About Contender Boats
A tournament boating company
Contender boats have over 30 years of experience in vessel building. The company, owned by Joe Neber, founded the company in 1984 under the premise of making a precision fishing boats. This vision has been fulfilled and continues to consistently build upon its success. Contender’s motto is to make “Performance Though Innovation”. Whether you are an avid fisherman/woman or just looking to have a tournament grade boat, the Contender brand is definitively worth consideration.Read More
The Contender Advantage
Contender boats are built with three main components, the hull, liner, and cap. All pieces are fabricated from fiberglass, making for a lighter weight. All Contender boats are handcrafted in Florida. Unlike other brands, the handcrafted nature of the design is not just the fiberglass portions, but also the upholstery, the electrical, and the aluminum. According to, Less Stewart, the director of marketing and sales for Contender, “we can build you the boa exactly how you want”.
Functionality and performance are what gives the Contender Advantage. Because each boat is built to spec, the features for offshore Atlantic and/or Gulf Fishing can be met. Additionally, as the taste of every boat seeker is not purely angler, the packaging could include personal and leisure layouts as well as layouts more suited to circumvent sandbars and other hull hazards.
A smaller fleet
Where the boats are designed to cater to the specifications of the owner, and each vessel is handcrafted, they are not expansive in terms of the LOA selection. The range of length consists of a smaller fleet than some of the other fishing boat companies. Yet, this is not necessarily a negative. The fleet of Contender boats for sale, range from 22’ to 39’, the perfect size for trailering. Consider, also, that as the boats are designed primarily for fishing, that the smaller vessels are more idealistic. They can navigate in the waters that the larger boats cannot. On the other hand, with the 39FA the boat still has the length and weight to hold its own offshore, and could potentially be used as a charter craft, depending upon the packing and the specs dedicated to the build.
The fleet offered by Contender Boats is as follows:
Again, these boats are highly customizable, yielding new “boats” from the standard models. This is especially true when looking at pre-owned Contender boats for sale. While you may find that there are several 28T boats, for example, available, they may appear as completely different builds as one may be oriented to pleasure and leisure, while the other may be directed to fishing for Grouper.
The power behind them all
Regardless of the packaging and the base hull that is chosen, one thing which remains the same is the outboard engines. Contender boats have opted to utilize the Yamaha engines for their vessels, primarily due to the popularity of the engine within the nautical community, but also due to the company’s proximity to the Florida based company. Die hard Mercury fans may be able to equip such outboards on commissioned vessels. However, you should not expect to find such on pre-owned. Due to the weight of the vessels, Seven Marine engines should not be used on Contenders.
Finding a Contender Boat for Sale
Should you wish to purchase a Contender boat for sale, you can find a variety of pre-owned models on Vessel Vendor. Our site specializes in offering listings from the top manufacturer, distributors, dealerships, and private listers. Many of the boat offered have only one owner and are still under transferable warranties, either stern to bow or motor (check with the lister).
In addition to our large selection of vessels, you can find important information about the Contender fleet. Simply click the corresponding link above or visit one of the many pages such as the boat review, model summary, or manufacturer summary pages to learn more.
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