Complaints from homeowners with property adjacent or close to bodies of water used for recreational boating have led to a state law requiring strict sound levels on boats.
While operating your powerboat in Virginia, you must equip it with a muffler in good working order, or an underwater exhaust system which is in good working order and in constant operation. It must be fitted with a suitable muffler that will prevent excessive or unusual noise.
The muffling device shall exhaust at or below the water line or it shall be equipped with mechanical baffles. The use of cutouts is prohibited.