What's The Difference Between A First Officer And A Bosun? Eddie Lucas Has A New Job

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What's The Difference Between A First Officer And A Bosun? Eddie Lucas Has A New Job

Someone get a non-disgruntled second stew to open a bottle of champagne, because Eddie Lucas got a promotion. In Season 9 of Below Deck, Eddie is a first officer. You know him as the bosun from Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 8 of the hit Bravo series, but with the return of the flagship show, he's got a new title. But is being first officer a good thing?

Eddie told E! News: "It was definitely a much more difficult season for me, having a lot of pressure still kind of managing the deck crew as bosun but then also having the responsibilities of first officer and dealing with a lot more leadership responsibilities."

Eddie was promoted to first officer in Episode 16 of Season 8; Season 9 will focus on his journey in the new role.

But what, exactly, is different about the first officer job, and the bosun job?

Paget Berry, who you may remember from Below Deck Sailing Yacht, told Showbiz Cheatsheet that 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 also says that the first officer (also called a first mate or a chief officer) is in charge of the safety procedures on the yacht and has hours of administrative paperwork to handle, too.

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