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Old 11-18-2007
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I generally agree with SD's advice. Anything much smaller than 3/8 is very tough on the hands. However, when flying gennakers and other downwind sails, especially in light air, the larger-diameter sheets can be too heavy. We use 5/16 lines with our asym spinnaker. In light air handling them is okay. When the wind pipes up sailing gloves are absolutely essential. Some folks have two sets of sheets, 1/4" or 5/16" light air sheets and heavy air 3/8 or 7/16 " sheets. If you plan to have only one set of sheets, I'd probably go with 3/8 on a boat of your size.
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