If you are up North and starting the process of winterizing your boat, don’t forget to pull off the prop and inspect it. Starting out the spring with a poor functioning engine caused by unforeseen fishing line wound around the prop is less than an ideal start to the boating season. If you live in the South and continue to sport fish, every time is a good time to check the prop for tangled fishing line. This short video clip from Ship Shape TV shows a quick and easy way to remove fishing line and inspect the prop.
In Part 14 of the Taco Marine Project Boat, we had to make a decision on the boat’s hard top – repair or replace. The boat’s hard top had close to a hundred holes that needed to be filled. The process to repair and fill the holes in the top was to drill larger counter sink holes and then fill them with an epoxy resin mixed with milled fibers. See what happened at the end of the video at theTaco Marine Project Boat blogat: https://tacomarineprojectboat.com
DIY Boat restoration – fix up or replace the Galley: In the latest blog and video for the Taco Marine Project Boat, we updated the galley and took out the rarely used refrigerator. Check out the latest Taco Marine Project Boat blog and we’ll show you an alternative of what to do with that space where the refrigerator was and other tips on updating the galley area – click the image below and we’ll send you straight to it.
Hermine is not currently listed as hurricane status, however these notes reflect good preparation for any tropical disturbance level.
￼￼A sample storm arrangement: note the spring lines, which were the longest lines, are now the shortest. Stern lines are extended one or two slips away. Additional bow lines lead across to the next dock or to storm anchors placed out from the slip.
On a face dock, position the boat farther (the farther, the better) than usual from the dock and add offshore lines to hold the boat away from the dock. Offshore lines can lead to distant pilings or trees, such as across a canal, or to anchors if the bottom provides adequate holding.
Anchor your boat in a protected harbor where the bottom can allow a good anchor hold.An advantage to anchoring is that the boat can more easily respond to wind and water changes without striking docks or other boats than when moored. Heavy and extra anchors are needed for this option and enough line should be on hand to allow a scope of at least 10:1 for each anchor.
Hurricane Holes are ideal locations to moor your boat during a tropical storms, high winds and even hurricanes. These deep, narrow coves or inlets are best when surrounded by sturdy trees which block the wind and provide a tie-off for anchor lines. A hurricane hole needs to be far enough inland to avoid the most severe winds and tides.
The latest Taco Marine Project Boat blog is all about what to do with that old-looking companionway. From redoing the glide rails, to replacing the doors, to selecting the best materials and hardware, the latest Taco Marine Project Boat blog provides helpful topic insights. To check out the latest DIY helpful blog go to: Taco Marine Project Boat.
Taco Marine’s Project Boat on Ship Shape TV, Part 11 blog is all about Rub Rail Installation and Selection.For rub rail installation tips on measuring, caulking, attaching, bending and trimming rub rail, go to: https://tacomarineprojectboat.com
We all enjoy boating in our waterways, and each of us have a chance to keep those waterways clean and healthy.If you would like to help the environment, it’s as simple as choosing a “clean” marina. A clean marina adopts environmentally friendly practices
such as educating boaters about clean refueling, and they may also have well-lit bathrooms, shore-side laundry facilities, more grassy areas, convenient pump-out stations, plenty of trash cans and recycling bins and many other amenities that not only help keep the waterway clean, but they make your time at the marina more pleasant. For example, here’s a link to find Florida’s clean marinas.
FYI – By law, any oil or fuel spill that leaves a sheen on the water must be reported to the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center by calling 1-800-424-8802. Many states require you to contact them as well in case of a spill, so make sure you know what agency to contact in your state.
How is Taco Marine participating in being a clean, green company?Here’s one example; As we develop new rub rail profiles and processes we run material for testing to meet very specific tolerances with precise calibration. Once the testing and sample runs are completed, we don’t toss that material away, we regrind it for reprocessing into other extrusion products.
Learn the practical tips on how to prevent drips and drops that can accidentally escape during refueling your boat. Master the techniques to prevent spills when refueling or maintaining your boat. Boat U.S. Foundation can help you find a clean marina, whether you are looking for a destination for a weekend cruise, or a new home for your boat: Clean Boating. Whether you own a small or a big boat, you’re sure to learn simple tips that will make a difference and help keep fuel where it belongs – in the tank, not the water!
NEW => Taco Marine’s Transom Mount Rod Racks maximize your on-board rod storage by freeing up gunnels and decks. The racks mount on the transom and are available in a 3 or 4 rod configuration. These unique transom rod racks have a patent-pending adjustable angle bracket so they can adjust to any boat transom, and allows the rods to sit at any desired angle.
The brushed, anodized aluminum rod racks have a form-fitted PVC liner and come with Taco Marine’s 3-year warranty.
Check out Part 10, of the Taco Marine Project Boat that is filled with prepping and painting tips.For example, before painting the deck, a product called Super Poly-Fill putty was used over some exposed structural fiberglass in the splash well to provide a smoother surface for the paint. If you have some micro scratches in your gelcoat, they recommend Gelcoat Putty that’s used for that finer type of repair. But if you need to repair below the water line, it’s best to use Trowel-On Epoxy Putty which is resistant to osmotic blistering for a more permanent solution. Check out the Taco Marine Project Boat blog, chock full of info on prepping and painting tips in the latest video for the Taco Marine Project Boat blog.