Visually, the fascinating characteristic of the Turbocraft is the stream of water it throws. Although it drops into the water three or four feet behind the transom under normal running, the stream occasionally forms a rooster tail of spray which can blast back 30 feet or so under the right conditions (one: a full throttle start from dead in the water). Right at the transom opening the jet of water is coming out of the turbine at about 65 mph. If you should happen to be hanging on to the transom behind the jet opening when the driver guns the throttle to wide open, you would feel as if someone had given you a hard kick in the head. However, at speeds up to three or four knots you can hang your head in the jet stream without getting anything more than a stinging washdown. This makes Turbocraft a safer boat for handling water skiers and swimmers than any prop craft could be.
Buehler's Turbocraft Division is now in full swing; it will have 800 Turbocraft on the market by the end of the year (16-footers with choice of several marine engines). Then Buehler will shift to newer models. The first will be an improved 16-footer and a new 18-footer. There will also be a 23-footer in 1960. The boats will sell for about the same as inboards of comparable performance: the savings in construction (no shaft, gears, props or strut problems) cover the cost of the turbine.
Time, of course, is the final arbiter of the worth of a new design. But if the Turbocraft stands up to normal use and wear in the hands of its new owners in the next year or so, the future for propellers in the inboard field may look as dark as Mr. Buehler's future looks bright.