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Old 13 October 2002, 17:33   #1
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A frame on small rib, any advantage?

I am considering a ribcraft 4.8 and was wondering about the need or use of an A bar. Could you give your opinion as to the benefit it would have please.
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Old 13 October 2002, 18:02   #2
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Useful but heavy.......

I have one on my Ribcraft 4.8- very good for the aerials, nav lights, flags and waterproof containers. Also handy to tie the mooring warps to. Good as a hand hold to climb into the boat when on the trailer. But the weight concerns me added to a Mariner 60 - I seem to have difficulty trimming the boat fore and aft.
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Old 13 October 2002, 18:56   #3
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Re: A frame on small rib, any advantage?

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Originally posted by Red Fox
use of an A bar
Essential for bracing yourself against when having a a pee!
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As Ribald says, good for mounting stuff on but more weight at stern of boat which is already stern heavy. On RB4 Spirit ('nother 4.8m Ribcraft) had a single stainless pole mast about 1.5m high welded to the rear of two inline jockey seats. Navlight and VHF antennae on the top plus radar reflector fastened to pole.

A good arrangement but we went through 3 VHF antennae (before using a little whip as found at the top of most yot masts) and eventually the hole shebang fell over on the last leg. It had taken a hell of a pounding though, probaby more than you would (deliberately) put your boat through!

My other thought would be some sort of stainless hoop over the console, in front of the driver?

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