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aquaman posted 05-29-2006 11:32 PM ET (US)   Profile for aquaman   Send Email to aquaman  
I took Glen's advise and installed a Marine Amp, Polyplaner gunwale mount speakers and the iPod. It sounds great and everything is mounted out of the weather, except for the speakers so I expect things to last a long time. Anybody who is looking for a "no-fuss" set-up, this is the way to go. Thanks for everyone's input, this is one great site.



JayR posted 05-30-2006 07:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for JayR  Send Email to JayR     
Can you elaborate on what you installed? Brand?Where did you get it? What did you need to attach the iPod to the amp?
aquaman posted 05-31-2006 12:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for aquaman  Send Email to aquaman     
As Glen suggested, I purchased a Clarion audio amplifier and Polyplaner box speakers. I also purchased a pre-assembled cable, marine wire, and connectors at Radio Shack. The cable connects the iPod to the amplifier. I mounted the box speakers underneath the gunwales so they are almost hidden and no big holes to cut. The amplifier is in the center console out of the weather and the cable runs into my electronics cabinet.

Thanks again Glen,


newt posted 05-31-2006 09:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     

Congrats on your new install. Just this past weekend I had the chance to try out my own recent radio install. I went with a radio/cd/mp3/aux Sony stereo that has the front panel input for the iPod or similar auxiliary audio source, and it works great. The Sony doesn't have a lot of power, but it has enough to run four speakers plenty loud enough for background music while I fish or to listen to the game.

I'm not sure I could ever put enough power on the boat to compete with the party/cruise boats that run around with the music cranked up!

aquaman posted 05-31-2006 10:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for aquaman  Send Email to aquaman     
I agree I'm not really looking for the music to be loud. What I wanted to avoid was having to use an [receiver-amplifier]. Over the years [receiver-amplifiers] have never held help in the saltwater environment. I wanted something very simple without all the bells and whistles.


glen e posted 05-31-2006 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for glen e  Send Email to glen e     
John - glad it worked out for you. You truly have a marine system that is corrosion proof. Just remember to keep a bit of dielectric grease on the cable inputs of the of the amp and a light coating on the headphone jack going into the ipod. Get the "showcase" from for good protection...
bobeson posted 05-31-2006 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for bobeson  Send Email to bobeson     

How do you control your volume and track selection? It sounds like you need to access your iPod every time you want the adjust the volume, which potentially exposes your iPod to water. I would like to have a similar setup, but I want a volume knob and hopefully track skip capabilities without touching the iPod. I don't know of any products which accomplish this yet, but I do have an interface box from USA Spec which allows me to control my iPod from my VW car stereo head-end. I hope similar products will soon allow remote, weather-protected control of the ipod for this type of marine application.
glen e posted 05-31-2006 03:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for glen e  Send Email to glen e     
I have been asked this questions a million time and unless you are crabbing on the "Deadliest Catch", the iPod is fully weather resistant in its own right. You can use an "otterbox" which allows full use of the controlls and is hurricane proof. But the contour case works fine for 95% of boating applications and mine has taken five year's worth of weather without a hitch. Remeber, people have jogged in the rain for years with iPods and unless they take a direct hit, they are fine.

And you want the iPod on the dash as there is more to an ipod than just fast forwarding songs that a one line display gives you - adjusting backlighting, random selection and creating on-the-go playlists are done best at the ipod. Here's mine on my dash.

Photo: iPod on center console

dcritch posted 06-02-2006 08:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for dcritch  Send Email to dcritch     
glen e
How is your iPod attatched to the dash?
glen e posted 06-02-2006 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for glen e  Send Email to glen e     
Read above - 3M dual lock like super velcro
3M dual lock
part # 2250

jimh posted 06-03-2006 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Another option is to put the iPod in your shirt pocket and wear headphones.

The one drawback to the installations mentioned above is the lack of power supplied to the iPod. It appears to be running on its own battery. This could be the weak link in the system. On the other hand, not having any DC voltage in the cable and connector avoids it being a source for corrosion in a marine environment.

glen e posted 06-03-2006 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for glen e  Send Email to glen e     
Jim -

your power comment would be totally spot on a few years ago when you might run out of power if fishing for 8 hours or so. But today's ipods have a solid 15 hour batt capacity and for security putposes it comes off the boat with me every night, so it just gets charged via the wall outlet that night. Under my ipod are two dash cig light power recepticles that I can plug in my auto power cord to the unit if I would forget...

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