Okay, first off, some news.
TDC has, after taking a few days to think about it, decided that he can't take on this game right now after all. So I'm going to find us a +1, but it may take me a day or two to make up my mind there.
Second, I think I've figured out what I want to do in terms of a starter ship. Long story short? Hangars are nonstandard in medium transports. So ripping out the passenger quarters, which gives you an additional 10 EP, and converting all but 400 tons of cargo, you get enough hangar for four Gargantuan and four Huge fighters, plus a docking clamp for the odd shuttle or if all of you end up in Gargantuan fighters. Sound good?