The boat, also called the riverboat, is one of the sales venue in the game. Players can complete orders for the townsfolk in exchange for coins, experience points, vouchers and leaderboard points. Orders take the form of crates players need to fill.
Repairing the dock
The boat becomes available at level 17, when players can repair the boat dock. Once the dock is repaired, the riverboat begins to appear and stop at the farm. The repair costs 14,000 coins and takes 1 day and 7 hours (or 68 diamonds). Players earn 27 experience points for repairing the dock.
After repairing the dock, it will look like it is made of stone. As soon as you complete the building, the boat will come down the river and stop in front of the newly repaired dock.
Once a boat has arrived it remains at the dock from 15 hours to 17 hours and 36 minutes (to be confirmed).
Players can cast off the boat at any point during that time using the cast off button if:
- they have filled all the crates
- no crate has been filled and players have not asked for help with any of them.
If a boat is not cast off in the allotted time, it will automatically leave once the time is up.
Once a boat has been cast off, the next one automatically arrives four hours later (not accounting for the off-game time; if players quit the game before the four hours are up the boat will arrive when they load the game again).
Type of orders
Requests appear to be random but always call for three different types of items, divided into several crates. The number of crates increases as the player progresses to reach a maximum of four crates per item. The quantity of items required per crate depends on how long it takes to grow or craft the item (see Master List). The same items can be requested in consecutive boats. However, items which are made of the same ingredients are not requested in the same shipment.
Tapping on the dock when there is no boat lets players know which items will be requested next, as well as the remaining time before the next boat arrives in 4 hours.
Each crate must be filled completely with the quantity requested on the front of the crate.
Players can ask for help with up to four crates per boat, three of which any player can fill, and one of which only neighbors can fill. They can also use a blue booster to have one or two crates filled automatically.
Crates flagged to be filled by any player are green and have an exclamation point inside them, and crates flagged to be filled by neighbors are blue, and marked with the seal of the neighborhood.
Once a player has flagged a crate they can still fill it themselves, but doing so does not allow for another crate to be flagged. It is not possible to "unflag" a crate, either.
Farms with requests for help are denoted with an exclamation mark (!) in the Friends menu and on Daily Dirt ads. A message saying "My farm needs help!" is, also, automatically posted to the neighborhood chat panel.
Filling a whole shipment before the allotted time is up awards more experience points, a random voucher (whose color is only revealed when the boat sails off) and leaderboard points (the sooner the player fills the boat the higher the number of leaderboard points).
Special shipments can also reward players with a random puzzle piece, needed to unlock wildlife animals. These display a puzzle piece on the dock when they arrive.
Main article: Leaderboard
The boat leaderboards rank friends and all players across the world according to the number of leaderboard points they have accumulated.
Events and achievements
Main article: Event Board
Main article: Achievements
Boat deliveries are tied to two special recurring events:
- the 'River Boat Bonus' which doubles the coins awarded for filling a crate and the vouchers for completing a whole shipment.
- the 'Riverboat Season' which gives players several rewards for completing a certain number of boats and participating in the event.
Boat deliveries also let players complete the "Stevedore", "Captain", "Co-op" and "Boat Score Hunter" achievements.
- Be aware of that there is no confirm for using diamonds to make the boat come sooner.
- MindoPod's guide lists most requested quantities in greater details than our Master List.
- When the boat dock is first repaired, it is to a players advantage to complete every boat order, even if this requires purchasing items, as the Captain achievement requires the player to complete consecutive boats. Make filling crates a priority at this point, over truck orders or sales to non-player characters.
- Ask for help! It might be helpful to have as many friends as possible to help you complete these orders. You can add people even if you do not know them to build up a good pool of friends.
- Asking for help will put an exclamation mark next to your image in your Daily Dirt advertisements. If you advertise a popular product, people will come quickly and buy the product and the advertisement will not make it into new papers. If you advertise a less popular product, your advertisement will run for a longer period of time and more people will have the opportunity to come and see if they can help you.
- Ask for help after you have filled up all the crates you can - NOT right away as soon as your boat comes in. Why? Because when other farmers stop by your boat to see if they can help you they may decide whether or not to help based on how many crates are filled. If they see that most of the crates are empty they will often think (for good reason!) "Why should I bother to help?! This boat is not going to be sent off full anyway. Why bother filling these crates." On the other hand, if most of your crates are full and they see just one or two crates need filling then they see that they can really do you a big favor to help you get the bonus points for a full boat and they will be induced to help. In other words, if you do not believe in your boat going out full, others will not, either.
- Help others often. Your friends and followers will come to think of you as a "good friend" if they frequently see your avatar on their crates and they are more likely to check your farm for boat help frequently.
- Note that if you help someone fill a crate for their boat, you will earn experience points, coins, and leaderboard points.
- Change your farm's name. It is helpful to put in your farm's title that your boat needs help. If you can remember to change it back after, it is even more helpful to put the exact item you require in the title so that your friends do not have to go to your boat to recall what item they want to help you with.
- Get new boats early in the day. When you send a boat off, a new boat is coming in 4 hours.... or the next time you log into your game. If you send a shipment off at night and can resist checking back in after 4 hours have elapsed, the boat will come in and the timer will start at your next login. To avoid having the timer tick overnight, do not check in if it has been more than 4 hours since you sent off your last boat.
- Prepare in advance. When you send a shipment off, check the dock to see what will be required for your next shipment. It is most advantageous to complete orders before you go to sleep and put the items you'll require in your production queue overnight, if possible. You may also need to plant crops or set aside animal products to fill orders and knowing in advance will prevent selling these items in other ways.
- Skip riverboats that you do not want or ones that will be too hard by sending it off before you have asked for help or filled any crates. Simply press the button you usually would send the boat off as if it were full. This can save time and not leave you waiting 20 hours for a new boat.
- You can only send the boat off without filling all crates or if you have not filled any crates at all. If you fill one crate, the button to send the boat off will turn gray and tapping it will not result in anything. If you tap the button to send the boat off with empty crates, Hay Day will ask for confirmation. If you send the boat off with empty crates, the next boat will arrive in 4 hours as usual.
- Even if all the crates on your boat are full, you may decide not to send it off for some time. You can use the time to build up stock on various products to make it easier to fill the crates on the next boat.
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