This was the first boat i ever ran, it was my family's. A 10ft jetboat, i think i was 5 or so when i was running it. In the picture im sitting on a phonebook so i can see and there is a block of wood on the foot pedal throttle so i could give it gas!! that tuft of brown hair sitting next to me is my little brother. I know it isnt a downeast but i grew up on a lake in florida.
The first boat I could call my own was an 8' plywood pram with mismatched oars which was built God knows how long before I acquired it; leaked like a seive. When it was stolen, and presumably used for kindling on Horseneck Beach, I got my first powered boat, this 17' skiff - I was king of the harbor! But, the first boat I ever grabbed the wheel of was Dad's Chris Craft below.
43 Tiara Open DDEC, GradyWhite 226, 18 Donzi Classic, 15 Boston Whaler Sport ETec 60
First boat that I called mine was a 1969 Chrysler Conqueror that my Dad and I rebuilt when I was in middle school, re-glassed all the holes, fixed cracks and repainted it then hung a 115 Evinrude on it, thing would hit 60 + mph on nice flat days.