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    Camera Mount

    This project was to build a mount for a forward-facing camera for a power boat. The camera mount will attach to the bottom of the roof of the cockpit. The channel detail will be mounted to the bottom of the roof of the cockpit and will support the cables that go to the camera. The purpose of the camera is to provide excellent forward visibility even when the boat occupants are in sub-optimal locations. The first picture shows my friend and customer Ray holding the completed camera mount. It is ready for powder coating.

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    This was mostly a machining project, but I did have one weldment. Unfortunately, the weld maxed out my Miller Dynasty 200 DX welder. The foot was Ύ” x 1” x 4” Aluminum and the channel was 1/8” x 1” x 2”. I used the following parameters for the TIG weld:

    A/C Current output: 200 amps.
    Balance: 70% Electrode Negative
    Frequency: 50 Hz
    Electrode: 3/32” Tri Mix from Arc Zone.
    Shielding Gas: 75% Argon 25% He
    Shielding flow rate: 15 CFH

    Below is picture of one weld and a second picture of the entire 8’ weldment:

    2. Foot welded on
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    The next picture shows the access cover removed to gain access to the cable.

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    And here is the access cover installed.

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    Re: Camera Mount

    This is a picture of the camera mount all done.

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    I used my Bridgeport for most of the work, but I used a router table to make the radii on all of the parts:

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    Here is a view from the camera. (As you can see the boat is still in its winter storage.)

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    Here is a front view of the boat. The camera mount will be installed on the bottom of the roof of the cockpit.

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    Last but not least here is a side view of the boat for perspective.

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    -Don
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    Re: Camera Mount

    Maybe I don't understand how this whole thing is supposed to work, but it looks to me like every component of the project was designed to capture and hold water around the cable.

    Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by timrb View Post
    Maybe I don't understand how this whole thing is supposed to work, but it looks to me like every component of the project was designed to capture and hold water around the cable.

    Tim
    Here is Ray’s response:

    Don, the camera mount and cable tray are going to be mounted on the top of the hard top, not the bottom. So the cable would be protected from the elements. Mostly the sun. The camera
    Will be hanging down.
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    This is the view of my stern camera as seen on my Garmin GPSMAP 7612.

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    The new camera will be viewed in a similar fashion. My iPad or iPhone can connect to this device so I can see the camera image when not at the helm. Also I can change the heading of the auto pilot when trolling.

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    Re: Camera Mount

    Yeah, I'm gonna have to go with the theory that the camera manufacturer probably planned for water exposure, seeing how it was designed for boating. (FLIR-type system?)

    And I'll bet a nickel to a dollar I couldn't slide a gnats a$$-hair between that cord cover plate and the mount.
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    Re: Camera Mount

    In my experience it is often better to make items like this so the water can come and go as it pleases, sometimes trying to seal things up just causes water to get trapped.
    Mike

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    Re: Camera Mount

    Quote Originally Posted by Don52 View Post
    This project was to build a mount for a forward-facing camera for a power boat. The camera mount will attach to the bottom of the roof of the cockpit. The channel detail will be mounted to the bottom of the roof of the cockpit and will support the cables that go to the camera. The purpose of the camera is to provide excellent forward visibility even when the boat occupants are in sub-optimal locations. The first picture shows my friend and customer Ray holding the completed camera mount. It is ready for powder coating.

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    This was mostly a machining project, but I did have one weldment. Unfortunately, the weld maxed out my Miller Dynasty 200 DX welder. The foot was Ύ” x 1” x 4” Aluminum and the channel was 1/8” x 1” x 2”. I used the following parameters for the TIG weld:

    A/C Current output: 200 amps.
    Balance: 70% Electrode Negative
    Frequency: 50 Hz
    Electrode: 3/32” Tri Mix from Arc Zone.
    Shielding Gas: 75% Argon 25% He
    Shielding flow rate: 15 CFH

    Below is picture of one weld and a second picture of the entire 8’ weldment:

    2. Foot welded on
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    3. Entire channel
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    The next picture shows the access cover removed to gain access to the cable.

    4. Access cover removed
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    And here is the access cover installed.

    5. Access cover installed
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    If you clean the aluminum nicely, make sure it is a perfect fit up, you can use Straight polarity DC or DCEN. Do not pay attention to the slag that forms on the weld, just poke the welding rod into the molten puddle cook it in and move slightly forward and repeat. You can weld 1" thick aluminum like that. The bead is small but extremely strong. You have to wait till the heat builds up in part though before you start adding wire. I would suggest a practice piece before you try it on something you have a lot of work in. I have welded hundreds of feet using that technique it is an extremely strong weld, stronger than an AC weld.

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    Re: Camera Mount

    Quote Originally Posted by William McCormick View Post
    If you clean the aluminum nicely, make sure it is a perfect fit up, you can use Straight polarity DC or DCEN. Do not pay attention to the slag that forms on the weld, just poke the welding rod into the molten puddle cook it in and move slightly forward and repeat. You can weld 1" thick aluminum like that. The bead is small but extremely strong. You have to wait till the heat builds up in part though before you start adding wire. I would suggest a practice piece before you try it on something you have a lot of work in. I have welded hundreds of feet using that technique it is an extremely strong weld, stronger than an AC weld.

    Sincerely,

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    Thanks, I will give it a try.

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    Ya think they used stern cameras back in the day??

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmersammm View Post
    Ya think they used stern cameras back in the day??
    What a beautiful boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmersammm View Post


    Ya think they used stern cameras back in the day??
    I was on a 3,400 ton destroyer in the US Navy,, back in the early 1970's,,,
    We had no cameras,, and I do not remember seeing a rear viewing watch person,,
    There may have been one,, but, I hardly ever remember that ship operating in reverse,,, so maybe rear "eyes" were not needed?
    We did have a rear bridge,, and there was usually someone up there. (most of the ships controls were duplicated there)
    Maybe that guy looked back if needed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don52 View Post
    What a beautiful boat.

    -Don
    It's the Morgan https://www.mysticseaport.org/explore/morgan/

    Was one of the first plastic model ships I built as a kid, that's why I remember it.

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    We romanticize the old ships, but if you ever go on one, you see how they lived on those things. I can see why the press gangs had to be.

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    I've looked at some ships logs from that time, and you'd be amazed at how many people went overboard. YOU HAD TO GET ALONG WITH YOUR MATES IN THOSE DAYS, OR YOU'D BE TREADING WATER.

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    Anyways...........I like your work. Sometimes I bust your balz, but it's all for fun.

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    in fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmersammm View Post
    It's the Morgan https://www.mysticseaport.org/explore/morgan/

    Was one of the first plastic model ships I built as a kid, that's why I remember it.
    Thanks for the link. I enjoyed reading about it.

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    And this is what it looks like powder coated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by William McCormick View Post
    If you clean the aluminum nicely, make sure it is a perfect fit up, you can use Straight polarity DC or DCEN. Do not pay attention to the slag that forms on the weld, just poke the welding rod into the molten puddle cook it in and move slightly forward and repeat. You can weld 1" thick aluminum like that. The bead is small but extremely strong. You have to wait till the heat builds up in part though before you start adding wire. I would suggest a practice piece before you try it on something you have a lot of work in. I have welded hundreds of feet using that technique it is an extremely strong weld, stronger than an AC weld.

    Sincerely,

    William McCormick
    Definitely not dc positive, maybe on some thin stuff like 16 gauge. 1/8 tungsten can only handle about 85 amps or so. And on negative you need helium to break the layer on the aluminum that the ac cleans and eats through.

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    I do apologize for insulting your intelligence William! Yes you are right it can be welded on dc- It did weaken the base metal a lot. Very easy to bend after welding, little tricky to get the rod in right tooName:  BA1B797E-F8B5-48E2-A378-A22F80047EC9.jpg
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