TACO Marine Project Boat Completes First Water Testing

TACO Marine® Project Boat winner Roger LeFranc, along with his wife Crystal and son Justin, joined TACO Vice President of Sales & Marketing Mike Kushner and Ship Shape TV Host John Greviskis for the first in a series of Project Boat water tests at Burt Reynolds Park in Jupiter, Florida March 2.

“It was pretty amazing,” said Roger LeFranc, a Florida native from Satellite Beach who grew up fishing and boating. “I don’t know how to explain it. [It’s] very exciting.”

Check out the video below for some highlights from the day.

While water testing Project Boat, we monitored many products – evaluating performance, durability and speed in the engines, electronics, batteries and more. Although the boat wasn’t in the open ocean, Roger tested the fully-remodeled 1989 Pursuit 2650 at higher speeds. To give you an idea of how fast, check out the video below.

With the first tests concluded, we’re making some tweaks to the engines and adding weight to the bow – prepping for Project Boat’s next adventure on the high seas with Roger pushing it full throttle. 

Stay tuned for more TACO Marine Project Boat updates, including the ocean testing and when Roger officially christens the boat “Justin Time II,” in honor of his son. Once christened, Roger and Justin said they plan to enter fishing tournaments and officially compete in Project Boat as the Justin Time Fishing Team.

Ship Shape TV Work Party Continues Remodeling TACO Marine Project Boat

The TACO Marine Project Boat is nearly complete! On Tuesday, Jan. 16, representatives from TACO, Ship Shape TV and AA Boat Top & Canvas came together for a work party on Project Boat – plumbing the head, covering edges with Infinity Welt, installing batteries and coating the stainless-steel railing and hardtop frame with a metal protectant, to name a few.

One of the products used to plumb the head was sanitized PVC tubing. Hayden Greviskis from Ship Shape TV said it’s helpful to place the tubing in the sun for several minutes prior to installation. The sun warms the tubing, making it more pliable and easier to feed through the chase way.

For hiding material edges inside the cabin, John Adinolfe from AA Boat Tops & Canvas used a new product he designed called Infinity Welt, a ¾-inch welt cord wrapped inside Infinity woven vinyl material. Check out the video below where Adinolfe showcases the Infinity Welt applications.

Metal protectants are designed to coat structural hardware from the wear and tear of saltwater and other environmental factors. On a boat, it is recommended a metal protectant is applied every six to 12 months, said Mike Strickland, Ship Shape TV technician. Depending on the product used, a protectant can be applied to aluminum, polished aluminum, stainless steel, copper, brass or any other metal to prevent staining and discoloration.

To bring Project Boat’s wiring and plumbing up to date, a few holes were drilled inside various compartments. To protect the hull on the inside, TACO Marine Category Product Manager Jose Chao applied 50/50 epoxy primer to the newly-made holes – a combination of epoxy resin and hardener applied to a dry surface making it waterproof. For more information, watch the video below.

Now that the boat’s almost complete, it’s heading to the Pacer Group workshop for electrical wiring, followed by on-the-water tests with a representative from Yamaha Outboards. In a few short weeks, Project Boat winner Roger LeFranc will get the keys to his newly-remodeled Pursuit 2650 and, as he plans, will hit the fishing tournament circuit throughout Florida.

Stay tuned for more updates on the TACO Marine Project Boat. Discover more at tacomarineblog.com and on the TACO Marine Facebook page. Find us on Twitter at @Taco_Marine, Instagram at @tacometals and on LinkedIn, Google+ and tacomarine.com.

Project Boat Winner and Avid Fisherman Roger LeFranc Visits Fish Taco

For the first time since buying his winning ticket P5672 on Nov. 4 during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the TACO Marine Project Boat winner Roger LeFranc visited his soon-to-be boat!

Ship Shape TV and Taco Marine Project Boat winner

Holding his winning ticket P5672, TACO Marine Project Boat winner Roger LeFranc stopped by the Ship Shape TV workshop Nov. 30 to tour his new boat. Behind LeFranc are brand new Yamaha F250 twin outboard engines.

“It’s gorgeous,” said LeFranc Nov. 30 after touring Project Boat. “I don’t have any words. It’s beautiful. She’s beautiful.”

LeFranc, of Melbourne, Fla. visited the Ship Shape TV workshop in Indiantown, Fla., accompanied by his son Justin, brother-in-law Hank Berry of Okeechobee, Fla., nephew Dylan Berry of Okeechobee, Fla. and friend Tim Neuman of Satellite Beach, Fla.

Taco Marine Project Boat

TACO Marine Project Boat winner Roger LeFranc, standing second from the right, brought members of his family and close friend to tour his new boat. Left to right: Nephew Dylan Berry, brother-in-law Hank Berry, friend Tim Neuman, LeFranc and son Justin.

In the coming weeks, the professionals from Ship Shape TV will be applying the finishing touches to the TACO Marine Project Boat, such as painting inside the bilge and hatches and conducting on-the-water tests. Pretty soon, LeFranc will be cruising into the Florida sunset aboard his new boat, which he plans to name “Justin Time,” after his son.

“It’s got plenty of places it’s going to see,” said LeFranc, who is planning many fishing trips aboard Project Boat in the near future. “Sailfish season is right around the corner.”


Announcing Winner of the TACO Marine® Project Boat!

We are excited to announce the winner of the TACO Marine® Project Boat Raffle Fundraiser is Roger LeFranc from Melbourne, Florida! LeFranc was randomly selected Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. EST during the final day of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

After a two-and-a-half year remodeling venture extensively chronicled on Ship Shape TV and a successful fundraising campaign with nearly 1,800 entrants and donations, the TACO Marine Project Boat Raffle Fundraiser raised more than $130,000 for the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation! All proceeds from the Raffle Fundraiser support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and college scholarships for deserving students.

Donations for a chance to win Project Boat poured in from around the country – including states as far away as Hawaii, Alaska, and Maine! Thank you for all your generous donations and support!

The TACO Marine Project Boat would not have been possible without the tremendous support from its many amazing sponsors and organizers, including John Greviskis and the entire team at Ship Shape TV. Since 2015, the TACO Marine Project Boat was featured on 29 Ship Shape TV episodes. You can find all these episodes and more at tacomarineprojectboat.com.

We’d also like to send a special thank you to the Informa organizers at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show for their support of the TACO Marine Project Boat and the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation – helping promote and organize the raffle fundraiser for charity.

Taco MarineFrom all of us at TACO Marine, thank you to all of the sponsors and boat show organizers who helped make the TACO Marine Project Boat Raffle Fundraiser a success.

  • A-1 Boat Transport
  • ACR Electronics
  • Armstrong Nautical Products
  • Boat Outfitters
  • Boat Steering Solutions
  • Bob Hewes Boats
  • BT’s Welding Services
  • Canvas Designers
  • CWR Electronics
  • Dennis Friel Art Studios
  • Destination Bound
  • Dometic
  • Dorado Boats
  • East Penn Manufacturing
  • Edson Marine
  • Fiber Glass Coatings, Inc.
  • Finholder and More
  • Sunbrella
  • GOST Global
  • Hi-Tide Manufacturing
  • Informa
  • IGX 2000
  • Interlux Yacht Paint
  • JL Audio Marine
  • Jupiter Bike
  • Lenco Marine
  • Magic Tilt
  • Mantus Marine
  • Marine Customs Unlimited
  • Marine Tech
  • Marine Products International
  • Mate Series
  • National Marine Manufacturers Assocation
  • Normic Pure Adrenaline
  • Ocean-Tamer Bean Bags
  • Pacer Group
  • ProMariner
  • EMC
  • SeaDek Marine Products
  • Sea-Dog Line Quality Marine Gear
  • SeaTow
  • Ship Shape TV
  • Sirius XM Radio
  • Shurhold
  • SPX Johnson Pump
  • Swobbit System
  • Taylor Made Products
  • Throw Raft
  • TNT Custom Boatworks
  • Vectorworks Marine, LLC.
  • White Water Marine Hardware
  • Yamaha Outboards


The Winner of the TACO Marine Project Boat is …

… ROGER LEFRANC. Congratulations Roger – from the I’m Logan It Foundation and TACO Marine!!!

TACO Marine project boat

Taco Marine Project Boat benefitting the I'm Logan It Foundation

Logan with his flag football teammates.



Project Boat Continues Legacy of Logan: An open letter from Mike Kushner of TACO Metals

The TACO Marine Project Boat represents a full transformation of a tired 28-year-old boat into a brand new, custom beauty – showcasing the latest and greatest products from TACO and dozens of other leading marine product manufacturers. Yet this industry-wide collaboration represents so much more than just a great remodeling venture – it also represents hope, caring for others, giving back and continuing the legacy of an amazing young man.

Project Boat began more than two years ago as a bold idea to raise money for charity – specifically, the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation, which provides support to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and scholarships to deserving students.

Logan Kushner

Logan volunteered for the JDRF – parking cars in a full tuxedo.

I’M LOGAN IT was created in memory of Logan Matthew Kushner, who passed away in 2012. Logan left behind a legacy dedicated to education, team sports and helping others.

Logan never knew a stranger. His most important qualities were caring about people and positively impacting the lives of others. His smiles, hugs and enthusiasm for life were genuine. Logan is dearly missed.

As a 59-year-old business founded on family principles, TACO has always strived to develop more than just business agreements with our customers, but rather long-standing relationships and friendships – values Logan emulated throughout his life.

All proceeds from every Project Boat raffle ticket donation are given to the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation – helping kids in need and striving to make a positive impact in the lives of others. The Foundation’s goal is to remind us to always give 150 percent effort in everything we do and to always be there to lend a hand to those in need – just like Logan did.

Taco Marine Project Boat benefitting the I'm Logan It Foundation

Logan with his flag football teammates.

Please lend your support by making a donation for a chance to win this unique custom boat and by sharing Project Boat with all others you know who may be interested. For additional information please visit go.rallyup.com/projectboat.


Mike Kushner

Taco marine Project Boat

The TACO Marine Project Boat at the Tampa Boat Show. Thank You for Visiting!

Captain Fear Buccaneer

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders and Captain Fear stopped by the TACO Marine Project Boat Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at the Tampa Boat Show.

All of us at TACO Marine, thank you for your support of the TACO Marine Project Boat Raffle Fundraiser – especially during the Tampa Boat Show! If you attended the show, you got to see and explore this special Project Boat in-person!

All of the raffle ticket proceeds are given to the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation, which provides support to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and college scholarships to deserving students.

Taco Marine Project Boat Sponsors

The TACO Marine Project Boat is sponsored by many marine leaders, including Yamaha Marine, SeaDek and many more!

Thanks to the generous support of the marine industry for their contributions and helping to make the TACO Marine Project Boat state-of-the-art. The TACO Marine Project Boat raffle drawing is slated for Nov. 5 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. You can purchase tickets online at go.rallyup.com/projectboat and in-person at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Nov. 1-5 at booth #2000-A. We hope to see you there, and maybe you might even have the winning raffle ticket for this very special boat!

Taco marine Project BoatI’M LOGAN IT was created in memory of Logan Matthew Kushner, who passed away in 2012. The Foundation aims to help young people establish healthier self-esteem through acts of kindness and mentorship – values by which Logan lived.

Discover more about the TACO Marine Project Boat right here on this 29-part blog. Please visit the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation here.