To dream of a boat represents your ability to cope with negative emotions or deal with negative situations. How you are navigating negativity in your life. Your method of confronting problems or getting through difficult problems safely. Safely avoiding troubling situation.
Negatively, boats in dreams reflect feelings of risk associated with a higher degree of uncertainty or instability in your life. Feeling the potential to be overwhelmed by a problem. Feeling heavily involved with a problem that you can’t easily walk away from.
Consider the condition of the waters and how it may mirror your waking life. Is it calm or violent? Clear or murky? Are you experiencing “smooth sailing” in a waking life situation?
Alternatively, a boat may reflect your readiness to confront problems or deal with negative aspects of yourself.
A sinking boat may reflect problems in waking life that have overwhelmed you or negative emotions that are too much to handle.
To dream of having missed a boat that was supposed to pick you up represents feelings about having lost an opportunity to safely get through an uncertain or negative situation. Feelings of having missed out on a favor or a chance to be supported with your problems. Missing a chance or missing an important opportunity. Feelings of frustration that you have to face a challenging situation the hard way.
Example: A woman dreamed of getting on a boat to avoid a shark. In waking life she was had changed her regular habits to avoid a man whom she felt was too sexually aggressive hoping that he would eventually just give up and go away.
Example 2: A young man dreamed of his boat tipping over. In waking life he was trying hard to save his relationship with his girlfriend after they had a big fight, but then the girlfriend broke up with him.