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Nekton (Bad News)

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

  1. agwatts

    agwatts Instructor, Scuba

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    Location: Montreal, QC Canada
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    As a former crew member on the Pilot, this was in the wind for awhile. I left the Pilot in July of 2009 after 7 months, and at that time the poor Pilot was on it's last legs and in dire need of major repairs. The crew did an awesome job keeping her functional and big kudos to Bryce and Dustin for their hard work and ability to do the impossible.
    I got a notice today, from facebook, about Nekton discontinuing services. I feel for the crews of both the Pilot and Rorqual in that they no longer have jobs. I hope they get their final compensation from the company and wish them luck in finding work.

    Hang in there guys...Best wishes.

    Greg:depressed:
     
  2. EVFleet

    EVFleet Dive Travel Professional

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    You're more than welcome! I'm glad we could help.

    - Clay
     
  3. Pam_In_Paradise

    Pam_In_Paradise Dive Shop

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    People will never know what the crews and some of the office staff did to make sure people were able to take their trips. Kudos to all of you that faced the challenges and made it appear that all was well. I wish all of the crew and staff well as they seek new challenges (they should be well prepared for most anything out there:)
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2010
  4. diverdoug1

    diverdoug1 Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Florida (via Texas and New York)
    1,049
    219
    I hope that other recreational diving operations can look upon Nekton's overdue failure as a cautionary tale. Even with a good boat design, and a fervently loyal customer base, you can not neglect the maintenance / crew / customers of your bussiness and expect to keep your bussiness. Comments from Nekton would have us belive that their failure was purely a direct result of decreased discretionary income of customers, and a poor economy. That is a large load of steaming horse-poop. Nekton should have weathered the economic downturn better than most other liveaboards, because it was at a lower pricepoint than most other liveaboards of similar size. Nekton failed by refusing to cut into the profit margin to properly maintain the ships, pay the crew, and take care of the guests. The owner milked every last dime out while driving the company into the ground (of course as was his right), and cheating many of his customers and employees along the way (not his right to do). How many people looked forward to a dive vacation for months, only to be told at the last minute they were out of luck? How many outstanding "free cruise" reparations are floating around out there, never to be redeemed? How many deposits were taken after it became apparent that the company was folding? How many tips were given to the crew via credit card, that will never be paid to the rightfull owner? (Boy, I am really glad that I tipped with cash when I went on the Rorqual last month!) I am sorry that a company that I loved to dive with was mismanaged to the point of failure, but I would be even more sorry if other dive operations started thinking that they could get away with shi--ng on their customers and employees like Nekton was doing.
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2010
  5. Brown Mermaid

    Brown Mermaid Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
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    Amen DiverDoug1. Me and 5 others in my crew, 21 all together with the other people on our boat were promised not one but two free cruises. We were booked for July 10th. Now I have to go back and tell my 5 that we are SOL. This is the nightmare a travel agent doesn't want regardless if your clients have travel insurance or not.
     
  6. skydiver30960

    skydiver30960 Registered

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    A big thank you to all the liveaboard operators who are stepping up to keep us in the water. It looks like we'll be getting some bottom time after all the week of June 5!

    Again, thanks to all who answered the call!

    Ike
     
  7. diverdoug1

    diverdoug1 Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Florida (via Texas and New York)
    1,049
    219
    Well that is 21 x 2 x $1895 = $79,590.00 Dixon screwed out of your group alone! Not to beat a dead horse, but he sure has some bad karma headed his way!
     
  8. kpickerell

    kpickerell Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Louisiana
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  9. Brown Mermaid

    Brown Mermaid Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
    145
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    Bad, juju, Doug, bad juju. I'm glad I won't be around to see it.
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2010
  10. Paul522

    Paul522 Registered

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Virginia
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    $20,845 here.

    Would have been smart to pay the taxes.
     

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