Taco Marine boat makeover a success in many ways

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It’s a winner in four ways — for Taco Marine, for “Ship Shape TV,” for a lucky family that will own a one-of-a-kind Pursuit and, above all, for the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation.

Here’s how this story unfolds:

Miami-based Taco Marine will raffle a Pursuit 2650. But this isn’t any ordinary Pursuit. It’s a 1989 model that has been completely remodeled over a two-year period, is now valued at more than $150,000 and is looking for new ownership.

The raffle beneficiary will be the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation, whose mission is to inspire young people to achieve self-esteem by encouraging them to do acts of kindness in their daily lives and spread this message to other people throughout their schools and communities.

The foundation was established in memory of Logan Matthew Kushner, to honor and preserve the young man’s unique spirit and passion for life and the values he represented. Specifically, I’M LOGAN IT raises money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, which Logan was actively involved in; promotes awareness of Tourette syndrome, which he learned to live with on a daily basis; provides scholarships to student athletes who have overcome adversity and exhibit similar values, qualities and interests as Logan; and supports local youth sports programs.

If the boat looks familiar, you’ve been watching episodes of John Graviskis’ popular and long-standing “Ship Shape TV” show, in which he chronicled the two-year “Great Boat Makeover” process of bringing the Pursuit up to 2017 standards and creating the only one of its kind on the planet. It’s loaded with the latest Taco Marine products, of course, but many other marine industry companies (listed below) provided materials and products for the project.

The boat is slated to be on display at the Tampa Boat Show (Oct. 13-15) and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (Nov. 1-5). The raffle will take place inside the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

Specifically, between now and Nov. 5, entrants can make a $40 donation for one raffle ticket or get three tickets for $100. The winning ticket is scheduled to be drawn at 1 p.m. EST during the boat show. (Note: Ticket availability will end at 12:30 p.m. EST on Nov. 5.) The drawing will also be live-streamed on Taco Marine’s official Facebook page.

Raffle tickets are available in person at the Taco exhibit at the shows or more conveniently online at the following: go.rallyup.com/projectboat.

A shout-out to these companies sponsoring the project boat: ACR Electronics; Armstrong Nautical Products; Boat Outfitters-Teak Isle; Boat Steering Solutions; BT’s Welding; Canvas Designers; Chapman School of Seamanship; CWR Electronics; Dennis Friel Art Studios; Destination Bound; Dometic Corp.; East Penn Manufacturing-DEKA; Edson Marine; Fiber Glass Coatings Inc.; Glen Raven-Sunbrella; GOST Global Security; Haimes Coleman; Hi Tide Manufacturing; IGX 2000; JL Audio; Infinity Woven Products; Interlux Paints; and Lenco Marine;

Also MagicTilt Trailers; Mantus Anchors; Marine Customs Unlimited; Mate Series; MPI Hose; Normic Fishing; Ocean-Tamer Marine Bean Bags; Pacer Group; Pro Mariner; Quantum Paints; SeaDek Marine Products; Sea Dog Line; Shurhold Clean-n-Simple; Simrad Marine Electronics; SPX Johnson Pumps; Swobbit System; Taylor Made Products; Throw Raft; TNT Custom Boat Works; Vectorworks Marine; White Water Marine Hardware; and Yamaha Marine.

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