One of the most important things to note about boats as a dream symbol is that the image directly relates to your emotional status. The meaning of dream about boats often has something to do with the way that you are handling your emotions, and it can be very therapeutic to search through a dream dictionary to find out all of the different things that a boat might say about you in your dreams.
The dream meaning of seeing yourself riding a boat is related to how you are able to navigate your emotions. Water is often cited in dream interpretation to be related to emotions, so to use a boat to navigate the water is showing your own ability to handle your emotions. The choppier the water, the more chaotic your emotions are, meaning it will be harder to navigate the sea in your dreams if you are feeling mixed up about too many things. If the water is tepid and placid, then this means that you are relatively calm and have mostly achieved peace with yourself in some way. Seeing yourself on a boat in your dreams especially if you are feeling particularly emotionally sound is a great reward for you when you have achieved emotional harmony.
One of the many other dream meanings associated with boats is that you are sailing down the path to confronting your own subconscious. The emotional path that the water takes is one that leads straight to all of the thoughts that you can't access on your own while awake. As silly as it sounds, if you can continue this journey all the way to the end, you may learn things about yourself that you never knew. Either way, the fact that you are having the dream at all shows that you are definitely curious about discovering the way that you work emotionally, and finding out how your mind works. Even if you do not discover anything, the hunger for knowledge about yourself is an important one to have.
Dream interpretations also suggest that if you are dreaming about jumping off a boat and into the water, you are fearlessly attempting to confront all of your feelings. This is different than merely navigating a field of emotions, because when you are confronting your emotions, you are taking a more active stance. This dream becomes even more potent if the water is testy. This means that you are dealing with some difficult thoughts and feelings, but that you are ready to deal with the consequences of confronting your own thoughts head on. If you are on a rocking boat and attempting not to fall off in your dream, then this may show that you are not exercising enough control over your emotions, you are letting them drive you to and fro without being able to help yourself. No matter what type of boat you are on, the special significance is usually all about the water itself. Learn how to navigate your emotions and you may find yourself on a boat in your dreams more often.