Electronics for rowing boats are our specialism and today we are going to help you understand the different wiring configurations which are possible in rowing boats. This focuses on fours and eights with coxswain. Read the full product brochure for Coxmate wiring harness.
Rowing boats that use amplification have several different ways to add speakers so the coxswain’s voice is amplified and heard by everyone in the boat.
How many speakers do rowing boats need?
We work on a rule of thumb of having one loudspeaker for every two athletes in the boat, excluding the coxswain. Well, they are doing the talking so they don’t need to hear themselves! So in a rowing coxed four or coxed quad we use two loudspeakers and in an eight we use four.
We normally position the speakers between 8 and 7; 6 and 5; 4 and 3; 2 and Bow. So half the crew hear the cox from behind and half from in front.
Loom / Harness wiring diagrams
Coxmate sells wiring harness and below we show all the different ways of arranging the components. By the way, they are modular and so can be lined up according to your needs. We sell them in kits or individually. All Coxmate products are compatible with Nielsen Kellerman Cox Boxes (TM) and Active Tools CoxOrbs.
Eights loom with 3 speakers
Eights loom with 4 speakers
Fours loom with 2 speakers