Captain Lee From ‘Below Deck’ Says He Was 35 Years Old When He First Saw the Ocean

Captain Lee Rosbach from Below Deck may seem like he was born on the high seas but he admits he didn’t even get a glimpse of the ocean until later in life.

Captain Lee Rosbach
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He revealed on Twitter that his love of the ocean started when he was in his mid-thirties. A fan asked if he always wanted to be a captain. “Nope, had never seen the ocean till 35,” he dished. “Got crazy after that.”

Rosbach also shared that he “fell” into the role on Below Deck. “By accident, not enough characters to tell that story here,” he replied to another fan who also asked if filming makes him nervous. “But I just do my job to the best of my abilities and let everything else take care of itself. Will I make mistakes, sure, learn and move on.”

Captain Lee says its never too late to get started in yachting

Below Deck yachties are all young so middle-aged viewers think their ship has sailed if they wanted to get started in a career in yachting. A fan in their mid-40s wondered if it was too late to get into yachting. But Rosbach says not so.

“No I do not,” he insisted. “Check with the girls at MPT in Ft Lauderdale, the can tell you what you’ll need to do. Good luck to you.” MPT is short for Maritime Professional Training. Captain Sandy Yawn from Below Deck Mediterranean also endorsed the school for those who want to get started.

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“I get asked all the time about where to go for maritime training,” Yawn shared on Facebook. “If you are interested in a maritime career, check out Maritime Professional Training in Fort Lauderdale.MPT conducts regulatory training for licensing in the maritime world. All professional crew require some sort of STCW ( Basic) training and continued competency training as they progress through their careers.”

“There are many maritime schools all over the world that offer training – and different countries also have different requirements and approvals for schools,” she added. “MPT provides accredited training for those looking for STCW and USCG or MCA training. Also, MPT is a woman owned business and founded by a woman!”

Captain Lee is from Michigan and used to be a restaurant owner

Rosbach has actually had two careers. Before he became a captain he lived in Michigan and was a restaurant owner.  “I’ve owned 10 restaurants over the last 20 years, and I’m pretty goddamn good on a grill,” Rosbach shared last season, Bravo’s Style & Living reports.

Originally from Saginaw, Michigan, Rosbach has had restaurants in several states and locations. This includes Indiana, Georgia, and Florida. But also the Turks and Caicos.

The former restauranteur shared what his foodie weakness is too. “Pasta is my weak spot,” he told GQ. “God, I love it. If I’m having a cheat day, I’m going straight for a big old plate of pasta. I mostly try to avoid large amounts of anything.”

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He also has a special recipe for his signature protein shake he frequently enjoys at work. “I add 50 grams of protein, usually just whey, plus a banana, two cups of blueberries, two cups of strawberries, and two cups of spinach,” he dished. “I’ll have that around nine, and it’ll carry me through until the early afternoon.”