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Aquia Revenge posted 08-07-2007 01:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for Aquia Revenge   Send Email to Aquia Revenge  
I have a 22' Revenge WT WD and I [plan] to install a small flat screen inside the cuddy. [Seeks] recommendations.
Plotman posted 08-07-2007 02:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Plotman  Send Email to Plotman     
Flat screen what? GPS? TV?
Bella con23 posted 08-07-2007 02:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bella con23  Send Email to Bella con23     
I have no experiance with them, but they seem to have a following for there price/quality.
jflots posted 08-07-2007 02:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for jflots  Send Email to jflots     
A company called "Majestic" makes 12 volt TV's
Aquia Revenge posted 08-08-2007 07:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Aquia Revenge  Send Email to Aquia Revenge     
I [plan] to put in a flat screen monitor so my daughter can watch DVD's when she gets tired of being on deck.
jimh posted 08-08-2007 07:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
You'll need something to play to DVD recordings, not just a display. Because you plan to install the display inside the cabin, you won't need to get a display which is suitable for viewing in direct sunlight. This will save you about $2,500.
Over the LINE posted 08-08-2007 11:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Over the LINE  Send Email to Over the LINE     
I bought my wife a portable DVD player with an 8" wide screen a few years ago. It has a battery pack and also a 12 volt plug. We use it on our sailboat to watch movies. The screen is plenty big enough for close viewing.

Why not just install a 12 volt plug in the right place and figure out how to make a "shelf" for the unit? The existing shelf may work if you find the right player. Sure would be cheaper than hard mounting and she could use it other places. Also would not make too many holes in the boat. ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1& productId=11041044

Not a recomendation for this model, just an example.

Aquia Revenge posted 08-09-2007 07:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Aquia Revenge  Send Email to Aquia Revenge     
Great idea about the portable DVD player. Now I can think of something else to go in that spot. Thanks.
RMS posted 08-10-2007 12:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for RMS  Send Email to RMS     
For a TV for the boat, I wanted 110 as well as 12 volt capability. I found a Magnavox 15" flat panel at Walmart, about $225. The TV was designed to run on 10-15 volts, with a large "wall wart" converter to step it from the 110 household current. For two seasons, this set-up has worked well. Unfortunately, I have yet to locate a 12 volt DVD player, without a viewing screen. Bob
where2 posted 08-11-2007 12:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
For 12v DVD players without a viewing screen, Check out the likes of a JVC KD-DV5300. While looking over my father's friend's 2005 41' Luhrs Sportfisherman, he noted that all three of the flat screen TV's were coupled to their own AM/FM/CD/DVD head unit, allowing them to play three different movies... We speculated if it was wired correctly you could actually watch a DVD on the fly bridge on one of the navigation screens, although it might have to watch the same DVD as the TV in the salon.

(Note, my 15_Sport is lucky to have a color chart plotter). The new 345 Conquest has the ability to run a DVD video on the flat screen in the cabin and the same video on the chart plotter display at the helm!

cdnwhaler posted 08-11-2007 09:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for cdnwhaler  Send Email to cdnwhaler     
For the last 3 years for my kids viewing DVD's we carry an older iBook notebook computer. It has a great battery life and recharges quickly. You can also load some games onto it if required.

On our longer trips, 6 to 8 days, my boys may bring a game machine like a PS2 they plug into portable DVD player and then into our Honda EU1000 generator that fits under the stern seat. It can run while the boat is running or while moored. I've not installed a second battery in the boat and the Honda isn't much bigger or heavier than a battery, plus it can charge the boat battery and all other batteries, phones, iPods or whatever if necessary.

One of the problems we had using the portable DVD player I bought was the battery life was too short for most movies and it takes forever to recharge it. Even when plugged in at our home.

There have been numerous articles written about the set up of house batteries, inverters, converters and the like but I went this route due to our extended days of boat camping where we're moored for a days at a time without power and I felt the drain on a house battery with all these kid gadgets would be too great. When moored the only house item I use is the VHF to catch the weather reports.

Plus I've occassionly used the generator to power up my home office during power outages.

This is on a 1984 Outrage 22.

where2 posted 08-13-2007 11:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Peter, be mindful of the Carbon Monoxide potential from that little Honda. We have one at work, and it's a handy little thing to have around. However, I would be wary of running it inside the hull without keeping a CO detector onboard...
cdnwhaler posted 08-14-2007 11:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for cdnwhaler  Send Email to cdnwhaler     

Thanks where2.
I've thought of that. I keep and run the Honda under the stern seat and it vents out the back by the motor. Sometimes I even place the Honda outside the boat on a dock or more likely the rocks I'm tied to and run the yellow umbilical cord to it. Initially not for CO2 concerns but for noise concern. But when I first got the Honda one of the kids threw a towel over the stern seat and it pushed the fumes inside immediately and luckily the smell was noticeable immediately. Scared the bejeezus out of me so I'm very mindful of it now. The fellow inquiring has a Revenge versus my open Outrage and this would certainly be a huge concern if he ran it anywhere close to the cuddy door. I've seen a few other boaters carry these things and quite often they run them on the bow pulpit with an extension cord. I think for both your concern and the noise level. Good point.


cdnwhaler posted 08-14-2007 12:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for cdnwhaler  Send Email to cdnwhaler     
By the way, when the towel incident happened I checked into obtaining an exhaust extension and could find nothing.


Over the LINE posted 08-14-2007 04:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Over the LINE  Send Email to Over the LINE     
I saw a 1000 Watt Honda that had been modified for use below decks on a small sailboat. It was a while ago, but as I remember they used a flexible metal natural gas hose to get the exhaust overboard. It was attached to the exhaust by getting creative with threaded fittings.

I am not saying this conforms to any sort of Boat and Yacht building standards. I am sure someone will tell me why it is completely unsafe but figured I would pass it on anyway.

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