Rather than thinking of how a boat is created in language I feel the focus should be to concentrate on the non-discursive factors that are involved in creating and destroying a boat. Far from a boat being an eternal archetype a boat is a product that is produced through a process of individuation. Every boat is a becoming that is produced at a particular point in time through the use of intensive forces. This, for example, could be the pressure of the saw used to saw the pieces of wood, or the force of the hammer used to insert the nails into the wood. However, far from arguing that the boat is a final cause of these intensive processes it is instead a duration that contains its form for a particular amount of time. Other intensive forces may cause this boat to transform and become other. This could be the pressure of waves from the sea or the speed from a projectile thrown at the boat. The important point about this is the focus turns away from thinking about a particular instance and a general type to one of the relation between the whole and the parts. This puts the focus on casual relations rather than the linguistic conventions of asking when a boat is a boat. There are therefore no natural traits for a boat being a boat, but rather the understanding of the intensive morphogenetic processes that can give rise to and destroy a boat. This can be some up by a quote from DeLanda discussing Deleuze:
Deleuze, of course, would not deny that there are objects in the world which
resemble one another, or that there are entities which manage to maintain their
identity through time. It is just that resemblances must be treated as mere
results of deeper physical processes, and not as fundamental categories on which
to base an ontology (ISVP, 2002, p38-39)
From this position I am therefore uninterested in when language allows me to call something a boat or not, but rather more interested in the ‘deeper physical processes’ that have created the boat, maintain its duration, and destroy it to become other. This seems more advantageous as starting from identities risks relying on some essence (e.g. the essence of a boat that allows me to call an object a boat) and instead recognise identities are mere results of other forces, which are not fixed or essential.