I have never been a miner. During my years playing Eve I have maybe mined for a few hours in total. So, I may be overlooking something completely obvious. But just for fun, I’ve been playing around with ship fittings for mining, and I noticed something: The Rokh may be the best mining barge for Highsec.
Not accounting for mining drones, the Procurer Fit I came up with yields 16.56m³/s with 2 Strip Miner II and one MLU II, and with T1 rigs, T2 tank and a mid left for a Survey Scanner it has 79k EHP.
The Rokh fitted with 8 Miner II and 3 MLU II, it yields 16.16m³/s, which is about the same. With T1 rigs, T2 tank and a mid left for a Survey Scanner it has 128k EHP, and due to the significantly shorter cycle times, there should be less empty-cycling, which in turn should more than make up for the 0.4m³/s the Procurer can do better.
A Skiff fitted with 2 Strip Miner II and 2 MLU II yields 20m³/s, and yes - that’s about 25% more than the Rokh, but with T1 Rigs and a T2 Tank it still only has 102k EHP, is significantly more expensive and has worse insurance payout in case of its eventual death.
So, why don’t we see many more mining Rokhs than we do? The only downside I can see with the Rokh is, that it doesn’t have much cargo space. But that should not be that much of a problem when mining alongside an Orca, right?
Is it because to make anything more than chump change, Miners need to run a whole fleet of Barges in parallel, in which case the small cargo of the Rokh would make it way too stressful?