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Adding two speakers to the boat.

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So this winter I decided I was going to add 2 speakers to my boat. All the factory speakers are low mount down by the floor. Both forward and Aft, but nothing in the cockpit area.

The factory system was Sony throughout the boat including an 800W 4 Channel Amp.

One of those Sony speakers blew last summer. Boat is a 2002 so they did well. I went ahead and switch all 4 of the 6.5 inch speakers to Wetsounds.

Worked fine for the season but still missing sound in the cockpit area when your up and running.

 

So this winter I ordered 2 8 inch Wetsound speakers for the cockpit. Then after some debate with multiple people It was decided I should add an amp for those speakers independent of the other amp. Then if I was going to add another amp I would need to add a house battery. Boat was only equipped with 1 battery. And if I was going to add 1 why not just go 2 and have some reserve for days on the beach. And with 3 batteries not having an onboard battery charger made no sense at all.  So with shopping for chargers I looked at Blue Sea products and found an Onboard charger that also did all the switching from house to starter battery automatically.

 

So as you can see this project grew and grew from two speakers..... LOL plus all the wiring and circuit breakers and terminal blocks..  So I worked on this stuff this spring. I went adleast 1 size over on recommender size of wire for each unit. There is a Rockford Fosgate 600W 4 Channel for the 4 6.5 speakers and a Wetsounds 400W 4 channel for the 2 8 inch speakers. Right now they are just wired normal. If I find it's not enough power I'll bridge the channels. 100W is right at the bottom of what's recommended and 200W is a little over..... So I'll wait and see.

 

I'll see if I can post pictures below..

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Now on to the trailer bunks. Buying a boat from a guy who is OCD is great. The trailer not so much. When pulling the bunks off I find the carpet has been stapled every inch, had I known this I would have just bought new wood. Lol. Oh well so in a day I was able to get half the trailer re-carpeted. Hands were hurting after prying all those staples. Next time it gets all new wood, carpet and hardware. Oh did I mention he double nutted every cage bolt. Lol. c975d5ea8cc1d90707dbe0c7c989cd97.jpg680ccd8087b703bb06abfe91ce602bd7.jpg048c5a221e4a1408a06d87f995173cb0.jpg910d83a639c6b6aa0664e609887c42db.jpg218c0aa4e418ca3bc6dd2819b61db7a1.jpg

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Nice clean install not like I would expect anything else.
"Buying a boat from a OCD guy is great"
You realize EVERYONE who had ever bought anything from you says the same thing!
I mean that in the nicest way possible

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assume not your truck in front of trailer pic , a fat butt 

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Gary year 3 of being a fat butt owner.

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Nice work Paul! Very clean install. Blue Sea makes some amazing stuff but it isn't cheap. The Earthroamer is all Blue Sea and i have grown to really like their stuff... I just can't afford it. LOL!

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That unit was like 170, but it acts as the charger and the battery switch so about the same as buying both parts separately..

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42 minutes ago, Woodenhead said:

Nice work Paul, that’s a sweet setup. 

Did you notice the party barge is gone?

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3 minutes ago, C Paul Go said:

Did you notice the party barge is gone?

 

I didnt notice, but I saw one that reminded me of it the other day. Maybe it was the new owners.

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They went up to Roosevelt on Saturday. They are neighbors at the end of the street.

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12 minutes ago, C Paul Go said:

They went up to Roosevelt on Saturday. They are neighbors at the end of the street.

 

Well then I’ll say hi next time I see them. 

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Dave and Serina...  You'll thank me.. She is a model

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Ok, for the experts here is my current issue.

 

Stereo and amps work great when I have the battery charger plugged in.

But if I unplug it and let it switch to batteries the Amps turn off I loose all sound. The stereo stays on.

 

Is there not enough Amps from the batteries to keep them switched on? Do I need to add a Large Cap to support the Amps?  Is that safe on a boat?

 

I talked to Blue Sea about the Charger/ACR causing this and the service rep said it's not possible. So that takes that part out of the equation.

 

Amps are 400W and 600W  Deck is 45W but I'm not using the deck for any sound other than signals being delivered to the Amps.

 

I haven't checked to see if the Amps would turn on with the motor running, if they do that would lead me to the batteries aren't enough on their own.

If this is the case, what are my options?  Adding anymore batteries is out. Too Heavy, I'm almost tempted  to go down to 1 house battery as it is.

 

Ok, I'm open for info and suggestions.   Thanks You

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i see it is just a 10amp charger, check with a volt meter, plugged in and not plugged in. you may have a bunk battery? do you have a load tester?

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I dont have a load tester. I'm going to take a multimeter and measure when plugged into 110 vs on 12v. And go from there. I'm guessing that 1000w is just too much volts for the amps on fire up. So if I add a capacitor it should be at 14v all the time and draw from the batteries to keep that voltage. If I do find that to be the case, I think I'll move down to 1 house battery and remove some weight.

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