I'm using the ship combat rules provided by Ghosts of Saltmarsh, and unless I'm missing it, how initiative works is not very well explained. It explains how a ship's initiative is calculated but nothing else. I've been assuming that the players share initiative with the ship, but am I wrong?
And as a follow up to that question, I wasn't sure if there was a distinction between passenger PCs and crew PCs when it comes to initiative.
And as a follow up to both of those questions, and one I was unable to ask in the title, if PCs have their own initiative even as crewmates, do they still count as crew when it comes to the crew quantity required for a greater number of ship actions? I would assume that because they are acting independently from the ship, unlike the NPC crew, they would not, but am I wrong?