Monitor your boat and track it’s location: Part 25 – Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV.

GOST security screens

The GOST system helps protect against theft, fire, smoke, high water in the bilge, low voltage, loss of shore power and intrusion. How? Contact sensors, motion detectors, infrared beam sensors, deck sensors, dock pull away sensors and many more, keep track of where and what is going on with your boat when you are not there. Plus, the sensors, sirens, acoustic sound barriers and flashing lights can chase off intruders before the boat is ever stolen and needs to be tracked. The video below shows the Gost system being installed on the Ship Shape TV and Taco Marine Project Boat. (Below the video is how to track the Taco Marine Project Boat).

 

Track the location of the Taco Marine Project Boat as it goes from location to location using the GOST Nav-Tracker system in these three easy steps: 

1. Go to: www.gostglobal.com, click on LOG IN, and GOST Nav-Tracker Log In.

Gost for the Taco Marine Project Boat

2. Enter the User Name: projectboat@tacomarine.com and the password: 1234

3. Click the SECURE LOGIN button. That’s it!Gost - Global Ocean Security Technology for the Taco Marine Project Boat

Where’s the Boat? Up pops a map and a small orange square indicates the Project Boat’s location. You can easily zoom in and out of the map as the Project Boat travels to vendors as well as trade shows where the Taco Marine Project Boat will be on display.

Most tracking system

The Boat Wrap: Part 24 – The Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV.

Ship Shape TV project boat wrap

Marine artist Dennis Friel at work


From ideas, to sketches, to final art – watch how the boat wrap becomes reality.
This is pretty exciting to have the Ship Shape TV and Taco Marine Project Boat get its boat wrap designed by marine artist Dennis Friel. Dennis is a well know marine artist with many of his pieces in the IGFA Hall of Fame.

Ship Shape TV and Taco Marine Project Boat WrapDennis Friel was commissioned to create the custom artwork for the Ship Shape TV and Taco Marine Project Boat’s wrap. In the video below we follow the process from sketch, to computer art, to figuring out how to make the wrap fit the shape of the Taco Marine Project Boat.

Watch the creative process behind the Taco Marine Project Boat wrap, click the image below to watch the 4 minute video.

 

 

Dash Panel Installation: Part 23 – The Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV.

Taco Marine Ship Shape TV dash panel

This short two-minute video offers a behind-the-panel tip on how dash panels are connected and installed properly. This may help you understand why and how an electrical problem related to the dash panel and wiring gets fixed in the future. Should you silicon the dash panel when fastening it to the deck? Discover the pros and cons of using a silicon sealer when a dash is installed in the video below:

Boat Windshield Installation: Part 22 – The Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV.

boat windshield replacement

The plan is to install a power actuated arm on the deck to operate the center windshield.

On the Ship Shape TV and Taco Marine Project Boat, we are replacing the old windshield utilizing the latest technology. Push a button for the power activated arm, and the front lower section opens or closes to get that breeze-in-your-face cooling effect.

Taco Marine Project Boat windshieldCheck your windshield: Look for dry, cracked seals and caulking that may cause the windshield to vibrate, or even worse – leak.

That said, since you are constantly looking out through your windshield while boating – consider fixing or replacing it with a clear and leak-free windshield.

Touch-up welding of pits and holes is part of refurbishing a windshield frame.

Repair or replace? You may not need to completely replace your windshield and frame, just get it refurbished and possibly add new glass – see how in the video below.

taco Marine windshieldSilicon sealant is used in the frame joints, and waterproof foam sealant is used between the frame and the fiberglass deck of the boat.

Watch Part 22 below, of the Ship Shape TV and Taco Marine Project Boat, to learn how to refurbish a boat windshield, or if needed, replace it.

 

Bolsters and Cushions: Part 20 – The Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV.

Part 20 of the Taco Marine and the Ship Shape TV Project Boat provides insight on how foam density selection is based on the area primarily to be used for sitting or sleeping. For each area, combinations of different densities of foam are used for maximum comfort. Plus, an interior designer provides helpful tips on when to use plain and patterned fabrics. Click on the video below for insights on bolsters and cushions.

 

 

 

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.

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: