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Old 09-29-2020, 10:18 AM
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Default Dilemma Invincible 33 vs Contender 32ST

Posting for a friend who isn't on THT. He is cross shopping these two boats. He has ridden on the 32st, but not the invincible (there's not a lot of them up here in MA).
Both boats will be running twin 300 Yamahas. Their LOA and beam are very similar, the contender has a sharper deadrise.
If anyone could jump in with thoughts/comparison on ride, speed, economy, fit and finish, it would be appreciated.
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I haven't ridden on either of those two models so I can't comment on the ride but I do own a Contender and I looked at a 33 Invincible a couple of weeks ago, the fit and finish on the Invincible is going to be better.
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Not either of those but I owned a Contender 30ST for about a year. I never was really happy with the boat for way too many reasons to list.
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the Invincible hull design is superior and fit and finish is top notch.
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Been on the 33 invincible hundreds of times. I would go with the invincible. The fit and finish is superior. I have not rode on the contender but the inv ride with the step is impressive. With a pair of 300 yamahas the boat seems to be a perfect matchup.
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I just purchased a Contender 32st w/ twin Yamaha 300s last month. Love the boat so far. Ride is great and is very efficient (loaded gets 1.8-1.9mpg at 35-38mph, top speed is 64mph for us). I had it out in legitimate 6-8 ft seas 3 weeks ago and never once did I worry about making it home or hear a rattle. It's built like a tank. If fishing is your priority, I would go Contender all day. For what it is worth, our local Contender dealer has zero Contenders left for sale (last I checked, 9 on order) and has 2 Invincibles traded in for Contenders. Lastly, you can dress up (or down) a Contender anyway you like when you order one. Ride in both and you will find an obvious answer. I test drove a ton of boats prior to purchasing. When I got on the Contender on a nasty day, it stood out. I truly wanted to hate the Contenders as much as the next person, but it has a reputation for a reason.
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I have only been on a 36 Invincible and a few different older Contenders (early 2000s models). Unless the newer Contenders have improved significantly I would pick the Invincible.
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Raft a 33 Inv next to 32ST and the Invincible is clearly more boat.

similar layouts, real world economy will be similar.

console, seating, hard top, finish work, Inv > 32ST. Contender has improved their for and finish tho.

I prefer the previous Invincible transom design, but now it’s pretty much the same as Contender/Sea Vee.

I’d buy the Invincible for the improved bilge access if nothing else lol. Never understood why Contender hasn’t improved acces?

Put 1000h on a 33 Inv and it was a great boat.
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have spent much time on invincible 36' and 39's and have fished a contender 32'-have been truly impressed with the fit, finish and ride of the invincibles-was not impressed with the ride or fit and finish of the 32' contender-suggest you test/compare both before you buy
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I went with the Invincible for all of the reasons given above finish, hardware, upholstery, bilge, hull design, etc. However I could have saved some money on the Contender, which is not a bad boat, but that was before the Covid boat rush.
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Invincible seems like it’s a full step above on fit and finish.
when I test drove the 32ST I really liked the ride because it was super soft. The only problem I had was I couldn’t stop barking the engines. I was doing about 40mph in 2-3’ and the boat would launch a few times a minute. I don’t think it was just me because someone from the factory was with me and he did the same thing when he drove.
i have no complaints about the ride on the 32ST. I thought it was actually quite good. I just couldn’t imagine putting that kind of wear on my engines, barking them over and over again for years on end.
If you’re looking for a fishy boat to run the heck out of there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the contender. If the boat is going to see mixed use for fishing and sandbar or the owner is the kind of guy that wants the inside of his anchor locker waxed you’d be wise to pick the invincible.
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Originally Posted by Salty22 View Post
Invincible seems like it’s a full step above on fit and finish.
when I test drove the 32ST I really liked the ride because it was super soft. The only problem I had was I couldn’t stop barking the engines. I was doing about 40mph in 2-3’ and the boat would launch a few times a minute. I don’t think it was just me because someone from the factory was with me and he did the same thing when he drove.
i have no complaints about the ride on the 32ST. I thought it was actually quite good. I just couldn’t imagine putting that kind of wear on my engines, barking them over and over again for years on end.
If you’re looking for a fishy boat to run the heck out of there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the contender. If the boat is going to see mixed use for fishing and sandbar or the owner is the kind of guy that wants the inside of his anchor locker waxed you’d be wise to pick the invincible.
I just own a wellcraft 35 but 2-3 in the gulf generally isn't the time you want to be going 40. Maybe I just take it easy on my stuff or maybe the top tier boats are just that much better but that would probably be a 28 to 30 day for me unless its a following sea then maybe more. You hear lots of stories of guys running 50 in 4ft ......well those guys are fishermen.
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I like the Layout of the 32st when I walking on one at the 2015 Miami boat show never fished one. I have prolly a few hundred hrs in a 33inv. Boat is dry and maneuverable. Fuel efficient, 1-1.1mpg Fully loaded,1.2-1.3 at 45-50mph 1.3-1.5 cruising. We tend to run fast 40-50 on average. We make long hauls 80-120+mile run and is good till you hit 2-3’, then the boat shows it’s size which is 33’. Most will not be comfortable fishing 2-3’. I would test drive both and look at resale. I would expect the inv to be a better financial decision. Best of luck.
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people love to hate on Contenders yet they’re always in the VS conversation. Great problem to have , sea trial both if possible then go from there on the best deal you can find

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