About us

Bill and Kathy

Nancy Middleton’s lens captured Bill and Kathy in this race-winning moment on a Wednesday evening on beautiful Lake Minnetonka.

Kathy and Bill Tomlinson met through sailing as competitors in the Olympic Yngling Fleet at the Minnetonka Yacht Club, located on the shores of beautiful Lake Minnetonka, just west of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Now sailing together –when they can find the time– on Yngling #US275.  They still enjoy sailboat racing and cruising immensely.

Here is how they got started:  On a whim in 2007 they produced a backpack made of dacron/kevlar sailcloth specifically for sale at

Here's Leanne Allen with our OPTI Sack-Back!

Here’s Leanne Allen with our OPTI Sack-Back!

the Opti National Championship Regatta, which was hosted by the Minnetonka Yacht Club.  The bags were a hit and they completely sold out.  They knew they were on to something, but life got in the way and they went back to their “day jobs”…



Given a new set of circumstances in 2012–Burned out on corporate America, they decided to create a business utilizing recycled sailboat sails and do what they love to do: designing and marketing products that they love, use and believe in.  Not to mention– give a retirement life to sailboat sails that were otherwise destined for landfills or garbage burners.


Grandbaby Lily gives a little love to our crew Gidget. Working from home has some big advantages!

The store is OPEN!  Go to our Catalog– Shop Now page and order today!

For answers about color details and special requests of numbers, contact Kathy…

Kathy Tomlinson
Skipper & Creative Navigator:
Kathy [at] boathousebags.com
For answers about sail donations, and media requests, contact Bill…
Bill Tomlinson
Vice President & Sails Manager:
Bill [at] boathousebags.com
612 619 0890

Boathouse Bags, LLC
22035 Stratford Place
Excelsior MN 55331