Business News – by Ty Mellott

Retirement Announced

We knew it was coming but as with many other things in life, the news was upon us much quicker than anticipated. Peter Moore of Delta Marine Sales has announced that he will wrap up his yacht selling days by the middle of June.

Kathleen and Peter Moore with Nina Ankelé

I have known Peter personally for the past 25 years and can recall easily the first day I met him at Walnut Grove Marina. It became apparent quite quickly that Peter was not only a likeable person, but held a vast knowledge of boating and had the ability to satisfy the boat buying public. Over the years I have enjoyed all of our conversations, as well as gaining knowledge from him in an industry that I have enjoyed so much as well.

Peter started boating in the Delta with his parents on the family’s 36-foot cabin cruiser back in the 1950’s. Many have memories of Giusti’s and Peter is no exception, as he recalls in 1952 it was the location of his first ever “Roy Rogers.” In 1975 he acquired his USCG Captain’s License and began to charter his 47-foot Halvorsen and eventually his 57-foot Chris Craft out of the Walnut Grove Marina until 1981. It was this same year Mexico called to him as he started to captain private yachts there and other locations including the Sea of Cortez, Costa Rica and up and down the West Coast until 1997. This is the year that Peter tried his hand at selling boats and returned to Walnut Grove Marina to do so. It was quickly realized by those he worked with that he had a real knack for it and quickly became respected by those in the business and surely the many clients he came in touch with. In 2002, he joined Tom Trainor and Delta Yacht Sales where his client list continued to grow through word of mouth and satisfied clients.

In 2020 Delta Marine Sales added the Willow Berm sales location under their name and with that came Peter Moore. He was quickly accepted and continued to satisfy his known and new to him clients all the same.

Peter and his wife Kathleen have a few plans, but one they are preparing for at the moment is to move their 40-foot Sea Ray down the coast to Ventura as a second home.

When Peter steps away from his sales desk for the last time, he assures us all that the Delta Marine Sales Willow Berm location will be in good hands with Nina Ankelé and Paul Otis and they will be happy to assist with your boat and yacht buying or selling needs.

As much as all of us here at Bay & Delta Yachtsman will surely miss Peter Moore, we will wish him nothing but the very best in this next chapter while thinking of him quite often. Good luck my friend!

Awards Ceremony

Eric Koster of J&H Marine and John Nichols of Nichols Marine were recently celebrated in their selfless efforts in helping the Isleton and Rio Vista Fire Departments get their Water Rescue and Firefighting vessel into service.

Chief Goodwin, John Nichols, Eric Koster and Chief Baroni pose for photos in front of those gathered after they received their awards.

For more details on the event, please see Bill’s coverage in this month’s Delta Rat Scrapbook.

Village West Marina & Resort’s Newest Addition 

It’s official, the newly constructed annex building at Village West Marina & Resort is finally open. We covered the groundbreaking many months ago, but on Saturday May 21st the Village West property was alive with excitement and buzz regarding the building and it’s four occupants. Arron and Claude Pellarin have been making improvements to the property since they purchased the marina several years ago. Each of the additions have been mentioned in our pages but this one might be the most awaited to date. 

Opening day of the new annex.

The new (four office) building is the new home to Sunset Sweets, Freedom Boat Club, Delta Marine Sales (VWM location) and H20 Excursions. Each of the businesses with new signage are very pleased to be doing business in the new building. Each office we stepped into was already giving attention to past and new customers. As H2O Excursions was busy renting eager customers their huge fleet of rental watercraft, it was difficult to even pin down a group photo. 

Rob Fassett in front of his new store front for Freedom Boat Club.

Rob Fassett and Eric Castillo of Freedom Boat Club were not only busy with the boats on the dock but had clients waiting in the office. The whole crew at Sunset Sweets was kept busy with a line of customers waiting for their sweet treats. The staff of Delta Marine Sales were busy answering questions about boats for sale but also kept busy selling raffle tickets for the pink Chris Craft dedicated to cancer survivors. Contact them if you are interested in buying your own chance to win this special vessel.

The whole day was a success for all involved and Vickie Baumann was excited to announce that all the day’s events were personally planned by Hospitality Director, Addison Beach. From our vantage point Addison did a wonderful job and kudos are certainly in order.

So in closing, if you are interested in slip rentals, weekend bungalow stays, a neat place to take your RV for the weekend, restaurants, ice cream and treats, boat and water toy rentals, boat club membership or wish to purchase your own boat, Village West Marina & Resort is the place to go. If you haven’t been on property in a while, you are in for a huge surprise and even more so once their onsite health club opens the doors. For more information on the marina, you can visit or call 209-951-1551.

Newly Added To Bob’s At The Marina

During the grand opening of the new annex building at Village West Marina & Resort, Bob’s at the Marina had their own announcement as well.

Some of the helpful staff at Village West Marina & Resort. Owner Aaron Pellarin, Ebony Johnson, Mikayla Michel, Vickie Baumann and Addison Beach.
H2O Excursions owners Shawn, Tomiko and Vern in front of their new office.
Delta Marine Sales VWMR location staff: Paul Otis, Mike Garner, Mikayla (Jodi’s granddaughter), Jodi Delfino, owner Tony Faso and Nick Retamoza. Not pictured is Nina Ankelé.
Next to the dock and some of the rental boats, Angel, owner Shawn, Eli, owners Tomiko and Vern.
Tuyen Kulberg and Destiny stand next to the famous hula girl so many are familiar with at Sunset Sweets.
Pink Chris Craft being raffled off. If interested contact Jodi Delfino at 209-463-0384.

The staff is proud to announce the acquisition of their beer selling permit. You can now enjoy one of your favorite on the water burger hang-outs while having a cold one from either the stocked fridge of can selections or from the two taps if you enjoy draft.

New counter at Bob’s at the Marina showing the new beer fridge and beer taps.

It goes very well with the newly redecorated decor which now includes a couple of tv’s for entertainment. Make sure and stop in soon to check out all the changes for yourself.