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Open up your sound DIY TIPS FOR UPGRADING THE AUDIO ON YOUR BOAT M ore and more boaters are discovering all the ways a new audio system can add more enjoyment to a day on the water. From smartphone-friendly receivers to powerful speakers, today's marine audio gear is designed to perform and built to last. Installing new audio gear can be a great dockside DIY project. With planning and preparation, plus the right tools and advice, boosting your boat's sound can be a lot of fun. On these pages, we'll share some helpful installation tips for Rve popular marine audio upgrades. It's often the case that a new receiver will Rt into the original factory opening. Measuring matters Planning is always important in boat installations, but especially so with receivers. Before you start shopping; measure the existing radio (if present) and the size and depth of the receiver cavity. That way, you'll know what you need to do to make your new receiver fit. In most cases, a new receiver will slide right in, but not always. You may need to enlarge the opening a bit, or in some instances, even fabricate a mounting panel for the new receiver. BY JON PAULETTE This marine CD receiver offers a ton of great features and works with your smartphone. Kenwood KMR-D765BT #113D765BT $199.99 RECEIVERS 34 Get advice from one of our experts 1-800-555-8211

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