I'm developing a naval marital force that would board or defend galleys in a naval battle. What I'm wondering is, would any weapons be more suitable for such seaborne operations and would metal armor, if typical, be worn to sea? I understand that in the golden age, the cutlass became popular because it was smaller and more maneuverable on a ship's deck, however, armor was largely a thing of the past on land or not. Would, chain mail, for example, be undersirable in naval combat, or would the added protection outweigh potential drowning? The bulk of the land forces wear light chainmail and I'm debating whether to clad the sea forces with leather or nothing at all or perhaps the same chainmail.