This is no ordinary pontoon boat. There is aluminum plating on the bottom of the deck, designed to keep water from splashing up against the framework of the boat and slowing you down. The factory ran the speaker wires between the floor of the pontoon and this aluminum plating. It was going to be somewhat of a problem to get to the speaker wires and no one wanted to do this. Might there be some other way of enjoying music at the back of the boat?
There might be.
And there was.
I decided to build a speaker box system that would fit across the top of the dash of the boat, positioning two speakers pointing at the driver and those behind him. It would look just like an extension of the console, rising up a foot or so above the steering wheel but not really blocking any ones view.
This was a wonderful idea and it should have worked out beautifully.
Except that it didn't. There were too many obstructions in the way of placing a box system across the dash. There was an antenna sticking up that would have to be dealt with. On the opposite side there was a fish finder in the way. And there are also three or four switches on that side to be taken into consideration. And the top of the dash had a curved hump in it that would require careful trimming of the speaker box system for it to fit well. This just wasn't going to work.
Something else would have to be done. Some other way of listening to tunes would have to be devised.
Perhaps we could build a separate speaker box for each side of the console? Yes indeed, we could. But there was limited room for two free standing speakers. They were going to have to be small, smaller than I wanted and since there was little space to put them, this needed to be mostly a vertical build. And we keep our pontoon boat at the lake. I was just guessing at the measurements so I decided to go with a pair of 5 1/4 inch speakers. Any smaller and it just wouldn't be worth it, any larger and they probably wouldn't fit.
This is how it went.