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Old 06 November 2011, 13:51   #1
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A frame height - will it fit my garage?!

I'm currently rib less, and have finally bought my first house.

The house has a lean to car port thing which I hope to eventually keep a rib in.

I'm keeping an eye on ribs for sale - 5.5 to 7m size, when I sold my old rib I meant to measure the highest point of the A frame to ground level as I am going to have to modify the car port to accomodate a rib.

Would appreciate it if anyone with a rib of this sort of size knows the height of their A frame from ground level? I know this will vary tremendously but some examples would be usesul

I am going to re-build the car port in the next couple of months well in advance of buying a rib.. basedon what anyone on here tells me I will conservatively guestimate the height of the car port roof and doors to suit.

Ribs I'm keen on are Humber destroyer, ocean pro, tornado, chinook...
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Old 06 November 2011, 14:07   #2
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as a member on here will tell you it's not just the height but the width...

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I have just measured mine as just over 10ft - that is from the top of the light mast which is 2.5 ft on top of the self righting frame, to the bottom of the leg in a down position. Hope that is of some use,

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Ours was at too high so we welded on a pair of hinges. Problem solved.
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Ah! Yes width / length aren't quite such major issues (I have 2.7m width and 7+m length) as I am fairly confident on each and there is nothing I can do to make the car port any wide other than demolish part of my house!

The height I'm thinking of is from the highest solid point of the A frame - excluding antenna's etc to the tarmac when the rib is on a standard rollercoaster type trailer..

I want to start thinking about the design of the new roof and dismantling the old, but I want it to be right to cover most eventualities of boat.

In an ideal world obviously I'd have the boat already, but then I'd be wasting money for storage while I put a new roof up...

The hinged A frame is a good bet, which I have seen before. I do prefer simplicity though and for the sake of a few extra inches of timber its an easy choice... :-)
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The top of the A-frame on my Vipermax 5.8 is around 8'6" off the ground, but the A-frame is a couple of inches taller than you'd expect on a boat of this length.
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Is your drive approaching the garage/carport level? Too much angle either way can muck things right up.
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the height off the ground whilst on a trailer will depend on the angle of the trailer. The "A" frame on our Humber destroyer goes under the up and over garage door as long as the jockey wheel is fully extended. The bow also clears the door, just, at that angle.
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Is your drive approaching the garage/carport level? Too much angle either way can muck things right up.
Ok if the shed has an 'adjustable' roof though, Mols?
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Ok if the shed has an 'adjustable' roof though, Mols?
And a 2.5t mini digger.
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