The Shop (Getting a New Ship)
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One of the simplest ways to get a new ship is just to buy a Ship Deed in the Shop. In the Shop you can buy Ship Deeds from a couple of NPCs (Non-Player Characters): the Auctioneer and the Civilian Ship Dealer.
The Shop (Getting a New Ship) is part of the guide: Getting a New Ship. This guide contains the following topics:
Finding The Shop
First you should figure out where the shop is located. There is a Shop in almost every port; although, unlike the Harbor Master, Shops aren't necessarily located at the end of the dock—in fact, they can be located a great distance away from the dock (as is the case with the British starting port, Jenny Bay).
To find the Shop in your port, check your Local Map for this icon: . To open your local map, on the Toolbar click on the Local Map button .
The Auctioneer controls the Auction House. The Auction House is basically a way for players to buy and sell goods. And since you want to buy a ship, the Auction House might be just the place to start.
To bring up the Auction House window, you will need to talk to the Auctioneer. You should easily recognize the Auctioneer because he will be standing on a crate with coins floating above his head.
Searching the Auction House
Now that you have the Auction House window open, you can begin to search for a new ship. The best way to find a new ship (if you don't have any particular ship in mind) is to just search for all Ship Deeds:
Now you will need to pick out a ship. Without going into too much detail (as specifics are covered in the What to Look For in a New Ship section), the quickest way to pick out a ship of the appropriate level is to find the highest level ship you can captain.
By the highest level ship you can captain, we're referring to a ship at your level or a few levels below you. For example, if you're level 12, look for a ship that requires a captain at level 12 or a few levels below.
To see the requirements of any ship for sale on the Auction House, hover over the particular ship you are interested in. A tooltip will appear with a significant amount of information.
The requirements are listed in the information. The requirements are displayed in green and red. If you meet a requirement, it is displayed in green, and if you do not meet a requirement, it is displayed in red.
Now that you've picked out a ship, you will want to bid on it. After you have bought your Ship Deed, you just need to convert it to a ship, and then you are free to go about your business, plundering the Caribbean.
Durability is fairly simple concept. Consider that if you sink your ship (e.g., in a mission or Open Sea ship battle) too many times, there will come a time when you won't get your ship back. Essentially, every point of durability counts as one time you can sink your ship and still get it back.
For example, if your ship has five points of durability, on the fifth time you sink your ship, it will be gone forever. If your ship has one point of durability, the first time you sink your ship, it will be gone forever.