A Few of the Most Important Tools to Keep on Your Yacht at All Times

Written by Recreation Magazine on May 5th, 2017. Posted in Uncategorized

marine partsDid you know that more than 87 million U.S. adults took part in recreational boating in 2014? The numbers are just getting bigger and bigger, and in some cases so are the boats! But no matter the size of your boat or yachts, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared for anything and everything.

Before you even think about buying a boat, you need to be prepared to purchase the necessary marine parts to keep it up and running. Not to mention all of those electrical services that will keep you up and running while you’re on the boat! Here’s a short list of all of the essential tools you need to have on your boat.

Water Leak Detectors
While a leak in your boat isn’t something that should be happening, it’s something you need to be aware of the second it becomes an issue. With water leak detectors, you won’t have to worry about constantly searching for leaks. The second these little electronic devices detect water, they’ll sound a loud whistle to let you know there’s a leak somewhere. In most cases, it will be pretty close to where the water detectors are.

GoPro Camera
Whether you’re a water sports person, a fisher, or even just a casual boater, a GoPro camera is one of the best investments you can possibly make. Take footage of the high seas (or lakes) from anywhere in your boat for an amazing day of footage. You’ll be amazed at just how much goes on around your boat in the open water. You might even be able to see things you never thought you’d see before.

GPS/Tracker
If you don’t have a GPS or a tracker on your boat, you might be in for a world of trouble. It’s one thing to lose sight of the shore on a lake, but out on the ocean, you’re going to have some real issues if you get lost and can’t get a signal out or can’t find your way back to shore. This is an absolutely essential item of yacht engineering that you need to have.

There are a lot of marine parts you might need on a boat, so make sure you have all of these before you set sail!

Hey Pom Poms, You’re So Fine, You’re So Fine You Blow My Mind, Hey Pom Poms!

Written by Recreation Magazine on July 11th, 2016. Posted in Uncategorized

plastic poms pomsCheerleading is a sport that boasts a 100-year history and nearly four million athletes in the United States alone. Aspects of cheerleading can be seen in every part of American culture, from fashion accessories to pop music. But there was one decade in our nation’s past that was more cheerleader-centric than any other. Think big hair, bold prints, power ballads, and MTV. Yep, were talking about the 1980s. Here are some examples of cheerleading throughout this decade of bright color.

Saved By the Bell
Starting in 1989, this sitcom focused on the life and drama of six California students. The show mirrored the trials and tribulations of high school life in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and what high school would be complete without a cheerleading squad? Kelly Kapowski was the It Girl, in large part because she was also the head cheerleader. A flash of those red and white plastic pom poms, and the Bayside spirit filtered into houses worldwide.

Hey Mickey!
With the rise of the music video on MTV, pop artists turned to costumes, characters, props and plots to promote their music through short narrative films. Toni Basil portrayed a cheerleader in one of the first videos to become popular, for her song “Hey Mickey.” With its chanting, cheer-like refrain and Basil’s colorful cheer poms, and her crisp choreography, this video shot to the top of the charts. And as one of the first cultural icons to bring cheerleading into the mainstream, Basil set the stage for cheerleader popularity to come.

The Mall
The 1980s brought the birth of the mall to suburban America. What cheerleader didn’t go to the mall to stock up on pom pom accessories after practice? Stores in the mall were brimming with everything related to cheerleader pom poms, from yarn pom poms on socks, to headbands, roller blades, and jewelry. There was no such thing as having too much!

Jazzercise
It is no secret that cheerleaders are athletes, with 62% of cheerleaders participating in a second sport. In addition, 12% of cheerleaders are dancers, so it is only natural that they would be a part of the 80s Jazzercise era. This fun, boisterous form of exercise was great for all, cheerleaders included!

From plastic pom poms, to custom pom poms, youth pom poms, and metallic cheer poms, Poms4Less is the place to go for any of your pom pom needs! So go get your 1980s on and feel the spirit!

High Speed Cameras Find Many Applications in Research and Industry

Written by Recreation Magazine on April 12th, 2016. Posted in Uncategorized

10000 fps cameraDo you need a digital high speed camera? That depends. If you work in the scientific, military, aerospace, automotive, research, and entertainment industries and need to capture high speed movements for analysis, there’s probably a vision research phantom camera that’s right for you. With a range of slow motion cameras like the phantom flex4k and the 10000 fps camera, there are no limits to their uses in research, manufacturing and entertainment.

From wildlife photography to weather forecasting to industrial parts testing, there’s a ultra high speed camera that’s right for your current project.

Digital and high speed photography 
Digital and high speed photography have transformed photography and expanded its applications in many different directions. Since George Eastman founded the Eastman Kodak Company in 1888, photography has become increasingly popular and accessible. The advent of digital technology, the Internet and social media have taken this even further, and for many people, taking pictures is almost second nature. By 2014, it was reported that digital cameras could be found in almost one third or 31% of all households in the U.S.

High speed photography captures motion on film, with shutter speeds as fast as 1/8000th of a second. The amount of light allowed on the film depends on shutter speed, which is measured in fractions of a second. Shutter speeds can be anywhere from one whole second to 1/1000th of a second. Regular photography uses shutter speeds of 1/125th of a second in sunlight.

High speed film and its applications 
High speed cameras can capture video at speeds of 250 frames per second (fps) and upwards. This allows the camera to record very rapid motion. The film can then be slowed down for analysis of the movement. For instance, one of the earliest applications of high speed photography, as early as 1878, was to film running horses determine if all four feet were in the air at the same time at a gallop. In 1886, Austrian physicist Peter Salcher photographed a supersonic flying bullet.

High speed photography has developed into an engineering tool, which allows scientists, engineers and researchers to visualize and analyze motion. It can capture movements that are too fast to be seen by the the human eye or conventional cameras.

Taking high speed photography further 
High speed photography finds applications in a whole range of industries, including basic research in academic settings, commercial product design and applied research, industrial manufacturing and production, defense, automotive testing, and of course media applications.

New technology makes high speed cameras like the 10000 fps camera accessible in terms of cost. There are many sturdy and portable models available, increasing the number of possible uses. High speed cameras have been used for wildlife photography, analysis of upper atmosphere weather phenomena, studying the impact of space debris on astronaut safety and much else.

The accessibility and versatility of high speed cameras like the 10000 fps camera means that there is no limit to their possible uses. Future developments in the field are expected to focus on electronic imaging with higher resolution and faster frame rates. Smart cameras with powerful software options will continue to revolutionize the technology and its applications.

5 Must-have Items to Always Take on a Fishing Trip

Written by Recreation Magazine on April 6th, 2016. Posted in Uncategorized

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If you are planning to make it big on the show Survivor, it might be a useful skill to learn how to catch a fish with nothing but the hands God gave you. For the other 38 million Americans who actively participate in hunting and fishing, being properly equipped for a fishing trip is the difference between enjoying yourself and coming home empty-handed. It’s a delicate balance to make sure you have all of the supplies you need, but that you aren’t weighed down by clutter that you don’t need. Some of your fishing essentials depend on the environment you’re in and the type of fish you’re hoping to catch, but almost all fishing trips should include this essential list:

  1. Your Fishing License
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service carefully monitors the game and fish populations to keep our delicate ecosystem in balance. Issuing licenses a way of ensuring that there are not too many people reducing wild populations, and that you are not taking marine species that could have a negative impact on the ecosystem. What that means to you is that if you are caught breaking licensing regulations in your area, you’ll be subject to hefty fines. You can obtain a fishing license online or at a tackle shop nearby your fishing destination. Make sure you don’t leave home without it.
  2. Food and Water
    Spending a lot of time in the great outdoors can really zap your energy. Staying hydrated should be one of your greatest priorities. Even if your outing is only going to last between lunch and dinner, make sure you bring plenty of water. Beyond that, don’t let yourself get hungry! Having food on hand will keep the trip enjoyable for yourself and your companions. Being hungry makes a person cranky.
  3. Fishing Gear to Match Your Game
    The basic fishing tools are a fishing rod, a line, and some bait. Everyone knows that at a minimum, you will need that much. The type of fishing sport you are attempting and the type of fish you hope to be eating for supper determines what other gear you will be needing. Unless you’re an expert in the area, it’s a good idea to swing by a local tackle shop and ask what type of fish are biting and what equipment you will need.
  4. A Cooler
    You will need something to store your fish in, so they are fresh when it’s time to eat. If your fishing hole is just a short walk away, you might only need to look for a cooler that is leak proof and provides good insulation. If you take your fishing trips on one of the 16.8 million boats our great country boasts of, you might want to consider a compact storage option like a backpack cooler or insulated bag that can be tucked away until it’s needed.

    You will find that not all coolers are created equally. Having a great cooler is an essential part of being successful. When you’re ready to buy a nice fishing cooler, it’s a good idea to consider the ice retention rate, leakage reviews, capacity per cubic foot, and drainage.
  5. A Recording Device
    Let’s be honest, fishers get a bad rap for exaggerating the size of their catch. When you have the catch of a lifetime, you’re probably going to want to talk about it once or 300 times, and maybe people will be hesitant to believe you because of the tall tales other fishers (not you) have come up with about their impressive catches (once again, not you).

    However, there’s no denying your glory if you have photographic evidence of it. Science tells us that 82% of the time you’ll be fishing with a buddy. If you have a camera handy when you catch that mythical creature that only a fisher at your adept skill level is capable of catching, your co-fisher can snap a picture of your big smile while holding it.

What are your must-haves when you go on a fishing trip? Share your fishing packing tips with us the comment section below!

Packing Adventure Clothing for an Upcoming Camping Trip? Keep These 3 Important Things in Mind

Written by Recreation Magazine on April 1st, 2016. Posted in Uncategorized

adventure clothingCamping is the best way to enjoy the great outdoors, but your dream camping trip can quickly turn into a nightmare if you don’t bring the right type of adventure clothing. Considering the changes in weather and the wide range of activities you’ll be participating in, you’ll need much more than what’s already in your closet to prepare for a camping trip.

A great outdoor store will have all the adventure clothing you need to get the most out of your camping experience. From packing multiple layers to buying clothes that suit your planned activities, you’ll need a litany of different items to have the most fun possible with your friends and family.

Before you ever set foot in a gun shop or fishing shop to pick up equipment, you need to focus on basic camping gear and clothing. Here are three of the most important pieces of adventure gear to look for when you’re planning a camping excursion:

    • Multiple layers
      About 84% of campers participate in multiple outdoor activities, but all of these people would find it impossible to enjoy their planned activities without the right type of clothing. Since you’ll be spending most (if not all) of your time outdoors, you need to be prepared for whatever the weather may bring. As a basic rule, be sure to pack three layers of clothing: a base layer, an insulating layer, and an outer layer.
    • Adventure footwear
      Making sure you have different layers of adventure clothing is crucial, but many people often forget to invest in heavy-duty boots as well. Finding the right footwear is particularly important if you plan on hiking through the forest during your camping trip, which about 38 million people did in 2014 alone. Also, you’ll want specific shoes for water activities, in addition to spiked shoes to trudge through the snow if you’re camping in the winter months.
    • Activity gear
      Hiking gear, hunting gear, fishing gear, and climbing gear are all quite different. Therefore, you need to plan ahead to make sure your equipment and adventure clothing are well-suited for the activities you want to participate in. If you’re going fishing, you should be able to find a fishing vest to hold your hooks and lures in an outdoor shop. Also, hunters will need comfortable goggles to protect their eyes that won’t fog up easily. More than 38 million Americans hunt and fish, and you can be sure that the top anglers and hunters come prepared with the right type of clothing.

If you plan your camping trip just right, you’ll have all the adventure clothing you need to get the most out of your camping trip. Check out a trusted outdoor shop to find all of these things and more. Have fun and happy camping

3 Important Things to Keep in Mind When Shopping for Guns

Written by Recreation Magazine on March 21st, 2016. Posted in Uncategorized

shopping for gunsApproximately 38.05 million people went hiking in 2014, making it one of the most popular activities for many of these campers. However, before you can claim a beautiful 10-point buck — before you even go shopping for guns — you need to invest in the high-quality camping gear on your camping checklist, get your hunting license, and more.

There’s tons of hunting gear to choose from. You would be wise to speak to a sporting goods store’s knowledgeable staff members to determine what adventure gear is right for you. Who knows? You may even find that you prefer archery equipment while shopping for guns, which a trusted sporting goods store can also provide.

But that’s not all. Here are three crucial things to mind when shopping for guns during your next trip to the sports store:

  • First things first: get your license
    More than 38 million Americans hunt and fish, and every single one of these people needs a license to legally participate in these activities. Hunting licenses are not optional, and the penalties for failing to produce your license are severe. Before you even start to browse through the available guns, make sure your permit is in your pocket.
  • Invest in a safe
    Guns are extremely valuable, and you need to protect your investment at all times. After you find the perfect gun for your next camping trip, you should invest in a safe or vault. It is strongly recommended that you use a unique combination for your safe to prevent anyone else from gaining access to it.
  • Practice your aim
    Once you have your license, safe, and gun, it’s time for the fun part: practicing your aim. The best sporting goods stores have a shooting range onsite so you can perfect your craft before your trip. There will be professionals on-hand to guide you through some beginner techniques and teach you the best ways to point your gun.

Americans hunt a combined 228 million days per year, and it’s truly one of the best activities to try during a camping trip. Check out a trusted sporting goods store for all of your hunting needs and make your next camping trip the best one yet.