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Old 05-10-2020, 15:09   #46
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Re: Best entertainment system for yacht cruises? What are your stories and experience

We added a movie theater to our Antares 44i and we've screened movies to dozens of friends at once - everyone seems to arrive with a different treat to share. We layout our seats and inflatables and everyone lounges so comfortably. The sound comes out through surround sound speakers and we have such fun! It makes for the most delightful evening in the tropics! Here's how we set it up our movie theater (not expensively I might add), and we're happy to share more details or answer questions to help anyone set up their own. Golden Glow's Sailboat Movie Theater - Golden Glow

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Hello to everyone :-)

I was able to take a look at an absolute super yacht cruises the other day. Of course, only from the outside, but actually it would be cool if I could enter such a super yacht one day. Have you ever seen one of these gigantic yachts from the inside? I imagine that it is absolutely breath-taking and stunning to see that. I would totally live there my whole life!

Anyway...I just saw from the outside that there was a huge seating lounge and on the opposite site there was a gigantic screen. That was, I think, the biggest TV I've ever seen in my life. :-) It wasn't a beamer or anything similar, but a huge display. The picture was also super sharp. I just wonder if that TV is always set up there...of course you need a lot of space for that...And what else is there for an entertaining system on such super yachts? Have you ever made any experiences there and have you even been allowed to look into such a yacht yourself? I imagine that the whole equipment you can find in there is made of technical excellence. Maybe one or the other of you even has such high end systems on your yacht!?! Then I envy you already ;-)

So my question is: What is the best entertainment system for yacht cruises you have ever seen? I am already curious to hear your stories :-) Cheers, shanter :-)
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Izon, true, luxury can be found anywhere…but a Casino on his own yacht? Not sure if one might need that hahah however that foldable TV sounds interesting. How does that work? Is the image projected onto a screen which can then be folded?


This highly luxury yachts can have literally anything installed. I was never on one of this kind, but who knows, one day maybe...could be fun. The foldable TV i saw was not a beamer or something like that...it's a real TV which moves out of the ground and unfolds. Like you unfold a city-map for example, but way bigger and maybe the technique is a "little" bit more complicated





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My boat is my home, we live here 24/7/365. What do you expect me to do after dark on a winter night anchored out? It’s going to start getting dark at 6:00pm soon, besides, what’s wrong with TV, or cinema? We read for an hour or two in bed, but there are a lot of hours of darkness in January and February.......

As to what content we watch, it’s mostly UK TV, mysteries, crime shows and other content. These days we really like Silent Witness, Touch of Frost, Of course Midsomer Murders, This Farming Life, Britannia, the Goes Wrong Show, Mrs Brown, Benidorm, Morse, Endeavor and Inspector Lewis, van der Valk. Lots more, too. No US network Tv though,. Some Italian: Montalbano and Barlume are fun. Lots more out there to stream on Prime. We subscribe to BritBox, Acorn, MHz Choice, PBS Masterpiece and PBS Passport through Prime. We also have an ancient KVH dish that only gets satellite 129, so we just get US cable TV with no local stations.

Totally with you and it should not be a discussion of "necessary or not necessary". It's the choice one makes and in your case (living on a boat the whole time), it's quite natural that one seeks for some other entertainment. I do really love books and read a lot and a movie will not replace the experience of a good book. But watching a movie is another type of entertainment (as the book is too) and why not combine them together.
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Hi guys, thanks again for the many exciting answers. :-)

Woodland Hills, haha at least you see some great places when the boat forces you to stop somewhere. Otherwise you would probably never have seen those places, right?

BlackHeron, I have to admit that I don't watch that much TV anymore either, but I love to watch a movie every now and then. And when picture and sound are perfect, it's quite something. To have your own cinema, so to speak, would be a great thing. I also often watch the news on television. I get the news much faster and more concentrated than if I had to read the newspaper or something like that. But I would also find it important to be able to use the TV for a number of different things...watching TV, Netflix, YouTube, listening to the radio, turning up the music, streaming films, showing photos and videos, etc. etc. A television set is no longer just for watching television…in my opinion at least… ;-) But yes, television can't be more fun than sailing… ;-)

sailorladd, so as I said, it would be important for me to be more or less informed about what's going on in the world...and I'm not a big newspaper reader, neither do I read news on the internet. I prefer watching the newscast presenting me all relevant information of the day in a short and concise way

WoodlandHills again, yes that's right, if you are really on the boat every day, then of course you want to be entertained somehow. I think it's good to have a little variety. Television, reading, board games, card games, etc. etc. - that way you don't get bored either. Thank you for the recommendations for the TV shows...I do love crime shows as well, so I'll probably have a look on some of your recommendations… ;-)

edlepera, Bluetooth devices are awesome! Everywhere where there is music, it is great.

mlspadaro, yes, I have read and heard many times that reading improves your mind...I wish I had a little more time and patience to read more than just one book a year ...Any book suggestions?

LittleWing77, wow, a piano on a yacht is also something special, I imagine. Was that a really big piano? I also find it extraordinary that the billionaire-owner could play so well! What else was there on such a mega yacht?

sailingharry, the space problem is of course always present on yachts. There you are always more limited than in a house for example. As I wrote above, I would make sure that the TV is more than just a TV. But that seems to be important to you as well. We used to have a hard disk on the television at home, where you could record all kinds of things with it. I used that quite often. But now I hardly use it anymore, because nowadays it is so easy to stream movies and series and so...But to save films on a hard disk, which you only have to plug into the TV, is very practical in any case!

MikeFergie, that's exactly how I imagine what one should have…

EllesBelles, your movie theatre sounds amazing! D That definitely sounds like fun...

Izon, never say never - I always say that ;-) So with such a foldable TV you can save a lot of space. I think it's always an advantage, especially on a yacht, if you can store certain things somewhere. This is certainly a point that you should pay attention to. But quality should also not be left out. :-) And yes, I also think that reading a book and watching a movie are completely different types of entertainment. I like both very much
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Izon, never say never - I always say that ;-) So with such a foldable TV you can save a lot of space. I think it's always an advantage, especially on a yacht, if you can store certain things somewhere. This is certainly a point that you should pay attention to. But quality should also not be left out. :-) And yes, I also think that reading a book and watching a movie are completely different types of entertainment. I like both very much
I mean, superyachts are really big but they have also a lot of things on it, so it surely makes a big difference if a huge TV like the c-seed can be stored automatically in the underground. When you need it, you press a button and there it is. And when you're not watching TV you can use this space for anything else.
Entertainment is obviously in the eye of the beholder. I like the mixture of a lot of things. Sometimes I need more "action" and a move is perfect. Then there are the moments when I like to play guitar...and sometimes I play the guitar and suddenly realize that 2 hours passed And then, there are the chilly moments of reading...



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Fusion systems for boats are certainly the best. They have really good marine speakers. Bluetooth integration multiple inputs for Tv video etc

I have 24 inch Hd Tv , surround sound that pumps when I want it to integrated with a mini HP pc running windows 10 and a SSD , with a monument storage system and onboard router sharing everything.

About 1500 music videos that never bore me. The iPod etc all integrated .

Love it
Nice! I imagine that this system is installed on your Leopard 40? Did you install it on your own or was it already installed when you bought the boat?
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Hey Izon, super yachts are super yachts and therefore these boats are quite big, but you are limited in one way or another. If you have a house, you can maybe add a room or whatever. That is not possible with a yacht. So I think that every square centimetre should be used really well. Especially for the outdoor use, it would be advisable to build a television set, for example, that can be stowed away easily and without complications. I think that's already a big advantage. For me, the most important thing is also the variety... a night of watching movies movies or reading a book, another night of board games, and then the following night guitar music and singing (...however I neither know how to play the guitar nor singing )...so you will never get bored. And you guys do it exactly the same way, I see! :-)
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haha I see...I play the guitar but my singing is ...erm...let's say..."not professional" hahah but I sing anyways Unfortunately in the last months I didn't have time to play guitar, to many things to do. I just realized it now, that my guitar-playing activity has strongly reduced in this months...I definitely have to change this! And yes, I agree with the space usage optimization on yachts...it's something one has to have a clear idea and a plan before making e.g. a refit on a boat.
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"Best entertainment system for yacht cruises? What are your stories and experience"
easy: Snorkel Gear and a fast big dingy!
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I married the best entertainment possible.
24hrs a day non-stop

We have a TV but it's never been plugged in.
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We're on the opposite end of the spectrum from a super yacht... but so far our experience has proven that the best entertainment system is already under the boat when we arrive.
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Hey guys, thanks again for your answers. Lately I've had a lot to do…So I rarely got the chance to look at the forum. But today I will take some time for it again… ;-)
Izon, who says that you have to be a professional singer if you want to sing ;-) Nobody has to be a professional singer to be allowed to sing, in my opinion. With the one or two “liquid” tips that have already been given here, singing will be a lot easier as well ;-) Then it's even more fun, isn’t it? (*thinking back to Karaoke Bar nights* hehehe)
And yes, unfortunately you often "unlearn" a lot if you don't practice regularly. But you just don't have time for everything and everyone. I hope that you will come back to playing the guitar a bit more frequently in the meantime. :-)
Cheechako, dinghies are great! Banana boat as well
boatpoker, where did you find this so called best entertainment possible? ;-) What did you have to do to get it.
theDangerz, ahahah so true!
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@shanter: How dare you and could not take some time for this forum, you have to change your priorities The thing about singing and having some drinks meanwhile is absolutely true...my singing gets always better with some beer, whiskey or wine...i don't know why? hahaha Actually I had this days some more time to relax and to play guitar and it was so good...I found my old songbook and played songs that I haven't played for years...pure nostalgia. I have it ordered by time and years and on the first pages I have the first songs, when I started to play guitar....songs like "country roads" form John Denver and similar stuff....hahaha

@Cheechako: you could combine both things...a big tv like the c-seed and the dingy and you can use the tv as the sails
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Hi Izon, hehe I know, but the pre-Christmas period is always a bit stressful anyway and there is not much time for leisure! :-) But on the weekends, I should be able to make it. That's why I take the time today… ;-)
Is your singing really getting better or do you just think so? Maybe it doesn't feel so weird to you to sing anymore, if you're already slightly drunk...hehehe…at least with me it would be the case... ;-) I quickly lose my fear of singing in front of others… which is embarrassing only the next morning!
And oh no, "country roads"...now you have made a catchy tune for the rest of the day. ;-)
Anyway - I see we all have our ways to keep ourselves busy and entertained. Thanks again for your answers. I enjoyed reading your tips and experiences!
Best of luck to all of you and already happy Christmas!!
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We've owned our 1970 Willard 36 trawler for 22 years. She's a small boat for a 36 footer due to massive cockpit.

Over our 22 years of ownership, including intermittent liveaboard, technology has evolved - our first TV was a 9-inch CRT model with integral VHS player.

We are just finishing a total refit (truth be told, more of a full restoration) and all the holes from old electronics and speakers filled and restored. We now stream/download everything we want. We do enjoy watching a movie in the evening so use large iPad to display with sound streamed via Bluetooth portable speaker. Pandora when in range, 8000 songs on hard drive when not in range. I enjoy listening to podcasts so have them downloaded before heading out. We both enjoy listening to NPR and some of the shows on Sunday morning so streaming radio is decent too.

My hunch is there is a great divide between people who enjoy watching sports and those such ourselves who don't. For sports fans, live action on a large screen with deep speaker bass is part of the experience I guess.

A good friend of mine has a 52 foot Power Cat that is as luxurious as a Vegas penthouse suite. He has 4 or 5 TVs hooked up to a KVH satellite system. One of the TVs is on a lift in the living room (not really a saloon, but a living room). There are speaker pairs everywhere setup in zones. It's all controlled via an iPad which also controls a bunch of other stuff including raise/lower blinds. In one of the closets is a full rack of electronics gear, similar to what you'd find in a data center. He loves getting up early in the morning and watching Maria Bartiliromo (sp?) on his back deck with coffee while his main squeeze sleeps in. It's an incredible system but complicated and very difficult to find someone to work on it or upgrade it as it requires fairly sophisticated networking knowledge. Everything is controlled by IP Addresses. I find the system annoying, perhaps because I don't know how to operate it and need to ask him when I want a channel changed or anything

I've toyed with setting up a media server over the years to store large reams of movies and songs. Current reality is that with Netflix and Amazon both allowing download of content, my tablet has become a media server - no heroic measures needed.

I guess it all depends on your tolerance for complexity and desire for a home-like experience. We're sort of middle road I suppose. Getting rid of permanently installed A/V gear - even the car stereo is gone - has been a comfortable decision for us.

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