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Hey guys,

I have a 1974 O'Day Widgeon and when I got her, there was very little of the original rigging intact or even present. So I have a few questions that I was unable to dig up using the search function.

First, is there a particular type of rope I should be using? the rigging that was present was all 1/4" three strand laid. I had read previously in several instances that I shouldn't be using anything less than 3/8", and the tackle in most instances looks better with 3/8" rope being used. Is nylon rope acceptable or do you have any recommendations? I do prefer three strand laid as I'm rather familiar with splicing already and would prefer not to relearn. As they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Secondly, from what I have seen in various diagrams, I have several options for the mainsheet. There are two that appear to fit the bill, so for this discussion the other options will be discarded.
The first is using the mainsheet as the traveler. It would go from the swivel/clam cleat to the middle of the boom, then to the pulley on the back of the boom, to an eye on the starboard side of the stern, to the eye on the port side of the stern, and then be made fast to an eye on the very end of the boom.
The second option uses a rope bridle traveler secured to the two eyes on the stern of the boat either with a bowline or a stopper knot. The mainsheet would then pass from the swivel/clam cleat as previously stated down the length of the boom. After passing through the pulley on the end of the boom it would drop down to a pulley which would ride on the traveler and return back to the boom to be made fast on the eye on the very end of the boom.

Are there any pros and cons to either of these arrangements? Any advice or opinions are more than welcome. Thanks guys!!!

Seth,
 

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I found some pictures of the two mainsheet options that I am considering. They are located at a website called Glen-L (I haven't built up sufficient posts to be able to post links, sorry!!!) but for ease of discussion I will attach them here. I severely appreciate any feedback about either one. Thanks guys!!!
 

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Thank you all for the great advice! I have been researching the ropes and I think that I have located some decent stuff on rwrope.com. I was looking at their buff polyester 3 strand. Are there any really big reasons that I should not use 3 strand? As I've been looking around, I see that most people use braid and literally no racers use 3 strand. I understand that twist stretches more, but my thought is that I am rather familiar with splicing and the construction of 3 strand, so I would be more confident in my equipment. And that confidence would go a long way in getting me out on the water sooner. Any thoughts on the rope I'm looking at?
Thank you!!!

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That is very interesting. It appears to be very much like the clinch knot used when fishing. Do you have any experience using that knot?

Perhaps I am just being stubborn and stuck in my ways. If I opted to go with the braid, what line and manufacturer would you recommend?
Thank you all again for your wonderful advice so far!!!

Seth,
 
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