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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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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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you're going to be popular in a crowded harbour, how many each side?
I figure 3 or 4 slots per side. Guns will sit point-up, with the handles facing outward. There's probably enough spearo's here that it won't even garner a second look.

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I figure 3 or 4 slots per side. Guns will sit point-up, with the handles facing outward. There's probably enough spearo's here that it won't even garner a second look.
LOL... Just don't come to the Great Lakes, eh! They'll confiscate your boat, truck, dive gear....possibly your wife...
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LOL.......possibly your wife...
Oooo, don't tell Stu (Rogue Wave)
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Geez, Stoo;

You're going to get an influx of speargunners looking a cheap alternative to divorce...

In all seriousness, our California Fish and Game are pretty much like that when it comes to abalone. They'll watch violators in progress of poaching, but wait until they get back to their vehicle to make an arrest, as they get to confiscate any gear used to take or transport illegally harvested abs.

We can't shoot any fish that touches fresh water at any time during its life cycle, but there's a pretty good spearfishery for halibut, lingcod, cabezon, kelp bass, and rockfish.

For those who are into blue water freedive spearfishing, halibut, white sea bass, yellowtail, dorado, and yellowfin tuna seem to be the primary game.

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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.




they aren't for this at all its so you can have a jimmy in a rough sea without falling in. you don't ned height for a GPS antenna and the nav lights can go on the console and a pole attached to the back seatlikewise the radio antenna But the stern light and radio antenna work more effectively with height! Tohatsu used to use a pole for the white light and antenna but they used to wobble the bits off if you had a good day on the boat
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