TACO Marine Project Boat Completes First Water Testing

TACO Marine® Project Boat winner Roger LeFranc, along with his wife Crystal and son Justin, joined TACO Vice President of Sales & Marketing Mike Kushner and Ship Shape TV Host John Greviskis for the first in a series of Project Boat water tests at Burt Reynolds Park in Jupiter, Florida March 2.

“It was pretty amazing,” said Roger LeFranc, a Florida native from Satellite Beach who grew up fishing and boating. “I don’t know how to explain it. [It’s] very exciting.”

Check out the video below for some highlights from the day.

While water testing Project Boat, we monitored many products – evaluating performance, durability and speed in the engines, electronics, batteries and more. Although the boat wasn’t in the open ocean, Roger tested the fully-remodeled 1989 Pursuit 2650 at higher speeds. To give you an idea of how fast, check out the video below.

With the first tests concluded, we’re making some tweaks to the engines and adding weight to the bow – prepping for Project Boat’s next adventure on the high seas with Roger pushing it full throttle. 

Stay tuned for more TACO Marine Project Boat updates, including the ocean testing and when Roger officially christens the boat “Justin Time II,” in honor of his son. Once christened, Roger and Justin said they plan to enter fishing tournaments and officially compete in Project Boat as the Justin Time Fishing Team.

Ship Shape TV Work Party Continues Remodeling TACO Marine Project Boat

The TACO Marine Project Boat is nearly complete! On Tuesday, Jan. 16, representatives from TACO, Ship Shape TV and AA Boat Top & Canvas came together for a work party on Project Boat – plumbing the head, covering edges with Infinity Welt, installing batteries and coating the stainless-steel railing and hardtop frame with a metal protectant, to name a few.

One of the products used to plumb the head was sanitized PVC tubing. Hayden Greviskis from Ship Shape TV said it’s helpful to place the tubing in the sun for several minutes prior to installation. The sun warms the tubing, making it more pliable and easier to feed through the chase way.

For hiding material edges inside the cabin, John Adinolfe from AA Boat Tops & Canvas used a new product he designed called Infinity Welt, a ¾-inch welt cord wrapped inside Infinity woven vinyl material. Check out the video below where Adinolfe showcases the Infinity Welt applications.

Metal protectants are designed to coat structural hardware from the wear and tear of saltwater and other environmental factors. On a boat, it is recommended a metal protectant is applied every six to 12 months, said Mike Strickland, Ship Shape TV technician. Depending on the product used, a protectant can be applied to aluminum, polished aluminum, stainless steel, copper, brass or any other metal to prevent staining and discoloration.

To bring Project Boat’s wiring and plumbing up to date, a few holes were drilled inside various compartments. To protect the hull on the inside, TACO Marine Category Product Manager Jose Chao applied 50/50 epoxy primer to the newly-made holes – a combination of epoxy resin and hardener applied to a dry surface making it waterproof. For more information, watch the video below.

Now that the boat’s almost complete, it’s heading to the Pacer Group workshop for electrical wiring, followed by on-the-water tests with a representative from Yamaha Outboards. In a few short weeks, Project Boat winner Roger LeFranc will get the keys to his newly-remodeled Pursuit 2650 and, as he plans, will hit the fishing tournament circuit throughout Florida.

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