Originally Posted by biffer
Is there any welds down the side if the tube
There are two spot welds at the bottom of the tube (pictured), and the one weld half way up the outside of tube (also pictured). The final weld is in the corner of the 90 degree plate nearest the transom knee. So in total, only 4 (what I would consider) small weld points.
The light pole already flexes, as the bracket aperture could have used additional weld for rigidity, and its not even fitted yet!
Already decided its going back for remedial work. It wasn't cheap, so feel I'm within my rights. Reckon I'll drop it by a 1 foot or so, and don't mind paying, as that was my error. They just have to cut one of the sections and reweld the Protex catch lip back in position.
One other thing I've noticed is that where the second section connects to the third section, the connecting stainless steel insert will make contact with the 2 ply wire and coax. I didn't request they drilled holes, but I'm assuming they did it - as its similar to the MOD aluminium light poles they build. I've found 10mm rubber sealed grommets (that you drill) for the cables to exit and enter the pole which finishes it off and makes it watertight.