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Andy, you probably like the feel of your 1/2" sheets because that's what you've become accustomed to, but 1/2" is much too big for your boat. I use 1/2" jibsheets on my 35' C&C, and they're actually one step larger than is recommended. When you use jibsheets that are much too big, they are too heavy for light air sailing. A gentle breeze can't lift the combined weight of the sailcloth and sheets, and form the sail into the curved shape that drives the boat. In the light winds of midsummer, you'll be cursing those heavy jibsheets for their excess weight.
My previous boat was a 25, and I usually used 3/8" jibsheets, but at times, they were too heavy, and I used 1/4" for light air jibsheets.
Your boat calls for 5/16 or 3/8" jibsheets. If you used 3/8", for example, they would work much better for you, and I really believe that you'll get used to the feel of them, and in all winds, you'll like them better than the bigger ones.