‘Below Deck’: How Many Times Has Kate Chastain Been Fired From a Boat?

Kate Chastain from Below Deck slyly dished about the number of times she’s been fired during her yachting career.

Josiah Carter, Kate Chastain on 'Below Deck'
Josiah Carter, Kate Chastain |Greg Endries/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank

While she retired and was not fired from the series, she joked with Connie Arias about getting fired pre-Below Deck during Below Deck Galley Talk. The had crew just witnessed Elizabeth Frankini get fired so Arias asked Chastain if she’d ever been fired.

Kate Chastain revealed the number of times she was fired

When Arias asked Chastain if she’d been fired, Chastain hesitated and then grinned. “According to my resume, the boat sold,” she laughed. “I’ve been on like seven boats that have sold.” Arias and Chastain busted out into laughter at that point.

Like many new crew members starting out in the industry, Chastain admits she wasn’t at the top of her game when she was green. “Before I was a chief stew, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, that job is so easy. I could do such a better job.’ And then, I became a chief stew and there were so many things that I didn’t know had to be done,” she told Bravo’s The Daily Dish last year.

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“I was a horrible first chief stew,” she admitted. “So bad I even wrote my first chief stew an email of complete mea culpa, like, ‘I am so sorry! This is way harder than I thought.’”

Kate Chastain came close to being fired on ‘Below Deck’

Chastain almost didn’t make it past her first season on the show. She joined the series for season 2, which is when she designed the infamous “rocket ship” blanket when a charter guest kept telling her to smile. Everyone, including the guest, knew the fold was no rocket ship. Rosbach was furious.

“Kate, how could you possibly think that you could manipulate me into thinking that you were the victim here? Feigning ignorance? Really?” Rosbach wrote in his blog. “I asked you twice and you lied to me. Then, you tried to lie to me again. Then you want to blame the guests for your bad behavior. Your feelings were hurt, so you took it upon yourself to extract retribution for your hurt feelings without regard for the guests, the crew, or the reputation of the yacht.” 

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Chastain sweated it out, unsure how the guest would react. Rosbach had already fired another crew member earlier that season and she was concerned she was next. Thankfully for her, the guest actually thought the blanket fold was funny and left a good tip.

“Were you worried?” Rosbach asked Chastain in his blog, wondering if she was concerned she was going to be fired. “I think that was apparent and deserved, but when it’s all said and done, now you want credit for a great tip that you had no clue was coming? Wow.”

Adding, “You were lucky, nothing more, nothing less. You have a second chance, just like Andrew, and I hope you make the best of it. In my opinion, a little humility on your part would go a long way. You are too good, way too good, and too smart to not realize this. I’m trying to be fair with you, yet you get [an] attitude about getting caught doing the wrong thing.”