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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.

Sound Fishing Advice from Capt. Ray Rosher

Using TACO Marine products, Captain Ray Rosher from Miss Britt Charters catches some delicious fish off the Florida coast. In this clip, he fillets a freshly-caught King Mackerel with sound advice on how to keep the meat firm and tasty.

Find all our TACO products at tacomarine.com.

For more information on all our TACO Marine sport fishing, Rub Rail or seating products, visit tacomarine.com, fill out the form below or call 1-800-653-8568.

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.

Introducing Our New Carbon Fiber Outrigger Poles for High-Performance Fishing

Check out our video featuring Ryan Peters from Miss Britt Charters, explaining why he chose our new Carbon Fiber Outrigger Poles with a patent-pending twist and lock feature.

Our Carbon Fiber Outrigger Poles pair with our Professional Series Grand Slam Outrigger Mounts 400, 450 and 500. These are the ultimate sport fishing outrigger systems for the serious angler!

Our patent-pending innovative design was built to meet the demands of today’s modern fishing techniques and for those who need to get the most out of their high-performance fishing boats on the market.

Our Carbon Fiber Poles are by far stronger and lighter than any other aluminum poles on the market today. The cylindrical design has the strength built into it to allow for today’s modern fishing techniques of pulling dredges of ballyhoo, mullet or squids through the water at higher speeds that would be difficult to achieve with aluminum poles.

For more information on all our Outrigger Mounts and Poles, 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.

TACO Marine-Sponsored Tournament Supported Florida Toys For Tots

This past October, Dorado Boats, headquartered in Palm Harbor, Florida, hosted its first ever Fall Classic Fishing Tournament in Tampa, Florida. As a leader in the sport fishing community for nearly 60 years, TACO Marine was a proud sponsor of this exciting event!

Not only were competitors angling for Snook, Red Fish, Trout and a Grand Slam, but all proceeds benefited the Toys for Tots Foundation – supporting children and families in need during the holiday season.

Thanks to this wonderful event, more than 300 toys were donated to Toys for Tots in Pinellas County, Florida – spreading cheer and the spirit of giving.

Check out the pictures below, courtesy of the Dorado Boats Facebook page, highlighting a job well done.

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.

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.

Kushner Brothers and Project Boat
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.