I see people mining sometimes that have one mining ship(a hulk) and an Orca. I've talked to a few of them and they say they mine with an alt in the Orca. They dual-box(use two computers) to mine faster. I'm wondering if that's actually profitable. Can you make enough money that way to pay for the extra character with ISK? How much faster is this than jet canning or flying back to the station?
Tony Moore [ Editor ]
An Orca doesn't compensate in terms of mining yield over a 2nd Hulk but then you'd still need a hauler to ferry the ore to a station so it is a better alternative to a hauler though obviously much more training.
Having said that an Orca, even with cargo rigs and expanders can't fit a whole evenings yield for a single Hulk so will still need to dock but that's not much of a hardship.
Basically an Orca with reasonable (level 4) skills will give you a roughly 11% increase in yield due to the reduced cycle, some extra range on your lasers and a big hold. Maxing the skills will increase that as will the mindlink even further but still not by enough to replace a second Hulk.
You need top skills and 4 or 5 Hulks mining (3 or 4 with mindlinks too) for an Orca to replace a Hulk in terms of ultimate yield - obviously the more Hulks the better.
I expect you could make enough money if you spent enough time mining is the real answer to your question but I expect you could achieve that with a single Hulk as well.