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Texas Marine International, 1981

  • Dubuque, IA

    1981 TMI (Texas Marine International)

  • Designer: Halsey Hershoff
  • Length: LOA 22' LWL 19'
  • Beam: 7.75'
  • Displacement: 3,000 lb.
  • Draft min.: 2,25'
  • Draft max: 4.92'
  • Keel/ swing type with winch
  • Ballast: 775 lb.
  • Rudder: spade type, transom mounted
  • Rig Type: Fractional Sloop
  • Standing rigging newer, sized-up over original
  • Running rigging in good shape, halyards 1 yr. old
  • Topping lift: rope now, in one week it will be wire to rope.
  • Mast, 27' Last year (after many disappointments) I made a successful one-man mast raising system proto-type and it worked. This year I have improved on it. You can see it in last year's video:
  • Boom, 9'
  • Mainsail: 108 sq. ft.
  • Jiffy slab reefing furls main 30% when reefed.
  • 135% Genoa: 99.88 sq. ft.
  • Hank on sail
  • Both sails were shipped to Sail Care for cleaning and re-stitching and they are in very good condition.
  • Winches: 2 single speed Lewmar winches with handles, mounted outboard
  • Sliding Genoa track, port and starboard


  • Depth sounder by Hawkeye with keel offset adjustment, shallow and deep water warning. New item.
  • Transducer is mounted inside the hull, out of the way.
  • Compass is by Ritchie. New.
  • Navigation lighting - all LED
  • Marine radio and antenna that is new in the box, not yet installed.
  • The above also applies to a new-in-box stereo and speakers.

    Outboard: 1981 9.9 H.P. Chrysler Sailor 250, original outboard mated with the boat.

  • Engine controls are all on board in the cockpit with key ignition, electric choke and forward/reverse/throttle.
  • All control cables new
  • Electric harness connecting hull and motor is newer, with a quick disconnect to facilitate set-up, take-down time.
  • 12V Battery power to outboard has cutoff switch in cabin for security purposes.
  • 12V Battery deep cycle marine 1 yr. old.
  • Powerful, adjustable battery charger included.
  • Engine has received regular service and is taken indoors every winter after fogging.
  • Lower end has no leaks, shifts smooth and engine runs solid, gives excellent fuel economy.
  • A new 6 gallon poly tank and supply line feed the outboard.
  • A modified 2 wheel truck holds the outboard well and you can easily transport it to wherever you need.

    Trailer is the original custom EZ Loader setup for this boat.

  • Trails very smooth at highway speeds.
  • New tires were installed last year, both sides.
  • Wheel bearings were serviced this year, new bearing buddies installed.
  • Wiring harness for running lights completely changed out for new
  • Running lights are all new.
  • The main winch for the boat has been replaced with new.
  • There is also a dismountable wire winch used to raise the mast.


  • 2 quarter berths and a main V-berth forward
  • New galley table
  • Built-in Kenyon Pressurized alcohol stove has been re-built operates perfect.

    Electrical: the boat was gutted of old wiring and all new is installed with a circuit panel.

  • Cabin lights are LED. The two ceiling lights switch between white and red for better night vision sailing.
  • One 12V outlet is installed in cabin for general use.
  • New polycarbonate windows and frames have been fabricated and installed.
  • Very leakproof.
  • Porta Potti used 1 week.
  • Fire Extinguisher: new last month
  • Emergency flares
  • Re-chargeable 1,000,000 candlelight spotlight.
  • 5-6 lifejackets, miscellaneous seat padding and cushions
  • Ice Chest
  • All of the bilges and holds are clean and epoxied in a flat gray preceded by the cleaning of each area. The product used was Interlux Interprotect 2000 E. It protects fiberglass from water intrusion and It serves as a primer if you want to paint over.


  • She is a sharp looking boat, the hull is the original gelcoat and there are no signs of blistering.

  • Topsides, I have painted in two areas;
  • 1. Last year I replaced the cockpit floor and decided for the boat to look right I would have to paint the cockpit.
  • 2. During my project I removed all the forward deck fittings, including the mast step and also had to cut off sections of toe rail. Rotten core was located in small areas so I removed everything necessary to do the repairs.
  • After repairing all, there was a lot of epoxy exposed so the boat has a white strip painted around the perimeter to finish the job.
  • 3. Danforth style anchor and additional smaller anchor 160' of rode on main anchor.

    What is a TMI!?

    TMI is an almost unheard-of name although it is a common hull. When Chrysler was bailed out by the government, they had to sell their Marine Division and TMI bought the molds, produced the boat in 1980-1981 before it became Starwind.

  • The TMI is the same bottom hull that the Chrysler 22s have but a lot of improvements were made, providing an up-scaled model from the C22. I should add, the Chrysler C22, TMI 22 and Starwind 22 are all wonderful sailing vessels. Some of the best I've sailed on.

    Summary I fell in love at first sight with the hull design and her lines.

  • That was fall of 2010 and I was nearing retirement; this was the boat I would retire on.
  • I sailed her for a week in 2011 and made a list of things I wanted to repair/change before sailing again.
  • It has taken 7 years and a lot of love to complete that list - with the boat on the hard.
  • I did sail her once last fall to make sure the major keel overhaul went well.
  • She sails with an attitude!

    The downside of all this - and my reason for writing up this add - is that I am now 69 with a wonderful sailboat just drooling to get out there - but I am not in the good health that I used to be and the boat is too much for me to handle alone; which is how I sail.

    Along with the boat come many extras, some I have listed as they came to mind. I can't list them all here. I am in the process of deciding what I want the new owner to have and am trying to make a neat pile.

    For mechanics/inventors.

  • I have several items and just re-called one of them.
  • I designed a way the boat could have an inboard air-cooled propulsion drive with a good alternator.
  • So, in my possession is a new 6.5 HP Predator vertical shaft, air-cooled 4 cycle engine.
  • I also purchased from Ebay a Chrysler lower unit like the one I have. If you are interested I will include these two items in the sale.

    One last item that I do want to mention is that I have acquired original engine overhaul manuals, have a compiled list of instructions to operate the boat and all systems in it.

  • Also, well-documented by photo is every major project I've complete on her.
  • All of this will be passed on to the new owner; some electronically, some in hard copy.

  • Other item with purchase. When I dismantled the safety line system from the boat (for repairs) I put it all in a box because I know different sailors - different preferences - might want it.
  • The stanchions are in great shape,
  • The life lines still have integrity but the outer white coatings are very worn, cracking and you probably need to put on new life lines.

    Thanks for your interest!

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