I want to replace my P&H kayak’s twistlock foot braces with Yakima style braces. I like the Twistlocks, but they are just a bit too flexible and the fact that they “creak” when I push on them is annoying.
I have done this before with mixed results. The problem is that the bolt spacing is different between the two by about 1/8 of an inch. This does not sound like much, but it’s enough to make a difference.
In the past I have just drilled out the holes in the hull a bit bigger, but this is not a great solution.
I am wondering what others have done. I am considering this time using the existing holes for the forward bolt and then using Gflex epoxy to fill the holes for the rear bolt hole and then re-drilling them at the proper location 1/8 inch from the center of the previous holes. This seems like it might be a better approach rather than creating a large hold on one or both sets of bolt holes that are larger than the bolts going through and therefore proving opportunities for movement or water intrusion.
Any thoughts / ideas?