Building your first boat in ArcheAge is pretty exciting. Not as exciting as bu8ilding/watching the huge galleon being built, but your first clipper is pretty cool to have! As I didn't build one in Alpha, I was determined that would be short listed at launch (well after the house and farms were going!).
To build a Harpoon Clipper you need:
- The plans (50 gilda stars) purchased on Mirage Island (you can find them listed on the auction house for 35-100g)
- 10 gold, 10 iron bricks and 10 lumber for the dry dock
- One lumber pack (100 lumber), one iron pack (100 ore) and one fabric pack (100 fabric) don't make these ahead, you have to add them one at a time in a specific order. Important to place your dry dock close to crafting stations (metal, stone and fabric).
Early in the game (or for a low level poor character!), the hardest part of getting your clipper is collecting the materials. Three hundred logs, three hundred iron and depending on if you use wool (3 to 1) or cotton (10 to 1) takes some time or deep pockets or generous friends! People that really focus or have friends/guilds helping can achieve this relatively quickly.
So, after my house was up and the 16x16 farm pumping out logs, and wool regularly (sheep 16-19 a clip), I set about getting the gilda together for the Harpoon Clipper. I'd really like the fishing boat, but at 250 gilda stars that will be down the road! Fortunately with the dailies and the story quest line collecting 50 doesn't take that long.
First pack of lumber off to the dry dock.
Most people build their ships along the coast or at one of the ports like Ezna in Two Crowns. But, you also get harassed by the various "I'm working on being a pirate" guilds, "red" players, etc., jumping around and blocking your way, so as I'm a chicken and novice boat captain, I decided to be very safe and set up my dry dock in the river outside Marianople. It took some maneuvering to find a deep enough spot, but I did succeed. Some people build in the lake in Two Crowns as well. For my needs, Marianople worked as crafting stations were close and a short swim on the donkey.
The boat launched, I jumped on, looked at the commands and promptly despawned it!
My first practice run, was north of Crescent Throne (there is a dock off the royal palace that isn't used much), and I practiced turning, spawning/despawning there.
Sailing a ship in ArcheAge is one of the many fun activities. XL Games/Trion have done a wonderful job with the weather, water and sea creatures (watch out for sea bugs and giant jelly fish!).
** Be sure to set up your keybinds if you haven't (the same ones you use for the rowboat/glider), for left turn, right turn, back, forward, etc.