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Old 03-02-2011, 04:07 PM   #1
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Been thinking about mounting a 15" TV/DVR combo in the lower cabin of my 2001 2900 SCR. The wife doesn't like toting her large-screen laptop to the boat everytime so the boys (age 5 and 6) can watch movies, etc... again this coming season due to the wear and tear packing it back and forth. Does anyone know what sized screws I'd use to drill into the headliner/how thick the ceiling is? That would be disastrous if I ended up drilling through to outside the foredeck/bow area! When Maxum was still building boats in the Everett, WA area I used to have a good contact for questions like this @ U S Marine (Rick Foss is his name). Evidently he doesn't work for Brunswick/U S Marine anymore (left when Brunswick scuttled some of their plants a couple years ago) so I have no clue who I would go to now @ U S Marine get this info. My other option is a pedestal-mount-style TV/DVR combo that sits on the shelf above the small closet which wouldn't require drilling into the ceiling of course... but would take up more room on the shelf I'd like to keep for storage, etc...

I haven't figured out how to attach a picture on this Forum of exactly where I want to mount this thing (ceiling OR shelf) but it's on the shelf, above the closet, just before the V-Berth, port-side.
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Old 03-02-2011, 04:50 PM   #2
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well...for direct questions about maxum/bayliner products...contact jim Garrity at 425-885-2628 and let him know I sent you...he has an amazing ability to find drawings of older boats or get answers to your questions...
2nd...if I get this right...your wanting to drill into either the overhead panels or the shelf on the galley assembly....now...most of the newer boats are drilling into the side of the galley assembly....by removing the microwave will give you access to the cabinet area to attack washers and a locking bolt...

some models have been installed on the stbd side cabinet ...when I had my 2700 scr ...I added a swing arm to the fwd bkhd of the head...drilled all the way thru and added stainless steel washers and locking nuts...could swing the tv in any direction to watch it....


even had my redneck sat dish and my dvd player sitting right on the console there.....worked great for about 4 yrs till we upgraded to what we have now...

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Jim Garrity was a big help... he checked and confirmed that the foredeck thickness is "between 1/2 and 3/4"! That's a little too close for my comfort to drill into, so we won't be buying the fold-down-from-the-ceiling, 15" model. Instead we'll simply get one that sits on a pedestal and is both 12V/120V compatible (or just use the inverter).

Hard to believe the foredeck can be that thin yet support people jumping off it, sunbathing, etc...

Thanks, SeaPuppy...
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Take a look at the specs for the TV. MANY of the smaller LCD/LED Tv's are actually 12VDC. They come with a brick that (inverts?) 120VAC to 12VDC anyway. Inverters DC to AC are notorious for loss. It is my understanding that it is better to go from 12VDC to 12VDC. In this case it sounds like you'd go from 12VDC to 120 VAC, then back to 12VDC in the process loosing a ton of Amp Hours. I've been reading on some cruising forums of people either using 12VDC TV's or cutting/bypassing the brick. I've been in the process of researching some of this.

I think for simplicity sake, I'm going with a 12VDC TV. When you're on shore power or genny, the battery charger will push the batteries which push the TV just like your stereo.

Again, this is what I understand from reading some other forums. An Electrical Engineer would be able to provide far more info. I'm still in the process of researching myself.
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:35 PM   #5
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Schrew; I've thought the same thing... NOTHING really runs on 120VAC, practically all appliances have a "step-down" transformer to a lower voltage, sometimes it's built in to the cabinet/chassis of the unit, sometimes it's in the form of an external adapter. And I agree that the brick thing you're describing seems like a lot of wasted amps/wattage.

Problem is going to be finding a combo TV/DVR that large (prefer a 15" screen) that runs on 12VDC exclusively. I'll be doing some eBay and BestBuy surfing soon to find it.
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I am in the process of doing this exact same thing. I am going to go look at a swivel mount for an lcd that swivels 180 degrees. It is made to mount on a wall, but I am thinking of mounting it to the top of the shelf above the coat closet. If it swivels enough, I will be able to mount it this way as opposed to mounting it on the wall, as it is designed to do. Then I can bolt it through the top of the coat closet (shelf) fore of the head which is at least 3/4 inch thick wood. I am still considering the step down idea. I am not sure how much draw on my house batteries it would have when I am on the hook. If there is a lot of draw, then I will just use it when connected to shore power. It would be nice to use it on the hook, but without a genset, I may run through my battery pretty quick.
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Look at the Insignia brand, I believe all of their LED tv's operate at 12vt DC. There was another post on here that sugested a brand that Target carried, here is the link http://www.maxumownersclub.com/forum...ice-19-quot-TV
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Here is where I installed mine in a 2400SCR http://www.maxumownersclub.com/forum...ubwoofer/page2
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:38 PM   #9
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15" 12V TV/DVD combo's are out there:

http://www.directdepot.net/product_i...ducts_id=27028

If you'd prefer larger, here's a 22":

http://www.directdepot.net/product_i...ducts_id=23990


The "Marine" TV's I've seen seem to be a lot more money. I think a non-marine would be just fine for inside a cabin.
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:37 PM   #10
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Okay, I bought the 19" TV-DVD Player-combo from Best Buy and determined it will just BARELY fit where I want it. Tried to mount it with this bracket (http://www.buy.com/prod/swivel-tilt-...217327644.html) this weekend while doing a bunch of other projects on Endless Summer and couldn't---the bracket needed to be moved UP about 1", but the shelf in the picture was in the way.

Here's my question; does anyone know what this shelf is made of underneath the vinyl covering? Hopefully it's marine-grade plywood or something like that, that's fairly sturdy... as the top lag-bolt of the bracket assembly will be putting a lot of "torque" on that shelf with a 25 pound TV & bracket assembly mounted to it. I'm just going to mount a small block of attractive wood to "raise up/out" the wall so it's even with the shelf and mount the bracket base there.... but want to know what this "galley-shelf" (see oval highlighted) is made of underneath the white covering.

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