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kirk



Joined: 10 Apr 2000
Posts: 158

PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:33 pm    Post subject: Stolen Van filled with Windsurfing Gear Reply with quote

Somebody stole my 2009 white Ford E150 van full of my windsurfing gear between 5PM on 11/11/13 and 7AM 11/12/13 right off my driveway in Los Altos!

Please keep an eye open for this gear. Someone selling "Windsurfing poles" online is probably is not a windsurfer.

Boards in Van
2013 JP FSW 111L (brand new)
2011 Real Wind 270 XL - 130L
2007 Mistral Explosion 145L (Still like new)

Sails in Van
4.5 m^2 Sailworks Retro
4.8 m^2 Sailworks Hucker
5.5 m^2 2010 Sailworks Retro
5.6 m^2 2013 Sailworks Hucker (Brand New)
6.5 m^2 2011 Sailworks Retro
7.5 m^2 2010 Sailworks Retro

Masts in Van
400cm Sailworks LipStick
430cm SW JoyStick
460cm North Viper 460_25
460cm Powerex RDM 100
500 CM 100% Carbon Excel

Booms in Van
Maui Sails Wave 140-200cm (for 4.5, 4.8 and 5.5, 5.6 sails)
Maui Sails 170-230cm (dedicated to 6.5 sail)
Fiberspar slalom size (Maui Sails 170-230 worked but this was dedicated to my 7.5)
[dedicated booms save a TON of time for more TOW but at a cost....]

Excel 4/3 Wetsuit
Neoprene Beanie for Head
Excel Windsurfing Booties
Windsurfing Helmet
North Ion Harness (Brand New padded bar)
Dakine Harness with Brand New Reactor Bar

Fins in Van

Fin Fin Type Finbox Type Length Inches
Real Wind Freeride Real Wind 16
Real Wind Freeride Real Wind 15
Real Wind Freeride Real Wind 14
Real Wind Freeride Real Wind 13
Real Wind Freeride Real Wind 12
Real Wind wave Real Wind 9.5
Real Wind (duplicate) wave Real Wind 9.5
Real Wind Thruster pair Thruster 3
Real Wind Thruster pair Thruster 2.375

MFC Maui Fin Co. Move 33 Power Box 13.0
MFC Maui Fin Co. Freewave 340 FPT Power Box 13.4
MFC Maui Fin Co. Liquid Pro CNC 360 Power Box 14.2
Select S10 SLAM Elite Select Power Box 20.9

Misc
500GB Hard Drive (for my computer backups)
Pioneer Navigation Unit
Backup Camera
Power Amp ($500)
Subwoofer
MB Quart Speakers

The fins, bases, extensions... clothing... wetsuit....etc. etc....

I have really good insurance so I think I'll be made whole less my deductible, but it will take hours to account for all the extra fin screws, vent plugs, spare clothes, etc...

Worst thing is I'm missing sailable wind AND I really didn't have the time to do all this work over again to customize a van... the police think it was probably kids wanting a joyride or someone wanting to move stolen merchandise or pot and I'll get the van back in a week or two but who knows about the windsurfing gear.



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meyer



Joined: 14 Jun 2004
Posts: 18

PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi kirk, sorry to hear that you got ripped off. Same thing happened to me about 6 years ago, my truck and all of my windsurf stuff were stolen . Got the truck back after a few weeks, but never heard anything about my boards,sails,masts etc.Where was the truck stolen from? I got ripped off from in front of my house in the Oakland hills. Hope you get lucky and recover your truck and windsurf stuff. G Meyer
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cbknap



Joined: 03 Jun 1997
Posts: 300

PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah what a bummer Kirk esp. after having assembled the perfect quiver and customized your van to carry it. We'll all keep watch. Best of luck!
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
Posts: 14163

PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DAMN!

Please tell us how that insurance thing works out. Past threads indicated that unless each substantial item is listed and paid for on the policy rider, we're out of luck beyond a pitifully small limit.

Mike \m/
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nw30



Joined: 21 Dec 2008
Posts: 1698
Location: The eye of the universe, Cen. Cal. coast

PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dude, I feel your pain!
Hasn't happened to me but I've got a very similar setup as you, and I've had a setup like that for years.
I have had nightmares (usually after OD'ing on pizza and beer) about my van getting stolen. There is always a scene in the dream where I'm on my knees, pleading with the cops, saying "you just don't understand!!!", as they stand there all cool like taking down "just the facts, mam".
That dream so sucks!

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carl



Joined: 25 Feb 1997
Posts: 2484
Location: SF bay area

PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad So sad to hear this Kirk. I hope they catch those guys with the equip still inside. Good thing it happened in the off-season.
Unfortunatly I think they were after the van. I heard receintly that late model F150s are one of THE most stolen vehicles and an E150 is basically the same vehicle with a different body. Probably it's much easier to steal than your neighbor's Mercedes with it's complex security system.
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beaglebuddy



Joined: 10 Feb 2012
Posts: 696

PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Makes me sick Evil or Very Mad
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summertime



Joined: 16 Jun 2006
Posts: 64

PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

so sorry that happened to u. it happened to a formula guy who sails berkeley too. this may not be the time for advice but - steering wheel club- takes one second. and back up the car to the garage door so noone can open the back to pull stuff out. and most stuff is too long to take out the sides. i hope u get your stuff back. thats a lot of nice stuff!
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
Posts: 14163

PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kill switch. Alarm system. Ignition interlock. Parking out of sight in the back yard. Lojac or equivalent. Garage. Fence. Window and parts etching. Complain to the legislature and the public that thieves are not being punished hard enough. Automatic security lights. Driveway motion detectors. Closed circuit camera monitoring. Automatic game cameras. Warning decals. Move to a state that allows you to shoot thieves on sight.

I've done all of those and more at one time and location or another, with the exception of the game cameras; they're next ... and I live in a very quiet, safe neighborhood. Passive protection is very reassuring, and will probably even help.

And, oh yeah ... make sure you close the garage door at night. I've gotten up a couple of mornings to realize I'd left it open all night. Dumbass moves like that can negate almost all precautions.
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Epenrose



Joined: 05 Nov 1997
Posts: 398

PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really sucks to read a post like this.

One positive thing is that people that steal vehicles are pretty low down the criminal chain and hopefully are stupid enough to post the gear on craigslist, will keep a watch out.

Not sure what all the crazy security stuff is in the last post. Lowjack is pretty pointless as thieves dump vehicles in an open area for a couple of days to check if recovered before going to a chop shop, common knowledge in cities.

Best defense for anyone is a simple kill switch off the fuel pump relay with a toggle racing switch, about $12 and is the best deterrent from stopping a hot wiring. Alarm and the rest pretty worthless.

best of luck recovering everything. Hope your home insurance covers all the gear.
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