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coyotewindsurf



Joined: 03 Apr 2006
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

srich wrote:
...Do you van folks tint your windows etc to protect gear? Any light shed on the subject is appreciated.


"Any light shed..." Pretty funny Laughing

The tint on my van is for privacy more than UV protection. It's a cargo van with 2 rear and 2 pass side cargo door windows. It dark enough that you have to get your face right up into it to see what's inside. Even then you can only see what's on the top deck. I think it's an important option.

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higgybaby



Joined: 25 May 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fresh ones are kept on right side and the soiled ones on the left.


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higgybaby



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do you mean, "lazy"?

Come-on, man... unrolling the astroturf took some effort.



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Subtle box-like curves, aggresively styled snout.

ewww-weeee , she's good lookin'.



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:51 am    Post subject: Sprinter Reply with quote

Sweet, you can stand up.
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3-phase



Joined: 26 Jan 2007
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:01 am    Post subject: Car Reply with quote

who drives a Toyota prius and how much Windsurf stuff ( lenght ) can you stick in it? I is it legal to leave the hatch a bit open?

Aloha

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speedysailor



Joined: 11 Sep 2007
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not amazing that so many people will post on a vehicle thread since it seems it's very hard to participate in this sport without one. However, if you can stomac the water in the Charles River, you can sail in the back bay of Boston out of community sailing. Then again, you have to put up with buggers and thieves like Oneup. I wonder, though, can anyone state that they own a vehicle that is horrible for a windsurfer? Even my Pontiac Sunbird carried enough equipment to have a great session. After chosing a windsurfing specific SUV a month ago to replace my totalled Buick Wagon, I really am wondering if that was the right way to go. These larger vehicles seem much harder to maintain. The large wheels are heavier and the 4 wheel drive complicated. Although my boards are lighter now, the additonal roof height makes it another kind of job putting boards on the rack. The mileage also doesn't compare to that I obtained with a sub-compact.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those kinds of oversights are why it takes me a year or two to select a vehicle, and why I try to stay informed to some degree in case I have to buy something on short notice. Both have paid off several times, and vehicle discussions like this are part of that process.

MAJOR example: After a couple of years of kicking RV tires, I heard one sentence that triggered an immediate, doubt-free, and fortunate purchase, possible and valid only because of those two years of casual research. I don't plan on buying another vehicle for another decade, but I still watch these discussions and glance through the car mags now and then.

Ya never know ...

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critter



Joined: 14 Jun 2001
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an Element. Love it. With the passenger seat folded down and both back seats removed (they come out easily), it fits three boards, or four (up to 275 cm long), two booms, three two piece masts , and and the rest of the gear, sails in the box on the roof, oh yeah, and a mountain bike inside as well...can still see out the passenger window and their's just enough room left to climb into the back for a nap (I'm five six). Gas mileage isn't bad - 22-24mpg (highway) with a Yakima box on the roof. It's a deceptively spacious. It's like mini-mini van, only more fun to drive.
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Joined: 06 Jul 2001
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a lot of consideration, I have narrowed it to these
Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and worst case scenario a Dodge/Chrysler Grand Caravan./ T&C, which I don't like from a quality control standpoint, but do offer a good value for the dollar, at least initial purchase.

I think overall one of these will satisify the majority of my requirements.

More snow in the forcast, but have my trainer board/sail rigged for Freestyle practice.

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