The 20-year journey of a backyard boat

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The Virginian-Pilot has written a profile about a couple that started building a 32-foot, 9-ton trawler back in the early 1990s, when they were both in their 40s.

In late September, after the marine surveyor signed on the vessel, which is nearly as tall as the couple’s two-story house in front of which it was built, the Lou Anne II was launched before a gathering of friends.

"My wife and I built it," Patrick Hughes say, glancing to his wife, Anna. "It took us a while."

For nearly half their marriage, Anna and Patrick have been building a boat.

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