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While I'm somewhat new to seafaring I have a basic understanding of and a ton of love for ships and sailing. I'm currently saving for a ship of my own so at the moment I move between captaining and crewing a few ships I have access to. This brings up the issue of SPPs which I think is an awesome system and I kinda wish class skills were kinda like this so there'd be more variety within each of them but that's not the point. The point is, changing them between crewing, captaining with a crew, and captaining solo is kind of a hassle. Not so much that I can't or won't do it, but enough that I see an opportunity for something that, if I had the funds and the ship, I would absolutely buy.
An Illuminated Crew Manifest - 1000cr
When placed on a ship, allows the owner to specialize in any Seafaring skill. Provided they are docked in a harbour (not natural harbours). Alternatively, once per month, the owner may allow a single one of his crew the use of this artefact. MANIFEST SPECIALISE IN <spec> to specialise and MANIFEST ALLOW <person> to give them that month's use.
The idea here is to take away the hassle of sailing to somewhere potentially completely the opposite direction of your end destination to respec. So you just enter your cabin while docked at a port, unspecialise and the specialise again in whatever you need. The only at man made harbour thing is to try and stop a ship fleeing from pirates etc to suddenly turn around with maxed out weapons spec or <insert example where this would not be desirable>. I originally had the crew member thing as additionally but that seemed like it might lead to people just ignoring the actual specialists and finding someone with a manifest. So allowing someone to use it will cost you your use of it for that month to try and make it less likely for that to happen. Even if the crew member use was dropped (at which point changing it to like 800cr would be better) I still think it'd be a useful and popular artefact.
I'd of course be interested in the thoughts of the more seasoned sailors.