Why Choose a Senator

Proven and trusted by boaties

The experience and knowledge of the Senator design and production team has enabled them to constantly evolve and improve the design of each boat model in the Senator range.

The design of a Senator is leading edge. The unique hull shape allows each boat to cut through the water providing the ‘smooth ride’ that is characteristic of the Senator range. The smooth ride means a more pleasant journey for everyone on board.

Senator has developed a series of innovative design features to meet the needs of boaties throughout New Zealand. Senator was one of the first boat manufacturers in New Zealand to pioneer the unique folded style alloy pontoon.

Senator also prides itself in providing boats with many features incorporated in the ‘standard’ boat, such as hand rails, bollards, cleats and boarding ladders. Senator also firmly believes that everyone buys a boat for a completely different reason. It may be for fishing, diving, family fun and adventures or for business. Whatever the reason they can customise a boat to your needs.


The Legendary Senator Warranty

You will have peace of mind knowing that all Senator Boats are backed by the legendary Senator warranty.

Peace of mind that you are getting a quality vessel with a 5 year warranty on your new boat hull.

Because at Senator Boats we stand behind everything we build. And we go the extra mile to make sure your Senator experience is the best it can be. On the water and off.


Senator Boats was established by Wayne McKinley, an avid fisherman who built his first boat for a friend almost three decades ago.

Wayne now has a national network of nine dealers selling Senators throughout New Zealand, employs a team of 9 boat builders, Factory Manager and an Office Administrator all based in his Napier Factory.
The ongoing evolution in design and the ability of Senator to listen to the needs of the boating community has proven to be a success.

Senator prides itself on providing boats with many features incorporated in the ‘standard’ boat, such as hand rails, bollards, cleats, boarding ladders.

In response to customer demand Senator’s Typhoon series of alloy plate boats was launched to complement the company’s well respected and proven pontoon and offshore series.

The Senator team loves building boats – and they know they create great boats customised to specific customer needs – so the Senator Typhoon series adds another option for boaties who love the quality and reliability of Senator.

Wayne McKinley

Wayne McKinley grew up on the end of a fishing rod and a gun. His passion for the outdoors grew into a career and business success. A fledgling business was formed when Wayne built his first boat for a friend more than 30 years ago.

The business grew quickly and Wayne set up his first boat work yard soon after in Greenmeadows, Napier. This is where Wayne became one of the first boat builders to pioneer the aluminium pontoon boat in New Zealand.

From one boat order to another, the volume quickly grew and became too much for one boat builder to handle. Wayne’s cousin became the company’s first employee and today Senator now employs a team of 9 boat builders in the Senator factory in Onekawa, Napier.

The Sea is Our Playground

Nothing is more valuable than your playtime. That is why Senator is dedicated to continually finding new and better ways to help you enjoy your water sport.

From calm waters to stormy seas, our passion is to keep you safe and comfortable, which fuels the innovations that result in the ultimate fishing experience for our customers. We value the water we play on and are committed to protecting it.

Our desire to please is paired with an emphasis on ride stability, placing personal safety above all else. So that each outing can be the most enjoyable, memorable and thrilling experience possible.

Because you’re free time should always be your best time.