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Announcing a New Grand Slam Outrigger Base Installation Video on FISH TACO TV

We’ve got a new Grand Slam Outrigger base installation video with Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team!

Henderson installs a set of Grand Slam 280 Outrigger Mounts to a Classic Mako 228 with a canvas top.
All the installation hardware is included with the TACO Outrigger Mounts.

In this FISH TACO TV video, Henderson, our Strategic Product Category Manager, installs a pair of Grand Slam 280 Outrigger bases on a canvas top of a 36-year-old Classic Mako 228.

To install an outrigger base on a canvas top, a TACO pre-drilled extrusion plate must first be welded to the frame.

A TACO pre-drilled extrusion plate must be welded to a canvas top frame prior to mount installation.

We offer three different extrusion plates that perfectly match our Grand Slam line of outrigger bases.

Once the plate is welded in place, simply cut a small circle around the base and screw holes, apply a bead of sealant and attach the bases. All the mounting hardware required for any of our Grand Slam bases comes included.

Mark an X over the base and screw holes, which you’ll then cut out of the canvas material.

Apply a bead of sealant around all the holes to prevent the canvas material from fraying.
You’re ready to attach the new TACO Grand Slam mount to the extrusion plate.
Insert the hardware and tighten.

After the base is installed, the final step is attaching the base handle.

The final step is inserting the handle into the base.

Henderson not only shows how to install the base, but also provides handy tips for cauterizing the canvas material. Watch full video below.

For more how-to videos from Fish TACO TV, visit YouTube.com/tacomarine.

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.

Top 10 TACO Products You Need for Spring

It’s officially spring, which means it’s the perfect time for boat remodeling, renovation and equipment upgrades. Check out our top 10, must-have TACO products you need to get your boat ready for summer.

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GRAND SLAM OUTRIGGER MOUNTS

Our Grand Slam Outrigger Mounts are perfect for anglers with any size boat up to and surpassing 50 feet. Manufactured with high-quality, durable stainless steel and machined aluminum, our Outrigger Mounts are guaranteed for years of trouble-free use and backed by our industry-leading 3-year warranty. For larger fishing boats, we offer our Grand Slam Professional Series Mounts, which are perfect for high-performance sport fishing at high speeds.

Safely adjust the Pro Series outrigger angle from underneath the hardtop without climbing on gunnels or leaving the deck.

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OUTRIGGER POLES

Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles

Compliment your TACO Marine Outrigger Mounts with our Aluminum or Carbon Fiber Outrigger Poles. Our patented Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles are strong and sturdy, even in the roughest seas with multiple trolling lines. They pair with the Grand Slam 400, 380, 280, 170 or a striker base. The Aluminum Poles are available in 15- and 18-feet long.

Carbon Fiber Tele-Outrigger Poles

Our Carbon Fiber Tele-Outrigger Poles feature our patent-pending swivel rollers, which allow for a more natural bait presentation and provide less halyard line chafing, and our patent-pending Twist & Lock mechanism for easy pole installation. These pair with our Grand Slam Pro Series 450 and 500 Mounts and are available in 16- and 20-feet long.

Check out this video with Captain Ryan Peters from Miss Britt Charters and our TACO Marine Outrigger Top Mounts and Carbon Fiber Poles.

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RIGGING KITS

Complete your TACO Outrigger system with one of our halyard line Rigging Kits. Choose from seven different kits for your outrigger needs, including a center rigger kit, the double mono rigging kit and the premium triple-braid rigging kit. These kits are designed to fill all your rigging needs to get you on the water quickly.

Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team shows how to quickly rig lines, attach swivels and pulleys, set the tension on the poles, attach the cord to the gunnel as well as how and where to attach your fishing line.

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OUTRIGGER LINE TENSIONER

We also have the TACO Marine Outrigger Line Tensioner, which is designed for larger boats fishing with double or triple halyard lines on each outrigger. The Outrigger Line Tensioner helps keep proper tension on outrigger halyards while fully extended and tight.

With its easily adjustable halyard tension, it makes changing locations quick and easy – no more storing your halyard lines in order to make a move. Manufactured from stainless steel Type-316, the Outrigger Line Tensioner is adjustable for boats with 1- to 2-1/2-inch thick gunnels. It comes with an Easy Ronstan medium cam cleat for 1/8- to 1/2-inch thick rope and is backed by our 1-year warranty.

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VINYL RUB RAIL KITS

Give your boat the ultimate face lift with brand new TACO Marine Rub Rail! Replacing outdated, faded or damaged Rub Rail is one of the quickest and low-cost solutions for improving your boat’s appearance. We offer seven premium Vinyl Rub Rail Kits, which are available in various sizes to match almost any boat on the market. Choose from Flexible Rub Rail, Semi-Rigid Rub Rail or Semi-Rigid with a Chrome Insert.

Installing your own Rub Rail is easy! We have a great video showing our various Rub Rail profiles and how you can install Rub Rail on your own boat.

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DOCKSIDE ACCESSORIES

The Come On Board Rod Holder Mount accessory features a large grabbing surface with finger-molded pipe for a secure, comfortable grip.

Improve safety and accessibility with our Come On Board Handles. Easily step down onto gunnels while gripping the Come On Board Handle – helping to prevent dangerous slips and falls during boarding.

The Shore Power Cable Holder features a large ring that accommodates 30-, 50- and 100-amp power cables and is equipped with an adjustable height ring.

If you’re connected to shore power, do it safely with the adjustable TACO Marine Shore Power Cable Holder, which elevates power cables out of the water between your boat and the dock.

The Come On Board Handles, available with a rod holder base or a fixed base, are the ideal accessory for safe boarding.

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TRANSOM CROSS TIE PORTABLE CLEAT

The Portable Locking Transom Cross Tie Cleat secures dock lines up and away from outboard motors and fits standard rod holders.

Prevent your dock lines from getting tangled in outboard props with our Transom Cross Tie – a 30-inch tall portable cleat that elevates lines up and away from motors when tying off at the stern. Our patent-pending latch mechanism at the base allows for easy insertion and hold into standard rod holders. Check out the video below for more on the Transom Cross Tie Portable Cleat.

Captain Mark Henderson of the Liquid Fire Fishing Team shows how to elevate stern lines using the TACO Marine Transom Cross Tie Portable Cleat.

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QUICK RELEASE FENDER LOCK

Introducing the Quick Release Fender Lock – perfect for dockside safety and made with type-316 stainless steel. The Fender Lock comes with a 3-year warranty.

For dockside safety and convenience, our new TACO Marine Quick Release Fender Lock ensures secure, quickly stored fender lines. At the dock, you simply insert the pin into the fitting and your boat is protected with the fenders in an ideal position. When using chum bags, it’s a great way to never have to search for a place to hang it again!

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

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ADJUSTABLE POLY FILET TABLES

Filet your fresh-caught fish on our easy-to-clean TACO Marine Adjustable Poly Filet Table, which is made from FDA-approved, high-density polyethylene that will not discolor, crack, mildew or absorb fish odors. Available in 20- and 30-inch widths, our filet tables are perfect for cutting bait, fileting fish or serving food and beverages. These tables also feature a storage slot to safely stow filet knives and fishing pliers. The universal, adjustable mount is corrosion resistant and made to fit all standard size rod holders. The quick release ergonomic knob allows for quick angle adjustment and flat storage when not being used. All fasteners are stainless marine grade quality.

Captain Mark Henderson of the Liquid Fire Fishing Team speaks about his experience with TACO Marine Adjustable Poly Filet Tables.

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POLY DRINK HOLDERS

Lastly, equip your boat with one of our Poly Drink Holders, which are perfectly sized for tumblers up to 32 ounces, cans and water bottles. These made-in-the-USA drink holders are available as a single or double tumbler, with or without a cell phone or catch-all slot. Our Poly Tumbler Holders easily attach to boat surfaces with suction cups and are manufactured using UV-stabilized, high-density Polymer. This is a must-have, go-to accessory for any size boat!

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For more information on all these great products and more, visit tacomarine.com or fill out the contact form below.

TACO Marine to Feature New Outrigger Line Tensioner at Upcoming Miami Boat Show

Introducing the NEW TACO Marine Outrigger Line Tensioner – ideal for high-performance fishing boats with multiple lines on each outrigger and to be featured at the Miami International Boat Show Feb. 15 through 19.

The NEW TACO Marine Outrigger Line Tensioner.

The Outrigger Line Tensioner is perfect for rigging to the gunnel on the boat. The Tensioner is constructed using 316 stainless steel with a high-polished mushroom head threaded bolt and a heavy-duty lock washer to prevent loosening from vibration. It’s finished with a Ronstan medium cam cleat for 1/8- to 1/2-inch rope.

For easy installation, use a 3/4-inch drill bit through the gunnel and secure with 18-8 stainless-steel mounting hardware, which is included in the packaging. The tensioner bracket is electro polished with countersunk mounting holes.

The Outrigger Line Tensioner comes equipped with our TACO Marine three-year warranty guarantee.

For all our TACO Marine products, visit tacomarine.com or fill out the contact form below.

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.

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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.

Flexible Vinyl RRK NEW

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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