They'd chartered monohulls in New England and cats in the Caribbean, and Adean said she found that she favored the latter because she liked the room and comfort found on two hulls and because the lack of heeling meant less chance of becoming seasick. Jim, an electrical engineer, and Adean, with a background in software, carefully researched the market. They chartered a Catana 43 but thought it'd be too tight for their needs. Then, at the U.S. Sailboat show in Annapolis, they looked at a Catana 52, but they thought it was too big. That's when they learned that a new 50 was on the drawing board and being designed by a longtime Catana collaborator, French naval architect Christophe Barreau. Next thing you know, a deal was struck, a contract was signed, and Jim and Adean found themselves spending the next nine months buying all the toys they'd need for their new boat: T-shirts, silverware, inflatable kayaks, folding bikes, lots of electronics, star-gazing gadgets, and rum. Yes, both are ardent Jimmy Buffett fans, and so, where others might store fine wines-in a rack built into the saloon's table-Jim keeps an assortment of rums, each for its own specialty drink, and a bottle of Stoli Vanil for his signature cocktail, the Key Lime Martini. (See "Jim's Most Excellent Libations," below.) Take my word for it, it's a concoction nearly as delicious as one of Adean's home-cooked dinners.