The merchant ships are an easy source of crafting material, but having three gunners tonight we decided to try taking on a pirate. Sail up and start shooting it. Shoot it down to where we can board it. Kill orc crew, start killing red pirate with a billion health. Pirate ship keeps shooting anyway. Helplessly watch our ship get wrecked as we chip away at Captain Hitpoints. Pirate ship keeps shooting, even off the far side where there are no cannons. Captain finally dies. Loot consists of one box of crap, instead of three, like merchants have. What a complete waste of time.