The spinal beam miss yes, But you can improve your chances a lot. accuracy trait + tractor beam...and do not use it on targets with evasive / omega...after i have found the right combination i hardly miss, but often hit hardened shields which seems to do nothing (my fault for bad timing actually).
I'm using 2x DHC on mine, and i have no problem facing target. Sure it takes effort, but it comes down to the helsman. Even Galaxy can turn quickly if you use proper set of abilties.
Its tough ship to play yes, but there is plenty of other fed cruisers for easier gameplay out there...no need to turn this one to another clone of theirs. Its a unique fed gameplay option, dont ruin it with another sovereign clone with cloak and spinal phaser.