Thanks for that. This GoPro accessory is perfect for mounting to the top of the mast:
Roll cage mount for tubes 1.4"-2.5"
I got one with this in mind but haven't used it yet due to the difficulty of use way up there atop the mast. An advantage of the mast top mount would be the turn by furl ability.
This is the mount I used on the tent pole. The polemounted GoPro was something I knocked up 5 minutes before we left and I was amazed by the results.
Handlebar/seatpost mount for tubes 0.75"-1.4"
More info on the GoPro mounts here: http://www.goprocamera.com/products/?area=2
But that's OK, I'm not as photogenic as you.
How is that scar coming along?
Thanks Slaughter. You're right about the wideangle reducing the shake.
Any pics of your pole mount? I was trying to find a pic of your aka mount. Is there one?
Your right about eliminating the pole. I think it could be done with a short extension at 90 degrees or so to the pole tip. I was surprised how unobtrusive the pole was though. It was a fluke setup with surprisingly good results considering I thought of it just before we left. The problem with the GoPro is that there is no viewfinder -so accurate framing is hit or miss.
The ideal setup would be to have 4 cameras. One on the tripod, one atop the mast, one on the head and one on the pole. At US$299 each that's not so out of reach, especially when you consider the quality of the video. No wonder these little cameras are so popular.
The bow lines are for a sprayskirt idea I'm working on similar to KBobs but mounted through the PVC pipes I use to make the AI tramps fit.
You are partly right about your Hobie sandbags except I'm not using any sand!
Actually the drybags contain stuff we might need during our trip -like clothing and food. They are all attached to a paddle leash and my wife swaps them to the windward side during tacks.
I was doing the same on our earlier Broughton Island return trip and found it worked well.