Captain Lee from ‘Below Deck’ Says the Crew is Very Divided

Captain Lee Rosbach from Below Deck shared that the crew is very divided. He can see how the crew is starting to take sides and backstab each other instead of focusing on making the guests happy.

“This crew is not functioning as a team and it falls on me,” he shared in his blog. “I need to figure out a way to get thru the next few charters with the crew working together not pulling each other apart. No one seems to be willing to set personalities aside and just do what you are paid to do.”

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Rosbach shared that the team needs to get it together. “There are crew I don’t like, but I’m not running to anyone or going behind someone’s back to destroy them. This is insane what they do to each other. So cliquish. They have divided into groups all against one another with no regard for the boat or the guests save for a few.” 

The women fare better than the men on the boat

When it came to his observations, Rosbach seemed to go easier on the women on board. He wasn’t thrilled with how deckhand Rhylee Gerber handled the details of stew Simone Mashile’s private life. But he was still happy to see that Gerber had Mashile’s back. “Rhylee, I’m starting with you this week,” he wrote. “Perhaps you were just trying to console Simone, and if that was the case, you should be commend for it, but I didn’t feel you had the right to discuss how another dept. head handles their job. You wouldn’t like it and you’d let the world know it in no short order that you didn’t.”

He also felt for Mashile. “Simone, I felt bad for you this week. You didn’t need to have your private life exposed in that fashion at all. Sorry that happened to you. I thought you adapted the correct attitude when you were in the laundry room and said to yourself, I only have a couple of weeks left, do my work, make my money and it will all be behind me.”

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Rosbach shared that stew Courtney Skippon had a solid week. He also offered some insight into what was going on with Chastain.  “Kate, you are having a rough week. I know It can be tough when you are getting attacked from all sides. I don’t think throwing the clothes on the floor of the crew mess accomplished much at all, and was out of character for you, but I can understand an act of frustration.”

Onto the guys …

The men seemed to take the brunt of the criticism this episode. “Kevin, with you I can’t, I just can’t anymore,” Rosbach shared. “I’m just hoping with get thru this somehow. I don’t understand why you feel the need to constantly be instigating something somewhere. Oh, I do have something good to say about your behavior this week though, you didn’t pass out on the crew night out and have to get carried back to  the boat and get put in your bunk.”

Rosbach also isn’t loving the whole bro code environment too. “Tanner, good lord man. The first rule when you find yourself in a hole and you want to get out is stop digging. What is this bro code you guys keep mumbling about? Does that trump good manners, and class, if so, I want no part of it and it’s not a good look on you or the guys you work with.”

When it came to deckhand Brian de Saint Pern, Rosbach certainly thought he overreacted by calling Chastain a bitch. But, “This behavior doesn’t seem like you at all and I hope it’s just a one-off thing that looking back on you can learn from.”

But bosun Ashton Pienaar received the brunt of the criticism this week. “Ashton, I have no idea what you are thinking. Have you taken it upon yourself to just single out people and then try and turn the rest of the lemmings around to hate them? First, you poison the deck crew against Rhylee, without even giving her a chance to see if her attitude has changed, and you didn’t think she would be smart enough to see that right off? Then she acts out because of the way you set it up and you go, see, that’s what I was talking about. What did you realistically expect?”