Category Archives: Marine Fabrication

Cash In on $200 Rebate Incentive Before Times Runs Out

If you purchase a TACO Marine Capri, Coastal or Captiva Helm Chair between Jan. 10 and Feb. 11, 2018, you can receive a $200 exclusive rebate!

Our made-in-the-USA Helm Chairs are constructed with durable, corrosion-resistant materials and carry our TACO Marine 3-year warranty guarantee.

We use marine-grade stainless steel, anodized aluminum alloys and injection-molded resins to ensure long-lasting protection from constant exposure to the harsh elements of sun and saltwater.

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Discover more about our elite line of Helm Chairs at tacomarine.com. You can also request more information by filling out the contact form below.

Enhance Boat, Improve On-The-Water Safety with TACO LED Lights

Safety and visibility are top priorities for boaters. At TACO Marine, we’ve created a premium line of LED lights that are ignition protection certified by the United States Coast Guard, the International Organization for Standardization and SAE International.*

All of our LED Lights are impact resistant, totally-sealed waterproof and manufactured to withstand the rigors of marine and other outdoor environments. Our highly-efficient hardwired LED Lights provide 75,000 hours of operation with a low draw of less than one amp – preventing battery drain. We offer a wide variety of premium LED lights, mounts and bezel options for the perfect illumination on your boat.

Our 3- and 4-LED Light Flat Mounts are unique, low-profile multipurpose lights – ideal for hard tops, consoles, interior cabins, the underside of gunnels, engine rooms and bait wells.

The 3-LED Deck Light is available in white, black or aluminum housing and blue or red LED with a powerful 540-lumen output and a 100-degree spread beam angle. The 4-LED Deck Light is available in white, black or aluminum housing with white LED. This 4-LED option delivers an 700-lumen output with a 100-degree beam angle.

Easily secure the Flat Mount lights using a stainless-steel swivel bracket or 3M adhesive tape.

We also offer both the 3- and 4-LED Deck Lights for Pipe Mount. With the same incredible features as their Flat Mount counterparts, the Pipe Mount lights bolt directly to 1-inch schedule 40 pipe. The Pipe Mount lights are ideal for T-tops, towers, railings and poling platforms.

Both the Flat and Pipe Mount lights include a wire chafe guard for running wire through tube or pipe. These lights are all USCG, ISO and SAE certified for ignition protection* and are 8.0-watt equivalents to a 55-watt halogen flood light. The Flat and Pipe Mount lights consume minimal power, using less than 1 amp.

The Flat and Pipe Mount lights come with our TACO Marine one-year warranty guarantee.

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

* USCG, ISO and SAE certified for Ignition Protection. Completely sealed lights have been tested in an explosive environment and exposed to an explosive atmosphere in high temperature that includes powering on-off 50 times without igniting the atmosphere at a temperature not exceeding 200 degree C. These certificates demonstrate the ability to consistently provide product that meets statutory and regulatory requirements that assure customer satisfaction and safety. Ideal for use in engine rooms, battery compartments and anywhere fire safety is of most importance.

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.

Receive a $200 Rebate with TACO Marine® Helm Chair Purchase

Purchase a TACO Marine® Capri, Coastal or Captiva Helm Chair between Jan. 10 and Feb. 11, 2018 and you can receive a $200 rebate!

Find the complete rebate, terms and conditions and mail-in form here and at the bottom of this post.

In the video below, TACO Marine Aftermarket & Export Sales Manager Phillip Taschioglou explains the features and benefits of the Capri Helm Chair Deluxe.

Capri Premium Helm Chairs

Our Capri Helm Chairs come in three variations – the Standard, Deluxe and Bench Chair Deluxe.

The Standard Capri Helm Chair is available with and without armrests, with and without a fixed seat bottom and comes complete with plush foam padding and premium marine-grade vinyl fabric.

The Deluxe Capri Helm Chair, ideal for larger boats, is available with and without adjustable armrests and bolster. Its universal hole pattern fits most spider mounts, seat slides and pedestals, and features a durable fiberglass seat back.

The Deluxe Bench Capri Helm Chair, which includes all the amazing features of the Standard and Deluxe Helm Chairs, comes in either 36- or 40-inches wide.

All of our Capri Helm Chairs are available custom made in a variety of colors, including, but not limited to, light gray, vanilla, black and white.

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-inch size, allowing multiple chairs side-by-side if needed.

Made in the USA, this helm chair is constructed with premium quality marine-grade vinyl 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.

Coastal Helm Chairs

The Coastal Helm Chair comes in Standard 19-inch or Deluxe 20-inch options and is ideal for smaller crafts up to 25-feet in length.

The Standard has a fixed seat bottom and is available with and without armrests. The Deluxe has an adjustable bolster and includes fixed armrests. Both versions have an universal hole pattern that fits most spider mounts, seat slides and pedestals on the market today.

For more information on all our TACO Marine Helm Chairs, visit tacomarine.com, fill out the contact form below or call 1-800-653-8568 today.

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.

 

Introducing Our New Carbon Fiber Outrigger Poles for High-Performance Fishing

Check out our video featuring Ryan Peters from Miss Britt Charters, explaining why he chose our new Carbon Fiber Outrigger Poles with a patent-pending twist and lock feature.

Our Carbon Fiber Outrigger Poles pair with our Professional Series Grand Slam Outrigger Mounts 400, 450 and 500. These are the ultimate sport fishing outrigger systems for the serious angler!

Our patent-pending innovative design was built to meet the demands of today’s modern fishing techniques and for those who need to get the most out of their high-performance fishing boats on the market.

Our Carbon Fiber Poles are by far stronger and lighter than any other aluminum poles on the market today. The cylindrical design has the strength built into it to allow for today’s modern fishing techniques of pulling dredges of ballyhoo, mullet or squids through the water at higher speeds that would be difficult to achieve with aluminum poles.

For more information on all our Outrigger Mounts and Poles, visit tacomarine.com, fill out the form below or call 1-800-653-8568.

TACO Marine Capri, Captiva Helm Chairs Featured at REFIT Trade Show

At TACO Marine, we manufacture all of our Helm Chairs right here in the United States at our seating production factory in Largo, Florida.

Next week at the REFIT International Exhibition & Conference tradeshow in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, we’ll be featuring our Captiva and Capri Helm Chairs, with a special limited-time $200 rebate, which will be available at the show and online at tacomarine.com starting Jan. 10.

Our Capri Helm Chairs come in three variations – the Standard, Deluxe and Bench Chair Deluxe.

The Standard Capri Helm Chair is available with and without armrests, with and without a fixed seat bottom and comes complete with plush foam padding and premium marine-grade vinyl fabric.

The Deluxe Capri Helm Chair, ideal for larger boats, is available with and without adjustable armrests and bolster. Its universal hole pattern fits most spider mounts, seat slides and pedestals, and features a durable fiberglass seat back.

The Deluxe Bench Capri Helm Chair, which includes all the amazing features of the Standard and Deluxe Helm Chairs, comes in either 36- or 40-inches wide.

All of our Capri Helm Chairs are available custom made in a variety of colors, including, but not limited to, light gray, vanilla, black and white.

We’ll also be featuring our Captiva Helm Chair, which is ergonomically designed for maximum comfort on long trips. The 23-inch chair is ideal for smaller boats, up to 30-feet, and comes with a pleated insert, folding armrests and a hinged bolster pad. Custom two-toned variations are available and it matches with TACO Marine seat slides for passenger adjustment.

All of our TACO Marine Helm Chairs are constructed from top-of-the-line materials to ensure a lifetime of worry-free, reliable use on your boat. To ensure quality, our Helm Chair lines are wood-free and made with corrosion-, mildew- and stain-resistant materials. Using the finest marine-grade stainless steel and anodized aluminum alloys, our Helm Chairs carry a 3-year warranty – protecting it from the harsh elements of sun and saltwater.

For more information on our TACO Marine Helm Chair lines, visit tacomarine.com today, send an e-mail to info@tacomarine.com or give us a call at 1-800-653-8568.

From TACO Metals to Marine, family-run business spans nearly 60 years

In 1959, after moving from Massachusetts to Miami with his young family, Dave Kushner purchased a small business called TACO Metals – an aluminum railing company serving the pool fence market.

 

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TACO Metals’ founder Dave Kushner.

After installing railing aboard a boat for a local boat builder, Kushner recognized an opportunity to expand the business into the marine industry – growing TACO’s borders beyond Miami and eventually breaking ground with distribution centers, regional warehouses and manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts, Tennessee and overseas.

Like most family-run businesses, Kushner’s three sons eventually joined the TACO workforce. As youngsters, mirror twins Mike and Bill, and younger brother Jon, remember helping their father in the TACO warehouse – performing an array of tasks to meet customer needs.

“I would go in with my dad on weekends and holidays and do little odd jobs,” recalled Jon, the now-President of TACO.

Those odd jobs included punching pickets on aluminum railing – a task Bill, then 10 years old, remembers well.

“I would have a rack that was probably over a thousand pickets,” said Bill, Vice President of Manufacturing. “I’d be sitting there [at] the punch press, punching holes, flipping them, [and] punching the other end. That was my first job working at TACO.”

Together, the three brothers followed in their father’s footsteps and eventually took over the business after Dave Kushner retired in the early 90s.

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From left to right: Jon Kushner, President, Bill Kushner, Vice President of Manufacturing, and Mike, Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

Years later, sound advice from their father still rings true today.

“He was very fond of telling us, the three of us, that establishing close relationships with our vendors was a very critical thing,” said Jon.

In fact, Mike, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, said TACO still has some of the same relationships with vendors today that his father established more than 50 years ago.

Jon said their father also emphasized innovation – doing things new and different to avoid products becoming commoditized and never being content within the marketplace.

With this advice in mind, the Kushner brothers continue to grow TACO’s core product categories – rub rail, sport fishing, seating and marine fabrication, which is pipe, tube and hardware for tops and towers.

Two of the latest innovations from TACO are the Grand Slam 450 and 500 Outrigger Mounts, which were designed to meet the demands for larger, faster fishing boats.

As TACO continues to evolve, the Kushner’s recognize the importance of the many individuals who make up the TACO family.

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With more than 110 employees today, the Kushner brothers recognize the importance of the many individuals who make up the TACO family. Seen here are members of the Sparta, Tenn. marine fabrication team.

“We have a team of people who all have a lot of different skills,” said Bill. “We’ve got people who have a passion for the business. There are people who, for the most part, have been around TACO and the marine industry [for] many years. We have a team that all has pretty highly specialized skills within the market. We’re in a business where, I think, we continue to have fun and everybody enjoys and contributes.”

The brothers agree, it’s because of the TACO team, the company values instilled from their father and the philosophy to do whatever it takes to satisfy customers that make TACO successful today and for the future.

Discover more about TACO Metals by visiting tacometals.com and tacomarine.com.

Marine Market Trends Lead to Tech Advances for Higher Performance

Baby boomers, a generation of boaters who once favored luxury sport fishing cruisers, are now trending toward high-performance center console boats – trading opulence for more speed and open air on the high seas.

As the center console market continues to grow, we’re also seeing a boost in horsepower and technology – leading to larger boats with more engines, which require an outrigger pole and mount that can withstand higher speeds.

To meet these demands and exceed market expectations, TACO Marine®, a leader in innovative sport fishing products, developed two new Grand Slam outrigger mounts designed for poles up to 30-feet in length.

Introducing the GS-450 and GS-500 – allowing sport fishing diehards with high-performance center console boats to level the playing field against larger sport fishing boats.

 

 

 

 

 

“We did significant testing on the GS-380,” said Jose Chao, TACO Marine strategic product category manager. “Those testing results gave us the information we needed to develop the new 400 and 500 series. The center consoles today are having technology features where they can fish with longer poles, which was the idea to creating the GS-500.”

Both the 450 and 500 mounts have increased surface area and plate thickness, a larger top tube with extended bearing, a stainless lever grip for additional lifting strength, a waterproof sealed design and much more. Additionally, the GS-500 has a larger ergonomic crank handle assembly for vertical movement with new locking positions.

“If you’re the type of off-shore fishing team that likes to run and gun, and you have a high-performance boat, the GS-450 or the GS-500 is the mount of choice,” Chao said.

Each of these mounts also requires the new TACO Marine heavy duty poles – light weight swivel roller carbon fiber outrigger poles with a patent-pending proprietary twist-and-lock mechanism for easy installation and removal. These were built specifically for the 450 and 500.

To get the latest TACO Marine outrigger mounts and poles, contact your local boat dealer or manufacturer, and visit tacomarine.com for the best marine sport fishing products.

TACO Products to see at METSTRADE!

TACO Marine® to feature longer Command Ratchet Hinge, easy-to-install Rub Rail kits and more at METSTRADE, Nov. 14-16, in Brunger Export Stand 12.408, Amsterdam RA.

H25-0023 topIntroducing the TACO Marine® Command Ratchet Hinge 18-1/2-in. long – a high-grade stainless steel and brass hinge ideal for sun pads, bolsters and lounge backrests.

This longer ratchet hinge allows for one locking position at 61.5 degrees that is 2-in. tall and 2-1/4-in. wide.

The Command Ratchet Hinge mounts above deck and can be used for seat backs up to 22 in. – perfect for single- or double-seat capacity and tested up to 500-ft. pounds of torque per pair and 600-pounds of vertical load on a 22-in. seat back.

 

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We will also feature easy-to-install TACO Marine® Rub Rail kits. While rub rail is primarily designed to protect a boat, it is also a great way to upgrade its value and appearance with a bright new look and accent.

We offer a full product line of rub rail kits for all sizes of boats, in a convenient and easy carry box that’s also easy to ship. Each kit includes all items needed for full replacement of rub rail, including stainless steel fasteners, end caps and, in some profiles, the insert.