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post #9 of Old 03-18-2010
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We installed a sound system last summer and also when through this thought process. I wasn't willing to cut large holes in the cockpit, so we were left with two options. First, however, we decided on two speakers wired to the rear channel of the head unit - that would leave the front channel for two speakers in the cabin. The first mounting location we considered was similar to what SD did. If we when that route, we were going to mount two outdoor box speakers to the bimini frame with plug connectors so we could take them down. Being under the bimini would also keep them protected from UV. The second option we considered was mounting the speakers inside the companion way - one near the top on each side. The speakers would be mounted on brackets that would allow us to aim them toward the cockpit and toward the interior, depending on where we wanted the sound. Ultimately, we scraped both these ideas and wound up mounting box speakers in the cabin. The two forward speakers are mounted near the bulkhead separating the saloon from the v-berth, and are aimed aft. We have found that this produces plenty of sound in the cockpit, and has the added benefit of keeping the sound directed only toward us rather than every boat around us. We also thought about combing boxes, like you mention, but ultimately decided we did not want to give up the storage space.
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