What Makes Marine Electronics Special?

May 12, 2020

Have you ever wondered what’s the difference between marine electronics and regular car audio? It’s a question we get a lot. Why won’t the same kind of aftermarket upgrades like speakers, stereos and navigation we use for cars work for watercraft?

The fact is that while you technically could use the same components in your boat as you would in your car, you really don’t want to and here’s why.

Water Resistant

It may seem like a no-brainer, but the electronics you use on the water need to be water-resistant. Car audio components are designed to stay dry. For example, the cones inside car audio speakers are made of paper, but marine audio speakers use materials like plastic instead. Special coatings, seals and surrounds make sure these components are protected from water damage.

Withstanding Sun and Salt

But marine components don’t just need protection from water. Exposure to salt and lots of time in the sun can also take its toll on electronics. Marine components are designed to shrug off those damaging elements, too. Whether it’s protective coatings on wiring or UV-resistant materials, these components are built to last and withstand the elements.

Taking a Beating

It’s likely you’re getting out on the water to be active. That means tubing, water skiing, fishing and more. So, your marine electronics are probably seeing a more rough-and-tumble existence than the electronics in your car. Bumps, whacks and jostles are going to happen more often for these components. With that in mind, they’re built to be rugged while still providing great performance.

Marine electronics aren’t just for entertainment value. When it comes to communication and navigation, they’re also important safety measures. You need these electronics working well at all times, so make sure you’re getting top-quality technology and professional installation that won’t leave you stranded.

Tint World® can recommend and install the latest marine aftermarket upgrades that will keep you rocking — safely — on the water, so contact your local Tint World® today.