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.
Contender One, was the top center console fishing boat in Bluewater Movement’s 2017 Quest for the Crest, capping a long history of successful tournament fishing.
Contender Fishing Boats have been fished in South Florida for over 30 years. With thousands of boats floating along coasts around the country, the product is the best testament to the dedication to “Performance Through Innovation”.
Despite your fishing level, you’re starting with the unfair advantage of a Contender Fishing Boat. Contender builds 22′-39′ boats for fisherman and families on the water. All models 25′ and up are made of three pieces — the hull, liner, and cap. The fiberglassed pieces fit together to build a fishing machine.
Contenders are outfitted with a full suite of Yamaha engine options, custom leaning posts, offshore fishing towers, and array of fishing accessories to make these boats custom fishing machines. Contender Boats are built to fish with a full arsenal of rod holders, outriggers, livewells, transducer, outriggers, GPS, and other variety of other custom sport fishing options. The result is a boat built for to both unparalleled fishability, comfort, range, and speed.
The Contender manufacturing facility is located in Homestead, FL. Service needs are accommodated by a dealer network of ~25 outlets throughout the United States.
OFFSHORE SPEED AND RANGE
A LEGACY OF FISHING 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.
…AND NO BETTER BOAT IN THE BAY
NOT JUST A COMPETITOR…
ALWAYS IN THE GAME
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. From rough days at sea, to the sweet taste of tournament fishing victory…You’re ALWAYS in the GAME with a Contender.