You are right i think, i really dont like shipbattles at all. BUT we are Pirates, and we usually hang out on ships and not running around in villages doing errands. Ok we do run in villages...in search for the next keg of yum .
Personally, I don't care how many ships I sink as long as they give either good xp or good ship gear. But those Ghost Ships in Haunted Skyway are another story. I mean you have to fight 12 when you enter Haunted and 12 when you exit. I mean, I like to avoid unnessary battles so I'd rather sink ships than to board 'em. They are tough with a Bison Galleon (strongest ship at that level unless you buy the Wolf Totem Galleon). I'd probably like them better if they didn't know Sailor's Hex. They have any other sail skill but Sailor's Hex.