I have never been tempted to join the navy (except for maybe when watching Ioan Gruffudd beating the French in Hornblower... but only for a second, like a minisecond, and then the whole 'Oh that was 200+ years ago thing took over).
What's not to like?
There is the whole stealing from people, making them walk the plank bit which could trouble your conscience.
Becoming a buccaneer might be the best option.
Those guys had it all.... Spanish gold, big hats with a feather and permission from the Queen to pillage.