Saturday, 4 March: A new event has been released that is very similar to Events launched regularly in the original Family Farm. It has a Global Event as well as Personal Reward quotas and is based on the Boat System and the number of Orders you fill.
You now will find a Wharf on your Island. Note that you have to have the expansion that gives you access, which is the expansion with the unfinished Essential Oil Machine on it.
If you have played the original Family Farm, you will find this option very similar to the Market Orders in that game. If not, well, here is a brief explanation of the system as far as I have explored it.
When you access your Wharf, you will find your Boat with three Orders. Each is for a specific amount of a specific item. What is annoying here is that you may not have unlocked ANY of the items. You cannot refresh or change the Orders, although you can choose which one of the three to fill. Whether you fill one order or none of them, you can send your Boat out to sea by tapping on the little icon of the Boat in the far right bottom corner of the Boat Menu. Do NOT tap on the 'Send to Trade Centre' bar. That simply will cancel all of the orders for the day and allow you no further access to your own Boat until the next day. You only should tap on the option to Send to Trade Centre AFTER all your Boat's Orders have been filled. It then will sail away and return instantly with a reward of some Boat Tickets.
The other component of the Wharf at the outset is a dock for another player's boat. This can be either a Neighbour's Boat or a Buddy's Boat, but you only can choose one at a time. I think every one may have the same number of options for this, irrespective of level or Club Membership or anything else. There will be two Whistles to the left of the jetty. One is the Buddy Whistle to call a Buddy's Boat to your dock and the other is a Sea Whistle to call a Neighbour's Boat to your dock. Choose one and use it. If you use the Neighbour Whistle and there is a Neighbour's Boat currently at sea, it will come to your Dock. The same holds true for the Buddy Boat, except that you will see a more detailed option when you use the Buddy Whistle. If any Buddy Boats are at sea, you will see the names of your Buddies who own those boats and have the option to choose between them. When the Boat arrives, you will be given the option to fill a specific order. Again, it may or may not be an item you have unlocked. You have about two hours to fill the Order, giving you time to make or ship the item from the Mainland if you do not have it but can obtain it. The number of 'whistles' are shown at the site of the Whistle. For example, if the Buddy Whistle shows 0/3, it means that you have no more Whistles for the day... 3/12 for the Sea Whistle means that you should be able to use the Sea Whistle three times to summon a Neighbour Boat.
Note here that the number of whistles will 'rollover' rather like minutes on a mobile phone. You can have the total of 12/12 Neighbour Whistles available if you did not use any for a few days.
If you would like to fill more orders in a day but have exhausted all your Whistles, you now can purchase additional Whistles for TC. Tap on the Whistle to discover the price.
Originally, you had to send out your own Boat to sea before you could fill a Neighbour's Order or Buddy's Order. With my own Boat still at dock, despite the fact that I pressed 'Load' again and again for the Neighbour's Order, the menu would revert to my own Boat's Order Boxes. This is no longer the case, apparently.
To fill your own Boat, choose one of the orders in the Boxes, THEN click on the icon in the far right bottom corner to send it out to sea. When your boat finally returns with all the boxes filled by other players, choose the 'Send to Trade Centre' option. It will return instantly with the Tickets you have earned.
Essentially, this is an activity that is limited by the number of Order Boxes you have as well as the number of Whistles for the Buddy Whistle and the Sea Whistle selections. Once these are all completed or exhausted, you must wait until the next day for the entire affair to be refreshed and restarted.
As with the Research Laboratory, you can upgrade your Boat gradually. You will earn little chits called 'Boat Tickets' each time you fill an order and send it out to sea and you can trade those for items needed for the upgrades. At present, these upgrade materials are the only real reward for engaging in this activity but in the original game, one actually could earn special Decorations ultimately.
The upgrade menus are accessed by tapping on the Boat that actually is landlocked.
Boat Upgrader Level 0: Get one more order slot on the Boat. Cost: Finish Boat Order 5 times. 2 Anchors.
Boat Upgrader 1: Finish Boat Order 10 times, 3 Anchors (Pay 1 RC for each or obtain through trade)
Boat Upgrader 2: Finish Boat Order 25 times, 5 Anchors (1 RC or obtain with Boat Tickets)
5 Boat Wheels (1 RC each)
Boat Upgrader 3: Finish Boat Order 70 times, 10 Anchors, 10 Boat Wheels
Boat Upgrader 4: Finish Boat Orders 150 times, 10 Anchors, 10 Boat Wheels
Boat Upgrader 5: Finish Boat Orders 300 times, 10 Anchors, 10 Boat Wheels, 10 Compass
These upgrades add another Order Box to your Boat. The other type of Upgrade allows you to buy new Boat Parts.
The other option, as previously indicated is to improve your Boat by adding parts to it. Parts for the 1st Component are:
Basic Boat Body
The default and original body
Boat Body (Can be obtained from Boat Ticket Mystery Shop)
Wood Raft (Can be obtained from Boat Ticket Mystery Shop)
Yacht Body (Can be obtained from Boat Ticket Mystery Shop)
When you have any of these, apart from the first Basic Boat Body, which is what you have initially, you can change your boat and save the changes.
The Boat Ticket Mystery Shop is the final tab in the Mystery Shop Menu. It may contain a combination of items, including the following:
Anchor: 10 Boat Tickets
Anchor: 10 Boat Tickets
Boat Wheel: 5 Boat Tokens
Wood Raft: 75 Boat Tickets
Evidently, items appear randomly in the Shop. You always will be able to buy 2 Anchors, however, and now the Boat Wheel has been added to the list. Originally there were only three items but that has been increased to 5. The last two are boat parts. One is for Part 1 and the other for Part 2 presently.
Boat Body: 75 Boat Tickets
Wood Raft: 75 Boat Tickets
Yacht: 75 Boat Tickets
Boat Lifebuoy: 100 Boat Tickets
Boat Whistle: 100 Boat Tickets
Boat Oar: 100 Boat Tickets
Boat Outboard Motor: 100 Boat Tickets
You need 2 of the Anchors to upgrade your Boat the first time to add another Order Box to it.
The Boat components are divided into four parts. At Level 2, I see the following:
Boat Foundation: Basic Boat Body, Boat Body, Wood Raft, Yacht Body
Part 2 (at the stern): Boat Lifebuoy, Boat Whistle, Boat Oar, Boat Outboard Motor
Part 3: will be unlocked when boat reaches Level 4
Note here that you will receive a prompt when your Boat reaches Level 3 that states this group of components has been unlocked and the lock will disappear from the Menu. The parts will begin to appear randomly within a few days.
They consist of:
Basic Boat Bowsprit: 125 Boat Tokens
Wood Raft Bowsprit
In other words, there is a Part III component to match each of the Boat types. Note that, although each type of Boat has its own allocated Bowsprit, once again you can mix and match as you please.
Part 4: Will be unlocked when your boat reaches Level 7
Unfortunately for low level players, many of the Orders consist of very advanced items, such as Pizzas that can be made only if you have a Pizza Machine on the island and have total Mastery of it in some instances.
This holds true not only for the Orders you are asked to fill for Buddy Boats and Neighbour Boats but YOUR OWN ORDERS.
My advice therefore is simply to send your own Boat out to sea as often as you can, even if you cannot fill ANY of your own Orders. Neighbours and Buddies then have the opportunity to fill them, gaining points and when it returns to your own dock, all Orders should be filled, allowing you to send it to the Trade Centre with maximum benefit to you as well.
It is to your advantage, however, to bring your boat home after 24 hours, whether or not every box has been filled. Often the Orders that are not filled are for items most difficult to obtain so leaving a boat at sea with difficult Orders unfilled can be counterproductive.
Thanks to June Korrik for pointing out recent changes to the system.