The most popular sail and oar boat
|Hull length / waterline||4.44/ 4.10 m||Sail area||12.2 m²|
|Breadth / waterline||1.70 / 1.46 m||Outboard motor||4 hp|
|Draught||0.25 / 0.86 m||Design category / Crew||C3 / D5|
|Light weight clin / lattes||300 / 345 kg||Building time with kit||500 hours|
If you have to choose the best boat for your intended use, just notice than Ilur is not as an easygoing rowing boat compared to others of my sail and oar designs. She is mainly intended for sailing, oars being used when the wind is falling or to reach some narrow inlets. However, the clinker version is lighter and rows well.
The dagger-board was initially preferred in order to give room for the crew. It is now replaced by a pivoting centreboard and a low centreboard case which is not at all cumbersome. Many other improvements are continuously brought. As an example oars may be stowed under the floorboard, leaving a free cockpit when sailing.
Ilur was designed at first with the simple lug sail in the Breton style (said “misainier” rig). A lug sloop rig is now proposed and is a valuable option. A balanced lug rig (lug sail with boom) is an other option, interesting for river or single-handed sailing. More recently, I have added a very attractive lug yawl rig.
Construction is either strip planked or plywood clinker. In both cases, laminated or steam bent frames give a very traditional and beautiful looking. However, very detailed plans and instruction booklet allow construction by any home builder. Full-size patterns may be purchased in addition to the building plan to make construction easier.
An Ilur has been built in Ireland by Tim Cooke and I invite you to visit his blog.
See also the blog of Esger and Vincent van der Post about the building of a clinker Ilur, with many details.
A timber clinker version is also available on demand.