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Old 12-12-2018, 05:01 AM
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Op is from NJ so I'm sure he has dealt with Tony (NE rep) I can say from 1st hand experience dealing with Tony, he is a straight up guy and I've discussed the warranty issue with him and this is what he said "we want our customs safe, 1st owner 10th owner don't matter, but if you come to us with a bad pump or something like that we will not cover it, if something breaks or comes apart relating to something overlooked or missed during the build, we'll take care of it" I deal directly with Tony for anything I need for my boat, he's responsive and doesn't mind helping even though there is no money to be made dealing with me or very little, its all good customer relations if you asked me.
Unfortunately I think this is turning into a Contender witch hunt and isn't going to be productive for the op. Most guys that run Contenders like them, myself included and will own another one in the future if I keep running center consoles. As said in the past there is no perfect boat.
My opinion is that the op should run from all the THT stuff and give Tony another call and try to resolve some of these issues, I cant see this helping you.
Again best of luck and I'm sure you'll get all this resolved and then will have one hell of a boat to enjoy...….
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Old 12-12-2018, 05:11 AM
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Was this boat originally from Alabama?
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Old 12-12-2018, 05:14 AM
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I think there also is a misunderstanding on what a warranty covers one owner or not.
Due diligence, IE: Survey.
The difference between what a 39' boat is and a 25'-35' boat.
And buying a used boat, 500k or not. 500k (particularly used) no matter what Tier, brand, model, manufacturer, doesn't buy you perfect.
Fix it, use it, enjoy it, carry on, or sell it.
Two best days of a boaters life, the day you buy and the day you sell.
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Old 12-12-2018, 06:11 AM
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Interesting read.

One question to those saying the boat was run hard: what is hard? If you are dropping a good deal of coin on a boat billed to take the rough stuff, are you supposed to just take it out on calm days, go dining or run it in the bay?

IMO, a boat like that should not have cracked welds under any circumstance.
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Old 12-12-2018, 06:18 AM
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Originally Posted by mintregila View Post
Interesting read.

One question to those saying the boat was run hard: what is hard? If you are dropping a good deal of coin on a boat billed to take the rough stuff, are you supposed to just take it out on calm days, go dining or run it in the bay?

IMO, a boat like that should not have cracked welds under any circumstance.
How do you propose having welds not break? When a boat is being launched off waves and slammed into the face of the next there isn't much you can do. Of course you can go fishing but you could trim properly and slow down. That's the difference, care for the boat. In your opinion if you pay 500k for a house it shouldn't break at all, when they still burn, flood, or crack and they arnt moving at 50 knts launching off waves. .
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Old 12-12-2018, 06:21 AM
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Far from a witch hunt. As I have expressed, I am disappointed in the workmanship and communication. It was expressed that the generator installation was certified by westerbeke. We asked for the signed certification and one was not provided.
I simply expected better communication and workmanship
I enjoy the boat. Runs a bit harder than my Yellowfin, but fishes great. Fast, efficient, and conceptually the best of a few worlds.
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Old 12-12-2018, 08:22 AM
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Boat might of been a S K A tourament boat ,thats why everything is breaking or cracked. Generator exshust might of injested water while backing down.
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Old 12-12-2018, 09:46 AM
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I fished SKA back in the day of the "Contender Mafia". After one tournament ( I would say rough tournament but they were all rough) a bunch of the Contender guys were all talking (bragging) about there screw guns. After listening for a few minutes I had tho ask what they were using them for, some new method of fishing or what? They all laughed and said " That's what we do baby. Run hard all day and put the boat back together all night ! ". Amazing what a dot of 5200 on a screw does. I never had one back out or took my screw gun fishing.
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Old 12-12-2018, 10:01 AM
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Makes me want to bring the ole TBS thread back to the top if it is still around. I wonder if the lawyers ever shut it down and closed it off?Team Blood Stream or something like that
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Old 12-12-2018, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by deckape View Post
Generator exshust might of injested water while backing down.
If this were to be the case, then it was not installed correctly.
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Old 12-12-2018, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Perf40 View Post
I fished SKA back in the day of the "Contender Mafia". After one tournament ( I would say rough tournament but they were all rough) a bunch of the Contender guys were all talking (bragging) about there screw guns. After listening for a few minutes I had tho ask what they were using them for, some new method of fishing or what? They all laughed and said " That's what we do baby. Run hard all day and put the boat back together all night ! ". Amazing what a dot of 5200 on a screw does. I never had one back out or took my screw gun fishing.

Wait a minute. I have owned 3 Contenders and fished in the SKA. I currently own a Freeman 37VH. I never had screws come loose in my Contenders. They are hardcore fishing boats that are built well. They run well and run fast in moderate seas during tournament. The fit and finish is good but not as good as my Freeman. I only had to contact Contender one time in the years of owning 3 boats, and they took care of the problem through the dealer. I currently run a different brand but I still like Contenders because they are fine, good looking, good running, well built, best in class layout and storage fishing boats.
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Old 12-12-2018, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Dean Nelson View Post
I purchased a 2018 Contender 39FA with 300 hours on it.Can’t express how disappointed I am in the workmanship .
OP I don't think you'll find much of a sympathetic ear.

The "workmanship" on the boat was the same as the day it left the factory or when you took possession and the 300 hours should have been just about the perfect number to shake the new boat bugs out. Less the listing issue it sounds like you took delivery of a perfectly functional boat and now some months of use later you have a wet generator, busted tee top welds etc etc....were I a casual observer...and I am....sounds like you are just beating the pizz out of it. Even Contenders can break.

The non transferable warranty situation was the same 1, 5 or 10 years ago, something most folks would maybe look into before stroking the 473K check....no shame on Contender at all for this.
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Originally Posted by HTJ View Post
OP I don't think you'll find much of a sympathetic ear.

The "workmanship" on the boat was the same as the day it left the factory or when you took possession and the 300 hours should have been just about the perfect number to shake the new boat bugs out. Less the listing issue it sounds like you took delivery of a perfectly functional boat and now some months of use later you have a wet generator, busted tee top welds etc etc....were I a casual observer...and I am....sounds like you are just beating the pizz out of it. Even Contenders can break.

The non transferable warranty situation was the same 1, 5 or 10 years ago, something most folks would maybe look into before stroking the 473K check....no shame on Contender at all for this.
The generator did not work when he tried it out when the boat was first delivered to NJ. Not months of use. The contender 39 fa is meant to be used in the ocean not bay fishing. I dock a couple of slips up from the poster and every fishing trip he comes back usually with tuna and also
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Old 12-12-2018, 01:30 PM
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Wow only 3 pages?
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Old 12-12-2018, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by kurttruk View Post
Makes me want to bring the ole TBS thread back to the top if it is still around. I wonder if the lawyers ever shut it down and closed it off?Team Blood Stream or something like that
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Old 12-12-2018, 03:53 PM
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Hi Dean sorry for your problems. I have a suggestion that might make your future with your boat more enjoyable.

I bought a used venture 39 about a year ago with a newer westerbeke 5kw with 90hrs. I have had several generators on different boats and as far as I'm concerned they are not worth the trouble, particularly when you use them intermittently. They just sit there a rot in the bilge rusting away.

Anyway I had several problems with it but the last one was the back end no longer was generating current. They lifted it out of the boat and did a thorough inspection, said $4,400 to fix. I am thinking no way am I paying that just to have future problems.

So I am going a different route, I purchased a portable with yamaha engine in it, so far so good and the great thing is when I don't need it it stays in the garage instead of rusting in the bilge. It is a 3kw and will run my a/c, fridge and battery charger. It only ways 85lbs. Anyway hope this gives you something to think about.
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Old 12-12-2018, 04:25 PM
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How do you drop half a million dollars but don't look into the warranty?
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Old 12-12-2018, 04:26 PM
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This sucks, guess Contender is not all that good at making water RVs.
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Old 12-12-2018, 04:38 PM
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a few Miami boat builders dont transfer warranty....not sure about now, but Invincible warranty was NOT transferable a few years ago. But the hull/deck/cap/fuel tanks and fiberglass is the only thing they should really have to warranty....every other item attached to the boat has it's own warranty. I could see how they might be responsible for a poorly installed item like a generator however.
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Originally Posted by Elgreco809 View Post
How do you drop half a million dollars but don't look into the warranty?
You ass u me..
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