Everybody laughed when Glenn Lucas showed them his plans to build a floating ice cream stand in the shape of a cone of soft-serve.
Nobody thought he would finish the spaceship-like contraption he had sketched on a piece of paper in black and orange ink.
They underestimated the ingenuity and dedication of Lucas, a 58-year-old shipwright who built his first dinghy as a teenager and moved to Hilton Head Island about 12 years ago on a sailboat he refurbished after dredging it from the depths of the Thames River in Connecticut.
Almost two years after he began building his dream inside borrowed space in the cavernous warehouse of Palmetto Bay Yacht Center, Lucas is ready to open what he says is Hilton Head Island's -- and the world's -- first business of its kind.
"No minuscule part of that did I mimic," he said this week after rowing a curious visitor to the craft. "It's all original."