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Take the good camera or the back up?

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Take the good camera or the back up?

I have a question about boarding the boats such as Captain Andy's etc as it's been a long time since I went on one. I'll be boarding in May, in Kauai, and again next February, in Maui. I know that usually you have to go through the water to board. No problem, I love the water. But I would really like to take my (better) camera and lense aboard. I'm' just over 5'4"....is it likely to get wet? I suppose the obvious answer is to make sure it's in a waterproof bag but curious if anyone has had any issues?

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1. Re: Take the good camera or the back up?

We went out with Na Nali Explorer on the Explorer II - just stepped on board off the dock at Kikiaola Harbor in Waimea. They had suggested all cameras be in a waterproof housing. The crew took photos the entire trip which we were able to view once back before purchasing the CD. Well worth it for us!

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2. Re: Take the good camera or the back up?

If you are going on the Capt Andy Sailing Catamaran, actually you will be boarding at the warf in Port Allen Harbor.

You meet at their very nice offices there in port allen, and then be escorted for the short walk to the warf and then walk on a boarding ramp onto the vessel...the crew will be there to greet and assist you.

Now.....due to the dynamics of the ocean, there is a posibility, when out at sea , that a wave may board the vessel.

What can happen is that an unexpected large sea can surpirse everyone. The bow of the large catamaran can dip down into the ocean, and a large amount of water is picked up by the trampoline and slug over the deck, and the cabin roof toward the stern of the boat. This can be a very substantial amount of sea water, that can sweep back on the cabin deck, and down into the marine head areas, as well.

Some people might call it a rougue wave, but it can be two waves melding together to make a larger wave.

If not in use, you can stow your camera down below on the shelf that runs across the forward area of the cabin. Regardless , a water proof bag is an excellent idea.

Of course it depends on the time of year and ocean conditions when you are visiting.

Just FYI.

Denny

Edited: 18 March 2012, 23:30
Morro Bay...
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3. Re: Take the good camera or the back up?

Thanks, leaning towards leaving the better camera in the condo and taking the point & shoot. I previously has another,camera stop working in Kauai and never did figure out why..must have gotten moisture inside...yes, looking at Southern Star on this next trip but in May.

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4. Re: Take the good camera or the back up?

We took Captain Andy's Sunset dinner cruise and I took my good camera. I probably took over 200 pictures in a 5 hour period and I have some fabulous photos! I'm so glad I took the better camera and I was never concerned about it getting wet. We were on their large sailing catamaran. I probably would not take it on a inflatible zodiac trip, though. That trip does get everyone very wet!

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5. Re: Take the good camera or the back up?

I can't imagine not taking the "good camera" on a boating outing! Those are our best pics!! Unlike Maui, where we still take the good camera, we didn't wade through the water to board either Capt. Andy's or the Southern Star on Kauai!

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6. Re: Take the good camera or the back up?

If you take the south shore tours no problem in boarding. You don't have to wade through water to board. You'll walk right over the gang plank from the dock to the boat.

The problem isn't boarding. The problem is water from high waves washing up over the boat or just splashing on you and your camera. Do you want to spend the time worrying about the camera? This is just my opinion. I see that others wouldn't be concerned.

Edited: 19 March 2012, 05:18
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7. Re: Take the good camera or the back up?

I took the good camera on the Souther Star, as did many others. There was never a problem on our sail, with camera's getting wet.

You'll have the best photos ever.

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8. Re: Take the good camera or the back up?

I assume the "better" camera is an SLR rather than a P&S. An SLR is a must to shoot at the higher shutter speeds you'll need to account for the constant movement of the boat. Higher shutter speeds has its drawbacks too if lighting conditions aren't ideal so I chose to take a hi res video camera instead when I did the Napali trip.

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9. Re: Take the good camera or the back up?

If your point and shoot has a sports mode, you can use that for the higher shutter speed. Also, choose a higher ISO. As for whether or not to take a DSLR, I take both. We got caught in some pretty heavy rain one time, so I kept my DSLR stored in it's waterproof bag then and used my waterproof P&S. The big advantage I see to the DSLR is for catching whales breeching. Scenics came out great with both cameras.

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10. Re: Take the good camera or the back up?

Take the "GOOD" Camera, we went on the 7 hr Napali Coast & Niihau Super Tour with Holo Holo and like Martik, took a ton of Pictures, be sure and put a polarizer filter on the "Good" Camera lens and you will get great shots of the Spinner dolphins and the color on the Napali coast will POP more with the filter,

just pay attention to the ocean conditions and bring the point and shoot as a back up.