Ships are the key focus and main transport method for players in Sea of Thieves. There are currently only three types of ship within the game, these being the Sloop, the Galleon, and the newly added Brigantine. The ships are not limited to the crew size as even a single-player can select to start a new game with the galleon. Running a galleon as a solo-player is not easy however as there are multiple sails and the hull is a larger target which could lead to multiple simultaneous needs for repair.

A new NPC ship, the cursed Skeleton Ships, will rise occasionally to test the waters around budding pirate crews. These ships come in multiple sizes and the crew can be either aggressive or passive. Look for the ship-shaped clouds in the sky and head toward them to increase the chance of an encounter. Kill the Skeletons, sink the ship and steal any treasure they might hold.

Types of Ships




Ships can be customized by purchasing options with in-game currency. Features that can be customized include the following:

Additional customization options were introduced in the Shrouded Spoils update on November 28, 2018. This includes new cannon, capstan, and helm choices.


  • Rare released the Brigantine in the summer of 2018. This new ship is ideal for groups of 2-3 players.

Ship Anatomy

Ship plans
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