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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.

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.

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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.

Project Boat Winner and Avid Fisherman Roger LeFranc Visits Fish Taco

For the first time since buying his winning ticket P5672 on Nov. 4 during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the TACO Marine Project Boat winner Roger LeFranc visited his soon-to-be boat!

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Holding his winning ticket P5672, TACO Marine Project Boat winner Roger LeFranc stopped by the Ship Shape TV workshop Nov. 30 to tour his new boat. Behind LeFranc are brand new Yamaha F250 twin outboard engines.

“It’s gorgeous,” said LeFranc Nov. 30 after touring Project Boat. “I don’t have any words. It’s beautiful. She’s beautiful.”

LeFranc, of Melbourne, Fla. visited the Ship Shape TV workshop in Indiantown, Fla., accompanied by his son Justin, brother-in-law Hank Berry of Okeechobee, Fla., nephew Dylan Berry of Okeechobee, Fla. and friend Tim Neuman of Satellite Beach, Fla.

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TACO Marine Project Boat winner Roger LeFranc, standing second from the right, brought members of his family and close friend to tour his new boat. Left to right: Nephew Dylan Berry, brother-in-law Hank Berry, friend Tim Neuman, LeFranc and son Justin.

In the coming weeks, the professionals from Ship Shape TV will be applying the finishing touches to the TACO Marine Project Boat, such as painting inside the bilge and hatches, and conducting on-the-water tests. Pretty soon, LeFranc will be cruising into the Florida sunset aboard his new boat, which he plans to name “Justin Time,” after his son.

“It’s got plenty of places it’s going to see,” said LeFranc, who is planning many fishing trips aboard Project Boat in the near future. “Sailfish season is right around the corner.”

 

 

 

Announcing the Winner of the TACO Marine ® Project Boat!

We are excited to announce the winner of the TACO Marine® Project Boat Raffle Fundraiser is Roger LeFranc from Melbourne, Florida! LeFranc was randomly selected Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. EST during the final day of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

After a two-and-a-half year remodeling venture extensively chronicled on Ship Shape TV and a successful fundraising campaign with nearly 1,800 entrants and donations, the TACO Marine Project Boat Raffle Fundraiser raised more than $130,000 for the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation! All proceeds from the Raffle Fundraiser support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and college scholarships for deserving students.

Donations for a chance to win Project Boat poured in from around the country – including states as far away as Hawaii, Alaska and Maine! Thank you for all your generous donations and support!

The TACO Marine Project Boat would not have been possible without the tremendous support from its many amazing sponsors and organizers, including John Greviskis and the entire team at Ship Shape TV. Since 2015, the TACO Marine Project Boat was featured on 29 Ship Shape TV episodes. You can find all these episodes and more at tacomarineprojectboat.com.

We’d also like to send a special thank you to the Informa organizers at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show for their support of the TACO Marine Project Boat and the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation – helping promote and organize the raffle fundraiser for charity.

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From all of us at TACO Marine, thank you to all of the sponsors and boat show organizers who helped make the TACO Marine Project Boat Raffle Fundraiser a success.

  • A-1 Boat Transport
  • ACR Electronics
  • Armstrong Nautical Products
  • Boat Outfitters
  • Boat Steering Solutions
  • Bob Hewes Boats
  • BT’s Welding Services
  • Canvas Designers
  • CWR Electronics
  • Dennis Friel Art Studios
  • Destination Bound
  • Dometic
  • Dorado Boats
  • East Penn Manufacturing
  • Edson Marine
  • Fiber Glass Coatings, Inc.
  • Finholder and More
  • Sunbrella
  • GOST Global
  • Hi-Tide Manufacturing
  • Informa
  • IGX 2000
  • Interlux Yacht Paint
  • JL Audio Marine
  • Jupiter Bike
  • Lenco Marine
  • Magic Tilt
  • Mantus Marine
  • Marine Customs Unlimited
  • Marine Tech
  • Marine Products International
  • Mate Series
  • National Marine Manufacturers Assocation
  • Normic Pure Adrenaline
  • Ocean-Tamer Bean Bags
  • Pacer Group
  • ProMariner
  • EMC
  • SeaDek Marine Products
  • Sea-Dog Line Quality Marine Gear
  • SeaTow
  • Ship Shape TV
  • Sirius XM Radio
  • Shurhold
  • SPX Johnson Pump
  • Swobbit System
  • Taylor Made Products
  • Throw Raft
  • TNT Custom Boatworks
  • Vectorworks Marine, LLC.
  • White Water Marine Hardware
  • Yamaha Outboards

Add Shade to Your Boat: Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV Part 29

Adding Sunbrella shade to theTaco Marine Project Boat Add protection from the sun to your boat, and keep cooler. The Sunfly Shade™ from Canvas Designers is made from Sunbrella’s Contour™ knitted fabric and blocks out the sun. The special new fabric also allows the wind to flow through to keep you cooler. You can keep the shade up while boating from place to place during the day. For additional info and a short video, check out the Taco Marine Project Boat blog.

The Taco Marine Project Boat Raffle is Launched…

Taco Marine Project Boat RaffleThe Taco Marine Project Boat makeover on Ship Shape TV, and the focus of our Taco Marine Project Boat blog, still has a few more episodes to go – but wait, the Raffle for this boat, valued at around $150,000, is now officially underway! Purchase one $40 raffle ticket, or three tickets for $100 at: RallyUp.com/projectboat.

raffle ticketThe Project Boat Raffle is a fundraiser for the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased now through November 5th when the Taco Marine Project Boat will be given away to one lucky winner at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show!

→ Click here for more information about the Taco Marine Project Boat Raffle Fundraiser.

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.

Boat Interior Makeover: Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV – Part 28

In Part 28, we discuss the Ship Shape TV and Taco Marine Project Boat’s final interior design, and show you how custom pillows and comforters for boats are made. Pick one of their designs or send them yours – a wide variety of pillow styles and designs can be created especially for boats. Click the image below to go the blog.Taco marine

The Taco Marine Project Boat Raffle.

When completed later this year, the Taco Marine Project Boat will be on display at the 2017 Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show in November.  All of the proceeds will benefit the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation (created by the Kushner family in loving memory of Logan Matthew Kushner – visit: IMLoganIT.com for more information).

I’M LOGAN IT is a non-profit foundation raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) and providing 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.

Ship Shape TVDonate $35.00 to the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation and receive the official Taco Marine Project Boat long sleeve performance shirt. It’s 100% polyester and designed to keep you cool, dry and comfortable on all occasions. The $35.00 donation includes shipping and handling within the USA – all profits from the shirts will go to support Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) and college scholarships. Shirts are available here at this Taco Marine Website link.

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.

 

Installing the Helm: Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV – Part 27

In Blog 27, of the Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV – we demonstrate three helpful helm installation tips:

  1. How to install a power steering unit for a boat with twin engines.
  2. The best place to mount the power steering unit and why.
  3. How and where to create a rigging hole for power and tubing.

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To check out the above helpful Taco Marine Project Boat and Ship Shape TV tips, click here:    https://tacomarineprojectboat.com

Refurbishing the Helm: Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV – Part 26

In Blog 26, of the Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV – we demonstrate three helpful boat renovation tips:

  1. We show you how to save hundreds of dollars refurbishing your helm versus buying a new one.
  2. Do you have twin engines? We show you why a power assist device makes steering easier and reduces drift.
  3. Is your battery terminal a mess? Check out the “before and after” photo of a typical boaters’ battery, and “after” using a simple terminal extender which can make your battery maintenance much easier!

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To check out the above helpful Taco Marine Project Boat and Ship Shape TV tips, click below.    https://tacomarineprojectboat.com