Umm...if you ever have to go forward and try and tame a flogging genny...you'll regret having a shackle on the clew. That turns it from an annoyance which leaves bruises to a deadly weapon that can crack your skull open.
The Larkshead doesn't really present anything to hang up on the shrouds, but requires you to have one long sheet. If you switch headsails, the larkshead is a lot more of a PITA than two bowlines.
So what's wrong with shackles instead of larks heads or bowlines. The obvious objection to 1/4 metal objects flying around aside ( a dip in liquid rubber, and not being forward during flailing periods fixes that) isn't that actually better, a slimmer 'connection' to the clew so it gets hung up on the shrouds during a tack etc..
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