The boat is 2000 years old and was discovered by two brothers in 1986. It was during a time drought and the two discovered it in the mud left behind by the receding waters. It is a significant find since it is rare that such maritime artifacts are recovered. And even if Jesus never did sail on it we can still use it to help us better understand the world of Jesus and his disciples. Yet another reason for you to visit the holy land.
Below is a pair of videos that relate the story of the boat. I think you will enjoy them.