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The SRD (as well as the PHB and Saltmarsh) offers the following low-end water vehicles:

  • Rowboat, a 10 foot vessel for 50gp.
  • Keelboat, a 60 foot vessel for 3000gp.

There's a ridiculous gap between those two sizes & prices. What are some realistic medieval boats in that design space? Options in the ~200gp and ~800gp price ranges would be ideal.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you interested in "what I did and it worked" stuff or do you prefer something published? \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Jun 13 at 21:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ either one, as long as there's some modicum of real boat lore behind it. \$\endgroup\$ – Foo Bar Jun 13 at 21:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ OK, I'll dig into my salt marsh stuff and find what I did. May take a bit of rummaging ... \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Jun 13 at 21:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ Related: question about basically the same for Pathfinder. \$\endgroup\$ – nvoigt Jun 14 at 17:41
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A contributor at ENWorld posted a document with a few extra ship types - caravel, cog, galleon, schooner and sloop. Its fan-made, no official, but its free and pretty good.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Unfortunately, when I follow that thread and reach the file download, it's 404. \$\endgroup\$ – Foo Bar Jun 15 at 11:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Foo Bar follow the link in my post then click on the orange Go To Download link on the right hand side. \$\endgroup\$ – Greenstone Walker Jun 16 at 20:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ LOL, thanks. That button's UX is so "I am not part of the main content" that I didn't even look at it before. \$\endgroup\$ – Foo Bar Jun 16 at 22:01
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The 3.5E splatbook Stormwrack contains a complete superset of the boats in 5E. All of the PHB/GoS vessels are included and have the exact same GP costs, therefore its other boats should be usable exactly as-is, at least in terms of size, speed, & cost. The combat-specific stats are more complicated, but it should be possible to interpolate reasonable numbers.

It adds:

  • Coracle, Dugout, Raft, Launch, & War Canoe at the low end,
  • Pinnace, Barge, Cog, Dhow, Trireme, & Junk in the mid range,
  • Elf Wingship, Ironclad, Greatship, & Theurgeme at the high end.
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  • \$\begingroup\$ Do the stat blocks match the format of those in 5e, or will someone need to convert? I'm also not 100% sure that 3.5e economy is the same as 5e's, but i'll leave that to someone with the expertise (you?) to address. \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Jul 22 at 21:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ Good point. Many of the stats don't line up exactly, so conversion will be needed. \$\endgroup\$ – Foo Bar Jul 22 at 21:12
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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm not sure how relevant this is, then. \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Jul 22 at 21:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ Also a fair point. I'll work out a conversion formula and add the resulting stats to my answer. \$\endgroup\$ – Foo Bar Jul 26 at 15:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ Would probably be better for you to try it out before attempting that recommend untested homebrew. \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Jul 26 at 16:02

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