10 Best Nautical Board Games

Our list of the best nautical board games. For those unaware, nautical games are those that involve sailors, ships, and/or maritime navigation as a major component of the theme or gameplay. Most Nautical games will usually require you to effectively control ships as an objective. These span many eras of time and perspectives, but you see a lot of this around the Renaissance when the technology was coming into play at a time of growth and expansion. 

10 Best Nautical Board Games

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4 months ago

New Bedford wouldn't be a bad one to include in this list (with the must-add expansion).

3 months ago

Appreciate the feedback!

4 months ago

I love Captain Sonar. #UBOOT: The Board Game is also sooooo good. A bit tough if you're thee navigator (at least in my experience), but the app-driven gameplay makes it super cool.

4 months ago

Thanks! I agree. I have a love-hate relationship with app driven games. It is a cool mechanic in some key titles but how are we going to play it in 5 years? It is going to be interesting to see what happens. No one is playing DVD games anymore.

4 months ago

Yeah, that's a good point. DVD games were so "hip and cool" and now? Defunct. As long as they keep the app updated for the ever-growing devices and OS's, they should be fine. Hopefully they do keep up with things, otherwise it's a sorry situation. 

And that is why games not needing an app are so good--we can play them even during the apocalypse. 

3 months ago

stocking up for the apocalypse seems pretty key right now

4 months ago

Some great games on this list, not sure I have ever thought of #Raiders of the North Sea or #Keyflower as overly nautical games, as although both do include ships they aren't a core mechanic in the game (ships are implied more than featured in raiders and are just things you collect starting meeples off of each round in keyflower). 

Love #Captain Sonar, can be hard to get 8 people together but when you do it is a blast. 

4 months ago

All good points. Very true on the 8 people, but when you do have that crew and you fill it in with Captain Sonar, it is always a great time!

4 months ago

Some of these are a bit of a stretch, BUT I would put Le Havre at the top and I would even add in Nemos War 2e to this!

4 months ago

oo #Nemo's War (Second Edition) is a good choice! And yeah, Concordia is a great game, but the theme is...lackluster, to say the least.

Also this thread wouldn't be complete if I didn't suggest #Oceans, haha. But it fits perfectly!

4 months ago

I think nautical is refrering to sailors and stuff, not sure sure Oceans fits there! Just a little ticky tack lol. 

4 months ago

I guess it does specify that at the top, but Underwater Cities is in there...does that have sailing? I haven't played it.

4 months ago

Lol I do not think it has sailing....come on back in with Oceans lol. 

4 months ago

Lol. Though I do think you're correct that that's what nautical means.

4 months ago

Haha, true but nothing wrong with a little Oceans shout out!

4 months ago

Ha, we appreciate the passion.

4 months ago

It does not, but a fantastic game none the less.

4 months ago

#Abyss is one that I haven't played but looks fun, and has a cool underwater theme. Same for #Aquatica.

4 months ago

Great feedback. Thank you!

4 months ago

Good points on Nemos War and Concordia. Things to think about...

4 months ago

Big support for Nemos War and it has been noted. We do not disagree on the stretch comment, many "nautical" games spread many different areas.

Linked Games
Navegador
Raiders of the North Sea
Concordia
Goa
Underwater Cities
Cyclades
Captain Sonar
Keyflower
Endeavor: Age of Sail
Le Havre