The player is tasked with finding a boat captain to sail them to Crandor in the Dragon Slayer quest, who turns out to be Ned. It is said that no one has gone to Crandor in many years because it is haunted, cursed, and very dangerous, however Ned's only stipulation for bringing you there is that he needs a map and a boat. This is a sharp contrast to the response given by Captain Tobias who tells you "No, I need to stay alive- I have a wife and family to support" when the idea of sailing to Crandor is brought up. Happy to come out of retirement, Ned brings the player to Crandor on the Lady Lumbridge.
Ned can take the player back to Crandor again as long as they have not unlocked the secret door in the Karamja dungeon. All a player has to do is repair the gaping hole in the Lady Lumbridge once more and talk to Ned on the ship.