Saturday, September 28, 2013

Jammin': Music on Board

Scott and I are by no means music snobs, but we do love our tunes.  Our iPods are full of mainstream pop hits (Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga and, yes, Jimmy Buffett included), mixed with some international beats, a fair amount of reggae, a dash of country, a nice smattering of classic rock, a hint of techno and just about every musical genre in between.  We actually have three iPods full of tunes that we have accumulated over the years so even though some of it might be "dated", there's enough music on board to keep things interesting.  We listen to music regularly and it's almost always on in the background of our boat during wake-time hours.  We've always been this way, but now that Isla has grown a particular affinity for full-on dance parties (what can I say, she takes after her mama!), well, music is kind of a big deal around here.

One of the best "non-essential" systems we installed in our boat were our cockpit speakers.  I don't know what it is, but being able to sail along effortlessly on a beautiful day while listening to some well appointed tunes (think Jack Johnson, Zac Brown or if you're feeling particularly pensive, some nice downtempo) makes that sail even more enjoyable.  Furthermore, relaxing in some beautiful anchorage with a sundowner in hand just isn't the same if you don't have some nice background music to accompany it.  That's how we feel about it, anyway.  So cockpit speakers have always been, and will always be, a must for us in our boats.

We also installed a Fusion marine stereo receiver with built-in iPod Dock and absolutely love it.  Our iPods insert directly in the unit, keeping them safe, secure and free from any cumbersome chords, and unlimited music free of interruption is ours.  We took our music control a step further by installing the Fusion marine wired remote control which is mounted our steering pedestal so we don't have to run up and down the companionway to change a song or switch out iPods.  It comes in handy if that particular Brittany Spears song starts playing when we have company; we can quickly change it and pretend like we downloaded it only for Isla's dance parties (cough, cough).

One good thing about music, when it hits - you feel no pain. - Bob Marley


Jessica said...

I completely agree with you, we could not live our life on the boat without music, and cockpit speakers are a MUST. Now all we need to do is get another iPod, because since I, ahem, inserted Matt's into the washing machine the other year, we've only been living with my Sans Disc, which holds next to nothing. Damn, why didn't I think to get one while in the States?

Carolyn Shearlock - The Boat Galley said...

Don't know if you have SSB/Ham, listen to the nets on it, or what your wiring configuration is . . . but one of the best things we did to the cockpit speakers was install some wiring and a switch so that we could listen to the SSB in the cockpit. Our favorite nets for weather were right during breakfast and happy hour -- great to sit in the cockpit and listen instead of having to sit at the nav station!

Jennifer said...

One of our To Do items is a remote in the steering pedestal. Glad to know it's working out so well on another boat!

Unknown said...

Have a listen to a Canadian band called Mother Mother and a fun song called Polynesia. The rest of their music is excellent as well.

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