TABLE ROCK LAKE, Mo. — An entrepreneur in Arkansas is hoping his new cell phone app will improve your next trip to the lake.
It’s called “RaftUp,” and it already has the support of business owners in both Arkansas and Missouri.
“The idea started a long time ago,” says app developer, Corey Boelkens. “It’s a socialized SOS, where you can share your location in real time with anyone within five-miles, or your friends.”
Boelkens says he’s “all in:” selling his truck, a boat, even leaving his job in order to commit all his attention to the new software.
“The need was, ‘what else could I do on the water?’” he says. “and ‘how could our friends get together more?’”
“We started telling our members immediately, ‘they need to learn more about this,’” says Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce executive director, Sheila Thomas.
Thomas says Boelkens became a member investor a few months before launching “RaftUp.”
She says the app can send out a mobile “SOS” during an emergency, or it can help boaters find friends who may be tucked back in a cove.
“That’s where people tend to go when they raft-up, or tie-up, as we say around here,” she says. “They go back in the back of a cove and some people might call it one name, and some people call it another.”
The app is about a month old and has more than 1000 users, gaining around 25 to 30 new users each day.
While the app may have started in the “Natural State,” Boelkens believes it can find a niche all across the area.
“There’s a need, people want it, and I believe in what it is,” he says. “I believe people want to have a better time on the water.”
Boelkens has also partnered with Arkansas Game & Fish and The Missouri Department of Conservation to provide the locations of marinas, boat ramps and other points of interest.
RaftUp is available for both Android and Apple devices.