Wher-rena Boatland has been Lake Normans most trusted boat dealership since 1966. We attribute this to our top-notch customer service. Our professional sales staff undergoes constant training to ensure they are knowledgeable about our products. Complete customer satisfaction is our primary focus. We believe finding the perfect boat for you is a testament to our success.
We service Lake Norman, Charlotte and the North Carolina Area.
Life is Short, Boats are Cool! Thats our motto.
We source the best boats for you, Pontoons, Bowriders, Wake / Ski Boats and Cruises. With over 50 years in the boating industry we can help you, locally or internationally.
Let’s work together. Trust is the foundation of our relationship with our individual clients and business partners.
Wher-rena Boatland is synonymous with reliability, fairness and experience.
Wher-rena Boatland founder, Norman Junker, started his first business at the age of 13. He built a small wooden building in his back yard and when finished, towed it out by the road in front of his parents house on Albemarle Rd. between Charlotte and Mint Hill. It was a Bait and Tackle shop catering to the local fisherman for the areas ponds.
As time went on, the store grew and expanded. While in school at Davidson College, Norman was just down the street from Lake Norman as it was being created. At this same time, Norman and his siblings inherited some money from their grandparents. Norman saw great potential for the lake, and together with his siblings, built a marina on the new lake.
Wher-rena Marina was built on the shores of Lake Norman and opened in the spring of 1966. It was one of the first marinas, boat dealerships and restaurants on the lake. The unique name came from the original founders. Having just inherited some money from their grandparents, our founders named the business after their grandparents, Wherry and Rena Junker. At the time Wher-rena Marina (pronounced Where Rina) was located where Port City Club is now.
Each of the original founders had their own areas of the marina that they managed. Norman Junker ran the boat dealership, Harrell Junker, the restaurant, George Junker, the bar and Bill Irvin the marina, camp ground, arcade and swim area. Come visit our showroom and check out the pictures of the original marina as well as “The Galley” fish camp, swim area, arcade and camp ground.
In 1987, Norman Junker moved the boat dealership from its original location down the street to our current showroom. At that time, Wher-rena Boatland was born. Wher-rena Boatland has continued to cater to area boaters and is one of the oldest dealerships on Lake Norman.
In December 2003, Norman Junker passed away from cancer and his son, Jeff Junker, took over the reins. In 2011, Barry Stevens and Jeff Junker bought the business from the Junker family. Barry started his first boat business outside of Johannesburg, South Africa at the age of 19. After successfully selling boats in South Africa he moved to Mooresville, NC in 2007 exporting boats all over the world.
Now Barry has sole ownership, selling boats from the Charlotte area, the USA and all over the world, making happy customers one sale at a time.