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Old 13 January 2006, 15:37   #1
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Why have an A-Frame?

Revenger make two types - 38mm and 50mm - the latter costing 1281 +VAT

I can see why they would be essential for radar, or a radar reflector, but what else? The fact that it's an option means it isn't required for nav lights (I assume the white is on a pole), and GPS will work fine low down. Might be some benefit for VHF but a few feet isn't going to make a huge difference.

So, why have an A-Frame?
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Where shall I start? To mount GPS antenna and VHF arial as guests using either a steadying handles is not desirable. Nav lights other than on an A frame are next to useless and prone to damage, Spotlights likewise. Great for towing wakeboarders, skiiers and all manner of inflatables. Ideal for flying flags and burgees. Radar reflectors (essential for extended offshore work) should be mounted above deck level.Look great. Other than this, true what's the point of an A frame? . In my opinion
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So, why have an A-Frame? [/QUOTE]
BECAUSE YOUR BOAT WILL LOOK SHIT WITH OUT IT!!!!!!!!!!
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they look more balanced with an aframe,,,,,or as mentioned on here it will look shite without one!!!!!!

plus you can
put your radio ariels on em
lights
sat ariel
radar reflector holder
flag holder
act as a roll bar
hang ladders from em
tow with em
put self righting gear on em
use em to steady yourself
put one hand on em to steady yourself when taking a p
polish em
use em for helping climb in and out
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Revenger make two types - 38mm and 50mm - the latter costing 1281 +VAT

I can see why they would be essential for radar, or a radar reflector, but what else? The fact that it's an option means it isn't required for nav lights (I assume the white is on a pole), and GPS will work fine low down. Might be some benefit for VHF but a few feet isn't going to make a huge difference.

So, why have an A-Frame?
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BECAUSE YOUR BOAT WILL LOOK SHIT WITH OUT IT!!!!!!!!!! [/QUOTE]

Spot on GED.
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Is that what this grey thing is then?
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could be a giant sleeping bag or a dogging bag or self righting gear or liferaft or .....
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mollers has one on his rib but it is slightly larger, but does not get used much!!!! full of moths i hear!!
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Hugh has a much larger one full of pies!!
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Spot on - I have read a few accident reports where ribs have capsized in the surf and the A frame has stopped the boat crushing the occupants!!!

Main reason I am having one though is cos the boat would look stupid without it!!!

Will also come in handy for mounting the 2 liferafts!!!
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In fact, other than the cost of the thing. Can anyone think of a reason for not having an A frame?
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In fact, other than the cost of the thing. Can anyone think of a reason for not having an A frame?
Height on a trailer?
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Yep, good point. Could be a bugger in Tescos car park.
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it is important to get as much height as possible for th lights and antenna and radar reflector. Especially if you intend going where the ships are!

if you don't like an Aframe you could put twin poles on the back to mount the stuff but an Aframe is kinda handy.

A company called Fusion makes superb a frames and other stainless stuff and I imagine you'd buy one of theres and see a lot of change out of 1281.

I will find out the number

http://www.fusionfabrication.fsnet.co.uk/gallery.htm

I think this is it Check out the jerry can
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