New noise law causes confusion for Kansas boaters

New laws in Kansas to restrict boat noise went into effect last January 1st. The law put restrictions on the decibel levels of boats and made “captain’s call” switches, which shut down boat mufflers and make boats louder, illegal.

Kansas.com reports that owners of boat that are not in compliance with the law are moving their boats out of state to avoid being ticketed. Other boaters are confused over what equipment the law restricts and how to properly modify their boats.

The current law restricts boat noise to around 86 decibels at a range of 50 feet.

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