Occasionally I can leave a boat without destroying it, but more often, I end up pushing it off into the middle of the ocean, or into some nearby land which wrecks it.
What's my problem? How do you do this effectively?
I've had this same problem. I only recently found a good way of dealing with this.
When you're, uh, "parking" your boat, bring it up to the land that you intend on getting onto, but do it SLOWLY. Make sure the front of the boat is pressed right up against the land. Look straight down, and right click the boat.... you should now be standing on it and it shouldnt be going anywhere. Now JUMP off the boat and onto the land (so you dont kick the thing when you come down). This should get you onto the land WITHOUT the boat going on a wacky misadventure and forgetting to take you with.
That's how I do it anyway. Hope this helps, cause yeah, the whole "boats zooming away when I get out of them" thing is INCREDIBLY annoying. My world has alot of boats just randomly floating around from that happening so often.
I just dont like how fragile they are, they shouldnt blow up just by hitting the land like that. Maybe if it was going full speed sure, but not when im going slower than that.
Agreed....I haven't had too much issues with boats floating away as I rarely use boats anyway, but the other day I was sailing around, I only brought 1 boat with me and I was going up to shore to explore a little bit....next thing I know, going like half of land movement speed, my boat taps SAND and freaking flies apart.......like you, I can understand if you slam into the shore or you hit cobblestone or something at a decent speed, but hitting a block of sand while travelling slower than you can on land and it breaks the boat?
The other day I had perfectly parked my boat in a lake with a cool generated archway on the other side. Was parked on still water. Went around the small island to look for mushrooms and such, came back and the boat was on the other side in pieces under water.
It made me facepalm.
Don't even get me started on that time a skeleton swam halfway in the middle of the ocean sniping me in broad daylight when my boat broke.
I had the exact same issue for the longest time. Nothing I tried worked and the boats would shoot out a mile away or they'd break under me. It became a huge hassle and I almost gave up on using them. So with a last ditch effort I started trying button combinations and this saved me from hating boats haha.
After parking your boat and it's at a stand still, (water pulling boat docks help) hold space (jump) and W (forward), then rightclick out of your boat and you will jump out without even touching the boat every time. I haven't broken a boat in weeks.
Hope this helps. I don't post here often but this bothered me enough to try and help others with the issue.
if you are making a dock, make a dry dock usingat least four half-steps. If you are in the wild, press the right click and jump at the same time and then move somewhere out of the boat, if you don't touch it, it won't launch to oblivion.
I have more difficulty on keeping my dock free from mobs without having to use fence.
I read about this in another thread, but never tested it until now. You can make a dock out of wool and fly into it at full speed and your boat will not break. Doesn't really help while adventuring, but at home at least you will always have a boat in dock.
If he wants them to wear out like a tool, then they should wear out like a tool. Make it so you can pick them back up, give them a health bar, and treat every, idunno, 20 squares of water as one use. That would be fine, because you'd know how long you have before you need to get out and build your next boat. But it having the thing explode on the beach because you tried to stand up adds nothing to the game but annoyance.
That's not an exaggeration, by the way. I was just playing five minutes ago, slowed down to (what I thought was) a stop as I got near land, right clicked and the boat shot out from under me and broke. That's not a balanced game mechanic.
I don't even bother with boats. I figure if I'm going to end up swimming anyway, I might as well start out swimming, and I get a better rate of return converting my planks into sticks through the crafting menu than I do building boats out of them.