Cold weather welcomes boat show to St. Petersburg

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Dressed in jackets, hats and hoodies, workers are wearing extra layers as they prepare for the St. Pete Power and Sailboat Show.

Chris Fleming, who manages the show says he's not going to let a little cold front spoil the fun.

"I'm bringing a parka, a hat - I'm going to be the Nanook of the North," Fleming joked. "Boaters are fair-weather people, they're used to dealing with all of the elements - wind weather rain, hot cold, so we're full go, no stopping us."

The show's four-day run begins Thursday and pegs itself as the largest boat show along the Gulf Coast.

"They're going to get to see a little bit of everything," Fleming said. "Everywhere from an eight-foot inflatable, onto a seventy-foot motor yacht, which is right behind me."

And it's not just for adults. 

"On the weekends we have Hook the Future, it's the kids fishing clinic, they run throughout the weekend on Saturday and Sunday, and we also have the fishing seminars," Fleming said.

So you don't feel like a fish out of water in this cold Florida weather, Fleming says pick the right wardrobe to float your boat. 

"Well, you know what, if it's cold, you can always put on more clothes, if it's hot you can always take it off," he said. "We'll be finished setting up tomorrow afternoon around 3 o'clock, and ready to open the doors first thing Thursday morning at 10 a.m."