# NavMesh.SamplePosition() fails after rebaking NavMesh?

So today I was refurbishing a scene when this happened. After baking a new Navmesh the SamplePosition() returned only infinity. I tried a lot of things out but eventually went back to an older version of my project. Sooner or later I will have to bake a new Navmesh though, so I'd really like to know what happened there.

Here is the part of the code that appears to cause trouble:

Vector3 randomDirection = Random.insideUnitSphere * roamRadius;
NavMeshHit hit;
direction = hit.position;


And of course this, since it tries to look into infinity I suppose:

transform.LookAt(transform.position - direction, Vector3.up);


Again, this code works fine. Only after baking a Navmesh this fails horribly.

Better later than never with an answer: 5.3.5 here, I had the same issue.
The solution was to "bake" (got the joke?) the last parameter for SamplePosition() to "1". Everything else fails.
I tried:
NavMesh.GetAreaFromName([anything]) FAIL
NavMesh.AllAreas FAIL
1 << NavMesh.GetNavMeshLayerFromName("Default") (from an old post, also tried with "Walkable" and without shifting) FAIL, etc.

NavMesh.SamplePosition(transform.position, out nHit, 0.1f, 1);
(The distance parameter -0.1f in the example- can be anything, that param actually works...).

Hope this helps! If too late for an answer, well, hope it saves a few hours for a random visitor! :)

Cheers!