Look, I'm not here to bash the police, and I know they put they lives on the line everyday. But that doesn't give them the excuse to do act the way some of them do! I think there's plenty enough of other things for the police to do other than always looking for minor stuff and harrassing people for it. For the most part, boaters are well meaning, law abiding citizens---they're not out looking for malice and trouble. Some people are drinking and are an accident waiting to happen. Some people have little kids without life preservers and are dangling over the sides ready to fall in. Some people cut others off and some people just plain do not deserve to own a boat! I guess I don't like it that some (not all) police are just looking for some of the most miniscule stuff! How far do they REALLY have to go? Let's just keep writing law after law after law after law until finally we are ALL outlaws! Where's it going to end? Some of it is really getting rediculas, and very intrusive with a lot of this stuff!
You know, even some cruiser boats with the diesels are loud if you get close enough to them. Let's face it, when people go to the lake I would think that they should expect some noise with water craft and such---I sure do! Heck, even jet ski's are loud buzzin' all around the beach and they're EVERYWHERE---that kind of noise can drive a person nuts too!
If the person has a loud boat and is always rappin' on the engines in the harbor and being a jerk then yes, write the guy a ticket! But if he's just idling in/out and running on one engine and just being cool with his boat---leave the guy ALONE! That's where the LETTER of the law and the SPIRIT of the law does it's justice!
There's always going to be some noise around the water ways.
Vern, Troutly, Maxx and any other officer here, thanks for you public service---I know it's not easy.