‘Deadliest Catch’: Sig Hansen Explains How His Relationship with Daughter, Relief Captain Mandy Has Grown

by Amy Myers

Deadliest Catch star Sig Hansen has a rocky relationship with his daughter, Mandy. And in this case, that’s a good thing. The Hansens share the waters of the Bering Sea on their boat, the Northwestern. Together, they head the crew of efficient and impressive anglers during King and Opilio Crab seasons. Since joining her dad on the Bering Sea, Mandy has grown quite a bit in her captaining skills. Soon enough, she’ll be the next generation of Hansens that conquer the waters and take home the victory at the end of the season.

Like any father, Hansen definitely has moments in which he worries about his daughter’s safety. Wanting to protect her yet also wanting her to succeed is a tough spot to be in for the patriarch of the fishing family. However, through time, Mandy has proven to her dad that she deserves his trust in her capabilities on the water – even if they have different leadership philosophies.

Recently, Sig Hansen detailed how his relationship with his daughter has grown since coming on Deadliest Catch. Now that they work side-by-side, he has the chance to see Mandy make those split-second decisions that can make or break a captain’s success. Hansen has also learned that he needed to let Mandy discover the consequences of her decisions on her own. For instance, if she and the crew were to put off equipment maintenance for a day, she may find that the procrastination was not worth the disappointing day on the water.

“It’s just like, I was never a perfect dad, and I’m never the perfect captain, but I like to think that, you know, we grow and get better,” the Deadliest Catch star told Nicki Swift.

‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Explains Why He ‘Fast-Tracked’ Daughter to Captain’s Chair

No matter how successful or tough a captain that Mandy becomes, her father will first and foremost always see her as the little girl that used to cling to his legs. Call it the curse of a father’s daughter, but it’s the truth. Most likely, this is the reason why Sig Hansen decided Mandy’s brief time on the lower deck of the Northwestern was plenty and “fast-tracked” her to the captain’s chair.

“I just couldn’t bear watching her on deck — you know, she, she did as much as she could do — and watching her suffer,” the Deadliest Catch star admitted.

So, instead of keeping his daughter with the rest of the crew, the dedicated dad looked at the “big picture,” which was putting Mandy at the head of the team.

“Then, let’s get you going on it, and knowledge is power, and I think the more experience she has there, the better off we are as a family entity, and that’s just, you know, there’s no animosity with the group about that,” he said.

Even if other Deadliest Catch stars disagreed with their current captain’s decision, Hansen didn’t seem to take notice.

“That’s just the way it is,” he stated. “And if you don’t like it, you can get the hell off my ship and find another job.”