I think your decision to hold onto developing Vessel 2 until the structure of HF20 & SMTs is more clearer - is actually quite smart.
I've initially removed my witness vote from you, as I wasn't sure about your prioritisation towards Steem - due to Greymass and EOS in addition with being in the TOP 3 and thus quite secure rank-wise.
But what you've written here is enough for me to approve you again. Alone that you've taken the time to create your own dedicated server rack is amazing!
Making sure that the production of blocks and thus the blockchain is secured in a decentralised manner - is the most important task of a witness.
And you're doing exactly that