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The Capstan is a component of Ships that is used to stop the boat from drifting. When reaching a destination. players will raise the sails and drop the anchor to prevent further movement including multi-directional drifting. One or more players will need to interact with the anchor's capstan to raise/lower the anchor. While only one player is required to do either one, multiple players raising the anchor will allow it to raise faster. This can be crucial if the potential for combat arises. Especially if the player is attempting to avoid it.

The anchor can also be used offensively in combat. Dropping the anchor suddenly will cause the ship to cease forward movement and turn abrubtly due to the sudden teather to the ocean floor. Using this tactic takes practice and may not always produce the desired results. 

Capstan Customization

Capstans became customizable with the release of the update Shrouded Spoils. The default capstain was named Sailor Capstan and multiple skins were added. Below is a list of the available skins and their locations.

Image Name Price Rep lvl Outpost
Sea of Thieves - Sailor Capstan
Sailor
N/A
N/A
All Ships
Sea of Thieves - Sea Dog Capstan
Sea Dog
49,000g
10
Order of Souls
Dagger Tooth Outpost
Galleon's Grave Outpost
Sea of Thieves - Admiral Capstan
Admiral
49,000g
10
Merchant Alliance
Sanctuary Outpost
Golden Sands Outpost
Sea of Thieves - Sovereign Capstan
Sovereign
49,000g
10
Gold Hoarders
Ancient Spire Outpost
Plunder Outpost
Sea of Thieves - Capstan of the Wailing Barnacle
Wailing Barnacle
40
Doubloons
Shrouded Spoils
exclusive
All Outposts from Duke


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