Besides the obvious players in the high-performance marine industry, many of the innovative boater-friendly products available to enthusiasts nowadays have been created by boaters just like you who found a void in the market to fill or made a better version of something for ease of use, security, performance gains, etc.
You can get a firsthand look at the new Motor Monkey outboard protection device at next week’s Miami International Boat Show.
Motor Monkey from Kort Wittich of Covington, La., is the latest example of a unique product I’ve reported on from boaters who ran with one of their ideas. Another somewhat recent successful case in point is the man behind the DriveGuardian and DriveSync products, Mike Clesceri, who founded Marine Design Corporation as a side gig several years ago and has since created a full-fledged business out of the innovative components that make driving a performance boat easier and safer.
My friend Terry Sobo of Deep Impact Boats created an outboard line tender that’s pretty cool and useful, lifelong boat racer Shaun Torrente, who I’ve watched climb to the pinnacle of his sport over the past decade, built an outboard bracket business with recent growth that’s far exceeded his expectations, and I’ve met many people who have invented retractable cover fasteners, drain plug wrenches, dual-purpose PFDs, cleaning supplies, drink holders and more—not to mention the different technological applications for connecting with boaters or monitoring equipment.
Hang around the performance boat community long enough and you’ll realize many of the products you’ve come to appreciate were invented out of a boater’s necessity. That’s exactly why Wittich went to work on his outboard engine guard.
Read more: Meet the Motor Monkey in Miami
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