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Rudder/tiller head is loose

Hello Everybody. I recently acquired a '69 Columbia 28. The tiller has a fair amount of "slop" to it. I get a slight amount of lateral movement in the rudder post (likely loose bearings), which I will address at haulout. I am pretty sure I have figured out that the pin where the tiller attaches to the rudder head is loose. This is because the hole through the rudder head is a little wallowed out when the pin should be a snug fit in there. So my first concern is, if I pull the rudder head off is my rudder going to plummet to the bottom? I am thinking I will drop a couple of lines under the rudder and tie it off. Next question is, can I drill out the hole through both tiller head and rudder head and get a larger pin, or would this compromise the integrity of both so that it could break under load?
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