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 used to straighten bent aluminum light poles all the time, after they were knocked down by cars! The small ones I'd place on a couple of wood blocks located as evenly from the center of the bend as possible and I'd bounce up and down on it until it was straight. Sometimes it took two or three of us. On the bigger poles I'd just lower an out rigger from our crane or bucket truck on it. You'll be amazed at how far you'l have to overbend it to actually make it straight! Go for it!!