At the Limits - Senator 750
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Hitting The Aldermen Islands

Fishing In Godzone headed to Whitianga in early 2017 to board Epic Adventure’s big Senator to target kingfish out around the Aldermen Islands and their surrounding pins. Click to view full article...

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Fraternal Twins

With game fishing in mind, but also live-baiting for kingfish, at Dan’s request Senator fitted tuna tubes across the transom, neatly plumbed with an easy-to-reach on-off valve. Click to view full article...

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Godzone Fishes With Epic Adventures

Epic Adventures have a very good name here in Godzone for providing quality fishing experiences, so we recently headed out with them and the trip lived up to their reputation. Click to view full article...

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Senator RH800 Jet Review

From the outside this Senator RH800 looks like any other big aluminum pontoon hardtop. But far from it, this big beast boasts two Mercury Optimax Sport Jets. Yes, two! We sent Freddy Foote to the Hawkes Bay to investigate. Click to view full article...

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RH780 Pontoon HT Review

The Senator RH780 should top the list for anyone after a serious and safe fishing machine. The solid hull will take on the biggest seas while twin engines provide peace of mind. Click to view full article...

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Searching for Yellowtail Gold

There aren’t too many things in this world that will get me up at 3.30AM. One of them is to watch the ABs play a test in the Northern Hemisphere, and the other is to go fishing. It is the latter that has me up...

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Live Baits at Dawn

Live Baits at Dawn Some fishing trips seem to be doomed not to happen, yet as Sam Mossman found, perseverance can pay off in the end. One such seemingly doomed trip, finally fished on the last day of March this year, had been about 12 months in...

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Senator Builds Boats with the Sun

Hawke’s Bay boat building firm Senator Boats is using the sun to help build its wide range of popular alloy boats at its Napier factory. Instead of facing a $1500 monthly electricity bill, Senator Boats managing director Wayne McKinley decided to generate his own power, 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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A truly Epic Adventure – RH690

Located in the stunning surrounds of Mercury Bay, Epic Adventures calls both Tairua and Whitianga home. But this is no coincidence – along with laidback locals and stunning coastal scenery, both these both locations also hold large numbers of XOS kingfish – if you know...

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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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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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Big Boat Review – Senator 13.5m Offshore Custom

The boat review this month is a departure from the usual ‘Trailerboat Trial’, but the 13.5m launch Ai Toa Lua, built by Senator Boats, is also a departure from the norm. Wayne McKinley’s Napier-based Senator Boats is a well-established builder known for its range of aluminium...

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Typhoon For A Downturn –
Senator MC600

At a time when some boatbuilders are retrenching or laying-off staff, there’s a new sense of purpose at Senator’s suburban Onekawa premises these days. Best known for its shapely pontoon boats, the company parted ways with its erstwhile marketing arm, Firman Marine, earlier this year...

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Senator Typhoon 670

The Napier boatbuilder is best known for its shapely pontoon boats, and the all-new Typhoon is the first outward sign of the big moves afoot within the company. Senator’s beginnings were fairly low-key – managing director Wayne McKinlay started out designing and building a boat for...