PPH's and piston pumpers would be the best guns for naval warfare - essentially unlimited water supply. Simple piston homemades get ranges in the 50's too, assuming good arm strength. Normal guns would have to be attached to the boat with line or you'd end up like Iceman with a 1500 at the bottom of a lake.
I would prefer kayaks or canoes to paddleboats. Paddleboats are too slow and are not exactly graceful in maneuvering. In a kayak you can quickly reposition yourself and use the oars to block streams. Flat-bottoms will also float on literally 4 inches of water so shore assaults are potentially viable.
While most of this is dreaming, it actually could be possible to have a sizeable [20 boats+] naval war at school - Conn has a fleet of kayaks and canoes on the Thames River. There's a bunch of little islands in the river with ruins from a shipyard on them too. However, signing out the entire fleet is a bit different than signing out a personal boat...and the Groton nuclear sub base is just across the river, so the actual US navy would have to be ok with it lol. So around here a naval water war is physically possible, but enough interest and permission isn't very probable. Fun to talk about though...
marauder wrote:You have to explain things in terms that kids will understand, like videogames^ That's how I got Sam to stop using piston pumpers