Contender Boats. Over 35 years of experience building the world’s finest semi-custom sportfishing boats. Boats that are carefully engineered and meticulously hand-crafted – not because it is the easy way, but because we have a reputation to uphold. A reputation of building boats that out-perform and out-last. A reputation that drives us to push the envelope even further, every day.
Being a semi-custom builder allows us to craft boats that excel in tournament fishing, family outings, commercial work and everything in-between. It allows us to work behind the scenes to ensure each boat delivers the ultimate performance, strength, durability and comfort you expect from a Contender. We have 35 years of experience to prove that, and we’re just getting started.
Legendary Sport Fishing Boats
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.
Built for Fun
BUILT TO FISH
BUILT TO PERFORM AND OUTLAST OFFSHORE
…AND NO BETTER BOAT IN THE BAY.
NOT JUST A COMPETITOR…
Conditions can change quickly and dramatically in our vast oceans.
When the wind picks up, and the temperature drops, getting home is on everyone’s mind.
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…