When we purchased the boat, it came with an AM/FM cassette radio with cd changer. Yes a cd changer. While we don’t really have any cd’s or cassettes to listen to (does anyone anymore?), we did listen to the radio.
This little radio is just like the one in your car. However we kept running into static on channels on a regular basis. We tried changing out the antenna on the back, running the new antenna to a different location, and while the reception improved so slightly, the stations were still mostly static. A few channels were better than others but not by much.
Eventually the radio bit the dust. I mean the display stopped working, the volume stopped working and you couldn’t change any stations anymore. While it did die on a station that we do listen to, is was hard to hear in the cockpit because we couldn’t change the volume anymore and it also had static.
We decided to replace the unit with a new ‘media’ unit. This media unit is much smaller because it doesn’t play cd’s which we don’t have anyways. We also purchased new speakers just because. Who wants to have a new radio with old speakers?
Here is the old stereo mounted, it has seen some better days. Looks like it has seen some water damage over the years (but that’s a different project).
And the old inside speakers which didn’t look to be in bad shape, but we replaced anyways.
Here is the old yucky radio and the new shiny one side by side to show size difference.
And the new inside speakers installed.
The outside speakers were a little different. They had to be a special type of speaker as to not interfere with the compass from the speaker magnet. They are or were also weather resistant but time took its toll. While the helm station is white and the speakers are white also, or supposed to be, after removing them and comparing with the new speaker, they were very yellow. Also after closer inspection, the rubber surround that allows the speaker to move back and forth to make sound, was completely rotted away. You can see the grill dots where there is supposed to be rubber. No wonder no matter how loud we turned it up you could still only barely hear the radio in the cockpit.
They were also sealed up to prevent water from entering (new ones were sealed back also).
And what the new one looks like installed at the helm.
The radio installed almost complete.
Separating the wires and keeping the spaghetti mess down to a minimum.
The finished install, all nice and clean looking.
The total cost: $148
Inside speakers: $19
Outside speakers: $44