Learning how to wire a boat stereo can significantly expand the uses of your old boat. Having a stereo in your boat can increase the enjoyment level of both you and your family on the water. Wiring a boat stereo is easy to do with a little time and patience. You don’t need to be an electrician to wire your boat stereo. All you need is some basic knowledge of how to splice wires. If you think you’re ready, than take a look at this list of tools that you’ll need to wire your boat stereo.
To wire your boat stereo, you’ll need the following items.
- Boat stereo
- Electric drill
- Utility knife
- Electrical tape
- Locate your wires. The first step to wiring your boat stereo is locating the area in your boat where the boat stereo will be installed. This location should be a place that will be protected from the elements. A great place to choose is under an overhead storage system. After you’ve found the location, find the nearest set of wires in your boat. Most boat makers install their boat wiring storage systems, so this should be the first location to check. If not, check the floor of your boat for wires running under the carpet or bottom.
- Drill your holes. After you’ve located the boat wires, drill holes that will enable you to run wiring from your stereo to the wiring. When working with boat wiring, it’s best to use a marine grade wiring that will hold up to the elements and abuse of boating. Once you’ve drilled your holes, take a small sander and smooth down the holes. Sometimes these holes can be rather sharp and may cut you or your wiring.
- Splice and connect. To begin the last steps to wiring your boat stereo, run wires from you’re the back of boat stereo through your holes. Next, locate your boat’s wires and splice the end of your stereo’s wires to your boat’s wiring. To splice the wires, use a utility knife to cut off about two inches of the end of the stereo wiring. Next, wrap the copper ends to a spliced end of the boat’s wiring. Use electrical tape to wrap up any loose copper ends.
One thing to remember when working with wires and water is that they don’t mix. If it’s possible, work your way through storage units or the bottom of your boat’s floor to reach your boat wires. The last thing you want is a bunch of wires lying around your boat. This creates both a safety hazard and looks pretty unappealing. Also, don’t be afraid to use old holes or areas where you installed a previous boat stereo. Once you’re done with your project, get out on the water and enjoy your new boat stereo before summers over!