How to Make a Boat in Minecraft

Boats are one of the several transportation devices in Minecraft. Exploring oceans and numerous water bodies in Minecraft becomes much faster and easier with the help of a Boat. Moreover, Boats can also be used to defend your home from enemies in the game. This guide will help you understand how to make a Boat in Minecraft.

How to Make a Boat in Minecraft

Required Materials to Craft a Boat in Minecraft

In addition to a Crafting Table, you will need the following items to craft a Boat.

  • 5 Matching Wooden Planks
  • 1 Wooden Shovel (for the Bedrock Edition only)

How to Make a Boat in Minecraft Guide

Step 1 – Gather Ingredients

The first step is to gather 5 Wood Planks. Luckily, the Wood Planks don’t have to be of a particular type. You can obtain a block of Wood by chopping a tree with an ax or just your hands. Wood can also be found in villages and mineshafts. Place one block of Wood in the middle of the 3×3 Crafting Grid to obtain 4 Wood Planks.

Step 2 – Crafting Table

Select a Crafting Table to open the Crafting Menu. You must place the items in a specific pattern to craft a Boat. Leave all 3 slots of the top row empty. Place a Wood Plank in the first and third slots of the middle row. Place a Wood Plank in each of the 3 slots of the bottom row. If you are playing on the Bedrock Edition of Minecraft, you will also need to place a Wooden Shovel in the second slot of the middle row.

Step 3 – Move to Inventory

Move the Boat from the right side of the Crafting Menu to your inventory.

Using a Boat in Minecraft

Placing a Boat

Once you have crafted a Boat and it is present in your inventory, you can use it to travel on water. Go to your inventory and add the Boat to your Hotbar. Select the Boat in your Hotbar, and position the pointer to the location where you want to place it. Note that you require at least 4 blocks to place a Boat.

Controlling the Boat

You can mount a Boat with the ‘use item’ key while standing close to it. You can leave a Boat by pressing the ‘Sneak’ key, or pressing the right analog stick down and then choosing eave Boat’. Boats are controlled with the usual keys for movement – forward, backward, left, and right. The sprint key can be used to increase the field of vision, although it does not speed up the movement of the Boat. If there are water currents, the boat will move along the direction of the current.


Similar to minecarts, Boats have a speed of 8 blocks per second. They can also be operated on land, although the speed drastically drops to 2 blocks per second. Boats have 4 points of health and can be damaged by the usual things that affect mobs. Each boat can accommodate up to 2 riders, also including mobs. Mobs, however, cannot exit a boat once they climb on board, and can only get off if the boat is destroyed, or with the use of a lead or fishing rid.

Home Defense

Boats act as an excellent line of defense for your home. Craft several Boats and keep them in your Hotbar. Place them around your home and as close to each other as possible. At night, when hostile mobs spawn ad walk towards your home. They will jump into a Boat and get trapped! Once trapped in a Boat, mobs, including an Enderman cannot escape.

Fall Damage

Boats are immune to fall damage in Minecraft. In the Java Edition, Boats can nullify the effects of fall damage for itself as well as its riders. It is an excellent tool to move through mountains and the Nether. On the Bedrock Edition, occupants still receive the fall damage although the boat itself does not take any damage.

How to Make a Boat in Minecraft Video Tutorial

Best Tips to Make a Boat in Minecraft

  • Since Boats are made using Wood, they can also be used as fuel for Furnaces. They can burn for a total of 60 seconds, and can be used to smelt 6 items during this time.
  • Boats are quite fragile in Minecraft. Be careful to not crash them.
  • Boats can move faster due to the presence of speed effects on the player.
  • Players cannot row the boat and use items at the same time.
  • Traveling by Boat does not deplete hunger, making it an excellent means of transport.


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