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Important Boat Safety Tips Ahead of Hurricane Florence

As Hurricanes Florence makes it way toward the east coast of the United States, we are reminded how important it is to heed the warnings of the National Hurricane Center and prepare for emergency.

While it may not always be possible to remove boats from the water, there are precautions you can take to prepare your boat ahead of a major storm.


Whenever possible, choose a marina or dock that has some protection from the elements, such as a barrier island or an inland river away from the coast. Also, docks with high pilings can also provide added protection from storm surge.

BoatUs states that floating docks with high pilings tend to fair better during major storms than those without. But keep in mind, BoatUs recommends looking for pilings as tall as 18 feet.

“Floating docks allow boats to rise and fall with surge without stretching and stressing lines,” BoatUs states. “There have been instances where boats at floating docks have been largely unaffected by hurricanes, while some boats at nearby marinas with fixed docks were badly damaged.”

Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team, who is based in North Carolina (one of the states Florence is predicted to hit), said removing loose items on the boat is important.

Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team advises boaters to remove anything not permanently attached to a boat ahead of a major storm.

“Anything that is not truly attached, such as cushions and Isinglass, should be removed so it doesn’t get destroyed,” he said. “Isinglass will be blown out.”

Henderson said store loose items in a hatch or on land somewhere in a safer location.

If your boat is moored, check with your harbormaster to see if the mooring is helical – a corkscrew-like mooring that is screwed into the seafloor.

Unlike traditional mushroom and dead-weight mooring anchors, a BoatUs Foundation study found that helical mooring anchors withstood more pull during major storms.

Illustration from ABC Diving. www.abcdiving.com.

“A 500-pound buried mushroom anchor could be pulled out with 1,200 pounds of pull (supplied by a 900-hp tug); an 8,000-pound dead weight (concrete) anchor could be pulled out with 4,000 pounds of pull,” reports BoatUs. “A helical anchor, however, could not be pulled out and the strain gauge recorded 12,000 pounds of pull — its maximum — before a shackle burst apart. (In an earlier test with a larger tug, a strain gauge registered 20,800 pounds before the hawser snapped.)”


If you can remove your boat from the water, there are various storage options to consider.

BoatUs said dry-stack storage facilities built after 1992 are great options for storing boats during major storms. Dry-stack facilities constructed after Hurricane Andrew are more likely to have stronger structural supports and be able to withstand winds as high as 140 mph. However, BoatUs recommends considering the age of the dry-stack facility, with older buildings at a higher risk for damage.

For Henderson, he is storing his SeaVee 390z with quad engines in the center of an open field with no trees or structures nearby. If this is an option for you, Henderson recommends keeping your boat on its trailer, securely tied and anchored to land.

Henderson’s SeaVee 390z, which is normally stored on a trailer, will be anchored to land in the middle of a field with no trees or structures nearby during Hurricane Florence. Photo courtesy of the Liquid Fire Fishing Team.

“A lot of people tie them down, anchored to the trailer with three straps,” he said. “That way, they can’t blow off the trailer.”

Henderson added that boats, whether in water or on land, should have all antennas down and outrigger poles stowed.

For more information on how you can prepare for a major storm, check out this video from West Marine.

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Only 6 Days Left to Cash-In on 2 Exclusive TACO Marine Rebates

Save $25 when you purchase one of three premium dockside accessories – the Come On Board Handle with a Fixed Base Mount, the Come On Board Handle with a Rod Holder Base Mount and the Shore Power Cable Holder.
The Come On Board Handle is a fantastic accessory for enhanced boarding safety. The large grabbing surface ensures a secure, comfortable grip when stepping on or off a boat.
Come On Board Handle Rod Holder Mount
The Fixed Base Mount version attaches permanently to a gunnel mount and the Rod Holder Base Mount version is removable for as-needed boarding support.
The Come On Board Rod Holder Mount accessory features a large grabbing surface with finger-molded pipe for a secure, comfortable grip.
The Come On Board Handle with a Fixed-Base Mount is ideal for constant boarding and constructed with Type-304 stainless steel.
Both versions are manufactured from Type-304 Stainless Steel and feature a unique finger-molded groove handle. The multi-piece design is perfect for storage and each handle comes with a mesh bag for storing when wet and to prevent deck scratches.

Our TACO Marine Shore Power Cable Holder is the ideal way for boats to be hooked up to a power source at the marina. The large ring design accommodates 30-, 50- and 100-AMP shore power cables and has an adjustable height ring to compensate for low or high tide settings.

The Shore Power Cable Holder is manufactured from Type-304 Stainless Steel and fits into standard rod holders that have a 1-5/8-inch diameter.


Save $25 when you purchase two TACO Marine LED Lights. Choose from a variety of deck- and pipe-mount LED lights  for enhanced boat safety and visibility.


We make 3-LED Flat Mount Deck Lights in red or blue with either white or black housing. Easily mount these lights to hard tops, consoles, interior cabins, under gunnels or inside bait wells.

These LED lights are USCG, ISO and SAE certified for Ignition Protection* and feature an 8-watt equivalent to a 55-watt halogen flood light. With a powerful 540 lumen output, the 3-LED Flat Mount Lights have a 100-degree spread beam angle.


  • Very low power consumption (.6 amps @ 12V)
  • 12-24 volt applications
  • 8-foot hidden power cable
  • Available mounting options included: Stainless Steel Swivel Bracket or 3M adhesive tape
  • Compact design bolts directly to any flat surface 5-inches long and 1-3/8-inch wide
  • Wire chafe guards included for running wires through tube or pipe
  • Limited one year warranty


  • High impact, UV-resistant, light weight white or black polycarbonate housing
  • Durable and self-extinguishing clear plastic lense
  • Anodized aluminum heatsink
  • LED chips are silicone potted for IP67 Waterproof (non-submersible)

We also manufacture 4-LED Flat Mount Deck Lights in white with white or black housing, which is ideal for hard tops, consoles, interior cabins, under gunnels and inside bait wells.

With the same great features as our 3-LED Flat Mount Deck Lights, the 4-LED lights have a powerful 700-lumen output and a low power consumption of less than 1 amp.


We manufacture 3-LED Pipe Mount Deck Lights in red or blue and 4-LED Pipe Mount Deck Lights in white with brite-dipped aluminum housing. Our pipe mount LED lights are perfect for leaning posts, T-Tops, towers, railings and poling platforms.

With the same great features as our Flat Mount Deck Lights, our 3- and 4-LED Pipe Mount Deck Lights bolt directly to 1-inch Schedule-40 pipe.


Our TACO Marine Spreader Light is a safe and environmentally friendly light and is ideal for T-Tops. It has six high-powered, long-lasting low-draw lights that won’t drain the boat’s battery and is impervious to water spray, wash-downs and pounding wake. It is manufactured from UV- and impact–resistant white housing and has a polycarbonate lens.


  • Six (6) high-powered 1-Watt LEDs
  • 12 to 28-Volt AC/DC
  • Draws 0.5 Amps
  • High 675 Lumens light output
  • Wide 150-degree light spread
  • IP67 Waterproof (non-submersible)
  • Shock resistant LEDs
  • Adjustable stainless steel mounting bracket with adjustable tilt
  • Includes clamp for standard 3/4- to 1-inch IPS T-Top ring (1-1/16-inch and 1-5/16-inch OD pipe)
  • 5-inches wide, 3-7/16-inches tall, 2-3/16-inches diameter
  • Housing color: white
  • Limited 1-year warranty

* USCG, ISO and SAE certified for Ignition Protection. Completely sealed lights have been tested in an explosive environment and exposed to an explosive atmosphere in high temperature that includes powering on-off 50 times without igniting the atmosphere at a temperature not exceeding 200 degree C. These certificates demonstrate the ability to consistently provide product that meets statutory and regulatory requirements that assure customer satisfaction and safety. Ideal for use in engine rooms, battery compartments and anywhere fire safety is of most importance.

For complete terms and conditions on these rebates, visit tacomarine.com.

TACO Boating Accessories a Must-See at Miami Boat Show, Booth C199

Introducing our premium line of marine accessories – designed to make your boating experience more pleasant on and off the water. We’ll be showcasing these amazing products and more during the Progressive® Miami International Boat Show Feb. 15–19 in booth C199.

The Come On Board Handle with a Fixed-Base Mount is ideal for constant boarding and constructed with type-304 stainless steel.
The Come On Board Rod Holder Mount accessory features a large grabbing surface with finger-molded pipe for a secure, comfortable grip.
Boarding is easy and safe with the TACO Marine Come On Board Handle – available as either a fixed-base or rod-holder mount.
The Portable Locking Transom Cross Tie Cleat secures dock lines up and away from outboard motors and fits standard rod holders.
The Multi-Purpose Portable Cleat is perfect for boaters who need an instant cleat while also providing space to attach a fender.
The Portable Locking Transom Cross Tie Cleat features a brushed aluminum finish and comes with our TACO Marine 1-year warranty guarantee.
Maximize rod storage with the TACO Marine Olympic Rod Holder Cluster – designed for heavy duty rod holders on a tower, gunnel or behind a leaning post.
The Kite Fishing Rod Cluster is perfect for standard gunnel-mount rod holders and is lightweight, durable and constructed from anodized aluminum.
The Kite Fishing Rod Cluster includes form-fitted, anti-fungal PVC white liner and comes with our TACO Marine 3-year warranty guarantee.
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.
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.

Cash-in on this exclusive TACO Marine Dockside Accessory rebate.

Find the complete TACO Marine catalog here.

For more information about all these great products and more, visit us at the Progressive® Miami International Boat Show in booth C199, visit tacomarine.com or fill out the contact form below.

Boating: Oil and Gas in Our Waterways

We all enjoy boating in our waterways, and each of us have a chance to keep those waterways clean and healthy. If you would like to help the environment, it’s as simple as choosing a “clean” marina. A clean marina adopts environmentally friendly practices

Clean marinasuch as educating boaters about clean refueling, and they may also have well-lit bathrooms, shore-side laundry facilities, more grassy areas, convenient pump-out stations, plenty of trash cans and recycling bins and many other amenities that not only help keep the waterway clean, but they make your time at the marina more pleasant. For example, here’s a link to find Florida’s clean marinas.

FYI – By law, any oil or fuel spill that leaves a sheen on the water must be reported to the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center by calling 1-800-424-8802. Many states require you to contact them as well in case of a spill, so make sure you know what agency to contact in your state.

Recycle materials for rub railHow is Taco Marine participating in being a clean, green company?  Here’s one example; As we develop new rub rail profiles and processes we run material for testing to meet very specific tolerances with precise calibration. Once the testing and sample runs are completed, we don’t toss that material away, we regrind it for reprocessing into other extrusion products.

Clean Marina best practicesLearn the practical tips on how to prevent drips and drops that can accidentally escape during refueling your boat. Master the techniques to prevent spills when refueling or maintaining your boat. Boat U.S. Foundation can help you find a clean marina, whether you are looking for a destination for a weekend cruise, or a new home for your boat:  Clean Boating.  Whether you own a small or a big boat, you’re sure to learn simple tips that will make a difference and help keep fuel where it belongs – in the tank, not the water!