Originally Posted by Watchemrocks!
You guys sure have some monster tiger sharks!
Tell me about it! In another post I was describing the choice to risk leaving a Wahoo on the gaff until it could be subdued and risk attracting an unwelcome guest or jerking it full of life into the boat! Art is achieving a fine line between the two.
I dealt with a dealer in Annapolis, as I said and tagged onto a Coastie order. The A frame was of single tube design, bolted to the transom with a fairly heavy plate at the apex for mounting gear. About a year after I got it down here I was charging along the bounding mane and the tube flex just above the transom mounting plates resulted in a failure of both tubes which rotated the damn thing forward and like to drove me through the console. I was lucky it hit me in the head...the hardest part you know.
I contacted the dealer who took a "none of our business" attitude and then tried Avon. Talk about the sound of a tree falling in the forest when no one is around....silence ruled. What really irritated me was that I didn't threaten them or anyone else but I questioned the engineering that had gone into this frame and suggested that it might be a good idea if they looked into it given my failure. I sent them pictures and the whole nine yards but nothing.
That being said, the 4.7 is a tough piece of work. I suspect that the quote from the dealer included some leasure aftermarket frame as the gov. frame would have likely added huge extra dollars to the boat. In retrospect I wish I had been given that option! I just assumed (ass out of u and me) that I would get a gov. frame on a gov. boat. Oops!
I haul my boat after every use and truck it up the mountain to my house. I suspect that in this climate where moisture is going to bake off or out of anything, rot is unlikely. (Possibly I should give the transom a termite spray) UV is our enemy and even though I usually keep a piece of crap boat cover on the tubes, I am still amazed at how the material has held up.
Where was it in N.C. that you are?