I finally achieved the rank of Rear Admiral in the Federal Auxiliary, and ran straight to Shinrarta Dezhra to purchase and outfit a Federal Corvette. I'm no combat master, but I can at least hold my own against overeager pirates. I've named her the Huntsman, after a spider native to Earth, because I plan to use any cargo in my hold as bait to draw them in, then strike once they've interdicted me. It's a tactic I practiced and honed using the Rainier, and it has proven to be a profitable side venture. I'm on my way to Deciat right now to see what Felicity Farseer can do for my FSD. A 14.59 Ly jump range is just dismal right now. I'm going to save up for a paint job and ship kit later. I'm also planning to find an engineer to upgrade my burst lasers to be better against hulls. However, I've got a bet to fulfill in a Sidewinder first. So I guess I won't be able to have much fun with the Huntsman for right now.
P.S. I have been informed by a dockworker at Muller Orbital that the huntsman spider does not form a web to trap prey. I don't care, I'm keeping the name.
P.P.S. Don't mind the Kumo Crew decal, it's just for the spider aesthetic. I'm still independent.