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bsipes30
11-12-2012, 12:58 PM
Alright here goes a build log. I realize that some of this stuff may not be as interesting but bear with me here and we can all make it through this!

I will be updating this boat build log as it progresses. I have all winter to finish it and some of the purchases won't be until spring time.

as of today I have a 2004 glastron GT-185 boat with a pioneer headunit and a JL E4300 amp and some 6.5" kenwood marine speakers. it's not much and all of this will more than likely have to be replaced.
When i picked up the boat it had tint on a couple of the windows but not all so the first thing we did was get the windows re-tinted. I really think it gives it a classy look. It's 5%. I also wanted to store it in our garage for the winter so that it was easily accessable to work on when i had time. but the trailer was to long. I had to cut the tongue off and order a new one with a fold away section so that i could fit it in the garage.
With all that said i'll start with a few pictures.

This is the new trailer tongue before i chopped it off. It was to long and i didn't need it to be this long.
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp53864%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E239% 3EWSNRCG%3D39857742%3C732%3Anu0mrj

Here is the trailer tongue after i cut it basically in half to get it bact to about the same leingth as it was from the factory. You can see the orig and the cut piece laying on the ground.
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp53577%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E239% 3EWSNRCG%3D39857742%3C832%3Anu0mrj

next is a couple random pictures of the boat.
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp53838%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E239% 3EWSNRCG%3D397282856932%3Anu0mrj

http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp537%3C5%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E23 9%3EWSNRCG%3D3972825%3A8%3A32%3Anu0mrj

tinted windows
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp537%3B5%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E23 9%3EWSNRCG%3D39%3A276%3C34%3B32%3Anu0mrj

bsipes30
11-12-2012, 01:29 PM
Next we will look at the few components that are already on the boat.

These are the Polk 4" DB series speakers. the previous owner had some holes for some tweeters in this location and i decided to put some 4" speakers here. I should have stuck with the tweets because the bottom half of the area where these speakers were going to go was completely fiberglass. so i had to basically carve out a section for them.. it was a pain! but it is done and i really like the look of it. You can also see one of the 4 kenwood 6.5" marine speakers.
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp537%3A5%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E23 9%3EWSNRCG%3D39857742%3C532%3Anu0mrj

It was dark when i took the picture of the headunit. it's nothing spectacular but it works and i'll keep it around for a little while.
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp53863%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E239% 3EWSNRCG%3D39%3A276%3C34732%3Anu0mrj

Here is the JL amp that is running all the mids and highs.
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp53832%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E239% 3EWSNRCG%3D39%3A276%3C76%3A32%3Anu0mrj

Here is a photo of another one of the kenwoods and a polk DB1001 tweeter.
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp537%3C6%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E23 9%3EWSNRCG%3D39%3A276%3C34932%3Anu0mrj

SourDeez
11-12-2012, 01:34 PM
Nice *** boat man.

I suggest 4 fi BTL 18's slot ported @ 32hz

bsipes30
11-12-2012, 01:45 PM
The motor is a Volvo Penta 4.3 liter 190 hp stock. It comes with a factory 75 amp alternator that will be getting upgraded. All i will be adding to it is the big 3 and the larger output alternator.
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp53879%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E239% 3EWSNRCG%3D39%3A276%3C34532%3Anu0mrj

This is a picture of the back seat removed for measuring and cleaning of the area we will be using to house the subwoofer (I know you have been waiting to hear that word!)
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp53867%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E239% 3EWSNRCG%3D39%3A276%3C76832%3Anu0mrj

There really isn't a lot of room on this boat for a sub and the space constraint of fitting it under the rear seat has been a huge hasle. It wouldn't have been such a big deal if the sub was normal (we will say normal is 300-500 watts... but i like to go all out and stretch the boundaries so i bought a 10" DC sound labs XL. 2250 rms... good god this thing weighs like 53 lbs!
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp537%3A%3A%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E 239%3EWSNRCG%3D39857742%3C232%3Anu0mrj

To power the i got a great deal on an audiobahn amp. I know what most of you think about audiobahn but i had one of these same amps back in 2001 and it really was a great amp. We will see how it does paired with the DCXL before i make any changes. This thing is huge and heavy.
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp53847%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E239% 3EWSNRCG%3D398576%3C4%3A332%3Anu0mrj
Mounted under the passenger dash(this location may or may not change depending on how wiring it goes.
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp53885%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E239% 3EWSNRCG%3D39%3A2766%3B9632%3Anu0mrj

bsipes30
11-12-2012, 02:03 PM
as far as a box for the sub i am severly constrained on space and almost gave up hope and sold all the sub stuff to get something a little more practical... but i figured i'd give it a shot and see how it turned out...

In the end the box will be fiberglassed and painted to match the boat. It will have a 8"X9"X3/4" plexiglass viewing window that you will be able to see when you lift the seat. It will also be illuminated with led's inside just like the rest of the boat.

Here is a few build pictures of the box
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp537%3C2%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E23 9%3EWSNRCG%3D39%3A276%3C33432%3Anu0mrj

2 inch port 22 inches long box being mocked up
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp537%3C9%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E23 9%3EWSNRCG%3D39%3A276%3C33632%3Anu0mrj

basic box done
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp537%3A3%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E23 9%3EWSNRCG%3D39%3A276%3C75932%3Anu0mrj

making flush mount rings for the sub. I will be putting a grill over it as well
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp5385%3A%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E23 9%3EWSNRCG%3D39%3A276%3C75%3B32%3Anu0mrj

before the top pieces were glued and screwed on.
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp5383%3A%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E23 9%3EWSNRCG%3D39%3A276%3C33732%3Anu0mrj

box all sanded down ready to be fiberglassed.
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp53835%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E239% 3EWSNRCG%3D39%3A276%3C33%3A32%3Anu0mrj

bsipes30
11-12-2012, 02:14 PM
One of the other projects that i have started is installing a rear view camera and monitor to watch the skiers while i'm driving.

Here is the monitor. it is made to clamp onto a rear view mirror so i am making a bracket that will mount to the dash.
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp53879%3Enu%3D3996%3E943%3E533%3E2%3A 87943624239ot1lsi

here is the beginning of the bracket and where it will be mounted
http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp53798%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E239% 3EWSNRCG%3D39%3A276%3C34232%3Anu0mrj

http://images.photo2.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp53835%3Enu%3D8%3B%3A2%3E%3A55%3E239% 3EWSNRCG%3D39%3A276%3C76632%3Anu0mrj

bsipes30
11-12-2012, 02:19 PM
That's about where the boat sits right now... still to come is finishing the sub box, a battery isolator, LED lights for the entire boat, another big battery probably an 8D. and wiring it all up! I have also been looking into a lowrance fishfinder/GPS. they run aroun 1700 dollars for a 7" screen but i think it will be a nice feature.


Welcome to my money pit.

I'll also be taking suggestions for boat names... maybe something with "hertz" lol

DB-Audio
11-12-2012, 02:48 PM
nice job man looks really clean

bsipes30
11-14-2012, 01:56 PM
Well i had a little bit of time to play with the subwoofer box and a piece of plexi glass. the plexi is 8"X9"X3/4" and the cutout is one inch smaller all the way around. I put the hole where is did because it will stick up in the area where there used to be a cubby area. I realize that it doesn't show off the whole speaker but all you need to see is that beautiful back side! So now you will lift the seat and see into the box. It will be lit with the same leds that will light up the whole boat. There is 1/4 T-nuts inside all holes to hold it. I just need to find some sort of seal to seal it off. Here is a few pictures. Only thing left to do on it is some fiberglass and paint!

http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_2309.jpg

http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_2308.jpg

http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_2310.jpg

http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_2313.jpg

How about green...
http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_2317.jpg

or red...
http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_2316.jpg

I like the blue
http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_2319.jpg

bsipes30
11-15-2012, 07:30 PM
Well I ordered a little grill guard for the sub. I ordered the 12" model so that it would attach to the outside of the box and hopefully give me the clearance needed for the sub.

http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_2322.jpg

http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_2323.jpg

bsipes30
11-27-2012, 01:36 AM
I did this on a spare piece of acrylic I may try to clean it up a bit if I decide to use it. It was a lot tougher than I thought it would be.

http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/f7ecea5f83d692e2bda1481eb551d8c5.jpg

bsipes30
12-11-2012, 03:32 PM
Here is the actual piece of plexi glass that is going on the box. It looks so much better when you have a profesional shop do it!
http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/2012-12-11140930.jpg

http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/2012-12-11132248.jpg

bsipes30
12-11-2012, 08:07 PM
http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_2404.jpg

http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_2401.jpg

BoomBoxStereo
12-11-2012, 08:12 PM
GOD ****!! this is coming along beautifully. i wonder how that DC is gonna sound on the water

bsipes30
12-11-2012, 08:19 PM
We will find out in a few months! I'm pretty excited now that it is actually in the boat. I got to excited when i was getting it all put together and didn't take any pictures of the grille installed with the sub. The wire i'm using is Knu Conceptz 10Ga speaker wire.

4bannger
12-11-2012, 09:46 PM
Really good. The plexi glass looks awesome.

Jes 42
12-11-2012, 10:00 PM
nice build..

bsipes30
12-15-2012, 09:15 PM
Really good. The plexi glass looks awesome.


nice build..

Thanks fellas. Yeah I was excited about the plexiglass. I wish I would have thought about that before I ruined the other one with my dremel lol. I'm hoping to light it one color from inside the box and another color from the sides. We will see what I can come up with. I really want it to feel like opening a jewelry box when that seat is lifted!

bsipes30
03-19-2013, 10:13 AM
GOD ****!! this is coming along beautifully. i wonder how that DC is gonna sound on the water


We finally took the boat out for the first time with the stereo and it pounds! It still needs a little tweaking and I had an issue with one of the 4" polk speakers, the glue that holds the outside of the speaker had a come-a-part... But the sub pounds pretty good. it does get louder if you raise the cover up in the back. and it moves a ton of air through the port. all in all im very happy.

The only changes that will be made before we take it out again will be... the bigger alternator will be here saturday i'll be going from a 75amp to a 140 amp. The hardest part about finding an alternator for a boat is it has to be marine grade with spark arrestors and stuff and also can't be to high output since it runs on a v-belt.

I will also be adding a second big battery. Ive got enough room to stick an 8D battery in there. it's basically 2 group 31 batterys. It is the same battery that a lot of semi truck and mobile cranes use.

I'll post some more pictures and maybe a video or two soon!

bsipes30
03-21-2013, 10:42 AM
Well i got the new alternator in(going from a 75amp to a 140 amp alternator) and it looks bigger for sure but still fits in the same spot. I got new belts and will install them as well. We will see how good it keeps up next time we are on the water!
Here is the alternator sitting in its new home checking fitment.
http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_01901_zpse244df13.jpg

a view of the back original is on left and new is on right This is a marine grade alternator
http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_01961_zpsaefbcd45.jpg

front picture
http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_01951_zps4eed585c.jpg

bsipes30
03-25-2013, 10:10 PM
Here is a picture of the guts of the audiobahn amp
http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_2406_zps0c7f34e3.jpg

Hjames710
03-25-2013, 11:35 PM
If you replace those Kenwoods, we've had good luck with Infinity's. We have an '03 Four Winns Horizon 190, similar to yours, but ours came with a folding tongue from the factory ;) Haha. We started with some awdul Sony Marines and the worst Sony deck I've ever seen in my life. We now have an Alpine deck with two pairs of Infinity 6032cf's. I'm looking for a good marine sub and amp now. I tried using some car amps, but they kept overheating and turning off. But if they're fan cooled you'll be fine. Most car amps are made with air conditioning in mind, and when used outside in 90+ degrees, they overheat.

bsipes30
03-26-2013, 09:23 AM
If you replace those Kenwoods, we've had good luck with Infinity's. We have an '03 Four Winns Horizon 190, similar to yours, but ours came with a folding tongue from the factory ;) Haha. We started with some awdul Sony Marines and the worst Sony deck I've ever seen in my life. We now have an Alpine deck with two pairs of Infinity 6032cf's. I'm looking for a good marine sub and amp now. I tried using some car amps, but they kept overheating and turning off. But if they're fan cooled you'll be fine. Most car amps are made with air conditioning in mind, and when used outside in 90+ degrees, they overheat.



What amps have you tried? where did you have them mounted to? I'll be curious to see how this setup does. I currently have the amp mounted back by the batteries just for testing and then when i get about 20 more feet of 1/0 wire i'll mount it back under the passenger side under the glove box. We have a bimini top that shades most of the area and should cover that area almost all the time. If the high power sub and amp ends up not working in the heat very well then i'll look at the marine grade stuff as well. and probably look into 6X9's instead.

And yes i plan on a new deck and speakers. DEH-80prs and some polk or infinitys. I just like that the polks say marine grade on them.

Hjames710
03-26-2013, 11:10 AM
What amps have you tried? where did you have them mounted to? I'll be curious to see how this setup does. I currently have the amp mounted back by the batteries just for testing and then when i get about 20 more feet of 1/0 wire i'll mount it back under the passenger side under the glove box. We have a bimini top that shades most of the area and should cover that area almost all the time. If the high power sub and amp ends up not working in the heat very well then i'll look at the marine grade stuff as well. and probably look into 6X9's instead.

And yes i plan on a new deck and speakers. DEH-80prs and some polk or infinitys. I just like that the polks say marine grade on them.

We have massive side pockets on our boat, and I had a Kenwood 4 channel. Can't remember the model. Just happy it died within 30 days and I could return it haha. My neighbor had a similar problem. He has an '08 24 foot Cobalt, he had CarToys (don't get me started...) do a custom install on. Wake tower speakers, and eight of the infinity marine grade speakers. His amps are all sealed in a storage compartment, and they overheated after about half an hour and shut off. I think they were MTX's. He had them replaced with Marine grade (fan cooled) and all is well now.

They make some switches that will allow the second battery to charge, but wont let the main starting battery get drained. You might want to look into them.

bsipes30
03-26-2013, 11:56 AM
They make some switches that will allow the second battery to charge, but wont let the main starting battery get drained. You might want to look into them.


I have been looking into them and plan on installing one. I still need to pick up some more wiring and another battery. I'll be working on measurements and drawing up a new wiring schematic this week.

Hjames710
03-26-2013, 12:42 PM
I have been looking into them and plan on installing one. I still need to pick up some more wiring and another battery. I'll be working on measurements and drawing up a new wiring schematic this week.

Do you have a V6 or a V8? We have a 5.0 liter Merc V8 in ours. It flies.

bsipes30
03-26-2013, 12:45 PM
ours has the 4.3L Volvo penta 190 hp its pretty fast and seems very bullet proof! i'm going to try a few different impellers soon and see what i like. we are toping out at about 50 mph right now but still have a great holeshot for pulling wakeboarders

bsipes30
04-01-2013, 10:19 AM
We went and picked up our second battery for the boat. this thing is a beast!
http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_02451_zps5f336d12.jpg

1400 CCA @ 0degrees F! yes please

430 reserve capacity! sucker weighs about 120 lbs
http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_02461_zps79fc8748.jpg

bsipes30
04-09-2013, 04:59 PM
Just got a few more things in for the boat. It is at the mechanic right now getting freshened up for summer but i'll have a few things to install when it gets back.

This is the smart battery isolator that will keep my starting battery seperate from the audio /aux battery. It has an indicator light and a remote indicator light "status" that you could mount anywhere and also a wire for a remote button that you can install to "boost" the two batteries together if you needed.
http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_03041_zps4e93e6a7.jpg

Here is another picture of it
http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_03031_zps9a001b87.jpg


I also picked up another amp that i may end up using if i can find a spot to mount it...
How do you think the 10" DCXL will sound hooked up to a DD M3A...
http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q779/BSipes30/IMG_02721_zps6f427319.jpg