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View Poll Results: How many cruise with a TV aboard?
Liveaboard: with TV 44 15.83%
Liveaboard: want TV 2 0.72%
Liveaboard: not on my boat 23 8.27%
Coastal Cruiser: with TV 74 26.62%
Coastal Cruiser: want TV 19 6.83%
Coastal Cruiser: no way TV 77 27.70%
Racer/Day sailor: are you kidding? 39 14.03%
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i use my computer and some software w/a hd antenna... dont get many stations, but enough to check in with the world. also makes a good dvd player too
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I sail to disconnect from society, not to drag it along with me. The cell phone is off and in a drawer and the VHF is set to Ch 13. The only media I am willing to tolerate on the boat are books and perhaps a little music.

E-books are finally approaching the point of reliability, versatility and very low power consumption to make them attractive to have on the boat vs. the bulk of paper books. With the Kindle you can buy books, newspapers and magazines online, through the book itself without the hassle of a laptop.
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we have a nice little flat screen in the vberth, with a tiny dvd player. There is cable (comes with the internet) and is hooked up, but virtually never watched. We use it to curl up with a good movie on cold nights. ANd of course, only in the marina. On the hook it would drain the bank dry in nano seconds!
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We like to spent lots of time on the boat, as much as we can, weeks at a time if possible (so far only pulled off a couple months in a row) so we have radios (shortwave, am, fm, vhf ect) computers and a flat screen which is also a TV. We rarely get a signal but we are at a new marina so I'll put up the antenna and see what we get. The flat screen is most often used as a monitor screen so we can watch movies and TV shows downloaded.

We travel internationally and find it a real pain not being able to watch HULU outside the US or other stations inside the US.

The big screen is also good for watching DIY videos and I find that it comes in handy with boat stuff. Captain Ron is often referred to when we have sailing questions. Like why do diesels like their oil? Captn Ron has the answer! Where will things go wrong? Captn Ron has the answer.

Cheech and Chong is always a good reference for easy border crosssings...

Movies and other videos look much better on the larger screen, wouldn't sail without one.
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We have 2 TVs on a 33' boat. We watch movies and TV shows from an hard drive instead of standard TV.
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No TV on the boat, though we have the laptop with bluray drive if we want to watch our Netflix on the boat. We upgraded our cable at home to HD recently. When the sales person on the phone asked how many TVs we had in the house to determine how many boxes we needed, she went completely silent when we said "one." She then told us that most people have at least three or four, and the day before she had spoken with a customer who had 20! We did away with the tv in the bedroom years ago and haven't looked back or regretted it a bit. Don't get me wrong, we like TV and watch a fair share, but there is a time and place for everything IMHO.
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TV? Got to be kidding. Sailing is getting away from it all, enjoying time with friends, and feeling the breath of the divine through my hair!
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We have a small flat screen TV with DVD and Cassett players in an "Entertainment Center" in the Salon (see below). While on a cruise we often enjoy watching a movie in the evening (the "Movie Hour"). The girls make popcorn and my daughter will often invite any other kids that happen to be in the anchorage over as well (we've had as many as 10!). Frankly, there is nothing quite so enjoyable as listening to the "girls" laughing away although I personally don't have the patience for it.

I have also found that during a rough passage, letting the girls shelter below and watch a silly movie helps them keep their minds off otherwise worrisome weather.

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New uses for LED backlit TV's - underwater video monitor and more

Continued advances on performance and features of flat panel LCD tv's give them amazingly low power consumption and versatility.

A 32 inch Samsung flat panel LED backlit tv uses only 42 watts at a medium brightness setting and it is only an inch thick. Lighter in weight as well. The same size screen with CCFL backlighting uses close to 200 watts. HUGE difference!

Features that were once rare are now ubiquitous. Slots to plug in your digital camera memory cards. Computer monitor inputs. A new feature of many laptops now, besides LED backlighting, is HDMI cable outputs and most TV's have HDMI inputs.

Consider this use for your TV: strap an underwater color video camera to the front of your keel. Watch 'fish tv' for hours without seeing commercials. These cameras have come down in price and increased in performance, like most electronics. They even have infrared lighting for night use. Stop dreaming about forward looking sonar and use your camera to watch for those coral heads(clear waters only).

While laptops can do a lot with video, a larger screen size is more suited to showing your photo collection without everyone huddling around the small screen.

I have not researched as to the availablilty of 12 volt tv with LED backlights but this would be great to avoid the use of an inverter especially when paired with a 12 volt DVD player.
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With apologies to the many purists, I have to say that "Movie Night" is a favorite event aboard Deja Vu. After a day of sailing, my friends and I either barbecue or hit the Cheesecake Factory a short walk from the boat. Then it's back to the boat for snacks & a movie. Good times.

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