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Rob Milledge View Drop Down
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    Posted: 10 Aug 2009 at 10:20pm
Anyone got any advise on the best tiller pilot to fit.
Looking at either Simrad TP22 or Raymarine ST2000.
If anyone has experience of either I'd be grateful to have any comments.
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Rob Milledge
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I can't comment on the TP22 but the ST2000+ really isn't up to the job. It is much too lightly engineered - our son when he was two managed to break it! Please see previous threads on old discussion board.  
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 I have the Simrad Tillerpilot 32 and feel it is probably no worse than the Raymarine offerings.  I think they are all probably a bit underengineered and prone to water ingress.  Having said that it works OK in moderate conditions and is good when under power.   If you buy one I would make a waterproof jacket for it.

 I did consider the Raymarine unit with the "built in" control head and separate ram and now regret that I did not go for that - though it is expensive - c £700? 
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Our TP10 works well when motoring, to windward (when the boat sails herself) or in calm weather.  For those conditions the cheapest will do.  It does not steer quickly enough in boisterous conditions.

We do have a wind vane that copes well then.  Inshore it changes course with the windshifts to put you aground.  You do need to hand steer occasionally.
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Hi Rob,

I use a Raymarine ST4000GP which is over spec'ed for the CO32 but does handle the load and works well to windward. It's called the X-5 grand prix these days.
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Rob
I sailed Firefly back from Guernsey last weekend with the wind fairly well abaft the beam. Most of the trip was made with 'George' at the helm and apart from some quite extravagant swing in our course, due to the waves, it worked well (we averaged 5.8 knots). I would ask Simon Pritchard what model Firefly has and what other experiences he has had in crusing mode.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote photomar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Nov 2009 at 1:41pm
Hi! I have a Simrad TP32. Have only motored with it yet but it has been in rough conditions and with the pilot gaffed to the tiller. Very happy with it so far but I wonder if anybody has any tips on how to make a bracket attachment to the tiller? I have epoxied the brass fastening to the cocpit bench already, according to spec from Simrad, but when you follow this measurements you end up with quite a leverage on the tiller. Attachment must then be halfway up the curve on the tiller, pointing perhaps 40 cm backwards again, so the pin ends up in the same hight as the pilot so this is in horisontal level.. Phu! Also interested in tips on how to connect TP32 (or similar) to Garmin GPS (276C).
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Photomar,
you can buy the correct tiller fitting from Jeremy Rogers.  See...
 
Hope this helps.
George Isted
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Post Options Post Options   Quote photomar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Nov 2009 at 11:41pm
I think the tiller fitting from JR is to short? When I follow Simrads recomandations and measurments I would need a fitting thats almost 30-40 cm back again from the tiller. Maybe I should have provided a picture? I'm a bit conserned by the leverage this creates...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote St Paddy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Feb 2010 at 5:11pm
Hi , I had the ST2000 and it steered  to Italy, Had its problems and was fixed on the chart table.
It was replaced by the ST4000 and that is very good kit. Works well. Can recomend it
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