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Sizing reefing lines question

Hi all,
How does one spec out sizing for reefing lines? Our boat has typical slab reefing, but when we bought her, we couldn't find the reefing lines. So I have no idea what was there. Instead we used what we could find, but the line was old and needs to be replaced, and is probably oversized.

We cruise, and I'm planning to go with something like NE Sta-set or Samson XLS, which appear to have similar specs. But what about diameter?

Our Sabre 34 mainsail roughly 230 square feet, I believe. I've seen lots of info on sizing halyards and sheets and vangs, but not much on everything else.

And, while we're at it, any recommendations for line material/size for reef ties (through the sail)?
Thanks!
-J
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