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Old    elliott dye (habcaw_creek)      Join Date: Mar 2005       04-19-2006, 6:27 PM Reply   
So, do they have to be waterproof, and if they arent, what happens?
Old    bocephus            04-19-2006, 6:30 PM Reply   
only if you capsize.
Old    Adam Curtis (acurtis_ttu)      Join Date: May 2004       04-19-2006, 8:27 PM Reply   
Ideally they should be water resistant. any excess exposure to most speakers will lead to early failure. I've nver had a problem with any tower speaekrs being ruined due to water in the 4-5 years I've had tower speakers on my boats.
Old    Leo Lasecki (malibuboarder75)      Join Date: Jan 2004       04-19-2006, 9:15 PM Reply   
Look for speakers made with rubber and plastic as opposed to cardboard and foam.
Old    Mikeski (mikeski)      Join Date: Aug 2003       04-19-2006, 11:03 PM Reply   
At some point you should figure that they will get sprayed or rained on even if you are careful. So things made of wood or paper should be coated with some kind of protection.
Old    Rod McInnis (rodmcinnis)      Join Date: Sep 2002       04-20-2006, 1:07 PM Reply   
Let's see: boats are almost always used near water....

Ever get into a water fight with a rival boat?

Ever have a rival rider come cruising near by, and throw a sheet of water over the whole boat?

Ever get caught in a rain?

The speakers don't need to be "waterproof" but they do need to be moisture resistant. Audio purists may prefer the sound quality of a paper cone but the paper will simply absorb too much moisture. Cones made of a plastic material will give you much better longevity.


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