Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Greater Vancouver B.C. Canada
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You might want to do some serious thinking and ask yourself if music in the cockpit is really what you want. Sound will dissipate out into the blue yonder very readily with speakers in the cockpit and the sound is not nearly as good as the sound that is contained below.
I just installed a 200 watt marine grade stereo last spring and I put all 4 speakers below. I mounted them so that each speaker had its own cabinette which were the natural storage cavities in various places on the boat. It is not a good idea for two speakers to share the same cavity as they will interupt the air movement of each other produced by the vibration of the cones. The 200 watts out 4 speakers produces some fairly decent sound and the base is pretty good and it is all contained below.
I do not care for music that much while out sailing, I prefer the natural sounds of the environment. I do like to have the music when at the dock hanging out and having a beer though, or at anchor or at a marina but always while secured somewhere. I can hear the music fine enough from the cockpit but I often sit below where I can hear it in its' entirety full surround. If I am running the engine I cannot hear it at all in the cockpit and I am sometimes motoring out there so even with speakers in the cockpit the engine noise would distort it. 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.