Don't encourage them!but if need an extra hand when sailing, the edge is a nice option.
Real pirates sink warships without the edge, or a level 4 ship!
You guys need to learn to dodge cannon fire, its now or never! If you don't you will get owned by them even though you have a level 4 or 5 ship then ragequit!
For example a few days ago I was fighting a warship on my war brig, I was on low graphics so I couldn't even see explosives (They are microscopic on low graphics! Try it! I dare you!) but I was dodging most of them, then I took an entire broadside, sunk instantly, along with my entire crew of 12! And if your just going to sail a safe distance, then fire at them, why are you using the edge in the first place?
You won't make use of the upgrades anyways! Well unless its svs...
But its cheating! Cheating I say!