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.

 

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:


Taco Marine Project Boat

 

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

Taco Marine project boat

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:

 

 

 

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

Galley Updating and Replacement: Part 13 – Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV

Ship Shape TV galley

Boat Galley Restoration Ideas

Do you really use the refrigerator in your boat galley? Does it ever get musty smelling, doesn’t get cold enough or it plain stopped working? In Part 13, of the Taco Marine Project boat, we took out the refrigerator and in the video below we show you an alternative of what to do with that empty space and other tips on updating the galley area.

 

For more ideas on updating your boat with award winning innovative products, go to our website at: TacoMarine.com