If you haven’t heard about Below Deck until now, the series gives viewers a glimpse into the lives of crew members on a mega yacht during charter season. Being in close quarters for an extended period of time presents challenges for this crew, both professionally and personally. When you add charter guests into the mix, it gets even more complicated.
In Season 4, Captain Lee Rosbach and his crew – Chef Ben Robinson, Chief Stew Kate Chastain, Second Stew Emily Warburton-Adams, Third Stew Sierra Storm, Bosun Kelley Johnson, Senior Deckhand Trevor Walker, and Deckhands Lauren Burchell and Nico Scholly – are not only navigating the high seas; they’re also navigating their careers, love lives, and relationships with their coworkers. Add in some difficult clients, love triangles and personality clashes, and you’ve got a dramatic, rocky ride for their fourth outing. The season premiere introduced us to the crew of VALOR, and their first set of clients, a group of women that are friends on social media but have never met in person. It starts off relatively calm but quickly escalates as the guests get a bit rowdy, and the crew members’ egos begin to surface.
The real star this season is super yacht BG, which has been renamed VALOR for the series. Launched in 1990 by Dutch shipyard Feadship under the name CHARADE, this 153’ yacht features exterior design by De Voogt Naval Architects, and at that time, her interior was by McMillen Design. She was refit in 2015 including a complete overhaul of her interior, which is now a Hampton beach house-style. Celebrity architect and interior designer Dee Dee Taylor Eustace of Taylor Hannah Architect Inc. coordinated the refit. Her background in high-end residential design combined with a wealth of knowledge on the marine lifestyle made her the perfect choice for BG’s rebirth.
BG offers her guests a luxurious yet comfortable experience, with only the finest amenities, cuisine, and entertainment options available. Her main salon has a bright and stylish open concept design, with a lounge area and a formal dining space. The sky lounge is another great interior space with plenty of seating and a large screen TV, ideal for movie nights, or a casual night of cocktails and snacks. Her exterior spaces include an al fresco dining option on the bridge deck aft, and a sun deck with Jacuzzi, loungers, and large sun pads.
BG has a large selection of water toys, sports and tenders, which include: a 32’ Intrepid towed tender, an 18’ Novurania tender with 115hp engine, two waverunners, two kayaks, four seabobs, two stand up paddle boards, water skis, a kneeboard, a wakeboard, a selection of towables, snorkeling gear, an inflatable climbing wall, and an inflatable water slide.
Twelve guests are accommodated in six spectacular cabins aboard BG. The full-beam Master suite is located on the main deck, and boasts walk-in closets and a private en suite with a two-person shower and a stunning soaker tub. A King size VIP cabin is also located on the main deck, also with a private en suite. Four additional guest cabins are located on the lower deck.
BG is the fourth yacht to be featured on Below Deck since it first debuted in 2013. The show’s inaugural season took place on a yacht that they referred to as HONOR, but was actually Benetti superyacht LUMIERE (formerly CUOR DI LEONE). Season 2 took place on Admiral Marine Works OHANA, which has since been renamed RHINO. Season 3 was aboard a yacht the show named EROS, which was actually Trinity Yachts’ MUSTANG SALLY.