Making the Hard Top: Part 17 – Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV.

Taco Marine project boat

Watch how the computer controlled CNC machine precisely cuts a mold for the hard top.

Ship Shape describes the bonding agentBack to the Hard Top: Initially we decided to repair the original hard top. Even though the holes in the top were repairable, the bottom and top components were delaminating, so it just wasn’t fixable. Because we are renovating the project boat to the best quality possible, we changed direction and decided it would be best to find a company to make a completely new hard top and matching it to the new aluminum frame we had made for the boat. From Cad Cam design, to cutting a mold, to resin infusing – this video provides an interesting insight into creating a high-quality hard top for the Taco Marine Project Boat.

Learn the secret of the best types of bonding agents and processes of adhering two components of a fiberglasPutting the two components of the hard top togethers hard top.

Watch how the two hard top components are fitted, glued together and weighted for maximizing the adhering ability of the bonding agents.

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Wiring: Part 16 – Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV.

Factory wire harnessWired behind the scenes: Part 16, is a really interesting video where Ship Shape TV takes you to a boat wiring factory and shows you how they organize and assemble boat wiring harnesses – and specifically for the Taco Marine Project boat. We’ve included a few wiring tips as well as show you how to properly run wire throughout your boat.

Boat bus barShown here is a typical bus bar which is exposed to the elements and potentially salty, corrosive, humid air. The Taco Marine Project Boat is using a totally encased “sealed” bus bar courtesy of the Pacer Group, electrical wire, components and systems.

Wire harness installationAn innovative remote feature has been added that will allow cockpit and hardtop lights to illuminate as the boat owner approaches on the dock.

Wiring on the scene: Even if you don’t plan to rewire your boat, this video is a fascinating behind the scenes peek into how a boat is wired. If you do need to repair your boat’s wiring, the video discusses the organization behind a boat’s wiring harness – which may help you find or fix wiring issues with your boat. Click video below:

 

Hard Top Frame Design: Part 15 – Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV.

In Part 14 we discussed the boat’s hard top had close to a hundred holes that needed to be filled. We filled the holes in the top by drilling larger counter sink holes and filled them with an epoxy resin mixed with milled fibers. With so many holes needing to being fixed, we asked ourselves, “Do we completely rebuild the top or engineer a completely new top?”  We concluded it would be best for maintaining the quality integrity of the Project Boat, to produce a brand new top – so off to the computer we went. Here is a preview of engineering a new top for the Taco Marine Project boat in a Cad Cam system before it goes into the building phase. Imagery and information collected while on site at Vectorworks in Titusville Florida.

 

 

Hard Top Frame: Part 14 – Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV

To update the project boat’s hard top, there are two main components – the frame and top. Each part had its challenges, but one had an unexpected ending.

Boat repairDIY boat repairThe boat’s hard top had close to a hundred holes that needed to be filled. The process to repair and fill the holes in the top was to drill larger counter sink holes and then fill them with an epoxy resin mixed with milled fibers. See what happened at the end of the video.

Boat rehab of hard top frame

Welding the Taco Marine rod holders to the hard top frame.

For more ideas on updating your boat with innovative Taco Marine products, go to our website at: TacoMarine.com

Galley Updating and Replacement: Part 13 – Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV

Ship Shape TV galley

Boat Galley Restoration Ideas

Do you really use the refrigerator in your boat galley? Does it ever get musty smelling, doesn’t get cold enough or it plain stopped working? In Part 13, of the Taco Marine Project boat, we took out the refrigerator and in the video below we show you an alternative of what to do with that empty space and other tips on updating the galley area.

 

For more ideas on updating your boat with award winning innovative products, go to our website at: TacoMarine.com

 

Companionway Installation: Part 12 – Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV

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These old style doors and smokey transparent acrylic lid get updated.

This how-to video clip from Ship Shape TV provides tips on updating or replacing the companionway in an older boat. From redoing the glide rails, to replacing the doors, to selecting the best materials and hardware, this video provides helpful insights.

lid for companionway

Older lids were transparent to let light through but did not provide privacy.

glide rail

The video below shows what to do with the old companion lid glide rails, hardware and how to select more durable and practical companionway materials for your boat.

 

 

Rub Rail Installation: Part 11 – Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV

rub rail selection tipsRub rail selection and installation. In our latest Taco Marine Project Boat video, the first 4 minutes is about selecting rub rail that best fits the size of your boat and the different choices in materials. The second half of the video provides tips on installation to make the rub rail project go a little quicker and how to create a better seal against water intrusion.

Rub rail selection

Watch the video below for rub rail installation tips on measuring, caulking, attaching, bending and trimming rub rail.

Click here for Taco Marine’s handy rub rail replacement selection guide.