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[[caption-width-right:350:Amazingly, it gets worse.]]

-->''Eight bells and all's NOT well.''
--->--'''opening title'''

Family man Creator/BusterKeaton wants to take his brood on a cruise in his homemade boat, but first he has to get it out of the basement and afloat, and then...HilarityEnsues.

Long-believed lost until collector Raymond Rohauer found it amidst a cache of rare Keaton footage. Although salvaged, it shows distinct signs of decay.

"TheBoat" can be viewed at [[http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4676610703269811846# Google Video.]]
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!!"The Boat" contains examples of:

* BrickJoke: Just before the boat is launched, we see its name painted on the prow: "Damfino." Guess what's the punchline to the whole film?
** ...Not to mention, this entry!
* BumblingDad
* CoolBoat: The masts and smokestack of the ''Damfino'' are collapsible, for passing under low bridges.
** This is actually TruthInTelevision in some parts of the world, but obviously exaggerated here for comic effect.
* CuriousAsAMonkey
* DeathByMaterialism: Averted -- Buster cuts the rope between his boat and his car (which is towing the boat) and lets the car fall into the harbor to save one of his sons from being crushed. He hesitates, though.
* DidntThinkThisThrough
** Getting the boat out of the basement. See picture.
** Driving nails into the hull below the waterline.
** Drilling a hole in the bottom of the boat to let the water out.
* DistressCall
* DoubleTake
* DraggedByTheCollar: Mostly the pants' seat variant.
* DutchAngle: Used to depict the ''Damfino'' going uphill.
* EpicFail
* FadeToBlack
* FakeActionPrologue: We open below decks on a storm-tossed boat -- wait, no we don't.
* GoingDownWithTheShip
* GrievousBottleyHarm: The wife's first attempt to christen the ''Damfino'' leaves the bottle intact and the keel dented.
* HarmlessElectrocution
* HelpImStuck: Buster accidentally lowers a smokestack over one of his sons.
* HumanLadder: Buster acts as one for his son as they're trying to climb back on board the ''Damfino.''
* HollywoodDarkness
* IconicItem: When The Hat floats past after the sinking of the ''Damfino,'' Buster's wife and kids bow their heads in mourning.
* IconicOutfit: How do we know those two boys are Buster's sons? Their hats match his.
* InstantConvertible: Subverted -- the ''Damfino'' was built with collapsible masts and smokestack.
* {{Irony}}: See SuperDrowningSkills, below. Also, the anchor ''floats.''
* ItWasADarkAndStormyNight
* LawOfDisproportionateResponse: Buster seems far more perturbed by the loss of his lifeboat (which he promptly replaces with a bathtub) than the collapse of his house.
* LethalChef: The pancakes are too tough to cut, and Buster uses one to patch a hole in the hull.
* MurphysBed: Actually, a Murphys Bunk.
* NotQuiteDead
* PaintedTunnelRealTrain: Evoked when Buster nails a seascape to the cabin wall and water begins running out from beneath.
* PoorCommunicationKills: When Buster radios for help and is asked the name of his boat he replies "Damfino", and the coastguard assumes it's a prank call.
* RibbonCuttingCeremony: Specifically, a ship christening, complete with bottle. It goes as well as everything else involving the boat.
* {{Slapstick}}
* TheStoic: Buster, while GoingDownWithTheShip.
* StopDrowningAndStandUp
* SuperDrowningSkills: The ''boat,'' at least at first. Also the life preservers.
* TimeSkip: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by a title card that reads ''Ten seconds later.''
* TogetherInDeath: Averted when the family realizes they can StopDrowningAndStandUp.
* TrashTheSet
* UnfortunateNames: ''Damfino,'' when it's time to send an S.O.S.
* VisualPun: One of the sons pulls the plug on the family's attempt to escape drowning.
* YouFailPhysicsForever: At one point, the river they're sailing on literally runs uphill.
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