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RearView Cameras

I thought I would pass this along as I use these myself.

As we know a majority of the cameras out are fairly pricey $200 for starters. Unless you are purchasing infra-red - night vision ones, I personally do not find them too advantageous for the casual day sailor. Not everyone can afford the new displays such as Raymarine's E / G series that allow for video inputs.



This is a viable solution. The VR3 camera comes in both wired and wireless forms. Note that the wireless version is susceptible to interference (my experience). While designed for license plates - it can be adapted with some creativity to mount on a stern pole or likes. Maybe you want to view the interior from the cockpit as you have youngin's on board, or do not want to miss the party down below - handy there to. Target sells them for $99.

Easy to install - fair picture quality, and not effected by grime and water...

Just thought I would throw that out there for those looking for some kind of remote monitoring and or rear view capabilities.
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cool idea, but probably better for monitoring exterior of boat than interior, since display is probably not IPX7 rated.
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I have considered something like this to aid me in coming alongside a dock (particularly on portside) when I am helming from the pilothouse. I literally lose sight of my objective about four metres away, which is sometimes tough on the crew if I'm being blown off.
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I have installed two wireless, infrared, cameras. One looking forward and the other looking aft. The view from the cameras can be displayed in the chartreaderprogram (sailcruiser from NavSim). The receiver has 4 channels, so I can change camera by changing channel on the receiver. It is true that if I use my wlan internet connection simultaneously, the pictures are distorted with white lines.
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Way cool; Thanks for the excellent tip. I row and since when rowing you're always going backward, it's hard to see where you're going. This could be perfect for that!
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Or to keep an eye on the TEENAGERS!
Cool! My kids will hate me even more.
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I think I'd like something like that mounted on top of the mast pointing forward, if I were single handing.
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