An adventure more than two years in the making, with twists and turns and wonderful surprises, Project Boat would not have been possible without the tremendous support of its many sponsors listed below and the crew at Ship Shape TV.
The winning raffle ticket was sold to Roger LeFranc of Melbourne, Florida during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Nov. 1 – 5, 2017. LeFranc, an avid fisherman and boater, said he plans to christen the boat “Justin Time II” after his son, Justin.
Alongside his family and many friends, LeFranc said he plans to take his newly restored Pursuit 2650 on many fishing adventures and tournaments as the “Justin Time Fishing Team.”
Thank you to A1 Boat Transport, AA Boat Tops & Canvas, ACR Artex, Armstrong Nautical Products, Boat Outfitters, Boat Steering Solutions, Bob Hewes Boats, BT’s Welding, Canvas Designers, CWR Electronics, Dennis Friel Art Studios, LLC, Dometic, Dorado Boats, East Penn Manufacturing Co., Edson Marine, Fiberglass Coatings, Sunbrella, GOST, Hi Tide Manufacturing, IGX 2000, Interlux Yacht Paint, JL Audio, The Jupiter Bike, Finholder and More, Lenco Marine, Magic Tilt Trailers, Mantus Marine, Marine Customs Unlimited, Marine Tech, Mate Series, MPI, Normic Fishing, Ocean-Tamer Marine Bean Bags, Pacer Group, ProMariner, Quantum Paint, SeaDek Marine Nonskid, Sea-Dog Line, Shurhold, SPX Johnson Pumps, Swobbit Products, Taylor Made Systems, ThrowRaft, Sea Tow, SiriusXM Radio, TNT Custom Boatworks, White Water Marine Hardware and Yamaha Outboards.
Also, a special thank you to the Pinellas Community Foundation, Miami International Boat Show, Tampa Bay Boat Show and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
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!
We are excited to announce that Captain Mark Henderson of the Liquid Fire Fishing Team is joining the ranks of TACO Metals as our new Strategic Product Manager.
As a lifelong fishing enthusiast, who turned his hobby into a renowned sport fishing team, it only made sense that Henderson would someday work in the marine industry. The only question was when?
Henderson didn’t begin competitively sport fishing until 2004, when his friend invited him to join his team for the Raleigh Saltwater King Mackerel Tournament.
“We didn’t know anything about tournament fishing, but we wanted to fish,” said Henderson, a Durham, N.C. native equally known for his humor and thick Southern accent as well as his fishing accomplishments.
But by the end of 2004, Henderson and his friend qualified for the Southern Kingfish Association National Championship. Soon after, Henderson bought his first boat – a 25-foot Contender with a bright red hull, which he named “Liquid Fire” after his father’s homemade hot sauce.
From there, Henderson launched the Liquid Fire Fishing Team and began his dive into the marine industry – winning multiple tournaments and accelerating his team into the sport fishing record books.
“I was able to spend more and more time in the industry, around boating and around center consoles,” said Henderson, who previously worked in the automotive industry for nearly 25 years. “[The marine industry] became a growing passion for me, [but] for a while I just kind of fought it. I [already] had a great job and great freedoms and things like that. I didn’t pursue it real hard, but I was also watching and looking at Trade Only Today and talking to a lot of people about the industry.”
In 2009, after Henderson caught a sport fishing sponsorship from TACO Metals, he said his passion for the marine industry grew to a point that he could no longer fight his desire to shift career gears.
“I saw such a vast opportunity within the company and the sections of the business that they’ve got,” said Henderson, a married father of three. “There’s really nobody around like TACO. I felt like my skillset could benefit them and benefit me as far as a career standpoint.”
Having only started at TACO March 5, Henderson has already hit the water at full throttle – working the TACO Marine booth at the Independent Boat Builders, Inc. Vender Expo in St. Louis, Mo. and angling together preliminary production on a new as-yet named TACO YouTube program, which is slated to debut this Spring.
As the Strategic Product Manager, Henderson will oversee new TACO product launches in 2018, which may include everything from testing and development with TACO engineers to getting the product to market on time with the correct price point.
“Those are some very, very specific high-profile projects that I think we want to be sure to focus on,” he said.
Henderson said joining TACO Metals is a dream come true.
“I haven’t been as excited about a change in something as I am right now in many, many years,” he said. “I’m thankful to have another segment that excites me. I think I can be beneficial to the people in the company that mean so much to TACO and TACO means so much to them.”
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.
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-inch size, allowing multiple chairs side-by-side if needed.
Made in the USA, this helm chair is constructed with premium quality marine-grade vinyl 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.
The Coastal Helm Chair comes in Standard 19-inch or Deluxe 20-inch options and is ideal for smaller crafts up to 25-feet in length.
The Standard has a fixed seat bottom and is available with and without armrests. The Deluxe has an adjustable bolster and includes fixed armrests. Both versions have an universal hole pattern that fits most spider mounts, seat slides and pedestals on the market today.
For more information on all our TACO Marine Helm Chairs, visit tacomarine.com, fill out the contact form below or call 1-800-653-8568 today.
Add protection from the sun to your boat, and keep cooler. The Sunfly Shade™ from Canvas Designers is made from Sunbrella’s Contour™ knitted fabric and blocks out the sun. The special new fabric also allows the wind to flow through to keep you cooler. You can keep the shade up while boating from place to place during the day. For additional info and a short video, check out the Taco Marine Project Boat blog.
The Taco Marine Project Boat makeover on Ship Shape TV, and the focus of our Taco Marine Project Boat blog, still has a few more episodes to go – but wait, the Raffle for this boat, valued at around $150,000, is now officially underway! Purchase one $40 raffle ticket, or three tickets for $100 at: RallyUp.com/projectboat.
The Project Boat Raffle is a fundraiser for the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased now through November 5th when the Taco Marine Project Boat will be given away to one lucky winner at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show!
The I’M LOGAN IT Foundation is a charitable fund maintained by the Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF), a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
In Part 28, we discuss the Ship Shape TV and Taco Marine Project Boat’s final interior design, and show you how custom pillows and comforters for boats are made. Pick one of their designs or send them yours – a wide variety of pillow styles and designs can be created especially for boats. Click the image below to go the blog.
When completed later this year, the Taco Marine Project Boat will be on display at the 2017 Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show in November.All of the proceeds will benefit the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation (created by the Kushner family in loving memory of Logan Matthew Kushner – visit: IMLoganIT.com for more information).
I’M LOGAN IT is a non-profit foundation raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) and providing college scholarships for student athletes who exhibit similar values and qualities as Logan Kushner – including a strong sense of leadership, resilient in spirit, team pride, good sportsmanship and helping others.
Donate $35.00 to the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation and receive the official Taco Marine Project Boat long sleeve performance shirt. It’s 100% polyester and designed to keep you cool, dry and comfortable on all occasions. The $35.00 donation includes shipping and handling within the USA – all profits from the shirts will go to support Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) and college scholarships. Shirts are available here at this Taco Marine Website link.
The I’M LOGAN IT Foundation is a charitable fund maintained by the Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF), a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. PO Box 307, Safety Harbor, FL 34695-0307.
This Taco Marine 3-Rod Holder Cluster is designed to save space and maximize rod placement. It’s also great for kite fishing – it’s 3 rod holders in one! It fits all standard gunnel mount rod holders. A detachable tackle tray conveniently holds fishing tackle gear with pre-drilled holes for a knife and pliers, rigs, lures and spoons. Plus, we’ve added a cup holder for your favorite beverage. For more information on this handy rod holder, click this Deluxe-Trident-Rod-Holder-Cluster-Straight-with-Tool-Caddy link.