Captain Lee from ‘Below Deck’ Answers Twitter’s Burning Questions
Ever wonder why deckhand Ashton Pienaar from Below Deck had to stay in that tender for so long after his accident? Or gotta know exactly how the tip works out, especially for the crew we don’t see on Below Deck? From time to time, fans will pose these questions directly to Captain Lee Rosbach. And luckily for those on Twitter, he tries to answer as many as possible.
So seriously: why couldn’t have bosun and BFF Ross Inia have just taken a jet ski out to get Pienaar while he was injured and likely traumatized on that tender? Here you go!
Where does the off-camera crew sleep?
An excellent question, especially now that fans saw a Below Deck cameraman free Pienaar’s leg from the ropes of death on the show.
Q: How many crew members are off camera? Is it just the engineer and officers? Where do they sleep?
A: The sleep in their own bunks, we may use one of the guest rooms if we have to as there are usually one or two extras.
Does everyone on the crew get a tip?
Viewers see Rosbach distribute the booty to the crew on the show. But since we know there are others working on the superyacht, do they too get the tip? Or are they cut out?
Q: I have a super weird and unrelated question for you and I hope it’s not too uncouth of me to ask- Do you get to take a tip or does it go to your off-camera engineers/ first officer?
A: Everyone on the yacht crew on and off camera gets an equal share. Makes no difference whether you are on camera or not. We all live and operate at one crew.
This question was actually posed to the Twitterverse by author, actress, and producer Jaime Primak. And Rosbach added his response to the burning question about what he finds attractive in another.
Q: What is your favorite body part of the opposite sex that is NOT a private part?
A: Eyes, they are the window to your soul.
Why did Ashton have to chill on that tender for so long?
After the worst accident in Below Deck history, Ashton Pienaar, the deckhand who almost died by drowning had to swim to a tender the yacht was towing. And while Pienaar was safe on the tender, he had to remain on it for more than an hour until he could be treated. And return to his cabin to rest.
Fans didn’t love the fact he was on that tender alone for such a long time.
Q: Being one of your biggest fans, I’m sticking up for you in other threads. Some people are very upset he was alone for over an hour in the tinder. He says on radio he is fine.Can you PLEASE explain why he was alone for that length of time so I can retweet and shut them up.
A. We were in open ocean at the time and could not bring the tender along side safely. I was in constant contact w/him the whole way to the anchorage where we could bring him in safely. There are times where circumstances dictate you tough it out for a while, this was one of those.
What about just sending Ross on a jet ski?
Another fan wondered why bosun Ross Inia couldn’t have gone out to the tender on a jet ski to rescue Pienaar. Rosbach explains why that wouldn’t work.
Q: why couldn’t Ross take jet ski or something to boat to be with him?
A: You cannot launch a jet ski in rolling seas, it would slam into the side of the yacht and there would be no way you could get someone on it safely. It simple was not an option. Things are different when you are offshore.
How well is the crew trained?
The Man Overboard episode got fans wondering how well crew was trained for an emergency. Especially in light that a cameraman was the one who freed Pienaar’s leg.
Does Captain Lee think the crew ‘screwed the pooch’ with the accident?
Does Captain Lee eat chicken?
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