I am reading the Nzherald newspaper from New Zealand but one word stuck me in the understanding about the sentence. I believe it like the English word 'Boat' but whatever I would like to be sure about what I mean.
Is it a plural form?
Here is the sentence (see the bold part):
"Authorities on the mainland patrolled popular beaches up and down the country and warned boaties not to go out on the water."
Thanks in advance for your replies (Do not hesitate to correct me).
I am not a teacher but I *AM* a native NZ English speaker and "boatie" here in NZ and DEFINITELY in the context of that article simply means anyone who uses any sort of recreational boat. It does NOT mean only or specifically a surf boat, which as has been pointed out, is more Australian than NZ. The warning was to all recreational boat users.