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Don't have a furler (yet), so won't try to speak to that. For your jib sheets if you like the larger line because it's easy to handle, than stick with it. I have HUGE job sheets on my new boat as well and while I find them easy to hang on to I can only get 3 wraps around the winch, and with our monster headsail in high winds I find that isn't enough. I'll be downsizing the sheets in order to be able to get another wrap on the winch.

Whatever you do, make sure you don't change the size too much if you have self tailing winches. You don't want to find that your new line won't work with the ST winches.

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No reason on earth to have anything bigger than 1/2" on any reasonable sized boat. A single braid (salsa, apex, etc) for the furler in 5/16 or 3/8 would work really well. I'd probably use 3/8 or 7/16 for jib sheets. Always go as small as possible that you can still handle well. Smaller lines run better and hockle less.
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No reason on earth to have anything bigger than 1/2" on any reasonable sized boat. A single braid (salsa, apex, etc) for the furler in 5/16 or 3/8 would work really well. I'd probably use 3/8 or 7/16 for jib sheets. Always go as small as possible that you can still handle well. Smaller lines run better and hockle less.
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Nothing will curl the leech of a head sail faster in light air than the weight of over-sized sheets. A curled leech will cost boat speed. With out boat speed it is hard to keep the slot open and the leech from curling. Do you see the downward spiral here? 1/2 inch is big enough! IMHO
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