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Boats are water vehicles, first introduced in the expansion pack The Sims 3: Island Paradise and later returned in The Sims 4: Island Living. There are two types of boats: normal boats and houseboats. The former one is used only for transport, while the latter is a travel/house hybrid.

The Sims 3: Island ParadiseEdit

BoatsEdit

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A boat in Island Paradise with the Kraken swimming underneath it.

The normal kind of boat can be bought through buy mode. There are three main types of boats: paddleboats, sailboats and speedboats. There are also personal watercraft (also known as water scooters).

Boats are very similar to cars. Just like a car, a boat requires a space to be mounted on. This is not the parking space the car uses, obviously, but rather a boat trailer (or mooring post). A new interaction that comes with Island Paradise is the ability to purchase a boat or car from a parking lot or boat trailer directly, so you don't have to place them down to buy a boat or car. Note that you still need a trailer to place the boat in the world, or your Sims will just carry them in their inventories.

List of boatsEdit

Image Name Type Price (§) Speed Fun Fishing
Lazy Dayzy Paddleboat Lazy Dayzy Paddleboat Paddleboat 250 2 - No
Rowboat by Public Domains Rowboat by Public Domains Rowboat 275 1 - Yes
"Slade the Indomitable" Paddleboat "Slade the Indomitable" Paddleboat Paddleboat 300 2 - No
Aqua-Sled Aqua-Sled Personal watercraft 475 7 - No
Sailboat by Public Domains Sailboat by Public Domains Sailboat 4,200 5 - Yes
Skimtron Outboard Speedboat Skimtron Outboard Speedboat Speedboat 22,000 8 6 No
Speedboat by Public Domains Speedboat by Public Domains Speedboat 45,000 9 6 No

Misc boat objectsEdit

Image Name Description Price (§) Size Note
Mooring Cleat Need a place to dock the boat? The Mooring Cleat provides a sturdy post to safely secure a boat to the dock. It will guarantee that no boats will ever drift away when tied to one of these of these posts. Only one boat per Mooring Cleat please. 125 4x8 Must be placed on a dock.
Mooring Post by Public Domains Wild nights - Wild nights! If not at sea, mooring posts are more than luxury. Futile - the waves - to your boat when tied - you'll know where to go, when you need a ride! Rowboats stay tethered - Ah, you'll see! You should moor your boat - with me! 145 4x8 Must be placed above the surface of water.
Aqua Transporter Boat Trailer Even boats need to feel dirt beneath their hull now and then. Give them a nice resting place with this sturdy trailer from Aqua Transporter. 175 3x7 Must be placed on the ground.

NPC boatsEdit

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A Sim fishing on a rowboat

Like their land counterparts, NPCs will use boats to get around from island to island. For example, the newspaper delivery boy/girl will now use the Aqua-Sled to reach your houseboat if you are not docked. This also goes for the law enforcement, pizza delivery, repair technician and other service NPCs.

Taxis are also available in boat form, recognized from their yellow color and taxi sign. Sims will use these taxis if they do not have a boat of their own.

HouseboatsEdit

Main article: Houseboat

Houseboats are a new type of residential lot. The biggest point that differentiates houseboats from all previous residential lots is that it is mobile. Similar to normal residential lots, Sims are able to build a house upon a platform of which they are allowed to cruise around the seas. Note that these houseboats offer smaller land area to build, but interestingly enough you are not restricted much other than that. There are no restrictions on what you are allowed to put on your houseboats.

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A houseboat in the Island Paradise

An important component of said houseboats is the new houseboat control port. This port, similar to the mailbox and dustbin, is automatically given to you and can be placed anywhere, but not duplicated or deleted. This control port is very important as this is the only way in which you can move your houseboat. To move your houseboat, simply click on the control port and choose "Move Houseboat". You will then be taken to Map View, where you can click the point of interest that you'd like to visit (provided it's in the water).

A glitch with houseboats is Sims will do a lot of teleporting. If your Sim has to work, he or she will teleport to the carpool outside your dock because carpools are land vehicles.

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Do not, under any circumstances, delete the platform of the houseboat with testingCheatsEnabled. Doing so will cause the game to crash.

The Sims 4: Island LivingEdit

Boats return in The Sims 4: Island Living.

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List of boatsEdit

Image Name Type Price (§) Fishing Note
Outrigger Canoe Outrigger Canoe Canoe 1,800 Yes
The Conservationist Canoe The Conservationist Canoe Canoe 2,000 Yes Career reward for the conservationist career (level 5).
Aqua-Zip Aqua-Zip Personal watercraft 2,100 No

Misc boat objectsEdit

Image Name Description Price (§) Size Note
Open Water Docking Point and Ladder Open Water Docking Point and Ladder This cleat and ladder combo are perfect for creating a docking point for water vehicles of all kinds. Be sure to place it over deep water, because boats need depth to float! 160 4x5 Must be placed on a dock.
Open Water Docking Point and Ladder Community Canoe Docking Point and Ladder Perfect for community beaches and venues of all kinds. If there is room, this docking point and ladder combo provides a complementary canoe when Sims visit the venue. Must be placed over deep water. 0 4x5 Must be placed on a dock. Spawns a canoe near it if there is space.
Open Water Docking Point and Ladder Community Water Scooter Docking Point and Ladder Perfect for community beaches and venues of all kinds. If there is room, this docking point and ladder combo provides a complementary water scooter when Sims visit the venue. Must be placed over deep water. 0 4x5 Must be placed on a dock. Spawns an Aqua-Zip near it if there is space.
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