Thanks, you're probably right about practice. All the rigging on this was done free hand, not particularly accurate, some a bit thick, and some probably not attached to anything. I think, for something this size and a spur of the moment painting. It works. Using rulers, maul sticks etc adds time and of course accuracy, and for a large (important) painting they are a great tool.
Self C&C. If starting again, I would have made the Schooner about 3/4 the size, although there were some quite large ones. There were also some quite small Frigates. (That's my excuse anyway) I think the boat could be a bit longer, but Schooners didn't carry a selection of boats like the bigger ships, however I should be able to sort that before I turn the page for the next one.