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The Rowboat is a miniature vessel in Sea of Thieves that can be used by a single player to slowly travel the seas or to make hauling large quantities of Treasure easier. It spawns on Islands, and can be docked aboard the stern of Ships.

Where to Find[]

A Rowboat has a chance to appear on any Islands with the exception of Outposts and Seaposts. Rowboats that spawn on Forts often get stuck in the heavy fortifications and cannot be retrieved as easily.

Any rowboat left behind by a Ship will stay afloat at that spot. Due to this, Rowboats can often be found floating by Outposts, as any Rowboat docked on a Ship whose Crew has left the game after a turn-in will stay afloat.


Harpoon Rowboat[]

A Harpoon Rowboat.

Some Rowboats will spawn with a Harpoon attached above the Lantern on the front, making it possible to pick up Items or floating Barrels, other Players or latch onto and surf behind Ships, Skeleton Ships or even Megalodons.

Arena Variants[]

The Lucky Rover's Harpoon Rowboat.

Arena featured six unique variants of Harpoon Rowboat; one for each team. These would spawn attached to all ships at the start of each Arena match and would not respawn with the ship. The chests of these rowboats would always spawn empty.

Cannon Rowboat[]

A Cannon Rowboat.

Some Rowboats will spawn with a small Cannon attached above the Lantern on the front. This Cannon functions identically to a Ship Cannon, allowing for a Cannonball, Cursed Cannonball, Throwable, Pet or even a Player to be launched from it. When fired, the Rowboat will launch backwards slightly due to a recoil from the Cannon.

Soulflame Rowboat[]

A Soulflame Rowboat.

During the Lost Sands adventure, all rowboats spawned with a Reaper's Bones paint job, a Soulflame Lantern on the front, and a special keg strapped onto the back. They may come in Cannon, Harpoon, or Unequipped variants. The keg cannot be detached from the rowboat, and is sturdier than the standard explosive, requiring more damage before exploding. The fuse of the keg may also be instantaneously lit and extinguished by interacting with it.

Damage done to the keg is separate from damage dealt to the rowboat so there is no indicator of it's remaining health. Any time the keg takes damage, it will cause it to smoke for a short period of time. Kegs themselves require approximately 2 - 5 hits before they explode.

Making the keg explode will instantly sink the rowboat; it will not remain at the surface for a short period like other rowboats when they are destroyed.

Rowboat Chest[]

Each Rowboat has a Supply Box on the back seat that can be used to store Resources.

The Rowboat Chest has 16 slots that can each hold up to 20 of any Resource Items. The maximum Storage capacity of a Rowboat Chest is 320 Items.

Every Rowboat Chest spawns with numerous Supply items (even Meat and Fish), which makes them valuable for restocking on Supplies.

The Rowboat Chest is still accessible after the Rowboat itself breaks, allowing Players to save any valuable Supplies in the Chest. The Rowboat itself will disappear within a minute, taking the Chest and all remaining Supplies with it.

Rowboat Dock[]

Every ship has a Rowboat Dock at the stern, allowing crews to transport a Rowboat across long distances. In order to Dock a Rowboat, a Player needs to row it behind a Ship until the Dock Rowboat prompt comes up. A Rowboat can be Docked from anywhere close to the stern of the ship, even in water, however it can only be Undocked on the Ship.

The Rowboat Dock on a Sloop is behind the Map Table, on a Brigantine it is behind the Wheel and on the Galleon the Dock is on the Balcony behind the Captain's Quarters.


  • The rowboat is small enough to fit through tight spaces that ships cannot access, making it an ideal transport vessel for smuggling treasure.
  • A rowboat has four seats arranged 1:2:1 with the front pilot seat facing backwards.
  • Each rowboat has a lantern in the front that can be turned on and off and also equipped with Flames of Fate.
  • Pets can be placed to perch on a rowboat.
  • Should the ship be sunk, the rowboat automatically detaches, allowing surviving crew members to gather their belongings.
  • A rowboat can be damaged into an unusable state, disabling all functions, after which it will sink, dropping any loot placed onto it.
  • It has a health of 200 yet cannot take damage through weapons.


Patch history[]

  • 2.5.0
    • Removed Arena variants with the closure of Arena.
    • When players sit in a Rowboat, interaction prompts for nearby seats and objects are no longer shown as they cannot be interacted with until the player stands.
  • 2.4.0
    • Added Cannon Rowboats.
    • When docking a rowboat to a ship, it will now dock to the orientation it was facing in the water.
  • 2.2.1
    • The rowboat’s back seat now shows both ‘Sit in Seat’ and ‘Open Storage’ options together.
    • To sit in a Rowboat’s passenger seats, players will be prompted by ‘Hold to Sit’ instead of ‘Press to Sit’. Controlling the oars remains unchanged and is still ‘Press to Sit’.
  • 2.0.14
    • Added rowboats to Arena which feature unique color palettes based on Arena's six teams.
  • 2.0.6
    • Added Harpoon Rowboats.
  • 1.4.3
    • Rowboats now make a noise when you hit them with your ship.