Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Pensacola, FL
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I have a 2000 Catalina 28 and would like to install a stereo system that includes speakers somewhere in the cockpit.
There doesn't seem to be an ideal spot or easy answer as I think this seemingly simple problem through. The two most likely answers are on the bulkhead on either side of the companionway or underder the sternrail seats.
Pros: ear level, facing aft, good separation, 6 ft away from compass, shorter distance from stereo unit, recessed speakers give better sound, protected under dodger.
Cons: need 5 inch cutouts through cabin then liner, back of speakers will stick though head (port) and galley (stbd) and be visable; surface where speaker grill will be mounted is very slightly curved (may be a small gap)
Pros: hole would be only big enough for speaker wire to pass through with proper through hull hardware, no liner to drill through in this position, protected under stern rail seats, speakers easily changed when they need replacing, about ear level with good separation, 4 ft away from compass.
Cons: poorer sound from box type speaker, longer distance from stereo, speaker wire must be run from through hull hardware at base of sternrails to speakers under seats (zip ties?), wires exposed to salt water and UV
Has anyone played this game before?