Having a lower max velocity will have zero impact on time-to-warp. It will make the use of a Higgs Anchor much easier, so it could be considered a significant buff to the most ungankable of all barges.
Its all part of the changes in new patch.
Skiff got axed, randomly.
It supposed to be tankiest miner ship, but just I dont get how those changes align with “… goal with Barges and Exhumers is to create meaningful choice between survivability, yield, and ore hold. However, we understand that some of these ships are not survivable enough. To that end we’re working closely with the CSM to define the best approach, but our end goal is to significantly increase the EHP of all barges and all exhumers as well as their mining yield.”.
Mass Increased > become slower > longer turn / warp time > easier to gank;
Lost Mid Slot > lost Invulnerability Field > less resistances > easier to gank;
CPU decreased > lost Mid Shield Extender > less shield HP > easier to gank;
Base Shield HP increase 6000 to 6500 > insignificant;
Base Armor HP increase 5000 to 6000 > irrelevant, ship is shield-tanked;
Base Structure HP increase 5500 to 6500 > laughable, if a miner is in structure, its over;
Signature radius increase 150 to 200 > faster target lock > easier to gank;
Ore Hold increase > stay in Space longer to fill > chance to be ganked increased;
Designers of new changes act like an incompetent government - they declare ‘reform for better brightier future’, sketch on paper dumbed-down simplified scheme how to make everybody prosperous (just take from the Rich and redistribute among the Poor), then implement, and in the end we the people end up paying for their miscalculations.
So been playing with fits: Objective single yield module in low and then defence, using shield and damage control plus bulkheads. Exhumers have T2 Modulated Strip miners, mining barges T1. Covetor cannot do T2 multispectum and needs more CPU, Skiff is short on CPU too.
Skiff - 86,625 EHP Suggested Fit from Gerard 107,890 / 114,709 T1 / T2 rigs
Hulk - 43,957 EHP
Mackinaw - 63,942 EHP (Based on GA’s Skiff fit - 76,666 EHP T2 Rigs)
It is better overall, but serious nerfs to the Skiff and Procurer.
Conclusion multi-account gankers will be fine with these changes, the few and elusive solo gankers will just have to feast on Ventures and the T2 versions.
Fun Eve forum interpretation by gankers and ganking shrills, another nerf to ganking, regardless of the fact that sitting pretty in a Skiff is no longer possible…, but with Gerard Amatins fit it is still possible
I explained my fit above. But yeah that is better than my fit for overall base EHP numbers but the thing is that I did have 75% resists on thermal. Still your fit is better overall, thanks will look at that in more detail.
NB - My mining character also cannot run the Reactor Control Unit II, but added it to the skill queue for her.