Category Archives: DIY boat

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

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.

Engineering the Hard Top of the Taco Marine Project Boat – Check Out Part 15

Ship Shape TV Taco MarineIn the previous posting on the Taco Marine Project Boat blog, we discussed the boat’s hard top had close to a hundred holes that needed to be filled. With so many holes needing to being fixed, we concluded it would be best for maintaining the quality of the Taco Marine Project Boat to produce a brand new top – so off to the computer we went. Click here: Hard Top frame Design or the image above for a preview of engineering a new top for the Taco Marine Project before it goes into the building phase.

 

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

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.

Painting the Deck and Hull: Part 10 – Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV

Check out Part 10, of the Taco Marine Project Boat that  is filled with prepping and painting tips. For example, before painting the deck, a product called Super Poly-Fill putty was used over some exposed structural fiberglass in the splash well to provide a smoother surface for the paint. If you have some micro scratches in your gelcoat, they recommend Gelcoat Putty that’s used for that finer type of repair. But if you need to repair below the water line, it’s best to use Trowel-On Epoxy Putty which is resistant to osmotic blistering for a more permanent solution. Check out the Taco Marine Project Boat blog, chock full of info on prepping and painting tips in the latest video for the Taco Marine Project Boat blog.

Taco Marine Part 10
Part 10, Taco Marine Boat Project

 

Check out the Taco Marine Project Boat Latest Blog on Stringers, Bulkheads and Fuel Tanks

Before installing the new custom fuel tanks into the Taco Marine Project Boat, issues with the stringers and bulkheads were addressed.  See Part 9:  Stringers, Bulkheads and Fuel Tanks at the Taco Marine Project Blog.

Stringers, Bulkheads and Fuel Tanks: