When you handle the wheel of a boat like the Contender 30 ST, you get a rush. A rush from the raw power, a rush from the sporty handling, and mostly a rush from the 60-plus MPH wind-blast that rips at your hair. Want to experience it for yourself? Grab a hair-dryer set on "high," point it at your forehead, and then click on the photo below.
Boat Test Notes
Build a serious fishing boat that offers seriously impressive performance.
-The fiberglass is hand-laid, and both balsa and PVC coring are utilized.
-Fuel tanks are foamed and glassed in place.
-Hatch hinges are full-length, and all the hardware on the 30 ST is thoroughly beefy.
-With a pair of F300 Yamaha four-stroke outboards, we 66 MPH. Forget about holding onto your hat—hold onto your hair.
-Fuel efficiency is also impressive, topping out at 2.2 MPG at almost 30 MPH, and still providing 1.9 MPG at speeds of over 40 MPH.
-Despite being aerated by twin steps, this hull maintains a firm grip through lock-to-lock turns at high speeds.
-The super-deep deep-V hull eats right through waves.
-Big aft fishboxes and a massive box in the bowdeck provide stowage for catches of all sizes, right up to hundred-pound-plus tuna.
-80 gallons of livewell capacity means there will be no shortage of live baits.
-Forward seats are designed so anglers can still work the bow gunwales; gaffing or netting from the bow is a piece of cake.
If you want more information on the Contender 30 ST, visit Contender. Or, check out these Contender 30 ST listings.
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|Fuel capacity||265 gal.|