Originally Posted by Kevinmeath
A Frigate would be a bad idea, may look impressive but that means the enemies naval forces will be able to catch up to you and now you'll have to fight.
Instead you equip a smaller faster ship (some were specially built for the purpose) that can out gun any merchantman but out run any larger Naval vessel.
also don't use all your own money -- too risky instead with a group of like minded 'patriots' invest in several different ships.
Wait a minute! The word is Privateer, not Pirate. A Lloyds survey estimated that the extra cost to shipping companies in 2010 for insurance, re-routing around the Cape, delays and losses caused by Somali pirates was US$12 BILLION! Actual KNOWN ransom payouts were US$ 1.4 billion with the biggest single ransom payout US$ 9.55 million for a single ship. Official Navys and governments have to abide by the laws of the sea and all of the ponsy, wishy-washy human rights piffle and treat pirates like unmarried teenage mothers wo have been caught smoking. Letters of Marque from LLoyds (there ARE legal precedents, I looked it up) would allow a privateer to do all sorts of fun stuff, yardarms, keel-hauling, marooning, plus recover or prevent mch piracy. Recovery means prize rules. If the insurance syndicates were saved just 25% of their current costs and the shipping and especially oil companies another 25% of losses, there is a good business case for outfitting a second-hand destroyer with a less-than scurvy crew and plenty of yo-ho-ho!