One of my favourite Lego themes as a child was Pirates. I had their island base and several small sets but there was one thing missing. I would have loved the pirate ship but accepted that it was too expensive. Fast forward thirty years and after saving up for six months, I've spent the last couple of weeks building Pirates of Barracuda Bay. What a fantastic set!
I'm not a fan of aspects of modern construction techniques and bricks; I find it almost too easy or a cheat to create things that would require more problem-solving with more traditional methods. so for me there were a lot of niggly little things in building this set, but they were easily forgiven because they provided both nice little details and a marvelous overall picture.
Even going into the shop I was very wary of spending so much money (£180) on a single Lego item, but I'm glad I did. It's a superb set. Highly recommended, especially if you enjoyed the the original sets. In fact, after building this, that's me done with Lego. I'm sure I'll buy the odd, small set for fun from time to time, but this is the pinnacle of my collection. I'd never again achieve the same satisfaction, fulfilment and enjoyment from building another set that I did with this, and it filled a longstanding hole.