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Where to put speakers on a Conquest 21
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posted 08-17-2009 11:22 PM ET (US)
Does anyone have any suggestions for good locations to permanently install four flush mount speakers? I'd love some tips or to see some pics to get some ideas. I am not interested in mounting them to a cooler since there is not enough room in the cockpit for that and I don't have a cooler like a center console does. Also, if anyone knows of a good spot to install the head unit other than my already full electronics box that would be much appreciated.
posted 08-18-2009 11:10 AM ET (US)
Basshole- In the now-closed thread that you opened in the GAM, JimH makes a great recommendation. This topic has been kicked around for years, although not specific to your Conquest. I think Jim's cooler idea is the best solution yet, as long as you do not need the cooler for other use.
My thought is that I would have two interchangeable coolers, one for chilling and one for the speakers, depending on my need for the day. Easy switch out.
Unlike center console rigs, your Conquest could also place them in the area in front of the helm seats. The only downside is if someone were napping in the cuddy, music would be problematic. On a rig that size, I would guess napping with any commotion on the deck would be hard.
posted 08-18-2009 11:30 AM ET (US)
Uh, you guys don't detect even a slight bit of sarcasm there?
posted 08-18-2009 02:12 PM ET (US)
Most of the dealers mount the speakers on Conquest on the sides of the cockpit below the helm seats on the bulkhead.
posted 08-18-2009 03:38 PM ET (US)
My Conquest 23 has them mounted in the gunnels in front of the helms seats about eight inches off the floor. The sound and stereo separation is equal to my home unit.
posted 08-19-2009 06:56 AM ET (US)
I will gladly repeat my recommendation about building your loudspeakers and public address amplifier into a cooler. I think it is a great solution for people who want to have a way to reproduce recorded music at a loud sound pressure level on their boat. It avoids having to cut up a the boat.
Since the question was in regard to a Boston Whaler boat, my advice is especially cogent. The hull of a Boston Whaler boat is built with their Unibond method. The last thing you want to do with a Unibond hull is to cut large holes into it for speakers. Some poor sap might cut a large hole into his Boston Whaler Unibond hull right at some point where the hull has some significant stress. Sawing a large eight or ten inch diameter hole in a Unibond hull could significantly reduce its strength, leading to the hull flexing and perhaps cracking. This could be a problem with Boston Whaler boats because in general the thickness and strength of their laminate layer is thinner and not as strong as in other boats. The overall strength comes from the rigidity of the inner and outer laminate walls held together with the foam. Cut a large hole, remove lots of foam, and you will weaken the structure.
However, you are completely free to dismiss this idea as just some stupid sarcasm from me, and cut big holes all round your Boston Whaler, to the delight of a very few who might say, "Wow, what a great sound system."
On a further note, with a Boston Whaler Unibond hull, once you cut some monster hole into the heart of its structure for the loudspeaker, you will be hard pressed to run wires to it in a concealed manner unless you bore yourself a tunnel in the foam. I don't think that is a particularly good idea, either. But if the price of listening to amplified recorded music is turning your Unibond hull into a mass of holes and tunnels, have at it.
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