Definition of boat car in US English:

boat car


  • Chiefly US. An apparatus consisting of a boat cradle on wheels, used in hauling boats between different water levels on steep stretches of canals, as an alternative to the use of locks. Now historical.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Documents Assembly State New York, 58th Session. From boat + car.


boat car

/ˈbəʊt kɑː/