Category Archives: Outriggers & Rods

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.

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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.

For 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.

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 the TACO Marine Grand Slam Professional Series Outrigger Top Mounts

Introducing the TACO Marine Grand Slam Professional Series Outrigger Top Mounts, manufactured for high-performance sport fishing boats and to be featured at the Miami International Boat Show Feb. 15-19 in TACO Marine booth C199.

The Grand Slam 400, 450 and 500 are the ultimate outrigger systems for serious anglers – designed for boats with three or more engines, surpassing 50-feet in length and paired with our new Carbon Fiber or Aluminum Outrigger Poles.

The new Grand Slam 500’s upgrade in strength easily handles the increasing outrigger pole lengths in both Aluminum and Carbon Fiber Outrigger Poles up to 30 feet.
TACO Marine’s full line of Grand Slam branded outrigger mounts are the leaders in performance and reliability. Seen here is our Grand Slam 450.

The pro series mounts have increased surface areas on the hardtop plate, larger top tubes for improved stability at high speeds, extended upper casting to prevent buckling and a stainless lever grip for additional strength. The 450 and 500 mounts also feature our patent-pending twist and lock mechanism for easy outrigger installation and an all cast aluminum upper tube.

TACO Marine now offers a higher performance outrigger mount with their 400 series specifically designed for boat lengths surpassing 50 feet and quad engines exceeding 1600 horsepower. Seen here is the Grand Slam 400.

These mounts are sold in pairs and come with our TACO Marine 3-year warranty guarantee. For more information, visit tacomarine.com, fill out the form below or call 1-800-653-8568.

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.

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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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.

Thank you for visiting TACO Marine at the 2017 METSTRADE show!

Thank you for stopping by the TACO Marine® stand at the Brunger Export aisle in the USA Pavilion during the 2017 METSTRADE show!

TACO Metals® is a global leader in the recreational marine industry and the most trusted source for rub rail, seating and pedestals, specialty marine hardware, marine fabrication and sport fishing products. The TACO Marine division of TACO Metals is known for its new product development using the latest in design and manufacturing capabilities to create solutions that provide the best total value, enhanced product performance and uncompromising quality. Boat builders, marine product manufacturers, repair yards, distributors and retailers have trusted and relied on TACO Marine for premium products, distribution expertise and unsurpassed customer support since 1959.

We are excited for the opportunity to support you in your needs with any one of our several product lines we have to offer. To view our company and the full range of products, you can visit us at tacomarine.com. You will also receive a follow up contact from a Brunger Export Sales Representative in your region to review any questions you may have about the TACO Marine line and you’ll be able to set up an appointment, if needed. You can also view Brunger Export’s website at brungerexport.com for additional information.

We look forward to working with you in the near future.

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.