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Old 01 February 2006, 06:45   #1
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Roll Bars.

Hi,
I have noted that some ribs have roll bars, and I automatically thought that this must be a useful feature in rough water. Then I thought that good sea-worthy boats like Excalibur or Redbay don't have them (at least not in the pictures that I have seen). Has anyone got any explanation? Perhaps roll bars are just showy.
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Old 01 February 2006, 07:08   #2
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Do you mean A-frames?

The main argument for having an A-frame is look nice and give you somewhere to mount stuff. There is also a mainly South African argument for having one to protect the engine in the event of a capsize. Odviously the conditions there are very different to those here hence the different purpose.
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Do you mean A-frames?

The main argument for having an A-frame is look nice and give you somewhere to mount stuff. There is also a mainly South African argument for having one to protect the engine in the event of a capsize. Odviously the conditions there are very different to those here hence the different purpose.
Plus they are quite handy to hold onto when you are admiring the view over the back of the Rib having a tinkle
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Do you mean A-frames?

mainly South African argument
South Africans don't argue
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Old 01 February 2006, 08:49   #5
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Do you mean A-frames?

The main argument for having an A-frame is look nice and give you somewhere to mount stuff. There is also a mainly South African argument for having one to protect the engine in the event of a capsize. Odviously the conditions there are very different to those here hence the different purpose.

Not that different!!! Anywhere you have breaking seas onto rocks would qualify I would have thought.
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Seas on rocks.

How do you mean, COdprawn? DO you mean that if you get tossed onto rocks, then it'll save your engines, if not your head?
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How do you mean, COdprawn? DO you mean that if you get tossed onto rocks, then it'll save your engines, if not your head?
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I don't really see that it will save much but at least you will be able to crawl out from under the boat if it capsizes in surf!!!
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I don't really see that it will save much but at least you will be able to crawl out from under the boat if it capsizes in surf!!!
I kind of doubt that most A frames will support the weight of the boat and motor and fuel...

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a bit of info.

Following the thread here, guys, I wonder if someone could tell me the difference between these A Frames and normal ribs? Are they supposed to be better, or are they a more beautified version without much practical use? Do they cost more? Just a few questions that come to mind.
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There is lots of discusion on here about A-frames on other threads. I think the main issue is how nice they look. Certainly was for me!
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There is lots of discusion on here about A-frames on other threads. I think the main issue is how nice they look. Certainly was for me!
Gives me a good place to hang stuff: VHF antenna, GPS antenna, horn, rescue throw line, nav lights, dive flag, and, eventually (I hope; gotta talk to my welder buddy) spearguns. Probably more stuff as we go on...

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No, they don't give you the chance to argue before pulling the trigger

As mentioned there has been loads of threads on A-frames, I think they just look good on most RIBs, as well as providing somewhere for the VHF ariel etc, and of course to use as a leaning post when warming up the fish.

I've always assumed their origin on a pleasure RIB was us blokes trying to mimic the A-Frames that hold the self-righting gear etc on a serious RIB.



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eres mine

going to start fitting all the bits to it over the weekend ready for when the boat has the toobs fitted

i think the boats look odd without an aframe and i do quite like the double ones like this one, practical and look nicer
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I think it's a matter of taste. I personally prefer them, as previously stated they are handy for mounting aerials, gps receiver, dry box's and summat to hold on to for thoses moments of releif

And as I have previously stated, the Osprey double A frame is the best in the business
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No, they don't give you the chance to argue before pulling the trigger
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