VIDEO: Tampa Bay show opens today

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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.


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