New and Used Contender Boats for Sale

Contender Boats was founded in 1984 by Joe Neber when he launched the yard’s iconic Classic 25. As of today, the company manufactures approximately 350 boats per year at its facility in Homestead, Florida. Read more about the Contender story below, and search for used Contender boats for sale.

Contender Boats History


Joe Neber, a native Miamian and avid fisherman, was on his way to law school, but a summer job at Sea-Vee changed the trajectory of his life. Two years later, in 1984, he founded Contender Boats and launched the iconic Classic 25. Today, Contender Boats manufactures about 350 boats a year in its shipyard in Homestead, Florida. Ranging in size from 25 to 44 feet, Contender Boats leads the industry in the world of center console sportfishing.

As the president and owner of Contender Boats, Joe Neber has created a company that thrives on the water. He has created several Contender models that you can read about below – each offering the best in custom options in yachts for sale.

“Joe Neber is a passionate fisher and boatsman, and has been working in resource conservation, so much so, that he was name 2016 Conservation Partner of the Year by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation was created by Congress in 1984 to work with the public and private sectors to protect and restore the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats.”

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation maintains these conservation endeavors in all 50 States and United States territories to ensure a better future, and the President and owner of Contender Boats, Joe Neber, was honored by them. This demonstrates his dedication to the oceans and fish, and gives a strong backbone to the Contender company, making them stand for something important.

360 Degrees of Fish-Ability

Contender center console boats make it easy to fight a fish anywhere on the boat.

Along with portability, here are just a few other reasons why new and used Contender sport fishing boats are so popular:

  • cockpits go all the way to the engines,
  • toe-kick design allows you to lean in and brace yourself against the rail and, as every angler knows, you can get on a fish faster from the bow.

Contender, the Benchmark of Center Consoles

There’s a running debate between inboard and outboard builders and owners as to which raises more fish. Contender, often referred to as the benchmark of center consoles, chooses to power all its center console boats with Yamaha outboard engines. They’re ideal for recreational and inshore fishing, easy to access, store and service. Plus, their fuel efficient, and the demand for used outboard motors is huge.

Built for Saltwater Fishing and Tournament Fishing

“Saltwater fishing and tournament fishing go hand-in-hand. Practice on saltwater and you will only get better when the time comes for a competition. Saltwater fishing and tournament fishing can be competitive, if done right. Although saltwater fishing can be relaxing off a pier, once you head out to the deep sea, it becomes a thrilling challenge.”

Contender center consoles were built for saltwater fishing and tournament fishing – they are strong, light, and very fast, which is what the avid fisherman seeks when looking for a boat. 

Catch Fish. Win Tournaments.

25-foot Contender

  • The 25-foot Contender bay boat may be the smallest in the Contender fleet, but according to testers from Florida Sportsman Best Boat, Saltwater Fishing and other offshore aficionados it is a best in class fishing boat.
  • The 25 Contender bay boat is reliable, and with single or twin Yamaha outboards outpaces other boats in its class.
  • The company has chosen to place twin Yamaha outboards for their reputation in speed and agility.

26-foot Contender

  • When first launched, the 26-ft Contender was often held up as the benchmark of center consoles.
  • Just like the 25 Contender bay boats for sale, the 26-ft Contender is composed of a vacuum-infused fiberglass hull, liner and cap.
  • This Contender model is as light as it is fast.

27-foot Contender

  • New and used 27-foot Contender boats for sale are loaded with features fisherman love: plenty of deck space, recessed grab rails and toe kicks along with standard twin cockpit fishboxes, raised transom live wells, rod holders, forward fishboxes and transom doors.
  • This particular Contender model is a bit larger than its sisters and offers the avid angler everything they need for that next great sport fishing catch.

Contender 28T

  • The next step up from the 25 ft contender bay boat is the Classic 28 Tournament Contender. The Contender 28T has the same features –– it’s just bigger.
  • Spacious fish boxes and two livewells make the anglers onboard happy.

Contender 30ST

  • A versatile coastal boat, the 30-ft Contender boat, tagged the 30ST (Stepped Tournament) is the first Contender model with a stepped boat hull.
  • The 30-ft Contender boats for sale are faster, have a wider range and are more economical to run.
  • The 30ST Contender has plenty of standard features as well as lots of ways to customize, including slide-out coolers, built-in tackle stations and flush-mount rod holders.
  • These power options are what make Contender center consoles so partial to the avid fisherman.

Contender 31 and 32 ST

  • The 31 Contender has won more world records than any other stepped or deep-V-hulled boats, and the 32 ST is right on its keel when it comes to dominating the offshore scene.
  • Both are highly customizable tournament sport fishing boats that have a level deck, raised livewells and can be rigged for any fishing scenario.

Contender 35ST

  • The 35ST is the first Contender center console to offer the stepped boat hull or deep-V design.
  • The hand-laid fiberglass construction contributes to a smoother ride.
  • Everything about the 35 Contender boat is bigger and better: The nonskid deck is safer, the cockpit is roomier and the livewell is bigger (50-gallons).
  • Power options such as these are what make the Contender 35 ST so intensely perfect for the avid angler.

Contender 39ST

  • Winding up in the sport fishing winner’s circle is what the 39ST Contender center console is all about.
  • And, it’s no fish tale this 39ST outperforms competitors in the 40-foot class.
  • With its cutting-edge stepped boat hull or traditional deep-V design, wide gunwales and all the custom options available, the 39ST an angler’s dream.

44-foot Contender

  • The 44-foot Contender boat breaks all kinds of records for speed, performance, reliability and comfort.
  • It’s the company’s largest Contender model to date: 12-foot beam, 44 feet long, king-size sun lounge, carries 600 gallons of fuel and is powered by triple or quad Yamaha XTO 425 Engines.
  • The power options for this boat are immense and intense, giving into the need for speed for the passionate fisherman.

Shipyard Stats:

If you’re a serious angler, looking for a tournament champion or just want a safe, reliable center console boat to hang around the sandbar with family and friends, browse through our database for new and used Contender center console boats for sale. You’ll find our info is reliable and accurate, and our yachts for sale MLS site is easy to use.

Once you have sifted through our website, be sure to contact a yacht broker who can further help you narrow down your search for yachts for sale. They are trained to advise you on the best fishing boat for your needs, as you can find a yacht broker who specializes in fishing boats here on YATCO. Since there are so many yachts for sale on YATCO, it’s best to narrow down your search and then contact a yacht broker for further help.

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Contender Boats Models

Model Name Production Year LOA Beam Draft
27 Open 1997-2008 30' (9.14m) 8' 10" (2.69m) 1' 9" (0.51m)
27 Tournament 2008-2011 29' 9" (9.04m) 9' 6" (2.9m) 2' 3" (0.69m)
28 Sport 2006-2020 28' (8.53m) 8' 10" (2.69m) 1' 9" (0.51m)
28 Tournament 2016-2020 28' (8.53m) 8' 10" (2.69m) 2' (0.61m)
30 Tournament; 30 ST 2011-2020 29' 9" (9.04m) 9' 6" (2.9m) 2' (0.61m)
31 Fish Around 1998-2007 32' 6" (9.91m) 9' 4" (2.84m) 1' 6" (0.46m)
31 Open 1995-2007 31' 3" (9.52m) 9' 4" (2.84m) 1' 6" (0.46m)
31-32 Tournament 2008-2020 32' 7" (9.93m) 9' 9" (2.95m) 2' 3" (0.69m)
32 ST 2014-2020 32' 7" (9.93m) 9' 9" (2.95m) 2' (0.61m)
33 Tournament 2006-2010 34' 6" (10.49m) 9' 9" (2.95m) 2' 4" (0.71m)
35 Side Console 1993-2012 35' 3" (10.72m) 10' (3.05m) 2' 4" (0.71m)
35 ST 2009-2020 34' 10" (10.62m) 10' (3.05m) 2' 1" (0.63m)
36 Open 2000-2007 36' 3" (11.02m) 10' (3.05m) 2' 3" (0.66m)
39 FA 2019-2020 39' (11.89m) 10' 10" (3.3m) 2' 4" (0.71m)
39 ST 2013-2020 39' 1" (11.91m) 10' 9" (3.25m) 2' 3" (0.66m)

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