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Old 07-08-2012, 11:03 PM
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Johnny law is back enforcing exhaust noise! After a few years of "big boat traffic" being near non existent and not getting hassled a few lake residents are finding it necessary to call the local water patrols non emergency hotline every time they hear a "loud boat". A friend was tested and ticketed this weekend (has mufflers and everything!) and after a few casual chats with a few of the patrols I was told he wasn't the only one.

I just am blown away these people can't find anything else better to ***** about like increased b&e's, other crimes and loud Harleys. Ugh.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:07 PM
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Its easy money w little effort
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So how do i get tested before I get the ticket?
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So how do i get tested before I get the ticket?
gotta be under 90db 1 meter back from transom, and 1 meter above water w/o anything behind the boat for the noise to echo off of....
this is at idle
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Pete,

Radio Shack has a cheap meter tha you can buy. Just test yourself as mentioned above. 1 meter above and back of the boat. It's also a good way to fight the ticket because most popo don't do it right.
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I run around up there most every weekend in my 260 Baja with a 502 and Captains Call. We bought a place just off the water last year. Love the lake. The only time I open up the exhaust is if I am at least a half mile from shore. I know that from our house you sometimes hear some loud sounding boats but whenever I am at the waters edge and see a fast boat go by it doesn't seem all that loud. The wind direction and the way the sound carries and echoes off the trees can make a skiboat sound pretty loud. The DNR and the Roscommon County Sheriff were patroling the south State Park last Friday. It was the first time I saw the sheriff. Didn't see him on the 4th. If they really want to do some good they should do someting about the a-holes that were shooting fireworks off at 2 am all week long.
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Well I can chalk up the next few tickets as the price of fun. I've been stopped a few times but never ticketed yet, I am usually pretty cautious when near the State Parks. There is no way I am legal but am not about to change out the tips either....unless it get REAL expensive.
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Baja Man, Do they stop you when you are in the middle of the lake or just close to shore? Are you idleing or opened up? I see a few 25 OLs on the lake. Nice boat!
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Baja Man, Do they stop you when you are in the middle of the lake or just close to shore? Are you idleing or opened up? I see a few 25 OLs on the lake. Nice boat!
When I've been stopped it's been closer to shore...once near the narrowest part of the lake going north and the other near the North State Park. Neither time have I been opened up....cruise speed....and both times they have just said I was loud with no test...did their normal checks as well. It also has been a few years since I've been stopped...2010 I think was the last time.

I keep the boat at the Gerrish Township Marina.
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I run around up there most every weekend in my 260 Baja with a 502 and Captains Call. We bought a place just off the water last year. Love the lake. The only time I open up the exhaust is if I am at least a half mile from shore. I know that from our house you sometimes hear some loud sounding boats but whenever I am at the waters edge and see a fast boat go by it doesn't seem all that loud. The wind direction and the way the sound carries and echoes off the trees can make a skiboat sound pretty loud. The DNR and the Roscommon County Sheriff were patroling the south State Park last Friday. It was the first time I saw the sheriff. Didn't see him on the 4th. If they really want to do some good they should do someting about the a-holes that were shooting fireworks off at 2 am all week long.
Or these dickwads that just bought the place next to us with 4 dogs that bark 24/7...
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