OMG! Get out of my head already.
I seriously was JUST about to reply to this thread that I believe we are
still rewarded when someone completes one of these boat orders; but without substantial proof decided against it.
I wish I had read your “Liv, we need your help” thread before getting back into the game so I could’ve taken a screenshot because...sure enough, hovering above my Friend-Ship was your adorable little monkey icon! I don’t recall the exact amounts but I was rewarded with something like 102 gold and 10 Karma. Hope this helps to lay this to rest.
I just think that this is one of those boats that many people “pearl” away because the trade is usually not equitable. For example
2 hrs 15 min production time (3⭐️Mill) 9 cloth, 3 needles and 3 roses for a single crate.