It does take a lot of special knowledge to be able to operate a boat. You can’t just assume that you’re going to be good at driving a boat because you’re competent behind the wheel of a car. Water isn’t like a road. It changes with the wind and the seasons. You have to understand tides and waves and currents and depth in order to drive a boat correctly.
Some of the people on this list couldn’t even get to the water because their boat toppled off the trailer while they were still on the road! Keep reading to see some of the craziest boat fails on the internet.
Not The Best Way To Transport An RV
These people really wanted to get their RV across this lake, so they decided to strap it onto two rather small boats. Those canoes don’t look at all big or stable enough to support the weight of an entire camper van.
Just imagine if they hit some rapids! Also, there is a person casually walking on the roof of the RV like it’s perfectly safe and normal. How are these people going to get the RV off of the boat if the ever make it to the shore?
The Wrong Way In
This is definitely not how you’re supposed to lower a boat into the water. That truck shouldn’t have been anywhere near the beach. We just hope whoever was driving the truck was able to get out before it rolled into the water.
That truck is toast now. Even if they manage to tow it out of the lake, the water damage is going to be too extensive to save it. We hope they have a good insurance plan.
Upside-down At The Dock
Somebody thought that it was a good idea to tie their boat up to the dock upside-down. Either that or the boat tipped over after it was docked, which means it wasn’t docked properly, to begin with. We hope there was nothing inside the boat that isn’t waterproof. If there was, it’s probably in the middle of the ocean right now.
This boat is so tiny that the surrounding sand is already starting to bury it.
For all we know, the driver of this boat totally meant to make his boat fly. Even if it was intentional, you really shouldn’t do this with your watercraft.
The guy on the back seems to be having the time of his life, but the bottom of that boat is about to crash land into a whole lot of sand. We hope they have the funds to repair it after that happens. Although, if you can’t be responsible with a boat, you probably shouldn’t have one anyway.
Boats Aren’t Supposed To Do This
We’re not sure what the driver of this boat was thinking. Maybe they thought they were driving a horse instead of a boat because a horse may be able to jump over that ramp, but a boat definitely can’t.
Just imagine if a person had been walking down the ramp when this happened! This whole situation could have been super destructive and dangerous. Well, it was dangerous, but somebody could have been seriously hurt or injured.
Right Through The Roof
Somehow, this boat got launched right through the roof of this marina. If someone was trying to park this boat, they probably should take some parking lessons. We’re not sure how this even happens, and if we didn’t have this photo as evidence, we’re not sure we’d even believe that this was possible.
Sir or madam, we would like to see your boating license and registration, please. Oh, and just a heads up — you’re not going to get it back for some time.
This speedboat may be rapidly flooding with water, but that didn’t stop this guy from posing in it for a photo. He has his life jacket on and everything, prepared to go down with his sinking ship.
Despite the circumstances, he’s wearing a big smile on his face, happy as a clam. They must have some incredible insurance to be unfazed by the fact their boat is going down. To be fair, they do have it roped to a dock, so at least it won’t be lost.
Learn To Park
We’re no boating experts, but this certainly isn’t the way you park at the marina. Perhaps they hit something that caused a leak, resulting in the boat tipping to its side. For all we know, the photo could have been taken as the boat was sinking.
You’ve got to love the guy in the background just standing there and watching. At some point, you’ve got to accept that there’s nothing to be done until help arrives.
An Abandoned Boat
Well, it looks like somebody just jumped ship. the boat was sinking, they didn’t know what to do, so they just got up and left. Now there’s a sad, abandoned boat in the water, and boats aren’t cheap. Somebody thought this situation was so hopeless that they jest decided to leave a vehicle worth thousands of dollars alone, overturned in the water.
Also, why did they leave all of the life jackets on top of the boat? It looks like they could have used those.
Beneath The Sand
Remember as a kid when you would lose something to the sea and hope it’d wash back up on the shore? This is like that, only the thing lost isn’t a toy or a boogie-board, it’s a boat.
We can just imagine the owner of this boat being out on the sea and suddenly having to evacuate. Perhaps it toppled over, leaving the riders in life-jackets out in the water as they watched the current yank their boat back to shore.
Going Up In Flames
It seems improbable that something could catch on fire while sitting in a body of water. After all, water is what puts out fires! Clearly, this image proves that watercraft are just as flammable as land vehicles.
While it’s fortunate that the boat fire wouldn’t be able to spread because it’s in the middle of the water, that didn’t stop the flame from eating up the boat itself. We hope the owner had fire insurance.
A Mud Skipper
There’s nothing like gliding along the smooth water, and then suddenly coming to an abrupt stop because you’re in the middle of a mud mound. Talk about destroying a lovely ride.
The best part is how this man is holding up a fishing pole. We’re pretty sure you won’t find fish swimming around in that thick mud. If you thought getting a car out of the mud was a challenge, just imagine trying to do so with a boat!
Still Learning To Drive
We can’t imagine how someone could have driven their boat directly into another yacht. The crash was so perfect that both boats are perpendicular to one another! It’s as though the collision was planned.
It is overtly clear which boat was responsible since the blue yacht to the right is tied to a dock. That means the driver had to head straight toward the stationary boat and continue full speed ahead without a trace of caution.
Stuck Between Two Docks
Here’s another docking mishap for you to try to wrap your brain around. How did this boat manage to get stuck between these two jetties? We’re not sure how it’s going to get out of this harm now that half of it is sticking out of the water.
All this boat had to do was pull in straight and slowly. Somehow the driver managed to royally mess that up. The man standing on the dock isn’t going to be able to help him much.
Right Into The Buidling
This boat was going to fast that it managed to skid across the sand and straight into a building! It reminds us of a car that was in drive instead of reverse, flying forward and into the wall it was parked in front of.
The most comical part is how unsure all of the men look. You have one guy scratching his head, three men standing around talking, and one guy standing in the boat with his hands in his pockets.
Toward The Highway
This boat nearly made it out of the water and up onto a highway! It’s amazing that its nose didn’t crash into the rocks. Instead, the entire craft skidded up and onto the rocky slope so that the nose is pressed against the highway guard rail.
With a boat going that fast, we have to wonder how far it would have made it if there was no guard rail. We typically think of those rails as protecting cars from going into the water, but in this case, it was a boat protected from the street.
Heading Back To The Water
This guy was trying to bring his boat out of the water with a trailer. Though he was at first successful, the boat’s weight ultimately dominated and it slid right off its carrier.
We love how the guy is sitting there puzzled, just trying to figure out how in the world this happened. It’s clear that he isn’t the most experienced when it comes to hooking up a boat to its trailer. That or the equipment had a serious malfunction.
Crashing Into The Rocks
If you’ve ever had a current pull you toward the rocks while swimming, you know it’s not a fun place to be in. That’s why people who are piloting yachts should be particularly careful when it comes to rocky areas.
Still, they have a motor engine to help steer clear of dangerous areas. That’s why this image makes absolutely no sense. What did they do, let the boat steer itself for hours while the passengers blindfolded themselves?
Boats Go In The Water, Silly
This boat somehow ended up in the middle of a freeway. We hope it got here because it fell off of somebody’s car and not because someone forgot that boats were supposed to go in the water and tried to drive it on land.
The yacht must have fallen off of its trailer when it went over that small bump in the road. That is the only logical explanation for this whole situation. It should have been secured to the trailer more tightly.
Not The Kind Of Boat Jump We Had In Mind
At first glance, you may be wondering how in the world this boat landed on the vegetation several feet above the water. The only logical explanation that we can think of is that someone was recklessly driving when they lost control and the boat flew up and onto this slope.
Just imagine how intense that moment would be when you go from controlling the boat, to the boat controlling you. Hopefully, the thrilling moment was enjoyable while it lasted.
A Little Too Far
This boat driver went a little too far when trying to park their boat at the dock. The point is to keep the boat in the water and tied to the dock, not on the wooden walkways!
The most embarrassing part is that every boat owner who comes through is going to have to squeeze past this haphazardly-angled boat to get to theirs! On the bright side, at least this yacht won’t get lost at sea.
So Close To The Shore
This boat made it all the way to land, and is even tied up at the dock. So why is it that it still is having issues staying afloat? We sincerely hope that the problem began after the boat was docked.
Otherwise, the riders could have been scrambling to make it back to land. If so, they must have been so relieved to not have their boat sink in the middle of the lake that they probably don’t even care it’s malfunctioning at the dock.
Going Down With His Ship
They say that a captain should go down with his ship, so maybe that’s what’s happening in this photo. This man is just casually sitting on top of his boat while it sinks beneath the water. Maybe he’s still holding onto some hope that the boat can be saved.
Those tires on the side of the canal didn’t do much to help him. They’re definitely not going to do much now that the boat is fully underwater.
In The Middle Of The Ocean
This little boat is going down like the Titanic. By the looks of it, there’s no saving this thing. If there was, it would at least be tied to the boat that this photograph was taken from.
Our best guess is that the owner was saved by a rescue crew when he took this picture as a memento. At least everyone on board is going to have a safe return, though we can’t say the same about this boat.
A Bad Day To Be A Truck
We’d bet a nice chunk of change that whoever was driving this truck had a huge “oh, [add colorful language here]” moment when he heard the crunching of the truck bed. How you forget to lock your boat on the trailer is beyond us, but these people managed it somehow.
Not that we’re huge boat people, but we’re guessing sailing over the family truck wasn’t exactly the wave their family planned on riding during this outing.
Sea Lions Claim Their Place
Well, we hope the owner of this boat wasn’t too attached to it because it doesn’t look as though these giant sea lions are giving it up any time soon. The best the former captain can hope for at this point is the sea animals loving his ship as he once did.
Because, clearly, this is their new home away from home and they are ready to sail the seven seas. All these two need are white captains hats and they’re good to go!
If you think you’re having a bad day, just think about the day the captain of this huge cargo ship is having. We’re going to take a wild guess and say someone is definitely fired! Just look at all of that cargo about to tumble off the ship.
We wouldn’t want to be on the other end of that crew when the higher-ups get word of the about-to-capsize ship. Grab a dingy and get out of their way, mates!
They Just Wanted To Help
There are really only three things that could have possibly happened here. One, the drivers of the speedboat thought it would be a nice idea to help out the farmer. Two, they wanted to literally take out the farmer by driving their boat into him.
And, three, they were trying to park. Regardless of the “why,” let’s focus on the “how.” Like how on Earth did they manage this? And can we talk about how there’s a group just watching?
Not The Best Parking Spot
Some people need to be parking-shamed when in standard parking lots with cars. Then some need to be parking-shamed because they think the bottom of a cliff face is a good place to park their boat.
We’re not entirely sure, but that can’t be good for the hull. It’s probably scratched all over. If they’re lucky, the rock didn’t puncture through. But we watched Titanic. If an iceberg can breakthrough a ship’s outer layer, so can a rock.
A Tunnel Is Not Place For A Boat
Show of hands, who thinks this person should be allowed to own a boat? No hands? Great, we agree. If this boat owner was unaware, this is the Holland Tunnel that leads to New York.
The water they are most likely looking for is a few layers of brick, stone, and concrete above their head. Also, it’s the Hudson River. No one takes a leisurely boat ride in that thing unless they’re taking the ferry or visiting the Statue of Liberty. Otherwise, gross.
We’re sorry that your boat went to say hi to Davey Jones, but maybe that will teach you not to name anything “No Worries.” Because, unfortunately, you don’t know what your future at sea holds. And that means that it could be very worrisome!
Not only is this person’s boat sinking now an ironic occurrence, but the people trying to help are most likely also trying not to laugh at the absurdity of the situation — we sure are.
Is That A Homemade Boat?
We get it. The spray of the sea on your face, the wind blowing through your hair, the adventure that comes with being on open water, it’s thrilling. But a DIY boat isn’t the way to go about being out on the sea.
This man gets points for creativity. But for anyone else looking for to “make a boat,” we recommend buying a kayak. We’re trying to get trash out of the oceans, not add more to it.
Lost In Thought
This man looks content with the hand the universe has dealt him. Not only is he sitting on the underside of his sinking ship, but he is in a “thinker” position that makes us believe he has come to terms with what is happening.
That being said, sir, it was probably in your best interest to flag down the boat now driving away from you. It’s going to be a long swim back to shore!
A Huge Fail
We’re not sure if we should roll our eyes and shake our heads at these two men, or applaud them for utilizing their sunken boat for a lounging pool of sorts. Yea, we’re going to go with the former.
If you want to lounge in a wading pool, we recommend going to the beach and lying in the surf. Otherwise, hop in your bathtub and call it a day. Sunken ships are so not the new hot tub.
The Need For Speed
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, then this boat probably looks like the ultimate dream. But we’d like to focus your attention on the person at the bottom of the picture, falling from a still-speeding boat down to the water.
Not only is this an epic fail, but a dangerous one. We mean, come on; rule number one when getting into any moving vehicle, whether it be on land or water, you buckle in! Rookie mistake.
That’s Not How You Hull A Boat
We have to give it to this person, they sure are persistent. Who needs a trailer to hook your boat onto when you have a perfectly good trunk? You know what? We agree! It’s time to say no to buying accessories that will save the back half of your car.
Who cares if the weight of the boat is going to drag down the car and most likely run both vehicles? Yeah, us; we care. Don’t do this. Ever.
Man Down At Marker 3
The good news is no one will ever forget where marker three is in the channel. The bad news is that whoever is the owner of this little speed boat had one severely bad day. Not only is their boat done for, but they are now and will forever be the person who drove their boat at a ridiculous speed into a marker.
Like, honestly, they had to be going super fast for that piece of wood the cleanly cut in half the front of that boat.
At The Bottom Of The Lake
We have to give this person a little bit of credit because they did try. Was it their best attempt at tying off their boat at the dock? Probably not. Will they get a lot of beef from this fail for a long time? Probably yes.
We would just like to know how the boat was tied off and yet was able to submerge underwater completely. The other two boats are perfectly fine!
Just Jump Away
If anything, the guy on the left-hand side of this photo is totally us if our ship was about to sink. He is completely over this race, regardless if it’s the Olympics. That being said, their sail boat is literally on its side.
How did two highly-qualified Olympians let that happen? We know, it can happen to anyone. Maybe we’re thinking that’s an easier save than it actually is. Well, lefty over there earned gold in our book for his impeccable form.
At Least He’s Trying
You have to admit; this guy went all out for this boating fail. Not only did he say “not needed” to the water, but he completed his entire escapade with a sailor outfit. And that’s not even the best part.
We’d love to know where this man got a parrot and how he trained it to sit on the stern of the rowboat while he “rowed” down the road. We’re calling this an evil genius fail.