Yes, bring on the boats!
No, I'm fine teleporting everywhere?
2. I agree it would be a helluva feat to use a boat to get to Outland considering it's an entirely different planet.
The storyline is that you find Pandaria by shipwreck. Obviously this is before shipping routes are opened up to the zone.
So the solution might be to have something like Twilight Highlands initially, where you are personally using a portal to go back and forth while waiting for a base to be built.
But I think the best option would be to just do what they do in TH and have some initial quests which end with a small dock being built and repairs to a ship/zeppelin so you can get back. And then in 5.1, those little bases are turned into fortresses and harbors.
If you lived in a world where you could instantaneously teleport anywhere, why would you ever take a boat?
It's an island that doesn't have ports and has been closed off from the rest of the world. There are no shipping routes. The ship/zeppelin you got there on is destroyed.
So if you get there via shipwreck, how are you just going to find a boat back home right away?
While boats might be better suited, just think about launch day. Everyone cramming onto the boat and we know what can happen with so many people on those transports... just think back to opening of AQ gates. A detour under stonetalon.
There prbly be portals until 5.1 than the Ship & Zepplins come in.