Stranded Deep: How to Build a Raft

Learn how to build raft in Stranded Deep using this raft building guide, which includes a list of materials and recipes and how to find them.

The open world of Stranded Deep is vast, and one of the best ways to traverse the game's enormous world is by using a raft. This quick raft building guide will show you how to build raft in Stranded Deep.

To start the process, you need to open the game's menu, select "Vehicles," and choose "Raft." Then, follow the steps below to craft all the necessary parts.

Stranded Deep: How to Build a Raft

Step 1: Craft a Raft Base

The raft base is the first thing you need to build for your raft. There are four types of bases in the game as of now: 

Wood Raft Base
14x Stick
1x Lashing
Buoy Raft Base 5x Buoy Ball
1x Lashing
Tyre Raft Base 2x Tyre
1x Lashing
Barrel Raft Base
3x Barrel
1x Lashing


You can build each raft base depending on the resources that you have (you'll need buoys for the buoy base, etc.). However, out of four raft choices in the game right now, the barrel raft base is the most durable.

Barrels can be found tied to the shipwrecks. Use an axe to cut them down.

Step 2: Craft a Raft Floor

When you have your base ready, you need to craft a raft floor, which you can mount on the base:

Driftwood Raft Floor 4x Stick
Plank Raft Floor 2x Plank
Corrugated Raft Base 2x Corrugated Steel
Clay Raft Base
2x Clay Brick


The steel and brick floors are the best, especially if you're about to undertake a long journey out to sea. Both of these materials will last you the longest.

Corrugated steel or scrap can be found in crates and on islands. Bricks are much harder to get because you need to build a Brick Station and a furnace, which lets you make bricks out of clay.

Step 3: Craft Accessories

Now you need to craft the rest of your raft accessories to make your raft move, stop, and steer: 

Boat Motor 1x Duct Tape
1x Engine Part
1x Fuel Part
1x Filter Part
1x Electrical Part
Sail 1x Lashing
1x Cloth
2x Stick
Rudder 1x Lashing
1x Cloth
2x Stick
6x Rock
1x Stick
4x Lashing


You can find all the necessary parts for the boat motor inside loot crates, which can be found inside shipwrecks and underwater bases.

But if you can't find the parts for the motor, then you can simply use the sail, though you'll move slower.

Once you have the raft base, floor, and accessories, you can press "L2"/"LT" on consoles or "RMB" on PC to drag the raft into the water.


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Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.

Published May. 21st 2020

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