I might need to do a day's shoot on a boat & looking for suggestions/options for stablization (or perhaps not). It'll be a DV shoot, so my Steadicam JR might do the trick, but I haven't tried it on the water yet. Of course the boat will be either motoring very slowly or not at all (since wind kills the JR). Any experiences to share?
There's a whole long list, and it boils down to conditions, size of boat, your location in the boat, and practically speaking, the availability of equipment wherever you are.
The Kenyon gyro-stabilizer is good for hand-holding in moderate conditions, but panning can be a problem as it needs time to stabilize the move, and it doesn't end a pan smoothly because it wants you to keep panning. Like holding a big bowl of jello.
Another option is a "gimbal head" which mounts on a tripod and compensates for the pitch and yaw inherent in boat movement. Such an item can usually be rented from old-line Hollywood rentals sources like Birns & Sawyer or Alan Gordon Enterprises.