Q&A: UCF grad, 'hottie yachtee,' stars in 'Below Deck'
FLORIDA TODAY's Jennifer Sangalang sits down with Kate Chastain to talk about season three of the Bravo reality show "Below Deck." Find out more about the Hottie Yachtie, RBF and how she has God on her side. Video by Rob Landers. Posted Aug. 18, 2015
All aboard, UCF, the hottie yachtee has returned. Kate Chastain, the breakout star of Bravo TV's reality show Below Deck is back for season three.
The UCF grad, who grew up in Melbourne Beach, attending Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School, had been "yachting" for several years before joining season two of Below Deck. Newcomer Connie Arias, also of Melbourne Beach, is new to the show. A former pro surfer, the 28-year-old UCF grad works as a deckhand. The new season premieres at 10 p.m. tonight.
The show follows Captain Lee Rosbach and his hospitality staff. Chastain joined during season two and gained a reputation for a certain expression that has its own social media hashtag (#RBF). Explaining what that means isn’t suitable for a community newspaper, however. Her blanket-folding skills also attracted attention, including in one episode when her ode to the Space Coast with a rocketship blanket was mistaken for something naughty.
In one scene, Arias strips, puts peanut butter on her breasts and jumps into the sea. She’s a fan of nudity, her co-star explained.
Now living in Fort Lauderdale, the reality TV starlet recalls filming season three, which took place in January and February in the Abacos in the Bahamas.
Florida Today: Tell me about the show.
Chastain: Season three is going to be full of crazy moments. Within the first two weeks of being on that boat, already we had more wild things happen than the entire season two. And season two was pretty wild! But still season three is going to top it for sure. We do have a fire onboard this season, which I've never had happen on our boat so that was really scary. We have a lot of crew turnover. There's some familiar faces, some new crew members and some really exciting charter guests.
FT: What's the dynamic like for you and your co-workers?
Chastain: For the most part, I got along with everyone, but I did have some disagreements with the new chef they brought in, and also my third stewardess was a little bit inexperienced and wasn't really into the work as much as I had hoped she was.
FT: Did you set her straight then?
Chastain: I tried! You know, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make 'em clean a toilet.
FT: What can you tell me about some of the guests that you're working with?
Chastain: We have Real Housewives from Atlanta, that was really exciting. And then we also had the guy that founded Tapout, this really big fighting brand. He's really hot, that's all that was important to me. We had really great guests. We were lucky.
FT: Speaking of hot, you're the "hottie yachtee." What has that title done for you?
Chastain: It's certainly improved my dating life. Yeah, that's about it. It's a new title, I'm still working with it.
FT: Connie Arias also has Brevard ties. How did she get involved with "Below Deck"?
Chastain: She used to be a pro surfer. She loves fishing, she's kind of a tomboy. I've been trying to get her into yachting for a long time and this just happened to be the first boat she got on.
FT: She has a thing with peanut butter ...
Chastain: She has more of a thing with nudity, I think the peanut butter just facilitated that. But she did such a great job that the first mate of the yacht we used actually hired her on full time. ... She's probably the only yachtee in the history of yachting to go from the show into actual yachting.
FT: What does it take to be a yachtee?
Chastain: You have to be a really hard worker, you have to be really socially aware because you're living in such tight quarters with people from different nationalities or just different customs and so, you can't really rock the boat too much.
FT: I like that, rock the boat.
Chastain: See what I did there?
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