Isn’t it great to have Below Deck back? How beautiful is the exotic Thailand setting? I think this might be the most stunning place Below Deck has been yet. Back for more charter merriment on the high seas are Captain Lee Rosbach, prickly chief stew Kate Chastain and last year’s favorite deckhand, now promoted to bosun, Ashton Piennar.
The yacht drama has already started with a nauseatingly sick on the first charter chef Kevin Dobson. Handful deckhand Abbi Murphy and complaining third stew Courtney Skippon are sure to make for an eventful season. Such crew members make you wonder, what would Kate do if she could actually pick her own crew? Maybe from some other Bravo franchises?
In an interview with Page Six, Kate dished on who she would like to be her stews from Bravoland. Kate picked a Real Housewives of New York star for one stew position. She shared, “I think that Dorinda [Medley] would be a great stewardess cause she likes to make everything nice.” Well, Dorinda does like to make things festive and loves to decorate for holidays, so she could take some of the table setting pressure off of Kate.
Kate added, “And I think really [Dorinda] would be a pleasure to work with, and that’s important in a yacht crew because they’re the only humans you interact with for so long, a lot of times people keep their jobs just cause they’re great for morale.”
While Dorinda might be fun to work with, she is, as we all know, someone you don’t want to cross. Especially if she has thrown back a few cocktails. Kate might get an earful on crew nights out–and have to do deal with a surly Dorinda the next morning.
To round out her crew, Kate chose another RHONY housewife. Kate declared, “[Sonja Morgan] would be great. She reminds me of Kat [Held] from Seasons 1 and 2. They look alike, they act alike, I love both of them.”
Come to think of it, Sonja and Kat do share some resemblance, even though Sonja could be her mother. Both also enjoy a cocktail or two. However, Kat was a hard worker. It is difficult to imagine Sonja getting up at 7 AM for breakfast service. Sonja would also probably be drinking and flirting with the guests on the first charter! On a plus note, Lady Morgan could probably be convinced to perform her burlesque show if charter guests demanded five-star entertainment.
Of course, the crew only makes up one part of the charter season. Everything revolves around the guests and their demands, no matter how simple or how outrageous. If Kate could pick her ideal charter guest, who would it be? Kate says Southern Charm matriarch Patricia Altschul “would be amazing” as she “already lives her life like a charter guest.”
Kate went on to explain, “[Patricia is] used to that lifestyle, and the most polite guests that come on yachts are ones when it’s not their first time, it’s not their only chance at luxury so they’re not trying to get the most bang for their buck. I think it would be just another day for her, except on a boat.”
Having Patricia as a charter guest would be fun to see. She would probably bring along her butler, so the crew wouldn’t have to do much for her. And Patricia most likely wouldn’t demand all the water toys be put out, then not use any of them, earning the love of the deck crew. As long as Patricia had her “medicine” and a caftan, she would be happy!
Here’s to a great season of Below Deck. Bon voyage!