The Fluyt is a ship type in Empire: Total War.
A Fluyt is a design for a square-rigged merchantman that is faster and handier than a galleon.
The ship is a good sailor, as befits a design coming from a seafaring nation like Holland.
Historically, the fluyt was originated by Dutch shipbuilders, and the type helped the Dutch to become a maritime trading nation in the 17th Century. Extensively used by the Dutch trading companies, it was soon adopted by other nations. The vessels were easy for a relatively small crew to handle, and could carry around a dozen cannon for self-defence, although these were sometimes left ashore so that even more cargo could be carried.
The fluyt had a distinctive “fat-bottomed” cross section. This was a cunning scheme to avoid taxes and tolls, as the Danish had a habit of charging tolls based on deck area for access to the straits between Denmark, Norway and Sweden. A small deck (the big cargo hold below counted for nothing) meant lower taxes! The Dutch had to pay these tolls if they wanted access to any of the lucrative Baltic trade.
Fluyts are trading ships available only to the United Provinces and the Pirates. They are much more powerful than Indiamen due to their more substantial number of guns and increased firepower. Compared to galleons, Fluyts are weaker but more maneuverable. Their hull strength lies between that of a Third Rate Ship of the Line and a Fourth Rate, making them quite durable and more than a match for most pirate ships. However, they are significantly more expensive to train and maintain than Indiamen, so it may be financially wise to phase them out in lieu of Indiamen once proper warfleets may be assembled to defend the trading theatres.
|Light Ships||Brig • Galley • Light Galley • Race-Built Galleon • Sloop • Xebec|
|Frigates||24-pounder Frigate • Admiral's Flagship, 5th Rate • Carronade Frigate • Fifth Rate • Razee • Sixth Rate • USS Constitution|
|Ships of the Line||Admiral's Flagship, 1st Rate • Admiral's Flagship, 3rd Rate • First Rate Ship of the Line • Fourth Rate Ship of the Line • Heavy First Rate • HMS Victory • Second Rate Ship of the Line • Third Rate Ship of the Line|
|Trade Ships||Dhow • Fluyt • Galleon • Indiaman|
|Other Ships||Bomb Ketch • Rocket Ship • Steamship|