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Seeing as no-one else has replied…
I presume you mean the standard centre main setup. I replaced my mainsheet earlier this year and did a bit of googling to find the length, as the old mainsheet was packed away somewhere. I found various numbers that went up as high as, I think, 13m. However in the end I found that I had an offcut of very nice braid-on-braid that was only about 8m, and that when I tried rigging with this it was absolutely fine. The boom would meet the shrouds just as the stopper knot came to the cleat. So I don’t quite know what the extra 5m of mainsheet is supposed to do…
The exact length will depend on how your boat is set up; e.g. if you have a traveller across the transom, you will need a longer sheet.