Stay clear of the Oddy unless A) You're an engi (which you already stated you aren't, or B) You're willing to get the 3 pack.
However, as stated earlier, the Vesta is a GREAT alternative if you're looking to mix things up but still be viable. From what I have seen of that ship, she's a mean btch in the right hands. And I mean MEAN.
Just my 2 cents.
P.S. The Armitage, MVAE, and FPE are also really good alternatives. Or if you want to try something radically different, try the Galaxy-X. Don't expect anything great out of it, but it's your zen and your call.