Originally Posted by captain58sailin
Unless you video taped the whole incident, start to finish and documented ownership of the container, you would play hell getting compensated for the collision
. While the cargo owner and shipper would be responsible, proving it in a court room would be a whole other animal. It could be done, but the accident
would have to happen where there were 3rd party witnesses etc...
This brings forward an interesting possibility that is already in play in Russia
My understanding is that in Russia
, the cops can be corrupt and the insurance
companies can be very weaselly to avoid paying out on claims. So the habit of continuously recording via a small camera
every second of driving from the viewpoint through the windscreen has become common. I believe you can record
several hours of driving on a tiny device; afterwards, the old files are "re-recorded" with more current
ones. The process stops and starts with the car.
I can easily see this rather simple technology adapted for the cruising sailboat. Imagine a "watch cam" that records the last 24 hours of forward sailing automatically. It could be mounted 3 metres up the mast
, for instance. If the boat hits (or is hit) by debris or derelict cargo/containers, the incident would be captured.
I already have a "rear-view bumper cam" so that I can safely dock
portside from my pilothouse's starboard helm
: it's a simple way to make sure I'm close enough for the crew to jump off with a line. This is simply that sort of deal with waterproofing and a MP3-grade recorder, a 12 VDC supply and some sort of a switch or timer.