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Cutting them off won't be an issue. I was looking for an alternative to the bowline since those tend to get caught on my spreaders when tacking. This knot doesn't seem to as much, at least so far.
For some reason folks seem to think that having the knots connecting sheets to the clew need to be right at the cringle. In fact, there is no reason for that and all that bulk makes tacking a pain in the neck as it is bound to get hung up on the baby stay (if one has one) and the shrouds. I found that making very large loops--leaving 12-18" between the clew and a bowline largely eliminates the problem. Of course, if you are willing to settle for continuous sheets, a cow-hitch will work, but otherwise try the foregoing. It's worked for me!
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