It feels weird to have an update overhauling oceans and seas, inviting the player to actually explore them,but not doing anything about the boats.
I dont really like how Drowned can easily destroy them with tridents. What if there was a reinforced boat that was harder for mobs to destroy, having more health than the regular one, but maintaining the same speed? Maybe this boat could also protect the player better, i dont know.
Two player boat would also be cool, with one player controlling and the other sitting behind him and using a bow. That would be a strong combo
And maybe even a Boat with Chest, for better overseas transport?
Also, there should be an option to put banners on your boat, so you could put a flag of your faction or a pirate flag.
We already have two-passenger boats, so your two-player scenario can already happen. I forget if it's a universal feature or only for Bedrock (or Java), but you can already put banners on boats.
I really want chests in boats, but currently the only way to do that is with a donkey, mule, or llama. Non-mob entities (like chests) cannot be placed into a boat yet, so either this is currently flat-out impossible or only available via commands.
I support 90% of this idea - the one bit I don't agree on is the 'reinforced boat' part - but I totally agree with the ideas of a 2-player boat, boat-with-chest & the idea of having a banner, preferably positioned mid boat so that it can look like a sail
Surely can't be that difficult to add the extra 'slot' for another person or a chest, since you can already carry an animal/villager in a boat with you steering
(Hmmm.. Idea - I wonder... is it possible to stick a llhama/mule with chest in a boat ??)
EDIT: apparently you can -although Llhama only have 6 slots while mules have the full single chest
(FYI you need baby mule to get one into a boat, but full grown llhamas will fit )
I'd rather just make the regular boats trident proof.
The chest boat (or at least some kind of integral container) is a good idea and has been suggested before in various forms (qv. Simplefied ships by deadonworldspawn for one nicely done proposal)
Llamas have 3, 6, 9, 12, or 15 slots of inventory space depending on strength rating. [Breeding up to 5-strength llamas is tedious, but not difficult. Only 20% of the offspring from a mating with a 5-strength parent will be 5s, however.]
Donkeys and mules (either of which gets an automatic full 27 slot half chest) make better sense for this transport option.
For getting criiters into a boat, a small (3x3 up to 5x5) area with high walls/fences in which the critter and a boat can be placed before flooding the area (water bucket by hand or dispenser) seems to work well. [Not infallible, but removing and replacing the water is simple and works quickly.] Side-by-side two-high fence gates then allow one to exit the loading bay.
One point that is unclear is if the chest-boats would carry a half chest instead oforin addition to the normal 1 additional mob capacity.
[I'd like to see both types:
a small variety (same size as at present) where the chest permanentl (?) replaces the passenger space (crafting as is a sticky piston from the regular piston base), and
a larger type (wider and taller than current boats to disallow it using the same sized ice tunnels) that has 1 passenger space AND one half chest…]
If banners can currently be put on boats, it must be in bedrock. Be nice to add this feature [Particularly to the larger boat type described above.]
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