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Old 29 October 2006, 13:17   #1
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A frames

Why do we all have these large frames to mount an antenna, GPS and nav lights ?
I think I would rather spend the money else where. Any pictures of alternative set ups, ie single poles etc which I guess would serve the same purpose but a great deal cheaper.
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Old 29 October 2006, 13:42   #2
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Have a look through this, might be of some use:

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...ghlight=frames

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Old 29 October 2006, 18:38   #3
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They make the boats look even more cool, not just there to mount stuff on.
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I originally had mine put on to hang lights and antennae on. Since then, I;ve found it a handy place to hang a throw rope and a monkeys fist (for heaving lines), and an excellent handhold for climbing back aboard after diving (up a ladder, and over the transom.)

Future plans are for a speargun rack on either side (once I get the thing built.) I may also free up space under the pilots seat (bench seat) by placing the PFD's that currently occupy it in a bag hung underneath the top of the arch.

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I actually read about someone who's life was saved by the A frame when they capsized and were washed up onto rocks - the A frame acted as a rollover bar and stopped the boat from crushing them.

Anyway RIBs just don't look right without them!!!
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We can also tow a wakeboarder or skier (or two) from ours - not to mention the remote control searchlight, VHF and GPS antennas!
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I think I would rather spend the money else where. Any pictures of alternative set ups, ie single poles etc which I guess would serve the same purpose but a great deal cheaper.
I have self-righting gear on mine, two antennae, two spare fuel tanks, a heaving line, two coils of anchor/towing line, a radar refector, a dive flag mount, a fire extiinguisher, stern nav. light and flood lights! It's rather amazing that all that crap hasn't flipped the boat!

Oh... most importantly... I can stand on to trim the trees beside my driveway so I don't clean all of the junk off it whan I back in!
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The aforementioned A-frame....

... showing some of said cr*p...
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Radar Arch

Most are consitered radar arches for mounting the big round thing..
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Future plans are for a speargun rack on either side jky
you're going to be popular in a crowded harbour, how many each side?
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