"We've got skid marks on the road outside our factory," said the creator of the Caribiana Sea Skiff. "The boat literally stops people in their tracks."
"People kept coming up to me and saying they had never seen anything like it," Rabren said. "But the hull is a classic design that has been used by fishermen in the Caribbean for generations."
The Sea Skiff makes its Gulf Coast debut at this weekend's St. Petersburg Boat Show. It turned a few heads during a sea trial Tuesday in the waters off Fort De Soto Park.