Category Archives: boat maintenance

Add Shade to Your Boat: Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV Part 29

Adding Sunbrella shade to theTaco Marine Project Boat Add protection from the sun to your boat, and keep cooler. The Sunfly Shade™ from Canvas Designers is made from Sunbrella’s Contour™ knitted fabric and blocks out the sun. The special new fabric also allows the wind to flow through to keep you cooler. You can keep the shade up while boating from place to place during the day. For additional info and a short video, check out the Taco Marine Project Boat blog.

Installing the Helm: Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV – Part 27

In Blog 27, of the Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV – we demonstrate three helpful helm installation tips:

  1. How to install a power steering unit for a boat with twin engines.
  2. The best place to mount the power steering unit and why.
  3. How and where to create a rigging hole for power and tubing.

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Refurbishing the Helm: Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV – Part 26

In Blog 26, of the Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV – we demonstrate three helpful boat renovation tips:

  1. We show you how to save hundreds of dollars refurbishing your helm versus buying a new one.
  2. Do you have twin engines? We show you why a power assist device makes steering easier and reduces drift.
  3. Is your battery terminal a mess? Check out the “before and after” photo of a typical boaters’ battery, and “after” using a simple terminal extender which can make your battery maintenance much easier!

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Dash Panel Installation: Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV – Part 23

Part 23 of the Ship Shape TV and Taco Marine  Project Boat offers tips on how dash panels are connected and installed properly. This may help you understand why and how an electrical problem related to the dash panel and wiring gets fixed in the future. Should you silicon the dash panel when fastening it to the deck? Discover the pros and cons of using a silicon sealer when a dash is installed in Part 23 of the Ship Shape TV and Taco Marine  Project Boat blog.

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Boat Windshield Installation: Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV – Part 22

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On the Ship Shape TV and Taco Marine Project Boat, we are replacing the old windshield utilizing the latest technology. 

Taco Marine Project Boat windshield

 

Check your windshield: Look for dry, cracked seals and caulking that may cause the windshield to vibrate, or even worse – leak. Click here to go to Part 22 on the Ship Shape TV and Taco Marine Project Boat blog – and learn how to refurbish a boat windshield, or replace it if needed.

Portlights: Check out the Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV – Part 21

Taco Marine port lightsPortlights: Watch how easy it is to replace those old and partly opaque portlights with brand new ones. It’s a an inexpensive project to make your boat look new again.

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Shown above is the trim ring being fed in from the outside and sealed with calking. On the inside – bend some tabs, secure with a few screws, then caulk and screw in the port light and you’re done. See how easy this project is to do in the video on our Taco Marine Project Boat blog: https://tacomarineprojectboat.com

Making the Hard Top: Part 17 – Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV.

Taco Marine and Ship Shape TVThe latest Taco Marine Project Boat blog is about making a new hard top for the boat. Initially Ship Shape TV decided to repair the original hard top, but when they started patching the holes in the fiberglass top, the bottom and top sections of the top were delaminating.

=> From a Cad Cam design, to cutting a mold, to resin infusing – watch the latest Ship Shape TV video on the Taco Marine Project Boat’s blog that provides fascinating insight into creating a new hard top for the Taco Marine Project Boat.

=> Learn about the best types of bonding agents and processes of adhering the two components of the fiberglass hard top. Watch how the two components are fitted, glued together and weighted for maximizing the adhering ability of the bonding agents. Here’s a link to go to the Taco Marine Project Boat blog.

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Taco Marine and Ship Shape TV join forces to benefit the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation.

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Miami International Boat Show

The Taco Marine Project Boat, currently featured on Ship Shape TV, is a series of episodes of the full renovation of a neglected 1989, Pursuit 2650 boat. Now that the boat’s rehab is in the final stages, it will be on public display for the first time. See it at the Center Court at the 2017 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, February 16th to 20th, at Miami Marine Stadium Park in Key Biscayne, Florida.

The Taco Marine Project Boat showcases innovative products from more than 30 of the marine industry’s leading equipment and accessories suppliers, including Armstrong Nautical Products, Boat Outfitters, Canvas Designers, Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, Magic Tilt Trailers, Pacer Group, Quantum Paints, Taylor Made Systems, T-N-T Custom Boatworks, VectorWorks and Yamaha Outboards.

rub rail selection tipsJohn Greviskis, host of Ship Shape TV, will be on hand
throughout the boat show to Ship Shape TV logodiscuss the project boat and many of the products that have been installed on the Taco Marine Project Boat. Representatives from Taco Marine and other participating suppliers will also be on hand to answer your questions.

When completed later this year, the totally updated and like-new boat will be auctioned off and the proceeds will benefit the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation* (created by the Kushner family in loving memory of Logan Matthew Kushner – visit IMLoganIT.com for more information).

I'm Logan It Foundation logoThe I’M LOGAN IT non-profit foundation raises money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) and provides college scholarships for student athletes who exhibit similar values and qualities as Logan Kushner – including a strong sense of leadership, resilient in spirit, team pride, good sportsmanship and helping others.

Miami International Boat ShowFor additional information on the Taco Marine Project Boat, visit the Center Court display at the Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show. To see what has been done, and watch the final process of rehabbing the project boat with photos and videos, go to the TacoMarineProjectBoat.com blog.

A special thank you: Taco Marine appreciates the support provided by NMMA and Miami International Boat Show.

Taco Marine is excited to have the support of some of the marine industry’s leading equipment and accessories suppliers:

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*The I’M LOGAN IT Foundation is a charitable fund maintained by the Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF), a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. PO Box 307, Safety Harbor, FL 34695-0307

Wiring the Taco Marine Project Boat – Part 16

Part 16, of the Taco Marine Project Boat blog: Ship Shape TV takes you behind the scenes to a boat wiring factory and shows you how the  wiring harness for the Taco Marine Project boat is organized and assembled. The blog’s video also includes a key wiring tip.

Boat Wire Harness wiring-mapGet wired: The Project Boat blog/video is a fascinating behind the scenes peek into how a boat is wired. Understanding how a wiring harness is organized and installed, may help you fix wiring issues with your boat, discover how at the: Taco Marine Project Boat blog.

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.