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Right tiller pilot for a 1996 Hunter 26

Sailing alone it's tough getting myself a cold drink or fix myself a bite to eat.
Right now I have a line that has a clamp fixed to the tiller that is ok in calm seas. I'm thinking a tiller pilot is the next step in what I need.

Do they require a connection to a navigation chart plotter or is this function self contained in the tiller pilot?

My boat's fitted with a Lowrance chart plotter that bought within in the last year. Wish I'd known about a touch screen back then. The key input is archaic.

I don't want to have to replace the Lowrance if I don't have to for a tiller pilot if in fact I need the two in compliance.

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Re: Right tiller pilot for a 1996 Hunter 26

Tiller pilot stands alone Has built in compass reads present direction and maintains it. I have the small Raymarine on mine ,works ok with sail, but will screw up when motoring. Just need power hooked to it..........Dale
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Re: Right tiller pilot for a 1996 Hunter 26

ah.. ok.... good so I just find the one that is a good fit for my boat.
You say it messes with motoring. They can't hold a course under power or what they get in the way. They detach right, without much fuss? Or are you saying in heavy seas under power they can't hold a course.
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Re: Right tiller pilot for a 1996 Hunter 26

My Yanmar YMS 8 seems to throw off the compass when running. The motor is directly under the tiller pilot. You might check Ebay thats where I got mine....Dale
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Re: Right tiller pilot for a 1996 Hunter 26

Tiller pilots hold a compass course. They usually have a tacking feature, so it will steer through a tack while you tend to lines. Some can communicate with electronics to steer a wind course. Remember, if you are alone onboard with the tiller pilot engaged, the boat will keep sailing if you fall overboard.
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Re: Right tiller pilot for a 1996 Hunter 26

I have the Raymarine 2000 for my Pearson 30. The literature said the 1000 would work, but I wanted the bigger one so it would have the power to hold coarse in heavier winds and swells, as well as last longer.
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Re: Right tiller pilot for a 1996 Hunter 26

Simrad TP10 - nothing fancy, self-contained, simple to operate, designed for exactly your sort of application. It will follow a compass course, tack on command, and has some ability to compensate for sea-state effects. About $400.

I have an earlier version on my Cal 227. The only trouble it's ever given me is when the power plug needed tightening (not really a problem with the unit, per se).
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