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Below Deck Sailing Yacht Producers Describe What It's Really Like Filming Charter Guests

Filming the Parsifal III charter guests in their rooms can be a "delicate" operation, according to producers.

By Laura Rosenfeld

Earlier this season of Below Deck Sailing Yacht, producers revealed how they film everything that goes down with the Parsifal III crew. And now they're spilling all the secrets on how they capture the just-as-dramatic charter guests aboard the boat.

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During an enhanced version of the May 18 episode that aired on May 25, producers revealed that they "try to be delicate" when filming the charter guests in their rooms because "that's their private area." "We’re very sensitive about filming with them only when they know about it and are ready for us," producers explained.

You know how the charter guests always take off their shoes when they board the yacht so as to protect the vessel's teak from damage? Well, the camera crew does the same, bringing a pair of "boat shoes" with them that never touch the ground off the yacht for the duration of filming.

It was also a challenge for the production crew to film in the heat of a Greek summer, so producers rotated camera and audio crews so they weren't in the sun for too long.

As we've seen this season of Below Deck Sailing Yacht, charter guests like to be active on the boat, whether it's watching the Parsifal III lift its sails or having fun on all of the water toys. Engineer Byron Hissey revealed during the enhanced episode that the guests especially enjoy being at the helm of the boat or stopping and starting the engine. But the Parsifal III always has a subtle rock to it that has a habit of lulling charter guests to sleep, according to producers.

The last group of charter guests to arrive on the boat this season proved to be unforgettable, and producers had a feeling they would be from the start. "They have sophisticated taste and will be a lot of fun," producers said of their first impressions of this bunch.

The Parsifal III crew will spill more secrets of the season during the Below Deck Sailing Yacht Season 1 virtual reunion on Monday, June 1 at 8/7c. Get your first look at the sit-down with Andy Cohen, below.

Your First Look at the Below Deck Sailing Yacht Reunion
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