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Re: wall sized TV, on a sailboat

Now, a projector showing a movie on a mainsail/screen with some serious sound?
....drive in at the anchorage? Just thinking out loud here.

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Television on a sailboat? I thought only the power boaters had those things. Try stepping away from TV, there is a ton you can and should be doing besides that. Save the programing (they call it that for a reason) when you are not so busy sailing. Not judging just saying IMHO.
I have two TVs on my sailboat, one in the salon and one in the aft cabin. We like watching a movie (usually half a movie for me) in bed at night. Offshore when the weather is nice and everyone is rested we'll have movie night a couple of times a week after dinner.

That works for us. I would not say that anyone "should" do or not do anything with respect to entertainment aboard.

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Now, a projector showing a movie on a mainsail/screen with some serious sound?
....drive in at the anchorage? Just thinking out loud here.
I've been to movies projected on sails in a number of cruising destinations. It is usually a great social occasion and a natural fit for dinghy raft-ups. Sometimes the alignment can be odd but that is part of the charm.
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Re: wall sized TV, on a sailboat

Also consider the ratio of size to distance. Salons in boats are generally fairly small. Having a really big tv means that you'll have to sit farther away from it to watch in comfort. While size is a wonderful thing, I think that you'll be happier with a somewhat smaller tv, perhaps 27" or the like.
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Re: wall sized TV, on a sailboat

Is there a rule of thumb for boat TVs? Like the size of the TV in inches should be about the same as the waterline in feet?

I think I could squeeze a 20" TV into my little Catalina.

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Re: wall sized TV, on a sailboat

My rule of thumb was to install the largest that would fit. 40" barely made it. I had to chuck the nautical looking swinging oil lamp, but otherwise, it works great!

I know lots of other liveaboards eschew "TV", but I love my movies and make no apologies for it.
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Re: wall sized TV, on a sailboat

yep +1 largest that will fit in the space you allot. pachuca did a circumnavigation, and watched a movie every night of his passage, thou I think he used a laptop. Some nights are just going to be boring.


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yep +1 largest that will fit in the space you allot. pachuca did a circumnavigation, and watched a movie every night of his passage, thou I think he used a laptop. Some nights are just going to be boring.
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Re: wall sized TV, on a sailboat

I own a smaller TV....and would like to get a 1080p for movies. Does anyone here know of a LED one that I can cut the "block" off of and use plugged to 12 volts and not the inverter?
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Re: wall sized TV, on a sailboat

Another consideration is the differing broadcast standards used around the world. If you plan to visit the other side , you might want a TV that does multiple standards (NTSC/PAL/SEACAM + digital variants). I had one of these a long time ago in a far off land. You haven't truly laughed at a cartoon until you've seen the Flintstones dubbed in German.
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Re: wall sized TV, on a sailboat

We were debating back and forth about what to do about a TV - the boat came with a pretty small monitor - and after meeting a few other sailors, we were convinced that a projector was actually the way to go. It was cheaper than buying a new TV and we are able to dismount the screen as needed (for crossing). We wrote about it here if you're interested on our blog couch sailors dot com

As long as you have a way to hook up the projector to either a laptop or have movies on an SD card, you're good to go!
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