I know that in basic version of SoC each settlement must be at least two roads away from any other settlement. In Seafarers expansions you can build ships, so my question is - does this 'roads rule' also applies to ships? I haven't found anything about this in instruction for expansion.

In other words, can you build two settlements like this:

O is the settlement, - is the ship

enter image description here

  • 1
    Would be a sweet pair of settlements, though, with a #2 brick and a desert. Jan 29, 2015 at 15:30
  • It's just an example! :) Jan 29, 2015 at 15:34

1 Answer 1


It's pretty obviously NO.

Page 2 of the rules -

Except where noted below, Catan: Seafarers uses the same rules as The Settlers of Catan

On page 4

Shipping routes act as roads across water (or along the coast). You build and place ships in much the same way as roads

AND it specifically states

If your shipping route reaches a coastline, you can then build a new settlement on that coast, even if it is a new island. Of course, you must still obey the “distance rule” from basic Settlers, even if you are building on a new island.

So ships are 'water' roads and you still need two hex sides between settlements/cities

  • 2
    Absolutely correct here. Not that you'd want to build on the single corner of a desert anyway :) Jan 2, 2015 at 14:35
  • This was just an example :) Jan 2, 2015 at 23:42

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .