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The two concerns for sheets are strength and handling. I'd go with at least 3/8" or 7/16" line, since it is far easier on the hands than 5/16" line. Anything smaller than 3/8" is awfully hard on the hands as sheets go. Also, the self-tailer on many larger winches won't hold 5/16" line.
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