It was a busy week for both Christine and me but nothing too blogworthy so this week’s Möbius update will be short for a change.
I just returned to Möbius last night after spending most of the week in England. This was my first trip for 2022 and a nice change of pace for me. It has proven to take a LOT of time, energy and $$ to get parts shipped from England to us here in Turkey so I decided it was best to go pick up the new parts I needed for Mr. Gee in person from Gardner Marine Diesel and bring them back with me. To be honest, I will take just about any reason to make a trip to GMD and see Michael, James and David there so it was an easy decision. To make it even more compelling, Pegasus Airlines has very cheap flights twice a week between Antalya and London so my entire trip would cost less than the customs duties to ship the parts to me and would take at least a month, sometimes two to get here. The icing on the cake for me was the chance to get in a visit with a very good friend Robin and his wonderful wife Jayne. Robin and I first met when we were both fairly new to Autodesk back in about 1990 and have continue to grow our friendship over all those years. My thanks to Robin and Jayne for opening their home and hearts in welcoming me to stay with them and we had a delightful three days hanging out and catching up.
My outbound flight was very early in the morning so we decided to rent a car and spend the night in a fun little hotel not far from the airport and enjoyed a nice “date night” out at a great little family restaurant right across from the hotel. Christine was then able to do some shopping for groceries and other items that are much more available at the larger stores and malls in Antalya and then drive back to our small town of Finike so it all worked out very well..
We also took advantage of being back in Antalya to stop by the Free Zone and Naval Yachts to see the progress on the several new builds they have underway. XPM78-02 mv Vanguard is now looking very much like a boat now that the superstructure for the Pilot House is in place.
The other build is for the larger XPM85-01 which is in the early stages of the ‘hotworks’ and after a long wait due to supply chain and other issues, all the aluminium plates and parts have been delivered. These boats are built upside down in this first stage until all the hull plating is welded in place and then the hull is flipped right way up.
The upside down deck plates are first put together in the steel framework bolted to the floor and then frames and bulkheads are tacked in place.
Meanwhile, over on Vanguard, Uğur and Nihat, who did most of the AL work on Möbius are now busy welding the hundreds of Al pieces in place. You can see some of the cut and rolled plates for the keels setting on the floor to the Left.
XPM78-02 is based on the same design as Möbius but will have twin JD engines as you can see from the dual prop tunnels in these two photos.
The aft deck will be slightly larger and the Owners have decided to build some of the furniture into the boat such as this L-shaped dining area. Large window behind it, WT door into the SuperSalon in the middle and stairs up to the SkyBridge on the Right.
Here is the view from inside the SuperSalon looking back out onto the Aft Deck.
Going up those stairs the SkyBridge is starting to take shape and more built in furniture with an other L-shaped settee at the Aft end.
Peering down from the very Aft end of the FlyBridge and roof overtop of the Aft Deck you can see the same arrangement as on Möbius with the doghouse for walking into the Engine Room on the Left and matching winding stairs on both sides.
Looking up and aft lets you see another view of the upside down XPM85.
Back down to Deck level on Vanguard, you can see another owner driven change with the addition of these bulwarks running most of the length of the side decks.
Bulwarks run all the way up to and around the Anchor Deck and bow.
Up at the Bow the “sidewinder” anchor setup is the same as we designed for Möbius along with the Samson Post in the center and nose cone in the very front. This setup has proven to work out eXtremely well on Möbius so has been replicated here on hull #2. You can see how Dennis has nicely designed the Bow and anchoring arrangements to now include the wrap around bulwarks.
Lest we should forget the Mighty Möbius, I will leave you with THIS LINK to a series of photos that Captain Christine put together while I was off in Gardner Land in the UK this past week.
Christine went through some of our archives of thousands of photos over the past 6 months or so and put the ones she liked into this album.
So if you’ve been Jonesing to see less of the Engine Room and all the detailed technical shots that I post and more of the interior and exterior of Möbius, click the link above and enjoy your tour through this collection.
Thanks for taking time to join us here again this week and hope you’ll be back again next Sunday for the latest weekly update on what’s been going on in Möbius.World.
Special thanks to all of you who have been contributing your questions and comments in the “Join the Discussion” box below and please keep them coming!
So what are the lessons learned about rebuilding Mr G?
Sorry for making and the others wait but just posted the latest update which should answer your question and keep you current on the situation. Close to the end but won’t know or believe it till Mr. Gee has been purring away with full oil pressure for a few weeks and out at sea. Stay tuned!
Hi Wayne, I am echoing John’s question. What did you learn in the UK and what parts did you come back with for Mr. G? I have enjoyed your detective work and want to hear your logic and approach to try and sort out the problem. Patrick and I discuss the approach you are taking and wonder what is next?
It is nice to see the pictures of the Mobius offspring.
All the very best to you and Christine.
Hi Rick, you’ll find all the answers to your questions in the update I just posted a few minutes ago. Hope you and Pat enjoy it and let me know your thoughts and ideas. More to follow as Mr. Gee gets up and running and out to sea for full proof.
I can never see enough pictures of the profile view of Mobius !
Also, I got a kick out of the makeshift aluminum saw horses on board Vanguard. While most folks may have some wood and nails lying around to whip up a saw horse, I guess they have aluminum plate and a welder lying around !
Looking good Wayne & Christine! Quite a job.
Thanks Mike and Cindy. Great to have you along for the ride virtually at least and looking forward to making that into a reality soon as possible.
Hi Andrew, glad you enjoyed the photos. Use what you’ve got and what works with regards to the saw horses on Vanguard.
Will do my best to get down to Naval to get you more photos as the XPM family grows.
On another subject, you heard about sonic vibration anti fouling?
I looked into this and did some research when we were putting together the anti fouling for Möbius. Have not done any more research the past 2 years so don’t know of any new developments, but of the installations I was able to find and talk to the results seemed mixed at best. A great idea if it did work so will just have to let time tell the tale to see if this proves itself to work well in the real world.
What I can tell you is that I’m eXtremely pleased with how well the silicone based ‘foul release’ InterSleek 1100SR that we used on Möbius’ bottom has been performing. Only one year in the water but as you know not much boat movement in that time so a bit of a worst case test of a boat sitting in the water. Very little growth of any kind and from the small tests I can do without hauling out and with what we found when we hauled out after about 4 months in the water, it all comes off eXtremely easily with just the wipe of a cloth or sponge. All things considered such as ease of maintenance, application, etc. if this holds up it will be the best solution to bottom paint that I am aware of.