‘Below Deck Med’: Colin Macy-O’Toole Shares the Best and Worst Parts of Yachting (And Craziest Guest Request)
The loveable deckhand recently shared what it is like to work in yachting, but also dished a little bit about the show too. He described the typical superyacht guest he encountered both on and off the show, sharing that not all guests are obsessed with posting about their yacht vacation.
Macy-O’Toole chatted with Cheddar and the hosts were curious to find out if his time on Below Deck Med was truly over for good.
Not everyone charters a yacht for the ‘gram
For many wealthy charter guests, chartering a luxury yacht is no big deal, Macy-O’Toole tells Cheddar. “So basically we’re there for every waking moment they need us. It’s basically a floating hotel.”
He insists the show is also “100% real.” Plus, guests may have different goals in mind when they travel on a luxury yacht. Some want to boast they are on a yacht, whereas others just want to go underground. “The millionaires they are the ones who have all the followers,” he says. “The CEOs of big companies … a lot of these guys. But for the most part, they want to be secluded. They kind of want their privacy.”
But then there are guests who constantly take pictures too. However, it still depends, Macy-O’Toole says. “We’ve had a group of supermodels, obviously they don’t pay attention to us, they are on their phones 24/7.”
Charter guest, Charles Michael Yim, the creator of the Breathometer, was shaded by some of the crew for taking too many photos during season six of Below Deck. He later asserted some of the footage was fabricated to create drama.
He shared the best (and worst) part of yachting
Macy-O’Toole is clearly a people person, which is his favorite part of the job. “I’m from Long Island, so I’ve never been to Europe before,” he says. “So working with people from New Zealand, Australia … all over the world. Just knowing people from different backgrounds and cultures its definitely an eye-opener.”
But when asked about the worst part, Macy-O’Toole admits the work is the hardest aspect of the job. “It’s a lot because we make a lot of money from it, but you have to put in the work,” he says. “You are working at least 15 plus hours a day.”
Sometimes those 15 hour days include some pretty insane requests from the guests too. Macy-O’Toole recalled this doozy. “Someone who only wanted white gumballs,” he recalled. “Why? I don’t know. Maybe it’s a power trip, but they’re all the same. Aren’t gumballs all the same?”
Although Macy-O’Toole shared a melancholy tweet during the Below Deck Med finale that this was his final tweet about the show, is there a chance he could return someday? “I can’t say,” he cryptically shared. “But tune in next year, it’s definitely going to be a good season.”