At the Limits - Senator 750
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Senator RH770 Electing the Senator

Napier aluminum boat builder Senator Boats is happy to customize any model in it's extensive range to meet the specific needs of it's customers. On a sparkling Nelson day with snow on the mountains and nary a breath of wind, a Senator RH770 named Savage...

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Senator Boat Test Typhoon 950 Walkaround

At the time of testing, Senator Boats owner Wayne McKinley described the Typhoon 950 as a 'project boat'. But it was patently obvious from the outset that he meant the term as ‘experimental’ rather than ‘on going’ a there was certainly no hint of unfinished...

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New Caledonia

It seems remarkable that after 20 years in the industry and five testing boats, this was first my first time stepping aboard a Senator. Click to view full article...

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Senator 1700 – Becoming a Pro

The Senator 1700 Pro Sport is a new model from Senator Boats, offered exclusively through its Auckland dealer, Auckland Marine. Essentially it’s a spec’d up version of the company’s popular RC520 and has the vast majority of the factory options list added as standard. Click to...

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Senator for satisfaction – RH770

Senator for satisfaction There aren’t too many big burly blokes who can say they’ve successfully landed a 100kg plus Bluefin Tuna. And there are even fewer ladies who would entertain the idea of attempting such a feat. However, Leanne Dixon has not only landed a whopping 294.5kg...

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Tricked up Pontoon – RH780

Well-known Napier boat manufacturer Senator Boats launched the RH 780 back at the 2006 Auckland Boat Show. The then-new model was well received and won the ‘Alloy Boat of the Show’ award that year. This hull was originally a scaled-up (not just stretched) version of...

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Baby we were born to run… fish.

I’m sure it won’t come as big news to anyone but, as a pretty general rule, aluminium pontoon boats are not the marine world’s prettiest creations. Their very nature requires that their hulls protrude outwards from where even the most basic of aesthetics insist they should...

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Typhoon goes like The wind – MH630

There’s something kinda intimidating about Senator boats. They look like they mean business. It might be that big, bulbous-looking bow, or the way that the hulking solid construction gives the impression that it could stand up to anything. They are beefy boats and they are built...

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Centre of Attention – Senator RCC450

The Senator Typhoon MH630 as reviewed in the February issue definitely meant business for the keen fisho who wanted a tough boat. So we were interested to see how Senator’s third- smallest boat, the RCC450 Centre Console would handle. There are five models available in its...

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Boats Of Interest – Senator Inshore 400

Earlier this year, Napier boat builder Senator Boats released a new model, a 4.10m pontoon boat. To them it seemed unremarkable, more or less a ‘dinghy’, and they made no fuss about it. But for many inshore fishermen it is a pretty useful craft, due to...

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A versatile all rounder – Senator RC440

The coastal reaches to the north and south of Hawkes Bay feature a series of niche beach communities where surf launching is the order of the day. Without formal launching facili- ties, conditions limit the size of boats that can be put in on these coasts...

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Trailer Boat Trails – Senator 760

Napier manufacturer Senator Boats was set up 13 years ago, with owner Wayne McKinley having a boat-building history going back nearly 20 years. Senator’s new Typhoon range comprises conventional mono-hulls that complement their popular pontoon boats and larger offshore cruisers. The Typhoons start at 5.5m and...

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At the Limits – Senator 750

In an age where we’re bombarded daily by galleries of images, there are some that lodge in our memories longer than others. One such photo is framed on the wall of the Senator Boats office in Napier. It shows a Senator 750 with fetching lime green...