It’s not unusual for owners of private yachts to rent boats for recreational purposes.
But some owners of boats in the Bay Area and beyond are taking a cue from yachting’s own motto: “The owner makes the call.”
In recent years, many private yacht owners have been renting out their vessels for recreational activities such as sightseeing, fishing and racing.
And while that’s the case for some yachters, there are some who prefer the luxury of renting boats for their private uses.
But a few years ago, the owner of a yacht in the Bellingham area, Dave B. Miller, started renting out his vessel to yacht enthusiasts who would use it for recreational trips.
“When I started out, I didn’t know anybody who did it.
I did it out of curiosity, and that’s when I decided I would do it,” Miller said.
In 2010, Miller and his wife, Deb, rented out a boat to the Yacht Club of Bellingham.
They rented out the boat for the group’s “Yacht Night” and “Yard Party,” a series of parties that included food and drinks, food and music, and a DJ.
Miller said he was attracted to the lifestyle of the club because of the freedom he enjoyed with his vessel.
“I had an opportunity to be able to be around the world with my family and friends.
That was one of the perks,” he said.
When Miller and Deb moved to Bellingham in 2011, they found that they had a new lease on life.
“We started getting calls from yacht owners saying they were looking for a private boat,” Deb Miller said, noting that some of them were looking to rent out their boats for weddings, birthdays and other events.
Miller also said that he had found other private yacht users who were willing to rent their boats to yacht clubs and others who were looking at leasing boats to recreational organizations.
Miller’s business model has not been without controversy.
He’s had to pay the city $1,000 a month in fines for violations of the rules of the public way and for violating local regulations.
“There are a lot of regulations and regulations that we’re not following,” Miller told The Globe and Mail.
“We have been working diligently to meet those regulations and keep them in compliance.”
Miller said that the city had a responsibility to ensure that the rules were followed.
He said that there was some concern that the regulations could lead to a crackdown on private yacht rentals.
“What we do is comply with the rules,” he added.
“But we also want to make sure that everyone has the right to use the public boat.”
While the city has been working with Miller to comply with its regulations, the city council has also been working on a bill that would create a new chartering program for private yacht clubs.
Miller said that although he’s had some success with his chartering business, it’s a difficult process.
“It’s been a very slow process because the chartering process is not easy,” Miller explained.
“You have to go through the whole process from the beginning to the end, and you can only book a boat for a year and a half,” he noted.
“Then the charter is sold.
And then the city is supposed to take the money.”
Miller’s boat rental business has been a source of controversy.
In 2015, the Belles filed a lawsuit against the city and the state of Washington to prevent the city from enforcing the charter laws, saying that it would create “an insurmountable burden on private enterprise.”
According to the lawsuit, the charter licensing process takes six months and costs the city between $3 million and $5 million.
The city also claimed that the charter leasing program is a “public benefit” and would have a “significant impact” on the local economy.
The city ultimately agreed to settle with the plaintiffs in January 2017, agreeing to amend its charter licensing laws to allow private yacht chartering.
The council approved the amendment on June 28.
However, Miller said he is still concerned about the future of the charter program.
“At the end of the day, the way it works is that you’re a private person.
You get a charter and you get to charter and charter and I don’t think that’s right,” Miller added.
The bill that passed the council and is now before the legislature would make it easier for private charter owners to register their boats and for them to hold them for a longer period of time.
“This bill would allow private charter operators to be allowed to operate for up to a year in a bay in the same manner that charter operators are allowed to hold their boats, but then if they need to, they would be able go back to the charter company and renew their charter,” Miller noted.
Miller, Deb Miller and other private boat owners are not alone in wanting to use their boats responsibly.
Many of the owners of yachties are also taking advantage of