Three ways Santa upgraded his ride – how about you?

A reindeer pulling a sleigh with Santa Claus in it. The background is a beautiful snowy winter forest.

1. A Come-on-board boat handle. Santa is older and wiser and knows it’s no easy task getting in and out of his ride – especially when carrying a bag on board. Now you too can get on and off your Taco Marine come on board handleboat safely with this stainless steel “Come-on-board-handle” – with a large finger-grip contoured surface. This two-piece handle quickly slides into a backing plate inserted into a standard rod holder, or the receiver base is ideal for gunnel or transom platform mounting. This clever two-piece handle has a bag for quick and easy storage. Click this link: Come-on-board handle for more information.

2. Santa has many close calls with chimneys when delivering presents. How does he keep his sleigh from getting scratched and dented? He uses Taco Marine’s rub rail of course! He also added Taco Marine rub rail navigation lightsLED navigation lights that mount right into the rub rail. Now he has Port and Starboard lights with a range of 2 miles. And because Taco Marine is the largest producer of rub rail to boat builders, Santa recommends that you click here for a Free Rub Rail Replacement Guide. It helps you find  the original installed in your boat, what to buy and select from many types, styles and colors of rub rail. A Taco Marine rub rail kit makes an easy gift to put under the tree.

3. Multi-purpose 15 degree portable cleat. Santa needs to make sure his ride is secure on roof tops, so he uses Taco Marine’s clever portable cleat. What about you – ever need a cleat or a boat fender in a different place? This brushed aluminum portable portable boat cleatcleat fits into a standard rod holder and easily moves around to where you need it. The loop-hole design allows fenders to hang over the side, and is ideal for hanging your hose while washing your boat.

Need a to make a Wish List? Check out our other new boating products at TacoMarine.com.

Time to winterize your boat or are you still fishing?

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.

IBEX Show: October 4-6, Tampa, Florida

IBEX show

Visit our booth 1433 at the International Boatbuilders Exhibition & Convention (IBEX) show in Tampa, Florida to see our latest marine helm chair, the Captiva. Also on display at our booth are our LED low watt deck lights for flat or pipe mount, a wide variety of rub rails and many, many other innovative boat products. If you are not going, check out our recent new products you might find handy:http://tacomarine.com/category/new_products/New-Product

Hard Top of the Taco Marine Project Boat – Check Out Part 14

Ship Shape TV hard top
Measuring and fitting the frame of the hard top

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 Taco Marine Project Boatprocess 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 the Taco Marine Project Boat blog at: https://tacomarineprojectboat.com

Galley Replacement on the Taco Marine Project Boat – Ship Shape TV

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.

Galley update

Tropical Storm Hermine: How to secure your boat against high winds and storm surge.

Hermine is not currently listed as hurricane status, however these notes reflect good preparation for any tropical disturbance level.

Hurricane for boatersA 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.

hurricane for boatersOn 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.

Securing your boat for Tropical Storm Hermine 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.

Tropical Storm HermineHurricane 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.

Companionway Repair & Replacement on the Ship Shape TV and Taco Marine Project Boat Blog

Do it yourself companionwayThe 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.

Companionway
We cover the latest materials being used for companionway replacement.

Rub Rail Installation on the Taco Marine Project Boat – Part 11

Rub rail selection

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

Boating: Oil and Gas in Our Waterways

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

Clean marinasuch 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.

Recycle materials for rub railHow 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.

Clean Marina best practicesLearn 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!

Innovative Rod Racks Mount on Boat Transom

Rod Transom Mount Rack

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.

Taco Marine’s Transom Mount Rod Rack

Innovative, high quality products supported by extraordinary service.

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