A while back a flickr friend of mine posted a picture of the game Dread Pirate. It is a fun looking pirate game with no plastic pieces(!) I couldn't justify spending a chunk of money on the game even if it was awesome, so I decided to come up with my own game.
Ours is a map (on canvas) of 4 ports. The four players sail the sea to each port to collect all 4 pieces of eight. You can cast the bones to gain protecting charms (including Tia Dalma's necklace to protect you from sea monsters) you find and lose gems, battle other pirates, and more. My kids LOOOOOOVE it. If anyone is really interested in making their own I will share ALL the details and provide printable cards, directions, rules, and a map pattern. Just let me know here.
WHat are you doing this summer?