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Old 11-11-2012, 08:12   #1
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TV on a cruising boat

Not really looking for a discussion of yes or no, just ways to do it.

Got this link from a friend. Said he used it a while back and in the Bahamas was able to pick up the local Miami stations with fairly good weather reports. Also said he got fewer channels as he moved South. My plans are cruising FL and the Bahamas for probably a couple of years till I get the shake down cruises out of the way. Then maybe going South and more.

I have used Direct TV on an RV and it seems to work in the US, but my understanding is you need some type of motorized tracker when on a boat. Has anyone used this device, or one from another vendor? If so what is your experience.

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I have used Direct TV on an RV and it seems to work in the US, but my understanding is you need some type of motorized tracker when on a boat. Has anyone used this device, or one from another vendor? If so what is your experience.
I've known cruisers who have used sat-TV tracking devices. They haven't seemed like happy people.
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TracVision M9

we used this on a 112' boat I worked on. It was interesting to watch the weather channel on the way to the Turks and Caicos. It worked well with the stabilizers turned on, but would lose the satellites when the stabilizers were shut off.
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cable is the way to go if you must have tv,they now sell micro fine fiber optic cable in reels long enough to cross oceans with.............
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cable is the way to go if you must have tv,they now sell micro fine fiber optic cable in reels long enough to cross oceans with.............
Can you buy that spool with a shore power conductor built in
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Can you buy that spool with a shore power conductor built in

Have researched this and the problem is you need a different connector for each island. No uniformity. Missed two episodes of the dating game.
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Re: TV on a cruising boat

To me the question would be...how well does the satellite tracking work at anchor? I would think that's way more important than how it would work under way. And I would assume that a Cat would be a better platform than a mono if you are in a rolly anchorage.

Any experience out there??
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Can you buy that spool with a shore power conductor built in
i have reasearched this as well and by using a lazer attachment to the fiber optic on shore,and a mini steam generator on the boat up to 150w of power is possible,for more power you will need a thicker fiber optic,which brings about storage problems on a small boat if you plan on crossing oceans
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To me the question would be...how well does the satellite tracking work at anchor? I would think that's way more important than how it would work under way. And I would assume that a Cat would be a better platform than a mono if you are in a rolly anchorage.

Any experience out there??
on a more serious note we used a KVH unit on passage up and down the red sea,in winds of up to 45 knots and 10 ft waves on a 67 ft mono,using arab sat and euro sat.

we had no problem with reception,nice bit of kit if you have $15-20000 for the unit and installation.
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Re: TV on a cruising boat

In Florida we used ...



.... the USB TV adapter above ...

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-950Q USB TV Tuner 1191 B&H Photo Video

...on a computer along with this....



...cheap indoor antenna that I just put above the hatch outside when in use. It....

SDV6122T/27 Philips Digital TV antenna SDV6122T Indoor 20 dB amplified HDTV/UHF/VHF - Philips Support

...is not weatherproof though. I don't think this would get TV in the Bahamas from Miami though. I did like the fact that the antenna/amplifier did run on 12 volts.

Since we were happy with the above maybe we will now add a dedicated outdoor marine antenna/amplifier,

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To me the question would be...how well does the satellite tracking work at anchor? I would think that's way more important than how it would work under way. And I would assume that a Cat would be a better platform than a mono if you are in a rolly anchorage.

Any experience out there??
This setup would be for a cat at anchor, hopefully a quite anchorage.

Also a word of thanks for all the experienced sailors who suggested keeping connected to the shore. I guess you are all trying to show how smart you are. Sorry if you think TV on a boat is not your cup of tea, but to me you just seem like jerks.

Guess this is an example of some guys with lots of posts trying to make folks feel welcome.
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I've known cruisers who have used sat-TV tracking devices. They haven't seemed like happy people.
Was the sat tv tracking device the cause of their unahppiness, or was there some other reason.
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Re: TV on a cruising boat

I am thinking I will too busy with refining my blender skills, playing indoor sports and tracking sunset times, to watch tv.
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This setup would be for a cat at anchor, hopefully a quite anchorage.

Also a word of thanks for all the experienced sailors who suggested keeping connected to the shore. I guess you are all trying to show how smart you are. Sorry if you think TV on a boat is not your cup of tea, but to me you just seem like jerks.

Guess this is an example of some guys with lots of posts trying to make folks feel welcome.



awww! we was just having a bit of fun with ya,sat tv with a proper marine unit works great,as does sat comms,all big ships have it these days.

most of us experinced watch keepers prefer watchin tv instead of a radar screen when on watch
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not everyone appreciates my sick sense of humor and thats ok.
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