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Old 02 December 2005, 17:40   #1
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If my A-frame is just going to hold the nav lights and VHF antenna will an Aluminum one do? Its about 500$ less than the Stainless Steel one so im tempted to get it.
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Old 02 December 2005, 17:54   #2
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They can often be better than SS ones!!! Just make sure the tubes are a nice big diameter. Loads of commercial RIBS use ally tubes.
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Old 02 December 2005, 17:55   #3
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Hi,

I've got an ally one and it seems very strong.

Its two tubes running paralell with cross bars at various parts to provide strength.

Probably doesn't look as nice as a Stainless Steel one but its a damn sight lighter.

Easier to drill holes in to attach stuff to as well.

Downside is it will need painting. Aluminium slowly disintegrates in salt water.

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You can get Marine grade alloy which is much more resistant to the elements, have a word with Pete 7. He has one on the back of his Pac.
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Yup, dread to think what it would weigh in Stainless but its an easy lift in Ali,
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my avon 6mtr commercial has an alloy a frame complete with selfrighting gear ,if its good enough for avon its good enough for me
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Thank you Im gonna order an Aluminum A-frame from RIBCRAFT Monday
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