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Instruction manual
Simrad TP22 TP32
2004 Simrad Ltd
The technical data information and illustrations contained in this publication were to the best of our knowledge correct at the time of
going to print We reserve the right to change equipment installation and maintenance instructions without notice as part
of our policy of continuous development and part of this publication may be reproduced stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form
electronic or otherwise without
prior permission from Simrad Ltd
No liability can be accepted for any inaccuracies or omissions in the publication although every care has been taken to make it as com
plete and accurate as Part No E04586 Issue 10 MDL 080304
Instruction manual
11 Introduction 6
12 SimNet network system 7
21 General 8
22 Autopilot mode 8
23 Adjusting course 9
24 Autotack 10
241 Autotacking in Compass mode 10
242 Autotacking in Wind mode 10
243 Autotacking in Nav mode 11
31 Nav mode 12
32 Steer To Wind 13
33 Using an external compass 14
4 41 Porthand mounting 15
42 Calibration mode 16
43 Adjusting Gain 16
44 Adjusting Seastate 17
45 Autotrim 18
51 Fitting the Tillerpilot 19
52 Electrical installation 21
53 Interfacing via SimNet 22
54 Interfacing via NMEA 22
55 Electronic interference suppression 23
56 Auto compass calibration 24
57 Configuring the Tillerpilot on the SimNet bus 25
61 Advice on operation 27
62 Fault finding 28
63 NMEA sentences received 29
64 Spares accessories 30
65 Dimensions 31
66 Specification 31
67 Service Warranty
11 Introduction
The TP22 TP32 Tillerpilots from Simrad are suitable for a
wide variety of sailing yachts up to 12m 39 ft
overall length
Combining highly sophisticated electronics with advanced soft
ware and a powerful mechanical drive they are capable of pro
viding reliable and accurate steering performance under a vari
ety of different conditions with minimal current The Tillerpilots have been designed so that while they repre
sent the in marine autopilots with many
advanced features they remain very simple to operate using
only five keys to access all functions
Sophisticated functions available include Steer To Wind mode
and Nav mode Steer To GPS using external equipment linked
directly to the Tillerpilot via the SimNet highspeed bus or
through the inbuilt NMEA0183 interface
TP32 There is also the option to operate the Tillerpilot remotely
using the HR22 Hand Remote For more details refer to the
separate instruction card supplied with the HR22
To ensure the best results from your Tillerpilot it is essential
that the unit is installed correctly Please read this manual thor
oughly before Thank you for choosing Simrad
If you are pleased with your Tillerpilot we hope you will be
interested in our range of marine electronic equipment which
is manufactured to the same high standards as the Tillerpilot
Please contact your nearest Simrad Agent for a catalogue
showing our increasing range of hightech navigational instru
ments GPS Autopilots Radars Fishfinders and
Fig 11 Tillerpilots VHF radio sets
TP22 TP32
Simrad operate a policy of continual development and reserve
the right to alter and improve the specification of their prod
ucts without notice
Tillerpilot is a registered trademark of Simrad Ltd
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12 SimNet network system
The SimNet system is built around a highspeed bus network
ing system that allows Simrad instruments navigation equip
ment and autopilots to be easily and share data
All units are and powered using a standard sin
gle cable Fig 12
Fig 12 Typical SimNet system
The Tillerpilot can receive navigational information from the
Chartplotter for Steer To GPS Nav mode
It will also accept wind angle data from the wind transducer
for Steer To Wind mode boat speed data from the speed
instrument and heading data from the compass transducer
Additionally heading data from the Tillerpilot can be displayed
on any instrument displays capable of showing compass infor
NOTE Heading data from the Tillerpilot will only be shown on
instrument displays if there is no compass transducer present
on the network priority is always given to SimNet compass
transducers for heading 7
21 General
The keypad of the Tillerpilot has been designed to be as simple
and intuitive to operate as possible Using only five keys Fig
21 it is possible to perform precise course adjustments and
navigational functions
Fig 21 Tillerpilot keypad
The unit powers up in Standby mode indicated by a flashing
LED next to the STBYAUTO key Fig 22
Fig 22 Standby mode
The two direction LEDs above the Port and Starboard
keys are always dimly lit which provides night illumination
for the keypad All functions are confirmed audibly by a
beep and visually by the LEDs so the status of the unit can
always be confirmed at a glance
22 Autopilot mode
While in Standby mode the pushrod can be manually driven
in and out by pressing the arrowed Port and Starboard keys
which allows power steering of the vessel
To engage Autopilot mode press the STBYAUTO key and the
Tillerpilot will lock onto the current course The LED next to
this key will stop flashing and remain permanently lit as long
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as the pilot is in Autopilot mode Fig 23
Fig 23 Engaging Autopilot mode
To lock the pilot onto the desired course either steer the cor
rect course and then engage the autopilot or engage the
autopilot and then adjust the heading until the correct course
is being sailed see section 23 below If the STBYAUTO key
is pressed and held the pilot will beep a second time and lock
onto the previously used heading this feature will not be
available if the unit has just been switched on
23 Adjusting course
In Autopilot mode precise course adjustments can be easily
made press the Port or Starboard key once and a 1
course adjustment will be made in the specified direction This
is confirmed by a single beep and the Port or Starboard LED
will flash once Press and hold the key and a 10 course adjust
ment will be made confirmed by a double beep and a double
flash of the Port or Starboard LED Fig 24
Fig 24 Course adjustment to Port
NOTE Following any course adjustment in Nav mode see section 31
the Tillerpilot will gradually return to the navigation 9
TP22TP32 Autotack
The Tillerpilot has a builtin autotack facility allowing easy
tacking of the vessel when single or short handed An autotack
is only possible when in Autopilot mode
To initiate autotack press and hold the TACK key followed by
either the Port or Starboard key depending on which
direction you wish to tack Fig 25
Fig 25 Initiating Starboard autotack
The operation of the Tillerpilot will differ during an autotack
depending on whether the pilot is in Sail To Compass or Steer
To Wind mode
241 Autotacking in Compass mode
If in Compass mode default the Tillerpilot will tack the ves
sel in the selected direction The Tillerpilot has a factory preset
autotack angle of 100
242 Autotacking in Wind mode
The Tillerpilot will tack the vessel through to the same appar
ent wind angle but on the opposite tack
NOTE As a safety feature the Tillerpilot will only allow an autotack if
the apparent wind is less than 90 ie autotack is disabled
when sailing In this mode the Tillerpilot automatically prevents tacking in
the wrong direction if on Port tack only an autotack onto
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In all cases the autotack is confirmed by a long beep with the
relevant Port or Starboard LED flashing during the course
243 Autotacking in Nav mode
As the Tillerpilot will be steering directly to a waypoint the
autotack facility is disabled while in Nav mode
If it is necessary to perform an autotack disengage Nav mode
by pressing the NAV key then perform the Ensure that the boat is on the correct tack before reengaging
Nav 11
The TP22 and TP32 Tillerpilots contain many advanced fea
tures one of which is the ability to accept course data from a
variety of sources apart from the internal fluxgate compass
including SimNet and navigational
receivers etc and windvanes An external
SimNet compass can also be used
31 Nav mode
The Tillerpilot can interface directly with compatible Simrad
Chartplotters via the SimNet highspeed data bus It also has
an inbuilt NMEA interface which allows connection to
GPS and Once interfaced with a GPS or chartplotter the Tillerpilot can
steer using data from this source in addition to the internal
compass allowing it to steer to a waypoint with great accuracy
To activate Nav mode the unit must be in Auto mode press
STBYAUTO Simply activate a waypoint or route pro
grammed into the and press the NAV key
The LED next to the NAV key will light and the Tillerpilot will
steer to the first waypoint using Cross Track Error and Bearing
To Waypoint information from the navigational receiver to
maintain an accurate course Fig 31
Fig 31 Activating Nav mode
On arrival at the target waypoint an intermittent alarm will
sound As a safety feature to avoid an unexpected course
change the next waypoint will not be automatically loaded
until the NAV key is pressed When the vessel reaches the final
waypoint the Tillerpilot will continue its current course under
Compass Auto mode
NOTE Some of the standard key stroke functions may have a different
effect in Nav mode than in Compass mode Please refer to sec
tions 23 and 243
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32 Steer To Wind
The Tillerpilot can sail to the apparent wind angle rather than
a compass course using wind data via the SimNet or NMEA
interfaces Due to the faster data rate the use of a SimNet
windvane such as the Simrad IS12 Wind is recommended
priority will be given to SimNet wind data over NMEA wind
data received by the If no wind information is present the Tillerpilot will not enter
Steer To Wind mode
To select Steer To Wind mode the unit must be in Auto mode
Press and hold the Port and Starboard keys together
until a double beep is heard Fig 32
Fig 32 Selecting Steer To Wind mode
Both the Port and Starboard LEDs will flash while the pilot is in Steer To Wind mode
To switch back to Compass mode simply press and hold the
and keys together again until a double beep is heard
While in Steer To Wind mode the Tillerpilot will lock onto the
current apparent wind angle being sailed Any course adjust
ments made will be relative to the apparent wind angle rather
than the compass heading as when in Compass Auto mode
Initiating an autotack will turn the boat onto the same appar
ent wind angle on the opposite tack As a safety feature auto
tack is disabled when sailing Nav mode cannot be selected while in Steer To Wind mode
to activate return to Compass Auto mode 13
TP22TP32 Using an external compass
Normally the accurate operation of a autopilot
is very difficult on a ferrous hulled boat steel ferro cement
etc as the hull will affect the bearing read by the internal flux
gate compass
Although the Tillerpilot operates using its inbuilt fluxgate com
pass it will give priority to an external SimNet Compass if
detected on the network bus
On a steel or ferro hulled boat the correct location for the
external compass would be on the mast between 1 and 2
metres above the deck Fig 33 On a nonferrous hulled boat
the compass should be situated low down as near the centre
point of the boat as possible but away from any sources of
magnetic interference such as speakers etc
Fig 33 Using Tillerpilot with an external E04586
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4 41 Porthand mounting
Although the Tillerpilot is factory preset for mounting it is possible to reconfigure it for mounting on the
Portside of the cockpit to facilitate easy installation on most
types of yacht
With the power off hold down the NAV and TACK keys and
switch on the power The Port or Starboard LED will illumi
nate depending on the current mounting Press
the Port key to select Portside mounting the Port LED
will illuminate to indicate selection Confirm selection and exit
to Standby mode by pressing NAV Fig 42
Fig 41 Starboard and Port TACK
mounting options
Fig 42 Configuring for Porthand mounting
To select Starboard mounting repeat the above procedure but
press the Starboard key
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TP22TP32 42 Calibration mode
The Gain and Seastate settings can be adjusted while the
Tillerpilot is in either Standby or Autopilot mode
Press and hold the TACK key then press NAV Fig 43
Fig 43 Entering Calibration mode
The Starboard LED will illuminate to indicate that Gain adjust
ment is selected To toggle between Gain and Seastate adjust
ment press TACK the Port LED will illuminate for Seastate
43 Adjusting Gain
The Tillerpilot will apply adjustments to the tiller in order to
compensate for heading variations the amount of movement
being proportional to the heading error detected by the com
pass unit The amount of movement is set by the Gain some
times referred to as the rudder ratio
The Gain setting can be likened to driving a motor vehicle at
high speeds very little wheel movement is necessary to steer
the vehicle LOW gain When driving at slow speeds more
wheel movement is necessary HIGH gain
Fig 44 shows the effect of setting the Gain too low A the
vessel takes a long time to return to the correct heading
B shows the ideal setting where errors are quickly corrected
C illustrates the effects of setting the Gain too high which
causes the vessel to oscillate around the correct heading
A B C D Excessive Gain D creates a tendency to instability of course
leading to increasing error
Fig 44 Effects of Gain setting
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When Gain is selected the Nav LED will flash and a repeated
sequence of beeps will be heard The number of flashes and
beeps in the sequence indicates the level of the Gain setting
Use the Port and Starboard keys to adjust the Gain set
ting between 1 and 9 Fig 45
Fig 45 Increasing Gain level
Press NAV to confirm settings and return to normal operation
or press TACK to switch to Seastate 44 Adjusting Seastate
In heavy seas more variations in heading will be detected and
if the Tillerpilot tried to respond to all of these errors it would
be overworked causing unnecessary strain to the unit and
excessive drain on the batteries Instead it continuously moni
tors the corrections applied over the course of a voyage and
allows a dead band within which the boat can go off course
without constant corrections being made Fig 46 The size of
the dead band is normally automatically adjusted by the Tiller
pilot to give the best compromise between course holding and
battery consumption but it can be set manually if desired
In Calibration mode press TACK to toggle between Gain
and Seastate adjustment indicated by the Port LED illumi
nated The Seastate level is indicated by the number of
audible beeps and flashes of the Nav LED No beeps or
flashes of the Nav LED indicates that the Tillerpilot is set to
Auto Seastate
Fig 46 Seastate deadband
Use the Port and Starboard keys to adjust the
Seastate setting between 0 and 9 Selecting 0 will switch the
Tillerpilot to Auto Seastate
Press NAV to confirm settings and return to normal opera
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TP22TP32 45 Autotrim
Under differing conditions a tiller bias sometimes known as
standing helm or rudder trim is applied in order to steer a
straight course An example is when sailing close hauled where
the vessel will normally pull into the wind and the helmsman
Ideal course
Wind applies a standing helm to leeward in order to maintain course
Tide The amount of this standing helm varies according to factors
ou ut
such as strength of wind boat speed sail trim and amount of
rs otr
sail set If no account of these were taken then the vessel would
wi im
tend to veer off course or pull around headtowind when sail
ing close hauled
The Tillerpilot continuously monitors the average course error
and applies a bias to the tiller to compensate until the optimum
condition is reached Fig 47 This bias or standing helm is
applied gradually so as not to upset the normal performance
of the Tillerpilot Thus it may take up to a minute or so to fully
compensate after changing tack Once optimum trim is reached
Fig 47 Effects of autotrim the pilot will still monitor for changes in the prevailing condi
tions and update the trim NOTE Autotrim is applied automatically and cannot be manually
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5 Fitting the Tillerpilot
The Tillerpilot is a very sophisticated piece of equipment and
therefore in order for it to function to its full capabilities it is
essential that it is installed correctly Please read this section
thoroughly before attempting installation and use
The Tillerpilot should be horizontally level when fitted to the
tiller Fig 51
595mm 23 12 in Pushrod at Horizontal
Fig 51 Installation cross section
With the tiller amidships and the pushrod in the midstroke posi
tion the Tillerpilot should be exactly 90 to the tiller Fig 52
460mm 18in
Fig 52 Installation plan view
NOTE The pilot is factory preset to be mounted on the Starboard side
as shown but this can be reconfigured for Portside mounting
see section 41
The dimensions given in Figures 51 and 52 should be adhered
to as closely as possible especially Fig 51 Some tolerance on
the distance from tiller stock Fig 52 is permissible but the
Tillerpilot may require a Gain adjustment to 19
TP22TP32 If the dimensions given are not practical for the vessel to which
the Tillerpilot is to be fitted a range of fitting accessories are
available to facilitate correct installation Please refer to section
64 for more The Tillerpilot houses an internal fluxgate compass and should
therefore be mounted away from sources of magnetic interfer
ence such as the vessels steering compass The minimum safe
distance is 1m 3ft 3in
The Tillerpilot is mounted using a supplied tiller pin and
mounting cup which allows the unit to be fitted and stowed
To fit the tillerpin drill a 63mm 025in hole in the tiller
ensure that this is on the centreline of the tiller and is vertical
Drill to a depth that allows only the top 180mm 075in to
protrude Fig 53 Fix in place using an epoxy adhesive
075in Tiller
Fig 53 Fitting the tillerpin
To fit the mounting cup drill a 127mm 05in hole into the cock
pit seat and mount so that only the flange protrudes Ensure the
cup is a tight fit use an epoxy adhesive and is supported over
its entire depth if necessary reinforce the underside of the
cockpit seat with hardwood or marine plywood Fig 54
Mounting Cup
Fig 54 Fitting the mounting cup
NOTE Due to the high loads exerted do not fit the Tillerpilot to the
mounting cup and pin until the adhesive has completely set
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52 Electrical installation
The Tillerpilot operates from a 12v DC supply The waterproof
plug fitted to the Tillerpilot is used to supply the power SimNet
and NMEA data
The bulkhead socket should be mounted in a convenient posi
tion close to where the Tillerpilot is to be fitted and wired as
shown Fig 55
NMEA Data Red
NMEA Common Blue
12v DC Red SimNet plug
0v Black
Fig 55 Tillerpilot bulkhead socket wiring
IMPORTANT If the vessel has more than one separate battery bank when
connecting the Tillerpilot to the power supply always ensure
that the pilot and all interfaced equipment whether SimNet
or NMEA are connected to the same battery bank even if
they each have independent connections to the switch panel
This is to avoid a possible voltage drop between the interfaced
equipment which would render the equipment Mount the bulkhead socket on a vertical surface to prevent
standing water
gathering around or in the socket Always fit the protective cap when the
Length of Cross Conductor AWG
cable run section type pilot is not plugged in
No power is supplied to or from the SimNet bus the Tillerpilot must
Under 4m 15mm2 30025 16
always have its own dedicated power connection
Use a suitable gauge cable to run from switch panel to the socket see Fig
48m 25mm2 56
50025 14
Connect to the vessels switch panel via a 10Amp fuse or breaker
Fig 56 Power cable selection
Do not fit other electronic or electrical equipment to the supply cable or
table tap into the supply from a nearby cable always wire each piece of
equipment to its own breaker in the switch panel
Ensure all wire ends are tinned and any connections are well made Poor
contact will result in loss of thrust from the Tillerpilot and slower speed
of response
If in any doubt employ a qualified engineer to install the E04586
TP22TP32 Interfacing via SimNet
The Tillerpilot is linked to other equipment
via the integral SimNet cable and plug in the bulkhead socket
All SimNet units Instruments Radars Auto
pilots etc use the same single cable highspeed network bus to
share data
The system is no setup is required simply plug
the Tillerpilot into the nearest spare SimNet port and it will
automatically detect any data on the network that it can use If
there are no spare SimNet ports convenient a threeway cable
joiner can be used to create an additional port Fig 57
Speed Wind Compass 3way
Bus power
Tillerpilot power
Fig 57 Typical SimNet It is not necessary to plug the Tillerpilot directly into any
equipment that you wish to share data with all data is trans
mitted across the whole bus Interfacing via NMEA
The inbuilt NMEA processor allows equipment to be connected directly to the Tillerpilot without
any need for a separate interface unit Fig 58
Wind Speed
Tillerpilot power
Fig 58 NMEA integration examples
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If a GPS or chartplotter is connected to the Tillerpilot it can
extract the data necessary for Nav mode Other functions such
as Steer To Wind may also be available if ble instruments are transmitting the correct NMEA sentences
When connecting an external talker unit to the Tillerpilot
two terminals are used usually labelled DATA and COMMON
or COM These should be connected to the NMEA cable as follows
NMEA Tillerpilot
talker unit NMEA
NMEA Out Data
Data Red
NMEA Out Common
Common Blue
NOTE Some third party equipment does not have a dedicated
COMMON connection In this case the DATA connection will
usually be labelled NMEA OUT and the NMEA Common wire
from the Tillerpilot should be connected directly to 0v termi
nal 2 If in any doubt refer to the manufacturer or Simrads
Product Support department for Due to the limitations of NMEA0183 it is recommended that
only one talker is transmitting to the Tillerpilot at any one time
ie instruments or not both If more than one unit needs to be interfaced to the Tillerpilot
these should be connected to the NMEA cable via a changeover
Because of the vast number of different manufacturers and
models of navigational equipment Simrad cannot guarantee
correct operation and installation of this equipment Therefore
before connecting any equipment to the Tillerpilot it is impor
tant that the units manual is referred to with regard to inter
facing via NMEA
55 Electronic interference suppression
The Tillerpilot has been designed to minimise the effects of
interference generated by the engine alternator However pre
cautions should still be taken by routing the cables away from
the engine compartment Do not run the cables down trunking
carrying high current or radio antenna cables
Engines with spark ignition also some refrigerators should be
fitted with suppressors Your local agent should be able to
advise on this and supply suppression kits where 23
TP22TP32 Auto compass calibration
Once the Tillerpilot is installed it is necessary to calibrate the
internal compass to compensate for deviation caused by any
metallic or magnetic objects surrounding it on the vessel
With the vessel motoring slowly 23 knots in calm conditions
and the Tillerpilot in Standby mode press the Starboard
key a number of times to induce a slow clockwise rotation of
the vessel Then press and hold the TACK key followed by the
Port and Starboard keys Fig 59
Fig 59 Auto compass calibration
The Port and Starboard LEDs will both light Allow the vessel
to turn through a minimum of 11 4 turns 450 in approximate
ly 2 minutes during which time the fluxgate compass will
automatically calibrate itself
If the rate of turn or boat speed is too fast the Port LED will
flash Fig 510 Either slow the boat or reduce the angle of turn
Fig 510 Rate of turn too fast
If the rate of turn or boat speed is too slow the Starboard LED
will flash either increase the boat speed or increase the angle
of turn A short beep will indicate that the calibration has been
successful and the Tillerpilot will return to Standby mode If
the calibration has been unsuccessful after a period of four min
utes a long beep will sound
NOTE If the calibration routine keeps failing after repeated attempts
this indicates that the Tillerpilot is experiencing excessive mag
netic deviation that it cannot compensate for Check the area
within 1m 3ft of the Tillerpilot for likely sources such as cock
pit speakers or large metallic objects if these cannot be relo
cated it may be necessary to fit an external compass
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57 Configuring the Tillerpilot on the SimNet bus
Normally the Tillerpilot can be connected to the SimNet bus
and it will automatically detect the nav and instrument data
sources with no user intervention necessary
If the SimNet bus includes more than one data source the
Tillerpilot will use the first source it detects Fig 511
IS12 Compass
CP44 RFC35R Compass
Fig 511 Example of multiple data sources
In the example above there are two nav data sources the CP44
Chartplotter and the NMEA GPS via the IS12 Mega instrument
and two external heading sources the IS12 Compass and the
RFC35R Rate Compass via the AP25 Autopilot The Tillerpilot
could be used as a backup pilot while still using the RFC35R
as the heading data source However the Tillerpilot may auto
matically select the IS12 Compass as the heading data source
and it may select the Mega instrument as the nav data source
instead of the CP44
If these are not the desired sources they can be manually con
figured Two operation modes are available
System mode
This is the default setting the Tillerpilot selects its own data sources but it can be reconfigured to
use another source by a remote device such as a SimNet
Chartplotter or other Command Unit
Standalone mode
The Tillerpilot automatically selects its own data source the
first it detects but cannot be configured by a remote
TP22TP32 To change the mode first turn off the To select StandAlone mode press and hold the TACK and
keys and turn the power on Fig 512
Fig 512 Selecting StandAlone mode
To select System mode press and hold the TACK and keys
and turn the power on Fig 513
Fig 513 Selecting System mode
The Tillerpilot will beep and all the LEDs will light briefly to
confirm the new Please refer to the instructions supplied with the relevant
Command Unit for details on remote configuring data If there is more than one data source on the SimNet bus but no
Command Unit capable of reconfiguring the Tillerpilot present
the required data source must be the only one present on the
bus when StandAlone mode is selected power down or dis
connect any multiple sources until after the operation mode
selection process is Changing the operation mode or even reselecting the same
mode will reset any data source selections that the Tillerpilot
was previously locked onto
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61 Advice on operation
When used correctly your Tillerpilot can maintain as good a
course on most points of sail as a skilled helmsman with the
advantage that it never gets distracted whereas a human can
start showing lapses of concentration after as little as 10 mins
However there are certain circumstances where a human has
the advantage in being able to anticipate events which no
autopilot can sense typically in a heavy following sea The
following advice should improve efficiency when sailing using
your 1 When sailing close to the wind it is easy to forget to trim
the mainsail allowing excessive weather helm to build up
Where a human helmsman would quickly complain the auto
pilot will struggle on and the boat will be sailed less efficiently
Whereas a human normally likes to feel some weather helm
this is not necessary for the functioning of the Tillerpilot
Power consumption wear and drag will be greatly reduced if
the mainsail is freed or reefed a little sooner than normal when
sailing manually
2 It is also advisable when sailing close hauled to set a
course a few degrees free of that normally sailed under manual
control to avoid luffing into the wind
3 When running dead downwind a human pilot can see
visual signs warning him if the boat is about to gybe which
the Tillerpilot cannot sense it is advisable not to sail as close
to the gybe as you may do when sailing manually
4 When broad reaching or running fast particularly with
quartering waves a helmsman will naturally apply periodic
larger angles of helm than when beating or sailing slowly This
is the equivalent of increasing rudder Gain and it may be a
good idea to adjust the Gain on the Tillerpilot Many people
prefer to find a compromise setting which is used for all sail
ing but with practice it can be optimised for different condi
tions eg low for motoring in a calm sea or high for running
fast If the Gain is set too low the boat will go off course
because insufficient rudder is applied in time if the Gain is too
high the boat will overcorrect increasing power 5 The Tillerpilot is a highly advanced piece of equipment
However it would be a mistake to become complacent As
with all electronic navigational equipment it is an aid to navi
gation and should not be used as a substitute for conventional
navigational practice Remember Maritime Law requires that
you keep a good look out at all 27
TP22TP32 Fault finding
Symptom Probable Cause Remedy
When engaged the pilot Tillerpilot is configured for Port Refer to section 41
immediately applies a large hand setting but installed on
helm angle and increases Starboard side or vice versa
course error
After functioning normally Power interrupted briefly or low Increase size of cable
course is suddenly lost and the voltage Check all connections
Tillerpilot goes into Standby Cable used to socket too small Charge batteries
Mode Intermittent connection Uprate batteries
Helm is hard over and alarm is Steerage way insufficient to control Reset the vessel on course
continuously on course or sails are aback Pulsing is and reengage pilot
a correct safety feature when tiller is
at full travel
Power socket is live but pilot Socket is wired incorrectly Check wiring of socket
is not on section 52
Loss of course under Steer To Apparent wind has become too light Change to Compass
Wind Mode to give a consistent direction Mode
Cannot select Steer To Wind Masthead unit is not connected Check connections
Mode SimNet system is not switched on Check system is on
or powered
Required NMEA sentence not being See section 63 check
transmitted NMEA Cannot select Nav Mode GPSChart Plotter not connected Check connections
Waypoint not active Activate Wrong NMEA format is being used Check NMEA0183 format
is being transmitted by
navigational receiver
Autotack function not Pilot is in Nav Mode Exit Nav Mode
working Pilot is in Steer To Wind Mode and Luff up until apparent
a apparent wind is 90 wind is less than 90
b autotack being attempted is in
the wrong direction
Pilot exits Nav Mode before Cross Track Error has exceeded 12 Reset the vessel on course
waypoint is reached Nm and reengage Nav Mode
Pilot does not hold accurate Fluxgate compass is being affected Check compass has been
course in Auto Mode by interference from nearby calibrated section 56
magnetic influences binnacle Fit external SimNet
compass speakers or metallic compass
objects winches deck hardware etc Replace binnacle compass
with bulkhead compass
Relocate objects that are
causing These simple checks should be carried out before seeking tech
nical assistance and may save time and expense Before con
tacting your servicing agent please note the Tillerpilots serial
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63 NMEA sentences received
The NMEA0183 information required for full whilst in Nav mode is as follows
Cross Track Error
Bearing to destination waypoint
Arrival at waypoint indication
Magnetic Variation
Boat Speed
This information is extracted from the following NMEA0183
Received Data
APA Cross Track Error bearing toarrival at waypoint
APB Cross Track Error bearing toarrival at waypoint
RMA Speed course over ground magnetic variation
RMB Cross track error bearing toarrival at waypoint T
RMC Speed course over ground magnetic variation
BWR Bearing toarrival at waypoint rhumb line
BWC Bearing toarrival at waypoint great circle
VHW Boat Speed
XTE Cross Track Error
NOTE The Cross Track Error XTE information has a maximum
value of 12 Nautical Miles If the XTE exceeds this while using
Nav mode the Tillerpilot will sound an alarm exit Nav mode
and return to Compass auto mode
The Tillerpilot also extracts the apparent wind angle from the
following NMEA0183 sentences
Received Data
VWR Apparent Wind Speed Angle
MWV Apparent Wind Speed 29
TP22TP32 Spares accessories
The following spares and accessories are available from local
Simrad agents Please quote part number when ordering
HR22 Hand Remote
IS12 CompassS SimNet Compass System
IS12 WindS SimNet Wind System
TPPK7 Spare Tillerpin Mounting Cup
Pushrod End Cap
SKT2232 Spare Waterproof Bulkhead Socket
Cable Assembly
SPC2M SimNet Power Cable 2m
SDC02M SimNet Cable 2m
SDC05M SimNet Cable 5m
SDC10M SimNet Cable 10m
Mounting accessories
Tiller Brackets Part No Height
TB30 30mm 118
TB60 60mm 236
TB90 90mm 354
TB120 120mm 472
Pedestal Cantilever Brackets Part No Height Length
PB30 30mm 118
PB60 60mm 236
Cantilever Bracket CB1 PB90 90mm 354
CB1 135240mm
Push Rod Extensions Part No Length
PRE30GY 30mm 118
Length PRE60GY 60mm 236
PRE90GY 90mm 354
PRE120GY 120mm 472
PRE150GY 150mm 590
PRE300GY 300mm E04586
Instruction manual
65 Supply Voltage 12v 1016v DC
Current Consumption Standby 60mA
Typical Auto 500mA
NMEA Format Compliant with NMEA0183
versions 20 23 30 4800 baud
no parity 8 bits 1 stop bit
Drive System TP22 Screw thread
TP32 Recirculating ballscrew
Operating Stroke 250mm 10in
Peak Thrust TP22 65kg 143lbs
TP32 85kg 187lbs
Hardover time 0kg TP22 69 secs
TP32 40 secs
20kg TP22 80secs
TP32 47secs
40kg TP22 120 secs
TP32 60 secs
50kg TP32 80 secs
Ambient Temp Range 10C to 55C 14F to 140F
Mounting Starboard as default can be
Service Warranty
Your Tillerpilot should seldom need servicing but will benefit
from an application of silicone or Teflon grease to the pushrod
and connectors each season and by keeping the connectors
protective cover in place when not in 31
TP22TP32 The unit is guaranteed for 2 years from date of retail sale If it is
necessary to have the unit repaired return it carriage prepaid to
the agent in the country of purchase with a copy of the receipted
invoice showing the date of purchase Where possible return all
the components unless you are certain that you have located the
source of the fault If the original packaging is not available
ensure that it is well cushioned in packing the rigours of freight
handling can be very different from the loads encountered in the
marine environment for which the unit is designed
For Worldwide Warranty details please refer to the Warranty
Card supplied with this unit
A list of official worldwide Simrad distributors is included in
the Warranty Card
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