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Old 06-21-2013, 06:34 PM   #1
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I know that the alarm on my boat sounds , no wait, screams when I start the motor. It lasts for about 5 seconds and it tells me all sensors are working. I also know that I probably do not want to disbale/remove it. That said, has anyone ever done anything to muffle the sound or make it a great deal more quiet? I know this sounds crazy but it scares the #$!& out of my 4-year-old!
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:52 PM   #2
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I know that the alarm on my boat sounds , no wait, screams when I start the motor. It lasts for about 5 seconds and it tells me all sensors are working. I also know that I probably do not want to disbale/remove it. That said, has anyone ever done anything to muffle the sound or make it a great deal more quiet? I know this sounds crazy but it scares the #$!& out of my 4-year-old!
the alarm is telling you that you have no oil pressure and when the engine starts the sound will go out. it is designed to come on in case you would lose oil pressure while driving so you do not blow the motor.
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It could be a lifesaver (really a engine saver or better yet a banking account saver) if that alarm ever goes off while you are running your boat. As much as they are a pain in the ass to listen to when starting up your engine/s they still are a good idea to make you aware that you have a mechanical malfunction somewhere.

I know from my personal experience the first year I had our 3000 we had impellar malfunctions and the alarm got me to shut off the starboard engine before it got too hot. It is that loud to get your attention no matter what.......

As far as your child..... earmuffs? I got very young grandkids so I know grandpa will have to do some explaining before I start our engines up.

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Welcome Aboard Rip131313. You won't hear it otherwise when you're running up on plane. Leave it alone, you get used to it. I call out a warning, when I'm going to start the engine so the admiral is prepared for it.
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Thanks all for your comments however my question was if anyone has done anything to help MUFFLE the sound not silence the sound. I didn't know if someone tried to wrap something around the darn thing under the dash.
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Year before last my outdrive oil was a little low in the res and, as a result, the alarm would go off once every X minutes. Since I knew what the problem was, and since we were going to be out for quite a while, I broke out the first aid kit. Literally applied a bandaid to muffle the alarm.

Worked great but, since I could no longer hear the alarm while underway, I was hyper alert to the guages, even more than I usually am.

Do be careful with the level of muffling if you chose to do that. When underway at cruise speeds it's a loud environment; you really want to hear that alarm if it goes off.

If I were wearing your flip flops and couldn't get my child familiar and comfortable with the start up alarm, I would simply wire in a single poll toggle switch and install it at the helm. Turn it off when you first start the engine, then back on immediately after. Or turn it off the very second the alarm sounds, wait the 5 ish seconds, then turn it back on.
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Thanks all for your comments however my question was if anyone has done anything to help MUFFLE the sound not silence the sound. I didn't know if someone tried to wrap something around the darn thing under the dash.
I never mentioned silencing it. i'm specifically referring to decreasing the volume. You will have a difficult time hearing the alarm when you are up on plane, the wind in our face and the engine is screaming at 4,000rpm. They didn't set it ridiculously loud to annoy you at startup. They set it that loud so you could hear it when you're running.

There is no volume control It is a speaker with a postive and a ground. It's either on or off. You'd hav to go out and find an after market claxion that you can replace the existing one with. This is not a good idea.
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Great advice ss3964spd! Thanks!!
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I work on Thermo King reefer units, when the control panel is open and I am starting I use a piece of electrical tape to cover buzzer.
But wanted to also let you know there are many different types of buzzers that you can change to. I am going to change mine to a chime sound when I find the one I am looking for. Good luck my friend. Hope this helps.
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Thanks Sundancekid and Welcome aboard. Good luck hearing the chime when your running at 100dB your alarm is going off.
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