One reason I do is I fly a fleet escort on my fed toon. The BoP isn't different enough to the fleet escort whereas the Raptor is a whole other animal (no pun intended).
That aside, the BoP relies heavily on finesse, or at least that's how I feel when flying one. It feels way too 'touchy' to me. A fed escort, even a tactical one, can be tough and have a tough feel and still have great dps.
Basically the sort of tactics one is forced to employ to play a BoP most effectively -or at all- feel cowardly and 'soft' to me. I want to play a dps ship without having to fly off and fly back constantly and I don't want to have to rely heavily on cloak. I want to feel able to fly into and/or decloak in the middle of several ships without a whole lot of support around and be able to survive. Even in the cases where I don't survive I most often irritate people so much due to their desire to kill me, me annoying them, and me making myself tough to kill that they've let themselves get distracted and neglected the rest of my teammates while they've made major gains (great fun...) I also want to ram people...
Overall, I don't want to be a glass cannon and sacrifice all else just for the sake of doing dps and killing everything. (and topping the stupid charts which I don't even pay attention to)
**** all if I know as I can't really kill Jack Stone everytime I play against him. :p(lol)
APA+ CSV1+APD+ BO1 followed by a time TorpSpread1 at 5-7km on average with Green mk5 DBB disruptors,DH cannons Disruptor, Quantam torpedo, 2+15 Disruptor consoles and a +15 cannons, not to mention complete ambush bonus...........
And I still cannot crack the shields on a Cruiser at Commander level without long sustained fire.
I might be a truelly horrible player,but that seems like an awful lot of buffing to see no effect in combat
I'm not upset so much as needing sleep, but still I do have fun.
I would love the look of raptor, but i too rely on battlecloak to switch from my lovely BoP. I would miss the constant cloak/decloak attack on my poor victims Gifffff me T5 raptor refit with battlecloak !!!!!!