This is more of a statement post than a question.
After about 3 months of playing Eve I just learned this: Ship bonuses are increased by higher [Racial] Frigate skill level. From day one everything I read was that it was important to train this to level 4. But I didn’t understand why. My only understanding was that each level unlocked more ships. I was quite happy just flying the ships unlocked by level 1-3 so, I didn’t invest the time to unlock level 4.
The description of the skill only says: Skill at operating Amarr Frigates
I found out by accident when I started fitting a Probe to Explore with instead of my Magnate. I skilled up to Minmatar Frigate level 1 (the required to fly the Probe) and wondered why the scan strength wasn’t the same as the Magnate. Then it popped into my brain about the ship bonuses. Duh.
It would be nice if this was mentioned somewhere for new players to find.