I've purchased 2 Kicker L5 8" subs and have been considering different mounting options in my '05 Malibu VLX for awhile. I've more or less decided that I want to build a custom box to fit under the dash on the driver's side and hold them.
What I'm not sure about is the best orientation for the subs. I don't really want to point them directly towards the driver as I'd rather they not get trampled by the accidental foot. Actually, the kicker grill covers are pretty sharp so it might be the foot that gets injured. I'm also concerned that the driver might end up getting blasted with bass before it reaches a good volume level for the rest of the boat.
So... what I'm thinking about doing is mounting them both in a single enclosure pointed down towards the deck of the boat. I'm hoping this would transmit the sound throughout the entire boat more effectively without blasting the driver. The enclosure would basically take the place of the factory footrest. I was thinking I would extend the edges of the box down about 3" to lift the box up off the ground and provide room for the subs to fire without hitting the deck.
What do you think of this idea? Also, do you think I need to leave the 3" clearance at the bottom open on the driver's side for the sound to radiate out, or can I extend the front edge to the deck as well (to look like the factory footrest).
Let me know if this isn't clear and I'll try to explain it better or maybe post a drawing.