Mounting a go pro

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  1. sailin in Eire

    sailin in Eire Member

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    i have a go pro hero hd camera and im wondering about the best way to mount it to the bow of my laser.
    im not sure about using the 3m tape provided. any recomendations apreciated
     
  2. 49208

    49208 Tentmaker

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    I used the adhesive mount (can't remember if it was the curved or straight) and added one thru bolt into the bow eye

    If I had to do over again, I would use the tripod mount, with a 1/4 -20 bolt into the bow eye

    In either case this works fine when you are mucking around and don't have to worry about someone looping their mainsheet over the camera (which always seems to happen whenever you have a windex mounted there or off the front of the mast at the start line for example).
     
  3. sailin in Eire

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    thanks man that really helps wasnt sure about the stickey mounts myself
     
  4. sorosz

    sorosz Member

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    I used the flat adhesive mount myself. I put it on the deck just aft of the bow eye so the adhesive would stick on the smooth surface. Seems to work fine but I have a have a small safety line to the bow eye just in case.

    I planned to switch to the tripod mount but stalled out on finding a simple but durable enough c-clamp that I could just clamp to the bow eye instead of drilling the 1/4-so bolt into it.

    Now if anyone could come up with a simple design for mounting it at the back of the boat. . .
     
  5. torrid

    torrid Just sailing

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    This is a situation where pictures would be a great help.
     
  6. Vorpal

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  7. sailin in Eire

    sailin in Eire Member

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    Iv heard of people using the suction cups at the stern but they fall off when a strong wave hits them
     
  8. flaserlover

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    I recently got a gopro for my laser. The best way to mount it onto your boat is to use the suction cup mount (around 30 bucks). You attach the mount right beside the rudder on the back of your boat. WHen you do this, you get some of your footwork, your sail, you, and the boats in front of you into the picture. Make sure to tie on a safety line just incase it does fall off. but it hasn't happened to me or any of my friends who have one.
     
  9. flaserlover

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    PHP:
    this is a screen shot of some video i took with the gopro mounted on the back with a suction cup
     

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  10. Mattcm

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    Tighten up that hiking strap and point those toes :)
     
  11. sorosz

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    I used the self adhesive mount on the bow for a bit but I wasn't thrilled with the angle.

    So I got some 1/4-20 allthread and cut it to about 8" long. I drilled a hole in the top of the bow eye and used a couple nuts to hold it to the boat. At the camera end I used the tripod mount. It works ok and gets a little better angle than the deck mount but it requires a hole in the boweye.

    So for the next option I got the suction cup and tried it on the stern. It was better but the angle was still too low and I wanted to get it up higher. I couldn't find any exyension arms or something similar to buy ready made for a reasonable price so I decided to make my own.

    I took a broken carbon tiller extension and cut it down to 18" long. At each end I epoxied a 1/4-20 bolt with about 3/4" of the thread sticking out.

    Using:
    GoPro Suction Cup Mount
    2 GoPro tripod mounts
    miscellaneous pieces from the GoPro Grab Bag of Mounts
    & the above mentioned cut-down tiller extension

    I made a mount like this.
    gopromount104.JPG gopromount105.JPG gopromount108.JPG gopromount109.JPG gopromount112.JPG

    It took a little work to get the angle right and to attach the guy lines. What I found worked best was to tie the upper guys with a large bowline to the traveller fairleads and from there I ran a line under the gunwale around the stern to each bowline to tighten it up. I tied a loop into the back part and then attached a lower guy to add some stability. gopromount111.JPG gopromount113.JPG gopromount116.JPG gopromount117.JPG gopromount118.JPG
    It worked pretty well through a week of clinic even with capsizes and getting caught with the mainsheet in the occasional bad gybe. Getting all the joints as tight as possible was important as well as taking most of the slack out of the guy lines (a couple early tries had the mount slowly sagging backwards until it dragged in the water). Now that I have it set up I plan to replace the thumb screws on the various pieces with screws to make it a little smoother and have that much less to snag the mainsheet on.

    Here's a screen shot of the resulting view: View attachment SnapShot.bmp
     
  12. harpo

    harpo Member

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    I'm using the "ultra clamp" from here:

    http://www.horizontrue.com/accessories.html

    To hold mine to the bow cleat, pointing backwards. It's remarkably stable there, surviving capsizes in 25+ kts on the San Francisco city front.

    The same site sells fancy auto-leveling mounts and stuff.
     
  13. Pedal-Force

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    That's the best one I've seen. Someone needs to start manufacturing those. I've considered buying a GoPro or similar, both for cycling and sailing. It would be nice to have in cycling races to see where I missed a gap or went wide or something, and I'd use it on the road so that I can have proof when some jackass runs me down.

    I'd definitely buy a mount like that, although considering how often I still catch my mainsheet on the transom, I'm not sure I wouldn't rip that off constantly. Do you give a huge pull on the sheet above the block during a gybe to keep the excess in the boat?
     
  14. parkpark

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    Hi,
    Would mounting a GoPro on the tiller with the 3M tape work? I have seen a YouTube video like this and I like it.(http://www.youtube.com/user/gavalarslade#p/a/u/2/DP140NrP1Lo ) The only thing I am worried about is that I don't know if it would get caught up in the main sheet when I jibe like it sometimes does on the transom. This would probably rip it off and into the water, so I don't know if it would get caught or be fine. I don't want to buy anything like the suction cup but I would like some advice before I get out on the water with it.
    Thanks,
    Parker
     
  15. sailin in Eire

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    to mount mine to the bow i cut out a 'tear' shape from a pice of perspex and stuck the 3m mount to that.

    i then measured up the bow eye screw holes against it and drilled some corisponding holes in it.

    the existing screws in my bow eye wer long enough to hold the bow eye and perspex as the perspex is less then 1cm thick.

    i think it works perfect and there is no movement in it and it survived a capsize no bother.

    http://www.laserforum.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=7455&stc=1&d=1305726173



    http://www.laserforum.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=7456&stc=1&d=1305726173
     

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  17. sailin in Eire

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    the surf mount requires a big smooth surface that is no where on a laser apart from underneath the water line
     
  18. boom vang

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    The deck in front of the mast is not big enough? Since it is designed for surf boards I would think that the adhesive is designed for rough surfaces as surf boards have some sort of grip on the topside


    also building a custom mount that screws in to the bow eye holes would probably be my choice
     
  19. torrid

    torrid Just sailing

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