boat·​ie ˈbō-tē How to pronounce boatie (audio)
plural boaties
chiefly Australia and New Zealand
: a recreational boater
The pair were rescued by a boatie out fishing and towed about 8km to the Darwin Ski Club.Courier Mail (Australia), 11 Jan. 2012
It is also likely that lives would have been lost as boaties tried to steer pleasure craft through the treacherous breach entrance.Warren Judd, New Zealand Geographic, July/August 2003

Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boatie was in 1962

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“Boatie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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