You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat


What does You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat mean?

You’re gonna need a bigger boat (also known as we’re gonna need a bigger boat) is a quote uttered by Roy Schneider (Brody) in the arguably most famous scene from the horror-movie Jaws.

The quote has been added to a series of image macros that feature screenshots from the movie.

These image macros are often used as reaction memes, expressing that somebody has underestimated the opponent and is going to require a lot more help in order to succeed.

We’re gonna need a bigger boat.


What's the origin of You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat?

Jaws is a 1975 Hollywood horror movie classic, directed by Steven Spielberg.

The scene, where you’re gonna need a bigger boat is uttered, features two men in a small fishing boat going looking for a shark.

When one of the men first catches sight of the shark he is totally surprised at the enormity of the beast.

He slowly walks into the cabin where the other man is and says, “I think you’re gonna need a bigger boat”.

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How did You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat spread?

The movie was so successful at it’s time that almost everybody was familiar with the scene.

No wonder that the infamous line ”You’re gonna need a bigger boat” landed at No. 3 on Hollywood’s Top 100 Movie Quotes.

As well as a pop-culture reference, the quote also spread on the internet in the form of memes, primarily on meme-sharing sites like or

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