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19-year-old Dun Laoghaire Sailor Launches 'Park Turtle' Software Start Up to Manage Yacht Club Boat Parking

24th July 2021
Dun Laoghaire sailors John Chambers (left) and Charlie Cullen have launched Park Turtle to help yacht clubs solve the problems of dinghy parking
Dun Laoghaire sailors John Chambers (left) and Charlie Cullen have launched Park Turtle to help yacht clubs solve the problems of dinghy parking

Park Turtle is a new startup that has set out to simplify boat parking for yacht clubs and marinas. Developed by two Dublin Bay Waszp dinghy sailors and engineers John Chambers and Charlie Cullen, Park Turtle provides a mobile phone scanning system that eliminates the use of pens, paper and excel to enable clubs to easily track boats and parking fees.

19-year-old Waszp sailor and Engineering with management student in Trinity College Dublin - Charlie Cullen, observed how frustrated sailing clubs became by the effort it took to manage boat parking and payments. The two sailors came together to solve this problem.

Now Dublin clubs at the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Howth Yacht Club are trusting Park Turtle to provide the best solution in boat parking management.

Ireland's biggest yacht club, the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour is using the new Park Turtle software for managing its forecourt softwareIreland's biggest yacht club, the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour is using the new Park Turtle software for managing its forecourt software Photo: RSTGYC

"After developing and testing the new programme with the Royal St George Yacht Club and Howth Yacht Club, they have found that the club spends less time inspecting boats, chasing owners and have increased parking revenues", says Cullen.

The duo pair have been working hard winning Trinity College Dublin’s Dragons Den competition earlier this year, gaining them a place in Trinity College’s prestigious Tangent Lauchbox programme for start-ups.

"Sailing clubs can lose as much as 50% of parking fees, we help by providing a contactless tagging system to automate the frustrating and back-breaking work of inspecting boats, finding boat owners and collecting payments. Ensuring members pay before they park at your club, says Chambers.

More about Park Turtle and Charlie and John’s story on their website 

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