For five years, a model has helped the Del Mars envision their dream of sailing around the Gulf as they have been building their own catamaran at their home near Tampa, Fla.
The couple is about two-thirds of the way toward scratch-building their own catamaran.
A pair of nearly completed 30-foot hulls fill the garage of their home. Just a few more parts and some cosmetic work to the exteriors remain and the literal bulk of their two-person shipbuilding project will be completed.
"All my life I've wanted to build a catamaran," he said. "It's something I've been interested in as long as I can remember. One of the things that captured my imagination when I was young was the Polynesian conquest of the Pacific in boats like this."