The SpaceSkipper's Dream is a beautiful Viking 33' Convertible Motor Yacht. This private vessel is not available for charter but is made available for nightly or weekly stays in a secure environment while docked in its covered berth at Village West Marina in Stockton, CA. There is very convenient free parking at the entrance to the dock, within a security gated area. The marina is one of the nicest in the California Delta.
Electric heaters provide a warm, cozy environment during cold weather. She normally sleeps 2 in V-Berths in the forward Stateroom. An additional 2 may sleep on the Salon Sofa bed. Features include a gourmet Galley, dining tables in the Salon and Cockpit, Wi-Fi Internet access, ROKU Smart HDTV in both the Salon and the Stateroom, Blue-Ray DVD & CD Stereo, DVD & CD Library.
A large Visitor Information Library is also kept on board with brochures and literature for numerous wineries, visitor attractions and events, restaurants, venues and tours as well as on-line information.
Two great restaurants are within the marina, a celebrity chef restaurant and numerous other restaurants are within two miles. Coin operated laundry facilities are near the dock. The marina is very quiet and very convenient for both recreation and business travelers.
If you're looking for a relaxing time while staying at a convenient and very secure Stockton location on the California Delta, Skipper's Dream is for you - The vessel is not permitted to leave the dock during your stay. You may rent fishing boats, ski boats, paddle boards, kayaks and other water toys at various Delta locations for a great time on the California Delta during the daytime and stay aboard this beautiful boat at night. Or, if you prefer, just hang out at the marina and/or explore the vast wine and tourist regions surrounding you. An In-Shape tennis & health club ($16/day/person) is adjacent to the marina entrance with Tennis Courts, Exercise Facilities, Sauna, Steam Room, Spa and an Outdoor Pool maintained at 85 degrees year-round.
For the business traveler, what could be better at the end of a long, hard day than to return in the evening to the quiet, laid back environment of your private, floating oasis. Leave the rat race behind and enjoy the solitude of life as it is in the California Delta with the conveniences of the vibrant businesses nearby.
The stateroom has the standard V-Berth arrangement typically found in most vessels in this size range. Pillows and bedding are provided. The two mattresses are made of 4" foam plus topper; their dimensions each are approximately 6'4" long, 30" wide at the head and their combined width at the foot is 17". The stateroom also includes a hanging locker and four clothing drawers.
The gourmet galley is fully equipped with dinnerware for four, Refrigerator, 2-Burner Electric Stove, Convection Microwave Oven, George Foreman Grill, Cooking Utensils and Cutlery, Percolator Coffee Pot, French Press, Instant Hot Water Kettle, automatic Ice Maker, Toaster, Blender, Coffee Grinder and Ice Crusher. Unless you have a very unusual requirement, most everything you will need in the Galley except food is provided. There is also a sharing pantry where many guests leave their leftovers upon departure.
The Salon, furnished with luxurious teak furniture, includes a Dining Table, standard size Sofa Bed and an Entertainment System. The Entertainment System includes an Android 5.0 Tablet, WiFi Internet access, a ROKU Smart TV with antenna for local channels, a Blu-ray DVD player with Internet TV and Games, a Stereo with Bluetooth and audio-in jacks for connection with your personal devices, and personal device chargers for micro USB, mini USB, and all iPhone/iPad/iPod models. Check with your host if you need help connecting to or using the WiFi Internet or other Entertainment System components.
The head includes a deluxe electric marine toilet and holding tank, sink and a shower.
Cockpit and Flybridge -
The carpeted Cockpit provides outdoor seating, a dining table and a ladder to the Flybridge. Above, on the Flybridge, the seats fold out to create two outdoor lounges.
Village West Marina Facilities -
Aside from the on board marine head and shower, the marina provides convenient, exquisitely maintained and spacious Restroom, Shower and Laundry facilities near the dock entrance and near the office and restaurants. There is ample secure, free and convenient parking available at the dock entrance, protected by an electronically controlled gate. You may launch a small boat at the launch ramp and store your trailer on the street just outside the marina entrance for the duration of your visit. Be sure to let your host know ahead of time that you will be bringing a boat to be launched while checking in (during marina office hours).
There are two restaurants at the marina: Bob's At The Marina (breakfasts, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, Etc.) and Garlic Brothers Restaurant & Bar (lunches, dinners, drinks and fabulous views of the magnificent Delta sunsets, overlooking The Delta towards Mt. Diablo). Garlic Brothers also offers live music on weekends and some weeknights.
Life on the delta and aboard a boat is slow paced, laid back and casual, a throwback to the way things used to be. The clock seems to run slower here and that's why the locals call it "Delta Time." Relish your Delta Time before you have to leave it behind and return to reality. Lounge in the cockpit in the morning and enjoy your favorite coffee and a bagel or pastry before heading out to explore the area. Later, if there are clouds visible in the western sky, return to the boat to enjoy the spectacular evening sunset over Mt. Diablo. The Garlic Brothers restaurant patio located at the marina is a fantastic place to view the sunset.
Local Boating Knowledge -
Boat rentals are available at several locations throughout the delta. Also, there are Delta Cruise Boat operators available that may be found online by web search.
Although the Delta waterways are fresh water, they are at sea level and are tidal as twice per day they raise and lower several feet behind the incoming and outgoing ocean tides. At low tide some of the waterways can be very shallow. Also, the tidal action can result in some very strong currents so be careful if you go boating or swimming in the waterways.
Should you encounter any difficulties on the water, the California Delta waterways are Federal waters and fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Coast Guard with assistance from local county authorities. Channel 16 on the Marine radio is monitored 24/7 by the USCG, Station Rio Vista. Guest AccessLocation -
This vessel is docked within a gated area at Village West Marina, near the Village West Yacht Club. The marina is located in a nice residential area at the Western edge of Stockton, Ca., one mile West of I-5, at the Eastern edge of the 1100 square mile California Delta, a huge maze of 1000+ miles of intertwined navigable waterways.
Access to the marina docks, restroom and laundry facilities is controlled by a security key fob which you will be provided along with the boat door key upon check-in. After securing the vessel while checking out, you will return the fob and key via an on-board drop box located in the vessel cockpit.
The In-Shape Health Club located adjacent to the marina entrance is available free to In-Shape members or, for non-members, it is available to use at $16/day/person or $12 as a guest of a member. Discount or free trial offers are frequently available on the In-Shape website or at the facility. Interaction with GuestsCheck-In/Out -
Check-in and walk-thru are handled in-person by your host. Your arrival and departure times will be coordinated ahead of your visit at a mutually acceptable time. It is very common for guests to require late check-in after a long work day and heavy traffic, especially on Friday nights. Your host has been there and done that and fully understands the situation. He will make every effort possible to accommodate your requested times, dependent upon other commitments and other arriving and departing guests. It takes up to four hours between guests to clean and prepare the vessel so that must be considered when scheduling arrivals and departures.
Your comfort and pleasure are the highest priority and we expect you to enjoy an extraordinary visit. Your host lives in Manteca, about 30 minutes away but he will be available by cell phone or text message throughout your visit for any questions or issues that might arise. Your host, a life long Northern California resident, is a Stockton Certified Tourism Ambassador and will be happy to answer your questions about Skipper's Dream, Stockton, the California Delta or the surrounding regions. The NeighborhoodIf you like the water, the California Delta is a recreational wonderland. It is a fresh water vacation and recreational paradise consisting of navigable waterways located at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, where those rivers flow through the Carquinez Strait from the Central Valley into San Pablo and San Francisco Bays and the Pacific Ocean. The 1000+ miles of waterways are contained by large levies that prevent the water from invading the vast parcels of below sea level, reclaimed farm land, some of the most fertile on earth. The triangular boundaries (delta) are roughly Pittsburg-Antioch on the West, Sacramento to the Northeast and Stockton-Manteca-Lathrop-Tracy to the Southeast.
The area is midway between Lake Tahoe to Yosemite on the East and San Francisco to Monterey on the West. Easily visit any Northern California location during a day trip while staying aboard Skipper's Dream. Or, spend your days exploring and playing on the The Delta, as it is commonly called.
There are numerous restaurants, shopping centers and other businesses available within minutes of the marina on Benjamin Holt Drive, March Lane, Hammer Lane, or Pacific Avenue and beyond. Groceries are available one mile away at Marina Market on Benjamin Holt Drive near I-5, and 2.9 miles away with Podesto's Market, Trader Joe's and a discount market, all located at Lincoln Center (Benjamin Holt Drive at Pacific Ave).
There are over 85 Boutique wineries in the area and the Lodi Wine & Visitors Center is only 20 minutes from the marina. The diverse selection includes Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Chardonnay and many varietals. The region features 110,000 acres of vineyards while boasting over 750 growers. Lodi was proclaimed by Wine Enthusiast as the '2015 Wine Region of the Year' beating out finalists Marlborough (New Zealand), Russian River Valley, Sicily and Walla Walla (Washington). Should you wish to venture a bit further for your wine, here is a list of the various AVA wine regions within a reasonable driving distance:
- Lodi and the Delta (0-50 Miles)
- Inland Valleys (15-135 Miles)
- Livermore Valley(40-60 Miles)
- Suisun Valley(50-70 Miles)
- Sierra Foothills(50-110 Miles)
- Yolo County(60-80 Miles)
- Napa Valley(70-100 Miles)
- Santa Clara Valley(70-100 Miles)
- Sonoma County(75-140 Miles)
- Madera County(110-140 Miles)
- Monterey County(130-170 Miles)
It is common to see Egrets, Herons, ducks, geese, swans, numerous bird species, otter, muskrats, beavers, raccoons and skunks during your stay. It is not unusual to see an errant Sea Lion sunbathing on a channel marker or feasting on a school of fish within the marina. During the winter months be sure to check out the magnificent Sand Hill Cranes with their 6' wing spans, only a few miles away or attend the Sand Hill Crane Festival in Lodi.
By land, there are numerous transportation options available in and around the Stockton Area. This area is central to the 17+ million population of the vast surrounding regions. From Yosemite to Silicon Valley, San Francisco to Lake Tahoe and Carmel to the Napa Valley wine country, all are readily available via Car, Trains, Planes, Buses, Taxis and Ride-Sharing Apps. Tours are also available to the numerous tourist areas and attractions. Search online for some of the buzzwords in the lists below for more information.
Suggested Nearby Automobile Trips within about 30 Minutes -
- Lathrop (Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory Outlet)
- Lodi (85+ Wineries, Historic Downtown, Hutchins Street Square,
Cosumnes River Preserve ((website hidden)),
Isenberg Crane Reserve)
- Manteca (Murals, Bass Pro Shops, Big League Dreams Sports Park, German Glass Werks)
- Numerous wineries between Lodi and Manteca/Ripon and surrounding area.
- Roadside fruit stands all over Northern California rural roads
- Ripon (Caswell State Park)
- Stockton (Lincoln Center, Haggin Museum, Miracle Mile,
Bob Hope Theater, UOP, Stockton Arena, Banner Island Ballpark,
Weber Point, Stockton Waterfront, Port Of Stockton)
Suggested Automobile or Tour Bus Day Trips -
- Calaveras Big Trees State Park (1.75 Hours)
- Jamestown, gateway to the Gold Country along SR-49 (1.25 Hours)
- Lake Tahoe - North Shore via I-80 or South Shore via I-50 (2.5 hours)
- Livermore Wine Country (.75 Hours)
- Monterey / Carmel (2.5 Hours)
- Mt. Diablo State Park (1.25 Hours)
- Napa Valley Wine Country (1.75 Hours)
- Oakland / Berkeley (1.5 Hours)
- Petrified Forest (Calistoga, 2 Hours)
- Reno (2.75 Hours)
- Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (Jamestown, 1.25 Hours)
- Sacramento (.75 Hours)
- Santa Cruz (2+ Hours)
- San Francisco (2 Hours)
- San Jose & Silicon Valley (1.5 Hours)
- Sonora and Columbia, in the heart of the Gold country (1.5 Hours)
- Yosemite National Park (2+ Hours)
For current information about events in the California Delta, visit the California Delta Chambers And Visitors Bureau website or any of the many other Visitor Information sites in the area.
There are numerous annual festivals throughout the region on many weekends of the year. To name a few, there are the Asparagus Festival (Stockton), San Hill Crane festival (Lodi), the Almond Blossom Festival (Ripon), the Pumpkin Festival (Manteca), Delta Blues festival (Antioch), Reggae on the Delta (Stockton),The Brubeck Festival (Stockton) and many, many more.
Fishing is a large part of life in the California Delta. The Delta is home to Bluegill, Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Striped Bass, Crappie, Bullhead Catfish, Channel Catfish, Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon and, of course, delectable crawfish. Fishing Derbys are held throughout the Delta, some offering substantial prizes to winners. Getting AroundI-5 Freeway runs North-South, one mile east of Village West Marina. California SR-4 (California Delta Highway) runs East-West about 6 miles south of the marina and SR-12 (Rio Vista Highway) runs East-West about 10 miles North of the marina.
The San Joaquin Regional Transit bus stop is east of I-5, about 1.2 miles from Village West Marina and the Amtrak and ACE train station is about 8 miles away. Uber, Lyft, and various taxi services are available.
There are many places in the delta conducive to bicyclists, who particularly like the flat lands of the California Delta and almost never are pumping uphill. The lovely residential areas surrounding the marina also make for pleasant bicycling, jogging and walking. Other Things to NoteHolidays and special occasions are terrific times to spend aboard Skipper's Dream. Holidays are generally available for a bit higher rate. Let your imagination go and plan the time of your life on New Years or Independence Day. Try a romantic, intimate anniversary aboard with dinner at one of the amazing restaurants nearby or cook your own gourmet meal aboard.
Boating season in the California Delta is year round. Spring and Fall are generally outstanding weather. Summer is hot but not humid and always cools off at night. The mild winters are cool but electric heaters keep the yacht warm and cozy. Winter is the best time to observe wildlife.
Charcoal BBQ and picnic tables are available in the lawn area next to the dock entrance. You may bring your own portable gas grill if you wish.