‘Below Deck Sailing Yacht’: Paget Berry Explains the Difference Between a First Mate and a Bosun

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ciara Duggan, Paget Berry

First mate Paget Berry from Below Deck Sailing Yacht says there are very distinct variations between a primary mate and a bosun.

The Below Deck collection has primarily featured a bosun who’s in control of the deck group. But Berry shares that the primary mate rank is above bosun and positively has much more tasks.

Ciara Duggan, Paget Berry
Ciara Duggan and Paget Berry |Karolina Wojtasik/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank by way of Getty Images

“The biggest difference between the bosun and the first mate is the first mate is obviously higher up in the hierarchy,” Berry instructed Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “And [the first mate] generally has twice as much experience as the bosun. If you are looking to be a bosun, you are probably looking to have about four to five years on a boat. And if you want to be first mate, it’s anywhere from eight to 10 years.” Berry has greater than 9 years of expertise underneath his belt.

Berry says the primary mate place isn’t as action-packed because the bosun

While Berry says the duties on board are considerably comparable, the primary mate has to stick and implement the protection facets on the boat. “So life-saving equipment, like life rafts, life jackets. Things that really don’t go noticed on the show and the things you don’t really see, making sure they are all in correct and working order,” he defined.

In addition to creating positive the protection facets are totally functioning, Berry says he spends a substantial period of time buried in paperwork. “On Parsifal, it was probably 50-50 or 60-40 paperwork to outside work,” he mentioned.

“They didn’t show it on the show, but there were a lot of times I’d sit down for a couple of hours during the day and do paperwork to keep up with. With the yacht being commercial, you have to keep up with that side of things.”

The bosun stories to the primary mate

“Having a bosun on board, you’re basically the head of the deck and you would get told what to do by the first mate,” Berry defined. “The mate would delegate to the bosun, ‘This is what I want you and the team to do today. And I’ll come up and check on you guys every so often to make sure you’re doing it right. And I’ll lend you a hand when I can when I’m not busy with paperwork or I’m not in meetings.’”

He provides that the largest distinction is there are much more administrative duties for a primary mate than for a bosun. “And a lot more responsibility.”

Although Berry is a primary mate on Below Deck Sailing Yacht, he’s additionally a captain. “Ciara [Duggan] and I ran an 18-meter catamaran and 25-meter sailing yachts together on two separate occasions,” he shared. “We were both in the jobs for about a year or so each. And I’ve done two Atlantic crossings as captain that’s from Gibraltar to the Caribbean.” He joked that whereas he has his license, he’s not fairly positive if he’s able to dive into the captain place full-time simply but.

Below Deck Sailing Yacht is on Monday at 9/8c on Bravo.

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