Britain's land and water speed ace Donald Campbell, accompanied by his wife, tried out the "1961 Dowty Turbocraft" jet speed boat at Ruislip Lido, near London, UK, Dec. 7.
Britain's land and water speed ace Donald Campbell, accompanied by his wife, tried out the "1961 Dowty Turbocraft" jet speed boat at Ruislip Lido, near London, UK, Dec. 7. It was the first time he had been out since his recent near-death crash at Utah Salt Flats, U.S.A., while attempting a new land speed record in "Bluebird."
Basically, the 1961 model consists of an improved version of the 1960 model. A de-luxe model is now available. Both are powered by a Ford "Zephyr" Mark II engine, and they continue to use a reinforced fibreglass hull.
The 1961 models have an entirely new steering mechanism and controls and can seat up to five people. The de-luxe model (speed up to 34 miles an hour) costs GBP1,025; and the cheaper model, with speeds of up to 35 miles an hour, is priced at GBP850. The de-luxe model can be converted to go at speeds of up to 40 miles an hour.
One great advantage of turbocraft propulsion is the elimination of conventional underwater gear. There is no propeller, shaft, strut, rudder or scoops to imperil the safety to bathers and water-skiers. Fishing lines and ropes cannot become fouled. It is thus able to operate at high speeds in water as shallow as four inches.