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Here's Why Captain Lee Rosbach Loves Watching His Kids Make Mistakes

There's a good reason why it's the #BelowDeck boss' favorite part of fatherhood.

By Laura Rosenfeld
Captain Lee Comes Down on the Deck Crew

Though it's hard to imagine Captain Lee Rosbach not being at the helm of a yacht, he does in fact have a life on land. Yes, that means even the no-nonsense leader of three-going-on-four seasons of Below Deck even has a family, which includes his wife Mary Anne and five children, four boys and a girl. 

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And Captain Lee's favorite part of fatherhood is similar to what what we've seen him do on Below Deck: steering his kids in the right direction. "I guess it’s sitting back and just watching the evolution take place. You know, going through the whole process. You know, watching the mistakes that they make and trying to prevent all of them, even though you know you can’t," he told The Daily Dish about the greatest part of being a dad. "And just trying to help them get on their way in a proper fashion so that they become good people and happy. That’s all that you want for your kids; you want them to become good people and happy people. And you do whatever it is you can to facilitate that."

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Though he may sometimes seem like the resident dad on Below Deck, Captain Lee said he doesn't try to lead the crew that way. "You know, as far as the crew goes, I try not to treat them like children unless they act like children, and when they act like children and then, yeah, they get treated like children. I’d rather not be their parent," he said. "They all have their own set of parents." 

In fact, Captain Lee said it's important for him to keep things all business with his crew members and not treat them like a second family. "I certainly develop friendships with the crew, but there is a line, and that’s why you’ll notice that I never eat dinner with the crew, I don’t hang out with the crew," he explained. "They need to have their own space. The crew mess is exactly that. It’s the crew mess, where they can go vent without any fear of any repercussion or anybody listening or anything like that. If they wanna say, 'Jesus Christ, the captain is such a douchebag,' and they need to have an area where they can go do that and where they can feel comfortable because it’s gonna happen." 

But you can't deny that Captain Lee's classic stern lectures to the Below Deck crew seem very paternal.

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