Jim from North Mankato brought his new Crestliner 1650 Fish Hawk to the experts at Sweet Sounds to have a new audio system installed. A number of the employees at Sweet Sounds are avid boaters and fishermen, and were well aware of what would make this boat sound great without breaking the bank.
The simple system consisted of a Memphis Audio Marine MXA1MC media center “radio” and top-of-the-line Memphis Audio Marine MXA60L speakers. The MXA1MC is a round, “gauge style” radio that required fabricating an ABS plastic mounting plate to fit the radio into the dash. We used stainless steel fasteners to hold everything in place and plastic screw caps to give it a finished look. The MXA1MC has AM/FM/USB/3.5MM Aux and streaming Bluetooth for source options.
While you might not think speaker placement in a fishing boat matters, the experts at Sweet Sounds know choosing a balanced location is important to allow each location to receive equal sound. Otherwise, the person at one end is getting blasted by the music while the other location can barely hear anything. For this reason, we chose to locate one of the speakers all the way in front, for whoever is controlling the trolling motor and the second speaker near the console, aiming toward the rear. As you can see in the photos, attention to detail is important in the rod locker. We went so far as to install thread protectors on the back of the screws so no one scratches themselves while accessing the rods.