the cargo that a vessel carries or is capable of carrying.

1670–80; boat + load Unabridged
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boatload (ˈbəʊtˌləʊd)
the amount of cargo or number of people held by a boat or ship

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Example sentences
Red-carpet glitz and glamour needn't cost a boatload of cash.
It went to the west debris field and brought up the left engine and a boatload of worthless scraps.
We also caught a boatload of trout in the kayak pond.
When a boatload would stop next to the ship there were many too drunk to climb the rope ladder.
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