A regular client of ours recently stopped by with his 2005 Maxum boat, looking to make some serious audio upgrades. We’d previously upgraded a couple of his motorcycles, and his truck, so he knew we were the ones to take care of the boat.
After scoping out the existing system, we decided that the best course of action was to pull it all and start from scratch. We started with a battery upgrade. The boat previously had one battery, so the first step was to add a second battery and a Perko switch. Having dual batteries and the Perko allows the client to switch off one battery while sitting on the water playing music. That way, he always has a fully charged battery to start the boat.
Next was replacing his existing radio with an AquaticAV AQ-MP-5BT. The AquaticAV boat stereo has a fully waterproof face, so no concerns with it being splashed, and Bluetooth makes playing music from his phone simple. The hole in the boat from the previous radio was quite large, so we made a custom plate to adapt the new radio.
Since there weren’t any good locations for a subwoofer, we cut in a set of the huge JL Audio M880-CCX-SG-WH 8.8″ component-style co-axles in the front. We also bumped up the midsection speakers with a much larger JL Audio M770-CCX-SG-WH 7.7″ component-style coax speaker. We used an ARC Audio XDi600.4 to deliver 150 watts to each speaker. The system sounds as if it has a subwoofer installed.
Looking to upgrade the stereo system on your boat? Stop by one of our Richmond-area locations, in Mechanicsville or Midlothian, and we’d be happy to go over some options with you. You can also reach us by e-mail using the contact form on our website.