NA Ship 5th Rate Belle Poule
One of the most popular frigates in the game, the Belle Poule is considered the best all around 12-pounder frigate. She has a nice balance of speed, maneuverability and firepower.
The Belle Poule is largely equivalent to the generic Frigate, having the same number of crew and guns, except the generic Frigate can carry 18-pounder guns on her lower deck One would think that this would be a major weakness, but the Belle Poule has more structure than the frigate does. Her hull shape, similar to the Renommee, makes shots seem to ricochet more off of her hull. The Belle Poule also seems to be one of the easiest frigates to sail, as she seems to be very forgiving while tacking.
She sails much like the Frigate; sluggishly, with a poor turn rate and a narrow sailing preference between points 135 and 150. Similar to the other frigates, the Belle Poule will lose speed but perform somewhat decently on a beam reach but sailing upwind is punished with a rapid loss of way.
A flaw with her is that she does not have bow chasers, thus making her less effective in trying to chase down an enemy in the battle instance.
Belle Poule Class Information
Crafting Level: 28/29/30/31/32
Labor Hours: 882
Ship Yard Level: 2
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