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‘Below Deck Mediterranean’: Captain Sandy Reveals Which Yacht Crew Member Stays on Board (but Behind the Scenes)

Captain Sandy Yawn shared that the superyacht's engineer stays on the boat during filming of 'Below Deck Mediterranean.' And while the engineer stays on the boat, viewers don't typically see this person unless they are a cast member, like on 'Below Deck Sailing Yacht.'

Captain Sandy Yawn shared that not every position on the Below Deck Mediterranean boat is replaced with a new crew member. She said that the yacht’s engineer remains on the boat during the filming, but typically doesn’t appear on camera. “The yacht owner’s engineer stays on board, but isn’t filmed,” she recently tweeted in response to a fan’s question. The latest season of Below Deck Sailing Yacht demonstrated why having a qualified engineer on the boat at all times is imperative to keeping the vessel, the crew, and guests safe.

‘Below Deck’ has gotten glimpses of the boat’s engineer in the past

While the yacht’s engineer typically remains behind the scenes, sometimes producers feature footage of the amazing work they do. Below Deck fans likely remember engineer Darrian from Below Deck Season 7. The galley kitchen fans stopped working, creating an unbearably hot environment for the crew. Darrian worked tirelessly on the fans and eventually got them working.

Below Deck Mediterranean Season 5 cast photo of Captain Sandy Yawn
Below Deck Mediterranean Season 5 cast photo of Captain Sandy Yawn |Karolina Wojtasik/Bravo

Chief stew Kate Chastain recalled a behind-the-scene moment when she found Darrian awake in the middle of the night working on the boat’s ice maker. “I woke up one night, in the middle of the night and it was 2 a.m…..’” Chastain shared on Instagram. “@darry_10 is a much better yacht engineer than I am a time/story teller. but for real M/y Valor would have completely sunk without him.”

“The ice what about the ice,” Darrian said on the video Chastain shared with the post.

“Oh, how you’re the best engineer,” she replied. “And I woke up one night, in the middle of the night and it was 2 a.m. I was like, ‘Darrian, what are you doing up?’ You’re like, ‘Um, I wake up, I set an alarm to refill the ice machine.’”

‘Below Deck Sailing Yacht’ demonstrated why an engineer is so important

Parsifal III sailing yacht completely lost power during Below Deck Sailing Yacht Season 2 when chief engineer Colin Macrae was off the boat. The crew scrambled and thankfully first mate Gary King was able to turn on the generators. But he said it was a harrowing scenario not having Macrae on the boat.

“So I threw myself in the deep end, but I pretty much had to figure it out within a few minutes,” he told Showbiz Cheat Sheet about the loss of power. “Otherwise, we could have dragged more into the dock. Yeah, good thing I figured it out in the time that I did to be quite honest.”

Thankfully, King did not panic. “That’s the worst thing to do is panic,” he said. “So I thought what do we need in order to get us off the dock? So to get off that dock safely, we needed a thruster, a bow stern thruster. And for that to happen we just had to get these generators going.”

The superyacht’s first officer is also likely to remain behind the scenes on ‘Below Deck Mediterranean’

This isn’t the first time Yawn was asked about behind-the-scenes crew members. She addressed the question during Below Deck Mediterranean Season 5, adding that the first mate also may remain on the boat. “The yacht owners’ engineer and 1st officer stay with the yacht while filming. They aren’t shown on the show,” Yawn tweeted.


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Below Deck Mediterranean Season 6 viewers have seen both first officer Marten and engineer Jake a few times, especially when they escorted chef Mathew Shea off of the boat. But otherwise, these crew members prefer to stay off-camera.