The Straubel Engine Story


| March/April 1998

  • Front of Cabin Top Hatch
    Front of cabin top hatch would open and forward windows hinged to open.
  • Engine  Run with a light whips
    Oiler system worked good. Run engine with a light whips of blue smoke coming out of exhaust port just above water line rear right side.

  • Front of Cabin Top Hatch
  • Engine  Run with a light whips

27 Loon Lake Road Bigfork, Montana 59911

Since the Straubel marine engine story was printed in the July 1997 issue of GEM, I received a letter from Mr. Dick Straubel that his father, Don Straubel (son of Ernest Straubel, one of the founders of the Straubel Machine Company) passed away on May 13, 1997. He was 82 years old. I was going to wait until the article was published in GEM before I sent him an issue. I waited too long. Time waits for no man!

On the brighter side of things, I received a letter from Mr. Richard Eisenreich of Rio Linda, California, asking me to write about his experience with the Straubel engine. So here, in his own words, is his remembrance of the engine.

'I lived the first 20 years of my life in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In 1948, my brother Larry and a friend, John Nugent, acquired a boat called the The Green Bay Kid. She was 23 feet long with an eight foot beam and had a draft of 2 feet. This boat was made in 1929 by the Kidney Boat Works of De Pere, Wisconsin.

'The Greenbay Kid was designed for work having a fan tail two steering wheels, one inside the cabin and one outside. The cabin was large enough to seat 10 people. Being able to steer the boat from inside was really a plus as I put this boat through many a storm in the bay, which at times, can get as rough as Lake Michigan.

'The boat was registered with the Coast Guard, so we had all the same waterway rights as the coal ships that came into Green Bay had.


Gas Engine Magazine A_M 16Gas Engine Magazine is your best source for tractor and stationary gas engine information.  Subscribe and connect with more than 23,000 other gas engine collectors and build your knowledge, share your passion and search for parts, in the publication written by and for gas engine enthusiasts! Gas Engine Magazine brings you: restoration stories, company histories, and technical advice. Plus our Flywheel Forum column helps answer your engine inquiries!

Be sure to take advantage of the Square Deal Subscription Program.

  • No Missed Issues.

  • No Renewal Notices.

  • No Additional Cost.

The Square Deal Subscription Program is designed as a paperless transaction with automatic renewals at a preferred low rate.   With advanced electronic notification, a 100% satisfaction guarantee and an easy opt-out plan, the Square Deal Subscription Program is the best value, risk free, eco-friendliest way to subscribe.

Facebook YouTube