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Here's a recommendation I saw in Good Old Boat magazine last year:

Put a permanent tail in the leech cringle by eye-splicing a piece of braided line. How long piece? Long enough to do what it says ya gotta do with it! (Read on.)
Then find the middle of a single continuous sheetline and mark it with whippings about 18 inches apart. Form a bight with the part of the line between the whippings and use the tail to secure it with a double sheetbend.
That's all.

Advantages over single sheetline with cow hitch: no wrinkles in the clew and you can change headsails while leaving the sheetline in place.
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the only problem is that the double sheetbend's tail may snag on the shrouds like a bowline does. The Lark's head doesn't have anything to snag on the shrouds.

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If you are going to put a Lark's Head knot in your sheets, why wouldn't you just splice eyes around the clew? A Lark's Head can be very difficult to untie and it seems that you would rather have bowlines if you are frequently changing sails than a single sheet with a Lark's Head in the middle. In addition an eye will retain 90+% of the breaking strength; while any knot will reduce the strength by at least 40%.
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With a cutter rig, the larks head knot is the only way to go in my opinion. My jib has to clear a staysail stay when tacking and with the larks head knot I have no problems. As to slipping concerns I do not worry about it because at the end of the season when I remove the jib for storage the larks head knot becomes one of those "effin" knots that requires the use of a marlin spike to get it loose.

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If you are going to put a Lark's Head knot in your sheets, why wouldn't you just splice eyes around the clew? A Lark's Head can be very difficult to untie and it seems that you would rather have bowlines if you are frequently changing sails than a single sheet with a Lark's Head in the middle. In addition an eye will retain 90+% of the breaking strength; while any knot will reduce the strength by at least 40%.
A Lark's Head knot, which is really a hitch, doesn't loose that much strength IMHO, since you're effectively just passing the line through the clew. A splice is not removable and would require you have separate sheets made up for each sail. On most boats, unless they actually race seriously, the headsails aren't changed very often...and a Lark's head is really the simplest and best option.

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There are many ways to set up your sheets; and I'm not suggesting that any one way is better than another. I need to change my setup because the lines are wrapping up on each-other due to a swivel on the snap shackle. Far from ideal.

I will mention that if you have a failure of your sheet at it's attachment point it would be better have the two lines independent of one another rather than both as a continuous line. If one of two knots fail you are not at risk of losing both sheets and having a completely uncontrolled headsail. JMHO...
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