Pathfinder Ships And Boats

Note: When a crew is being defined a 'Sailor' is a person who has put at least one skill point into Profession: Sailor or at least two points into Profession:Fisherman. Any character without either of those skills counts as an Unskilled Labourer. If a seamanship roll is required use the highest Profession:Sailor modifier in the crew - if it falls to a fisherman, they may use half of the Profession:Fisherman modifier. A Master Seaman will have a Profession:Sailor total modifier of 10 or more.

Basic Boatyard

A basic boatyard builds shallow draft boats and small ships using simple construction techniques. These are flat bottomed vessels that are normally rowed or paddled and are at their best when used in quiet waters such as lakes, harbours and slow rivers. With the addition of lee-boards they can be fitted with a sail, but they are not very efficient sailing vessels. However, their shallow draft and flat bottoms make them the best vessels for use on swamps, marshes, bogs and other wetlands.

These vessels are primarily designed to be rowed, although some can have a mast fitted.

Coracle 10gp: A light frame made from sticks and covered in leather. It is just big enough for one person, who must paddle it themselves – and has a maximum speed of 10. It is light enough that it can be picked up and carried easily by one man. It is often used by lone fishermen or marsh dwellers. It is best on fairly still waters and needs a lot of maintenance. Coracle.gif
Skiff 50gp: 15ft x 5ft with a flat bottom, that is intended for use in still or shallow water. It needs a crew of one, can be rowed, paddled or poled along at a maximum speed of 20 and can take four passengers. It cannot be fitted with a sail. These vessels are particularly effective on sluggish rivers and wetlands. (based on the Rowboat) rpunt_03.gif
Voyaging Boat 500gp: 25 ft x 15 ft with a shallow draught, a Voyaging Boat is designed to be paddled or rowedand is not fitted with a sail. It needs a crew of Nine (eight paddlers and one steersman) to achieve a maximum speed of 30. It can carry up to 15 passengers or an equivalent amount of cargo. These vessels are particularly effective on rivers, lakes and wetlands. (based on the Ship's Boat) Voyaging%20Boat.jpeg
Flatboat 1000gp: 40ftx15ft poor build quality and the most basic materials make this the most fragile of vessels. It cannot sail and can only movement speed of 10 under poles or sweeps. It is OK for gentle local work, floats down rivers easily enough but is difficult to row upstream. However, if you want a slow, one way trip all the way down to The inner Sea, this is probably your best bet. (based on a combination barge / raft - details here) flatboat_3.jpg
Shallop 2000gp: 30ftx15ft with a single mast, lee boards and a simple sail - the Shallop is a small fishing or cargo ship used in rivers, lakes, estuaries and sea-banks. It has a single open hold. It has a maximum speed of 20 (sail or oars) and needs a crew of three. (based on the Keel Boat) shallop1.gif
Sailing Barge 4000gp: 55ft by 25ft with a single mast, lee boards and a shallow draft - the Sailing Barge is designed for trading along river, lake and estuary systtems - and can deal with inshore coastal waters. they are not good in open water. . When the lee-boards are down she can handle a lot of sail, and when they are up she can be pulled over a sand bar or beach for the night. She has speed 40 under sail, but only 20 under sweeps. She has a shallow cargo hold, a low cabin amidships and can take quite a bit of deck cargo as well. She needs a crew of 8 to 10 to get best use from her. (based on the Keel Boat) Sailing%20Barge.gif

Clinker Boatyard

A Clinker Boatyard builds shallow draft boats and small ships using clinker construction techniques. This construction technique allows the vessel to flew as it sails, and it can cope well with coastal sea water, and fast rivers – as well as the slower waters of lakes, rivers and estuaries. They are among the most versatile of vessels.

These vessels are generally designed so they can be rowed or sailed, faster rowing speeds can be achieved by minor customisation and larger crews.

Row Boat 50gp: Standard wooden rowing boat, 10ft x 5ft, used as a tender and as a small boat for local work. It needs a crew of one rower and can take three passengers, although they all feel a bit 'squeezed in' (max 4 people). It travels at a maximum speed of 30. You can upgrade a Row Boat by fitting a mast and sail (10gp) however, they don't sail well and have a max speed of 20 under sail. They are best in quiet waters such as small rivers, harbours or very near the coast. (based on the Rowboat) rowboat01.jpg
Fishing Boat 500gp: 20ft x 10 ft , fitted with a simple sail it is used by local fishermen. It has can sail at a max speed of 40, or be rowed at speeds up to 20. It takes a crew of three to operate (One sailor and two labourers) and can carry up to 12 passengers or the equivalent amount of cargo. Fishing boats work well on rivers, lakes and close coastal waters. However, they can deal with choppy water if required. (based on the Ship's Boat) Boat%20lug%20Rig.jpg
River Boat 3000gp: 50ftx20ft - built shallow and wide, with a single square sail and a simple cabin at the back, which is designed for trading along broad rivers. Unlike the other small ships the River Boat is designed to be rowed as well as sailed. It needs a crew of five people (that contains at least three sailors)to reach a maximum speed of 50 under sail or seven to reach full speed (30) rowed. It has a shallow draught and is particularly well suited to rivers and lakes - although it can cope with coastal waters if it needs to. (based on the Keel Boat) femboringx1.gif

Carvel Boatyard

Carvel construction is generally better for large vessels, deep water sailing and rough weather - and most of the larger faster sailing vessels are carvel built. They are not generally effective on rivers and lakes.

These vessels are designed for sailing and cannot normally be rowed. They could, however, be towed by a rowing boat.

Small Cutter 750gp: 25ft x 10ft with a centerboard keel and fitted with a Cutter sail plan. Mainly used by the Harbour Patrol, rowed in harbour (max 20), sailed on the sea (max 60), it is one of the fastest boats around and needs a crew or at least five (with one Master Seaman and two other sailors) sailors) to handle the oars or sails. It can take seven passengers or marines but is not generally used for cargo. Cutters need deep water to be really effective, and aren't at their best on rivers or lakes. (based on the Ship's Boat) boat%20cutter%203.jpg
Hoy 3500gp: 45ft by 25ft with a single mast, deep build and a square sail, the Hoy is used as a coastal trader and fishing ship. Larger and more sturdy it is able to venture further from port than the Shallop, although it rarely ventures far from the coast line. It needs a crew of five (at least three sailors)to sail at its max speed of 50. The Hoy generally has a cabin for the crew, but most of the vessel is deck and hold for the cargo/catch. The Hoy is particularly well suited to lakes, estuaries and coastal waters and can cope with the open sea if required. They aren't very good on rivers or waterways that are narrow or shallow. (based on the Keel Boat) Hoy.gif
Coastal Cutter 4500gp: 60ft by 15 ft and the full cutter rig, this small ship is as fast as anything else on the water and is used primarily by the local coastguard and revenue. It needs a crew of seven ( with one master Seaman and four other sailors)) to achieve its maximum sailing speed of 90, and can carry up to forty marines. It is primarily a coastal vessel. With little need for cargo space the large cutter has a cabin for its master, another for the crew (up to ten people) and a third for the marines (up to ten marines) - although space in each of the cabins is very tight. The Cutter works particularly well in deeper coastal waters, and can handle the open sea effectively. It is not well suited to rivers or lakes. (based on the Keel Boat) ship_cutter_rigged.gif
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