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11-27-2009 01:18 PM
chris31519 Video tape? I remember that. Pretty much any digital camera will record video to an SD card these are much smaller and lighter, some have remote controls. You should be able to clamp it to the spreaders before you set out, or as was noted make something to run up the sail track or the foresail track (most roller reefings have twin tracks).
Good luck
10-27-2009 02:06 PM
GreatWhite have you seen this

YouTube - Singlehanded sailing kitecam compilation

this was posted on a thread a couple of months ago on sailnet
10-27-2009 05:20 AM
AllThumbs I have been considering this as well. I plan on making a wood camera holder that will get pulled up the backstay using the boom topping lift. Once at the top, the holder needs to be designed to straddle the mast somehow so it stays somewhat steady.

Pulling it up a halyard on it's own will definitely not work.

10-26-2009 10:36 PM
Boasun Pick the lightness person in your crew and send them up to the truck with the camera.
10-26-2009 09:32 PM
Originally Posted by SpcAlan1 View Post
So are there any 'real' ideas on how to video tape from the top of the mast?

Sailors have used sheets, guys, braces and spars to control huge sails in the face of gales for centuries.

A sailor should be able to figure out how to haul a camera aloft and hold it steady.
10-26-2009 06:50 PM
xort Build a hard rig that will run up the sail track. Hoist it with a spare halyard or maybe the topping lift. You will get steadier shots that way.
Also use a very wide angle lens.
10-26-2009 04:09 PM
zz4gta Holding it steady w/o actually mounting it to the mast is goin to be very hard. That mast is moving around a lot more than the rest of the boat.
10-25-2009 05:49 PM
Boasun You could make a special box or harness for your camera and with tag lines to hold it steady you could then hoist it to the truck.
10-25-2009 05:23 PM
SpcAlan1 So are there any 'real' ideas on how to video tape from the top of the mast?
10-25-2009 05:07 PM
Originally Posted by SpcAlan1 View Post
Hmm, sounds scary.. I'll pass on the bosum's chair..

How about a contraption to hold the camera?
You don't have to go all the way to the top. Just to the spreaders.

Wait if you have a jammed halyard you will have to go all the way to the top.
Have fun!!
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