Started out at about 10 with a little 8 footer with a 6hp evenrude. first two weeks we were given oars and told to row to our hearts content, one we proved we could get home from any place in the bay we were given the motor.
Used to get it plaining about 15 mph
Moved up to a 13 ft whaler with a 40 hp evenrude till we fried the motor, threw on a merc 40 hp, and the mighty merc was born. we thought we were the coolest thing on the bay
Many boats and 35 years later I am visiting the old haunting grounds on cape cod with my Nordic, and i still feel like the coolest thing on the bay.
I hope I never grow up