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Old 05-30-2016, 04:53 PM   #1
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Senator 35

Anyone else with one lurking out there?
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Old 06-10-2016, 04:34 AM   #2
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Hi,
I have just purchased a 1986 Senator 35 Classic Sundeck Trawler in Havelock, NC. I saw it on Boat Trader and loved the lines and the overall layout. A really nice boat and well built. Any tips or general information you have about the Senator would be great.
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Old 06-10-2016, 07:06 AM   #3
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I am familiar with that boat and, if I can find them, have some pictures I took when she was hauled 1 year ago at Wayfarers Cove. We have had ours two years. Where will you be keeping her?
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Old 06-12-2016, 09:52 AM   #4
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Please forward the pictures if you can find them. That would be great! Thanks.

I will be bringing her to the Boston area in August. I live int Needham and have been a member of the Metropolitan Yacht Club in Braintree, MA, since 1982. So, I have a place to keep her and some great cruising grounds in Massachusetts Bay to enjoy her.
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Old 06-30-2016, 09:55 PM   #5
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Hi Bilge53,
Do you have any specs on your boat? LOA? With swim platform and bow roller? True draft? Keel depth? Ballast? Bridge clearance?

What engine do you have? What is your cruising RPM of your engine?

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Old 06-30-2016, 09:57 PM   #6
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Also, do you know who actually built the Senators? Was it CHB in Taiwan? I think CHB stands for Chien Hwa Boats.

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Old 12-20-2016, 01:50 AM   #7
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I just bought the Fly-bridge Sedan that's been for sale forever in Essex and NC.
As soon as they finish the punch list from the survey and sea-trials I hope to head it south.
First stop is Reedville where a buddy has free dockage, a house on the water and a shop. Then press on to where the WX suits my clothes. Florida Panhandle before Miss Micki spends three grand on a condo again, for the 27th year.
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Old 12-20-2016, 01:53 AM   #8
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Also, do you know who actually built the Senators? Was it CHB in Taiwan? I think CHB stands for Chien Hwa Boats.

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It says Chien Hwa on the data plates and title
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Old 12-20-2016, 10:53 AM   #9
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Hello CWO KPM,

What year is your Fly Bridge Sedan? What is the power? I hope you enjoy her.

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Old 12-20-2016, 11:01 AM   #10
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Good morning.
1985. Perkins 6-354 (NA). 135 hp.
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Old 01-20-2017, 01:24 PM   #11
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Good afternoon From Portsmouth Va we have had our Senator sundeck for over 7 years now. Its powered with the Perkins 354 with a velvet drive transmission. The trans has had to be rebuilt. We had original problems with the shaft breaking the sheer pin as is wen into the trans coupling. We later discovered that the key way was missing so all of the toruqe wen to the sheer pin That has been repaired.
The new challenege is a leaking port side fuel tank. Working on that now trying to find a fix. Have you had any similar experiences? Look for to heRING FROM YOU. Gene
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Old 01-22-2017, 12:26 AM   #12
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Ours is a fly bridge sedan. Same drive tanks a lot easier to get at than yours. Also shaped and mounted differently.
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Old 01-22-2017, 04:26 AM   #13
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Drive train. Sorry. Ours is a single living level except for two steps down to the forward queen and head. Yours has an aft stateroom and additional head?
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Old 01-22-2017, 04:54 AM   #14
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As best I can tell and I am often wrong, to make room for the added living space and still keep fuel capacity they tried to get fancy and contour the tanks to the hull.
On the other hand, the lower (cheaper) Sedan has mostly box shaped tanks that are accessible on all sides.
PO had them coated by hand, inside and out. Seems to be working
If and when they fail I will go with three 50 gallon spun polyester tanks on each side, plumbed in series.
It's been used and still on French helicopters since '78. No problems, except when you crash hard. Then they burn
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BTW, hard means like 10G+
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Old 03-25-2017, 12:03 PM   #16
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Your boats look a lot like my 1986 Fu Hwa Oceania 35 Sundeck. Single Perkins 135 hp. Forward and aft staterooms down two steps from the salon/galley. What is your cruising speed? How did you fix the fuel tank leak?
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The boat is up on the hard now. Considered many options to include coating the inside of the current tanks. Problem is with the 150 gal capy there are two baffels inisde the tank and only one access opening. Considered cutting two more each tank to gain good access but the overall cost as estimated by the yard would be approximately the same as cutting the old tanks out and installing new poly types. i will be reducing my tankage by approx 100 gal. (currently 150 each side) but dont have any plans that woul drequire the addiytional fuel. my cruising speed is jus under 7 knts that is at 2000/2100 rpms lots depending on tides. be happy to fill you in mmore if you like
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Senator Sundeck leaking fuel tanks

Posted in quick reply but i dont see it now. However here it is again.
the boat is on the hard now . Considered many options however keeping in mind the cost and difficulty of making the repairs i have opted to reduce my tank to two 50 gal tanks plumbed together each side. The currrent 150 gal tank had one access port had baffels that would have required cutting two additional ports to make coating the interiors possible.
Waiting for the new tanks to be delivered on Monday Will keep you advised.
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Your boats look a lot like my 1986 Fu Hwa Oceania 35 Sundeck. Single Perkins 135 hp. Forward and aft staterooms down two steps from the salon/galley. What is your cruising speed? How did you fix the fuel tank leak?
Sorry for the slow reply after a week gone and not using internet we got home last night. Our cruising speed on the way to St. Augustine and back from Oriental averaged 7 knots @ 1950 rpm with a fuel consumption of right at 1.8 gph. We do not have a tank issue...yet.
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Hi Bilge53,
Do you have any specs on your boat? LOA? With swim platform and bow roller? True draft? Keel depth? Ballast? Bridge clearance?

What engine do you have? What is your cruising RPM of your engine?

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From a spec sheet from JR Yachts:
LOA 34' 4 1/2", LWL 31' 6", Beam 12', Draft 3' 3"
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