The history of the company dates back to 1961 in Mississippi, when Garrett Harris decided to create an electric boat motor that was supposed to alleviate his difficult fishing lot. His idea was to create a motor that would not serve for racing, but was able to move the boat at the speeds needed for fishing.
While developing a control system for his motor, Harris found a very original solution - a spring drive, which made it possible to control the motor, and therefore the boat, with the help of his legs. Harris's idea, and the motors released, were to the taste of local fishermen. The invention was rapidly improved, and in the mid-60s the motor control system was significantly improved. It was around this time that the MotorGuide trade name appeared.
In 1984, after nearly 20 years of design and technology development, MotorGuide was acquired by the Brunswick Corporation, and in 2000 became part of Mercury Marine.
At present, the company's motors have established themselves as practically silent, comfortable and reliable, light and "high-torque", environmentally friendly and ready to serve on almost any vessel from a single-seat inflatable boat to a multi-seat boat.