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Whats the deal with muffler/noise laws on Canadian lakes.
I live in the Okanagan and they are threating to get rid of through hull exhaust on OK lake. Anybody have the same problem.
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I dont know I heard that in vernon they will not let you launch if you have
through hull.I have over transom headers on my cougar but by the time
they catch up I'm off the lake:D but my 30' Superboat is hard to hide in the marina.
check this out
Checked last spring, and federal regulations which should govern on the water requirements throughout the country are a muffler of some type but no mention of underwater systems. If they were required, most ferries, tourist boats, personal watercraft, etc. (including those on Lake Okanagan) would be in violation.
Thats what I thought.The only thing they can realy do is just come out with a decible limit like in Havasu and other places in the US, that way the cops have a reason to fine.As of right now it seems like they don't have much to work with.
Triggerhappy, saw your boat [ all white? ] at the HarrisonPR but didn't hear it;). Yes, last year they started ticketing people on Okanagan Lake [ Wayne McLaine is in trouble for instance:D ].
Mirage257 yup thats the boat.I would think Wane would be the first one
to be in chit:D,some of the boats that come out of his shop are LOUD!!!!!
Maybe this is all his fault:D.
LOL I told him if he could beat me to the trailer he could write me the whole book full:D.......seen them a bunch after that and they just look the other way.
They dont have the fastest boats here.When I was a Merc dealer they actualy payed me to prop down all their boats to slow them down and make them all indentical in handling, i think some of the boats were from as far as Prince George.The funny thing is they know they cant keep up so they watch you and sneek up on you when you are not looking.This has happened to me a couple of times,usually when I have a beer in my hand:mad:.
Mirage 257 Do you know of anybody looking for a 257 single 502
Here is what I found for local waters go to page 4 Motorboats.
I'm sure you can find the same thing for your area just by searching
local noise by-law.
custom high risers to combat reversion .Pretty loud inside without the engine cover

Mufflers installed
Watching that video makes me think James Bond will appear at the helm.
what boat is that?
I'm a little confused by this. What the hell are you supposed to run if you can't have headers or thru hull? A whacker? The "fun police" in BC sure do know how to ruin all the cool things to do. Wrecked Merritt Mountainfest, closed Thunderfest, made it a fine to go offroading, almost have snowmobiling banned in Whistler, what the hell is next?
Yup things are definetly changing for the worst.I think this is all caused by our aging population, BC is the retirement capital of Canada especially the OKanagan.They move here and being retired they have nothing to do but complain, add the new ENVIROMENTAL movement into the picture and you have a big mess.Just my 2 cents.
I just need the magic green card:D and I'm there.
Found this in the local paper.
Read the red part.
WTF , no woner everybody hates us they all think we are cigarette smugglers LOL.

By Darren Handschuh
Saturday, July 19, 2008

Birds are chirping, children are shrieking with delight at the beach and the roar of a high-horsepower boat motor can be heard echoing across the water.
It must be summertime in the Okanagan – well, the Central Okanagan anyway. It seems Kelowna residents bear the biggest burden when it comes to enduring loud boats.
One of the Valley‘s main attractions, for tourists and locals alike, is its lakes, but with the water comes a variety of watercraft.
Sailboats have long been popular on Okanagan Lake, but so have power boats, and the latter can bring with them a deep-throated growl heard thundering across the water.
Add the buzz of personal watercraft to the mix and people might want to consider bringing earplugs to the beach the next time they go.
However, the noise problem seems to be greatest in the middle of the Valley. Vernon and Penticton both report some complaints about noisy boats, but Kelowna RCMP say they get numerous calls about the booming watercraft.
According to the RCMP, laws are in place to muffle excessively loud boats, but some operators have found a way to skirt the law.
Boats are supposed to be equipped with a muffler system, or they must exhaust directly into the water. However, some boats have exhaust-diverter systems that allow operators to flip a switch diverting the exhaust directly into the air. This is done in the belief a less-restricted exhaust system will result in more power.
Police said research has shown boats with above-water exhaust systems are up to four times louder than boats with underwater exhaust systems.
Kelowna constables using a decibel meter last year found boat-motor noise as high as 120 dB. Workplace sound levels are considered unsafe over 85 dB.
Kelowna RCMP Supt. Bill McKinnon said police are all too familiar with the issues surrounding noisy boats. Exact numbers were not available, but McKinnon said the department receives many calls on the issue every summer.
“It usually happens on the weekends,” he said. “It‘s the big cigarette boats echoing up and down the Valley.”
Cigarette boats are high-powered watercraft originally
designed for racing. They have large displacement motors that produce a lot of horsepower and, in some cases, a lot of noise.
According to Wikipedia, the boats were given the “cigarette” nickname because they were popular with cigarette smugglers in Canada. The name stuck and was eventually adopted by a boat-maker.
“They are extremely noisy,” said McKinnon, adding the noise is a concern shared by police and city council.
“We don‘t feel we have the tools and legislation to deal with it.”
McKinnon said under provincial legislation, boaters can be fined $115 for excessive noise. However, he pointed out that people who can afford to buy such a boat and keep it running typically can afford such a fine.
To him, the solution is simple: hand out bigger fines.
“There has to be a consequence,” said McKinnon, adding a recommendation to increase fines will be part of a presentation RCMP will make to city council Monday.
A quick look at some online classified ads showed a few of the big boats that are 10-plus metres long and feature twin, big-bore V8 motors. Prices ranged between $80,000 and $110,000. Filling them up with fuel can cost hundreds of dollars.
In the North Okanagan, there are three lakes to worry about. Okanagan, Kalamalka and Swan lakes all are popular destinations, but Okanagan and Kal attract the most boaters.
Clint Kanester, City of Vernon manager of bylaw enforcement, said the city is enacting a noise bylaw that would give bylaw officers the power to fine operators of noisy boats.
“We‘re looking at starting to conduct enforcement,” said Kanester, adding Vernon bylaw officers will be at area boat launches this summer, checking exhaust systems on boats.
Some boaters run straight exhaust, meaning there is no muffler system at all, and the result can be deafening.
Kanester said boat exhaust must be vented through the water, which will act as a muffler system.
Anyone breaking the noise bylaw could be hit with a $200 fine.
Kanester said bylaw officers get “a few calls every year” about noisy boats, but he admits it is not a huge issue.
Until this year, city bylaw officers turned complaints over to the coast guard to deal with. The city agency will continue to work with the coast guard on a variety of lake-related issues.
The city will also work with the RCMP, who will be on the lake in the police boat.
Gord Molendyk, Vernon RCMP spokesman, said police will be out on the water all summer looking for a variety of infractions, not just noisy boats.
Molendyk said police “are getting a few calls,” but loud boats are not a serious problem.
“We‘re at the end of the lake, so they tend to head toward Kelowna,” said Molendyk.
Kalamalka Lake falls under the jurisdiction of the municipality if Coldstream, but town officials there said complaints are relatively few. When an issue does arise, the coast guard is contacted.
Things are also quieter in the South Okanagan.
Penticton RCMP Sgt. Rick Dellebuur said noisy boats were an issue in the late 1980s and early ‘90s, but the boats and the complaints have since been muffled.
“Today, most of the boats out there are exhausted properly,” he said, “but, of course, there are a few exceptions.”
Dellebuur said the occasional call about excessive noise is received, but the majority of boating calls concern unsafe operation of the watercraft.
Penticton does have noise bylaws, but Dellebuur said they extend only so far into the lake as they were designed to deal with houseboaters who were parking on the beach and partying.
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