Yeah, that's what I usually did. I rarely bothered to keep more than a few titanium on hand, since a quick lap of the kelp zones can usually easily get you 3-4 pieces of wreckage. If your main base is somewhere deeper, it's probably more useful to stock up on, though.Another way to find titanium is to go the green kelp zones, and steal the ship parts that the predatory fish stack up. If you've got a seaglide, you can easily outmaneuver the fishies and steal their precious loot.
I found this one out the hard way. RIP first Cyclops, and the first Seamoth that was docked on it.There are ghost leviathans down there! I'd be terrified to take the Cyclops down there, especially since unlike the Seamoth, it's not fast enough to just run away if it gets into trouble.
Yeah, I feel like the big degree of chance/luck with unlocks is one of the game's biggest issues. One of my friends picked it up on my recommendation a few months ago, and... after spending two days hunting for the last piece of the mobile vehicle bay blueprint with no luck, got frustrated and dropped it. I couldn't even really give her any advice beyond "Have you gone to the Aurora? Yes? Oh, uh, well... I guess the rest is in wreckage somewhere."I tried this a while back, bounced off it, and left it abandoned for a good year. Then I came back, and that second time it stuck its hooks into me a bit - I'd left just before the base building started, which really changes the game up dramatically. I've generally liked it, though the search based tech tree has led me to having some weird blueprint availability patterns. Getting the battery recharger long after the power cell recharger, having had the Cyclops for a while now but still no prawn suit, having some uranium ore but still no magnetite, there's some jank in there.
I found a cozy spot or two just past the big cliff drop-off where I always find much of my ruby and uranium ore. I think it's pretty near the entry to certain critical caverns as well.Similarly I never took my Cyclops into the River. It was for ferrying all my shit between my base (with mod stations and so on) and the decent mining down Below.
I guess I could have built a base Below. I never really felt comfortable to, with the threats and all. Didn't feel like there was anywhere that was both deep enough for geothermal power and safe enough that I was confident my base wasn't going to be eaten by leviathans. Perhaps I was just too afraid of the leviathans and I should have put a base in the Lost River to build the modules that want materials you only get from the depths.