A thought I had: add an option at the shipyard to have a new ship custom built. It would follow the same rules depending on the options you have set regarding the selling of ships(i.e. warship and level restrictions), but instead you could ask for a specific ship to be built for you. It could take a period of time to complete, say 16 months minus the ship class (15 months for a class 1, 7 months for a class 9, etc) and at the end of that period it would be placed in a laid-up berthing slot at that port waiting for you. Additional restrictions could be imposed by nationality, such as Spanish Galleons only at Spanish ports and what not. This would be nice for those of us who want specific fleet compositions without searching forever for the ones we want, or for players who want a particular ship but are not into piracy/privateering. I think it would also just be cool to have a ship in-game that was specifically built FOR you. If you have the Shipwright professional background you could get a discount as you would be able to draw-up the planns yourself which would also be nice. Another possibility is that each ship builder might get certain bonuses or penalties of their own in addition to the national ones, perhaps at additional cost from exceptional ones. It seems this would only require a new dialogue option with the shipyard owner since the interface for selecting ship at game start could be used for selecting the desired ship type.