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MY SEANA : The Star Superyacht Featured in Below Deck

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Starship is a superyacht that stands out for her exceptional design, luxury features, and advanced technology. Measuring 143 meters in length, she is one of the largest superyachts in the world. The yacht’s interior is a masterpiece of elegance and sophistication, featuring a contemporary and chic design that perfectly blends with the stunning surroundings. The exterior design is equally impressive, with sleek lines and a timeless style that exudes luxury and grandeur. Starship is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including a helicopter pad, a cinema, a gym, and a spa, among other amenities. The yacht promises an unforgettable and exclusive experience, perfect for those who seek the ultimate luxury and comfort on the high seas.

Main characteristics of the Superyacht My Seana 

The STARSHIP yacht is not only a symbol of grandeur and luxury, but also a technological marvel. 

  • Yacht name: STARSHIP
  • Previous name: MY SEANNA
  • Length: 56 m 
  • Width: 10.4 m
  • Cabins & guests: 12 guests in a VIP, a master and 4 doubles cabins
  • Builder: Delta Marine
  • Year: 2001 refit: 2021
  • Volume: 703 tons
  • Amenities: Equipped with modern facilities including a gym, spa, jacuzzi and lift.
  • Speed: Maximum speed of 14 knots and a cruising range of over 3,000 nautical miles.

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How much does the My Seana superyacht cost? 

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Experience ultimate luxury and comfort with her amenities, including air conditioning, BBQ area, beach club, sun umbrellas, coffee machine, dance floor, defibrillator, fishing equipment, gaming console, gym facilities, helipad, ice maker, indoor audio system, satellite radio station, satellite TV, sauna, jacuzzi, cinema room. Additionally enjoy specialized dietary services, stabilizers for smooth sailing and anchoring stability, online media streaming options in every cabin, water desalination system and Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the vessel.

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Meet ‘Home,’ the Sleek 164-Foot Superyacht That Starred in ‘Below Deck’

The 164-footer was not only the backdrop for the reality series but also has hybrid propulsion and a "50 shades of white" interior., julia zaltzman, julia zaltzman's most recent stories.

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Superyacht Home by Heesen

The 164-foot motor yacht Home was Heesen’s first hybrid yacht when it delivered in 2017. It was also the first yacht to combine hybrid propulsion with a Fast Displacement Hull Shape (FDHF), which is proven to outperform conventional hull forms at all speeds. Built in lightweight aluminum, Home delivers 48 percent more fuel efficiency than other yachts of the same size.

Another perk of the hybrid propulsion package is reduced noise and vibration. Sensory expert Barry Smith, founder of the Centre for the Study of the Senses, discovered that the enjoyment of fine dining and wine while cruising in electric mode is significantly enhanced.

“Our research has shown that the brain’s processing of taste is affected by noise, which reduces the tongue’s ability to detect salt, sweet and sour,” says Smith. “The beauty of Home is the ability to run at a sound of around 46 decibels—the sound level of softly falling rain—enabling those on board to enjoy food and drink with no diminution of taste.”

Home began as a speculation build by the shipyard, before the American owner stepped in to the project. The initial interior was not to his liking, so he engaged Italian designer Cristiano Gatto to rework the design. He mandated simplicity, rather than minimalism. He also requested decor inspired by his residences, reflecting their contemporary Ibiza style. One perfect example: The slinky metal chaise lounge in the main salon by Italian designer Franco Poli.

Here are 10 facts about one of the world’s first hybrid yachts.

Star of the Med

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Home ’s fortune took a sharp turn in 2022 when it became the star of the seventh season of Below Deck Mediterranean . Filmed in Malta, the reality series followed its crew over an eight-week charter season, with Captain Sandy Yawn at the helm. Unlike most yachts on Below Deck, Home retained its real name on screen. It was the first diesel-electric motor yacht to appear on the show, and in typical style, the producers added a dancing pole to the sundeck to spice up the onboard antics.

50 Shades of White

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Home takes the trend for neutral interiors to a whole new level. Alongside a color palette of black and gray with pops of deep red, the yacht features 50 shades of white, from off-white to ivory. The original owner mandated an interior that gave him a “home away from home”—hence the yacht’s name. Low-slung sofas and bespoke loose furniture create a relaxed and welcoming beach club ambience. The vessel’s teak flooring and full-height glass windows blur the distinction between inside and out.

Party Lounge

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One of Heesen’s signature areas is an upper-deck sky lounge. Home ’s casual bean bags, daybeds, and stark-white bar with LED strip lighting provide a natural extension to the alfresco dining terrace. When the doors to the aft deck are shut and the furniture removed, a mirror ball and a smoke machine are added turning the area into a dedicated party room for nighttime use.

A Dreamier Shade of Pale

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Full-height windows in the full-beam, main deck owner’s suite bounce natural light off the paler-than-pale color scheme. The off-white bed, rug, walls, and ceiling are offset with a sky-blue bed throw. There is a dressing room, an en suite with shower and a private office. There’s also a full-beam VIP cabin on the lower deck, as well as two double cabins and two twin cabins to accommodate 12 guests, including families.

Moody Sundeck

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Home ’s sundeck is the hub of the boat. There are sun lounges forward with privacy glass safety screens to shelter guests from sea spray and wind. Beneath the hardtop bimini is a large sit-up bar and lounge area, which also doubles as an outdoor dining area. The bar lights up in soft pastel shades at night to bring the party atmosphere. Aft is a Jacuzzi, while a projector and a screen set-up transform the deck into an outdoor cinema.

On the Nose

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The yacht is easily spotted on the horizon, thanks to its distinctive plumb bow. The vertical front increases Home ’s waterline length, helping it to slice through waves and lift in rougher water. It guarantees a smoother and faster ride for guests, as well as creating more room on the interior for crew accommodations. For a more immersive journey, a telescopic seat on the foredeck rises from the bow for 360-degree views.

Sea Terrace

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A central staircase on the main deck aft leads down to an oversized swim platform that doubles as a sea-level sun lounge. With plenty of room for daybeds and sunrise yoga sessions, it’s the perfect waterside hang out.

The Athletic Club

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The lower-deck gym is a full-beam, air-conditioned space for guests to sweat it out. It’s kitted out with a range of equipment, including a workout bench, Techno Gym dumbbells, an exercise bike, and a rowing machine. When guests are done with their workout, they’re just a few steps from the sea for the ultimate plunge to cool off.

The Electric Package

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The twin 805 hp MTU engines (smaller than those typically fitted on a yacht of this size) can be operated in four different cruising modes: hybrid (with noise levels in the owner’s stateroom measuring as low as 46 decibels), economic, cruising (consuming as little as 12 gallons per hour at 9 knots), and boost, which pushes the boat to a top speed of 16.8 knots.

Fast, Efficient Hull

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At the time of launch, Home was the first yacht to combine the super efficiency of an FDHF hull, designed by Van Oosenan Naval Architects, with hybrid propulsion. The combination was celebrated with a RINA green award presented by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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Motor Yacht Starship

Motor Yacht Starship

Motor yacht STARSHIP (formerly MY SEANNA) is a 185-foot luxury charter yacht launched in 2001 by Delta Marine and refitted in 2021. The refit included a brand-new Beach Club and Ocean Deck. The yacht’s luxurious interior was designed by Bonville Associates.

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STARSHIP Yacht for Sale

STARSHIP Yacht for Sale - 185′ Delta Marine

If you're in the market for a luxury yacht that is ready for all your adventures, then look no further than STARSHIP, the 185' Delta Marine yacht. Originally built in 2001 as GALLANT LADY, STARSHIP underwent an extensive refit in 2014, extending her length to 185', and a further refit in 2020-2021, making her the perfect vessel for private family cruising or chartering.

STARSHIP boasts six spacious staterooms that can accommodate up to 12 guests, including a VIP stateroom on the top deck with 180-degree views. There are also six crew cabins that can accommodate up to 11 crew members, including the Captain's cabin. With a shallow draft, STARSHIP is ideal for cruising the Bahamas, and her proven charter history makes her an excellent investment for buyers looking to enter the charter market.

One of STARSHIP's standout features is the ten-person hot tub with marble counters and outside seating, perfect for relaxing and taking in stunning views. There is also a large sauna forward of the hot tub on the sun deck, providing guests with the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation.

STARSHIP's recent refit included rebuilding the main engines' top end, replacing all through-hull valves, and over $450,000 in paint and polishing, ensuring that she is in top condition for her new owner. Powered by twin Caterpillar 3508 diesel engines and Caterpillar 165kW generators, STARSHIP is reliable and efficient, and a recent borescope on the engines proved they are in perfect condition.

With wide windows for excellent views and natural lighting throughout, STARSHIP's classic interior was designed by Glade Johnson, adding to the vessel's luxurious feel. There is an abundance of exterior spaces, allowing guests to relax or socialize on all three decks. The wide swim platform is perfect for accessing the tender and a variety of watersports, making STARSHIP the ultimate luxury yacht for water lovers.

STARSHIP remains RINA classed, and her 20-year class surveys were completed in November 2022, ensuring that she is up-to-date with all safety regulations. With an aluminum hull and fiberglass superstructure, STARSHIP is built to last, providing you with years of luxury yachting experiences.

In summary, STARSHIP is a stunning luxury yacht with an impressive charter history, a shallow draft for cruising the Bahamas, and an abundance of features, including a ten-person hot tub, sauna, and spacious accommodations. Whether you're looking for a private family cruising vessel or an investment opportunity in the charter market, STARSHIP is ready for all your adventures.

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STARSHIP was built in 2001 as the 161’ GALLANT LADY, extended to 185’ in 2014 at Rybovich in Palm Beach and name changed from NEWVIDA to MY SEANNA. Her refit in 2020-2021 included the main engines top end rebuilt, complete through hull valve replacement, over $450,000 in paint and polishing and much more. Accommodations include 6 staterooms sleeping 12 guests as well as 6 crew cabins sleeping 11 including Captain’s cabin. STARSHIP has an abundance of outdoor space available for lounging and socializing throughout her three decks. Her wide swim platform is perfect for accessing water sports and tenders. Powered by twin Caterpillar 3508 diesel engines and Caterpillar 165kW generators.

STARSHIP has enjoyed a rich history of cruising the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Bahamas with private families and for charter. She is continually updated and upgraded and has just finished her 20-year class surveys in November 2022. Whether your preference is private family cruising or fitting in trips between charters, STARSHIP is ready for all your adventures.

Key Features

• Only three owners since new

• Six staterooms including a VIP on the top deck with 180-degree views

• Shallow draft for Bahamas cruising

• Proven charter history with schedule and name convey to buyer

• Ten-person hot tub with marble counters and outside seating

• Large sauna forward of the hot tub on the sun deck

• 20-year class surveys completed November 2022

• Aluminum hull with fiberglass superstructure

• New 1200 gallon holding tank (Oct 2023)

• Helideck capable of holding an EC135 Airbus with a Gross Takeoff Weight (GTOW) of 6415 lbs

Hull and Superstructure

Her hull is of all welded aluminum construction using all marine grade aluminum with a fiberglass superstructure. All the cutting, fitting, and welding work is done to very high standards. Her superstructure is fiberglass bolted to the aluminum deck via a fiberglass flange and secured with 3M 5200 marine adhesive. There is an aluminum structure up into the fiberglass in some areas. She is built on 41 frames with 41 being the transom, 0 being the forward watertight bulkhead, plus 7 frames to the bow. She has 8 main longitudinals plus the keelson.

She has carbon fiber in various high-stress areas. The fiberglass superstructure is bolted to a fiberglass flange, which is bolted to the aluminum deck and bonded with 5200. There are bolts on 4" centers in the flange to the fiberglass and on 8" centers in the fiberglass to the aluminum. All the fiberglass work is done to very high standards. She is well-faired.


• LOA 185’ / 56 meters

• Beam 30’ / 9 meters

• Draft 8’5” / 2.56 meters

• Air draft 57’ / 17.37 meters


Entering from the swim platform or passarelle there are port and starboard stairs leading up to the main deck aft. The transom opens to reveal a beach club that contains a bathroom, full bar, and storage for water toys. Summit furniture with newly upholstered cushions in a Sunbrella, stunning outdoor performance fabric. Up on the main deck aft there is a large seating area with U-shaped seating aft, two fixed tables, two overhead 42” television sets, and a large open area with movable seating that is often converted to a dance floor.

Forward to port are stairs leading up to the bridge deck. To centerline are double sliding doors to the main salon. Upon entering there is a bathroom to starboard and a stew pantry to port. A spiral staircase in the center aft leads down to four guest staterooms. Two king rooms to starboard and two twin rooms to port. Each of the twin rooms have two queen beds and the rooms are oversized.

Forward on the main deck to starboard is the main dining table for 12 guests, to port is the main salon with four lounge chairs and a couch. Forward center past the salon to port is another bathroom and to starboard leads forward to a stairway to port that leads up to the skylounge. Further forward to starboard is the entrance to the owner’s suite which is full beam with oversized his and hers bathrooms forward and a Jacuzzi tub and shower all the way forward. In the port side of the owner’s suite is a large desk and on the forward bulkhead is a large flatscreen television.

Back to the spiral staircase leading up to the skylounge there is a bathroom to port and the upper pantry just aft. Moving aft is the skylounge with full bar to starboard and oversized seating to port. Fully upholstered L-shape sectional with cozy chenille fabric and custom storage ottoman with tray top. The skylounge has exceptionally large windows and the aft bulkhead is glass sliding doors that lead to an outside bar and centerline dining table for twelve.

Forward of the skylounge stairway are stairs leading up to the sixth stateroom. A queen size bed facing forward with 180-degree windows provides incredible views. Aft to starboard is the entrance to a large full-width bathroom that includes a shower, bidet, toilet, and his and her sinks.

Back on the aft skylounge deck to port are stairs leading up to the sundeck which has an enormous Jacuzzi for 10 guests plus barstool seating and marble bar tops on the perimeter. Chaise lounges are aft, and a full bar and grill are to starboard forward. All the way forward is a door with stairway leading up to a crow’s nest for sunbathing or as a great observation area.

Interior Design Details

• Lower guest accommodations wood species uses a combination of light Anigre with accents of Mahogany and gold leaf

• Gold leaf coffer details throughout the staterooms

• New fresh Ivory Kravet wall panel fabrics

• Sferra-rich terry cloth linens in all heads

• Sferra Italian linens for crisp cool bedding

• New plush, velvet-to-the-touch carpet in staterooms and stairs

• Plumbing fixtures - classic gold detail by Serdanelli-Paris


Owner Suite

Entering to port all the way forward on the main deck there are two Queen Anne chairs with table to starboard and a king-size bed facing forward with mahogany nightstands and gold table lamps. To port is a large desk in the shape of a half-moon with a new Edelman leather inlaid panel and on the forward bulkhead is a flatscreen television. There are very large windows with light-colored marble bases to port and starboard. On either side of the bed, you enter his and hers bathrooms. Hers is to starboard with a sink that has gold fixtures and a separate room with a toilet and bidet. Aft of the main changing area are closets and all the way aft is a Jacuzzi tub and full shower. Intricate stone patterned details on the floors incorporate Kashmir gold granite with outlines of Verde granite & Perlato Suevo marble. Kashmir gold granite in the tub, vanity tops & shower. Continuing around to port is his bathroom area with closets, a separate bathroom, and bidet room, and sink with gold fixtures. Plumbing fixtures have classic gold detail by Serdanelli Paris. Wood species throughout include Mahogany with gold leaf accents. Passage door hardware is gold with tiger’s eye inserts by Serdanelli Paris. Wall panels are upholstered in a beautiful taupe Stroheim fabric.

Upper Deck VIP Stateroom

Just forward of the skylounge landing area is a private spiral staircase leading up to the first VIP stateroom where you land in the middle of the room and immediately notice the incredible 180-degree views forward. A small table is to port and a desk with chair is to starboard. Aft is a queen size bed with nightstands and sconces above each. A Crestron iPad system is docked for all entertainment needs. To starboard aft is a hanging closet and aft to port is a full-size bathroom with toilet, bidet, newly refit head with a Taj Mahal quartz walk-in shower, and his and hers sinks with marble counter and ample storage below. Plumbing fixtures are a classic gold/chrome detail by Serdanelli Paris. Wallcovering by Maya Romanoff.

Forward VIP Stateroom

Aft in the main salon and down the spiral staircase in the center to the landing you go all the way forward to the VIP 2 stateroom where you find a king-size bed, mahogany nightstands with gold lamps, and hanging closet. A crème plush Fabrica carpet brightens the room and a 32” Samsung flatscreen television is in the cabinet across from the bed. The bathroom is furthest forward in the room with a separate room for the toilet and bidet. The main bathroom has a large walk-in marble shower as well as his and hers sinks and plenty of storage.

Aft VIP Stateroom

Moving all the way aft in the lower landing you enter the 3rd VIP stateroom which is a mirror image of the Forward VIP.

Guest Stateroom 4

Back to the landing and just to port is the fourth stateroom with twin queen beds with a nightstand in the center as this is a very large suite. A Crestron iPad entertainment system is on the nightstand and a 32” Samsung flatscreen television is across from this above a mahogany dresser. A hanging locker is next to this aft and further aft is the entrance to the bathroom which has marble floors and walls up to the chair rail. A separate room for the toilet and bidet and large walk-in marble shower are to one side with his and her sinks with gold fixtures across from this.

Guest Stateroom 5

Forward in the landing to port is the 5th guest stateroom which mirrors stateroom 4.

Main Deck Entrance Foyer

The main deck entrance foyer is through a pair of double doors which are dogged and gasketed from the starboard side deck. The foyer is finished out with polished stone soles. In-boards are circular stairs up to the bridge and salon deck. Aft is a passageway to the dining salon. Forward is a door that gives access to the owner’s stateroom. Inboard forward is a door to the athwartships crew companionway.

Main Salon and Dining Area

The dining and main salon is one common spaces. Starting forward to port is a sliding pocket door that gives access into the galley. Just aft is a door that leads into a day head. The day head is fit with polished stone soles with custom built-in wood overheads. There is a wood vanity with a stone top and undermount sink, and a toilet.

To starboard in the main salon/dining salon area is a large oval shaped varnished wood table with seating for 12. Outboard port and starboard are large, fixed windows. To port is cushioned furniture for the salon. Centerline aft is a set of curved carpeted overlay stairs leading down to the guest accommodations. Outboard port and starboard are built-in storage lockers. Starboard side aft is a day head. The day head has polished stone soles and built-in wood vanity with sink. There is a toilet provided. To port aft is a door into a stew pantry. The stew pantry has polished stone soles with vinyl overheads. There is an L-shaped Corian-type countertop with built-in storage above and below.

The skylounge can be accessed via sliding doors aft from the bridge deck aft or forward to starboard from the bridge deck foyer. This space has polished stone soles and vinyl and wooden recessed overheads. Seen in the overheads are flush-mount lights, flush-mount speakers, and two optical smoke detectors. Outboard port and starboard are large, fixed windows with shades. To starboard is a built-in bar with polished stone tops and undermount sink to port aft is a card table and two chairs. Below the bar is built-in storage and a Perlick drink refrigerator and Perlick bin-type icemaker. To port is a large seating area with an L-shaped couch and two loosely laid cushioned seats. There is a wooden and glass coffee table provided. Port and starboard side aft are built-in cabinets for storage.

Skylounge Deck Stew Pantry

The skylounge deck stew pantry is accessed to port forward from the skylounge. This space has polished stone soles and vinyl overheads. Seen in the overheads are flush mount lights and an optical smoke detector. There are built-in cabinets for storage with Corian-type countertops.

• Stainless steel undermount sink with KitchenAid garbage disposal

• Traulsen stainless steel refrigerator

• (2) Brewmatic coffeemakers

• Entertainment electronics cabinet

• AC magnetic breaker panel

• U-Line wine fridge

• Samsung CCTV display

Bridge Deck Foyer

The bridge deck foyer is accessed aft from the skylounge, forward through a set of double doors from the wheelhouse, or to port inboard via a set of carpeted overlay curved stairs leading up from the main deck foyer. Outboard to starboard are large, fixed windows. Inboard forward of the curved stairs is a door that gives access to the upper guest stateroom. Just aft of the stairs is a door into a day head. This day head is finished with polished stone soles and vinyl overheads. There is a toilet and vanity with a polished stone countertop with undermount sink provided.

The wheelhouse is accessible from the upper salon starboard side or stairs off the athwartships passageway forward of the galley. There is a large console forward surrounded by nine vertical windows. Five of the windows have washers and wipers. The windows are fitted with blinds. Port and starboard side are dogged and gasketed side deck doors. There is an approximate 230° visibility from the helm area. Mounted at the console are two Recaro pedestal mount helm chairs. Aft are two raised lounges with tables. Aft of the wheelhouse is a glass-enclosed navigation and communications office with desk and chair. Forward are the stairs down to the athwartships crew companionway.

Captain's Cabin

Aft to port of the communications office is the captain’s cabin with oversized bunk and large window and a desk and chair. Aft is a marble head with toilet, washbasin, and enclosed shower.

Crew Quarters

The crew rooms are located forward on the lower deck. There are (4) separate crew cabins each with (2) twin-size berths and a head with shower, toilet, and vanity. All the way forward is a curved stairwell with twin bunks on the starboard side and enclosed head and shower forward. Access to the anchor windlasses is via a removable panel in the shower on the starboard side and through the hanging closet on the port side. Starboard side aft of the crew cabins is a laundry room. Seen in the laundry room is a ThermalRite stainless steel freezer, a dual stainless steel refrigerator, (2) Miele washers and (2) Miele dryers.

The crew mess is accessed aft through a dogged and gasketed door from the control room or to port via a set of curved carpet overlay stairs with stainless steel handrails leading down from the crew companionway. Outboard to port is a crew cabin. There is a U-shaped cushioned seating area with a table provided.

• LG television and Samsung monitor

• Hobart model #HM1500 microwave

• RH ship’s monitoring display and Beisler display for alarms

• Frigidaire dishwasher

• Stainless-steel sub-zero refrigerator

• Crestron display

• MX Fire Repeater model #MK2

• Brewmatic coffee machine


• Quantum Marine Zero Speed stabilizers ACR3001 MK2

• New PLC controllers and heat exchangers (full-service Nov 2022)

• 2 x Furuno VHF FM89005 with GMDSS

• 2 x Caterpillar digital engine displays

• Fusion stereo with Sirius XM satellite capability

• B&G HS 2000 speed/depth (new transducer Nov 2022)

• B&G anemometer

• B&G Hydra 2000 wind, speed & depth

• LH 5000 Furuno hailer (new 2021)

• Furuno AIS FA 170 (new 2021)

• Furuno depthsounder FCV 588 (new November 2022 - also new transducer)

• 3 x 24” Hatteland color monitors (new 2018)

• 120-mile Furuno X Band color radar

• 120-mile Furuno S Band color radar

• Timezero Nobeltec navigation suite on Asis computer

• Transis navigation suite on RS6B Marine computer

• Garmin 943 color GPS

• Furuno GNSS navigator GP170

• RH Marine alarm display systems monitor

• 2 x ACR searchlights

• Extron control module – monitor control switching

• Exalto windshield wiper control panel

• Non follow up steering

• Simrad AP70 MK II autopilot (new Nov 2022)

• Simrad FU 80 tiller control (new Nov 2022)

• Anschutz gyro compass

• Anschutz gyro repeater (new sphere Nov 2022)

• ZF Mathers controls main engine and backup control and wing stations (new Nov 2022)

• HRP Bow thruster variable 200-60

• Wesmar Stern thruster variable

• Net-Logic Watchkeeper bridge watch alarm

• Furuno GPS GP-150

• 13 x Axis cameras (new Nov 2022)

• Samsung 24” color monitor

• Tyco Minerva T2000 fire detection system

• Furuno Navtex NX-700 weather module

• Inmarsat C Felcom 18

• Dell Inspiron 5400 AIO 21” color computer

• RH Marine alarm system monitor

• JRC WRC 12 MF-HF SSB radio

• Panasonic VOIP phone system

• Sailor 900 VSAT with I Direct modem

• Garland 6-burner convection stove top

• Wells F-15 fryer

• 2 x Rational SCC WE61 convection ovens (stacked)

• 2 x Cospolich refrigeration (8 boxes)

• Amana commercial microwave

• Grohe spigot with stainless tub sink

• Meiko Point 2 Series dishwasher (3 minute)

• Meiko iClean UMT dishwasher (new Nov 2022)

Entertainment Equipment

• Crestron iPad

• Crestron keypad

• Samsung curved TV

• P8 Pack Edge

• Kaleidescape receiver

• Marinized AV receiver model #SR6008

• Eaton 5P 550 UPS

• QSCCX254 amplifier

• Magic Sing Karaoke and (2) microphones

• Crestron control for lights, shades, audio video, and temperature thermostat

Port And Starboard Forward And Aft Guest Staterooms

• Samsung TV

• Oppo Blu-ray player model #BDP-103

• Recessed speakers

• Panasonic phone

Owner’s Stateroom

• Kaleidescape disc reader

• Kaleidescape player

• Marantz receiver model #SR6008

• Eaton 5P550 UPS

• Crestron MC3

• (2) Owner’s head Crestron keypad controls

• (2) Panasonic phones

• Samsung display and Windows computer

• Samsung TV with CCTV display

AV Equipment Room

• Netgear Prosafe model #GSM7212P

• Netgear Prosafe model #GSM7252PS

• (2) Crestron 3 Series CP3 control processors

• HD media distribution

• Crestron control processor

• OPPO Blu-ray BDP-130

• Crestron tuner card rack

• Symetrix Radius AEC

• Symetrix model #SLN12

• Symetrix XOUT 12

• ADA PTM 1645



• (7) Crestron HD-MD8X2

• (13) DirecTV boxes

• Eaton 931

Main Machinery

• Twin Caterpillar 3508 diesel engines, 1,100 hp at 1800 RPM (Full engine borescope - Nov 2022)

• All cross hatches present, approximately 3,000 hours since top ends rebuilt

• Engine hours: Port 20,795; Starboard 20,742 (January 2023)

• Main engine transmissions Reintjes WAF541 Ratio 3.955.1

• Propellers are Nibral 5-blade 52”

• Shafting is oil bath

• 3 x AC Dometic 900,000 BTU = 75 tons each 208VAC 60 hz 3 phase

• 2 x Snyder blowers

• MSD Headhunter Tidalwave TW-HMX-6004-A (serviced Dec 2022)

• 2 x Watermakers, Inc. model #WMSB 2500 3CDNY4 2,500-gallon per day reverse osmosis (serviced Oct 2022)

• Alfa Laval MIB303 fuel centrifuge (serviced Nov 2022)

• Quantum Zero Speed stabilizers QC1800 (serviced Sept 2022)

• Boiler seawater pumps (replaced 2021)

• Marine Air Systems model #MTSV900(001) SEH, chill water air conditioning plant rated at 900,000 Btu’s, or 75 tons of cooling capacity

Electrical Equipment

• Twin Caterpillar 3306 turbo-charged 165kw 60-hz, three-phase, 220-volts AC, 541 amps, 1800 RPM generators

• Generator hours: Port 3,782; Starboard 3,915 since rebuild and electrical end rewound in November 2022

• Generator hours recorded in January 2023

• Atlas shore power frequency converter 408VAC to 200VAC

• Transformer Shore Power Classic III SB230

• 12 x AGM 8D batteries – 2 x each main engine (1.5 years old), 2 x each generator (new Oct 2022), 4 x house (new Oct 2022)

• 5 x Battery chargers: Wheelhouse = Mastervolt 24/100, Main Engine Port = Mastervolt 24/60, Main Engine Starboard = Mastervolt 24/60 Dolphin Pro, Generator Port = Mastervolt 24/25, Generator Starboard = Mastervolt 24/30

• Fuel capacity is 19,000 US gallons

• Fresh water is 5,340 US gallons

• Black water is 648 US gallons

• Clean oil is 384 US gallons

• Dirty oil is 381 US gallons

• Boss 107 Oil/water separator (serviced Oct 2022)

• 2 x Headhunter Tortuga black water pumps (serviced Nov 2022)

• 2 x Headhunter Tortuga grey water pumps (serviced Nov 2022)

• 2 x Goulds GT 303 freshwater system pumps (rebuilt Nov 2002)

• Envirovac EVAC 900 Toilets

• Galley refrigerator/freezer compressors are Aqua Air as are walk-in freezer, crew freezer, galley freezer, aft, middle, and forward (both seawater cooling pumps replaced June 2022)

Deck Equipment

• Recessed into the swim platform is an Opacmare Transformer (serviced Nov 2022)

• 2 x Aft deck Muir capstans VC11000 - port and starboard

• 2 x Anchor Danforth

• Nautical Structures SOLAS MCA EZ 2500 emergency rescue boat davit

• Nautical Structures electro-hydraulic passerelle

• 12-Person hot tub Jacuzzi

• Designated helicopter “touch and go” area

• UMT davit AC powered with an 800-lb lift capacity

• TV Projector

• Wet bar with stone countertops

• DCS propane barbecue

• Manitowoc bin type icemaker

• (2) Undercounter Perlick glass front refrigerators

• (2) Marinized speakers

• (2) Radar arrays

• (2) ACR remote searchlights

• (6) Fiberglass whip antennas

• (4) Large domes

• Hailing speakers

• (2) Sets of pneumatic horns

• (2) Stainless exhaust tips

• (2) Sets of floodlights forward and aft

Ground Tackle

There are (2) Steen windlasses type 23-2-50-1 with warping drums. They are powered with three-phase electric motors that are accessed in the forward crew cabin and have handheld remote pendants. The anchors are Pool HHP N-type and anchor chain is 7/8 (22mm) galvanized chain with 450 feet each side.

Tender Garage/Beach Club

The tender garage/beach club is entered port side forward down from the aft deck through a teak overlay dogged and gasketed hatch. There are teak overlay treads with stainless steel handrail provided. The tender garage is finished with teak overlay decking and solid painted panel overheads. The tender garage is protected via two rate-of-rise heat/smoke detectors and an explosive fume detector. The bilges are protected by a bilge high-level water alarm and can be pumped via the main bilge manifold. Forward are built-in cabinets for storage. There is a large Samsung television for entertainment. Aft of the tender garage is a hydraulically actuated transom door that gives access to the swim platform. Port side is a small wet bar area. Aft of the wet bar area is a head with toilet and vanity with sink. Port side below the steps is access into the steering gear compartment.

Starboard side is a door that gives access into the electrical room/technical space. There is a laminate counter on port and starboard sides of the room with a Miele washer and Miele dryer under counter in cabinets along the inboard wall. Seen in the technical space aft is crawl space access through an access hatch and ring frame into the stern thruster bilge compartment.

The following equipment is on the starboard side of the beach club:

• Atlas ShorePower “Classic III” Control panel

• Atlas Smart Box

• Atlas ShorePower converter

• Passarelle carrier overhead

• (2) Yaskawa A1000 frequency drives

• Opacmare control boxes

• Capstan motor mounted in overhead

• Capstan control box

• A/C switchboard panel for shore power

• Junction boxes for passerelle lighting and capstan

• Smoke detector

• Avalon water filter

• Co2 fire extinguisher

To port forward of the beach club is an access hatch to the steering pumps and emergency steering system. Seen in the emergency steering compartment is the following equipment:

• Steering pumps #1 and #2 – ABB 60 Hz 208V 10A

• Emergency steering wheel

• Whale gulper 220 suction for garage forward bilge and overboard discharge valve

• Aqua Air fan coil unit with control box

• Anschutz rudder angle indicator

• (2) Ulstein Tenfjord junction boxes for steering pumps #1 and #2

• Groeneveld piston pump and header tank reportedly for shaft oil bath system

• Various electrical junction boxes for steering equipment and lighting

• Ships air jack

• Fuel supply valve

• Panasonic phone/intercom system

• Futura lighting LCD drivers

• Gas detector

In the beach club forward in the cabinets to port is the following equipment:

• Nautical Structures control box for gantry crane

• (2) 12-volt batteries for crane

• Crane remote control

• Fire hydrant, hose, and vari-nozzle

• Nautical Structures HPU and header tank

Aft of the beach club day head is an access cupboard to a technical space. In the technical space is the following equipment:

• Access to Nautical Structures junction box, transom door cylinder, and locking pins

• Hydraulic system manifold

• Access to swim platform shower plumbing

• Junction boxes for (7) underwater lights

• Accumulator tank

• Fan coil unit

Tenders and Toys

• 2019,14-foot Zodiac model Pro 420 rescue boat

• (2) Yamaha VX Wave runner jet skis

• 4 x Sea Bobs

• Water slide

• 2 x Kayaks

• Fishing equipment

• Dive compressor

• Inflatable water toys

• 2 x Paddleboards

• Snorkeling equipment

• Scuba diving equipment

2020 Upgrades

• Main engines top end rebuilt

• Generators rebuild

• Complete through hull valve replacement

• Seachest rebuild

• Stabilizer overhaul

• AC chiller plant rebuild

• Over $450,000 in paint and polishing

• Teak deck repair and sanding

• New Bottom paint

• New Exterior cushions

The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.

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‘Below Deck’ Accused of Covering Up Gary King’s Sexual Misconduct

By Krystie Lee Yandoli

Krystie Lee Yandoli

Bravo ’s Below Deck was recently lauded for its handling of sexual misconduct when a producer on Below Deck Down Under broke the “fourth wall” and intervened when one cast member, Luke Jones, tried to get into bed naked with another cast member, Margot Sisson, without her consent while she was inebriated and passed out. Not only was Luke fired from the show, but their fellow cast member and stewardess, Laura Bileskalne, was also let go because of victim-blaming comments she made to Margot about the incident and her own line-crossing pursuit of deckhand Adam Kodra.

While viewers and fans of the show applauded the pivotal on-screen moment, production crew members who have worked on the popular, Emmy-nominated franchise say they’ve experienced and witnessed sexual harassment and misconduct from other cast members behind the scenes without seeing any real accountability. 

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Suarez says she met King for the first time when the cast and crew arrived in Sardinia in preparation to film the fourth season. Crew members stayed in the same hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Olbia-Sardinia, for the whole duration of filming. Cast members joined them and stayed in the same hotel prior to filming charters on the yacht  and on the few “dark days” during the season when no one in production or the cast worked.

In addition to doing hair and makeup for the cast, Suarez says she assisted the talent manager with day-to-day tasks including making sure cast members were sequestered in their hotel rooms and didn’t bump into one another. It was also Suarez’s job to bring food and water to cast members’ rooms since they weren’t allowed to leave their own hotel rooms because of Covid protocols, and to preserve as much authenticity around the cast’s interactions as possible. Suarez, a 27-year-old who’s based in Atlanta, says she told producers when everyone first arrived in Sardinia that some of the cast members, including King, were being difficult and refused to stay isolated in their hotel rooms like they were instructed to.

“There is no limit to alcohol consumption whatsoever, which I think poses a really big problem,” she says.

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Suarez says when King asked her not to leave she joked with him that she would sit outside of his door to make sure he wouldn’t leave his hotel room. According to Suarez, King then suggested she get in bed with him and repeatedly asked her not to leave his room even though she says he was aware that she was in a relationship with someone else. After a few minutes, she insisted she had to leave and help other cast members, telling King she would return later to drop off snacks and water. She says when she went back to King’s room with a case of water bottles and a bag of snacks, she knocked on the door and King answered the door in his underwear. She says she asked King to take the case of water out of her hands and he continued to ask her not to leave his hotel room.

“I was like, ‘I have to go — I need to go bring other people water and food,’ and he’s like, ‘No, no, please,’” Suarez says. “So I stepped into the room to set the case of waters down and again, he’s repeating, ‘Don’t leave,’ and I was like, ‘I have to go, I’m not staying.’”

When she turned toward the door, Suarez says King came up behind her, grabbed her, pressed her against his body, and refused to let go of her even though she says she tried to kick and elbow him to get him off her. She says she managed to get out of his grasp and went to open the door to leave. Then she says King slammed the door shut from behind her.

“At that point, I didn’t know what was going to happen. I was freaking out,” Suarez says. “It just happened so fast.”

“I’m freaking out, and he goes, ‘What’s wrong? What’s going on?’ And I’m like, ‘Just leave me alone.’ He tried to come up behind me and put his arm around me. He’s in the hallway in his underwear and it’s all weird and fucked up, and so I’m just like, ‘Just go back in your room and don’t come out.’”

“I’m freaking out, and he goes, ‘What’s wrong? What’s going on?’ And I’m like, ‘Just leave me alone.’“

Suarez says she immediately told producers what happened following the incident when she saw them in the production office. The next day, she says a co-executive producer reached out to her and they had a conversation about what happened. After Suarez spoke with the co-executive producer she says she had another meeting with him, executive producers Courtland Cox and Vivian Choi, as well as the show’s talent manager. She says she told the producers she didn’t feel comfortable being around King, she didn’t want to do his hair or makeup, and she didn’t want to be alone with him or in the same room as him. She says Cox apologized to her and said the producers would have a conversation with King, assuring Suarez that King would be fired from the show if any other incidents occurred. She says the next day producers removed King from the hotel where the rest of the cast and crew members were staying and for the rest of the “dark days” during filming, he was instructed to sleep on the boat.

“It pretty much sucked from there on out,” Suarez says. “I was just in a super depressive state.”

King declined to comment for this story. A spokesperson for Bravo told Rolling Stone in a statement, “Bravo is committed to maintaining a safe and respectful workplace for cast and crew on our reality shows. We require our third-party production companies to have appropriate workplace policies and trainings in place and a clear process on how to report concerns.  The concerns Ms. Suarez raised in July 2022 were investigated at that time and action was taken based on the findings.”

A spokesperson for 51 Minds Entertainment, Below Deck ’s production company, added, “51 Minds is committed to providing an environment in which every member of the casts and crews on our productions feel respected and, most importantly, safe. 51 Minds provides mandatory harassment and sensitivity training for every series it produces at the outset of each new season and lays out a clear process on how and to whom to report any questionable activity.” 

According to Saurez, she stayed inside her hotel room for a week following the incident with King and didn’t immediately return to work because she says she was upset, depressed, and her mental health declined; she says she even debated going home and not finishing out the rest of the season.

At the time, Suarez also reached out to Zach Klein, the COO of 51 Minds Entertainment, to report the incident. In emails reviewed by Rolling Stone , Suarez detailed the incident to Klein and wrote: 

“[King] comes up behind me, puts his arms around me, holds me against his body, physically restraining me from leaving, and says stuff like no don’t go. I get out of his grip, tell him again that I have to leave, that I am not staying, and I go reach for the door knob and he comes over and puts both his hands on the door, with his whole weight, to push it shut. This whole time he’s laughing. I ask him to please let me out of the room, that I have to go. I then get a phone call from [the talent manager]. He sees and hears that I answer and he finally moves away from the door, allowing me to open it. I step outside, not even able to listen to what [the talent manager] is saying to me because I’m so overwhelmed at that point, and Gary grabs his room key, comes out of his room, again, is only in his underwear, letting the door close behind him.”

Suarez continued in the email to Klein, “Now that I’ve been able to sit down and process the situation little by little the past couple of days, I realize that I am not okay. It feels like it was taken more as a misunderstanding, than it was as a physical assault/sexual harassment… My feelings/emotions about what happened feel diminished. I can’t help but think, had it been a crew member, it would have been handled differently. I honestly feel quite traumatized by the whole situation.”

Later in the season, Suarez says the HR representative also asked her not to talk about the incident with other production staffers because “it was becoming water cooler talk” on set and it seemed like Suarez was “trying to rally the troops” against the show. Saurez says she wasn’t even alongside her fellow crew members in the week following the incident but because of her absence, people reached out to her and asked her why she wasn’t on set. Suarez says she told the HR representative that she explained what happened to the people who reached out to her and asked for clarification about whether or not she was “allowed” to talk about the incident with her colleagues. Suarez says the rep told her yes, she was allowed to, but discouraged her from doing it.

In later conversations, Suarez says she expressed to executive producers that she was upset about how the situation was addressed. She says executive producers responded by saying they originally offered to fire King from the show when the alleged incident happened. Suarez says she wanted leadership to make that decision based on the information they had and not put the responsibility on her to say whether or not she wanted King fired, especially since she didn’t actually have the power to enforce that decision. After the incident, Suarez says she only saw King in passing a couple of times around the hotel but that they never directly interacted or communicated.

Rolling Stone spoke to two other crew members who worked in production with Suarez at the time of the incident. They say Suarez told them about the alleged incident during filming. One of the crew members, who requested to remain anonymous because they still work on the series, tells Rolling Stone they heard about the incident when they were filming. They also say they’ve “constantly” witnessed King make other women on set uncomfortable with his aggressive pursuit of them.

Three other people who did not work for 51 Minds Entertainment, NBC, or Below Deck spoke to Rolling Stone and say that Suarez told them about the alleged incident with King at the time.

Another crew member who requested anonymity out of fear of repercussions tells Rolling Stone later in this same season, they witnessed King grab a female cast member’s butt and continue to touch her inappropriately even though she said, “No,” and told him to stop. While filming at a beach club in Sardinia, the crew member says King was inebriated and they also witnessed King grab another production crew member’s genitals. During off days in between charters, Below Deck typically films cast members partying on and off the boat in their free time. It’s common to see cast members drunk and engage in sexual activity with one another on camera. 

The crew member says they reported the issue on their walkie talkie, which they use to communicate with the executive producer, director, and other people working in the control room. According to production crew members, there’s a control room set up in one of the guest rooms on the boat where producers monitor live footage. When they’re filming on location off the boat, they set up an area nearby that acts as a control room.

“The girl was literally saying, ‘No, stop, don’t,’” the crew member says. “I’m explaining this over my walkie and no one’s acknowledging it.”

“The girl was literally saying, ‘No, stop, don’t.’ I’m explaining this over my walkie and no one’s acknowledging it.“

They say a producer eventually approached King and told him to stop. After the producer spoke to him, the crew member says King walked over to a camera operator who was on a break and grabbed his genitals. 

“It was insane. There were multiple incidents of sexual harassment in front of multiple producers after this person had been given verbal warnings multiple times,” they say.

The crew member says these incidents were filmed but didn’t air on television. They say they’re not sure what happened to the footage of King’s alleged behavior or other footage that the production company doesn’t end up using for TV. Typically, the crew member says, producers and editors have access to raw footage filmed in the field at least until the editing stage.

“I had to promote and make this guy who just assaulted someone look awesome,” they say. “That was my job, to make this person look cool, capable, and exciting.” 

“You’re an executive producer on the show and you’re not even worried that your cast member put his hands on me and is being a creep currently while being on TV?” Suarez says. “Somebody shouldn’t be able to keep a platform for being a gross creep.”

Productions’ handling of the incident with King exhibited a pattern to Suarez who says she told a producer about a separate incident that allegedly occurred when she filmed Below Deck Season 10. She says she was put in charge of accompanying the male cast members from a car to their hotel and bosun Ross McHarg made her feel uncomfortable.

“He was just making these weird, lewd, sexual, gross comments toward me to the point where the other boys in the car were like, ‘Shut up Ross, why are you saying these things to her?’” Suarez says. “There was stuff like that that I expressed to production as well and, you know, nothing happened thereafter.” (McHarg did not respond to requests for comment.)

Suarez says she told a producer about the alleged comments but did not formally report it or file a complaint with HR. A spokesperson for 51 Minds Entertainment also confirmed Suarez did not file a formal complaint with HR. Once the production company was made aware of the allegation when Rolling Stone reached out for comment on this story, they said they initiated an investigation into the alleged incident.

According to Suarez and three other staffers who worked in production for Below Deck , someone from HR delivers a sexual harassment and cultural sensitivity training before each season. Producers also allegedly tell staffers if something goes awry during filming to communicate it on their walkie talkies and someone in the control room will respond. At the beginning of the season, crew members say they’re also explicitly told not to break the “fourth wall” and interact with cast members under any circumstances.

Inspired by the SAG strike, former Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel has been vocal about what she calls the mistreatment of reality stars by networks and her desire for talent to unionize for better protections. Earlier in August, lawyers on behalf of a handful of unnamed reality stars sent a letter to NBCUniversal accusing the company of manipulation, covering up instances of sexual violence, and other claims regarding their reality shows. The purpose of the letter was to ask NBCUniversal to hold possible evidence ahead of litigation.

Suarez also thinks there should be protocols for crew members to follow when they witness or experience sexual harassment or misconduct from a cast member or anyone else on set.

“Nobody knew how to handle [my situation] and I think that’s why it was handled so poorly, because nobody knew what to do or what the right thing to do was. I was told there weren’t any protocols and the only thing was to reach out to HR but even then, nothing was really happening,” Suarez says.

“Why can’t you just get on TV and be like, ‘Gary had to be removed from the show for his misconduct?’ If anything, that would make me respect the producers and the show and everything a lot more if they were just honest instead of trying to sweep things under the rug, which is what feels like happened.”

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After Living Much of Life at Sea, Captain Sandy Finds Love on Land

Sandy Yawn of “Below Deck Mediterranean” married Leah Shafer on — what else? — a superyacht in Florida.

Ms. Yawn, in a white suit, sits on the couch of a yacht with crossed legs. She has her arms around Ms. Shafer, who is wearing a white gown. They are looking at each other and smiling.

By Tammy LaGorce

Sandra Dolores Yawn has been locked up, left for dead on a Florida highway and chased through the Red Sea by pirates.

In the summer of 2018, Leah Rae Shafer reached out on Facebook to send Ms. Yawn her blessings. Not because she thought Ms. Yawn, who goes by Captain Sandy, needed her well wishes, but because she had started watching “Below Deck Mediterranean” on Bravo.

The show follows a crew tasked with catering to a revolving cadre of guests who have chartered a superyacht. Ms. Yawn, a star of the series, is at the helm. Ms. Shafer had written to congratulate her on the show’s success. There was another reason, too. “I thought she was hot,” she said.

Ms. Yawn, 59, has been a yacht captain for more than 30 years. Her foray into television, which started in 2017, was not exactly foreordained. Until her mid-20s, “I was a mess,” Ms. Yawn said. “I was always in trouble. I got kicked out of 11th grade. I didn’t go to college.” At 13, at the start of an adolescence spent between Dundee, Fla., where her father lived, and Bradenton, Fla., where her mother lived, she started drinking. By 17, “I was getting arrested so many times I couldn’t even count how many,” she said. Usually a parent bailed her out. Her father’s refusal to do so after one drunken incident landed her a night in jail.

In 1989, when she was 25, the revolving door of South Florida treatment centers she had been pushing through quit spinning when a counselor told her she couldn’t return. “She said, ‘Sandy, as soon as you get some money in your pocket you’re going to start drinking again,’” Ms. Yawn said.

Fearing real jail time, she joined Alcoholics Anonymous. To start paying off the thousands of dollars she owed in legal fees and addiction treatment center bills, she got a job washing boats in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. By 30, she had earned her captain’s license from Maritime Professional Training, a school in Fort Lauderdale for mariners and yachting professionals.

Rehab — she still has an A.A. sponsor and attends meetings whenever possible — helped her pin down the roots of her teenage rebellion. “I think a big part of my drinking was that I couldn’t accept my sexuality,” she said. “When I got sober is when I accepted that, oh my gosh, I actually prefer women.”

For Ms. Shafer, that level of acceptance took much longer. It also cost her a career as a gospel singer.

Ms. Shafer, 50, is the entrepreneur behind a skin care line, Skin by Leah, and a jewelry business started with a friend, Cuff Me. When she messaged Ms. Yawn to congratulate her on the success of “Below Deck Mediterranean” in 2018, she and her husband of 20 years, then living with their teenage daughter in Denver, were going through a divorce. The relationship had gone stale years earlier, Ms. Shafer said, but fear and uncertainty prevented her from leaving.

“I had the security of not worrying financially, because he took care of everything,” she said. Her gospel career at a nondenominational church had taken off when she was still in high school in Hesperia, Calif. But that was mostly a labor of love.

“I toured and went to college at the same time,” said Ms. Shafer, who graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts.

By her 30s, she was recording albums, touring megachurches and singing at major Christian conferences. A flirtation with secular performance in the 2000s landed her on the 2003-04 revival of “Star Search” and later a recurring role on NBC’s “The Singing Bee.”

But “I loved God and I loved inspiring people, and the platform I was given was on the stage of churches,” she said. The only problem: “There was really no money in that.”

Before their divorce was final in 2019, she and her husband tried therapy and prayed together. Finally, in 2018, “I just jumped,” she said. “I took a leap of faith. I wanted freedom.”

She found it financially first. Skin by Leah Studio, her Lone Tree, Colo. facial salon that she founded in 2017, was successful right away, she said. When she first saw Ms. Yawn on TV, she was settling into life as an entrepreneur. She didn’t expect to get a response to her Facebook message. But when she got one three months later, in October 2018, it came with an invitation.

In addition to her job as a TV star, Ms. Yawn had started touring with “I Believe,” a series of motivational talks she created to inspire women in leadership positions. When she finally read Ms. Shafer’s message — thousands had been piling up, she said, but something drew her to Ms. Shafer’s — she was in the market for an entertainer for the talks.

In her message, Ms. Shafer had included a video of herself singing the national anthem at a 2014 Denver Broncos game. Once Ms. Yawn clicked the link, she replied right away. “She gave me her phone number and said, ‘I heard you sing,’” Ms. Shafer said. “‘Let’s meet up and talk about how we can do something together.’”

The two continued to talk on the phone and over email. Ms. Yawn was then living in Los Angeles. Ms. Shafer had been planning a Disneyland vacation with her daughter, Lauren, in November, a trip that gave her an excuse to meet Ms. Yawn in person.

Both say they fell in love seconds after Ms. Shafer pulled into Ms. Yawn’s driveway in mid-November 2018. “I offered to park her car for her, and that’s when we hugged,” Ms. Yawn said. “I felt this energy I had never felt. I knew I had to pay attention to that.”

It was a life-changing hug for Ms. Shafer, too. “It was not a normal feeling when I met Sandy,” she said. “She wasn’t the stern captain you see on TV. She was just so fun and so beautiful. That hug melted me.”

Over dinner at Catch, a Los Angeles seafood restaurant, they acknowledged their attraction. “I was really honest with her,” Ms. Yawn said. But Ms. Shafer wasn’t ready to date a woman. “I knew I wanted to be with her,” she said. “I was just freaked out.”

By the end of the evening, Ms. Yawn told her she should take her time. It had been two years since Ms. Yawn’s last relationship. “So at that point I was like, ‘Why rush it?’” she said. “I was older and I’ve learned a lot of lessons. One was, let things happen naturally. Slow and steady wins the race.”

Six months later, the race was over. The women were in a committed relationship, and Ms. Yawn had moved to a place near Ms. Shafer’s in Denver. It was smooth sailing until the end of 2019, when news of the couple’s relationship started circulating in entertainment media.

The public outing ended Ms. Shafer’s gospel career. “I knew the minute I came out as being in love with a woman it would be over, and it was,” she said. Her six CDs, sold in dozens of church bookstores, were pulled from shelves and shipped to her doorstep. Christian radio stations stopped playing her music.

“I had worked for 35 years,” she said. “And it was over.”

Most painful of all were comments after her father’s death from Covid in 2020. “People in the church told me he died because of my sins,” she said. “But he had met and come to accept Sandy before he passed, and I thank God that happened.” Now, “my family adores Sandy.”

Ms. Yawn lost both her parents to heart attacks before she became a TV star — her father in 2006, and her mother in 2009. In 2015, she was en route to the Miami Boat Show on her motorcycle when she was hit by a car. The driver left the scene. “I felt my mother’s presence while I was flipping through the air, and I felt peaceful,” she said.

When she hit the pavement, she had a fractured pelvis and her foot “was on sideways,” she said. By then, though, she was used to navigating life and death scenarios, including fires at sea and run-ins with pirates. She credits her fortitude and empathy, qualities highlighted on “Below Deck Mediterranean,” which she joined in 2017, to her sobriety. “I’ve got nothing to hide and everything to share,” she said.

In 2022, Ms. Yawn and Ms. Shafer bought a house together in Parker, Colo. In September 2023, while Ms. Yawn was filming in Greece, Ms. Shafer flew overseas to visit. Ms. Yawn proposed with a diamond engagement ring on the beach , with violin players in the background.

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On May 11, Ms. Shafer and Ms. Yawn were married in Fort Lauderdale aboard She’s a 10 Too, a superyacht lent to the couple by their friend Carolyn Aronson. Fifty-five guests, the maximum allowed aboard the vessel, were in attendance. Among them were “Below Deck Mediterranean” castmates Aesha Scott, Kate Chastain and Dave White, known to viewers as Chef Dave. (And yes, there were cameras filming.)

Ms. Shafer, in a long white wedding gown by Leah Da Gloria, walked down the aisle with her two brothers, Matthew Dale and Justin Dale, to an altar decorated with white roses and hydrangeas; her daughter, now 18, was her maid of honor.

Ms. Yawn, in a white Veronica Beard suit, was escorted down the aisle by Mark Dunham, her brother-in-law. Michelle Dunham, Ms. Yawn’s sister, was her maid of honor. Most guests were barefoot, as is common on yachts. The brides and their wedding party were granted an exception.

Nadine Rajabi, the showrunner of “Below Deck Mediterranean,” who is ordained by the Universal Life Church, married them on the yacht’s bridge aft deck, a job made more difficult by the weather: wind caused her microphone to cut out and blew the pages of her speech around. But nothing could disturb the focus of the brides as they read handwritten vows.

Ms. Shafer told Ms. Yawn that she had taught her to be more optimistic, more playful and “to jump.” Ms. Yawn told Ms. Shafer that she had given her patience and grace.

The captain had been hoping to make it through the ceremony free of tears. But that, she said shortly after they were pronounced married, was impossible. “The minute I looked at Leah and started reading her all the reasons I fell in love with her I started to cry,” she said. “It’s so amazing to find this kind of love in your lifetime.”

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When May 11, 2024

Where Aboard the superyacht She’s a 10 Too, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Rescue Mission The couple chose “She’s a Lady” for their first dance during an onboard reception. Chef Dave prepared short ribs and a three-tiered, gluten-free vanilla, chocolate and strawberry cake that threatened to topple in the wind and heat (temperatures were in the 90s).

Cruising After the wedding, the brides took off for a five-day honeymoon to Little Palm Island on a yacht lent by Mr. Flynn. Ms. Yawn was at the helm, of course.

Onward In June, Ms. Yawn and Ms. Shafer will move from Denver to Ponte Vedra, Fla., to be closer to Ms. Dunham, who runs a private school for children with autism, Jacksonville School for Autism, in Jacksonville. On June 3, season nine of “Below Deck Mediterranean” premieres on Bravo. And on July 1, Ms. Shafer will open a skin care studio in Ponte Vedra.

An earlier version of this article misidentified   the man who escorted Sandy Yawn down the aisle. It was Mark Dunham, her brother-in-law, not her friend John Flynn. An earlier version of a picture caption also misidentified Mr. Dunham as Mr. Flynn. Additionally, the article misstated   the shoe rule aboard   the superyacht on which the wedding was held. The brides and their wedding party were allowed to wear shoes; other guests were not.

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Want to know how much it would cost to charter one of the luxury superyachts featured on US hit TV series Below Deck ? We take a look inside Below Deck ’s famous superyachts that you can charter for yourself, and find out what they have to offer charter guests on board.

Northern Sun

The star yacht of Below Deck Down Under season two, the 50.8-metre Northern Sun (originally delivered as Hokko Maru ) has lived a full and fascinating life. She was the largest yacht built by Narasaki Shipbuilding at the time and worked as an ice-class research vessel, analysing marine life and ocean currents in the North Japan Sea. As a result, she has the hardy constitution of an explorer, transformed from ship to superyacht under the stewardship of her new owners.

Northern Sun’s main deck is now dedicated entirely to entertainment, from the al fresco dining area to the main saloon with its piano and games table. Other leisure highlights include gym equipment, a dedicated library on the lower deck and an outdoor Jacuzzi, surrounded by sun pads and lounge beds. The owners’ addition of a forward seating area during her refit allows for versatile recreation, whether the mood calls for cocktail parties or quiet, waterside contemplation. 

Accommodation is for up to 12 guests across six cabins, with rich, warm interiors that feature natural materials such as narra and makore wood (commonly known as cherry mahogany). The ex-explorer also – naturally – has impressive stowing capacity. She's able to carry two Laser sailboats, scuba-diving equipment, a waterski and a two-deck-high inflatable water slide, with the broker describing her as a "family-orientated" vessel. 

Charter cost: Northern Sun is managed for charter by Ocean Independence with a weekly charter rate starting from $161,700.

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60 metre Benetti motor yacht St David is the star of the tenth season of Below Deck, returning to the Caribbean with beloved Captain Lee. A finalist at the 2009 World Superyacht Awards , St David is a full-custom yacht with both interior and exterior design by British studio Winch Design .

She has made appearances at a number of high-profile events such as the Cannes Film Festival and has been spotted at various locations around the world including the Seychelles, Red Sea and Abu Dhabi. Accommodation is for 12 guests in six cabins, with a split-level master suite that lets in plenty of light.

A palatial theme characterises St David ’s social spaces, with features including a generous skylounge and a spiral staircase that leads through all three decks and is lit by a skylight in the spa pool of the sun deck. Elsewhere, St David has expansive water toy facilities and storage, including scuba dive gear, a new 7.2m tender, new Waverunners, and an electric foiling surfboard.

Charter cost: St David is managed by Morley Yachts with a weekly charter rate starting from €325,000.

The star of Below Deck Mediterranean season seven, 49.8 metre Home is the first “green” superyacht to appear on the show. Featuring a ground-breaking combination of a super-efficient Fast Displacement Hull Form by Van Oossanen Naval Architects with power provided by a hybrid propulsion system, Home boasts reduced emissions and fuel costs for the eco-conscious charter guest.

Defined by a distinctive vertical bow and large expanses of glass, Home was penned by Omega Architects and launched by Heesen in 2017. Her interiors, designed by Cristiano Gatto in a modern “Ibiza style”, can accommodate up to 12 guests in six cabins including a full-beam master cabin with a dedicated dressing room and a private office. There is also room for nine members of Below Deck crew on board, including Captain Sandy who has returned to the helm for the seventh season while Home is cruising the coasts of Malta .

The main socialising spot is up on the sundeck, complete with a Jacuzzi and sit-up bar, a shaded lounge and protection from the elements provided by glass screens. Closer to the water, a beach club with an air-conditioned gym is situated next to the swimming platform from which guests can launch the water toys including SeaBobs, Hoverboards, E-foils, Jet Skis and a Flyboard. Home also carries gear for scuba diving, waterskiing and wakesurfing for guests to make the most of their time on board.

Charter cost: Home is managed for charter by Burgess with a weekly charter rate starting from $245,000.

Sailing under her own name around the South Pacific islands of French Polynesia on Below Deck’s sixth series, the 56.4 metre My Seanna (now Starship ) was built by Delta Marine in 2000 and refitted in 2014. The Glade-Johnson designed superyacht reappeared again for season eight, where she was filmed cruising in Antigua. She is now starring in the latest season of the show, season nine, following her recent sale .

Key features include an open air Jacuzzi surrounded by an al fresco drinks bar, a gym, a sauna room, a helipad and a spacious beach club complete with a lounge, flatscreen TV and a small galley for preparing snacks or drinks. Her opulent interiors can accommodate up to 12 guests and 11 crew and even offer a home cinema and piano for entertaining in the main saloon. There are multiple toys carried on board as well, including gear for diving and spearfishing, Seabobs and equipment for underwater filming.

“The thing that I really love about My Seanna is the spacious cabins” says Worth Avenue retail charter broker, Shannon McCoy, who has appeared on episodes of Below Deck . She describes My Seanna as a “well-appointed yacht with a good collection of toys for the guests to enjoy,” offering an excellent layout with a variety of spaces that allows charterers “to have breakfast in a different place every morning or enjoy dinner whether it's outside under the sun or in the formal dining area.”

Charter cost: Starship is managed for charter by Worldwide Boat with a weekly charter rate starting from $275,000.

Lady Michelle

Sailing under her real name, Lady Michelle was the star of the sixth series of Below Deck Mediterranean , which was the latest series from the Med spin off. The 54.8 metre Benetti superyacht is the second biggest yacht ever to feature on the show, following just behind the 56.2 metre motor yacht The Wellington from season five. During season six Lady Michelle hosted charter guests in Ibenik, Croatia with Captain Sandy behind the helm.

First delivered in 2003, Lady Michelle features accommodation for up to 14 guests including a split-level master suite with its own panoramic observation lounge. Her Stefano Natucci interiors offer indoor and al fresco dining spaces, an expansive sundeck with a hot tub and dedicated gym. There’s also a range of toys at the guests’ disposal, from Jet Skis and Seabobs to fishing gear and a waterslide.

Charter cost: Lady Michelle is managed by Burgess with a weekly charter rate starting from $325,000.

The Wellington

Actually named The Wellesley , this 56.2 metre Oceanco superyacht is owned by property magnate and hotelier Khalid Affara and named after his luxury art deco hotel in London. Delivered in 1993, The Wellesley features extended deck spaces and Donald Starkey -penned interiors that replicate the grandeur of the eponymous Knightsbridge hotel. Highlights on board include a waterfall jacuzzi, an outdoor cinema for movies under the stars and a unique private club-style lounge complete with a Winston Churchill inspired cigar room. 

Describing why she makes an excellent charter yacht, James Graham-Cloete, director of charter management from TWW Yachts , says that The Wellesley is “ideal for entertaining family and friends, or hosting corporate events in utter privacy,” thanks to the fact that she “boasts some of the largest open deck spaces of any 56 metre on the water.” Graham-Cloete also adds that, on The Wellesley , “guests are invited to experience the same exceptional personal service, fine dining and attention to detail that has become synonymous with the hotel, on board a private superyacht,” while being looking after by her 14 crew members. “The crew have one of the lowest turnover rates in the industry and one of the best charter records, along with a full-time masseuse on board- making her the ultimate charter yacht!” says Graham-Cloete.

Charter cost: The Wellesley is managed by TWW Yachts with a weekly charter rate starting from €230,000.

The 47 metre Heesen -built superyacht Sirocco took centre stage in both the second and fourth series of Below Deck Mediterranean and introduced captain Sandy Yawn, who has become a returning cast member on the show. Launched in 2006 with a refit in 2013, Sirocco features a dark blue hull and was designed inside and out by Omega Architects . She accommodates up to 12 guests and nine crew and offers charterers an eight person Jacuzzi, a gym, plenty of al fresco entertainment areas and a well-stocked toy box comprising Jet Skis, a waterslide and gear for wakeboarding or waterskiing. Worth Avenue retail charter broker Shannon McCoy describes Sirocco as a “very, very popular charter yacht” and with her fleet of water toys and pedigree Heesen design, provides “an excellent platform for a great time at sea.”

Charter cost: Sirocco is managed for charter by Worth Avenue with a weekly charter rate starting from €195,000.

Ionian Princess

Appropriately named for the first season of Below Deck Mediterranean , which was set in Greece, the 45.7 metre Christensen -built yacht was captained by Mark Howard during filming. Launched in 2005 and last refitted in 2016, Ionian Princess features a luxurious Greek-style inspired interior finished with high-gloss sapelle mahogany joinery and custom in-laid stonework throughout. Ionian Princess can host up to 12 guests in six cabins, including two master cabins, and also boasts plentiful dining options and a sundeck equipped with a hot tub and sunpads. She also comes with a fleet of water toys from waterskiing and wakeboarding kit to Jet Skis and kayaks. Thanks to her shallow draft, she can also access hard-to-reach hidden gems in the Mediterranean Sea that other larger yachts aren’t able to. “ Ionian Princess is ideally suited for cruising the Mediterranean, which is the most sought-after region for summer yacht charters,” says her management team at charter brokers Northrop & Johnson.

Charter cost: Ionian Princess is managed by Northrop & Johnson with a weekly charter rate starting from $175,000.

Appearing on the second season of the show in 2014 under her own name, Ohana has since been sold and renamed Star Diamond The yacht was originally launched as Roxana by Admiral Marine in 1998 and last refitted in 2018. Designed by Donald Starkey , her interiors have a classic feel with glossy wood finishes and a colour palette blending nautical colours like creamy whites and marine blues. Key features on board this 46.94 metre yacht include accommodation for 10 guests and 10 crew, a six person Jacuzzi on the sun deck alongside a barbecue grill and plenty of spaces for al alfresco dining and drinking.

For a fun entrance into the water, Star Diamond also has an inflatable slide which guests can slip down on from the top deck plus there are a number of other water toys stored on board from Jet Skis to to fishing gear. During the summer, Star Diamond can be found cruising the coasts of New England while in winter she chases the sunshine by heading south to Florida and The Bahamas.

Charter cost: Star Diamond is managed by Ahoy Club and Northrop & Johnson with a weekly charter rate starting from $160,000.

This 50 metre Benetti superyacht kicked off the yachting TV show in style in July 2013. Captained by Lee Rosbach , she was based in the Caribbean isles during the filming of the first season. On Below Deck she was called Honor but in reality, her name is actually Barents . Delivered in 1999 to a design by Stefano Natucci , Barents just underwent an extensive full refit earlier in 2021 and can host up to 12 guests on board in six staterooms. Features viewers may have seen on the show include the stunning sun deck equipped with a hot tub, drinks bar and outdoor cinema, the additional indoor cinema, the beach club and the gym, as well as the extensive fleet of water toys such as Jet Skis and gear for wakeboarding, waterskiing, fishing and snorkelling.

Charter cost: Barents is not currently available for charter, though she was sold in 2020 for $9,900,000 by IYC and Worth Avenue Yachts to a buyer represented by Parsifal Yachting.

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  • Barbie's personality has grown old and she doesn't fit in on the yacht, making her unfit for another season.
  • She pushes her conservative ideals on Kyle, bragging about her wealth constantly, and showing an entitled attitude.
  • Despite some growth, Barbie's spoiled upbringing and entitled attitude make her a bad casting choice for further seasons of Below Deck.

Stewardess Barbie Pascual endured ups and downs in Below Deck season 11, but her personality has grown old. While the stew initially rubbed Chief Stew Fraser Olender the wrong way, the two seemed to find an understanding shortly after Cat Baugh left the charter, being replaced by Paris Field. However, even when Fraser isn't treating her unfairly, Barbie doesn't fit in on the yacht and shouldn't come back for another season. Her antics, especially how she treated Kyle Stillie after their initial hookup, are eye-roll-worthy.

Barbie and Kyle finally hooked up in a recent episode, which has only made her behavior more annoying. While Fraser has let up on the privileged stew, she remains incredibly irritating. Paris' treatment of Chef Nick Tatlock may have gotten the most flack, but Barbie still became irritating during the charter. She had a decent run on Below Deck season 11 , but it's time for Barbie to leave yachting behind and not return to the next season of Below Deck .

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Barbie Is Too Conservative For Kyle

She doesn't let him be himself.

Barbie has been open about being from a traditional Argentinian family. Specifically, her father, the source of the family's wealth, has high standards about how his daughter should behave and who should date. Unlike most other yachties, Barbie isn't sailing the seas to make a living . Her father wants her to understand what it's like for the rest of the world to work. If Barbie wants Daddy's money to keep flowing into her bank account, it's up to her to work for that trust fund.

Barbie works hard on the boat, and her attitude has come a long way since the beginning of the season. Before she slept with Kyle, her behavior only really affected her. Barbie may live by a different set of standards than many of the yachties, but they're her values. However, now that she and Kyle are exploring a relationship, she's trying to push her standards on Kyle.

Barbie knew sleeping with Kyle would disappoint her father and was stressed about sharing the news with her family.

After Barbie and Kyle hooked up for the first time, the stew was stressed about her father finding out. Unfortunately, Barbie was aware she was being filmed, and the truth would come out eventually. She fought with herself regarding how to handle the situation, but in doing so, Barbie pushed her conservative ideals on Kyle . He tried to be respectful to her, but it wasn't enough. While she eventually forgave Kyle, it was clear the yachtie lifestyle was at odds with her own.

In a recent episode, Barbie was horrified that Kyle wore a kilt while the cast was out bowling . Kyle seemed surprised by this but agreed to behave himself for Barbie. While he was acting a bit cheeky, he wasn't really doing anything wrong. Barbie's sensibilities just don't fit in with the free-spirited crew members aboard the St. David.

Barbie Is Always Bragging About Her Wealth

She's out of touch.

In most of her confessionals, Barbie brags about her wealth. She talks about her father's opinions and expectations of her while constantly reminding viewers that she doesn't actually need the money she's making aboard the St. David. In a recent episode, Barbie admitted in a confessional that her closet looked like Saks Fifth Avenue, saying that if her dad actually ever cut her off, she'd be able to sell off most of her clothes and survive for a while.

Barbie's worst fear seems to be getting cut off, contributing to her anxiety regarding her relationship with Kyle.

Barbie is charming, but those sorts of comments have gotten old. The stew seems to have no personality outside a poor little rich girl whose dad wants to show her how the rest of the world lives. Barbie is used to getting everything she wants , and despite trying to appear down to earth, she just doesn't relate to the rest of the yachties onboard (via Bravo ). Kyle is interested in her because she's beautiful, but it's not surprising they allegedly split after the charter ended. They are incompatible outside the charter, and Kyle can't provide the wealth to which Barbie is accustomed.

Barbie’s Entitled Attitude Has Gone Too Far

She didn't learn from the charter.

While Fraser undoubtedly treated Barbie disrespectfully early in the charter, Barbie has an entitled attitude that's hard to deny . She is fairly well-adjusted for a woman coming from a wealthy family, but it's difficult for her to overcome her spoiled upbringing. It was entertaining to watch her have a Jack and Rose romance aboard the St. David in Below Deck season 11, but it's time for this cast member to leave Below Deck .

Yachties who seek to live an adventurous lifestyle and make a living deserve a spot on the boat more than a wealthy heiress playing house. Barbie worked hard and showed some growth on the charter, but she's not a cast member that needs to come back for Below Deck season 12 . Her personality has grown old.

Below Deck season 11 airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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Below Deck Med’s Captain Sandy Yawn Marries Leah Schafer

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Sandy Yawn is all aboard for her next adventure.

The Below Deck Mediterranean Captain has married Leah Shafer after more than five years of dating in a ceremony that, naturally, took place on a yacht in Fort Lauderdale.

"On May 11th, 2024 I married the love of my life," Sandy, 59, began a May 14 Instagram post. "I had no idea how amazing marriage could be! It feels incredible and I feel like the luckiest woman in the world. I love you, Leah Rae Yawn!!"

She continued, "Thank you for taking my name! Thank you to our entire family and friends for coming out to show your love and support to our relationship."

And the Bravo star was sure to assure fans, "If you're wondering, Yes it was filmed. Thank you to our Bravo family. We love you."

But cameras weren't the only way her network family was involved in Sandy's special day— Below Deck Med showrunner Nadine Rajabi officiated the ceremony, and not to mention, crew members Aesha Scott , Kate Chastain and Dave White were also in attendance. The latter was pulling double duty as both a guest and the chef responsible for the couple's wedding menu which, according to The New York Times , included short ribs and a three-tiered, gluten-free vanilla, chocolate and strawberry cake.

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The couple wed on a superyacht called "She's a 10 Too," lent to them by their friend Carolyn Aronson , and were joined by 55 of their closest friends and family.

Leah, 50, donned a gown by Leah De Gloria, which featured off the shoulder sleeves and intricate beading, while Sandy wore a white Veronica Beard suit.

In her post, Leah called her wedding day "a true fairytale," noting the many special people in her life that played a part.

"With my family by my side," the skin care entrepreneur wrote, "my brothers walking me down the aisle, my mom and grandma in tears of happiness, my beautiful sister in law and my beautiful daughter as my maid of honor it couldn't be more of a blessing."

And while the pair and their guests are all smiles in the many photos they shared—taken by photographer Kelly Martucci —Sandy shared she couldn't help but grow emotional during her vows.

"The minute I looked at Leah and started reading her all the reasons I fell in love with her I started to cry," she told The New York Times . "It's so amazing to find this kind of love in your lifetime."

And for more celebrities who have tied the knot in 2024, keep reading.

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‘Below Deck Sailing Yacht' Season 1 Almost Sank the Series

The first season of 'BDSY' traveled some rough seas.

The Big Picture

  • Below Deck Sailing Yacht had casting issues and crew dynamics that led to a messy first season.
  • The show learned from its mistakes and retooled for Season 2, introducing a new cast that brought magic to the series.
  • Captain Glenn and his new trio have become the longest-running and best group within the Below Deck franchise.

Below Deck Sailing Yacht was the second spin-off of the flagship program that was launched on Bravo. The first season introduced viewers to the crew of Parsifall III, a motoryacht with a twist: a big, ol' sail! Led by Captain Glenn Shephard , the first season was filled with the typical yachties that have made fans love the Below Deck programs. They even welcomed a familiar face in Chef Adam Glick to the yacht. With two seasons of Below Deck Mediterranean under his belt, he was meant to help steer the ship to success. But something didn't work. Was it the awkward boatmance between Chef Adam and Chief Stew Jenna MacGillivray ? Was it the real-life couple working on deck, Padget Berry and Ciara Duggan ? Whatever it was, after Season 1, Below Deck Sailing Yacht essentially emptied the bunks of Parsifall III and Captain Glenn returned with an entirely new crew — and the rest is history. Season 1 had growing pains and needed to be retooled in order for Below Deck Sailing Yacht to truly sail off into glory.

Below Deck has been one of Bravo's biggest assets since its 2013 debut. Following the work lives of a crew on a superyacht, Below Deck showcases the highs and lows of one of the most stressful jobs on the planet. Sure, it looks all luxurious and incredible, but the drama is real. Like many Bravo hits, to capitalize on its success, Bravo green lit Below Deck spin-offs. Following Below Deck Mediterranean , Below Deck Sailing Yacht followed the same formula, but it had growing pains that almost kept it docked forever .

Below Deck Sailing Yacht

In a reality TV series, a crew aboard a luxury sailing yacht navigates the challenges of providing five-star service to affluent guests while managing personal dynamics and the unpredictable nature of the sea. Each episode reveals a blend of high-seas adventure and behind-the-scenes drama among the crew members.

'Below Deck Sailing Yacht' Botched Its Casting

Below Deck Sailing Yacht set sail in 2020 in the stunning locale of Greece. With the job tougher than ever and the stakes higher than before, the success of Parsifall III truly depended on the wind in their sails. Beause it came with a new type of vessel for viewers to see, the 180-foot luxury sailing yacht was billed as an even grander once-in-a-lifetime experience. Unlike the flagship franchise's Captain Lee Rosbach and the first spin-off's Captain Sandy Yawn , Below Deck Sailing Yacht relied on an old faithful captain who spent many years aboard the ship. While the others have gone from vessel to vessel, Captain Glenn Shephard's vast knowledge of Parsifall III allowed him to welcome the viewers into his home away from home. Captain Glenn wasn't there to be a reality star ; he was there to do his job, the job he loved to do. To supplement the reality show tropes that make these programs watchable, Below Deck Sailing Yacht had to ensure the rest of the cast was filled with personalities that would be enticing to watch.

Since Parsifall III already had members of the crew on board, the show decided to keep two members of the sailing yacht's crew, casting them as the power couple that they thought fans would fall in love with. Prior to the start of the season, Paget Berry was the yacht's First Officer, the closest position to a Bosun, while Ciara Duggan was a stewardess, working in the interior. But for some bizarre reason, likely for added drama, Captain Glenn pushed Ciara to the exterior to act as a deckhand, which meant she would be working under her boyfriend.

Fans also learned that this would mark the first time the pair ever worked directly with one another in this capacity. Has this ever worked to solidify a healthy relationship? Very rarely. With two familiar faces on Captain Glenn's staff, Below Deck Sailing Yacht brought on a Below Deck alum to help integrate the show into the Below Deck Cinematic Universe. Chef Adam Glick had a whiplash of a journey during his time on Below Deck Med . Often found bickering with Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier , undermining her authority, and going rogue with his meals like putting onions in dishes when the primary specifically put on his preference sheet that he did not want them, Chef Adam was an interesting option to be the familiar face for the franchise to start with. But hey, an angry, temperamental chef is a stereotype for Below Deck so it seemed fitting .

The Interior Team Was a Nightmare on Season 1 of 'Below Deck Sailing Yacht'

Knowing Chef Adam had a rocky relationship with the head of the interior, it was expected that whoever was in charge on Parsifal III would suffer the same fate as their counterpart in the Med. But it couldn't be further from the truth. Jenna MacGillivray was brought on as Chief Stew. She was not the warm and cuddly personality, but had a similar demeanor to the original Below Deck Chief Stew Adrienne Gang . Both women's mission was to assert their authority and had run-ins with many of their colleagues. For Jenna, there was one exception: A second romance bloomed on Parsifall III between Chef Adam and Chief Stew Jenna.

On paper, watching love blossom should warm the hearts, but this duo was toxic, and Jenna left a lot to be desired, as she rarely ever took accountability for focusing on her school-girl romance with Chef Adam over her duties as Chief Stew. The interior team is central to the story, as they spend the most time with the guests on camera. Jenna became unbearable when she fell in love , and things got messy. Her obsession with her relationship over her job almost sank the ship.

With so many questionable choices in the cast, there had to be someone on the crew that could breathe sanity into the Below Deck spin-off. Turning to the interior, Jenna's two stewardesses were Madison Stalker and Georgia Grobler . Madison very quickly became the audience's voice of reason as she saw the chaos on board. She dealt with the brunt of Jenna's frustrations and lack of interest in establishing a working relationship with her. Madison was great at her job, she just never got the praise she deserved. She became the season's punching bag; hence, the majority of her story was filled with Jenna trying to tear her down, and Chef Adam following suit because he had to side with his girl.

When it came to Georgia, the 3rd Stew was clearly unaware of relationship boundaries. It's one thing to have a crush, but when you're living and working with your crush, whose girlfriend is also sleeping feet away from you, perhaps it's best to turn things down a few notches. Georgia's crush on Paget was simply uncomfortable to watch. Her entire journey on Below Deck Sailing Yacht comprised of trying to serenade Paget with the only original song Georgia had in her songbook. What was worse? Paget fed into it — with his girlfriend present! Her flirtation was cringe, and yet it wasn't even as hard as Jenna went for Chef Adam.

'Below Deck Down Under' Is Bravo's Best Kept Secret

'below deck sailing yacht's season 2 cast turned the seri.

On deck, joining Ciara and Paget for half the season, was Parker McCown . He resigned from his position due to his well-being, as his back and forth with Paget was wearing him down. Parker was replaced by Christopher Miller , who was almost a non-existent personality for the remainder of the charter season. He was kind, he worked well, but suffered a back injury that nearly derailed his entire career. Unlike any other Below Deck series, Below Deck Sailing Yacht featured the Chief Engineer as an on-screen character. Byron Hissey was much older than the majority of the crew, so his presence wasn't as drama-filled comparatively. As a character, he was a swell guy, but he just didn't have the aspirations to make good reality television.

Every season of Below Deck features some sort of mess. Maybe it's caused by the elite vacationers or the drama within the bowels of the ship, but the mess of Below Deck Sailing Yacht 's first season was the mess of its cast. Casting is hard; these nine individuals lacked chemistry and didn't gel. There's no predicting how individuals will react — it's the core of the experiment of reality television. The stories that this cast created were ripe for drama, they just didn't play out well.

Thankfully, the show learned from its mistake and retooled the entire second season. The only returning cast member was Captain Glenn. Fans were then introduced to Chief Engineer Colin MacRae , Chief Stew Daisy Kelliher , and First Officer Gary King, and magic was instantly made! Captain Glenn and his new trio have remained with the program since Season 2, are the longest running tenured group within the Below Deck franchise, and make it one of the best in the franchise. The moral of this story is perfection takes time. You won't always catch lightning on the first try. Below Deck Sailing Yacht is proof. They ditched the navy blue polos and opted for those infamous orange ones ; that's how badly they needed to distance themselves from that first season.

Below Deck Sailing Yacht is available to stream on Peacock in the U.S.

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