For Adam Bratvold, the son of the father-and-son team behind Whispering Turbines in Hamilton, Mont., this summer has been extremely busy and will continue that way up until he catches his flight home from the Super Boat International (SBI) Key West World Championships in November.
After running into Bratvold in Missouri at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout last month and then again in California at San Diego Bayfair earlier this month, I had to find out for myself just how hectic Bravtold’s summer had been since I knew Whispering Turbines was also supplying the turbine engines for the Qatar Team’s new 50-foot Mystic Powerboats catamaran along with a couple of other offshore pleasure boats.
“Whispering Turbines has been very busy the last couple of years, not only with the boats and aviation, but also with the oil fields,” said Bratvold, whose father, Tracy, started the business in 1989 with his wife, Cindi. “We’re building a lot of engines for water pumps and frac units and stuff like that. Business has been good and we’re still upholding our great reputation for putting out one of the best products as far as gas turbines are concerned.”