I sometimes watch tv at anchor. (I watched tv under way once or twice, but that was just a few minutes and more because I could than because I wanted to see anything.)
I have a 9 inch TV/DVD player that runs on 12 VDC or 120 VAC. I run it on DC all the time, but it draws a small amount of power even when turned off, so I unplug it when I turn it off and I'm not on shore power
. This is regular analog tv, not HDTV. I bought this one late 2005 as a replacement for an older small tv that broke.
(I was not able to find an HDTV display smaller than 24 inches. Also, most "HDTV televisions" are really just computer monitors; there is no place to plug
in an antenna
, so it CAN'T receive broadcast HDTV signals. I was not able to find an HDTV smaller than 48 inches that could receive broadcast signals.)
Small TVs do not need all that much power. Even a small portable inverter
should have no problem powering a TV and a satellite decoder box. Just add up the power requirements printed on the back to see what size inverter
My boat came with a halo antenna
already installed. It works moderately well for over the air tv reception
, but not so good in fringe areas. They say that a halo antenna is omni-directional. I find that is not quite true, but it is close enough. A weak signal will change a little as you swing at anchor. A strong signal will be just fine.
If I can attach a picture to this post, you should see the halo antenna viewed from the base of the mast
. It is that roughly circular structure that the birds are sitting on: