Yes they are... it is impossible to get a recip to compete with a turbine in any way, especially in torque numbers.Originally posted by dyno
the turbines are in a class by themselves....my .02
If you even get close with one, it's a ticking time bomb. People may love the sound of all those thrashing parts, loud exhausts, and supercharger belts whining, but you'll spend a lot more money in the long run keeping one running when compared to a turbine, and still won't ever catch him.
Sun 288 is right- these huge horsepower piston boats are cool, but they rarely run for very long with having to do something to the engines.
You may not believe it, but once you've been around a turbine engine for a while, they are actually a lot easier to maintain. (the ones I work on are hot-sectioned at 2100 hours, overhauled at 4200)