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Boat pedestal pole setup
Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2017
Have not had this product on the lake yet but seems to be made well and I don't anticipate any issues with the wind. (Update: setup was very sturdy in high winds) The umbrellas ribs are made of square metal tubing rather than most that are wood or thinner round tubing. I decided to add two additional seats and utilize the existing pedestal base and pole. Pole diameter of the umbrella is 1.5 inches outer diameter, the same as the inner diameter of the pedestal pole. I cut 21 inches off the bottom pole of the umbrella to get the height I thought was bet for this application. You will have to push a small roll pin from the previous application towards the outide of pedestal pole to accommodate bottom half of the umbrella pole sliding in. I inserted bottom half of the pole all the way to the bottom of pedestal tube. Before inserting pole I used a sharpie to mark the plunger on the pedestal pole. I kept the lever up until the pole was completely seated then released the lever to transfer the sharpie mark to the umbrella pole as a reference for drilling holes. I drilled the proper size hole, which is a 1/4 inch drill bit for this pedestal so that it would lock the pole in place and not turn. If doing this, make sure the holes you drill are large enough to let the plunger button fully seat. I also added additional holes to raise it up or down. I tilted the umbrella back so that when opened it was centered up with middle of boat and made additional holes with the same process to lock it in from rotating in pedestal pole base. The pedestal pole I had used has a 3/4" threaded rod that goes into floor base. This setup had very good support and minimal movement when umbrella is installed. The bottom half of umbrella pole is threaded and has a secure fit to the upper assembly of umbrella. This setup was done on a 1991 Bass Tracker Panfish 16' with Springfeild marine pedestal post and base for reference. Somewhat of a tight fit but great for the kids or even two adults in the scorching summer heat. Hope this helps anyone out there looking for ideas on adding some shade to their boat. I couldn't find alot of ideas or pics for this type of setup and maybe this post will save others the trouble of figuring how to add some shade. Great price for umbrella and better quality than others I researched for the price.