Native English speakers, I can't understand this so please help?

So I was reading this book which is full of nautical terms and slang, 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. What did he mean by 'boats' ?

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  • 3 weeks ago
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    could be from the passage "boats" was a nickname.

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