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'If your boat's too loud you can have problems': New law takes effect this year

The fifth annual boat inspections hosted by Linn County Sheriff’s Office will take place on Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon at the Bi-Mart lot in Albany. Then they head to Sweet Home on Sunday in the Bi-Mart parking lot. All boats are welcome. (SBG)

ALBANY, Ore. - The weather is warming up, and boating season is underway.

And with boating comes boat inspections, including a new law this year.

You’ll need to have life jackets for everyone on the boat; a fire extinguisher; a whistle; boat registration; throwable flotation device; and a boaters education card if the motor is greater than 10 horsepower.

Deputy Dan Graybill with Linn County explained what boat inspectors will be looking for.

“Have the certificate, that it's been checked. It also needs to have be marine rated,” he said.

For boats longer than 16 feet "you've got to have a spark flame arrestor, which is right there on the front - prevents fires,” Graybill said.

You also need a ventilation system for the motor and an invasive species permit for boats larger than 10 feet.

The rules apply to everyone on the water – paddle boarders need a life jacket and a whistle, too.

There’s also a new law this year.

“There is a certain level you need to be at," Graybill said. "If your boat's too loud you can have problems."

Depending on the year of your boat, your music and engine can’t exceed 84 to 90 decibels.

“We're not out to hand citations to everybody," Graybill said. "We just want to make sure people are being safe, that's the number one priority. Driving a boat is just like driving a car, you can't do it while intoxicated.”

The fifth annual boat inspections hosted by Linn County Sheriff’s Office will take place on Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon at the Bi-Mart lot in Albany. Then they head to Sweet Home on Sunday in the Bi-Mart parking lot. All boats are welcome.

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