You would hard pressed to make anything match so I would just use what I had laying around. I think the fit is much more important than the wood in this case. I don't know your skill set but if you can't make it a good snug fit and have some gaps this is one place I would use epoxy.Just out of curiosity, if I try to fit in a Dutchman – what kind of wood would you suggest I use ?
You could always use the old tiller as a template to have one made.Hey Everyone - Thanks again for all the responses and suggestions. You were correct about the condition of the tiller. Once I removed all of the rotted soft spots, there was a significant gap. I’ll be investigating getting a replacement. That said, I did attempt a repair on the existing tiller and provided some pics below. It’s still curing and I’m going to sand it a bit tomorrow and see how it looks. I have a nice firewood stack out back and I found some white Oak that was already cut to the correct thickness – I tried using the band saw to splice in a piece (not a perfect fit). The cracks that you see in the picture are superficial, the Oak was solid. I then used the T88 epoxy – I did two pours to get it fully covered. It feels very strong, but I have no idea whether it will hold. I think the fiberglass idea would probably add a lot of strength. I have to seal a few pieces of marine plywood with Gluvit, so I might add a coat of that once I’m done sanding.
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Appreciate all help.
I replaced my broken tiller by ordering a universal one with similar measurements. Jamestown is a good nautical supplier.it appears from the photo the wood did not "fail" - it rotted out.
considering the consequences of "Look Ma! no tiller!" - there's no fix I would trust.
a complete rebuild is in order.