Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Slidell, LA, CA
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Hello everyone, I need some tiller pilot experience here.
The problem, I want a tillerpilot and unsure which model - never had one. First, I have a Southern Cross 28 sailboat that weighs 8,900 lbs unloaded. Once we pile on what we need, she's pushing 10,500 lbs. I'm planning this to be a stand alone unit with no electronic input from GPS, wind vane, etc. . .
Raymarine doesn't make a unit that will handle over 10k lbs so I selected Simrad. They have two models available for me, the TP22 (boats up to 11,000 lbs) and the TP32 (boats up to 14,000 lbs). Also the TP22 supplies peak thrust of 154 lbs and the TP32 supplies peak thrust of 187 lbs.
Should I just go ahead and get the TP32 or will the TP22 meet my needs of just coastal cruising? Am I looking at the whole picture or is there more I need to think about?
Thanks - Joe