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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

Common

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

No

Flammable item?

Yes

Size

Height: 0.5625 Blocks
Width: 1.375 Blocks

Internal ID

JE: 41
BE: 90

Network ID

JE: 1

Entity ID

boat

Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

Boats were added to Minecraft alongside cacti in Alpha version 1.0.6, way back in 2010. They're made with five planks arranged around the bottom of a crafting grid, plus a spade if you're playing on Bedrock Edition. Once you're holding your finished boat, all you need to do to deploy it is to hit the use item button when facing some water. Splash! Once it's bobbing about, ready to go, a second tap of the use button will sit you inside. You can then use the normal movement controls to pootle around to your heart's content - much faster than walking. When you reach your destination you can get out again by hitting "sneak", and retrieve the boat by attacking it until it drops. Take THAT you lousy boat! That'll teach you to be a convenient and wistful form of oceanic transport!

Duncan Geere[1]

A boat is both an item and a vehicle entity.

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]

Controls[edit]

Oak boat shaking animation when atop a bubble column.

Press the use item button on the boat to mount it.

A boat can be exited by pressing the Sneak key, and, in Bedrock Edition, by pressing down the right analog stick, tapping on the "Leave Boat" button, or pressing the jump key. 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.

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.

Unlike with beds, there is no message above the hotbar for attempting to enter a fully occupied boat.[2]

Behavior[edit]

Multiple entities in each boat.

Boats move according to the player's control or water currents. Boats have a speed of 8 meters/sec (28.8 km/h), same as minecart following an axis of travel. If on land, a boat may still be controlled but extremely slowly with a top speed of 2 m/s (7.2 km/h). A boat does not turn with mouse-look. A player cannot both move (row) and use items at the same time.‌[Java Edition only]

Boats can be used to travel safely through water. Collisions do not damage boats.

Boats effectively have just over 4♥♥ (exactly 4 damage isn't quite enough to destroy it), and regenerate 110 per tick. This damage can be depleted by many of the things that affect most mobs, except that boats are immune to fall damage.

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

If a boat is pushed underwater, for instance, if moved under a bubble column or waterfall, it sinks. In Java Edition, a sunken boat must be broken and picked up to use it again.

Boats can support two riders, including mobs. Mobs can't 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 utilized to safely drown mobs. If the mob is hostile, and in the same boat as its prey, the prey takes damage.

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

Riding a boat over a lily pad causes the lily pad to drop.

If a villager is in a boat with a zombie, a husk, or a drowned, the villager is killed instead of being turned into a zombie villager.

Dolphins chase players in boats.

Java Edition
  • Boats move extremely fast while on ice (40 m/s (144 km/h)), especially blue ice (> 75 m/s (270 km/h)). A mixture of packed ice and blue ice makes for a good fast-travel track for all three dimensions ( "ilmango" ).
    • To help with controlling the boat, crossings in the track may be replaced with a combination of boat-breaking cactus and hoppers ( "FlytGaming" ). Spacing between the ice is acceptable due to the boat's size.
  • When moving fast enough, a "water spray" visual effect represents the bow wake.
  • Being in a boat limits the player's mouse-look to the forward 180-degree arc.
  • 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.

Drops[edit]

When destroyed via attacking or other forms of damage such as fire, a boat drops its item form. A boat is not destroyed if it crashes against a block or lily pad [as of 1.3.1], and is immune to fall damage, therefore not dropping anything.

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 villager offer to buy jungle boats, and swamp villager 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.

Fall damage[edit]

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.

Sounds[edit]

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
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 IDTranslation key
Oak itemoak_boat item.minecraft.oak_boat
Spruce itemspruce_boat item.minecraft.spruce_boat
Birch itembirch_boat item.minecraft.birch_boat
Jungle itemjungle_boat item.minecraft.jungle_boat
Acacia itemacacia_boat item.minecraft.acacia_boat
Dark Oak itemdark_oak_boat item.minecraft.dark_oak_boat
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
Entityboat 70?

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
Boat (Item).png Added boats.
Java Edition Beta
1.6.6Crashing into soul sand on a boat now kills the player, but keeps the boat intact.
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.
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 now 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) Revision 1.png Spruce Boat (Item) Revision 1.png Birch Boat (Item) Revision 1.png Jungle Boat (Item) Revision 1.png Acacia Boat (Item) Revision 1.png Dark Oak Boat (Item) Revision 1.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).png Spruce Boat (Item).png Birch Boat (Item).png Jungle Boat (Item).png Acacia Boat (Item).png Dark Oak Boat (Item).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

Boat (Item).png Boat (Item).png Boat (Item).png Boat (Item).png Boat (Item).png Boat (Item).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) Revision 1.png Spruce Boat (Item) Revision 1.png Birch Boat (Item) Revision 1.png Jungle Boat (Item) Revision 1.png Acacia Boat (Item) Revision 1.png Dark Oak Boat (Item) Revision 1.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).png Spruce Boat (Item).png Birch Boat (Item).png Jungle Boat (Item).png Acacia Boat (Item).png Dark Oak Boat (Item).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 changed, master-level fisherman villager now offer to buy boat based on villager biome outfit.
Due to trading changes, birch boat no longer can be sold to fisherman villager.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Oak Boat JE1.png
Boat (Item).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) Revision 1.png Spruce Boat (Item) Revision 1.png Birch Boat (Item) Revision 1.png Jungle Boat (Item) Revision 1.png Acacia Boat (Item) Revision 1.png Dark Oak Boat (Item) Revision 1.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).png Spruce Boat (Item).png Birch Boat (Item).png Jungle Boat (Item).png Acacia Boat (Item).png Dark Oak Boat (Item).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) Revision 1.png Spruce Boat (Item) Revision 1.png Birch Boat (Item) Revision 1.png Jungle Boat (Item) Revision 1.png Acacia Boat (Item) Revision 1.png Dark Oak Boat (Item) Revision 1.png Added boats.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Taking Inventory: Boat" by Duncan Geere. Minecraft.net, October 4, 2019
  2. MC-161251