Gold is very abundant in this game. And there’s nothing wrong with that - I like the satisfaction of raking in tons of coins like the greedy pirate I am. However, I think there is room for imaginative ways for pirates to spend all that gold beyond just ship upgrades. Suppose there was another kind of unique currency - similar to haunted bones - that could be acquired in exchange for vast amounts of gold coins? And in exchange for that unique currency, a player could acquire unique or powerful weapons that cannot be looted or bought with gold coins. A friend (can’t remember who) also suggested that a player could use gold to purchase more inventory spaces. That is just one possible example, but I think any sink for players to continuously dump their gold into would make collecting all that cash much more rewarding.