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Old 19 August 2014, 08:55   #1
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Strengthening bars

Hi everyone,

I've looked at a number of images and some Ribs have a strengthening bar running from the floor to transom.

Is this essential or just a nice to have.

I want to tow a kneeboard and there are already attachment points on the A frame.

Thanks

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Old 19 August 2014, 09:04   #2
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think it depends on which model Searider you have, if it's the delux version I think they come with built in knees to support the transom but if it's the basic model they stainless bars do a similar job, I guess with a 50+HP you need something to take the strain, especially if towing off the a frame
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Old 19 August 2014, 09:10   #3
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Hi Chris, it's an 4m with a white hull if that helps. Would you suggest not towing until i have them fitted?

Are they easy to fit?

Thanks for the prompt reply.

The attachment points are level with the top of teh transom on the A frame.
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Old 19 August 2014, 09:18   #4
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Post a photo of what you have and we can give you some advice
I removed my bars and had a Aframe made up which more than replaces them

Mine is not a Deluxe by the way
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Keg,

not sure how new you are to Seariders,. but the "deluxe" version (and yours being a white hull is highly likely to be one of them) had fibreglass "swooshes" moulded into the corners between floor & transom. I think these are the "knees" chris is talking about.

The "standard" version used the two stainless braces.

To be sure - can you post a pic?
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Old 19 August 2014, 09:20   #6
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Thanks guys, speedy replies much appreciated. I am in Leeds and Rib is in Windermere but am going up on Friday so will post as soon as after that.
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Post a photo of what you have and we can give you some advice
I removed my bars and had a Aframe made up which more than replaces them

Mine is not a Deluxe by the way
Like the seat at the back Nick, where did you get it please?
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Like the seat at the back Nick, where did you get it please?
I got it from here
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But this is a better price

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Had to fit 2 blocks for it to sit on so it fits nicely between the raised bits in the floor!
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Keg,

not sure how new you are to Seariders,. but the "deluxe" version (and yours being a white hull is highly likely to be one of them) had fibreglass "swooshes" moulded into the corners between floor & transom. I think these are the "knees" chris is talking about.

The "standard" version used the two stainless braces.

To be sure - can you post a pic?
Not got a pic yet but just had a look an it does have the swooshes described which is great news. They seem to part of the floor and transom all moulded as one.

Thanks again everyone. Will post pics when I get home.
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I hate to think what towing from that height does for the handling on such a small boat
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