Arwen's meanderings

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. My name is Steve and i am the lucky owner of a John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. I built her over three years with the help of my father, father-in-law and two children. She was launched in August 2007 at Queen Anne's battery marina in the barbican area of Plymouth. This blog is a record of our voyages together around SW England.
Arwen has a YouTube channel of her own. Search "plymouthwelshboy".

Saturday, 3 October 2015

How to get video of your boat sailing!

build one of these! Cost just about a tenner. Made of plastic gas pipe and push fittings and a swimming noodle. It floats. It's stable. You can adjust camera position. It doubles as a stable camera stand in the boat or on the deck.

You just have to get over the first hurdle! Throwing it into the water and then watching it drift off! On the other hand, it will certainly sharpen up MOB drill and retrieval won't it!

You can see more here on Kyle Martin's GoPro channel.

I'll let you know how I get on with it! Am in the middle of making one now!


Joel Bergen said...

One way to make this brilliant idea even better would be to add a "picavet suspension" (google it to learn more). It will stabilize the camera while the stand is bobbing on the waves for a much better video. And it would cost next to nothing to add.

steve said...

Now that is even cleverer but I think I'd have to raise the vertical arms slightly. The top cross piece is around 7 inches above the water level but you are right on waves it is certainly going to Bob. I wonder if I raised the vertical s to 12" whether that would upset stability? And would waves break over it more if it were suspended below?
Nice idea Joel. I feel more experimentation coming on

Anonymous said...

What you need is a passenger who's hobby is flying drones!

steve said...

Ha funny you should say that
I'm working on it

Bursledon Blogger said...

Rather than let if drift off you could anchor it on a shot line and sail past, that way you could be sure of background views also.