Installing the Helm: Part 27 – The Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV.

Taco Marine and Ship Shape TVThis is a pretty straight forward installation of a power steering assist unit that helps move both engines connected by a tie rod.

Mount the power steering unit high inside to avoid water and drips as much as possible. The main power for the unit runs directly to the breaker panel.

Included in the Part 26, of the Taco Marine Project Boat video, is a brief overview of Installing a tie bar kit to connect the two engines.

Tie rod kit for boat engines

We also show you how we created a rigging hole and tube for the power steering hoses that connect the helm to the tie rods.

Check out the short 3 minute video below:


Monitor your boat and track it’s location: Part 25 – Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV.

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? Contact sensors, motion detectors, infrared beam sensors, deck sensors, dock pull away sensors and many 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 Ship Shape TV and Taco Marine Project Boat. (Below the video is how to track the Taco Marine Project Boat).


Track the location of the Taco Marine Project Boat as it goes from location to location using the GOST Nav-Tracker system in these three easy steps: 

1. Go to:, click on LOG IN, and GOST Nav-Tracker Log In.

Gost for the Taco Marine Project Boat

2. Enter the User Name: and the password: 1234

3. Click the SECURE LOGIN button. That’s it!Gost - Global Ocean Security Technology for the Taco Marine Project Boat

Where’s the Boat? Up pops a map and a small orange square indicates the Project Boat’s location. You can easily zoom in and out of the map as the Project Boat travels to vendors as well as trade shows where the Taco Marine Project Boat will be on display.

Most tracking system

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.



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.


Portlights: Part 21 – The Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV.

Taco Marine Project BoatWatch how easy it is to replace those old, scratched and partly opaque portlights with brand new ones. It’s a relatively inexpensive project to help make your boat look new again.

Above – the trim ring is fed in from the outside and sealed with calking. On the inside – bend some tabs, secure with a few screws, then caulk and screw in the port light and you’re done. See how easy this project is to do in the video below:

Bolsters and Cushions: Part 20 – The Taco Marine Project Boat on Ship Shape TV.

Part 20 of the Taco Marine and the Ship Shape TV Project Boat provides insight on how foam density selection is based on the area primarily to be used for sitting or sleeping. For each area, combinations of different densities of foam are used for maximum comfort. Plus, an interior designer provides helpful tips on when to use plain and patterned fabrics. Click on the video below for insights on bolsters and cushions.