This issue seems to be intermittent as I have caught it with the right recruit times. I just did the new recruit feature with active pirate catcher and the recruit times were as if the pirate catcher wasn't active. It was at about 50 min where with my active lvl 3 pirate catcher it is 30 min. I have a choice to cancel recruitment and do it manually @ 50% grog penalty or wait an extra 20 min to get my pirates, neither of which I'm happy with. Cool feature in concept but still buggy.