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Aug 19, 2005, 03:09 PM
i got my old man an ipod for his boat, and had a question about peripherals.

his boat is a 30 ft cabin cruiser, and his radio is in the main cabin below the driving deck. there is a 9 volt outlet by the captains chair on his driving deck, and speakers outside, but no radio controls.

if i were to get him an fm transmitter/charger combo, would it be powerful enough to transmit the ipod signal through the fiberglass and into the cabin where the radio is? he distance is roughly 6 feet, and there are two layers of fiberglass in between. it would be nice to be able to control the music without having to go below deck. tthanks.

Aug 19, 2005, 03:37 PM
To be honest, probably not well. Self-produced FM is very weak and has trouble moving through objects. But I would imagine fiberglass wouldn't be too bad, so you may just have to test it out. Of course, if the radio has an antenna on deck, or really any external antenna at all (even a small wire hanging out the back) it will help immensely.

Aug 19, 2005, 04:00 PM
You might better off with one of the higher end transmitters like this:

A friend of mine has one and it seems to work much better than the iTrip and other smaller transmitters.

Good Luck,