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TACO Outriggers Taking Center Stage at Miami Boat Show, Booth C199

The event you’ve been waiting for is almost here! Opening tomorrow at 10 a.m., the Progressive® Miami International Boat Show takes over the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Virginia Key. In tent C, booth 199, we’ll be showcasing the TACO Marine Grand Slam Professional Series outrigger mounts, poles and accessories – manufactured for high-performance sport fishing boats.

But why wait until tomorrow to see the latest from TACO? We’re giving you a sneak peek at three of our new Outrigger Top Mounts, carbon fiber and aluminum poles and Sport Fishing Rigging Kits below.

The Grand Slam Pro Series 400 Outrigger Top Mount features heavy-duty construction designed for today’s high-performance center consoles. The GS-400 is built to withstand the rigors of various fishing techniques, such as dredge or high-speed wahoo fishing.

The Carbon Fiber Tele-Outrigger Poles compliment the Grand Slam 400 and feature our patent-pending swivel roller design for a more natural bait presentation. Carbon Fiber is lighter and stronger than aluminum and prevents whipping.

Introducing the Grand Slam 312 Center Rigger Mount – the only center rigger completely functional from underneath the hard top. The GS-312 features an innovative rotating lever to raise and lower the center rigger while standing on the deck of the boat.

The Grand Slam 314 Center Rigger Mount features the same benefits as the GS-312 with the added performance expectations of today’s larger center console boats. The GS-314 is intended for hard tops up to four-inches thick.

Enhance the thrill of blue water fishing with our premium Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles – featuring our patent-pending Tele-Outrigger design available in four colors and two sizes: 15 or 18-feet.

Complete your TACO Marine outrigger system with our Sport Fishing Rigging Kits – Available in single, double or triple lines with either mono or braid. Designed for aluminum or carbon fiber poles.


Our TACO Marine Outrigger Top Mounts and Aluminum Poles carry a 3-year warranty guarantee. Our TACO Marine Carbon Fiber Poles and Rigging Kits come with a 1-year warranty guarantee.

Find the complete TACO Marine catalog here.

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

Taco Marine Project Boat

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 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 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:

Ship Shape TV and taco Marine


*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

2016 Innovation Award for Taco Marine’s Carbon Fiber Outrigger Poles

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) announced the winner of the 2016 Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award for Fishing Equipment, Gear & Tackle: Taco Marine’s Carbon Fiber Outrigger Poles.

The awards recognize exceptionally innovative new consumer marine products, and this year’s judges evaluated 77 products and selected 17 winners in 16 categories.

Tele-Outrigger poleTaco Marine’s new innovative design for carbon fiber outrigger poles is much stronger and lighter than any  aluminum pole on the market today. These outrigger poles can pull dredges of ballyhoo, mullet or squids through the water at high speeds – difficult to do with aluminum poles. The innovative swivel roller design mechanism pulls the bait into a more natural swimming action. What’s more, it’s easy to rig, telescopes to less than 8 feet and includes a nylon mesh carry bag to protect the poles. For more information about these award-winning poles click Carbon Fiber Poles.


The Innovation Awards judging committee is composed of BWI members who do product testing throughout the year and have specific expertise in marine products and equipment. The committee is co-chaired by Zuzana Prochazka and Alan Wendt.  Prochazka is a boating and travel journalist and photographer who has been in the marine industry for two decades. She regularly writes for a dozen magazines including SEA, SAIL, Bluewater Sailing and Southern Boating. Wendt is president of Boating Writers International and has served as a judge for more than 15 years. The other esteemed Innovation Award judges are:

  • Frank Lanier: An author and award-winning journalist, his articles on seamanship, marine equipment reviews and vessel maintenance appear regularly in numerous marine publications worldwide.
  • Marilyn Mower: Past editor of ShowBoats International, Southern Boating and the Marine Business Journal magazines and currents Books Editor for Boat International Media producing annual editions ofThe Superyachts, Megayachts: Concept, Design, Construction and Refit.
  • Lenny Rudow: Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media and Electronics Editor for BoatUS Magazine, and Boating Editor for Texas Fish & Game.
  • Lawrence Husick: Patent attorney, entrepreneur, freelance writer for several boating publications, and life-long cruising sailor. He has worked with innovators in the marine industry as both counsel and consultant, and frequently speaks to audiences about new technologies afloat.
  • Nigel Calder: Well-known industry author and Technical Editor or an Associate Editor of PassageMaker, Professional Boatbuilder, Sail, Ocean Navigator and Yachting Monthly magazines and a freelance consultant on marine energy issues.
  • Gary Reich: Editor at large for Chesapeake Bay Magazine and regularly published in periodicals such asSoundings, PassageMaker, Chesapeake Bay, and Lakeland Boating magazines, and online at and