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Old 08-05-2017, 11:39 AM   #1
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These aren't earth-shaking enhancements, but I think worth sharing if someone is considering adding or upgrading their audio or video systems. I added a 20" flat screen on the forward berth bulkhead with an articulating arm. It is connected to a Blu-Ray player and SeaWatch antenna. This antenna signal can be split for use with an FM receiver. It is important to know that you can't use any 2-way splitter, it mush have a broadband capacity up to 2300 MHZ. There are many of these splitters that only go to 1000 MHZ and they wil not pass the FM signals. I have included a picture of the unit I used. The Blu-Ray player is mounted vertically with Velcro. Both the television and Blu-Ray are WiFi capable so we have access to Netflix and Amazon Prime when in port.
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Old 08-05-2017, 11:56 AM   #2
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We had replaced the audio unit before, but were extremely disappointed with the infrared remote and the Bluetooth controls via cellphone. This time we chose a Kenwood (KMR-M31BBT) because it can handle up to 3 hardwired remote control panels. We chose the remote control panels with the LCD displays since they provide a good visual display in sunlight and they have full functionality with the head unit. This unit does not have a CD capability and we didn't want that because it provides more exposure to corrosion. Didn't replace the speakers because they still sound great. The cellphone app by Kenwood works great too, but when underway the wired remotes are the way to go. These were placed at the helm and in the sitting area of the cockpit. The extension cable and splitter needed are shown too. (Note: Do not use the vendor shown for the extension cable. They did not deliver and I had to go to another source.)
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Old 10-23-2017, 05:00 AM   #3
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How do you like that Seawatch antenna? Does it ride nice on the arch? I would love to real in some free hdtv but I would also like to boost my am/fm radio reception. Is it worth the cost and labor to run the cable?

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Hi Doug - it works great for me and is solid as a rock. I purchased the 19" and installed it myself. Running the cable was no problem. You do need to be careful if you choose to split the antenna signal for use with your FM stereo. The "trick" is you have to make sure that the splitter is rated for the widest bandwidth in order to cover the FM frequencies. I have attached a screen capture of the one I used. There are a lot of other ones available that look the same and are used in home applications, but they will essentially filter your signal so it doesn't work for FM and HDTV. Otherwise, as long as you take your time and finish your cable ends as instructed, you should be in good shape. My stereo sounds great and I get the widest range of HDTV channels available compared to my home that also uses an antenna. Last note, generally the AM bands are picked up fine by a small "wire" antenna that is usually on your receiver and simply hanging off the back (about 2-3" and nothing to install). This external antenna services the frequencies associated with FM, UHF and HDTV.
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Old 10-24-2017, 11:15 AM   #5
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What did you use to mount your microwave under the cabinets ? Ron
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This was easy, but took a little bit of time. You need to remove the exterior cover of the microwave. Create a basic 4-hole template (6-hole if you want to over-engineer it!) and then drill holes into the sheet metal. Do the same thing in the floor of the cabinet. Use stainless through bolts with wide fender washers. In the cabinet I use two strips of sheet metal/strapping you can get from Lowes to distribute the weight and maintain a low profile in the cabinet. I suppose you could use would or PVC lumber, but that would make the cabinet floor uneven and pose a possible "issue" with the First Mate. Depending on the microwave model, the toughest challenge could be mounting the sheet metal cover of the microwave and then screwing the microwave back into place. I'm sure there are under-counter microwaves on the market that could make this simpler.

The Blu-Ray player is tucked to the side. For this I just used Velcro tape to make it "tool-less" should I need to pull it out or check connections.
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Old 10-24-2017, 11:42 PM   #7
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We hate to do it now that Lindy Lou is completely renovated over the past 3 summers, but the First Mate wants a bigger boat (poor me!), so she's going on the market. I posted this link under the classifieds:

Used 1998 Mercruiser 2800 Scr, Richmond, Va - 23231 - BoatTrader.com
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Old 10-25-2017, 10:33 AM   #8
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Thanks for the quick reply. Ron
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Hi Chuck, I know I am a few months late on this, but I had a question about your antenna mount. I just purchased the 15” model and plan to mount on the radar arch. How did you get the antenna cable run through the arch? Any tips will be greatly appreciated.

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Hi Mike - The cable run was pretty straight-forward, but did take a little bit of patience. I did pull the vent grill and possibly the circuit breaker panel facing to make the middle of the run easier to access. So I started from the middle of the run which was the access panel on the port side of the radar arch. I drilled a hole to get the cable into the "body" of the boat and pushed the cable up the radar arch to the upper access panel. I may have used a coat hanger taped to the cable to fish it up (instead of "pushing a rope uphill"). I then fed the "TV end" back the other way toward the circuit breaker panel. I continued to feed the cable through the space between the hull wall and the galley area behind the galley backsplash. (You could pull the fridge and go to that effort, but it was more than I wanted to do and the other route hid the cable just fine.) I then fed the cable into the forward hanging locker and which is where the TV was mounted. I also had electrical on the TV mount "wall" of the locker, so I was able to locate the antenna booster there. I then went back to the circuit breaker area where I left extra cable. This was important because I cut the cable at this point and terminated the ends so I could put a splitter there. My Shakespeare antenna also supported FM and I wanted to connect my stereo head unit without installing another separate antenna for that. (Make sure you saw my posting on the frequency range needed for the splitter, otherwise the FM signal could get filtered/blocked out.) I used twist-on cable terminations for all of these. Usually I solder, but I was more concerned about a) over-soldering these which could create signal loss, and b) it would allow me to re-terminate without soldering tools should I need to do a repair while on an excursion. I hope this answered your question, but if not send another message and I'll gladly address.
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