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I was looking for ideas to concoct a GoPro Mount for the back of my boat. I decided to buy a frame umbrella stand, clamp the stand to the back crossbar on my frame and attach a mop handle into the stand. On top I used a roll-bar GoPro mount.

My concerns are if the boat flips and the handle breaks, I could injure others or myself. I bought PVC, but that will break to and it sways. I did try strapping the PVC pipe to the frame with lock pins drilled through the PVC pipe, but it still swayed too much and the straps got in the way.

Any suggestions?





 

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Look for posts by Kazak 4X4. He has a sweet set-up that he's been using for awhile. He rigged up a stern camera tripod. Just don't forget the camera leash in case you do go upside down.
 

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i have a faux pro that I got from Walmart, going to try it on the Smith this year. Probably going to steal one of these designs.
 

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Easy-peasy. Go for 1.5" or 2" PVC, whichever is the right size to go on the outside of the umbrella stand!
If I was to do that I wouldn't be able to secure the PVC pipe on the umbrella stand from hoping up and down. The broom rod actually works just fine. Sturdy and not much sway.
 

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Stern mount go pro stand

I took an NRS lo pro fitting and attach it wherever I might want it. I have a 12 inch (or so) piece of tubing that I pin to the lo pro. Inserted in that is a 2" (?) piece of PVC with a 3/4 (?) inch forced into it to add rigidity and a smaller OD for attaching the go pro mount. Unless you go with a long (high) post it is stiff enough. I also use a lanyard to secure the camera in the event of anything unplanned.

You can see glimpses of my setup on a Selway video on youtube. Search for 'Selway river 2012 Go Pro. Video by LYH Family. Unfortunately most of the video taken was not by my go pro - dead battery for most of the Juice section.
 

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I use a monopod similar to this with the bottom clamp removed to allow for putting into the umbrella stand.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31lRzUZbH7L.jpg

And an umbrella stand like this with a short PVC sleeve inside to take up the slack for the smaller shaft size of the monopod.

https://www.cascadeoutfitters.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=1488&framein=

Then I attach a line from the camera to the frame for safety in a flip or just dropping in the water.
When not in use, you can just collapse the pole.
 

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I use a monopod similar to this with the bottom clamp removed to allow for putting into the umbrella stand.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31lRzUZbH7L.jpg

And an umbrella stand like this with a short PVC sleeve inside to take up the slack for the smaller shaft size of the monopod.

https://www.cascadeoutfitters.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=1488&framein=

Then I attach a line from the camera to the frame for safety in a flip or just dropping in the water.
When not in use, you can just collapse the pole.
How did you secure the monopod within the PVC sleeve?
 

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How did you secure the monopod within the PVC sleeve?
I drilled a hole in the PVC at the same location as the thumb screw on the umbrella stand and the thumb screw presses on the monopod shaft to keep it tight. That also keeps the PVC from sliding out of the umbrella stand.
 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfUgVrM2GTw

Here is the view from my umbrella stand mount. As I mentioned I used a NRS umbrella mount, aluminum mop handle, half a PVC pipe foam cover, duct tape and a roll-bar GoPro mount with a tether.

I wrapped the base of the mop handle that goes into the umbrella stand with foam and duct tape to make up the difference in diameter and stabilize the handle.

GoPro footage is from yesterday on the Middle Fork Flathead River.
 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfUgVrM2GTw

Here is the view from my umbrella stand mount. As I mentioned I used a NRS umbrella mount, aluminum mop handle, half a PVC pipe foam cover, duct tape and a roll-bar GoPro mount with a tether.

I wrapped the base of the mop handle that goes into the umbrella stand with foam and duct tape to make up the difference in diameter and stabilize the handle.

GoPro footage is from yesterday on the Middle Fork Flathead River.
Nice. Any issue with the mount getting in the way of rowing? Banging elbow on it? In the way of the oars? Looks like a good perspective on the camera, you/passenger/river all in the shot.
 

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I just build this for my recent grand trip and it worked like a charm. After this picture was taken, I drilled the bottom and put a hinge pin in so the base could stay there and I could remove the upper pole.

I'm in the process of building another for the bow so I can move the camera easily or run it with two if I have a 2nd someone brings.

I ran 1/2 the trip with the camera on the stern and 1/2 with it on the bow. I prefer the footage from the bow looking back.

It was all built out of 1" pvc and the gp mount uses a standard flat stick on mount that I further screwed to the pvc cap on top of the pole.

Oh - I flipped in House with it and it stayed on perfectly.
 

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