Be very careful as you fight when boarding "Cattle" ship. They are filled with animals and if hit accidentally, they will group up with the existing pirates.
I can't stress this enough. On your beginning character, getting 10 VIT is VITAL, no pun intended. Here, I survive a danger 2 fight with bare 4 hp left on my character. If i didn't have that 1 armor, I'd be dead.
If you're low on cash and XP, scrounge every single ounce of resource enemy ships have, be it cattle or pots. Booty is everywhere, you just gotta look for it.
Thanks for reading Portforward's guide to Pixel Piracy and good luck plundering the seven seas!