Been trying to come up with some kind of speakers for out in the cockpit. Something that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg (so Bose weatherproof speakers are out) but still sounds pretty good. Speakers have big herkin’ magnets in them so a permanent installation anywhere near the compass was out. I’ve seen very nice installations under the dodger as well as mounted under the boom gallows. But, for one reason or another, none of these really appealed to me. Mostly it was probably because the weather-proof speakers they used are expensive and probably unobtainable in La Paz. I finally came up with a dirt-simple solution.
I bought a pair of 4-way, 250 watt car stereo speakers for the equivalent of about $20 US in one of the many stores in La Paz that carry such things. I cut a couple of holes in a spare lower drop board and mounted the speakers. Ran some wires to a stereo plug near the companionway. Now, when we want music in the cockpit, we just drop the board in place and plug them in. And, since they are pretty much a match for the speakers down below, I didn’t have to make a bunch of adjustment to the fader on the stereo to keep one or the other set of speakers from being too loud.