Boats are an item and a vehicle entity that are used for crafting and transportation. Boats are most commonly used for quick transportation of players and mobs over bodies of water such as lakes, oceans, etc. Boats come in seven different variants depending on the type of wooden planks used to craft them.
Boats don't generate naturally anywhere in the game. The only way to get a boat is by crafting them. Players will require 5 wooden planks of the same type to craft a boat, by arranging them in a U-shape in the crafting grid. Players can make boats from Oak, Spruce, Birch, Jungle, Acacia, Dark Oak, and Mangrove planks. The different variants of boats only change their color.
Boats are most commonly used for transportation purposes, allowing players to cover long distances over water bodies. Players can mount boats by simply right-clicking them and can dismount by using the sneak key. Mobs such as cows, sheep, etc. can also be placed in boats to move them. Players can use boats to craft the Boat With Chest, which is used to transport a chest’s worth of items over distances.
Boats are a really useful item that players can use for a variety of purposes such as transportation of items, mobs, players, crafting items, and negating fall damage. Boats are quite easy to make and are one of the quickest ways to cross water bodies.
A. Boats were added to the game in Alpha version 1.0.6 back in 2010.
A. Yes, since the v1.19 update players can craft a Boat With Chest to transport items.
A. No, boats do not despawn. However, they might disappear due to bugs (depending on the Minecraft version), but will reappear when unloading and reloading the chunks or reloading the world.