this was the question after this question 'Jim decides to go ashore also. Was this a wise move? What might happen now as a result?" in chapter 13
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I think he was pretty smart. They needed time to decide what to do while the pirates did not suspect that they knew of the mutiny. They also needed space between them and a chance to control the ship. In a straight battle, they were outnumbered (19 to 7) and would have been killed.