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Re: Bow rail bend fix
If it's bent down, put a halyard on it and winch it with a buddy cranking while you watch the bend. Do it slowly and over bend it a smidge to compensate for springback.
I wouldn't remove it except as a last resort - you will require a machine shop at that point and it's unlikely the bolt holes will ever line up again meaning filling and drilling is required.
I've done it both ways - a good machine shop can cut out sections and repair them invisibly but unless the tubing is kinked you shouldn't have to go that far.
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