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boatlover14 posted 11-25-2005 11:27 AM ET (US)   Profile for boatlover14   Send Email to boatlover14  
Is there a [music reproduction system] made for boats that allows an iPod to [play via] speaker. Have learned that the iPod can attach to the CD/FM/AM unit via cable but I don't need a radio since iPod would be main source of music. This system will be put on my 17 Aquasport which is simnilar to a 17 Montauk.

Has anyone done this iPod configuration on their Boston Whaler boat? If so, what's a good speaker to mount flush on the console?

I have read many articles using the search engine to research this topic but can't find this informaton. JP

msarafin posted 11-25-2005 12:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for msarafin    
Check out Crutchfield for advice on marine stereos and a catalog.

http://www.crutchfieldadvisor.com/S-Vbjt4t2qCq5/learningcenter/car/car_stereo/marine_stereo.html

Chuck Tribolet posted 11-25-2005 01:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
The iPod doesn't have enough power to run serious speakers.
So either you need powered marine speakers (I don't remember
seing any), or some sort of amplifier, which will generally
have the AM/FM/CD built in.


Chuck

BobL posted 11-25-2005 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for BobL  Send Email to BobL     
Boatlover14,
An iPod can be run through a boat's existing stereo system using an iTrip. An iTrip is a little transmitter that transmits the ipod signal to any open radio station. The cost of an iTrip is about $40. from Apple. There are aftermarket versions for $21. I think that they make fancy 6-CD changers in cars obsolete because with an iTrip equipped iPod, a person can have their entire music collection available instead of just 6 CDs.
BobL
TampaTom posted 11-25-2005 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for TampaTom  Send Email to TampaTom     
iPod for the boat is a great idea. Weather proof speakers and an inexpensive car amp isolated (best effort) from the elements. Hook the power to a switch. Run the amp’s RCA inputs to mini plug. Get a waterproof jacket for the iPod.

fishcatchr posted 11-26-2005 01:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for fishcatchr  Send Email to fishcatchr     
Check out this water proof jacket especially for the ipod.
http://www.h2oaudio.com/ . Also it would be better if you purchased a stereo head unit that included an aux input. I have a Pioneer head unit in my truck and I have taken advantage of the additional cd changer input and bought a cable that plugs into it and has rca jacks of the opposite end of the cable. I just hook the rca jacks up to the ipod. The whole set of aftermarket cables cost around 25 dollars and is much better than using the itrip. I found that when using the itrip it quickly runs down your ipod battery and dosen't always give clear sound, whichs drives me nuts. I need clarity. Finally some headunits come already set up with an aux input, so if you can find a marine radio equipped with either I would buy it.
alkar posted 11-26-2005 05:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for alkar  Send Email to alkar     
I installed an Alpine AM/FM/CD player with an aux-input that was designed to connect an iPod in my boat. It works very well.

I bought an iTrip unit a couple years ago. It didn't work very well, especially in areas with a fairly crowded radio dial. Like all FM modulators, it has to compete with other stations broadcasting on the same frequency, so signal quality on a given frequency setting will vary from location to location - and it is almost never as good as a direct, wired connection. As a result, we quit using the iTrip and installed similar iPod-friendly stereo systems in two of our other vehicles AND my motorcycle.

There are more iPod connectivity options all the time. Heck, many Lexus and BMW models now come standard with iPod/MP3 input jacks ;-)

walf posted 11-26-2005 08:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for walf  Send Email to walf     
K MART sells a speaker that runs on batteries and you can put the iPod inside it to protect it and the whole thing costs about $20.There is evan a wire attached to it to connect to the iPod.
jimh posted 11-26-2005 08:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
There is an entire industry which exists only to make accessories for the iPod, including integrated systems for using the iPod as a source for driving loudspeakers. The extent to which any of these products is useful on a boat is limited by their power requirements and their ability to function in a wet environment.

I do not know of a specialized device designed for marine use, but it ought to be possible to adapt something intended for use in a car or other device which runs off 12-volt power.

jimh posted 11-26-2005 08:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
There is an entire industry which exists only to make accessories for the iPod, including integrated systems for using the iPod as a source for driving loudspeakers. The extent to which any of these products is useful on a boat is limited by their power requirements and their ability to function in a wet environment.

I do not know of a specialized device designed for marine use, but it ought to be possible to adapt something intended for use in a car or other device which runs off 12-volt power.

boatlover14 posted 11-27-2005 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatlover14  Send Email to boatlover14     
Thanks evryone for the great info so far.
BobL posted 11-27-2005 10:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for BobL  Send Email to BobL     
Another option for using an iPod with an existing stereo is to use a “car kit” made for playing a portable CD player (DiskMan) through a car stereo that has a cassette player. The kit consists of a cassette with a wire attached. The wire plugs into the headphone port of an iPod just as it would the portable CD player. The clarity is excellent and many boat stereos already have cassette players.
BobL
tombro posted 11-28-2005 08:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
The iTrip--iPod rig worked very well for my daughter this past summer on the factory rigged Clarion stereo on our
Ventura. Found some blank air on FM, and bingo!
phatwhaler posted 11-28-2005 11:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for phatwhaler  Send Email to phatwhaler     
If you do a little searching on the Florida Sportsman website you'll discover a ipod install that consists of an ipod connected to an amp connected to speakers. The guy installed a headphone jack into his dash then he wired it to the amp. Next, he wired the speakers to the amp. He ran the wire that energizes the amp to a switch on the dash that let him "mute" his tunes if needed. There are pictures of this setup on a newer boat.

On my boat I have a cheap stereo with an aux input mounted in my electronics box. I just plug my MP3 Player or my XM radio into the aux jack. Also, Wally World is selling a Sony CD player with an AUX jack on the front for $99. If you can mount it out of the weather you might be ok with that.

phatwhaler out.

andygere posted 11-28-2005 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
On a small boat, a self contained amplifier/speaker system may be the best way to go. There are lots of these on the market now, so you have plenty to choose from. The best information on iPods and associated accessories can be found at:
[Hyperlink: www.ilounge.com]
DillonBW posted 12-11-2005 12:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for DillonBW  Send Email to DillonBW     
I just received a note from Boaters World and see that they are offering the Lowrance iway 500 GPS chartplotter which has an MP3 player in it, they also have a $100 rebate on it.

I post this for those who feel the need to have tunes whilst cruising the tranquil waters of this globe.

I must be off to light the Wilmington Christmas Parade now, or I would get more details for everyone.
Sorry.

Happy Whalin'
Si

Revenge 25 posted 12-18-2005 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Revenge 25  Send Email to Revenge 25     
Jensen is advertising an IPOD connector kit in one of their marine stereos. It looks to have nice waterproof connections that ultimately feed through the stereos AUX input.

Please post your results and take photographs. Inquiring minds want to know.

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