though if you aren't currently taking fire, your ship will automatically recover from hull damage at a rate that depends on your character's and crew's race, experience levels, and engineering levels.
Does this mean that not only certain parts of a ship e.g. torpedo launchers but the hull as well? Certain things should have to be repaired in a dry dock. I know you have to balance fun vs. realism but magical healing would take it too far if you'd ask me.
I agree...i would hope that only shields will repair when not in combat. Everything else in docks. Seems more natural this way...Oh an yeah....i am also desperately waiting for the beta