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.

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.

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.

 

 

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.

Beyond the Boat: TACO Marine Gives to Charity, Helping Those in Need.

Logan Kushner

I’M LOGAN IT was created in memory of Logan Matthew Kushner, who passed away in 2012. Logan’s most important qualities were caring about people and positively impacting the lives of others.

The TACO Marine 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 [JDRF] and scholarships to deserving students.

I’M LOGAN IT was created in memory of Logan Matthew Kushner, who passed away in 2012. Logan left 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 also enjoyed being involved in the JDRF, where he parked cars in a full tuxedo during an annual gala to support a close family friend. 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.

Since launching Project Boat, Ship Shape TV documented on their show the boat’s transformation, and TACO Marine turned it into a 29-part Blog series. Viewers can experience everything from stripping the boat bare to installing the helm, seating, hard top and so much more.

What makes Project Boat unique is the fact that it’s a fully remodeled, one-of-a-kind, completely customized Pursuit 2650 with the latest, most-advanced products on the market today. This is a once-in-a-lifetime boat you won’t find anywhere else, and 100 percent of the proceeds are given to charity.

Ship Shape TV

Get your raffle fundraiser tickets today at go.rallyup.com/projectboat. The TACO Marine Project Boat raffle drawing is slated for Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. EST during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Entrants do not need to be present to win.

The TACO Marine Project Boat Raffle Fundraiser would not be possible without the incredible support of its many sponsors, including local Florida companies and worldwide brands. Features include:

More than 40 marine industry leaders rallied together to support the TACO Marine Project Boat, which has the latest, most-advanced features on the market today. Project Boat is worth more than $150,000 and all raffle ticket proceeds are given to charity!

We invite you to check out the TACO Marine Project Boat in-person at the Tampa Boat Show Oct. 13-15 and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Nov. 1-5.

The drawing is happening live from the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. EST. Entrants do not need to be present to win. You can buy tickets at both boat shows or online right now at go.rallyup.com/projectboat.

Help us spread the word about this amazing fundraiser for the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation. Please share information about the TACO Marine Project Boat Raffle Fundraiser for charity with your friends and family.

For more information about TACO Marine Project Boat, please visit tacomarineprojectboat.com, imloganit.com and go.rallyup.com/projectboat.

 

 

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.

 

 

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: