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Old 29 May 2009, 15:10   #1
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A Frame wanted!!

Hi new to the forum but not new to boating. Bought myself a searider 4m and in the process of tarting it up, I may post some photos of the progress if I can work out how to!

Anyway desperate for an a frame, I can fabricate weld and bend so anything considered,
alloy or stainless. Will travel.

You can contact me on 07970 641168 anytime. Jon
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Old 31 May 2009, 07:42   #2
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Daft question but if you can fabricate weld and bend why not buy the materials and knock your own up?
Then once you've got the design sell me one!
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Old 31 May 2009, 13:46   #3
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i made one years ago for a humber with aluminium from the local scrap yard ,had a look around in there ali skip and came out with some pieces from a scaffolding tower and an old work platform gantry and i only paid scrap price .
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Sorry guys what I meant to say is bending and welding steel is not a problem but I can't weld stainless or alloy, but can get it done locally at a metal shop.
It would be much cheaper for me to pick up a second hand a frame that I can modify rather than have a new one made.
I am looking around tho for alloy tubing and then could get it powder coated.
Thanks for the tips though.
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If its any use Jon i was in a similar position with my boat 12 months ago & couldn't find an A frame for sensible money i ended up getting a 4m length of marine grade inch & a quarter/ half stainless from a local stockist for 40 i think (supposed to be seconds) An exhaust company in Redditch put 2 90 degee bends in it and welded it onto 2 stainless L brackets that i'd made for the transom for another 40. Now got a quite chunky single pole frame for 80 quid. Looks great, screwed on brackets for dry box's, rod racks etc. Makes a massive difference for getting in and out of the boat, prob strong enough to tow off but we use the transom. regards Al
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Hi Gunrunner, thanks for the info, it was really helpful. I went down to a local exhaust centre on Saturday and they can sort it no problem, I am just in the process of getting some tube. Definately going to do this instead of getting a second hand one and modifying.

Also, thanks Jono for the web link.
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Hi Gunrunner, thanks for the info, it was really helpful. I went down to a local exhaust centre on Saturday and they can sort it no problem, I am just in the process of getting some tube. Definately going to do this instead of getting a second hand one and modifying.

Also, thanks Jono for the web link.
Jonny,

Have you made one yet and do you have any pictures? looking to do similar.

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Not yet was going to get a single one made from stainless with 4 bends in but Ive been told by three separate fabricators that the bends are too tight for the pipe benders they have so would have to be done at a specialists
I'm currently rebuilding the rib after a full strip down and paint job so im trying to get it done so i can get out on the water soon so the a frame may have to Wait
Ive found some alloy tube at work about 30mm so i might mitre the corners and get that welded for now with 3 plates for the nav lights
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