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Old 23 May 2018, 13:38   #1
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A frame for my SIB

Wanted an A frame to mount some lights and also because the fishing rods jump around in the holders.

2 stainless steel fishing rod holders bolted to the transom.
2 x 40mm waste pipe.
2 x 40mm blue 90* car radiator hose connectors.
Battery power Marine main white light.
Battery power port and starboard lights (although only a single white light is required for this size boat) (I will upgrade these for better battery versions when I mod some a white Cat eye light to green by changing the LED's)
White and blue lights on the top bar for low level inside boat illumination.
Cat eye high power cycle front light (battery power) used for a forward spot light (I will fit another one so there is a pair)
Velcro straps on one pole to secure a short fishing rod.
And of course the ensign.
I may fit an extension VHF aerial on the top bar for better FM radio reception and VHF range.

I think the bar is s little high? Am I right? I'm thinking to cut another 6 inches off it. . .

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Old 23 May 2018, 13:52   #2
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Since you asked, looks naff, single pole will look better imo with combi light.
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Old 23 May 2018, 14:05   #3
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Did have a single Pole for light and flag but the rod holders are rubbish I had to tie in the rod to the holder, at least now I can hold the rod tight on one pole.
If I was going to keep the boat I would have used 40mm stainless tube but won't get that money back when I flip the boat on. This whole set up, including, flag and lights was pocket money at just over 50
It needs shortening I think. . . . that's what makes it look a bit naff I agree.
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Took a further 9 inches off. . . That's better and still heigh enough for lights to be seen if I'm sitting in the tube

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Old 23 May 2018, 14:39   #5
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Moved the main light to its side mounting rather than its bottom, looks better, and moved the 2 boat interior lights next to each other until I get the other Cat eye spotlight, it just took some tweaking, I'm happy with it now, I might paint the 90* joins the same colour of the transom if I can find the paint lol, from the pic of them before they arrived, they looked darker than they are and almost looked the same as the transom blue, they will probably fad somewhat anyway
Transom A frame done! 50 and an hour! My boys will love night fishing this summer!


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What has this got to do with rod holders? Maybe I'm missing seeing them on the A frame?

I can see what you are doing but first time someone grabs onto it (and someone will) they are in the wet stuff, I would remove it completely and buy better rod holders with a single light pole on the transom.

Don't waste money on stainless, keep it in the piggy bank for the next boat and enjoy what you have mean time as the cheap days out will soon go away
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Interesting idea, could you use wheel mounts instead of the rod tubes and then set up a way to swap out the wheels for the A frame - maybe use aluminium rather than stainless to keep weight and cost down?

(I know you have done it in plastic, just thinking about if you did want to do a more permanent solution.....

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I'm thinking I should of done it in stainless but one of the reasons I didn't is because people will be grabbing the poles, these poles will flex, the stainless steel tubes would not

I will be carrying one short sea rod and that one will be held on the tube without the flag by the Velcro straps on there, when the fishing rod was put in the short holder (that the tubes are now in) they would bounce out the holders on the plane and swing around everywhere now the one rod I will be taking out will be held tight on the tube
And I carry a pair of pen rods in the fishing box
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It's different - kind of Captain Pugwash meets Heath Robinson!

Not sure why but it conjures up this sort of image in my mind
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