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There's a thread going on the cape dory message boards I just found about the 28 and the st2000. They say "usually" it works.
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Re: Last one for tonight. Tiller pilots

I have one and use it for motoring or light wind sailing once my boat powers up it has to work too hard to keep up and my boat is well balanced.Im looking for a good wind vane for when im sailing.I usually single hand and find hand steering boring would much rather read a book or make a cup of tea.
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Re: Last one for tonight. Tiller pilots

No Question that the Simrad TP30 (now the TP32) is much stronger and faster than the comparable Autohelm unit. I have had both, and agree 100% that
1- they are not waterproof.
2- You do want a bigger unit than they claim.
3- You must balance the boat for them to work well.
4- They will eventually burn/wear out; sooner than you expect.

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Re: Last one for tonight. Tiller pilots

It's worth pointing out that no unit will overcome poor sail trim. If you trim your sails and just assume the autopilot will handle it, then you are gonna have issues. I usually trim our sails with my hand on the tiller, then, when the helm feels ok, set the autopilot.

Our Cape Dory 27 would balance to where you could tie off the tiller or, in some cases, leave the helm all together for a little while and it would retain the same course. Their boats are pretty easy to get balanced right and track really well.

If you keep in mind that the autohelm is basically a step up from tieing off the tiller, then you shouldn't have problems with it handling the weight of the boat under sail. If you just set it and forget it, you will probably have issues.
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Re: Last one for tonight. Tiller pilots

When considering a new tiller pilot look forward to your complete electronics package. You might like one that integrates with your wind instruments and chart plotter, then it could serve as a backup to the wind vane you will inevitably want for ocean passages.
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Re: Last one for tonight. Tiller pilots

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When considering a new tiller pilot look forward to your complete electronics package. You might like one that integrates with your wind instruments and chart plotter, then it could serve as a backup to the wind vane you will inevitably want for ocean passages.
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Exactly true, and I have thought about that, it's another reason I would like to go Raymarine, because I hear it's easier for the devices to communicate if they are the same brand.

The Simrad is rated higher. I may be making the decision between the ST2000 and EV-100


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