Make a realistic boat in Unity with C#

1. Introduction

In this tutorial you will learn how to make a realistic boat in Unity. There are multiple ways to make a boat in Unity, and so far I've identified the following:

  • Just add a box collider to your boat, and place it so it will look like the bottom of the boat is below the water line.

  • Use Unity's built-in wheel colliders. You can find a good explanation of the basic idea here: Physics-based Ship Movement.

  • Create a model that looks realistic, but is fake (as explained here: Floating an object on water)

  • Create a model using the real physics equations from mother nature. We will focus on this method in this tutorial. It will be slower but look much more realistic.

Unity boat tutorial scene