Originally by: Scarlet Crimson
Looking at the Orca prereqs, the person flying it is an apt miner themselves. Just how many other miners in a fleet do you need to make it worth while to pilot an orca rather than another Covetor or a Hulk? meaning maximum m3 per hour.
But I can not really see myself using it for any purpose other than that. that is unless its bonus adds up fast enough to be worth flying orca rather than hulk even in small gangs?
Orca with the ship skill itself at 3 and Mining Director 3 gives bonus of +17.xxx % to mining laser range and -7.xxx % to mining laser cycle. So the bonuses it gives out when decked with ganglinks is decent even when you can't use a mindlink implant.
As it is, I can fill my Orca with a single Hulk fitted for max yield (2x T2 MLU's in lows) in about an hour (125,xxx m3). Add another Hulk with same configuration and you'll want someone with a big hauler (another Orca , Deep Space Transport , Itty V) to ferry between a station and your "Mobile Gigantic Secure Can"