We’re exhibiting in booth 1433 at the 2018 IBEX Show in Tampa, Florida Oct. 2 – 4. IBEX is the largest marine industry trade event in North America, specializing in boat building, design, repair, maintenance and new product innovation.
This year, we will showcase the latest products across our core categories in Rub Rail, Sport Fishing equipment, Seating & Pedestals, including the new Sport Helm Chairs, LED Lighting, specialty hardware and our expanded line of Ratchet Hinges.
Additionally, we are displaying several new products, including the Boca Sport Helm Chair, Canvas Sun Shade Poles, Flex Chrome Rub Rails, Ratchet Hinges and our new Pro Series Grand Slam Mounts and Carbon Fiber Poles.
As a family-owned and operated company that has been in business for nearly 60 years, we’re proud to continually meet the demands of an ever-changing market by providing full service solutions from design, engineering and manufacturing to inventory management and J.I.T. Delivery.
As Hurricanes Florence makes it way toward the east coast of the United States, we are reminded how important it is to heed the warnings of the National Hurricane Center and prepare for emergency.
While it may not always be possible to remove boats from the water, there are precautions you can take to prepare your boat ahead of a major storm.
BOATS IN WATER
Whenever possible, choose a marina or dock that has some protection from the elements, such as a barrier island or an inland river away from the coast. Also, docks with high pilings can also provide added protection from storm surge.
BoatUs states that floating docks with high pilings tend to fair better during major storms than those without. But keep in mind, BoatUs recommends looking for pilings as tall as 18 feet.
“Floating docks allow boats to rise and fall with surge without stretching and stressing lines,” BoatUs states. “There have been instances where boats at floating docks have been largely unaffected by hurricanes, while some boats at nearby marinas with fixed docks were badly damaged.”
Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team, who is based in North Carolina (one of the states Florence is predicted to hit), said removing loose items on the boat is important.
“Anything that is not truly attached, such as cushions and Isinglass, should be removed so it doesn’t get destroyed,” he said. “Isinglass will be blown out.”
Henderson said store loose items in a hatch or on land somewhere in a safer location.
If your boat is moored, check with your harbormaster to see if the mooring is helical – a corkscrew-like mooring that is screwed into the seafloor.
Unlike traditional mushroom and dead-weight mooring anchors, a BoatUs Foundation study found that helical mooring anchors withstood more pull during major storms.
“A 500-pound buried mushroom anchor could be pulled out with 1,200 pounds of pull (supplied by a 900-hp tug); an 8,000-pound dead weight (concrete) anchor could be pulled out with 4,000 pounds of pull,” reports BoatUs. “A helical anchor, however, could not be pulled out and the strain gauge recorded 12,000 pounds of pull — its maximum — before a shackle burst apart. (In an earlier test with a larger tug, a strain gauge registered 20,800 pounds before the hawser snapped.)”
BOATS ON LAND
If you can remove your boat from the water, there are various storage options to consider.
BoatUs said dry-stack storage facilities built after 1992 are great options for storing boats during major storms. Dry-stack facilities constructed after Hurricane Andrew are more likely to have stronger structural supports and be able to withstand winds as high as 140 mph. However, BoatUs recommends considering the age of the dry-stack facility, with older buildings at a higher risk for damage.
For Henderson, he is storing his SeaVee 390z with quad engines in the center of an open field with no trees or structures nearby. If this is an option for you, Henderson recommends keeping your boat on its trailer, securely tied and anchored to land.
“A lot of people tie them down, anchored to the trailer with three straps,” he said. “That way, they can’t blow off the trailer.”
Henderson added that boats, whether in water or on land, should have all antennas down and outrigger poles stowed.
For more information on how you can prepare for a major storm, check out this video from West Marine.
For more information on Hurricane Florence, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
An estimated 165 boats are slated to compete in this year’s ChaseN’Tailz Fishing Tournament Sept. 8 – a Florida charity event created in memory of Chase Warren and dedicated to helping families with children who have rare diseases.
The story of ChaseN’Tailz began Oct. 1, 2012, when Chase Edward Warren was born – a dream come true for parents Summer and Jay, who struggled for years to conceive. While baby Chase first appeared healthy and normal, signs that something was wrong quickly began to surface.
In the 10 months that followed Chase’s birth, he lost his ability to move, his organs became enlarged and his breathing labored. Meanwhile, doctors were stumped at the cause because his symptoms were so varied and severe.
Baby Chase passed away Aug. 7, 2013. Two days later, he was officially diagnosed with Gaucher Type 2 – a rare neurological disorder that has no treatment or cure.
Formerly called Infantile Gaucher Disease, the Gauchers Association describes Type 2 as a rare, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain, spleen, liver, lungs and bones.
“Fewer than 1 in 100,000 newborn babies have Type 2 disease,” states the Gauchers Association. “Babies usually appear normal at birth but develop symptoms by the age of 3 to 6 months.”
As fishing and boating enthusiasts who own Canvas & Towers in Lake Park, Florida, Summer and Jay wanted to host a marine-based event in honor of Chase. In 2013, they launched ChaseN’Tailz Fishing Tournament – helping to spread awareness about rare diseases and raise funds for research and support.
“Most of these diseases are closely related and research for one greatly impacts 16 others,” writes Summer on the foundation’s Web site chasentailz.com. Summer and Jay have since had a daughter, who is a healthy 2-year-old.
Now in its fifth consecutive year, ChaseN’Tailz has donated more than $120,000 toward research and also to deserving families and organizations.
In addition to the popular fishing tournament, ChaseN’Tailz also hosts four smaller events throughout the year, including a youth painting class, a Calavares Cantina party, the tournament kick-off party and a fundraising booth at the Palm Beach International Boat Show.
On the day of the tournament, ChaseN’Tailz hosts a free community festival, which includes a silent auction, raffle, waterslide, games, vendors, a car show, food and drinks.
“Chase’s family is similar to ours, a marine industry family,” said Kushner, “so the charity and their passions are very parallel to ours.”
This year, Summer said some of the money raised through ChaseN’Tailz will go directly to the families in need who have a child with a rare, life-threatening disease – helping to pay medical bills, utilities, mortgages and other expenses.
Another benefactor is the Quantum House, located on the campus of St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Quantum House provides a safe haven for families to stay whose children are receiving treatment for serious medical conditions. ChaseN’Tailz has helped support the Quantum House since the tournament’s inception in 2013.
“The Warrens, as well as their extended family and friends, have provided a meal each year for our 30 families (75 people) who reside at Quantum House, in memory of their son, Chase Warren,” wrote Megan Thompson, Quantum House manager of family programs and operations, in a statement to TACO Marine. “These meals mean so much to our families who are going through traumatic situations with a child, either in the hospital or receiving medical treatment.”
ChaseN’Tailz also helps support the Live Like Jake Foundation, which promotes drowning awareness and water safety in memory of Jake Morrison, who passed away in a drowning accident in 2013.
“We have been able to provide 61 scholarships for the [Infant Swimming Resource] self rescue swim lessons in 2018 right here in Palm Beach County,” wrote Keri Morrison, founder of Live Like Jake, in a statement to TACO Marine. “Drowning is the leading cause of death in children 1 to 4 years old, with five deaths last year just in Palm Beach County.”
For Summer and Jay, supporting families with children who have a rare disease and organizations in need through ChaseN’Tailz is a way to keep the memory of Chase alive.
“As a grieving parent, your biggest fear is that your child will be forgotten,” said Summer. “This name ensured that wouldn’t happen.”
Anglers can still register to compete in ChaseN’Tailz from now through Sept. 6 at the Captain’s Meeting. To learn more and donate, visit chasentailz.com.
Additionally, 77 men received a free Complete Male Panel screening test during the Captain’s Meeting Aug. 9 – a service donated by One Lab in Boca Raton, Florida and supplemented by the charity.
The Complete Male Panel not only screens for the Prostate Specific Antigen [PSA], the most common indicator for prostate cancer, but also tested various other functions, including but not limited to a Complete Blood Count [CBC], a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel [CMP] and the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone [TSH].
“The men lining up for the testing was by far the most gratifying for me,” said Somberg, who lost her husband, Reed, to prostate cancer in 2014 – an outcome she aims to prevent for others by promoting earlier detection, awareness and research for a cure.
All 77 men who were tested are slated to receive their Complete Male Panel results sometime this week.
Somberg said more than 350 competitors and guests attended the Captain’s Meeting and tournament-day festivities, which had events leadings up to and during the weigh-in that included a raffle and silent auction.
“We’re very proud to be a contributing sponsor to Anglers For The Cure and were glad they had a successful tournament,” said TACO VP of Sales & Marketing Mike Kushner. “They are doing so much good within the community. Causes like this are ones that we’re thrilled to be a part of.”
While the tournament’s fiscal year is not yet over, Somberg estimates the charity will raise between $90,000 and $100,000 for prostate cancer research and awareness.
“I will be hopefully doing other small fundraisers and collecting more funds,” said Somberg.
In episode 13, Florida Sportsman Boating Editor George LaBonte and Marine Customs Unlimited Owner Brian O’Donnell look back on their favorite project boats.
The 31-foot Contender was a fan favorite, LaBonte said, with a lot of people commenting and e-mailing about the stunning remodel.
What initially began as a fuel tank replacement morphed into a complete overhaul from inside the hull to the engines, paint, deck, upholstery, dash panel and brand new TACO Rub Rail.
Another favorite was the 21-foot Paramount, which came into the MCU shop in dire need of a complete rehab.
Beginning in the stringers, the team at MCU cut the cap down, repainted the hull and installed new Power-Poles, a new stereo system and brand new TACO Rub Rail with a Stainless-Steel Insert and LED Navigation Lights.
The 19-foot Cuda Craft for Capt. Ron in the Florida Keys was also a notable project for the team at MCU.
Originally, the boat came to the shop to repair a rotten fuel tank, but further issues were discovered as the team commenced work. They also replaced the deck, remodeled the center console, installed custom live wells and refitted an Engel cooler as a seat in place of the Leaning Post.
Watch the exclusive clip about these boats below.
Watch the full episode 13 of Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat below.
Originally, the 19-foot Cuda Craft came to the shop at Marine Customs Unlimited for a fuel tank repair. But after further inspection, it was clear the boat needed some major repairs. After re-bonding the stringers, replacing the fuel tanks and deck, remodeling the center console and installing two custom live wells, the Cuda Craft was returned to Capt. Ron in the Florida Keys.
However, after having the boat back home for a few weeks, Capt. Ron decided he wanted to replace the leaning post with something less bulky and more practical. So Brian from MCU came up with a great solution for the Cuda Craft.
Watch the exclusive clip below to see what Brian put in place of the leaning post.
Up next, MCU Master Technician Dave Singer brought his 2006 23-foot Sailfish into the shop to fix a sticky steering wheel.
Learn how you can do this quick fix in the exclusive clip below.
Watch the full episode 12 of Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat below.
Originally, the Contender “Better Dayz” needed new fuel tanks, but after a hurricane damaged other areas of the boat, the crew at Marine Customs Unlimited set to work on a host of other tasks, including painting the hull, remodeling the dash and installing brand new black TACO Rub Rail with a Stainless-Steel Insert.
Better Dayz also had a new Armstrong Nautical Products bracket mounted on the transom, new twin Yamaha 300s mounted on the bracket, a new Armstrong ladder, a completely rebuffed deck with new nonskid, custom diamond-stitched upholstery and new Pacer Group wiring.
Watch the exclusive clip below.
Episode 11 also takes viewers onboard a completely remodeled 28-foot classic 1969 Cary Sportsman boat.
Five years ago, Miami resident Tim McKernan wanted a project boat he could remodel for some family outings and fishing excursions. What was intended as a summer-long hobby morphed into a five-year adventure that resulted in the McKernan’s having a one-of-a-kind boating and fishing masterpiece.
While keeping some of the boat’s original charm, such as the cabin, McKernan completely revamped the Cary Sportsman all the way from the stringers to the new Armstrong bracket and outboard engines. He also outfitted the once-dual consoled boat with a center console and T-top, complete with TACO Grand Slam Outrigger systems.
Watch the exclusive clip below.
And check out the full episode 11 of Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat below.
For more Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat updates and everything else TACO Marine, subscribe to this blog and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
After prostate cancer claimed the life of her husband, Reed, of 29 years, Adriana Somberg launched the charity fishing tournament Anglers For The Cure – providing life-saving PSA blood tests for men and research funding to find a cure for the disease.
The Somberg’s story begins in 1985 when the pair met at a Miami job interview, where Reed ultimately hired his future wife as his legal secretary. Over the years, the outdoorsy couple did everything together, including their mutual passion for boating, fishing and just about anything to do with the water.
In 2009 when Reed, then 54, went to the doctor for a routine physical exam, his bloodwork showed an elevated prostate-specific antigen [PSA] – blood markers primarily used to screen for prostate cancer. He was eventually diagnosed with the disease and completed radiation therapy, but the cancer returned and had metastasized to his bones.
Reed passed away on May 22, 2014 at the age of 59.
Despite no family history and being at peak health, Adriana believes Reed would still be alive today if he had his PSA screening much earlier in life. The American Cancer Society recommends men begin having PSA tests at age 50. For men with a higher-than-average risk, it is recommended they begin testing at age 45.
A few months after Reed’s passing, Adriana competed in Bluewater Babes Fish for a Cure – an all-female fishing tournament to raise money for Florida breast and ovarian cancer patients in financial need.
“That’s when I woke up and said I wanted to do something for the guys,” said Adriana, who immediately began planning the first tournament.
“I had zero experience doing the fundraisers or any kind of charity event,” added Adriana, who began cold calling fishing magazines and marine manufacturers for donations and sponsorships after launching the non-profit.
In Oct. 2014, Adriana launched the first ever Anglers For The Cure tournament in West Palm Beach, Florida – raising a staggering $45,000 for prostate cancer research and awareness.
“Reed and I had spent years just fishing and scuba diving,” said Adriana, who organized a fishing tournament because she knew it was something her late husband would have enjoyed.
Now in its fourth consecutive year, Adriana hopes to break $100,000 at this year’s event August 11.
The inaugural tournament had 33 boats and 80 sponsors. After growing steadily each year, Adriana said she expects roughly 75 boats and close to 120 sponsors for this year’s tournament.
In 2017 at the Miami International Boat Show, Adriana met TACO VP Mike Kushner, who was, at the time, showcasing the TACO Marine Project Boat, which was eventually raffled for charity. After learning about Reed and Anglers For The Cure, Kushner said he wanted to support Adriana’s fundraiser.
“I think every male needs to get checked when you reach a certain age,” said Kushner. “Prostate cancer is one of those things that it’s so easily preventable if caught early.”
Because so many TACO Marine fans – fishing and boating enthusiasts – are men, Kushner said Anglers For The Cure was a great, local event for the Miami-based company to support.
This year, TACO donated a pair of Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles, which are slated as one of the silent auction items during the fishing tournament.
Last year, for the first time in the tournament’s history, every man who attended the Captain’s Meeting had the option of receiving a free PSA screening test – a service donated by One Lab in Boca Raton, Florida.
Of the 57 men who had a free PSA screening at last year’s event, two discovered they had prostate cancer.
“They would not have found out had it not been for them participating,” said Adriana.
Finholder and More Founder John Adinolfe was one of the men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, which was discovered early stage.
Because he had his PSA tested during the Anglers For the Cure Captain’s Meeting in 2017, Adinolfe knew his levels had spiked when he had a blood test again in early 2018, which showed an elevated PSA.
“I would like to thank Adriana Somberg and Anglers For the Cure for making me aware of the importance of knowing your PSA score,” said Adinolfe, who is currently in treatment. “Her message is loud and clear: Get tested. Early detection is the key to your survival.”
Because of the support of One Lab, Adriana plans to not only continue with the free screening at this year’s Captain’s Meeting, but will offer a more comprehensive male panel blood test Aug. 9, when the meeting takes place.
“If 100 guys line up and get it done, that’s OK with me,” said Adriana, who will donate a portion of the event proceeds to pay for the advanced prostate screening. “I want to provide that test to them.”
Boaters rejoice! We’ve designed the next best thing for easy docking.
Introducing our new Transom Cross Tie Cleat XL – keeping your lines organized and elevated when the dock’s surface drops below the tops of your motor cowlings.
The patent-pending locking mechanism allows for a secure cleat that is easy to reach, remove and reinstall. You’ll never have to find a place to tie off at the stern when docking again! These cleats are also great for hanging fenders and chum bags.
With a 15-degree large S-shape design, these cleats fit into standard rod holders 1-7/8-inches in diameter. The large loop hole accommodates line up to 5/8-inch thick.
When not in use, simply apply pressure, push down, twist and remove the cleat from the gunnel. Safely stow the cleats in the included mesh bag, even when wet.
These cleats are slated for marine distributor availability by the end of 2018 and available at marine retailers in the New Year. For questions, comments or more information on the Transom Cross Tie Cleat XL, fill out the contact form below.
In episode 10, the crew at Marine Customs Unlimited get back to work on the 19-foot Cuda Craft. First, Austin was tasked with installing new rod holders throughout the gunnel. The catch? Because of the boat’s design and the location of the new rod holders, great care was needed to ensure the holders were angled correctly to protect the hull.
Up next, the Cuda Craft was sent to Steve for some custom rigging on two live wells. To properly rig the live wells, Steve had to ensure he drilled the correctly sized hole for the high speed pickup for each live well. These are designed to flow fresh water into the live well without continually running a pump.
Steve then attached a ball valve on top of the pickup, which provides added protection against water leaks if a pump breaks.
Steve then plumbs a spray head and overflow drain for each live well. He has some great tips to consider for boaters installing their own live wells. After the plumbing is complete, Steve installs aerators into each live well, which help keep bait alive and healthy.
Watch the exclusive clip below.
In this episode, we also learn about one man’s dreamboat – a 25-foot Mako – and watch as Steve rigs a pair of self-leveling trim tabs on a classic Boston Whaler. We also see the amazing conclusion to the 19-foot Cuda Craft!