One of the first DIY projects I completed once obtaining my GoPro Hero2 was this monopod hack. It takes a standard, inexpensive monopod and morphs it into an extendable GoPro boom pole. It works great!
Recently I’ve been working on my rigging to get the boat ready for some warmer weather and the 2013 season. On this list of things to do was another way to mount my GoPro to the kayak that doesn’t require the sometimes unstable mount of using the milk crate. I’m really intrigued by the YakAttack GearTrac and MightyMounts, so I thought I’d give them a try. I picked up a MightyMount and a few MightyBolts, hoping I could use them to build some DIY things for these fantastic mounts.
On a whim yesterday, I removed the rubber chair tip cap from the monopod and tried to slide on a 3/4″ PVC cap that I had laying on my desk. It was a perfect fit! Very snug, maybe even more snug than when slid onto 3/4″ PVC pipe. So, I drilled and tapped the cap for 1/4-20 threads and screwed one of the MightyBolts into it. The result is an extendable boom pole that mounts into GearTrac, MightyMounts, and most other track mount systems on kayaks. To ensure that the cap doesn’t slip, I chose to screw the cap into the monopod rather than glue it to make it easier to remove later should I decide to.
I hope to test this soon. I haven’t even mounted my MightyMount yet! But when I do, this will be the first thing I try!
Yesterday I finally installed my YakAttack MightMount with FullBack. After figuring out where I wanted the mount to be located and verifying that I could reach the area on the inside of the kayak to get the FullBack in place, I began by drilling a small pilot hole in one corner of the mount. After drilling it out to the size I needed, I placed a bolt in that hole, then began drilling the other three holes one at a time, placing a bolt in each completed hole. Everything went together well, though I did have clearance issues for the FullBack based upon the tight location I chose. I was able to make it work, though.
The pictures below show the MightyMount in place with the hacked monopod camera mount in place. I think it’s going to rock!