Oh, come on, this is about having fun. There's no reason to think you are having less than I am. In any case, I am enjoying my much less powerful stealth ship more than I enjoyed the min-maxed Big Bad Brunt, and I just started a Command 0 Fringe - the Ghastly Gnat.
I fully intend to have fun with the Gnat, and it will never be a fraction as powerful as a normal ship.
No good deed goes unpunished...