Welcome to Giants in the Earth. I'm not very keen on small maps myself, but had to create one for the mapmaking competition. With that in mind I crafted this map particularly for novice players, (there seems to be a glaring lack of such maps in our community!)
Experienced players may find it a bit easy and straightforward for their tastes. It is fairly well balanced for head to head play, however.
Building ships will greatly change the complexion of the game and you may wish to consider disallowing them by mutual consent if playing head to head. Non-novice players going against the AI will definitely have more fun omitting them. Happy Gaming!