Review: Boat Bluetooth Speaker: Compact, Waterproof & Floats!

We just got a new bluetooth speaker that we love!  Our 30 year old boat has an antiquated Jensen CD stereo with scratchy (at best) speakers and no speakers in the cockpit. We’ve been drooling over the Bose Soundlink III bluetooth speaker for two years, but haven’t gotten around to springing for almost $300.  We heard my daughter’s Scosche BoomBottle H20, rugged waterproof wireless speaker, while on the way down and loved it.  We loved it even more when we discovered the price on Amazon.

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The Scosche BoomBottle H20 packs remarkable wireless audio into a rugged waterproof compact “bottle” design.

Pros:  Decent sound, small, light, charges easily via the USB port on my computer, can be controlled either by my bluetooth phone or IPad.  The battery lasts for up to 11 hours on a charge, it’s waterproof and it floats! It also has “shock absorbing” ends so it can ride in the water bracket on a bicycle.

1511_BootKeyHarbor_006Cons:  Sound is not as good as the Bose Soundlink III, but it’s around $200 less.  We’re not music connoisseurs, so we just want to hear the Zac Brown Band with their toes in the sand.  🙂  Two other minor cons:  First, it’s not as loud with the wind generator cranking in amps as it could be, but I’m not sure any portable speaker could overcome that.  Second, there’s no “OFF” switch per se on the speaker.  There’s an “ON” switch, but once it’s paired with your bluetooth device, the only way to turn it off is to disconnect from bluetooth.  Minor but inconvenient.

We’ve enjoying our tunes these days in the cockpit and on the beach.  Nice.   🙂  Anyone have a different bluetooth speaker that you love (other than the Bose Soundlink III)?  Please leave a comment and share!  Cheers!  Jan

Comments

  1. I recently picked up an EcoXGear Pebble at Costco and like it. It is a 3 inch cube and claims 8 hours of playtime at 75% power on a charge. It is also waterproof, floats and has a rubber covering to resist impacts. My mission was a bit different than yours as my cockpit does have an OK stereo, so this was just for taking to the beach (or right now having it in the boatyard while I finish my hardtop project). I can work all day with the music going and haven’t depleted the charge yet. Sound quality is better than I expected for such a small form factor. And for under $40, it appealed to my frugal nature too. It’s not my custom built home theater speakers, but I give it a thumbs up.

    -Mike
    ThisRatSailed

  2. Keith Davie says:

    We’re still debating installing a sound system of some sort – Sionna had one at some time, but it’s long since deceased. Wondering whether we should just get an digital/FM version, or if we’d miss being able to play a real live CD or MP3 disc. Any thoughts from your experience? Most of our music *could* go on an Ipod, saving some storage space for CD’s…

    • Hi Keith! Our Jensen stereo (with the scratchy speakers) plays CD’s and for years that’s what we had for music. David bought a $5 speaker from some pile of electronics crap in Placencia Belize & wired it for a cockpit speaker. The CD’s (and DVD’s) take a lot of space, so a few years back I put our CD’s on my IPhone via ITunes. Now we just use the phones and bluetooth for music. So far, so good. We keep one packet of CD’s just in case the electronics go south, we could always pop in a Buffet CD in the old Jensen. 🙂 Cheers! Jan

  3. I will say, as the owner of two portable Bose speakers, I will say that the Soundlink Mini is hands down the best bang-for-my-buck speaker I have ever picked up. It is very VERY well worth it. That said, I will happily check this speaker out as I’m constantly on the look for something good.

    • The Scosche speaker doesn’t come close to the Bose Soundlink III – I’ve never heard the Soundlink Mini, so I can’t comment, but I suspect being Bose, it’s probably better sound quality than the Scosche. But for the boat and us, it works. Cheers — Jan

  4. I am so glad that I have found a speakers that are built with Bluetooth. I am excited to see the compact speakers that they have built. They are the perfect sized for my boat.

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