Bravotv.com: By this point in the trip, how are you feeling about your time on the boat? Your crew-mates?
David Bradberry: Reality has finally begun to set in. This no longer, in any way, feels like a vacation or an easy job. This is the third charter of the season -- or ever -- for Eddie and me. I'm (fortunately) learning quickly and immersing myself in the boat. I'm still very green, but am determined to meet the expectations of a new deckhand. The hours are long and the tasks are tedious, but with the tip from last week, everything is beginning to seem worth it.
The crew is my new family away from home. Each and every one has a distinctive and loud (in their own way) personality....
Captain Lee is strict, stern, and militant, but I'm used to the old school way of doing things. Totally willing to prove myself before we get respected as a crew.
Aleks has something to prove -- that he is a good capable leader. So far, I'm happy to have him as a boss.
Adrienne comes across as a complete frigid bitch, but that's kinda part of her job description. She has one of the most stressful jobs on the yacht.
Ben is a bit of a maniac. Every time I passed the galley, controlled chaos seemed to permeate the air and delicious prices of art flowed steadily out.
C.J. acted like he was allergic to cotton! He never had his shirt on and was always running a round intent on perfecting his latest project. Always seemed to be the center of attention whether we wanted or not.
Kat was the party animal. This girl know how to have fun, but can also always be counted on to show up for work the next morning with a smile.
Eddie is Mr. Nice Guy: absolutely hysterical. He always found a way to lighten the mood and make work a little more fun.
Sam is the beautiful girl next door. Sam is a sweetheart, but a bit of a brat when things don't go her way.
Bravotv.com: You and Eddie seem to be on a bit of a different schedule than the other crew — working a lot at night. Can you tell us more about that?
DB: Eddie and I were on totally different schedules than everyone else! As deckhands, safety is a high priority on our list of responsibilities -- especially at night. For the most part, the schedule of the crew mostly revolved around the need of the charter guests. But night, while anchored at sea in the wee hours of the morning, is potentially the most dangerous time to be on a ship, which is why we have anchor watch, in which we monitor the status of the yacht and and fulfill the request of any last night or early morning guests. Now clearly we can't work 24/7, so our schedules were staggered with Aleks filling in when appropriate.
Bravotv.com: When you heard there would be five single guys as charter guests, what were your expectations?
DB: Well first off, I've never heard of a group of five single 40-plus dudes that were straight. I mean sounds more like a booking on a P-Town yachting experience. These five single guys informed us prior they were looking to "party hard." I guess I was expecting some sort of a "dude cruise," looking to party on and off the boat at night and get into water sports during the day.