We rode a boat to the island.

We ‘rowed’ a boat to the island. A boat does not have a saddle. :lol

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Um, perhaps “rode” is happier with a saddle. Oh rowlocks! ;-D

The Tatoeba sentence, We rode a boat to the island. - English example sentence - Tatoeba, seems to be from an authoritative source. And, “riding” a boat does not sound unreasonable to my, non-native, ears. Short for “taking a boat ride”?

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Hmm, thinking about it, I would go with “We rowed a boat…” although rode is passable, just not as descriptive. It is the same with Italian - “fare” covers many things but it’s good to find more colourful substitutes;-)

I was thinking about this kind of boat: :slight_smile:

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Ah ha, now that’s what I call a boatride! Che bella foto!

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