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phatwhaler posted 09-19-2003 08:11 PM ET (US)   Profile for phatwhaler   Send Email to phatwhaler  
I am looking to install a stereo on my 1996 19/20 Outrage and I was wondering:

a. Was a stereo a factory option back then? Meaning did the factory install the speakers in any certain location?

b. Has anyone installed a stereo on their boat and where did you mount your speakers?

c. Has anyone mounted speakers under the gunnels facing down?

I see a nice spot just under the gunnels right behind the fire extinguisher etc... It is angled nicely towards the rear of the boat and looks pretty good for flush mounting a couple of 6" speakers. It's seems pretty solid though as if there was foam behind it. It's not hollow like the area just adjacent to the amidship cleats. You know, where the fuel fill hoses are, and the fire extinguisher. Anyway I don't want to drill two big holes in the boat if it's not a good spot.

I also don't want to mount them on the T-top for various reasons. First, I would like to keep the fact that I have a stereo onboard relatively incognito. Second, I really don't want to add more weight to the T-top that is already squeaking. (Will be fixed soon)

Any replies from someone that has the same boat or at least has some time on one would be great.

phatwhaler out.

Swellmonster posted 09-20-2003 12:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Boxers has a sound system in his 20. He has pictures too.
So, your getting soft and putting a sound system in there eh? ;)
BarryGreen posted 09-22-2003 08:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for BarryGreen  Send Email to BarryGreen     
I installed a pair of speakers in my '98 20' OR in the area under the gunnels, as far forward as possible and pointing downward. I also wanted to avoid mounting them on the T-top. Used marine grade speakers/enclosures and managed to pull the cables down to the wiring tunnel and up to the receiver mounted behind the plexi cover in the center console.

Some nice things about this approach are that you can hose the deck down as hard as you want and the speakers stay dry, and the location is far enough away that no noticable effect on compass. Also, you can crank up the volume when the feeling moves you and the sound pretty much "stays inside the boat". Doesn't disturb others around you when anchored.

BTW, just added a 6-CD changer this season, also in the console. Works great.


wayne baker posted 09-22-2003 08:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for wayne baker  Send Email to wayne baker     
That's were I installed mine. There is some foam to remove. I removed enough for the speaker and used a long drill bit to get wires from the acess areas on each side to the speaker. I also put my cd player in the electronics box in the console and run wires under the floor in the chase to the acess area on each side. looks good sounds good.
boxers posted 09-22-2003 08:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for boxers  Send Email to boxers     

I just sent pictures of my stereo setup. Let me know if you have any trouble receiving them. There are two more speakers in the stern facing forward. The in deck fish lockers brush the covers just slightly when opened. We don't have a picture of the rear speakers on our hard drive but there may be one stored in my camera.

All the best-boxers

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