Founder and creator Kevin Morin conceptualized MarkSetBot while racing on Cass Lake (Michigan) at the Pontiac Yacht Club, where he was a member. Cass Lake is a challenging place to do Race Committee work, as the wind is very shifty and there are many areas that are too deep to set an anchor. Often the Race Committee is forced to set a course that isn't ideal, because it’s the only location where a mark can be set. Additionally, every racer at the club must volunteer for Race Committee twice a year. Kevin figured if he could replace the mark set boat, each racer would only have to volunteer once a year, which would mean one extra day of racing for everyone!
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.