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lakeman posted 08-29-2003 09:20 AM ET (US)   Profile for lakeman   Send Email to lakeman  
My lady wants a stereo on our 2000,18 Dauntless. I have yet to find a place where the speakers would fit and be reasonably safe from weather, and waves. Hopefully one of you have installed a stereo on you Dauntless and have some advice or pictures etc. Maybe I need smaller speakers, that are of Marine grade??????


Ferdinando posted 09-02-2003 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ferdinando  Send Email to Ferdinando     

I don't have an 18' but I did install a stereo om my Montauk (1998). I installed the speakers on the front bottom
of my console, had to cut out 6" holes and put in 2 Pioneer Waterproof speakers. I also placed two smaller Planer speakers in my bimini top, ran the wires through the tunnel and along the side of the gunnels (covered them with a plastic wire cover which was self sticking and almost the same color as the hull).

I also installed a Horizon CD player in the console, had to do a cutout for that also. All in all it's looks factory installed and plays great (I also installed a 100W amp inside the console)

Good luck,


GLINBECK posted 09-22-2004 10:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for GLINBECK  Send Email to GLINBECK     

I have an 03 18 Dauntless and just installed a pair of 6 1/2 infinty's on the backside of the reversable pilot seat. Installation was easy and the sound quality is superb because they are mounted in am almost sealed chamber. I mounted them about 2" from the top and about 4" from the side. My boat has the optional livewell and the clearances were fine. Planning to install another pair on the FWD in of the seat soon.


jimh posted 09-22-2004 11:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Get her an iPod.
HuronBob posted 09-23-2004 09:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for HuronBob    
I second Jim's vote for the iPod....

Get her an iPod with noise canceling headphones (greatest invention since sliced bread if you travel much, reduces the stress on an airplane flight by about 70%!)...

Reasons: 1, she'll actually be able to hear it above the noise of the engine (or motor, let's not get into that again!)

2. She will have thousands of songs to select from.

3. She can load books on tapes onto the ipod as well.

4. Sound quality will probably be better than installed speakers.

5. The ipod is functional anywhere she goes, not just limited to the boat (once you've owned one you'll never be without it).

6. Last but NOT least.... the most distracting (and obnoxious) thing in the world when I'm out cruising the river or fishing peacefully is to be subjected to someone else's taste in music... You can listen to anything you want, just don't make me listen to it as well!

my opinion is that the person that originally thought of putting radios on boats should suffer the same fate as the inventor of jetskis!


mfrymier posted 09-24-2004 10:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for mfrymier  Send Email to mfrymier     
I installed a poly-planar stereo head unit in my OR18 -- it is the only one I found that is truly "waterproof".

On speakers, one thing that is "least" invasive is to buy Bose "box" speakers, and mount them on brackets that clamp to any rail, including the rails toward the stern on your boat. I've used this in the past and one thing that is nice is you can pop the speakers on and off for storage, fishing, etc. check out the polyplanar stuff at I found good prices and service at

pacis posted 09-24-2004 11:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for pacis  Send Email to pacis     
I have 18 Dauntless and have the stereo installed up in the console high and dry with the speakers in the door and the opposite side. Works great

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