The Conclusion to the TACO Marine Project Boat Saga with Ship Shape TV

The episode you’ve been waiting for is here. We’re bringing you the final Ship Shape TV episode that features the TACO Marine Project Boat conclusion.

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.

Together, we fundraised more than $132,000 for the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation– supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and college scholarships for deserving students.

Winner Roger LeFranc holding the winning ticket, which he purchased during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Nov. 4, 2017.

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.

Left to right: Tim Neuman, Bert Delle of Ship Shape TV, Mike Trent, winner Roger LeFranc, Justin LeFranc, Rick Francisco and Mike Kushner of TACO Marine.

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.

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.

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