Legendary History

Joe Neber the President and Owner of Contender Boats founded the company in 1984. An avid saltwater sportsman, Joe has an undeniable passion for fishing and boating, which is evident by his work in resource conservation. The Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida named Joe and Contender the 2016 Conservation Partner of the Year.

A Legacy of Offshore Boats

Fishing enthusiasts will remember Capt. Ralph Delph as one of the founding members of the Miami Sportfishing Club, a two time “Master Angler” of the prestigious Miami Metropolitan South Florida Tournament (MET), later guiding more “Master Anglers” than any other captain in MET history.


High Tech Work of Art

Not unlike a fine oil painting or sculpture. Not unlike a rocket. Contender is thoughtfully designed, meticulously crafted, and most of all: born from passion. Each Contender is crafted with aerospace grade composites, meaning biaxial and triaxial cloths, structural core sandwich construction, vinylester resin, and specially formulated gel coats for high gloss, mirror-like finishes. Polyurethane foam is injected into specific areas, insulating ice for days and attenuating sound for stealthiness.

All Hands on Deck

Unlike some mass production boat builders, we at Contender pride ourselves on keeping this experience personal. Your Contender is made for you, with you in mind. You will team with the finest craftsmen in a “hands-on” boat building process. Or not. You choose whether to customize each component of the vessel—from the hull size and power option to the electronics package, livewell rigging, down to the type of stitching on your upholstery, and more.

Fun In All Sizes

First time buyers need not be intimidated. Remember it’s not the size of the boat but its motion in the ocean! In either of the smaller Tournament Series or Sport Series models our entry level boats will get novices out on the water and provide an experience that will fuel a hunger for more.

Creature Comforts

When the mission changes and cruising is on the agenda you can still count on your Contender to get the job done. All models are available with a plethora of comfort options to suit even the most discerning customer. From teak packages, power actuated hatches and coolers, to several forward and rear seating options your Contender will be sure to impress.

Rest Assured

Conditions can change quickly and dramatically in our vast oceans. That’s why Contender employees and their families spend lots of time in the craft they create. From top level managers all the way down to the shop floor, there is a shared respect for the gravity of offshore situations that can arise on seemingly perfect days. This respect goes into every inch of every boat made so that when adverse weather prevails without notice people are confident in our product to get them back to safety comfortably.

Bay Series

Biscayne Bay is the perfect testing grounds for the perfect Bay Boat.  The power to go offshore, with the flexibility of staying in the bay.  Check out the 25′ Bay and other Bay Boat Options!

Bay Boats

Tourney Series

Tournament fisherman know that mother nature doesn’t plan for fishing tournaments.  Those big wind days with big money on the line call for big boats that can handle tournament conditions.

Tournament Boats

Sport Series

If there’s one thing we’ve proven, it’s this: you don’t have to be around a long time to be considered a legend.  Sport series Contender boats in a variety of sizes.

Sport Boats

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