1959 Turbocraft boat add
In 1959 the American entrepreneur John Buehler launched the brand Buehler Turbocraft that initiated a new era of cruising with style. It is the first ever brand to successfully introduce the unique characteristics of the water jet method of propulsion that is quite common nowadays. This new technology allowed the operator of the boat to run in water as shallow as 3 inches without risk of damage to the propulsion device. The instant acceleration, the astounding maneuverability and clean lines of designers such as Virgil Exner instantly caught the imagination of the public.
The brand quickly rose in popularity and became rapidly synonymous with classy design and radical innovation. As a leading boat brand offering top-notch products, Turbocraft became the choice of the rich and famous. Its exclusive clientele included Jackie Kennedy who owned one for waterskiing. Video clips from the Kennedy Administration show John John Kennedy sitting on the lap of President Kennedy behind the wheel of a Jet 35. US Secret service also used Turbocraft boats for its unrivaled performances, ease of use and maintenance. A story even has it that in 1962 Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the USSR, ordered one exemplar to be shipped to him but it was called back mid-flight due to the sudden outburst of the Cuban Missile crisis in October 1962.
From the 1965 James Bond movie "Thunderball", Copyright LLC Danjaq
Groundbreaking technology and distinctive elegance is a cocktail that even M. James Bond himself could not resist to taste. In the 1965 movie “Thunderball” a 19-feet Turbocraft was used for a cameo role of taking Commander Bond back to shore with the beautiful James Bond girl “Domino” Derval.
1963 Turbocraft boat add
Innovative, the brand was also in terms of marketing. To prove its unequaled performance, safety and versality, several boats were sent to run against the powerful rapids of the Colorado River in August 1960, an extraordinary expedition recounted in length in the 1962 National Geographic article “Nine against the River”. One of the Turbocraft advertising proudly showed a test pilot driving his boat over a small peninsula. James Bond was very right when choosing Turbocraft!