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Part 3: There’s no real limit to the technology and audio/video equipment you can have on your boat.
By Elizabeth A. Ginns — March 2003
Owners are also saving space by eliminating stereos and bulky, often cumbersome CD towers and boxes. Instead, the sound is brought in via satellite TV, and the sound output extends far beyond an elementary two-speaker saloon system. Sullivan's Mikelson 43 has a SeaTel satellite TV antenna with a Sony satellite receiver for the sound system. The 12-volt AM/FM stereo/CD player can be heard through the entire boat, its output being broadcast from two speakers on the flying bridge and two in the cockpit as well as from the speakers in the saloon. Lambros says IMS is working with a new line of speakers from Morel that reportedly offers better sound quality than regular stereo speakers and essentially take up no interior space, since they attach to the ceiling. And that's just the beginning.
As long as you're willing to pay the price tag that goes along with these custom packages, it seems there's no real limit to the technology and audio/video equipment you can have on your boat. Lambros says that packages can range anywhere from $40,000 to upwards of $300,000, depending on their intricacy. But in the interest of making your cruising life a tad more stylish and a lot more relaxing, freeing up some extra space, adding a considerable measure of safety and entertainment to those trips out to the canyons, and finally in the interest of not having to choose between the game and the striper, most boaters would say it's definitely worth it.
Furuno Phone: (360) 834-9300. www.furuno.com.
Integrated Marine System Phone: (800) 960-8476. www.integratedmarinesystems.com.
Mikelson Yachts Phone: (619) 222-5007. www.mikelsonyachts.com.
This article originally appeared in the March 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.