After meeting Marine Design Corporation founder Mike Clesceri at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri a few times the past several years and witnessing the evolution of Clesceri’s company to include the innovative TrimSync system, which automatically keeps drives and lower units in sync and trimmed correctly, longtime Shootout competitor Brad Rowland opted to work with Clesceri in hopes of besting the 110-mph top speed he reached in 2017, the first year of the event’s new three-quarter-mile course.
Although Rowland hasn’t spent much time testing the TrimSync that was installed in his 25-foot South Bay tritoon model named Tooned In Two last month—he said he’s been busy making adjustments to a few other things to get the boat ready for the upcoming Shootout (Aug. 24-25)—he’s excited that he won’t have to worry about trying to get his trim just right and that the system should make the boat safer to operate in general.
“Mike and I got together this year and he offered me a good deal on the TrimSync system, which included helping me set it up,” said Rowland, who found out earlier this summer that he was going to be inducted into the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Bob Morgan Memorial Hall of Fame this year. “I’m eager to run the boat again and see how it does. We played with the system with the boat on the trailer and it’s pretty amazing that you can control all three motors like that. I’m guessing I’ve never really had the engines trimmed up the same so we’ll see if we can’t pick up a few mph this year.”
“I’d highly recommend Marine Design Corporation—Mike and his wife, Noel, are great people and very knowledgeable,” Rowland said. “Hopefully we can raise the bar again. I’m fortunate to have the help of friends and family, including Greg Barsoda, Forest River, French Construction and Parker Marine.”
A self-employed plumber from Illinois, Rowland has been a die-hard Shootout participant since he started participating in the event in 2003. He’s come a long way since that first 80-mph top speed in his twin-engine Odyssey pontoon, which is why he is part of the Shootout’s 2019 Hall of Fame class. And while he’s the obvious favorite to win the pontoon class Top Gun title, Rowland said he never underestimates his competitors, including PlayCraft Boats owner Jim Dorris, a fellow Hall of Fame member (class of 2016).
Of course, speedonthewater.com is going to be on the lookout for Rowland at next Tuesday’s Hall of Fame ceremony as well as at Captain Ron’s Bar and Grill, the Shootout host veue, on Saturday and Sunday.
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