I have been hesitant to cut that extra rope, too. I create a loop lower down in the main line using a simple overhand knot. After snugging the Quickdraw I take one wrap around the main line and run the excess through the loop and tie a couple of half hitches. I take the rest back up the mainline and tie a couple more half hitches. Has worked fine for over a year. For the excess cam buckle strap I run them to the cockpit and tie then in a simple shoelace-type bow. The cockpit cover goes over them and I'm done. No slapping straps in the wind. I also replaced the "bumper" hook with a 'biner.