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I'm using the Simrad TP22 on my 1983 Newport 27-S MKII....bought it for some extra strength vs. the weight of the boat, and especially for it's NMEAK 2000 capability. I cut off the SimNet connector, installed a field-installable Maretron male NMEA2k "micro" connector, and networked it to my Lowrance LMS-525c, and it works perfectly....I can set a way-point on the 525's chart, and the networked GPS and the LMS-525 control the TP22 just fine...I can go the length of the Chesapeake and never touch the tiller.
As for the "custom brackets" mentioned by RebelsRaft, I just hook the TP22 up normally, with the pin epoxied into the cockpit bench, and lay the full-length cockpit cushion right over the TP22...doesn't bother it a bit...obviously I don't sit right on it, but you can lay your legs across it and it won't both the autopilot at all.