28 T

Performance Through Innovation

Tournament Fishing Boat

The work we do with our Contender 28-T is incredibly demanding on the vessel. In the past we destroyed the boats we used… both when we are working, and when boats are tied up to the ship in the open ocean.

That’s just not the case with the Contender. No matter what challenge or conditions we faced, the Contender has endured. She’s built like a tank and performs flawlessly in any sea condition.

Everything has to work right and be perfectly in place for us to handle 3,000-5,000lb. sharks safely for both the sharks and the crew. It comes down to detail and craftsmanship – Contender has delivered that for us, that’s why we rely on them. – Chris Fischer

The Great White Shark is the Ocean’s apex predator.  It is also the prey for OCEARCH’s tag and release program lead by Chris Fischer & Capt. Brett McBride.  Team OCEARCH has used a Contender 28T to catch these formidable fish all over the world in a variety of challenging conditions.  The 28T is a proven fish catching machine used for the world’s most notorious sharks, and every other species in the sea. The maneuverability, fish-ability, and reliability make a Contender a natural choice for fisherman even if your target is a not as ambitious as Jaws.


  • LOA: 28′ 0″
  • Beam: 8′ 10″
  • Draft: 20″
  • Weight: 4,700lbs
  • Fuel: 180 gals.
  • Deadrise: 24.5 degrees
  • Max HP: 600 HP



Every Contender is custom.  If you’re fishing sharks in California, or sailfish in south Florida, your target species dictates your needs.  Don’t take a bass boat to a shark fight.  Rig your boat to catch your fish with custom outriggers, downriggers, rod holders, electric reel outlets and more to build the fishing machine you’ve always hoped for.


Just because the wind is blowing, doesn’t mean you have to sleep in on Saturday like everyone else.  The boat will handle it.  You can’t catch them from the couch.  Get out there, and get in the game… with fishability, reliability, and attention to detail on your side. You’re always in the game with a Contender.


Hull & Deck

  • Hand-Laid Fiberglass Throughout High Tech Construction Using
  • Multi-Directional Fabric & Foam Cored Glass Stringer System
  • Foam Floatation
  • Integrated Dive Platform, Full Transom & Transom Door
  • Self-Bailing Cockpit
  • Non-Skid Cockpit Sole & Deck
  • Heavy Duty Rub Rail
  • Choice of Hull & Deck Gelcoat Colors
  • Hand-Painted Boot & Pin Stripe


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 up with the finest craftsmen in a hands-on boat building process. 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.


Good fisherman want to get there.  Great fisherman want to get there fast, and stay dry.  Equipped with 24.5 deadrise hull, and years of fishing knowledge embodied, the 28T will get you there fast with up to 600 HP strapped to the back of your rig.


Competition has always fueled innovation at Contender Boats.  A culture of very competitive Captains creates a craving for the best in class options on every boat.  “Performance through Innovation” means Contender is constantly ahead of the pack in creating a boat that is higher quality, more reliable, and more fishable then the competition.  We’re not just a competitor…

…a Contender.


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!


Tournament fishermen 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.


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.

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