noun, plural boatmen.
a person skilled in the use of small craft.
a person who sells, rents, or works on boats.
Also, boatsman.

1505–15; boat + -man Unabridged
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boatman (ˈbəʊtmən)
n , pl -men
1.  a man who works on, hires out, repairs, or operates a boat or boats
2.  short for water boatman

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Example sentences
Ted's heart pounds so that the boatman must surely feel it and take warning,
  must sense the islanders in the dark trees.
He chucks it all and finally, with the aid of an old boatman, he finds what he
  is seeking in the river as a metaphor of life.
The uneducated former boatman was not actually illiterate, though he wrote
The boatman managed to put us ashore on a huge pile of rocks.
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