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Old 16 February 2012, 18:33   #1
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A frames - Do we need them?

I look after our sailing club patrol RIBs and am considering just removing all the A frames. As far as a mere sailor can see all they do apart from being handy for VHF aerials is get in the way. As we don't run at night so need no lights and could mount the aerial on the console can anyone give me a good reason for keeping them?
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Old 16 February 2012, 18:50   #2
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I look after our sailing club patrol RIBs and am considering just removing all the A frames. As far as a mere sailor can see all they do apart from being handy for VHF aerials is get in the way. As we don't run at night so need no lights and could mount the aerial on the console can anyone give me a good reason for keeping them?
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Old 16 February 2012, 19:00   #3
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Currently my anchor light is on a 1m carbon fiber pole...but I'm thinking of adding an A-frame so that I have somewhere to mount the radar I plan on getting.

And, they just look cool!
(unless you have one of those boats with stripey cushioned seats)
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It's something to hang on to when you need a wee. Sounds trivial, but if it's a bit rough it's invaluable.
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Old 17 February 2012, 01:28   #5
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Old 17 February 2012, 02:19   #6
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They're quite useful to hold a small dinghy in place if recovering on board. Keeps it in place & clear of the engine when throttling up. Did a few kids topper regattas, one in particular got a bit nasty with at least 10 boats over at any one time and its a lot quicker to pull the boat in and across the tubes and head for the beach at full tilt rather than mucking about with a tow - especially when the kids are getting cold or bawling their eyes out.

Also protects the engines/aerials etc. from boom damage when coming along side.

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Old 17 February 2012, 02:46   #8
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If you're doing close quarter stuff they do get in the way. You forget they're there and if you're do a bit of towing they're a bloody nuisance
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Old 17 February 2012, 03:47   #9
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I do a lot of Safety Boat duties with my RIB and have taken the A frame off. I managed to get an 18 footer rack tangled up in one last time I did a safety Boat for them and was taking it in with the rack sitting on a tube and got caught by some large waves.
Instead I have fabricated a mast further forward that now house the white nav light, GPS aerial, VHF aerial and a pair of LED flood lamps one facing foer and one aft. I have made the mast out of stainless steel and it will double up as a towing post as well, if needed. I don't imagine it will get much use for towing as the outboard is somewhat bulky and will need some sort of frame for the line to slide over to stop it catching on the cover. I have fabricated 2 large towing/lifting rings that bolt onto the transom that are big enough to hold onto when working around the rear of the RIB. The red/greens have gone onto the steering console.

I do a fair amount of photography from the RIB and the mast will make a good leaning post to shoot from.
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Old 17 February 2012, 03:56   #10
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Kind of useful to hang onto when moving about the boat but a PITA lowering and raising it every time to go in/out the garage.

I definitely think there is a bit of willy waving with these - kind of the boaty bull-bar; "mine is bigger and shinier than yours" etc....


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