VIDEO: Tampa Bay show opens today


The Tampa Bay Boat Show at Tropicana Field launches today for a run through Sunday.

A video report by the Tampa Bay Times focuses on the growing popularity of center console jetboats in the area.

"A lot of people have seen jetboats before," said Marty Skapik of Cycle Springs Power Sports. "But this … this is something completely different,” he says of Yamaha's new 190 FSH that he has on display.

Jetboats are nothing new. They've been a hit with the personal watercraft crowd for more than a decade. But although these speedsters may be ideal for running out to a sand bar for a picnic lunch, they've never been popular with anglers, who need easy access to bow and stern when it comes time to fish.

"They just weren't practical for fishing," Skapik told the Times reporter. "You need to be able to walk around. That is why the center console is the most popular boat on the west coast of Florida."

The show opened today at 10 a.m. and runs through Sunday at 6 p.m.


Distributor Expands ePropulsion Sales Territory

Mack Boring will now offer ePropulsion’s electric outboards in the entire North American and Central American markets.

Registration Still Open for NMMA Webinar

The March 4 State of the Industry webinar includes the presentation of the Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index Awards and the Alan J. Freedman Award.

Rollick Secures $8.5 million in Funding

The market strategists said Web traffic in the third quarter of 2020 was up 245 percent on a year-over-year basis.

Time to Cry Foul Over Erie Canal Changes

An act has been introduced in the waning days of New York’s annual budget process that allows no opportunity for public input.

Service to Send $1 Billion to State Wildlife Agencies

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute funds to states to bolster conservation projects and recreational opportunities.

Quick Hits: March 1, 2021

Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard adds SF Marina floating dock array.

Patrick Supports Care Camps

The outdoors camps for children with cancer receive a first-time gift and marketing support from Patrick Industries.

Brunswick Creates Autonomy Position

The company promoted Jason Arbuckle to marine autonomy technology lead, with a focus on incorporating autonomous and driver-assist features into its product line.