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 Post subject: Camera Mount
PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:17 am 
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I've tried various mounts for the Drift HD camera I carry on all my Hobie kayaks. While all have worked well, I had different systems on each boat and found myself having to remember to swap pieces back and forth each time I took out a different boat.

It dawned on me yesterday that all Hobie kayaks have molded in rod holders that are nearly identical in diameter and depth. So I decide to mock up something in a rod holder that could be used to mount a camera the same way in every boat. One piece that can be swapped out from boat to boat. Something very simple.

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This is a mock up from simple PVC parts. The main pipe is shimmed with a thick velcro band, which fits very snugly into the rod holder and allows for minute differences from yak to yak. It won't turn or spin, at least not easily. If it works the way I suspect, I'll cook up a molded or machined item that'll be a little cleaner. In the meantime, having one simple mount that can be swapped between any of the Hobie kayaks will save me from having to remember which boat requires which pieces.


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 Post subject: Re: Camera Mount
PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:20 am 
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Tom, I am surprised you don't seem to be using the Drift waterproof casing. Have you ever experienced issues without it, or didn't they have one to fit the earlier model Drift?
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 Post subject: Re: Camera Mount
PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:37 am 
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The camera itself is highly water resistant, although not submersible (waterproof). It has been splashed (heavily), rained on, dunked, etc., etc., for two years and I've never had any trouble.

Now if I wanted to stick it underwater and film that way, I suspect there'd be a problem.


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 Post subject: Re: Camera Mount
PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:55 pm 
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Very clever Tom. I like it, so therefore will most certainly pinch the idea in typical Hobie fashion. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Camera Mount
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:13 am 
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Just do a dry run and make sure that you don't have it so high that the mainsheet line will hit it as it comes across. What you see there in the photo clears with several inches to spare, however.


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 Post subject: Re: Camera Mount
PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:15 pm 
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I tried it today and found the position just a tad low and close. I have some room to spare and will move it out about 3 inches and up about 2. Will still clear the sheet and with the wide angle lens should be enough to open up the view a great deal.

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