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Bow rail straightening

Old 02-26-2021, 06:08 PM
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Default Bow rail straightening

Purchased a used boat. It has a bent bow rail. I'm looking for tips on straightening it back.
I called around (South Florida) and the job is too small for anyone to come out.
it's a small bend in the middle between the posts.
Any ideas on how I can DIY this will be greatly appreciated.

Old 02-26-2021, 07:18 PM
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You would likely have better response if you post good pics of the rail and bend once you reach the minimum 10 posts ( anywhere on the THT site) that then allow adding pics.
Potential fix options would depend on which way it is bent & how much , what is near it, type of rail, whether stanchions are bent too , etc. ..... .
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If it’s stainless, it’s almost impossible to get it back where it was originally. A conduit bender will work if you slowly bend it back into shape.
Old 02-26-2021, 08:20 PM
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A bender will leave kinks. Set up a 4x4 as a straight edge. Use a block under it and a large C clamp. Work it along. Don’t bend from one spot. You will have to raise the 4x4 as you get closer. SS has a lot of spring back. 2 man job , take your time . Ratchet straps can help . Don’t pry with metal bars . You will mark it all up.
If you have access to a pota power , you can make a plywood jig.
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Got pics? Go slow, and realize it won't be perfect.
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I got mine mine pretty close by filling it with sand and using a conduit bender. You'll never get it perfect.
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cut the section out and get a new piece welded in , it can be done on the boat by anyone that can tig weld ..
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