Boat Dream Meaning

There are so many different types of boats out there such as yachts, canoes, ocean liners, and even houseboats. Because there is a wide variety, it won’t come as a surprise that there are different dream meanings for them.

What do Dreams About Boats Mean?

When we think about boats, we might think of making a journey. Boats in dreams can mean that you are going on either a physical or an emotional journey. There could also be new possibilities coming up as you journey through life.   

Types of Boats & Their Dream Meanings


Canoes are hard work to handle, and if you see them in a dream, it can mean that you aren’t afraid of taking on difficult tasks. They also indicate that you are in control, powerful, and emotionally balanced. If you come across a negative situation, you will be able to turn it around.

Cruise Ship:

A dream about a cruise ship can indicate that you are relaxed. You might have finished a big project at work and are now ready to have fun and enjoy yourself. Maybe you could take a cruise in your waking life.


If you dream about a ferry, maybe you have lost control of an aspect of your life. A ferry transports you in a boat which isn’t yours and by someone you don’t know. You are not in control of some aspect of your waking life. This dream can also mean that you are afraid of commitment.

Fishing Boat:

In many instances, dreaming of a fishing boat indicates that you are keen to have financial independence. It can also mean that you are fishing for something. You must have heard the expression, ‘fishing for compliments.’


A houseboat can often represent yourself. Think of the details of the boat and see how they compare to you. A houseboat can also represent monetary gain and luxury. If you see yourself buying a houseboat, something is going to happen that will help you to reach your goals.


Kayaks are used for fun and adventure so if you dream of one, perhaps you want more adventure in your life. If you are sitting alone in the kayak and know where you are going, it indicates ambition in your waking life.

Ocean Liner:

If you are on an ocean liner that is carrying cargo, maybe you have important business to take care of. If you dream about this when you are stressed, the dream could be telling you to take it easy. 

Pontoon Boat:

If you dream of a pontoon boat, it could symbolize family and friends. Perhaps you used to go out on a pontoon boat when you were a child, and you would like to go back to those days when everything was slower and easier.


If you dream about a powerboat, it can mean that your ego is too big. You might think that you’re better than most people, but it’s time to reign it in and become humbler. Alternatively, a powerboat can indicate that you want more power in your life.


You’ve probably heard the expression, ‘smooth sailing’. It means that you can do something with ease. To see a sailboat in a dream means that you are happy with your life and the way it is moving forward. However, if you dream of a sailboat that doesn’t have sails, it can mean that you are unsure about a certain situation and you are finding it hard to cope.

Sinking Ship/Boat:

To dream that you are in a boat or ship that is sinking is not a good sign. You could feel out of control with a situation in your waking life. There could be hidden dangers ahead, as well as failure and even disaster (see also earthquake dream meaning) (see also earthquake dream meaning).

On the other hand, if you are in a boat that starts filling with water, you could be due financial reward. It could also mean that you are going to become more influential and a role model for others.


If you dream of a tugboat, it could mean that you are carrying emotional baggage. You need to sit down and work out what this baggage is and then get rid of it. You might be feeling resentment towards somebody. Perhaps this person has done something nasty to you. You need to get your feelings out into the open and confront that person.


A yacht is a symbol of transformation, opportunities, and elegance. To dream of one means that you are free from worries and can enjoy life. If you are buying a yacht, it can indicate that you are going to invest in something important although it doesn’t necessarily mean a yacht. It could be a property or a car.

Tips for Interpreting a Dream About Boats

Think About Your Personal Experiences with Boats. It can be exciting to dream about boats if you love them or are wanting to go on a cruise or even get your own boat. However, if you are afraid of falling in the water from a boat, the dream might symbolize any anxieties you have in your waking life. 

Describe the Boat in 5 Words. These words will help you to identify your emotions in the dream. If you think of yacht and sailing as a couple of the words, you are probably looking for adventure, as well as luxury.

Look for Other Symbols. Water is naturally a symbol associated with boats. The type of water you are on can influence the meaning of the dream. Perhaps you are on a lake which could mean that you are relaxed. 

If the boat isn’t in the water, it could symbolize hidden emotions and a lack of continuity in your life. You could be behaving erratically. 

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