DIY Wakeboard Speakers

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A wakeboard tower can be a multipurpose tool for your boat. Not only will it launch riders higher into the air than waterski pylons, the tower can free up the interior of your boat by serving as storage. You can attach wakeboard racks, lighting fixtures, and even speaker housings to a sturdy wakeboard tower. Since most towers are hollow, they can easily conceal and protect speaker wire. Once you have your speakers installed, you will be able to enjoy loud, deep bass while you are wakeboarding.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 threaded 8-inch diameter sections of PVC piping
  • 2 U-bolts, 2 1/2 inch
  • 4 locking nuts
  • 4 washers
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Speaker terminal cup
  • Liquid epoxy
  • 2 threaded end caps
  • Soldering gun
  • Silver core solder
  • 8 mounting screws
  • 2 speakers, 8 inch
  • Ruler
  • Weather stripping
  • Measure and make two marks 2 1/2 inches apart at the middle of each 8-inch PVC tube, and drill holes that the U-bolts will fit through.

  • Drill a hole in the center of each threaded end cap. These will be for the speaker terminal cup. Slide the cup in place and run a bead of liquid epoxy under the lip of the cup. Make sure you use epoxy that will adhere to PVC. Screw the end caps on to the threaded end of the PVC tubing. Cut your tubes to length to give them the correct volume for your speaker size.

  • Strip the ends of 2 lengths of speaker wire and twist the strands of copper. Connect the black and red sires to the negative and positive terminals of the speaker cups, respectively, by lifting the spring-loaded connector and sliding the wire in place. Do not connect the wires to the speakers until the tubes are mounted to the tower.

  • Slide the U-bolt around the tower and into the 2 holes in the canister. Slide a washer over each end of the U-bolt and then thread a locking nut in place. Use a wrench to securely tighten the nuts.

  • Connect the black and red wires to the negative and positive terminal of the speakers, respectively. Solder the connections with silver core solder so that they will not come apart in rough water.

  • Drill 4 holes into the edge of the PVC tubing, or however many holes your speaker requires for mounting. Screw the speakers into place, and you will be ready to connect your speakers to your stereo amplifier.

Tips & Warnings

  • Slide a piece of weather stripping between the U-bolts and the tower to prevent rattling.

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