Thursday, April 30, 2015

‘Elusion’ – Matt Layden’s Micro-Sailboat – Part 2

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


Stephen Mundane said...

Bill, definitely something appealing about these little lidded dinghys -- freedom!

And definitely nothing wrong with dreaming -- it's what get's me through the day!

The following illustrates one of my dreams and I'm very happy for the young couple to be living it:

One day, God willing.

William Serjeant said...

Thanks Stephen. I enjoyed watching the YouTube video.

I also did two crossings of the North Sea with my Hunter Europa which was identical to theirs.

My wife and our youngest daughter joined me at Amsterdam, and we had a great time exploring the inland waterways of Holland, after which I did the return crossing to Burnham-on-Crouch.

Where there's a will there's a way. It is my belief that if you want something enough, and you can find the means to fund it, you will fulfil your dream. In which case, God will be willing.

Best wishes,