Originally Posted by runner
I bought an old Y-flyer yesterday basically for the trailer under it. It is in pretty bad shape. In fact, there is a fiberglass copy of the hull profile sitting on top of the old hull where someone had started to build a modern version of the boat by hand. The mast appears to have been strapped down across the bottom of that hull and pulled down hard enough to shape it over the hull.
Is it acceptable to place a mast that has a small bend in the middle across a curved surface and slowly pulll it back straight with straps? Should it be done a little at a time over a period of days, or all at once. The bend is not severe.
Thanks in advance!
I think that I would probably just turn the mast over and strap it down to the hull again. Rig up a way that you can pull it down a little at a time until you can take out the bend but don't worry about doing it quickly. Waiting days isn't going to help. If the curve of the hull isn't sufficient to get rid of the bend then you may need to set something else up.