We interrupt this blog to inform you about an upcoming show and tell …

The Taco Marine and Ship Shape TV Project Boat will be on display at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 23-26. You can see it at the South entrance at the intersection of Flagler Drive and Lakeview Avenue.

The completely renovated boat will be auctioned at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and the proceeds will benefit the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation. The non-profit foundation is in memory of Logan Matthew Kushner, created by the Kushner family, owners of Taco Marine. It raises money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) and provides college scholarships for student athletes who exhibit similar values and qualities as Logan – including strong sense of leadership, resilient in spirit, team pride, good sportsmanship and helping others. Here’s a quick peek:

Interior: Part 19 – Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV.

Changing out the headliner or interior walls of your boat? Part 19 of the Taco Marine Project boat provides 3 time-saving tips for installing headliners and wall coverings.

1. Scrap the scraper for removing old glue or contact cement – we have a couple of time-saving tips for you. 2. Use a fabric track to hide uneven surfaces. 3. Fabric tips: Learn about what kind of interior fabrics work best for wear and tear, even a fabric that is bleach resistant. Watch Part 19 of the Taco Marine Project Boat video below:

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Installing the Hard Top: Part 18 – Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV.

Ship Shape TV and Taco Marine provided tips on how they installed the new hard top for the Taco Marine Project Boat. Just click above to watch the two-minute video on attaching the frame. Below are a couple added tips for attaching the frame to the boat’s fiberglass shell.

Ship Shape TVWe used 3M 5200 sealant for all the bolts that sealed the plates to prevent moisture from seeping in. We also use backing plates under the fiberglass in the cabin to where the frame attached that provided added strength and to prevent cracking.

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

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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.

Check out the video below:




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. Wiring 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