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Thomas J Stevens posted 07-23-2004 09:24 AM ET (US)   Profile for Thomas J Stevens   Send Email to Thomas J Stevens  
[The author posted duplicate articles in multiple forums, which I have removed, asking about recollections of photographs he had seen online. I believe his direct question is actually this:] Can speakers be installed in the cockpit side of the transom on a 170 MONTAUK? Is the cavity hollow?
Camuyano posted 07-23-2004 10:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Camuyano  Send Email to Camuyano     

I don't of anybody that has actually done this but I think Aquanut was planning on doing it. I asked about it in a previous thread because I saw it done to a Nantucket on "Ship Shape Boating" in the DIY network. See the following thread:

Apparently, there is not acess on the port side. We'll have to way for Aquanut and see how he does it. I installed my system with speakers on the from and back of the console:

It sounds great. You really have to crank it up to hear while underway but I have power to spare with the Sony head unit and Pioneer speaker. (The problem is remembering to lower the volume before reaching the dock.) I would really think about it before attempting to put speakers in the rear since it sounds like a lot of trouble and my system sounds good as it is.

Good luck,

erik selis posted 07-23-2004 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
I think it would be very difficult to get a speaker placed on the port side of the transom steps. It would also be difficult to get the wires to the starboard side without having to drill through the splash well walls. There is just no room because of the way the boat is constructed.

A while ago I did some research on how to fasten a bracket for a trolling motor. There is just no way to through-bolt the bottom 2 screws of the bracket because you cannot get to the screw head.

The starboard side port hole is small and is completely isolated from the step and the transom. The port-side step is sealed off from everything.

Here are the pictures I took a while ago. The last picture shows how the splash well and the vertical wall of the steps are bonded and isolated.

Maybe Aqua. will figure out a way, but there will be some serious drilling and sawing needed. Not worth it IMO.


jimh posted 07-24-2004 10:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Buy an iPod and a nice set of headphones.

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