I would like to put forth an idea that has been knocking around in the back of my mind (right next to the gerbil) for some time.
I propose that the length of ship buffs be increased to 3 hours just like the low end booster pots from DDO Store etc, and that said buffs then be coded to pause in public areas just like the a fore mentioned potions/elixirs.
This will be a great boon to your players, especially for the casual gamer who is currently spending nearly as much time going to buff as in a quest.
Either way, that is my suggestion.
Good Luck, Have Fun and always gather for grease ... DDO's Universal Buffage!
Money Maker of Cannith, (now with added Completionist Crunchy Bits)