Didn't recommend this because not everyone has a video camera, and some people freak out when they see video cameras, but are perfectly fine with regular cameras. Also, still cameras are generally smaller than video cameras, and many newer ones have limited video capability as well.
I agree that some people might freak out when they see a video camera. Therefore we always asked the broker politely if it was OK for us to take video film. All of them said OK. A video camera really is helpful. Ours is a very small Sony Handycam with a 80GB of hard drive, it holds somethiing like 3-40 hours of video and takes reaaly good still photographs as well.
Anyway, it worked good for us, we still have all the films of all the boats we looked at.