Constructed out of a personal necessity to keep his well-known Speed Racer-themed MTI catamaran clean upon arriving at offshore race sites around the country, the Marine Concepts travel cover has turned into a larger business than Missouri’s Randy Kent ever anticipated.
In a matter of a few years and several patents later, Kent’s Marine Concepts in Osage Beach, Mo., has become the go-to travel cover company for many of the highest-end performance boats from the likes of MTI, Nor-Tech, Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats, Skater Powerboats and more. It’s also a leader in semipermanent modular track system covers for all types of boats ranging from pontoons and cruisers to offshore V-bottoms and runabouts.
Concepts travel cover to keep Speedy clean, then Randy Scism (the owner and founder of MTI) saw it and asked me to do a couple of them for Team Abu Dhabi’s Class 1 raceboats,” Kent said. “He told some more customers about it and it took off from there. We’ve done a bunch of MTIs—everything from Rusty Rahm’s Wake Effects canopied raceboat and Gino Gargiulo’s Lamborghini-themed 48-footer to the turbine-powered Aqua-Mania and Craig Hargreaves’ boats, both his 52 MTI Spooled Up and his new 44-foot DCB.”