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starting the engine, turn the engine off and take out the key
when tubers, water skiers, or swimmers are entering or exiting
the water and consider installing a propeller guard.

In Water Electrical Shock Hazard
Boats that are stored at docks with shore power
connections may pose a risk to swimmers. Do not swim in
marinas. Faulty or improperly wired electrical systems can
sometimes leak current into the water. The electrical current
spreads out trying to find a path back to the source. The
path of least resistance back may include swimmers. This is
particularly dangerous in fresh water that is less conductive
than salt water. Proper maintenance on your vessel's electrical
system can help prevent this from happening.

Vessel Engine Noise
The state of New York has established noise levels for recreational boats. In addition to the prohibition against muffler
"cut-out" systems, the law stipulates that vessel noise not exceed
either 90 decibels when subject to a stationary test or 75 decibels when tested while moving. It is also illegal to manufacture
or sell a boat that does not meet these specifications. It is also
against the law to remove, alter, or modify a muffling system
which will cause the vessel to now operate in violation of the
above noted standards.

Marine Sanitary Devices (MSDs)
The MSD requirements on NYS waters are
dictated by both the Federal and State government,
dependingwhere you operate your boat. Recent
regulation changes have extended no discharge
zones to all waterways touching New York State. No
discharge zones include Long Island Sound, Hudson River, NYS
Canal System, Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie and all
sole state waters. Sewage must be kept in the MSD as a holding
tank for later transfer to a marine pump out facility. If the MSD has
overboard lines, the valve must be secured in such a manner that
discharge overboard is prevented. In addition, upon the waters of
Canandaigua, Skaneateles, Greenwood (Orange County) Lakes,
and Lake George, any vessel equipped with a toilet, sink, tub,
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