You don't find it kind of boring to sink any ship with 1-2 salvos?
Currently I have a Dhow, and it has served me well. Takes a bit longer than two salvos because we have just 3 cannons per side, but it's been a lot of fun, and sometimes you get into a sticky situation where it's somewhat close. I find that exciting. "Hope I don't hit their sails now, or they could do some serious damage on the counter afterwards".
Suppose I'll still upgrade to a Junk (funny eh?) at some point, just a little concerned about the slow movement. Right now when I don't have a ton of money, think I'll prefer to upgrade equipment on the Dhow instead of buying a galleon or junk.
Btw: those who have basically sank every ship out there, have you managed to get crew with two skills up to master in one or both of them? I haven't so far, and it looks like they are topping out at four 'stars' combined.
I get that winning with a lesser ship is more rewarding, I sank over 1/3rd of the named ships with the Sloop. But if I can win on turn 9-12 (where 7 of those turns is two holds, 1 jibe, and two round of firing), I would much rather do that than win in 20+. I think my shortest win in the Sloop was against a Voyager and it still took 15-16 turns, and three of them were not auto turns from a jibe.
Slow movement on the Junk? It is actually just slightly slower than the Dhow, with good upgrades you won't even be able to tell the difference. The 3 turn jibe doesn't matter, because you win on cannon fire #2 instead of 4-5.
Ciphys is also correct, crew can only earn 4 stars total. So characters that are recruited with only 1 star, or 2 stars but in the same skill, are the best crew members because they can achieve master rank in a skill whereas the others can't.
EDIT: Versatile crew are still okay. There is always the off chance someone will get injured, or you have to do move order to deal with a deck fire or something. Having some backfill can cover in those moments.
Level is their literal level. Before you have party members out the wazoo your crew will help you in fights. The higher level they are the better they are as fighters. As you fill out your sidekicks, companions, and maybe hire a merc, they start helping in battle instead of your crew. Rank are the star things we mentioned, each normal crew person can only earn 2-3 rank ups depending on how many ranks they had when you hired them on.
Edited by Karkarov, 19 May 2018 - 04:14 PM.