OOC- with permission from Tac I'll introduce my character and provide my vote for a plan of action.
Richard Drake steps forward, two basket hilt broadswords strapped to his broad back and the front piece of a cuirass on as armor. A massive man renowned for his strength and skill with cold steel in the old country, he is now the leader of five other like minded men. His five followers are armed almost the same each with a single basket hilted broadsword and the front piece of a cuirass. Clearly these men preferred cold steel over gunpowder.
"Perhaps we could divide the two forces as talents dictate. My men and I along with the other marines are of no use on this ship unless it comes to a boarding action and that isn't likely to happen. I vote that the marines are disembarked for scouting and possible action if the situation calls for it, while the ship goes out to sea to weather the storm. Would that be agreeable to you my compatriots?"
First Counsul Maleketh of Jonov