Ganking gankers is pointless. And you can’t hunt anyone in hisec without being concorded yourself
Sure thing sport.
follow the link to mining yeilds of various ships with different boosts
Before CCP decided to start building a theme park in the sandbox, the Retriever and Mackinaw did have their role to play. Back when the Procurer/Skiff had 1 turret, the Retreiver/Mackinaw had 2, and the Covetor/Hulk had 3. If I recall, the Mackinaw (and the Retriever? maybe?) had a bonus to ice harvesting.
These days the Retriever/Mackinaw are very much in the position you have pointed out. They are rather pointless. Especially since the T1 max yield fit out performs the T2 max tank fit on a couple of the ships.
Just under 7m3/s difference between the Procurer and a Skiff (Orca Boosted).
For a nearly 200mil isk difference in price, and the Skiff is so gimped tank-wise that it takes a mere 2 or 3 Catalysts more to gank it compared to the Procurer.
Similar with the Covetor/Hulk. 41mil isk for the Covetor Hull, 255mil isk for the Hulk. For just over 8m3/s more.