‘Below Deck’: Kate Chastain Shares Why She Loves Doing Laundry on the Yacht
As a seasoned yachtie, chief stew Kate Chastain from Below Deck has mastered every aspect of service. While she can throw together a five-star beach picnic like its nobody’s business, she recently shared the one job she actually loves doing the most.
No doubt Chastain can make a mean martini, but she said her ideal moments on the boat are actually in the laundry room. Although many third stews complain about being relegated to the laundry room, Chastain says she actually prefers it.
Chastain breaks down why she loves being in the laundry room, plus the crew spills about why laundry this season is out of control.
This is why Chastain loves the laundry room
“I love the laundry room,” Chastain reveals in the Below Deck After Show. Captain Lee Rosbach, who sits next to Chastain echoes that he knows she loves the laundry room. “Let me tell you all the reasons I love the laundry room,” she adds.
“First of all, you’re away from the guests and the crew,” she points out. “It’s like your own private clubhouse. You get to play music. On a yacht, everywhere else, no music. You’re in your own zone. You’re in your own clubhouse. You are away from … “
But Rosbach knows where Chastain is going with this. “The laundry room everybody leaves you alone,” he adds. “Because they want nothing to do with it.” Chastain continues, “It’s very gratifying. You are like, take it out of the dryer, fold it. That’s done!” It’s just … it’s zen. It’s like a rock garden.” She jokes, “It’s like a bonsai tree that you trim, but in fabric form.” Rosbach adds, “It’s alone time.”
So what’s with the laundry this season?
Deckhands Tanner Sterback and Brian de Saint Pern shared that sometimes they didn’t have the right uniform. “Laundry became an issue,” Sterback said. “That kind of annoyed us.” Sterback and de Saint Pern are unclear how laundry became an issue but said finding the right uniform shirts became a challenge.
“Something was wrong and no one knew what it was,” Sterback adds. Missing polos and missized belts were part of the problem. “We needed our white epaulets, we needed our blacks and you have to go get changed. And all of a sudden you go into your closet and there’s nothing in there.” Sterback shared he wore the same black epaulets for an entire charter and they became rather smelly.
“We each had two blue polos each but I would have seven in my closet,” Sterback recalls. “And like, Kevin’s missing his, Ash is missing his. And it’s like, alright come shopping. Open up my closet and there’s like seven polos. I got two mediums, like larges, XLs. Every blue polo would end up in my closet.” Meanwhile, de Saint Pern looks on and laughs. “We started to call it ‘Tanner’s Mall,'” he jokes. The guys think stew Simone Mashile was responsible for the laundry mixup.