By Matt Claiborne
Simrad TP10 Tillerpilot
Raymarine ST2000 Plus Tiller Pilot
Raymarine Pilot EV-400 Autopilot
Garmin Reactor 40 Corepack
B&G NAC-3 Core Pack and Compass
The TP10 is an entry-level, easy-to-use autopilot built for boats with tillers up to 32 feet long. It mounts simply in the cockpit and has easy controls. Best of all, it’s waterproof.
Raymarine makes a similar line of tiller pilots. This model, A12005, is for vessels weighing up to 10,000 pounds.
For below-deck mounted systems, Raymarine makes two levels of the computer system–the EV-200 or EV-400. This is the 400, which is big boat approved and will drive their largest Type 3 mechanical or hydraulic drives.
Garmin autopilot systems are based around the Reactor 40 “core pack.” Unfortunately, most of Garmin’s autopilot kits available online are designed for modern boats or those with hydraulic steerings systems.
You can couple this with any type of drive unit. All controls for the autopilot are accomplished through the B&G Zeus or Vulcan multi-function display. If you want a dedicated control panel, they sell that as well.
This is an all-in-one solution that requires fewer parts. You’ll still need a drive unit and a heading sensor to make a complete system.