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Small Raft
Small Raft
Added in
Building Type
Large Raft
Traveling on water
Moving Materials
Can be pushed on land
Can be flipped over
Buildings on it need to be balanced well
Buildable on
Most surfaces

The Small Raft is a small boat that was added in update v0.02 to The Forest.


The small raft will allow you to travel across water to different locations safely out of the reach of the cannibals. The raft sails faster than the houseboat and the Large raft and is far more agile than both.

The raft is sailed by using either the left or right mouse buttons (forward and backward respectively), and the arrow keys to turn. This control layout can be confusing to new players, and as such can take some time to learn how to sail it effectively.

It should be constructed near water and can be 'pushed' from the shore or from other objects it may get stuck on.

It is easy to fall off the raft, while getting back on is achieved (with some difficulty) by using the space bar to jump onto it or by jumping from a nearby rock, boat or from land.

While the boat is smaller in size, that means that it more easily built than the other boats

The raft, like many other constructions, is able to be built upon with certain other structures. Most commonly stick or log holders are built upon in order to build on outlying islands. While this method is time consuming, it allows players the ability to live off the main island away from the cannibals.

It is best to build the raft a little ways up the shoreline, as it can be pushed a short distance using the 'use' key (default: "E"). If you attempt to build the raft in the water, it will generally either be build on the ground below the waterline, or stuck on obstacles that may be present in the water.


Stick Rope Log


Action Button
Use Boat E On the paddle of the boat
Paddle Forward LMB Paddles the boat forward
Paddle Backwards RMB Paddles the boat backwards
Turn Left A Turns boat left
Turn Right D Turns boat right
Push Boat E Aim at sides of boat to push
Look around Move Mouse Move the mouse to look around

Boat Attachments[]

Here is a list of the types of buildings and their abilities to attach, or not attach to all the boats. This can help you plan and choose what to build on boats.

Description Key ####
Can be placed, no exceptions
Cannot be placed, no exceptions
Can be placed on custom stairs, garden, shark and crocodile head trophy
Can be placed but it's not connected
Can only be placed on top of the house boat
Can be placed on specific buildings
stick marker, wood target, garden, rabbit cage, basic fire, fire pit,
weapon rack, explosives holder, small cabinet, large cabinet,
stick holder, rock holder, log holder, bed, custom stairs, skull lamp, birdhouse,
wall planter, wall weapon rack, shark and crocodile head trophy
Building Small
Basic Fire 0 0 0
Standing Fire
Fire Pit 0 0 0
Temporary Shelter
Hunting Shelter
Log Cabin
Small Cabin
Rabbit Cage 0 0 0
Garden 0 0 0
Water Collector 0 0 0
Drying Rack 0 0 0
Stick Holder 0 0 0
Log Holder 0 0 0
Rock Holder 0 0 0
Log Sled
Weapon Rack 0 0 0
Explosives Holder 0 0 0
Small Cabinet 0 0 0
Large Cabinet 0 0 0
Skin Rack
Armor Rack 0 0 0
Bone Basket 0 0 0
Arrow Basket 0 0 0
Custom Foundation 1
Custom Floor
Custom Wall 1
Custom Roof
Custom Stairs 0 0 0
Hole Cutter
Rock Wall 1
Stick Fence 1
Bone Fence 1
Rock Path
Tree House
Alpine Tree House
Tree Platform
Tree Bridge
Basic Wall
Simple Stairs
Wall With Window
Wall With Door
Stick Marker 0 0 0
Wood Target 0 0 0
Climbing Rope
Sap Collector
Freestanding Zipline 1
Tree Zipline
Crane 1
Wood Bench
Bed 0 0 0
Side Table
Bone Chair
Deer Skin Decoration 2 3 2
Rabbit Skin Decoration 2 3 2
Skull Lamp 0 0 0
Ceiling Skull Lamp 4 3 4
Decorative Skull 2 3 2
Head Trophy 2 3 2
Wall Weapon Rack
Ground Weapon Holder 0 3 0
Wall Planter 2 3 2
Bone Chandelier 4 3 4
Bone Frame 2 3 2
Stick Frame 2 3 2
Birdhouse 2 3 2
Explosive Wire Trap
Molotov Wire Trap
Deadfall Trap
Happy Birthday Trap
Rope Swing Trap
Noose Trap
Defensive Spikes
Defensive Wall
Defensive Wall Reinforcement
Catapult 0 0 0
Custom Effigy
Small Effigy
Large Effigy
Arm Effigy


  • Upon release in v0.02, the patch notes stated Simple raft now buildable via book (No Sail yet!). However, as of V1.12 - VR, it has not received a sail.
  • The small raft is shown in the guide with a sail, though once built, it has no sail.

Known Bugs[]

  • Log Holders sometimes experience a visual glitch where they may show a certain quantity no matter how many items are actually present
  • If a fire is built on the raft, it can sometimes cause it to become permanently stuck and eventually despawn completely
  • If snacks are put inside of a cabinet on the small raft, it will jerk in the direction that the back of the cabinet is facing
  • When repaired, it can bounce around chaotically or launch into the air.


Update history[]

Version Changes
v1.0 Blocked building rafts on terrain, can now only be built on water like rest of boats

Fixed boats being pushed if moving against additional built structures on them making them easy to flip over

Fixed rafts sometimes bouncing up and down weirdly while in water

Player will now stop and look at a photo of Timmy if attempting to leave the world on a raft

v0.72b Fixed save system not always initializing correctly, possibly causing some player made structures to go missing such as log holders
v0.72 Fixed player able to push rafts from a distance after dying and respawning in a dedicated server game

Fixed rafts sometimes continuing to move after letting go of oar

Fixed player hearing footsteps sfx when standing on raft that is being moved by another player

v0.68 Made rafts move overall slightly faster

(Multiplayer) Fixed rafts moving at different speeds sometimes

v0.67 Fixed raft making water splash sounds when on land
v0.63 (Audio) Added new sound fx when raft is pushed

Fixed boats and rafts being able to be built on top of each other (Audio) Added sound for pushing raft on ground and water.

v0.56 It is no longer possible to use quick select while swimming/on rope/driving raft
v0.55 Fixed player not disconnecting from raft oar properly if raft was destroyed
v0.53 Fixed pickups dropped onto raft and large raft falling through

Fixed pickups dropped onto raft and large raft falling through (Performance) Optimized physics CPU usage when there’s a raft in game Fixed rock thrower having no collision when built on a raft

v0.51 It is no longer possible to place buildings only partially on dynamic support (i.e. the raft), it now has to be completely on the support. This is to prevent placing buildings crooked on the side which can cause physics issues (and in some cases make the raft sink or even fly)
v0.49 (Building) Ghost structures now prevent adding the very last ingredient until the player exits the premises – fixes players getting stuck inside foundations or flying into air when completing raft
v0.47 Fixed wrong material on ghost log holder sticks, ghost basket sticks, raft built sticks and wrong layer settings for ghost weapon rack and floor hole cutter
v0.46 Fixed player sometimes not able to paddle raft or houseboat
v0.43 Enforcing trigger validation while paddling raft to ensure driver unlocking when landing
v0.42 Improved raft buoyancy settings, should prevent it from not properly unlocking driver when leaving water
v0.41 Ghost raft now stays above water

(Performance) Fixed extra physics cost for MP clients when there was a raft or houseboat in the game

v0.40 Fixed player body disappearing sometimes while driving raft/houseboat

Fixed jitteriness sometimes when driving raft/houseboat (Multiplayer) Fixed raft paddle getting stuck if player leaves the trigger right after engaging control of it (Multiplayer) Fixed issue of remote non driving player falling off raft while moving it (not very noticeable on raft but was mandatory with houseboat)

v0.37 Increased water jump height slightly to make it easier to get onto raft while in water
v0.36 Catapult can now be built on the raft without it sinking
v0.34 Fixed player arms still appearing to hold oar for a second when disconnecting from raft
v0.32 Slightly increased raft movement speed
v0.29 Fixed issues with player getting thrown upwards when jumping off raft into water
v0.28 (Multiplayer) Fixed issue where raft would become unusable after if person driving it got damaged
v0.26 (multiplayer) Raft now synced between players!

Fixed cooking on raft causing it to go haywire Fixed raft sometimes being unusable after loading a saved game Fixed issue with raft’s buoyancy when built bellow water or after severe wobbling Raft’s driver now automatically unlocks when raft gets out of water

v0.25 Fixed raft row material glowing

Raft is slightly faster now

v0.23 (Audio) Increased volume of small boats/raft on water and raft paddling events.

Placing buildings near a raft no longer places it on top of the raft if it cannot be nested with it Fixed sheen on raft rowing stick

v0.22 (audio) Raft will now play ambient sound when positioned over water
v0.20b Fixed raft not working in single player!
v0.20 Can no longer build big structures on raft & sled (only small ones like log holder/fires will work)

Building raft & sled on other structures now works properly

v0.18c Fixed error when cancelling a ghost building that doesn’t have “built” renderers for each ingredient (cancelling raft with stick and log added no longer gives infinite amount of logs ;)

Fixed bug with raft if player attempted to ride it whilst it was flipped upside down Fixed player camera sometimes offset when exiting raft

v0.18 Oar mechanism added to raft – press e to enter driving mode, mouse1 to move forward, a/d to steer left and right

Raft should be pushable while on land now Raft now takes 4 rope to build (along with other needed items) (multiplayer) Fixed raft not working

v0.15 Fixed bug where raft would no longer float
v0.13 Player is no longer able to pick up logs while jumping, swimming, sailing raft or pushing sled

Equipped logs are now dropped when beginning to swim, sail a raft or push a sled

v0.08d Improved raft and fixed issues with raft and save/load
v0.08b Fixed bug that was stopping raft from being buildable via book
v0.02 Small Raft added to the game

Simple raft now buildable via book (No Sail yet!)