How to Build a Boat in Valheim

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How to Build a Boat in Valheim

If you want to make a boat in Valheim, Just get your Valheim workbench up and running, you can start making the boats. You can build rafts and karves, before making your way up to a longship for your long travels.

Some of the resources can be found overseas, so you’ll need a good and strong vessel to get you from A to B. so let’s cover how to build, dock, and repair a boat in the game.


How to build a boat in Valheim

Before getting to craft a boat, it’s worth planning before. Just like other buildings, ships will need fixing, so it’s best to make a dock and workbench near the coast to repair your fleet. If your house is nowhere near water, consider making a portal that takes you straight to where your boats are.




Think of a raft as a useful means of travel rather than a fancy one. It’s not much of a ship, but it gets you where you want to go. You won’t have to go far from Valheim’s starter biome, the Meadows, either as this formula is gentle and simple. Rafts are ideal for early game exploration, and putting them on bodies of water is just a left-click from your inventory away.

  • Equipment: Workbench
  • Wood x20: Chop down trees in the Meadows.
  • Leather scraps x6: Dropped by boar and found in chests.
  • Resin x6: Dropped by Greydwarf (including Shaman and Brutes), occasionally dropped by Birch and Beech trees.




The karve is faster and easier to steer, as well as being more enduring than its predecessor. Unlike the raft, it has four storage slots to make it simpler to transport your spoils, and you can choose the surprising speed with the wind in your sails.

  • Equipment: Workbench, forge
  • Bronze nails x80: Crafted using bronze at a forge.
  • Deer hide x10: Dropped by deer.
  • Fine wood x30: Chop down Birch and Oak trees (requires a bronze axe or better).
  • Resin x20: Dropped by Greydwarf (including Shaman and Brutes), occasionally dropped by Birch and Beech trees.




If you want the best boat in Valheim, the longship is your endgame build. Set sail with a crew of friends and try your best to fill its 18 storage slots with items. It won’t need fixing often, you can ride waves at speed, and storms are really quite fun when you’re bouncing along in this ship.

  • Equipment: Workbench, forge
  • Ancient bark x40: Chop down ancient trees in the Swamp.
  • Deer hide x10: Dropped by deer
  • Fine wood x40: Chop down Birch and Oak trees (requires a bronze axe or better).
  • Iron nails x100: Crafted using an iron at a forge.

How to build a Valheim boat dock

There’s no way to correctly anchor your boat in Valheim, but you can make a dock to stop it from drifting away. This can be as detailed or as basic as you like, but make sure you get lots of wood before you even start.

To create a dock, place wood wall tiles in the water with wood floor tiles above in a T shape. Place some wood stairs at the water’s edge, and finish off the end of the dock with more wood walls to give it the ideal home for a permanent workbench.

  • Equipment: Workbench
  • Wood floor: Requires wood x2 per tile.
  • Wood wall: Requires wood x2 per tile.
  • Wood stairs: Requires wood x2 per tile.



How to repair a boat in Valheim

TO repair your ship is similar to how you’d repair tools, items, and buildings. All you need to repair a boat is a workbench, but as I stated earlier, you’ll want to have one of these readily accessible on your dock, and inside the range of your boat. To repair your Valheim boat, equip your hammer, right-click to enter the build menu, then place your cursor over the boat. Press left-click and you’re all good to take on the seas once more.

The basics of setting sail in Valheim

Every boat has a rudder, which you’ll need to sail back and forth. You can move at different speeds, and it’s even likely to reverse. Interact with the rudder and tap W to move forward, or S to move backwards. A and D allow you to bear left and right, and you can open and close the sail by double-tapping W and S.

Check out your mini-map and look out for the white arrow, which represents the wind direction. Going in the same way as the wind will let you sail, whereas moving against it will slow you down, or hold your boat in its tracks. The important thing to remember is that you don’t have to be glued to the rudder for the whole trip, once your boat is coasting along the waves, you can check out the views.

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