To continue on with avoiding the boats I painted all the playing pieces. The Wind Gauge token has a lot of great detail on it, and is completely different on both sides. The Ship's Wheels are only one sided but again look really nice, with the text and skeleton captain adding a lot of character. The Navigation Rod is also really 3D and completely different to any other ruler you'd get with anything else.
These are easily the best components I've seen for playing a board game, both for the detail and for having a lot of colour, even if you have to add it yourself. They really need a good varnish cover though otherwise they'll likely have paint rubbed off in areas over time.
As the colours become brighter, they should be focused closer and closer around the waves.
Once painting alternate checks black and white, apply a very thin shade of Nuln Oil, then highlight back up, so the shade is only seen around the recesses.
The pieces looked great before painting them and now they look fantastic. Even the little trophies I had forgotten about until the end look good and something you want to look at and prize once you've collected it. In most games the miniatures are the main focus with everything else hidden to the side, but with this game it feels like everything is worthy of being included in the final photos!