The Union fleet was much slower than it's opponents and had less firepower - at least on paper it did! Along the right side of the game mat are the ship data cards which I laminated so it's easy to erase them.
I was very pleased with how the game went and the players in both versions seemed to have a great time. If I was to run the game again I would likely increase the number of player to 6 per side and reduce the number of ships each controls down to one or two. While S&SN's is a relatively easy game, it can be overwhelming to a brand new player. The laminated ship cards worked really well. The terrain also got a lot of compliments which was surprising given how simple it was. The gaming mat is just a 10 foot by 5 foot roll of marine grade vinyl (used for boat cushions) which just happened to come in a great "water" color. From a logistical aspect, Naval games are a much easier to put on than the "big battle games"!