Most of us know a little about Jessica Watson. She sailed around the world solo when she was just 16 years old. More recently she founded Deckee, an app and service that helps boaters to explore Australia’s waterways and browse tips and photos of fishing spots and anchorages contributed by other members of the community.
Deckee has been around as a website for some time but a new app was recently launched for iOS and Android. It features weather reports and forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology, navigation zones and live location-specific safety alerts from Transport for NSW, and the ability to follow the real-time movements of AIS registered vessels.
Mike McKiernan, CEO and co-founder of Deckee, said "Our mission is to help boaters make better decisions, and our new mobile apps give everyone easy access to the community network, advice and tools they need to make the most of their time on the water".
So, if you're planning to sail or motor across Sydney Harbour, you'll know if a large vessel is likely to cross your path and how busy the water will be.
Sometimes called the "The Marine TripAdvisor", Deckee also boasts a boat insurance finder tool. This allows users to compare quotes from different marine insurance providers and compare reviews of thousands of marine service providers. Boaters can then connect with businesses through the app.
There are also recommendations for boating service providers, equipment reviews and other information to help make your time on the water as enjoyable and safe as possible.
The app uses social media logins so Deckee doesn't store any personal details. Future developments are expected to add a tool for knowing when your friends are close by.