About Us

What do sailing, warm breezes, and friendly people remind you of?
No, not a weekend in the Caribbean — The White Bear Boat Works!

Formerly Johnson Boat Works, we here at the White Bear Boat Works know a lot about sailing.  Our family has been serving the needs of sailors for over 118 years and we’re proud to carry on that tradition. Click here to learn more about our history.  We know even more about having fun! That’s why the White Bear Boat Works is the place to go when you are really looking to sail away; —even just for an afternoon.

Whether you are one of those cutting-edge, must-have-the-latest-gadget racers or simply want to relax in the sun, we have what you are looking for. New to sailing? With our lessons, friendly staff, and extensive selection of affordable, user-friendly boats, you’ll be on your way in no time. We’re excited about sailing, and want you to be, too! That’s why we spend so much time making sailing fun and easy for everyone. In addition to new and used sailboats for every kind of person, we offer a 160 slip marina, sailing lessons, a retail Ship’s Store for scow, daysailer, and keelboat parts and accessories, and a full-service fiberglass repair facility for those inevitable nicks and dings. Need a hard-to-find part? Want to know what the thingy that sits on the plate on the floor of the boat is for? Looking for the best tabernacle? Just ask. We are happy to help.

How to Find Us

WBBW is conveniently located at 4120 Hoffman Road, on the western shore of Little Goose Lake, between County Road F and White Bear Avenue.

From Interstate 694, go north on Highway 61, turn left on County Road F, then right on Hoffman Road. We are on the east side of Hoffman Road.


Summer Hours (May 1st – October 31st)

Monday Friday: 9:00 am to– 5:00pm

Saturday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Also by Appointment any day

Winter Hours (November 1st – April 30th):

Monday – Thursday : 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Friday and Saturday: By Appointment

Evenings: By Appointment