I also have some questions regarding attaching a tiller handle. Mainly with how to properly drill out and attach the tiller to the bracket. Some ideas were mentioned above I was wondering if somebody could expand on a little bit.
My tiller bracket has 3 bolts that go horizontally through the wood and 1 bolt that attached to the rudder post. The rudder post bolt sometimes gets loose allowing the tiller handle slam down from an upward position. This creates shock that I am sure slowly weakens the wood and laminate glue around the bolts. For this reason some kind of cushion or bushing would be helpful to protect and seal the wood.
I saw mentioned above to drill out larger holes than needed, fill those holes with thickened epoxy, then drill bolt size holes through that to make epoxy bushings. So this means to just fill the holes, let the epoxy set and cure, and then drill again? Would I also want to fill the holes with epoxy or sealant
as the bolts go through and it is tightened?
What epoxy or sealants do you recommend for that? I am thinking the Six10 Thickened Epoxy like available at West Marine is what was mentioned above? Any recommendation on using that vs Loctite Marine epoxy or Marine Sealant
by Loctite, 3M, or something else?
Could I just drill holes, fill with goop 'x', insert bolts, tighten and let set? Any advice appreciated!