A few days ago I got to crafting level 8, meaning that I was able to build a Brig. Unfortunately I was still Junior Lieutenant with roughly 900 XP missing for the next level. Hence I decided to craft a Pickle and make a small journey. Here the route, which started at Key West counter-clockwise.
I think it does not come as a surprise, that I did not manage to make a full lap in one day. Or two days. And, of course, this was not just about sailing. I also intended to sink all single merchant ships I encounter. When I returned back home just now, the result was as follows:
25 ships. Not too shabby. So what is my rank now? Well, I am still Junior Lieutenant and 140 XP apart from the next promotion.
Considering the amount of time spent on these 25 encounters and that 25 successful missions would have generated a lot more XP, I`d like to say that those people who simply sail around instead of grinding missions are at a decent disadvantage.
Surely, maybe working as designed and intended, still I find this rather peculiar in a sandbox game.