Donna and her husband, David, had just bought their 12-year-old son, Dalton, a fishing skiff. “Dalton has been aboard 24/7 since delivery, and he’s bringing home fish for dinner,” said Donna with pride. “He completed the Chapman School of Seamanship program as well as the Florida Safe Boating Course — he was ready.” Boating was no accident for the Deakinses, who were introduced to the pastime by their parents. “It seemed we always had something that floated under us,” said Donna, who was one of five siblings. Four of the five turned out to be boaters. Donna expects to beat those odds with her four children. “My oldest is about to get married and has bought a house — he’s already looking at a boat!” The Deakinses both work hard, but they still manage at least one sunset cruise a week and one day a weekend of either fishing or visiting the local sandbar for a bit of family R&R. “Boating is what we do,” Donna said. The Deakinses’ passion for boating is the real deal, and it’s the sort of story that is worth sharing.