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msilva4 07-04-2013 08:38 AM

Contender 32 Stepped hull lift set up
My buddy just bought a Contender a 2012 32' stepped hull and is putting it on a existing lift does anyone have specs and/or pics of the bunk set up for a lift , he's not sure if the straight bunks are ok

thanks and happy 4th

Big Surprise 07-04-2013 09:35 AM

I put mine on the straight bunks

Kendall 07-04-2013 10:13 AM

I would not use straight bunks for a stepped hull boat.
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I have a Contender 35ST (Stepped Hull) on a boat lift. I would not use straight bunks for a stepped hull boat because it places undue stress at pressure points not designed to bear considerable weight of a 10,000 + pound boat instead of spreading out the load along a long stretch of the running surface. Those steps are not solid fiberglass, they are cored, which can lead to pressure point damage very easily.

In addition the sharp corners and angles of the steps can be more easily damaged when loading or unloading the boat on a straight bunked lift.

I had my boat lift installer measure my boat bottom, custom design and then fabricate stepped bunks for my boat's lift. These bunks were placed alongside the inadequate bunks sent by the boat lift manufacturerer. The custom fabricated stepped bunks spread the load along a larger area of the boat's bottom rather than allow pressure points in a small area.

Attached are photos of the Custom Stepped Bunks
and then the Photo of my Stepped Hull boat sitting on the bunks which fit like a glove to the bottom.

msilva4 07-05-2013 03:02 PM

personally I agree that its not a good idea to put a stepped hull on straight bunks do to pressure points as stated by Kendall

I use to have a YellowFin 32 and I converted the bunks to stepped bunks from straight on the previous boat

ContenderBoats 07-08-2013 07:03 AM

hi msilva4,

we have specs for a 32ST lift set up and we do not recommend straight bunks as they do indeed create unnecessary pressure points on the hull.

please e-mail me at or call me at 305-230-1600 and i will be glad to help.

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