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New Liveaboard vs Old Tried and Trusted LOB?

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba' started by ncscuba23, Jan 17, 2020.

  1. ncscuba23

    ncscuba23 Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Baltimore
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    Hey guys - massively torn. We're debating booking a brand new LOB in Asia for their 3rd voyage, over a long running and presumably reliable operator. The location has currents and drifts, which after LOBs in Komodo, Raja, Maldives in last 12 months we're ready for.

    My concern is that the boat is new, perhaps new dive guides not as familiar with the area.

    Any experience or thoughts on this? Appreciate any help.
     
  2. Ministryofgiraffes

    Ministryofgiraffes Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Toronto
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    Probably better to name both boats and people with experience of them can opine...
     
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  3. Cap335

    Cap335 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Houston
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    I would probably go with tried and trusted.
     
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  4. ncscuba23

    ncscuba23 Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Baltimore
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    The two are Ocean Hunter 3, and Black Pearl (7liveaboard) - the new one, in Palau. I'm trying to book the Black Pearl but I can't even send wire because I think their info is wrong. Boat looks amazing, though.
     
  5. Ministryofgiraffes

    Ministryofgiraffes Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Toronto
    1,575
    1,441
    Looks baller...albeit suspiciously cheap... how many divers does it hold? I smell a catch...
     
  6. Ministryofgiraffes

    Ministryofgiraffes Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Toronto
    1,575
    1,441
    Ah...28 divers... looks like they put good money into it but the 28 divers and the ‘fyre festival’ level claims of luxury etc mean I would likely wait to see some first hand reviews on this board :)

    ....I mean.... ‘electric dartboard’ though.... that’s luxury...:)

    if the diving schedules etc are smooth.. and they would need a 10/10 deck team to pull that off with 28 divers..then I would go for it..
     
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  7. ncscuba23

    ncscuba23 Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Baltimore
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    28 divers, so 7 divers per guide, however, for Feb 3rd, they're not even half full. Discounted because new...But OH3 is 6 divers per guide.
     
  8. ncscuba23

    ncscuba23 Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Baltimore
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    One thing that seemed odd - controlling of dive times. 60 minute first dive, 50 2nd, 45 3rd and 4th. What's the point of nitrox?
     
  9. ncscuba23

    ncscuba23 Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Baltimore
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    There's always Aggressor but...ehh. Aggressor.
     
  10. scubafied

    scubafied Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Beached
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    Another option for you, although admittedly not a cheap one. Some friends that I trained with in Bali, have taken up residency in Flores and own/operate a Dive Center there. They just recently finished this boat and have completed a few voyages so far with good reviews. When I finally get back to Indo, this is where I'm heading. If they have any trips that coincide with your dates/areas of interest, it may be worth looking into. Just my 2psi
     

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