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Dsingram

Winter project - Transom Speakers

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Dsingram

My kids love to hear music while surfing. My wife is an audiologist and doesn't want deaf children. Trade offs, right!

I checked and it looks like I have enough room to remove the "LSV" from the back of my 247 to put in a 10x6 oval. I figure I could cut a plastic spacer at an angle to angle the speaker correctly...

My concerns

1). Cutting two holes in my baby. Is it structural? Use a RotoZip?

2). Water seal

3). Space for the speaker cone

4). What circuit to run on it? I figured I could wire it in with my towers from the wet sounds, then adjust gains on the amp to balance.

Thoughts?

David

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Ronnie

5. Resell?

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Levi900RR

Why not a chill set of tower speakers? I have one set of Wet Sounds 6X9's and they are great for surfing and wouldn't hurt a fly. I think you'd really regret cutting huge holes in your transom...

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Dsingram

We have tower speakers that can reach people tubing... I just can't hear them over the sound of my wife's disapproval.

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skyskier

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teamerickson

Will those tower speakers reach the surfers?

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Kalamazoo

wireless headphones?

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Bill_AirJunky

Buy an Epic

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mikeo

My kids love to hear music while surfing. My wife is an audiologist and doesn't want deaf children. Trade offs, right!

I checked and it looks like I have enough room to remove the "LSV" from the back of my 247 to put in a 10x6 oval. I figure I could cut a plastic spacer at an angle to angle the speaker correctly...

My concerns

1). Cutting two holes in my baby. Is it structural? Use a RotoZip?

2). Water seal

3). Space for the speaker cone

4). What circuit to run on it? I figured I could wire it in with my towers from the wet sounds, then adjust gains on the amp to balance.

Thoughts?

David

Don't cut in to the back of your boat, holes are bad!

Check this out:

http://www.themalibucrew.com/forums/index.php?/topic/57574-surf-kids-transom-speaker/

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Falko

I wouldn't cut holes in the transom. Put the wife on shore duty, they like that.

I was thinking of something similar but since my boat is a DD, I have a little flap cushion on the back that goes across the transom top. I was thinking of taking it off and building a different one with speakers built in. When I want to use them, flip up that pad and aim it out back. Not exactly a great situation but completely removable to go back to stock.

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shawndoggy

fresh air exhaust? Should make your wife happy (loud engines can make people deaf just as easy as loud music, right?) and will require much less tower speaker volume for the kids to hear the music.

Also what tower do you have? You could consider running your tower speakers "mickey mouse ear" style (above the tow bar). While that is non-standard and a little goofy, it would definitely bring the volume down inside the cabin and it would not be irreversible like a couple of big holes in the back of the boat would.

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Levi900RR

We have tower speakers that can reach people tubing... I just can't hear them over the sound of my wife's disapproval.

Put her in the bow...

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JeffK

Way back in the day, we had a customer that wanted to do this. We tried for days to talk him out of it. We almost flat out refused, but in the end, we did as he asked as he was a good friend and a great customer. Big mistake. Nobody was happy with it. There are lots of other options out there. Try those first.

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BuNewb

zip tie one of these to the back, this would avoid cutting holes ha

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TimbrSS

I second FAE if you don't have it, or don't at least have STE.

I plan on using the Mickey mouse method. (Actually might be doing it today). If nothing else, at least the speakers will be out of the way. But from other comments, this will help with killing ears of those on board. I think it looks fine, and more people would do it, if it wasn't known as the "Mickey Method." I can't think of any downsides to installing them on top, other than not being able to have the rope from the tower go all the way around the boat. This has never, and likely will never come up for me though.

There's some info here:

http://www.themalibucrew.com/forums/index.php?/topic/31773-mickey-mouse-ears/

A couple pictures from the wetsounds site to get an idea of speakers above bimini. Ignore the speakers under the tower, and imagine the ones on top turned around, facing the rear. Likely only need 1 pair of speakers for surf distance.

speakeroverbimini2_zps611gvylc.jpg

speakeroverbimini3_zpsbvbpjrfa.jpg

speakeroverbimini1_zps6tk9hyi1.jpg

from the mickey thread:

mickeymouse_zpsnqpvtfji.jpg

mouseears_zps7p8sxldr.jpg

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minnmarker

For close by surfers I could see putting a couple of these on the back deck. Maybe fashion some kind of non-permanent bracket to fit around the forward edge of the hatch cover like a bench lamp clamp. Add a couple speaker jacks under the cover and connect to an amp. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000A5S926/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=16RZODZLRHL85&coliid=I2OKGNS3J555NA&psc=1

Low budget, easily removable, and if they fall off you're out $32

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mr7

Man, thats painful to think about...

You could always buy an Epic boat... they have 8 transom mounted Wet Sounds.

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Dsingram

I like the idea of a clamp on speaker, no holes and just a little extra speaker wire run from the front... Thanks for all the ideas, gents. I will try a few and let you know how it goes.

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