Boating

Hanging out on the hook is a big part of what California Delta boating life is about. We call it gunkholing. The California Delta has plenty of gunkholes and anchorages. Some are legendary, such as The Meadows, Mandeville Tip, Five Fingers, Steamboat Slough, and Lost Slough.

These are unofficial anchoring places that boaters sort of adopted and gave to them these informal names. It takes a while to gain legendary status. Mildred Island is well on its way. This 1,000-acre island was just another California Delta agricultural island until a levee on its northeast end gave way June 27, 1983, and Mildred became inundated. Anglers discovered there was good striped bass fishing inside Mildred and gunkholers found some nice spots inside the island for anchoring, naturally protected from the wakes from passing boats and places where sandy low-tide beaches could be found.

A few boaters find a good spot on Mildred and stay for the summer. Pontoon-equipped ultra-light airplanes land. Waterskiers splash across the open waters. Over the Labor Day weekend every year, the Northern California Sea Ray Boat Club visits with 30 to 50 boats and anchors them in an intricate formation to form a perfect circle.

The anchoring style in the California Delta is to try to tether a bow line to a shoreside tree or bush, then drop a stern anchor a good distance out (Danforth-type anchors seem to do best). Then you pull the boat out far enough on the stern anchor line so the bow won’t be sitting on the bottom come low tide). What a good life it is.

Go here for some of the best anchorage spots!

As for boat sales, yacht brokers generally offer pre-owned boats for sale that actually are owned by private owners. All yacht brokers and salespersons at the brokerages must be licensed by the California Dept. of Boating & Waterways (Cal Boating). Many also belong to the California Yacht Brokers Association and subscribe to its code of ethics.

707-896-8000

Bay Area Yachting Solutions PO Box 1009 Rio Vista, CA 94571

    (925) 383-5346

    1700 Riverlake Rd. Discovery Bay, CA 94505

      (916) 744-1274

      36339 Riverview Dr, Clarksburg, CA 95612

        916-776-4010

        14090 State Highway 160 Walnut Grove, CA 95690

          925-642-5764

          Antioch, CA

          10:00-18:00

            209-463-0384

            1302 West Fremont Street Stockton, CA 95203

            Weekdays 9 am-4:30 pm, Saturday 9 am-4 pm, Sunday closed

              209 463-6063

              1 Tule Island Stockton, CA 95219

                925-634-1210

                5871 Marina Blvd Discovery Bay, CA 94505

                Mon-Th: 5pm-10pm, F: 4pm-12:30am, Sat: 3pm-10pm, Sun: 12pm-9pm

                  925-634-5928

                  5901 Marina Road, Suite #1 Discovery Bay, CA 94505

                  Daily 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

                    (925) 516-BOAT / (925) 628-2710

                    4815 Discovery Point, Discovery Bay, CA 94505

                      925-757-9449

                      6338 Bridgehead Road, Oakley, CA 94561

                      Summer: 8 am-4pm 7 days a week.

                        925-684-2388

                        4234 Windsweep Road Bethel Island, CA 94511

                        Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday - Closed Thursday - 9am-2pm Friday - 12pm-5pm Saturday and Sunday - 9am-5pm

                          Matt Sexton (209) 568-8770

                          6649 Embarcadero Drive, Stockton, CA 95219

                            (209)224-8367

                            847 N. Cluff Ave. Ste. A-6 Lodi Ca

                            10-6 Tuesday -Satuday Summer Time. Off Season10-5 Tuesday- Saturday.

                              916-775-1313

                              3100 Ryer Road, Walnut Grove, CA 95690

                                925-757-1714

                                1600 West 10th Street Antioch, CA. 94509

                                  (916) 776-1488

                                  14174 Isleton Road, Isleton, CA 95641

                                  Ko-Ket Snack Bar open Tuesday through Sunday 8am-2pm

                                    209-477-7653

                                    14900 West Highway 12, Lodi, CA 95242

                                      209-452-2475

                                      2801 Sylvan Way Suite 808 Lodi, CA 95242

                                        916-777-6055

                                        1550 W. Twitchell Island Rd. Isleton, CA 95641

                                        8:00-4:30 Mon-Sat and Sunday 10:00- 4:00

                                          916-777-6060

                                          100 Oxbow Marina Dr, Isleton CA 95641

                                            209-334-2127

                                            14900 Hwy 12 Lodi CA

                                              916-777-5000

                                              500 Brannan Island Road Isleton, CA 95641

                                              9:00-5:00 PM Daily

                                                925-439-4958

                                                CA 51-E Marina Boulevard Pittsburg, CA 94565

                                                  925-432-1056

                                                  3 Marina Blvd, PO Box 971, Pittsburg, CA 94565

                                                    P.O. Box 1744 Stockton, CA 95201

                                                      209/662-8306

                                                        916-777-6462

                                                        106 W. Brannan Island Road Isleton, CA 95641

                                                          925-684-2024

                                                          3995 Willow Rd Bethel Island, CA 94511

                                                            916-808-5712

                                                            2710 Ramp Way Sacramento, CA 95818

                                                            Office Hours-- Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm Saturday 10:00am – 3:00pm Sunday – Closed

                                                              916-777-6041

                                                              841 W. Brannan Island Road Isleton, CA. 95641

                                                              8 am-4 pm Daily

                                                                209-462-4200

                                                                445 West Weber Avenue STE 128-B, Stockton, CA 95202

                                                                Open 7 days a week

                                                                  209-946-9259

                                                                  3235 River Dr, Stockton CA 95204

                                                                    (925) 684-9075

                                                                    1440 Sugar Barge Rd Bethel Island, CA 94511

                                                                      707-429-2628

                                                                      800 Kellogg Street, Suisun City, CA 94585

                                                                      8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

                                                                        209-367-4652

                                                                        15010 Glasscock Road Lodi, CA 95242

                                                                          209-835-3182

                                                                          12450 West Grimes Rd, Tracy CA 95304

                                                                            209-951-1551

                                                                            6649 Embarcadero Drive Stockton CA 95219

                                                                            8 AM - 5 PM

                                                                              209-478-8992

                                                                              6633 Embarcadero Dr, Stockton CA 95219

                                                                                (916)776-1945

                                                                                River Rd Walnut Grove, CA 95690

                                                                                6 am-9 pm

                                                                                  209-333-0243

                                                                                  14900 W Highway 12 STE C Lodi, CA 95242

                                                                                    925-323-2441

                                                                                    PO Box 249, Orinda CA 94563-0249

                                                                                      925-698-8100

                                                                                      3401 S. Whiskey Slough Road/Highway 4 Holt, CA 95234

                                                                                        916-777-6313

                                                                                        140 Brannan Island Road Isleton, CA 95641

                                                                                        Marina Office: Open daily 8:30 am – 5:00 pm --- Gas Dock: Open daily 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

                                                                                          800-878-7886

                                                                                          3545 Airway Drive, Suite 112, 89511-1847 Reno

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