A client from Hammond, Indiana, brought his Godfrey Aqua Patio AP 250 WB to us for what we can only describe as an audio party. He loved the 27-foot-long pontoon design, but felt it needed some serious help in terms of musical entertainment. As soon as we saw the boat, we got excited – it was like placing Picasso in front of a white building and telling him to paint whatever he wanted.
Source The Power!
We started with the installation of a Rockford Fosgate PMX-2 marine digital media receiver and a PMX-1R wired remote control. Having one control at the helm of the boat and another at the other end makes using the radio easy for anyone on board. Both units feature a 2.7-inch color LCD screen that is easy to see. We also installed a SiriusXM Commander Touch on the dash of the boat. The Commander lets everyone listen to whatever genre of music they want. Audio signals from the source unit feed a pair of Wet Sounds amplifiers. Speak to me!
Speak To Me!
We installed four pairs of Wet Sounds XS-650-S 6.5-inch coaxial speakers around the boat and powered all four sets of speakers with a Wet Sounds SYN-DX4 amplifier. This amp is rated to produce an incredible 200 watts per channel into a 2 ohm load. We mounted each speaker on top of a clear plastic spacer ring. Behind each ring, we mounted RGB LED strips. We used a total of four RGB LED kits to make sure the whole system would look amazing once the sun starts to set. We used a RaceSport RS-MUSIC-60W wireless RGB controller and its included IR remote to control all the lighting. The client can change to whatever color he wants, or have it cycle through thousands of different colors. This lighting controller is unique in that it includes a microphone and will change the lighting in a pattern that matches the beat of the music. Can you say paaartay!
All About The Bass
The client was interested in having a subwoofer in the system. Not having the confines of a vehicle makes it very hard to produce good bass on a boat. We constructed a pair of custom subwoofer enclosures for the boat to ensure he would be able to hear the bass clearly. We constructed the enclosures from high-quality marine-grade plywood and cut small lines in the outside corner and rounded the top and bottom panels. We bent the piece to form a curved face, then used body filler in between them. We wrapped the enclosure in a thin layer of foam and vinyl that matches the rest of the boat. To top things off, we created a cover for the subwoofer enclosure in polished plastic with two built-in drink holders. Dark vinyl accent and piping mimic the finish on the rest of the boat.
In total, we installed three Wet Sounds SW-10FA 10-inch subwoofers in the boat. We mounted the third sub in the face of a storage compartment at the end of one of the long bench seats. A Wet Sounds HTX-6 amplifier powers all three subwoofers. This six-channel amplifier is wired as a three-channel amp to provide 300 watts to each of the subwoofers.
To ensure the client would have adequate play time, we added a pair of Stinger SPP1500 batteries to the existing factory battery. These batteries add hours of play time to the system, and their design allows them to put up with constant charging and discharging.
We protected the system with Stinger CBM-140 circuit breakers. We also secured all the wiring that we installed to ensure there was no chance of any connection coming loose or failing.
With the installation complete, we started to tune the system. This boat has to be one of the loudest systems we have had in the install bay at Cartronix! It just never seems to run out of power. With eight speakers and three subwoofers on board, the music sounds amazing from every seat on the boat. There is always a speaker pointing at you, no matter where you are. The client was thrilled with how it looked and how it sounded.
If you are interested in an upgrade to the stereo on your boat, drop by our shop in Valparaiso, Indiana, or contact us here.