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Ship Shape TV Work Party Continues Remodeling TACO Marine Project Boat

The TACO Marine Project Boat is nearly complete! On Tuesday, Jan. 16, representatives from TACO, Ship Shape TV and AA Boat Top & Canvas came together for a work party on Project Boat – plumbing the head, covering edges with Infinity Welt, installing batteries and coating the stainless-steel railing and hardtop frame with a metal protectant, to name a few.

One of the products used to plumb the head was sanitized PVC tubing. Hayden Greviskis from Ship Shape TV said it’s helpful to place the tubing in the sun for several minutes prior to installation. The sun warms the tubing, making it more pliable and easier to feed through the chase way.

For hiding material edges inside the cabin, John Adinolfe from AA Boat Tops & Canvas used a new product he designed called Infinity Welt, a ¾-inch welt cord wrapped inside Infinity woven vinyl material. Check out the video below where Adinolfe showcases the Infinity Welt applications.

Metal protectants are designed to coat structural hardware from the wear and tear of saltwater and other environmental factors. On a boat, it is recommended a metal protectant is applied every six to 12 months, said Mike Strickland, Ship Shape TV technician. Depending on the product used, a protectant can be applied to aluminum, polished aluminum, stainless steel, copper, brass or any other metal to prevent staining and discoloration.

To bring Project Boat’s wiring and plumbing up to date, a few holes were drilled inside various compartments. To protect the hull on the inside, TACO Marine Category Product Manager Jose Chao applied 50/50 epoxy primer to the newly-made holes – a combination of epoxy resin and hardener applied to a dry surface making it waterproof. For more information, watch the video below.

Now that the boat’s almost complete, it’s heading to the Pacer Group workshop for electrical wiring, followed by on-the-water tests with a representative from Yamaha Outboards. In a few short weeks, Project Boat winner Roger LeFranc will get the keys to his newly-remodeled Pursuit 2650 and, as he plans, will hit the fishing tournament circuit throughout Florida.

Stay tuned for more updates on the TACO Marine Project Boat. Discover more at tacomarineprojectboat.com and on the TACO Marine Facebook page. Find us on Twitter at @Taco_Marine, Instagram at @tacometals and on LinkedIn, Google+ and tacomarine.com.

Installing the TACO Marine Quick Release Fender Lock

Installing the TACO Marine Quick Release Fender Lock is easy! Captain Mark Henderson of the Liquid Fire Fishing Team walks us through the process in the video below.

The Quick Release Fender Lock is great for dockside safety and convenience by ensuring secure and quickly-stored fender lines. The fender lock mounting pin also helps to keep lines at an optimum length.

Once at the dock, you simply insert the pin into the fitting and your boat is protected with the fender at its ideal position.

The Quick Release Fender Lock is made of high-quality stainless steel. Its overall height above deck is 1-19/32-inches and includes a 1/4-inch drain plug. This fender lock comes equipped with a large push button for comfortable, easy operation and our TACO Marine 3-year warranty guarantee.

Quick Release Specs
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Discover all these great products and more at tacomarine.com, by filling out the form below or by calling 1-800-653-8568.

TACO Marine® Products to be Featured at the 2018 REFIT International Exhibition & Conference Jan. 10-11

MIAMI, FLORIDA (USA) – The TACO Marine® team will be on deck in Broward County Convention Center booth 512 at the 2018 REFIT International Exhibition & Conference January 10-11, offering attendees a wide range of TACO products for refit projects.

Captiva Helm Chairs

The Captiva Helm Chair has a stylish inset design and comes standard with rollback bolster cushion, allowing the chair to be used in a leaning position or elevated docking visibility feature at the helm. The Captiva Helm Chair series is also available in comfortable 23” size, allowing multiple chairs side by side if needed.

Made in the USA, this helm chair is constructed with premium quality marine-grade vinyl that has been treated with anti-microbial and UV stabilizers. The Captiva series features padded vinyl seat back panel, plush foam padding for durable support and marine-grade materials construction.

For boat builders, custom vinyl options are also available. These chairs are built to ABYC H31 standards for permanently installed seating systems in boats and carry the TACO Marine® industry leading three-year warranty.

Capri Premium Helm Chairs

The ergonomically designed Capri Helm Chair is available in light gray, black, vanilla or white, with a standard rollback bolster seat or a fixed seat and adjustable armrests. A smaller version is available without armrests and it is also available as a bench-style seat from 36” to 55” wide and constructed from strong, corrosion resistant materials.

Marine-grade stainless steel, anodized aluminum alloys and injection molded resins ensure long lasting protection from constant exposure to the harsh elements of sun and saltwater. Custom vinyl options are available for boat builders. These chairs are also built to ABYC H31 standards for permanently installed seating systems in boats and also carry the TACO Marine® industry leading three-year warranty.

Triton 3-Stage Adjustable Table Pedestal

The Triton 3-Stage Pedestal is a convenient, easy-to-install, one piece, complete assembly with three telescoping columns (4”, 3” and 2 3/8”) and offers added strength and three height positions.

A gas shock provides smooth operation of column adjustment and a one-motion clamping mechanism easily locks in the height positions. Keyed columns prevent rotation. Made of aluminum and stainless steel with long-lasting Delrin bearings for years of trouble-free use, it also comes with a smooth, satin anodized finish.

New Grand Slam 890 Universal T-Top Mount

The Grand Slam 380 Universal T-Top Mount is designed for mounting a VHF or AM/FM antenna, a flag pole or light on a t-top for boats 25′ with easy installation. It can be operated from the helm to raise and lower under the top for convenience and safety.  No more climbing on the gunnels.

The Delrin roller bearings provide for smooth operation and durability. The light-brushed anodized aluminum finish will provide years of reliable service, even in the most demanding saltwater conditions. It fits standard 1-inch x 14 threaded rod for antenna, flag pole or anchor light.

For more information about TACO Marine® products, visit booth 512 at Refit 2018, tacomarine.com, fill out the form below or call 1+305.652.8566.

TACO Marine®, a division of TACO Metals, Inc., designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of products that include Rub Rail, Marine Extrusions, Canvas & Metal Fab Hardware, Seating and Pedestals, Sport Fishing Equipment and custom/specialty products. All are backed by industry leading warranties and guaranteed to provide years of trouble-free use.

 

Enhance Your Boat with a TACO Marine Rub Rail Kit

As an industry leader, you may know TACO Marine has long been the preferred choice of boat builders for Rub Rail designed to meet their specific needs. However, we also offer easy-to-install Vinyl Rub Rail Kits – ideal for do-it-yourselfers and boaters looking for an affordable solution to spruce up the look and value of their boat.

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Our made-in-the-USA Vinyl Rub Rail Kits come in a wide variety of sizes to fit all types of boats from 16- to 30-feet in length. Each kit includes a roll of seamless Rub Rail, matching insert, end caps, stainless steel screws and an installation guide.

The guide, along with a how-to video, are available for free online at tacomarine.com. You can also find the installation guide here and watch the video below.

In addition to our Vinyl Rub Rail Kits, we also offer a free Rub Rail Replacement Selection Guide if you prefer to try and match the original Rub Rail installed on your specific boat. You can access that guide here.

At TACO Marine, all our Rub Rail is backed by our exclusive 5-year warranty and guarantied to perform for many years to come. If you’re not sure which Rub Rail Kit is the right fit for your boat, please give us a call at 1-800-653-8567 and we can help you.

You can find TACO Marine Rub Rail and our Vinyl Rub Rail Kits online or through your favorite marine dealer, including West Marine and Bass Pro Shops. Please visit tacomarine.com for a complete listing.

Installing the New TACO Marine Grand Slam 450 Outrigger Top Mount

We met up with the professionals at Miss Britt Charters to install the new TACO Marine Grand Slam 450 Outrigger Top Mount with patent-pending twist-n-lock Carbon Fiber Outrigger Poles.

Capt. Ryan Peters, a South Florida native who grew up fishing both inland and offshore, shows us how to install the GS-450 while also explaining the many features and benefits of this premium sport fishing outrigger – one of the many innovative new products from TACO Marine!

For more information on our professional series mounts, visit tacomarine.com.

Discover TACO Marine’s Holiday Gift Guide!

Holiday Gifts That Keep on Giving!

Reel in the gift of the year this holiday season and surprise the angler in your life with premium TACO Marine sport fishing products and accessories. From stocking stuffers to under the tree, we have all the essentials in our holiday gift guide!

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Grand Slam Outriggers – TACO Marine’s full line of Grand Slam branded outrigger mounts are the leaders in performance and reliability. Click image to view similar products.
Tele-Outrigger Poles – Enhance the thrill of blue-water fishing with the ultimate in Tele-Outrigger Poles – even in the roughest seas. Click the image to view similar products.
Four-Rod Transom – Mount Rack Maximize rod storage on board with TACO Marine’s Transom Mount Rod Rack. Free up gunnels and decks with 3-rod or 4-rod rod racks mounted on the transom. Click image to view similar products.
Olympic 5-Rod Holder Cluster – TACO Sport Fishing introduces a light weight yet strong and durable high polished aluminum 5-rod holder cluster designed to maximize rod placement and usage on your boat. Click image to view similar products.
Premium Rigging Kits – TACO Sport Fishing Rigging Kits offer anglers everything needed for a great day of fishing. Ideal to use with TACO Sport Fishing Grand Slams and Tele-Outriggers. Click image to view similar products.
Adjustable Poly Filet Table – The TACO Filet table is available in two sizes and designed for extreme durability with U.V. resistance. Ideal for cutting bait, fileting fish or serving food and beverages. Click image to view similar products.
Knife, Plier and 15 Rig Holder – Add safe and convenient storage to your boat with the TACO Rig Holder accessory, which holds pliers, two knives and other marine accessories. Click image to view similar products.
Adhesive Mount Rigging Strip – Conveniently store pre-rigs, plugs spoons on this 12-inch Rig Strip with pre-drilled holes – made of exterior-grade PVR and fit flat surface. Click image to view product.
Tumbler Poly Holder – Try our 1 or 2 Tumbler Poly Holder. The 2-Tumbler accessory holds two 16- to 30-ounce tumblers and has a recessed bottom with duel drain holes, a mobile device cutout and charging cable port. Click image to view similar products.
Poly Holder “Catch-All” – Try our 2 Drink Poly Holder with a “Catch-All” – perfect for full-sized insulated drinks or mugs. The center “Catch-All” is ideal for cell phones, sunglasses, sunscreen, fishing gear or other accessories. Click image to view similar products.

 

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To view our complete line of marine accessories, visit tacomarine.com or call 1-800-653-8568. For the latest TACO Marine news, visit tacomarineblog.com.

Holiday Stocking Stuffers from TACO Marine

The holidays are fast approaching and we know it’s important to find the perfect gift for the boater and sport fishing enthusiast in your life. At TACO Marine, our drink holder accessory line is full of great options for stocking stuffers or under-the-tree presents.

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Tumbler Poly Holder

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Try our 1 or 2 Tumbler Poly Holder. The 2-Tumbler accessory holds two 16- to 30-ounce tumblers and has a recessed bottom with duel drain holes, a mobile device cutout and charging cable port.

Poly Holder “Catch-All”

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Try our 2 Drink Poly Holder with a “Catch-All” – perfect for full-sized insulated drinks or mugs. The center “Catch-All” is ideal for cell phones, sunglasses, sunscreen, fishing gear or other accessories.

Discover more from TACO Marine

To view our complete marine accessory drink holder line and more, visit tacomarine.com or call 1-800-653-8568. For the latest TACO Marine news, visit tacomarineblog.com.

Request a FREE TACO Marine catalog here.

How to keep track of what is going on with your boat when you are not there.

Boaters beware. Part 25 – the Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV shows a system that can monitor your boat and track it’s location. The GOST system helps protect against theft, fire, smoke, high water in the bilge, low voltage, loss of shore power and intrusion.

GOST Navigation tracking system

How? The latest Taco Marine Project Boat blog has a video describing how the Gost system installed on the Ship Shape TV and Taco Marine Project Boat works. Want to test it out? For example, to track the Taco Marine Project Boat’s location go to the blog to get the 3 easy steps, and track the Project Boat as it goes from vendor to vendor and show to show: https://tacomarineprojectboat.com

Interior: Part 19 – Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV.

Taco Marine Project Boat

Changing out the headliner or interior walls of your boat? 

Part 19 of the Taco Marine Project Boat provides 3 time-saving tips for installing headliners and wall coverings.

1. Scrap the scraper for removing old glue or contact cement – we have a couple of time-saving tips for you. 2. Use a fabric track to hide uneven surfaces. 3. Fabric tips: Learn about what kind of interior fabrics work best for wear and tear, even a fabric that is bleach resistant. Watch Part 19 of the Taco Marine Project Boat Here. 

Installing the Hard Top: Part 18 – Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV.

Boat Restoration: Taco Marine and Ship Shape TV offer tips on how to install the new hard top for the Taco Marine Project Boat. Just click here or the image below to go to the blog and watch the two-minute video on attaching the frame and a couple helpful tips about sealant and backing plates for attaching the frame to the boat’s fiberglass shell.

Boat renovation on Ship Shape TV