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Old 24 August 2008, 10:52   #1
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Drawings/sellers of A-frames?

Our club wants to get an A-frame that will support running lights, GPS-antenna and the VHF-aerial for our Zodiac Hurricane 440. But it has occurred to us that it would also be fun to be able to occasionally tow a skier or an inflatable water toy.

We can make the frame ourselves since we have a really good metal workshop. But does anyone have drawings/photographs/dimensions of a design that works and is solid enough?

Or can anyone direct me to a place that sells frames, that will fit our boat?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 27 August 2008, 14:50   #2
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Our club wants to get an A-frame that will support running lights, GPS-antenna and the VHF-aerial for our Zodiac Hurricane 440. But it has occurred to us that it would also be fun to be able to occasionally tow a skier or an inflatable water toy.

We can make the frame ourselves since we have a really good metal workshop. But does anyone have drawings/photographs/dimensions of a design that works and is solid enough?

Or can anyone direct me to a place that sells frames, that will fit our boat?

Thanks in advance.

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drawings/sellers of A- Frames

I've also looked into fitting an A-frame principally for ski/tube towing. Towing off the eyes in the transom does not give sufficient clearance off the water.

However I've been told that if you fit an A frame for that purpose you then have to run a strap from the frame to a fixed point at the bow to counterbalance the effect and avoid pulling the transom off. Sounds like a lot of hassle and inconvenient in terms of passengers and movement around the deck.

Any thoughts?
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I've also looked into fitting an A-frame principally for ski/tube towing. Towing off the eyes in the transom does not give sufficient clearance off the water.

However I've been told that if you fit an A frame for that purpose you then have to run a strap from the frame to a fixed point at the bow to counterbalance the effect and avoid pulling the transom off. Sounds like a lot of hassle and inconvenient in terms of passengers and movement around the deck.

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Most transoms shoud be able to cope, maybe its a Valiant thing

I would be happy to wakeboard or ski off my Aframe and I weigh 18st
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Most transoms shoud be able to cope, maybe its a Valiant thing

I would be happy to wakeboard or ski off my Aframe and I weigh 18st
Chris - how is your aframe attached though - to the transom or to the deck? and is it a double or a single frame? I think if you search here you will find other people suggesting that wakeboarding off a standard a-frame is not recommended.
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Osprey A frames fix to the transom boxes. I specified bolt patterns below the deck in addition to the normal fixings, 'cos I didn't want the transom boxes to get ripped off
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