The gunwale on my trusty 19' freighter has a noticeable bend after trailer transport last fall. I think it was loose and slammed repeatedly into the eye-bolt that it was strapped to. I've since used it and there is no change in performance, she still plows through the water like always. This boat came to me in pretty rough shape for next to nothing so I'm not too worried about value.
I feel inclined to try to correct the bend before heading out on the annual moose hunt. I travel on flat water so the hull is not getting alot of stress that way. My carpenter friend thinks it is a good idea and had a plan for using multiple clamps and a 2x10. He thinks we can reinforce it once it is bent back.
Is this a good/bad idea? Will the aluminum return at last partially to its former shape? Any input from the experienced members would be much appreciated. file:///Users/f200301/Desktop/IMG_5884.JPG