Please select your home edition
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club LEADERBOARD

Simrad Tillerpilot - A Cost Effective Extra Pair Of Hands

by Naomi Copperweight 27 May 17:00 BST
Simrad Tillerpilot - a cost effective extra pair of hands © Simrad

For shorthanded sailors, a good autohelm is like having an extra pair of hands on deck. But the cost of a full-blown instrument system can be prohibitive for many smaller boats. A tiller pilot offers a cost-effective solution for tiller steer boats up to 37ft in length, including ocean rowing boats.

The Simrad Tillerpilot is a sealed unit consisting of a powerful mechanical drive, an internal fluxgate compass and some clever electronics. There are 3 sizes in the range, with the 2 larger sizes including the option to connect to other instruments onboard via NMEA 0183 or Simrad's SimNet bus system.

ModelTypical max. boat sizePeak thrustSimNet / NEMA 0183 compatible


The TP10 is the smallest and simplest unit in the range. The pilot uses the internal compass to derive heading information for the vessel and steer to the desired input. For steady wind conditions or short periods during manoeuvres this will typically be more than adequate to keep the boat on a constant heading. The TP10 also features a Tack function which turns the vessel through 100 degrees in the direction selected, allowing a solo sailor to leave the helm and tack the jib.

As the TP10 is not able to steer to wind, the performance is of course reduced when sailing in a shifty breeze. It is also worth noting that the internal compass can suffer interference from nearby magnetic fields. Particularly on ferrous-hulled boats it is worth upgrading to the larger TP22 connected to an external compass.

TP22 & TP32

The larger units in the range work on the same basic principles of the TP10 but with the additional option to connect to other onboard electronics via the SimNet high-speed bus or the in-built NEMA 0183 interface. When provided with wind & GPS data, the TP22 and TP32 can offer all the functionality of a permanently installed system.

Additional features include:

  • Steer to wind
  • Auto tacking & gybing The pilot detects whether you are sailing upwind or downwind and will tack or gybe accordingly to bring the vessel to the same wind angle on the opposite tack
  • Steer to waypoint


Installation is straightforward and requires only basic DIY knowledge and tools. All Tillerpilots are powered by a 12V DC supply. The TP10 is supplied with open cable ends which can be wired directly to a power supply or to the waterproof bulkhead connector available separately. TP22 and TP32 include a cable and bulkhead connector which carries the power supply and data connection. The on-deck installation consists of a mounting cup to be inserted into the cockpit seat and a tillerpin on the tiller arm.

Various accessories are available to allow different mounting configurations depending on the specifics of the boat. The Tillerpilot is pre-set for starboard mounting but can be re-configured for port side installation.


The Simrad Tillerpilot is a simple, affordable option to add an autohelm to a tiller steer boat. This can serve as your primary system for shorthanded sailing or as a backup stand-alone device in case of an outage with your permanently installed device.

If you'd prefer to speak to one of our specialists, who can guide you through the process, contact us at and tell us what you need, or visit our website on the link below:

Simrad Tillerpilot

Related Articles

How many fenders do I need for my boat?
A guide from Boat fenders, sometimes known as boat bumpers, are an essential piece of equipment for protecting the hull from contact with docks, pilings or other boats. They are an essential for avoiding damage to your boat and other boats around you. Posted on 4 Aug
VSG Lifejackets reviewed
Combining safety with comfort Valeria San Giorgio also known as VSG is one of the oldest Italian companies to design and produce lifejackets. Starting in 1926 VSG began manufacturing sails and waxed clothes for merchant ships and then moved on to supplying the navy. Posted on 28 Jul
Best Practice for Eco-Friendly Waste Disposal
How to dispose of yacht waste while keeping the environment in mind Most sailors are environmentally conscious and want to do their part in preserving our planet. But when it comes time to dispose of yacht waste, it can be hard to know the best way to do this. Posted on 21 Jul
Turning Bottles Into Ropes
The Premiumropes Eco range is examined by Scientists are scrambling to come up with solutions to the plastic waste problem and find novel ways of recycling. Premiumropes are no different and have recently launched their Eco range of ropes featuring recycled Polyester. Posted on 15 Jul
Sailserver, your sailing adventure data log
An automated logbook that stores, shares and tracks via NMEA2000 Sailserver is a system that is tracking all your data provided through your NMEA200. It is smaller than a lunch box and enables you to share your data with friends and family. At the same time it is your automated logbook as well as your anchor alarm. Posted on 7 Jul
How to Anchor Your Boat the Eco-Friendly Way
Protect the seagrass which captures carbon faster than rainforests Anchoring can be a necessary and efficient way to secure your boat in certain circumstances, but it can also damage the seabed if not done properly. There are eco-friendly ways to anchor your boat that will help preserve the seabed. Posted on 30 Jun
Do you need a set of storm sails?
A necessity for offshore passages whether cruising or racing A good set of storm sails can be a get out of jail free card if you find yourself caught in heavy weather. A necessity for offshore passages whether cruising or racing and a prudent safety item for most cruisers. Posted on 22 Jun
Race through the night with Mantagua Racing Lights
Completely encapsulated in resin, and impressively light-weight Any experienced sailor will tell you, racing in low visibility or at night brings with it its own challenges and problems. The difference is quite literally, day and night. Posted on 17 Jun
Karver KFEC Eco Furlers
A better future and a better furler, using linen/flax fibres and bio resins In this article we shine a spotlight on the innovative construction technology in the Eco Concept furler range, and say congratulations to Karver Systems for doing their bit for the environment. Posted on 11 Jun