A wizard enchants his row boat to row itself around the Endless Sea. If only he had paid more attention to the guiding intelligence part of the spell when he was casting it. Once a human with a mundane life, Robert now finds himself with a second chance made of wood and canvas. Now if only he can convince everyone he’s a male boat.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: Blind Start ago
Chapter 2: Getting A Sense Of Things ago
Chapter 3: Rowing Into Town ago
Chapter 4: Beneath the Surface ago
Chapter 5: Test Til Distraction ago
Chapter 6: Power Strike ago
Chapter 7: Back to Town ago
Chapter 8: What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor ago
Chapter 9: Under the Sea ago
Chapter 10: Cleaning up ago
Chapter 11: Class Act ago
Chapter 12: Turning Out All Right ago
Chapter 13: Navigation Exploration ago
Chapter 14: Slipping the leash ago
Chapter 15: I’ve Got Crabs! ago
Chapter 16: A Matter of Skill ago
Chapter 17: Sudden yet Inevitable Betrayal ago
Chapter 18: A Safe Place to Crash ago
Chapter 19: Slap Happy ago
Chapter 20: On the Row Again ago
Chapter 21: Life Lessons ago
Chapter 22: Arriving in Clentim ago
Chapter 23: A Wait in a Manger ago
Chapter 24: Convoyage ago
Chapter 25: A Sudden Sendoff ago
Chapter 26: Rowing While Distracted ago
Chapter 27: The Mirror Sea ago
Chapter 28: The Tide Turns ago
Chapter 29: Armoring Up ago
Chapter 30: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work ago
Chapter 31: Repairs ago
Chapter 32: A Bull(y) Market ago
Chapter 33: Infiltration ago
Chapter 34: Late Night Investigation ago
Chapter 35: The Setup ago
Chapter 36: Making New Friends ago
Chapter 37: When Ventriloquism Isn’t ago
Chapter 38: Good Boys in Bad Places ago
Chapter 39: It All Makes Scents ago
Chapter 40: A Crew ago
Chapter 41: Taking Stock ago
Chapter 42: Improvements and Upgrades ago
Chapter 43: Spying Blind ago
Chapter 44: Wiz ago

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sicksock
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From the author of the excellent dungeon core story "Oasis" comes a brand new "person reincarnated as thing" isekai story.

This is a early review and will be updated as more chapters come out (and when I think of more boat puns).

I'm a boat's maiden voyage starts off well, getting straight into the story with minimal setup. The spelling and grammar are ship shape, with the slight caveat that some of the paragraphs are slightly overloaded. Our main character is even keeled and has a reasonable voice for a boat talking to itself. Isekai's old friend the blue box makes an appearance. The setting is still being rigged up but our author "solopath" has proven a steady hand when it comes to making a unique and interesting fantasy setting.

Overall I'd recommend and I hope to see good things on the horizon for this story.

TwoChaptersAndADream
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Two excellent stories awkwardly smushed together

Reviewed at: Chapter 44: Wiz

This is a tricky one.  For the first 30 or so chapters,  this is the moving story about a man who dies and reincarnates as a boat. Despite his odd circumstances,  he's incredibly real and human. He's flawed, lonely and scared,  unable to communicate what he is to people properly. It is very relatable,  somehow. A big plus is that you really feel that his earth past is part of his story and motivation, rather than a plot point or convenient deus ex machina.  5/5 love.

Then,  the boat gains the ability to talk (the author admits to being frustrated with the muteness, which is fair,  but does not implement the magical in-universe fix until 8ish chapters later), and the story becomes a litrpg isekai story about a burglary. The boat collects a party of people with unique abilities, much like an ocean's eleven-type movie. Although they use him as a vehicle, at this point his boat-ness becomes a handicap to work around, if it is a plotpoint at all.  He could easily be replaced by a man with a boat, and in some places that might even work better. 4/5 on its own, as it is entertaining and well written, but does not need the boat. 

Because the second part is grafted on a story that starts so different, the transition was jarring to me, almost enough to walk away. It also introduces minor plot holes where the stories don't quite line up naturally,  and completely ignores one of the coolest parts of the setting for an entire arc; the shifting land inbetween human habitation. If i had a recommendation it would be; write that heist story! But keep it seperate. The way it is,  the two parts lessen the whole and that's a shame. 

Seinex
Overall

I feel like emotions could be more fleshed out, but the mc started off believable and I enjoyed how the story progressed until a point, overall it isn't terrible. Grammar/Punctuation is okay. MC needs some character growth and the story needs more detail. But then came his first actual communication.

 

I don't like how it played out. It was too rushed and felt forced and it just happened. I'm probably going to drop the story now.

pudy248
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There are only 9 chaps availible at the time of my writing this, but so far this novel seems like a good one.

The characters are complex and well-developed even though we haven't seen them much, and I get the impression that every character has a life outside of the time we're directly interfacing with them (which is rare for these types of novels!). The MC's backstory is somewhat shaky in my opinion, but it's not a major part of the plot and it isn't brought up enough for me to really notice or care.

There is a system in place, and it is pretty versatile so far. Every component functions about how you would expect, and there's quite a bit of nuance in areas which other system-based novels might ignore, like how to maximize experience/skill gain.

Overall, I get the impression that the author knows what they want out of the book and they have a good plan of how to implement it. I can't imagine this book getting any worse with time as some other novels have, that's for sure.

If that wasn't reason enough for you, then read it because the MC is a boat and my twisted sense of humor finds that funny.

loricnx
Overall

I gave five stars because of the creativity in the storyline. This boat story is so very different than Solopath’s previous Oasis,which I also enjoyed.

I enjoy the flow of the author’s verbage, and that he also is welcoming input from the readership. It’s early in the story but I’m really really enjoying it! 

Bsreads
Overall

Interesting story with a good start

Reviewed at: Chapter 10: Cleaning up

An interesting story about a person's mind operating a magic automated boat. Our MC is just learning about the world he is in now, one with classes and skills, but it has had an interesting start. It could definitely use an editor, but what early RR story doesn't. Honestly a good interesting start that I can't wait to see more of.

NetiZen
Overall

It'll be interesting to see where it goes!

Reviewed at: Chapter 14: Slipping the leash

As one might expect, their isekai'd as a boat.  A LITRPG isekai with a boat focus.  the current chaps seem to be prologue till the inevitable, but the concept is interesting in and of itslelf.  I can't wait to see where the author plans to take it!

As one might expect, their isekai'd as a boat.  A LITRPG isekai with a boat focus.  the current chaps seem to be prologue till the inevitable, but the concept is interesting in and of itslelf.  I can't wait to see where the author plans to take it!

ZonaBlock
Overall

I think this story has a nice premise. I like the direction the story is going. I do think that the story is a little slow, but that is not bad. I think that part of the story is fine. I am excited for the rest of the story to be written fast.

 

Miss Corbyn
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This story is insanely good and one of a kind.

Non-human protagonist novels are always a risky gamble and this story went one step further with a non-living protagonist.

The MC is a boat.

It could have been by itself the entire point of a short novel but the author is not quite done yet: strong worldbuilding, characters with real depth and flaws, good storytelling and a slow but steady and credible character progression.

There are some mistakes here and there, some minors things that might need rewriting, but an unpolished gem is nonetheless a gem. It might not be your cup of tea as it is hard fantasy and the subject is well... original? But I strongly recommend it because it is storytelling done right. (My first five stars out of five ever)

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This is an advanced review and apparently, I'm missing 70 words yet to post it. (A first time ever too.) So I might go in depth on one or two really minor flaws about this story, which would trigger a spoiler alert:

-Robert Rowland turned into a Rowboat (good pun) and since he can't talk use his oar to communicate. However, the author got carry away and gave him far to long sentence for him to say with his tap-talking.

-There is some pun like on the one oar/ on the other oar but the author sometime forget or just miss an occasion for such a pun. There are also time when the author would remind the reader of Robert predicament as if Robert or us might have possibly forget about it.  That is okay for an episodic novel as it is publish on Royalroad but it is still somewhat awkward.

-The universe is about hard fantasy and sometime the MC end up in a situation that can only be understood retrospectively. While it is chronologically accurate, it might have been worth telling that story as a flashback after the reader is given the clue about whatever is going on. Like say: the MC explaining what happen to him and while he is retelling it to its friend, you give you readers the flashback. It is hard for your audience to keep engage whenever they are not understanding whatever is going on.