One of the most interesting aspects of Stranded Deep is navigating the ocean and exploring shipwrecks and other islands. In theory, players can do this with the basic inflatable raft that they are provided with at the beginning of the game. This raft is extremely slow when it comes to exploring though, and if players encounter some of the game’s more terrifying sea creatures they will find themselves capsized and killed very quickly.

The best way to explore the world in Stranded Deep is for the player to build their own raft out of the materials found around them. Raft building isn’t something that is explained very well in-game, but will be integral to progressing through the world. This guide will help players understand the basics of building their own raft and what materials they should prioritize.

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Stranded Deep: Crafting a Raft Base

All of the components of raft building will be found within the crafting menu. Players will need to select the Raft Base aspect first, which will enable their raft to float. There are actually multiple types of materials that can be used to craft a base. Players will be able to make a base out of sticks, buoy balls, tires, and even barrels that are found. Each of these items just needs to be lashed together in order to create a small floating section.

Currently, the most durable base that players can craft is the barrel base. Players will just need to track down three barrels and use one lashing to form them together. This base will hold up to a lot more damage from enemies than any other material in the game. Players will usually find barrels tied up in shipwrecks, they just need to be cut out and dragged back to the player’s home island.

Stranded Deep: Craft a Raft Floor

The next step to raft building is for players to construct a floor to stand on. Players will just need to select the floor component from the crafting menu before finding the materials necessary to craft it. Like the base, there are actually several types of floors that can be made, with some being better than others. Floors can be made out of sticks, planks, corrugated steel, or clay bricks. Once a floor is created players will just need to drag it to the base and attach it with a hammer.

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Steel or bricks are by far the best options for creating a floor in Stranded Deep, but neither are particularly easy to acquire. Steel must be found washed up on shore or within shipwrecks and are not particularly common in the world. Bricks can be crafted, but it will take players a long time to get to that point. They will need to craft both a brick station and a furnace before finding clay to craft into bricks.

Stranded Deep: Crafting Propulsion Systems

There are two different ways to propel the raft in Stranded Deep, and players can combine both of these methods for a highly efficient raft. The slower but easier option is to craft a sail. Sails can be easily crafted by two sticks, a cloth, and some lashing. From there players just need to attach the sail to their raft and use wind energy to propel their raft across the seas.

The other method of propulsion may be a little more difficult for players to acquire, especially if they haven’t spent a lot of time exploring the world around them. Stranded Deep actually allows players to craft a boat motor that is much faster than the sail. Players will need duct tape, one engine part, a fuel part, a filter part, and an electrical part in order to craft the motor. Obviously these pieces aren’t naturally occurring, so they must be found on shipwrecks. On top of this players will also have to find gasoline to power the motor as well.

Stranded Deep: Other Necessary Raft Components

Players may think that with everything they have done that their raft is perfectly capable of exploring the high seas, but they may ruin all of their hard work if they don’t invest in an anchor and rudder. Both items are extremely important to piloting a raft, and there is no reason to not own them considering they are relatively easy to build.

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The rudder will be used to steer the boat in different directions. It’s fairly worthless to have a speeding raft that can’t be controlled. The rudder can be constructed by using a lashing, a cloth, and two sticks. Once this is attached to the raft, players will have full control of where they go. Additionally, players will be in for a bad time if their raft floats away while they aren’t paying attention. This is why it is integral to attach a boat anchor to the raft to ensure that their creation stays in one place. The anchor just needs six rocks, a stick, and four lashings.

Stranded Deep: Important Raft Building Tips

1. Players will need at least one base, floor, and propulsion system if they want their raft to work effectively.

2. Players can actually construct larger rafts by hammering together several bases and floors together.

3. Beware the more aggressive sea creatures, as they will attempt to capsize or damage the player’s raft. Even larger and more durable rafts can be destroyed or knocked over by great whites or sea monsters.

4. Portions of a raft can be removed by using the axe. That portion of the raft will be destroyed and players will not receive their materials back.

5. Players can add crater to their rafts in order to allow the storage of resources, food, and water for long journeys.

Stranded Deep can be played on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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