I will add that the free Breen ship (if you got it) can be turned into a very mean ESTF tool. At the moment I am using the free Ambassador which, again, you might have. With a plasma build using reputation/fleet/exchange gear and nothing fancy/lobi it scores first place on most ESTFs I do with DPS scores often exceeding 7,000. I think this is excellent for something that only has 3 tac boff slots!
It even did pretty well with just the Mk XI rare stuff I bought for the same price the vendor gave me back for it ... this is how i usually test out a build.
As others have said, a sensible build using half decent kit is all you need as far as ships go. Learning how to do the ESTFs is the other.