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I would like to make a motorboat/boat/raft/ship symbol in LaTex but cannot find a command for one. I know there is \Plane in bbding dingbats which gives the symbol for plane. But I dont see anything for boat or similar.

Any help on this will be much appreciated.

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why do you need a font character, rather than simply \includegraphics{boat} for any suitable image? –  David Carlisle Aug 31 at 17:18
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There is \PHship in phaistos –  Symbol 1 Aug 31 at 17:32

3 Answers 3

Can we cheat?

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{tikz}

\newcommand*{\myboat}{%
  \protect\raisebox{-0.0000165em}{%
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~}

\begin{document}

This is my boat \myboat

\end{document}

enter image description here

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To be honest, I'm not even sure I could draw that in Inkscape to begin with. +1 for skill (unless of course you just found it on the internet… XD) –  Sean Allred Aug 31 at 18:30
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That code begs for cleaning up ;) –  percusse Aug 31 at 18:41
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Why not \DeclareRobustCommand instead of all the \protect? –  Henri Menke Sep 1 at 5:40

Just found a dugout:

% arara: lualatex

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontawesome}
\usepackage{graphicx}

\begin{document}
\rotatebox[origin=c]{45}{\faPhone}
\end{document}

enter image description here

% arara: lualatex

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontawesome}
\usepackage{graphicx}

\begin{document}
\[
\begin{array}{c}
\rotatebox[origin=c]{45}{\faPhone}\\[-14.5pt]
\scalebox{0.4}{\faUser}\\[-4pt]
\widetilde{}\quad\widetilde{}\quad\widetilde{}\quad\widetilde{}\\[-10pt]
\widetilde{}\quad\widetilde{}\quad\widetilde{}
\end{array}
\]
\end{document}

enter image description here

Edit:

Here some earnest symbols:

The font Quivira contains a sail boat and a ferry. The font Symbola contains them also as well as a speedboat, a ship, and a rowing boat:

% arara: lualatex

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}

\begin{document}
    \setmainfont{quivira.otf}
    \symbol{"26F5}\symbol{"26F4}

    \setmainfont{symbola.ttf}
    \symbol{"26F5}\symbol{"26F4}\symbol{"1F6A4}\symbol{"1F6A2}\symbol{"1F6A3}
\end{document}

enter image description here

Unicode 7.0 gives us two more symbols. A passenger ship and a motor boat:

% arara: lualatex

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}

\begin{document}
    \setmainfont{symbola.ttf}
    \symbol{"1F6F3}\symbol{"1F6E5}
\end{document}

enter image description here

Credits to "Symbol 1" for mentioning the package phaistos:

% arara: pdflatex

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{phaistos}

\begin{document}
\PHship
\end{document}

enter image description here

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Is this what they mean by mobile data stream? –  percusse Aug 31 at 22:06
    
@percusse haha, yes, absolutely! –  LaRiFaRi Aug 31 at 22:07
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Now, I see that I met a true talent on graphics: I would never think that a telephone is a boat en-face. –  yo' Sep 1 at 8:26

The Unicode symbol for a sailboat is U+26F5, so \char"26F5 should work in LuaLaTeX or XeLaTeX. If you have an emoji font that contains this glyph, you might want to make an alias for that font with \newfontface from fontspec. MWE (if you have Symbola):

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}

\newfontface\emojifont{Symbola} % Or another font containing emoji
\newcommand\boat{{\emojifont \char"26F5}}

\begin{document}
This is my boat: \boat.  Isn't it grand?
\end{document}
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