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Flat Screen in Cuddy
|Author||Topic: Flat Screen in Cuddy|
posted 08-07-2007 01:13 PM ET (US)
I have a 22' Revenge WT WD and I [plan] to install a small flat screen inside the cuddy. [Seeks] recommendations.
posted 08-07-2007 02:18 PM ET (US)
Flat screen what? GPS? TV?
posted 08-07-2007 02:37 PM ET (US)
I have no experiance with them, but they seem to have a following for there price/quality.
posted 08-07-2007 02:44 PM ET (US)
A company called "Majestic" makes 12 volt TV's
posted 08-08-2007 07:13 AM ET (US)
I [plan] to put in a flat screen monitor so my daughter can watch DVD's when she gets tired of being on deck.
posted 08-08-2007 07:50 AM ET (US)
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.
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posted 08-08-2007 11:55 AM ET (US)
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.
Not a recomendation for this model, just an example.
posted 08-09-2007 07:23 AM ET (US)
Great idea about the portable DVD player. Now I can think of something else to go in that spot. Thanks.
posted 08-10-2007 12:36 PM ET (US)
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
posted 08-11-2007 12:18 AM ET (US)
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!
posted 08-11-2007 09:51 AM ET (US)
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.
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.
posted 08-13-2007 11:49 PM ET (US)
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...
posted 08-14-2007 11:47 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 08-14-2007 12:44 PM ET (US)
By the way, when the towel incident happened I checked into obtaining an exhaust extension and could find nothing.
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posted 08-14-2007 04:10 PM ET (US)
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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