G’day all, and thank you for the warm welcome Donna!
It’s great to be here and I’m looking forward to answering any questions you all have, so please feel free to fire away.
A bit about me... my pathway into the marine industry began after high school as a humble dockmaster at a local marina. Over a period of nine years I met and assisted several thousand anglers and boaters in that time. Lots of different personalities, nationalities and ages. And plenty of different boats! Powerboats, trailerboats, yachts, cruisers... you name it, I’ve probably tied one to a dock or refuelled it...
All the conversations I had during that time eventually sparked the idea for Deckee, a free website that would function as a ‘TripAdvisor for Boaters’. Anyone could read and write reviews and recommendations of local marine businesses, boats, anchorages, fishing spots, insurance, gear and equipment to help them make better decisions.
One thing lead to another, and I met my eventual co-founder Jessica Watson, who I am sure many of you will remember sailing around the world solo at age 16 back in 2010. Jess shared my passion to help Aussies who love the water share advice and information with one another.
When we launched Deckee in 2015, initially we spent a lot of time focusing on how we can help the cruising and sailing community in Australia. Fast forward to today, over 2000 reviews have been contributed to Deckee by our awesome members! We have a extensive marine directory, dozens of location guides, and the world’s first boat insurance comparison tool. Plus much more to come...
By welcoming Fishraider to our extended community, we can now start to help a much larger group of Aussies that enjoy the marine lifestyle in a variety of ways. In other words - all of you.... the fishos!
As Donna mentioned, she’ll be staying on as Community Manager. I’ve spent many months talking with Donna and Stewy and seen firsthand their passion and dedication to fostering a helpful and respectful community here on Fishraider. We share a lot of the same values and I’m excited to combine forces with them to serve you all.
As you may have noticed, we’ve refreshed the look and feel of Fishraider to make it more modern, fun, and inviting for new anglers visiting the forum. Over coming weeks we’ll be sharing some cool new ideas that we think you will love too. Along the way we’ll be asking you all for feedback and you will have the opportunity to share your opinion on different features. Fishraider will always remain free to use and we are working hard to bring great advertising partners on board (along with our existing ones) which will help us invest in the long term future of Fishraider!
We are also aiming to organise a special Fishraider community meet up, which will be held in Sydney in the next few months. I'm hoping to have more details on that for you soon....
Thanks again Fishraiders, and if you have any questions please feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer them for you.
Mike (The Pilchard)