Ron Gordon, general manager and current vice president, began American Turbine in 1989. Ron’s experience goes back to 1976 with Dominator Jet in Lubbock, Texas. He owned and operated Dominator for 12 years. He sold ownership and stayed on as manager for a short time.

After leaving Dominator, Ron started American Turbine. The American Turbine Jet was designed from a clean sheet of paper. Ideas and improvements that had been proven in the previous years with Dominator were incorporated into American Turbine. His inventions and innovations have made American Turbine’s jets world class. Ron was the original designer of the shouldered wear ring, Max-Flow hand hole cover, and impeller sizes from the “AA” to the “9½”. American Turbine was first to offer High-Performance intakes, High-Flow bowls, and high quality investment cast stainless steel and aluminum impellers. He was also the designer of the Jacuzzi YJ Energizer kit some 30 years ago. Now we also have a Jacuzzi WJ Energizer Kit and the Panther Energizer kit.. Ron designed the High-Flow droop snoot and also the High-Flow straight snoot, and many other industry inovations.

In 1993 Ron sold ownership of American Turbine to Travis  Garske, owner of Travis Pattern & Foundry. TP&F is an aluminum foundry with a full CNC machine shop, 90% of our work is done there, from the casting to a finished part. With this kind of control we can quickly react to customer needs and boating trends. Shortly after moving to the Pacific Northwest we recognized a need to design a jet for welded aluminum boats. We introduced the SD309 early in 1994.
 In 1998 American Turbine purchased the assets of Dominator Jet, which Ron founded in 1976. We began producing the Dominator 12S and the 12TD. The 12S is the favorite of racers around the world, due to its robust construction. In the year 2000 we introduced the SD312 for larger welded aluminum jet boats up to 24 feet and 6,500 pounds. In 2003 we began offering a SD312 for the fiberglass boat market. 2005 was the year we came out with the Split Duct Reverse it offers excellent reverse and low speed control at an affordable price, we offer an SDR kit to upgrade older jets as well.
In 2007 we acquired Legend Jet after some modifications all our existing parts will now fit the Legend housing. We continue to stock OEM Legend parts.

In the Fall of 2007 we started designing the SD231 axial flow jet. Meanwhile  in 2010 while patterns and tooling were being built for the 231 we converted one of our SD312's  into an axial flow jet, it worked so well the SD203 was born which is an axial flow (High Volume) jet. The SD203 is an awesome performer with a stainless steel impeller and SDR reverse standard.

Our largest jet to date the SUPER DUTY SD231 axial flow jet has been shipped all over the world. The SD231 has many features not available on other jets such as 17-4PH stainless steel impeller, billet intake block and grate, hydraulic reverse bucket, and hydraulic trim/ skid plate.

We have the most experienced group of team members in the industry, in June of 2020 Ron will have spend the last 44 years designing and building jet drives. Ron's first experience goes back to 1968 when he changed an impeller on a Berkeley jet. Ron believes as do many that there is no substitute for experience, the team members at American Turbine average 24 plus years of experience each.

If you need help selecting the proper jet, or parts for many other jets, or if you need free advice you can't go wrong with American Turbine. 

Phone: (509) 243-5387 • Fax: (509) 243-5391
3692 Riverside Dr., Clarkston, WA 99403

Top Ten Reasons to Own a Jet Boat

1.  Safety around swimmers no exposed prop.
2.  Shallow water operation (makes rivers longer)
3.  Low cost
4.  Simple operation
5.  Few moving parts
6.  Low cost repair
7.  Ease of operation
8.  Low maintenance
9.  Excellent low speed control
10.Very good fuel economy


Phone: (509) 243-5387
Fax: (509) 243-5391
3692 Riverside Dr.
Clarkston, WA  99403