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Rode selection for Seatiger 555 windlass

I have a Seatiger with a rope/chain gypsy. Based on the sizes listed as supported in the owner’s manual, I think I have the RCB70 Gypsy. It currently has 3/8 proof coil, which works great. I tried a piece of 3/8 high test and it seems to fit even better. I am going to use 150-200' of 3/8 high test ACCO.

The owner’s manual says the rope should be "16mm (5/8 inch) diameter 3-strand nylon". I want to use 5/8 plaited nylon rope. Has anyone used this rope with this gypsy? I want to make sure it works well before buying 200' of line.

If you have, what type of rope did you use? Hard to choose between Yale Nylong Brait, Samson Deep Six, Buccaneer 8-Plait, New England Mega-plait, etc. I bet some would work better with my gypsy than others. Wondering if anyone has some advice born of experience.
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I have almost exactly this set-up with a Muir Hercules running 3/8" BBB and 5/8" Yale Brait. The gypsy has a groove for hauling the line before you come to the chain. I asked Muir before buying the 5/8" Yale and despite their assurances that that was the correct size, the line just slips with even slight pressure on it. So if you plan on winching in the line before you come to the chain, my experience says forget about using the gypsy with the 5/8" Brait.

When it comes time to splice the rope let me know 'cause I have a great trick that really helps. Yale's video instructions are at

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