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01-27-2013 01:23 PM
Fstbttms
Re: Underwater camera for bottom maintenance

Underwater hull maintenance shot with a GoPro Hero 2:


01-27-2013 12:55 PM
boatpoker
Re: Underwater camera for bottom maintenance

This is the best underwater camera I have seen for only $59.99
01-27-2013 12:09 PM
deltaten
Re: Underwater camera for bottom maintenance

Now, just ta get a camera that will clean it fer ya!
01-27-2013 10:33 AM
tibtib
Re: Underwater camera for bottom maintenance

Frogwatch,

I have been using a USB camera for a couple of years. I put it in a clear plastic container (waterproof) and extended the USB cable with about 20' of CAT-5 cable. I have experimented with a couple of LED flashlights for illumination but want to have a more permanent solution by supplying power through the cable. The lighting has to be adjusted a bit to minimize glare. I use 1/2" plastic conduit with a couple of 45-degree elbows to reach the bottom of the boat (easy to set up when the boat is hauled for winter storage) and just plug it into my laptop. It's cheap (the camera was about $10) and especially nice to take a quick look if I think the propeller might have snagged something.
01-26-2013 01:26 AM
Familycruisers
Re: Underwater camera for bottom maintenance

Your excused, but why, did you fart or something?
Just an observation and that Go Pro is a neat piece of kit.
Wireless functionality alone, anyway, back to the thread already in progress.
01-25-2013 09:06 PM
Geoff54
Re: Underwater camera for bottom maintenance

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Originally Posted by Familycruisers View Post
And only 80 bucks more than a GoPro that now has the capability to transmit to your cell, and has numerous mounting options.
Excuse me for passing along the information!
As I see it the weakness of the GOpro is the lack of lights.
01-25-2013 08:35 PM
Familycruisers
Re: Underwater camera for bottom maintenance

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I was just looking for something else and bumped into this underwater camera/light with live video that attaches to a boat hook - not cheap but looks like the exact thing.



Underwater Submersible | Underwater Viewing System | Aquabotix
And only 80 bucks more than a GoPro that now has the capability to transmit to your cell, and has numerous mounting options.
01-25-2013 07:26 PM
Geoff54
Re: Underwater camera for bottom maintenance

I was just looking for something else and bumped into this underwater camera/light with live video that attaches to a boat hook - not cheap but looks like the exact thing.



Underwater Submersible | Underwater Viewing System | Aquabotix
01-25-2013 01:16 AM
Fstbttms
Re: Underwater camera for bottom maintenance

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Maybe combine the GoPro with some bright LEDs and mount it on a long stick with a pressure washer attachment. Then instead of diving to clean bottoms, you could do it from the dock
A pressure washer should never be used underwater on a painted surface. Or a fiberglass one.
01-25-2013 01:15 AM
Fstbttms
Re: Underwater camera for bottom maintenance

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I looked through my files and found the bottom cleaning article, "Do it yourself Bottom Cleaning" by Carolyn Shearlock.
Do-It-Yourself Bottom Cleaning
That should get you to the article. It does assume that you will be in the water doing this job.
A quick glance at the article and the tools the author recommends is all this hull cleaner needs to know that she has zero idea about proper in-water hull cleaning procedures.
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