Cruise Into Summer with a New TACO Leaning Post!

Get $100 back this month only!

Time is running out! During the month of June, receive $100 back with the purchase either a Neptune Premium Leaning Post and Universal Backrest, a Neptune II Leaning Post and Universal Backrest or a Neptune III Leaning Post with a Backrest, Grab Rail and Aluminum Rod Holders.


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NEPTUNE PREMIUM LEANING POST & BACKREST

Ideal for boats up to 30-feet long, the Neptune Premium Leaning Postmaximizes space and storage. Easily store and transport fishing supplies using the removable fiberglass storage tray. Made from only the finest materials, including mildew-, fungus- and UV-resistant vinyl fabric.

Upgrade your Neptune Premium Leaning Post with our Universal Leaning Post Backrest. While this unit is designed to fit our Neptune Premium and Neptune II Leaning Posts, the adjustable arms make the unit adaptable to most standard leaning posts on the market.


NEPTUNE II LEANING POST & BACKREST

Perfect for smaller center console boats where space is at a premium, the Neptune II Leaning Post is ideal because of its storage features. In addition to offering enough under-seat storage for a 72-quart cooler, it includes a Tackle Storage Bag, which is a removable accessory to be used for island hopping or long excursions on the water.

Upgrade your Neptune II Leaning Post with our Universal Leaning Post Backrest. While this unit is designed to fit our Neptune Premium and Neptune II Leaning Posts, the adjustable arms make the unit adaptable to most standard leaning posts on the market.


NEPTUNE III LEANING POST WITH BACKREST, GRAB RAIL & ALUMINUM ROD HOLDERS

Our Neptune III Leaning Post is designed for hard-core fishing enthusiasts needing additional features, such as the full backrest and rear-facing grab rail. The four rod holders are the perfect helm support for carrying multiple rods in center console boats under 25-feet long. It’s practical smooth upholstery design features an anodized aluminum frame, a folding footrest and a large under-seat storage space for coolers or tackle boxes.


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We’re Back with Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat Episode 7

The pros at Marine Customs Unlimited are back in episode 7 of Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat.

In this episode, we follow up with the 21-foot Paramount, which is being rigged with dual 10-foot Power-Poles on the transom.

Altenhoff mounts dual 10-foot Power-Poles to the 21-foot Paramount transom via a Jack Plate.

MCU Master Rigger Steve Altenhoff is tasked with mounting the dual Power-Poles, which come with two brackets designated for port and starboard on a Jack Plate.

Altenhoff must determine the correct Power-Pole bracket for the port and starboard of the Jack Plate.
Altenhoff attaches the brackets to the Jack Plate.

Altenhoff said having dual Power-Poles will help equalize the boat, whereas a single Power-Pole could cause the boat to be off balanced.

Watch the exclusive clip below.

Check out the other episodes of Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat below.

Episode 6

Episode 5

Episode 4

Episode 3

Episode 2

Episode 1

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2 Great Gift Ideas for Dad!

This Father’s Day, surprise dad with a TACO Tumbler Poly Holder – perfect for boating and fishing enthusiasts who spend time on the water and need a secure drink holder. Find these at your favorite marine retailer today!

Our 2-Tumbler Poly Holders secure beverages in place so dad can spend more time cruising and having fun. Our Tumbler Poly Holders are made of UV-stabilized, high-density black or white polymer that is built to last in the harsh marine environment.

Available in black or white, the tumbler holders also have a slot for a cell phone – complete with a charging port hole. Each holder is equipped with suction cups for easy and secure installation to various boat surfaces, including hatches, tabletops and fiberglass.

Our 1-Tumbler Poly Holder is a great addition to small spaces on the boat – providing more storage options for dad. The strong suction cup mounts ensure the Tumbler Poly Holder won’t slip, even when a hatch is opened or while the boat is traveling at a high rate of speed.

The 1-Tumbler Poly Holder is available in both white and black to match boat decks, helms and other recreational sporting vehicles. Both the single and double Tumbler Poly Holders come equipped to hold large beverages up to 30 ounces and a cell phone.


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Learn to Kite Fish Like a Pro!

We’ve got a new FISH TACO TV video about kite fishing!

Off the coast of Morehead City, N.C., Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team demonstrates some important tips for kite fishing.

Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team demonstrates some great tips for how to kite fish using our TACO Marine Trident Rod Holder.

Featuring our Straight and Offset Trident Rod Holders with a Tool Caddy, Henderson discusses techniques for deploying a kite, what types of rods and reels to use, how to prepare a basic rigging kit, the benefits of kite fishing and how to effectively use our Trident Rod Holders with a Tool Caddy.

Henderson uses our TACO Marine Deluxe Trident Rod Holder Offset with Tool Caddy for kite fishing.
Our Trident Rod Holder has a removable Tool Caddy, which is great for storing lures, pliers, knives, scissors and other essential equipment for kite fishing.

Our high-polished aluminum Trident Rod Holders have a detachable tackle tray Tool Caddy designed to conveniently and safely hold fishing gear, including hooks, pliers, knives, rigs, lures, spoons and a beverage.

Henderson uses a large, orange cork when kite fishing because it’s easy to see when adjusting lines.
Using live bait, Henderson attaches the kite line through the bait’s dorsal fin – ensuring it stays in place while also being able to swim naturally in the water.
Henderson recommends using a short electric reel when kite fishing.
One of the many fish caught while kite fishing was a King Mackerel by Henderson’s son Joshua.

Find the full kite fishing video below.

Follow us on YouTube for a host of how-to videos, including installing new TACO Rub Rail, Grand Slam Outrigger Mounts and step-by-step instructions for how to rig outrigger poles.

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TACO Rub Rail Featured on Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat Episode 6

Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat continues with Episode 6.

We pick up with the 31-foot Contender remodeling project with the crew at the Marine Customs Unlimited.

The before photo of the 31-foot Contender that the crew at Marine Customs Unlimited is remodeling.

In this episode, the team remodels the dash panel, rigs new Yamaha Outboard engines and installs beautiful black TACO Rub Rail with a stainless-steel insert.

Now that the hull is painted, the 31-foot Contender is ready for brand new TACO Rub Rail.
The Contender got brand new black TACO Rub Rail with a stainless-steel insert.
Using every day tools, the crew at MCU easily installs the new TACO Rub Rail with a stainless-steel insert.
The new TACO Rub Rail beautifully finishes the hull of the 31-foot Contender.

Here’s an exclusive clip with the 31-foot Contender.

We also jump back in the warehouse with the 21-foot Paramount, which needed a complete overhaul from the inside out, including replacing the stringers, installing a new transom, replacing the boat cap and now painting the bottom.

Before they can paint the bottom, the team at MCU needs to do some fiberglass work to the bottom of the hull – smoothing out any trouble areas that may diminish the boat’s on-the-water performance and give it a perfect running surface.

The team at MCU needs to do some fiberglass work to the bottom of the 21-foot Paramount before it can be painted.
The bottom of the 21-foot Paramount has a lot of uneven surface that needs to be smoothed out.

To smooth out the hull, a straight edge is placed along the bottom to determine the high and low areas. Any low areas are marked and sanded down. Once the low sections are prepped for new fiberglass, the bottom outlines are traced on paper – providing the pattern from which to cut new fiberglass.

Using a straight edge, the team at MCU locates all the areas that need to be smoothed before the bottom can be painted.
Once the low areas are sanded down, fiberglass pieces are soaked in resin and then applied to the bottom of the boat.
Large areas of the 21-foot Paramount bottom needed to be evened out before it could be painted.

The fiberglass pieces are soaked in resin before being applied to the boat bottom. Once dry, the new fiberglass areas are sanded smooth and the bottom painted.

The new paint on the 21-foot Paramount looks amazing!

Here’s an exclusive clip with the 21-foot Paramount.

This episode also features a fully-remodeled 46-foot 1977 Whiticar named “Sabre,” which is now worth a staggering $1 million, and a project for a local environmental studies center that needed a new power pole installed on its boat “River Scout.”

We see a fully remodeled 1977 Whiticar, which is now worth a staggering $1 million.
Lastly, we see a new power pole installed on a research vessel named “River Scout.”

Check out the full episode below!

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Relax Into Summer Savings with $100 Money Back from TACO Marine!

Get $100 back on a TACO Marine Leaning Post and backrest!

During the month of June, receive $100 back with the purchase either a Neptune Premium Leaning Post and Universal Backrest, a Neptune II Leaning Post and Universal Backrest or a Neptune III Leaning Post with a Backrest, Grab Rail and Aluminum Rod Holders.


REDEEM HERE


NEPTUNE PREMIUM LEANING POST & BACKREST

Ideal for boats up to 30-feet long, the Neptune Premium Leaning Postmaximizes space and storage. Easily store and transport fishing supplies using the removable fiberglass storage tray. Made from only the finest materials, including mildew-, fungus- and UV-resistant vinyl fabric.

Upgrade your Neptune Premium Leaning Post with our Universal Leaning Post Backrest. While this unit is designed to fit our Neptune Premium and Neptune II Leaning Posts, the adjustable arms make the unit adaptable to most standard leaning posts on the market.


NEPTUNE II LEANING POST & BACKREST

Perfect for smaller center console boats where space is at a premium, the Neptune II Leaning Post is ideal because of its storage features. In addition to offering enough under-seat storage for a 72-quart cooler, it includes a Tackle Storage Bag, which is a removable accessory to be used for island hopping or long excursions on the water.

Upgrade your Neptune II Leaning Post with our Universal Leaning Post Backrest. While this unit is designed to fit our Neptune Premium and Neptune II Leaning Posts, the adjustable arms make the unit adaptable to most standard leaning posts on the market.


NEPTUNE III LEANING POST WITH BACKREST, GRAB RAIL
& ALUMINUM ROD HOLDERS

Our Neptune III Leaning Post is designed for hard-core fishing enthusiasts needing additional features, such as the full backrest and rear-facing grab rail. The four rod holders are the perfect helm support for carrying multiple rods in center console boats under 25-feet long. It’s practical smooth upholstery design features an anodized aluminum frame, a folding footrest and a large under-seat storage space for coolers or tackle boxes.


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TACO’s Mark Henderson Goes Above and Beyond

This is part one in a multi-blog series recognizing members of our amazing Team TACO.

In 2009, when we first sponsored Captain Mark Henderson and the Liquid Fire Fishing Team, it quickly became apparent that we hit the jackpot.

 

Captain Mark Henderson on the docks at the 2018 Progressive® Miami International Boat Show.

Not only is Mark a serious sport fisherman, but he is passionate about the boating and fishing industries – something we greatly value at TACO Marine. After nine years of sponsorship, Mark officially joined Team TACO as our Strategic Product Category Manager in March.

In addition to meeting with boat builders and working closely with our design and engineering team on new product development, Mark is also our FISH TACO TV host, product specialist and the go-to expert for consumers.

A recent consumer example comes from Bryan, who emailed us for help on selecting the appropriate outrigger kit – bases and poles – for his Pursuit OS 334.

“I am not sure of the top thickness and I don’t want to buy the wrong TACO model,” wrote Bryan.

Mark got the message and called the phone number given by Bryan. Beyond providing him with information about our various outriggers, Mark said he would personally inspect Bryan’s boat to recommend the most appropriate outrigger system – taking into consideration the boat’s hardtop, horsepower and size.

After making the drive to Bryan’s house, Mark not only recommended an appropriate pair of mounts and poles, but also possible accessories to make the outrigger system as high performing as possible.

“I have to say, when I sent an information request on the TACO website, I did not expect the level of professionalism you have given me,” wrote Bryan. “Not only did you take the time to email me a very detailed message of the outrigger equipment we spoke about by telephone, but also you took the time to look at my boat, take photos and advise me on the best application that TACO offers to satisfy my needs.”

“I tell you, I am blown away with the level of effort you gave me with no strings attached,” continued Bryan. “I know a lot about giving great service as a business owner and also when I receive it as a consumer. I truly appreciate the attention and how you went out of your way for me! It is almost unheard of these days and I am completely impressed!”

Nowadays, it’s common for boaters and fishing enthusiasts to reach out to us via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for help, concerns, advice or to share their TACO product pictures. In addition to helping Bryan, Mark is also a key responder to questions on social media – doing his best to not only provide answers, but to supply complete solutions to boaters and fishing enthusiasts in need.

We’re proud to recognize the outstanding service Mark gave Bryan. It’s because of TACO members like Mark that our reputation for exceptional customer service continues.

TACO Spotlight: Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Uses His Love for Water to Help Veterans

While many across America will be outdoors this Memorial Day, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Tim Hoffmann will be in his truck driving more than 1,000 miles from Maine to Indiana to help veterans in need.

It all started in 2013 after Hoffmann retired from both his civilian and Army Reserve careers in Nursing Administration. As a lifelong fisherman and boater looking for ways to give back, he saw an opportunity for the boating and fishing industries to come together to help veterans.

“We could reach many deserving vets who had served in combat and were experiencing significant challenges and hardship on their return to civilian life,” said Hoffmann, who was drafted into the military in 1968 during the Vietnam War.

In 2014, Hoffmann and his daughter Ann launched Vets On The Water [VOTW], a Maine-based nonprofit dedicated to helping active duty, disabled veterans and Gold Star families experience and enjoy time on the water. Activities include fresh and saltwater fishing, sailing, cruising and ice fishing.

While Hoffmann would normally be on the water with veterans this Memorial Day, he instead is adding another boat to the VOTW program – a specially adapted SunChaser Geneva 22 Fish Deluxe pontoon by Smokercraft with a Yamaha Outboard engine, electronics from Raymarine and a trailer from BassPro.

On Sunday, May 27, Hoffmann and his daughter are departing Rockport, Maine for the Smokercraft headquarters in New Paris, Indiana – a 16-hour drive taking place over Sunday and Monday, Memorial Day. On Tuesday, Hoffmann said he plans to tour the facility and meet the entire Smokercraft team before heading back to Maine with the new boat in tow – arriving just in time to prep for another day with Vets On The Water.

Smokercraft is donating a specially adapted Sunchaser Geneva 22 Fish Deluxe pontoon. Stock photo courtesy of Smokercraft.

Phil Smoker, Smokercraft Vice President of Sales, said the pontoon is the second boat the family-owned company is donating to VOTW. He said the addition of the pontoon will provide veterans in wheelchairs an opportunity to participate because of the accessible boarding and ability to more easily maneuver around the deck.

“We love what he’s doing for our vets and we hope that the program only continues to grow,” said Smoker.

VOTW is entirely volunteer based. There’s no overhead costs and 100 percent of every donation, whether fishing or boating products, gas cards or meals, goes to veterans. Because of this, Hoffmann’s mantra is that the program belongs to all who give their time, equipment or services to the cause.

Hoffmann, second from the left in red, onboard the 18-foot specially adapted Smokercraft Freedom 180, which was also donated by the Indiana-based company for the program. For this boat, Suzuki donated the engine, Venture Trailers donated the boat trailer and Fulton donated trailer accessories. Photo courtesy of Tim Hoffmann.

Hoffmann also works with the VA Maine Health Care System in Togus, which identifies eligible clients, obtains physician orders for participation and provides transportation and VA staff on each watercraft during the weekly trips.

Weather permitting, Hoffmann and his team of volunteers conduct nearly 60 trips per year for an estimated 1,000 veterans.

Hoffmann with retired Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, who lost portions of both arms and legs from an IED while on active duty in Afghanistan. In Sept. 2013, Mills founded the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed to benefit and assist combat-injured veterans. Read more about Mills at www.travismills.org. Photo courtesy of Tim Hoffmann.

Shortly after the program first launched, Hoffmann reached out to TACO for some aluminum rod holders. After speaking with Mike Kushner, TACO’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Hoffmann said he was surprised when a pair of brand new Grand Slam Outrigger Mounts, Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles and a pair of 4-rod Aluminum Rod Holders arrived at his house just five days later.

“I think we’re the only people in the country who are using outriggers for fishing mackerel, which is a very small fish,” said Hoffmann. “But it allows us to get another two or more lines in the water and not get tangled.”

VOTW also uses this 23-foot SeaCraft with a 3-foot long bracket and a Tohatsu 250 outboard engine. In this photo, Hoffmann rigged his TACO outriggers with multiple flags to honor veterans. Photo courtesy of Tim Hoffmann.

Hoffmann also connected with Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association [NMMA]. Together with the BoatUS Foundation, the American Sportfishing Association and the NMMA, Hoffmann is looking for ways to replicate the VOTW program throughout New England and potentially nationwide.

“What I really like about Tim’s effort is that it’s totally volunteer driven,” said Dammrich, who first learned of Hoffmann and the VOTW program two years ago. “He wants to find other volunteers like himself in other parts of the country who are willing to take this on, with the support of the boating industry, to get veterans on the water.”

Hoffmann said he is optimistic VOTW will continue to grow because of the many organizations and individuals who believe in the program.

“I had the idea, but the program truly belongs to the people who participate and support it,” said Hoffmann. “We create the opportunity for the vets, but the real opportunity is for people like Mike Kushner and others, the boaters and fishermen, who step up and take the vets out.”

Looking to the future, Hoffmann is hoping to network with scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Holes, Mass. to plan offshore shark and bottom fishing excursions. Additionally, he said he has no plans of slowing down his work for veterans in Maine and the surrounding areas.

While the VOTW does not have an official Web site, Hoffmann encourages veterans and others who want to learn more to visit the organization’s Facebook page, “VETS on the WATER.”

In the coming days, we’ll be posting updates about Hoffmann’s road trip and Smokercraft visit to our TACO Marine Twitter and Facebook pages. Until then, thank you to all the amazing military men and women who have served our great nation. We wish everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day.

TACO Outriggers Installed on Bayliner Hardtop in Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat Episode 5

Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat returns with episode 5, which features the installation of TACO Grand Slam 280 Outrigger Mounts and Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles on the hardtop of a Bayliner boat named “Trophy.”

The pros at Marine Customs Unlimited [MCU] install new TACO Grand Slam 280 Mounts and Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles on this Bayliner named “Trophy.”
Steve from MCU opens the box of TACO Grand Slam 280 Mounts, which comes with all the hardware needed for installation. Backing plate sold separately.
The underside of the TACO Grand Slam 280 base.

To install the GS 280s, Steve Altenhoff with Marine Customs Unlimited had to create new holes through the hardtop for the outrigger base and mounting screws.

The boat’s owner wanted the outrigger mounts installed as far back on the hardtop as possible while also having enough hand clearance to use the outrigger handles. Steve carefully measured the length of the outrigger handle and the hardtop from the outside and backside edges to find the ideal location to install the outrigger mounts.

Before drilling any holes in the hardtop, Steve measured the GS 280 handle and also the outside and backside edges of the hardtop to find the ideal location to install the mounts.
Steve first drilled a hole for each base.

After drilling the main hole for each mount, Steve recommends aligning the outriggers as straight as possible before marking and drilling the mounting screw holes.

Steve positions the mounts as straight as possible before marking and drilling the screw holes.

Steve then removed the base prior to drilling the mounting holes. Once all eight holes were drilled, Steve applies a bead of caulk around the main hole to prevent water from reaching the exposed fiberglass before inserting the mount, attaching a backing plate and tightly securing the screws.

A bead of caulk was applied around the main hole for the GS 280s before inserting and attaching the mount.
Once the mount is inserted through the hardtop, wipe away any excess caulk. Some people add caulk around each screw hole or dip the screws in sealant before securing the mount in place.

Lastly, Steve attached the GS 280 handles, tested the rotation and then began attaching the pair of Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles.

Now that the mounts are installed, Steve inserts the Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles.
Lastly, Steve riggs each poles with a single line, using our TACO Standard Rigging Kit.
The outrigger mounts and poles are a great addition to Trophy.

Because it’s the boat owner’s first time using outriggers on Trophy, Steve rigs each pole for a single line using the TACO Standard Rigging Kit.

With rigging complete, the boat is now ready for some serious fishing!

The end result.

Watch the exclusive clip below and find full Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat episodes 1 through 5 at YouTube.com/tacomarine.

Grand Slam Your Way Into Summer – 5 Awesome Rebates for New TACO Outrigger Systems

Get Up To $150 Back on New TACO Outrigger Systems! 

During the month of May, we’re offering 5 amazing rebates on our premium Outrigger systems – complete with Outrigger Mounts, our patented Tele-Outrigger Poles, rigging kits and accessories.


Get $150 with the purchase of a pair of Grand Slam 380 or 380XL Outrigger Top Mounts, a Premium Rigging Kit and a set of Tele-Outrigger Poles

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In the video below, Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team explains the features and benefits of the TACO Marine Grand Slam 380 Outrigger Top Mounts, aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles and the Premium Rigging Kit.

 


Get $150 with the purchase of a pair of Grand Slam 280 or 2801 Outrigger Top Mounts, a Premium Rigging Kit and a set of Tele-Outrigger Poles.

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Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team explains the features and benefits of the TACO Marine Grand Slam 280 and 2801 Outrigger Top Mounts, aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles and the Premium Rigging Kit.


Get $150 with the purchase of a pair of Grand Slam 280 Outrigger Top Mounts, a Premium Rigging Kit, a set of Tele-Outrigger Poles and a set of Outrigger Line Caddies.

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Get $100 with the purchase of a pair of Grand Slam 170 Outrigger Top Mounts, a Standard Rigging Kit, a pair of Tele-Outrigger Poles and an Outrigger Line Caddy.

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Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team explains the features and benefits of the TACO Marine Grand Slam 170 Outrigger Top Mount, aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles and the Standard Rigging Kit.


Get $100 with the purchase of a pair of Grand Slam 170 Outrigger Top Mounts, a Standard Rigging Kit and a pair of Tele-Outrigger Poles.

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