MV Spree Liveaboard To Change Hands


After 20 years of skippering the MV Spree around the Gulf of Mexico, co-owners Frank and Melanie Wasson have confirmed they are selling their USA based exploration liveaboard.

Melanie & Frank Wasson Credit: Rosemary E Lunn

Melanie & Frank Wasson Credit: Rosemary E Lunn

Until this announcement the MV Spree sailed from Key West in Florida, where she as acted as a superb base for recreational, technical and scientific diving expeditions.

“An offer was tendered for the Spree on 1st July 2016,” stated Captain Frank Wasson. “MV Spree’s final charter will be to the Dry Tortugas from 15th to 17th July 2016. She will then be dry docked, painted, and sent to her new home.

“MV Spree has been a big part of our lives. Melanie and I met on the Spree, fell in love on her, and have operated her in close proximity for a long time.

“During our ownership we have accomplished many projects on the old girl. We installed moorings to protect the reef in the Bahamas and across the Gulf of Mexico. We have counted more fish than anyone ever had a right to, supported 150 mt / 500 ft dives and explored some pretty groovy dive sites. We also took the first passenger vessel in over 60 years from the United States to Cuba in 2015. And I am really proud that we have successfully completed over 17 years and 25,000 NOAA dives without a single reportable injury!

“We are pleased that the MV Spree will continue to participate in research projects in the Caribbean.

“It will be tough to watch this ‘mighty vessel’ sail away to her new home. Over the years we have made a huge number of friends because of the Spree. It is therefore time to also thank our many loyal customers and friends. We are glad that you have been part of some truly great adventures!”

Frank Wasson has confirmed that the new owner will be taking over the MV Spree Facebook page and website.

Rosemary Lunn

Rosemary Lunn

Roz is the Founder of The Underwater Marketing Company, Co-founder of EUROTEK, and established TEKDiveUSA. She is a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, a BSAC Advanced Instructor, and a rebreather and Trimix diver. Before moving into the PR field she worked as a full time recreational instructor in the UK and abroad, on History Channel and National Geographic documentaries, as a safety diver, and modelled underwater.

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