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If you've used a regular IR remote for a stereo on your boat, you may have been disappointed. Bright sunlight can make operation problematic, and your range is limited to line-of-sight between the remote and the receiver.

Control your sound from anywhere on your boat

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If you've used a regular IR remote for a stereo on your boat, you may have been disappointed. Bright sunlight can make operation problematic, and your range is limited to line-of-sight between the remote and the receiver.

Clarion's MF1 remote gives you the freedom to control your stereo, wherever you are. The RF design uses radio waves to control your Clarion receiver, so you're not limited by the constraints of IR remotes. And it's built for the marine lifestyle too — it's waterproof; salt-, fog-, and UV-resistant; has an integrated clip and lanyard loop, and it even floats if you drop it in the drink.

The MF1 works with a wide variety of Clarion marine receivers (see Details), or any Clarion car receiver with an input for steering wheel remote control adapters.

Excellent product. Easy to plug in. Worked first time with no problems.

Anonymous, Independence, VA

What's in the Box:

  • Marine RF remote
  • Mounting bracket (pre-installed)
  • RF harness (terminated by a 3.5mm connector and 8-pin proprietary connector)
  • CR2032 3V lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • Instructions

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Clarion MF1

Average Customer Review(s):

(14 Reviews)

Clarion MF1

Anonymous from Independence, VA on 9/12/2016

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Excellent product. Easy to plug in. Worked first time with no problems.

Pros: Easy hook up. Worked the first time. Easy to use.

Cons: None

remote control

MargaritaBill from St Louis, MO on 8/9/2016

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I ordered two of these for my boat and they are very easy to use and work just as advertised



Works well with proper install

rk61 from Portage, MI on 7/17/2015

Just a heads up for anyone installing with the M505, mine would not work untilI wired the separate powerband ground wire along with the 8 pin plug. Directions stated this shouldn't be necessary but mine would not work otherwise. Now that it works it is awesome!




David from Auburn, ca on 6/1/2015

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Infrared remotes usually don't work very good with marine stereos. Radio frequency works much better. Easy to install.

Pros: You can control stereo outside your boat. Easy install. Waterproof and it floats.

Cons: Antenna needs to be in good location to get better connection and range. Not difficult at all to do though.

Amazing product!!!!

Mike K from Brookfield, IL on 9/8/2014

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This unit is perfect!

Pros: Easy installation!

Cons: Remote is useless in the sun!

Plug and Play

Pier Pressure from Charlotte NC on 9/2/2014

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Simply plug into the capmatible receiver and you're done. Works perfectly with the Clarion M303. Less expensive than a wired remote and much more convenient. You may not want to test the water proof feature by submerging it but you should be able to safely take it on the water with a protective bag or case. I put a short lanyard on it and move it from place to place on the boat or let others handle the music from the comfort of their seat - or on a float.

Pros: Easy Installation, transmits signal through walls: no line-of-sight needed like with infrared type, cheaper than a wired remote, no separate power or control wiring. Did i say easy installation?

Cons: Only performs basic function, on/off, volume, mute, channel, source but that's the extent of most wired remotes.

Nice Remote

rkloeppel from Waterloo, Il on 4/21/2014

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I bought this to use with the Clarion M303 Marine Receiver. I am typically fishing from the front of the boat and having to get down and adjust the volume or change songs was a pain. I have used this now several outings and I really like it.

Pros: Works well from anywhere on the boat.

Cons: Wish it came with a wrist band.

Clarion MF1

Waterdog from Flaming Gorge,Ut on 8/8/2013

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I bought this with my Clarion 502. Its awesome! The heck with running all the wires for wired remote. The MF1 goes everywhere you go, with good range.

Pros: highly recommended

Cons: none

Not waterproof

Joe B from Austin TX on 7/30/2013

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I had the remote for one afternoon.It was quick to set up and seemed to work fine. It fell off the back of the boat into the water. I retriveed it withen 45 seconds. It did float, but pretty much stopped working right away. I did not know if it was the remote or the antenna adapter. A couple of days later I went back out to the boat to check the connections and all was good. I took the remote apart to check the battery and found moisture and corrision all inside, pretty much shot!!!!! I talked to Crutchfield and they were great. They are sending me a new remote. I will be carefull not to let it drop in water. And of course my common sence would tell me to not let it get wet, waterproof or not. Still frustrated though, cause I feel it is not at all waterproof, and at this price its pretty pricy.

Pros: Simple to connect


Worked flawlessly - No configuration required.

RubeSEMI from Lake St Clair, MI on 6/5/2013

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Plugged right in, worked immediately.

Pros: No configuration. It works flawlessly.

Cons: Should have included a lanyard to wear around your neck, imo.

K. M

Liz from Charleston, SC on 5/27/2013

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Have installed and connected to radio and power source but so far will not control the radio. Further troubleshooting is needed

Pros: N/A

Cons: No installation or function instructions in package.

RF Remote works Great

Terry I from Chicago, IL on 5/16/2013

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The RF remote works great, My stereo if on the Fly Bridge of the boat and when in port at the dock it was a pain to have to jump on the boat and turn the stereo up or down. The IR remote was no good due to the placement of the stereo, however the RF remote works Awesome!! Has a very good range and is compact.

Pros: good range works from anywhere no direct sight of stereo needed compact size

Cons: a bit pricy

Rf remote

Baja 502 from Indiana on 5/8/2012

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What a great remote. You dont need to worry about line of sight. Take it with you at sand bar and just touch buttons to change volume or songs.

Pros: No wire and radio frequency.

Cons: None

Love It!

VASKI from Deltaville, VA on 4/23/2012

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Saw this and was a bit worried about how it would really work with my tuner down in the salon of my express cruiser. Also had to wait as the item was on back order and after finally receiving it I now know why. IT WORKS! I can be outside the boat on the dock and still change songs and adjust my volume etc. For a long time I hated that my stereo remote was the old round unit by the helm station, that meant whenever I was anywhere else relaxing and a song came on I wanted to skip, or the volume needed adjustment I had to get up.. no more! Highly recommended and I have no issues with the range. Best upgrade to my sound system to date..

Pros: Great range, easy to use, plug and play.

Cons: Bit small and the mounting bracket included is a bit funky


Hands-on research

Product Research


Marine Rated: The Clarion MF1 is a marine RF remote control which is waterproof and designed to float. The MF1 meets or exceeds ASTM B117 (Salt/Fog Exposure), ASTM D4329 (UV Exposure), and IP67 (International Protection Rating).

RF Range: The Clarion MF1 marine remote control has an RF range up to 100' (no line of sight is required).

Compatibility: The Clarion MF1 Marine RF remote control is compatible with the following Clarion Marine head units that feature an 8-pin proprietary wired remote input (as of 3/15/2016):

  • CMD6
  • CMD7
  • CMD8
  • CMD9
  • CMS1
  • CMS5
  • CMV1
  • M303
  • M309
  • M502
  • M505
  • M606

Note: Up to 8 MF1 remotes can be programmed to the included wireless receiver. When used with another wired remote (020MW1 or 020MW2) a Y-adapter is required (item number 020MWRYC, sold separately).

Car Stereo Compatibility: The MF1 is also compatible with any Clarion car stereo having the 3.5mm steering wheel remote input.

Control Functions: The Clarion MF1 offers the following push-button controls:

  • Power/Source
  • Volume Up/Down
  • Left Arrow
  • Right Arrow
  • Play/Pause/Mute
  • Band
  • Enter

Internal Sealed Replaceable Battery: The Clarion MF1 includes a pre-installed CR2032 3V lithium battery. Four screws will need to be removed on back of the remote to replace battery.

Mounting Bracket: The Clarion MF1 Marine RF remote control comes with a surface-mount bracket (mounting screw not supplied).

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

6 questions already asked

It is an oversight. I have submitted a request to get that receiver added to the list of compatible receiver. I hope this helps! My Bio: [ Paul  Apr 18, 2016 ]  Staff
I have not had to replace the battery yet so I am not able to assist with regards to the proper install of the battery. There is a not a light or red light on the device. Once you have resolution, please share in a post. [ JEFFREY  Sep 28, 2015 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Sep 28, 2015 ]  Staff
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The MF1 is compatible with the CMS5. It comes with an 8-pin proprietary connector that plugs into the back of the CMS5. It will be plug and play. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Sep 14, 2015 ]  Staff
I bought this remote but did not use it because I wanted a true wired remote with no wireless link. I don't remember what remote I actually used. [ Roger  Sep 01, 2015 ]
I am not sure. I used it on a cms2 which does not have a remote. But it does have Bluetooth and everthing works fine. No problems. [ RONNIE  Sep 01, 2015 ]
Unsure on the floating remote. However, I have wired remotes. There is a problem with the IR sensor on the deck, as when it is in daylight, all remotes will not work. Clarion admits to the problem, and I was told they are working on a "fix" [ ryan  Sep 01, 2015 ]
no if used with a clarion reciever [ MARK  May 12, 2015 ]
Once you plug the antenna into the head unit it is ready to work [ ANTHONY F  May 12, 2015 ]
No. It comes ready to go right out of the box (if purchased for a compatible model). And by the way this little device is awesome! [ David  May 11, 2015 ]
No it does not. It finds the source on its own...however, know that it is not a waterproof device. Splash is okay...anything more...not good. [ MIKE  May 11, 2015 ]
No it does not. [ EDWARD  May 11, 2015 ]
No it did not need programming [ MARK  May 11, 2015 ]
As far as I recall it does not need to be programed. It should have listed which clarion radios it will function with, or your radio will have the list to check. [ RICHARD A  May 11, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The Clarion MF1 RF Marine Remote Control will work with the Clarion M303 Marine CD Receiver. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Jan 13, 2015 ]  Staff
Also, there doesn't seem to be a downloadable manual. How does the remote install? [ Jonathan  Jan 12, 2015 ]

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