Contender Boats

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Contender Boats is a manufacturer of fishing boats in Homestead, Florida. Contender is not a factory-direct company and have a network of dealers[1]. Contenders are well known for their offshore fishing capabilities, their adherence to a precisely 24.5 degree deadrise, and their combination of speed and efficiency. They also are well known for being quite a wet ride and preferring to ride on top of big seas in comparison to a Regulator which is a heavier boat.[2].

Although over time, Contender and SeaVee have developed unique features, they are generally considered to be very similar in both hull design and features. There is a lot of "dockside chatter" around the similarities of the companies, however, no confirmed information. One theory is that Joe Neber, Owner of Contender, had hulls built by SeaVee in the early days. Another is that Joe Neber, worked for SeaVee in the early 1980's.[1] What is certain is that the SeaVee, Contender, and many other hulls are descendants of the Formula 233 which may be the only explanation for their similarities.


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The first boat that Contender built was a 25' center console.


  1. [1], The Hull Truth
  2. [2], The Hull Truth