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Network ID


Savegame ID


"Killed" by attacks
Oak Wood Planks
Health points

4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)

First appearances

See History

Data values

See Data values


See Data values

A boat is both an item and a vehicle entity.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Boats can be retrieved by attacking them.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Any Wood Planks

Computer and Console Editions only.

Matching Wood Planks +
Wooden Shovel

Pocket Edition and Computer Edition[upcoming] only.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Press the use item button on the boat to mount it. A boat can be exited by pressing the sneak key.

Boats move according to the player's control or water currents. Boats move significantly faster than a player can walk on land or water, but are slower than minecarts. If on land, a boat may still be controlled but extremely slowly.

Boats are controlled by using the forward key to turn it in the direction the player is facing. Boats also respond to the back key, to which the boat moves quickly in the opposite direction the player is facing. When moving fast enough, there will be "water spray" visual effect representing the bow wake.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Boats are entities. They can be pushed around slowly on solid blocks, are easily pushed around by water currents, and always face the direction they last moved. Boats act like solid blocks in that they can sit on top of mobs, items and players, and entities can stay on top of them. When on the ground, they have 0.6 the height of a block. Boats effectively have just over 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) (exactly 4 damage isn't quite enough to destroy it), and regenerate 110 per tick.

Downward flowing water causes boats to be stuck at the bottom. Boats will rise to and bob on the surface of water that is not flowing downward.

If a boat runs into a lily pad or snow layer, the block will be broken. If the boat is traveling at high speed, it may crash.

If a boat runs slowly into another entity, it will bounce off and change direction. Running into a block will merely stop movement.

If the boat is moving quickly enough that splashes are appearing behind it, running into an entity or block will crash the boat. The boat will also crash if it falls to the ground from a height of more than 3 blocks; falling a shorter distance will not crash the boat regardless of speed. A crashed boat is destroyed and drops wood planks and sticks instead of a boat item.

Pocket Edition and Computer Edition 1.9[upcoming][edit | edit source]

Boats in Pocket Edition.

Boats are larger and more resistant to damage. They will not break when colliding with a block, even at max speed. The boats appear as the same color of the wood used to craft them.

When on the ground, they have 0.455 the height of a block.

When the player is in a boat, two buttons for steering appear. The right button steers to the left, the left button steers to the right. Pressing both buttons move forward, while tapping both buttons rapidly accelerates the boat. In the computer edition 1.9[upcoming], this can be achieved simply by pressing the left and right movement buttons.

Boats can support two riders, including mobs. Mobs are 'picked up' by riding a boat near them, and can drive the boat without the aid of the player. Only the player/mob that boarded first can control the boat.

Drops[edit | edit source]

A boat drops its item form when attacked (which covers most damage types that most mobs have). When crashed, however, it drops 3 oak wood planks (the type of wood it is made out of) and 2 sticks.

Data values[edit | edit source]

Entity data[edit | edit source]

See also: Chunk format

Boats have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the entity. Their entity ID is Boat.

ID[edit | edit source]

In 1.9,[upcoming] the different types of boats have distinct names and IDs. In earlier versions, all boats are effectively oak boats.

Type ID Name Numerical ID

Oak Boat
boat 333

Spruce Boat
spruce_boat 444

Birch Boat
birch_boat 445

Jungle Boat
jungle_boat 446

Acacia Boat
acacia_boat 447

Dark Oak Boat
dark_oak_boat 448

History[edit | edit source]

Boats first appeared.
1.6.6 Crashing into soul sand on a boat will kill the player, but keep the boat intact.
1.8 It is possible to score a critical hit against a boat.
Official release
1.3.1 12w15a Boats can be shot out from dispensers.
12w21a Boats will no longer take damage when colliding with lily pads. Instead, the lily pads themselves will break.
12w23a Boats can accelerate to faster than previous speeds, and are now easier to control.
12w27a Boats will now drop their item instead of wood planks and sticks if broken by a player.
1.6.1 ? New boat physics with lower inertia, but left, back and right controls not yet implemented.
Boats will now break when colliding with a few lily pads at higher speeds.
1.7.2 13w36a Can /summon mobs riding boats, though at this point mobs cannot control boats.
13w43a No longer inflict fall damage when running aground - replace existing boats to fix them.
Slightly improved boats being broken by lily pads.
left, back and right controls added again.
Players can now "sprint" in boats, which speeds them up slightly.
1.8 14w06a Mobs riding boats can control them, so that they can chase or flee enemies, move toward food, move about randomly, or whatever they would do on land. The exceptions are the ghast and bat, which cannot control boats.
1.8.2 1.8.2-pre2 Boats can survive crashes at higher speeds.
1.9 15w41a

Boats overhauled. They are now larger, can hold two passengers, and are moved by rowing rather than by the forward button. It also is not destroyed by collisions, and does not suffer as much from client-server desync. There is no longer an option to use the sprint key to speed up the boat. Items in hand may not be used until after the boat has come to a stop.
Crafting recipe changed to require a wooden shovel.
Added variants of all wood types, though only the oak boat can be crafted.
15w42a All types of wooden boats can now be crafted, with the exception of the dark oak boat.
The new boats are comparably fast to the old boats, though with less momentum.
Items are now usable immediately after paddling is stopped.
15w45a The dark oak boat can now be crafted.
15w47b Boats now make a sound when placed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.11.0 September 19, 2014 Tommaso Checchi tweeted a picture of a player riding a boat, stating that the most important thing is to "get the paddling right".
January 26, 2015 Tommaso Checchi tweets a screenshot of multiple riders in a single boat.
February 20, 2015 Tommaso Checchi tweets a screenshot of multiple boats with only mobs in them.
build 1
Added boats. Each wood type has its own respective variant, though they share the same sprite as items.
Boats can support two riders, including passive mobs.
Boats are larger in size.
Are more resistant to crashing against land.
? Hostile mobs are now able to mount boats.[1]
build 12 Projectiles can now be shot from boats.
0.12.1 build 1 Added all boat variants to the creative inventory.

New inventory icons for boats. The sprite now includes paddles and are represent their respective wood color.
0.13.0 build 1 Boats are now slightly faster than sprinting, and will no longer deplete hunger.
Items are now useable immediately after paddling has stopped.
build 3 Boats can now be stacked in the inventory.
Console Edition
TU1 Added boats.
TU12 Increased maximum number of boats in a world to 40.
Boats will now break when it hits land hard.
TU14 Are not broken by lily pads anymore, instead they run straight through the lily pad now, breaking and sometimes dropping it.
When they crash they can sometimes drop themselves.
Are less glitchy and more responsive now.
Increased maximum speed.
When exiting, players will be moved from the boat.
When broken by a player, they drop a boat now.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Boat” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Crashing into soul sand at water level will often (but not always) slow the boat enough that it won't crash.
  • A chest is short enough that a boat will fall onto it rather than crashing into it.
  • Sand, gravel, anvils and dragon eggs drop when they fall onto a boat that is in water.
  • If a mob is stacked on top of a boat in water (such as with the /summon command), the boat can be controlled by that mob.
  • Although you can make a boat with any type of wood, it will drop oak wood if crashed.

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