Flat Panel TV / DVD

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The false front is constructed of teak veneer marine plywood, with little strips of teak
on the edges.

Since the TV is mounted high, I wanted it angled down so that the viewing angle was more comfortable when sitting. I also wanted it to angled towards the center of the boat, for the same reason.

A block of marine plywood supplies the vertical angle.

I didn't think that a home "wall mount" bracket would be strong enough to handle some of the severe movement that a boat encounters.

July 2005 --

These things are finally cheap enough
to put one on the boat.

This is a combination 17" 6x9 TV *and* computer monitor, with a built in DVD Player. It's wired into the stereo, so that great sound comes out of the Bose speakers.

One challenge was finding a place to mount it where it would be rock solid, out of the way, but still visible from the galley and both benches. This location works well. There was originally a "liquor cabinet" here, which I used for ordinary storage.
I removed the useless booze bottle rack and made a false front for the cabinet
which is very secure.

The panel
is supported
on one side with
a piano hinge.
This allows it to swing out for access to the space behind the TV.
The piano hinge is really strong. It also allows
the panel to be mounted at an angle towards the center of the boat.


Here you can see the DVD player, and the vertical angle.

In addition to the standard mounting screws, I made some nylon straps that go completely around the unit. They're tightened down with screw eyes.
Little bits of marine plywood on the back keep the washers and nuts aligned.

At the bottom of this picture one can see a block of wood, that is used to angle the panel towards the center of the boat.


The piano hinge makes it really easy to work on the wiring.

A couple of four inch bolts go all the way
through the panel and the wood block, with nuts inside.
I don't think this will come loose.

The false panel is actually offset three inches from the bulkhead,
to angle the screen towards the center of the boat.
The offset is difficult to notice.


Wiring was the hardest part of this job. Getting the audio over to the stereo meant pulling the headliner, and connectors wouldn't fit through the cracks, so I used Ancor wire and soldered the jacks on afterwards, then used heat shrink to make sure they were sealed and strong.

So here's the view from the galley.

The unit, on the inverter, pulls *six* Amps at 12V, so I don't think I'll be spending all night
on the hook watching TV very often!
It'll be a treat.
When it's connected to the stereo the whole system pulls *nine* Amps at 12V.

I also don't think I'll bother
hooking it up to the computer right now, or ever.
It sounds really cool to have a big chart display in the main cabin, connected to the GPS
and all the Nav stuff,
but I don't want to pay that power price.

The entire TV/Monitor/DVD player runs on 12 Volts,
so I pulled a 12 volt wire run for it.
However, it's a four pin DIN plug,
and I haven't figured out how the pins are powered yet.
Rather than guess wrong, I pulled an AC plug
from the port inverter run
up into the cabinet.

I'll run it off of AC
until I figure out the DC plug.

Since the front of the compartment is now blocked, I cut a new access hole in the side, and lined it with teak trim.

Eventually I'll fit a latching door on it, to keep stuff in the compartment
from falling out.

Here's the view when laying down on the starboard bench.

The door to the V Berth doesn't obstruct the view, although one can't load DVD disks when the door is open.

The LCD display has a really wide viewing angle, and the picture is just fine from this angle.


Here's the view from my favorite spot, laying down
on the port bench.

The light
from the deck hatch
creates a reflection in this picture,
but in real life it isn't a bother at all. Funny.

Update August 2005 --

I figured out the DC wiring, and hooked it up with a 3 way switch (DC/off/AC inverter)

When running off 12V DC, it only pulls 3.3 Amps. Much better. I don't expect to be running off of the inverter much, but since it's wired up it's nice to have the option. I'll probably use it if someone wants to watch a movie while motoring with low batteries, since the alternator outputs high voltage at that time.