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!!!

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Taco Marine Project Boat benefitting the I'm Logan It Foundation

Logan with his flag football teammates.

 

 

Project Boat Continues Legacy of Logan: An open letter from Mike Kushner of TACO Metals

The TACO Marine Project Boat represents a full transformation of a tired 28-year-old boat into a brand new, custom beauty – showcasing the latest and greatest products from TACO and dozens of other leading marine product manufacturers. Yet this industry-wide collaboration represents so much more than just a great remodeling venture – it also represents hope, caring for others, giving back and continuing the legacy of an amazing young man.

Project Boat began more than two years ago as a bold idea to raise money for charity – specifically, the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation, which provides support to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and scholarships to deserving students.

Logan Kushner

Logan volunteered for the JDRF – parking cars in a full tuxedo.

I’M LOGAN IT was created in memory of Logan Matthew Kushner, who passed away in 2012. Logan left behind a legacy dedicated to education, team sports and helping others.

Logan never knew a stranger. His most important qualities were caring about people and positively impacting the lives of others. His smiles, hugs and enthusiasm for life were genuine. Logan is dearly missed.

As a 59-year-old business founded on family principles, TACO has always strived to develop more than just business agreements with our customers, but rather long-standing relationships and friendships – values Logan emulated throughout his life.

All proceeds from every Project Boat raffle ticket donation are given to the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation – helping kids in need and striving to make a positive impact in the lives of others. The Foundation’s goal is to remind us to always give 150 percent effort in everything we do and to always be there to lend a hand to those in need – just like Logan did.

Taco Marine Project Boat benefitting the I'm Logan It Foundation

Logan with his flag football teammates.

Please lend your support by making a donation for a chance to win this unique custom boat and by sharing Project Boat with all others you know who may be interested. For additional information please visit go.rallyup.com/projectboat.

Sincerely,

Mike Kushner

Taco marine Project Boat

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 go.rallyup.com/projectboat 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:

 

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.