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Overall length
Max horsepower
1200 HP
Fuel capacity
1514 Litres
Boat weight
2993 Kgs
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Not only is the Contender 35 Step Tournament or 35ST one of the best-looking centre console boats around, it is also one of the best performing. Its performance exceeds all expectations. A true fisherman’s boat, the Contender 35ST sits on Contender’s self-draining twin Stepped Hull which decreases planning time, flattens the bow lift of a conventional hull, and aids top end speed across the water. It also improves turning stability.

Just like its smaller brother, the Contender 32ST, the 35ST delivers miles of open flat deck space and the 360-degree fishability that makes centre consoles the top choice for keen fisherman. Not all centre consoles are created equally though, and Contender do it better than most. The room, particularly at the bow must be seen to be believed.

The Contender 35 Step Tournament offers an incredible fishing space, suitable for rough water trips out to the outer stretches of the Barrier Reef or off the coast of Western Australia. With the 35 ST trolling for marlin and XOS tuna all over the country is a must on your list.

The Contender 35 Step Tournament offers multiple underfloor lined storage compartments located at the bow and behind the console. The captain’s console is wide and will accommodate larger screens preferred by game captains with a twin screen layout also possible. There is a large seat/sunlounge with storage underneath ahead of the console and bench seating at the transom.

The well-designed leaning post with tackle centre located at the rear sits behind the console. Here you have rod storage and a tackle station offering access to important fishing equipment while the fish are on. The transom includes twin live wells while overhead is the standard hard T-top providing protection and an excellent location for outriggers and radar arch.

Option up with Contender’s custom fishing tower. This addition sits on top of the hard top and is built to offer captains the ultimate view. The complete second station up top keeps you in control of position and the fish when they are boat side.

Powered by triple 350hp engines, the Contender 35 Step Tournament is a long-range fishing dream.  An open water speed demon topping out at over 70mph. With a fuel capacity of 1,514 litres, you will never be questioning if you should head home early.

Standard features:

  • Hand-laid fibreglass using multi-directional fabric and foam cored glass stringer system
  • Foam flotation
  • Integrated dive platform with full transom and transom door
  • Self bailing cockpit
  • Non-skid cock pit sole and deck
  • Heavy duty rub rail
  • International lighting
  • Recessed pop-up bow light
  • Dual hydraulic steering with custom stainless steel steering wheel
  • Waterproof switches and breaker panel with indicator lights
  • 7570 LPH auto/manual bilge pump
  • Console (custom sport with LED dome light)
  • High speed compass
  • Extra large walk-in console fully lined and finished with head compartment
  • Oversized electronics panel
  • Moulded in front console seat
  • Lockable storage inside console
  • Custom helm pod
  • Battery with switch
  • Electric head with Y-valve on slide
  • Switch panel moved up on dash
  • Finger grip hand rails on T-top
  • 2 x Livewell plumping (4163 LPH)
  • 4 x gunnel rod holders
  • 6 x under gunnel rod racks
  • Cleat on bow (pop-up)
  • Freshwater system
  • Navigation lighting
  • 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 need, want and love.

Contender 35 Step Tournament
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Whist my Contender 35 Step Tournament is predominately fitted out for serious fishing, I also use it for general recreational boating. I've been on boats all my life and my boating experience has taught me that when you are on a boat it must feel solid, stable and safe. The 35 ST is all of these things and I've tested these attributes crossing many bars and in dealing with rough offshore conditions. Another couple of great things about the Contender 35 ST is how easy it is to clean and how well it holds its condition over time. I would definitely recommend the Contender range.

Michael McCafferty

Gold Coast

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.

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