Johns Boat Yard has a lot going for it.
It’s the largest of the six in the Berkeley area, with a total of more than 3,000 boats.
It was a hub of the bay for years before the construction of the George Washington Bridge opened in 1966.
The yard is one of the most sought-after spots for boat rentals, and the average rent is around $200 per week.
“You don’t have to go far to find a nice one,” said John Mays, who has been a boatman for nearly 40 years.
“There are plenty of boats that can be rented for $20 an hour.
The owners are always looking for new people.”
Mays said he has rented boats for about $200 a week for the past decade.
He said that while it’s a great deal, the boatyard is still in a rush and that the demand is outstripping the supply.
“I’ve had one person ask for more than $20,000 in a week.
I’ve had a couple people asking for more,” Mays explained.
“The people that rent the boats come from around the Bay Area, they’re mostly young, and they’re coming from the area around the Golden Gate Bridge.”
The owner of the Johns boatyard, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the demand has made it difficult to maintain his business.
“We’ve had people come up and say, ‘I’ve got to get a job.
I can’t live with this, this is too expensive.
I don’t want to pay rent.'”
Johns is a major hub for boat rental in the area.
Boat rentals at the John’s boatyard average around $400 a week, and rentals are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
The owner said that the lack of boats has also hurt the local economy.
“It’s been a little bit of a drag on the Bay,” he said.
“Because you have to pay for parking, you have fuel, you’re driving in the rain and it’s very expensive.”
While the owner said he’s aware of the growing popularity of boat rentals in the Bay area, he believes that they have become a bit of an inconvenience for the area as a whole.
“For the past 30 years, the only people that are going to come here are people that have families,” he explained.
He added that he believes the boat rental industry in general is becoming a bigger issue in the region, and that this could be detrimental to the region’s economic development.
“If the boats go away, it will affect a lot of people,” he concluded.