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With a reputation for building some of the best high-performance fishing boats that outperform and out-last, Contender is an icon in the industry thanks to Joe Neber, Owner and President. Offering performance through innovation, careful engineering, and meticulous craftsmanship, Contender remains an industry forerunner year after year.

Company President, Joe Neber, is passionate about fishing and boating, which led this avid saltwater sportsman to start Contender Boats in 1984. His reach-for-the-stars attitude imbued high expectations in quality, performance, fishability, and innovation with Contender Boats, as settling was never an option.

Aside from boat-building, Joe does a lot of work in resource conservation, which led to his recognition by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Foundation. He is also on many advisory councils and boards to help protect the sport and resources for future generations.

Boats Designed For Fishermen’s Comfort

Design and innovation are two major factors that make Contender Boats stand out from the rest. For example, all Contenders 24’ or larger consist of three fiberglass pieces—the hull, the liner, and the cap. These pieces fit together to build the ultimate sportfishing machine.

Customization is also key to the brand’s success. Each vessel is fitted with Yamaha engines, offshore fishing towers, custom leaning posts, and a choice of fishing accessories to create a customized fishing experience.

Built with anglers in mind, Contender Boats are set up for range, comfort and speed. These sportfishing boats include a variety of accessories such as GPS, rod holders, transducers, outriggers, live wells, and other custom sport fishing options.

Contender Boats For Sale With Customization

Semi-custom Contender boats are constructed in a variety of models for fishing and fun, yet always keep families forefront of mind when designing the best fishing boat for customers. Current NEW Contender models range from 24-44 feet.

The 24 Sport is one model focused on family, entertaining, and cruising while also offering full fishability. Customers choose how to customize the 24’ 6” vessel to make it the best fit for their needs.

For serious anglers or pleasure boaters with families, the 30ST is a great option built for entertainment and fun. It can also get to offshore destinations fast for adequate time at the best fishing holes. This 30′ Contender is made to combine both comfort and fishability, whether you opt for a relaxing day at the sandbar or a thrilling offshore experience.

All Contender models offer custom rigging because the company knows the fisherman’s target species speaks to his needs. Buyers have the option of custom downriggers, outriggers, rod holders, electric reel outlets, and other build options to build the fishing boat that fits their needs.

Buying a Contender Boat

Contender builds boats with the customer in mind, and the company prides itself on keeping the boat-buying experience personal, teaming up with the finest craftsmen to assist in a hands-on boat-building process.

Customers can feel free to check out Contender boats for sale and the choices in customization for each component of any vessel, which includes the hull size and power options as well as the type of stitching, upholstery, and more. At Contender, buyers make the boat their own. Unlike some competitors, Contender does not mass-produce vessels in order to provide the customer with the best fishing and cruising experience of their life.

Shop Used Contender Boats For Sale

Explore a wide variety of used Contender Boats for sale. For more insight on any Contender for sale, reach out to our knowledgeable yacht brokers.

Is a Contender a good boat?

Contender Boats are great boats that have made a name for themselves as one of the best fishing boats on the market. They have earned a reputation for building fast, reliable, sleek inshore and offshore semi-custom boats that are high-quality tournament winners

Where are Contender boats made?

They are made in Homestead, Florida, since 1984. In 2021, Contender President and Owner Joe Neber announced the opening of its second production facility in Fort Pierce, FL.

What type of boat is a Contender?

Contender’s semi-custom fleet consists of twelve models of center console boats, ranging from a 24’ bay boat to a 44’ sport fisher.

Are Contender Boats foam filled?

The boats are hand laid with fiberglass, paying extra attention to the detail of the hull — a reason why captains and customers continue to come back. The build process is not an automated assembly line; rather each boat is built uniquely with the personality and style to make it your own.

Does Contender still use wood?

Built for speed and sports use, the  boats are mainly built using fiberglass for the hull and composite for the decks, however, wood may be used during some construction processes.

Are contender boats a dry ride?

The brand is  known for their performance capabilities and dry ride. Designed with both comfortability and fishability in mind, these boats are constructed with an increased deadrise, wider chines, and a higher shear aft to reduce spray and keep passengers dry. Additionally, the shallow, narrow V-shaped hull assists in carving through waves and accelerating the vessel onto plane with minimal spray.

Who owns Contender Boats?

Joe Neber is the current owner and President. Joe grew up free diving and spearfishing the waters of South Florida, the same waters that Joe began Contender on in 1984.

How fast do contender boats go?

Contender’s 35ST has a top speed of over 70 mph. This speed is powered by triple Yamaha 350hp engines. It is worth noting that the overall vessel weight and engine package on various models can greatly determine and vary the top speed of a boat.

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