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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.

TACO Marine Capri, Captiva Helm Chairs Featured at REFIT Trade Show

At TACO Marine, we manufacture all of our Helm Chairs right here in the United States at our seating production factory in Largo, Florida.

Next week at the REFIT International Exhibition & Conference tradeshow in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, we’ll be featuring our Captiva and Capri Helm Chairs, with a special limited-time $200 rebate, which will be available at the show and online at tacomarine.com starting Jan. 10.

Our Capri Helm Chairs come in three variations – the Standard, Deluxe and Bench Chair Deluxe.

The Standard Capri Helm Chair is available with and without armrests, with and without a fixed seat bottom and comes complete with plush foam padding and premium marine-grade vinyl fabric.

The Deluxe Capri Helm Chair, ideal for larger boats, is available with and without adjustable armrests and bolster. Its universal hole pattern fits most spider mounts, seat slides and pedestals, and features a durable fiberglass seat back.

The Deluxe Bench Capri Helm Chair, which includes all the amazing features of the Standard and Deluxe Helm Chairs, comes in either 36- or 40-inches wide.

All of our Capri Helm Chairs are available custom made in a variety of colors, including, but not limited to, light gray, vanilla, black and white.

We’ll also be featuring our Captiva Helm Chair, which is ergonomically designed for maximum comfort on long trips. The 23-inch chair is ideal for smaller boats, up to 30-feet, and comes with a pleated insert, folding armrests and a hinged bolster pad. Custom two-toned variations are available and it matches with TACO Marine seat slides for passenger adjustment.

All of our TACO Marine Helm Chairs are constructed from top-of-the-line materials to ensure a lifetime of worry-free, reliable use on your boat. To ensure quality, our Helm Chair lines are wood-free and made with corrosion-, mildew- and stain-resistant materials. Using the finest marine-grade stainless steel and anodized aluminum alloys, our Helm Chairs carry a 3-year warranty – protecting it from the harsh elements of sun and saltwater.

For more information on our TACO Marine Helm Chair lines, visit tacomarine.com today, send an e-mail to info@tacomarine.com or give us a call at 1-800-653-8568.

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.

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.

TACO Products to see at METSTRADE!

TACO Marine® to feature longer Command Ratchet Hinge, easy-to-install Rub Rail kits and more at METSTRADE, Nov. 14-16, in Brunger Export Stand 12.408, Amsterdam RA.

H25-0023 topIntroducing the TACO Marine® Command Ratchet Hinge 18-1/2-in. long – a high-grade stainless steel and brass hinge ideal for sun pads, bolsters and lounge backrests.

This longer ratchet hinge allows for one locking position at 61.5 degrees that is 2-in. tall and 2-1/4-in. wide.

The Command Ratchet Hinge mounts above deck and can be used for seat backs up to 22 in. – perfect for single- or double-seat capacity and tested up to 500-ft. pounds of torque per pair and 600-pounds of vertical load on a 22-in. seat back.

 

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We will also feature easy-to-install TACO Marine® Rub Rail kits. While rub rail is primarily designed to protect a boat, it is also a great way to upgrade its value and appearance with a bright new look and accent.

We offer a full product line of rub rail kits for all sizes of boats, in a convenient and easy carry box that’s also easy to ship. Each kit includes all items needed for full replacement of rub rail, including stainless steel fasteners, end caps and, in some profiles, the insert.

 

Thank You for Visiting the TACO Marine Project Boat at the Tampa Boat Show

From all of us at TACO Marine, thank you for supporting the Project Boat Raffle Fundraiser during the Tampa Boat Show! Many attendees not only bought raffle tickets but got to see and explore Project Boat in-person and learn about the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation.

Captain Fear and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders stopped by the TACO Marine Project Boat Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at the Tampa Boat Show.

All of the raffle ticket proceeds are given to the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation, which provides support to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and college scholarships to deserving students.

I’M LOGAN IT was created in memory of Logan Matthew Kushner, who passed away in 2012. The Foundation aims to help young people establish healthier self-esteem through acts of kindness and mentorship – values by which Logan lived.

The TACO Marine Project Boat raffle drawing is slated for Nov. 5 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. You can purchase tickets online at go.rallyup.com/projectboat and in-person at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Nov. 1-5 at booth #2000-A. We hope to see you there!

The TACO Marine Project Boat is sponsored by many marine leaders, including Yamaha Marine, SeaDek and many more!

Discover more about the TACO Marine Project Boat and the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation here.

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