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:

 

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: www.gostglobal.com, click on LOG IN, and GOST Nav-Tracker Log In.

Gost for the Taco Marine Project Boat

2. Enter the User Name: projectboat@tacomarine.com 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.