuable for me to get your feedback as I strive to continuously improve each posting. Let me know for example what is working well for you, and even more so what’s not? What kinds of information or methods would you like to see more of? Less of? Any and all other suggestions you have that will help me improve and make these videos and posts more informative, fun and engaging. So I would be most appreciative of you adding your thoughts and reactions in the “Join the Discussion” box below.
2018 has been what I always hope and wish for everyone at New Years; the best year yet. It was another year densely packed full of awemazing adventures, lots of loving and learning, time with friends and family though never enough and now a whole year living, loving and learning here in Antalya Turkey with Naval Yachts.
Our special thanks to Dennis at Artnautica Yachts for putting up with our never ending “feedback” over the past three years as he worked his naval design magic to turn our visions into all the 3D models and drawings you see here. All of these are now being transformed into reality by the other very special thanks we have going out to Baris and Dincer who created Naval Yachts and put assembled the whole team of incredibly talented and dedicated people we feel so privileged to work with each day as part of Team Möbius,
I often describe the process of designing and building Möbius as “a collaborative work of art and engineering” and you can all see why as you so kindly take your valuable time to watch these videos and read our weekly updates. You too are part of this adventure and add to the joy and value we experience in living this dream.
Thank you one and all and here’s to continuing the great progress in 2019 so we can say the same thing this time next year: Wow! That was the best year yet!
Whew! What a week here at Naval Yachts. The time has finally come to start making the move to the brand new home of Naval Yachts here in the Antalya Free Zone. The building isn’t fully finished yet but the shop side is ready so we started moving boats and as you are about to see Möbius was the first boat to move to her new home on Wednesday followed by Legacy on Thursday. It was quite the experience and I’ll let the pictures and the videos at the end do most of the talking so here goes……..
Team Möbius wasn’t going to let moving interrupt their progress within the boat itself so let’s first take a look at that.
Up on top of the aft end of the Starboard/Right side of the Pilot House roof the massive arch hinges are now tacked in place.
As you’ll recall from seeing this rendering of the aft end of the Pilot House in previous posts, the arch is hinged where it passes through the roof of the Pilot House so that we can fold it down to Canal Mode to reduce our air draft or height above the water to sneak under lower bridges and locks. This rendering shows the arch and SkyBridge roof in both the Green/Grey normal passage mode configuration as well as the purple folded down Canal Mode.
You’ll note too how the bimini roof overtop the SkyBridge cleverly folds down with the arch.
Looking at Port/Left side of what we call the “Wings” at the aft ends of the Pilot House, we can see those hinges being tacked together in the foreground and the 15mm/5/8” base plate for the two compression posts for the Arch tacked into the far inside corner of the Wing box. Those two large 100mm/4” diameter holes on the top of the Wing Box are where the two compression posts will soon be fitted.
The Arch itself is being built off the boat as we’ve seen in previous posts and we’ll show you more of that once it has been tacked together and gets fitted to the top sides of those big hinges.
If you look back at the rendering above you will see how the thick 30mm/1 1/4” window glass wrapped around all sides of the Pilot House extends back to the ends of these Wing Boxes so you can imagine how well protected this aft end of the Pilot House and Aft Deck will be.
This will be especially appreciated when you are going in/out of the SuperSalon through that door you see here on the left or up the circular stairs to the SkyBridge on the opposite side.
Meanwhile up front in our Maser Cabin the last of the water tanks are getting their baffles put in and their tops welded on.
Here is a closer shot to show the baffle plate and top flat bar welded in place and you can see what the completed matching tank looks like on the left. These tanks will be used more as ballast than for potable water for us to use for dishes and showers. With our eXtremely large volume of diesel fuel we carry in our central tanks, 14,500L/3800 USG, that as this volume and weight go down during a passage we are able to maintain the same overall displacement and balance of the boat by adding the equivalent amount of water in the tanks on either ends.
Our ability to move water, and fuel, from any one tank to any other also gives us tremendous options for adjusting the ride and balance of the boat as sea and weather conditions change during a passage. Safety, Comfort and Efficiency are our top 3 priorities and this helps us with all three and this is a good example of how we have made the thousands of design decisions for these eXtreme eXpedition Passage Makers or XPMs.
Down on the shop floor the work continued on the big hatch for the Engine Room. Framing is now all tacked in place and you can now clearly see the open channel that surrounds the entire outer perimeter is formed. This will in turn match up with an opposite U shaped channel surround the perimeter of the opening on the Aft Deck to create a very well sealed connection between them.
The matching U shaped channel on the Aft Deck will also create a perfect gutter to catch any water on the outside of the door and make it easy to put in some drains out the bottom of the channel so that when you open this big ER hatch no water ever drips inside and keeps any water from sea or sky on the outside where we like it.
What do you think these two onlookers are looking at?? Could it be watching our Master Welder Sezgin pushing one of the many MIG welders outside?
Or are they checking out how most of the other equipment and aluminium parts have been removed from around and under Möbius? Or could they be wondering what that black Naval Yachts banner is hiding?
Or what are these Team Möbius members doing taking their tea break on this new blue bench that showed up?
Ohhhhhhh, now I get it, it is MOVE DAY! Everyone pitches in to help get the blue boat mover into position. Blocking and supports are carefully set in place. Uğur and Umit quickly fabricate some additional braces to weld to the hull for more support. Möbius steel floor supports are unceremoniously amputated with some quick passes of the Oxy-Acetylene torch. This old white haired buy keeps getting in the way. Then all these people show up….. Deep within the dark shadows we hear the muted roar of a little diesel engine starting up and the whine of hydraulic motors as Möbius gracefully lifts off the floor ….. … and backs her beautiful aluminium butt out the door and into the sunshine. aft deck now all clear and now we see what that Naval banner was covering up! Someone snuck in during the night to chisel out a bit more room for the upper heights of the SkyBridge to fit under! All clear and fully out in the sunshine at last! Backing all the way out and across the street and almost inside of the big Damen shipyard building next door. Thanks to all those turnable wheels she makes the turn onto the street Holds her beautiful big nose high in the air Looking ever so huge and beautiful, she backs her beautiful butt down the street and off to her new home. and a few minutes later she gracefully makes the last turn towards her and Naval Yachts’ new home.
More of that same crowd showed up again to help mark this momentous occasion and you can click to enlarge to see if you can spot any faces you recognize? Calmly waiting while they get the door to her new home open, Möbius sizes up that opening to make sure she will fit. Doesn’t look like any chiseling of the door top will be needed here! Half out …….. …. half in. Everything in life is relative and our big baby now looks more like a little girl as she backs into her cavernous new home. Ahhhh, home at last! Four VERY proud parents with their respective new “babies”:
Dincer on the left and Baris on the right, the two very proud parents of the new Naval Yachts shipyard they have just designed and built.
And Christine and I in between, proud parents of our beautiful little girl Möbius towering over all of us in the background with some of her many attendants all around. Our poor little amputee has her legs reattached. out goes the boat mover and in goes the stands Feeling a wee bit little and lonely, Möbius now awaits her fellow shipmates to join her. Next up is her slightly larger and much heavier sister “Legacy” who requires the slightly larger yellow boat mover. Remote control all ready to guide her around the first corner around the last corner Legacy points her nose into the same bay and heads for her awaiting buddy boat Möbius And soon these two sisters of the sea are nuzzled nose to nose ready for their respective teams to resume work tomorrow. As you can see it was a VERY “moving” week for all of us at Naval Yachts and now the work resumes on moving the rest of the company, a few more boats and getting back to work on completing these awemazing boats.
As one chapter ends and another begins, seems fitting that tonight would end with this beautiful sunset off our back balcony don’t you think?
I’ll admit to being a bit of a pooped pup after such a fabulous week so I’m going to let Miss Google look after creating the videos of you this time. Frankly, I’m not sure I could do much better myself and that would take hours.
So here are the videos which Miss Google automagically created, one from my videos and one from Christine’s.
These are also nice little examples of the very early uses of something I have an abundance of, Artificial Intelligence! But seriously folks it is a fabulous time to be alive and an awemazing time to be living in so both Christine and I hope you will enjoy this post and these videos.
Either way, let us know what you like and what you don’t like or would you suggest to make these blog posts more interesting and enjoyable. Can’t guarantee I will be able to follow all your suggestions but I can guarantee that I’ll do my best to keep making them better each week.
A quick post to refer you to a 2016 article in Yachting World magazine which Christine came across with an article about a fascinating fellow ex sailor now eXtreme eXploration passage maker David Cowper who recently completed one of the most challenging passages through the Northwest Passage. Cowper, a Brit, has completed three circumnavigations by both sail and power and in 1990 was named Yachtsman of the year. Quite rightly so I would say with feats such as being the fastest to sail single-handed around the world in both directions before he made the transition from sail to power in 1984. Well worth the few minutes it will take you to read the full article.
David’s current boat mv Polar Bound is a custom designed pilot/lifeboat like 48 foot all aluminium with eXtremely thick plate up to 15mm with very close and heavy inner framework supporting it, is self righting, very heavily insulated, sealed collision bulkhead compartment up front, thick keel bar from stem to stern, huge integral fuel tanks below the waterline and stocked with spare parts for everything.
And what powers this eXtreme eXploration power boat though ice and around the world? A Gardner of course!! In David’s case it is the 8 cylinder version of the same Gardner LXB family as will be powering have in Möbius.
Certainly not the boat or the life for most people but we certainly resonate with many aspects of it, though probably with a bit more time in tropical climates than David does.
But when it comes to boats we are in heated agreement with David that the combination of eXtremely thick and strongly framed aluminium powered by an eXtremely efficient and reliable Gardner is the just right Goldilocks combination for these kinds of eXtreme eXploration Passage Makers.
Congratulations David! We follow humbly and proudly in your wake.
As many of you reading this would know, Circa Marine in Whangarei NZ is the very talented engineering firm and shipyard which worked with Steve Dashew to design and build all of the FPB series of boats which totals about 20 boats all together I think.
Christine and I were fortunate to spend a day with the great people at Circa back in November 2016 when we sailed our previous boat down there and they were extremely generous in answering the hundreds of questions we put to them as we made our way in and around the FPB78’s and FPB70 they were building at the time. As we discussed the four different size FPB’s they had built, 64/115/78/70 we got the distinct impression that the FPB70 was their favorite and they had many of their own ideas they’d like to incorporate in the future. Of course we didn’t know then and neither did they that the FPB series was going to end and so not too surprising to us that they have decided to create their own new Circa version and take advantage of their deep experience in building these kinds of boats. Clearly these boats will benefit from what is now about 20 years of experience in building these types of boats, let alone many other boats they have been building for even longer and that this new Circa 24 will be an incredible boat.
Looks like our intuition when we were visiting them was right and like us Circa has decided that the 24m or 78ft size is the sweet spot or Goldilocks just right size for these kinds of boats and owners so we take that as great validation for our coming to the same conclusion with Möbius several years ago. This makes sense as well in that the FPB70 was the last of the FPB’s to be designed and therefore the one which benefited the most from what is almost 2 decades of gathering such a plethora of real world data from all the previous boats, all those years and hundreds of thousands of nautical miles of owner experiences and all of Circa’s experience in building these boats. Steve was extremely diligent at collecting and curating all this data, sharing it so generously and articulately on the SetSail blogs and learning from it all and the results certainly show this evolutionary journey. Everyone from Steve to all the talented people who worked with or at Circa over all those past 20 years certainly deserve a great deal of credit and a huge amount of gratitude for developing this new style of boat and putting them on the marine world map.
New Zealand is certainly a hot spot in the marine world in general and especially so for these new kinds of eXtreme Passage Maker style boats and the “family tree” has very deep roots there. Back in the early 2000’s, prior to the FPB’s, Kelly Archer another very talented Kiwi, had designed and built his personal boat “Ripple” which obviously caught Steve’s eye at the time and Steve and Kelly went on to have a long partnership designing and building the FPB’s.
Oh, and I might add that Kelly chose to put a horizontal version of the same Gardner 6LXB main engine in Ripple. Brilliant!
No coincidence then that we found our own “just right” designer for Möbius in New Zealand when we met up with Dennis Harjamaa at Artnautica Yacht Design. Dennis had designed AND built a boat for himself based on the same DNA I’ve been outlining of long, lean, low all aluminium low maintenance boats for couples with the shared passion for crossing oceans in extreme safety, comfort and efficiency. These boats known as the LRC58 and there are now four of them out exploring the world and a fifth beginning it’s build phase at Aluboot in the Netherlands. Good article here on the three LRC58’s which Dickey Boats in NZ have built and you can follow along with Rob at Artnautica.eu while he was building his LRC58-3 “Britt” at Aluboot.
Thanks to all our “Giant Teachers”:
Since I was very young I’ve always been fascinating by the way in which we humans are able to continuously learn, innovate and advance by “standing on the shoulders of giants” which Wikipedia nicely describes as:
“… expresses the meaning of “discovering truth by building on previous discoveries”.
This concept has been traced to the 12th century, attributed to Bernard of Chartres. Its most familiar expression in English is by Isaac Newton in 1675: “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”
Christine and I are retired teachers as are most of our siblings so we have that in our DNA as well and we see these “giants” as the great teachers in our lives. We do our best to be very highly motivated learners and we certainly want to add our deep gratitude and appreciation for the many giants whose shoulders we humbly stand upon, learn from and leap forward.
Currently we find ourselves standing upon the shoulders of several other such giants and teachers such as Dennis at Artnautica and Dincer and Baris here at GreeNaval who have been instrumental in transforming our vision into the reality that is Möbius and we can’t wait to launch her and join this growing family of eXtreme passage makers out exploring the world one nautical smile at a time.
Last month I put up a post “Newest Member of this Family of Passage Makers” about the newest members of Dennis’ Artnautica LRC58 line of boats, the LRC58-3 “Britt” and LRC58-4 “Raw” which have both been launched and are now at sea as will be joined by LRC58-5 being built in the Netherlands. My larger comment and purpose for that post, and for this one, is to highlight the rapid growth of a whole new style and type of long, skinny ocean crossing passage makers which are most often designed to be owned and operated by a couple with no crew.
An overall name for this new family of passage makers has not emerged as of yet and they aren’t trawlers, they aren’t pilot boats, they aren’t military boats though they have characteristics from all of these types and many others.
I will write a future post that will go into more details of this new style of ocean crossing beauties but wanted to introduce you to the newest family member which my crack researcher Christine uncovered yesterday in this recent article Simon Murray wrote for Power and Motoryacht magazine entitled “Meet the Special Forces-Inspired Tactical 77”.
The “Tactical 77” as it is being called is a recent design from Bill Prince of Bill Prince Yacht Designs of a 24 meter all aluminium ocean crossing passage maker for an ex Special Forces gentleman to take his family out cruising the world.
She will be built by the Canadian builder Tactical Custom Boats located near Vancouver British Columbia and near where I lived while going to the British Columbia Institute of Technology BCIT and University of British Columbia back in the early 70’s and then taught High School for many years in nearby Ladner.
Located in Richmond B.C., Tactical’ s web site says they build;
High performance aluminum boats designed for speed, comfort, and safety in all operating conditions – without compromising dependability, luxury or design.
Sound familiar? As you can see from these pictures, location is not the only thing we have in common. The similarities to our upcoming addition to this new family named Möbius which we are referring to as eXtreme eXploration Passage Maker or XPM are striking. It is no coincidence that the looks of these boats are so similar because the owner’s requirements and the design goals and use cases overlap extensively. To quote this P&M article;
“Prince was tasked with designing a cohesion of extremes. The client wanted a high-performance vessel with pseudo-military exterior styling and interiors that emphasized luxurious, superyacht-like accommodations.”
It will if you’ve read over my earlier post “Project Goldilocks: Mission Impossible” where I outlined the overall mission and all the key characteristics Christine and I have for designing and building Möbius.
Prince went on to say about the client;
“He wants a really comfortable yacht that will scare the Coast Guard from a quarter mile away.”
Christine and I are not interested in scaring our friends in the world’s Cost Guards but are very keen on similarly deterring any “bad guys” with mal intent towards us.
“We have designed go-anywhere capability and luxurious accommodations inside aggressive, pseudo-military exterior styling,” says Prince.
There are a few differences mind you when it comes to weight, costs and power. For example “the boat will be propelled by twin MAN 1,900hp inboard diesels giving the Tactical 77 combined 3,800HP and top speeds over 35 knots.” Yikes! Mobius for comparison will have about 150HP and a top speed of 11-12 knots. But I’ll be much happier paying our construction costs and our fuel bills!
However at their core all these new kinds of boats share very similar purposes and owners and I was most intrigued by a story the designer Bill Prince shared when interviewed for this article:
With the owner’s highly specialized background, you would think clients like him are exceedingly rare. Yet Prince had three people come to him separately a few years ago, asking for essentially the same thing:
a low-maintenance, go-anywhere-in-any-kind-of-weather, aluminum cruising boat that doesn’t require a full-time crew.
“In the space of six to eight weeks I listened to three gentlemen who were all experienced yachtsmen describe almost the same spec,” said Prince. “So, I’ve seen this coming for a couple of years.”
Almost like reading my own writing!
In the Mission Impossible posting I shared that the mission statement Christine and I brought to Dennis, Dincer and Baris is:
“The just right boat for exploring extreme locations in equally extreme safety and comfort.”
and some of our key characteristics for Möbius included:
all aluminium, no paint, no stainless
Go far, Go everywhere, Go nowhere (@ anchor), Go alone
Interior with extremely high craftsman level fit and finish
You get the idea.
On the one hand the owners of these new style of boats have their own unique use cases and criteria, so each of their boats will be similarly unique. However when viewed by others they will tend to look similar because at their core these boats are designed and built for those who share a passion for long, low, lean & mean low maintenance boats which inspire them to cross oceans in eXtreme safety, comfort and style. We can’t wait to add Möbius to this growing family of ocean crossing passage makers and more so to join them out exploring this awemazing watery world of ours.