The future of racing is here.
INTRODUCING THE WORLD’S FIRST ROBOTIC MARK.
Introducing The World’s First Robotic Mark.
Check out our FAQ for answers to commonly asked questions.
The Future of Racing Is Here.
Benefits and Features.
Faster course set-up
Perfect placement of starting pin and mark
Mobile GPS Technology
No anchor needed
INSPIRATION BEHIND THE IDEA
Kevin gives credit for his inspiration to continue the project to a retired engineer and old family friend, the late Bill Margolin. Bill had a way of dissecting problems, and during the months before he passed away, they talked about the concept for MarkSetBot™. While he was fragile, he still loved to solve problems, so Kevin brought a prototype to the hospital one day. Bill suggested ditching the preliminary prototype and creating a way to provide thrust via a propeller on a pivot. At the time, Kevin thought he was crazy, but several weeks later, when he saw a GPS-based trolling motor he knew that was the way to go.
In 2014, the first functional prototype was developed and was called Robobuoy™. Robobuoy™ is the name of our core technology and MarkSetBot™ is our sailing industry version of the product. In 2016, ProNav Marine of Houghton, MI and MarkSetBot teamed together to improve on the initial prototype. This led to a beta at 6 clubs in the summer of 2017 and production starting in 2018.
The Solution for a Common Race Problem.
Set up your course faster, easier and more accurately than ever before.
Self-propels and uses GPS technology.
Don Glover, 2017
Before the race, there were many doubters in the crowd, but MarkSetBot worked out just fine. I would have absolutely no reservations about using it again. I am a believer!”
Russell Coutts, 2019
MarkSetBot’s participation in SailGP has brought us to the attention of Russell Coutts, CEO of SailGP. “I just saw the brilliant technology from MarkSetBot which is a revolutionary course laying system using robotic technology.”, Coutts said.
In speaking about MarkSetBot’s value outside of SailGP, Coutts mentioned that “We immediately have decided we need some of those in our youth program in New Zealand, that’s for sure. For anyone that’s been involved with pulling up anchor chains and so-forth, getting to this MarkSetBot, it’s definitely a great solution.”
Ken Read, 2020
“I recently did a Club-Swan 50 event and they used really cool self-propelled, no anchor GPS-controlled race marks – they were working in current and good breeze and waves and it made for simple racecourse adjustments and far fewer people needed to run the races. If you are a starting-line perfectionist PRO this gives you free reign to move the mark up to about five minutes before the start and still allow people to ping the pin.
Fewer people. Fewer anchor lines. Fewer boats needed. Less fuel. I couldn’t believe how something like this wouldn’t be cost-effective for all yacht clubs around the globe.”