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annapoliswhaler posted 03-01-2011 12:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for annapoliswhaler  
Hello to all. My son gave me a Sony Stereo System with speakers for Christmas for my 1968 Nauset. I am looking for the correct spot to install the water-resistant speakers. One place I am thinking of is on the lowest portion of the center console, on the left and right side, facing out. These would be below the casting deck, away from direct sunlight, and water. Is this spot protected enough for water-resistant speakers? Thank you for your thoughts!
an86carrera posted 03-01-2011 01:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
I don't know about water resistance but if you put them above the gunwale height you will not be able to hear them well. Keep them low so the sound will reflect off of the gunwale not out into the open air.

Experience here on the subject is that I installed a set high once, terrible sound, I installed a set on a different boat lower than gunwales and they sounded great.


annapoliswhaler posted 03-01-2011 02:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for annapoliswhaler    
The sound would be bouncing off the side and I know there will be some spray coming through the casting deck, but too much? My other option is placing them under the center console, facing backwards.
contender posted 03-01-2011 02:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Someone here (do a search) installed one in a cooler, no holes in the boat, not a bad idea, I would look for the thread and take a look.
jimh posted 03-02-2011 09:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Put the whole kit-and-caboodle into a cooler. Don't destroy your beautiful classic wooden console.
jimh posted 03-02-2011 09:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Stereophonic audio reproduction with two loudspeakers requires the loudspeakers be in front of the listener, at eye level to the listener, and separated by a distance that is approximately the same as the listener's distance to the loudspeakers. You typically cannot position loudspeakers on a small boat in this manner. It is far simpler to use ear-bud headphones.

If you install loudspeakers in a boat far below the level of the listener's ears and with the axis of the loudspeakers pointed away from the listener you will have a poor stereophonic reproduction system. However, it will be a decent public-address loudspeaker system, and probably carry across the water a long distance.

annapoliswhaler posted 03-02-2011 03:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for annapoliswhaler    
I get the point! :)

Or I could learn to sing!

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