So since I upgraded to snow leopard I could have sworn that the netrw just stopped working. Every time I tried:
I would get some gobbly gook about not knowing how to handle a BufEnter event or some such thing with regard to "scp://".
I'm using Snapshot 50 since that works better than the last stable build (I recall some repainting issues). Well, it looks like maybe the snapshot doesn't include the netrw plugin. So I just downloaded it and installed it manually and all is good with the world, yeah!