How to fix Willy’s boat and reach Ginger Island in Stardew Valley

Willy's boat is the key to reaching Ginger Island.

After completing the Community Center quest, you’ll need supplies to repair Willy’s boat before you can sail to Ginger Island

Stardew Valley added a whole new island to explore with update 1.5 on PC, and it’s surprisingly fleshed out. There’s a lot to it! If you’re looking for a straight-to-the-point starter guide, here goes nothing.

How to open the back door in the Fish Shop

To reach the island, you’ll need to complete the Community Center bundles (or the equivalent JojaMart questline), which means there’s a ton of setup if you’re starting a new save file for 1.5.

When you’re done with your Community Center or Joja goal, Willy will mail you a letter saying he has unlocked the back room in the Fish Shop. Inside, you’ll find a decades-old boat in need of repairs.

[Note: I’m not sure if there are any other requirements before Willy sends the letter, but I happened to have a save file with an almost-finished Community Center. Preparing the final bundles did the trick. On this particular file, I didn’t catch every type of fish, so thankfully that’s not a prerequisite for the boat.]

How to fix Willy's boat in Stardew Valley

To fix the boat, you’ll need to bring:

  • Five iridium bars to fix the anchor.
  • Five battery packs to fix the ticket machine.
  • 200 pieces of hardwood to fix the hull.

It’s a one-time expense, but if you aren’t stocked up – I sure wasn’t! – then the boat is quite a resource hog. I had to make a bunch of trips to the Secret Woods, though thankfully I had some battery reserves.

How to sail to Ginger Island in Stardew Valley

Once you repair Willy’s boat, you’ll be allowed into the Fish Shop at 8:00 a.m. every day and you can pay 1000g for a ticket to sail to the new zone much like how you can hitch a ride to the desert.

Before you take off with Willy, make sure you bring a watering can – you’ll need it.

Your destination? Ginger Island. You’ll see a cute little sailing cutscene.

Ginger Island

Without revealing too much about the area – you can check out the gallery below for more spoiler-y screenshots there are several noteworthy things to find, including an NPC and a volcano dungeon. I’ve only scratched the surface, but I love that there’s a new story here. The blocked paths are intriguing.

The first time I tried exploring the dungeon, I didn’t bring a watering can, so I couldn’t get far. When I came back, I almost immediately got wiped out by some of the new creatures. Curse you, Eric!

Jordan Devore
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