How to draw a fishing boat: simple and detailed methods


Boats are great drawing subjects because of their beautiful shape and how they look with nature in the background. However, many people may find it difficult to decide how to draw a fishing boat.

Here we have two fishing boat designs, one simple and the other more detailed. We’ll draw a step-by-step boat for each type while keeping things as simple as possible.

Keep reading to learn more.

What do you need


  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser (to make corrections to your drawing if necessary)
  • Markers/crayons (optional)

Simple Fishing Boat Drawing


Clip-on fishing boats are great for drawing a boat for kids, as they are very simple in appearance.

  • Step 1: First draw the shell using a shape that looks like an upside down roof. You can start with two horizontal parallel lines and draw an angle from the top end to the bottom end on each side.
  • Step 2: Draw a large triangle on top of the shell. Draw several boxes on the triangle. These will be our sails.
  • Step 3: Add detail to the hull using thicker outlines and horizontal lines on the body that look like the wooden planks that make up the hull. Add additional details such as an anchor and fishing gear like nets and lines.
  • Step 4: Add masts behind the sails and a stronger outline for each sail. Replace the side of the sail boxes with curves to mimic how the wind pushes them forward.
  • Step 5: Accent the final lines and remove the starting line guides to finish. Add color for a better look.

Fishing Boat Detailed Drawing


If you want to draw a boat that looks more detailed, try making this fishing boat sketch. For this artwork we will draw from the right side. The boat will tilt slightly to the left.

Step 1. Draw the bow line

On the right side of your paper, draw a curved arc.

You can use an imaginary horizontal line where you will start drawing the arc. This will be a good way to provide a reference as to where your boat is facing. Keep this line clear because you will erase it later.

Step 2. Begin the Shell Outline

Draw a horizontal line from the lower end of the bow line. This will be one side of the gunwale and will determine the viewing angle from which we see the drawing.

For this situation, draw a straight horizontal line if we want to look sideways.

Change it to an up or down angle if you want to view the boat slightly from the bow or stern. However, this would require changing the arc as well if the change in angle is too great.

Also add a vertical line from the same point where the horizontal line started. Add a very slight angle to the right as you draw down to show the curve of the hull.

Step 3. Add the transom

Draw the transom line from the end point of the gunwale line. What is very important to note is that the angle of this transom should be the same as the top line of the cabin, which we will add in the next step.

If these two angles are different, the whole boat will end up looking crooked.

On either side of the transom, draw two short vertical lines and add an extra line in the middle for more detail.

Step 4. Add cabin

Start at the top end of your bow and make a short horizontal line with a slight upward angle; this will be the top of our boat’s cabin. Make sure that the angles of the transom and cabin top match, as mentioned above.

Make three short lines down from the top cab line, with the middle line closer to the right one and slightly longer. We will end up with a cube-like figure.

You can also add a window and a door to get a better idea of ​​the look you will get.

Now that the cabin has an outline, draw the line from the gunwale for the upper side starting at the rightmost vertical line of the cabin to the transom.

Step 5. Put the details at the bottom

At the bottom of the boat, we have the keel and generally a rudder at the back. Start adding those details if you want them. However, these will not be visible when drawing a boat on water.

If you want your boat to be on the water, draw more details instead, like splashing water or just calm waters.

If you’re drawing the bottom, start with the rudder under the transom using a simple upright rectangle with its top and bottom angled slightly downward to match the rest of our drawing.

Next, start extending the transom from each of the vertical lines of the hull. You will have the shape of the boat.

Also add the keel by drawing slightly curved lines from the transom and the front of the hull.

Step 6. Characterize your boat

Add more detail to the boat with some shading. If you are showing the bottom, also draw a waterline for that and shade the bottom to show some variation. Also add things like wings to the side of the hull to make it look more realistic.

Aft near the transom, draw a mast; this is where we can put the necessary details to flesh out our fishing boat, such as the nets. You can add whatever details you want at this point.

Other details you can add are mooring lines, an anchor or fishing tackle that can be hung from the back. Define your outlines and add color if desired.


Now you know how to draw a fishing boat. Change the details on the boat and you can also have different types. The great thing about the boats is their accessibility once you get familiar with it, so keep practicing.

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Remember to navigate safely.


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