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Stereo and Fixed VHF in a 13' ?
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posted 04-08-2002 03:46 PM ET (US)
I'm in the process of buying a stock 13' sport, and was wondering a few things about my ability to mount a marine stereo and speakers and perhaps a fixed vhf to the underside of the console or the underside of the middle bench.
Has anyone done this with a 13'? What is involved with powering these?
Is it as simple as hooking it up to the outboards battery in the back, or will I need to provide a second battery to be safe? I was thinking I could mount a second battery and simply recharge between outings.
Second, as far as aesthetics, this 13' is in great condition, and I will want to hide the installations as best as possible. Im thinking I will custom make some mahogany boxes for the speakers, and mount them suspended to the underside of the middle bench facing back towards me. better ideas?
The reason I want a fixed vhf, is for ocean ventures further than a few miles, seeing I read that handhelds are only really good for 3 miles or so. Is that wrong?
posted 04-08-2002 07:13 PM ET (US)
Forget the stereo -- the water should be a
You can just wire the VHF to your starting
Be sure to put a fuse at the battery. And
A real 8' antenna will make more difference
Be sure to get a radio that is rated
posted 04-08-2002 07:50 PM ET (US)
Thx for the info.
I think I will get a good 8' or 4' antenna. From what I read, it seems the antenna size and mounting height is just as importants as the broadcasting power, which agrees with what you said below.
-and yes, I will only get boating hardwarde, especially when mounting safety equipment such as a VHF.
-as far as the stereo, if I wanted a quiet place, I'd take my sailboat out. Otherwise some mellow tunes in the background make for some great cocktail cruising in the harbor..
posted 04-09-2002 11:42 AM ET (US)
The stereo will have to take an awful lot of abuse in a 13. If you have your heart set on an installed stereo, go with a cheap one and figure on replacing it every couple of years.
I considered that myself at one time and finally decided it was a lot less trouble to just bring along a boom box when I needed one.
As far as where, I never did do it, but the best location I could think of was a custom mahogany box mounted under the stern seat. As I recall the seats are wide enough, and there is much less bounce under there than under the console or middle bench.
posted 04-09-2002 12:28 PM ET (US)
If you install a VHF and a combo radio & CD player you will need an antenna for it as well. There is a solution. Defender Marine sells an automatic switch (they are the only one I know of that sells it West Marine have a manual A-B Switch) that uses your 8 Ft VHF antenna. That way you boat won't look like a coast guard sub station with all their antennas.
posted 04-09-2002 01:56 PM ET (US)
Tabasco, where have you seen these combo vhf/stereo/cd players? I was wondering if someone made one.
And Chris, I understand what you mean by the abuse. I know those 13's can really bang around with that flat hull. The easy answer is yes, to bring a boom box. But, I just love to custom install music equipment in my house and car, so I figured it'd be fun to try it in a boat also. Especially cause a boom box would take up leg room and slide around annoyingly.
posted 04-09-2002 02:31 PM ET (US)
tabasco was talking about a switch, not a unit.
Shake has a combined VHF, AM, FM antenna, I
posted 04-09-2002 03:57 PM ET (US)
West Marine sells an Shakespear automatic switch ($45.00) that uses your VHF antenna as a FM/AM antenna. It can recieve and transmit while plugged into both the VHF and the radio, I believe.
As for the radio, I seriously considered mounting one, but opted for a Sony portable CD player. I mounted a waterproof two prong Perkos Quick connect to a 3" square 1/2' Marine Plywood, and then mounted that inside the console, to the grab rail plywood, and hard wired that to a push/pull dash switch and fuse.
I then spliced the male end of the quick connect to a lighter plug extension cord (6.00)(with a female adaptor). I can now use my Stereo, portable GPS, cell phone, Handheld VHF charger, or Spotlight, using the female lighter plug adaptor.
This may sound a little complicated, but each one of those do hickies uses a differnt voltage and comes with a male lighter plug voltage adaptor. Pretty versatile set-up. You can also shut off the accessory with the dash switch.
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