Described by founder Mike McKiernan as “TripAdvisor for boating”, Deckee has been christened with champagne and launched with a huge splash!
Mike spotted a great opportunity for a boating portal that previously didn’t exist. With the help of Newism and Newcastle startup accelerator Slingshot, that opportunity is now realised with the launch of deckee.com in March 2015.
Boat owners can now plan trips and search for location-specific services such as storage and repairs – all based on reviews and recommendations from the boating community.
Initially proposed as a prototype purely for market testing, investment funding and support from both Slingshot and Newism saw the initial project concept grow to a full, first-version release.
Leevi Graham, Newism’s Technical Director, custom-developed Google Map integration with location services to enrich the search functionality:
“These days users expect an intuitive, visually rich experience with effortless location searching. I’m proud of the quality of work my team has delivered in a relatively short time frame. Looking forward to collaborating with Mike on the next round of Deckee features which is already in the planning.”
As more ‘boaties’ come on-board and user-contributed content grows the website will be sailing around the world in no time. We’re already working with Mike to further enhance the user experience and build on the community/social element.
There’s certainly no shortage of new ideas and start-ups, but it’s rare to land a niche opportunity presented by a driven entrepreneur. Mike has been a dream client to work with, contributing greatly to a successful project roll-out.
Want to know more? Check it out for yourself at deckee.com.