SRFFF Ever since I figured out how to spot a merchant ship in the list of ships, I've been looking ahead about 50 levels to pick and choose which offers I wanted to accept, and ignore the rest.
I like these sailing ships closely grouped together in threes by capacity, and send them together as a group. The last 3 where the Newberry (180), the Sussex (187), and the Ruby (199). I had the next 3 picked out, and then I got a surprise In the form of vintage ship offers. I picked up 2 vintage ships, both 210/288. The HMS Assistant formerly available upon reaching level 250, had these identical stats. So I ignored the 3 ships that I had initially picked out, in favor of the HMS Assistant.
I also look ahead for other ships as well, the next 2 ships in my sights, are available at level 260. Being that these are event ships, I was hoping to attain 260 before the end of the event. I am counting on a Global Challenge in next week's update, to provide me with the necessary experience points to get me there.
The HMS Assistant would have provided me with enough experience points to get me through 3 levels. Without it I probably won't attain 260, Making this the 1st event that I wouldn't be buying a single ship.