NA Ship 5th Rate Le Gros Ventre
Le Gros Ventre is a Merchantman which has similar lines to the Belle Poule
Le Gros Ventre is currently the fastest and most heavily armed trader in game, her 20 guns and her large cargo hold means that she is extremely good at hunting AI Traders, and decently good at hunting player traders without having to return to port immediately. Her 20 guns mean she is also decent in self-defense.
Le Gros Ventre is a pleasant surprise to sail; her low top speed is somewhat mitigated by a broad range of comfortable sailing points. She will perform well at essentially any point from a beam reach or with the wind anywhere abaft the beam. This means that your best chance of escape, should you be intercepted while carrying cargo, is to sail fully running, or on a beam reach, or even a little upwind, as she will perform relatively better on these points than your likely aggressors. Whether or not the relative increase in speed is enough to make up for her low maximum speed will depend on the outfitting of your and your opponent's ship.
Le Gros Ventre Class Information
Crafting Level: 27/28/29/30/21
Labor Hours: 872
Ship Yard Level: 2
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