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Whitecap boat flag pole sockets made of polished 316 stainless steel. Flush mount socket install nearly flush to the deck and accept 1-1/4 inch flag poles. Top mount sockets will accept 1 inch to 1-1/4 inch flag poles. Requires #8 screws for mounting.
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Flag Poles, Sockets and Accessories
what is the difference between a top mount and a flush mount? I want to mount the pole on my transom. thus the mount will need to have an up angle.
Top mount is pictured at left, and flush mount at right. Both are angled, as you want for your transom-mounted flag. Key difference: the flagpole socket of the flush-mount penetrates the deck, such that only the mounting flange is visible on the surface. This is beneficial, if, say, you wish to walk on the deck at times when the flagpole is not inserted, or perhaps lay a cushion over the area - the flange is only raised off the deck about 3/16", maintaining a "relatively flat" deck surface. Just be aware that, with the flush-mount, you'll have to accommodate for the socket by running a hole saw through your deck AT THE SAME ANGLE AS THE SOCKET, which is not an easy operation, and requires care and precision. With the top-mount, on the other hand, you have only to drill the three small holes for the mounting screws. I used the flush-mount for my ensign, on the deck atop my transom, as I sometimes need to step there; and the top-mount on my foredeck, for a burgee, in a spot where I don't ever walk. So, if (A) you want to maintain a somewhat flat deck surface, and (B) you're confident about running a hole saw through your deck as previously described, go with the flush-mount. The top-mount is far simpler to install, and best-suited to low or no traffic areas, and/or those where a large deck penetration is undesirable. Last thing: if you go flush-mount through a wood-cored surface, I STRONGLY recommend a couple coats of sealing epoxy over the exposed core material prior to bedding the new piece in silicone. Have fun and good luck!
A top mount fitting mounts on top of the transom with only the 3 screw holes into the transom. A flush mount has the body of the mount beneath the surface of the transom and requires a large hole for the body in addition to the 3 screw holes but has the advantage of looking more level with the transom surface.Hope that helps. Look at the pictures, they show the difference.
what degree angle is the top mount flag pole socket set at ?
I don't know the angle specifically, and I have since sold the boat that I installed it in, but I would guess it is about 15 degrees off of vertical. I bought the flush mounted one and was happy with its quality.
what angle is the socket set to ?
Sorry I can't say with precision, but to my eye it is about 15%. Seems OK for mounting on either a vertical or horizontal surface.
C MICHAEL FITZGERALD
Nice and heavy; solid.
Had to replace and older pitted flagpole mount. This was the exact replacement. Heavy and seems like good quality.
This is a nice piece of hardware. Where I installed it, the socket could drain to a self bailing cockpit so I drilled a hole in the bottom.