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Old 29 December 2007, 09:08   #1
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Searider 5.4 A frame needed!

Not been on ribnet for a while, any one help me with a stainless or original A Frame for the 5.4m searider.

My old aluminium frame has broke!! If stainless needs to be reasonably substantial as i have a lot of extras fitted to the frame!

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Old 29 December 2007, 11:51   #2
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Couple on e bay last week, you would need to check the sizes, Pacer Marine in Aldershot were one of the advertisers.
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Old 29 December 2007, 13:12   #3
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thanks pete, the universal a frames on ebay offer no support for the transom! on an old searider it needs it

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Old 30 December 2007, 09:40   #4
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I bought one and had it modified, still cheaper than having it made from scratch.
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Old 30 December 2007, 09:47   #5
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SeaRider A Frame

The "factory" A frame that I purchased from Avon with my new 4.7 in 1998 collapsed on my head, offshore about three years later. It was of a single tube design, bolted onto the transom with two rectangular plates. Both stainless tubes fractured just above the mounting plates. I was very fortunate that when it came down it didn't give me a skull fracture! Neither Avon nor the dealer was particularly interested in my issue.......

The moral to this story is that single tube A Frames are a bad idea. One might possibly get away with deck mounts on a single tube with support tubes going back to the transom but the dual tube "ladder" systems seem to be the only safe way to go.
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Old 30 December 2007, 16:53   #6
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i totally agree, my double aluminium aframe broke at the weld on the mounting plate to the hull, i only noticed it when i glanced over my shoulder in choppy seas and found the aframe hanging over the back of the transom.

i would prefer the more substantial self righting frame by choice for that reason.
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i only noticed it when i glanced over my shoulder in choppy seas and found the aframe hanging over the back of the transom.
You were lucky! I noticed mine when I was struck a glancing blow on my left shoulder by the collapsing A Frame. The 3/16" thk. plate at the apex of the frame just cleared my head and smashed into the console just forward of the helm
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a frame

I can make you a 2 inch A frame to fit your boat for 200 with any attachment plates you need

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