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Old 15-06-2011, 12:51   #1
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Unhappy Stereo Speakers in the cockpit

I purchased a Mirage 32 last fall (could have been any boat for that matter), and when I went to upgrade the audio system, I discovered that the speakers in the cockpit had completely desintigrated and that there were essentially 2- 6 1/2" holes in my cockpit, not good. Are there any marine grade speakers on the market that are enclosed so that you don't have to rely on a plastic speaker cone to keep your boat from filling up if the cockpit is pooped? Anyone else run up against this problem?
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Old 15-06-2011, 12:54   #2
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Re: Stereo Speakers in the cockpit

There are many companies that make outdoor speakers - search the internet. They don't have to be "marine" but they should be salt protected (ie - gold plated posts).
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Re: Stereo Speakers in the cockpit

I have fix-mounted speakers in the main cabin and V-berth, and enclosed type (Poly Planar MS7500) in the cockpit. I've attached rubber hook clamps to the brackets of the Poly Planars, so I can clamp them to the railings in many different positions. They connect through a waterproof electrical connector in the deck to a switch that allows us to select between the V-berth and cockpit speakers (it would be the "rear" speakers of the CD player, the "front" speakers are the ones in the main cabin). It only takes a couple of minutes to set them up. This arrangement has worked perfectly for us.

I did not like the idea of having surface mounted speakers in the cockpit because of those large holes. If having to install such type of speakers, I would build some sort of internal fiber-glass enclosure to prevent eventual flooding.

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Old 15-06-2011, 15:40   #4
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Re: Stereo Speakers in the cockpit

I'd be inclined to either put them in shallow lockers of some sort to keep water off them or fill in the holes and go with portable ones in a nice case with leads going into a watertight coupler. That way you can take them below in rough weather or in shady ports where they might get nicked.

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Re: Stereo Speakers in the cockpit

Bose cockpit speakers sound great and seal the hole with a tough plastic cabinet behind the speaker. Amazon...
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Old 15-06-2011, 17:25   #6
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Re: Stereo Speakers in the cockpit

For speakers that extend into a locker use a tupperware type tub on the backside. Cut a hole in the lid and screw it on the backside of the locker. That way you can take it off if needed.
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Re: Stereo Speakers in the cockpit

I thought of something like the tupperwear bowls behind the speakers, a bit worried how they might sound. The bose 131's look promising but expensive and hard to find in Canada.
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The Bose 131's look promising but expensive and hard to find in Canada.
Amazon delivered them to me in Palau in just a few days. Canada should be easy. The price is well worth the performance and durability.
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Re: Stereo Speakers in the cockpit

I think I'll bite the bullet and order the bose 131's as I have to fill in two big holes in my cockpit and I just don't see anything else out there that will work, besides building waterproof enclosures behind the speakers.

I'd rather be sailing.

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Re: Stereo Speakers in the cockpit

The true test is can they take an hour of Barry White's "Can't get enough of your love,baby"
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Re: Stereo Speakers in the cockpit

The big issue with pannel mount speakers in a cockpit is that most installations point directly at each other. Thatsw basicly noise cancellation. Fiberglass resonates very nicely so decent speakers with reasonable base response will work well. I have 3.5 in. watterproof Poly planar speakers in the winch pockets and a waterproof box subwoofer under the cockpit.
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Quote: "The true test is can they take an hour of Barry White's "Can't get enough of your love,baby"

Carefull, That's what "They" use at Guantanimo. Works better than waterboarding.
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Carefull, That's what "They" use at Guantanimo. Works better than waterboarding.

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