DIY Boat Speaker for iPhone

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DIY Redneck iPhone speaker for float trips.

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than floating a river with your buddies and listening to some of your favorite tunes. Even though most of us own one or two of those portable speaker docking stations, it’s surprising how often we get five miles down the road and remember we left it by the front door or forgot to charge the darn thing. Thanks to some redneck ingenuity, I’ve found a suitable solution that will allow you to listen to music even if you forgot your speakers, and all you need is a knife and a empty beverage container. Just cut the top off of a plastic cup and slide the speaker end of your iPhone into it, and you’ve got yourself a redneck portable speaker. You won’t be jamming out but it will amplify the sound enough for everyone in the drift boat to enjoy the music playing.


If you’re wanting to listen to your tunes in the drift boat or around camp with a little more volume, multiple electronic companies have recently introduced several pocket sized speaker models that are so small, you can fit them in your pocket. My teenage son filled me in on these economical portable speakers and he uses his to jam out on the bus. You can find several versions at your local walmart for $15 or less. I’m content with my redneck version for now, but I’ll be quick to claim my son’s once he loses interest in it and moves onto the next hot iPhone accessory.

Keep it Reel,

Kent Klewein
Gink & Gasoline
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8 thoughts on “DIY Boat Speaker for iPhone

  1. I have a tiny pair of rechargeable speakers by iHome. They’re USB powered, have magnetic bases that connect them together for storage, and they are just about my most-used speakers! That said, I’m intrigued by the solution shown here. I’m off to buy some Gatorade…

  2. Sounds of music ought not go beyond the driftboat. I was on the Bighorn one day and our float was going along at the same pace as another. They played loud music all day. Not my kind of music. So, one of the overwhelming memories of my one float on the Bighorn is inconsiderate folks blaring music. I’ve had one or two other episodes. My takeaway, if you want to listen to music, go ahead, but use ear buds. Guys like me want to listen to river music or song birds. We can both have it our way, if the music guys don’t use systems to amplify their music. Be considerate.

    • Dave,

      I feel you man. We should always be considerate of others on the water. The DIY speaker I talk about in this post should not be mistaken for a booming sound system. It’s far from it, only loud enough for anglers in the boat to hear. For music players that are powerful enough for other anglers to hear, it should always be turned down when you run across company on the water.


  3. I never leave home without my Makita Job radio and cord to connect my phone to pandora. I take it on float trips, the golf course and everywhere else but i try to always make sure no one else beond my boat or golfcart can here it. I do like the idea of the red solo cup!! Sorry ima texas redneck

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