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.



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:


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: 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: