This blog is devoted to my John Welsford designed 15' Navigator yawl Ellie. I built her in my garage over a period of 18 months and launched her in 2011. She sports a sliding gunter main, roller furled jib and sprit-boomed mizzen. Her construction is glued-lapstrake over permanent bulkheads and stringers. This blog is a record of her construction and her voyages here in the Puget Sound area and (hopefully) a useful resource for fellow Navigator builders.

Sunday, January 1, 2012


I've managed to destroy many electronic devices due to saltwater exposure over the years.  Cameras.  Cell phones.  I even ruined a "waterproof" floating handheld GPS once.  But mostly cameras.  I've lost count of how many of them I've destroyed.  It's remarkably easy.  Simply use any ordinary, non-waterproof electronic device in a saltwater environment and it'll be history before you know it.

For Christmas my Daughter gave me a waterproof digital pocket HD movie camera.  Not only is it waterproof, it is designed for filming under water to depths up to 3 meters.  It's compact - about the same size and weight as a cell phone.  It records in Hi-Def 1080p (1920x1080 resolution) and records 5mp stills.  It's got image stabilization, and runs for 90 minutes on a charge.  It weighs 5.1 oz, which might be light enough for a kite-cam, which is something I've always wanted to try.

Kodak ZX3. Click for more info

I tested the camera during a fishing trip with a good friend a few days ago and it worked great, even covered in fish slime.  Video looks spectacular when viewed on a HDTV connected to the camera with the supplied HDMI cable.

I'm looking forward to using the camera a lot next summer without having to worry about ruining it.  Thanks, Heather!