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.
Here’s an exclusive clip.
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.
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.
After the center console was patched up, it was painted and reinstalled on the Cuda Craft.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Here’s an exclusive clip.
Check out the other episodes of Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat below.
TACO fans, we have some exciting news! We’re debuting our new sport fishing Deluxe Hybrid Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles at the ICAST showNew 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.
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
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Check out the full episode below!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!