Just on the topic of britannian ships subject to decay........ Since their inception, I have always said, and still think, that an item like that which is purchased for real money should never EVER be subject to decay if the account monthly subscription is paid for....... I can understand the issue of sea lanes being clogged, but that could be taken care of by having the ship NOT decay but be dry docked (in bank?) after the set amount ot time expires.... Yes, I mean that ALSO should the hold contain items.... At the very least, the VERY least...., the items in the hold "could" be deleted before dry docking the ship in bank box but I'd rather prefer not... Regardless, an item purchased for real money should never EVER be subject to decay while an account that holds it is active.... That's how I think about the Britannian ship.