Top 5 Jade Rebellion Gold Runners:
1. Virtuous Wind
This ship is a bit expensive for what you'd like to pay for a gold runner, but this ship is LOADED. Every stat is about as good as you can hope for. Unlike many of your opponent's gold runners, the Virtuous Wind is durable and very capable of putting up a fight. The HI-raiding ability is just gravy. For 17-19 points you can have a 3 masted ship moving S+L+S with room for three coins.
2. Tiger's Breath
A Super Rare from the Barbary Coast, this ship screams gold runner. After adding a helmsman you'll move S+S+S with room for 3 coins for 11 points. With a tad less speed but the same amount of cargo left over for less points, this ship just barely lost out to the Virtuous Wind and her extra durability, fantastic cannons, and HI-raider ability (great to have on a ship that's already fast).
3. Sea Crane
This ship could use an extra cargo space or two but even with an explorer or helmsman she'll have room for 2 coins, which is usually enough of an island to make a nice profit. Add the +1 and you've got a nice gold runner. As with many of the other JR gold ships (Virtuous Wind, Baochuan, East Wind, etc.), the Sea Crane is able to defend herself if need be.
Although the Treasure Ship keyword and 10 cargo spaces is epic, the Baochuan moves just L and takes up almost your entire build total in a standard game. Theoretically you NEED Li Quin
just to fit Zheng He, a captain, a helmsman, and an explorer on board, leaving just 3 points left over. As with the other 10 masters the Baochuan is better used in large games where she can exploit her size and Zheng He's ability more often. That being said this is one of the most epic ships in the game and the original 10 master.
5. Sea Tiger
This is the cheapest 2 masted JR ship. I've used the English version of her many times with considerable success. Leave her uncrewed and she won't take up much of your build total, but you might be surprised what she can do for you. Speed is huge in Pirates and it can make up for her lack of explorer. The Sea Tiger is just a good option to have and one of the only viable "swarm" ship the Jades ever sailed.
Honorable mentions (in no particular order): Grand Wind
, East Wind
, Sea Wind