Marine Stereo-System Tips

A quick guide to marine stereo-systems setup.

The recreational boat has become not only a means of escape, but also a source of music during said escape. This is due in large part to the fact that the quality of marine sound systems has exploded in recent years. What was once merely an option for boaters is now an absolute necessity.

The advancement in audio systems has brought with it a change of attitude. It hasn’t taken long for boaters to become fussy about sound while on the water.

The equipment used today is small, runs cool and efficiently and, in the case of amplifiers, is stackable. That makes the options for powerful, high-fidelity boat installations almost limitless.

Perfect Placement: Bowrider Sound Setup
An 18-footer's compact cockpit creates a challenge for powerful sound, but here are the ideal spots for amp (in the engine compartment) and subwoofer (in the aft seating bulkhead). Tuck the head unit into the glove box, and connect remotes at the helm and transom. This gives easy tuning and CD access while protecting the head unit from the weather.