Installing Flag Pole on 250SLX

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  1. Sizzle

    Sizzle New Member

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    Feb 4, 2018
    2007 250SLX
    496 Mercruiser with Bravo III Drive
    Going to install a flag pole this weekend. I have the mount and pole and am all set there. But two questions pop up in my head. Is the proper location on the port or starboard side? And, any tips for cutting the hole? Never cut a hole into the boat before so any tips are welcome. It's small-1" if I remember right-but still...
     
  2. randmhall

    randmhall Member

    231
    Apr 18, 2009
    Grand Lake of the Cherokees, Oklahoma
    2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
    350 Mag Bravo 3
    drill slow to avoid chipping the gel coat. Run a hole saw in reverse until it is through the gel coat, than you can with to forward for the rest. It helps to take a small file and bevel the edge of the hole when you are done drilling.
     
  3. Sizzle

    Sizzle New Member

    8
    Feb 4, 2018
    2007 250SLX
    496 Mercruiser with Bravo III Drive
    Hadn't thought about running the saw in reverse. Great idea! Will a regular hole saw work or would you recommend a step drill?
     
  4. randmhall

    randmhall Member

    231
    Apr 18, 2009
    Grand Lake of the Cherokees, Oklahoma
    2006 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
    350 Mag Bravo 3
    I use the kind with a twist bit in the middle and saw tooth edges. Not a spade bit.
     
  5. M Prod

    M Prod Active Member GOLD Sponsor

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    2005 Sundancer 340
    Aquapro Dinghy w/ Honda 8hp
    Kohler 5KW Genny
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    Flag should ideally be flown from the center of the stern, but since it is recognized that this location might get in the way of various pleasure boating activities, to starboard is acceptable.

    Here's all about flag etiquette from the USPS: http://www.usps.org/f_stuff/etiquett.html
     
  6. Sizzle

    Sizzle New Member

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    Feb 4, 2018
    2007 250SLX
    496 Mercruiser with Bravo III Drive
    Thanks, all, for the help. Starboard it is. Given that is the preferred location I wonder why Cobalt puts their OEM flag on the port side?
     
  7. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    So does Sea Ray. I can't say that ALL models have it there as I've never really taken notice. But I just saw a brand new 250SLX that has it on the port side and also a '13 220SD that does.

    Regular hole saw... but a spade will work, as well. The most important thing is controlling the speed and pressure.
     
  8. LawyerMan

    LawyerMan Member

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    Jul 12, 2012
    Texas Gulf Coast
    270 SLX w/ Sport Arch
    496 Mag DTS, Bravo III, Corsa

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