I'm more and more in favor of 1:1200 but that is just where I am and what scale the fellahs in my district will use (more than likely). Besides I'll probably have a few ships of the English and the Combined fleets of France and Spain. So I can host or provide ships to my gamer friends and we'll always have compatible scaled squadrons.
Not to stray too far from the topic, here's a short materials and 'method' I use to add some character to the ships with rigging.
Rigging the ships at 1:1200 scale is working in close and can be frustrating. I merely added a bit of rigging to insinuate or to suggest ship's lines.Simulating Ship Rigging
I use poly-filament (Stren) fishing line and 'gel' super-glue. The main reason is because that is what I had on hand. I had 3-5 pound 'test' line. Now there is a sewing thread that is clear polyester and smaller 'gauge' than the fishing line (might try some light-tackle clear line too). That would have been nice but harder to work with for me.Method
I reeled some fishing line onto the spool of a casting reel and set the 'bell' to give the line some tension. Then I reeled off a bit of line and glue as I go, snipping at strategic positions.
Dab of glue. Wait for glue to set. Snip the line with a small pair of scissors (or surgical snips, or fly-scissors). Onward.
I started in between the masts (be it fore mast, main, or mizzen depending). The I worked my way outward.
"Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum" loosely, 'if you wish peace,prepare for war' attrib. Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus