Boats have served as short-distance transportation since early times. Circumstantial evidence, such as the early settlement of Australia over 40,000 years ago, suggests that boats have been used since ancient times. The earliest boats have been predicted to be logboats. The oldest boats to be found by archaeological excavation are logboats from around 7,000-10,000 years ago. The oldest recovered boat in the world is the canoe of Pesse; it is adugout or hollowed tree trunk from a Pinus sylvestris. It was constructed somewhere between 8200 and 7600 B.C. This canoe is exhibited in the Drents Museum in Assen, Netherlands; other very old dugout boats have been recovered A 7,000 year-old seagoing boat made from reeds and tar has been found in Kuwait
Boats were used between 4000 BCE and 3000 BCE in Sumer ancient Egypt and in the Indian Ocean.
Boats played a very important part in the commerce between the Indus Valley Civilization and Mesopotamia. Evidence of varying models of boats has also been discovered in various Indus Valley sites. The Uru wooden big boat made in Beypore a village in south Calicut, Kerala, in southwestern India. These have been used by the Arabs and Greeks since ancient times as trading vessels. This mammoth wooden ship was constructed using teak, without any iron or blueprints which has transportation capacity of 400 tonnes.
The accounts of historians Herodotus, Pliny the Elder, and Strabo suggest that boats were being used for commerce and traveling.
The invention of the first boat is prehistoric and no known
records exist as to its inventor. However, the earliest recorded
history of boats comes from Egyptian hieroglyphs dating from 6000
No one knows. Boats have been around almost as long as mankind. The first boat was probably just a log that a person could hold onto, and then maybe two or three tied together to form a raft. Some of the earliest known forms of boats are dugout canoes, basket boats, reed boats, and rafts.
Continent to Continent, that question is debatable. But it was probably whoever (in prehistoric times) first saw a log floating on a river, than decided it was a good idea to sit on it.