EJ Jansen was the quintessential Canadian deckhand who sailed into our hearts on season 5 of “Below Deck.” With his rugged good looks, charming personality, and wicked penchant for drama, he quickly became a fan favorite. His time on the show was marked by his feud with fellow deckhand Nico Scholly and his fling with Baker Manning.
Both of these things really got viewers talking. Although it didn’t work out in the end, the chemistry between EJ and Baker was undeniable, not to mention incredibly entertaining. EJ’s time on “Below Deck” may have been filled with ups and downs, but he definitely left his mark on the show and its fans.
Fraser was the charming and affable second stew on "Below Deck" season 9, who quickly won over fans with his wit and humor. However, he truly made history by becoming the first-ever male chief steward in the show's history in season 10. Despite a rocky start and a continually tumultuous season, Fraser showed his true leadership skills and proved to be a force to be reckoned with.
We're so proud to have seen him come into his own! And we're not the only ones: Captain Lee even dubbed him "Mr. Olender" in recognition of his hard work and determination. As we all know, in this world, Captain Lee's praise and respect mean more than anything else.
Fraser Olender — Now
While Fraser Olender's career in the "Below Deck" franchise is only beginning (we hope!), we still wanted to put him on this list. Season 11 is currently in the works, and rumor has it that Fraser is returning to his role as chief stew for a second time. While he has been a part of his fair share of drama, fans hope that the now-veteran will provide some much-needed stability to the crew.
Especially since Captain Lee has officially announced his retirement. As we eagerly anticipate his return to our screens, we can only imagine what exciting new adventures and challenges await us in season 11. One thing's for sure — if Fraser's on the crew, we're sure it'll be a good time!
EJ Jansen — Now
After making his mark on "Below Deck," EJ Jansen kept his sights on the yachting world and hasn't stopped since. Instead, he's been busy building his empire, starting not one, not two, but three successful yachting businesses. Talk about a captain with a hustle!
From Top Notch Yachts to Jansen Yacht Group, EJ is proving to be a true entrepreneur. And he's not just focused on his own success — he's also helping aspiring crew members through his online training platform, Yacht University. EJ's passion for boats and yachting has taken him from a junior deckhand to a captain and beyond. The sky's the limit for this charismatic and driven star.
Simone Mashile had quite the rollercoaster ride on "Below Deck" Season 7. She was known for her romance with deckhand Tanner Sterback, which had its ups and downs throughout the season. She also continually butted heads with returning chief stewardess Kate Chastain.
This led to some very dramatic moments on the yacht. Season 7 was a wild ride, with drama at every turn, but Simone did her best to keep her head up — whether in her romantic life or in her professional one. On a season widely regarded as a total dumpster fire, that might just be the best you can do!