Pirates of the Shackles
As explained in the SnS PG, ships have their own stat blocks, much like characters or settlements. Below are explanations of what each entry means, as well as links to the stats of ships thus far encountered in the story.
AC: no different from in other contexts
Hardness: Ditto – usually 5 for standard wooden vessels due to hull thickness
HP: Same as always. When a ship has half or fewer of its HP it is considered ‘broken,’ and suffers -2 to AC, sailing checks, saving throws, and combat maneuver checks. If its means of propulsion has this status, the ship’s speed is halved and it can no longer gain the ‘upper hand’ until it’s repaired. If a ship has zero or fewer HP, it is ‘sinking’ and can’t move or attack, and sinks completely 10 rounds after receiving this condition. Additional damage makes it sink faster.
Base Save: Ships have a single save modifier instead of the three that characters have, and it is used for all saves.
Maximum Speed: The fastest the ship can go. This stat also indicates the means of propulsion (oars, current, or wind in most cases).
Acceleration: The amount by which the ship can accelerate or decelerate in a single round upon a successful piloting roll.
Ramming Damage: Exactly what it states.
Propulsion: The means by which the ship is able to move.
Sailing Check: The required skill(s) to act as pilot of the vessel. A pilot may receive assistance from no more than one other person.
Control Device: Pretty obvious – the actual means by which the pilot controls the vessel.
Means of Propulsion: Gives information about the actual propulsion device, which is useful when determining damage and other effects on that means.
Crew: The minimum crew to operate the ship without any penalties. Down to half the crew may operate it, but at a -10 to the piloting roll. Less than half cannot operate the ship at all.
Decks: Number of weather decks – that is, decks where crew are exposed to the open air. Cargo holds and bilges don’t count toward this.
Cargo/Passengers: The maximum number of passengers the ship can carry in addition to crew, and the amount of cargo, in tons, the ship can carry.