Located 50 miles north of Houston, Texas, is Lake Conroe. Nestled
in the piney woods, it's a hotspot for recreational boating and fishing. When people
on the water suddenly find themselves stuck on a submerged stump or have engine
problems, Captain Gary Lewis of TowBoatUS Lewis Towing & Salvage is ready
with a hawser. And Laborde Products is keeping him up and running with a new
long-lasting, powerful Steyr engine.
Seven years ago, Lewis installed a six-cylinder Steyr MO256H43 diesel
engine into his 19' Holen. PT1 has done everything from search and rescue
response, to towing the 131' paddlewheel Southern Empress, to pushing
construction crane barges.
After an impressive 16,057 hours on the engine, it was time to
repower. The engine had served Lewis well. "It didn't owe anyone anything
when it went down," he said. "There's nothing better than that."
Lewis is repowering with a Steyr SE266E40 from Laborde Products. The
turbocharged and intercooled 3.2L engine produces 260 hp at 4,000 rpm, puts out
an impressive 530 Nm of torque, yet only weighs 750 lbs.
"I've run Deeres, Cummins, Detroits, you name it," said
Lewis. "I'm an old salt captain. I've never had a diesel engine run like
these Steyrs do. There's almost zero vibration. And they're torquey—this one's
hooked up direct drive to a Hamilton 213 jet—man, it will come up out of the
hole! It will literally bust a one-inch tow line, that's how much power it has."
Lewis is impressed with the sales support from Laborde Products. "Everything's
they've told me has been the truth," he noted. "They've done
everything they've said they were going to do—a man can't ask for more than
Since 1998, Laborde Products has been known in the workboat industry
for its wide range of high-quality marine and industrial engines, superior customer
service and extensive parts department. It lives up to its slogan, "right
product, right service, right support."
Laborde Products is the Steyr Motors distributor, offering sales,
service and support, for North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas,
Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana and
Alabama. It also offers Steyr dealer support along the eastern seaboard of
Mexico, from the Texas border to Cancun.
Products, 74257 Hwy 25, Covington, LA 70435. 985-892-0107; Fax: 985-898-5824.