Camera holder for Laser

Discussion in 'Laser Talk' started by SailFast13, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. torrid

    torrid Just sailing

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    Has anybody figured out a good bow eye mount for the GoPro? Right now I'm doing electrical tape like Sail4SC, functional but not elegant. I'd like something a little cleaner and solid, but none of the available GoPro mounts look like they would attach to the bow eye.
     
  2. 117300

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    Haha, first post!

    I've been using the GoPro for a long time on my Vago, just bought a Laser this week and am going to get some good mounting points sorted.

    Bow mounted isn't great, you can use the Vented Helmet Strap mount to go round the mast with a couple of adapters, this is good, but only for one tack (but it looks awesome on one tack).

    I'm thinking of using the suction cup mount about 6 inches to one side of the tiller on the transom. Will post video tomorrow most likely if those friendly gelcoaters at my club get the Laser ready to go!

    From the transom gives you such a better idea of what's happening. Bow mounted just means you see the mast instead of the tiller (which coincidentally shouldn't ever be visible beyond the mast ELSE IT'S A BREAK!) - I might have been watching Boat Whisperer DVDs
     
  3. Shrubser

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    I have been following this thread and on Wednesday I made (with a little help form my friend the stainless steel worker) a new boom mount for my GoPro HD Hero Camera. I've posted a link to the results. Now don't even bother to critique my sailing as I'm new to Lasers this year and only stepped into a sailing boat for the first time last year. Anyhow, I'm out again tonight and will have the camera and rig set up so I will take a photo and post it here.

    The movie is put together to show a variety of angles that can be achieved by the boom mounted camera. It's my first attempt. I think it is so much better than a static mount on the transom as you get lots of different angles but are still able to see what's happening on all points of sale thanks to the 170 degree lens.

    The one problem with the deck mounting that I can see is that it is too low to give a good balanced picture. Thanks to the wide angle lens you inevitably get a huge amount of deck in the foreground and a load of sky with a tiny person in the middle of the frame. The bracket for the boom mount is tiny compared to the scaffold for the transom mount, plus you get a lovely low shot from the transom when beating and a great overall view of the boat from the side when reaching or running.

    Any suggestions how to keep the water of the lens?

    GoPro do a great range of mounts and I think the Roll Bar mount will be perfect for mounting on top of the mast.

    Can't wait for some heavier weather!

     
  4. Optophobia

    Optophobia New Member

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    shrubser, your video is set to private :(

    Anyway I have the Waterproof Kodak Play Sport camera which takes fantastic HD video for the price. I just need to make a mount for it.
     
  5. Shrubser

    Shrubser New Member

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    I think that should be it set to public now. Anyway, here are some photographs of the bracket in its almost finished state. The final touch is to drill a hole underneath where the camera sits. This is to accommodate the Tripod Mount (by GoPro) which should make it a bit easier to mount than my current lashing method. Oh, and you will inevitably make a mess of the plastic boom cap when you try to get it off. I've had to do it four times now since the rivets popped out due to corrosion. I can't imagine a new one will cost too much :)

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  6. 117300

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    Ok, so I went out yesterday afternoon in the Laser for the first time yesterday afternoon having sailed a Vago for 9 months or so.

    I mounted the GoPro camera on the transom with the suction cup mount.

    I think static works better than on the boom - (compared to Vago [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5YmppuIEFM&fmt=22"]YouTube- Trapeze Run[/ame] which works well) I don't know that it works so well on the Laser clip above as the mainsheet is in the way.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6C2ak888Ok&fmt=22"]YouTube- First outing in Laser[/ame]


    I think the best mount would be one slightly further back than the transom. I'll work on something.

    I realise lots of things are wrong in the video - missing my windicator quite a lot, and haven't worked out the tell tail on the main yet. Think I need more traveller on too?

    (Anyone who wants to let me know how to embed the videos, that'd be great!)
     
  7. SailNJ

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    I know this thread has been dead for a while but I am planning to buy a GoPro Wide Hero and was wondering what mounting system you got because theres multiple ones and I want to make sure the one I buy will work on the front of the boat where you mounted yours.
     
  8. kyleRYC

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    get the motorsport hero. its got the suction cup wich is great for the boat plus other great mounts that work well on the boat
     
  9. iSail

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    Do you know if the adhesive will be secure and if it will leave marks on the boat? I was thinking about the mount they use around a bar and try to attack that to the eye. I'm not sure what to use yet but the motor sports is another $50 but I can buy the specific mount on http://iceplanter.com/ for $20.
     
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  11. Elessar

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    What I use is a combination of mounts and what is shown in the video. I use one v shaped bar which runs from a traveller fairlead, up above the back of the boat and then back to the other traveller fairlead.

    I secure it onto the boat with a bolt which goes through the fairlead and then a nut on the other side. Then I use a line running from halfway up each side of the bar to the side of the boat (using hooks).

    I secure the GoPro to the bar with THIS, this works by using the right sized bolt through the bar (from underneath), then a nut to stop the bolt rotating and finally the mount with the GoPro on it.

    It works really well and is easy to put on. It doesn't move about when sailing at all.
     
  12. ang

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