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Old 09-05-2007, 11:10 PM
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I was pulled over by Lake Perry WP and I wasnt even running..I was getting towed to party cove..So I wouldnt get pulled over and tested..HAHAHA..They told me I could not be towed around the lake anymore..WTF ?..What is the diffrence between that and a ROW OR SAILBOAT..
Anyway..Is there anyone that is a Lawyer on here that would know what else we can do..At least raise it to 89 or 90db's
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Old 09-06-2007, 09:59 AM
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Thanks. Sorry I missed you guys! Suprisingly enough the lake patrol didn't mess with me, and I was clearly over 86db. Hope you guys can get this fixed, we had a great time on the lake.


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Old 09-06-2007, 10:19 AM
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I was pulled over by Lake Perry WP and I wasnt even running..I was getting towed to party cove..So I wouldnt get pulled over and tested..HAHAHA..They told me I could not be towed around the lake anymore..WTF ?..What is the diffrence between that and a ROW OR SAILBOAT..
Anyway..Is there anyone that is a Lawyer on here that would know what else we can do..At least raise it to 89 or 90db's
WTF? Where is the law that says you can't be towed? This chit is getting out of hand!
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Old 09-06-2007, 11:05 AM
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I'm sure that Texas has something on the books, but I can't find it.

I do know that the water cops on Lake Travis don't care about loud engines. All they care about is public safety.

As long as you are not endangering yourself or others, your engines can be LOUD! I know mine are!
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Old 09-06-2007, 12:33 PM
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I was pulled over by Lake Perry WP and I wasnt even running..I was getting towed to party cove..So I wouldnt get pulled over and tested..HAHAHA..They told me I could not be towed around the lake anymore..WTF ?..What is the diffrence between that and a ROW OR SAILBOAT..
Anyway..Is there anyone that is a Lawyer on here that would know what else we can do..At least raise it to 89 or 90db's
Did you tell WP you boat broke down? I've offered to tow anyone that needs a tow to the Lake Perry Party Cove. Umm darn it.....just so happens all these boats broke down at the same time...
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I was pulled over by Lake Perry WP and I wasnt even running..I was getting towed to party cove..So I wouldnt get pulled over and tested..HAHAHA..They told me I could not be towed around the lake anymore..WTF ?..What is the diffrence between that and a ROW OR SAILBOAT..
Anyway..Is there anyone that is a Lawyer on here that would know what else we can do..At least raise it to 89 or 90db's
I would call the Sheriff and ask him to show you the law that says you can't be towed. When he says there is no law, ask him to tell the deputies to stop harrassing people. If he says he won't do it, tell him you are calling the State Attorney General's office to report this violation of your civil rights.

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Old 09-06-2007, 08:27 PM
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The Kansas law goes on to say...according to the WP at Lake Perry, that after market captains call are illegal.
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Carrie, slight correction above, the law says "No mechanical device"....... on your exhaust at all. Nothing to do with aftermarket. The water patrol may be telling people something different but the amended law is very clear, nothing on the exhaust that could change or reroute it.

I wrote the Governor, Lt Gov, and the Atty General also.
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Well to make matters worse I kinda stirred the pot..I forgot to tell you guys there were 2 of us being towed by the same boat..lol..But he did let us go and yes we told them we were broke down.But he knew it was BS..I am very sure he was harassing ME..Because there was a twin sleekcraft blowing by before we got to WP and they didnt even look..So I am going to contact our local authority and make a complaint about it..
So what do you guys think ?..Are they singleing out us POWERBOATS?..If we can get Kansas to raise the db's to 89-90 we would be better off...
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Either they change the law or they apply the same standard to ALL BOATS. As soon as the house boat crowd start getting harrassed, we will have more people to write letters!!
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I can't get this to paste right, but the columns are listed. First is state, second is law, third is the standard used, and last is cutouts illegal. This is as of 2000.

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[Table 3.1]
State Law Standard Cutouts Illegal
Alabama Yes 86dB -Marine Police Standards Yes
Alaska No n/a No
American Samoa Yes Federal regulations enforced N/A
Arizona` Yes 86dB SAE J1970 No
Arkansas No n/a No
California Yes 86 dB pre-Jan 1976; 84 dB pre-Jan 1978; 82 dB post-Jan 1978 No
Canada (Ontario) No n/a n/a
Colorado Yes 86Db(a) on the A scale Yes
Connecticut Yes SAE J2005 90 dB(a) prior to 1/1/93; 88 dB(a) after 1/1/93. SAE J1970 75 dB(a) Yes
Delaware No n/a No
District of Columbia No n/a Yes
Florida Yes 90 dB(a) at 50 feet. No
Georgia No n/a Yes
Guam No n/a No
Hawaii No n/a No
Idaho Yes J1970 75dB(A), J2005 90dB(A) pre 11/1/95 & 88 dB(A) after Yes
Illinois Yes SAE J 2005 90dB(a); J1970 75 dB(a) No
Indiana No n/a Yes
Iowa Yes 86dB as measured on a scale at 50 feet minimum No
Kansas No n/a No
Kentucky No n/a No
Louisiana Yes Must be adequately muffled No
Maine Yes 90 dB(a) stationary; 75 dB(a) operational Yes
Maryland Yes 90 dbA - SAE J2005 Yes
Massachusetts Yes Federal standards Yes
Michigan Yes 90 dB(a) SAE J-2005 or 75 dB(a) SAE J-1970 Yes
Minnesota Yes 82 dB(a) at 50 feet post 1/1/82; 84 dB(a) pre 1/1/82 Yes
Mississippi No n/a No
Missouri Yes 86 dB at 50 feet or 90 dB at idle speed at 1 meter Yes
Montana Yes SAE J-2005 - 86 dB No
N. Mariana Islands No n/a No
Nebraska No n/a No
Nevada Yes 86 dB(a) SAE-J34 - Model Act pending February 2001 No
New Hampshire Yes Manufactured before 1977, 86 dB(a) at 50 feet, Manufactured between '78 & '81, 84 dB(a),
Manufactured after '81, 82 dB(a) Yes
New Jersey Yes 90dB(a) Yes
New Mexico Yes Reasonable manner Yes
New York Yes SAEJ1970 - 75 dB(a), SAEJ2005 - 90dB Yes
North Carolina No n/a Yes
North Dakota No n/a No
Ohio Yes Effective 1/1/2000, 90 dB SAE J2005 (Stationary) 75 dB running No
Oklahoma n/a n/a Yes
Oregon Yes 90 dBA J2005 < 1/1/93; 88 dBA > 1/1/93 No
Pennsylvania Yes SAE J-2005 88dB(a) Yes
Puerto Rico No n/a No
Rhode Island No Reasonable level Yes
South Carolina No n/a No
South Dakota No n/a No
Tennessee Yes 86 dB at 50 feet SAE J34 Yes
Texas No n/a No
Utah Yes For boats 1993 or older, 90 dB(a); 1994 or newer, 88 dB(a) Yes
Vermont Yes 82 dB at 50 feet Yes
Virgin Islands No n/a Yes
Virginia No n/a Yes
Washington Yes SAE J1970 75 dB(a); SAE J2005 90 dB pre 1/94; 88 dB post 1/94 Yes
West Virginia No n/a Yes
Wisconsin Yes 86 dB(a) J1970, J2005, J34a Yes
Wyoming No n/a Yes
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