You should never change your muffler or exhaust system, because it may increase the noise level or create a dangerous exhaust leak. To avoid breaking state and local noise laws and as a courtesy to those around you, make sure your boat is not too loud. In addition, you should be courteous to those around you. This is especially true where people are enjoying the shoreline, in congested areas, or near residential or camping areas.
California Boating Law prohibits operation of any motorboat in or upon the inland waters of the state with excessive noise levels. Excessive noise levels measured at a distance of 50 feet from the motorboat are described as:
^ 86 dbA for engines manufactured before January 1, 1976.
^ 84 dbA for engines manufactured on or after January 1, 1976, and before January 1, 1978.
^ 82 dbA for engines manufactured on or after January 1, 1978.
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