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bigherm033 
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How to i install a car cd player to a boat wire harness?
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Posted: May 11, 2005 at 12:24 AM / IP Logged  
It's no different than installing in a car. Solder your connections and tape or use shrink tube looming. You will need a marine cover to protect the face of the CD player though.
Jeff
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I suggest checking that the boat is 12volt and not 24volt or you will need to put in a dropper (depends on the size of the boat)
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the power to the radio in a boat is 12 volt.  check to see if the radio turns off or stays on when the battery switch is turned off or if there is a circuit panel turn off the radio switch. if it stays on, you to combine the 12V and Ign wires together to the + in the boat. every boat is wired different. get a cover as said if it is installed in the c**kpit. if its a cabin radio, you wont need a cover
bigherm033 
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like the cAR wire harness has about 16 wires and the boat harness has 4. what wires do u connect?
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only 4???

you should have power and ground, at a minimum. if its wired to the Batt switch or a radio switch on the DC power panel, you'll have another wire. thats 2 or 3 for sure. now you have your speaker wires too. # of speakers x 2. some boats are wired with common ground systems but thats usually only on old boats with really old wires.

like i said, do the Switch test in my above post to see if it is hot wired directly to the battery, or the batt/DC panel switch. IF it STAYS on constantly, you either need to run a wire to the battery switch, which you hook up to the IGN wire on the radio. The CONSTANT on the radio goes to the 12V+ in the boat, and GROUND goes to GROUND.

If  you dont run the switched wire, the wires labled IGN and CONSTANT both get hooked to the 12V+ in the boat. you have to remember to always turn the radio with it this way as it'll drain the battery

The speaker wires are self explanitory i would think... + to +, - to -

what year make etc boat is this? that may help a little more in explaining this.....

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if you still need more help, i may have a wiring diagram for your specific boat
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its prolly - battery 12v / ground / speaker + / speaker -
lol. i have the same type of 'radio' in my 69 opel GT. 4 wires.
Run all new wires, mount all new speakers, make a location for the HU - run a hot wire, and a signal wire (in cars this is the one hooked to the key so stereo is on only when car is turned on) and you'll be all set. *Shrugs* hard way to solve the problem, but then again, you'll prolly end up doing something like this anyways.
~~Vinn
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your best bet is like what vinn said. If you do or dont mount new speakers just take thoes wires run them to where the deck is and do it right there. Most of the boats i've worked on have only 4 wires as well, i usually just run them right from the speaker. Also, as said above every boat is different but the ones i've ran into only have constant no accy, so you will most likely have to splice the two together.
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friend of mine has a 27 foot fishing boat. the thing has a four speaker (5 1/2s and bigger) with a second HU that acts as an equilizer. The entire interface is incorporated in the cabin section, just above where your captain would sleep. The end result of 'turning it up' was ... impressive, and i was jealous. he also paid a couple dozen k for the boat. He recently plugged in his sons CD player in place of the orignal chrome unit, and ran his communications devices to it as well, enabling CB and other comms to come through the boats stereo, as opposed to their individual speakers in the units.
*Shrugs*   not unheard of, but definately rare, good sound systems in boats.
~~Vinn

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