As you saw in my last blog, last season wasn’t exactly a stellar boating year for us. A Tale of Two Knees is pretty much self explanatory. To say the least, AMFM3 spent a lot of time at dock and I spent a lot of time on board at the dock.
AMFM3 is a 1995 Sea Ray 370. The previous owner of the boat had spent a significant amount of money to upgrade the sound system. It has 3 Exile 1100 watt amps, it’s own gel battery, two Clarion head units and 4 installed Exile speakers and 2 “bazooka” Exiles mounted on the arch. Included are USB and iPod/iPad/iPhone hook up and an input for television audio. There are also 2 speakers on the transom so music can be heard while on the swim platform or when you’re out swimming.
The tv in the main salon was one of those old Toshiba TV/VCR combos. It didn’t work at all. We also had an older Toshiba flat screen with dvd player in the bow stateroom that could be moved to the cockpit and put on a mount that was there. You then plugged the audio cable in and had audio through the speaker system. The dvd player worked sometimes, not others. It really was a handy thing to have with 2 grandsons on the boat.
The television in the salon was state of the art when the boat was built. But it was time to make a change. So I met up with Curtis from Mobile Works Electronics who was the person who installed the custom stereo system for AMFM3’s previous owner. After discussing options we decided a stack of 3 Blu Rays to feed 3 x 23″ flatscreens would be the way to go. He would install the flatscreens in the bow stateroom, main salon and upstairs in the cockpit. This would eliminate removing a screen from one location to relocate in the main cockpit.
I did some online searches and ended up purchasing the 3 Toshiba screens and 3 Toshiba Blu Rays online. The purchase on the Visions website was easy and I had the product in 3 days. When I dropped it off at the marina, I saw the state of the interior of the boat. I have to say I was worried! But Curtis is a pro, this is what he does and I had to trust it would all go back together. (It did)
You can see it at the bottom of the pictures above and right.
AMFM has a generator. I had planned that we would simply fire it up to watch movies if we were out on the hook. Curtis had a better idea. He had installed the stereo system. If you look at the first picture in this blog, you will notice a battery in front of the 3rd Exile amp. He put an inverter (mid picture to the right) in the compartment under the salon seat where the vacuum is located. The system now runs off the AGM battery that powers the stereo system. There’s no need to run the gennie for this purpose, plus there is not strain on the house battery system.
The whole installation is custom. Curtis designed everything on his laptop while in the boat. He built the custom panel in his workshop. He determined all the cabling and parts needed including one 45 foot HDMI cable that runs from the Blu Ray stack, up the starboard side of the boat, over the cockpit in the radar arch and down to the port outlet.
Here’s the main salon completed installation.
The forward stateroom.
The cockpit television. I’ll have a Sunbrella cover made for this one to cover when not in use.
So that’s how I went overboard last year. The funny thing about this whole install is that once I decided to go ahead, called Curtis and had him complete it, the project wrapped up at the end of September. We haven’t even used the system yet! The remotes sit at home awaiting our first weekend on the boat…which should be in only a couple of weeks!