Originally Posted by David M
pole radar mounts I have seen have wider diameter material which prevents the pole from flexing too much. Many of them are aluminum
and are through-bolted to the deck or transom, not mounted on the stern pulpit or a railing.
The only suggestion I have if you want to keep the same pole it to add stays....like you see on large AM radio
I think though that the first design would be better for your situation.
The radar also does not need to be that tall. A foot or two above your head
is good enough. The taller the mount, the more of a moment arm it becomes requiring beefier engineering.
The pole is 2.5" which is the large diameter. The base is bolted to the deck with a backing plate, the pole bolted to the base and also secured to the pulpit. It is stainless steel
. Some boats mount this pole on the transom outside the rails, then the support is attached to the rail, but because I have a steep reverse transom, I needed to install the pole inside the rail and on top of the deck.
When I ordered the pole, I ordered the stock 8' but the 2.5" instead of 2" diameter because I was concerned about whip. I had no idea what to expect though. It would suck to have to remove it to cut ti down now.
Maybe I should. I think I will need supports either way. Maybe I'll try supports first.
It might have been better to mount it on the starboard side since the outboard is heavy and right beside it. I just thought that since I had a davit going on the pole I should keep it beside the outboard bracket. I might take off the motor
when I go back to the boat and see if that helps. I can always move the motor
to the starboard side. I'll try it tomorrow when back at the boat.