Well, now I think I will respond to a handful of comments I have received. it's easier to do them all here rather than with each post! I'm glad I appear to be encouraging some of my readers to play the games again themselves.
On Ultima IV--Someone says the ship's wheel works any time, but my experience was just "No effect" when I used it (on ship, obviously) save for the final battle before the Abyss. And yes, Yelling is needed to get horses to move quickly--very silly, in my opinion. It took forever for me to realize the same was true for boats in Ultima V!
On Ultima V--Paulon gave some useful hints, and noted that my location for Bordermarch was wrong--it is west of Spiritwood, although pretty far west. It's another, less friendly castle that is south of the Isle of the Avatar. Additionally, he clued me in that I can take the torches in dungeons, which is useful knowledge. Amusingly, the game says "BORROWED!" when I do so. Voyager mentions meeting Captain Johne and feeling the need to add him to his party, but I already ditched Iolo, Shamino and Dupre, and as far as I am concerned party members cost far more than they provide--a full party requires 6x the food, 6x the cure spells, 6x the heals, 6x the invisibility rings, etc.
Finally, I had a challenge to complete Ultima VI whith only killing three things. I'm surprised you have to kill three, actually. However, I am not likely to try, at least until I get through it again once.
Thanks for the feedback!