4. The Flame in the Flood The Raft

Your raft is your second best friend. You need to maintain it and upgrade it whenever possible. Raft health must always be a priority, especially since there will be regions with no Marina to repair.

Here are the recipes for raft repair, but keep in mind that these are the same materials needed to upgrade your raft. Make sure you prioritize upgrades to make your trip easier.

  • Minor Repairs - 10 raft health
    • 1 Nuts N Bolts
  • Moderate Repairs - 20 raft health
    • 1 Old Lumber
  • Major Repairs - 40 raft health
    • Requires a crafted Repair Patch
    • 1 Old Lumber
    • 1 Nuts N Bolts
    • 1 Stone Hammer

Once you repair 1000 points of raft health, you earn this:

Mechanic

Repair 1000 points of raft health

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There is an achievement (with a "good glitch") associated with upgrading the raft. The achievement says it has to be done in a single playthrough. It doesn't. In addition, I've gotten this achievement without getting all of the upgrades. This one likely counts how many upgrades you get across plays. That being said, upgrading to the max is a good idea.

Seafarer

Full upgrade your raft in a single playthrough

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Rafts can only be upgraded at Marinas when you have the required equipment. You will need Raft Frames (2 Old Lumber each), Raft Hardware (2 Nuts N Bolts each), and Raft Schematics (found on their own). A fully upgraded raft will cost you the following:

  • 12 Raft Schematics
  • 15 Raft Hardware (30 Nuts N Bolts)
  • 15 Raft Framework (30 Old Lumber)

There are a total of 7 raft upgrades. I'll list them in the order that I think is the best priority.

Rudder

  • 1 Raft Schematic
  • 1 Raft Hardware
  • 1 Raft Framework

Your rudder is essential for helping you steer and avoid obstacles. You'll notice a huge change when you mount this.

Raft Shelter

  • 2 Raft Schematics
  • 2 Raft Hardware
  • 3 Raft Framework

Being able to rest anywhere without needing to go into hostile territory is a plus. Also, you may want to wait out the rain (so your torch works) or darkness, especially if it's cold.

Sturdy Frame

  • 1 Raft Schematics
  • 2 Raft Hardware
  • 2 Raft Framework

You might want this second instead of third, depending on how well you navigate with the rudder. Of note: adding a frame doesn't repair your raft. You'll need to do that separately.

Stove

  • 2 Raft Schematics
  • 3 Raft Hardware
  • 3 Raft Framework

Being able to cook food and warm yourself up is a huge plus. You'll need to have some cattails on hand for dry tinder to light it, and it doesn't stay lit in rain. Still, it can be a life saver.

Water Purifier

  • 2 Raft Schematics
  • 3 Raft Hardware
  • 3 Raft Framework

Not really necessary in the early game, when rain is plentiful, but you'll want this in the later game when you go through deserts and dry spells. Keep plenty of jars on hand, and make sure you top them off.

Raft Motor

  • 3 Raft Schematics
  • 3 Raft Hardware
  • 2 Raft Framework

This sounds a lot cooler than it actually is. The motor requires gas, and you have to use Jars to store it. Jars are better used for water. The motor is helpful for getting to harder to reach locations when you may want to go up the river, and it helps you through still water, but honestly, I used it very infrequently.

There is an achievement tied to traveling 20 miles with the motor running. The motor has to actually be pushing the boat to count, so you'll need to keep stocking up on gas for this. I used the motor so little that I needed an extra run just to get the motor and do this achievement, which was the last one for my 100%.

Speed Boat

Travel 20 miles with the raft motor running

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