The Contender 28 Tournament is built for fishing. It has a different internal layout to the Contender 28 Sport which increases the onboard space at the expense of seating. If you are looking for more seating, check out the 28 Sport. The Contender 28 Tournament is offered as a step up from the Contender 25 Tournament and is perfectly suited to fishing the offshore waters of Australia and New Zealand. It is a versatile platform able to conquer lure fishing, trolling, or dropping baits on a reef.
Contender’s own hand-laid fibreglass, 24.5 -degree deadrise hull is the reason for its sea going prowess. It uses a multi-directional fabric and foam cored stringer system with added foam floatation, making for a very safe and sound hull with excellent performance.
The centre console design delivers massive space at the bow and stern of the boat. Unlike the competition, Contender add a side coaming around the entire boat ensuring comfortable fishing all around. The console is large and can accommodate an array of electronics neatly hidden behind a clear console door. Down below is space for an optional portable head should you choose one.
The Contender 28 Tournament is offered with large forward anchor locker, multiple fish boxes, a 151-litre transom live well. Anglers chasing large offshore pelagics will enjoy the twin under deck twin 287 litre lined aft fish boxes, lockable console storage and integrated swim platforms.
Options include a tower over the console, overhead storage and your choice of bench seating and additional rod storage.
The Contender 28 Tournament is a high-performance boat with exceptional handling and on water manners. It has an overall length of 8.5 metres and a beam of 2.7 metres yet handles superbly with a nimble and sure-footed attitude. It can take onboard 680 litres of fuel and with the deep vee hull, handle conditions that would see other boats turn around.
- Forward anchor locker with storage
- 1 x 530 litres fully lined and insulated forward fish box
- 2 x 290 litres fully lined and insulated, aft fish boxes (port and starboard)
- 1 x 151 litres transom livewell (under deck)
- 2 x forward under deck rod lockers (port and starboard)
- 2 x heavy duty stern lifting rings
- 2 x 20cm stern cleats
- 2 x 20cm spring line cleats with Hause pipes (midship)
- Recessed aluminium bow handrail
- Additional battery with switch
- Head, electric with Y-valve
- Console, 28 Tournament with LED dome light (full side entry door)
- Switch panel moved up on dash
- Finger grip hand rails on T-top
- Livewell, plumbing 4200 lph
- 4 x rod holders on gunnel
- 6 x under gunnel rod racks
- Fresh water system
- Compass high speed
- Navigation light
- Stainless steel steering wheel with knob
- Tilt steering helm (with second hydraulic cylinder for twin engines)
- Trim tabs (electric) 12 x 12
- Standard Contender logo
- Gel coat colours (select colours in options)
- Upholstery colours (select colours in options)
*Please note that the above standard features include Contender’s standard features plus additional options that we, at Boat Monster, know that you will want, need and love.
About Contender Boats
Contender are a U.S manufacturer with over three decades of experience building the world’s finest semi-custom sportfishing boats. Boats that are carefully engineered and meticulously hand-crafter. Not because it is the east way, but because they have a reputation to uphold. A reputation of building boats that out-perform and out-last. A reputation that drives Contender to push the envelope even further, every day.
Contenders are built for fun, built to fish, and built for you! Every Contender is built with hand laid fiberglass using a multi-directional fabric and foam cored solid glass stringer system. The hull is laminated solid fiberglass using biaxial and triaxial cloths, structural PVC core sandwich construction, vinyl ester resins and specially formulated gel coats for a high gloss mirror like finish.
Every hull includes raised transom live wells, flush mount bow rails, a bow anchor locker, and a self-bailing cockpit. Unlike some mass production boat builders, Contender pride themselves on keeping this experience personal. Your Contender is made for you. Your experience is hands on. To customise each component of the vessel from hull size and power, to console and electronics packages. Right down to down to the type of stitching on your upholstery.
You can choose custom hard tops with full towers, stand on consoles, or canvas tops to fit your tastes and accommodate a variety of styles and applications. Console options include vertical rod holders, electronics mounting layout options, customs witch locations, and all-around toe kick. A variety of colours and finishes are available with custom styled stitching patterns for forward and rear seating. Rig your electronics for fishing, navigation, general comfort, and personal convenience. Contender provide the options to suit your needs.
Being a semi-custom builder allows Contender to craft boats that excel in tournament fishing, family outings, commercial work, and everything in-between. It allows them to work behind the scenes to ensure each boat delivers the ultimate performance, strength, durability, and comfort you expect from a Contender. 35 years of experience gives Contender the runs on the board.