a boat used for work or trade rather than sport, public transportation, or military purposes.

1935–40; work + boat Unabridged
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Workboat is in lower center of photo and is holding the end of the net.
The workboat personnel were clear of the load when it landed onto the workboat
Several full-size wickets and a workboat, used to operate them, are displayed
  at the visitor center.
The third accident involved a crane on a semi-submersible drilling rig making a
  lift to a workboat.
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