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You can easily replace the sheave wheel at the top of the mast if it your new halyard won't fit. Amsteel, Dynema , or Tecnora have stretch properties approaching steet at a fraction of the weight cost with the added benefit of not developing meat hooks to grab your hand. As to size, (I don't have the specs in front of me), I think that 3/8 would have steel like properties for your loads and very good "hand". It might be large if your winches are smaller than 30's. 5/16 should also have good enough "hand" and still be plenty strong. I use 3/8 T-900 on my 34 footer.
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