Hi I’m Tom and I’ve been boating my entire life and I specialize in RIBS. Today’s question is what is an A-frame or pole used for?
The majority of RIBs will have some sort of A-Frame or pole at the transom. There are lots of different types of A-frame and poles with either aesthetic or structural uses. Right here is a good example of a structural A-frame. This type of A-frame is great because it will carry your lights, your cleats, your rod holders. You can put lights on your antenna on it, but it’s also got a tow point so you can tow a water skier or wakeboard. They are double pole construction bolted through the hull and they’re very, very strong. A single A-frame will quite often carry things like your lights and your aerial, but you’re not going to be able to tow off them. Masts on the other hand they tend to be a tow point that you can get a couple of lights on. Aesthetically they look quite good but they’re not as functional.
There are lots of different options and it really depends on what you’re going to use your RIB for. So for advice on what’s going to suit you best why not speak to one of our team and we’ll be happy to help you.