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Hopping the Pond: TACO to Showcase a Variety of Products at METSTRADE in Amsterdam, Nov. 13–15.

From Miami, Florida to Amsterdam, Netherlands, we’re bringing TACO to the global market at METSTRADE – the world’s largest trade exhibition of marine equipment, materials and systems – in stand 12.408 Nov. 13 –15.

We’ll be showcasing a diverse range of products, including our popular Vinyl Rub Rail Kits, patented Command Ratchet Hinges, patented Ball & Socket top fittings and the Capri Helm Chair “Deluxe.”


VINYL RUB RAIL KITS

Vinyl Rub Rail Kit
One of seven Vinyl Rub Rail Kits offered by TACO Marine.

For boaters looking to upgrade the appearance of their boat with new Rub Rail, our Vinyl Rub Rail Kits make it easy and affordable. Designed to meet the functional and aesthetic requirements of most boats, each kit comes with one continuous coil of seamless Flexible Rub Rail, an insert, end caps when applicable, screws and an installation guide. Choose from seven different Vinyl Rub Rail Kit profiles.

Discover an array of how-to videos about Rub Rail installation on our YouTube channel youtube.com/tacomarine.


COMMAND RATCHET HINGE

Command Ratchet Hinge
The patented Command Ratchet Hinge comes in two sizes.

Constructed from high-grade stainless steel and brass, our patented Command Ratchet Hinges are ideal for sun pads, bolsters and lounge backrests. These heavy-duty specialty hinges have a 15-degree locking inclination and ratchets up to four positions.

The Command Ratchet Hinge is available in two sizes, 9-3/8” and 18-1/2”. Sold in pairs, these hinges come with a 5-year limited warranty.

Command Ratchet Hinge XL
The patented 18-1/2-inch Command Ratchet Hinge.

BALL & SOCKET TOP FITTINGS

90-degree Top Cap
The patented 90-degree Top Cap is manufactured from stainless steel Type-316L.

Our unique and patented Ball & Socket top fittings are manufactured from only the highest-quality Type-316L stainless steel.

Concave Deck Hinge with D-Ring Port and Starboard.
Concave Deck Hinge with D-Ring Port and Starboard.

The Delrin insert eliminates rattling, provides smooth operation and enables a full range of motion. Our full line of Ball & Socket top fittings fit standard tube sizes of 7/8″and 1″ O.D.


CAPRI HELM CHAIR “DELUXE”

Capri Helm Chair Deluxe
Boat in style and comfort with the Capri Helm Chair “Deluxe” – proudly made in the USA.

Designed with comfort and versatility in mind, the Capri Helm Chair “Deluxe” features adjustable armrests and bolster, allowing the chair to act as a seat or a leaning post – a necessity for the boaters’ lifestyle. Only using Type-316L marine-grade stainless-steel hardware, this chair is engineered with a unique shield that secures the bolster in place, which prevents it from flipping down – ultimately eliminating dangerous pinch points. The Capri Helm Chair “Deluxe” is made in the USA and comes with a 3-year limited warranty.


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Win a FREE Fishing Trip at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show!

Stop by TACO Marine booth 403 at Bahia Mar at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show for a chance to win a FREE fishing trip with renowned sport fishing Captain Ray Rosher of Miss Britt Charters.

Contest Details

For current and new TACO fans who follow us Instagram or like us on Facebook, we’ll give away a free koozie during the boat show [FLIBS] from Oct. 31 through Nov. 4. The catch? Take a picture of the koozie during FLIBS and post it to Instagram using the hashtag #TACOsportfishing.

TACO Koozie
Like and follow TACO Marine on Facebook or Instagram @tacomarine and receive this FREE Koozie. Then snap a pic of the koozie at FLIBS and upload to Instagram with the hashtag #TACOsportfishing for a chance to WIN a free fishing trip!

TACO fans can submit as many koozie pictures as they like – and the more creative the better! Our favorite #TACOsportfishing koozie picture will win a free fishing trip for four people. We’ll announce the winner the following week after the conclusion of FLIBS.

Enter to win a free fishing trip from TACO Marine at FLIBS.

New TACO Products

In addition to our #TACOsportfishing contest, FLIBS attendees can check out all our new sport fishing and boating products, including the Pro Series GS-500 Outrigger Mounts and Carbon Fiber Tele-Outrigger Poles, Deluxe Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles, Grand Slam 900 Anchor Light and more.

We look forward to seeing all our TACO fans at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in booth 403. Discover more about TACO Marine by visiting tacomarine.com.

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Liquid Fire Fishing Team Completes Two KMTs in One Weekend, Advancing to 3rd in Kingfish Cup

It was an exciting weekend for the Liquid Fire Fishing Team, who competed in back-to-back fishing tournaments – ultimately nabbing both a 2nd and 6th place finish. These finishes catapulted the team into 3rd place overall in the Kingfish Cup series, with one tournament to go in the battle for the “Team of the Year” title.

On Friday, Oct. 19, Captain Mark Henderson, with wife Audrey, sons Crockett and Joshua and brother-in-law Chris Waters, began their weekend early at the Swansboro Rotary Five-O King Mackerel Tournament in Swansboro, N.C. – angling against 49 other boats for a chance at one or more of 10 cash prizes.

After catching a 41.28-pound King Mackerel, the Liquid Fire Fishing Team solidified their standing on the leaderboard as second overall, second heaviest on Day 1, second heaviest King Mackerel overall and second overall High Roller. The team was presented with a check for $21,667.

LFFT with their winning check from the Swansboro Five-O KMT
The Liquid Fire Fishing Team with their second-place check from the Swansboro Five-O KMT.

“The Swansboro Rotary Five-0 has been a very good event to our team since its inception,” said Mark, who started competitively fishing in 2004. “It’s a huge event for the community and a high-profile event for sport. The competition in the event is very high, and some of the best fishing teams in the country participate. It’s an honor to be able to compete in this amazing event; and to be on the leaderboard is definitely exciting.”

But instead of basking in their 2ndplace finish in Swansboro, team Liquid Fire hauled their Sea Vee 390Z out of the water to their next competition – the Rumble in the Jungle King Mackerel Tournament in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Up against a whopping 155 boats, the Liquid Fire Fishing Team reeled in a solid 6thplace finish with a 34.70-pound King Mackerel – earning the team a check for $11,001.

LFFT at Rumble in the Jungle
The Liquid Fire Fishing Team with their catches at Rumble in the Jungle.

“Fishing this event definitely made for an exciting and challenging weekend,” Mark continued. “This event was over 100 miles away from the other event we participated in. We were up at 2 a.m. to be ready for the 6:30 a.m. checkout. This is a hard-fought, high-paying king mackerel tournament with some tremendous competitors. It was nice to get a solid fish, be on the leaderboard and help our position in qualifying for the Kingfish Cup championship.”

Rumble in the Jungle was the third installment toward this year’s Kingfish Cup – a limited-entry series with four qualifying events toward the invitation-only championship tournament, which is taking place Nov. 1 through 4.

Because of Liquid’s Fire 6thplace finish at Rumble in the Jungle, their series average for the Kingfish Cup is 83.73, landing them in 3rdplace overall with just one more qualifying event to go – the Ocean Isle Fishing Center’s annual Fall Brawl in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. this weekend.

“It was a great weekend,” reflected Mark. “The inconsistent weather this year, combined with Hurricane Florence, pushed a lot of events on top of each other because of postponements. Having to fish numerous events on the same weekend certainly isn’t the most ideal circumstance. However, it worked out well for us. But we were definitely tired Sunday night. We’ve got several more events before the season ends. We’ll keep working hard to perform the best we can.”

As a long-time sponsor of the Liquid Fire Fishing Team, which uses our Pro Series GS-500 Outrigger Mounts and Carbon Fiber Tele-Outrigger Poles, we’re proud of the success of Captain Mark, Audrey, Crockett, Joshua and Chris. We wish them luck in this weekend’s Fall Brawl and next weekend’s Kingfish Cup!

Stay up to date on all things Liquid Fire by following them on Facebook and Instagram. We’ll also post updates to our TACO Marine Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Boating for a Cure: Miami-Based Boat Builder Aims to Raise $20,000 for Breast Cancer Charity

On Saturday, Oct. 13, an estimated 10,000 people, mostly women, dressed head to toe in pink, will descend upon downtown Miami for the annual Susan G. Komen “More Than Pink Walk.” And while the focus will be raising awareness and money toward finding a cure for breast cancer, participants and spectators will discover a non-traditional addition to the Pink festivities.

Miami-based boat builder Reef Runner Boats is slated to unveil its new Battle Breast Cancer Boat during the More Than Pink Walk, which will be raffled at the Miami International Boat Show in February 2019.

 

During Saturday’s walk, people can check out the boat and buy raffle tickets for a chance to win. Additionally, anyone can buy raffle tickets online by visiting the company’s Web site reefrunnerboats.com. All raffle ticket proceeds will be donated to the Miami/Fort Lauderdale chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation [SGK].

Reef Runner Boats Owner Donna Milo said this is the second year in a row the company raffled a brand new boat for the Foundation – having successfully fundraised $10,000 in raffle ticket proceeds from the first Battle Breast Cancer Boat during the 2018 Miami International Boat Show.

The Reef Runner Battle Breast Cancer Boat that was raffled at the 2018 Miami Boat Show.

This year, Milo said the company hopes to raise $20,000, which will then be donated to the local SGK chapter.

While there are several breast cancer charities and foundations from which to choose, Milo said she partnered with the Miami/Fort Lauderdale chapter of SGK because of its work both nationally and locally for breast cancer research, support and awareness.

“They not only raise money for the national organization, but they get involved at the local level for things such as research, transportation and treatment,” said Milo, who has some family and friends impacted by the disease. “I felt more comfortable that a lot of the proceeds that were raised were going directly back into the community.”

SGK Miami/Fort Lauderdale Mission & Programs Manager Blanca Melgar said the Foundation is grateful for the support from Milo and her team at Reef Runner Boats.

“They’re reflecting our whole community, which is Broward, Miami and Monroe counties,” Melgar said. “[The proceeds from the boat raffle] will be used somehow, someway within those three counties.”

Since its founding in 1999, the Miami/Fort Lauderdale chapter of SGK has invested nearly $11 million in local breast cancer awareness projects, such as education programs, funding for patient screening, diagnostics and treatment. The chapter also donates 25 percent of remaining net funds to national breast cancer research programs.

This year, TACO President Jon Kushner arranged for the marine company to donate brand new Rigid Vinyl Rub Rail, end caps, navigation lights and poly tumbler holders for the Battle Breast Cancer Boat.

“It’s all about giving back, doing good and just helping worthy causes,” said Kushner.

Additionally, TACO OEM Sales Manager Mark Henderson helped install the Rub Rail and navigation lights on the Battle Breast Cancer Boat.

“I have a lot of respect for what Reef Runner is supporting,” said Henderson. “It was neat to see someone from the industry who’s giving back and working hard in something they believe in. Anytime I could lend a helping hand on something like that is very important.”

The TACO Rub Rail and end caps on the 2019 Reef Runner Battle Breast Cancer Boat.

The boat being raffled is a brand new Reef Runner 180 Bay – an 18-foot, wide-beamed boat that Milo said is perfect for flats fishing and family cruising. She added that it has a fuel-efficient hull design, lots of storage and a roomy, fully finished interior liner. The boat also has a 90-horsepower Evinrude outboard motor.

The boat will be raffled on the final day of the Miami International Boat Show, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 at 1 p.m. Raffle tickets are on sale online and can also be purchased in-person at the More Than Pink Walk.

For more information, please visit reefrunnerboats.com.

Our TACO Team is Changing!

We’re excited to announce some changes within our OEM Sales and Customer Service Departments at TACO Metals!

Mark Henderson.

Renowned sport fishing Captain Mark Henderson is now our OEM Sales Manager! Henderson, who originally came onboard as our Strategic Product Category Manager, will still be involved in the product management process, but will now take on the role of leading our OEM Sales Department. Henderson has extensive sales and management experience, which will add significant value to our OEM Sales team.

Richard Cadien.

Long-time TACO employee Richard Cadien, who has 25 years of sales and customer service experience, is slated to transition back into the OEM Sales Department and will fill the role of Inside Sales Representative, a position he held in the past with great success.

Danny Avila.

South Florida native and avid fishing enthusiast Daniel Avila, who’s been on our Customer Service team for the past two years, is also moving over to OEM Sales on a full-time basis. He will cover all of South Florida.

Kathy Meza.

Kathy Meza, a current member of our Customer Service team, is now promoted to the role of Customer Service Representative. Meza joined TACO and quickly proved herself as a vital member of our team.

Nick Essenmacher.

Summerville, S.C. Warehouse Manager Nick Essenmacher will be adding Customer Service responsibilities to his repertoire, which will help us better serve our growing customer base in the Carolinas. Essenmacher consistently exceeds expectations and we are excited for his next chapter here at TACO.

Gary Beasley.

At the beginning of September, we transitioned long-time TACO team member Gary Beasley into a full-time Customer Service Representative, reporting to Ernie Santiago, our Customer Service Manager. Beasley has been with TACO for an astounding 35 years! Undoubtedly, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the team.

Bob Mitchell.

Last, but certainly not least, TACO employee Bob Mitchell is also joining our Customer Service team. With five years of experience at TACO in sales, Mitchell has proven to be a valuable member of our team in the North East and we know he will continue to excel in his new role in Customer Service.

During the past 60 years, we’ve been fortunate at TACO to have longevity, passion and specialization with our team of outstanding employees. Congratulations to all these individuals as they begin their new and enhanced roles at TACO!

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Fishing Tournament ChaseN’Tailz Raises Astounding $100,000 for Charity!

Six years ago on October 1, baby Chase Edward Warren was born. Although he passed away at the tender age of just 10 months old from Gaucher Type 2, a rare neurological condition, Chase’s memory lives on through his family and the ChaseN’Tailz Fishing Tournament.

Summer and Jay Warren established the ChaseN’Tailz Foundation in memory of their son, Chase, who passed away from Gaucher Type 2, a rare neurological condition.

This year, a record $100,000 was raised in the events leading up to and during the fifth annual ChazeN’Tailz tournament, which took place Sept. 8 in Jupiter, Florida. An astounding 165 boats competed – making it the most popular year yet for the charity tournament.

Because of the resounding success this year, Summer and Jay Warren, Chase’s parents, said the Foundation was able to directly support four very needy families with children suffering from rare illnesses.

Additionally, Summer said the couple plans to add an option on the Foundation’s Web site where needy families with sick children can directly apply for grants. She said the grant application is slated to go live in three weeks – making it possible for families to receive help without waiting until after the annual tournament.

“This is huge,” said Summer. “It is because of people and companies like TACO Marine that believe in us and our mission.”

This year, TACO President Jon Kushner arranged for the marine manufacturing company to donate a pair of Grand Slam Outrigger Mounts and Tele-Outrigger Poles, a rigging kitfilet table and poly tumbler holders to the ChaseN’Tailz silent auction, which took place during the tournament festivities.

Summer and Jay understand all too well the physical, mental and emotional toll of having a sick child. On top of that, the financial strain to pay for costly medical treatment and other services can be overwhelming.

“These families are going through the hardest times of their lives,” said Summer. “It can be a very lonely time. They can now be assured that they are not alone and [that] ChaseN’Tailz is here to help.”

In addition to directly supporting families, ChaseN’Tailz also supports the Quantum House, which is 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.

ChaseN’Tailz also helps support the Live Like Jack Foundation, which promotes drowning awareness and water safety in memory of Jake Morrison, who passed away in a drowning accident in 2013.

“Oct 1st, my son Chase would have been 6 years old,” said Summer. “As much as I wish he was here, I cannot think of a better way to honor him than to present these families with donation checks.”

To learn more about ChaseN’Tailz and to donate, visit chasentailz.com.

TACO Marine Showcasing New Products in Booth 1433 at IBEX, Oct. 2 – 4!

Leading up to IBEX, we’re excited to announce that we’ve submitted two new products for Innovation Award consideration!

HIDEAWAY CHILLAX HINGE

In partnership with Malibu Boats, we developed the Hideaway Chillax Hinge– a ratcheting hinge that allows a standard square cushion to ratchet up out of the lounge seat and become a Class-A backrest. Its unique below-the-deck design gives the appearance of no hinge. The curved design of the ratcheting arms allow a standard square cushion up to 7” thick to fit snug in the lounger and still rotate up into a backrest.

The Hideaway Chillax Hinge is easily modified for wider or narrower seatbacks. A long seatback can also be separated into multiple backrests that operate independently. Additionally, other applications can benefit from this hinge design, such as fold-down transom seats, hideaway tables and access doors.

Features & Benefits:

  • Ratchet ups in three locking positions that can be easily adjusted or added to by changing the side plates
  • The clean look of the below-the-deck mounting make it invisible when stowed
  • Low profile, below-the-deck design and only 4-¼” thick
  • Top- or side-mount design with multiple backrest positions
  • Adaptable to any width backrest
  • Manufactured from Stainless Steel Type-316L and electro-polished
  • Designed for thick cushions for extra comfort
  • Allows a backrest to be added anywhere in a lounge or sun pad
  • Effortlessly return the cushion to the lounge position
  • Multiple backrests can be added that operate independently
  • Returned into the lounge position with no sign of a hinge
  • Patent number US8875347

GRAND SLAM 900 ANCHOR LIGHT

 

 

Our new Grand Slam 900 Anchor Light was created specifically for the safety and convenience of today’s boater. Climbing on the boat gunnel to raise and lower an anchor light is dangerous, time consuming and frustrating. The GS-900 allows boat operators to lift and descend this navigational requirement from the safety of the deck, right under the top and without ever having to climb on the gunnel again. Simply extend the crank handle and rotate the light to the upright position or back to its stowed, towing location.

The light runs on 12 volts and consists of four 3-watt LED Cree chips driven by two Mean Well drivers. Its smooth operation, attractive machined aluminum frame and cast stainless-steel rotator make this item a must for any boater.

Features & Benefits:

  • Machined / Anodized aluminum body
  • Light brushed finish
  • Polished Type-316L stainless steel crank handle
  • Folding crank handle locks flush into base
  • USCG Approved, 2-nm LED light and shaft included
  • Threaded shaft for consistent lift and descent
  • Delrin bearings for smooth operation
  • Roller bearings in crank assembly
  • Mounts through up to 2″ thick hardtops
  • Includes 4″ x 1/4″ round backing plate (hardware not included)
  • Light tube length allows for modification by installer to exact height
  • No more climbing on T-tops or gunnels
  • Safe, no-hassle raising and lowering of an anchor light

OTHER NEW PRODUCTS

Boca Sport Helm Chair, as seen on Sportsman Boats.

We’re also showcasing a slew of other new products, including but not limited to our new Rub Rail Navigation Lights, Aluminum and Carbon Fiber Sun Shade Poles, Boca Sport Helm Chair, Siesta Sport Helm Chair and Siesta Sport Helm Bench. Come see all these new products and more in booth 1433 at IBEX!

Come See TACO Marine at the 2018 IBEX Show in Booth 1433!

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.

TACO IBEX Booth 1433
We’re exhibiting at IBEX in booth 1433 in Tampa, Florida Oct. 2 – 4.

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.

For more information on all our TACO products, visit our Web site tacomarine.comand follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagramand YouTube.

Important Boat Safety Tips Ahead of Hurricane Florence

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.

Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team advises boaters to remove anything not permanently attached to a boat ahead of a major storm.

“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.

Illustration from ABC Diving. www.abcdiving.com.

“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.

Henderson’s SeaVee 390z, which is normally stored on a trailer, will be anchored to land in the middle of a field with no trees or structures nearby during Hurricane Florence. Photo courtesy of the Liquid Fire Fishing Team.

“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.

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ChaseN’Tailz Charity Tournament Expecting 165 Boats Sept. 8

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.

Chase Edward Warren passed away Aug. 7, 2013 from Gaucher Type 2 – a rare neurological disease.

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.

An aerial view of the tournament-day festival in 2017.

This year, TACO President Jon Kushner arranged for the marine manufacturing company to donate a pair of Grand Slam Outrigger Mounts and Tele-Outrigger Poles, a rigging kit, filet table and poly tumbler holders to the ChaseN’Tailz silent auction.

“The charity is in honor of Chase Warren, a child who passed at an unfortunately early age, similar to the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation,” said Kushner, whose nephew Logan passed away in 2012.

Kushner first met Jay at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show during the TACO Marine Project Boat Raffle Fundraiser for charity.

“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.

The Warren family.