Backyard builder's dream may finally be splashed

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The 50-foot dream boat that George De Shon spent nearly 25 years building has never floated, but on Wednesday it flew. De Shon wasn't there to see it. He died last March at age 82.

A few dozen neighbors came by to watch as the yacht that had been part of their neighborhood for decades was gently lifted from the De Shon's back yard. It sailed over the house and onto a waiting boat trailer.

Merna, De Shon's wife of more than 50 years, was there. Her family said she was too overcome by the boat's leaving to talk about the dream her husband crafted in their back yard.

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