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Boat
Oak Boat JE4 BE2.pngSpruce Boat JE3 BE2.pngBirch Boat JE3 BE2.pngJungle Boat JE3 BE2.pngAcacia Boat JE3 BE2.pngDark Oak Boat JE3 BE2.png
Rarity color

Common

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

No

Flammable item?

Yes

Size

Height: 0.5625 Blocks
Width: 1.375 Blocks

Network ID

JE: 1

A boat is both an item and a vehicle entity used primarily for fast transport of players and passenger mobs over bodies of water.

Obtaining[edit]

Boats can be retrieved by repeatedly attacking them until they drop as an item. Tools and weapons with damage above 4 can instantly destroy a boat in one swipe.

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Matching Overworld Planks

[Java Edition only]
Matching Overworld Planks +
Wooden Shovel

[Bedrock and Education editions only]

Usage[edit]

Boats can be used for the transportations of players and mobs, sold for emeralds, or burned as fuel.

Trading[edit]

Master-level fisherman villagers always offer to buy a boat for an emerald. The type of boat depends on the biome outfit type of the villager; plains villagers offer to buy oak boats, taiga and snowy villagers offer to buy spruce boats, savanna villagers offer to buy acacia boats, desert and jungle villagers offer to buy jungle boats, and swamp villagers offer to buy dark oak boats.

Fuel[edit]

When used as fuel in a furnace, a boat lasts 60 seconds, smelting up to 6 items.

Transportation[edit]

Entering[edit]

The animation of an oak boat when atop a bubble column.

A player enters a boat by using it, if the boat is not fully occupied (boats can hold two entities). Unlike beds, there is no message above the hotbar for attempting to enter a fully occupied boat.[1]

Exiting[edit]

A boat can be exited by sneaking, pressing down the right analog stick on a controller, tapping the "Leave Boat" button when using touch controls, or jumping. When exiting a boat, the player is placed in the direction the player is facing, or, if facing directly up or down, the player is placed in front of the boat. The exiting player is placed on land if that is possible from the dismounting position.

Motion[edit]

Boats do not turn with mouse-look.

With a keyboard or gamepad, boats are controlled using the forward, left (turns left), right (turns right), and backward keys. Using the sprint key increases the field of vision, but does not increase speed as if sprinting.

With touchscreen controls, two buttons for steering appear. The right button or key steers to the left, and the left button or key steers to the right. Pressing both buttons moves the boat forward.

Behavior[edit]

Multiple entities in each boat.

Speed[edit]

Boats move according to the player's control or water currents, with speed affected by the surface traversed. Boats move extremely quickly on ice, allowing for the construction of fast transportation systems in any dimension.

Substance Speed
Water 8.0 m/s 28.8 km/h
Ice, Frosted Ice, Packed Ice 40.0 m/s 144.0 km/h
Blue Ice 70.0 m/s 252.0 km/h
Land 2.0 m/s 7.2 km/h

Floatation[edit]

A boat floats unless it enters a waterfall or moves over a bubble column, which cause boats to capsize or sink.

When a boat moves over a bubble column, it begins to shake. If the bubbles are caused by a magma block, all passengers are expelled and the boat sinks. A sunken boat floats only when it has been destroyed and replaced, or when it emerges from the currents keeping it down.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Destruction[edit]

As boats are entities, they have health. Boats effectively have just over 4♥♥ (exactly 4 damage is not quite enough to destroy a boat), and regenerate 110 per tick.

Boats can be destroyed by explosions, fire and lava (but not magma blocks), and by being attacked.

When a boat is destroyed it drops itself in item form.

Passengers[edit]

Boats can support two riders, including mobs. Mobs cannot exit a boat and are trapped until the boat gets destroyed, or until the player uses a fishing rod or lead to remove the mob. This can be used to easily transport mobs, although hostile mobs still attack while in boats.

A player cannot both move (row) and use items at the same time. Note that it is still possible to initialise an item use (e.g. start eating) and row the boat while the item is still in the middle of the use animation. Although the boating animation overrides the item use animation, the item can still be successfully consumed. Does not work with items that are triggered by the release of the use button (e.g. bow, trident).‌[Java Edition only]

In Java Edition, boats can completely nullify fall damage for itself and any players/mobs riding it, making it useful for transportation/travel through mountains or through the Nether. This does not work in Bedrock Edition, however: while the boat survives, its occupants still receive fall damage.

Riding a boat does not deplete hunger, making it an efficient way to travel.

Being in a boat limits the player's mouse-look to the forward 210° arc.

Collision[edit]

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

Riding a boat over a lily pad causes the lily pad to drop, although the boat speed stutters a bit.

Game Edition Differences[edit]

Java Edition
  • When moving fast enough, a "water spray" visual effect represents the bow wake.
  • A sunken boat is sunk forever, unable to be retrieved until it is broken by the player.
  • For mobs to enter a boat, they must be on the side of the boat. A mob cannot control the boat.
Bedrock Edition
  • A sunken boat resumes floating when it emerges from the current or the waterfall that was keeping it down.
  • Boats emit smoke when destroyed.
  • Mobs can be 'picked up' by riding a boat near them, and a mob can drive the boat without the aid of the player.

Sounds[edit]

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Sound parameters
VolumePitchAttenuation
distance
StreamPreload
Rowing? Plays when riding boat on landentity.boat.paddle_landsubtitles.entity.boat.paddle_land? ? 16?????
Rowing? Plays when riding boat on waterentity.boat.paddle_watersubtitles.entity.boat.paddle_water0.8? 16?????

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

BoatNamespaced IDItem tags (JE)Translation key
Oak itemoak_boat boatsitem.minecraft.oak_boat
Spruce itemspruce_boat boatsitem.minecraft.spruce_boat
Birch itembirch_boat boatsitem.minecraft.birch_boat
Jungle itemjungle_boat boatsitem.minecraft.jungle_boat
Acacia itemacacia_boat boatsitem.minecraft.acacia_boat
Dark Oak itemdark_oak_boat boatsitem.minecraft.dark_oak_boat
BoatNamespaced IDTranslation key
Entityboat entity.minecraft.boat

Bedrock Edition:

BoatNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Itemboat 333item.boat.oak.name
item.boat.spruce.name
item.boat.birch.name
item.boat.jungle.name
item.boat.acacia.name
item.boat.big_oak.name
BoatNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Entityboat 90entity.boat.name

Item data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, boats use the following data values:

Boat Data value
Oak 0
Spruce 1
Birch 2
Jungle 3
Acacia 4
Dark Oak 5

Entity data[edit]

Boats have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the entity.

History[edit]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.6Oak Boat JE1.png
Oak Boat (item) JE1.png Added boats.
Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseIt is now possible to score a critical hit against a boat.
Java Edition
1.3.112w15aBoats can now be shot out from dispensers.
1.3Oak Boat (item) JE2 BE1.png The texture of the oak boat item has been changed.
12w21aBoats no longer take damage when colliding with lily pads. Instead, the lily pads themselves break.
12w23aBoats can now accelerate to faster than previous speeds, and are now easier to control.
12w27aBoats now drop their item instead of 3 wood planks and 2 sticks if broken by a player.
1.6.1?New boat physics with lower inertia, but left, back and right controls have been removed.
Boats now take damage and break when colliding with many lily pads in a short time.
1.7.213w36aPlayers can now /summon mobs riding boats, though mobs cannot control boats.
13w43aBoats no longer inflict fall damage when running aground.
Boats being broken by lily pads has been slightly improved.
Left, back and right controls added again.
1.814w06aMobs riding boats can now 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, both of which cannot control boats.
1.8.2pre2Boats can now survive crashes at higher speeds.
?Boats no longer break snow layers they run into.
1.915w41aOak Boat JE2 BE1.png Spruce Boat JE1 BE1.png Birch Boat JE1 BE1.png Jungle Boat JE1 BE1.png Acacia Boat JE1 BE1.png Dark Oak Boat JE1 BE1.png

Oak Boat (item) JE3 BE2.png Spruce Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png Birch Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png Jungle Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png Acacia Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png Dark Oak Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png Boats have been overhauled to match the boats from Pocket Edition Alpha 0.11.0. They now have oars for paddling and are more durable and now allows passengers to board.

Mobs can now board boats, though they can no longer control them.
A new set of controls have been introduced: it includes holding down the right and left keys to move forward, and using the right key to move the right oar, turning the boat to the left (and vice-versa). Mouse movement no longer turns boats, and the forward and back keys no longer have any effect.
Players can no longer use items or attack from boats unless they were at a complete stop.
The crafting recipe for boats has been changed to require a wooden shovel as shown below.
Added variants of all wood types, though only the oak boat can be crafted.
The NBT tag Type (string) have now added for the boat entity, taking values oak, spruce, birch, jungle, acacia and dark_oak.
15w42aBirch, spruce, acacia and jungle boats can now be crafted using the same recipe as oak, except with the corresponding planks.
The new boats are now comparable in speed to the old boats (slightly faster than sprinting), though with less momentum.
Players can now use items and attack immediately after they stop rowing.
15w43cThe texture of boats has been remapped, so that they now have a separate texture per oar and per side of the boat.
15w45aThe dark oak boat can now be crafted.
15w51aBoats now drop their corresponding planks when broken.
16w04aBoats are now faster and now move forward and backward using the forward and backward keys respectively, and steer left and right using the left and right keys respectively. The rowing mechanism introduced in 15w41a, holding the right and left keys, is removed and no longer moves the boat forward. The controls are now more similar to boats before the overhaul.
Boats now sink when underwater, or within flowing water of any depth.
The crafting recipe of boats has been restored to the original recipe, no longer requiring a wooden shovel as it has since 15w41a (though matching wood planks is still required).
Riding a boat no longer subjects water-sensitive mobs to being damaged by water, and no longer protects sunlight-sensitive mobs from being damaged by sunlight.
Dismounting in a boat now attempts to place the player on land.
16w06aRiding entities such as boats are now run by the client rather than by the server.
1.1116w32aThe entity ID has been changed from Boat to boat.
16w33aBoats can now be used to fuel furnaces.
1.1217w17aA boat paddles sound has been added.
1.1317w47aThe oak boat ID has been changed from boat to oak_boat.
Prior to The Flattening, these items' numeral IDs were 333, 444, 445, 446, 447 and 448.
1.1418w43aOak Boat JE3.png Spruce Boat JE2.png Birch Boat JE2.png Jungle Boat JE2.png Acacia Boat JE2.png Dark Oak Boat JE2.png
Oak Boat (item) JE4 BE3.png Spruce Boat (item) JE2 BE3.png Birch Boat (item) JE2 BE3.png Jungle Boat (item) JE2 BE3.png Acacia Boat (item) JE2 BE3.png Dark Oak Boat (item) JE2 BE3.png The textures of all boats have been changed.
18w50aOak Boat JE4 BE2.png Spruce Boat JE3 BE2.png Birch Boat JE3 BE2.png Jungle Boat JE3 BE2.png Acacia Boat JE3 BE2.png Dark Oak Boat JE3 BE2.png The textures of all boats have been changed to match the new wooden planks.
1.1519w37aBoats as fuel now smelt 6 items in a furnace instead of 1.
Pocket Edition Alpha
September 19, 2014Tommaso Checchi tweeted a picture of a player riding a boat, stating that the most important thing is to "get the paddling right."
January 26, 2015Tommaso Checchi tweets a screenshot of multiple riders in a single boat.
February 20, 2015Tommaso Checchi tweets a screenshot of multiple boats with only mobs in them.
0.11.0build 1Oak Boat JE2 BE1.png Spruce Boat JE1 BE1.png Birch Boat JE1 BE1.png Jungle Boat JE1 BE1.png Acacia Boat JE1 BE1.png Dark Oak Boat JE1 BE1.png

Oak Boat (item) JE2 BE1.png Oak Boat (item) JE2 BE1.png Oak Boat (item) JE2 BE1.png Oak Boat (item) JE2 BE1.png Oak Boat (item) JE2 BE1.png Oak Boat (item) JE2 BE1.png Added boats. Each wood type has its own respective variant, though they share the same sprite as items.

Boats can support two riders, including mobs.
Boats are larger in size than in Java Edition.
Boats are more resistant to crashing against land than in Java Edition.
build 12Projectiles can now be shot from boats.
0.12.1build 1Added all boat variants to the creative inventory.
Oak Boat (item) JE3 BE2.png Spruce Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png Birch Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png Jungle Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png Acacia Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png Dark Oak Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png New inventory icons for boats have been added. The sprite now includes paddles and represents their respective wood color.
0.13.0build 1Boats are now slightly faster than sprinting, and no longer deplete hunger.
Players can now use items and attack immediately after they stop rowing.
build 3Boats now stack on top of each other.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.22Boats now move faster on ice.
1.5.0beta 1.5.0.0The steering of boats has been changed when using keyboard and mouse - W now moves the boat forward and S reverses it.
beta 1.5.0.4Boats can now sink or float on bubble columns.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Oak Boat JE4 BE2.png Spruce Boat JE3 BE2.png Birch Boat JE3 BE2.png Jungle Boat JE3 BE2.png Acacia Boat JE3 BE2.png Dark Oak Boat JE3 BE2.png
Oak Boat (item) JE4 BE3.png Spruce Boat (item) JE2 BE3.png Birch Boat (item) JE2 BE3.png Jungle Boat (item) JE2 BE3.png Acacia Boat (item) JE2 BE3.png Dark Oak Boat (item) JE2 BE3.png The textures of all boats have been changed.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.4Boats can now be bought from fisherman villagers.
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.57Trading has been changed, master-level fisherman villagers now offer to buy boats based on their villager biome outfit.
Due to trading changes, birch boats can no longer be sold to fisherman villagers.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.100beta 1.16.100.51Custom named boats now save their name after placing and breaking.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Oak Boat JE1.png
Oak Boat (item) JE2 BE1.png Added boats.
TU12The maximum number of boats in a world to 40 has been increased.
Boats now break when they hit land hard.
TU141.04Boats are no longer broken by lily pads anymore, instead they run straight through the lily pad now, breaking and sometimes dropping it.
When boats crash, they can now sometimes drop themselves as items.
Boats are now less glitchy and more responsive now.
The maximum speed of boats has been increased.
When exiting, players now move from the boat.
When broken by a player, they drop a boat now.
TU46CU361.38Patch 15Oak Boat JE2 BE1.png Spruce Boat JE1 BE1.png Birch Boat JE1 BE1.png Jungle Boat JE1 BE1.png Acacia Boat JE1 BE1.png Dark Oak Boat JE1 BE1.png
Oak Boat (item) JE3 BE2.png Spruce Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png Birch Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png Jungle Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png Acacia Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png Dark Oak Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png Boats have been overhauled to match Pocket Edition Alpha 0.11.0 boats.
TU57CU491.56Patch 271.0.7The crafting recipe of boats has been changed to require a wooden shovel.
1.90Oak Boat JE4 BE2.png Spruce Boat JE3 BE2.png Birch Boat JE3 BE2.png Jungle Boat JE3 BE2.png Acacia Boat JE3 BE2.png Dark Oak Boat JE3 BE2.png
Oak Boat (item) JE4 BE3.png Spruce Boat (item) JE2 BE3.png Birch Boat (item) JE2 BE3.png Jungle Boat (item) JE2 BE3.png Acacia Boat (item) JE2 BE3.png Dark Oak Boat (item) JE2 BE3.png The textures of all boats have been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Oak Boat JE2 BE1.png Spruce Boat JE1 BE1.png Birch Boat JE1 BE1.png Jungle Boat JE1 BE1.png Acacia Boat JE1 BE1.png Dark Oak Boat JE1 BE1.png
Oak Boat (item) JE3 BE2.png Spruce Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png Birch Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png Jungle Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png Acacia Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png Dark Oak Boat (item) JE1 BE2.png Added boats.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Boat" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

  • A chest is short enough that a boat falls onto it rather than crashes into it.
  • Sand, red sand, concrete powder, gravel, anvils and dragon eggs drop as items when they fall onto a boat that is in water.
  • Boats travel at fast speeds when on ice, packed ice, and frosted ice. They travel even faster on blue ice.
  • The crafting recipes for boats are the only recipes that can be unlocked in the recipe book without having any items, by jumping into water.
  • If the player is standing on a floating boat and the boat is moved, the player's hunger bar decreases.
  • Dolphins chase players in boats.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]