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.

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.”


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.



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 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.

How to Add Shade to Your Boat: Part 29 – The TACO Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV.

Ship Shape TV Boat shade

The cool thing about Part 29, of the Ship Shape TV and TACO Marine Project boat? There is a way to add protection from the sun to your boat, and to keep cool. The Sunfly Shade™ from Canvas Designers is made from Sunbrella’s Contour™ knitted fabric, and not only blocks out the sun, but it also allows the wind to flow through to keep you cooler. This is a great way to add additional shade to your boat – plus, you can keep it up while boating from place to place during the day. Another advantage of this shade material made by Sunbrella is that you can clean it with bleach and it won’t harm colors. Check out the short video segment below from a Ship Shape TV episode:


Hurricane Irma Flew By the Taco Marine Project Boat.

Ship Shape TVTo our customers, employees and friends that experienced Hurricane Irma – we wish you a speedy recovery. We’re headquartered in Miami and fortunately avoided disaster! The Project Boat, as seen on Ship Shape TV, was taken to an airplane hanger to keep it safe. Soon we’ll be getting back to putting the finishing touches on the Taco Marine Project Boat with help from Ship Shape TV and the many marine industry contributors to this boat project. Next up: We’ll resume promoting the special raffle for the Taco Marine Project Boat: Go here for Taco Marine Project Boat Raffle Fundraiser tickets. Coming Monday, we’ll be posting Part 29, “How to add extra shade for your boat”.

Check out the Taco Marine Project Boat at these upcoming shows: