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5 Big Advantages of Rub Rail Mounted LED Navigation Lights

rub rail navigation lightsRub rail mounted LED navigation lights are the latest innovative product from Taco Marine. These 3-watt port and starboard LED lights can be seen up to two miles away – and they are ABYC/USCG tested and approved with a IP-68 rating for “wet locations.”  (Water-resistant, IP68 rating).

These impact resistant, long-life LED lights with a 120 degree unobstructed view, will provide years of maintenance-free service. They are made of a heavy-gage stainless steel joiner cover designed to fit the popular Taco V21-9659 rigid vinyl rub rail profile. These innovative LED navigation lights include two LED 3-watt bulbs, two cover plates; port (red) and starboard (green), two heat sink inserts and mounting hardware. What’s more, they are easy to install. For more information on the Taco Marine LED navigation lights, click here:  Taco Marine.

5  Big Advantages of Rub Rail Mounted LED Navigation Lights:

  1. Unobstructed 120° view with less glare
  2. Eliminate lights on the deck – avoid stubbed toes and rope issues
  3. Long-life LEDs decrease maintenance and service
  4. Bright 3-Watt LEDs – compare to 10-Watt incandescent lights
  5. Low-draw 0.6 Amperes per light / Low-voltage 12-24VDC

Rub Rail mounted navigation lightsEasy installation with both Vinyl and Stainless inserts. Meets ABYC-USCG requirements for both sail and power boat designation

 

Christmas Stuffers for Big Stockings …

Adjustable filet tableLeave Santa milk and cookies on this Adjustable Poly Filet TableThis clever  filet table fits in and adjusts to any degree rod holder, levels out flat and locks in the position you need. It also has slots for a filet knife and fishing pliers. This high-strength table will not crack, mildew, discolor, or absorb fish odors – plus it’s easy to clean. It comes in two sizes and all the components are made in the USA.  Find it here at iBoats.

Reel in this Taco Marine stocking stuffer and it could be the-catch-of-the-day for Christmas …

Reel hanger for boatsReel hanger for fishing rodsReel Hangers with Rod Tip Holder Kit. The easy-to-adjust hangers accommodate a wide variety of reel sizes. The stainless steel hangers mount horizontally, vertically or overhead with spring-loaded clips to secure reels safely in place – even in rough seas. The set includes rod tip holders with spring-activated snap locks.

If you don’t find a genuine Taco Marine Rub Rail kit in your stocking, it may be because Santa put it under the tree or used it on his sleigh – to protect chimneys of course. Because Taco Marine is the largest producer of rub rail for boat builders, Santa recommends that you click here for a Free Rub Rail Replacement Guide. It helps you find  the original installed on your boat, what to buy and you can select from many types, styles and colors of rub rail. A Taco Marine Rub Rail Kit may not be a stocking stuffer, but it makes an easy gift to put under the tree.

Rub rail

 

Click here to go to West Marine to find the Taco Marine Rod Holder and Rub Rail Kit products.

Three ways Santa upgraded his ride – how about you?

A reindeer pulling a sleigh with Santa Claus in it. The background is a beautiful snowy winter forest.

1. A Come-on-board boat handle. Santa is older and wiser and knows it’s no easy task getting in and out of his ride – especially when carrying a bag on board. Now you too can get on and off your Taco Marine come on board handleboat safely with this stainless steel “Come-on-board-handle” – with a large finger-grip contoured surface. This two-piece handle quickly slides into a backing plate inserted into a standard rod holder, or the receiver base is ideal for gunnel or transom platform mounting. This clever two-piece handle has a bag for quick and easy storage. Click this link: Come-on-board handle for more information.

2. Santa has many close calls with chimneys when delivering presents. How does he keep his sleigh from getting scratched and dented? He uses Taco Marine’s rub rail of course! He also added Taco Marine rub rail navigation lightsLED navigation lights that mount right into the rub rail. Now he has Port and Starboard lights with a range of 2 miles. And because Taco Marine is the largest producer of rub rail to boat builders, Santa recommends that you click here for a Free Rub Rail Replacement Guide. It helps you find  the original installed in your boat, what to buy and select from many types, styles and colors of rub rail. A Taco Marine rub rail kit makes an easy gift to put under the tree.

3. Multi-purpose 15 degree portable cleat. Santa needs to make sure his ride is secure on roof tops, so he uses Taco Marine’s clever portable cleat. What about you – ever need a cleat or a boat fender in a different place? This brushed aluminum portable portable boat cleatcleat fits into a standard rod holder and easily moves around to where you need it. The loop-hole design allows fenders to hang over the side, and is ideal for hanging your hose while washing your boat.

Need a to make a Wish List? Check out our other new boating products at TacoMarine.com.

Santa Uses Taco Marine Rub Rail for his Ride, What About You?

Taco Marine rubrailSanta has many close calls with chimneys when delivering presents. How does he keep his sleigh from getting scratched and dented? He uses Taco Marine’s rub rail of course!

rub rail navigation lightsThis year he added LED navigation lights that mount right into the rub rail. Now he has Port and Starboard lights with a range of 2 miles. And because Taco Marine is the largest producer of rub rail to boat builders, Santa recommends rub rail replacement guidethat you click here for a Free Rub Rail Replacement Guide. It helps you find  the original installed in your boat, what to buy and select from a variety of types, styles Rub rail insert kitand colors of rub rail. A Taco Marine rub rail kit makes an easy gift to put under the tree.

Wether you are pulling up to a dock or a chimney, protect your ride and look good doing it with a Taco Marine rub rail replacement kit.

Wish List: Take a close look at Santa’s sleigh. He took the bounce out of his roof top landings by installing Taco Marine’s Seaspension pedestals. They can take the bounce out of your ride on the water.  For a more comfortable boating experience here’s a blog telling about Seaspension marine seating.

 

Top 5 Boating Safety Tips for the Fall

Boating float plan is a must safety procedureTip 1: Float Plan. We recommend filling out a U.S. Coast Guard float plan and leave it with a reliable person who you can depend on to notify the Coast Guard if you should not return or check-in as planned. It includes information such as passenger names/age/gender, trip itinerary, radio call sign, boat type/registration info and other important information related to identifying your boat and passengers. It also includes a handy checklist for distress signals and additional gear to take along.

Hypothermia from wet clothes when boatingTip 2: Avoid Hypothermia. In the fall boating season, one of the biggest hazards boaters face is hypothermia, especial if they get wet. Yes, it may be a bit nippy on the water, but avoid wearing clothes like jeans and cotton-based shirts which do not dry as easily or retain heat as well as wool and synthetic materials. In case someone takes a spill, bad weather or just spray from the boats wake – being wet or damp could result in hypothermia, so remember to bring a separate bag of clothing.

Tip 3: Emergency Locator Beacon. Keep in mind because there are fewer boaters on the water in the autumn, that are less boats around to help incase you run into problems. If you are going more than 20 miles off shore, bring a personal locator beacon  (PLB) or an emergency position-indicating radio beacon which in an emergency would help find you by satellite. Don’t have an emergency beacon? Here’s an article on How to Choose an Emergency Beacon by Boating Magazine.

rub rail navigation lights
Taco Marine’s rub rail mounted long-life LED navigation lights have a range of 2 miles.

Tip 4: Digital Selective Calling. If you’ll be out after dark, make sure your navigation lights are working – and if you run into trouble and you need to contact the Coast Guard, make sure your handheld radio is equipped with digital selective calling (DSC) so you can easily send a distress signal.

Tip 5: Check Lists. Yes we all make mental lists of what to bring and check before launching, but consider actually having a printed checklist that one of your mates can check off before you launch. Free: Take advantage of a courtesy boat safety check provided by the U.S. Coast Guard. They will provide a specialist to check out your boat and make helpful safety tips and recommendations you may have overlooked.

Boating Industry 2015 Top Products Award

Boating Industry 2015 Top Products AwardAward Winning Taco Marine Rub Rail Mounted LED Navigation Lights.

These waterproof lights meet Coast Guard regulations for two nautical miles, offer 120 degree unobstructed visibility and are mounted in a highly polished Stainless Steel Type 316 cover plate with USCG approval engraving. The lights are designed with a very thin profile to fit nicely onto the rub rail and not be a detriment to lines or other contact items. Drawing less than 0.25 Amperes, the 3-watt LED lights have a 50,000 hour life span that includes anodized aluminum heat sink for maximum heat dissipation.

(Courtesy of Boating Industry magazine)

Taco Marine rub rail navigation lights

2015 Miami Boat Show Innovation Award

Innovation Award for the Miami Boat Show

Taco Marine Wins 2015 MIBS Innovation Award!

MIAMI (February 12, 2015) – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) announced today winners of the 2015 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards, presented during the annual Industry Breakfast at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This year’s program featured a record number of entries with 97 products.  “On behalf of the Miami International Boat Show Staff, I would like to congratulate you on your win in this years’ Innovation program.”

Taco Marine won the Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award for Deck Equipment & Hardware for their Rub Rail mounted LED light – shown below.

Taco Marine’s LED Light Rub Rail mounted LED navigation lights enable the elimination of deck mounted versions. These LED lights are mounted in a heavy gauge Stainless Steel joiner cover.

 

The Innovation Awards judging committee is comprised of BWI members who perform product testing throughout the year and have specific expertise in marine products and equipment. Innovation Awards recognize exceptionally innovative new consumer marine products, and will be on display throughout the Miami International Boat Show.

Taco Marine at the Miami International Boat Show (Feb. 12-16)

2015 Miami International Boat ShowThe Miami Boat Show is the biggest boat show in the World! See all of the latest featured Taco Marine products has to offer, on February 12-16th in Miami, Florida. Talk to Taco Marine product experts and touch and feel the actual product!

Taco Marine’s Sleek Rub Rail mounted LED navigation lights enable the elimination of deck mounted versions. These LED lights are mounted in a heavy gauge Stainless Steel joiner cover.Featured products:

Navigation Lights built right into the rub rail. The patent-pending, rub rail-mounted, waterproof LED navigation lights are Coast Guard approved for two nautical miles. They provide a 120 degree unobstructed visibility and mounted in a highly polished stainless steel joint cover with USCG approved engraving.

The Seaspension shock-absorbing pedestal for seats, leaning posts, benches and helm chairs. Introducing our new low profile shock-absorbing pedestals – designed to sit on top of a fiberglass box or other marine enclosures. 

 

Newest innovation in rub rails: Flex Core which has a “softer” construction for easier molding to deck contours and lighter weight characteristics. Also new, is Flex Chrome, a unique way to have the look of a stainless insert but without seeing fasteners holding it in place. This presents a beautiful appearance without the need for fastener costs or the labor to install screws.

LED Lights: All types and sizes for t-tops that blend right into the frame. (Watch video in the right column) –>

We hope to see you at the show, as this is the easiest and quickest way to compare Taco Marine’s product quality vs. competitive products.

Seaspension ®  U.S. & International Patents   Manufactured under license by Taco Metals, Sparta TN

6 Really Good Reasons to Attend the Atlantic City Boat Show Feb. 4-8

1. You can have a hands-on experience with our products. Touch and feel the actual product, vs. having to “guess” trying to look through packaging at a store.

Taco Marine boat show booth2. Talk to Taco Marine product experts, and walk away with factory literature that may not be available at a dealer.

3. See the product’s application, with booth personnel directing you to specific boats on display that have our products installed.

4. Do you have a great idea, or a specific need? Discuss it with personnel at the booth who can directly input it to Taco Marine’s engineers and product managers.

5. This is the easiest and quickest way to compare Taco Marine’s product quality vs. competitive products.

6. See ALL the latest and greatest products that Taco Marine has to offer, in one place.

Here are just some of the Taco Marine products you will find at the show:

Taco Marine’s Sleek Rub Rail mounted LED navigation lights enable the elimination of deck mounted versions. These LED lights are mounted in a heavy gauge Stainless Steel joiner cover.Navigation Lights built right into the rub rail. The patent-pending, rub rail-mounted, waterproof LED navigation lights are Coast Guard approved for two nautical miles. They provide 120 degree unobstructed visibility and are mounted in a highly polished stainless steel joint cover with USCG approved engraving.

The Grand Slam 880: An easy-to-use antenna mounting system.

Taco Sport Fishing Products: Clamp-On Adjustable Rod Holders, Tele-Outrigger Poles, Grand Slam 280, Outrigger Line Caddy, Rod Hangers, Center Rigger, Striker base, and the Grand Slam 170.

The solo pedestal is for single seats and helm chairs<—  The Seaspension shock-absorbing pedestal for seats, leaning posts, benches and helm chairs.

LED Lights: All types and sizes for t-tops that blend right into the frame.

Fender Lock clip: A very clever and quick way to attach and release boat fenders.

Rub Rail: High-grade vinyl, rigid, aluminum, flexible, and stainless steel – the industry standard.

Seaspension ®  U.S. & International Patents   Manufactured under license by Taco Metals, Sparta TN

Come Visit Taco Marine at the Atlantic City Boat Show

Booth #547, February 4 – 8, in Atlantic City Convention Center, NJ

Boat show in Atlantic City

See what’s new! Find the boat of your dreams and everything to go with it.  Walk and shop hundreds of new boats and marine gear at the Atlantic City Convention Center. From luxury motor and sailing yachts to sport fishers and performance boats – there are boats for every lifestyle, activity and budget. If it’s for boating, you’ll find it here.  Plus, check out the Marine Marketplace, a 93,000 sq. ft. “show within the show,” which features 440 booths showcasing all the latest in marine technology, engines, accessories, nautical gifts, and more. This 5-day event is your once-a-year chance to compare makes and models, secure insurance and financing and gear up with the latest accessories all at one time, under one roof.  Make sure you visit Taco Marine at booth #547, and see what’s new!