Flag Pole

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  1. WVDiver

    WVDiver Scuba Instructor

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    Recently purchased a 24' Pontoon boat specially designed for diving. I have initiated some searches for boat flag poles without much success.

    Does anyone know where I could purchase an easily collapsible flag pole that will extend well above the canopy of the vessel? About 10’. Obviously the flags will not be flying all the time so being able to quickly and easily mount and remove the flags (dive flag and alpha flag) are paramount.
     
  2. donnyb

    donnyb Barracuda

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    Made mine of PVC, and used plastic PVC end cap & conduit straps to hold it up.
     
  3. Nemrod

    Nemrod Giant Squid

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    Put it up the VHF antenna maybe. N
     
  4. WVDiver

    WVDiver Scuba Instructor

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    Well, I have been contemplating making my own, but I was hoping with so many pontoon boats out there that some enterprising person had already banged out the rough spots for me and had come up with something aesthetically pleasing.

    The flag poles I have found in my research, which are many and varied, none are designed to carry more than one flag at a time. Go figure.

    PVC is a good idea and I had thought of using it too, I just wish it wasnÂ’t white. I guess it does come in a cream color or at least I have seen the off white color in the smaller diameter pieces. It would be easy enough to make it telescopic and mounting wouldn't be difficult.

    Thanks for the suggestion, are the there any other ideas out there?
     
  5. speedhound

    speedhound Surface Interval Member

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    Hi there.
    I know in Marietta, OH, there's a flag store , American Flags and Poles on Front street opposite the Post Office. They have a large selection of flagpoles and flags (land and marine) and can probably get something ordered for you if they don't have it in stock. Their number is 740 373 4262. If they can't mail something out to you, let me know as we do dive occasionally in your neck of the woods : Mt Storm, Tygart, etc, and could carry something down for you.
     
  6. donnyb

    donnyb Barracuda

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    I used dark grey conduit pvc.
     
  7. Tasarsailor

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    I use a 1" diameter wooden dowel painted white an stick into my fishing rod holders.
     
  8. WVDiver

    WVDiver Scuba Instructor

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    Just so happens that I will be in Parkersburg all next week so I called these guys and they think they have something that will work for me. I will try to get some time to stop in there and see them. Thanks for the help. I'll let you know if I find what I am looking for there.
     
  9. WVDiver

    WVDiver Scuba Instructor

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    Hey your right, I forgot about the gray colored pvc. Thanks
     
  10. Nemrod

    Nemrod Giant Squid

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    There are a variety of flag holders in most marine catalogs. A fiberglass shaft should be easy to find, often used as snow poles and sold in hardware stores. Usually about four feet long. N
     
  11. Namchief

    Namchief Nassau Grouper

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    On a boat dive in St Thomas they used a sheath to cover the flags. But I too am putting a dive boat together from a pontoon. and plan on using pvc with the staionary part(bottom) having an inner diameter Just a lil bigger than the mounted (upper) outer diameter Holes drilled in both with either a tab lock pin or a wire lock pin (cotter key) so if I want it raised remove sheath remove the lock pin pull top part to the raised position then put the lock pin back in and let the upper part slide back down onto the lock pin or drill a hole in the upper pvc and reinsert the lock pin through both sections you could do this with 3 pieces of pvc for higher installations. Just a thought have not made it yet but will be working on it next week.
     
  12. WVDiver

    WVDiver Scuba Instructor

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    These are along the same lines as I am thinking..........if I end up making one myself. I will know next week. Maybe we can bounce some ideas fore and aft.
     
  13. WVDiver

    WVDiver Scuba Instructor

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    Thanks Speedhound,

    I stopped into American Flags and Poles and the hooked my up with just what I needed for about $50.

    Next time you are headed out to Mount Storm or Summersville Lake give me a shout and I'll try to get out there with you.

    And thanks to all the rest of you for your ideas.

    Mike
     
  14. speedhound

    speedhound Surface Interval Member

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    No problem Mike, I'm glad they could sort out what you wanted. I think we'll be in your neck of the woods in the coming months and will let you know.
    Cheers,
    Brian
     
  15. Fish_Whisperer

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  17. Floridawannabe

    Floridawannabe Barracuda

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    Ok, Even though you found a flag pole already. Why not go to Wal-Mart or a camping store and buy the fiberglass poles for tents with the elastic string in them? Use this for your flag holder, it breaks down to about 3 feet long.
     
  18. OzeDiver

    OzeDiver Nassau Grouper

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    I read on a forum or a website somewhere:

    However long you want the pole in electrical conduit (or similar) cut into smaller pieces,
    Couplings glued to one end of each one,
    run shock cord through the entire pole,
    and tie balls larger than diameter at each end of pole,

    much the same way as a collapsible tent pole works

    cant remember how they attached the flag to it but should be fairly easy

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    even though you have found a pole just thought i would post it anyways
     

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