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Old 09 February 2013, 06:17   #31
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Please see pictures Biffer. Weld on the transom knee plate looks very lightweight to me (in my opinion) with only 3-4 weld points. Could use an additional weld on the tube where it leaves the backing plate to minimise flexing.

The flag attachment points on the wrong side are a complete pain in the a*se!
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See weld points...
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Only 3-4 weld points. Now I'd have thought they would run a seam of weld. Thats what they did around the top of the tube where it attaches to the light and VHF antenna plate, and its a tidy job too.
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Is there any welds down the side if the tube
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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.
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I don't think you need me to tell you. I know that you've already Sussex it ain't strong enough
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Remedial work was done on the light pole over the last few weeks. I got them to drop the overall height by a foot and to weld additional points on the base plate, etc. I fixed the base-plate on the transom knee so I didn't have to drill holes in the transom. I'm delighted with result. Wired it in last week so all round white light comes on with navigation lights via a fuse box and Carling rocker switch. Metz antenna is now at A-frame height, so hopefully none of the signal issues I've had for the last couple of seasons.

Hauled the boat out today to wash it down, although it was pouring. Neighbours are already talking!

Also re-greased the wheel bearings, so I'm set for first launch in April.

I've still to tidy up the wiring before it goes into the under-deck trunking. Any pointers for stainless-steel wire clips so I can run the wiring just under the outboard saddle bracket?
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