Kaimusailing

s/v Kaimu Wharram Catamaran

Vessel Name: Kaimu
Vessel Make/Model: Wharram Custom
Hailing Port: Norwalk, CT
Crew: Andy and the Kaimu Crew
About: Sailors in the Baltimore, Annapolis, DC area.
24 February 2018 | st marys, ga
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Recent Blog Posts
24 February 2018 | st marys, ga

Drone Photography

The issue of professional photography I ran into last post is probably not an issue. If people take public images off the internet and use them, why not? If you need a photographer to make an advertisement or shoot your wedding, certainly no internet photograph is going to work for you. The professional [...]

19 February 2018 | st marys, ga

Catamaran Launch at St Marys

A time lapse video of the relaunch of Time and Tide, a Fountaine Pajot Antigua catamaran, was uploaded to Flickr at:

12 February 2018 | st marys, ga

Paglia e Fieno

The superfoiler race series from Geelong, Australia happened on their Sunday afternoon, our Saturday evening on the USA East Coast. I managed to fall asleep while napping so I could follow the action from about 10 PM to midnight Saturday. I woke Sunday morning.

09 February 2018 | st marys, ga

More Flying Boats

I don’t know of many people who watch sailboat races, but I am one who will. The Superfoiler series from Down Under is similar to the 18 foot skiff racing. This is a professional sailing series with the boats funded by sponsorship and big name sailors hired as crew. The boats are light, sail on [...]

05 February 2018 | st marys, ga

i60e Action Cam

With my main distraction, the quadcopter drone, out of the way with a burnt battery charger, I had no excuse to malinger. I had an unpleasant task that I was avoiding, sponging out the bilges that were somehow collecting rainwater. It is hard for me to contort myself down under the galley table, under [...]

03 February 2018 | st marys, ga

Claude Diode

The android app that helped me so much is called quadcopter XG simulator. It is free and seems to accurately mimic actual control of a quadcopter.

Georgia Bugs

30 January 2018 | st marys, ga
Capn Andy/chilly winter
I was afraid that the horrible cold of January would continue and give us a much longer and colder winter than ordinary. It has apparently let up, and what feels like mild weather now is more like normal winter weather here at the Georgia/Florida border. Still too cold for epoxy work, or that is the excuse I use.
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My birthday came up suddenly and I received a nice gift from my younger daughter, a stuffed toy that she created and she calls them Puffington Pals. They are cute and everyone smiles when they see it. My older daughter texted me from England about sending me a Gopro Hero camera, but I said I wanted to do a little research on that first. I had been thinking about aerial photography with a drone and a Gopro or similar camera. So I began looking at drones and cameras and what people were using.
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The Gopro Hero is considered the benchmark of action cameras, but the field is jam packed with many many alternatives, and some that are on par or even better than the Gopro. The drone marketplace is also large with many choices. I decided to get a popular drone called MJX Bugs 3. It does not have autonomous flight in any way, it is manual control by the operator only. It also was only $38 dollars with my credit card discount, normally it is about $65 and up.
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In the camera department I looked at the Gopro Session which is the lightest Gopro action camera, so it would be more easily lifted by the drone. There are many You Tube videos of action cameras and comparisons, and even one with the Bugs 3 drone carrying a camera called ThiEYE i60e. I could see the video that was shot by that camera with that drone and I figured I could follow suit. There are comparison videos of the i60e side by side with the Gopro Hero and there's not much to choose from between the two, as shown on compressed You Tube video.
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There are also videos of the high end of aerial photography using expensive and complicated octo-copters and cameras like the Canon EOS (no, mine is older and doesn't shoot video). These are machines with various autonomous flight systems, some maintain altitude, some have separate controls for the copter operator and the photographer. The cameras are configured something like the steadicam, having stabilization and a remote controlled gimbal. The prices for these drones start right at about a thousand dollars and go up to around 15,000. One was an octo-copter with eight twin motors that each had a prop above and below, 16 propellers. It is possible to get reasonably good video from the lower end drones and cameras but the platform won't be as steady and resolution and noise and distortion can creep into the camera's video.
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I ordered the drone on the weekend and it arrived on Monday. It had to be assembled and its battery charged. When the light turned green on the charger is was a green light for me to go out and fly the chopper. It was a warmer or less cold afternoon, so there were more of the yardbirds gathered around the communal area and I put on an air show for them. Some air shows have tragic accidents, explosions, and wrecked aircraft, but this one had commentary disrespectful of the captain and pilot. It was very tricky just to get the thing off the ground, but then it would quickly resist any attempts at control, a wild whirring device with four blades, made in China. Flight time is thankfully limited by the battery expiring after 5-10 minutes. The chopper ended up on the roof once, sliding off to the ground, and only needing to be reset to resume its torture. Don't fly it into those stanchions someone exclaimed as I did just that, and still the little monster was ready for more. It ended up on its back, rotor blades digging the gravel of the boatyard, and finally it was spent, battery warnings coming from the controller and flashing lights on the drone.
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I needed some flight training without wrecking a real aircraft, so I found an app to put on my android phone that would mimic the controls of the drone and I could fly a drone-like icon. When I crashed it, the phone would display, in red, the results of the crash, broken rotors, etc.
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It helped. By my fourth session I could hover the craft and only crash it about a dozen times in 10 minutes. When I was flying it successfully there was no one around to compliment me. The image is from the internet of the drone, but with a different camera.
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