“Below Deck Sailing Yacht” Star Colin States That The Show Isn’t Scripted

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Bravo’s “Below Deck Sailing Yacht” Season 4 is finally here so you know the fans are talking all over social media!!

Episode 2 titled “Worst Vacation Ever” sparked conversation with fans calling the show scripted.


“Capt. Glenn is hopeful Colin’s plan to fix the engine works; chef Ileisha has problems at dinner; the guests blame Daisy for the lack of service.”

Colin MacRae who is Chief Engineer on the show, has taken to Instagram to clear up any speculation of a staged show, detailing exactly what went wrong with the boat and how the incident was very much real in a lengthy post.

He shared:

“Been seeing quite a few comments about the engine failure on @belowdecksailing being scripted. Well, let me explain…

The crew literally join the boat a day before the first charter, and I had no reason to believe the engine would not run. But when I did go to start it, it would not turn over at all. I immediately suspected the starter motor, which we luckily had a spare of, so I replaced that, to no avail. I then split the gearbox from the engine, which you saw on TV, with the help of the deckies, to see if it was the gearbox or engine that was apparently seized. This took us HOURS and we managed to eliminate it being the transmission. 

I then seriously started to suspect that the engine was hydra locked, and when we dumped some “oil” out of the sump, out poured salt water. Not coolant. Not fresh water. The ocean. Probably the worst thing that could possibly happen to an engine. When we ripped the aftercooler off, we saw that the engine was literally full of salt water. The issue was that there was a small hole in the aftercooler, and water had been filling up the engine while sitting at the dock. You saw a lot of hesitation from us on TV as to what to do next, but to cut a long story short, I got asked by the owner of the boat to do anything I could to get that engine running. The shot you see here taken by @capt_glennshephard is me hot wiring the engine directly, to get the last remains of water out of the cylinders of the engine. From here it was a long and slow process of filling it with diesel and dumping it out, to try displace all of the water. Then the same with oil a few times. When I went to try start it, it took a long time for the fuel to prime again, but it actually started. Was pretty ecstatic at this point as you saw!!! 

Anyway, I can totally understand why people would think this is staged, but I can assure you, a catastrophic failure of this magnitude nearly cost us the season. Not something anyone wanted. I ended up bypassing the aftercooler so that it was not having salt water running through it anymore, but you will have to keep watching to see that my engine troubles were far from over. It was the most challenging season of my life…”

We love how passionate he is about letting fans know the truth about what goes down while filming!

What are your thoughts?

Season 4 Plot;

“Capt. Glenn and his comeback team Daisy Kelliher, Gary King and Colin MacRae resume their responsibilities aboard Parsifal III, along with new, dynamic crew members, as they set sail in Sardinia, Italy.

Capt. Glenn realizes that his laid-back leadership style has allowed his crew to become too comfortable and starts taking charge of quality control in the interior department, much to Daisy’s dismay. In the galley, Chef Ileisha’s cooking impresses the guests, but her indecisiveness and co-dependency lead to time-management issues between courses, which causes her to self-destruct. On deck, strong personalities collide, and a power struggle results in a near mutiny, as Gary clashes with his new overconfident deckhand, Chase. 

Two overlapping love triangles further complicate the dynamics on-board, and a shocking hookup puts Colin, Daisy and Gary’s friendship in jeopardy. 

With a near collision, fire, crew rebellion, gruesome guest injury and two different potentially season-ending engine failures, this is the most captivating and unpredictable season yet of “Below Deck Sailing Yacht.”

“Below Deck Sailing Yacht” is produced by 51 Minds with Mark Cronin, Courtland Cox, Vivian Kohon, Tania Hamidi, Christian Sarabia and Zachary Klein serving as executive producers.

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