‘Below Deck’: Has the Crew Ever Ended a Charter Without a Tip?

Chief stew Hannah Ferrier from Below Deck Mediterranean summed up the main reason why so many people stay in yachting and it has everything to do with the cash.

“I am passionate about traveling and earning money,” she shared in the Below Deck Med After Show. “If you go and ask 100 people, how many of them go to work because they absolutely love their jobs and they are so passionate about it? Me and Kate were laughing about it the other day. You just got to put your heads down and bum up and just get all the tips. And then you can not do it for a while afterwards.”

David Bradberry, Eddie Lucas, Ben Robinson, C.J. Lebeau
David Bradberry, Eddie Lucas, Ben Robinson, C.J. Lebeau |Ali Goodwin/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Earning the all-important tip at the end of each charter is what keeps most yachties going. Below Deck cast members have shared with Showbiz Cheat Sheet how serious tips can get, but has a crew from Below Deck ever worked a charter and ended up empty-handed?

The very first charter group ended up not leaving a tip for this reason

When Below Deck debuted in 2013 the crew eagerly welcomed their first group of charter guests who were photographers heading to a shoot. The group seemed like true partiers as the primary boarded the yacht in his bathrobe.

Ben Robinson, C.J. Lebeau, Kathleen Held, Adrienne Gang, David Bradberry, Alex Taldykin, Samantha Orme, Eddie Lucas
Ben Robinson, C.J. Lebeau, Kathleen Held, Adrienne Gang, David Bradberry, Alex Taldykin, Samantha Orme, Eddie Lucas | Justin Stephens/Bravo

The charter was humming along until second stew Kat Held was cleaning one of the guest’s cabins. She found white powder and a rolled-up dollar bill. Now Held faced a tough decision.

On one hand, she knew that illegal substances on the boat could destroy careers. “A lot of us put years and years into getting our licenses,” she said in a confessional. “The smidgen of anything illegal will take that away from all of us.” But on the other hand, bouncing the guests could mean the crew doesn’t end up getting tipped. Although she knew the crew would understand, she also knew they were going to be angry not to get a tip.

The charter guests get kicked off the yacht

Held knew what she had to do, but wrestled with the fact that telling her superior would result in no tip. The crew had already pulled out all the stops with service and chef Ben Robinson cooked gourmet meals. But ultimately Held confided in chief stew Adrienne Gang and Gang told Rosbach.

Adrienne Gang, Kat Held
Adrienne Gang, Kat Held |Ali Goodwin/Bravo

The exchange went down overnight. Rosbach did not alert the guests. Instead of taking them to their destination for their photoshoot, he went back to dock. “It was a tough situation to be in,” Rosbach said in his audiobook version of Running Against the Tide: True Tales from the Stud of the Sea, Bravo’s The Daily Dish reports. “On the one hand, we want clients to be happy. On the other hand, I don’t want my boat to get boarded by the Coast Guard, and I don’t want to go to jail for 25 years,” he says. “I made the decision to kick them off the boat.” The guests departed without, of course, leaving a tip. They were angry and upset but Rosbach had no choice.

In addition to the work the crew put in for the guests, Rosbach had the crew go further upon their departure. “After they’d left, I then told the crew to take the boat apart. I didn’t want any hidden stashes left on my boat. If I found any powder I couldn’t account for, it was going over the side,” he continued. “It was a hell of a lot of work, we didn’t find anything, and we lost some clients, but it was more than worth it to get that kind of garbage off my boat.”