What May ‘Below Deck’ Crew Members Miss About Being on Charter?

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Much to fan’s dismay, this season of Below Deck is coming to a close. Tuesdays with Captain Lee Rosbach and crew will be no more (for now), which is probably going to put many fans into withdrawal mode. While viewers have to come to terms with not seeing cast members every week, the crew too may miss a few things about being on charter too.

Leaving the charter season means getting used to new routines, which may be tough for some yachties. When you are constantly cleaning fingerprints or dropping the anchor, creating a new daily routine can leave some yachties wanting. Of course, the team becomes extremely close during their time on the vessel, which may be what is missed the most. But what does the mainland not offer on a daily basis? Former yachtie, Emma Batchelder shared what she missed most about being a yachtie.

Cleaning becomes your therapy

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Batchelder wrote that cleaning the house is a must in order to keep her happy. “Cleaning my home is therapeutic (just like the ironing), and something that I absolutely must dedicate at least one day a week to doing. May I just point out that I am rather proud of this achievement. One day a week is not much after you’ve spent seven years expecting yourself or an interior crew member to clean every area of the boat every day.”

Plus she didn’t ditch her laundry and ironing routine on land either. She admits to dropping $750 on an iron and keeps her garments neat and tidy. “Everything is folded correctly and kept in its rightful place. My shoes neatly aligned. I’ve seen posts on social media that say only wizards know how to fold fitted sheets properly, and quite frankly I find that offensive and slightly confusing. It’s actually very simple, and logical. My towels all hang neatly in thirds and the correct side face the correct way, their labels are hidden. I like things to be done right.”

You’ve grown accustomed to the ‘finer things’ in life

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Working for the rich and famous means their lifestyle certainly rubs off on you. “I am in love with real crystal,” Batchelder wrote. “I have managed to resort to the more day-to-day crockery (it still looks great though), but my glasses are all Riedel. So are my decanters. And guess what, everything tastes better out of them.”

Plus crew members get used to eating food prepared by a professional chef. “Call me crazy, but wouldn’t you miss having a personal chef prepare incredible lunches and dinners for you every day?”

And these habits may be hard to shake

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While yachties may not “miss” this, certainly stews especially will find themselves still in yachtie mode on land. “I see fingerprints, everywhere. They are in my nightmares. Mark my words I will never own a glass table, or even one with stainless steel legs.” Batchelder adds she’s constantly cleaning glass in her home too.

She adds that she suffers from “chief stew obsessive-compulsive disorder.” Everything in her home is in its place and has a place. Plus, every label in her refrigerator and pantry is facing forward.

Additionally, she addresses wearing shoes in her home too. “You want to wear them inside, are you kidding me? Absolutely not. Do you ever take time to consider where you have been walking in those shoes? And now you want to come inside my clean home where I walk barefoot. That’s gross, and a firm no from me.” No. just no.

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