I currently need to replace the 7/16" jib
and main halyards which are 127 and 109 feet. I'm also tempted to replace my weathered, but still useable twin 54 foot long 1/2" jib sheets
that do not have self-tailing winches. I'm thinking about using a single
109 foot 7/16" line instead of two 1/2" sheets
... so that in the worst case scenario I could use the new jib sheet as a back-up halyard (fits the sheaves).
Since I still have the two useable 1/2" jib sheets, they can serve as backup.
I'm not concerned about the 7/16" sheets for strength, but in ease of handling verse 1/2" (is there that much difference?).
Also I've never used a single
line for a jib sheet ... if I whip both ends, what's the best way to fasten to the clew cringle?
Since I'm asking questions, is there a "better" 3/8 inch line to use for my Harken furler
that can better handle the foot traffic and rubbing on a "very sandy and abrasive non-skid" deck
and always being exposed to the sun and weather