We scored a Multi System TV, Multi Region DVD
player & Powered Speakers. We ran it all on the 1500 watt inverter
which we'd installed in Guam
Don't get me wrong - the only thing I enjoy more than curling up with a good book is curling up with my Sweetie. But we also enjoy tuning in the BBC, VOA & local radio
broadcasts. Yacking on the SSB
is also quite entertaining and we've even been known to crank up the stereo and dance naked on the foredeck when the spirit moved us.
But the TV / DVD
combo opened a whole new wealth experience for us when we were out cruising because we were able to tune in local TV broadcasting whenever we dropped the hook and were able to get local & world news telecasts, plus information about local upconing events
in nearly every country we visited across Asia
and the Caribbean
. Stick the rabit ears out the hatch
, do an "auto-tune" and you'll be surprised at what shows up on the tv screen!
That system went away when we sold that boat when we traded up.
We've set-up our new boat essentially in the same way but with the addition of a pair of SHARP AQUOS LCD flat screen
TVs. These TVs are also multi system capable and (even though the sales tech at Circut City had no idea what I was talking about when asked about PAL, NTSC & C-Scan systems) I still got a great deal by buying
their demo models.
The biggest difference is that now we're supplying ALL of our 115 volt AC needs with just an 800 watt inverter
. It powers all of the above plus will recharge our cordless drill, handycam, laptop
computer and sewing machine
. And it's ALL Solar
The fact that our TV & DVD players are both multi system, we will be able to watch local TV shows in Panama
& New Zealand
(all of which operate on different broadcast systems) when we get going back across the Pacific and we can rent and watch DVDs everywhere we go - if we wnat to.
Being social animals
, we get great pleasure in making new friends by inviting them over for a barbecue
and a movie
of Scrabble) when we're anchored in cozy locations. Plus we can watch cruise
vidoes from boats of every flag while we're out there.
I'm not sure if I'd go to this effort if we were weekend sailors. The fact that we are full time liveaboards probably makes it easier to justify.
So... for us...
TV on board? Why Not?
Capt Kirk ~~~_/) ~~~ s/v Gallivanter ~~~ St Thomas
PS - We just scored Captains Courageous
and a version of Mutiny on the Bounty
starring Clark Gable! Come on over!