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1998 27 (ft.) Contender 27

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Listing# 154513

Atlantic Highlands, NJ, United States
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Model Year
Center Consoles
27 (ft.)
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From Boat Test : In each generation, a few boats are set as benchmarks by which others are measured. In the center-console performance market, Contender serves as one of those benchmarks. Say the name and most people instantly think of the massive Contender 31. The Contender 27 we ran boasts all the same great features as its longer sibling: inset handrail around the bow, optional padded bolster around the entire coaming, brilliant hull design, indestructible construction and unbelievable performance.

Fortunately, we had a stretch of calm water for about a mile before we reached the inlet at Miami's Government Cut. I say fortunately because I could see numerous boats up ahead reaching the wind-against-tide rollers barreling into the area at the end of the breakwaters and then turning around. With winter winds blowing out of the southeast at about 18 knots, the big rollers kept fishermen off the outer half of the jetties. The 27, with Contender president Joe "Do-or-Die" Neber at the wheel, just kept on going.During that calm stretch, twin Yamaha 200 Ox66 fuel-injected outboards, with tabs trimmed for optimum performance, rocketed us along at a top speed of 54 1/2 mph, burning 47.4 gph. Even cruising speed is fast by most boats' standards, with 4,000 rpm turning out just over 39 mph using 23 gph.
Then came the barrels. Let me warn you that the Contender 27, or any Contender for that matter, will beat you up in rough seas if you let it. It will run fast in a sizable sea, landing perfectly and keeping you incredibly dry. Nothing will happen to the Contender, but hold on, because it's built better than you are.
Dropping off a wave in a quartering sea, the boat tracked exactly on the heading I had set it on with hands-off control. When I actually punched the bow into a wave, whether running down-sea or heading right into it, no spray came over the rail. Following a rather abusive ride (Neber would be considered his boats' worst enemy, having but two speeds in his lexicon), I didn't even have to wipe off my sunglasses.

Rather than waxing poetic about how stable the 27 sets in a beam-sea drift or what a breeze it was kite fishing for sails in a hefty sea, let me say that I could find no negatives about the fishability of the Contender 27. I find that remarkable.
Several features make this Contender a superior fishing boat. It consists of one level. You never have to step up or down when moving fore and aft. The foredeck, expansive for a center-console, provides plenty of room to safely throw a cast net or plug. And that expansiveness carries well around to the sides of the boat, too. The standard inset handrail offers total security while walking to the bow without ever interfering with a fish fight. Contender regularly places additional optional rod holders in the gunwale amidships and forward instead of just aft, because they know that you fish all the way around the boat. With optional rod storage vertically on each side of the console, standard space for six rods under each gunwale, plus the numerous in-gunwale rod holders and optional rocket launchers on the T-top and leaning post, I doubt I could afford to fill all the rod holders on this 27-footer.
Contender took a lesson in clean decks from flats skiffs, using pop-up bow cleats and bow lights, and locating spring and aft cleats under the gunwales.
The above-deck 65-gallon (75-gallon available) livewell in the transom had an optional clear Lucite top which I believe helps keep baits better without the constant daytime/nighttime switching that goes on with most solid fiberglass wells. Finally, for me, there is immeasurable aesthetic beauty in the Contender's starkly clean functionality.

An interesting comparison measures the internal volume of the Contender 27 to some of the other performance boats in the 30-foot range and finds that the 27 offers more room than most. Even the console has more space to flush- or bracket-mount all the "big-boat" electronics.
I'm not sure how to improve on the quality of the Contender 27. Certainly not in the ingredients that go into building each hull. Contender uses only vinylester resins for many reasons. Besides preventing osmotic blistering, vinylester resins provide ultraviolet protection, greater elongation, tensile strength and double the flex of polyester resins. What does it all mean? If you run a boat at the edge of the envelope, where your own body may not take it, the Contender will hold up with nary a groan, squeak or complaint

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Boat is in Great Shape . Owner has fixed or replaced everything needing attention or even when not needed. New Fusion AM/FM CD- Bluetooth Lowrance 7" HD Color GPS/Fishfinder Fuel Lines from tank to Engines Fuel System Components Fuel Pumps Carberators Thermostats Impellers Some other fine features are as follows 3/4 Enclosure in almost new condition ( front piece brand new) Porta Pottie Lee Outriggers Furuno Radar Lowrance 710 HD Color GPS/Fish Combo unit Furuno Depth Finder Built in Factory Ice Chest in Cabin Standard Horizon VHF
Navigational Equipment
- CD Player - Chartplotter - Compass - Depth Instrument (Furuno) - Fish Finder (Lowrance 710 HD Color) - Fuel Gauge - Fuel Management System (Flow Scan) - GPS (Lowrance 710 HD Color) - Navigation Lights - Navigation Software - Radar (Furuno) - Radio Antenna - Sound System (Fusion) - Speed Instrument - Speedometer - Tachometer - VHF (Standard Horizon)
- Cockpit Type (Open) - Control Type (Yamaha) - Engine Alarms - Engine Cylinders (6) - Engine Flush - Engine Location (Stern) - Fuel Tank - GPS (Lowrance 710 HD Color 2013) - Hand Rails - Hydraulic Power Trim - Passenger Capacity (9) - Starting Type (Elec) - Steering (Hydralic) - Trim Tabs - Windlass
Electrical Systems
- 12 V DC Outlets - 4 Switch Circuit Breaker - ABYC Color Coded Wiring - Accessory Switches - Alternator - Battery (2) - Battery Location (Stern) - Battery Switch - Cockpit Lighting - Fuel Gauge - Fuse Panel - Gauges - Generator - GPS Speedometer - Horn - Hour Meter - Iphone AUX Plug-in - MP3 Jack - Night Lighting - Oil Pressure Gauge - Speakers (Fusion) - Speedometer - Spreader Lights - Stereo (Fusion) - Tachometer - Transducer - Water Temperature Gauge - Wiring
- Berth - Cabin Appointments - Cabin Lighting - Flooring - Ice Box (Front Cabin* Large) - Porta-potty
- Gel Coat (Very Good) - Polling Platform - POWERPOLE (8 Ft) - Gel Coat - Outriggers (Penn) - Stored Inside - Cabin Heat - Engine Cooling (Sealed System) - Helm Console - Power Engine Hatch (2) - Toe Rail - Transom Height: 27" - Stored Inside (On A Lift) - Anchor (Yes) - Binnacle W/compass - Bottom Paint - Crow's Nest W/ Ladder - Bottom Paint - Gel Coat - Engine Cooling (New Impeller And Thermostat) - Propeller (New) - Thru-hull Fittings - Propeller (Stainless Steel) - Stored Inside (Always Stored In Garage When Not In Use) - Bottom Paint - Cockpit Type (Fiberglass Self Bailing) - Engine Cooling (Open) - Gel Coat - Propeller (Duo Stainless Steel) - Bottom Paint - Cockpit Type (Fiberglass Self Bailing) - Engine Cooling (Open) - Gel Coat - Propeller (Duo Stainless Steel) - Engine Cooling (Closed Loop Cooling System) - Stored Inside (Always Garaged When Not In Use) - Propeller (2) - Gel Coat - Power Engine Hatch - Propeller (Stainless Steel) - Stored Inside - Thru-hull Fittings - Bottom Paint - Cabin Heat - Gel Coat - Hard Top - Helm Console - Propeller - Gel Coat (NICE) - Tee Top - Bottom Paint (Needs New) - Engine Cooling (Raw) - Raised Helm Deck - Upper Helm Station - Anchor - Bottom Paint - Propeller - Gel Coat (GOOD) - Thru-hull Fittings - Propeller - Propeller - Gel Coat - Propeller - Ballast - Bottom Paint - Keel Type (Fin With Spade Rudder) - Tee Top - Thru-hull Fittings (Bronze) - Gel Coat (Refinished With Awlgrip Allcraft) - Ballast - Keel Type (Daggerboard) - Bottom Paint - Anchor - Bottom Paint - Gel Coat (Excellent) - Engine Cooling (RWC) - Propeller (Stainless Steel) - Crow's Nest W/ Ladder - Tee Top - Radar Arch - Ballast (1750 Lbs) - Tower (With Speakers) - Wake Plate - Cockpit Type (Enclosed W/ 2 Seats) - Engine Cooling (Fresh Water) - Bottom Paint (1 Year Old) - Crow's Nest W/ Ladder - Propeller (Bronze 1 Yr Old) - Ballast (54,000 Lbs) - Bottom Paint - Cabin Heat - Engine Cooling (Raw) - Gel Coat - Flybridge - Thru-hull Fittings - Propeller (Stainless Steele) - Anchor - Anchor (2) - Engine Cooling (Raw Water) - Anchor - Gel Coat (Perfect) - Flybridge - Helm Console - Gel Coat (Excellent Condition) - Propeller - Bottom Paint - Bow Pulpit - Engine Cooling - Flybridge - Helm Console - Propeller - Raised Helm Deck - Stern Pulpit - Stored Inside - Thru-hull Fittings - Toe Rail - Upper Helm Station - Vent System - Engine Cooling - Gel Coat - Bottom Paint (Needs Redone) - Gel Coat - Propeller - Anchor - Engine Cooling (Fresh Water) - Tee Top (NEEDS CANVAS) - Thru-hull Fittings (GOOD) - Bottom Paint - Bow Pulpit - Cabin Heat - Cockpit Type - Gel Coat - Propeller - Vent System - Wake Board Rack - Engine Cooling (Fresh) - Gel Coat - Binnacle W/compass (Ritchie) - Anchor - Binnacle W/compass - Gel Coat - Propeller (SS) - Cockpit Type (Bowrider) - Helm Console - Propeller - Gel Coat - Propeller (Stainless) - Tee Top - Cabin Heat (New Newport Propane) - Gel Coat - Keel Type - Cabin Heat - Gel Coat - Anchor - Bottom Paint (May 2014) - Keel Type (Winged) - Propeller - Cabin Heat - Bow Pulpit - Cabin Heat - Radar Mast - Bottom Paint - Propeller (Stainless) - Stored Inside - Tee Top (Hard Top) - Tower Light - Ballast - Ballast (8,000 Lbs) - Keel Type (Full) - Propeller - Gel Coat - Stored Inside - Bottom Paint (New In 2012) - Deck & Hull Paint (AWLGRIP (2012)) - Engine Cooling - Gel Coat - Power Engine Hatch - Anchor - Propeller (Twin "dyna Jet" Three Blade Propellers) - Vent System - Gel Coat - Power Engine Hatch - Propeller (Dual Stainless Steel W/26 Pitch) - Stored Inside - Bottom Paint - Propeller (Nibral) - Tower - Tuna Tower - Spare Props - Bottom Paint - Bottom Paint - Engine Cooling (Open) - Gel Coat - Propeller (Dual Stainless Steel) - Bottom Paint - Gel Coat - Propeller - Bottom Paint - Bow Pulpit - Engine Cooling - Gel Coat - Helm Console - Propeller (2 Aluminum) - Radar Arch - Stored Inside (Boat House) - Thru-hull Fittings - Bottom Paint - Bow Pulpit - Engine Cooling - Gel Coat - Helm Console - Propeller (2 Aluminum) - Radar Arch - Stored Inside (Boat House) - Thru-hull Fittings - Flybridge - Gel Coat - Cabin Heat - Gel Coat - Propeller (Stainless) - Bottom Paint - Cabin Heat - Engine Cooling (FWC) - Gel Coat - Helm Console - Bottom Paint - Cabin Heat - Tuna Tower - Anchor - Wrapping - Bottom Paint - Radar Arch - Raised Helm Deck (Allows Room For Mid-cabin) - Thru-hull Fittings (All Good) - Engine Cooling (Raw Water) - Gel Coat - Engine Cooling (Fresh Water) - Bottom Paint (1year Old) - Gel Coat (Painted) - Cabin Heat - Gel Coat - Radar Arch - Gel Coat - Propeller (SS) - Bottom Paint - Bottom Paint - Thru-hull Fittings - Propeller - Gel Coat (Good) - Bottom Paint - Gel Coat - Propeller (SS) - Thru-hull Fittings - Gel Coat (Very Good) - Propeller (Stainless) - Propeller (SS) - Anchor - Bottom Paint (Fresh) - Bottom Paint - Gel Coat - Tee Top - Gel Coat - Propeller (SS) - Stored Inside - Bottom Paint (2014) - Anchor - Bottom Paint (New 2014) - Radar Arch - Cockpit Type (Upgraded) - Custom Exhaust (Upgraded) - Propeller (Four Blade) - Bottom Paint (June 2014) - Cabin Heat - Radar Mast - Raised Helm Deck - Anchor - Power Engine Hatch - Anchor - Gel Coat - Anchor - Gel Coat (NICE) - Thru-hull Fittings - Bottom Paint - Gel Coat (Mint) - Polling Platform - Bottom Paint - Cabin Heat - Engine Cooling (FRESH WATER CLOSED) - Gel Coat (Good Condition) - Bottom Paint - Gel Coat - Bottom Paint - Cabin Heat - Bottom Paint - Anchor - Anchor - Stored Inside - Bottom Paint (Has Been Maintained Each Season) - Cockpit Type (OPEN) - Gel Coat (GOOD) - Radar Arch - Thru-hull Fittings (GOOD) - Bottom Paint - Cobia Tower - Propeller - Bottom Paint (2013) - Engine Cooling (RAW WATER) - Bottom Paint (Needs Paint) - Bottom Paint - Cabin Heat - Engine Cooling - Gel Coat - Radar Arch - Thru-hull Fittings (Bronze Sea Cocks) - Bottom Paint - Cockpit Type (Deck) - Propeller - 26" Pontoons - Stainless Steel Package - Bottom Paint - Gel Coat - T Top - Propeller (SS) - Tee Top - Thru-hull Fittings
Deck Gear
- Anchor - Anchor Locker - Bait Station - Bait Well - Beverage Holders - Bow Rail - Coaming Pads - Cooler Mounts - Courtesy Lights - Eisenglass (3/4 New) - Fish Boxes - Live Well - Net Holder - Non-skid Deck - Outriggers (Lee) - Prep Station - Raw Water Washdown - Rocket Launchers - Rod Holders - Rod Storage - Rub Rails - Self Bailing Cockpit - Swim Ladder - Thru-bolted SS Cleats - Vertical Rod Holders - Washdown - Wrap Around Eisenglass (3/4)
Safety Equipment
- Bilge Pump - Bright Cockpit Lighting - Fire Extinguisher - Grab Rail - NMMA Certified - Radio Antennae