A repeat client contacted the team at Audio Garage to discuss the stereo system on the Moomba Kaiyen wakeboard boat he was in the process of buying. We had installed a Rockford Fosgate stereo on his pontoon boat last year, and he loved it. The client had us help him choose the right combination of options for his new ski boat to make upgrading it with a new sound system the most cost-efficient.
Step 1 – Wakeboard Boat Speaker Upgrade
We started by installing three sets of the new Rockford Fosgate M2-65B 6.5-inch components. We installed sets on the port and starboard sides in the main cockpit area and a third set in the bow of the boat. The M2 speakers include RGB LED backlighting that Rockford calls Color Optix.
Next, we installed two sets of Punch Marine PM282HW-B 8-inch tower speakers on the overhead bar. These speaker enclosures feature a high-efficiency woofer and a bullet-style horn tweeter to ensure that whoever is at the end of the tow rope will be able to hear all the music with amazing clarity.
Step 2 – Add Marine-Grade Subwoofers
We built a pair of enclosures out of marine-grade plywood to house two Rockford PM212S4B 12-inch marine subwoofers. These subwoofers are rated to handle 300 watts of power, and the stainless grilles match those of the tower and hull speakers we installed. The first subwoofer is mounted just in front of the helm. The second sub is on the opposite side of the boat in the main storage area under the dash.
Step 3 – Install a Lot of Amplifiers
The last step in the audio system upgrade was to install three Rockford Power Series marine amplifiers. A pair of TM400X4ad amps are wired in a two-channel bridged configuration to provide up to 200 watts to each of the four tower speakers. The interior speakers and the subwoofers are powered by a TM1000X5ad five-channel amp. The speakers can get up to 100 watts each, and there is 600 watts available for the subwoofers.
Step 4 – Accent Lighting Is the Icing on the Cake
The last step was to add a few strips of high-output RGB LED accent lighting. We added a strip under the helm and one in each of the speaker cutouts on the sides of the boat behind the seats. The client can control all the lights, including those in the speakers, using an app on his smartphone.
Moomba Kaiyen Audio Upgrade Project
With the stereo and lighting upgrades complete, we let the owner know his boat was ready to rock. We cranked up the system when he arrived, and he loved it! If you live in the Fargo area and want to upgrade the stereo in your boat, drop by Audio Garage, give us a call, or click here to send us an e-mail.