Fixing boat annoyances

Have been fixing the annoyances discovered while on sumer cruise.

The beeping inverter:

Can I find the manual for it anywhere? of course not, that model is discontinued by Maplin and it is about 5 years old so I decide to replace it. Looked at all the available options in the local Maplin and went for a 600 watt unit. I also noticed that on the other 300 watt units they state they are only good for 150 watts it used in a lighter socket (how would it know?), we had a failed 600 Watt unit on the boat when we purchased her so I already had all the wiring loom ready to go. Nice easy installation, and I now have the 5 mains sockets available at the flick of a switch. No more bleeping and the manual with all the error codes is in the boats equipment folder so I wont lose it.

Now for the TV signal:

A12KFWell first off I replaced the omnidirectional arial that we were using with a directional one that says its designed for digital and has a built in 20dB amplifier (thats another wall mounted box I can remove), wow what a difference. Retuned the TV with the new arial just resting on the roof and it found lots more channels even some marked as HD and better than that channels that used to breakup were nice and crisp. I had also purchased an extending pole from B&Q it is supposed to be for a paint roller (that means cheap) but its 3 sections mean it extends up to 2.5 metres and its aluminium so will last too. Now after installing the arial on the pole and mounting it to the boat with some 28mm pipe clips to the cratch  board I discovered the real reason for the lack of signal. The aerial connector on the back of the TV is flaky, so out with a screwdriver to look for the bad connection. I should be that lucky, the bad joint is inside the shielded metal box the ariel connector lives in and it is soldered up solid no way to get in there with the kit I have.

That means I need to find a 12 volt Freeview decoder or replace the TV. I don’t really want another box to mount so I have ordered a new 22 inch 1080P HD TV with a built in DVD player and it runs on 12 volts and only uses 22 watts. The old TV was a 16 inch standard def and sucked 50 watts, if you own a boat you know every watt counts.

New TV should be here this week so I now have something to do next weekend. Oh and don’t worry the old TV is not getting dumped, Elianne does not have a TV in her room right now so it will be used there.

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