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I do not care for music that much while out sailing, I prefer the natural sounds of the environment.... I am not a big proponent of speakers and sound in the cockpit, I prefer music when I can sit back and relax and enjoy it, not while under way.
We are of like mind, CaptKermie.

And when our engine is running, it really doesn't matter. The volume would have to be cranked too high in the cockpit to enjoy it. Plus I think it's a good idea to "keep an ear" on things.

ZZ, one option you might consider: We have speakers below decks, but instead of being on short speaker wires, each one has an extra 10'+ of wire coiled behind it. So we can set them out on deck or closer to the companionway, as needed.


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I can't hear the VHF radio and I can't share the music with others when I wear earbuds. And to top it all off, I'm a klutz and I'm betting I would drop the Ipod overboard.
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I do have an ipod dock now with 2 small speakers and an aux output to connect more speakers. Could I just mount 2 speakers in the cockpit and run the wiring to the ipod dock? In this configuration would the dock (runs on 4 AA batteries) be nearly enough to drive the larger cockpit speakers?
Using equipment I already have is very appealing, and it sounds simple. Not to mention, I could remove it when racing.

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I second Kermie and Pollard regarding cockpit speakers. I have them installed but found it anoying when sailing or even motoring. At marina I barely use them, as I'm afraid to disturb boats on my side, at anchor, I'm rarely alone, and friends chat is always our first choice. I realise there are few very specific situation for its use ....

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FWIW, don't waste the $$ on a marine grade unit if its mounted in the cabin.

The time I listen to music the most on the boat is at anchor so for me speakers in the cockpit is a must.

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We have a Sony receiver below deck with it wired to the helm navpod which has a remote built into the navpod as well as the aux I pod jack. Also put two Bose speakers in the cabin as well as two in the cockpit.

While most of the time just bay sailing we use the cockpit speakers infrequently, we take a few long trips each each like to Mystic or Block Island or somewhere in New England from the Chesapeake. Its nice to be able to play music from our 3200 song ipod when we are underway for 8 sometimes 10 hours per day.


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