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Tiller Pilot Recommendations

I have a 4000# listed unloaded displacement (actually probably more than that) 25' boat with an inboard spade rudder.

The Raymarine ST1000 seems to be the best price at defender ($392), and I do believe that you get what you pay for. That said, it seems like a very popular model. Does anyone have any recommendations for which tiller pilot to go with? Obviously a gyro assisted $1200 unit would be nice, but I am talking about a budget autopilot so anything over $600 should be recommended on another thread .

If a gyro could be added later to a unit I do think that would be a plus. If a certain unit comes with all the mounting hardware that is also a plus.

The Raymarine unit I listed says it's good for up to 6000# displacement. How do they get that number? What does it even mean? Is it worth spending an extra $80 to get the one listed as good up to 10000#?

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Re: Tiller Pilot Recommendations

There is a constant supply of used tiller pilots up for auction on eBay.

Here is one listed right now (currently bid at $127.50):Raytheon/Raymarine Autohelm 1000 + | eBay

My P28 with a 7,850 displacement does fine with the ST1000 micro.
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Navico's dont work so well on steel boats. Autohelms work far better, and can be extremely forgiving, when it comes to proximity of steel.
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ST1000 is pretty foolproof and should keep you happy.
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Re: Tiller Pilot Recommendations

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There is a constant supply of used tiller pilots up for auction on eBay.

Here is one listed right now (currently bid at $127.50):Raytheon/Raymarine Autohelm 1000 + | eBay

My P28 with a 7,850 displacement does fine with the ST1000 micro.
Thanks... I've had a bid in on this for a week now...this should drive the price up in the last 20 hours...
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Re: Tiller Pilot Recommendations

I had the Navico unit but was wholeheartedly disappointed in the build quality. The seals were poor and the linear actuator would groan and grind with any rapid shaft movement. It also had a seriously poor ability to stay on course. It liked to slowly creep off heading. It was so bad I finally got rid of it

I currently have an ST1000. Works very well and seems much better built. I have a low weight catamaran (1900#) that can move quick enough to generate some serious rudder pressure. The ST1000 really struggles with that and slows CONSIDERABLY. I really wish I would have gone with the ST2000. With your displacement, you might appreciate the extra power going up to the ST2000 rather than the ST1000.
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Re: Tiller Pilot Recommendations

I imagine that a cat will have more forces on its rudders per its displacement no?

My fathers c&c 32 has an old wheel pilot that just doesn't work downwind in a swell. As the boat yaws and rolls it seems the compass on the unit can't keep up, and sometimes we wind up setting a new course 10 or 20 degrees off the original one. Is this gonna be a problem with one of the raymarine units? Is there anything that can be done about that?
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Thanks... I've had a bid in on this for a week now...this should drive the price up in the last 20 hours...
Sucks man that unit just got bid up to $182 idk if it's because of this thread or not but it's getting to be less and less of a deal for sure
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Re: Tiller Pilot Recommendations

That's about where they go for, I've been holding out trying to snag one <$175 been close a couple times, but I bet this one goes over $200...

I'll just wait it out for the off season... deals get better when the water gets hard...
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Re: Tiller Pilot Recommendations

Here's a 800 no one has bid on, starting at $75: Auto helm 800 | eBay
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