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Old 07-29-2013, 12:46 PM
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What year did Contender start doing this and was it only for the 28? I saw an older 27 the other week on Craigslist from the 90s, but Im guessing it was a custom job
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Bueller?

Any Contender experts out there?
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I am NO Contender expert at all but the factory front seating in the S version has only been built the last couple of years...
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2006 I think
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Thank you both

I was guessing somewhere in the 2000s, but this helps me narrow it down.
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the 28 sport was introduced in 2006 (as the 25 sport) and was the first contender model to offer forward seating as a standard feature.

however, as a custom builder, we have installed forward seating in many other models.

if you see a custom option on any contender and are curious of its origins, feel free to call us with the hull ID # and we will be happy to discuss it with you.
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Can someone explain why these forward seats are desirable? To me they take up fishing space and would be the roughest place on the boat to ride. I bounce passengers out of the seat in front of the center console in mild sea conditions. If its for sandbar trips, why buy a contender or any offshore boat? Not trying to hate, just don't get it.
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Originally Posted by ContenderBoats View Post
the 28 sport was introduced in 2006 (as the 25 sport) and was the first contender model to offer forward seating as a standard feature.

however, as a custom builder, we have installed forward seating in many other models.

if you see a custom option on any contender and are curious of its origins, feel free to call us with the hull ID # and we will be happy to discuss it with you.
Thank you very much. Will keep this in mind
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Originally Posted by LAsalt View Post
Can someone explain why these forward seats are desirable? To me they take up fishing space and would be the roughest place on the boat to ride. I bounce passengers out of the seat in front of the center console in mild sea conditions. If its for sandbar trips, why buy a contender or any offshore boat? Not trying to hate, just don't get it.
You are correct on all points! The forward seating is for those whose wives believe you can combine a fishing boat with a "5 O'clock Wine and Cheese Party" boat.
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Originally Posted by LAsalt View Post
Can someone explain why these forward seats are desirable? To me they take up fishing space and would be the roughest place on the boat to ride. I bounce passengers out of the seat in front of the center console in mild sea conditions. If its for sandbar trips, why buy a contender or any offshore boat? Not trying to hate, just don't get it.
You may not like it, but there is an increasing number of people who are not guides, who can only afford 1 boat, who fish offshore some days with only 1-2 good friends, and on other days entertain the family/friends on non-fishing days in the ICW. To each his own.

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