Flag mount/staff for bow pulpit rail.

Discussion in 'Sport Yachts/Yachts' started by z28jimi, Dec 27, 2018.

  1. z28jimi

    z28jimi Member

    66
    Feb 10, 2017
    Daytona Beach
    2006 44' Sea Ray Sedan Bridge, Highfield dinghy, 2006 22' Pathfinder
    Cummins
    I am looking for a flag staff to mount on the bow pulpit rail (44 sedan bridge) so I can fly a "Q" flag and then a courtesy flag when in the Bahamas. What have you all found that works and looks good?
     
  2. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    I have a taylormade. It’s heavt duty and works well but... if I had to do it again I would try the spinner one. I’m sure someone will chime in shortly but it something like spinningflagpoles.com

    Josh
     
  3. lawndoctor

    lawndoctor Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    380
    Jun 5, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay & Philadelphia
    2009 330 Sundancer & 2002 225 Weekender
    8.1L V-Drives & Bravo III 5.0L
    I’ve tried several and I prefer the Taylor one because it is solid stainless and the pennant staff doesn’t wobble around. Taylor makes it in several sizes for different diameter rails and staffs. The one I have is Taylor part #961, which is for 7/8”-1” rails and a 1/2” pennant staff. I have 1” rails so the rubber insert for 7/8” rails doesn't fit. Instead, I wrapped a thick layer of Teflon tape around the rail before installing, both to protect the rail from scratching and to ensure the socket doesn’t slip on the rail.
    https://www.firstchoicemarine.com/p...=taylor-made-ss-rail-mount-for-1-2-shafts-961
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2018
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  4. Korkie

    Korkie Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    377
    Feb 2, 2016
    Leonardtown, MD Potomac River / Chesapeake Bay
    340 Sundancer 2006, Garmin 7612, xHD Radome
    Merc 496 Mags, Bravo III Drives

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  5. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    Your rails are larger than the norm. I tried several only to find out they were not big enough. What Josh has should work. I could not get the link to open. I never found one that I really liked. I went with these rod holder flag poles and love them-https://coolwaterproducts.com/pages/boat-flag-poles.

    Doesn’t address your desire for flags on your rails though. Please post what you find.

    Bennett
     
  6. JimT

    JimT Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
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  7. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    IMG_2098.JPG IMG_1183.JPG You could have one fabricated and welded to the rail. Sturdy solution that does not move around and is out of the way when lines are being secured.
     
  8. z28jimi

    z28jimi Member

    66
    Feb 10, 2017
    Daytona Beach
    2006 44' Sea Ray Sedan Bridge, Highfield dinghy, 2006 22' Pathfinder
    Cummins
    Thanks for all the replies. Some good ideas here. I like the fact that the Taylormade is all stainless, so I think I'm going to take a closer look at that option. A welded-on staff would be nice, but finding someone in this area who can weld stainless in the field, and do a passable job is tough. I don't want to risk having some jackleg mess up the rail.
     
  9. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    The original swiveler is the one I was referencing. I think that’s pretty cool. I will admit that you need a cover for the flag. It will drive you crazy when it’s windy and you’re sleeping in the v berth.
     
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  10. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    When we are in Canadian waters we fly their flag on our VHF radio antenna which also puts it higher than our US flag. Our yacht club burgee is on a SS Taylor Made on the bow pulpit rail. This pic captures all 3 flags... 2018-07-24 14.21.47.jpg
     
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  11. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 5, 2007
    Newport, RI
    300 Sundancer
    5.0MPI Bravo III
    You're over thinking it - this is what I do, and its been fine - technically, it should be on the port side though....i dont like using the vhf antenna as it puts quite a bit of load on it at speed 20180705_144115.jpg
     
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  12. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    640 hp (Total)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    I have a 'swiveler' flag pole and like it a lot...the pole is made of stainless steel and the flag cannot wrap around the pole since the flag mounts swivel around the pole...I use a piece of PVC pipe with a cap to cover the flag when not in use.....
    5657.jpeg
     
  13. cstinehour

    cstinehour Member

    38
    Dec 16, 2017
    2008 350 Sundancer, Raymarine C120
    T-VD 8.1 S Horizon DTS MPI MIE (T-370 hp - 276 kW)
    I also have a Swiveler I am completely satisfied with and your PVC idea is great! What diameter did you use?
     
  14. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    640 hp (Total)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    i believe it was 2" pipe.....

    cliff
     
  15. SeadawgVB

    SeadawgVB Active Member

    231
    Jul 8, 2013
    Tidewater Virginia
    '03 Sundancer 360
    Twin 8.1s with V-drives
    +1 on the swiveler. My rails are 1 1/8 inch, so the ones from West Marine don't fit. I also don't like the ones that look like modified hose clamps.

    Also +1 on the noise it can make when it's windy when you are sleeping under it in the V berth.
     
  16. dpvandy01

    dpvandy01 Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 6, 2007
    Cincinnati, Ohio/Ohio River
    2003 320 Sundancer
    &
    2012 185 Sport
    &
    2014 Sea Fox 256 Commander
    Twin 6.2L Close Cooled V-Drives & 3.0L Alpha 1, 300 Yamaha OB
    you will NOT be disappointed with the Original Swiveler
     

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