9 Important Badminton Basics Beginners Should Learn

Basic badminton skills are important for you to master badminton. If you’re a beginner, you might be asking: “What are the most basic skills should I learn?”

The following are a few important basics a beginner should learn in order to play a decent and casual badminton game (It is arranged according to what you should learn first )

There are many different skills in badminton. However, learn the few skills listed below first, before you master more complex skills such as net plays, smashes, and jump smashes.

1. Gripping

Before stepping into the badminton court, you must know the correct way of holding a racket. If you are not gripping your racket correctly, you are not able to insert maximum power into your badminton strokes. Besides that, you will not be able to perform quality shots.

Basically there are 2 different ways of gripping your racket: Generally known as the forehand grip and backhand grip. Forehand grips are used for forehand strokes whereas backhand grips are for backhand strokes.

You must be able to switch quickly from a forehand grip to a backhand grip and vice-versa, when a game is in play.

2. Footwork

Badminton footwork is important for you to move faster around the badminton court.

Think of this as ‘traveling further with lesser steps’.

Do you think you’ll enjoy your game if you don’t get to hit any shuttles? Well, that’s why organized footwork allows you to move around the court efficiently to retrieve shots. It allows you to reach your opponents shots before it hits the ground.

3. Forehand Stroke

This is a forehand swing motion. If you can hit a good forehand stroke, you will be able to do a badminton clear, drop, and smash.

4. Badminton Clear

Clearing is the most defensive shot in badminton. Badminton clear is a shot where you hit the shuttle high up into the air and lands at the back of your opponent’s court (the baseline). This is defensive because when the shuttle lands around the baseline, your opponent will realize that there is nothing much that he can do to attack.

5. Badminton Drop

Apart from a good defensive shot, learn a semi defensive/offensive shot to win rallies.

A drop shot is done from the back of your court by hitting the shuttle to the front of your opponent’s court. A good badminton drop can be a good killer shot to win a rally. On the other hand, a drop shot can be considered defensive as well, because your opponent can’t do any offensive shots if you hit a good drop.

6. Underarm Strokes

When you get a low shot at the front area of the court, you need to perform an underarm stroke. Underarm strokes are important so that you can return your opponents’ low shots.

7. Backhand Stroke

What if your opponent hits the shuttle to your backhand area? You can choose to position yourself nicely so that you can return the shuttle with a forehand stroke. Alternatively, you can perform a backhand to save yourself. For backhand strokes, adopt the backhand grip.

8. Backhand drop

Many people are not able to perform good backhands. I think a common reason might be because many people cannot switch quickly from a forehand grip to a backhand grip.

Sometimes even when most people are already using a backhand grip, they still can’t perform strong backhands.

As a start, learn the backhand drop. This skill does not involve a lot of strength. If you can perform a correct backhand stroke, this shot should not be a problem at all with a little practice.

9. Backhand Clear

Most people find it difficult to execute this shot. Smart badminton players often love to attack their opponent’s backhand area.

Baseball, A Personal and Biased Perspective

“A hotdog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz” — Humphrey Bogart

I’m not sure just when I became a fan. In truth, I don’t think anyone ever chooses to do it. I don’t think anyone ever woke up on a Saturday morning and said to themselves, “Today is the day I learn something about baseball.” Baseball isn’t like that. Baseball, it seems to me, chooses you.

I know this: most of what I learned about baseball is thanks to my dad. And I suspect that most baseball-loving people over the past 100 years would say the same thing. Baseball is like your great-grandfather’s pocket watch handed down to you with care. A kind of inheritance, if you will, from your father, grandfather, uncle; often – but not always – a male authority figure.

Baseball fans are a unique breed. While your average baseball fan can discuss the finer points of the game in great detail, the real love the sport engenders in the avid fan is not easy to define. If you spend any time around baseball, it seeps into you in a hard-to-explain way. It’s a connecting thread in the linens of one’s life. Somehow, game by game, inning by inning, it gets in your blood, and once you’ve got it there’s no cure. Once really exposed to baseball, it will be, for now and always, a wonderful infection, deeply ingrained in your psyche. If all of this metaphor talk about baseball sounds maudlin or overly-sentimental, you are not a baseball fan. But don’t worry, there’s still hope for you.

My first exposure to baseball, as I mentioned, was thanks to my dad. Specifically, via the games we would go see played by Portland’s minor league team, the Beavers. I suppose I was about eight or nine when I saw my first game. I don’t recall the score or who the opposing team was. Maybe surprisingly, I don’t even remember whether our beloved Beavers won or lost. Being so new to the game, I didn’t understand strikes, balls, outs, steals, or anything else that seemed to be happening in some odd mixture of quiet, deliberate order counterbalanced by sudden, riotous chaos. There were cheers, boos, some running, some dust kicked up, some ball throwing, even some stealing (when my father said that a runner stole 2nd base, I recall pointing out the obvious: “No he didn’t. It’s still there.”)

I didn’t know any of the players, and couldn’t tell the catcher from the mascot. I really had no idea what was going on down there on that huge green and brown expanse. I was a baseball newborn, seeing, hearing, smelling the myriad of sensory experiences unique to this bizarre game for the very first time.

I can only recall aspects of the game that really don’t have anything to do with sports or statistics.

I will never forget my first sight of the baseball outfield as we entered the stadium, almost blindingly green. I remember the foreign bittersweet smell of beer. I remember the loose crackle of peanut shells under foot. I remember the musky smell of sod and moistened dirt, and of course, the tantalizing scent of hotdogs, and salty popcorn. There is a perfume to a baseball stadium, and it can be found nowhere else. I remember the crack of a 33 ounce bat against a five ounce leathery sphere that sounded like a gunshot echoing in the stadium while the players took batting practice before the game. Most of all, I remember the ever-present noise of the fans, like an ocean, sometimes a quiet drone, sometimes a raucous tidal wave of cheers or boos interspersed with yells of “Get your glasses on, ump!” or, “He’s gonna bunt!” or, “Pull that pitcher, he’s done!” None of this made any sense to me whatsoever.

Although I was a small boy, experiencing a hundred utterly alien and weird things on that day over 30 years ago, I was overcome with an unexpected feeling – not of being in an uncomfortable and unfamiliar place, but of being at home.

I know that this experience of mine isn’t unique. In fact it’s almost a cliche. Talk to anyone who loves the game and they will likely have a similar story to tell. But while baseball has not been my life’s passion, my appreciation of the Grand Old Game has reached a point with me where I have no choice but to look a little deeper at this odd phenomenon and explore the game in my own way.

“I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us.” ~Walt Whitman

In 1979, the Pittsburgh Pirates, led by Dave Parker and Willie Stargell, won the National League pennant. Anytime I hear their theme song, “We Are Family,” by Sister Sledge, I can’t help but envision Stargell rounding the bases in his black and yellow Pirate uniform, like some exuberant bumblebee, after one of his famous mammoth home runs.

As it happened, our local minor league team, the Portland Beavers, were the farm team for the Pirates at that time. This resulted in dad and me meeting both Stargell and Parker when they visited Portland during a Beavers exhibition game. Whatever they were like in their personal lives, I remember that Stargell and Parker exhibited all the hallmarks of the gentlemanly demeanor the institution of baseball somehow seems to instill in so many of its stars. And I recall that both of them, while graciously smiling and autographing a nonstop supply of baseballs, seemed to have hands and arms of superheroes, which, in a sense, they really were.

“When they start the game, they don’t yell, “Work ball.” They say, “Play ball.”‘ ~Willie Stargell

It was then – having met some of its legends – that I began to pay attention to baseball. Although I was already a fan of basketball and football, I found myself constantly mesmerized – if not downright confused – by baseball and its intricacies. That seeming contradiction between simplicity and complexity is but one of the enigmas of the game. Baseball is, after all, unique. Let’s remember a few things about baseball that, in my mind anyway, set it apart from other sports.

First, the game is set upon a field arranged in a rather unusual geometric shape. Rather than having a goal of some sort on each end of an elongated field (as most other sports) there is no such goal. No basket, no goal, no net. There is no linear movement from one endzone to the other.

While the specific dimensions and configuration of the lines and bases on the field are constant in major and minor league baseball, the fields themselves can vary in size and shape. The distance from home plate to the center field fence, for example, can vary as much as 35 feet from park to park.

Second, baseball is not a game depending so much on constant action as it is on moments that can unfold in a split second fastball strike, or a single swing that sends a ball over the fence and brings a home crowd to its feet (or leaves them cursing in despair). Once the pitcher fires the ball toward home plate – a journey that takes the ball about half a second – virtually anything can happen. Anything.

Critics of baseball say the game lacks athleticism and hard play. This is a little like complaining that tennis lacks enough slam dunks, or that golf doesn’t involve enough tackling. But as anyone who has played or paid close attention to the game can attest, there’s plenty of physicality in baseball. The power it takes to smack a ball over a fence 410 feet away may only be eclipsed by the sheer superhuman effort it takes to launch a fist-sized hardball into a space the size of a hubcap sixty feet away…at nearly 100 miles an hour…100 times a night…accurately.

Still, say critics, the game is slow, not enough action to satisfy the short attention spans of the modern sports fan. While the criticism seems misplaced to us baseball fans, do the critics have a point? During an average game, how much time elapses during which “something’s happening?”

To get to the bottom of this question, Wall Street Journal reporter David Biderman recently analyzed the amount of time spent in action during an average major league baseball game. “Action,” includes the time it takes for a pitcher to throw the ball, as well as the more obvious time a ball is in the air after a hit, or a player is stealing base, etc. Biderman determined that the average game had about 14 minutes of action in it.

However, as noted by Biderman, the time not spent in action during a game isn’t exactly time wasted. Between pitches, a myriad of decisions and strategic options may be weighed out. Managers may be busy consulting the hitting chart on an opposing batter before he even steps up to the plate. Catchers and pitchers are having a constant silent dialogue regarding what kind of pitch to throw and where to place that pitch, depending on a range of factors. And fielders may shift positions depending on the batter, or the game situation to increase their chances of saving runs. While the casual observer may grow frustrated by “all the standing around,” in baseball, the more involved fan knows that this time spent between pitches is where the real game of baseball is played. In short, there is always “something happening” during a baseball game.

But the critics who persist in impatiently drumming their fingers on their knees and yawning over the “slow pace” of baseball may find it interesting to learn that Biderman also determined the amount of play action during an average professional football game. Just 11 minutes.

While it’s interesting to consider these aspects of time where baseball is concerned, most aficionados know that baseball has far more to do with timing. To the novice fan, baseball looks like a sport centered on the pitcher trying to strike out the batter, and the batter trying to avoid such a fate. But to the trained eye, the battle between pitcher and hitter is one of keen decision-making and split-second timing, and it’s not a simple thing to analyze. Take pitching, for example.

It would take a supercomputer to properly determine the variables in physics involved in throwing a pitch. From the way a pitcher regulates his breath before the pitch, places his feet on the mound, and adjusts his balance, to the grip on the ball, to the wind-up (often looking like a pained contortionist, but carefully developed by each pitcher to maximize velocity and balance), to the release point (the precise moment the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand), and the amount of spin or torque applied to the ball as it is released (the arm swing measured as fast as 5,000 degrees per second!), muscles from neck to toes flexing and releasing, pitching is a perfect symphony of physiological exertion unlike anything seen in other sports.

The speed, movement, and break of a pitch largely determines its success, so the slightest deviant motion or off-balance release can make the difference between a perfectly placed strike or a wild pitch. To master all this, a good baseball pitcher is certainly more than an athlete. He’s part physicist, part sleight-of-hand magician, and part gambler.

Batting is no different. A skilled hitter is a combination of laser-like focus, spring-loaded power, and gymnastic balance at the plate. The position and angle of the bat before the pitch is released, as well as the stance, head angle, and knee bend, can be different from hitter to hitter. And then there is the swing itself. There is, as it turns out, a specific way one is supposed to swing at a pitch. Turning the upper body toward the pitcher as the ball is released, rotating the shoulders, and extending the arms only through the strike zone – not before – while following the ball with your eyes, and throwing the entire weight of your hips, arms, and shoulders into the (hopeful) contact. Got it? Good.

Of course not everyone hits this way and keen observers can recognize some ball players merely by their unique stance at the plate. For an object lesson in contrasts of batting styles among players, observe the differences between Ichiro Suzuki, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Kevin Youkilis, and Alex Pujols at the plate; all outstanding hitters, and yet all possessing radically different batting stances and swings.

Obviously, not everyone cares about such things as whether a hitter is “pulling the ball to left field,” or how a pitcher manages to throw a ball in such a way that the trajectory actually changes in mid-flight. As fascinating as these things are to me, I know that the average sports fan probably doesn’t spend much time thinking about them. Of course many baseball fans are not “average” sports fans. They may never have held a bat in their hands, but they are students of the game and they devour minuscule pieces of baseball data the way mice gobble crumbs.

“Baseball statistics are like a girl in a bikini. They show a lot, but not everything.” ~Toby Harrah

Truthfully, the one element of baseball that was, for a time, off-putting to me is the absolute pervasive worship of The Statistic. Baseball, more than any other sport outside of world economics, maybe, takes statistics very, very seriously. Some have compared the lust for baseball statistics to a drug addiction. It seems that almost nothing can happen during a game – no matter how trivial – that isn’t being meticulously documented by somebody somewhere. We’ve all seen box scores, displaying the runs, hits, and errors, by innings for a given game. Some of us have even looked up things like “lifetime batting average,” for a given player, or “best ERA for a closer since 1955.” But this does not scratch the surface of statistical obsession with which baseball fans preoccupy themselves.

For example, were you aware that on September 5th, 2006, seven teams shut out their opponents? Or that on July 24th, 2006, the Detroit Tigers became the first team in 115 years to score 5 or more runs in the first inning of three consecutive games? Or that only two brothers ended up with the exact same batting average in the same season (Mike and Bob Garbank, in 1944, a.261 average for both). Still awake?

Well, let me let you in on a little secret: you do not need to concern yourself with such trivia in order to thoroughly and genuinely appreciate the game of baseball. But here’s an even deeper secret: the more you watch baseball, the more you will become genuinely fascinated by such seemingly meaningless facts. And you might just learn something in the process. Thanks to baseball, I learned how to calculate a pitchers ERA, a hitter’s batting average, and other (gasp!) mathematical feats.

One of the most compelling aspects of baseball to me is that it’s really a game within a game, within a game. It’s like some sort of fractal image: the closer you look, the more you see. The greater your attention, the more details are revealed. To commit to becoming a student of the game means becoming a kind of archeologist who digs deeper and is rewarded with ever more intriguing information. After more than 30 years of personal appreciation and observation, I am still learning the game. From pitch selection, to situational fielding positions, to the strategy of the batting lineup based on the strengths and weaknesses of the opposing starting pitcher, baseball is a bottomless well of fascination for anyone intrigued by variables, odds, statistics, and just plain luck.

I’ve rambled on about the ins and outs of baseball for some time now. But what is it about this game that really so grabs me as a fan?

I guess the answer to that runs deeper than hits, home runs, and hotdogs. I think the real answer is that baseball delivers something to my life I’ve found nowhere else: A sense of belonging. Belonging to a history, a tradition, a heritage that not only stands the test of time, but also makes time somehow irrelevant. Think about it. This game has been played, essentially the same way, since the Industrial Revolution. Through world wars. Through political upheavals. Through social unrest, and times of economic boom and dark depression. It has served as both a focal point and a distraction for numerous generations. It’s been a touchstone of American history, both reflecting and deflecting the stresses and influences at work outside the ballpark.

And it’s not just an American phenomenon. It’s nearly impossible to find a town of more than a few hundred people anywhere on the planet that doesn’t include a group of kids swinging a stick at a ball, many with dreams of one day knocking a walk-off homerun out of the park in the bottom of the 9th inning of a World Series game 7. (Hey, I still have that dream too!)

“The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love.” ~Bryant Gumbel

Baseball has it’s losers and champions, heroes and goats, its integrity and, yes, its scandals. Like the men who play the game, baseball itself isn’t perfect. But somehow, in some mysterious way, baseball inspires, enthralls, and entertains like no other sport.

As for me, I’m grateful dad took me to that first game. I’m happy to have baseball as a part of my life and education. And I’ve learned more than a few things from baseball over the years. From Babe Ruth, I’ve learned that the mystique of history can endure into the postmodern age. From Jackie Robinson I’ve learned that the power of a man’s spirit and skill can overwhelm the bitterness of prejudice. From Lou Gehrig I learned that we are all ultimately mortal, and yet all capable of performing superhuman feats. From Derek Jeter I learned that you don’t have to be a jerk to win: it’s possible to succeed with both style and grace. From Cal Ripkin Jr. who played a staggering record 2,131 consecutive games, I learned the value of resilience, determination, and guts. From Bill Buckner I learned that major league mistakes don’t change the fact that life goes on. From Yogi Berra I learned that “Baseball is ninety percent mental, the other half is physical.” The list goes on.

What Features Do Developing Basketball Players Need on Their Basketball Hoops?

Available Features on Basketball Hoops:

A basketball hoop can be designed in many different ways. People typically see a basketball hoop as a pole in the ground and a backboard with a rim attached. While this view is generally correct, a lot of basketball hoops today have many features that go beyond this general description. These features are meant to enhance the game and, if understood correctly, can also greatly enhance a player’s personal training. Some of these features include height adjustments, break-away rims, different material backboards, and the size of the backboard.

Basketball Hoops Height Adjustments

While standard height of a basketball system is to have the rim set at 10 ft., most beginning players will find this high of a rim to be very difficult to practice their shot. Many basketball systems have a fixed-height design and so younger players would have no choice but to wait to grow tall and strong enough to have the ball reach the rim. This waiting period wastes many useful years the player could be developing their shot. Because of this problem, many systems today feature height-adjustable rims. Lower-end basketball hoops from Lifetime Products and Spalding feature height adjustments down to a 7.5-ft. high rim.

Other high-end systems like Spalding’s Arena View line, Goalsetter basketball systems, and others can adjust to much lower heights; some systems can even go as low as 5.5 ft. While such a low height is much easier to shoot on, 5.5 ft. is probably not necessary. Most youth recreational leagues start players shooting an a rim height of 7-8 ft. This range makes the players have to work to develop their shot while not crushing their hopes by having the rim too far out of reach. High-end systems that have this range include Mammoth Basketball Hoops, Goalsetter Basketball Systems, and Arena View Basketball Goals.

Break-away Rims

As a basketball player develops their game, particularly male athletes, the rim design will begin to be important. Different rims provide better playability as players reach the age of dunking. Performing a slam dunk does not occur often in younger athletes; but, as a player reaches the High School age, they will likely be able to develop their vertical jump sufficiently to dunk the basketball. At this point in the basketball player’s development, static or stationery rims are likely to be broken and their basketball system is likely to be damaged.

In most high schools, the NCAA, and certainly the NBA, break-away rims are used. The break-away design allows the rim to be slightly displaced out of the mounting mechanism attached to backboard and to snap back into place after the rim is released. This features not only provides greater longevity out of the basketball system, but also provides safety for the player. Were a player to dunk sufficiently hard on a static rim, the rim could be completely torn off the backboard and the player would fall in whichever direction his or her momentum was going. These kind of problems are minimized with a break-away rim.

Basketball Backboard Materials

Different backboard materials will vary greatly in how well the basketball bounces or “rebounds” off of the surface. In increasing order of reboundability, backboard materials would rank as follows: plastic, polycarbonate, acrylic, and then glass. While this difference in rebound may seem trivial to many basketball players, backboard material on basketball hoops can help or hinder a player’s shot development. In particular, a shot that is used often as a player advances his or her skills is the “bank shot.” This shot describes the player shooting at the backboard with the hope of bouncing the ball into the rim. With lower-end materials – like plastic, polycarbonate, and acrylic – the bank shot can become greatly altered if the backboard absorbs the impact of the ball.

Glass, for all intents and purposes, has no absorption of the basketball’s impact; so, a player developing their game will be able to more easily fine tune the bank shot on a glass backboard than a backboard made of the other materials. Amongst the other materials for a backboard, their is not has much difference in quality of rebound. For instance, most players will not be able to recognize the difference between an acrylic rebound and a polycarbonate rebound.

Why the materials are ranked in the order they are above is because the material of the backboard tends to coincide with other features that help stabilize the system. For example, no basketball system currently exists in the market that has a plastic backboard and a square pole, but there are such systems in both polycarbonate and acrylic. No, polycarbonate backboard currently exists on a system with larger than a 4×4 inch square post, but there are such systems with an acrylic backboard. The more stable the basketball hoop is overall, the more stable the backboard will be and the better the rebound will be.

Basketball Hoops’ Backboard Size

Finally, the last thing to be considered in this article will be the size of the backboard. On regulation-sized basketball hoops, the official backboard size is 72″ wide x 42″ high. From this size, many smaller backboard occur on many different systems. Lifetime Products produces a backboard as small as 42 inches wide. Spalding produces a backboard as small as 44 inches wide. Much like the material of the backboard, for advanced players, a bigger backboard is a better backboard.

A larger backboard allows the player to develop a full range of shots they could use in their game. A smaller backboard takes away much of the range of bank shots that could be employed in a game. Most high schools have a regulation-sized backboard and so a player will have a better personal practice the closer their basketball backboard comes to 72 inches wide and 42 inches high.

Basketball Accessories for Basketball Hoops

Many basketball accessories exist to help a player practice on their own. Only a couple will be considered here. One of these accessories is a hoop chute (also called a personal rebounder or a back-atcha chute). This accessory attaches to the bottom of the the rim and functions to direct the ball back to the shooter. This mechanism allows a player to shoot more shots on average for a set period of time than if the player had to rebound their own shot.

The other accessory worth mentioning is a ball cart. A ball cart usually functions to store basketballs when they are not in use; but, for a basketball player practicing by themselves, a basketball cart allows a player to fine tune their range from different locations on the cart by having several basketballs at their disposal to shoot continuously from the same location. Both of these accessories make more efficient use of personal practice time.

Essentials of a Quality Billiard Lamp Or Pool Table Light

Adequate and proper lighting for your billiard table is key if you want to make billiard shots up to caliber. Poor lighting can affect a pool player in a number of ways, including the infamous “shadow casting,” which can distort angles and play tricks on a shooter’s eyes. And of course it might simply be too dark to see. When considering billiard lamps, one must not only consider what is best for the pool table, but what will illuminate the rest of the billiard room, as well.

Billiard table lamps are most commonly anchored to the ceiling right above the center of the billiard table. Your pool table light should be at least three feet above the surface (for a person six feet tall, that is about even with the bridge of your nose) of your billiard table for a couple of reasons. First, you want light to shine evenly across the table. Hanging a pool table lamp too low will cause the billiard table to be lighted unevenly, creating light pockets and shadows. Also, if you are a taller person, you run the risk of smacking your head on the table light during shots. This can be more dangerous than you think, especially if you have a Tiffany billiard lamp or stained glass table lights.

You may choose to hang different sized billiard table lamps in other places in your billiard room, also. The reason behind placing a pool table light directly above the table is to keep shadows from being cast at uneven angles. But billiard lamps come in a ton of different sizes and styles. Usually, a 40 inch billiard lamp, or set of three billiard lights, are used over a billiard table. However, a single, 16 inch, Tiffany billiard table lamp looks nice over a pub table and matching bar stools in an adjacent corner, or a double lamp would light up a small bar nicely without over-illuminating the rest of the billiard room.

Billiard table lamps come in a number of colors, designs, and materials. When buying a billiard lamp, try to find a balance between quality, practicality, aesthetic traits, and cost. Many types of material are available, including plastic, metal, glass, stained glass, Tiffany style, and more. Many lampshade styles are out there to choose from, and different kinds of lighting are available, including incandescent, fluorescent, and so on.

Billiard table lights are usually attached to the ceiling above the pool table. If you have a basement billiard room, attach hooks into the crossbeams on your ceiling. Installation of the pool table light will likely require the use of light tools and a few pieces of hardware. Chains and reinforced steel bolts are commonly used, as chains can be easily adjusted in terms of height and distance. A general understanding of electrical work is not necessarily required, but recommended, as you are playing with electricity. Good luck with finding what you need, and enjoy your billiard room!

Inflatable Boats or Aluminum Boats? Which Kind of Boats Suit Me?

Confuse, confuse, confuse! I am confused! What kind of boats should I buy? Aluminum boats or inflatable boats? Which kind is better? Aluminum boats are good but inflatable boats seem nicer. Arghh… What should I do?

Well, if you are in such situation, the first thing you should do is to keep all your money/credit cards tight in you wallet, and then lock it in your drawer! Do not buy any boat in such confusing situation! Make yourself clear first before taking any action otherwise you will end up regretting on the improper boat you bought.

Choosing the boat kinds is just like choosing yourself a shirt.What will you consider when getting a shirt of your own? Yes, you will properly ask these questions.

o How am I using it?

o Where am I using it?

o Who else is using it?

o How much I afford to spend?

These 4 questions will directly guide you to what you need for sure. You have actually got all the answers within yourself. Calm down and start thinking now.

Basically, there are 2 kinds of boats, hard-sided boats and inflatable boats. Hard-sided boats are built with hard materials and are fixed in features such as aluminum boats. On the other hand, inflatable boats are built with fabrics that could be deflated and inflated at your fancy. Obviously, inflatable boats are more mobile in this case.

1)How am I using my boats?

Every single boat is designed for different activities. Some are even specialized in one purpose. Thus, choosing the boat of your favor depends a lot on the activities you going to do.

Attention No.1: Loading Capacity Of The Boats

Make sure the boat you chose meet the requirement of your activities, especially the requirement of the loading capacity and the flexibility. A big and aluminum boat doesn’t mean that it can carry more as the weight of the boat itself might just have consumed most of the loading capacity. However, the light weight inflatable boats have no such worries. The buoyancy tubes which are inflated with air provide a more efficient loading capacity.

Attention No.2: Multi-function Of The Boat

By the way, some inflatable boats are designed for multipurpose use. Activities such as paddling, sailing, rowing, fishing and cruising just best fitted on inflatable boats. Thus, it’s important for you to make yourself clear, what activities you want to do with your boats. Compare with inflatable boats, aluminum boats do have some limitations, as they are not flexible enough to transform.

2)Where am I using my boats?

Boating on a lake is totally different from boating on the sea. Beware of this statement.

Attention No.3: Materials Of The Boats

Some boats are not designed to cope with the strong UV and the salty water on the sea. Thus the materials of the boats are essential for where you going to use the boats. Sea eagle inflatable boats which built with 1000 denier reinforced material are simply the best whether on sea water or lake water.

Attention No.4: Stability Of The Boats

Besides, stability is another point of consideration. As there are waves in the ocean, a more stable boat and proper keel design are needed to overcome those rough sea water. Buoyancy and materials of a boat play a big role here.

3)Who else is using my boats?

Beside you yourself, who else will be using the boats? It is equally important for you to consider the ability of other users(if any)to control/handle the boats.

Attention No.5: Light Weight Of The Boats

If you have children and they are using the boats too, beware of the weight of the boats. Whether they can launch the boats themselves or not has to be taken in consideration. Inflatable boats are free-and-easy boats. Inflation of the boats is easy with an air pump and the air light weight should not be a problem for children to carry.

Attention No.6: Friendly-user Handling Of The Boats

A lesser power motor boat should be chose for first time boater as lacking of experience will definitely cause difficulties in handling the boats. Just do not forget to take consideration on other user(if any)when choosing a boat.

4)How much I afford to spend on my boats?

The budget is one of the issues here. When come to choose a boat, other than the price of the boat itself, please do not forget about the fee behind the boats. What I mean here is those extra fee such as storage, insurance, fuel&gas, trailers, repairs, lodging, setting up a tow vehicle, ski, licenses, permit and maintenance fee. It will be such an amount of money to take care of a boat.

Attention No.7: Transporting & Storing Cost Of The Boats

However, inflatable boats with the ability to deflate just save up a lot of transporting fee as you can keep the clothes stack size deflated inflatable boats in your car boot. Unlike those aluminum boats, you have to not only deal with trailers and towing machines, but you have to deal with the storage problem as well. Storing an aluminum boat definitely will cost you something.

Attention No.8: Fuel-Consuming Of The Boats

Besides the storing issue, the light weight inflatable boats need lesser power to be moved and as a result, you have just saved up pennies on fuel. Comparing with aluminum boats, a bigger hp engine is needed to move the boats in a way concuming more gas.

Attention No.9: Resale Market Of The Boats

Inflatable boats are considered economical not only because of the cheaper price of the boat itself and its attribution to save, the good residual resale price is just an add-on privilege.

Choosing aluminum boats or inflatable boats is really depends on yourself. Considering on the ‘attention point’ mentioned, you are very clear which kind of boats suit you most. However, I will definitely recommend inflatable boats due to the advantages inflatable boats have. The convenience and all-in-one functions that inflatable boats provide are just unbeatable.