I don’t know exactly how many years ago it was—I think six—but the first time I met Mike Clesceri was at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri and he was showing off DriveGuardian from his new company, Marine Design Corporation. The Illinois-based engineer had spent hundreds of hours developing and testing the drive-saving device on his twin-engine Fountain Powerboats V-bottom and was ready to take the torque-limiting clutch to market in a big way.
Marine Design Corporation’s Mike Clesceri (left) joined BAR Marine Group’s Ben Robertson, Jr. (center) and Ben Robertson, III, at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Missouri. Photo courtesy Mike Clesceri
Since then, I’ve bumped into Mike and his lovely wife, Noelle, at the Shootout pretty much every year and at several offshore races and other performance boat events across the country. Easily two of the most polite people I’ve met in the industry, the Clesceris always go out of their way to say hi to me and the many customers they’ve become close with over the years.
That loyal customer list has continued to grow over the last few years as has the MDC product line that now includes the popular TrimSync, a system which automatically keeps drives and lower units in sync and trimmed correctly, TrimSync Race Edition, heavy-duty crashbox damper plates, crashbox shift controllers and an IAC survival kit that was developed for twin engine applications and includes two plug-and-play IAC harnesses that are fused to prevent a direct short to the PCM.