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Nekton (Bad News)

Discussion in 'Liveaboards & Charter Boats' started by DeputyDan, May 1, 2010.

  1. DeputyDan

    DeputyDan Contributor

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    Location: North Carolina
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  2. donhealy

    donhealy Contributor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: San Diego
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    Thank you,

    Yes, most of us are. I was on the May 15 trip and was able to catch a ride on the CE II that same week thanks to Clay and the good folks at Venture Explorers.

    Nekton is not in a good situation at the moment. It's customer base is also saddled with the canceled cruises that they are not refunding. There are some angry customers out there!

    I have been on the Rorqual before. I had a great time and was anxious to travel with them again; especially to the Medio reef. I'm out the money for the one cruise now and only hope that I can actually redeem the re-booking cruise let alone the free one being offered as compensation.
     
  3. Darnold9999

    Darnold9999 Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Victoria BC Canada
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    And it looks like they are getting out of the diving business with at least one of their boats.

    Nekton Offshore > Home

    Too bad, I quite liked the boats and enjoyed the trips with this company.
     
  4. Damselfish

    Damselfish ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boston
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    I don't think the offshore thing means they're necessarily getting the boat out of the dive biz any more than the for sale listing means they will sell for sure, or that anything is for sure. I would guess it's a matter of throwing all their options at the wall and seeing what sticks.
     
  5. mike_s

    mike_s Contributor

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    I think that above listing is just "one option" they are pursuing.

    they've actively got the Nekton Pilot listed as "for sale" on other websites.


    It's currently sitting in drydock in Port St Joe.


    I think if someone rents it for oil rig platform work... they'll send it. If someone buys it.... then they'll take that also.
     
  6. DiveMaven

    DiveMaven Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Kihei, Maui & Vancouver, WA
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    Either way it seems the likelyhood of the Pilot returning to the Nekton fleet for liveaboards isn't in the cards (just my opinion).
     
  7. DaveScuba

    DaveScuba Registered

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Overland Park, Kansas, United States
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    WTF? Why are they cancelling trips when they have working ship? Now I'm pissed again. Dang it, just got down off the ledge! :comeandgetsome:
     
  8. deepstops

    deepstops Blacklight Poster ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    I'm not sure the Pilot is in an operable state. I heard she went into the yard for a refit and Nekton didn't have funding to complete the job since Rorqual didn't generate enough revenue to fix Pilot and cover it's own expenses. With both boats in the yard (no income at all now), what are the chances of either of them returning under current ownership considering all the allegations of crew that weren't paid ontime??
     
  9. robint

    robint Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Albuquerque, NM
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    yep, sounds like the Nekton company is down for the count... :depressed:
     
  10. Shasta_man

    Shasta_man Contributor

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    They might also owe the yard on the refit and can't get it out...it would really be interesting to go over the real finances involved in a liveaboard to see what the cost is and what it would take to make it truly profitable.
     

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