Mr. & Mrs Bad HTM and Board Members
Lets's get back to the Problem and come up with a solution! The Law is one issue and harrasment is another and completely different issue.
The Law - 90 decibles seems to be a standard throuout most of the country. A stock 454 with through hull exhaust produces 90 decibles, measured @ idle three ft from the transom. A select few, lucky individuals buy homes on the water. They hear noise all weekend long that disturbs their peace. They think they own the water! They do not. The water is for the public. However it was the public ( someone in the state legislature ) that passed the noise level ordinance. Forget the fact the the homeowners assosiation bought the boat. Lets assume that there are 500 homes in the association. They would each be assesed $140.00 to cover the $70,000. mentioned. How many performance boaters are in your region or body of water? Is there a powerboat association. One thousand members @ $100.00 each has a lot more clout than the homeowners. Petitions, hearings, meetings and or liasons with the police, homeowners and or legislature that passed the law can all be effective. It is a long, arduous road to take, but it can be effective. Even if it is not successful, it can put sufficient pressure on law enforcement so as to make the ordinance rarely enforced. We all have to get involved politically before it is too late. It seems a common thread that most board members dislike personal watercraft. They have been banned from Lake Tahoe due to noise.
Okay - you don't want to be political. Get Shotgun mufflers, nicely polished, no messy air cables hanging off your transom, can be adjusted for idle noise level and open automatically the minute you push the sticks forward.
Harassment - now you are legal and they keep stopping you. That should be an attorney's dream. The courts can be an immediate remedy.
I personally love the sound of loud, radical motors.
In closing ( sorry to take soo long )we have four choices; change the law, comply with the law, don't get caught or pay the fine.