We’re Back with Episode 9 of Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat

The crew at Marine Customs Unlimited has been busy!

In episode 9 of Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat, the MCU team installs a custom bow pulpit and windlass on a 25-foot Sea Cat, while continuing renovations on the 19-foot Cuda Craft and 31-foot Contender.


SEA CAT

The MCU team asked the professionals at TNT Customs Boat Works to make a custom pulpit for a windlass, which was installed on the bow of the Sea Cat by climbing inside to secure the pulpit in place. Once secured, the team then mounted an electronic drum-style retrieval system to help stop the line from tangling. After the work was complete, Brian water tested the new windlass.

The crew at TNT Custom Boat Works making the custom bow pulpit.
Austin from MCU was the only person able to fit in the bow of the Sea Cat to secure the pulpit.
Steve mounting a drum-style electronic retrieval system that helps eliminate any line from tangling.
Brian from MCU water testing the new windlass.
The end result of the new windlass.

Here’s an exclusive clip.


CUDA CRAFT


One of the first things the owner of the Cuda Craft did was remove the T-top. As a professional fishing guide in the Florida Keys, the owner wanted no obstructions, but rather a simple, clean boat.

Before the team could reattach the console, they had to fill most of those holes.

After all the work to the deck and hull in episode 8, the crew needed to get back to the original task, which was renovating the center console.

The center console had a lot of holes and unnecessary areas for electronics the owner did not want. The team at MCU sanded downed the edges before patching the center console with fiberglass and resin.

Sanding down the edges to prep for new fiberglass.
New fiberglass was sealed in place with resin.

After the center console was patched up, it was painted and reinstalled on the Cuda Craft.

The console was then painted and glass-secured to the Cuda Craft deck.

Instead of drilling the center console back into the deck, the crew at MCU cut off the flange where it was previously screwed down and choose to glass the console to the deck – enhancing the boat’s performance and appearance.


CONTENDER

The next step in the Contender remodeling project was rigging the engines. The prior rigging had a lot of spliced areas, with which the team at MCU did away.

Steve had his rigging work cut out for him.

Instead, they installed new 2-gauge wire from Pacer Group with no splices, after which they crimped on new battery cable ends that were secured with a heat gun. The new wiring will ensure a good power supply directly to the engines.

New 2-gauge wire was attached to the engines from the console.
Steve crimped new battery cable ends to the wire, which was sealed in place with a heat gun.

Steve then updated the electronics for the trim tabs. Previously, the old trim tab electronics were not auto contracting. To resolve this issue, they installed a new system by Bennett Electric.

The trim tab brain by Bennett Electric.
A simple, clean system for moving the trim tabs.

The final step in this episode for the Contender was incorporating new upholstery. They chose a carbon fiber-finished material that matched the hull and center console – streamlining the boat’s appearance.

New gray and black upholstery being made for the Contender, which matches the hull and center console.

Here’s an exclusive clip.

Check out the other episodes of Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat below.

Episode 8

Episode 7

Episode 6

Episode 5

Episode 4

Episode 3

Episode 2

Episode 1

Watch the full episode below.

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Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat Episode 8 Shows Major Repairs to 19-foot Cuda Craft

In episode 8 of Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat, the crew at Marine Customs Unlimited do some major deck repairs to a 2006 19-foot Cuda Craft.

To solve the leaking fuel tank issues, the team had to inspect the deck of the 19-foot Cuda Craft.

Originally, the Cuda Craft was brought to MCU because the fuel tank was leaking. But as the team inspected the deck, some major problems began to surface.

The team at MCU discovered a deck full of poured foam that wasn’t attached or evenly filled. The foam not only added float to the Cuda Craft, but also caused the boat to become saturated with water.

They found the deck to be filled with poured foam, which was uneven and full of pockets filled with water.
Because the foam was unevenly poured, water got trapped inside the hull with no way of draining.

The team carefully chipped and scraped away the foam all the way down to the stringers. Once finished removing the foam, they discovered the stringers weren’t properly bonded to the boat, which presented even more trouble for the 12-year-old Cuda Craft.

The team removed the foam all the way down to the stringers.
They also discovered the stringers weren’t bonded to the boat.

Before bonding the stringers, the crew sanded all around the boat and then applied new FGCI fiberglass and resin to properly bond the stringers. Once complete, the Cuda Craft was ready for new bilges, limber holes and a new deck.

They sanded the surface in preparation of bonding the stringers.
They used strips of fiberglass and resin to bond the stringers.
The finished product of the stringers now bonded to the boat.

Watch the exclusive clip of the boat deck removal below.


The team at MCU is now ready to install a new deck on the 19-foot Cuda Craft.

To make a new deck for the boat, the team chose to use a kiln-dried laminate for marine plywood, which is not only strong but will add an appropriate amount of weight to the boat to even out the ride and improve the boat’s overall performance on the water.

The first step to building the new deck was to create a frame – a template of the deck. After matching the laminate gelcoat to the boat’s interior, the team then began the careful process of layering the deck with fiberglass.

Up next was creating a new deck for the 19-foot Cuda Craft. First, a frame was made.
Then fiberglass material and resin was applied to the frame as the first layer.

After covering the fiberglass material with resin and dried, a bonding agent is evenly spread to create a watertight seal. Then the core material – in this case it’s perforated marine plywood – is laid in place and then covered with an airtight layer of plastic.

Using a suction hose, the air is removed to create a vacuum-sealed hold between the plywood and bonding agent.

A thick bonding agent was then evenly spread across the dried fiberglass.
Perforated marine plywood was laid over the bonding agent.
Using plastic and a suction hose, the team vacuumed sealed the plywood to the bonding agent.

After removing the plastic, the plywood is then sanded down to create a smooth, even surface. After which, another layer of fiberglass material and resin is applied to the deck.

The wood was then sanded down and prepped for another layer of fiberglass and resin.
An MCU team member pours resin onto the marine plywood ahead of laying more fiberglass material.

The boat is now ready for its new tank – a powder-coated fuel tank from TNT Custom Boat Works. To secure the tank into the boat, a small amount of foam is poured around the edges of the tank, which is then sanded down and prepped for a fiberglass sealant.

A new powder-coated fuel tank by TNT Custom Boat Works is installed on the 19-foot Cuda Craft.
The tank is then sealed into the boat using a small amount of foam, fiberglass and resin.

When the tank installation is finished, the new custom deck is installed and secured in place.

The new deck is installed and the boat is ready for the next phase of renovations.

Watch the exclusive clip of the new deck being made below.

And watch the entire Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat episode 8 below for more exciting boat renovations.

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Stay tuned for episode 9!

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.

Have a question? Fill out the contact form below.

Cruise Into Summer with a New TACO Leaning Post!

Get $100 back this month only!

Time is running out! During the month of June, receive $100 back with the purchase either a Neptune Premium Leaning Post and Universal Backrest, a Neptune II Leaning Post and Universal Backrest or a Neptune III Leaning Post with a Backrest, Grab Rail and Aluminum Rod Holders.


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NEPTUNE PREMIUM LEANING POST & BACKREST

Ideal for boats up to 30-feet long, the Neptune Premium Leaning Postmaximizes space and storage. Easily store and transport fishing supplies using the removable fiberglass storage tray. Made from only the finest materials, including mildew-, fungus- and UV-resistant vinyl fabric.

Upgrade your Neptune Premium Leaning Post with our Universal Leaning Post Backrest. While this unit is designed to fit our Neptune Premium and Neptune II Leaning Posts, the adjustable arms make the unit adaptable to most standard leaning posts on the market.


NEPTUNE II LEANING POST & BACKREST

Perfect for smaller center console boats where space is at a premium, the Neptune II Leaning Post is ideal because of its storage features. In addition to offering enough under-seat storage for a 72-quart cooler, it includes a Tackle Storage Bag, which is a removable accessory to be used for island hopping or long excursions on the water.

Upgrade your Neptune II Leaning Post with our Universal Leaning Post Backrest. While this unit is designed to fit our Neptune Premium and Neptune II Leaning Posts, the adjustable arms make the unit adaptable to most standard leaning posts on the market.


NEPTUNE III LEANING POST WITH BACKREST, GRAB RAIL & ALUMINUM ROD HOLDERS

Our Neptune III Leaning Post is designed for hard-core fishing enthusiasts needing additional features, such as the full backrest and rear-facing grab rail. The four rod holders are the perfect helm support for carrying multiple rods in center console boats under 25-feet long. It’s practical smooth upholstery design features an anodized aluminum frame, a folding footrest and a large under-seat storage space for coolers or tackle boxes.


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We’re Back with Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat Episode 7

The pros at Marine Customs Unlimited are back in episode 7 of Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat.

In this episode, we follow up with the 21-foot Paramount, which is being rigged with dual 10-foot Power-Poles on the transom.

Altenhoff mounts dual 10-foot Power-Poles to the 21-foot Paramount transom via a Jack Plate.

MCU Master Rigger Steve Altenhoff is tasked with mounting the dual Power-Poles, which come with two brackets designated for port and starboard on a Jack Plate.

Altenhoff must determine the correct Power-Pole bracket for the port and starboard of the Jack Plate.
Altenhoff attaches the brackets to the Jack Plate.

Altenhoff said having dual Power-Poles will help equalize the boat, whereas a single Power-Pole could cause the boat to be off balanced.

Watch the exclusive clip below.

Check out the other episodes of Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat below.

Episode 6

Episode 5

Episode 4

Episode 3

Episode 2

Episode 1

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2 Great Gift Ideas for Dad!

This Father’s Day, surprise dad with a TACO Tumbler Poly Holder – perfect for boating and fishing enthusiasts who spend time on the water and need a secure drink holder. Find these at your favorite marine retailer today!

Our 2-Tumbler Poly Holders secure beverages in place so dad can spend more time cruising and having fun. Our Tumbler Poly Holders are made of UV-stabilized, high-density black or white polymer that is built to last in the harsh marine environment.

Available in black or white, the tumbler holders also have a slot for a cell phone – complete with a charging port hole. Each holder is equipped with suction cups for easy and secure installation to various boat surfaces, including hatches, tabletops and fiberglass.

Our 1-Tumbler Poly Holder is a great addition to small spaces on the boat – providing more storage options for dad. The strong suction cup mounts ensure the Tumbler Poly Holder won’t slip, even when a hatch is opened or while the boat is traveling at a high rate of speed.

The 1-Tumbler Poly Holder is available in both white and black to match boat decks, helms and other recreational sporting vehicles. Both the single and double Tumbler Poly Holders come equipped to hold large beverages up to 30 ounces and a cell phone.


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Learn to Kite Fish Like a Pro!

We’ve got a new FISH TACO TV video about kite fishing!

Off the coast of Morehead City, N.C., Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team demonstrates some important tips for kite fishing.

Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team demonstrates some great tips for how to kite fish using our TACO Marine Trident Rod Holder.

Featuring our Straight and Offset Trident Rod Holders with a Tool Caddy, Henderson discusses techniques for deploying a kite, what types of rods and reels to use, how to prepare a basic rigging kit, the benefits of kite fishing and how to effectively use our Trident Rod Holders with a Tool Caddy.

Henderson uses our TACO Marine Deluxe Trident Rod Holder Offset with Tool Caddy for kite fishing.
Our Trident Rod Holder has a removable Tool Caddy, which is great for storing lures, pliers, knives, scissors and other essential equipment for kite fishing.

Our high-polished aluminum Trident Rod Holders have a detachable tackle tray Tool Caddy designed to conveniently and safely hold fishing gear, including hooks, pliers, knives, rigs, lures, spoons and a beverage.

Henderson uses a large, orange cork when kite fishing because it’s easy to see when adjusting lines.
Using live bait, Henderson attaches the kite line through the bait’s dorsal fin – ensuring it stays in place while also being able to swim naturally in the water.
Henderson recommends using a short electric reel when kite fishing.
One of the many fish caught while kite fishing was a King Mackerel by Henderson’s son Joshua.

Find the full kite fishing video below.

Follow us on YouTube for a host of how-to videos, including installing new TACO Rub Rail, Grand Slam Outrigger Mounts and step-by-step instructions for how to rig outrigger poles.

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TACO Rub Rail Featured on Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat Episode 6

Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat continues with Episode 6.

We pick up with the 31-foot Contender remodeling project with the crew at the Marine Customs Unlimited.

The before photo of the 31-foot Contender that the crew at Marine Customs Unlimited is remodeling.

In this episode, the team remodels the dash panel, rigs new Yamaha Outboard engines and installs beautiful black TACO Rub Rail with a stainless-steel insert.

Now that the hull is painted, the 31-foot Contender is ready for brand new TACO Rub Rail.
The Contender got brand new black TACO Rub Rail with a stainless-steel insert.
Using every day tools, the crew at MCU easily installs the new TACO Rub Rail with a stainless-steel insert.
The new TACO Rub Rail beautifully finishes the hull of the 31-foot Contender.

Here’s an exclusive clip with the 31-foot Contender.

We also jump back in the warehouse with the 21-foot Paramount, which needed a complete overhaul from the inside out, including replacing the stringers, installing a new transom, replacing the boat cap and now painting the bottom.

Before they can paint the bottom, the team at MCU needs to do some fiberglass work to the bottom of the hull – smoothing out any trouble areas that may diminish the boat’s on-the-water performance and give it a perfect running surface.

The team at MCU needs to do some fiberglass work to the bottom of the 21-foot Paramount before it can be painted.
The bottom of the 21-foot Paramount has a lot of uneven surface that needs to be smoothed out.

To smooth out the hull, a straight edge is placed along the bottom to determine the high and low areas. Any low areas are marked and sanded down. Once the low sections are prepped for new fiberglass, the bottom outlines are traced on paper – providing the pattern from which to cut new fiberglass.

Using a straight edge, the team at MCU locates all the areas that need to be smoothed before the bottom can be painted.
Once the low areas are sanded down, fiberglass pieces are soaked in resin and then applied to the bottom of the boat.
Large areas of the 21-foot Paramount bottom needed to be evened out before it could be painted.

The fiberglass pieces are soaked in resin before being applied to the boat bottom. Once dry, the new fiberglass areas are sanded smooth and the bottom painted.

The new paint on the 21-foot Paramount looks amazing!

Here’s an exclusive clip with the 21-foot Paramount.

This episode also features a fully-remodeled 46-foot 1977 Whiticar named “Sabre,” which is now worth a staggering $1 million, and a project for a local environmental studies center that needed a new power pole installed on its boat “River Scout.”

We see a fully remodeled 1977 Whiticar, which is now worth a staggering $1 million.
Lastly, we see a new power pole installed on a research vessel named “River Scout.”

Check out the full episode below!

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Relax Into Summer Savings with $100 Money Back from TACO Marine!

Get $100 back on a TACO Marine Leaning Post and backrest!

During the month of June, receive $100 back with the purchase either a Neptune Premium Leaning Post and Universal Backrest, a Neptune II Leaning Post and Universal Backrest or a Neptune III Leaning Post with a Backrest, Grab Rail and Aluminum Rod Holders.


REDEEM HERE


NEPTUNE PREMIUM LEANING POST & BACKREST

Ideal for boats up to 30-feet long, the Neptune Premium Leaning Postmaximizes space and storage. Easily store and transport fishing supplies using the removable fiberglass storage tray. Made from only the finest materials, including mildew-, fungus- and UV-resistant vinyl fabric.

Upgrade your Neptune Premium Leaning Post with our Universal Leaning Post Backrest. While this unit is designed to fit our Neptune Premium and Neptune II Leaning Posts, the adjustable arms make the unit adaptable to most standard leaning posts on the market.


NEPTUNE II LEANING POST & BACKREST

Perfect for smaller center console boats where space is at a premium, the Neptune II Leaning Post is ideal because of its storage features. In addition to offering enough under-seat storage for a 72-quart cooler, it includes a Tackle Storage Bag, which is a removable accessory to be used for island hopping or long excursions on the water.

Upgrade your Neptune II Leaning Post with our Universal Leaning Post Backrest. While this unit is designed to fit our Neptune Premium and Neptune II Leaning Posts, the adjustable arms make the unit adaptable to most standard leaning posts on the market.


NEPTUNE III LEANING POST WITH BACKREST, GRAB RAIL
& ALUMINUM ROD HOLDERS

Our Neptune III Leaning Post is designed for hard-core fishing enthusiasts needing additional features, such as the full backrest and rear-facing grab rail. The four rod holders are the perfect helm support for carrying multiple rods in center console boats under 25-feet long. It’s practical smooth upholstery design features an anodized aluminum frame, a folding footrest and a large under-seat storage space for coolers or tackle boxes.


For the latest on all things TACO Marine, subscribe to this blog and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

TACO’s Mark Henderson Goes Above and Beyond

This is part one in a multi-blog series recognizing members of our amazing Team TACO.

In 2009, when we first sponsored Captain Mark Henderson and the Liquid Fire Fishing Team, it quickly became apparent that we hit the jackpot.

 

Captain Mark Henderson on the docks at the 2018 Progressive® Miami International Boat Show.

Not only is Mark a serious sport fisherman, but he is passionate about the boating and fishing industries – something we greatly value at TACO Marine. After nine years of sponsorship, Mark officially joined Team TACO as our Strategic Product Category Manager in March.

In addition to meeting with boat builders and working closely with our design and engineering team on new product development, Mark is also our FISH TACO TV host, product specialist and the go-to expert for consumers.

A recent consumer example comes from Bryan, who emailed us for help on selecting the appropriate outrigger kit – bases and poles – for his Pursuit OS 334.

“I am not sure of the top thickness and I don’t want to buy the wrong TACO model,” wrote Bryan.

Mark got the message and called the phone number given by Bryan. Beyond providing him with information about our various outriggers, Mark said he would personally inspect Bryan’s boat to recommend the most appropriate outrigger system – taking into consideration the boat’s hardtop, horsepower and size.

After making the drive to Bryan’s house, Mark not only recommended an appropriate pair of mounts and poles, but also possible accessories to make the outrigger system as high performing as possible.

“I have to say, when I sent an information request on the TACO website, I did not expect the level of professionalism you have given me,” wrote Bryan. “Not only did you take the time to email me a very detailed message of the outrigger equipment we spoke about by telephone, but also you took the time to look at my boat, take photos and advise me on the best application that TACO offers to satisfy my needs.”

“I tell you, I am blown away with the level of effort you gave me with no strings attached,” continued Bryan. “I know a lot about giving great service as a business owner and also when I receive it as a consumer. I truly appreciate the attention and how you went out of your way for me! It is almost unheard of these days and I am completely impressed!”

Nowadays, it’s common for boaters and fishing enthusiasts to reach out to us via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for help, concerns, advice or to share their TACO product pictures. In addition to helping Bryan, Mark is also a key responder to questions on social media – doing his best to not only provide answers, but to supply complete solutions to boaters and fishing enthusiasts in need.

We’re proud to recognize the outstanding service Mark gave Bryan. It’s because of TACO members like Mark that our reputation for exceptional customer service continues.

Innovative, high-quality products supported by extraordinary service.

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