Okay, I have to explain myself.
This started life as an oekaki, but one of your members* convinced me it'd be a good idea to AA it. On oekaki. The lines were sort of messy to begin with and I should have corrected them as I went, but messy they remained, and so the AA job is... uh... well, subpar. Anyway, this led quite naturally to me restricting the palette as well (and tweaking it after I finished), at least by a little bit.
So if you're wondering why it's SO HUGE now you know. :D
I'm pretty sick of looking at this (oekaki timer says 10.3 hours spent total), so it's unlikely I'll be making any changes to it, but I welcome any critique that I can apply to future pieces :D
I've had bad experiences with sailors, but the title/banner actually has nothing to do with this, and everything to do with the fact that I thought it sounded really cool.
*I won't say who, as then suspicion may fall on me when the hit I've taken out on him for this is executed.
EDIT: Forgot! Various google image references. Lots of them.