Captain Lee Rosbach on the Deckhand Debacle

Captain Lee Rosbach has strong strong words for Eddie Lucas and his deck crew team.

Well, well, well. Right when you think that things may be looking up and starting to smooth out. BOOM. You get bitch slapped by the harsh hands of reality, no pun intended.

Eddie, what are you thinking? Your crew is eating you alive and they are going to hang you out to dry. We have a classic case of the tail wagging the dog. We are too far along in the season for these types of rookie mistakes, and you my friend are the one who is supposed to be in charge. Watching you and your crew on this charter is like watching One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Jet skis floating away, whipped cream bikinis on the aft deck, and you are spending way too much time dealing with your domestic issues at home about who’s zooming who. You need to put that crap to bed and deal with what you have in front of you right here and right now. You have the tools, you have it in you, and if I have to step in to get your crew in line, it’s not going to go down easy or pleasant. Remember, you’re position is to deal with the day-to-day ops, and it’s not happening. Do not let them bring you down. What should be on your mind is doing your job, not texting to your girlfriend, which could possibly cost you your job. You need to get your priorities straight. You are dropping the ball here Eddie; you leave them alone thinking that they will do the right thing, and they don’t. I have told you over and over that will not happen. I hope you pull it together, buddy. If you want help, I’m here. Oh, the little speech you gave Rocky about her note to Emile was hilarious by the way. Loved it.

Leon, why are you so unwilling to adapt to anything that doesn’t fit in anyone’s world but Leon’s? Oh and by the way is “yuz” a real word? “Yuz don’t want lunch.” If you insist on pretending that you are superior to the world, you should act it. Communicating is two, count them, two people exchanging ideas, thoughts, whatever. That would be you and one other person, not one person talking to you and you arbitrarily saying no. It is becoming painfully obvious to me that charter work, being a team player, and getting along with your crew are not part of your vocabulary. I am not inclined to watch much more of you just arbitrarily throwing a wrench into things because the rest of the world in not conforming to your idea of how it should be. When the guests request something, it’s your job to see that they get it. Period, no bitching, its why you are here. Why put everyone around you on edge, because you are going to throw a hissy fit about doing your job. You are extremely fortunate that I wasn’t there to witness your little tantrum. It’s called being prepared for whatever comes up, that’s what a charter chef (and you claim to be the best one ever) does, and does it with a smile.

Rocky, it’s a crew meal. It’s what you wanted. How tough is that? You had plenty of notice, and you’re supposed to be a chef. I’m not buying that crap that it’s been so long since you have been in the kitchen, you forgot. Bullsh--. Any first year culinary student can bake chicken so that it’s done and not raw (and over two hours late). It’s not that tough. I get it, you were trying to impress people, but doing your job correctly would be impressive at this point. Now, the situation with you and Emile is one of your own creation, similar to Frankestein. This is what you made, and now you don’t want to deal with it. So you’re going to try to deal with it by leaving him a note? A sit down, face-to-face, serious conversation would be more in order. Not on the fly, in passing, but a sit down conversation. If it gets to the point where it is affecting the boat performance overall, I will get involved and deal with it in my own fashion. Oh, and I still want to know what you see on the ceiling that the rest of us don’t.

Connie, not sure what the thought process was with you letting Rocky make a mess out of the aft deck area, and participating, but I would advise you against being influenced in that fashion on a regular basis. We, as a charter vessel, do not need any one coming down the dock and seeing your undergarments left on the aft deck from the night before. Good thing the marina was virtually empty and you didn’t get any opportunity to violate rule no. 2. You got away with one, but I wouldn’t be making a practice out of it. You are still doing a great job on deck and still fitting in nicely with the rest of the crew, so you do get a certain amount of slack given to you, but please don’t get carried away with it. It won’t end well. But I’m chalking it up as an isolated incident, you’re still a bright spot here, so please don’t disappoint us. Also good to see you helping in the galley without being prompted, I appreciate that type of initiative.

Dane, I am not sure of you yet, but for some reason, I don’t have a warm, fuzzy feeling about you. Can’t put my finger on it, but I’m willing to let it play out and see how things go. Getting out on that jet ski with your radios on was not the brightest thing you’ve done so far. Think it will serve you well to keep your head down, mouth shut, and learn and work your ass off. Oh and thanks for being a good sport about calibrating the radar. You took it well, and shows you may have a future after all. We shall see.

Kate, I thought you had a good week. Your advice to Rocky was spot on, the hooker part notwithstanding. I hope she takes it, but I don’t have high hopes. You and Amy are performing like a well-oiled machine. Your guests are happy, and you and Amy are getting it done without a lot of grief being sent my way, which is the way it should be. I do see the effort you are making, going the extra mile to get on with Leon, but I’m not sure how that is going to play out. I don’t have high hopes to be quite honest about it. You get kudos for doing your job well, thanks.

Amy, you had a great week, guests are very happy with your job performance, and that means I am as well. Your assessment of Leon is quite correct -- maybe yachting is not for him. I agree with you, but we have to deal with it and you are dealing with it quite well and for that I am grateful. You and Kate are doing an outstanding job.

Emile, where do I start? You are a good person and I keep pulling for you, but you make it so difficult. Do you really need a wall to fall on you? Can you not see that she is just tugging at the hook she has firmly planted in your mouth? But you may have finally succeeded in alienating her with your insane lines that you seem to have an endless supply of. I have no idea where you come up with these. You really think that its good conversation to say, “I just wanted to let you know I last a really long time.” In what world are you living? It appears to me that most of your time is spent trying to impress Rocky and think of ludicrous lines that will win her heart instead of keeping your head in the game of yachting. You tie the skis up, they float away, and I know you can be better, because I have seen you tie up lines before. I know that you can do it. Your manners when you have been drinking leave much to be desired sir and will not endear you to anyone, I assure you, and so you may want to rethink your methodology. Another approach, not letting food fall out of your mouth while talking, or drinking to the point where conversing is a very difficult thing to accomplish. You aren’t doing yourself any favors. You are still doing a fairly good job, in spite of all of this, and I still have hope for you, but you will have to step your game up considerably if you are to survive.

And so it goes, the bottom line is the guests had a great time, so we accomplished what we set out to do, but it was far from pretty. Judging from what I see on the horizon, it’s going to get worse before it gets better, if it gets better at all. This season may be one for the ages. But I am staying optimistic, and we will get it done.

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