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Formerly Flathead J Boats, Sail Montana began selling sailboats in the early 1970’s on Flathead Lake, Montana.

Officially a dealer for J Boats in 1977, the business focused on one design racing, selling J24’s and North Sails.

In 1999, Pete Sauer, a native Montanan and lifelong sailor, acquired the business and expanded the product line to include LaserPerformance (builder of the Sunfish and Laser), Quantum Sails and Triad Sailboat Trailers. 

Sail Montana serves sailors in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Alberta and British Columbia.  In addition to selling sailboats, Sail Montana offers a wide variety of services to the sailing community, including regatta sponsorship, mobile rigging, sailing instruction, race coaching and clinics, land and water delivery, and charters on our yachts.


Sail Montana offers mobile sailboat service including running and standing rigging, hardware and electronics.  We stock brand names such as Harken, Lewmar, Ronstan, Forespar, and New England Ropes in our rigging trailer.  We can come to your boat, wherever it may be, at your home, at a marina or on the water.


Sail Montana offers clinics and on-the-water instruction, on your boat or ours, for novice and intermediate sailors who desire to improve boat handling skills and gain confidence to expand their sailing horizons. 

Racing clinics are scheduled at various locations.  Topics include Introduction to Sailboat Racing, Racing Tactics and Racing Trim.  One on One Coaching is also available. The Sail Montana staff has diverse racing experience including the US Sailing Men’s National Championship (Mallory Cup), third overall, 2002; Whidbey Island Race Week, first in class multiple years; every level of J24 competition, from club to World Championships; Newport to Ensenada, Mexico, first in class 2003; Puget Sound Sailing Championships, first in J105 class, 2004; and Banderas Bay Regatta (Mexico) first in class multiple years. Our J24 “Bound 4 Glory” (B4G) is a perennial leader in regional regattas such as Montana Cup, Spud Cup and various Puget Sound events.

J24 North American Championships
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 2005

Sail Montana’s “Bound 4 Glory” leads the fleet
J24 District Championships, 2007


Sail Montana offers both land and sea delivery.  Utilizing custom Triad trailers and diesel trucks, we are able to transport sailboats to 40’ LOA over land, short and long-haul distances.  We have experience transporting from coast to coast, and internationally, to and from Canada and Mexico.

37’ Jeanneau transport from San Carlos,
Sonora, Mexico to Flathead Lake, Montana

New J80 (26’) transported from the
J Boats factory in Rhode Island to Idaho.


Our staff and associates have safely completed a number of sea deliveries on both coasts, and to and from Mexico and Canada.  Pete is a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain, Master, 100 ton, license no. 1213032, for both sail and motor yachts.   We can arrange for additional qualified crew for an owner-accompanied delivery, or handle the entire delivery from start to finish.  We have extensive cruising experience, including a seven month cruise of the west coast of Mexico, and numerous trips in the San Juan and Gulf Islands in the Pacific Northwest

Working down the Baja Coast, 2004

44’ Catamaran delivery, US east coast, 2006


Sail Montana offers charters on Flathead Lake, Montana on our own yachts, a Jeanneau 37, and a J24.  Charters can range from two hour wine and cheese cruises around the bay, to specially arranged trips incorporating sailing instruction and racing.

Sail Montana’s yacht “Anamchara” heading south on Flathead Lake.

Anchored for the evening at Wildhorse Island,
Flathead Lake, Montana.