SAILING Sailing These parameters determine how your ship sails.
Max Speed: Maximum Speed How fast your ship can move in battles. Improving battle speed does not improve Open Sea speed. Acceleration: Acceleration Determines how fast the ship gains speed. Deceleration: Deceleration Determines how fast the ship loses speed. Lower values are better if you want to maintain speed, higher values are better if you want to stop quickly. Turning (Fast): Fast Turn Rate The Ship's turn rate in degrees per second. This is how fast the ship turns if it is moving at maximum speed. Turning (Slow): Slow Turn Rate The Ship's turn rate in degrees per second. This is how fast the ship turns if it is moving at a speed of at least 4 knots. Turning Accel: Max Turning Acceleration This shows how fast a ship accelerates into a turn. The higher the value, the faster the ship reaches its maximum turn rate. Turning Decel: Min Turning Deceleration Ships gradually suffer less deceleration as they turn. This shows a minimum amount of deceleration a ship has when turning. Lower numbers (relative to other acceleration stats) are better. Best Point: Best Point The wind angle at which the ship can attain its maximum speed. The wind comes from angle 0o, and angle 180o is running with the wind at your back.
Capacity: Capacity How many units of cargo the ship can hold. O.S. Visibility: Open Sea Visibility How far away other ships will spot you on the open sea. O.S. Spotting: Open Sea Spotting Increases your spotting range, allowing you to detect ships beyond their O.S. Visibility. Crew: Crew The maximum number of crew on your ship. Shows the fighting strength of your crew. Target Tracking: Target Tracking Reduces the accuracy penalties you suffer due to your movement and your target's movement. Improves your chance to hit fast moving ships.
LEVEL (SIZE): Level and Size The level required to use this ship, and the size of the hull. DURABILITY: Durability The number of ships you have left. Decreases by 1 whenever the ship is defeated in combat (with the exception of skirmish). INSURANCE VALUE: Insurance Value Amount of doubloons you will receive for this ship if she is sunk or scuttled.
HEALTH Health The ship's Health stats show how much damage it can sustain.
Hull: Hull (Structure) The internal structure of your ship. When your structure runs out, your ship sinks. Port: Port (Left) The ship's port armor. Armor facings protect the ship's hull. Stbd: Starboard (Right) The ship's starboard armor. Armor facings protect the ship's hull. Bow: Bow (Front) The ship's bow armor. Armor facings protect the ship's hull. Stern: Stern (Rear) The ship's stern armor. Armor facings protect the ship's hull. Sails: Sails & Masts Shows how much damage the ship's sails and masts can sustain. Ships lose speed as they take sail damage.
Integ. Integrity The ship's Integrity stats show how much damage it can sustain.
135 100 100 50 50 610
DR Damage Reduction Shows how much the ship's armor reduces the damage it receives.
- 0 0 0 0 0
MODIFIERS Modifiers These change your chance to hit, chance to get hit and the damage you take.
Sails: Sails Offense, defense and resistance values for your ship's sails and masts. Crew: Crew Offense, defense and resistance values for your ship's crew. Bow: Bow (Front) Offense, defense and resistance values for your ship's bow armor. Stern: Stern (Rear) Offense, defense and resistance values for your ship's stern armor. Sides: Broadsides (Left & Right) Offense, defense and resistance values for your ship's broadsides. Grapple: Grappling Grappling offense makes it easier to board ships. Grappling defense protects you against hostile boarding attempts.
OFF Offense Offensive modifiers are a percentage increase to your chance to hit. The numbers here include any benefits from 'Accuracy, All' items.
0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
DEF Defense Defensive modifiers are a percentage decrease to the chance enemies will hit you. The numbers here include any benefits from 'Defense, All' items.
45.0 45.0 45.0 45.0 45.0 0.0
RES Resistance Resistance is a percentage reduction in the damage you take.
0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -
BATTERIES Batteries The guns on your ship are divided into batteries. Guns within a single battery are identical and are controlled as a group.
Type Quantity & Weight This shows number and size of the guns in the battery. Heavier guns do more damage, have longer range and penetrate armor better. Lighter guns reload faster and are better at dealing sustained damage against unarmored targets.
Reload Reload The time it takes to reload the entire battery of guns, in seconds.
Damage Maximum Damage This shows how much damage each cannon can do at minimum range using heavy round shot. Damage gradually decreases as your target gets farther away.
Range Maximum Range This shows how far the cannons can fire heavy round shot. Other ammo types modify this range.
Acc Accuracy This shows the cannon's percentage chance to hit a standard target at 200 or 400 yards away. The chance to hit is increased based on target size, and decreases based on movement.
200 / 400 Accuracy This shows the cannon's percentage chance to hit a standard target at 200 or 400 yards away. The chance to hit is increased based on target size, and decreases based on movement.
Swivels: Swivel guns fire anti-personnel shot, spraying enemy decks with a lethal cloud of musket-balls.
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112 / 97
Upwind & Luffing
0% - 0%
0 - 0 knots
Open Sea Speed: 0
Information based on version 02.11.68.00
Current game version is 18.104.22.168
The 'Hornet' gunboat has a single, heavy bow chaser. Despite her unique characteristics, she is not suitable for most battles.
Originally launched off of the larger ships of the line, in the 18th century, longboats evolved into very small support craft. By 1750, they were authorized to carry 4 to 6 half pound swivels and by 1795, the swivels were replaced by a single carronade, 18- and 24- pounders for those belonging to a ship of the line, and 12- pounders for smaller ships.
Strategy and Use
Gunboats were typically not employed singly but in groups. They might be assigned to harbor patrol/defense to prevent enemy cutting out parties or might lead an attack against an enemy harbor. In PotBS they are best used in special events such as races, duels and skirmishes.
Fast turning, and fast acceleration makes for this a quick turning ship. Keep your target in front of you, fire, turn and move out of range, turn back, fire again. Not a fast way to deal damage, but the foregun has a reload time of 10 sec, not the 45 it would otherwise call for. Useful if you have Small Long Barreled Guns, because you could push the range beyond 800+ yards.