Easy ship takeovers
Since you are at war with France, you are going to attack some French ships. But
not any french ships, only those that are battling pirate ships, because any
other time when you encounter french ships they attack you. But this time they
will be your allies, against the pirates, so find a battle where you are totally
out numbered by the pirates and quickly defeat them. Now after the battle the
french ships will not attack you, they will sail on their way. Get in close to
those french ships and fire your kibles at their sails, do it to each ship, but
do not fire anything else or the ships will instantly attack you. Now with their
sails destroyed they cannot manuver very well, when you begin your attack, you
can pick them off or flee if you must. Next select the ship you want to take
over, get in real close and fire the grape shot at point blank rage. You will
kill off some of the crew, and will instantly board their ship for a take over.
Now when you have your new ship the other french ships "if there are anymore"
will attack you. But since you took out the sails, the battle will be easy, so
sink them or run away to repair. You can do this with other nations, but once
you do this you will be at war with them, which just adds to your problems early
in the game.
Your officers pay you
Bring your commerce level up to six or seven. When you find an officer you want
open conversation by saying his price is too expensive and close dialog box.
Repeat this enough times and the officer candidate will eventually go into
negative numbers and will pay you a monthly fee!
How to avoid enemies
From the start, pirates are big trouble for you. You can avoid them by switching
from world map to battle map before they come near you, and back again to world
map. Then ..taaadaaaa... they disapear! Repeat it every time you encounter
pirates or your foes.
If you are in need of money start a new game go to the loan shark (he doesn't
bite). Ask for a lot of money then put it into the big box in the room. You can
now ask for more money cause he will take it as "payed"! If you want more money,
don't take your money up. Instead, ask for more, lay it into the box and do it
until you have enough money.