I had an idea of a different kind of PvP, how about ship races?
Kinda sorta like Pet Derby Race but instead we are racing our ships? Or, even better, like kart racing in Mario Kart where we get to race out ships around a skyway with obstacles and use the equipped "spells" on our ship. When you pull beside them, cannons fire and slow down the ships for a brief amount of time. Whoever hits the hardest slows down the other first.
I'd rather have ship racing than trying to beat people up.