Anyway, what this thinking leads to is unlimited fuel tanks, in which case the 7 LY limit and the need to buy fuel go away, with them the encounters with Vipers and pirates, and all that is left is just trading.
I must be missing something here. I thought the 7ly max jump was cast in concrete? (I'm not including any OXP jump devices that may or may not exist as I know absolutely nothing about such things). So even if I somehow manage to snag a Quirium Gas tanker, tether it to the back of my Python and run a fuel line across -- unlimited fuel, effectively -- I can still only jump 7ly. Having arrived at my destination, for sure I can refill my main tank and immediately jump out again (I call this stringing the jumps, though CJ Cherryh got there years before me), but how is that so very different from sun-skimming? The latter practice does take a little longer, admittedly, as I have to fly to the sun and top up, but this only seems to take a couple of minutes or so. The only difference 'unlimited fuel' makes, as I see it, is saving me this small amount of time.
Even when I do call in at a station, to refill my extra tanks, drop off a cargo or visit a seedy bar for some pleasant female company, I tend to stay out of the traffic lanes to avoid pirates and cut down on mass-locking from other traders & GalCop. I imagine lots of newbies do likewise, especially those flying Pythons.
At some point I'll take the plunge and switch professions from hauler to bounty hunter, but until that time, I'm happy if I never see another pirate, to be honest. And that's the real beauty of this fantastic game, surely? One can chose a profession and learn the tactics that suit it best, in order to lead the sort of Oolife one wants -- fast and dangerous, sedate and (relatively) safe, or anywhere in between.
Anyway, the whole debate seems a bit futile at this point. Smivs' handwavium explains why I can't have a refillable-in-space extra tank, so that's that, I suppose. <sighs>
Have you considered the Wolf Mark II
? I settled on my Wolf II SE a long time ago and I've never regretted it. It's not available in black as standard, but you can always create your own custom skin.
I have looked at it, in fact -- it's on my short list. I do notice that it's slightly more expensive than the Scimitar and considerably more so than the Cat, but a bit slower than both. I confess I'm obsessed with top speed at the moment, though I'm not sure how much difference it really makes in practice.