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Wouldn't it be great to be able to draw a course for your ship on a map and send it to some island on autopilot and fast travel when it gets there?  maybe a feature that allows you to snap to the ship if its being fired upon? i spend lots of time travelling to various islands where nothings happening at sea or i'm carrying a lot of cargo and i'm slow and its just not exciting, i'd much rather be gathering stuff for my next build or doing other things during that time.  i'd love to just send my ship to somewhere and fast travel when it arrives.  i know there's a risk but it can be mitigated my some magical amulet or something that tells you when your ship is taking damage and prompts you to fast travel or redirect course or something, there's lots of things you could do. 

i play in PvE-NA so obviously could be different in PvP but even then you could have a 2 ship where you could run your own escort mission.  

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Or maybe an AI to do is but for a very low limited time. That way you can go back (if a single player and check an imprinting juvenile ).

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I just find myself making all these grand plans while sitting at work and when I get home I spend 3 hours shuttling cargo at 9 knots steering around bad guys being the only course correction.  that part of things can get booring.  I have plans to make a new ship or gather stuff for blueprints and that's gonna be another 3 hours of gathering and then several hours travelling slowly.  meanwhile my favorite thing to do is build and sail different ships into battle against different enemies.  you spend days and days shuttling cargo you build a ship and risk sinking it in 1 hour.  I don't mind a bit of a grind, and I don't mind shuttling ships and cargo but spending such a huge percentage of my time watching my ship travel in a straight line slowly with no ability to go take care of something else.  it just feels like im stuck.  in my opinion if you want people to spend time on ships having fun, maybe the cargo container penalty needs to be adjusted or something else because when im running cargo im not doing anything else and it takes a long time to get that cargo to a place where it can be used.  id much rather automate cargo ships and sail my fighting ships or gather some other materials on some other island.  

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Tbh I'm still up for a whirlpool  teleport system myself. As long as there are only a few of them and you can only travel to and from the ones you've discovered then I don't see it ruining the game at all, even a random one that sends you to an undetermined location could be written into the myth of a pyrate game. Nearly every successful mmo that's stood the test of time has a form of fast travel (even the ones with much smaller maps, ima) and it hasn't destroyed the gaming on them at all. But until the devs decide whether they are coming or going then who knows what will be. Just hope they do something soon.

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