Black Desert Final CBT: Rafting & Crossing the Ocean
Black Desert Online final CBT is being conducted from 17th to 28th Sep 2014 before its official release at the end of the year. One of the new content introduced in this beta test is sea travelling.
Players can get a wooden craft as a part of the quest reward on gathering and crafting tutorial. The NPC (near the pier at Velia Village) will request you to do other activities, such as fishing and lumbering etc before giving you the raft as the request reward. For lumbering quest, you can gather the Ash Wood from the nearby forest. To complete the quest, you will need to post-process 5 Ash Wood into Ash Wood Plank. The wood processing procedures have been simplified in this CBT where you can chop the wood anytime anywhere, as compared to previous CBT whereby you will have to buy a stump and get a house before you can do it.
After getting the raft, you can go to the nearby boat management NPC to register your boat. There are similar NPC's elsewhere in the world as well, typically near rivers or seaside. You can also load goods and items onto the raft as well, similar to horses. The raft is actually pretty slow & hard to manoeuver; faster vessels such as rowing boat can be produced through crafting.
There are many small islands out in the oceans of Black Desert world. I am not sure if there will be new contents related to sea travelling in the coming release. Currently there doesn't seems to be anything on these small island aside from gathering point for herbs etc. Anyway, Ranger's starting town is on an island far away from the main continent. One can get there (even if you are not a ranger) by taking the ferry boat at the pier at Velia Village (starting town for all other classes). The boat will park at the pier every10 minutes or so. Just hop on it and let it carry you to the island.
The trip will take approximately 10 minutes or so; if you are bored, you can try fishing on the boat :D. You can anytime jump off the boat for a swim if you wish. Actually, one can try rafting to the island as well but it will take very long. To get back, one can either take the same boat which will ferry you back to Velia Village or you can talk to the NPC on the island (near the pier) which will teleport you back to the main continent (not sure if it only works for ranger)
There is a trading NPC on the ranger's island as well, One can go there and connect the node to start trading to and from the island. Refer to my previous review on node system and trading for more info.