How not to… hunt as a lone wolf
It was only when they were summoned to join an Ottoman fleet for a specific campaign that larger numbers of Barbary vessels worked together – they preferred to work alone or in small squadrons. This was mostly a case of logistics as larger crews needed more food and water.
Oared ships also had to put in somewhere safe at night. The Mediterranean coast offered numerous bays where streams or springs could be found but most inlets couldn’t conceal a large group and it took a dangerously long time to fill all the barrels from a single water source.
The same was true of provisions – while the crew of a single galiot could put in somewhere and kill a few goats, this was not an option for a larger force. This limited how far the pirates could range and therefore their opportunities to plunder.