I have a very low tolerance for loud noises due to ear problems. I want to get a 12 or 14-foot aluminum boat and a motor, but I want the motor to be quiet.
How can I determine what type/brand of outboard gas motor would be the quietest? For example, are there any documents online that compare the decibels of various common motors?
I'm flexible on the motor's horsepower. I really couldn't care less about how fast the boat will be -- I just want quiet.
I'm aware there are electric motors on the market that would be very quiet. But from looking online, the cost seems prohibitive, especially here in Canada where things are often overpriced.
I'm not so interested in wearing ear protection when I'm boating. I still want to hear my surroundings while boating.
I'm aware that other kinds of watercraft could be an option. I have a canoe and quite like it. But I find my back gets stiff when sitting in canoes. So I'm interested in an aluminum boat so that I can stand up and stretch.