About Us

 Hooper's Yachts is in her 25th year of business and brings to you nearly 36 years of sailing experience from certain members of our staff. We offer you expertise in all areas of sailing including cruising, racing and daysailing. Our staff members have cruised extensively on offshore salt water and great lakes passages, raced on more boats than we could count - both one-design and handicap club competition. We not only know how to sail, but we understand sailboat rigging, systems and maintenance. Our service department is extensive and often our competition, involved in sales, but not service, sends customers our way to get their boat worked on. We have outdoor and indoor boat lifts for bottom maintenance and repair, keel and rudder work or loading or offloading. Our 5 acre boatyard will accommodate the DIY boat owner, outdoor storage, service work and we have more room for displaying new and used sailboats than any of our local competition. In addition we have a very well equipped store with all the supplies you need to outfit or maintain your vessel. We stock sailboat hardware such as HARKEN, SCHAEFER, SPINLOCK, RONSTAN, WICHARD, FORESPAR and more. We are an INTERLUX YACHT PAINT CENTER and a WEST EPOXY dealer. We also stock SAMSON CORDAGE and have a hydraulic swaging machine for your standing rigging and lifeline needs. We stock all the cleaning supplies offered by 3M, MEGUAIRS, STARBRIGHT and more, and we have all the maintenance material for the DIY such as sandpaper, paint supplies and fiberglass repair supplies. We stock ANCOR electrical fittings, HUBBELL, FURRICON and MARINCO shore power. We have anchors, dock lines, electronics, heads, hoses, clamps, stainless fastners, trailer accessories, teak cleaners, sealers, varnishes, and the list goes on. To put it briefly, we have experience, know how, understanding, supplies, service, transportation and are recognized for quality, fairness and smiles. 

Edson International
We have lots of experience with Edson Wheel Steering Systems and offer complete installations from former tiller systems to replacement of damaged components or upgrades to more accessories to make your sailing safer and more convenient.

Interlux Yacht Paint Center
Hooper's Yachts is an Interlux Yacht Paint Center which means we stock the majority of quality Interlux & VC System products & can help you with how to apply the best product for your particular application. In addition our service department applies the full range of Interlux products to our customer boats. Products include antifouling & finishing paints and primers, stains & varnishes, epoxy, Interprotect systems for blister repair & associated products such as thinners, solvents, reducers, polymeric compounds, flattening agents & even stir sticks

Triad Trailers
Triad Trailers are normally provided under new J/Boats, but they build trailers for all kinds of boats & Hooper's Yachts is a Triad dealer. Simply call us to obtain a quote to suit your application. This J/125 picture is an extreme example of how Triad can meet just about every need. Triad uses the best in structural steel framework, the right axle & brake combination, wheels & tires, lights & know where to put the keel & hull supports for a safe ride. Their trailers come painted with a choice of standard colors (others optional).

Walker Bay Dinghies
Walker Bays are incredibly durable, lightweight & virtually maintenance-free dinghies that are all about simplicity. Row it, sail it, motor it. Offered in two models, the 8 & 10-footers are injection-molded with a material or workmanship defect guarantee of two years. We stock Walker Bay boats & accessories.

West System Epoxy
As an authorized dealer, we stock the full line of West System epoxies, fillers, fiberglass, pumps, rollers, pots, spreaders, sticks & additional accessories. Our staff understands the system & can help with your selection of the product for the right job.

Services

Deck Cracks & Crazing Repairs
Unsightly cracks? We have years of experience grinding out delaminated & cracked deck material & replacing core or applying the appropriate glass matrix to solidify & beautify your deck.

Hydraulic Swaging
Hooper's Yachts offers on site hydraulic swaging for standing rigging such as such as shrouds, running rigging such as wire halyards, lifelines as well as industrial applications such as deck railing wire. We stock all the necessary hardware for most sailboat applications and can order what we might not normally carry. We are the only local sailboat shop offering hydraulic swaging.

Keel Fairing
We are experts in all underwater bottom work & this includes preparing super-fast bottoms fpr racing sailboats. This includes underwater shapes such as keels and rudders.

Mast Transportation
Most masts accompany the boat when moved about from place to place, but how do you transport a mast by itself? Call Hooper's. We have this nifty mast trailer and will haul your mast locally. For cross-country transport, contact a common carrier.

Refinishing
Hooper's Yachts refinished hulls,decks, stripes & aluminum spars with Awlgrip, a linear polyurethane top coat that has excellent color retention, gloss retention and abrasion resistance. Awlgrip is the choice of the marine industry as well as the aircraft industry. Call for a quote

Shrink Wrapping
We offer shrink wrapping for winter storage or for boat travel to keep it clean. Call us for a quote.

Used Sailboat Brokerage Listing
Want to sell your boat? Consider listing with us. We have a phenomenol success rate in used boat sales - it is a serious part of our business. We regularly list boats from MN, WI, IA, ND, SD & Ontario & we regularly sell boats nation-wide and have sold boats to Austrailia, England, Belize, Alaska and all over Canada. We have a 5-acre boat yard where we can put your boat on display, or if remotely located, we can affix one of our distinctive signs announcing that your boat is up for sale. Our web site is a valuable selling tool for you. Call or email us for detailed info on how to list your boat. It is easy & no hassle for you.

Used Sailboat Brokerage Sales
We have long been recognized for excellent brokerage service. Magazine editors where we and competitors advertise all of our used boats have told us that we sell more used boats than all of the other dealers combined.  Our 5-acre boatyard is chuck full of used boats to see during one easy visit as well as other listings in major sailing locations in our area. We handle boats from dinghies to blue-water vessels - sailboats for beginners through those with various degrees of expertise & sailing abilities - boats for cruising, racing or both. We are sailors & understand sailboats & provide expert answers to the all sorts of questions. Just click on USED BOATS on our HOME PAGE & see what we have to offer.

When you buy a sailboat - you buy a way of life!
That's true. Join the fraternity of sailing & there's no end to how much enjoyment you can derive. Once a sailboat owner you share the same sense of passion & adventure that has been enjoyed for centuries by famous sailors on boats of historical significance as well as the folks you met while they helped step your mast at the local ramp or the folks you met while swinging on a hook in some exotic get-a-way charter boat while on winter vacation. Buy a sailboat & you buy a new set of friends that are always there to lend a hand or advice with a smile.

Staff

Meet David Marsh
David was born & raised in Tasmania & now lives here with his wife Martha. He is an employee who has been with Hooper's the longest. He is very knowledgeable with most aspects of sailboat systems. He is good at fiberglass repair, bottom jobs, fast keels, understands rigging, electrical systems, outboard and inboard motors, etc. He & Martha cruise during the winters aboard their boat which they keep down south. They have sailed to Venezuela, in 2000 kept their boat in St. Lucia & the three years before in Trinidad. Now it is back in Florida.

 

Meet Tell Tale
Tell Tale was our boat yard cat and general entertainer for kids who stopped by. This cat was agile. She'd follow you around the yard, climbed up and down the ladders, checked the boats for mice and basically kept a watch out when not sleeping on a sail bag. Unfortunately Tell Tale disappeard a few seasons ago and is missed by all.

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Hoopers Yachts
599 Manning Ave S, Afton, MN 55001
Phone (651) 436-8795
Toll Free (800) 377-8795
info@hoopersyachts.com

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