Writers and Staff
Don Abbott | Publisher
Ty Mellott | Co-Publisher & Advertising Sales
Ty Mellott grew up boating in Wyoming on Seminoe Reservoir. He graduated from Hanna Elk Mtn. High and then joined the Navy. After a four-year stint and serving on-board the USS Missouri BB63, Ty was honorably discharged from the military as a Second Class Petty Officer. It was while in the Navy and during the re-commissioning of the “MO” in San Francisco that he fell in love with the Bay & Delta area.
After serving in the Navy, Ty attended college and worked for Delta Airlines in Southern California and Florida.
Since coming on board with Recreation Publications in February of 1997, Ty has been involved primarily with the advertising sales for Bay & Delta Yachtsman. He also participates in many boat shows, shoots cover photos and writes the occasional feature article. Ty takes pride in continuing to give the readership the same quality publication they have come to expect year after year.
Ty served 9 years on the Board of Directors for the Northern California Marine Association which included one year as President. He currently sits on and serves the Board of Directors for the California Delta Chambers as Past President. Ty is an avid boater to this day and is involved in supporting the preservation and wellbeing of the Delta Region.
Daniel Witte | Editor
Besides writing and radio, he enjoys snow skiing, bicycling and other outdoor adventure activities. Having skied since the age of 10, Daniel enjoys many resorts but claims Alpine Meadows as his favorite.
Boating has always been one of his favorite activities. Daniel has been boating on the Delta since he was a small child. His family has had their ski boat since then and to this day still enjoys waterskiing and wakeboarding. Plenty of his days are spent cruising the California Delta, Sacramento and American Rivers as well as the Bay in the family’s 40’ Sea Ray, with many weekends being found just anchoring out, swimming and relaxing. In addition, he also enjoys doing other boat related excursions such as fishing trips on party boats and crabbing off Half Moon Bay.
Daniel became interested in Bay & Delta Yachtsman upon graduating college. As he began looking for jobs after graduation, he thought working in the boating and recreational industry would be great. He met Bill Wells at Marina West Yacht Club and decided to give him a call to ask if he knew of any job openings at the Yachtsman. He said that the magazine was looking for a copy editor. Since he liked boating, writing and reading, Daniel thought the job was a great fit for him. In addition, he hopes to gain more knowledge about the Delta and Bay while completing his editorial tasks. He is also very interested in the environmental aspects of the Delta, and has worked with Restore the Delta Foundation, writing letters and attending rallies.
When on the Delta, he enjoys several events in the area. Two of his favorites are karaoke at Moore's Riverboat and the Rusty Porthole. He also participates in the Frozen Bun Run held on January 1st every year.
Bill Wells | Delta Rat Scrapbook
Bill is a retired yacht broker and currently is the Executive Director of the California Delta Chambers & Visitor's Bureau and past Commodore of the Northern California Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association in addition to writing the monthly Delta Rat Scrapbook column for Bay & Delta Yachtsman magazine.
Jean (John) Pierre Salla | Advertising Coordinator & Office Manager
Kimmie Haworth | About The Bay
Mark Reid | Front Rudder
Pat Carson | Lesson's Learned and Boat Reviews
Terry Goble | Art Director