Although a lot of landlubbers, and some seamen, use the terms interchangeably, the U.S. Navy defines a boat as “a vessel that can be hauled about a ship.”
Another definition for a boat is a vessel that can be lifted out of the water.
Ships are usually differentiated from boats based on size and cargo or passenger capacity.
The early settlement of Australia over 40,000 years ago, suggests that boats have been used since ancient times.
The oldest recovered boat in the world is the canoe of Pesse, which was a dugout from a tree trunk from a Pinus sylvestris.