Boating Mod

7 days to die boating mod, 7 days to die boat, 7 days to die vehicles

After discovering and making a vehicle float on water uncontrollably sometime ago in A17 Ragsy kept on going back to it inbetween other work he was doing and eventually made controllable versions of various in game vehicles both the pimps ones and some custom models by Guppycur and DUST2DEATH purely as proof of concept.

Guppycur then kindly bought and rigged some custom boat models especially for this endeavour and they chose the flat bottomed boat version as the most suitable for the start of the water vehicles project way back in A17.

Ragsy thanks Guppy for his time and his efforts with Ragsy in the early days getting the models rigged so Ragsy could apply his float xml code on the models.

Still an ongoing work in progress but usable as an XML Only mod (no SDX or DMT) so far.

7 days to die boating mod additional screenshot 1

This mod does not change water blocks at all, so its going to be just add the xml mod and off you go/float. And as per usual with mods that add new models both client and server would need the mod.

How to Use the Mod


Place the boat in water in a ‘shallow water’ area that is fairly level ground underneath, boat will rise to surface ready for use once placed, if you have no shallow water in your map then build a small launch dock like in this example kindly supplied by sinder.

Then add fuel to boat and off you go. The boats are economical on fuel so fuel will last a very very long time.

The boat will behave irratically if placed on land and will damage player made blocks, it will move about a bit on its own but is perfectly stable on water.


Space bar and C control the up and down angles (same as a gyro) which you may need to adjust slightly as you travel on water. Steer the boats with the A and D keys.

If you let go of W and shift (Turbo) then the boat slowly comes to a stop, pressing S will slow the boat down more quickly this replaces Spacebar as the brake key.

To ‘anchor the boat’ and stop it drifting away use C and Spacebar to level the boat until it stops drifting, useful if you have a fishing mod installed.

General Information

Boats can be picked up into inventory if you sink it at any point provided the ‘inventory is empty’, although be careful if you sink it too far away from the shores as it could be a long swim back or a long swim to recover the boats.


The boats are craftable in a standard workbench with no progression needed as the boats are intended as an early game version at the cost of resources and actually finding a working workbench early in the game would be a bonus and allow you to make the boats a lot sooner. The recipe is simple and uses in game resources.

The Future

Along the way hopefully they can expand this to have some bigger boats and different types of watercraft such as, a canoe, a raft, small sail boat, fishing boat and perhaps even a jetski.


Updated Version 7

  1. (new) Added French Localization to the Boating Mod Version 7 courtesy of Rygastan. (Ajout de la localisation française à la version 7 du Boating Mod, gracieuseté de Rygastan.)
  2. Particles (water effects) now start when boat is moving.
  3. Set up xml for A21 requirments (mod not backwards compatible with A20)
  4. Slight adjustments to physics in A21 and boat height in water.
  5. Adjusted seating positions a bit more from A20 offering.

Update Version 6

  1. Re-scaled/resized both boats for A20
  2. Added vehicle mods options – Cosmetic, Fuel Saver, Tank Size (vehicle speed is fixed so that mod does not affect boats and there is no Light mod option as boats have no lights)
  3. Flatboat has 3 seats (Two fixed and 1 extra via the seat mod option)
  4. Dinghy now has two seats (1 fixed and 1 via seat mod Option)
  5. Added support to be able to fish from both boats with Telrics A20 Fishing Mod
  6. Slight adjustments to physics in A20 and boat height in water
  7. Boats now have compressed textures for further optimization
  8. Particle system is now fixed when entering the boat vehicle

Update Version 5

  1. Update fix for Version 5
    1. Particles change to world space
    2. Fixed Flatbottom Boat moving with no fuel
  2. Added Spanish translation to the original Boating Mod localisation pushed to GitLab. Translations supplied by Orlydb.
  3. Texture settings adjusted
  4. Re-scaled/resized both boats
  5. Added decorative cooler box to flat bottomed boat
  6. Added a third seat to the flat bottomed boat (not tested in MP yet).
  7. Depth masks applied to boats to stop water seeping effect and allow boats to ride lower in water for more realism effect.
  8. Particle system added… this can be toggled via the ‘F’ key (headlight function)
  9. Added ‘drag’ colliders to bottom of boats to counter land use. Boats will stick in ground and steering is compromised
  10. Added Localisation file
  11. Added working propellers

Update Version 4

  1. Fixed momentum and now boats will slowly come to a halt and stop… They stop quicker with pressing the S key
  2. Both boats can anchor in water just make sure boats are level in the water using c or spacebar and they wont drift away… Useful for fishing mods and the like.
  3. Fixed placing in water… Boats were slow to come to surface.
  4. Boat stabilty improved and stopped the random quick sinking when tilted too much.
  5. Added a second seat to the flat bottomed boat (not tested in MP yet).
  6. Adjusted turn rates and speeds to more suitable levels (subjective).
  7. Boat names changed for readability… May effect mods that reference the original names.

Update Version 3

Fully updated to A18 compatible xml physics and boats now placeable in water.

Update Version 2

Fixed exit position thanks to DUST2DEATH for the info on his APC exit co-ordinates…

Important Notes

  • The Assets in this Mod are purchased (unless otherwise stated) and therefore you are not allowed to extract and alter them in any way.
  • The assets can be used in other mod overhauls that are purely ‘non profit’. These assets must not be used in any venture that attempts to make money out of modding.
  • If you use the xml code Ragsy came up with do the right thing and credit him for the float code.
  • If you want to include any of his vehicle mods or other mods in a ‘mod overhaul’ please do him the courtesy of asking for permission first… when given you must give the due credit to himself and any other modders that may be credited under the “Credits & Additional Credits” sections if any. Also you are not allowed to extract any unity files without his permission either, if there has been an alpha change then wait and files will be updated for the new alpha version as soon as he possibly can. Thank you!

This mod has custom assets and must be installed on both client and the server to use the mods in multiplayer.

Happy Boating in A21!

DOWNLOAD Version 7 for A21 (4,9 MB)
DOWNLOAD Version 6 for A20 (6,9 MB)

The forum topic of the mod is here.

Credits: Ragsy 2145, Guppycur
Additional Credits: 7 Days to Die Forum community, The Fun Pimps, The ‘Crew’ on Guppy’s Discord, Haidrgna, ActiniumTiger (for new texture for dingy), Orlydb (for Spanish translation)

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11 thoughts on “Boating Mod

  1. could you make the storage space a little more realistic, having gone white water rafting I can tell you the rubber ones have zero storage anywhere… might make it like 4 at max

    I’d make the flatbottom boat have exactly the same storage as a cooler – even preserving

  2. It floats well, and I can steer it like an outboard. The trim of boat is same as changing the trim of the Gyrocopter, nice. I use my Gyrocopter Down Pitch controller layout, in Community Template from Steam. I have over 3500 hours in 7D2D waiting for this mod to show up, thanks.

    1. If you can play on a private server yes, or you okay on a client side Aka you and here will be the only ones with it, as with most mods, you will need to have it installed on both machines.

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