The James Bond Vehicle Library

Buehler Turbocraft Restoration

published 28/8-2008, updated 24/11-2019     by PS


James and Tamera Stewart are in the process of restoring a speedboat from 'Thunderball'. The boat is a Buehler Turbocraft, Domino's speedboat in the Bahamas. The one she is diving from when James Bond fakes engine trouble and gets a lift.

After 40 years in a barn the boat was in a poor shape when James and Tamera received it, and some of the original interior details are lost. They are going to restore every detail as perfectly as possible.

Current status:
The boat is completely disassembled and in the process of each piece being individually restored as shown in the pictures.

Help needed

If you have photos and details that could help James and Tamera in their restoration, please send a mail to BMT 216A, and we will forward the information.

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The motor before teardown and cleaning.

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The motor cover.

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The original emblems.

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The underside rear after the first coat of paint and first wet sand.

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Standing at the back of the top half of the boat.

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More fixing.

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The guys with the boat, ready to paint.

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Paint job started.

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Painting in progress.

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Painting done.

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Ready to flip.


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