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Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 11:13 pm
by c chardt
every one that is coming on this ride has to have a orange flag for their boat we are reqired in this area to run one.

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 11:30 pm
by big feather
CC .... did they give you any specs. for it, like how high, what kind of mast ?


Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 11:35 pm
by c chardt
It has to be 10 ft from the bottom of the boat and I think like like a 10x10 square of bright orange but thats for this area

Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2005 1:49 am
by SwampMatt
You can get a nice one at walmart in the women's clothing dept.


Even glows in the dark. But hurry before they get rid of all the haloween clothing.

I read somewhere that it must be 10 x 12. But I can't imagine they being sticklers on that rule so long as you have something visible & have made an honest effort to comply.

Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2005 10:36 am
by cfth
Reads as follows:

"No person shall use an airboat on the area unless such airboat is equipped with an orange flag at least 10" wide and 12" long displayed at a minimum height of 10 ft above the bottom of the vessel"

Hope this helps. I know diamondback sells them.


Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2005 11:08 am
by Muddyduck
A lot of clubs sell them. I know Broward and Palm Beach do. They are a good idea any where you ride. Maybe a Southern Airboat Flag would go over well in the store?

Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2005 11:26 am
by big feather
Muddy, I LIKE that idea .... no reason it can't have an SA logo on it !

Rick, if you'll make em' I'll buy one.


Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2005 11:45 am
by rick
I'd like to have some in the store, but I can't seem to find a good supplier. I'll keep looking though.

We bought ours from Diamondback. They sell the flag & pole for about $15.00.

Posted: Fri Nov 04, 2005 12:26 am
by Cajun
Is the fiberglass pole better than a stainless steel whip?

Posted: Fri Nov 04, 2005 1:33 am
by big feather
Cajun, the only thing I can think of is a stainless whip might attract more lightning on a stormy day.

I've been thinkin' about mounting a marine VHF radio on my old boat anyway though, and the antenna would be a natural place for the flag as long as it was 10' above the bottom of the hull. Works for me.


Posted: Fri Nov 04, 2005 8:42 pm
by swampjet
What most of us in citrus county use is a long whip c.b. stainless antenna. You know ,the redneck pickup style. Then cut off about 12 to18 inches of the top. Reason is when it whips around from a turn or a 360 ,if you leave it long it WILL smack you in the head! WHUMP UP SIDE THE HEAD! Your not done yet, you now weld (stainless) 2or 4 small stainless washers at the appropriate distances (as per the grommet holes) for the flags. Then the flags can be mounted with nylon zipties. If you dont have a mounting bracket already on your rigging, you can use a c.b. mirror mount like on big trucks, best placed back above rudders.
The problem with fiberglass is they break when they smack things like trees and other stuff.


Posted: Fri Nov 04, 2005 11:53 pm
by Cajun
Do ya put a spring on the bottom or its forgiving enough without the spring? Also do ya'll tie them down when pulling them on trailer? Thanx for the info. Later Cajun

Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2005 3:17 am
by swampjet
Yes, I do have a large spring on mine and I pull it forward over the cage and tuck it under a bungee cord when trailering.

Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2005 2:35 pm
by Cajun
Top of my cage is 8' from the floor of the boat, if I wanted couldn't I just have a 2' rod on top that I can fold down when not needed? Or is it best to just mount it down one side and leave longer to reach the 10' mark?Sorry to be such a pain, just want to do it right the second time. Already bought one of those bike flags and built a mount for it and mounted it to the top of cage, now its all for nothing. Starting over again. Later Cajun

oarnge flag

Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2005 9:30 pm
by basketcase0302

I got kinda a short one like you're talkin about. I just strap it down with a small rope while trailoring.