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Traveler wire snapped - pondering upgrade.

I have a C-Lark 14 dinghy that I'm teaching myself to sail in. Yesterday I discovered that the metal wire that the traveler block rides on had snapped. This line was simply a run that went from one side of the stern to the other with no adjustments available. It worked fine.

Upon doing a little C-Lark research a while back I saw this picture, which has an adjustable line that looks like you can tighten down or loosen the traveler path:

I'm wondering if I should rig up something like that, and if I did, what are the advantages? I'm not really into high performance per-se, but if it would get me going a little quicker in some situations I wouldn't be against that either

I did a little googling on what adjusting the traveler does, but most of the articles were about sail "twist" which is still a bit of a complicated subject to a newbie such as myself.

Should I just throw another line on there and call it a day, or would this upgrade be worth it?
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It might be nice but certainly not necessary. Doing it above deck as it's done in the pic is very easy to do. The ability to ease the traveler to leeward is handy in higher winds to reduce weather helm as well as angle of heel.
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