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.

The Taco Marine Project Boat – The Fundraiser Raffle Starts Now!

Ship Shape TV

We are constantly asked, “When is the Taco Marine Project Boat Raffle?” We’re excited to say – Now! The Project Boat Raffle Fundraiser for the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation is officially underway. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased now through Nov. 5 – when the boat, valued at more than $150,000, will be given away to one lucky winner at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show!

Taco Marine raffle ticketPurchase one $40 raffle ticket, or three for $100, at: RallyUp.com/projectboat. The winning raffle ticket will be announced at 1 p.m. EST during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on November 5th. The raffle drawing is slated for live-streaming on Taco Marine’s Facebook page. Entrants can also purchase tickets in person at the Taco Marine Project Boat booth during the following boat shows:

The Taco Marine Project Boat, featured for the past two years on Ship Shape TV, is the result of a complete makeover of a 1989 Pursuit 2650 powerboat to 2017 standards using the latest, most advanced materials and products. For more information about the Taco Marine Project Boat, please review the previous posts on this blog for complete step-by-step documentation on its makeover progress.

I'm Logan Foundation

The Taco Marine Project Boat Raffle Fundraiser aims to raise money for the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation, a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) organization created in memory of Logan Matthew Kushner – to honor and preserve his unique spirit and passion for life along with the values he represented.

Logan Kushner

Logan Kushner

Since 2012, the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation has raised more than $150,000 for charity – providing college scholarships to deserving young students and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation . The I’M LOGAN IT Foundation’s mission is to inspire young people to achieve good self-esteem by encouraging them to do acts of kindness in their daily lives and mentor this message to others throughout their schools and communities.

 

 

This project would not be possible without the generous contributions and support of these 40+ leading marine manufacturers and suppliers all working together to showcase their products and talents to make this a truly unique industry project: Sponsors

The I’M LOGAN IT Foundation is a charitable fund maintained by the Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF), a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 

 

Boat Interior Design: Part 28 – The Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV.

Custom pillows and comforters

In Part 28, we discuss the Ship Shape TV and Taco Marine Project Boat’s final interior design and show you how custom pillows and comforters for boats are made. Pick one of their designs or send them yours – the designs are produced by sewing machines driven by computers, and the trim and pleats are sewn by hand. They can create a wide variety of pillow styles and designs on fabrics which are sea-worthy and specially made for boating. Check out the video below:

 

The Taco Marine Project Boat Raffle.

When completed later this year, the Taco Marine Project Boat will be on display at the 2017 Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show in November. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation (created by the Kushner family in loving memory of Logan Matthew Kushner – visit: IMLoganIT.com for more information). I’M LOGAN IT is a non-profit foundation raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) and providing college scholarships for student athletes who exhibit similar values and qualities as Logan Kushner – including a strong sense of leadership, resilient in spirit, team pride, good sportsmanship and helping others.

Ship Shape TV project boat

 

Ship Shape TV and Taco Marine Project Boat T-shirtDonate $35.00 to the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation and receive the official Taco Marine Project Boat long sleeve performance shirt. It’s 100% polyester and designed to keep you cool, dry and comfortable on all occasions. The $35.00 donation includes shipping and handling within the USA – all profits from the shirts will go to support Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) and college scholarships. Shirts are available here at this Taco Marine Website link.

The I’M LOGAN IT Foundation is a charitable fund maintained by the Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF), a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. PO Box 307, Safety Harbor, FL 34695-0307.

 

 

TACO Marine Project Boat Part 25 – Tracking and Security

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? Through the integration of contact sensors, motion detectors, infrared beam sensors, deck sensors, dock pull away sensors and much 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 TACO Marine Project Boat.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

TACO Marine Project Boat Part 23 – Dash Panel

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.