Captain Sean Meagher briefly took over for Captain Lee Rosbach Below Deck wants to use the series as a springboard to bring more awareness – and hopefully action – to climate change.
Meagher enjoyed his “episode and a half” on Below Deck. He envisions how a series like this could become a show that serves the greater cause. Meagher was a part of the award winning documentary. The Highest Latitude. The film was about a yacht owner who took his boat Latitude to an arctic adventure. Meagher, the captain of Latitude and his crew encountered environmental wonders that he hopes could be spun off into a new series.
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Meagher said that other production companies have approached Meagher for a new project. Below Decktype of idea. He envisions a show where the wealthy are featured. Charter guests for an environmental adventureTo awaken their minds and increase their influence.
“And what I want to do in doing like an adventure show or doing a show in the Arctic,” Meagher explained on the Jason, come down! podcast. “Is to take these same people, these rich, affluent people that are going to charter these vessels and take them to environmentally sensitive areas.”
“And show them polar bears,” he added. “I think that’s what we did in The Highest Latitude. We did it in a subtle and real way. We didn’t get it down someone’s throat. We said that this is a dead Polar Bear. Polar bears need sea ice and we left it at that.” Viewers could witness how sea ice is evaporating from the footage, for instance.
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His hope is that it would have an impact on not only the guests, but also the viewers. “And that’s what I want to do,” he said. “We can then take these people there so that they’ll be forever changed. And if you can come along as a guest on television, then you’ll come away forever changed.”
Meagher understands how to create a memorable guest experience that allows guests to explore new possibilities. He shared a story about how he created a relaxing, fun experience for a charter guest. This gave him the chance to reflect on his experiences and came up with a solution that prevented massive layoffs at the company.
He thought back to the time when the guest seemed unfriendly and sullen. So he approached the guest. “About two days into the charter. I asked him, I said, ‘Is there anything we’re doing wrong or anything that you want to see it?’ He goes, ‘No I just, you know, I have a lot on my mind. I might have to lay off 20,000 employees when I go back.’ And it really wore on him. Because he didn’t want to do it because he realized these 20,000 people were going to lose their job. But we did our jobs. It was done. And there was just we did this amazing, amazing charter,” Meagher said.
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Meagher declared that the guest was transformed by the end the charter after pulling out all of the stops.
“He was relaxed, he was laughing,” he recalled. “He was having a good time and he comes up to the pilot and he’s hanging out and he goes, You know, I think I figured out a way to keep those 20,000 people employed. And I realized that just by doing our job at a level of excellence and by giving him this amazing vacation, we de-escalated the stress within his body that he was able to think clearly.”
Meagher hopes that, given the chance, he can give guests and viewers an exciting ride while also opening their minds to the true impacts of climate change.
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