‘Below Deck Sailing Yacht’: Paget Berry and Ciara Duggan Officially Bought a House Together
Berry shared the happy news on his Instagram story. He included “Big News” on his video. “Hi guys, happy Friday to you,” he said. “We are currently in Genoa, Italy drinking because it’s Friday.” Berry and Duggan are standing on the dock saying they have nowhere else to go. “The crew members are having a little bit of a party, which we are going to join in with,” he adds.
“But we have exciting news because today we are officially … what Ciara,” he asks Duggan. She says smiling, “Homeowners! We bought a house!”
They plan to reside in France (when they aren’t yachting)
The couple looks thrilled as Berry offers a few additional details. “We did,” he said. “We bought a house! It was completed today. The house is in France. So yep! We’ll be looking forward to using that when we can. Because apparently we can’t go anywhere. But anyway, how gorgeous does Ciara look?” The couple laughs as Duggan rolls her eyes.
The couple is currently isolated in Italy while working on a yacht. Duggan shared what it was like in a recent Instagram post. “Day 18: We’re still in Italy, self-isolating as best as we can. No more supermarket runs now that we found a provisioning company to deliver once a week to us,” she wrote.
Adding, “Military presence is strong, no more leaving the zone you’re in or going outside unless it’s for an emergency really. But honestly it feels like time is flying because we’re still working and able to socialise within our crew. Thankfully we work with some awesome people and we have plenty of gin so that helps. 🍸.”
Crew members shared how yacht work can help you build a nest egg
Two Below Deck Mediterranean crew members shared with Showbiz Cheat Sheet that yachting is so lucrative, crew members who save their money can use it for a downpayment for a home or to squash college loan debt.
Colin Macy-O’Toole from Below Deck Med said he would have started in yachting immediately after college if he could do it over. “I’d probably start right out of college at age 22 and then put in about five years of work on yachts,” he said. “Depending on where you live, you could even save enough money to buy a house.”
João Franco, also from Below Deck Med shared that some crew can really rake in the tip money. “On charter boats, tips can be as much as €4,000 per person, per week and in some cases even more,” he revealed. “We’ve heard of crew members that rack up €40,000 in a summer season each, just on tips!” That shakes out to about $45,000 U.S. dollars.
The fact that Duggan and Berry managed to save their money is impressive. Franco said some crew members get accustomed to spending like a charter guest too. “Yachties are also known to grow accustomed to this type of money,” he added. “In between charters or after a long charter season, some yachties will spend a couple of thousand euro in over a weekend.”
Below Deck Sailing Yacht airs every Monday at 9/8c on Bravo.