Bought Impulse

Impulse Catalina 22
One of the first photos of Impulse

As just idle speculation, we mentioned to Greg's dad that "if we got a boat, could we park it in their driveway?" After trying to talk us out of it, he then started sending us links to various boats for sale. One of the prime candidates was a boat named Impulse, then on a trailer on Whidbey Island, Washington State. Actually Sandi found this boat first, and sent a link saying "this is more like what we are looking for."

On Saturday, June 14, Greg's dad went out to Whidbey Island and talked to the owner and took about 50 photos. We weren't available that day. The boat seemed in very good shape, unlike a few other that we looked at.

Sandi and Conner on Impulse
Sandi and Conner on Impulse

We went out to Whidbey Island, taking the ferry from Mukilteo. We left being the proud owners of a fine Catalina 22. At the time, our vehicle didn't have a trailer hitch, so we couldn't bring her back with us. We arrange for a friend to bring her home for us.

She came with:

  • A Calkins single axel trailer
  • 6 sails: Two mainsails, a furling jib, a regular jib, a gennaker, and a spinnaker (however, no spinnaker pole)
  • Sail bags
  • A 8 hp Johnson two cycle outboard motor J8SRLESR Rope Start Non-Tilt 20" Shaft 1990
  • A cover for the outboard
  • A Standard Horizon Eclipse DSC GX1000S 25 Watt VHF/FM DSC Marine Transceiver and antenna
  • Good cushions all round
  • Curtains
  • An anchor
  • A paddle
  • Three life vests
  • A type IV horseshoe life ring
  • An emergency kit, with flares, etc.
  • A fire extinguisher
  • An air fog horn
  • Various lines
  • Canvas winch covers
  • Parts for a mast raising system
  • A cover for the cabin when the pop-top is raised
  • Sail Cover
  • Manuals for the boat itself, the motor, the furling jib, the VHF radio, etc.
  • A chart for Puget Sound, and a guide for essential knots
  • A dodger that needs all the vinyl windows replaced
  • A Thetford Sea Farer porta-potti
  • A tiller handle cover 
  • Life lines
  • Forward hatch
  • Pop top

We went immediately to the Department of Licensing place to register it. Although we had the title for the boat, we discovered that we didn't get the title for the trailer. The reason was that it had just been re-issued to the previous owner and was still in the mail. He sent it a few days later and we applied for the title after we received it.

We had done our research on the value of the boat, the trailer, and the other stuff. We had prepared three separate bills of sale: one for the boat, one for the trailer, one for all the other stuff including the outboard. There can be beneficial tax reasons for structuring it like this.