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Huish Outdoors acquires Oceanic / Hollis

Discussion in 'ScubaBoard Articles' started by SB News Feed, May 3, 2017.

  1. mdb

    mdb ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    You have got it about spot on.

    Huish brought assets, no liabilities.
  2. Wallin's of the Peninsula

    Wallin's of the Peninsula ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: San Mateo
    I think this is good. Oceanic/Hollis had such supply issues. Talking with my rep yesterday and he says that's all behind us. I hope so! I like both these lines.
  3. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    I have already had a very good experience with Oceanic service since it was taken over by Huish. Good communication, timely service.
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  4. RTC'83

    RTC'83 DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: North Texas
    I agree, had my Geo 2 glass replaced.
  5. Mark N

    Mark N Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Seattle
  6. W W Meixner

    W W Meixner Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Ontario Canada
    I've been trying for the last three weeks to get info...E-mail conversations with at least three Huish Reps and felt like a dog chasing its tail...I did not get the impression I was getting the run around but certainly felt like I was conversing with three guys who had no clue as to what was going on...the demise of the Explorer speaks volumes...dropped with no warning...
    no further support...no parts/spares...nothing...
    There's been a stack of Explorers for sale on E-Bay for months...their current owners can't give them away...let alone try to sell them...
    When the BTR-500 dry suit came on the market three years ago I tried for almost a year to make a small bulk purchase...with no success...the Hollis rep finally stopped communicating with me as he had no information at all as to if or when the BTR-500 was ever going to become available in the shops...I know of no-one who was ever able to buy one...
    If you look at the companies who have been gobbled up by Huish...it's easy to see that these are among the most expensive brands in the industry...not necessarily the best...just the most expensive...Organizations from PADI right on down the line don't sell out because they're making too much money...Huish likely paid fire-sale prices for all their recent acquisitions...
    Argue as you may there is only one rebreather that has stood the test of time...for which there is still manufacturer authorized support...albeit European based and the first letter in their name starts with a "D''...
    It will be interesting to see how many of the brands Huish has acquired disappear completely...when was the last time you ever heard of anyone buying a Zeagle BCD...not to mention needing your bank manager with you if you wanted to buy Atomic Regs...
    I wouldn't be putting ten thousand dollars of my money into a Hollis P2...
    The old saying about champagne appetite and beer pockets...these dying companies had champagne appetites...and no pockets...
    W...Safe Diving...
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  7. Grog

    Grog Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Lexington, SC (USA)
    Hmm... Just got to thinking. As far as AI transmitters, Suunto and Oceanic/Hollis are not compatible with computers of the other brand. Will they consolidate and only use 1 brand/type now? Which one would win out?
  8. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    See Are Pressure Transmitters compatible across brands? post#6. The Pelagic Pressure Systems transmitter is/was used by numerous brands. All the others are proprietary and only work within brand (looks like Ratio and Seac are the same). I don't see consolidation happening
  9. Steve_C

    Steve_C Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Raleigh, NC USA
    Yes and No. I had Aeris gear. Some could be serviced with Oceanic parts. Some not. As one example, the Oceanic weight pocket has a one inch longer strap then the Aeris. As I discovered on a trip to the Keys where I had left my weight pockets at home, grabbed an Oceanic at a store since it looked the same, and watched my weight pocket flutter to the bottom on dive one. No big problem since I swam down and put it back in. Also on two regs when the plastic face plates got brittle I could replace one but not the other.
  10. mdb

    mdb ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    Oceanic/Aeris/Hollis now absorbed my Huish.

    With so much overlap between the Huish Outdoor lines, BC's, regulators, computers, fins etc.
    the lines will consolidate, perhaps some will disappear.

    In the meantime, it may be best to buy from Aqualung, Scubapro, Sherwood.

    New diver certifications were reported down over 10% last year,

    Best to stick to the tried and true brands who will survive and be able to offer parts and service
    for the coming years.

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