Filming Below Deck Sailing Yacht was an absolute doozy for the production team. There was so much that went on behind the scenes during filming — but don't worry, the producers would never leave us high and dry. Luckily, they were able to fill us in on some secrets from their time on the Parsifal III in an enhanced version of Season 1, Episode 13 that aired on May 4.
So, what didn't we get to see on the show?
1. Captain's Rules
Captain Glenn Shephard definitely runs a tight ship. The Parsifal III crew has to consult him before doing certain things on the yacht. In fact, the crew was allowed to bring outside people back on the boat — if they had the captain's permission, that is.
2. The Forbidden Zone
There was one area on the yacht where the Parsifal III crew wasn't allowed to set foot in. The production team explained that the cast was "desperately curious" to see inside the producers' on-board video village space. So, how did they handle the inquisitive crew?
"We always playfully reminded them that they couldn't go in there," they say.
3. Between These Walls
Filming on a sailing yacht is very different from filming on land. With or without guests, moving around the Parsifal III is challenging at times. Where does the crew get caught up pretty often? Well, according to producers, going up or down any of the narrow stairwells is tough for cameras.
4. A Smoother Season
The production team noted that there was a major difference in the crew's behavior on the Parsifal III compared to the crews on other yachts. They realized that none of the crew members really got seasick this season.
"Surprisingly, the sailboat was a much smoother ride than a motor yacht," say producers.
5. The Lost Connection
The Internet and cell service on the ship was "hit or miss," say producers. So much for a quick Instagram post... if you were a guest, you'd probably want to post a million photos of the experience, right? Well, don't expect the guests to give away anything that happens during the charter. They're actually not allowed to post any spoilers on social media!
For more producer secrets, check out "Episode 13 — Behind the Episode."
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