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We made History
A pioneer brand

Launched at the end of the fifties the brand was the first ever to successfully introduce the unique characteristics of the water jet propulsion system.
The instant acceleration, the astounding maneuverability and clean lines of designers such as Virgil Exner instantly caught the imagination of the public.
To prove its unequaled performance and safety, nine 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”.

Kennedy, Khrushchev,...

During the sixties the brand quickly rose in popularity and became rapidly synonymous with elegance and innovation. 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 and ease of use.
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.

James Bond himself

Technological innovation and style is a cocktail that even M. James Bond himself could not resist to taste. In the 1965 movie “Thunderball” staring Sean Connery, a 19-feet Turbocraft is used for a cameo role of taking Commander Bond back to shore with the beautiful James Bond girl “Domino” Derval. The boat can be seen numerous times during the movie. After the success of the movie the brand quickly renamed this model Thunderball.

Luxury & Elegance

The mix of groundbreaking technology and distinctive elegance was favoured by many owners during the fifties, sixties and beyond. The luxury style by designers such as the world famous Virgil Exner and the use of the boats by government agencies such as the CIA caught the imagination of the public. An iconic brand was born.