Mufflers and Noise Level Limits
Excessive noise can prevent a vessel operator from hearing signals and voices. A motorboat’s engine must have a factory-installed muffler or exhaust water manifold for noise reduction or another effective muffling system.
- Motorboats built on January 1, 1996, or later must not exceed a noise level of 90 dBA when stationary at idle and measured from a distance of 3 feet.
- All motorboats must not exceed a noise level of 86 dBA when measured from a distance of 50 feet.
- You may not remove or modify a muffler or muffling system if the result is increased noise level.
- If the exhaust system uses water for muffling, it must comply with the noise level restrictions.