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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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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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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.


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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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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.

TACO Outriggers Installed on Bayliner Hardtop in Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat Episode 5

Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat returns with episode 5, which features the installation of TACO Grand Slam 280 Outrigger Mounts and Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles on the hardtop of a Bayliner boat named “Trophy.”

The pros at Marine Customs Unlimited [MCU] install new TACO Grand Slam 280 Mounts and Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles on this Bayliner named “Trophy.”
Steve from MCU opens the box of TACO Grand Slam 280 Mounts, which comes with all the hardware needed for installation. Backing plate sold separately.
The underside of the TACO Grand Slam 280 base.

To install the GS 280s, Steve Altenhoff with Marine Customs Unlimited had to create new holes through the hardtop for the outrigger base and mounting screws.

The boat’s owner wanted the outrigger mounts installed as far back on the hardtop as possible while also having enough hand clearance to use the outrigger handles. Steve carefully measured the length of the outrigger handle and the hardtop from the outside and backside edges to find the ideal location to install the outrigger mounts.

Before drilling any holes in the hardtop, Steve measured the GS 280 handle and also the outside and backside edges of the hardtop to find the ideal location to install the mounts.
Steve first drilled a hole for each base.

After drilling the main hole for each mount, Steve recommends aligning the outriggers as straight as possible before marking and drilling the mounting screw holes.

Steve positions the mounts as straight as possible before marking and drilling the screw holes.

Steve then removed the base prior to drilling the mounting holes. Once all eight holes were drilled, Steve applies a bead of caulk around the main hole to prevent water from reaching the exposed fiberglass before inserting the mount, attaching a backing plate and tightly securing the screws.

A bead of caulk was applied around the main hole for the GS 280s before inserting and attaching the mount.
Once the mount is inserted through the hardtop, wipe away any excess caulk. Some people add caulk around each screw hole or dip the screws in sealant before securing the mount in place.

Lastly, Steve attached the GS 280 handles, tested the rotation and then began attaching the pair of Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles.

Now that the mounts are installed, Steve inserts the Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles.
Lastly, Steve riggs each poles with a single line, using our TACO Standard Rigging Kit.
The outrigger mounts and poles are a great addition to Trophy.

Because it’s the boat owner’s first time using outriggers on Trophy, Steve rigs each pole for a single line using the TACO Standard Rigging Kit.

With rigging complete, the boat is now ready for some serious fishing!

The end result.

Watch the exclusive clip below and find full Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat episodes 1 through 5 at YouTube.com/tacomarine.

Grand Slam Your Way Into Summer – 5 Awesome Rebates for New TACO Outrigger Systems

Get Up To $150 Back on New TACO Outrigger Systems! 

During the month of May, we’re offering 5 amazing rebates on our premium Outrigger systems – complete with Outrigger Mounts, our patented Tele-Outrigger Poles, rigging kits and accessories.


Get $150 with the purchase of a pair of Grand Slam 380 or 380XL Outrigger Top Mounts, a Premium Rigging Kit and a set of Tele-Outrigger Poles

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In the video below, Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team explains the features and benefits of the TACO Marine Grand Slam 380 Outrigger Top Mounts, aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles and the Premium Rigging Kit.

 


Get $150 with the purchase of a pair of Grand Slam 280 or 2801 Outrigger Top Mounts, a Premium Rigging Kit and a set of Tele-Outrigger Poles.

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Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team explains the features and benefits of the TACO Marine Grand Slam 280 and 2801 Outrigger Top Mounts, aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles and the Premium Rigging Kit.


Get $150 with the purchase of a pair of Grand Slam 280 Outrigger Top Mounts, a Premium Rigging Kit, a set of Tele-Outrigger Poles and a set of Outrigger Line Caddies.

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Get $100 with the purchase of a pair of Grand Slam 170 Outrigger Top Mounts, a Standard Rigging Kit, a pair of Tele-Outrigger Poles and an Outrigger Line Caddy.

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Captain Mark Henderson from the Liquid Fire Fishing Team explains the features and benefits of the TACO Marine Grand Slam 170 Outrigger Top Mount, aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles and the Standard Rigging Kit.


Get $100 with the purchase of a pair of Grand Slam 170 Outrigger Top Mounts, a Standard Rigging Kit and a pair of Tele-Outrigger Poles.

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Florida Sportsman Episode 4 Revisits Contender Remodeling Project and More

Our partnership with Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat continues in episode 4.

The professionals at Marine Customs Unlimited continue their work on a 31-foot Contender called “Better Dayz,” which needed new fuel tanks and a host of other upgrades after being damaged in a hurricane.

Once the tanks were removed, they were taken to TNT Custom Boat Works to be cleaned and powder coated.

They begin by taking the fuel tanks to TNT Custom Boat Works to have the tanks cleaned and powder coated. To powder coat the tanks, the team at TNT use a process called Electrostatic Spray Disposition, which evenly coats the tanks in a chemical powder.

The tanks are being covered in a chemical powder during the powder-coating process.
The tanks are then baked for 12 minutes, which causes the powder to melt and form a hardened surface. Here are the results.

After the powder is applied, the tanks are placed into an oven for 12 minutes, where the powder is melted to form a hardened surface. The tanks are then reinstalled and sealed into the boat using a unique hardened foam.

Here’s an exclusive clip.


The Florida Sportsman team then meets with Jeff, Dalton and Mason Toole to discuss their completely remodeled 1987 16-foot Alumacraft.

Jeff Toole with sons Mason, front, and Dalton. Together, the Toole family remodeled the 1987 Alumacraft in honor of Dustin Toole, who passed away in a car accident.

More than just a dreamboat, dad Jeff tells how his oldest son, Dustin, purchased the Alumacraft when he was 18 years old with the goal of remodeling the boat. Sadly, Dustin passed away in a car accident before he got to complete his dreamboat.

In honor of Dustin, Jeff, alongside sons Dalton and Mason, remodeled the boat over the course of 10 months – turning the craft into what Dustin had ultimately envisioned.

The 1987 Alumacraft before being completely remodeled.

The Toole family extended the front deck, added gunnels on each side, extended the rear deck, replaced the transom, replaced the outboard motor, remodeled the mini tower and helm, replaced the fuel tank and batteries, incorporated brand new SeaDek throughout and added an array of other custom touches in memory of Dustin and his vision for the boat.

After completing renovations, the 1987 Alumacraft looked like an entirely new boat.
The Toole family remodeled the boat in memory of Dustin Toole. The fish seen here was a sketch Dustin drew and had tattooed on his shoulder.
In memory of Dustin Wayne Toole.

Watch an exclusive clip with the Toole family below.


Watch the full episode below and visit YouTube.com/tacomarine for Project Dreamboat episodes 1 through 3.

TACO Featured on Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat Episode 3

Our partnership with Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat continues in episode 3.

The professionals at Marine Customs Unlimited worked on a 23-foot Albury Brothers boat belonging to the owners of Shurhold Clean-N-Simple. The boat was in need of new paint, a custom dash panel and brand-new TACO Vinyl Rub Rail.

In episode 2, we watched how brand new TACO Rub Rail was installed, which helped streamline the boat’s appearance and also keep it better protected on the dock.

In the clip below, we see the conclusion to the 23-foot Albury Brothers boat, which got a major facelift to the center console.

Find the full episode at YouTube.com/tacomarine in the Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat playlist.