‘Below Deck’: Was Captain Lee Ready to Fire Abbi Murphy?

Now that deckhand Abbi Murphy from Below Deck has departed Valor, Captain Lee Rosbach has some additional thoughts about the deckhand’s performance.

Captain Lee Rosbach
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Murphy only got through three charters this season but had issues when she repeatedly had radio troubles. Plus she was spotted on deck without tying back her long hair. Rosbach explained at the beginning of the season the importance of maintaining communication after bosun Ashton Pienaar nearly died while on deck last season. Deckhand Rhylee Gerber’s “man overboard” call alerted the crew that Pienaar was in trouble. A fast-thinking cameraman quickly freed Pienaar from the line that was dragging him underwater.

Now that Murphy has quit, Rosbach has some harsh words for the former deckhand. He shared his thoughts in his blog, but also came for Murphy on social media about her work ethic. While he didn’t ceremoniously give Murphy a plane ticket home, was she already on the chopping block?

He was stunned by this move

Although Rosbach offers his praise and criticism of the entire crew, his words were especially harsh for Murphy this time. “Abbi, I’m totally baffled,” he started in his post. “What did you possibly think was going to happen on this yacht. You don’t seem to have any concept of what work is.”

But what got under Rosbach’s skin was the fact she accepted a marriage proposal via text. But then talked glibly about it later. “How do you get proposed to via text, say yes the same way, and then get on the phone and talk about divorce. I’m stunned.”

He adds that all she did on Valor was complain and avoid work. “And from what I see, your complete tenure on this boat has been one long break, which is great work if you can find someone who is willing to pay you to do nothing but complain and not pay any attention to rules.”

Was she on his ‘plane ticket home’ list?

When Rosbach fires someone on the show, he says they are getting a “plane ticket home.” He also lays out a few basic rules at the beginning of each season. Rosbach urges crew members to “not embarrass themselves and not embarrass the boat.” Unfortunately, he says Murphy seriously broke his rules.

“If you don’t like rules, you should have left right after our 1st staff meeting,” he continued in his blog. “You won’t put your hair back, you won’t keep your radio on, you were a complete embarrassment to the boat and yourself on your night out and then, you dump on your crew mates by not answering the call after your night out.”

But then did he hint that Murphy may have been fired and she possibly just beat him to the punch? “This I assure you isn’t going to continue, and I had no clue that everyone was carrying you all this time,” he added. “I really expected more from you. I’m disappointed to say the least. I would love to see you suck it up and be all that I feel you could be, but I’m not so sure that is going to happen.” While Rosbach didn’t spell out he was ready to fire the deckhand, he seemed to be ready if she continued down the same path.