Just over five years ago I wrote Part 1,* and today I’m as entranced as I was then with this minimal sailboat. Over a year later, after writing the article, I found myself looking at Paul H’s ‘Illusion’** with the possibility of buying her and finishing her off to resemble Matt Layden’s ‘Elusion’. For various reasons I changed my mind and I did not buy the partly-finished boat. She may still be for sale; I don’t know, but Paul’s ‘Illusion’ webpage** is live, and nothing appears to have changed. However, I have changed; I am five years older and my enthusiasm for doing a new building project has somewhat diminished.
What is amazing is that I am still intrigued with the magic of this fantastic little boat, i.e., Matt’s ‘Elusion’. She charms me. If ever I were to get back on the water, something liker her would be ideal for pottering on my local river. It seems I’m dreaming again, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
*’Elusion’ – Matt Layden’s Micro-Sailboat (Part 1)
Illusion Hull for Sale
Paul’s Design Plans for Illusion
A Design Similar to Illusion
Testing the Tent