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New halyards for an S2 7.9 what to get

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I'm not a nationals level competitor, but I want to buy "decent" equipment for my boat. The boat has what appears to be 10+ yo halyards (and they are green from growth, as well as chafing really bad) they are obviously in dire need of replacement.

Anyway, I don't have tons of $$ to spend. I think I lucked into VPC (someone ordered the wrong length standard for a tall rig) on my Capri 22, and the prior owner did the halyards on my Capri 25, so I really haven't had to actually plunk down money for halyards myself yet.

So some info, the S2 association said that the boat originally had 3/8" basic double braid on it... It looks to me that my existing halyards are 3/8" double braid, probably XLS yachtbraid by the looks of it.

My thoughts were to go smaller diameter, to 5/16 (as that was what I did on my Capri 25, with a similar sized mast and gear) but go with VPC or perhaps MLX...

So my question is... will any of this matter... should I just save money get the XLS 3/8 yachtbraid, or will 5/16 VPC be a better/lighter less stretchy alternative... would MLX be better, or another option be infinitely better for halyards?

We basically beer can race 8-10 times a year, under-crewed (2-3) in flat inland lake water with average winds 8-15 knots. We're a pretty informal bunch, but we have up to 6 S2 7.9s coming to the start line, they too are under-crewed but well sailed.
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What the professional rigger selected for a Pearson 31-2:
Main - 8mm T-900
Jib -8mm T-900
Spinn - 8mm VPC
... Many club racers speak very highly of NER's Salsa, which was originally a dinghy control line but works well on larger boats, too.
I use the 3/8 Salas as a P31-2 mainsheet, while a little undersize, it serves wonderfully, kink-free, fast running and soft on the hand. Looks good too. But it is not low stretch from a halyard perspective.
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