Mounting marine stereo speakers the wrong way on your fishboat will ensure their quick death due to water intrusion, corrosion, and exposure, but mount them the right way, and they can last for many years. Remember: fishboats get treated a lot more harshly then most family boats. We go out when many other boaters stay at the dock, which means our gear gets bathed in saltwater spray quite often. We stay out for extended trips on canyon runs and hard-core fishing trips. And we experience flinging blood, flying scales, and swinging weights. If you mount stereo speakers in your fishboat and you don’t make all the right choices, they’ll end up looking like this:
These were high-quality speakers, which were weather-proofed as well as most on the market. But… just look at ‘em now. And looking is all you’ll want to do, because listening to these is no fun at all. The reason why is simple: mounted in the transom and facing forward, these speakers were soaked in a saltwater bath whenever it got rough out. On picture-perfect days, they were still treated to a saltwater misting. If you want your speakers to fare better, you’ll mount them in a far more protected area. Amidships facing inboard is usually a pretty good choice, but facing aft is even better, if there’s a spot on your boat that allows for this type of mounting. No dice? Some wide hard tops allow you to mount speakers facing down, and sometimes there’s room in the overhead electronics box for them. Each boat is different, of course, but you’ll be much better off if you take your time when you choose a mounting location, and be sure your speakers get some level of protection from saltwater.