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Wouter
07-20-2011, 07:24 AM
I was thinking of a little project before the holidays to get some better footage with a DYI camera mount. After looking around I find the solutions like the trakker and masterline version way to expensive for what they are. The idea is to get something that is both clean looking and fairly easy to make. Here are some renderings of what I was thinking: somewhere b/w the trakker and the masterline camera mount. It would require taking of the knob of my pylon and filing the plastic swivel ring to accomodate a steel plate that would carry the camera. The plate would turn with the plastic ring but also get an "arm" (bent rod?) around the rope to track better. Any suggestions? Does anyone know if the knob at the top of a pylon just twists off? suggestions appreciated

bobx1
07-20-2011, 09:11 AM
This is what Bazooka does:

http://www.bazooka.com/products/marine/Accessories-C39/Ski-Trac-rider-tracking-system-S173/MT-ST-TB2---Ski-Trac-track-bar-P466

I think theirs actually clamps to a tower as opposed to the pylon mount like you have. May give you some more ideas though.

JLeuck64
07-20-2011, 09:26 AM
I really like the idea!

Wouter
07-20-2011, 09:28 AM
thank you. Anyone know if the top knob just twists off?

MIskier
07-20-2011, 09:35 AM
What year is the boat?

Wouter
07-20-2011, 09:48 AM
What year is the boat?

1990 prostar 190

Wouter
07-20-2011, 09:53 AM
Here's the masterline mount I was referring to. Not sure it tracks very well for slalom though... + is discontinued

tph
07-20-2011, 10:54 AM
thank you. Anyone know if the top knob just twists off?

If it's like the '89, the top is attached with a hex head bolt under a plastic plug.

mcskier
07-20-2011, 11:14 AM
Here's the masterline mount I was referring to. Not sure it tracks very well for slalom though... + is discontinued

I use it and it actually works very well.

Wouter
07-20-2011, 11:26 AM
If it's like the '89, the top is attached with a hex head bolt under a plastic plug.

Thanks. Probably is the same

starman205
07-20-2011, 03:21 PM
Not eloquent but it works.

sbuell
07-21-2011, 01:51 PM
Starman205, I've done pretty much the same thing but always had to have someone pan the camera with the skier. I love the paint roller handle upgrade. I will have to remember that one next time.

Emartski10
11-06-2015, 09:01 AM
Did anyone end up using this design?

h_2_o
11-06-2015, 12:13 PM
probably not there is a glaring design flaw with the design. if you take apart the pylon and get the bushing out you will notice it fits tight onto the pylon. It is not there to rotate but rather be a buffer for the rope because the metal on rope is more abrasive than the bushing is. it does not rotate when the skier goes back and forth but just provides a surface with less friction and less abrasiveness for the rope itself. to accomplish what the original poster was looking at doing you would need to not place it on the bushing but instead put a bearing with a tracker for the rope on the top of the pylon instead IMHO. I have looked into doing this just have not had the time yet to do it.

tph
11-06-2015, 07:37 PM
probably not there is a glaring design flaw with the design. if you take apart the pylon and get the bushing out you will notice it fits tight onto the pylon. It is not there to rotate but rather be a buffer for the rope because the metal on rope is more abrasive than the bushing is. it does not rotate when the skier goes back and forth but just provides a surface with less friction and less abrasiveness for the rope itself. to accomplish what the original poster was looking at doing you would need to not place it on the bushing but instead put a bearing with a tracker for the rope on the top of the pylon instead IMHO. I have looked into doing this just have not had the time yet to do it.

The bushing on my '89 pylon moves freely and I'm fairly sure that it does rotate with the ski line. I think that is the objective of the design.

h_2_o
11-06-2015, 11:30 PM
my 89 was tighter than a drum and the 02 i just picked up does not rotate either.

if eric from OJ prop is reading this maybe he could chime in as they made some bushings for a while IIRC

FrankSchwab
11-06-2015, 11:51 PM
It moves on mine also...

paco_06
11-07-2015, 09:39 AM
I saw a homemade mount once made out of PVC. Had long vertical notch that slid around the rope. Buy a cap for the pipe and mount the camera there. Sand it smooth on all the edges for a nice appearance, and even prime and paint for a different color, or you could get plastic conduit if you like gray.

Bwag1961
11-07-2015, 01:10 PM
Is this the one you are referring to?http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/07/30143f6ce80d58bcdff5730055de55bf.jpg

Bwag1961
11-07-2015, 01:17 PM
I also put in a roller ball mount on the inside of the tube to help it pivot freely.http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/07/afbaca0821d0e798a2de7069b1e27022.jpg

Stefan
11-08-2015, 02:50 AM
If you want good picture material you might want to think about something like this:

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

paco_06
11-08-2015, 09:34 AM
Is this the one you are referring to?http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/07/30143f6ce80d58bcdff5730055de55bf.jpg
The one I saw was a little different than that, but that looks like it would do the trick! I think the other was a little taller to reach the larger diameter of the tapered pylon. I do like the roller in the inside!

dtm8119
11-08-2015, 11:56 AM
Have you seen this?

http://theskidoc.com/ski-doc-camera-mount.htm

Pretty affordable - I might give it a try next year.

mikeg205
11-08-2015, 12:44 PM
I have the skidoc.com.. good product.. only a problem until rope gets slack... camera won't track even if a bit slack. Really good for a gopro - but not great for even a mini digital like a JVC Everio