Mufflers and Noise Level Limits
Vessel operators may not hear sound signals or voices if the engine is not adequately muffled.
- All vessel engines must be equipped with an efficient muffler, underwater exhaust, or other effective muffling device that prevents excessive or unusual noise.
- A vessel operating on Arizona’s public waters must not exceed any of the following noise levels.
- A noise level of 86 dB(A) when the sound level is measured at 50 feet or more from the vessel
- For an engine manufactured before January 1, 1993, a noise level of 90 dB(A) when the stationary sound level test (SAEJ2005) is performed
- For an engine manufactured on or after January 1, 1993, a noise level of 88 dB(A) when the stationary sound level test (SAEJ2005) is performed
- A noise level of 75 dB(A) when the shoreline sound level test (SAEJ1970) is performed