It's funny to me how few EVE players get this.
I own one Vulture. I own one Claymore. I own one Nightmare, and one Machariel. I own one Rokh. For a lot of other really specialized ships too, that's it: I own one of them.
Sure, I have two or three of each Logistics ship I fly. I have a trio of Rapiers, a pair of Pilgrims, two or three Vagabonds, a half-dozen Ranises, three or four Drams, three Viators, six or eight Canes, at least a dozen bombers and CovOps of various types... the list goes on. If it's not particularly specialized or if I expect to lose it, I buy spares and I stash them around the systems where I live.
But if it's specialized and expensive, I buy one. If it's specialized and cheaper, I might buy two or three. But if the ship itself is specialized, I rig it to be versatile. Even if I lose a minor advantage here and there from more specialized rigging, I don't mind because then I don't have to keep track of what's what. Then I'll load a Small or Medium Secure Container into that ship with the mods I need to fit that ship in a few different ways.
All my Basis are rigged the same and have the same low slots, for instance. If I need something different for my Basi, I bring up my set of fits, find the one I want, unload the can with the extra mods, hit the "Fit" button for the new fitting I want, and I'm there. I like my ships to be versatile.
Which often makes Strategic Cruisers my favorite ships in the game, because versatility is their middle name.
The other day, I decided that I wanted to build a Tengu with six active gang links for Ripard, who has near-maximum Leadership skills. I have a Vulture fit that can run seven simultaneously, but Tengus are smaller and I wanted to use the same Tengu for PvE occasionally, too. Everyone I talked to agreed that a six gang link Tengu was a very easy ship to build... until I told them that I wanted to build it without the fit requiring specialized rigs to make it work. Then everyone I talked to agreed that what I wanted to do would be difficult or impossible. When I told people "I don't want this Tengu just for this; I want the ship to be able to do other things, too", a lot of them didn't get why I would want that.
EVE is a world in which a lot of people forget that you can change what a ship can do by refitting it. ;-) Talk about not being able to think outside the box!
So, here's a weekend challenge for you EFT warriors out there. I was eventually successful in coming up with a Tengu fit that can run six gang links at once. Can you do the same? Remember: you can't fit any rigs! Don't use any faction or officer mods, and I'll give you one hint: Ripard has a 3% CPU implant permanently mounted in his head.
The answer will be the Fit of the Week on Monday.