Originally Posted by Limey Linda
I am most interested in what most folks believe the intent/purpose of an A frame is as I am in the process of designing one.
1. Fashionable decorative bracket.
2. Storage bracket/platform eg. roof rack for lifejackets etc.
3. Structural element for the vessel for towing, etc.
4. Bracket to mount stuff on.
5. Any other purpose
Surely if you are designing one - it is to meet your needs rather than everyone elses?
I believe the original concept was as a support for nav lights, ariels etc. Now cosmetic too, generally most people advise against towing with one - so if that is your plan not only do you need to beef it up you need to mount it properly.
The other "serious" application they have is for self righting bags.
You missed handhold whilst peeing over the side - from your list.