Is there a quick way of obtaining more wood and metal? Can you buy them or does it have to be from boarding/sinking ships? Because it will take me a long time to destroy ships to get the amount of wood and metal I need to upgrade the ship more --- By the way I Absolutely have NO COMMENT. PSN Tag / Xbox Live Tag Cassiusbird http://rockvandam.dvdaf.com/owned
Not that I'm aware of, besides finding the random supply boxes in the ocean or in towns which give you 1-5 of each resource it seems. You might just want to hunt down some brigs and frigates, I've seen ships carrying loads of metal and wood in the 100's. --- XBL- LithiumDeal
Raid warehouses around the map, which they refill. Along with attacking ships and picking up cargo as you sail your ship across the ocean. I've been going after as many chests and doing assassination contracts as well to make extra money. Finding Treasure maps and going after the treasure will help too.
Also found this helpful guide to finding the locations of the Elite Plans.
http://www.gamefront.com/ac4-black-flag-elite-ship-upgrade-plans-locations-guide/ --- Xbox Live: Noah C Kent
And last, sell your sugar and your rum, cloth if you don't need it. If you can hunt and kill the white whale, they are worth 4,000. Upgrading your ship costs money, and you want to have as many ways of making money as possible.
After I am finished upgrading my ship. I'm going to upgrade Edwards Hideout. Once I get all the Elite parts for my ship, I'm going after the Legendary ships. Already took down all forts. --- Xbox Live: Noah C Kent
Good list of tips here, just one missing I think. If you aren't getting enough from the ships you find, its probably time to head further southwest. Find bigger ships to raid. Man o' Wars aren't too hard to kill and they carry a ton of cargo to loot. You can pile up metal and wood really fast hitting the right convoy.