yea, range kinda hurts sometimes. i have h44, and the monty range is basically the same as h39 broadside, but if you're willing to sacrifice most of your bulge for speed. the 40 knots can be very worth it. and once your gunners get to about 110 or so, you'll notice that the monty becomes one of the funnest ships to use
that's how it worked for me, once i hit 110, i noticed my monty's short range isn't important.
just don't rush people until you're completely confident with the ship.
be patient. most people will rush you, that's where you can easily 1 shoot and turn at the same time for "slingshot". (more useful for not getting hit yourself.) but don't just run. turn back right away. and get the next guy.