This may way well appear quite the lengthy post and end along the lines of shoot her, chop off her fingers and shoot her again but I digress, let's begin.
From bits and bats I have read over the forum lately I wholeheartedly agree with the prospect of the customizable figureheads though what I am curious of is as to how this and textures would be viable, would it be a case of having a set of "vanity slots" similar to upgrades?
As for naming ships this is actually probably quite difficult, I mean there'd be a character limit and then the prospect of having to place every character manually for every combination on every ship, judging from the amount of ships people appear to be wanting, that's a monstrous amount of work?
On to flag customization, love the idea but, and here's the but would it be set period flags per nation as a choice or will it be a case of fly whatever colours you damn well please and if you want to appear the yeasty traitorous cow hearted codpiece you are then so be it?
New Ships - simple really, new ships! Personally I love this game, I truly do, but this is the but, why limit the time period so much? I can understand a cut off point in the future but I feel a large proportion of the playerbase drawn here for "piracy" potentially based be it on fanfic or historic will prefer older less historically accurate ragged ships. I understand admins want the game to grow more but I feel it's current market is aimed at such a niche it may well struggle to achieve a playerbase proportionate to what is wanted.
As for historical accuracy, now I've seen people kick up a stink against fantasy ships and both for fantasy ships, I fall firmly in the latter ilk although - why can't fantasy be through decor? I mean an elaborately piratey Belle Poule for example would be a gorgeous ship, adorned with lanterns amd a blackened hull and such, different cabin decor on the stern perhaps? I personally would like to see the game arrive at a stage where the historically accurate puritans have the opportunity to sail in beautiful period ships, whereas those inclined towards fantasy have the opportunity too, not saying fill the ships with skeletons or fishmen or that lot. I love the Black Pearl as a concept & even the Flying Dutchman, as much I like these ships and would enjoy sailing them in the game, I would at the least hope to see them come as a source of inspiration regarding decor for "pirate textures". Sure, somebody is gonna jump on my back with the "it's not accurate and didn't exist" but that could be said for a lot of the ships if they all end up with every nationalities naval colours. It's all a matter of perspective. (aye mate its just a texture - still innacurate )
Ps - I salute you if you were genuinely bothered to read all that xD