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Old 05-28-2019, 10:32 AM
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Do you monitor 16 on the VHF? Ever?
Are you concerned about your power use running these large amps?
Are you concerned about the heat and fire possibilities with these large amps?
Can you hear a warning horn at the levels you are playing your music?

Letís not let this thread devolve into the fact that many of you have horrible taste in music too. Thatís notable, but not important. Having played a number of instruments in my life, including several Fender Strats through an early 70s twin reverb that goes to 11, I want to make it clear that this is not a get off my lawn scenario. I have rocked to levels few of you have attained... this is confirmed and not up for debate.

Itís just that, there is a time and place for everything. Iím not sure Millennials have that part figured out. What say you?

..and yes, I did ask more than one question. We are all just looking for answers I guess.
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Old 05-28-2019, 10:36 AM
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How about basic consideration for everyone else around ? I wish law enforcement wrote citations, the only way to curb the abuse.
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Old 05-28-2019, 10:43 AM
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How about basic consideration for everyone else around ? I wish law enforcement wrote citations, the only way to curb the abuse.
it is their world, we are just in it.
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This should be good.
I don’t have a problem with loud music but it shouldn’t be forced on others. I may want to hang out in the water and be able to visit with my guests and not have to talk over a bunch of loud systems all playing different music. When you go to a bar or a concert you expect to hear loud music, the difference is that you went there to listen to that particular type of music and they play one song at a time.
Have courtesy, don’t be “that guy”.
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Old 05-28-2019, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by crackerasscracker View Post
Do you monitor 16 on the VHF? Ever?
Are you concerned about your power use running these large amps?
Are you concerned about the heat and fire possibilities with these large amps?
Can you hear a warning horn at the levels you are playing your music?

Let’s not let this thread devolve into the fact that many of you have horrible taste in music too. That’s notable, but not important. Having played a number of instruments in my life, including several Fender Strats through an early 70s twin reverb that goes to 11, I want to make it clear that this is not a get off my lawn scenario. I have rocked to levels few of you have attained... this is confirmed and not up for debate.

It’s just that, there is a time and place for everything. I’m not sure Millennials have that part figured out. What say you?

..and yes, I did ask more than one question. We are all just looking for answers I guess.



I monitor 16 and 99.9% of it is the CG telling people CH16 is a international hailing & distress channel ect., I have a speaker mounted directly above my head when I'm at the helm. If there is any relevant information the information will be repeated by then I will have turned my "too loud" stereo down.

Usually do not run my stereo loud when the motors are not running because I don't want to drain the batteries but beyond that I have 2 motors with alternators that will keep up with the power demand of my system.

Not too concerned about fire, as long as your power supply is sufficient & connections are good.

Definitely don't think I would hear a warning horn, can you hear a warning horn without your hearing aid on? Kidding generally speaking I only run my stereo loud when running to and from the fishing grounds, not cranking it while running in congested or confined waters. Question whether I would hear a horn over the wind & motors running anyways.

Beyond that I don't like making everyone else on the water listen to my music, don't visit sandbars partly because of the loud annoying music, every time I pass someone down the ICW with music blaring I think to my self, "that guy must be and attention grabbing jackwagon".
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Old 05-28-2019, 10:54 AM
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When I see a boat doing that and look over at the boat I think

1. It's an ego thing with some people
2. It's an immaturity thing with some people
3. It's a Hispanic thing with some of that heritage, and
4. It's a redneck thing with some of that heritage.
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Old 05-28-2019, 10:57 AM
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I have a JL system w 3 amps 8 7.7s and 2 10" subs and yes it will boom the drink out of the cup holder. Does that mean I drive around or anchor up and rip it, no way. It's like having a fast car, you don't always have to lay rubber or do donuts. I have a generator, jumper cables and a dedicated battery bank of 4 Duracell 31TM AGM that all get charged when the motors are on. The amps are mounted in a vented cabinet. About the only time I turn mine up loud is on the way home from offshore and we be haulin azz or at the sandbar when everyone says hey man, you have the best stereo so crank yours and freinds can pair up with me and we play our own music but most all enjoy the same. The thing that gets me are the guys with the wet sounds tower speakers. They are so damn loud you are forced to listen to their taste in music which is usally very bad. I have yet to see a boat with these speakers that wasn't jamming so loud there's literally nobody within 100' so you can't even go ask the guy to turn it down cause he can't even get that close. I wish someone would come up with a way to pair one source to multiple device simultaneously so everyone can play the exact same
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Old 05-28-2019, 11:00 AM
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I'm not sure what's worse. The noise that comes from the wake boats, or them plowing 50.0001' away from the dock with their ballast bags full. Thinking it may be a tie.

I will never understand a "sport" that seeks out the cleanest, most tranquil water around, then makes a noisy mess out of it.

On the flip side, I am in the alternator business, and the hot rod alternators that some of these guys are running to push all that stuff bring close to a grand a piece. So there's that.
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Old 05-28-2019, 11:02 AM
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Turn that shit down


And now get off my lawn !


when I am underway I monitor two radios. Two different channels. I’ve gotten pretty good at it by the way. Music, I like the peace at sea. But that’s just me
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Old 05-28-2019, 11:10 AM
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the problem is not everyone wants to hear that shit on the sandbar... there is always that guy that tries to drown out everybody else's music even when they are at moderate levels.. i really don't care if one has 5 sets of 8" JLs and 3 12" subs and a bad ass amp for each.. all good...I got a amped up JL system too.. just jam it out when running or away from everyone else, blast away, all good... agreed that everyone has different music taste, so if you like the same music they play in "the gap" or "old navy", i'm totally out.. play some metallica, motley crue, or ac/dc, i'm all in... just not at the sandbar where there are a bunch of crumb grabbers running around who don't get it... no offensive to those who like to Jam out, I'm one as well.... just think there is a time and place for it to do so.
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Old 05-28-2019, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by jlichterman View Post
How about basic consideration for everyone else around ? I wish law enforcement wrote citations, the only way to curb the abuse.
Eehhh.. First I dont even have a sound system for my boat its for fishing snd thats ok with me. Do we really need people writing tickets all the time come on. If you want quite motor somewhere quite. I understand many lack respect but is tickets the answer. The water for me is the only place to really get away let people do what they want if its not harming anypne. Geeze lets write tickets for Smokey two strokes and people swearing while we are at it.
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Old 05-28-2019, 11:12 AM
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Well i am 41yrs old and i recently upgraded my sound system. I wouldn't call it crazy but it can sound pretty loud if needed. The reason i invested in this system is because...
1. I enjoy hearing good music while i am running.
2. I love seeing my kids start dancing when one of their songs come on and we crank it up!
3. I like to be able to hear the music when am in the water.

To be honest i usually have it lower than 50%. I try to be courteous if there are other boats around although when i go boating i really am trying to get away from people.
I think my system is well done so i am not too concerned with a fire. If i crank it up i usually leave the console door open so that it can air cool better, although both my amps have fans and fuses.

My boat if 99% for family, so we like to keep it fun. Every once in a while you might see me running across the bay cranking a Disney song...and yes it may be a little loud!!!
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Old 05-28-2019, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Still Stoked View Post
Turn that shit down


And now get off my lawn !


when I am underway I monitor two radios. Two different channels. Iíve gotten pretty good at it by the way. Music, I like the peace at sea. But thatís just me

You must be over 60.

Under 50 is what it is.

SELFISH. ME ME ME bastards!!!!


A word to you selfish bastards. Find a undesirable area where you won't bother decent UNSELFISH human, who love to SHARE the space QUIETLY.

PLEASE.
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Old 05-28-2019, 11:18 AM
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Yeah... one day I'd like to have a better understanding of things like this.

Say there are 3-4 families at the sandbar... all with kids, say between 5-12. One guy might have his radio on at a conversational level playing some country music.

Another boat rolls up with the speakers hanging off the T-Top blasting some music where every other word is "*****" and "Fuck 'dem bitches", etc.
Don't get me wrong, I have a horrible foul mouth. My father and his father both worked in the shipyards. But at what point do you say, "Yeah... this is OK to play"???

I can see if you're rolling up the sand bar and there are 30 21 year old slutty looking chicks and that music is already playing (I guess)... but the first scenario? I don't get it at all.

Pretty sure this has been discussed here 100,000,000,000 times.
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Old 05-28-2019, 11:18 AM
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I have a stereo, 4 speakers, 1 sub, 1 amp. I use it but honestly when I'm running it's never on.
I know how my boat sounds running almost all RPMs and I want to hear everything. Hear the engines, hear the water running under the boat, hear the wind....anything sounds different and I know something is wrong.

I don't want a stereo preventing me from that. Only time I really use it is when we're anchored up swimming or enjoying the day. Even then I have my VHF on 16\68 scan., just low, listening for pan pan or any emergencies.
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Old 05-28-2019, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by BoatHaus View Post
I have a JL system w 3 amps 8 7.7s and 2 10" subs and yes it will boom the drink out of the cup holder. Does that mean I drive around or anchor up and rip it, no way. It's like having a fast car, you don't always have to lay rubber or do donuts. I have a generator, jumper cables and a dedicated battery bank of 4 Duracell 31TM AGM that all get charged when the motors are on. The amps are mounted in a vented cabinet. About the only time I turn mine up loud is on the way home from offshore and we be haulin azz or at the sandbar when everyone says hey man, you have the best stereo so crank yours and freinds can pair up with me and we play our own music but most all enjoy the same. The thing that gets me are the guys with the wet sounds tower speakers. They are so damn loud you are forced to listen to their taste in music which is usally very bad. I have yet to see a boat with these speakers that wasn't jamming so loud there's literally nobody within 100' so you can't even go ask the guy to turn it down cause he can't even get that close. I wish someone would come up with a way to pair one source to multiple device simultaneously so everyone can play the exact same
i dont know how but there is a way to transmit an fm signal so that the boats around you tune into that station and you all play your music. Many years ago we used to have sandbar parties and some guy would DJ and we could all tune in. It was sick!!!
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We finally got the rest of the band across the Rio, so when we go out on the boat, we play live music. No voltage necesario. Powered by Tequila.
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Not at the ramp. Please. Anywhere but at the ramp.
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Coming into Shem Creek, I could hear the guy before I saw him.....playing whatever it was he was playing. When he went by, his stereo was so loud I could not hear my engine. I yelled asshole, but I don't think he heard me. Hell, I didn't hear me.

Like was said above.....i listen to the sounds of my motor and boat....anything amiss gets investigated.

And I love the sound of wind on my fishing lines.
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I monitor 16 and 99.9% of it is the CG telling people CH16 is a international hailing & distress channel ect., I have a speaker mounted directly above my head when I'm at the helm. If there is any relevant information the information will be repeated by then I will have turned my "too loud" stereo down.

Usually do not run my stereo loud when the motors are not running because I don't want to drain the batteries but beyond that I have 2 motors with alternators that will keep up with the power demand of my system.

Not too concerned about fire, as long as your power supply is sufficient & connections are good.

Definitely don't think I would hear a warning horn, can you hear a warning horn without your hearing aid on? Kidding generally speaking I only run my stereo loud when running to and from the fishing grounds, not cranking it while running in congested or confined waters. Question whether I would hear a horn over the wind & motors running anyways.

Beyond that I don't like making everyone else on the water listen to my music, don't visit sandbars partly because of the loud annoying music, every time I pass someone down the ICW with music blaring I think to my self, "that guy must be and attention grabbing jackwagon".

I agree that most of the time, it is Pon Pons for something 40 miles away or people talking on 16 who shouldnít be, but every so often, there is a situation where you can make a difference in helping someone or avoiding a hazard. I think peopleís assumption that SeaTow is an instant road side service creates a lot of bad habits. Perhaps I was raised by a generation of offshore captains who inherently felt it was their duty to be an asset for any fellow fisherman in distress. Not sure how you can hear it if you are playing Migos at 150 decibels, but then again, that person likely isnít gonna help fellow boaters anyhoo. I guess itís a different world out there now.
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