Serious anglers in North Carolina can now turn to Starling Marine for the proven tournament-class hull designs of Contender – built by fishermen for fishermen. Starling’s recently awarded, exclusive Contender dealer territory spans from the Topsail Island area northward to the NC-VA state line. From the 22 Sport’s easy package to their flagship 40 Express,  the addition of Contender to Starling’s new boat line-up further demonstrates their dedication to bringing the best of boating to their customers. As a semi-custom manufacturer, Contender not only brings Starling customers their singular commitment to building the best fishing boat in the world, they also offer the unique ability within their class to make modifications to satisfy personal fishing styles.

ContenderNow celebrating 30 years of boat building excellence, Contender built their reputation on the proven success of their original 25’ model that is “often imitated, never replicated.” While Contender has maintained pace with new technology and the sophisticated power and performance of today’s tournament proven winners, they have not strayed from what made their original hull such an offshore success: a deep-V 24.5° deadrise that incorporates a reverse radius chine for a dry ride in the roughest conditions. Contender also takes pride in their traditional “hands on” boat building philosophy while using the most advanced modern materials and quality components available.

Contender 24 SportAs Starling now proudly adds Contender to their list of premium boat brand offerings, they look forward to introducing a new faction of fishing-focused customers to their knowledgeable sales team and factory certified service techs. Bryan Starling commented, “With our mutual passion to uphold our reputations as the best in boating, Starling and Contender look forward to building unfaltering brand loyalty together in North Carolina that will come from our customers having 110% confidence in Contender’s steadfast design and superior construction.”