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Old 01-27-2007, 01:55 PM
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I've been putting off installing a radio in the boat for a year now since I can't decide where to mount the speakers. 95% of the time this boat is used for hardcore fishing trips but every once in a while I take the wife and kids out and they really want some tunes on the boat. I just don't want to put the speakers somewhere they will be subject to too much abuse and I don't want them to be in the way at all.
Boat is a SeaPro 220CC. I've alreay built a panel in the electronics box to mount the VHF and left plenty of room to mount a marine receiver.

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Old 01-27-2007, 02:20 PM
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I am going through the same decision process. I have come up with two places so far. 1. The sides of the electronics box, or the low area of the center console under the wheel facing stern.
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do you need the radio?...if not and you own an ipod/mp3 player email me - I'll show you a great way to get far better sound without cutting major holes for a head unit...and corrosion free too...

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You could mount them in the bottom of the e-box. On our work boats, we have the vhf and police radio speakers mounted in the bottom of the e-box. That is mainly so we can hear them while running w.o.t. We don't have much mounted in the e-boxes anymore, so there's plenty of space.

On my personal boat, I mounted 4 speakers in the center console, all 6.5". One on each side (port and starboard) and then two on the back of the console, on each side of the access door. They are mounted out of the way and the wiring is easier since the head unit is mounted in the console as well and I didn't have to run wires through the t-top like we did on the work boats. My boat came with just the 2 side speakers (Poly Planer) installed. During normall, slow cruising, they were fine. But at higher speeds, I couldn't hear them very good. So I installed the extra 2 (Infiniti) when I installed my Clarion CMD4 head unit. It made a HUGE difference. The Inifiniti's sound much better than the PP's, The Clarion CMD4 is a great gead unit with great sound.
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Howdy. I mounted mine facing down in the E box. Used SSI instrument enclosures to cover the back so nothing would foul the speakers. Sounds great and covers the whole boat well. With the foam filling of the Mckee I didnt have a whole bunch of options. Concur with Glen on possibly skipping the radio although I really like my aquatic AV unit because sometimes we like to listen to the radio (games, etc).
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I don't think I'll put them in the E-box. Right now I'm considering the lower forward portion of the center console facing out, on the liner just out from the helm just forward of the recessed rod storage where Seapro has already run rigging tubes and mounted 6" round access plates, or in the bow facing back toward the helm on the rear facing part of the raised forward deck.

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Here's how I installed 4 Poly Planar MA840 box speakers in white. Two of them where thru bolted to my wrap around plastic windshield about armpit high. Mounted so they can rotatate from side-to-side. The other two were placed just under the knee pad on the gunnel where it meets the transom also with side-to-side swivel. Great sounding 40w speakers with a $100 Clarion 200w marine stereo (radio/CD). No cutouts! Less the $250 for 4 speakers and stereo all marine grade.

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http://www.rocktheboataudio.com/html/30.html
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I have the same boat that you do, also have wife that wants tunes on the boat. I was thinking of sticking a pair of 6x9's just forward of the side access plates, love the fact there are rigging tubes with string in them already there, kudos to Sea Pro for that. At this point I'm really leaning towards the ipod thing. Good luck.

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Fish495 - 1/27/2007 12:55 PM

I've been putting off installing a radio in the boat for a year now since I can't decide where to mount the speakers. 95% of the time this boat is used for hardcore fishing trips but every once in a while I take the wife and kids out and they really want some tunes on the boat. I just don't want to put the speakers somewhere they will be subject to too much abuse and I don't want them to be in the way at all.
Have you considered just taking a portable "boom box" along when the wife and kids are with you? ;?

If you decide to go ahead and install speakers, don't forget to consider the sound when deciding on a location. You will want even volume, not a speaker directly in someone's ear.
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Fish495 - 1/27/2007 1:55 PM

I've been putting off installing a radio in the boat for a year now since I can't decide where to mount the speakers. 95% of the time this boat is used for hardcore fishing trips but every once in a while I take the wife and kids out and they really want some tunes on the boat. I just don't want to put the speakers somewhere they will be subject to too much abuse and I don't want them to be in the way at all.
Boat is a SeaPro 220CC. I've alreay built a panel in the electronics box to mount the VHF and left plenty of room to mount a marine receiver.

David
Mount 2 speakers in the gunnells beside or below the access hatches. Mount another 2 speakers in the front right behind your anchor locker, these speakers will be facing the rear of the boat. People do it all the time on Sea Pros.
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I usually install them on the center console facing out. Sounds great and you can here it well as the sound bounces off the gunnels.
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I replaced the liner access plates with Infinity Kappa 6.5s.

EZ install - Fit perfectly without cutting.

The Kappas sound very good firing out from that area.

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swamppro - 1/28/2007 11:04 AM

I usually install them on the center console facing out. Sounds great and you can here it well as the sound bounces off the gunnels.


agreed - EASIEST mount with great audio is in the side of the console firing against the sides....
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Just keep unshielded speaker magnets away from your compass. Experiment with locations before cutting any holes.
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timing - 1/28/2007 9:29 AM



I replaced the liner access plates with Infinity Kappa 6.5s.

EZ install - Fit perfectly without cutting.

The Kappas sound very good firing out from that area.

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that's the way to go. Use an existing hole to mount your speakers. Did that for 2 of my 4 speakers, but had to cut holes for the other 2- just so happened there was an area that already had some unwanted equipment where I was mounting the other 2 speakers, so not that big of deal.
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I mounted mine in the sides of the leaning post up high. sound is great anywhere you go in the boat even up in the bow.

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