Totally agree. There are some really nice options for portable music, whether it's integrated with your phone, ipod, or just a standalone radio. It would be quite a project to install a traditional marine stereo system in a boat that has not had one before. I know I could find better ways to spend my time and money on the boat.
Not much of a complicated project, maybe a couple hours at most. Small price to pay for some quality music or TV sound.
I dont play the stero/ usually an IPOD touch much underway except when we have long passage making and cruising of like 8-10 hours. It is nice to have some music to listen to when working on projects at the dock.
Some people are satisfied with 2 tin cans and a wire sound....some like quality sound. Whatever is important to you go for it. It appears that the OP had already decided this was an important aspect for him thats why he asked the question, so telling him
I could find better ways to spend my time and money on the boat.
really isnt relevant. Its like telling him what he wants isnt important or relevant.
I actually think that a good first project for someone with a new boat is doing something lkike this as it gets you to know you electrical system, boat construction, better. Helps you build up to those bigger projects when you actually cut major things.
Either way the amount of time spent is really not that much. Personalize your boat the way that fits your lifestyle. There are many op[tions and degrees available. Whatever allows you to use your boat more and guves you comfort on it...go for it.