By Kate Chastain
Blissfully shallow and carefree, Kate Chastain was your typical twenty something college co-ed. Well, until reality gave her a wake-up call in the form of a diploma, that is. At a crossroads after graduation, a serendipitous coincidence convinced Kate to abandon life as she knew it and jump feet first into the world of working on mega yachts. At first, she stumbled her way through life as a stewardess, just trying to adjust to her new surroundings and clumsily ‘learning the ropes’ via trial and error. Like shit-tons of error. But now, nearly ten years and a hit reality show later, Kate is finally ready to share the good, the bad, and the downright shocking details about her life at sea with the world’s most rich and famous.
It was the summer of 2008 and we were anchored off of St.Tropez. I had only been a yachtie for two seasons when I turned to the Captain’s wife, and said, “You know, I could write a book about all of the insane things we see working on these boats…..the sex, the money, the celebrities….”
My older, more experienced coworker rolled her eyes and laughed. She was quick to dismiss my idea, “Kate, of course we could all write a book about what happens on yachts. Everyone has said the same thing for years…..but, if you actually did that. If you wrote about what really goes on, you would never get hired on another yacht again. ”
She went back to polishing the crystal wine glass in her hand and I was confused for a second.
“But Stacie, if so many people found out about tmy book that I couldn’t get a yacht job, I wouldn't really need one."
Lucky Charming5By 1991!Everyone should read it! It's fun, it's life, it's adventure and an all encompassing book about life. The uncertainties we all face in one way or another no matter what we end up doing. It also restored my faith. This coming from a 71 year old who spent her entire life in the medical field and not looking for a job in yachting. Great job and I thank you! Also very much enjoy the show which led me to your book.
Lucky Charming5By ELLWELLELWLAbsolutely loved hearing about how you got started. So crazy with all the signs you got along your way. You are truly a wonderful person and god is on your side def watching over you!! Love Below Deck- you deserve it!
Great book!5By kitty_in_azLove you on Below Deck. @kitty_in_az
KC5By Nascar jr. FanI would have never heard about yachting if I didn't watch the bravo tv. Great book !!
Lucky charming5By pandies momAbsolutely loved listening to Kate relive her yachting life👏🏼👏🏼. I have even more respect for her, if that’s possible:) courage and strength!! Loved this book!
Lucky Charming5By JaclynPaige36I love Kate!! I loved reading this story about how she got started in the yachting industry. However, I wish she mentioned more about being on Below Deck now and what made her do it. Hopefully she will write another book!
Addicting read!5By CountrygirlsmpKate please write another book of stories. Your sense of humor has me belly laughing! I love the show. ❤️❤️❤️
So good, I could not stop reading5By QR4JLucky Charming is so compelling, I could not stop reading it. Kate Chastain keeps a steady stream of humor coming in telling her tales of yachting as a stewardess on high-end motor vessels. In the middle of these tales of romance, drama, and even a little violence, Kate surprises us with a spirituality that encourages and inspires. It's a damned good book! "Bravo!" 😘
Clever and witty5By 77Sseven77I thought I had some stories to tell in my line of work. Compared to Kate Chastain, I got nuthin'.
Entertaining, quick fun read5By Casey P2002This book really gives you insight into the yachting world. The book is funny, witty, sarcastic and leaves you thinking about choices you make and why.