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Maximus posted 12-06-2003 12:53 PM ET (US)   Profile for Maximus   Send Email to Maximus  
The recent speaker thread got me thinking...

Next spring I plan on installing a radio for my M170. A survey of the available 'marine' radios really wasn't impressive. Basically, a white bezel and the radio is marinized.

ShipShape TV showed an installation of a Poly-planer radio/cd player. John raved about them for being completely water tight...bezel and housing. Anybody have any experience wth Poly-Planar's products? They seem to charge a premium ($400 for radio/cd).

AQUANUT posted 12-07-2003 09:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for AQUANUT  Send Email to AQUANUT     

Still trying to decide on tunes for my 04 montauk, too.

after much deliberation, I beleive the jbl M-30 is it...
I watched my boat detailer spray this thing with a water hose @ 60psi...dead on..while jamming out on some rock and roll. it still doesn't have a protective cover...[they always break]..the control buttons are large and lighted...[I am blind and cant see @ night]..the downside is cost....coast/mdi list it @ 389.00 us....but with the stack of dead marine stereo rcvr's i have acquired over the years..this..justifies the exspense...

if you go with the poly, let me know how it holds up....i like the white face vs the jbl gray....the poly equipment seem to have an agressive approach to audio in a tough far as warranty and standing behind it..we see...jbl's been good so far for me.

jimh posted 12-07-2003 02:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Changed TOPIC to avoid confusion with Marine VHF Radio Service tranceivers; was "Poly-Planar Radio's [sic] ???"--jimh]
bsmotril posted 12-08-2003 12:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
I have a pair of their 6x9 speakers mounted in the helm side panels of my Conquest 23. They have been there since 97, and still work fine. No corrosion or sound problems. The boat is stored indoors, but get's washed thoroughly after every trip. When I spray down the interior, I do not go to any extra effort to avoid the speakers. I would certainly by another pair from them should these ever bite the dust.
Maximus posted 04-23-2004 08:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Maximus  Send Email to Maximus     
Spring has arrived!!!

I installed the Poly-Planar radio last weekend in my MT170. Installation went well. It was a bit tough cutting through the fiberglass and 1/2 inch plywood on the vertical part of the console. This radio does not require a splash guard and is completley waterproof.

I also installed two, six inch low magnetic field Poly-Planar speakers in the console similar to Tabasco's installation. They do not seem to have any influence on the compass.

I used a Shakespeare auto-switch splitter and used my VHF antenna for the AM/FM. This is a very nice setup and eliminates the need for two antenna.

Plan on turning over the motor for the first time since October this weekend.


ocuyler posted 04-23-2004 09:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for ocuyler  Send Email to ocuyler     

I installed the same system in my '03 16 Dauntless. I immediately towed it 1000 miles to Hilton Head and put through some serious paces, including high pressure direct spray to wash the boat several times. Rode hard and put away wet to use a phase. It operated flawlessly with great quality. The waterproof, low-magnetic speakers worked well, but the covers were imposible to keep on.

An image of the install can be viewed at

bsmotril posted 04-27-2004 11:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
No experience with their players, but their 6x9 Coaxial speakers are doing fine in the exposed cockpit of my Conquest. They see regular spray during cleanup and show no detrimental effects at all.
tully_mars posted 05-02-2004 10:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
I had a pair of the poly planar square 6x9's on my 21 Outrage, had them for a few years before I sold the boat and they worked great. Withstood washdows and some rough seas.

Make sure you use some corrosionX or something on your speaker connections so they don't corrode.

Capt. Tully Mars

Maximus posted 05-02-2004 01:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Maximus  Send Email to Maximus     
Well....Polyplanar is in the doghouse. Let's see how good customer services is.

After being installed in the 170 Montauk console for one week, the display filled with water and the unit doesn't work right anymore. It will eject CD's and make some noise but none of the buttons on the front panel work. I removed the radio and duct taped the hole in my dash.

I plan on calling Polyplanar this week. Stay tuned....

Maximus posted 05-30-2004 08:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Maximus  Send Email to Maximus     
Poly-Planer made good with replacing the defective radio with a new unit. I re-installed the radio Saturday and all is well. Now I can listen to those Red Sox games.

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