When fighting a large ship that has you severely outgunned,
try to go in for a sword fight instead of trying to shoot the
The best skills to choose at the start are sword fighting, and
navigation. Sword fighting will make your opponents move more
slowly in a sword fight, and navigation will let your ship
travel faster and turn more quickly.
When fighting against unbelievable odds dont panic.
Choose the long sword. Keep using the slash-high attack to cause
the most damage. You may get down to only one man left, but you
can still defeat the enemy captain. After you win, select send a
prize crew so you will have enough people to sail your ship.
Don't attack a nation your home country is allied with, it will
upset both of them.
Don't wed till you've got all your promotions, your oppurtunities
will be much better. Make conversation with all the governors
daughters, however, they might gather important information for
you from the governors mansion.