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VIDEO: Sacramento show opens amid cautious optimism

The Sacramento Boat Show started its four-day run at Cal Expo Thursday morning with vendor optimism despite the West Coast’s lingering drought and questions about the economy.

"Over the past three years we've seen it picking back up again,” Craig Larson, who owns and operates Larson Marine in Folsom, told ABC News 10. “The construction guys weren't buying as much as in the past. Last year we saw a lot more of the fireman, policeman guys and the market picking up."

Larson thinks he might see a 10 percent spike this year, based on the quick start to date. His wakeboard powerboat prices start below $10,000 for a used boat and are as high as $125,000 for a new powerboat. His average price point is about $60,000.

Further reason for optimism: With sunny skies abundant this winter, boating season is expected to arrive early in California. Shoppers on Thursday were looking for deals as interest rates and gas prices remain low.

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