‘Below Deck’: Captain Lee Makes It Clear He’s Out of Patience With the Crew

Captain Lee Rosbach wasn’t kidding when he said he would make some changes on Below Deck. From communication breakdowns to overall cluelessness, Rosbach is at the point where he’s ready to fire a few crew members.

Captain Lee Rosbach, Kate Chastain
Captain Lee Rosbach, Kate Chastain |Heidi Gutman/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank

Only a few crew members managed to escape Rosbach’s ire. New stew Ashling Lorger, bosun Eddie Lucas, deckhand Isabelle “Izzy” Wouters and chef Rachel Hargrove all received praise from Rosbach.

However, chief stew Francesca Rubi was told to slow down and do a better job of delegating. “Francesca, you are still spreading yourself way too thin and the details are falling thru the cracks,” Rosbach wrote in his blog. “When Liz told you that dinner had changed locations, you probably assumed that she told the chef, when in fact that didn’t happen? But you didn’t double check it so it threw everything off. That’s what I mean when I say you are doing too much.” 

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Rosbach wasn’t thrilled with the lack of communication between Frankini, Rubi and Hargrove. In fact, Rosbach even shared that he wasn’t sure Frankini deserved the second stew position.

“Liz, why would you say you were going to pack the sunscreen and then not do it,” Rosbach wrote about the sunscreen debacle. “Same with the drinks. 7 trips back to the boat for one beach excursion is unacceptable and you were told what to do, you just didn’t do it.

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“Why would you know that dinner was moved and not tell the Chef, the one who is responsible for dinner,” he continued. “Ok, maybe you thought that telling Chess was enough, but you could’ve said, do you want me to inform Rachel? And that’s why perhaps you don’t deserve that 2nd stripe. And your response is I don’t know and I’m sorry. No, I’m sorry and that’s not going to cut it. I hope to see a massive improvement from you going forward.”

Captain Lee isn’t happy with 2 of the deckhands

Lucas and Wouters are the only two crew members from the deck team that earned praise from Rosbach. Hough and Coopersmith were dragged so much in his blog, it wouldn’t be shocking if either crew member ended up getting fired. Rosbach indicated that both crew members need to put in more work if they want to stay.

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“James, now you are really starting to get on my last good nerve,” Rosbach addressed Hough. “Your lack of attention to anything that doesn’t have a skirt is not going to cut it. You not doing your job on the deck the night before putting the whole crew and charter guests behind for the whole day, all because you don’t give a sh*t. Well, that’s going to stop.”

The nap Coopersmith took got on Rosbach’s nerves. “You better get your head in the game or the only heavy lifting you will be doing is your luggage at the baggage drop off at the airport when you fly out of here,” Rosbach warned. “Don’t get me wrong, you don’t seem like a bad guy, but you have no work ethic. And you take a nap while your crew mates continue to work and do your share of the job. You are so lucky that Eddie didn’t tell me that.”