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Satalite TV on your boat???
Back to Sat TV.............
No need to justify ANY passion, whether TV, or diving or bird watching, or rum punches, or whatever, in sailing. For 30 years I resisted all TV and even radio on my boats. Finally we bought a boat with TV, then installed a DVD player and played Jurassic Park in a marina one time and we were hooked. As long as it doesn''t get out of hand, it adds to the cruising experience, IMHO. Currently I make part of my living hosting streaming audio and video from TV and radio stations, to put their signals on the internet.........
I echo Stede, I have the same mast-top amplified antenna, with the same station-hunt capability on the TV and get tons of broadcast stations and it works great.
There are also lots of piling-mounted DirecTV antennas in many marinas, including ours, that are very effective--we personally don''t have one in the marina, but about 6 of our neighbors have piling-mounted ones and rave. (At the house, I''ve had dishes since the first 12'' solid aluminum ones mounted on a pad on my driveway, with big worm gears and motors to turn them. First one was about 1981. Now we have DirecTV at the house.) The dishes need to be within 1-2 degrees of accurate pointing and be relatively stable.
However, Ebay often has motorized dish-aiming devices offered. Some by (I believe) KVH are perhaps $3K--you can find them in RV places like Camping World--I looked at one the other day. Nice, but very expensive. Some by (I believe Hughes) are closer to $700-800. Then there is the unit with the advertising in mags for "90-10" of a rail mounted motorized unit that is even cheaper. The one I like--just from looking--is the Hughes unit (I hope memory serves and I have the right manufacturer). If I see it again on Ebay I''ll post the link. I have not yet tried it, but it is on the list.......
(PS: To Stede: Thanks for the link on the TV mount. You are indeed a kindred spirit. And not to divert to a tangent, but if you want to exchange refrig/freezer design elements, let me know. I put a switch and light like a real refrig, rebuilt the lids, put a lower door on the refrig, double gaskets, increased insulation with VIP panels, eliminated the drain, and added new mechanicals--separate units for freezer and refrig. Along the way, I became an EPA certifed refrig tech, got the guages and vacuum pump and now am real dangerous on refrigeration!!)