I would like to start out by saying that I've never hit a bridge.
But bridges, well, we've got 'em. Over rivers. The rivers go up and down. Some of the bridges go up and down. Most of all this is charted. Most of it is correct most of the time. Most of the time, when the bridge tender
raises the bridge, they raise it high enough. But I've had some very close calls involving uncharted obstructions, and I've had some trips that have been unnecessarily delayed until low water
because of unduly pessimistic published clearances.
My next boat
is probably going to have a taller mast
, which makes matters worse.
Then there's powerlines. Their height changes from hour to hour, because they get longer when they get hot, and they get hot under load.
I want to put a video camera
at the top of the mast
. I don't want to install it permanently, because of the hassle involved in wiring
and mounting it, and the fact that cameras kept outdoors have a short life. I want to put a wireless, battery
, on a pig stick so I can run it up a halyard
when I need it.
An alternative I'm considering is a PoE camera on a pig stick, which would then be wired, because sometimes that's less work
than making sure batteries
are charged and the wifi
is paired and so on.
I've done some searching but haven't come up with any prior art.
Advice welcome on rigging
, and on camera selection.
I've experimented with a cheap
action cam I have but it doesn't have sufficient range or picture quality over the wireless link.