Not quite as “moving” or dramatic of a week this time after the flurry of activity moving Möbius and Legacy from the original Naval Yachts boatyard to the new one so this post will be much shorter for you.
If you have been following along with our blog for some time you are starting to appreciate just how many tanks we have (14) given how long it is taking to just weld in all the tank tops and then their corresponding access ports. No surprise then that this work continued this week and you can see the latest progress here in our Master Cabin where the front four tank tops have now been fully welded in, pressure tested and are now sporting their access ports.
Next up will be fitting the tank lids and gaskets and then installing all the plumbing for lines in and out, vents and fills and level gauges so stay tuned for those exciting developments.
Mehmet will give you a sense of scale for our large Master Cabin where he is up against the WT Bulkhead with the Forepeak storage area on the other side. He is kneeling in the area that will be the head/toilet with a sink on center and then the Washer & Dryer being in front of him on the far upper Starboard/right side.
Meanwhile up in the Forepeak you might notice that the aft area has now got its tank tops welded in place and now await their access ports to be installed.
If you look closely in the bays in front of these tanks and perhaps click to enlarge, as you can do to all photos in our blogs, you can make out the circular cut out in the 25mm thick keel bar running down the centerline where the bow thruster will go.
Note too how the 40mm pipe is being welded in along the edges of all the longitudinal stringers. These help make this area a bit safer when you are in here in rough seas but mostly these mate with the semicircular cut-outs in the stringers to create some very handy spots for tying lines, fenders and hooking carabiners over to securely store such things up here.
The set of stringers going down from the bottom right corner of this shot will also provide a very sold and safe set of steps for climbing in and out of this space through the big Forepeak hatch through which I am taking these pictures.
Moving all the way aft and looking down through the even larger hatch into the Engine Room Enclosure, if you look VERY closely in the upper far right side of the Enclosure you can just make out the angle grinder with Mehmet on the other end of it hidden by the Enclosure wall. He is busy getting the aluminium in this area all cleaned and ready for its tank tops to be welded in place which will be used for Grey Water holding tanks.
We will hardly ever use these as we normally direct our Grey Water from sinks and showers directly out through our Sea Chests. However in the unlikely event we ever find ourselves anchored in a very crowded area or in a place that has such requirements, we will have these tanks available to store our Gray Water until we can pump them out well out at sea.
And lastly for this week, a quick update on Möbius’ shipyard mate Legacy and a riddle:
Do you know what you do when you don’t like the size or shape of your boat’s butt??
You cut it off!
Then weld up a new one,
Which you like better and weld it on instead.
I’ll show you the rest of this marine gluteus maximus replacement surgery next week.
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Wow! That was some serious surgery!! Hope you like the 2nd one!! Looking at the photos inside of those tanks gives me claustrophobia, which I don’t really have, but now think I do!!! 🙂 🙂
As with my comment to John, my apologies Elton and others for the confusion I may have caused with those last few photos in this “Just About Topped Off” Nov 26-30, 2018 post Elton. These were shots of a different boat entirely, mv Legacy, which is an all steel boat that you may recall seeing in last week’s post of the move to the new Naval Yachts shipyard where Legacy now sits in front of Möbiusin the new shipyard.
But you are certainly right it was “major surgery” although by trimming it back to that bulkhead you can see in the photos, it makes for a pretty straightforward removal of the old and welding in of the new. One of the many advantages of metal boats, be they steel like Legacy or aluminium like Möbiusis how easy these materials are to work with and how easily you can modify them later on by cutting and welding and fabricating.
And yes, it can be a bit disorientating looking down into the insides of all those baffled integral tanks we have on Möbius. Have no fear though Elton, Team Möbius now has all the tank tops welded in place so you should be seeing the insides any longer and you can get your heartrate back to normal. 🙂
Oh great! No butt surgery for Mobius!! And no mild claustrophobia from here on!! 🙂
Enjoy the rest Elton, I will be supplying LOTS of new ways to torture your mind in future posts! I hear it is good to exercise our brains and all the more so as we rack up the miles on our synapses. What are friends for right?
What was your concern about the stern that caused the reshaping?
How does the new stern shape deal with your concern?
Sorry for any confusion I may have caused for you or others here John but this “gluteus maximus replacement surgery” is NOT on our beloved Möbius!! This is work being done on another boat you might recall seeing in the “Moving” post 2 weeks ago, the mv Legacy, which is now sitting in front of Möbius in the new Naval Yachts shipyard.
This is quite an interesting boat and project. The boat was originally built in the Netherlands in about 15 years ago but never finished. She was bought several years ago by a Dutchman who owns another shipyard there but for various reasons decided that he wanted Naval to do a major refit and finishing of the complete boat. Reasons for the changes to the stern as I understand them are that he didn’t like the original “canoe” stern and he wanted to lengthen the boat by a few meters. So Naval drew up a new design that you can see in the pictures here of the raw steel unit that has now been tacked in place and I will post some new photos of the progress in this week’s update.
The boat is pretty much “just” the complete steel hull and superstructure so the project also involves designing and installing all the new systems and interior so a huge job as you can imagine.
Again, sorry for any confusion that this was happening to our aluminium darling! 🙂
Interesting that I didn’t pick up on the difference in shape between the two boats. Ever read “The thinking eye, the seeing brain”? My mental processes filled in what I expected to see rather than what was there. Gets me in trouble a lot. If it’s important, tripple check and then have someone who hasn’t seen it before confirm.
My lack of clarity at fault here for sure John. Like you it sounds I’ve long been fascinated by the way our brains work, or don’t, and how big a gap there can be between what we literally “see” and what we perceive to be or as you nicely put it “what I expected to see rather than what was there”. One thing I’ve become very interested in over the years is the way many of the metaphors we have been brought up wtih lead us astray and in this context I’m referring to how we often think of our sight being like a video camera where our eyes capture what is out there and “project” this to our brain like a screen with a memory device. However this is not how it works, our brains do not receive “video” like images, they receive digital like data through the optic nerve and synapses and then the brain uses this data and some from our other senses, to construct a 3D model or simulation of what we are “seeing”. This is in part why we can “see” what is behind us without literally having eyes in the back of our head and just having that great 3D model to refer to which has been constructed from times when we were looking at what is behind us so it is “there” in the model. What this helps explain to me at least, is how there can be some VERY significant differences between what is “really” out there compared to what we “see” in that 3D model in our brain. I think this might have been at work in an example like this one here with you thinking it was Mobius you were looking at when it was actually Legacy. As you said, you “expected” to see Mobius and your brain quickly brought up your 3D model and then prompted your questions. Kind of like how we sometimes need to “flush the cache” on our devices to update what we are seeing new from the old that was there before.
In any case, as I said, my mea culpa for not being more clear in the post and tricking your expectations! 🙂