TILLER PILOT

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Mark Gutteridge
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TILLER PILOT

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Hello all; I am finally going to install my SIMRAD tiller pilot on HUNTING PARTY. Does anybody have any pictures or advice how thet installed a auto helm on their boat.
Rock & Roll
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I installed a ST1000 last week. I elected to install in cockpit coaming instead of seats. So I needed a 6" extension to reach from coaming to tiller. i then installed plug in in cockpit locker, so autohelm is always plugged in. I hung two light straps, from the seat hinge area of the cockpit locker, and the ST1000 hangs like a hammock.
So all I do is turn on 12v power,then put autohelm in place, and push Auto.
Works like a charm. Sorry no pics.
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Here are some pics.
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Very nice. we did it a little different for Hot Tamale. pics will follow.
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I bought a ST1000 this week and am prepping to install it. Would love to see photos of Hot Tamale, Tim, if you have 'em. I have to decide what little brackets and extensions I'm going to need to mount the thing...I'm hoping I can find a way that lets me keep my new spinlock tiller extension thing (which has a little bracket to hold it on the tiller, and extends pretty far back on the tiller!).
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"Maiden Michigan" S2 7.9 #20
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Post by reidmefirst »

Long time no install.

Been busy sailing and doing other projects on the boat but I'm finally going to install a pilot.

Curious for those who installed on the : when installing on the combing, how thick is the fiberglass (and is it cored) up there? Wondering if I should glue some wood into the bottom for seating the pin, is all. It'll be my first time drilling into the deck, and after paying a fellow to rip out a lot of rotten balsa last winter I'm a touch nervous about keeping water out and otherwise making sure I have everything to do it right on install day ;-).
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Post by DougH »

Can't answer the question on core. But if you drill your first hole at the "correct" size you can then inspect the hole for presence of balsa core. If none then you are good to go. If cored then maybe drill oversize, fill with thickened epoxy, and finally redrill. Standard procedure.

All of the TP installations look pretty generic and are what I've been using with good success for years. The nice part is that when you want to disengage the autopilot and manually steer just press "standby" and then lift the tip of the TP off of the tiller pin. Just set the TP arm on the transom (it will stay put) for quick/easy access for when you want to return to autopilot. It has all worked splendidly for me.

It is worth experimenting with the rudder gain and damping calibration settings. AutoTack is fixed at 100 degrees and is not user-settable on the Raymarine.
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The female tiller socket, is longer than the deck thickness on my install. see pics from 2018.
There is balsa core in the deck, so I drilled the top glass and balsa core about 3/4".
Not drilling through lower deck.
Then filled with Polyester Resin.
After it cured in 20 minutes, I drilled the tiller socket size, all the way through and insert it in.
Topped off edge with white 5200 for a final seal.
Great so far.
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Post by Mookie »

I have the Simrad TP-10 and it does very well. I’ll take a photo of the install today, but it is very straight forward. Both the Simrad and Raymarine are installed on the starboard side, 18” forward of the rudder hinge line. One end goes on a pin on the tiller, the other is a pin that goes in a bushing you install in the starboard coating. Easy peasey. The bushing is 6 mm further outboard for the Raymarine. Raymarine and Simrad tiller pilots are fairly equivalent for this task. It comes down to networking other instruments and personal preference. I like that I can drop in ever stronger models of the Simrad if I choose to. I do not network any instruments.
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Freaking autocorrect “starboard coaming”
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