CINCINNATI, Ohio, June 10, 2011 – Summer is here, and, boating enthusiasts everywhere are flocking to the waterways, ready for some relaxing fun in the sun and waves. The idyllic vision of lazy days spent cruising on the water are often met with the unexpected reality of engine noise so loud, conversation becomes impossible and the noise itself becomes an assault on the senses, not to mention the impact on wildlife and local residents living within earshot of the waterfront.
Cincinnati residents Roy and Chris Emerson couldn’t wait to hit the water last August in their newly purchased 2007 Yamaha SX230, a 320-horsepower, 23-foot, high output designed for luxury and performance, the perfect craft for spending a comfortable day on Brookville Lake in Cincinnati. What the Emersons didn’t realize until after they launched was the unbearable noise emanating from the boat’s dual engines, a high decibel whine that resonated up through the cabin floor area. The Emersons had to shout in order to carry on a conversation, and the relentless blare cut seriously into the couple’s enjoyment.
The thrill of spending recreational time on the water quickly turned sour. “My wife said she didn’t know if she could deal with the noise,” Emerson said. Since the Emersons bought their boat late in the summer, Roy Emerson had the entire winter to research noise reduction options for marine applications.
“I belong to a group of Yamaha jet boaters, and I asked some of the other members if they had found any noise reduction material that worked,” Emerson said.
“Almost everyone who had tried one solution or another told me they were disappointed with the results, but one guy had used Acoustiblok on the sides of the engine wall, and he said it worked great.
“It was the only noise reduction product that anyone could tell me worked on boats, so I decided I had to try it.”