Contender’s 24 Sport fulfills the need for a small center console that has tremendous fishability with features and options that allow for more family activities. Built at the Contender factory in Homestead, Florida, the 24 Sport measures 24 feet, 6 inches long and not only comes standard with forward and aft seating, but also has a step-down side-entry console with an optional head. For anglers, there’s a 26-gallon transom livewell, four large fish boxes, and plenty of insulated storage. The 24 Sport is the smallest boat in the Contender line that tops out at the 40 Express.
Power options range from a single Yamaha 300-hp outboard to twin-engine configurations from 115 to 200 horsepower. The aft deck provides ample room for fishing, and the use of covering boards and bolster pads along the gunwales protect your knees while fighting a fish. Recessed cleats and bow rails around the boat help ensure snag-free fishing, and the deck is on a single level from stern to bow. Options include a hardtop instead of the standard T-top, freshwater and saltwater wash downs, and an optional cooler for under the leaning post. (305) 230-1600; contenderoffshore.com
By Doug Thompson, Southern Boating Magazine July 2014