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We’re Back with Episode 11 of Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat

Watch the shocking conclusion to the 31-foot Contender remodeling project in episode 11 of Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat!

The 31-foot Contender Better Dayz before it was completely remodeled.

Originally, the Contender “Better Dayz” needed new fuel tanks, but after a hurricane damaged other areas of the boat, the crew at Marine Customs Unlimited set to work on a host of other tasks, including painting the hull, remodeling the dash and installing brand new black TACO Rub Rail with a Stainless-Steel Insert.

The 31-foot Contender after it was completely remodeled, featuring brand new black TACO Rub Rail with a Stainless-Steel Insert.

Better Dayz also had a new Armstrong Nautical Products bracket mounted on the transom, new twin Yamaha 300s mounted on the bracket, a new Armstrong ladder, a completely rebuffed deck with new nonskid, custom diamond-stitched upholstery and new Pacer Group wiring.

On the water, the 31-foot Contender was like a brand new boat, complete with TACO Grand Slam Outriggers.

Watch the exclusive clip below.

Episode 11 also takes viewers onboard a completely remodeled 28-foot classic 1969  Cary Sportsman boat.

This is what the 28-foot 1969 Cary Sportsman boat looked like before Tim McKernan began the remodeling project.

Five years ago, Miami resident Tim McKernan wanted a project boat he could remodel for some family outings and fishing excursions. What was intended as a summer-long hobby morphed into a five-year adventure that resulted in the McKernan’s having a one-of-a-kind boating and fishing  masterpiece.

One of the new features to the Cary Sportsman is the center console and T-Top, which also has TACO Grand Slam Outriggers.
The completely remodeled 28-foot 1969 Cary Sportsman is a truly unique boat.

While keeping some of the boat’s original charm, such as the cabin, McKernan completely revamped the Cary Sportsman all the way from the stringers to the new Armstrong bracket and outboard engines. He also outfitted the once-dual consoled boat with a center console and T-top, complete with TACO Grand Slam Outrigger systems.

Watch the exclusive clip below.

And check out the full episode 11 of Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat below.

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Come See Us at the ICAST Show!

From July 11 through 13, we’ll be exhibiting at the American Sportfishing Association ICAST show in Orlando, Florida in booth 3706.

We’ll be debuting our brand new Deluxe Hybrid Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles and the NEW Transom Cross Tie Cleat XL – two of our latest fishing and boating products in a line of new releases slated for 2019.

Designed for offshore trolling in search of bigger fish, these poles have a thicker wall for enhanced durability and feature patent-pending 360-degree swivel rollers for better natural bait presentation and reduced halyard friction.
At 40-inches long, the Transom Cross Tie Cleat XL is designed specifically for lower docks – making dock lines easier to access while helping them clear your motor cowlings.
The Transom Cross Tie Cleat XL has a brushed aluminum finish and fits into standard rod holders. The loop hole design allows for multiple applications, including hanging fenders and chum bags while fishing.

Attendees can also check out some of our most popular fishing and boating products, including our Trident Rod Holder with a Tool Caddy, rigging kits, marine-grade LED lights, our line of Grand Slam Outrigger Mounts and Tele-Outrigger Carbon Fiber and Aluminum Poles.

Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team, and our Strategic Product Category Manager, will be on site in our booth for product demos and questions all three days of the show.

Learn more about our Trident Rod Holders with a Tool Caddy in the FISH TACO TV video below.

You can also find step-by-step instructions for outrigger rigging in the FISH TACO TV video below.

As a leader in the marine industry for nearly 60 years, we take great pride in manufacturing the highest-quality products for boating and fishing enthusiasts around the world. Our products are backed by industry-leading warranties for years of trouble-free use. Discover more about us at tacomarine.com.

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TACO Debuting NEW Deluxe Hybrid Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles at ICAST

TACO fans, we have some exciting news! We’re debuting our new sport fishing Deluxe Hybrid Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles at the ICAST show New Product Showcase July 11 – 13 in Orlando, FL!

Designed for offshore trolling in search of bigger fish, these poles have a thicker wall for enhanced durability and feature patent-pending 360-degree swivel rollers for better natural bait presentation and reduced halyard friction.

The Hybrid Poles telescope below eight feet for trailering, storage and bridge clearance and extend to 18 feet – increasing the strike zone when fishing. They pair with TACO Grand Slam 280, 380 and 400 mounts and will be available in silver/silver and black/silver.

Specifications:

  • 3-piece telescopic pole
  • Easily collapsed and stowed
  • Patent-pending 360-degree swivel collars
  • Roller bearing halyard pulleys
  • Increased aluminum wall thickness for durability
  • Additional swivel collar to separate halyard lines
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Fits all GS-280, GS-380 and GS-400 outrigger bases

Come see these poles and more great TACO products in booth 3706! Stay up to date on all things TACO Marine by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and by subscribing to this blog.

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TACO Outriggers Installed on Bayliner Hardtop in Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat Episode 5

Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat returns with episode 5, which features the installation of TACO Grand Slam 280 Outrigger Mounts and Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles on the hardtop of a Bayliner boat named “Trophy.”

The pros at Marine Customs Unlimited [MCU] install new TACO Grand Slam 280 Mounts and Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles on this Bayliner named “Trophy.”
Steve from MCU opens the box of TACO Grand Slam 280 Mounts, which comes with all the hardware needed for installation. Backing plate sold separately.
The underside of the TACO Grand Slam 280 base.

To install the GS 280s, Steve Altenhoff with Marine Customs Unlimited had to create new holes through the hardtop for the outrigger base and mounting screws.

The boat’s owner wanted the outrigger mounts installed as far back on the hardtop as possible while also having enough hand clearance to use the outrigger handles. Steve carefully measured the length of the outrigger handle and the hardtop from the outside and backside edges to find the ideal location to install the outrigger mounts.

Before drilling any holes in the hardtop, Steve measured the GS 280 handle and also the outside and backside edges of the hardtop to find the ideal location to install the mounts.
Steve first drilled a hole for each base.

After drilling the main hole for each mount, Steve recommends aligning the outriggers as straight as possible before marking and drilling the mounting screw holes.

Steve positions the mounts as straight as possible before marking and drilling the screw holes.

Steve then removed the base prior to drilling the mounting holes. Once all eight holes were drilled, Steve applies a bead of caulk around the main hole to prevent water from reaching the exposed fiberglass before inserting the mount, attaching a backing plate and tightly securing the screws.

A bead of caulk was applied around the main hole for the GS 280s before inserting and attaching the mount.
Once the mount is inserted through the hardtop, wipe away any excess caulk. Some people add caulk around each screw hole or dip the screws in sealant before securing the mount in place.

Lastly, Steve attached the GS 280 handles, tested the rotation and then began attaching the pair of Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles.

Now that the mounts are installed, Steve inserts the Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles.
Lastly, Steve riggs each poles with a single line, using our TACO Standard Rigging Kit.
The outrigger mounts and poles are a great addition to Trophy.

Because it’s the boat owner’s first time using outriggers on Trophy, Steve rigs each pole for a single line using the TACO Standard Rigging Kit.

With rigging complete, the boat is now ready for some serious fishing!

The end result.

Watch the exclusive clip below and find full Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat episodes 1 through 5 at YouTube.com/tacomarine.

Grand Slam Your Way Into Summer – 5 Awesome Rebates for New TACO Outrigger Systems

Get Up To $150 Back on New TACO Outrigger Systems! 

During the month of May, we’re offering 5 amazing rebates on our premium Outrigger systems – complete with Outrigger Mounts, our patented Tele-Outrigger Poles, rigging kits and accessories.


Get $150 with the purchase of a pair of Grand Slam 380 or 380XL Outrigger Top Mounts, a Premium Rigging Kit and a set of Tele-Outrigger Poles

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In the video below, Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team explains the features and benefits of the TACO Marine Grand Slam 380 Outrigger Top Mounts, aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles and the Premium Rigging Kit.

 


Get $150 with the purchase of a pair of Grand Slam 280 or 2801 Outrigger Top Mounts, a Premium Rigging Kit and a set of Tele-Outrigger Poles.

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Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team explains the features and benefits of the TACO Marine Grand Slam 280 and 2801 Outrigger Top Mounts, aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles and the Premium Rigging Kit.


Get $150 with the purchase of a pair of Grand Slam 280 Outrigger Top Mounts, a Premium Rigging Kit, a set of Tele-Outrigger Poles and a set of Outrigger Line Caddies.

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Get $100 with the purchase of a pair of Grand Slam 170 Outrigger Top Mounts, a Standard Rigging Kit, a pair of Tele-Outrigger Poles and an Outrigger Line Caddy.

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Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team explains the features and benefits of the TACO Marine Grand Slam 170 Outrigger Top Mount, aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles and the Standard Rigging Kit.


Get $100 with the purchase of a pair of Grand Slam 170 Outrigger Top Mounts, a Standard Rigging Kit and a pair of Tele-Outrigger Poles.

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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.

Get Up To $150 Cash Back on TACO Outrigger Systems

We’re offering 5 amazing rebates on our premium Outrigger systems – complete with Outrigger Mounts, our patented Tele-Outrigger Poles, rigging and accessories. Don’t wait! These deals won’t last long.


Get $150 with the purchase of a pair of Grand Slam 380 or 380XL Outrigger Top Mounts, a Premium Rigging Kit and a set of Tele-Outrigger Poles.

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Grand Slam 380

Safety and convenience of deploying outriggers was our focus when creating the Grand Slam 380 Outrigger Mounts. Perfect for 25- to 50-foot vessels, the ability to adjust your outriggers’ vertical lift and horizontal rotation from the boat deck is valuable when in rough seas. These beautiful mounts will streamline your boat’s appearance and make you want to chase pelagic species more often.

Grand Slam 380XL

For thicker hardtops, try our GS-380XL, which has an increased body length.


Get $150 with the purchase of a pair of Grand Slam 280 or 2801 Outrigger Top Mounts, a Premium Rigging Kit and a set of Tele-Outrigger Poles.

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Grand Slam 280

Probably the most popular center console outrigger base ever has gotten more attractive and useful! Our Grand Slam 280s have been an industry standard for years. Their reliability, durability and sleek appearance has made them a staple in the offshore fishing community. Ideal for the mid-range-sized boat, from 25- to 35-feet, these bases are made for hardcore offshore fishing.

Grand Slam 2801

The GS-2801 has an offset handle, which allows for more hand clearance, depending on the design of your T-top.


Get $150 with the purchase of a Grand Slam 280 Kit, which includes a pair of Grand Slam 280 Outrigger Top Mounts, a Premium Rigging Kit, a set of Tele-Outrigger Poles and a set of Outrigger Line Caddies.

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Get $100 with the purchase of a Grand Slam 170 Kit, which includes a pair Grand Slam 170 Outrigger Top Mounts, a Standard Rigging Kit, a pair of Tele-Outrigger Poles and an Outrigger Line Caddy.

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Grand Slam 170

Simple, strong and perfect for boats 24-feet and under, our Grand Slam 170 Outrigger Mounts are the ideal addition to make your boat into an offshore fishing machine. Sold individually or in pairs, their easy installation and attractive appearance will make your days on the water more productive.

Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles

The GS-170 pairs perfectly with our aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles, which telescope to less than six feet for bridge clearance, trailering or storage.


Get $100 with the purchase of a Grand Slam 170 Outrigger Top Mount (single or pair), a Standard Rigging Kit and a Tele-Outrigger Pole (single or pair).

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Where’s OMAR – The Ocean Marketing Demo Van?

OMAR, the traveling Ocean Marketing product demo van, stopped by Ellett Brothers outside of Columbia, S.C. for training on our TACO Marine sport fishing and dockside accessory products.

Ken Wickey from Ocean Marketing talks about our premium line of Grand Slam Outrigger Top Mounts and Tele-Outrigger Poles.
Ken Wickey from Ocean Marketing presents to the sales team at Ellett Brothers outside of Columbia, S.C.

OMAR has its own Facebook page, Omar – The Ocean Marketing Demo Van, and followers can see where it has been and where it’s headed next.

OMAR is making its way north and the Ocean team is planning the remainder of its spring tour.

For information about booking a tour stop, post a request on the OMAR Facebook page, visit the Ocean Marketing web site www.oceanmark.com or call 1-800-343-8294.

TACO Marine Outriggers Featured on Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat

We’re excited to announce our new partnership with Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat!

In episode 1, Florida Sportsman features Stuart, Florida captain Allan Black, who completely restored and customized a 1988 25-foot Boston Whaler Outrage named Xiphos.

Stuart, Florida boat captain Allan Black on board his fully restored 25-foot Boston Whale Outrage named Xiphos.

Black, an avid fisherman for more than 30 years, equipped his custom-made hardtop with TACO Marine Grand Slam 280 Outrigger Top Mounts and Aluminum Tele-outrigger Poles.

Additionally, Black redid the Rub Rail, vacuum-packed Coosa Board inside the hull, installed a custom-made center console and baitwell, and incorporated new deck and underwater lights.

Watch the full episode below or skip ahead to 16:50 for the TACO Outrigger highlight.

Stay tuned for episode 2.

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.

COMPLETE CATALOG


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.