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Contender to Introduce New Model; Partnership With Viking Yachts Announced

Published: Monday, November 3, 2014

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Contender will introduce its newest model, the 22 Sport, at this

week’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

In keeping with the Contender’s thirty-year heritage of building tournament-grade fishing machines,

the 22 Sport comes equipped with a wide array of fishing features including a 26-gallon elevated

transom livewell, four stainless steel flush-mounted rod holders, cockpit storage racks for six fishing

rods, a 94-gallon in-floor fish box forward, and twin 30-gallon fish boxes in the aft cockpit.

Like the builder’s larger 24 Sport introduced earlier this year, this newest Contender has also been

designed for family-friendly crossover appeal. To that end, the roomy 22 Sport boasts a custom

sport console with a step-down interior that may be equipped with a head. Port and starboard bench

seating in the bow conceals twin 59-gallon storage compartments, and the forward cockpit quickly

converts to a large “U” seating area with the addition of a forward insert.

The 22 Sport is the seventh entirely new Contender model introduced since 2011, while numerous

evolutionary changes have been incorporated throughout the company’s model line.

“With our high-performance, stepped-bottom ST models and luxury LS models, and even with our

25’ Bay, we’ve continued to broaden our focus,” explained Les Stewart, Jr., Contender’s director

of marketing. “At the same time, by continually enhancing our Tournament models, we’re staying

engaged with our core market. With the new 22 Sport we continue our goal of making Contender

performance, quality, and fishability available to an ever-wider segment of the recreational fishing boat

Contender has also announced a new agreement whereby purchasers of Viking sportfishing yachts

will have the option of purchasing a Contender for use as a bait boat or tender.

“We’ve signed Valhalla Boat Sales, a Viking Yachts factory-owned company and dealership, as our

South Jersey Contender dealer,” said Stewart. “Valhalla is now a full-line Contender dealer and will

be offering Contenders to Viking customers. Like Contender, Viking is an established market leader in

their own segment, so we feel it’s a great fit and we’re excited to partner with them.”

The 22 Sport will be part of Contender’s eight-boat display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat

Show October 30 – November 3, 2014. The Contender display is located at the Fort Lauderdale

Established in Homestead, Florida in 1984, Contender Boats offers a wide range of fully customizable

tournament-grade deep vee fiberglass fishing boats from 21’ to 40’. Visit the Contender website at

For more information, contact Les Stewart, Jr. at 305-230-1600, or [email protected]

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