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Vessel operators may not hear sound signals or voices if the engine is not adequately muffled.

  • In New York, it is illegal to install muffler “cut outs.”
  • Vessel engine noise may not exceed:
    • 90 decibels during a stationary test conducted alongside a dock or …
    • 75 decibels when tested while passing offshore.
  • It is also illegal to remove, alter, or modify the muffler system in such a way that will prevent a vessel from meeting these standards.