I'm having a problem with understanding the word 'boat'. According to Longman Dictionary, it's "a vehicle that travels across water" which makes boat a word that can collocate with a lot of verbs.
I wonder if a student says this sentence "I piloted a boat", should the teacher ask, "what kind of boat are you talking about?" to make sure that the student is using the right collocation?
Or this one, what picture comes to your mind when someone says, "a fishing boat?"? Do you think of a boat that you row or a big one with all heavy equipment and things?! Do native speakers ask 'what kind of boat are you talking about?' ? Or even this one, travel by boat?! What kind of boat?
And can you please tell me with which kinds of boat do you use:
Take, travel, go, sail, navigate, take a ride on, ride, paddle, row?!
Is there any other verbs native speakers use for boat?
In my native language we don't have such a general term that we can use so commonly with a variety of verbs, so it's so clear what kind. It's all confusing in English. 😞