I think this is the topic of conversation on hundreds of boats that I photograph… “Why in the world is that idiot out here in that little boat!”…
Well, I used to work for www.YachtShotsBVI.com
, and my good friend Guy Clothier originally got the idea from Tim Wright, while he was photographing in the BVI.
Now, I photograph a large amount of sailing regattas on the US East Coast. I thrive in heavy wind conditions with wave heights well over my head, miles offshore… and so far, since I’ve been in business (since 2005) have never ruined any equipment… maybe lucky so far. I do admit that in seas over 5ft or so, I slow down to around 8kts while traveling upwind to avoid flying off the top of one wave, just to plow into the next.
I use Nikon D300’s and like slimtim said, I don’t change lenses while on the water. I have a spray guard that covers my camera and my hand to half way up my forearm, the only exposed part of the camera is the front of the lens itself.
I hope that answers your questions. Feel free to check out www.PhotoBoat.com