Announcing a New Rub Rail Installation Video on FISH TACO TV

We’ve got a new Rub Rail replacement video with Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team and Captain Danny Avila of Hammertime Sportfishing.

In this video, Henderson, our Strategic Product Category Manager, and Avila, our Account Services Representative, remove old, damaged Rub Rail from a 36-year-old Classic Mako 228 and replace it with new Vinyl Rub Rail from one of our TACO Marine Rub Rail Kits.

Removing the old Rub Rail from a 36-year-old Classic Mako 228.
After removing the old Rub Rail, there was a lot of dirt that needed to be cleaned off.
Henderson shows a handy trick – applying masking tape above where the Rub Rail will be mounted and marking with a pencil where to drill the new holes.

After removing the old Rub Rail, Henderson shows how to avoid damage spots and where to drill new pilot holes for screws. Additionally, Henderson discusses various quick and easy tricks to avoid Rub Rail heartache, including how to prevent the Insert from shrinking, how to make the Rub Rail more pliable and how to find the center point.

After warming the Rub Rail in the sun, Henderson and Avila find the center point, which will be mounted at the bow.
Henderson and Avila begin mounting the new Rub Rail.
Henderson saws off the excess Rub Rail at the stern.
Henderson applies the new Insert to the new Rub Rail. Inserts are great for covering up the screws while also absorbing most of the impact when at the dock.
Henderson attaches the Rub Rail End Cap to complete the seamless look.
Henderson applies a bead of waterproof sealant on the top and bottom of the new Rub Rail.

During the month of April 2018, we’re offering a $50 rebate with the purchase of any TACO Marine Vinyl Rub Rail Kit.

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Each kit includes a continuous coil of Rub Rail for a one-piece installation without a seam, a continuous coil Insert, end caps (when applicable), screws and an installation guide. You can find our Vinyl Rub Rail Kits at your favorite marine retailer and the Rub Rail rebate online at tacomarine.com.

All of our TACO Rub Rail is made in the USA and backed by our industry-leading 5-year warranty.

Check out the video below and visit YouTube.com/tacomarine for more FISH TACO TV How-To videos.

Time is Running Out! Get $50 Back On Any TACO Vinyl Rub Rail Kit

There’s only two weeks left to cash-in on a $50 rebate with the purchase of any TACO Marine® Vinyl Rub Rail Kit – an exclusive deal that won’t last long. Find these kits at your favorite marine retailer today.

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TACO Marine® Rub Rail protects your boat against damage at the dock and also to enhances your boat’s appearance. Learn how easy it is to replace your boat’s Rub Rail in an exclusive FISH TACO TV video with Captain Mark Henderson below.


All seven of our Vinyl Rub Rail Kits come with one piece of continuous coil in Flexible or Semi-Rigid Vinyl Rub Rail with or without inserts and are backed by our industry-leading 5-year warranty guarantee.


TACO Rub Rail featured on Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat episode 2.

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View the complete TACO Marine catalog for FREE here.

For more information about our Vinyl Rub Rail Kits and our extensive line of Rub Rail, visit tacomarine.com or fill out the contact form below.

TACO Rub Rail Featured on Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat Episode 2

Our partnership with Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat continues in episode 2.

The professionals at Marine Customs Unlimited worked on a 23-foot Albury Brothers boat belonging to the owners of Shurhold Clean-N-Simple. The boat was in need of new paint, a custom dash panel and brand-new TACO Vinyl Rub Rail.

Robert Souza from Marine Customs Unlimited put brand new TACO Marine Vinyl Rub Rail on the Albury Brothers boat for Shurhold.

In minute 4:30, Robert Souza with Marine Customs Unlimited talks about installing new TACO Vinyl Rub Rail – choosing the color black to tie into the new custom paint job and dash panel renovation.

Attaching the Rub Rail to the hull exterior.
Gently heating the Rub Rail to easily bend around the nose of the bow.
Attaching the Rub Rail Insert.
Attaching the Rub Rail Insert.

As a leader in marine manufacturing, we remain committed and passionate about our products, including our extensive line of Rub Rail. For more information on our TACO Rub Rail and other products, visit tacomarine.com or fill out the contact form below.

Before the insert was applied.
After the insert was applied.

Watch the full episode below and stay tuned for Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat episode 3!

TACO Marine Outriggers Featured on Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat

We’re excited to announce our new partnership with Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat!

In episode 1, Florida Sportsman features Stuart, Florida captain Allan Black, who completely restored and customized a 1988 25-foot Boston Whaler Outrage named Xiphos.

Stuart, Florida boat captain Allan Black on board his fully restored 25-foot Boston Whale Outrage named Xiphos.

Black, an avid fisherman for more than 30 years, equipped his custom-made hardtop with TACO Marine Grand Slam 280 Outrigger Top Mounts and Aluminum Tele-outrigger Poles.

Additionally, Black redid the Rub Rail, vacuum-packed Coosa Board inside the hull, installed a custom-made center console and baitwell, and incorporated new deck and underwater lights.

Watch the full episode below or skip ahead to 16:50 for the TACO Outrigger highlight.

Stay tuned for episode 2.

Quality Products, Service and Customer Care Across the Marine Industry

As a leader in the marine industry for nearly 60 years, we take great pride in being a full-service solutions provider to our customers. Founded in 1959, we’ve built our reputation on design, manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and just-in-time delivery. Boat builders, accessory manufacturers, dealers, distributors and retailers rely on our expertise to bring their products to fruition on time, within budget and with a level of unparalleled quality.


DESIGN, ENGINEERING, MANUFACTURING & FABRICATION

At TACO, our many years of experience working with aluminum, plastics and stainless steel, allows us to understand both the esthetical and functional material capabilities while working with customers to develop innovative product solutions that also provide long-lasting performance within a harsh marine environment.

 

Challenged to think outside the box, our TACO engineers utilize 3D modeling, rapid prototyping and extensive in-house testing capabilities to develop and deliver products that raise the bar and provide added value to customers. Using electronic interchange for drawings and files, our TACO team ensures fast turnaround of customer design proposals and continual support right through final delivery and assembly.


WAREHOUSING, INVENTORY MANAGEMENT & DELIVERY

In addition to custom design solutions, we offer a full assortment of more than 800 readily available stock items. Core product lines include rub rail, seating and pedestals, sport fishing equipment, as well as canvas top and metal fab hardware.

We have a 150,000-square-foot manufacturing and central distribution warehouse located in Sparta, Tenn. and regional warehouses in Florida and South Carolina – allowing for next or 2-day delivery to customers within the eastern and central state regions. Delivery is often provided on our own TACO fleet of trucks to most customers – helping to ensure products are received on-time and without any loss or damage.

Our advanced inventory management programs track monthly product usage to meet customer-specific requirements and aid in reducing high on-hand stock levels and carrying costs. Orders are scheduled to be manufactured, warehoused and delivered around each customer’s specific usage requirements with safety stock maintained by us for any unexpected or sudden emergencies.


SALES & CUSTOMER SERVICE

Our TACO team includes a seasoned factory-direct outside sales force who understand customer business objectives and challenges. They offer continuous support and develop solutions to best improve customer product and help customer business run more smoothly and cost effectively. Our outside sales team partners with an inside customer service team who is dedicated to understanding customer needs and ensuring that orders are shipped and received correct, on time and without any interruptions.

From product design, engineering, manufacturing and inventory management to sales, technical support and ensuring on-time delivery of products, all of us at TACO Marine are dedicated to providing the highest level of quality and service to meet each customer’s needs. At TACO, we place great emphasis on Innovation, Quality and Service – bringing new ideas and solutions to customers while raising industry standards.


For more information on all our TACO Marine services, visit tacomarine.com, fill out the contact form below and subscribe to this blog.

The Conclusion to the TACO Marine Project Boat Saga with Ship Shape TV

The episode you’ve been waiting for is here. We’re bringing you the final Ship Shape TV episode that features the TACO Marine Project Boat conclusion.

An adventure more than two years in the making, with twists and turns and wonderful surprises, Project Boat would not have been possible without the tremendous support of its many sponsors listed below and the crew at Ship Shape TV.

Together, we fundraised more than $132,000 for the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation – supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and college scholarships for deserving students.

Winner Roger LeFranc holding the winning ticket, which he purchased during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Nov. 4, 2017.

The winning raffle ticket was sold to Roger LeFranc of Melbourne, Florida during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Nov. 1 – 5, 2017. LeFranc, an avid fisherman and boater, said he plans to christen the boat “Justin Time II” after his son, Justin.

Left to right: Tim Neuman, Bert Delle of Ship Shape TV, Mike Trent, winner Roger LeFranc, Justin LeFranc, Rick Francisco and Mike Kushner of TACO Marine.

Alongside his family and many friends, LeFranc said he plans to take his newly restored Pursuit 2650 on many fishing adventures and tournaments as the “Justin Time Fishing Team.”

Thank you to A1 Boat Transport, AA Boat Tops & Canvas, ACR Artex, Armstrong Nautical Products, Boat Outfitters, Boat Steering Solutions, Bob Hewes Boats, BT’s Welding, Canvas Designers, CWR Electronics, Dennis Friel Art Studios, LLC, Dometic, Dorado Boats, East Penn Manufacturing Co., Edson Marine, Fiberglass Coatings, Sunbrella, GOST, Hi Tide Manufacturing, IGX 2000, Interlux Yacht Paint, JL Audio, The Jupiter Bike, Finholder and More, Lenco Marine, Magic Tilt Trailers, Mantus Marine, Marine Customs Unlimited, Marine Tech, Mate Series, MPI, Normic Fishing, Ocean-Tamer Marine Bean Bags, Pacer Group, ProMariner, Quantum Paint, SeaDek Marine Nonskid, Sea-Dog Line, Shurhold, SPX Johnson Pumps, Swobbit Products, Taylor Made Systems, ThrowRaft, Sea Tow, SiriusXM Radio, TNT Custom Boatworks, White Water Marine Hardware and Yamaha Outboards.

Also, a special thank you to the Pinellas Community Foundation, Miami International Boat Show, Tampa Bay Boat Show and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Modern Fish Act, E15 & Aluminum Tariffs — Why Your Attendance at ABC is Imperative

We would like to share this note from the President of the National Marine Manufacturers Association.


Dear Members, Colleagues, and Boating Industry Stakeholders,

Never has there been a more critical time to get involved in advocacy and attend the American Boating Congress (ABC). In 2018, the recreational boating industry is facing major policy decisions that will come to a head this summer and have long-term impacts on boating in the U.S., including getting the Modern Fish Act passed, stopping the year-round sale of E15, and defending our industry from domestic and global tariffs. Your presence at ABC will ensure your business, your employees and your customers are protected.

It is necessary we engage with our nation’s decision makers now to shape legislative decisions in the coming months. With so many key policy decisions on the horizon impacting your business, it’s imperative you attend ABC. We need as many people from our industry as possible to join together on Capitol Hill and demonstrate the size, impact and importance of our industry. Not only will you have a chance to speak directly with your Members of Congress, but ABC will arm you with information you need to make informed business decisions.

This year’s ABC is packed with informative sessions and speakers through the close of the conference on Friday, May 11. From high profile members of the Trump administration to leading decision makers and influencers across Capitol Hill, the robust schedule will connect attendees with people and information that matters to the future of our industry. Access the 2018 ABC schedule here, and learn more about the important issue workshops here.

Visit www.nmma.org/ABC to register today!

Thank you, and see you in Washington,

Thomas J. Dammrich
Thomas Dammrich
NMMA President

Maintenance Tips for Boaters Part 2: Seasonal De-Winterizing

This is a two-part boat maintenance series. Part 1 focuses on year-round boaters in warmer climates while Part 2 focuses on seasonal boaters getting ready to de-winterize and summer-ize their crafts.


For seasonal boaters up north, Spring is the perfect time to get your boat ready for summer. So, what can you do to ensure your boat is heathy for the season ahead?

For expert advice, we spoke to Liquid Fire Fishing Team Captain Mark Henderson – our TACO Marine Strategic Product Category Manager who winterizes and de-winterizes his SeaVee 390Z Center Console with Mercury 350 quad outboard engines every year.

FUEL TANKS

If possible, it’s always best to completely fill your fuel tanks with non-ethanol fuel, especially when storing the boat for a several-month period of time, said Henderson. This will minimize opportunity for condensation buildup on the inside of the tanks. Ethanol-based fuel can cause numerous problems with the performance of your outboard motor.

After filling the tanks, install your favorite fuel stabilizing product, such as Sta-Bill, Starbrite, Mercury, Yamaha, etc. This will help with the phase separation in fuel. For more information about fuel stabilizers, we recommend reading “Fuel Stabilizers: Tested by BoatingLAB” in BOATING magazine.

“When using fuel stabilizer, make sure you use the proper ratio to the amount of fuel in your tanks,” said Henderson. “This will allow the product to work efficiently.”


STEERING SYSTEMS

Prior to re-launching your boat, Henderson said it’s a good idea to have your service center lubricate cables in the steering system, engines and throttles. He also recommends checking the connections between the steering system and engine and ensuring all nuts and bolts are greased.

“Paying attention to these small things keeps you from having big issues when you put the boat in the water,” he said.

Henderson encourages boaters to check steering systems for signs of corrosion, rust, leaks, pools of oil or hydraulic fluid and whether all steering components are tight and securely in place.

Additionally, Henderson said re-lubricating engine covers, seals, gaskets and other components throughout the boat is always a must during de-winterization.

“If they’re not lubricated, those seals and gaskets will stick to the surface and when you take them off, it’ll pull the surface off and you’ll have a whole new set of problems right there,” he said.


ENGINES

Prior to setting up for winter, Henderson said it’s best to change the lower-unit engine oil. However, if you didn’t change the oil prior to winter, then during de-winterization is your next best option.

 

While changing the lower-unit oil, Henderson said to check for excessive amounts of metal or water to ensure a seal inside the motor hasn’t broken. A sign of a broken seal may also be milky-looking lower-unit oil.

After replacing the lower-unit oil, Henderson said to check whether outboard motors are secured tightly to the transom bracket or integrated transom.

Lastly, Henderson said it’s always a good idea to run fresh water through the engines to ensure everything is working properly.

“You can do this stuff in your driveway at home,” he said. “Put it on a hose with muffs around the lower unit and allow the engines to start. Make sure the water pumps operate and that water is coming through the hole in the side of the engine.”


DECK

Depending on where you store your boat during winter, you may need to re-clean the deck. Henderson said to spray fresh water in places you wouldn’t normally, which helps remove any dirt, debris and remaining salt deposits.

When cleaning the deck, Henderson said to avoid using abrasive chemicals, such as bleach, which may damage the gel coat. Instead, he said to look for gelcoat-safe cleaning products that contain wax, which may also help buff the deck.

“There’s nothing like a little bit of elbow grease to keep your deck clean,” he said.

If possible, Henderson recommends using a tarp or boat cover after cleaning the boat before it goes into storage. This will help eliminate a lot of future cleaning when you’re ready to put it back in for the season.


BATTERIES

Throughout winter, keeping your boat batteries charged is important, said Henderson. If your boat doesn’t have an onboard battery charging system that can stay plugged in throughout the storage period, you may want to consider purchasing a good charger that won’t allow your batteries to be overcharged. If you do this, your batteries will last much longer and keep your costs down from having to replace the batteries too often.

“Once you start getting down below 12 volts, it can become a real issue,” he said.

When starting the boat for the first time after winter, Henderson said it’s wise to run the engine and batteries while the boat is trailered for several minutes to check for alarms and listen for any problems.

“Make sure you check all of your operating systems on the boat, so when you get to the ramp, you don’t have any delays or delay other boaters,” he added.


For more information on how you can improve your boat’s health, check out “Maintenance Tips for Boaters Part 1: Year-Round” and subscribe to this blog.

Save $50 When You Purchase a TACO Marine Vinyl Rub Rail Kit

During the entire month of April, we’re offering a $50 rebate with the purchase of any TACO Marine Vinyl Rub Rail Kit – an exclusive deal that won’t last long.

REDEEM HERE


TACO Marine Rub Rail protects your boat against damage at the dock and also to enhances your boat’s appearance. Replacing damaged, worn out Rub Rail on your boat is an excellent and inexpensive way to give your boat a fresh new look with the added bonus of increasing its value.


We’ve designed and manufactured Rub Rail for leading boat builders for more than 50 years and offer a complete assortment of Vinyl Rub Rail Kits for all sizes of boats.


All seven of our Vinyl Rub Rail Kits come with one piece of continuous coil in Flexible or Semi-Rigid Vinyl Rub Rail with or without inserts and are backed by our industry-leading 5-year warranty guarantee.

Installing TACO Marine Rub Rail from a kit is easy! Check out this video with John Greviskis from Ship Shape TV showing you how to install Rub Rail.

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For more information on our TACO Marine Vinyl Rub Rail Kits, visit tacomarine.com or fill out the contact form below.

Maintenance Tips for Boaters Part 1: Year-Round

This is a two-part boat maintenance series. Part 1 focuses on year-round boaters in warmer climates while Part 2 focuses on seasonal boaters getting ready to de-winterize and summer-ize their craft.


While boating year around is an amazing benefit for people in warmer climates, we believe it’s important to remember crucial maintenance tasks that can often be overlooked.

For expert advice, we spoke to Hammertime Sport Fishing Charter Captain Daniel Avila – our TACO Marine Account Service Representative who fishes the Florida inland coastal waterways and offshore seas year around.

As a lifelong fisherman and Florida native, Avila has nine key areas he believes are essential for keeping warm-climate boats healthy all year long.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT & VHF

“The most important thing to check is your safety gear,” said Avila.

The minimum safety gear required by the United States Coast Guard [USCG]* is the following:

  • USCG-approved personal floatation device per person
  • USCG-approved throwable floatation device
  • USCG-approved fire extinguisher
  • Visual Distress Signal, such as a flare gun and flares
  • Sound-Producing Device, such as a bell, horn or whistle
  • USCG-approved Backfire Flame Control for controlling backfires of all gasoline engines installed after April 25, 1940
  • Ventilation, for the purpose of properly and efficiency ventilating bilges and closed compartments that contain gasoline [except permanently installed tanks that vent outside the boat]
  • Vessel Lighting, such as navigation lights, between sunset and sunrise and during periods of reduced visibility
  • Anchor, anchor line, de-watering device, such as a bilge pump, and an oar or paddle

Flares and fire extinguishers expire and need to be replaced as directed on the package or after use. Personal and throwable floatation devices, if not stored properly, can degrade in function and floatation.

Avila also recommends boaters ensure their VHF radio is working, even for short-distance excursions.

“Three miles off shore, you don’t have any cell phone reception,” Avila said. “That’s the only other line of communication you have with anyone else.”


FUEL SYSTEMS

Because boat maintenance differs from vessel to vessel, Avila said the best thing you can do is follow your boat manufacturer recommendations.

Performing regular checks of your boat’s fuel system is important, and Avila offers the following basics:

  • Make sure the fuel is good. Depending on how often you use your boat, water may contaminate the tanks or the fuel could degrade if it’s been stagnant. Incorporating a fuel conditioner can help revitalize stagnant fuel and mix in water.
  • Check the fuel lines for leaks or kinks. If you do need to replace fuel lines, there are several kink-resistant products available on the market.
  • Regularly replace fuel filters. Fuel filters help clean debris from fuel tanks and prevent debris from entering motors. Avila advises fuel filters be replaced at least every 100 hours or as recommended by your boat manufacturer.

BATTERIES

If your boat has trouble starting or if your batteries are a few years old, Avila said you may want to consider replacing your boat’s batteries.

When not using your boat, Avila encourages boaters to use their onboard battery charging system, if applicable, or invest in a battery tender – an external charger to keep boat batteries fresh.

If your boat does not have an onboard battery charging system, there are several low-cost, waterproof solutions available on the market.

“You don’t want to get stuck on the water with no battery and call a tow service,” said Avila.

If you’re unsure whether your battery is in good working condition, Avila said boaters can remove onboard batteries for testing at an auto parts store or boat yard. Another option is to purchase your own marine battery testing equipment.


MOTORS

Avila stresses that performing regular motor checkups is vital to performance and problem prevention. He recommends checking the following:

  • Motor oil
  • Oil filters
  • Spark plugs
  • Prop and lower-unit oil
  • Shaft seals
  • Gear wear-and-tear
  • Gear lubrication

Additionally, Avila recommends removing outboard motor props regularly to ensure they are free of fishing line or other debris.

For boats in saltwater, Avila said it’s important to thoroughly flush motors after each use with fresh water to remove salt deposits. He said both inboard and outboard motors are susceptible to salt build up. Flushing with freshwater will help ensure a longer life expectancy from your motor’s cooling system.


HULL & DECK

For boats that stay in the water after use, Avila said regular hull cleaning and bottom painting is a must. In warmer climates, barnacles can grow quickly. If left unchecked, barnacle growth impacts boat speed, fuel consumption and overall performance and health.

Maintaining a damage-free deck is just as important as a clean hull, said Avila, especially when it comes to boat safety.

As a charter boat captain, he said a clean and organized deck enhances on-the-water safety for customers. And while it’s normal for your boat’s deck to get scratched or dinged, Avila said minor DIY fiberglass repairs and upkeep will help prevent water damage and keep your boat looking good.

For older boats, Avila said it’s important to look for signs of rot, especially in boats that have organic materials, such as wood in the stringers. Check for soft spots along the hull and deck interior or have the boat inspected by a professional.


STEERING SYSTEM

Like fuel pumps, a boat’s hydraulic steering system is at risk for leaks or degradation over time. Avila said there are simple signs that may indicate your steering system needs maintenance.

If you experience sloppy or a delayed reaction while steering, Avila said this may indicate air in your hydraulic system or low hydraulic fluid.

“Simply adding some fluid to the reservoir can cure the problem,” said Avila. “However, if that doesn’t cure the problem, you may want to take your boat to a mechanic. There may be further issues within the system itself that require maintenance.”


RUB RAIL

Avila said replacing faded, outdated or damaged Rub Rail is an easy, low-cost solution to make an older boat look new again.

At TACO Marine, we offer seven Vinyl Rub Rail Kits for DIY installation, including options in Flexible Rub Rail, Semi-Rigid Rub Rail and Semi-Rigid with a Flex Chrome Insert.


ELECTRICAL

In addition to checking your VHF radio, Avila said it’s important to check lights, navigation systems, AC and other application electrical systems on the boat regularly.


TRAILER

Lastly, Avila said it’s important to ensure your boat trailer is in good working condition – free of rust and damage, while also having functioning lights and winch straps. Depending on how frequently you trailer your boat, trailer maintenance is easy to overlook.

“What can go wrong will go wrong,” said Avila. “That’s probably the best advice I can give you.”


For more information on how you can improve your time on the water, stay tuned for “Maintenance Tips for Boaters Part 2: Seasonal De-Winterizing” and also remember to subscribe to this blog.

*See all USCG requirements online at uscgboating.org for more details and requirements.

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