Native English speakers, what does the nautical term 'boats' mean?

So I was reading this book which is full of nautical terms and slangs, I came across a passage where a chief bosun's mate yells 'boats' as he jumps back onboard to his yacht from visiting a friend on another boat.  

For your reference the book is Without Remorse by Tom Clancy. Chapter 2 - 'Encounters' Page 29, 2nd passage

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  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago
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    "Boats" is slang for a Botswain's Mate rank (Bosun). In the book, the character may have been announcing his arrival back aboard his own yacht.

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